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What to Do This Weekend: November 1 to 4

Run in high heels, sing karaoke with a live band, and celebrate the Day of the Dead at Bandolero.

Head to Dupont to watch—or participate in—the 26th annual High Heel Drag Queen Race. Photograph by Dakota Fine.

Thursday, November 1

FASHION: Designer Hilton Hollis will be at the Dupont Betsy Fisher store giving out fashion tips and displaying some of her new pieces as you snack on light hors d’oeuvres and sip cocktails. Free. 5:30 PM.

HIGH HEELS: Hurricane Sandy pushed back the 26th annual High Heel Drag Queen Race to today. Each year, the race brings out hundreds of runners—both men and women—and thousands of spectators. If you think you have what it takes, head over to Cobalt around 6 PM for registration. The race kicks off at 9 and is always a blast to watch. Free. 6 PM.

Friday, November 2

HAPPY HOUR: One Lounge is hosting a Suits and Skirts happy hour, so come dressed classy—and load up on $3 PBRs til 9 PM. A $10 cover and some proceeds from the event will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. 5:30 PM.

KARAOKE: Live band karaoke comes to the Hamilton with the HariKarioke band. Choose one of about 300 songs to belt out to an audience at an actual live music venue. Then stage dive into your adoring fans. On second thought, you should probably keep both feet on the ground. Free. 8:30 PM.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Halloween is in our rearview mirror, but the costumed fun doesn’t have to end. After taking Thursday off from dressing up, get back to the grind at Bandolero’s Wake the Dead Party, part of their Day of the Dead celebration. A deejay will spin on the first floor, and there’ll be special cocktails shaken up for the event plus a costume contest. Dibs on “zombie mariachi band member.” Free. 10 PM.

Saturday, November 3

SPORTS: John Wall is out, but the Wizards will go on—they’ll take on Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and the Celtics in their home opener. The Wizards dropped a tough one against Cleveland Tuesday, but they’ve got a few young stars looking to make this an exciting season. Tickets ($37 and up) are available through Ticketmaster. 7 PM.

PUZZLES: Will Shortz, the New York Times wordsmith extraordinaire, will help write crosswords for the Arlington Puzzle Festival, which features a crossword and Sudoku tournament and lots of other logic and math puzzles. Throughout the day, professional puzzle makers and crossword constructors will discuss their craft. Free. 8:30 to 4:30.

ELECTIONS: You might think that this election season’s ads are some of the nastiest ever—and you might be right. But find out for sure with Marshall Reese’s Political Advertisement. Originally made in 1984, the film features the most famous political ads from 1952 til the Reagan years. Reese has updated the film for every election, including this one. Saturday at AFI, he’ll debut and talk about his eighth edition of the film. Tickets ($11.50) are available through AFI’s website. 6:30 PM.

Sunday, November 4

COMEDY: You know him from Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development (marry me!): Writer, actor, and comedian Jeff Garlin will be performing standup at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse as part of his Built for Comfort tour. Tickets ($30) are available online. 7:30 PM.

COOKING: If you spend more time watching the Food Network than actually cooking, the Metro Cooking and Entertaining Show DC is for you. Stars such as Giada De Laurentiis, the “sandwich king” Jeff Mauro, and Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons will be showing off their cooking chops. Elsewhere, venders and experts will show off products and techniques that can make you better in the kitchen. Tickets ($24.50 and up) are available online. 10 to 5.

MOVIES: With Prometheus, Ridley Scott went back and messed with the Alien series. Critic and fan opinion on the movie was mixed, but now you’ve got a chance to see all the movies in the series on the big screen again to help make up your mind. AFI Silver will be screening Aliens and Alien 3 Sunday night—you can catch the others later next week.

Aliens: 9 PM, $11.50

Alien 3: 9:40 PM, $11.50

Know of something cool happening around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler.

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