We might be amid the Holidaze, but area clubs and venues are still hosting concerts and dance parties. Luckily, some of the performers this week have non-traditional takes on Christmas. John Waters will tell you what not to do during the holidays at his show at the Lyric, while Scott Weiland will do his take on classic Christmas songs at the 9:30 Club. Elsewhere: Winks, Judy Collins, Spank Rock, and a James Brown dance party.
On Monday, Scott Weiland the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, who just performed at Pier Six last year, is out promoting his new Christmas album. That's right, Weiland has turned into his generation's Rod Stewart. 9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW Washington. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40.
On Tuesday, the Ottobar won't host a concert, but a stupid pet tricks competition. All pets welcome, even "talentless moochers." To participate, email email@example.com. 9 p.m. 2549 N. Howard St. No cover listed.
On Wednesday, John Waters bring his annual Christmas show to the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Waters spoke to the Sun magazine about the show, Divine, and Marilyn Monroe necrophelia earlier this year. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.Also: Judy Collins, who has released a great new memoir, "Sweet Judy Blue Eyes," performs at Rams Head on Stage. 6 p.m. $55.
On Friday, Spank Rock performs a live set for a Christmas party at Sonar, 407 E Saratoga St. Expect DJ sets from Roofeeo and Simon Phoenix. 8 p.m. $20 at the door.
On Saturday, it's Christmas Eve! Take to the night to have dinner with the folks. Or, go watch the Ravens face off against the Browns at one of the Ravens bars of the week. Also: the 8X10 has what it calls an "eight band blowout," but it doesn't have much information listed online.