Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: November 20 to 23

The annual Toys for Tots charity ball, wine and beer parties, and the Speakeasy Shorts film festival.

Get to know Beaujolais Nouveau during Art Soiree's party on Thursday. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, November 20

VARIETY: Tonight is the last ever (for now) Encyclopedia Show DC. If you aren’t sure what it is yet, I guess it’s time to find out—but if you end up liking it, well, then you’re out of luck. It’s the Fast (Food) Supper, in which comedians, storytellers, poets, and other performer-type people take on all things fast food, hopefully teaching you a little and making you laugh while doing it. Tickets ($8) are available online. 9 PM at Busboys and Poets (Fifth and K streets).

WINE: Beaujolais Nouveau is a type of red wine that gets released on a specific day every year. To celebrate, Art Soiree is throwing a party, in which you’ll sample wines, eat some French food, listen to some French music, and do things of that nature. Tickets ($30) are available online. 9 PM.

Friday, November 21

COMEDY: Black Cat has the formula for selling a comedy night all figured out: Call it something simple and straightforward—such as 8×8—then stick to what you promise. Eight local performers, eight minutes each. Easy. Tickets ($10) are available online. 9:30 PM.

CHRISTMAS: Toys for Tots is throwing its annual charity ball, which means it’s time to start thinking about what presents you’re going to get everyone. Your entry gets you an open bar, dancing, some food, Christmas cheer, and the satisfaction of helping out children who need it. Tickets ($30) are available online. 8 PM.

BEER: Great Lakes makes delicious beer, and Black Squirrel is going to serve it to you at a party to celebrate the launch of the Cleveland brewery’s Christmas Ale. There’ll be Christmas cookies, swag, and lots and lots of Christmas beer. Free. 4 PM until close.

Saturday, November 22

FILM: Speakeasy DC and Dc Shorts have teamed up for Speakeasy Shorts, a film festival that pairs storytellers with filmmakers. The storytellers write a quick, story, the filmmakers film and edit it, and you watch them at the US Navy Memorial. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7:30 PM.

STORYTELLING: Peter Aguero, a host of the very popular storytelling show The Moth, is telling one very long and presumably good story called Daddy Issues at Artisphere. Unsurprisingly, it’s about his complex relationship with his father (and the rest of his family). Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM.

BEER: After months of hard work, it’s time to harvest this year’s crop of craft beers at the Washington Convention Center. The Winter Harvest features beers from 75 breweries various seminars, and lots of fellow beer enthusiasts to discuss them with. Tickets ($49) are available online. 2 to 4:30 and 7 to 9:30 PM.

Sunday, November 23

COMEDY: Brooklyn-based comedian and former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac released a new standup special on Netflix last month, and is now performing it in DC. Read our interview with him about the new stuff, then check him out at Black Cat. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

MYTHS: It’s not immediately clear to me whether people still watch Mythbusters or not, but it’s probably one of the more informative of the Discovery Channel shows. The guys from it will be at Warner Theatre sharing behind-the-scenes scoops about the various myths they have busted, and might even do some demonstrations on stage. I wouldn’t expect any explosions, however. Tickets ($47 to $67) are available online. 3 PM.

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