Things to See and Do in the Bethesda Area in November and December
Our picks for things to see and do in November and December
American singer-songwriter and producer Bhi Bhiman never shied away from political music. At once folksy, funky and soulful, his songs often broach serious subjects over catchy grooves. But as Bhiman explains in a recorded introduction to his latest album, Peace of Mind, you can only go so deep in a three-minute song. So, taking a new approach, Bhiman released the album as a podcast and included discussions with artists, activists and policymakers about current issues facing the country—immigration, gender equality and Russian interference in Western politics, to name just a few. Bhiman’s Montgomery College concert will be a solo performance, but he’ll weave in content from the podcast throughout.
8 p.m.; $15-$20, $5 Montgomery College students, $10 faculty/staff; Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, Silver Spring, mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/cac
Nov. 22-Dec. 31
Seneca Creek State Park gets a magical makeover with thousands of sparkling lights for the Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival. Visitors can see 450 displays from their cars as they cruise along the 3½-mile drive. The park offers events to see the spectacle before the lights open for nightly drive-through viewing (Nov. 29 to Dec. 31). S’more Lights on Nov. 22 includes campfires, trolley rides, selfies with Santa and food trucks. Run Under the Lights on Nov. 23 is a 5K race through the park. Wine Under the Lights on Nov. 24 offers tastings from local vineyards, trolley rides and live music. Leashes ’n’ Lights on Nov. 26 includes dog-related vendors and pet pictures with Santa.
6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Dec. 25; $12-$50 per vehicle ($10-$40 per person for special events); Seneca Creek State Park, gaithersburgmd.gov
Big Hair, Beer and Bingo
If you think bingo is just for church basements, think again. The monthly Drag Bingo night at Silver Spring’s Denizens Brewing Co. is hosted by the drag queens from Haus of Stone, a group of five local performers. The event features free rounds of bingo, prizes (including beer coupons), fierce musical performances by the drag queens and plenty of crowd interaction.
8 p.m., last Wednesday of the month (no event in December), free, Denizens Brewing Co., Silver Spring, denizensbrewingco.com