Illustration by Melissa Santoyo.
We have a Día de los Muertos festival, the Congress football match and TO RENT the musical at the Signature Theater.
Be prepared to be amazed and moved by Signature Theater’s RENT production this year.
Here’s what you should check out this week:
The day of the Dead: The National Portrait Gallery will host an open-air festival filled with art and music to celebrate Día de los Muertos. Learn about the history and mythology of the Mexican vacation while joining others to create a community altar. During the event, local artists Omar Garcia, MasPaz and Guache will project a two-hour live digital painting on the side of the museum to honor DC’s Latinx community. Monday 1/11 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m .; To free, Learn more here.
A patriotic tribute: The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, honors American veterans with a collection of large-scale watercolor portraits that depict military veterans of various origins. “WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America,” painted by internationally renowned artist Mary Whyte, is the culmination of a seven-year effort to pay true tribute to veterans across the United States. From Monday 11/1 to July 2022; To free, Learn more here.
Neighborhood detective: Embark on a self-guided tour of the National Mall and solve puzzles about museums, monuments, and other landmarks. Participants are encouraged to take their time to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the area and will only be timed on the trips and puzzles. Monday 1/11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $ 19.99- $ 34.99, to buy tickets.
A gourmet feast: The Lebanese Tavern Market is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of food tasting events at its Arlington location. The daily menu includes Pacari chocolate and wine. Throughout the week, customers can sample grape leaves, kibbeh, and Armenian cake. From Monday 01/11 to Thursday 04/11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more here.
The Bohemian life : Signature Theater returns to live performances with Tony Award-winning musical after 600-day pandemic shutdown TO RENT. Hear the timeless ‘Seasons of Love’ on the Arlington stage in this rock musical inspired by ‘La Bohème’. From Tuesday 11/2 to January 2022 (show times vary); $ 40- $ 96, buy tickets here.
All that glitters is gold: Hear Andy Cohen, executive producer and host of the popular ‘The Real Housewives’ franchise, talk about his new book, Everyday sequins, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Cohen gives readers a laugh and a pep talk by sharing quotes from women who have shaped his life, such as Real Housewives, Madonna and her mother. Tuesday 11/2 at 7 p.m .; $ 32- $ 35, buy tickets here.
Paris on the Potomac: Lights of Paris, a new exhibition at the Strongin / Collection art gallery in Georgetown, will showcase the wonders of the French capital. The exhibition will feature works of art created by Simonida Perica Uth that capture views of a city she says “can’t stop painting”. French cultural attaché Denis Quenelle and Georgetown professor Ori Z. Soltes will also speak at the opening reception on Wednesday evening. from Wednesday 11/3 to Thursday 12/9; To free, Learn more here.
Pig skin policy: A bipartisan team of current and former members of Congress will take on Capitol Hill Police in a friendly football match at Audi Field in Buzzard Point. This is the 12th annual charity event, the proceeds of which are donated to three organizations: the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Advantage 4 Kids and Our Military Kids. Wednesday 11/3 at 7 p.m .; $ 10, buy tickets here.
The art of the past meets the present: The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host a virtual conference with Deborah Gaston, the museum’s director of education and interpretation, on how family, power and social values exist in historical art and in the work of the present. Gaston will examine “The Family of Earl Gower” by neoclassical painter Angelica Kauffman and “Hair Wreath” by Sonya Clark. Wednesday 11/3 from 5.30 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. $ 12 to $ 20, buy tickets here.
A retrospective of a native of DC: Alma W. Thomas: Everything is beautiful is a look back at the artwork and story of the titular woman, who grew up in Logan Circle and went on to make historic achievements. Thomas was the first to graduate from Howard University’s art department and the first black woman to be exhibited solo at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The reflection is now on display at the Phillips Collection. Until January 2022; Free- $ 16, buy tickets here.
I already miss Halloween.
That’s all for today! Email me at [email protected]gtonian.com to let me know what you’re doing.