Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: November 6 to 9

Cider- and beer-fests, a night of science comedy, and more FotoWeek DC parties.

Try unlimited samples of cider during Saturday's Rock the Core event. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, November 6

ART: Artisphere hosts the Cre.Art Project’s “Visuality” performance, a multimedia concert. What’s a multimedia concert? Well, in this case, it features artists, musicians, dancers, lights, and acrobats from Spain who will move seamlessly through nine visual works as the concert progresses. Tickets ($18) are available online. 8 PM.

SCIENCE: Glacial Balance is a new documentary about how we’re doomed: It takes a look at how climate change and melting glaciers are affecting communities all across South America (spoiler: it’s not great). It also details how scientists actually go about analyzing data and collect data from the world’s most vulnerable places. Tonight, it screens at the Koshland Science Museum, and there will be pizza, beer, and a discussion with the film’s director and scientific experts. Tickets ($10) are available online. 6:30 PM.

SCOTCH: Union Market’s Cordial Fine Wine is hosting a “grand tour Scotch tasting,” which takes you (well, your taste buds) on a tour of Scotland as you try some very nice Scotches. Food will be provided by Neopol Smokery. Tickets ($50) are available online. 7:30 PM.

Friday, November 7

ART: FotoWeek DC officially kicks off at the former Spanish Ambassador’s residence with performances by Haerts, Pleasure Curses, and a couple of other deejays. It’ll also have, you guessed it, lots of photos, small bites form Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers and Bakers, an open bar, and more Friday-appropriate things. Tickets ($55) are available online. 7:30 PM. For the full schedule of FotoWeek events, visit the website.

SCIENCE: Here’s a formula for you eggheads out there: Science + comedy = lots of fun, if you’re into either one. Bonus reaction points (I believe that is a technical term) if you’re into both. Bier Baron hosts, and it has hundreds of chemistry experiments—a.k.a. tasty fermented beverages—to serve you. Free. 8:30 PM.

Saturday, November 8

CIDER: All you gluten-free people out there, take note: Drink the District hosts Rock the Core, the city’s first cider festival, at Union Market’s Dock 5. The event features 30 ciders and 20 beers, food trucks, music, beer and cider pong, cornhole, and more. Admission ($40) gets you unlimited samples. Noon to 3, 4:30 to 7:30, and 9 to midnight.

BAR CRAWL: There’s bar crawls, and then there’s the DC Beerathon, in which you pay a fee and then travel freely among 26 different bars and restaurants, grabbing a free beer at each. If you do the math, that is 26 total beers. Please do not drink 26 beers, but enjoy drinking some amount that is fewer than that. Tickets ($65) are available online. Noon to 11:30 PM.

BEER: More beer (it’s one of those weeks, apparently): The DC Beer Festival at Nationals Park lets you try samples from more than 60 craft breweries from around the country. There are also food trucks, live music, games, and the ability to relive the Nationals’ crushing playoff defeat at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. Tickets ($40) are available online. 1 to 4 PM.

NEWS: NPR is putting on a hybrid play/storytelling experience at the Newseum directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon. It’s called Water +/-, and it puts famous actors and musicians onstage with NPR reporters who will tell you all about how water intersects with people’s lives (in natural disaster-y ways and otherwise). Tickets ($25) are available online. 8 PM.

Sunday, November 9

MUSIC: Mansions on the Moon play electronic music, but not the type you’re used to: Rather than dance tunes, they make downtempo chill-wave and ambient rock, if you’re into that kind of thing. They play the Hamilton to finish off your weekend. Tickets ($14) are available online. 6:30 PM.

SPORTS: During Rock the Red at City Tap House, Capitals players John Carlson, Karl Alzner, and Troy Brouwer will sign autographs and guest-bartend for a couple of hours. Entrance gets you a beer, and proceeds benefit Foundation 4 Heroes, a charity that helps children with severe illnesses. $20. 5 to 7 PM.

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