Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: November 3 to 6

FotoWeek DC returns, the Phillip Collection throws a 90th-birthday bash, and celebrity chefs Paula Deen and Giada De Laurentiis come to town.

This photograph by Cade Martin, who shot the Summer/Fall 2011 cover for Washingtonian Bride & Groom, won first place in FotoWeek DC’s “commercial” category.

Thursday, November 3

HAPPY HOUR: You’ve heard of happy hour, but what about Handi Hour? Stop by the Renwick Gallery for an evening of drinks and crafts. Channel your inner Martha Stewart, sip craft beers from ChurchKey, and enjoy live music by Brad Pugh. Plus, there will be a scavenger hunt through the gallery’s permanent collection. Tickets ($15) include two drink vouchers; additional drinks can be purchased for $5. 5:30 PM. 21 and up.

MUSIC: Don’t miss opening night of pianist Peter Serkin’s concert with the NSO at the Kennedy Center. The Grammy Award–winning artist has been called “utterly modern and thoroughly engrossing to hear” by the Washington Post. Conducted by Oliver Knussen, the program will feature works by Stravinsky and Messiaen. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7 PM. The show runs through November 5.

ART: Phillips After 5, a popular after-hours event at the Phillips Collection, is back with jazz performances, modern art, magic demonstrations, and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets ($10 for students, $12 for adults, free for members) can be reserved through the gallery’s Web site. 5 to 8:30 PM.

FASHION: Shop till you drop at the Refinery29 DC launch party at Madewell (1237 Wisconsin Ave., NW). Groove to tunes spun by DJ Soul Call Paul, sip on cocktails, and check out the store’s latest fall pieces. Free. 6 to 8 PM.

BEER: Beer lovers can toast to Schlafly Tap Room’s 20th anniversary during ChurchKey’s Anniversary Party and Draft Extravaganza. For one night only, the restaurant will serve 20 of the brewery’s craft beers—including Optic, Hop Harvest, Doppelbock, Weissbier, and Coffee Stout, to name a few. 6 to 11 PM.

Friday, November 4

FOTOWEEK DC: Washington’s favorite photography festival is back, and to kick things off, FotoWeek DC is hosting a launch party at 1800 L St., NW (formerly Borders Bookstore). Catch a sneak peek of this year’s exhibitions at 5 PM, followed by a swanky get-together at the Corcoran. Partygoers can enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music. Tickets ($55) can be purchased through the festival’s Web site. FotoWeek DC runs from November 5 through 12.

FESTIVAL: DC Week—a week-long technology conference that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators—is back with nearly 100 events. Tonight’s events include a cocktail party at 6 PM, the “Inter-Net” art exhibition (also at 6), and the opening party at 10:30 PM. Passes (starting at $40) can be purchased through Eventbrite. The festival runs through November 11.

FILM: Washington native DJ Spooky is dropping by the Freer Gallery to mix a new score for Madame Freedom, a 1950s Korean film about marital infidelity. The film will have English subtitles. Free. 7 PM.

JEWELRY: Accessory junkies won’t want to miss the Eureka! Jewelry Fair at the Walters Art Museum. Today’s events include a Fabulous Fakes Lecture ($50) at 9:30 AM, and the opening night cocktail party ($75) from 6 to 8 PM. Tickets ($15) include admission to the “Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes” exhibition and can be purchased at the door. 10 AM to 5 PM. The fair runs through November 6.

THEATER: It’s opening night of The Boys From Syracuse at the Shakespeare Theatre. Adapted in 1938 from Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, the musical tells the story of identical twin brothers who were separated as children. Tickets ($35 to $75) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 8 PM. The show runs through November 6.

Saturday, November 5

DANCE PARTY: To celebrate the upcoming premiere of Hairspray, Signature Theatre is hosting a hair-raising dance party. During the Big Hair Ball, guests can mingle with cast members, munch on crab cakes and other treats, participate in a costume contest, and, of course, dance the night away! Tickets (starting at $75) include two drink tickets and can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 8 PM.

ART: Washingtonians can celebrate the Phillip Collection’s 90th Birthday with free admission to “Degas’s Dancers at the Barr” (read our review here), complimentary cupcakes, arts and crafts, hourly gallery talks, ballet and musical performances, and more. Light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. 10 AM to 8 PM.

DANCE: The ClancyWorks Dance Company is performing at Dance Place tonight. The three-part show, which runs through November 6, includes acts “Love Strings,” “Back to the Wall,” and “When the Rug Gets Pulled.” Tickets ($8 for children, $17 for members, $22 general admission) can be purchased through the studio’s Web site. 8 PM.

COOKING: Where can you find Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, and Giada De Laurentiis all in one place (besides on TV)? At the Metropolitan Cooking Show at the Walter Convention Center. Meet your favorite celebrity chefs, pick up a few culinary tricks, partake in a wine and beer tasting, and more. Tickets (starting at $65) can be purchased through the event’s Web site. The event runs through November 6.

Sunday, November 6
Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili will perform three works by Alexei Ratmansky at Lisner Auditorium. Ananiashvili, who once belonged to the New York City Ballet, has been praised by the New York Times for her “sharp timing, the light playfulness of her manner and the radiance of her slender physique in arabesque.” Tickets ($45 to $85) can be purchased through the Lisner’s Web site. 6:30 PM.

ART: Don’t miss opening night of the National Gallery of Art’s new exhibit “Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes.” The collection features some 40 bronzes by 16th-century Italian sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico. Free. The exhibit runs through April 8.

THEATER: Tonight is your last chance to catch a showing of Othello at Synetic Theatre (read our review here). Tickets ($25 for students, $55 general admission) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 7:30 PM.

Arena Stage’s The Book Club Play is also closing tonight (read our review here). Written by local playwright Karen Zacarías, the comedy follows the life of book club junkie Ana. Strange circumstances put her once perfect-seeming life under a magnifying glass. Tickets (starting at $40) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 2 and 7:30 PM.