It is November 1, so I have begun employing yogic breathing strategies to keep my holiday panic at bay. The pie and gravy recipes are filling my inbox and all things merry have begun to take over the airwaves.
How shall we ignore the upcoming holiday season this weekend?
Tonight, drink and chat about the Bard at a Brews and Banter reception before this evening’s performance of King John at the Folger. The reception includes beer from Bluejacket Brewery and light fare along with conversation with two actors from the show. Tickets are $15 and the reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to purchase tickets to the following performance for $25.
Get political at East City Books at book talk by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, and Leah Daughtry, authors of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics. The women have worked together for decades and the book tells their stories and those of political and historical figures. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free but register in advance here.
Friday evening is the preview reception for the annual Pottery on the Hill show at the Hill Center. Seventeen of the country’s premier potters are showcasing their wares and attendees to the Friday show get a sneak peek on what will be available Saturday and Sunday. Cross a number of gifts off your holiday shopping list and support fine crafts people in the process! Tickets to the reception are $35 and they include light hors d’oeurves, wine and beer and a free tasting cup made by one of the artists.
Hocus Pocus is the final installment of the year’s Union Market-Drive In for the season. The tale of three witches starring Bette Midler and a pre-SATC and post-Square Pegs SJP is a Halloween classic for many a 90s kid. The event is $10 per car and free for those on foot. The lot opens at 5:30 and will close at 7:45. The movie begins at 8 p.m.
If you haven’t seen NoMa’s latest art installation, Rain, you can enjoy a silent disco tonight. Dancing in the Rain is happening from 7 to 10 p.m. and you’d better hurry, as there will only be 50 pairs of headphones available! More details here.
Saturday, the DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park and brings together 80 breweries and 200 seasonal beers. There are two sessions, either noon to 3 p.m. or 5 to 8 p.m. A regular ticket is $45 and includes unlimited beer tastings and food will be sold separately. A $75 VIP ticket will include a branded beanie and a commemorative cup. Get your ticket here.
We Happy Few’s production of Dracula brings the the chilling Bram Stoker tale of a count on the ultimate low carb diet to life with attention to the original text. Each ticket comes with a custom drink, Bring Your Own Garlic. The show begins at -7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5-$15.
Sunday, build your art collection post-brunch at Superfine DC. This art fair at Union Market brings work from over 300 local and national artists. A daylong Saturday or Sunday pass is $15. Superfine has organized similar events in New York and Miami.
Monday brings another installment of the Noontime Cantata Series offered by the Washington Bach Consort at St. Peter’s Church, 313 2nd Street SE. The free performances begins at 12:10 p.m. and promises to be the perfect opportunity to offer a brief musical distraction from the modern world.