It may be hundreds of miles away from Hawaii, but the Torpedo Factory Arts Center is bringing the hula to Alexandria with its annual holiday bash Thursday. Guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts, enjoy music from the Aloha Boys acoustic band and dance vignettes from Karen Reedy Dance, and browse the studios and galleries for seasonal purchases. Attendees are also welcome to make food and toy donations to Carpenter’s Shelter and Community Partners for Children. The free event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m.
Make your own purse
If you can’t find the perfect handbag, learn to make one at the Textile Museum on Saturday as Lisa Shepard Stewart hosts a kuba raffia handbag workshop. Most materials, including fabric and lining, will be provided upon registration. Those who register before Tuesday will receive a copy of Stewart’s book, “African Accents: On the Go! Designing Accessories with Cultural Style.” The workshop is $125 ($100 for members) and it will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit textilemuseum.org.
DIY Japanese gift wrapping
Learn how to give your decorations a taste of Japan as Pyramid Atlantic Art Center hosts a do-it-yourself evening of decorating Saturday. Come at 6 p.m. to sip festive cocktails and learn to create Furoshiki Japanese gift wrapping paper and garlands, ornaments from old book pages and holiday postcards. The cost is $10, which includes a hand-pulled print and two holiday drinks. The event will end at 9 p.m. Visit pyramid-atlantic.org.
‘American Musical Voices Project’
Up-and-coming composers Joshua Schmidt and Joshua Rosenblum will take the stage at Signature Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday to present their latest works, performed by singers including Signature’s own Susan Derry and Sam Ludwig. Tickets for “American Musical Voices Project: Next Generation Showcase” are $20 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 703-820-9771 or Ticketmaster at 703-573-7328. Find out more at signature-theatre.org/shows/next- generation-honorees-showcase.
Lessons on fabric mosaics
Maria Goodwin will give lessons on how to create fabric mosaics at the Anacostia Community Museum at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10. The free event will end at 2:30 p.m. and requires no prior experience. Call 202-633-4844 to reserve a seat.
Learn “Why The Chimes Rang” as the Choral Arts Society of Washington brings forth its family Christmas concert at 1 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Kennedy Center. Guests can enjoy the performance of this theatrical production, which also promises sing alongs and more for everyone to enjoy. The event will be held in the Concert Hall, and tickets are $15 to $45.
National Geographic yule fest
Go a-wassailing, Anglo-Saxon style, when the National Geographic Museum hosts a free yule celebration Dec. 18. The event will feature live music, traditional crafts including metalwork, calligraphy, costuming, woodworking, and wassail along with the displaying of a yule log. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Visit events.nationalgeographic.com.