Compiled by Richard Selden
The opening-night party for the 10th anniversary edition of FotoWeekDC will be held Friday, Nov. 10, at 2801 16th St. NW. The citywide celebration of world-class photography, featuring numerous exhibitions (notably the White House News Photographers Association’s “Eyes of History” exhibition at 3222 M St. NW) and events (for example, a Leica Photography Scavenger Hunt on Nov. 11), continues through Sunday, Nov. 19. Opening-night party tickets are $55, going up to $60 the day of the party. For tickets and the full schedule, visit fotodc.org.
‘Amazing Grace’ at Museum of the Bible
The national touring production of the Broadway musical “Amazing Grace” will christen the 472-seat World Stage Theater at Washington’s new Museum of the Bible on 3rd Street SW, funded by Hobby Lobby founder David Green. Running Nov. 14 through Jan. 7, 2018, the show tells the story of John Newton’s conversion from a slave trader to the committed Christian who would ultimately pen the “hymn of hymns.” Tickets, starting at $70, include timed-entry admission to the museum, which opens the following weekend. For details, visit museumofthebible.org.
Jazz Meets France
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, in George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, the French- American Cultural Foundation is presenting “Jazz Meets France,” a concert celebrating the Harlem Hell Fighters, who introduced jazz to France in 1917. The performers will include guitarist Christian Escoudé, the Airmen of Note and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. World War I memorabilia connected with the Hell Fighters will be on display. Tickets are $25 to $65. For details, visit frenchamericancultural.org.
Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival
The inaugural Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival, in conjunction with Smithsonian magazine’s American Ingenuity Awards, will run from Nov. 15 through Dec. 30 at several Smithsonian locations in Washington and at the Cooper Hewitt in New York. Among the highlights will be a “rolling conversation” from 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, in the historic and largely dormant Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall. Speakers will include José Andrés, Mayor Muriel Bowser, David Brooks, Yo-Yo Ma, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and Alfre Woodard. For the full schedule, visit smithsonianmag.com.
Suzanne Farrell Ballet Farewell
“Forever Balanchine,” the farewell performances of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, will be presented Dec. 7, 8 and 9 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $29 to $89. All three programs include “Tzigane,” “Meditation” and “Gounod Symphony.” “Chaconne” will be performed on Thursday and “Serenade” on Friday and Saturday. Born Roberta Sue Ficker in Cincinnati, Farrell joined New York City Ballet, where she became one of George Balanchine’s muses and star ballerinas, in 1961. She started the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2000 and in 2003 was awarded the National Medal of Arts.