Break out the tweed jackets and newsboy caps for Sunday’s Tweed Ride through DC. Photographs by Kyle Gustafson
Thursday, November 10
SHOPPING: Strathmore’s 22nd annual Pop-up Shop is back with treasures and trinkets from 18 Washington museum gift shops—including National Geographic, the Phillips Collection, and the Kennedy Center. Tickets ($9) can be purchased at the door and benefit programming at the Strathmore. Today’s hours are 10 AM to 8 PM. The event runs through November 13.
OPERA: Don’t miss opening night of the Washington National Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Kennedy Center. In Gaetano Donizetti’s tragic opera, a young woman is forced into marriage, causing her to lose her happiness—and her sanity. Tickets ($25 to $300) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7:30 PM. The performance runs through November 19.
THEATER: If you’re in the mood for something more upbeat, tickets are still available for tonight’s performance of Jersey Boys at the National Theatre. The Tony Award–winning musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to fame. Tickets ($66.50 to $151.50) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. Tonight’s performance starts at 7:30. The play runs through January 7.
MUSIC: After last month’s successful concert, Listen Local First is hosting another showcase of up-and-coming artists at Parlour (421 H St., NE). The lineup includes Nappy Riddem, Black Hills, Wytold, Reginald Cyntje, Jonny Grave, and Big/Bright. Free. 8 to 11 PM.
Also tonight, former National Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin returns to conduct a special performance of Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninoff. Guest cellist Gautier Capuçon will join the orchestra; a free discussion with Slatkin and Capuçon will follow. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the Kennedy Center’s Web site. 7 PM.
Friday, November 11
JEWELRY: Stop by the Reston Morton’s Jewelry Exchange for an evening of sparkling accessories, Champagne, and hors d’oeuvres. Guests can sell unwanted gold and silver pieces to NovaGold, then turn around and pick up something new from Stella & Dot. Tickets ($45) can be reserved by calling 703-796-0128 or by e-mailing email@example.com. 6 to 8 PM.
ART: The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “Multiplicity,” opens today. The collection features 83 works by printmaking masters including Chuck Close, John Cage, Sol LeWitt, and Kara Walker. Free. The exhibition runs through March 11.
MUSIC: Alt-rock group the Foo Fighters are dropping by the Verizon Center tonight. Rolling Stone called the band’s latest record, Wasting Light, “the best Foos album since the first two.” You can listen to some of their tracks here. Tickets ($37.50 to $57.50) can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 7 PM.
COMEDY: Join Giulia Rozzi of MTV and Margot Leitman of the Style Network for their comedy show, Stripped Stories from NYC . Each performance incorporates hilarious sex tales from musicians, guests, and audience members. Tickets can be purchased through Speakeasy DC’s Web site for $18 or at the door for $20. The show runs through November 12. 8 PM.
Saturday, November 12
CLOTHING SWAP: Shopaholics can finally give their credit cards a rest, because DewDrop DC is hosting a clothing swap and pop-up shop at Hillyer. Bring a minimum of five pre-loved pieces to trade for something new-to-you. Remaining clothes will be donated to the Goodwill of Greater Washington. Tickets ($10 with clothes to swap, $15 without) can be purchased through Eventbrite. And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our guide on how to score the best loot at a clothing swap here. 2 to 5 PM.
FOOD: Seafood lovers won’t want to miss BlackSalt’s oyster tasting. Guests can slurp more than a dozen oyster varieties, try seven wines from around the world, and nibble sweet bites by pastry chef Susan Wallace. Tickets can be purchased through the restaurant’s Web site for $85 or at the door for $95. Proceeds will benefit the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex. 3 to 5 PM.
MUSIC: Jam band moe. are dropping by the 9:30 Club tonight. Rolling Stone called their technique the “gold standard: five players naturally locked and surging, improvising with purpose.” You can listen to some of their songs here. Tickets ($25) can be purchased through the 9:30 Club’s Web site. Doors open at 8 PM.
SHOPPING: Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping during the Washington Ballet’s second annual Sugar Plum Bazaar. Peruse handcrafted jewelry, clothing, home goods, holiday wreaths, children’s books, and more. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles. Free. 4 to 8 PM.
Sunday, November 13
TWEED RIDE: Break out the tweed jackets and newsboy caps for Dandies & Quaintrelles’ third annual Tweed Ride. Join similarly clad cyclists for a refined bike ride through DC, followed by cocktails and music at Smith Commons. Don’t know what to wear? Check out our photo gallery of 2010’s event for inspiration. The ride is free; tickets for the afterparty ($15) can be purchased through Eventbrite. Noon to 10 PM.
MUSIC: For one night only, the Choral Arts Society of Washington presents “Homage to Modern Classics: Music From the Journey” at the Kennedy Center. The performance features beloved 20th-century masterpieces including Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and more. Tickets ($15 to $65) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 4 PM.
THEATER: It’s your last chance to catch a A Bright New Boise at Woolly Mammoth. Directed by Samuel D. Hunter, the quirky comedy follows an evangelical man who tries to connect with the son he put up for adoption by getting a job at the Idaho craft store where his son works. “Hunter’s take on our inevitable search for the meaning of life is subtle, nuanced, and funny,” says Washingtonian arts editor Sophie Gilbert (read the full review here). Tickets (starting at $40) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 2 and 7 PM.