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Music for the Holidays

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<sh>'Season’s Greetings'

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The Washington Metropolitan Chorus and The Washington Balalaika Society present a holiday celebration concert called "Season's Greetings." The show will be held at Thomas Jefferson Theater, 125 South Old Glebe Road, on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.

The Washington Balalaika Society is a group of local musicians who perform the music of Russia, Ukraine and eastern Europe on traditional Russian folk instruments — the balalaika, domra, bayan and related folk wind and percussion instruments. Visit www.balalaika.org for more information.

<sh>'Thanksgiving Bash'

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Spending the holidays with one’s family can be a little trying at times. So before you scarf down some turkey and gravy with the loved ones, make sure you let loose the night before at the Clarendon Ballroom.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22 HiBall Events is holding its Thanksgiving Throwdown bash from 6 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Clarendon Ballroom, located at 3185 Wilson Blvd. More than 1,000 revelers are expected to attend.

The party will feature the rock band Gonzo’s Nose in the main ballroom upstairs and hip-hop DJ Pat Premier on the lower floor.

“It’s one of the biggest party nights of the year and people know that we have a reputation of throwing good, fun parties,” said Richard Shea, CEO of HiBall Events “And it’s your last chance away from your family.”

Tickets are $10 at the door with canned goods and $15 without. There are no advanced ticket sales. Prizes include tickets to HiBall’s “Big Night DC” New Year’s Eve Gala. For more information call HiBall Events at 571-333-4422.

<sh>Harmony Chorus

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On Sunday, Dec. 17, the Potomac Harmony Chorus will hold its annual holiday concert at Thomas Jefferson Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road. This free show is scheduled for 3 p.m. There will be traditional popular selections of holiday music, all sung a cappella in four-part harmony.

The Potomac Harmony Chorus draws its membership from Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria, as well as from a large radius around Washington, D.C. — south to Winchester and Fredericksburg, up I-270 to parts of Maryland, and west of Leesburg. It’s a regional group, but also part of an international one. In Nov. 1976, the chorus was chartered after the consolidation of the Arlington and Fairfax chapters of Sweet Adelines International, which is described by the group’s Web site (www.potomacharmony.org) as “an independent, nonprofit music education association, made up of women singers dedicated to performing and teaching the American folk art of four-part harmony, barbershop style.” Mask estimated that Sweet Adelines has more than 30,000 members world-wide.

Call 703-764-3896 or visit www.potomacharmony.org.

<sh>NYE at Whitlow's

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It's become one of the most popular New Year's Eve celebrations in Arlington. "It sells out every year," said Jonathan Williams, general manager of Whitlow's On Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd.

This year's New Year's celebrations features a buffet dinner — heavy hors d'oeuvres — along with free "party favors" and coat check. Back to Zero, one of the region's top funk and rock bands, will play the party. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 1, and are $35. They increase to $40 as of Dec. 26. Visit www.whitlows.com.

<sh>Holidays at The Birchmere

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The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, has a slate of December concerts with a holiday spirit.

A Peter White Christmas will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. This U.K. jazz artist will play with Mindi Abair & Rick Brau. Tickets are $45.

Keola Beamer's Ki Ho'Alu Christmas will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Keola Beamer is one of Hawai'i's premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, composers and the "Master Of The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar." Tickets are $25.

"A Soulful Christmas" will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features R&B stars Brian Culbertson, Bobby Caldwell, Warren Hill, Ray Parker Jr., & Eric Darius. Tickets are $65.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, the Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Holiday Show will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. This husband and wife are a country singer/songwriter duo. Tickets are $25.

Crooner Raul Malo comes to The Birchmere for the Raul Malo Xmas Show on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Find out why the St. Petersburg Times called his last effort "the best makeout album of the year." Tickets are $29.50.

Finally, star singer/songwriter Aimee Mann's brings her 1st Annual Christmas Show, Hosted by Fred Armisen, to the club for two nights: Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Wed., Dec. 20. Tickets are 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Visit www.birchmere.com.