Things to Do

What to Do This Week: November 5 to 8

Career tips from a “Cosmo” editor, a world premiere play, and election-night parties galore.

We heard there’s some sort of election happening on Tuesday. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Monday, November 5

IMPROV: Just one day left till the madness of the election is (hopefully) over. Celebrate
with some of Washington Improv Theatre’s humor:
“POTUS Among Us” boils an entire fictitious campaign down to less than two hours. Crowd participation
will steer the “campaigns” of five candidates, and your votes will ultimately determine
the next President. It’s got all the humor of the real elections, but it’s on purpose.
Tonight’s performance is immediately followed by a closing-night victory party. Tickets
($15) are available online. 8 PM.

Tuesday, November 6

CIVIC DUTY: So it’s the real big day. There are
election night parties all around town—if you’re extremely invested, you might just wanna watch it somewhere
where you won’t get heckled either way. If you do venture out, Brightest Young Things’
parties are always a good bet with plenty of dancing, booze, and enthusiasm. For a
more grown-up affair, Art and Soul is going to be offering strong (but delicious-sounding)
swing state cocktails inspired by eight of the closest states. Drink them all and
you probably won’t remember who won in the morning. For more election-night festivities,
check out our roundups on After Hours and Best Bites.

BYT: $10, 5 PM

Art and Soul: Free, 4 PM

Wednesday, November 7

Cosmo editor
Kate White just released
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, full of her tested advice for women looking to get ahead in their careers. Let’s
hope they’re more creative and less repetitive than
Cosmo’s sex tips. She’ll be discussing and signing the book at Sixth & I. $10 per ticket
or $25 for a copy of the book plus two tickets; purchase online. 7 PM.

Thursday, November 8

NORTH KOREA: DC’s TED-style talk group,
Thirst, has been expanding its offerings in the past couple of months—they’ve had dance
parties, meetings with Smithsonian curators, and now are heading to the theatre. Before
the world premiere of
Mia Chung’s
You for Me for You at Woolly Mammoth,
Song Byeok, who used to paint Kim Jong Il for the dear leader but later escaped and became a
subversive artist, will discuss his transformation and escape. Then catch Chung’s
play, which follows a pair of North Korean sisters as they try to get out of the country—when
things don’t exactly work out, one of the sisters starts bending time and space. Things
get trippy. Tickets ($30) are available online. 6 PM.

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