16 Nov 2017

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To Do: Weekend of November 16th – 19th

Are you prepping your sides to take to a Friendsgiving on Saturday? This made-up holiday has overtaken Festivus in popularity and practice which makes sense since more excuses to eat pie and comfort foods with friends are ultimately more fun than the airing of grievances. How are will you be observing this pre-holiday weekend?

Cecily performs a musical salute to DC at the Atlas Saturday night. Photo courtesy of the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Tonight, filmmaker Michael Ford visits the Hill Center to talk about his experiences living in and capturing life in rural Mississippi. Much of this was the material for the 1972 documentary HOMEPLACE. Ford’s work has been obtained by the American Folklife Center archives and a photographic exhibit currently on display at the Hill Center. This evening’s program features a discussion between Ford and American Folklife Center archivist Todd Harvey. The program begins at 7 p.m. and is free. Register to attend here.

Friday at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Free Folger Friday Egyptologist Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson who will discuss the historical Cleopatra versus the way the ancient queen has been portrayed throughout history. The lecture begins at 6pm and is free. Learn more here.

The Canal Park Ice Rink opens for the season at 7 p.m. The evening will feature music, a skating performance and an appearance by the Capitals’ mascot Slapshot. Learn more here.

Saturday, singer and DC native Cecily salutes her hometown in a concert at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Expect to hear selections by Duke Ellington, Gil Scott- Heron, Roberta Flack, Meshell Ndegeocello, and more. The show will be followed by a discussion on gentrification and its impact of the artistic community specifically. Tickets are $22 – $ 28. Get yours here.

November is also Movember, a movement where men decline to shave to bring more attention and awareness to men’s health issues. Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar will host the third annual Movember Pig Roast. The Queen Vic’s Ryan Gordon is doing the cooking and DC Brau is providing the beer. $60 gets you all you can eat and drink with all proceeds going to the Movember Foundation. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. and you can get your tickets here.

Sunday, take the wee littles to the Atlas Performing Arts Center for a Theatre for the Very Young performance. Beech Tree Puppets performs The Apple Tree, a story about a woman who wants an apple pie so she plants a tree. The show is best for audiences ages 2-8. Get tickets here.

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