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Thursday: There are but a handful of places to which you can escape for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day. You could go Black Thursday shopping, of course, but that would make you a monster. Instead, pre-turkey, head to U.S. Botanic Garden, where the seasonal display, Season's Greenings, flickers on for the first time. Admission is free. Read More: U.S. Botanic Garden train display re-creates century-old expedition.
Thursday: For those looking for post-turkey nightlife, the Black Cat has for years been a destination on Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Eve for all the old D.C. types hoping to catch up with friends. This Thursday is extra special: It's the soft opening of Lucky Cat, the new pinball-centric game room in the Food for Thought Cafe. Doors open at 9 p.m., with $5 craft beer and whiskey specials available in the Red Room bar.
Thursday-Dec. 24: Head north, but not quite to the North Pole, for the annual Christmas Village in Baltimore, a full-blown German Christmas market on the Inner Harbor that opens on Thanksgiving Day. The Christmas Village features dozens of international vendors selling ornaments and gifts, including the famous wooden ornaments and nutcrackers from the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop. There's a beer garden, of course, but also a giant Advent calendar, a train for kids to ride and live music. The marketplace-slash-festival is open daily at West Shore Park, 501 Light St. Admission is free on weekdays, and ranges from $1 to $5 on other days.
Through Sunday: Numunu Voices in the Wind, a multi-day festival at the National Museum of the American Indian, celebrates the culture and heritage of the Comanche Nation in Oklahoma and includes dance performances, singing, activities, films and food demonstrations. On Friday, to mark Native American Heritage Day, visitors can join in a Round Dance, featuring Comanche Nation drums. Admission is free.
Friday-Dec. 23: The annual Downtown Holiday Market event brings together more than 150 regional artists and shops that sell a wide variety of items such as clothing, jewelry, pottery and more. If you need a rest, there will be musical performances and hot food to savor during the market's hours, from noon to 8 p.m. daily at Eighth and F streets NW, in front of the National Portrait Gallery.
Friday: The celebrated Washington band the Dismemberment Plan spent much of the late '90s and early '00s creating acclaimed albums and touring the world. With its signature indie rock sound, the band won over not only local fans, but also such major stars as Pearl Jam and Death Cab for Cutie. Although the Plan dissolved in 2003, the band reunited in 2013 to record "Uncanny Valley," and it is performing a few shows in support of a vinyl reissue of its seminal 2001 album, "Change." Doors open at 8 p.m. for the band's headlining show with local up-and-comers Priests, at the 9:30 Club on Friday. Tickets are $25.
Friday-Dec. 20: Faction of Fools attempts the old "one man, 12 characters" gag at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop beginning this weekend. "The Great One-Man Commedia Epic" stars Matthew Wilson in a quintessential, masked commedia dell’arte piece of his own device. “Calamities abound,” the actor told The Post. The show runs through Dec. 20; tickets are $10-$20. Read more: One clown, two openings: Matthew Wilson juggles his own commedia and a hit farce.
Saturday: DC Brau's Made in D.C. Market Place becomes a showcase for 13 local artists, including jewelers, silversmiths, graphic designers, a coffee roaster and a mumbo-sauce producer. Of course, there will be plenty of award-winning beer, live rock and reggae music by the Fishermen Band, and the announcement of what the brewery cryptically calls "one of the biggest surprises ever." The event is free and set for noon-5 p.m. at the brewery
Through Sunday: It's last call for those hoping to catch the "still deeply in progress" "Little Dancer" at the Kennedy Center. The new musical, which is effectively working out its kinks before a live studio audience at the Kennedy Center, offers theater buffs a chance to see a work early; it wraps up its brief run Sunday.