Fall Days of Design in Georgetown kicks off tonight with a cocktail crawl and the Washington Ballet presents “Contemporary Masters” at Sidney Harman Hall tonight through Sunday. Also tonight, greet the Barefoot Contessa at Strathmore and, on Saturday, meet Michael Schwedick and his reptiles at the National Theatre and cartoonist R. O. Blechman at Dumbarton Oaks. Remember to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night (if they don’t set themselves). For more November events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Woolly Mammoth: ‘The Fever’
Performed in collaboration with the audience, “The Fever” — created by New York-based experimental theater artists 600 Highwaymen — begins as a simple story about an ordinary party and evolves into a spellbinding examination of how we assemble, organize and care for the bodies around us. Final performances at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW, are: Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 and 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $35. For details, visit woollymammoth.net or call 202-393-3939.
Washington Ballet: ‘Contemporary Masters’
This Washington Ballet program at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW, features: “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes,” choreographed by Mark Morris to 13 piano etudes by Virgil Thomson performed live; “Duets,” choreographed by Merce Cunningham to music by John Cage, controlled and improvised live by audio engineers; and “Company B,” choreographed by Paul Taylor to an Andrews Sisters soundtrack. Performances are: Thursday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $99. For details, visit washingtonballet.org or call 202-547-1122. Use the following promo codes for select nights and seats: VISION (25% off Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Sunday matinee) and MODERN (50% off Sunday evening).
‘How I Learned to Drive’ at Round House
Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway in Bethesda, Maryland, presents Paula Vogel’s chronicle of one woman’s journey to break the cycle — and silence — of sexual abuse. Amber Paige McGinnis makes her Round House directorial debut. Final performances are: Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $55. For details, visit roundhousetheatre.org or call 240-644-1100.
DC History Conference: ‘Mobility, Migration, and Movement’
The 45th annual D.C. History Conference — a collaboration between the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., George Washington University, the DC Public Library and the DC Office of Public Records — will explore the complex meanings of mobility, migration and movement in a city that has witnessed the Great Migration of African Americans and has the second-largest community of El Salvadoran residents in the United States. The Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture by curator Ariana Curtis will open the conference on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, 1201 17th St. NW. The conference continues on Friday, Nov. 2, Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $30 ($15 for students/seniors). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Ina Garten at Strathmore
On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland, the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, author of 10 New York Times best-selling cookbooks, will share behind-the-scenes stories about life in the Hamptons, filming her television show, writing cookbooks and enjoying food. An audience Q&A will follow. Tickets are $55 to $85. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.
The Writer’s Center Grand Reopening
The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St. in Bethesda, Maryland, will hold a grand reopening celebration on Friday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 p.m. The evening, free with RSVP, will include music, drinks, small bites and activities to introduce the newly renovated space. For details, visit writer.org or call 301-654-8664.
Ariel Quartet at the Kreeger
Recent recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Ariel Quartet — formed in Israel nearly 20 years ago — serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. The quartet will perform string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Harbison at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW, on Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. For details, visit kreegermuseum.org or call 202-337-3050.
Michael Shwedick: ‘Reptile World’
Appearing at the National Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9:30 and 11 a.m., 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Michael Schwedick and his scaly friends not only teach kids invaluable lessons about ecology, but thrill them with close encounters with alligators, snakes and other sometimes scary creatures — without frightening even the youngest children. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance. A limited number of walk-up tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to each performance. Best suited for children between the ages of 4 and 10. For details, visit thenationaldc.org or call 202-628-6161.
Cartoonist R. O. Blechman at Dumbarton Oaks
On Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m.. Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW, will host an afternoon with legendary cartoonist and illustrator R. O. Blechman, who will discuss his first work, “The Juggler of Our Lady,” a cartoon retelling of the medieval legend published in 1953 and later adapted into an award-winning animated short. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-339-6401.
Singing Capital Chorus at AU
The Singing Capital Chorus, an a cappella chorus, will perform “Melodies and Movies” on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. in American University’s Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $20 and $25. For details, visit singingcapitalchorus.org or call 571-310-2303.
Jane Franklin Dance: ‘Beauty and the Beat’
Physical and fun, “Beauty and the Beat,” inspired by the Tom Waits song “What’s He Building in There,” is about presumptions that go way off course. In the work, scenarios emerge of nosy neighbors jumping to big conclusions. Performances at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington, Virginia, are Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $22. For details, visit janefranklin.com or call 703-933-1111.
Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Barns
Renowned as performers, artistic directors and educators, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, the new artistic advisor of chamber music at the Barns, will perform Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas on Founder’s Day, Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia. Tickets are $48. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.