Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Weekend (November 2-5): A Cappella Pop Music, Lantern-Lit Walk, and Chats with NASA

John George Brown’s The Longshoremen’s Noon (1879) will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery as part of its new exhibit, The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers. November 3 through September 3.


BOOKS The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, made national news in 2014 due to their religious objections to provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The Greens’ deep evangelical beliefs have informed their work to increase the Bible’s influence in American society, including opening a Museum of the Bible near the Capitol building. In the new book Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby, authors Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden delve into the Greens’ collection of biblical artifacts and the ethics of using their private fortune to promote personal faith in the public sphere. Moss and Baden will discuss their findings at Politics & Prose. Free, 7 PM.

MUSIC After a cappella group Straight No Chaser’s video for “The 12 Days of Christmas” went viral in 2007, the original group was offered a recording contract (the collegiate group has since changed its name to Another Round). Now with six albums—including three Christmas albums—under their belt, you can hear the group’s rich harmonies live at DAR Constitution Hall. $39.50 to $59.50, 7:30 PM.


MUSEUMS The National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibit, The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers depicts American laborers across genres and centuries of art. With works from artists such as Winslow Homer, Dorothea Lange, and Lewis Hine, the exhibit shows the changing landscape of labor in the United States, from slave labor to miners to the gradual disappearance of the worker. Through September 3.

FILM Real to Reel is a two-night event put on by Story District and DC Shorts which features collaborations between filmmakers and storytellers. Storytellers will present their stories on November 3 at the Miracle Theatre; then filmmakers have five days to write, shoot, and edit a film based on those stories. Films will screen on November 10 at the Miracle Theatre. $20 to $30, 7 PM.

MUSEUMS The paintings of Mexican modernist Rufino Tamayo will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibit Tamayo: The New York Years. Tamayo lived in New York intermittently from the late 1920s to 1949, where he was exposed to new ideas from fellow modern artists such as Pablo Picasso, who greatly influenced his work. Through March 18.


THEATRE A new production of Top Girls is running at the Keegan Theatre. The play, set in the early Thatcher years, presents a look at feminism through visits from women from the past as well as contemporary working women as seen through an employment agency. Through December 2. $35 to $45.

MUSEUMS Visit the National Air and Space Museum after-hours for its Found In Space event. Co-presented with Brightest Young Things, the event celebrates the longest unbroken stretch of human habitation in space with TED-style space talks from NASA folks, live music, and an open bar. Age 21 and up. $50, 8:30 PM.


BOOKS The National Museum of Women in the Arts is hosting the second annual DC Art Book Fair. The fair will feature over 40 artists selling their independently-published works, including zines, books, comics, and prints. As this is part of NMWA’s Free Community Day, admission to the museum is also free. Free to attend, noon to 5 PM.

WALK The Mount Pleasant Children’s Puppet Hour is hosting a lantern walk to mark the end of Daylight Savings. Enjoy the early darkness of winter while walking about a mile through Mount Pleasant and a nearby wooded path. Kids and adults are welcome; bring your own lanterns. No flames allowed, and flashlights or phone lights will need to be diffused to minimize their brightness. Free to attend, 6:30 PM.