Weekend Round Up, Nov. 11 – 14

Happy Veterans Day! And, the weekend is just around the corner. So many options, including the Native Cinema Showcase at the National American Indian Museum, Questlove (from the Roots) at the Kennedy Center, and the popular rock musical “Rent” at the recently reopened Signature Theatre. Add John Fogerty, a wedding expo at the Convention Center and an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art and you’ve got a packed few days!

NMAI’s Native Cinema Showcase This Weekend 

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating the “best in Native film” in their 21st edition of their Native Cinema Showcase. This year, the show focuses on Native peoples “boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community, and a continued relationship with the land.” All online this year, the show runs from Friday Nov. 12 through Nov. 18. Expect a wide range of movies, from the brand-new to fan favorites as well as panel discussions. More information on the festival can be found here.

Questlove at the Kennedy Center 

Five-time Grammy Award-winning musician, Questlove will be at the Kennedy Center Saturday evening, Nov. 13 to discuss new book “Music is History.” If you don’t know Questlove, he’s listed by the Kennedy Center as: “Drummer, DJ, producer, director, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of the Roots…. the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential Hip Hop group” and musical director for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show Band. Also joining the talk, Lonnie G. Bunch II, secretary of the Smithsonian and Ben Greenman, best-selling author. Ticket price includes a signed copy of “Music is History.” Hurry though, tickets are selling out quickly! More information on the event can be found here.

See “Rent” at the Signature Theatre 

Even if you’ve seen it the equivalent of “five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes,” Jonathan Larson’s ‘90s musical “Rent” never gets old. The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning show based on Jonathan Larson’s book which was loosely based on Puccini’s 1896 opera La Boheme, will be at the Signature Theatre through Jan. 2, 2022. The Arlington-based theater is celebrating its return to in-person performances. More information on “Rent” can be found here.

Signature Theatre in Arlington. Photo from Wikipedia.

Check out “The New Woman Behind the Camera” 

Before things get crazy during the holidays, it’s worth visiting the National Gallery of Art for their “New Woman Behind the Camera” exhibit, running through Jan. 30, 2022. The exhibit celebrates the “New Woman”—modern, stylish and confident—a model for women in the first half of the 20th century. The show features dozens of women who got into photography as a means of professional and personal expression from the 1920s through ‘50s. More information can be found here.

Catch the 17th Flamenco Fest with GALA Hispanic Theatre

GALA is closing out its 17th annual Flamenco Fest with a performance by the Sara Pérez Dance Company from Spain (in collaboration with Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas of Madrid). Using their bodies and senses, the dancers create a beautiful scene for dance and music to take over. The show, “De Paso,” has performances Thursday November 11 through Sunday November 14. More information can be found here.

John Fogerty at the Anthem 

Better run through the jungle! On Nov. 14, this Sunday evening, the man who founded the legendary band Creedence Clearwater Revival is rockin’ out at the Anthem. Expect to hear Creedence songs as well as some of Fogerty’s solo hits. Note: The Anthem requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within the last 72 hours to attend shows. More on the concert can be found here.

John Fogerty. Photo from Wikipedia.

Getting Married Soon? Check Out the Washington Bridal and Wedding Expo

If you’re tying the knot soon, you may want to head to the Convention Center this Sunday Nov. 14 from noon until 5 p.m. The Washington Bridal and Wedding Expo will have everything you need from invitations to a DJ and more. Prizes and giveaways like free luggage and a new iPad will be offered. Register and learn more about the event here.



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