Things to Do

What to Do This Week: October 24 to 27

A benefit concert featuring the cast of Les Miz, the Washington International Horse Show comes to town, and sustainable-food advocate Michael Pollan at the Strathmore.

Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma, is coming to the Strathmore. Photograph courtesy of Alia Malley

Monday, October 24
For one night only, Washingtonians can catch a concert featuring the cast of Les Misérables at Town Dance Boutique. During “Signature Songs: An Evening of Broadway Showstoppers,” the cast members will perform hits from their favorite Broadway shows—including Wicked, West Side Story, Chicago, and Ragtime. Tickets ($15, $10 for students) can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a nonprofit that provides essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses. 8 to 10:30 PM; doors open at 7:30. 21 and up.

Tuesday, October 25
Since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show has welcomed top horses and riders from around the world. This year, some 500 horses will compete in show jumping, hunter, and equitation events at the Verizon Center. The show runs through October 30. Tickets (starting at $15, free for children 12 and under) can be purchased through the show’s Web site. Today’s events run from 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM.

Wednesday, October 26
Sustainable-food advocate Michael Pollan is coming to the Strathmore tonight. The best-selling author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma will discuss topics such as the industrialization of food and its impact on Americans’ health. Tickets ($35 to $60) can be purchased through the Strathmore’s Web site. 8 PM.

Thursday, October 27
Don’t miss opening night of pianist Simon Trpceski’s Grieg Piano Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy center. In 2007, the New York Times praised Trpceski for the “virtuosity he unquestionably has at his fingertips.” Conducted by Lorin Maazel, the program will also feature works by Berlioz and Mussorgsky. The show runs through October 29. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the Kennedy Center’s Web site. 7 PM.

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