9 things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Dec. 13-15

December 12, 2013

The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For even more, check out Nightlife Agenda.


“Ciudad Habitada” (foreground) by Travesias de Luz, a Spanish urban art collective led by creative director Luisa Alvarez and “Floating Lights,” an interactive display featuring a wall of colored light tubes that can be switched on or off to create words, messages or pictures are part of the first Fete des Lumieres, featuring work by several artists around Georgetown. (Travesias de Luz)

Through Saturday: Art Yards, the monthlong art project that has covered a derelict government building in Southeast with murals from several artists, wraps up with bang: This weekend, a projected "exhibition" curated by artist consortium 3_Search will flicker across the Art Yards site. “Illuminated Ops” will light up the southeast side of the building with images five stories tall, all on a continuous loop from 5:30 p.m. to midnight each night. The projections begin tonight and continue through Saturday at New Jersey Avenue and Tingey Street SE.

Friday-Dec. 20: Georgetown's streets will be illuminated by glowing installations during the first D.C. Fete des Lumieres, inspired by the festival of lights held each year in Lyon, France. International artists have placed pieces around the busy shopping corridor; beginning Friday, head down Thomas Jefferson Street and along Washington Harbour to see a handful of displays lighted each night from 6 p.m to 10 p.m.

Friday: For five years, the She Rex dance party has transformed the second floor of Chief Ike's into a popular gathering place/watering hole for the area's young lesbian community. The beers are cheap and the music (everything from Crystal Waters to Katy Perry to Nirvana) is always cranked to get the crowd moving. But the party's organizers are calling it a day. The final She Rex will take over both floors at Chief Ike's with nine DJs spinning, and $2 Natty Bohs and PBRs all night.

Saturday:  Check out what's new in Petworth at the eighth annual Upshur Street Handmade Arts & Crafts Fair, which will line Upshur -- home to Domku, Petworth Citizen, Willow Boutique and other shops -- with gifts galore from 30 artists, plus live music from local bands, including Paperhaus. Pore over the scarves, paintings, photos and more on sale, then grab a seat at one of the eateries. (Or fuel up first at Milk Cult's Sanctuary coffee shop pop-up, a little bit south on Georgia Avenue NW.) The fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday: Break out the Santa outfits and reindeer antlers: The annual Santa Crawl encourages revelers to don their finest seasonal apparel for a spin (sorry, sleigh not included) through a dozen Dupont Circle bars and restaurants. Revelers receive $2 beers, $3 mixed drinks and $4 shots at Irish Whiskey, the Mighty Pint and other stops. Register ($15-$20) at BlackFinn, 1620 I St. NW or the Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW. For more details, visit www.dcsantacrawl.com.

Saturday: The Eastport Yacht Club lights up Annapolis Harbor every year with a flotilla of festive holiday lights during the Annapolis Parade of Lights. Two dozen boats decorated for the season cruise the waterway, illuminating the darkened harbor with bursts of red and green. Bundle up and pick a spot along the route from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit www.eastportyc.org for a listing of suggested viewing areas and parking information.

Saturday: The seven principles of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperation, purpose, creativity and faith. Coyaba Dance Theater recognizes each of them through dance, music, song and rhythm during the West African company's annual Kwanzaa celebration at  George Washington University's Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre on Saturday.

Saturday: Nerd Nite might sound like the old stereotype of a Washington good time  -- volunteers giving PowerPoint presentations on their favorite topics -- but in the confines of DC9, it manages to be anything but. Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of the event: A physician from Georgetown University's division of integrated biodefense will talk about killer viruses; an immunologist who worked with the World Health Organization will discuss your body's "killer T cells"; and a hairstylist will "demystify the science of hair color," while the crowd drinks beers and geeks out.

Sunday: One of the more singular voices in the R&B world, Lauryn Hill has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After spending three months in prison for years of tax avoidance, she has been released from home detention for a brief East Coast tour. See her Sunday at the 9:30 Club before she decides to go underground again.

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Camille Kilgore · December 12, 2013