There are dozens of no-cover New Year’s Eve parties at area bars, but if you ring in 2013 at this Irish pub, you’ll get not one, but two champagne toasts. The first, at 7 p.m., celebrates midnight in Ireland. Stick around and hear Element K perform at 10 p.m., then have your second toast at the stroke of midnight EST.
7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ri-Ra, 2915 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-248-9888. www.rira.com/arlington.
Last chance: ‘Season’s Greenings’
New Year’s Day is your last chance to catch many of the holiday decorations before they’re retired for the season. Take a stroll through the U.S. Botanic Gardens’ “Season’s Greenings” exhibit and see poinsettias, a Christmas tree and the model train garden.
Through Tuesday. U.S. Botanic Gardens, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.
In conjunction with the National Gallery’s Roy Lichtenstein exhibit, the museum screens three monographs from 1976, 1968 and 1995, each representing a distinct time in the artist’s career.
Wednesday-Friday at 12:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4125. www.nga.gov.
Head to VisArts in Rockville to hear local author Alan King read from his poetry. After the reading, D.C. native and violinist Charles Tolbert (a.k.a. Bliss Ananda) plays jazz-inspired music with the HearArts Ensemble.
7 p.m. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartsatrockville.org/heararts.
Last Chance: ‘The Unbearable Whiteness of Being’
Playing on the title of Milan Kundera’s popular novel, this exhibit by Joe Small examines representations of whiteness in Western culture. The show features sculpture, painting, video and photography.
Through Friday. Montgomery College, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, 930 King St., Silver Spring. www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/mcad/exhibitions/galleries.htm.
This local pianist is on a quest to perform all of Chopin’s works. On Saturday, he stops by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington to give a free preview of his Jan. 19 all-Chopin concert at Strathmore.
2 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100. www.jccgw.org.
If you’ve ever had “Conjunction Junction” stuck in your head, this is one birthday party you won’t want to miss. Celebrate this ubiquitous television show’s 40 years when former musical director and songwriter Bob Dorough teams up with local children’s band Rocknoceros for a family-friendly concert.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
— Jess Righthand