DOCTOR NIGHTLIFE believes in music. She believes in love. She even believes in charity. Please share your blessings with someone you pass on the street, and have a safe and happy holiday season. And in the meantime, hark! FRIDAY
BEAUTIFUL BE DAMNED --
The Beautiful is West Coast Helmut Newton rock, a power trio for the Obsession generation. Actually, it's a vanity mirror for Jonathan Hale Lacey, composer, guitarist, vocalist and nude cover model. And every once in a while, it almost works -- until you figure out where you heard it before. We predict major PR in future (at the 9:30 club: $3, 202/393-0930).
REPATRIATED JAZZ --
The saxophone is capable of storm and despair, lascivious intent and soulful longing. In Tim Eyermann's capable, almost casual hands, it is ineffably, almost relentlessly sunny. Eyermann is astonishingly versatile and his wind prodigious; he plays alto and soprano sax, oboe (that inherently melancholy instrument gives him new color), standard and bass flute and piccolo, all with an even temper. Friday and Saturday at Club 219 in Old Town Alexandria ($5; 703/549-1141).
WINTER SOULSTICE --
More than 20 area performers -- musicians, poets, dancers, comedians and performance artists -- perform at a "winter solstice/holiday pageant" at d.c. space (202/347-1445) from 8 to 2 a.m.; the $5 admission goes to homeless care. Be there or be square.
DOUBLE SWING TIME --
It's not new, it's just good -- the hometown-hep double bill of Tom Principato & Powerhouse and the Uptown Rhythm Kings at the Roxy ($7; 202/296-9292).
DEVILISH DEVELOPMENT --
Suzy Callahan and Scott Tyburski, Silver Spring's Devils Wielding Scimitars, have released their second album, "Worry Dolls," and it's a much more sure-footed and successful recording than their intriguing but uneven debut of only a year ago, "Curious Soul." In fact, it's habit-forming. Callahan's voice still suggests a Natalie Merchant or (to local ears) a Mary-Chapin Carpenter; but she is aggressively, blessedly anti-wispy; and their particular folk-rock blend keeps even her airier lyrics firmly anchored. Among the best tracks are "She's a Hemingway," "Say You Will" and "Twirl Around the World (Like a Savior)". DWS -- ex-Bulldogs Callahan and Tyburski, plus bassist Michael Baker and drummer Brandon Finely play the early Grog & Tankard set (202/333-3114); be there. Aloha.
THIS STUFF SLEIGHS ME --
Sometime Peter Case conspirator Mark Mansfield takes his Redeemers back to his L.A. garage-fling days for a grunge-rock holiday concert with the Rhomboids at d.c. space ($5; 202/347-1445). On the song list: the Sonics' cover of "Santa Claus" and what Mansfield promises as "a surf-beat version of 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.' " Now there's an antidote to shopping-mall carols.
ALL AGES CAN DO --
The Kage/Sabre all-ages show at the Bayou is designed to be a benefit; offer up a can of food with your $5 admission, and rock with a clear conscience (202/333-2897).
BYRDS OF THE SEASON --
The incomparable Charlie Byrd, who makes even the most jaded holiday carols sound fresh and inventive, spends the weekend -- including a Sunday "matinee" -- at the King of France Tavern. Subbing on Saturday and jamming with Byrd's trio on Sunday are Gene Bertoncini & Bucky Pizzarelli; Byrd returns next (pre-New Year's) weekend (call 301/261-2206 or 301/263-2641 for prices and information).
HAVE A BALL --
The Society of Young Jewish Professionals in Boston has invented something they call the Matzo Ball for young (primarily but not exclusively Jewish) singles. It's on Christmas Eve -- that's how they put it, anyway -- and in Washington, the seventh city to sign on, the Matzo Ball is at Chicago's Bar & Grille on Dupont Circle ($12 in advance, $15 at the door; 800/782-410). Be there. Shalom.
HO-HO GO-GO --
Stay home for Christmas? Oh, wassail. Godfather of go-go Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers shuffle in the season in style at Kilimanjaro ($12 in advance, $14 at the door; 202/328-3838). Be cool.
BOOK 'EM --
Duck Dunn, Steve Cropper and Booker T. Jones are among Doctor Nightlife's favorite real blues brothers. Booker T. & the MGs (minus the fourth founder, Al Jackson, who died in 1975) get down at the 9:30 club ($20; 202/393-0930). MG stands for "Memphis Group," and the recording industry is reviving down there with a vengeance. Be there. See y'all.