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Calendar: A Different Kind of Holiday Music

Looking forward to this holiday season’s soundtrack of “Jingle Bell Rock” and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch’s “8 Days of Hanukkah”?

In the event you might not be, there are some marquee shows playing in the District this week to provide  some respite from the usual suspects.


Electro-pop/rock darlings MGMT land on Tuesday at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall, with a new album, the self-titled “MGMT.” Tour-mates Kuroma are opening for them. Tickets start at $35 on Ticketmaster. Doors at 7 p.m.

The Walkmen Walk on By

The Walkmen, the indie-rock band composed of D.C. natives, help inaugurate Union Market’s second-floor performance art space, Dock 5, on Saturday. They’re scheduled to perform with Sunwolf and DJ Will Eastman. The concert is part of Union Market’s Thread at Dock 5 event, an art and fashion show that starts Friday and goes through Sunday.

Tickets start at $25 for the gig and can be purchased on Ticketfly. Doors open at 7 p.m., tunes at 8 p.m.

Amid all this non-Thanksgiving, non-Christmas, non-Hanukkah music are a couple of other good-looking shows, Rob Zombie at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday and Animal Collective on Sunday. But, alas, those are sold out already. Still, it’s nice to know there are alternatives to Muzak out there.

Take a Trot

The 12th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger is all set for Thursday, starting at Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. at Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street Northwest. The annual 5K run supports So Others Might Eat, which works to provide food, clothing and shelter for area homeless. The Kids’ One Mile Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m. About 10,000 folks showed up to trot last year, and it’s a good way to start a day that will end with most of us stuffed, but many others wanting.

Hanukkah Lights at Hill Center

Finally, if you do need a dollop of D.C. tradition coming out of the long weekend, swing by Hill Center for the Hanukkah Lights Reading with NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz, a former NPR and American Film Institute cultural executive. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 921 Pennsylvania Ave., Stamberg and Horwitz will read special holiday stories commissioned for the holiday broadcast standby. Free.

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