Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (November 27-29): Tributes to Past Kennedy Center Honorees, The Gist Podcast Live, and a DJ Battle

The USA Finals for the Red Bull 3Style World DJ Championships will take place at U Street Music Hall on Wednesday night. Photo courtesy Red Bull Content Pool.


BOOKS Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman will discuss his book Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America at Busboys and Poets at 14th & V. Edelman expands on the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report, which showed how fines and fees for minor crimes were too expensive for Ferguson’s largely poor, African-American population. Edelman delves into the policies of laws and regulations that largely affect the poor, including school and child support policies as well as public housing standards that perpetuate endless cycles of poverty. Free, 6:30 PM.

POP-UP The pop-up Christmas Bar, Miracle on Seventh Street, is open in Shaw for its third straight year. The former Mockingbird Hill bar is a winter wonderland with a toy train, gingerbread house and a vintage 1890s red sleigh. Be prepared to wait in line—but the photos for your Instagram feed will be worth it. Through December 31.


PODCAST Formerly an NPR correspondent, Mike Pesca now hosts Slate’s The Gist podcast and will be onstage for his first-ever live show at the HamiltonHe’ll have several special guests on hand: FiveThirtyEight political writer Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri, actress Holly Twyford, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes, and Chris Molanphy, host of Slate’s “Hit Parade”. $20-$45, 7:30 PM.

MUSIC Leading up to the 40th Kennedy Center Honors on December 3, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage is hosting a series of tribute performances to the first class of KC Honorees, including George Balanchine, Marian Anderson, Richard Rodgers, and Fred Astaire. The series starts on Tuesday with a tribute to pianist Arthur Rubinstein performed by students and faculty artists from Levine Music’s piano department. Through December 2. Free, 6 PM daily.


MUSIC The USA Finals for the Red Bull 3Style World DJ Championships will take place at U Street Music Hall. In this global DJ competition, six US-based DJs will participate in head-to-head battles to advance to the World Finals in Krakow, Poland in early 2018. Two DC-based DJs will participate: last year’s champion Trayze will be one of the judges and DJ Bo is one of the contestants. $15, 9 PM.

BOOKS Calling all entrepreneurs and side-hustlers: author Susie Moore will talk about her book What If It Does Work Out? How a Side Hustle Can Change Your Life at Kramerbooks. The book lays out practical steps towards turning a hobby into a side business or full-time job. Free, 6:30 PM.