Top 5 weekend picks November 29

Every week Connect2Mason will offer five entertainment picks for your weekend and week ahead. Ranging from on-campus to off-campus events, Connect2Mason's Top 5 will give you a jump start on your weekend. Here are the Top 5 picks for this weekend:

  1. Danú’s Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn
    When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
    Where: Center for the Arts

    Known for playing traditional and contemporary Irish music, the band Danú will be performing a variety of Celtic Christmas tunes this week at the Center for the Arts. One of the most acclaimed Irish musical ensembles, Danú comes with incredible talent on the fiddle, flute, accordion and more.

    For any fan of Irish and Celtic music, or just Christmas music in general, this is the show for you. Hailed by the Washington Post as “a vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy,” Danú will start your holiday season off right.

  2. Washington Harbour Ice Skating
    When: Now until Feb. 2013
    Where: The Washington National Harbor

    Washington D.C.’s largest outdoor ice rink offers discounts to students with a student I.D. Set against the backdrop of the Potomac river waterfront, the ice skating rink is part of a 22.5 million dollar makeover for the Washington Harbor complex. Larger than New York City’s Rockefeller Center ice rink, the Washington Harbor ice rink is the perfect place to go for fun, wintry nights with your friends on a budget.

    The rink offers Wednesday college nights where students get $2 off with their student I.D. Skates are 7 dollars to rent.
  3. The Last Bison
    When: Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m.
    Where: Jammin’ Java

    A seven-member ensemble hailing from southeast Virginia, the band The Last Bison (formerly known as just Bison) will be performing at Fairfax’s Jammin’ Java. The folk band has been compared to the likes of Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes and the Decembrists. Steeped with classical influences and traditional folk music, The Last Bison’s band members describe their music as “mountain-top chamber” music. For indie-folk lovers and music fans alike, an evening with The Last Bison should be on your to-do list this evening.

    Tickets can be purchased online from Jammin’ Java for 13 dollars

  4. Zoolights at the National Zoo
    When: Now until Jan. 1
    Where: Smithsonian National Zoo

    Using more than 500,000 environmentally-friendly lights, Washington D.C.’s National Zoo is like “walking in a winter wonderland.” Various animals are silhouetted with lights throughout the zoo. Featuring a variety of activities including an animal carousel, this festive D.C. tradition is completely free and just a metro ride away.
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
    When: Thursday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 2
    Where: Johnson Center Cinema

    The indie-romantic comedy tells the story of Sam and Suzy who flee from a small New England town causing a search party to begin. Directed and written by Wes Anderson (Rushmore and The Fantastic Mr. Fox), the film includes an all-star cast of the likes of Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Edward Norton. Follow Sam and Suzy on their adventure as they escape camp counselors, parents, a social services officer and more behind the backdrop of the 1960’s.

    The film is free with a student I.D.

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