First, some Veterans Day weekend events: a book signing at the National Archives, a salute to the military at the Kennedy Center and a hike from Fletcher’s Cove to raise funds for Warrior Expeditions. You can toast the 10th FotoWeekDC on Friday, learn to act on Saturday and catch designer Maria Pinto’s pop-shop at 1254 Wisconsin Ave. through Sunday. Musically speaking, New Orleans soul will be served up in Bethesda and Brazilian samba in Georgetown. Meanwhile, in Olney, Thornton Wilder’s Stage Manager is almost ready to kill the lights …
Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories
Vietnam veteran SGM Donna Lowery, author of “Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Story,” will discuss the participation of American military women (non-nurses) during the Vietnam War at the National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, on Friday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. From 1962 to 1973, an estimated 1,000 women fulfilled myriad duties as intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dietitians and communications specialists. A book signing will follow the program, which is free with RSVP. For details, visit archivesfoundation.org or call 202-357-5000.
National Symphony Veterans Day Concert
in collaboration with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, the National Symphony Orchestra is proud to present a free concert (reservations are required) in honor of all service members and their families, “Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military,” on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Gianandrea Noseda, the NSO’s new music director, will conduct the NSO and the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” Colonel Jason K. Fettig, director, will also perform. For details, visit kennedy-center.org.
Warrior Expeditions Veterans Day Hike
The Warrior Expeditions Veterans Day Hike, on Saturday, Nov. 11, at noon, will raise funds for the nonprofit’s outdoor therapy program, which helps combat veterans transition to civilian life. The 6.5-mile hike will begin at Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW in Georgetown, and end with a barbecue and a performance by Brendan James at Arnold & Porter. Registration (including a water bottle and a barbecue dinner) is $40. For details, visit warriorexpeditions.org.
Yoga with the American Pops Orchestra
On Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m., members of the American Pops Orchestra will accompany a tranquil 70-minute yoga practice taught by Michael Peterson at IMF Headquarters, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The practice, free with RSVP, will include songs from the greatest American singer-songwriters combined into a new 60-minute composition created specifically to marry music and movement. For details, visit theamericanpops.org or call 202-536-4227.
FotoWeekDC Opening-Night Party
The opening-night party for the 10th anniversary edition of FotoWeekDC will be held Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. 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.
Theatre Lab Class: ‘Anyone Can Act’
Myth: Acting is about talent and talent is something you’re born with. Reality: Acting is a craft that anyone can learn at any age. So says the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, 733 8th St. NW, which will offer its two-hour “Anyone Can Act” class on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $50. For details, visit theatrelab.org or call 202-824-0449.
Irma Thomas & Blind Boys of Alabama
On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m., Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland, presents Irma Thomas, “The Soul Queen of New Orleans”; the Blind Boys of Alabama; and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, touring together for the first time, for an afternoon filled with musical collaborations and traditional standards. Tickets are $28 to $68. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.
Brazilian Song: Clarice and Sérgio Assad
Clarice Assad, Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer, and pianist, and her father, virtuoso guitarist Sérgio Assad of the legendary Assad Brothers, will explore the evolution of samba and classic Brazilian song in two performances at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1703 32nd St. NW: Sunday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $54. For details, visit doaks.org or call 202-339-6436.
Underground Comedy at the Big Hunt
As featured on Comedy Central and in the Washington Post, Underground Comedy presents D.C.’s best stand-up comics at the Big Hunt, 1345 Connecticut Ave. NW. Ticketed shows ($15) are Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 and 10 p.m. Free shows — first come, first served — are Thursday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. There is no cover or drink minimum and you must be 21 to enter. For details, visit undergroundcomedydc.com
Final Performances: ‘Our Town’
The American classic by Thornton Wilder gets a new look at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney, Maryland, from acclaimed director and adaptor Aaron Posner. In this new production, faithful to the script and sanctioned by the Wilder Family Estate, just seven actors portray the key characters, also manipulating Bunraku-style puppets to represent the rest of the townspeople of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Final performances are Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:45 pm; Saturday, Nov. 11, at 1:45 and 7:45 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1:45 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $80. For details, visit olneytheatre.org or call 301-924-3400.