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Saturday: The Church Night Holiday Spectacular isn't so much a religious experience as it is a comedy gathering for kind of people who feign a cold sore to get out of midnight Mass. The comedy show moves out of its usual perch at Wonderland Ballroom, to the Black Cat, where organizers promise, you might just hear Santa share the true meaning of ... twerking. The night features burlesque by Pria Puss and comedian Sara Armour, among others.
Through Saturday: If one of those Southern-fried members of the Kings of Leon had a very serious side gig as a comedian, he'd be Rory Scovel, the North Carolina native who honed his craft for years in Washington's insular open-mike scene before moving on to bigger things in Los Angeles. Scovel returns this weekend for shows at the D.C. Improv. Read a Q&A with Scovel in The Express, then check out his recent appearance on "Conan" below:
Saturday: Does your ugly sweater wick sweat? Then sign up for the Ugly Sweater Run through National Harbor, a festive 5K that features holiday music at the starting line, cups of hot cocoa served on the course instead of sports drinks, and two Sam Adams beers awaiting each runner at the finish. Don't worry about winning – worry about taking home prizes for best sweater, worst sweater, best mustache and best fake mustache at the after-race party. There's a $44 entry fee for the race ($50 on race day) and all participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Find more places to show off your ugly holiday sweaters here.
Saturday-Sunday: Who doesn't love to spend a winter Sunday at the museum? This weekend, the National Gallery of Art ups the ante with two days of free caroling performances in its airy rotunda, featuring Metropolitan Church Chancel and Dayspring choirs and the Metropolitan Ringers. Performances are both days at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; afterward, head outdoors for ice-skating in the Sculpture Garden (fees do apply).
Sunday: For just shy of eight years, Daylight has been a communal celebration of deep funk, soul, disco and R&B. DJs Bill Source and Divine cultivated a weekly gathering with their gregarious host Big Tone and tireless chef Nichelle, creating an event that was part sweaty dance party, part family reunion (complete with a heaping soul food buffet), and sometimes Sunday worship service. The sessions would begin before sundown -- doors open at 6 p.m. -- so serious dancers could show up, get loose and wind down early before the Monday grind. Others made it a pre-game stop before later revelry. Wear comfortable shoes and don't plan on being a wallflower at Liv as Daylight takes its final bow.
Through Sunday: Consider this weekend your last chance to say aloha to that curious oasis of palm trees and tropical frozen drinks in Alexandria. Mango Mike's is closing, after many a winter in Alexandria. The tropical theme is out after Sunday, but it will see a replacement eventually. After a renovation, the restaurant will reopen as a Mexican joint.