Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (November 21-23): A Madewell Shopping Party, Drag Bingo, and Sweater Beats

Catch Sweater Beats, aka Antonio Cuna, as he brings down the house at U Street Music Hall with his R&B-dance fusion.


PODCAST Storytelling podcast In-School Suspension records its next episode at Songbyrd. You’ll get to bask in nostalgia and shared experience as local comedians and performers discuss the awkwardly hilarious time that is high school and middle school. Tonight’s theme is “Family Matters,” with tales focusing on siblings, cousins, and parents. $7, 8 PM

BOOKS In the wake of tensions between black Americans and the police, Washington Post contributor Wesley Lowery spent the year in Ferguson, Cleveland, Charleston, and Baltimore, talking to the families of police shooting victims and local activists. Lowery’s myriad interviews about police brutality and attempt to understand the nationwide impact of these deaths were turned into a book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement, which he’s discussing at Kramerbooks. Free, 6:30 PM


SHOPPING Madewell, J Crew’s urban-chic subsidiary, is celebrating Thanksgiving and their collaboration with the folks at Food52 by throwing a party at their Georgetown location that promises to be both delicious and fashionable. Knock out your holiday shopping by picking out cool finds from the collection, including shibori-dyed cocktail napkins and marble cheese plates, plus tasty bites and a bit of bubbly to keep your energy up while you shop. 6 PM

BINGO Drag Bingo at U Street staple Nellie’s Sports Bar is always a fun time, but tonight’s game is special, with Nellie’s donating $1 for every beer sold to support Shaw Dog Park. To help out the area’s cutest furry friends, all you have to do is show up thirsty. 7 PM

THEATER If you weren’t able to make it out to Academy Award-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s acclaimed turn as in title role of Hamlet, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s got you covered with an HD-quality broadcast of the beloved tragedy in Sidney Harman Hall.  $20, 7:30 PM


FILM Fans of the outdoors, active lifestyles, and documentary filmmaking will be hard-pressed to find a better-suited film festival than the The Trail Running Film Festival. The Seattle-based festival highlights the “latest and greatest full-length and short films showcasing the challenges, beauty, and inherent community in the world of trail running,” and is bringing a selection of some of the festival’s best films to E Street Cinema. $20, 5 PM

MUSIC There’s no better way to burn a few calories before Thanksgiving indulgences than by busting a move. Zakke headlines Tropicalia’s Thanksgiving Eve Fiesta, with upbeat, Latin-fusion rhythms that are sure to get you moving. Afterwards, head down the street to U Street Music Hall to catch a late performance by Antonio Cuna, better known as the buzz-worthy Sweater Beats. Cunia combines his Filipino roots with a passion for electro-R&B, creating a wholly unique—and danceable—sound. Free, 8 PM / $20, 11 PM