Freedom Friday: The Pre-Christmas Edition

Hey Good People!

It’s the last weekend before Christmas.  I know for some of you, you will be making those last minute purchases for family and friends.  I will admit, I have been somewhat low-key this year for Christmas.  I have sent out my cards and bought a couple of gifts.  However, I am really anticipating heading home to spend time with my family.  Every Christmas, I think about my mother telling me “Your Dad is Santa Claus!” *lolol*  So for us, the holiday fun was trying to find where my “Santa Dad” hid the Christmas presents.  I know I sound all sentimental and mushy, but each year I truly appreciate my family and the memories we have made together.  I hope each of you take the opportunity to do the same with your family.

Enjoy the weekend!

Carolyn Malachi performs Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19 (Soular Blues Vocals) Shows at 8 & 10pm, nightly. Fresh off her Grammy Nomination for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Carolyn Malachi comes to Blues Alley with special guests, poet/photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis, violinist Chelsey Green, and more.
December 17, 18, & 19
Blues Alley
1069 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Click here for tickets.
Night Catches Us opens this weekend in DC.  Based in 1976 Philadelphia, former Black Panthers reconnect. Haunted by their pasts and the residuals of a community picking up the scraps of life after the Panthers, they are forced to face their present and their future.  An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Jamie Hector, Wendell Pierce & Amari Cheatom
Music Composed & Performed by THE ROOTS
Opening Friday, December 17
West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW
Click here for showtimes.

Soulful house pioneer King Britt and local house legend Sam “The Man” Burns will be working it out tonight.

Friday, December 17

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St. NW


Free before 11:00 p.m. for 21+

$10 after, $10 all night for 18+.


DC’s only party dedicated to Hip Hop music & culture goes down every 3rd Friday of the month. Hosted by the one and only Grap Luva.  Pull out your dopest throwback Hip Hop gear and come out and celebrate the golden era of Hip Hop.

Friday, December 17

Black Cat

1811 14th NW


Cover: 7 bucks



Count out to support your local artists to buy one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. The 5th Annual Community Carol Sing will also take place with Capitol City Symphony, Congressional Chorus,  and American Youth Chorus.

December 18 & 19

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE



The annual Downtown DC Holiday Market offers seasonal outdoor shopping with a festive atmosphere. The event features nearly 180 rotating exhibitors and artisans with approximately 50 each week, offering distinctive gifts for sale including fine art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, pottery, photography, clothing and specialty foods. The Downtown Holiday Market also includes local food and live musical entertainment.

December 3-23

DC Downtown Holiday Market

Located on the sidewalk of F Street, NW between 7th and 9th Streets

Noon to 8PM


Formed in 1983, the Rebirth Brass Band has long since graduated from the streets of New Orleans to theaters and festivals all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show.

Saturday, December 18


11th & U St  NW


30 bucks

Get tickets here.


4th Kicks for Kids Charity Shoe Drive event hosted by Mya and Lyle Silva with DJ Heat and DJ Lil Mic. Performances by Tabi Bonney & Phil Ade. Food and beverages with donation.  Donation goes toward purchase of new shoes for Children’s National Medical Center, So Others Might Eat and other orgs.

Saturday, December 18

Art Whino

122 Waterfront St


Cover: 10 bucks


Liv has been cranking out all the old school acts.  Last week EPMD,  next week Peter Rock and CL Smooth, and THIS WEEKEND  BBD.   Come out to hear your favorite songs from “Do Me” to “Poison”.

Sunday, December 19


11th & U St NW


30 bucks

Get tickets here.

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