What to Do Tonight: October 5, 2011

The Cups of Hope breast cancer fundraiser, Howard University grad Eric Roberson at the Birchmere, and Olympic track star John Carlos at the National Portrait Gallery

By: Samantha Miller

Howard University grad Eric Roberson is performing at the Birchmere tonight. Photograph courtesy of the artist's Facebook page

Wednesday, October 5
BENEFIT:
During the Cups Full of Hope fundraiser at the Greater Reston Arts Center, guests can bid on whimsically decorated bras to honor those confronted with breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit the Tigerlily Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides breast cancer support and education. Click here to check out this year’s entries. Tickets ($65 members, $100 non-members) can be reserved through Success in the City’s Web site. 6 to 8 PM. And in case you missed it, check out our breast cancer awareness gift guide.

ART: Don’t miss the opening reception for Zenith Gallery’s new exhibit, “Shining Stars.” Stop by the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Gallery (1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) for a chance to mingle with the artists. The multidimensional collection features large-scale pieces made from a range of materials—including bronze, steel, glass, and mixed-media. The show runs through January 7. Free; 5:30 to 8 PM.

MUSIC: Howard University grad Eric Roberson is dropping by the Birchmere tonight. The R&B singer became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award in 2007. You can listen to some of his tracks here. Tickets ($29.50) can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 7:30 PM

SIGNING: Olympic track star John Carlos, famous for his controversial Black Power salute during the 1968 games, will be signing copies of his new autobiography, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Stop by the National Portrait gallery at 6 PM for a discussion with Carlos and co-author Dave Zirin. A book signing will follow. Free.