The holiday season gets into full swing this week, with concerts, markets and sales.


Henry Louis Gates Jr.

When Henry Louis Gates Jr. isn’t sipping beers with the president of the United States, he’s writing comprehensive histories of the African American population. He appears at Politics & Prose to talk about his new book, “Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008.”


Holiday market

Get something special for the women in your life at this year’s holiday market at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. You’ll find sparkly jewelry, accessories and other cute gifts, all handmade by female artists and artisans.


Merry TubaChristmas

The 28th annual TubaChristmas concert is a tribute to William J. Bell, a tubist and an educator who was born on Christmas Day, 1902. Once again this year, tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players from the area convene for a program of traditional holiday music.


Washington Women’s Chorus at the Willard

This holiday season, the historic Willard Hotel is decked out in wreaths, trees and lights, just oozing holiday cheer. On top of all that, the hotel hosts daily holiday concerts in its lobby. The Washington Women’s Chorus perform today.


Taxi Driver

On Friday, take a break from everything holiday for a screening of “Taxi Driver,” Martin Scorsese’s iconic ’70s film starring Robert De Niro and Jody Foster.


Winter’s Eve

Head to Glen Echo Park for performances, kids’ crafts and hot chocolate; browse the Holiday Art Show in the Popcorn Gallery; and check out shows in the other studios.



The Black Cat’s annual holiday market is a must for those in need of something for their hipster buddies. You’ll have fun digging through CDs, vintage clothing and tons of funky knickknacks, regardless of what you end up buying.