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For Christmas week, there's Matzo Ball and Falafel Frenzy and post-holiday parties

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Matzo Ball and Falafel Frenzy

Dec. 24 and 25 can be a lonely time if you don’t celebrate Christmas, as South Park’s Kyle Broflovski once sang. But it doesn’t have to be. At the Howard Theatre, the annual Falafel Frenzy attracts hundreds of revelers who dance and socialize while raising money to fight hunger in the District. DJ Bonkerz spins old-school hip-hop and funk, while DJ Liav Dahan covers Top 40. Drink specials are offered all night. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and all proceeds go to the Jewish Foundation. (Organizers boast that they’ve raised $35,000 over the past three years.)

Meanwhile, over at Midtown, the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate are sponsoring the annual Matzo Ball, a night “conducive to developing networking opportunities” and “long-lasting friendships” on multiple dance floors and the rooftop deck.

Falafel Frenzy: Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $30-$35.

Matzo Ball: Tuesday from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Midtown, 1219 Connecticut Ave. NW. $30.

Post-holiday wine and dance

If you’re like many of us, you need to decompress — fast — once Christmas is over. There are two ways to do so on Boxing Day, right around U Street. First, get yourself to Vinoteca’s Post-Holiday Happy Hour. The well-known wine bar is extending its happy hour from 5 p.m. to close on Thursday, so take your pick of 15 wines for $5 by the glass or $5 Peroni drafts, plus a variety of small plates to snack on.

If you’ve got energy afterwards, make your way down to Jin Lounge for the Grits and Gravy Holiday Flashback Party, with DJ Bill Source spinning classic hip-hop, R&B and funk. There’s no cover charge, and food and drink specials are offered until 8.

Vinoteca: Thursday at 5 p.m. 1940 11th St. NW. 202-332-9463. Free.

Jin Lounge: Thursday from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Jin Lounge, 2017 14th St. NW. 202-332-2104. Free.

Common comes to town

The Fillmore Silver Spring has the grown folks’ hip-hop covered this Christmas, thanks to a show from rapper/thespian/author Common. Having gone from 1992’s XXXL jeans, malt liquor and tongue-twisting rhymes to the 2013 man boasting Grammy wins, a string of certifiable classics and a SAG card, Common has officially become an elder statesman of hip-hop. He’s that rare type of musical elder who won’t let a Gap ad campaign stop him from busting an impromptu windmill onstage or abandoning the art of freestyle rhyming.

Friday at 8 p.m. Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-960-9999. $39.50.

Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.


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