Things to do in DC, November 15-17

Illustration by Melissa Santoyo.

Hey everybody!

This week, listen to Ben Folds greatest hits at the Kennedy Center, listen to model Emily Ratajkowski talk about her new book, and watch movies directed by Indigenous filmmakers.

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Here’s what you should check out this week:

A one-of-a-kind performance: Ben Folds, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and artistic advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra, presents his greatest hits at Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall for one night only. He will perform songs from his time as leader of the Ben Folds Five, his solo career and his many collaborative records. Monday 11/15 at 8 p.m. $ 39- $ 79, buy tickets here.

Make music : Bring the kids downtown for a lunchtime go-go music workshop in Franklin Park. Soul singer and drummer Dante Pope will teach young musicians the role of percussion instruments in creating funky rhythms. Chopsticks will be provided. Tuesday 11/16 at 11 am; To free, register here.

Autumn atmosphere: Learn the art of floral design at a fall wreath-making workshop at the local women-owned flower shop, She Loves Me. While florists teach you how to set a variety of fresh flowers and plants from season on a brass frame, sip a free drink from Denizens Brewing Co. in Riverdale Park, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To free, register here.

Reclaim : Hear model Emily Ratajkowski talk about her new memories, My body with new York Hanna Rosin from the magazine. In her book, Ratajkowski describes her personal exploration of feminism, sexuality, and power in a collection of essays that also investigates society’s fetishization of female beauty, contempt for female sexuality, and the gray area between consent and abuse. Tuesday 11/16 at 7 p.m .; $ 12- $ 35, buy tickets here.

To laugh: Stand-up comedian Ali Siddiq started his acting career telling jokes in prison, which gave him the unique perspective and distinct style that have made thousands of people laugh over the past few years. This week the Bring the funny The finalist will headlining for his fourth time at the DC Improv Comedy Club. From Wednesday 11/17 to Saturday 11/20 (times vary); $ 25- $ 30, buy tickets here.

Wine down: Relax after work with a watercolor painting session at the Shop Made in DC store in Georgetown. The self-guided DIY event includes two paintable prints and two glasses of wine. Bring a friend or come solo to meet new friends. Wednesday 17/11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. $ 20, buy tickets here.

Indigenous movie theater : The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase kicked off last week and features several films and panels by filmmakers from Indigenous communities in the Western Hemispheres and the Arctic. Movies include Ground Metal– which tells the story of the rise of a Navajo heavy metal band – and Running Woman Running, about a bereaved single mother who gets her life back on track thanks to the advice of her ancestor’s ghost. Other programs include short films that reflect Indigenous storytelling traditions and panels on the barriers Indigenous filmmakers face. Until Thursday 11/18; To free, Learn more here.

Telling stories through art: “Veil” is a new art exhibition at Morton Fine Art in Truxton Circle that describes the psychological journey of artist Michael Booker through the pandemic and recent times of social injustice. Booker combines watercolor, pen and hand stitching to represent the resilience and strength of the black community through difficult times. Until Saturday 12/4; To free, Learn more here.

Nothing screams “fall” more than a cup of hot apple cider and an autumn wreath.

That’s all for the moment! Don’t forget to write to me at [email protected] to let me know what you are 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.

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