Things to Do

Where & When: What To Do This Weekend

Local artists open the doors to their studios; plus there's a bubbly Champagne tasting, the biggest flea market you’ll ever see, lots of great concerts and much more.

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Thursday, November 1: Athol Fugard’s play My Children! My Africa!, which has been earning raves (including our own), closes this weekend. Catch it at the Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., NW) before it’s gone. Need an idea of somewhere to nosh pretheater? Check out our theater dining guide.

The C’est Chic French film festival wraps up tonight with a showing of Priceless (Hors de prix), starring Amélie ingenue Audrey Tautou. Get details of where and when here.

Friday, November 2: It’s a night of several great music options. At the 9:30 Club (815 V St., NW), you’ve got Band of Horses, which I would call the perfect autumn band. Its emotionally rich country-rock tunes make you want to get in a car and drive down a tree-lined Virginia highway—and the band’s live show is just as inspiring. It’s a late show, starting at 11:30, but it’s worth it. $20.

Then over at DAR Constitution Hall (1776 D St., NW), British rock icon Morrissey is playing what’s sure to be a top-notch show. 8 PM. Tickets ($34 to $64) available here.

Finally, if you’re up for a night of crazy music and sweaty dancing, head to the Dan Deacon show at Georgetown University’s Leavey Center (see a map here). Deacon is known for drawing the crowd into his shows—literally. He’ll set up his keyboards and other instruments on the floor, gather the audience ’round, and even urge everybody to participate in a dance circle. Doors open at 8:30, and a ticket costs only $5.

Saturday, November 3
: It’s not exactly the cheapest option out there this weekend, but it’s certainly one of the most . . . bubbly. The French Embassy (4101 Reservoir Rd., NW) hosts a Champagne tasting, in which 35 Champagne houses (Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, and more) offer tasty samples of their wares. The Champagne will be paired with food from several local restaurants, including Café Bonaparte and Citronelle. $125 (purchase tickets here); 7 to 10 PM.

Looking for a deal this weekend? Try the DC Big Flea, one of the biggest flea markets in the Mid-Atlantic. With two 107,000-square-foot warehouses and more than 1,000 vendors selling everything from antique doorknobs to retro clothing to funky furniture, you’re bound to find something you want to take home. At the Dulles Expo & Convention Center (4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly; 703-378-0910), 9 AM to 6 PM. $6.

Sunday, November 4: Get artsy this afternoon with a tour of dozens of local artists’ studios. The Mid City Artists throw open their doors to the public in DC’s Dupont Circle, U Street, and Logan Circle areas. Whether you’re looking for something to hang on your living room wall or just to chat with the artists and see their environments, it’s always a treat. Why not make a day of it and stop by Creme (1322 U St. NW; 202-234-1884), which opens at 11, for its modern soul-food brunch? For a map of the artists’ studios, click here. Noon to 5.

Every Sunday, Harry’s Tap Room (2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 703-778-7788) offers its Burgers and Bottles special. The chef creates several different burger preparations and pairs them with different wines and beers. The fun starts at 5 PM.