What: Executive chef James Claudio ladles the results of master classes with his Vietnamese granny in the former Blackbyrd space, now slicked in lucky red and black lacquer.
Why: Crispy spring rolls, bowls of pho, rice flour crepes stuffed with seafood, banh mi, and other northern lights for cool nights.
When: Daily, 5:30 p.m.-close.
Where: 2005 14th St. NW, at U St. (202-747-2377).
Muléh Georgetown Pop-Up
What: Christopher Reiter extends his magical (and expensive) mix of contemporary fashion and furniture into the former Alessi showroom for a five-month stay.
Why: Check plaid Vivienne Westwood Anglomania separates and Kenneth Cobonpue chairs off your wish list.
When: Thru Apr. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 3319a Cady’s Alley, at M St. NW (202-333-0396).
Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Tour
What: Treat your Broadway-loving bestie (or tout les amis) to the live show before you go see the movie.
Why: It’s been knocking down barricades since 1987.
When: Thru Dec. 30.
Where: The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, b/t 13th & 14th Sts. (202-628-6161). Tickets ($40-$198) at 800-447-7400.
Give a Can Get a Can Drive
What: Take a donation to the annual food drive and get a can of beer — can for can.
Why: Be generous. Check Martha’s Table and shop from the wish list.
When: Today, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Pizzeria Paradiso, 3282 M St. NW, b/t Potomac & 33rd Sts. (202-337-1245).
What: Ever hear the one about the hundred-plus tuba players who gather annually for a free holiday concert? You will if you go.
Why: Play tuba, sousaphone, or euphonium? You can join the band. Rehearsal starts at 3 p.m.
When: Tonight, 6 p.m.
Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, at Virginia Ave. (202-467-4600).
9th & Beats Opens
What: Pop up to an underused events space that will operate as an all-ages venue for live and spun music and comedy and art, curated by indie impresario Dave Mann (SweetTeaPumpkinPie Festival) and partner Rachel Eisley.
Why: Opening night features teen punks The Black Sparks with Ladle Fight.
When: Tonight. Ladle Fight, 7:30 p.m.; The Black Sparks, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 9th St. NW, b/t M & N Sts. (202-289-8158). Tickets ($5) at brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
Photo: Courtesy of Hanoi House