Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (October 9-11): International Day of the Girl, Parenting Under Trump, and a New Adaptation of The Red Shoes.

Matthew Bourne’s new adaptation of The Red Shoes runs at the Kennedy Center from October 10 to October 15. Photograph by Johan Persson.


BOOKS President Trump can be hard enough for adults to understand, but he can be even tougher to explain to generations of future voters. In their new book How Do I Explain This to My Kids?: Parenting in the Age of Trump, editors Sarah Swong and Diane Wachtell present the experiences of 18 parents who have had to discuss racism, bullying, and homophobia with their children in light of Trump’s policies. Al-Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan, journalist Benjamin Wofford, and child psychologist Ava Siegler will discuss their contributions to the book at Politics & Prose. The conversation will be led by New York Times deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman. Free, 7 PM.

ART Ahead of Wednesday’s celebration of International Day of the Girl, the Women Thrive Alliance, School Girls Unite, the Global Fund for Women, and photographer Paola Gianturco host a fundraiser at Busboys & Poets on 14th Street to benefit Women Thrive Alliance’s 300 grassroots members. Gianturco will be launching her new book, Wonder Girls: Changing Our World, which documents the work of activist girls in 13 countries. The event will feature a silent auction and raffle of photographs of advocates for women and girls. Tickets $25-$500, 7 PM.


DANCE British director Matthew Bourne’s new adaptation of The Red Shoes runs this week at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The show is based on the 1948 Academy Award-winning film and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, which tells the story of a young woman’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Bourne’s adaptation features a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. Through October 15. Tickets $29-$129.

PODCAST Throwing Shade is a political comedy podcast and TV show on TV Land. The show’s hosts, Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, will be at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue dishing out their takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights. Tickets $25 (in advance) or $30 (day-of), 8 PM.


GIRLS The United Nations marks October 11 as the International Day of the Girl, a youth-led movement for gender justice and youth activism. Memunatu Magazine, a non-profit that seeks to empower girls through literacy and leadership in sub-Saharan Africa, hosts a forum at Amazon’s lobbying office around the theme “game changers.” For those who want to put pen to paper, the Tap In Society and the Letter Project are hosting an evening of writing letters of encouragement to young women around the world at the Lemon Collective. Memunatu Magazine forum: $20, 6 PM. Letter-writing: $10, 6 PM.

FOOD The Fainting Goat hosts a Beefsteak Dinner, a traditional dinner celebration from 19th Century New York with copious food and booze in which diners are encouraged to eat with their hands. Chef and owner Nathan Beauchamp puts his spin on this meal with a four-course menu including cheese fondue and herb-crusted prime rib. $45 per person (reservations required), 7 PM.