Things to do in DC, November 4-7

Illustration by Melissa Santoyo.

Hey you all!

We have the REDEYE Night Market, Diwali celebration and disco fair.

Celebrate Divali with the Kennedy Center this weekend!

Here’s what you should check out this weekend:

Artistic takeover: Jason Bowers, the curator of JAB arts, will host a four-day pop-up art exhibition at the Adams Morgan Grand Duchess restaurant. See works by five local creators, including abstract artist Kristyn Lee Moon and graffiti artist TJ Buttner. The weekend will feature a meeting and greeting with the artists, a live painting of the courtyard of Buttner’s bar, and a pop-up breakfast pop from local taqueria La Tejana. Thursday 11/4 to Sunday 11/7 (times vary); Free, learn more here.

Light up the night: The Kennedy Center hosts a series of events to celebrate Divali, or the Festival of Lights. The three-day festival will include a colorful dance show by local cultural exchange organization Prio Bangla, an Indian carnival music performance by singer and composer Rohith Jayaraman, and a workshop to make your own book-filled Rangoli patterns. Thursday 11/4 to Saturday 11/6 at 6 p.m .; Free, learn more here.

Beating and grinding: Dan Savage, the face behind a sex counseling column Wild Love brings his HUMP! Film festival to U Street’s Black Cat Theater only for one night. The independent porn festival consists of short erotic films that spread inclusive sex positivity and disrupt the way our society sees, makes and shares porn. The festival will also be available for streaming. Friday 11/5 at 18:30 & 21:00; $ 30.50- $ 33.85, buy tickets here.

Sistas does this for himself: A new musical Sistas will debut at George Mason University’s Hylton Performing Art Center this weekend. After losing their grandmother, the women in the family are tasked with cleaning the attic of their matriarch. The show follows the women as they reminisce about old memories and trace the history of black women through hits, from the trials of the Great Depression to the empowering era of the ’90s. Friday 11/5 to Sunday 11/7 (show times vary); 25 USD, buy tickets here.

Meet and greet: Celebrate the first Friday of the month at the Brookland Arts Walk. All studios will be open, so take a walk along the promenade and greet artists and manufacturers in the community. Friday 11/5 from 4pm to 7pm; Free, learn more here.

Book talk: Politics and Prose invite How I met your mother actor Kal Penn for a virtual chat about his new book, You Can’t Be Serious. In his book, Penn details a series of fun and awkward moments of his life, from sad film moments to being a staff member of the Obama administration. Friday 11/5 at 7 p.m .; $ 5- $ 36.99, buy tickets here.

For the culture: No Kings Collective creative agency co-founder Peter Chang and Events DC teamed up to debut the REDEYE Night Market this weekend. The mass festival will celebrate East and Southeast Asian cuisine and culture with more than 50 vendors, including chefs from Maketto, Anju and Thip Khao. There will also be music, dance and other cultural performances throughout the night. Saturday 11/6 from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m .; Free, learn more here.

All that shines is gold: Listen to Andy Cohen, executive producer and host of the highly acclaimed “The Real Housewives” franchise, talk about his new book, Shine Every Day, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Cohen gives readers laughter and encouraging speech by sharing quotes from the women who shaped his life, such as the Royal Housewives, Madonna, and his mom. Saturday 11/6 at 7 p.m .; $ 32- $ 35, buy tickets here.

Happy Holidays !: It’s never too early to start celebrating Christmas. Go to the Czech Embassy for their annual Czech Christmas Market. There will be Christmas carols, handmade ornaments, plenty of wine and other Czech sweets, and live animals. Saturday 11/6 from 9:30 AM-6 PM; Free, register here.

The best of both worlds: If you can’t decide between a party or seeing a show this weekend, no need to worry. Pan Underground, a local production company, reimagines the RED BIKE of award-winning playwright Caridad Svich as a community celebration. RED BIKE tells the story of what it’s like to grow up as a child in a divided country. Gather at The Parks at Walter Reed and enjoy some refreshments while you enjoy the show. Saturday 11/6 from 2: 00-5: 00 p.m .; 13 USD, buy tickets here.

History in the present times: The National Building Museum will open its new exhibit on the U.S. / Mexico border wall this weekend after the pandemic delayed its opening by more than a year. The multimedia exhibit, titled “The Wall / Out of Wall: What is a Border Wall?”, Will use images, videos and artifacts to show the impact of the wall. There will also be a piece of the wall and psychedelic artwork by Peter Max that once welcomed people at the border, on display Saturday 11/6 to November 2022 from 11 AM-4 PM; $ 7- $ 10, learn more here.

Put your records on: For a chance to grab some beautiful vinyl records, check out Hellbender Brewing Company’s Record Fair this weekend. There will be live DJ sets, burgers, beer and lots of vendors. Sunday 11/7 from 13-19; Free, learn more here.

It’s so cold outside these days that it’s basically winter.

That’s all for this week! Don’t forget to send me a line at to let me know what you’re doing.

Assistant Editor

Before becoming an assistant editor, Damare Baker began as an editorial fellow for Washingtonian. She previously wrote for Voice of America and The Hill. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied international relations, Korean, and journalism.

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