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Nov. 18-24, 2021


It’s the time of year when life seems to hit warped speed. The events are endless, the seasonal specials are going strong, and in between all the celebrating and family time, who doesn’t want to find some #MeTime on the dance floor or among the latest art exhibitions? We’ve got it all. Explore with gusto!—Your Arts and City Lights editor, Sarah Marloff

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Nov. 18–21
Starting today: D.C.’s 29th annual festival showcasing new films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland returns in hybrid form between Landmark E Street Cinema, the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center, and online. Films include opening night’s Enfant Terrible, Swiss film My Wonderful Wanda, and closing night’s The Last Execution.

Pop-up Magazine: Fall 2021 Issue
Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW
The live magazine is back with its fall issue tour and it’s coming to D.C. on Nov. 18. Enjoy the long-awaited in-person return to multimedia storytelling, pressing questions, and a whole lot more. This issue’s contributors include TV writer Cord Jefferson (of Watchmen and Succession fame), author and artist Chanel Miller (memoirist of Know My Name), and Ingrid Rojas Contreras (author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree). For the 21 and up crowd, each ticket includes a Botanist Martini. Cheers to that.

Lyricist Lounge Reunion

Hip-hop luminaries unite at the Kennedy Center to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Lyricist Lounge.
ÌFÉ with DJ Natty Boom
Nov. 19, 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW
Puerto Rico-based producer Otura Mun brings his electronic music project to D.C. Blending Afro-Cuban folklore, Yoruban religious music, and the bass of dancehall, trap, and Afro-beat, ÌFÉ aims to bring people together. Local badass DJ Natty Boom opens. 
FUTURES Opening Day
Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW
The grand opening of FUTURES—the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary exhibition. Inside, you’ll be given the opportunity to ponder various predictions of what’s to come. The idea is to dare to dream big. And when the sun sets, the concert starts with SHAED, the cast of HBO Max’s Legendary, Malik Dope, and more.

Punk Rock Flea Market and Food Drive
Nov. 20, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Stephen’s, 1525 Newton St. NW
The name says it all. Come out and shop. The flea is free, but please bring canned food (that isn’t about to expire) to donate to We Are Family DC’s canned food drive.
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hirshhorn, 7th Street & Independence Avenue SW
Taking over the Hirshhorn’s second floor circular inner galleries, you’ll find 40 large-scale monochromatic drawings depicting a fictional story of Odutola’s making. The New York-based artist uses pastel, charcoal, and chalk to communicate her elaborate myths.

Chloe Moriondo
Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW
She started on YouTube; now she’s here. Literally. Catch the Detroit-based indie-bedroom pop singer-songwriter as she stops in D.C.
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Nov. 22, 7 p.m. at Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Rd., Tysons
Host Lucy Darling leads a night of breathtaking performances and classic holiday songs.

Charlotte Cornfield
Nov. 22, 8 p.m. at Pie Shop, 1339 H St. NE

Cornfield’s latest album, written during the pandemic, has been described as “an earthen folk-rock symphony.” What’s not to love?
The Brummies
Nov. 23, 8 p.m. at Songbyrd, 540 Penn St. NE
Blending urgent rock with dreamy indie-folk, piercing songwriting, and ethereal sounds, the Nashville trio tours their latest album.

Gioli & Assia
Nov. 23, 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW
Take yourself to the dance floor for this Italian duo’s show. The two women are producers, multi-instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, record label owners, and DJs who blend the best of all beats. 

A New Spin on Beauty and the Beast for a New World

Director Marcia Milgrom Dodge aims to tell a story where “the power of kindness transcends the frightening features of the monster.”
A Strange Loop
Nov. 24, 8 p.m. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St NW
Talk about meta a play about Usher, a Black queer writer, who hates his job and is writing a musical, which happens to be about a Black queer writer who hates their job and is writing a musical. Get ready for good sounds and mind-bending realities.

Five Decades of Philip Brookman’s Work

American University Museum’s current exhibit curates photography from the photography curator; a gallery talk takes place Wednesday.

Lingering Glimpses Remembers Fallen Soldiers

Soomin Ham combines the haziness of memory with eccentric photographic techniques to capture the anonymity of life.

Moshpxt Keeps It Reel

Local videographer JayJay Thakar combines unpredictable style, intricate plotlines, and a love for the artists in his game-changing music videos.

Through a Glass Darkly Explores the Art of Glass

Friends Artspace creates a looking-glass lounge for its inaugural exhibition, Through a Glass Darkly: Mirrors and Vanity.

A Flock of Feelings in Birds of North America

Anna Ouyang Moench’s drama takes you from comedy to elegy; playing through Nov. 21 at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Julia Will Make Your Mouth Water

But the documentary doesn’t dig deeper into the life, complications, and originality that made Julia Child a foodie icon.
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