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Things to Do in DC This Week (November 7-9): Henry Rollins, Seu Jorge, and Election Night Watch Parties

Just in time for the holidays, experimental playwright Young Jean Lee’s latest, Straight White Men, begins its run at Studio Theatre November 9. Photo by Teddy Wolff.


COMEDY Capital Laughs brings some much-needed levity to the Passenger with an Election Eve comedy show. Grab a drink and settle in as some of DC’s funniest comedians help you laugh through the pain. Free, 7:30 PM

YOGA Enjoy a little mindfulness courtesy of Potter’s House’s Monday community yoga class. Whether you’re an experienced yogi or it’s your first time attempting a downward dog, all are welcome to enjoy the hour-long vinyasa class that the bookstore is billing as an “expression of love to our community.” Afterwards, grab some A+ nourishment from Potter’s House’s cafe. Limited mat rental is available for $1. Free, 7:30 PM


ELECTION NIGHT Getting through Election Night in one piece is going to take moral support, which means taking advantage of one of the myriad viewing parties going on around town. Sixth & I will have their screens set to CNN, MSNBC, and FOX, plus candy and cardboard cutouts to selfie with for much-needed stress relief. Along with their usual, delicious pizza varieties, Mellow Mushroom is smartly offering up chances throughout the night to receive a free pint of beer. At Logan Tavern, have your pick of “the Hillary,” a gin cocktail with honey lemon syrup, or “the Donald”—“a screwdriver with golden cinnamon flakes and topped with a fluffy cotton candy ‘toupee.’” Or, chow down on Provision 14’s take on chicken and waffles, featuring funnel cake instead of waffles, as you meet the next leader of free world. Various times, prices

DISCUSSION Punk-rock elder statesmen Henry Rollins will keep a wary eye on election results when he brings his spoken word tour to the Lincoln Theatre. “If Mr. Trump is elected, which is very possible, it will be because the electorate has been dumbed down over the last few decades to where he seems like a credible antidote to Washington gridlock,” says the former Washingtonian, who joined the punk band Black Flag before starting a solo career, making a name for himself as a spoken-word artist, and compiling a long list of TV and film credits. $40, 6:30 PM

MUSIC When Wes Anderson’s movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou premiered in 2004, the breakthrough performance came not from one of the director’s darling regulars but from a young Brazilian samba singer named Seu Jorge, whose stirring acoustic David Bowie covers made up most of the soundtrack. Twelve years later—and a year after Bowie’s death—Jorge revives the spirit of his crooning, red-capped sailor with “Seu Jorge Presents The Life Aquatic: A Tribute To David Bowie” at the Howard Theatre. $38.50 to $45, 8 PM


THEATER When she begins to write, Korean-born experimental playwright Young Jean Lee says, she picks the play she would least like to produce—creating uncomfortable art by challenging race and identity through a feminist lens. Her latest, Straight White Men, is about three brothers celebrating Christmas with their widowed father, but don’t be fooled by the holiday atmosphere: Lee uses the story to examine the pressure of white male privilege as one son’s acceptance of an unfulfilled life affects his entire family. At Studio Theatre through December 18. $20 to $69, 8 PM

BOOKS It might seem like hubris to have your occupation listed as “adventure, explorer,” on Wikipedia, but for Swiss-born Sarah Marquis, it’s definitely an apt description: from 2010 to 2013 she solo-walked from Siberia to the Gobi Desert, through Asia, and traveled by boat to Australia. She wrote about her experience in the book Wild By Nature, which she’ll be talking about (and much more) at National Geographic Live. $25, 7:30 PM

DRINK Cheers! DC Champagne Week (actually a misnomer) pops off with events around the city through November 11. On Wednesday, enjoy a classy tasting in the DAR Constitution Hall’s O’Byrne Gallery featuring 10 champagne producers—and, of course, passed canapés. $80 to $125, 5 PM