Holiday hideaway, pop-culture style


Perhaps it is the case that you’re already over hearing “Santa Baby” playing simultaneously on nine different radio stations when you’re in the car; perhaps it is the case that you think eggnog tastes like Satan’s nasal mucus, or you think candy canes are the most garbage candy of all time. Whatever the case may be, when the holidays become too holiday-ish and you start to feel that urge to give a noogie to the next grown man you see wearing a reindeer antler headband, consider the following escapes into pop culture, (mostly) Rudolph-free:

First up, on Thursday, December 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., gather to celebrate this thing called life with Art Mix: Immortal at the Crocker Art Museum (216 O Street). This year was a grade-A jerkwad in terms of taking away some of the all-time musical greats; this shindig will celebrate Prince and Bowie (and maybe DJ Epik will throw in a little Leonard Cohen, too?). Wear your best purple velvet or Ziggy Stardust getup, get ready to do some karaoke, dance, drink and catch a screening of Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon. Tickets are $10; visit
for more info.

Does the post-election world have you feeling like you’re living in the Upside Down? Join your fellow exiles at the Stranger Things Art Tribute Show on Friday, December 9, from 8 p.m. to 11:55 p.m. at Outlet Coworking (2110 K Street). More than 50 artists from the area and overseas will have their Stranger Things-themed work on display and complimentary wine will be served. Admission is free; check out
for more details.

And while we can’t promise this will be completely holiday-cheesiness-free considering it’s called Throwback Holiday Jam, a concert featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Juvenile, Ginuwine, En Vogue, Blackstreet and more can’t be anything but a damn good time, and it’s difficult to imagine how they could sneak in “Away in the Manger.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, at the Golden 1 Center (547 L Street) and tickets are $30.50-$75. Visit
for tickets.