Happening Saturday: Santarchy 2014, a whiskey tasting with expert Lew Bryson, and more

-Santarchy 2014: Even with Krampus in town, there’s no need to succumb to holiday bah-humbuggery. Join the league of drunk Santas (and Mrs. Clauses and elves and reindeer and whatever other holiday getups are out there) and parade around the city in your finest North Pole-ian attire, stopping for warmth and booze. Be ready to carol and end up on an embarrassing viral video. 3 p.m., Federal Hill Park, 300 Warren Ave., facebook.com/SantarchyBaltimore, free. (Maura Callahan)

-Whiskey Tasting with Expert Lew Bryson: Uh oh, Baltimore. You may not be enjoying whiskey to its fullest—a comfort to those of you who have not yet “acquired” its acquired taste, and a boon to us local whiskey enthusiasts. For the distilled spirit that claims the richest and most varied flavors, we are eager to expand our knowledge. Glorified expert of the amber nectar, Lew Bryson, is here to tell us about it. Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey Bar hosts the aficionado as he reads about whiskey from his new book, “Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits,” whetting our appetites for a rich, throat-burning liquid of our own until he actually serves it up to us in an expert-led whiskey tasting. It is best to learn by experience, we always say—especially if that experience is a drink. Our expert has a stack of credentials, including the title of managing editor for Whisky Advocate, writer of several brewery guidebooks (including Maryland’s), and host for a new show, "American Beer Blogger," where he surveys various breweries, bars, festivals, and basically any place where drinks are offered—a journey we may have to follow him on if this tasting works out. Atomic Books will be tagging along at the event, selling books, as we tackle this “downright challenging” spirit. Challenge accepted. 3-5 p.m., Blue Pit BBQ and Whiskey Bar, 1601 Union Ave., (443) 948-5590, bluepitbbq.com, free. (Lindsay VanAsdalan)

-From the Short List: Punk bands Tiny Moving Parts and Seaway stop by the Metro Gallery while playing a short tour together. WWMX-FM’s “Mistletoe Meltdown” at Towson University’s SECU Arena features pop/rock hitmakers Train, Daughtry, O.A.R., and Ingrid Michaelson. Charm City Klezmer throws a holiday party at the Patterson Theater. Gwar brings a bucket of fake blood to Baltimore Soundstage with Corrosion Of Conformity and American Sharks. The Windup Space hosts the local showcase This Is Baltimore with Onespot Fringehead, The Stars And The Sea, and Lushfarm. The Legwarmers remember the ’80s at Rams Head Live. Reunited Rockville band Dog Fashion Disco plays the Ottobar with Vessel and Seventh Seal. New Jersey punks Aspiga play the Sidebar with Braceface and Imaginary Hockey League. Russian pianist Irina Nuzova performs a recital of Schumann and Beethoven at An die Musik Live. The Eric Byrd Trio, Jeff Antoniuk, and Delandria Mills perform for the holiday jazz celebration at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center. Don't miss: The Bambou hosts Project Hope, a charity event for the homeless featuring musical performances from J Pope & Funk Friday, Litz, Rufus Roundtree & The Bmore Brass, The Greek Nubian Collective, and many more. (Al Shipley)

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