15 Nov

To Do

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The decorations are already up and the carols are starting to spin despite Thanksgiving being a week away.

How will you spend this last weekend before the holiday buzz begins?

Here are a few suggestions…

Tonight the Hill Center presents a new installation of paintings, photography, digital images and mobiles at a free reception with the artists. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. A Gallery Talk” begins at 7:15 p.m. which offers context and observations by Chris With, former coordinator of art information with the National Gallery of Art. The new exhibit occupying three floors of galleries continues at Hill Center through January 6 and features 11 Hill Center favorites and newly discovered artists from the greater Washington area.

Friday head over to H Street Country Club for an extended happy hour from 5-9 p.m. Donate $10 at the door to The Perry Center and you will receive a free round of mini-golf, plus $5 margaritas and $3 Bud Lights. The money supports Perry’s family, youth and economic empowerment programs in Washington, D.C. RSVP here.

We say we want retail on 8th Street so check out a pop-up shop by U Street favorite Lettie Gooch all weekend long at Tabula Rasa . The pop-up will kick off with a launch party on Friday evening from 4-9 p.m. with DJ Munch, light fare and champagne. The shopping continues on Saturday from 10-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The shop will feature dresses, separates, denim and accessories from designers such as Beth Bowley, AG Denim, Prairie Underground and Trunk Show. More info.

Friday evening at CHAW is ARTnight: Sip and Paint. It’s an opportunity to sip wine, eat snacks and paint a masterpiece. Teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will guide and instruct you along the way. The evening is $30 which includes snacks and materials. Call 202-547-6839 to reserve your space.  More info.

The Hill Center presents the Sunrise String Quartet’s “A Night in Vienna” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Quartet will perform a selection of Mozart, Schubert and Strauss with a program which features a mix of the familiar, as well as lesser-known pieces.  Tickets are $15 and available from instantseats.com by searching “Sunrise” for the event.

Saturday get your skates on and enjoy the grand opening of Canal Park. Earlier this week Kyra wrote a full round-up of events taking place this week. Read it here.

On Saturday evening let the real artists do the painting while you watch. The Atlas Performing Arts Center’s “Paint the Music” has artists paint a work of art inspired by the songs of musicians.  The musicians are Dan Fisk, Taylor Carson and Zia Hassan, and the artists are Eugi, Vian Shamounki Borchert and Sardar. The paintings will be auctioned off at the end of the evening, which will conclude in a 45-minute meet and greet. More info.

On Sunday if you don’t have a kid of your own, borrow one, so you can introduce said kiddo to the fun of classical music at the Capital City Symphony’s Annual Family Concert at the Atlas. There are two shows at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and each is preceded by an instrument petting zoo, which begins a half-hour before the start. Kids always get free tickets to all of the Symphony’s concerts. More info.

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