Things to do in DC, November 18-21

Illustration by Melissa Santoyo.

Hey everybody!

We’ve got a super cool futuristic exhibit at the Arts and Industries Building, the Pop-Up Magazine live show at the Lincoln Theater, and plenty of ways to celebrate the early winter holidays.

If you’ve ever imagined a future like this, then you should take a look at the FUTURES exhibit this weekend.

Here’s what you should check out this weekend:

Fall outfit: The DC Fall Fashion Collective is organizing five local fashion retailers at Common Thread at Union Market. Participants can upgrade their wardrobes while supporting small businesses owned by women and LGBTQ people in the community. Donations go to the Whitman-Walker Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve health care in wards 7 and 8. Thursday 11/18 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; The suggested donation is $ 20, buy tickets here.

Indigenous poetry: This virtual literary gathering celebrates Indigenous nations with readings from When the light of the world was dimmed our songs came through by poets LeAnne Howe and Tacey M. Atsitty. The anthology, on which Howe and Atsitty worked, includes over 160 poets from nearly 100 Indigenous nations and was edited by American poet laureate Joy Harjo. Thursday 11/18 at 7:30 p.m .; $ 5- $ 30, buy tickets here.

A new way of seeing the news: Ephemeral magazine will make its long-awaited return to the Lincoln Theater after almost two years. In this live magazine, writers, radio producers, photographers and filmmakers will present stories brought back through a progressive fusion of podcasts, films, art and animation projects. Thursday 11/18 at 7:30 p.m .; $ 29, buy tickets here.

Sites and skates: Ice and Lights: The Winter Village returns to Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria in November. Visitors can enjoy many light shows including a 20 foot tree, giant wreath, and a family of reindeer. Skaters can enjoy the ice rink and shoppers can explore a vacation area for seasonal treats. Friday 19/11 to January 2022 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. $ 9.19 to $ 22.03, buy tickets here.

Hip-hop magic: Lyricist Lounge is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a one-night musical performance at Kennedy Center, which will feature hip hop icons Rakim, Slick Rick, DJ Jazzy Jeff and KRS-One. The organization has been a major platform for aspiring hip hop artists to hone their skills and show off their talent. Over the years, the platform has worked with iconic artists, such as 50 Cent, Notorious BIG, Jay-Z and Common, and has produced several open mic events, concerts, compilation albums, documentaries and a series of MTV comedy sketches. Friday 19/11 at 8 p.m. $ 39- $ 149, buy tickets here.

The truth of the myth: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s latest exhibition, “A Countervailing Theory,” features 40 large-scale monochrome drawings that tell a myth created by the artist, Toyin Ojih Odutola, herself. The fictional mythology tells a story about power systems, culture and gender through the prism of a prehistoric civilization that takes place in central modern Nigeria and ruled by female warriors served by a class of male laborers. The pieces will come to life with an immersive soundscape created by Ghanaian-British conceptual sound artist Peter Adjaye. Friday 19/11 to April 2022; To free, Learn more here.

Dazzling district: DC Holiday Lights decorates 14 districts of the city for the holidays. Decorations and lights will line the streets, as will holiday promotions and local shopping opportunities. See if any attractions are approaching you. Friday 19/11 to January 2022; To free, Learn more here.

Back to the future: To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution, the Arts and Industries building will temporarily open for the first time in nearly 20 years with an exhibit that will project viewers into the future. The “FUTURES” exhibition will include 150 innovations, technologies and artefacts that make us think about the future in which we want to live. The exhibit will begin with a weekend festival that will feature a live tour of Bill Nye the Scientist; a panel discussion with Bill Nye, actor and White House member Kal Penn, musician and biologist Mariah the Scientist, and Smithsonian Institution director Lonnie G. Bunch III; a concert featuring performances by indie pop trio SHAED, Mariah the Scientist, the cast of the HBO series Max “Legendary” and the go-go group Black Alley; and a family day with pop-up activities for children. from Friday 19/11 to Sunday 21/11; To free, register here.

All aboard: The Riverdale Park station in Maryland will take families to the track for train rides around The Village Green. Grab a bite to eat at nearby restaurants or start your holiday shopping at this mixed-use community development. Saturday 20/11 from 10 am to 1 pm; To free, register here.

Another point of view: The trendy Eaton DC hotel is hosting a series of workshops to talk about African spirituality, especially the Orisha pantheon, and how we can apply it to our lives. The orisha are deities of the Yoruba religion practiced in West Africa. This week the group will discuss Iwa-pele, which is the indigenous African belief that ethics and spiritual growth are linked to each other. Sunday 21/11 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. $ 40, buy tickets here.

People already have their holiday decorations in place. It’s almost Christmas already!

That’s it for this week, folks! Don’t forget to write to me at [email protected] and let me know what you’re doing.

Assistant editor

Before becoming associate editor, Damare Baker started as an editor for the Washingtonian. She has previously written for Voice of America and The Hill. She graduated from Georgetown University, where she studied international relations, Korean and journalism.

Zach bright

Zach joined the Washingtonian in October 2021. In the past, he has written for The Colorado Sun, The Nevada Independent, and SRQ Magazine.

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