Things to Do

Free Things to Do in DC This Week November 4-8: A Bloody Mary Tasting at Shinola

Gordy's Pickle Jar's owner will hand out free cocktail samples.

Free Bloody Marys are the best kind of Bloody Marys. Photo by Joy Asico.


Architecture of the Holocaust lecture at the Holocaust Museum

Paul Jaskot, a professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, studies Nazi Germany’s impact on post-war art and architecture. During this lecture, he’ll explain why spatial analysis and the built environment are crucial to understanding the Holocaust. 7 PM.


Springboard Dolphin Tank at TechShop

It’s like a smaller version of Shark Tank. Budding companies pitch their business idea in two minutes and get feedback from an expert panel. Space is full for pitches, but you can still sign up to watch and take notes for your own elevator spiel. 6 to 9 PM.


DarkMatter Spoken Word performance at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs

DarkMatter, a New York-based spoken word duo featuring Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, visits DC to discuss their personal experience as trans South Asians. Tickets required; first-come first-serve. 6 PM.


Nick Blaemire at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage

Nick Blaemire wrote the score for Glory Days, a musical that premiered at Arlington’s Signature Theatre and went on to become a one-night Broadway production. He’s one of several upcoming performances showcasing local Broadway talent at the Kennedy Center produced by ASCAP–the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. 6 PM.

Bloody Mary tasting featuring Gordy’s Pickle Jar at Shinola

11 AM through 1 PM, stop by the 14th Street store, where Gordy’s Pickle Jar owner Sarah Gordon will be chatting about her company and handing out free Bloody Mary tastings made with Green Hat Gin.

Invisibility Cloaks exhibition opening at G Fine Art

G Fine Art presents a new exhibition with works by Graham Caldwell, who creates funky glass sculptures that distort the way observers interpret their surroundings. 6 PM.

Intro to Capoeira Class at the DCJCC

Work up a sweat and hone your agility while learning the basics of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art. 11:30 AM.