The start of November means it’s time for the Fall Days of Design in the Georgetown Design District. Leonard Slatkin and Livingston Taylor are in town Friday, which is also Ladies Night at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. On Saturday — Día de los Muertos in Arlington — there are more musical choices. And on Sunday, you can learn to pre-prepare holiday casseroles and/or paint watercolors mindfully.
Georgetown Fall Days of Design
The Georgetown Design District — D.C.’s original destination for 30-plus design, fine home furnishings and accessories stores — invites interior designers, design enthusiasts and shoppers alike to visit participating design and home furnishings stores for new collection launches, trunk shows and design consultations during the Fall Days of Design, Thursday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be Days of Design Cocktail Crawls on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and a Brunch Reception and Designer Q&A with Pillar & Post’s Daphna Peled and designer Darlene Molnar on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. For the list of participating stores, visit georgetowndc.com/georgetowndesigndistrict.
Things to do, see and hear on Friday at the Folger, AMP by Strathmore and the Kennedy Center …
Ladies Night at ‘Antony and Cleopatra’
The Folger Theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE, presents “Some Excellent Fortune,” a Ladies Night program at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Friday, Nov. 3, performance of “Antony and Cleopatra.” Participants will sample a variety of fortune-telling activities for an evening of oracles, soothsayers, astrological charms and a signature cocktail. Tickets are $10 (does not include tickets to the performance). For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-7077.
Livingston Taylor at AMP by Strathmore
Brother of James, Livingston Taylor, whose chart-topping hits include “I Will Be in Love with You,” “I’ll Come Running,” “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” will perform at AMP by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, Maryland, Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40. For details, visit ampbystrathmore.com or call 301-581-5100.
Leonard Slatkin Conducts ‘The Rite of Spring’
In this “Declassified” program on Friday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, former National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lenoard Slatkin will conduct a concert featuring Stravinsky’s bold and famously controversial “The Rite of Spring” (somewhat off-season). The evening will also include pre- and post-concert activities. Tickets are $39. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
A mountainous film festival on Friday and Saturday at Nat Geo …
Mountainfilm on Tour
Mountainfilm on Tour returns to D.C. on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. Started in 1979, Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. A rich selection of films will be presented over two nights at National Geographic headquarters, 1145 17th St. NW, offering a multidimensional celebration of indomitable spirit. Tickets are $25. For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7700.
Lively Saturday events at Arlington Arts Center, Sixth & I and the Kreeger Museum …
Día de los Muertos Celebration
For the 14th consecutive year, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, is proud to present its free Día de Los Muertos exhibition and event. This family-friendly celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m., will feature art activities, face painting, traditional dance performances by Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana and live music by Los Gaiteros Sanguashington. Complimentary Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muertos will be served and there will be food trucks on site. For details, visit arlingtonartscenter.org or call 703-248-6800.
A Far Cry & Luciana Souza
Brazilian superstar Luciana Souza will join forces with the 17 virtuoso strings of A Far Cry to give voice to poet Carolyn Forché’s “On Earth,” a luminous meditation on life and loss, through musical settings by five of the most distinctive creative voices in indie-classical music. Tickets to this Washington Performing Arts event on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I, 600 I St. NW, are $35. For details, visit washingtonperformingarts.org or call 202-408-3100.
Ying Quartet with Billy Childs
This performance at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW, on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m., will feature the Ying Quartet with jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs, winner of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, 14 Grammy nominations and four Grammy awards. Tickets are $40. For details, visit kreegermuseum.org or call 202-337-3050.
Finally, Sunday workshops in Capitol Hill and Glen Echo, Maryland …
Holiday Workshop: Casseroles & Comfort Food
On Sunday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m., chef Jennifer Jones will guide participants through preparing and packaging yummy casseroles, perfect for a holiday potluck or an easy family meal during a hectic time. On the menu are creamy sun-dried tomato and red pepper ziti, chicken and sausage gumbo and spiced peach bread pudding. This event takes place at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets are $65. For details, visit hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172.
Mindful Watercolor Workshop at Glen Echo
This one-day adult class will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland. Students will follow the steps in creating abstract watercolor paintings using wet-on-wet painting techniques and learn brief activities to help reduce stress, improve awareness and breathe more mindfully. Admission is $45. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2255.