From awards season to the first flutter of spring, the next few months have much to offer anyone willing to brave the cold weather. Here are 18 events worth committing to through March.
Cupcakeries have had their day. So what will be next to satiate the region’s collective sweet tooth? Doughnuts. This month, two new doughnut outposts, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken and GBD, open in Metro Center and Dupont Circle, respectively. The gourmet answer to Krispy Kreme, these specialty shops churn out fried puffy circles and squares in flavors such as creme brulee, Brooklyn Blackout, maple bacon and panettone. Hungry yet? Neither location has given a precise opening date yet, so keep your eyes peeled to the Going Out Guide blog for updates. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW. www.astrodoughnuts.com.
GBD, 1323 Connecticut Ave. NW.
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! 40TH ANNIVERSARY SING-ALONG
Whether your favorite “Schoolhouse Rock!” episode was “Conjunction Junction” or “I’m Just a Bill,” this ubiquitous educational series has been winning over fans for 40 years. Your family will know the words when the show’s songwriter and former musical director Bob Dorough teams with local kids’ band Rocknoceros for a sing-along birthday bash. At 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
JESSICA CHASTAIN MOVIES First, on Jan. 11 comes the Washington premiere of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Kathryn Bigelow film in which Chastain plays a CIA operative leading the Osama bin Laden manhunt. The film already has earned Chastain a Golden Globe award nomination for best actress; the film also received a nod for best picture and is almost certain to be a contender come Oscar season. Then, on Jan. 18 comes “Mama,” a Guillermo del Toro horror flick about a couple (Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who decide to raise two little girls who spent five years alone in a deep, dark forest. For local theater listings and showtimes, visit www.goingoutguide.com.
The daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway, this musical heiress has carried on her father’s legacy while forging her own path as an artist. Her latest album, “Where It All Begins,” showcases Hathaway’s buoyant neo-soul style, and more recently her silky vocals pop up on Robert Glasper’s acclaimed album “Black Radio.” The soul princess performs at the historic Howard Theatre not far from Howard University, where her father studied music. At 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $55 in advance, $60 day of the show.
INAUGURATION WEEKEND Washington will likely be significantly less crowded than it was for President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, but consider that a good thing. Choose from a plethora of big-ticket parties and balls going on during the weekend of Jan. 19-21, or opt for the affordable “I Don’t Have a Super-PAC to Buy me a Ticket to the Inaugural Ball” ball at Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom. Inauguration overlaps with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so don’t miss the free “Let Freedom Ring” concert featuring Smokey Robinson at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 20. For a full list of inauguration happenings, visit