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December Year of Beer Sampling at The Auld Shebeen

The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax hosted the last Year of Beer sampling of the year featuring complimentary appetizers, a gift card raffle, beer samples from five breweries and live music. Each brewery served two brews from their portfolio, including winter beers.

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Rosslyn Holiday Cheer

Rosslyn hosted its annual holiday event on Central Place Plaza with live music from Jarreau Williams, food from Timber Pizza Co., sips from Belle Isle Moonshine, sweet treats and more. Photos: Devin Overbey

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The Regrettes at Union Stage

On Thursday, Union Stage hosted The Regrettes, an L.A. punk outfit bearing a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O. Photo: K. Gabrielle Photography 

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The Internet and Moonchild at Fillmore Silver Spring

The Internet and Moonchild continued their joint tour on Tuesday, December 4, stopping though Maryland at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Photos: Mike Kim

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Cults at DC9 Nightclub

Cults made a second stop on their Offering tour in DC this past weekend, playing at the intimate DC9 Nightclub, which was completely packed with fans of the New York-based duo’s music. Photos: Trent Johnson

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Sister Sparrow at 9:30 Club

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds flew into DC on Thursday, November 29 for their first headlining performance at the 930 Club. This New York-based band crowded the stage with nine performers, who created a lush sound that filled the venue. A three-person horn section provided blues and jazz, while brother and sister duo Arleigh and Jackson Kincheloe took the lead up front with powerful vocals and some intense harmonica playing.

Arleigh is the perfect lead to this band; her vocals are strong, and her charisma on stage pulled the crowd in with every song. Attendees bunched up close to be part of the experience and several fans were dancing to the contagious rhythms.

The Rad Trads, also from New York, opened for the evening. Their rock and jazzy melodies were the perfect way to start this evening. Photos/write-up: Shantel Mitchell Breen 

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Thom Yorke at The Kennedy Center

Thom Yorke brought his series of live electronic performances to the Kennedy Center on Friday, November 30. There he performed songs with the help of Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri, all spanning his solo works The EraserTomorrow’s Modern Boxes and Atoms For Peace’s Amok. Photos: Mike Kim

 

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The District’s Holiday Boat Parade 2018 at The Wharf

The Wharf celebrated the start of the holiday season with the annual Holiday Boat Parade, featuring a huge lineup of beautifully decorated boats, music by GoGo Gadjet, a s’mores firepit, the lighted Christmas Tree, winter drinks at the Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden, pictures with Santa, and a show-stopping fireworks show. Photos: John Gervasi PhotoArts LLC

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Photo: Mike Kim

Thom Yorke Celebrates Solo Career at the Kennedy Center

The moment Thom Yorke walked onstage at the Kennedy Center on November 30, the crowd shot out of their seats with fervent cheers and applause. But as Yorke, co-collaborator Nigel Godrich and audiovisual composer Tarik Barri launched into their first song, the crowd sheepishly sat after a person a few seats over from me loudly declared their distaste for the bout of standing as “This is the Kennedy Center, after all!”

Mere minutes later, Yorke asked the crowd to rise again. And once we were all on our feet – some dancing, some swaying and some just transfixed by the storied musician – it felt like the show had actually begun.

While the Kennedy Center is a formal venue, were we really going to let that stop us from fully enjoying the show – movement and all? Yorke’s grand assortment of achievements certainly make him worthy of a show there, but the venue itself shouldn’t act as a gatekeeper for how we experience the art. Eventually, even the once agitated attendee was seen standing and swaying.

The show itself was a healthy mix of just about everything Yorke has done outside his illustrious Radiohead career. From his own work, supergroup Atoms for Peace and even the Suspiria soundtrack, the show was a reminder that even though he’s best known as Radiohead’s frontman, his other ventures are just as jaw-droppingly stunning.

Yorke appeared to be having the time of his life, too – dancing and shimmying across the stage, sometimes with a guitar and sometimes making his way to a table of synths. Even during the stripped down and serious “Suspirium,” he closed his eyes and smiled. Many in the audience did the same.

The Kennedy Center’s stage was the perfect backdrop for Barri’s audiovisual elements. Sure, Yorke and company could have performed at a larger or less formal space, but perhaps those venues wouldn’t have accommodated the dizzying images on the triptych as well. They felt so integral to the performance as a whole, so the trade-off felt more than fair – especially once concertgoers committed to immersing themselves in the music, the movement and the images.

For more on Thom Yorke, visit www.wasteheadquarters.com.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 2700 F St. NW, DC; 202-467-4600; www.kennedy-center.org