Weekend Round Up November 15, 2018

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Al Firdaus Ensemble will perform on Sunday, Nov. 18, at GW's Marvin Center. Courtesy Al Firdaus.

This weekend, you can stargaze Jesuit-style, park your Labradoodle in Swampoodle, watch magic from the front row and take a musical journey through Islamic Iberia. On Friday, Breweriana goes on view at the Heurich House Museum and Rebecca Magnuson sings her story at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. For more November events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.

Launch Party for Agata Osti

On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m., Rag & Bone Men’s, 3067 M St. NW, hosts an exclusive launch party for Italian fabrication brand Agata Osti, which specializes in weatherproofing and innovative fabrics. Each piece is limited to 100 units and hand-numbered for authenticity. The event also includes a whiskey tasting. For details, visit georgetowndc.com or call 202-295-9072.

Jesuit Heritage Lecture and Stargazing

Also on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m., the Rev. Gabriele Gionti, S.J., an astronomer at the Specola Vaticana (the Vatican Observatory), will speak at Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW, on “The Scientific Tradition of the Jesuits.” The talk will take place in Room 109 of Regents Hall. Afterwards, weather permitting, a stargazing reception will be held at 177-year-old Heyden Observatory. For details, visit guevents.georgetown.edu.

Exhibition Opening at Heurich House

On Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, will unveil “Home/Brewed,” an exhibition in the museum’s carriage house gallery of more than 1,000 items from the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co.’s lifespan, 1872 to 1956. Admission to this opening reception is free. For details, visit heurichhouse.org or call 202-429-1894.

Rebecca Magnuson: ‘She Sings’

Singer-songwriter, composer and concert pianist Rebecca Magnuson will perform her one-woman show — telling the story of triumph over injustice in a world where love and kindness must prevail — on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $55 and $75. For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.

Swampoodle Park Ribbon Cutting

Council member Charles Allen, the District’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of General Services, the NoMa Parks Foundation and the Friends of NoMa Dogs invite area residents to attend the grand opening of Swampoodle Park, 225 L St. NE, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. The official ribbon cutting will include an inaugural playground climb and a dog park procession. Admission is free. For details, visit eventbrite.com.

Washington Magic at Arts Club

Also on Saturday, Nov. 17, Washington Magic presents Eric Henning, who has shared his wit and wizardry with the Obamas at one of several White House appearances, and John McLaughlin, co-author of “Creating Business Magic” and former acting CIA director, who will perform close-up magic. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with the close-up magic at 7:30 p.m., at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Tickets, including dinner, drinks and the show, are $65 ($75 for front-row seats). For details, visit washingtonmagic.com.

Temple Sinai Holiday Mart

The annual Holiday Mart at Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW, features food, gifts and crafts from more than 40 local vendors, a bake sale and activities for children. Proceeds support Temple Sinai and other nonprofits. Admission to this year’s event, on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free. For details, visit templesinaidc.org or call 202-363-6394.

Lecture on Photographer Gordon Parks

In this free lecture, on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Independence Avenue NW, curator Philip Brookman will illustrate how photographer Gordon Parks’s early experiences at the Farm Security Administration, the Office of War Information and Standard Oil (New Jersey), as well as his close relationships with Roy Stryker, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, helped shape his groundbreaking style. An exhibition catalog signing will follow. For details, visit nga.gov or call 202-737-4215.

Musical Salute to Veterans

Pianist Jennifer Heemstra, cellist Carrie Pierce and violinist Jacqueline Nutting will give a free performance of works by Amy Beach, Florence Price, Irving Berlin and other American composers on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. at Anderson House, the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. For details, visit societyofthecincinnati.org or call 202-785-2040.

Washington Concert Opera: ‘Sapho’

Washington Concert Opera’s fall production is Charles Gounod’s “Sapho” — set in ancient Greece — to be sung in French with English supertitles on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey will appear in the title role. Making their WCO debuts will be tenor Addison Marlor as Phaon, soprano Amina Edris as Glycère, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Pythéas and baritone Brian Vu as Alcée. WCO co-founder Peter Russell will give a talk one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are $40 to $110. For details, visit concertopera.org or call 202-994-6800.

Profs and Pints: American Cooking

La Pop, 1847 Columbia Ave. NW, presents a Profs and Pints event, “The Story of American Cooking,” an examination of our nation’s culinary and eating habits over time, on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The speaker is Allen Pietrobon, who teaches history at American University and Trinity Washington University. For details, visit profsandpints.com.

Music of al-Andalus

Also on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., Al Firdaus Ensemble — made up of musicians from England, Spain and Morocco playing Arabic and Western classical instruments and flamenco guitar — will lead a musical journey through al-Andalus, Islamic Iberia of the eighth through 15th centuries. The performance will take place in the grand ballroom of George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. Tickets are $10 ($5 for children and free for students). For details, visit eventbrite.com.

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