Things to Do

5 Must-Do November Events in Washington

Get to know Brit artist Gazelle Twin, discover Mad Men star Bryan Batt's Broadway side, and more.

Gazelle Twin brings her spooky electronica to Black Cat November 16. Photograph by Tash Tung.

Gazelle Twin

Listening to British composer Elizabeth Bernholz’s pitch-black electronica music is the audio version of staring into a warped funhouse mirror—in a good way. If you didn’t get your fill of the macabre during Halloween, the body-horror tracks off her latest album, Unflesh, are an effective follow-up. Black Cat; November 16; $12.

Wyatt Cenac

The three-time Emmy-winning writer and former Daily Show correspondent just released his second standup special, Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn—which he also directed—on Netflix. Before you see him perform his new material live, read our Q&A to find out more about the multitalented funnyman. Black Cat; November 23; $20.

Companhia Urbana de Dança

Photograph by Renato Mangolin.

Think tutus and tap shoes aren’t quite your bag? This all-male troupe’s grit-meets-polish blend of hip-hop, modern, and capoeira, rooted in the favelas (slums) of Brazil, will give you a new understanding of dancing’s athleticism. Dance Place; November 9; $25 to $30.

Bryan Batt

Best known for playing closeted ad exec Salvatore Romano on Mad Men, Batt is also a Broadway veteran. Once you see his zany, autobiographical “Batt on a Hot Tin Roof,” that mere supporting-actor role will cease to feel like the most interesting thing about him. Strathmore; November 20; $35.

American Opera Initiative: Three 20-Minute Operas

Washington National Opera’s trio of short-form world premieres is part of a mission both culturally and economically important: introducing the genre to younger audiences not used to spending their dollars at the opera. The stories focus on an Iranian-American couple in Silicon Valley, a woman torn between her new husband and her vengeful family, and an aspiring politician trying to erase his late father’s checkered past. Kennedy Center; November 21; $15 sold out.

This article appears in the November 2014 issue of Washingtonian. For more arts and entertainment coverage, follow After Hours on Twitter at @afterhoursblog.