Friday, November 5
Sara Marcus tells the true story of girl power in her new book Girls to the Front, about the Riot Grrrl movement in the ’90s. She’s celebrating its release tonight at St. Stephen’s Church with fellow author Mark Anderson (Dance of Days) and bands such as Trophy Wife, the Gift, and War on Women.
If you’re ready for your close-up, check out the FotoWeek DC kick-off party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The celebration features projections, a photobooth, food and drinks, and music from ESL. 8 to 11. Purchase tickets ($45) here.
Find hidden treasures at the Alexandria Antiques Show, open today through Sunday. Twenty-five dealers are exhibiting and selling everything from silver to rugs to furniture at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. 11 to 8. Entrance fee is $12 here or $15 at the door.
Saturday, November 6
For a decadent night out, try the annual Champagne Festival at La Maison Français. You’ll find bottles of bubbly from brands such as Veuve Clicquot and Perrier-Jouët, as well as a silent auction and food from local restaurants. 7 to 10. Tickets ($125) are available here.
If you’re feeling creative, enter FotoWeek’s NightVisions: Portraits in the Night competition. Grab your camera and an espresso and snap the night away. Selected images will be printed and displayed on the wall of Satellite Central (3333 M St., NW), and while the judging is going on, there’s a party with snacks, drinks, and music. 8 PM to 5:30 AM. Register ($10) here.
Comedian Brent Phillips brings his act “Fag Life: A Conversation With Fred Phelps” to Artisphere. The show is a celebration of the gay community and culture and uses the words of Phelps, a controversial protester, to shed light on the more serious subject of discrimination. Shows are at 7:30 and 9:45. Buy tickets ($20) here.
Hear Washington Post columnist and political commentator Dana Milbank discuss his latest book, Tears of a Clown: Glenn Beck and the Tea Bagging of America. The talk is in the Knight TV Studio at the Newseum, and it’s followed by a book signing. 2:30. Free with Newseum admission ($19.95).
Sunday, November 7
Today is the final day of the weekend’s Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair at the Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza (850 Ellsworth Dr.). The fair features a rare-prints sale, book art, and lectures and exhibitions, including Moira McCauley and Steve Cole’s collection of love letters found in the Library of Congress. 11 to 5. To register ($55) and see a full schedule of events, click here.
It’s also the last day to catch Synetic Theater’s wordless production of King Arthur. If that doesn’t sound unique enough, the dance-and-movement-based show is performed on a stage covered in several inches of water. At the Crystal City Theater (1800 S. Bell St., Arlington); buy tickets ($30 to $50) here.
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