Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m.
Showlist DC and Hometown Sounds Present Heavy Breathing, Tereu Tereu, and The Jet Age

Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW

Rally behind local music boosters Showlist DC and Hometown Sounds for their inaugural showcase. It's a mighty line-up for their first bill – comprised of some of our favorite pop sensibility-laden music: the electronic-tinged Heavy Breathing, prog-poppish Tereu Tereu, and jangly alt-rockers The Jet Age. DJ sets from Screen Vinyl Image and Hometown Sounds’ Paul Vodra will fill in the blanks. $10.

Deal nearby: Sacrifical Lamb Kabobs and Wraps

Friday, December 13, 11 p.m.
Ja Rule at Howard Theatre

620 T St. NW

He’s not always there when you call, but he’s always on time: Tonight, Ja Rule plays the Howard Theatre. Enjoy tunes from his latest musical effort, The Mirror, of which the rapper—whose “I’m Real” duet with Jennifer Lopez is firmly lodged into everyone’s memory—says, “I want people to really get a glimpse on what it is to be Ja Rule, and the album is a reflection of that.” (Reflection? Nice one Ja.) Expect nothing less than wonderful. $25.50 in advance, $35.50 day-of.

Deal nearby: Drafting Table

Saturday, December 14
Fête des Lumiéres Georgetown

L2 Lounge, 3315 Cady’s Alley NW

The Fête des Lumiéres officially kicks off this on Friday with a party at Georgetown’s newish, French-ish Malmaison, but the grand opening of this inaugural lights festival – which is centered around illuminated public art and takes its cues from the legendary French fête in Lyon, France – goes all weekend long. Tonight, mingle at L2 Lounge with the artists, who hail from France, Canada, Belgium and Spain, and whose largely participatory lit-up pieces will be installed around Georgetown until the 20th.

Deal nearby: Paolo’s Ristorante

Sunday, December 15
Lines + Stars Circus Release Party

VeraCruz, 2108 Vermont Ave. NW, D.C.

Lines + Stars, a quarterly journal of poetry and short prose, has been steadily showcasing work by DC-area writers since 2006. The release party for its sixteenth and latest issue, Circus, promises special beverages, warmth, and music---and readings by featured writers Marie Abate, Marlena Chertlock and Dan Ferrara.

Deal nearby: Camino Real Restaurant