Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend November 5-8: You Can Adopt a Pet for $11

The Washington Humane Society really wants you to take home a new furry friend. iStock/UTurnPix.


OPERA: H Street bocce bar Vendetta classes up the joint and hosts Opera On Tap, a non-profit promoting opera and classical music. Sip on some prosecco and indulge in some sophistication as you check out local singers Simon Charette, Emily Crockett, Annie Gill, Becky Henry, Elizabeth Mondragon, Carla Rountree, and Rachel Sitomer, with Dave Chavez on piano. Free, 7 PM.

ART: Phillips After Five’s Swiss Spirit will transport you to Switzerland. Listen to the Brad Collins Trio perform famed musicians Les McCann and Eddie Harris’s Swiss Movement album. Taste Swiss wines, espresso, and fondue. Look at the gallery’s latest exhibit, “From Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks From Switzerland” along with short Swiss films. And get your hands on the Zurich University of the Arts’s “Fluid Morphologies” exhibit, where you’ll learn about “state of the art materials that generate fluid movements, opening up new visions for art, architecture, and design.” $12, 5 PM.

MUSIC: Julia Hale, the dreamy, Trish Kennan-esque voice behind Den-Mate, plays Luce Unplugged. Enjoy the stunning gallery while listening to Hale’s eerie-yet-lively electronic pop. Free, 5:30 PM.


DRINK: Enjoy a cool collaboration of local beers, art, and food at the Art League’s Art on Tap. Suds from local breweries, including Port City Brewing Company, Heavy Seas, and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, will be paired with artworks, and local restaurants like Red Rocks and Chadwicks will select a brew/artwork pairing as inspiration for an appetizer. Attendees can vote for their favorite pairing. $45, 7 PM.

DRINK: Dolcezza Factory celebrates Sherry Week with “Asian Night Market,” where a ticket gets you unlimited sherry cocktails. Food from Buredo, Compass Rose, Chao Ku, Copycat Co., and Dirty South Deli will also be available for purchase. $47, 7:30 PM.

FOTO WEEK: Friday evening marks the opening party for the eighth annual FotoWeek DC at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence. Discover evocative local and international photo exhibits while enjoying an open bar, appetizers, music, and photobooth. The festival runs through November 15. $50, 7:30 PM.


FOOD: Oktoberfest may have come and gone, but there’s still time for “Novemberfest.” Rustico’s fourth annual outdoor festival will feature 50 local beers from Virginia, plus drink-friendly dishes like smoked turkey legs, BBQ pork sandwiches, poutine, and pumpkin spice doughnuts. Advanced admission tickets are available now. For $25, you’ll get 20 food and drink tickets. $25, 12 PM.

THEATER: Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana uses music, dance, pantomime, and puppetry to tell the story of Carmen Miranda, the Brazilian singer, dancer, and actress whose signature fruit hat and silhouette can be found on Chiquita Banana stickers. Trinidad Theatre at Logan Fringe Arts Space. $25, 8 PM.


FILM: The 1925 silent classic Variety celebrates its 90th anniversary at the AFI Silver Theatre. Transport yourself back to the time before “talkies,” enjoying a live musical accompaniment just like in the old days. $12, 4 PM.

PETS: The Washington Humane Society is getting into the Thanksgiving spirit. Animals from both shelters (7319 Georgia Avenue, Northwest and 1201 New York Avenue, Northeast) have adoption fees of $11.26 all weekend. (Adoption fees for dogs typically start at $170; for cats, it’s usually $85.) Head on over and pick up your new furry friend.