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Spotlight: Artfully gifting, comedic storytelling

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Katy DeLuca,Buzz

ARTFULLY GIFTING

Christmas is only more than a week away, which means if you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, then we suggest you start soon -- say, maybe Saturday about 10 a.m. at Artisphere. Malls are always packed about this time with last-minute shoppers, so Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) has decided to host an alternative craft show ironically called GRUMP for those of you looking for a stress-free shopping experience. Forty of some of the area's best artists and craftsmen will be setting up shop and selling all kinds of unique items, with a decidedly Etsy-esque feeling, ranging from vintage T-shirts and handmade soap to plush anteaters and dog-shaped pillows. They'll even be a tacky-sweater photo booth and a DJ.

Shopping ends at 4 p.m., and if you have a little extra time to spare, take a look around Artisphere's creative space and a few of the exhibits on display.

COMEDIC STORYTELLING

We all have a few embarrassing stories up our sleeves, but somehow it's always a little better hearing someone else's awkward moment rather than recounting our own. And, let's face it, who wants to relive the past anyway? Well, a few brave souls will at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW) and SpeakeasyDC's fourth annual "My So-Called Jewish Life" on Saturday. Seven storytellers will unravel their hilarious stories about seemingly normal things gone awry -- touring in Israel, marrying into a Jewish family, being mistaken for a Jew (on more than one occasion, we might add), and finding your Jewish identity in an African country. The storytellers include Soupergirl owner Sara Polon, LivingSocial Managing Editor Eliot Stein, ABC News Correspondent John Donvan and more.

Tickets cost $17 at sixthandi.org or $20 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m.

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