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Holiday shows, shopping, art and philanthropy in the days ahead.

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“Le Week-end” (Photo courtesy AFI Silver Theatre)

AFI European Union Film Showcase
Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 22
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-495-6700
Ticket information here

With Oscar season just around the corner, there’s no better way to get up to speed on the Foreign Language category than through AFI’s 26th European film showcase. Over 50 films — many of which are official Oscar submissions — will be on view, including Poland’s “Walesa, Man of Hope” about Lech Walesa and the Solidarity Movement and Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge,” his hilariously sleazy media personality caricature.

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Art Soiree’s Winter Wonderland

Art Soiree Winter Wonderland
Friday, Dec. 5
8 p.m.
Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE
202-503-2330
21 and over. $20 online/$50 door, and online here

Immerse yourself in over 30,000 square feet of experiential art in this unique holiday show that combines music, bodypainting, dance, a fairy tale and more. More than 20 artists are participating in this fourth annual “happening” with performances going until the wee hours of the morning. You almost have to see it for yourself.

"A Christmas Carol"

“A Christmas Carol”

Christmas in Black and White
Thursday, Dec. 12
6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Mosaic District/Angelika Film Center & Cafe
2910 District Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031
703-992-7765
Adults $15, children under 12 Free. Tickets available online here.

There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than with classic black-and-white holiday films. This event takes holiday movie-watching up a notch with live musical accompaniment to films like “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol” by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the women’s chorus from the National Broadway Chorus.

Winter Shop Sale
Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 29
Textile Museum
2320 S St. NW
202-667-044

Still looking for that unique gift for that one hard-to-shop-for person on your list? The Textile Museum’s shop may be the way to go. The galleries may be closed as the museum prepares for its big move, but the shop is offering up to 70 percent off for the holidays.

Chalk Talk and Dinner with the Washington Redskins
Monday, Dec. 16
6 p.m. dinner; 7:30 p.m. “chalk talk”
Redskins Park
21300 Redskin Park Dr.
Ashburn, VA 20147
$200 dinner and chalk talk; $75 chalk talk only. Available online here.

Giving Tuesday may have come and gone, but giving season is far from over. Join Washington Redskins , , and others for an evening benefiting the Smashing Walnuts Foundation. The festivities honor the life of 9-year-old Washingtonian, , who died from a walnut-sized inoperable brain tumor. In her memory, her family began smashing walnuts, their way of symbolically beating the deadly disease. The evening includes a discussion with Redskins players led by “the voice of the Redskins” and dinner created by the Redskins head chef.

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