There is a Weschler’s auction on Friday that benefits Martha’s Table. Fans of independent cinema can watch Japanese shorts on Friday and a new Duchamp documentary on Saturday. Dumplings, cookies and chocolate truffles, anyone? Also this weekend: John Leguizamo at the National, Sutton Foster at Wolf Trap and your last chance to catch “Shear Madness” in 2019. For more end-of-November events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Weschler’s Auction to Benefit Martha’s Table
Check out designer clothing, handbags and accessories, 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22 — property from a Washington, D.C., estate. More than 150 lots of women’s couture, designer clothing, handbags, belts, scarves and costume jewelry by Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, Jenny Packham, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Yves St. Laurent, Hermès, Judith Leiber, Akris, Piazza Sempione and more. All proceeds to benefit Martha’s Table — www.marthastable.org. Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, LLC, 40 West Gude Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, Maryland 20850 — 202-628-1281 —www.weschlers.com.
‘At Last’ at Signature Theatre
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. in Arlington, Virginia, is presenting “At Last,” a cabaret devoted to the transcendent ladies of soul and R&B, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Beyoncé. Performances are: Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $38. For details, visit sigtheatre.org or call 703-820-9771.
John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’
In “Latin History for Morons,” inspired by the near-total absence of Latinos from his son’s American history books, Tony Award winner John Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes. The show is recommended for age 13 and up. Performances at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, are: Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $59 to $105. For details, visit thenationaldc.com or call 800-514-3849.
Last Shows of 2019: ‘Shear Madness’
Set in present-day Georgetown, “Shear Madness” engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. Performances in the Kennedy Center Theater Lab are: Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23, at 6 and 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 and 7 p.m. “Shear Madness” will start up again on Jan. 28. Tickets are $56. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Dumbarton at Dusk
On Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, will host Dumbarton at Dusk, a free evening of live music, pop-up exhibits, light refreshments and a cash bar. For details, visit dumbartonhouse.org or call 202-337-2288.
Long Lunch: DIY Dumplings
On Friday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., area residents are invited to take a long lunch at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, to learn the basics of Chinese potstickers with chef Mark Haskell. Participants will pinch, steam and chow down on their very own dumplings. Tickets are $49. For details, visit hillcenterdc.org or call 202-549-4172.
New York Japan CineFest
A screening of seven short independent films — four animations, a documentary, a comedy and the drama “Ofuku” — from the New York Japan CineFest, will be screened on Friday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Japan Information & Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. A discussion and Q&A with Sayoko Akutsu, the director of “Ofuku,” and its star Takashi Hasegawa will follow the 90-minute screening. The films are appropriate for mature audiences. Admission is free and seating is first-come, first-serve. To register in advance (required), visit eventbrite.com.
Old Town Cookie Crawl
Area residents can kick off the holiday season early on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Town Cookie Crawl, on King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Along with a commemorative tin, participants will receive a cookie at each of 16 stores on the crawl. Tickets are $20. For details, visit visitalexandriava.com.
Duchamp Film at the Hirshhorn
On Saturday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m., the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, will present a free screening of “Marcel Duchamp: Art of the Possible,” exploring the life, philosophy and impact of one of the most influential early 20th-century artists. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Matthew Taylor, Michael Taylor of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Bradley Bailey of Saint Louis University. The screening, the U.S. premiere of this new documentary, is in conjunction with the exhibition “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection.” For details, visit hirshhorn.si.edu.
Swing & Blues Dance at Glen Echo
Vocalist Cathy Ponton King will give a one-hour blues dance lesson on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. in the historic Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard in Glen Echo, Maryland. From 9 p.m. to midnight, there will be dancing to her band, with special guest Curtis Pope. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For details, visit glenechopark.org or call 301-634-2222.
Chocolate Truffle Classes at the Watergate
The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, will offer classes on chocolate truffle making on Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guided by an expert chocolatier from SPAGnVOLA, participants will craft their own handmade truffles from fine cacao hand-picked in the Dominican Republic and roasted in Maryland. Tickets are $60, $40 for ages 6 to 12, including a box of truffles to take home. To purchase tickets in advance (required), visit eventbrite.com.
Sutton Foster at the Barns
Also on Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m., Tony Award-winning leading lady Sutton Foster — best known for her breakthrough roles in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes,” as well as television’s “Younger” — will perform at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia. Tickets start at $67. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
Hop Funk Fest
3 Stars Brewing Company, 6400 Chillum Place NW, will host Hop Funk Fest, a celebration of all things hoppy and funky, on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 1 to 6 p.m. A showcase of hop-forward and sour beers, the event will also include live music and food vendors. Admission is $15 ($50 VIP). For details, visit eventbrite.com.