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11 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Our end-of-the-week picks for October 20-22

Friday

Brewing Event at George Washington's Mount Vernon - Fall Event Near Washington, DC

Brewing History: Beer Tasting, Tour & Dinner
With the craft beer craze at its zenith, George Washington’s Mount Vernon wants to show you how they made beer back in the day. Journey to the first president’s estate to enjoy a private tour of the Mansion, an 18th-century brewing demo and a reception featuring beer tasting and a four-course dinner (each course will be paired with a brew, too).
6:30 – 9:45 p.m. |  Tickets
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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The Second City’s ‘When Life Gives You Clemens’ - Comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

The Second City’s ‘When Life Gives You Clemens’
The Second City brings another laugh riot to the District this October. America’s most famous comedy troupe takes its queue from Mark Twain, one of history’s greatest humorists, in this performance. Expect searing takes on politics and human nature through the lens of satire in this show that will be at the Kennedy Center on Thursday and Friday night.
7 p.m. & 9 p.m.  |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery and Brightest Young Things celebrate the opening of a murderous new exhibit with this Friday night party. Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death opens the day of, a fascinating new display that traces the connection between craft art and forensic science. House music will blare throughout the night as you savor beer, specialty cocktails, face painting, tarot card reading, a digital photo booth, caricature artistry and much more. You’ll also have access to another of the Gallery’s new exhibits, Rick Araluce: The Final Stop, which only cranks up the creepiness even more.
8:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. |  Tickets
Renwick Gallery, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Saturday

‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’  - Free Johannes Vermeer Museum Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry’
The National Gallery of Art hosts this landmark consideration of the artistic exchanges between Johannes Vermeer and his peers between 1650-1675. The exhibit features 65 works from Vermeer and fellow Dutch Golden Age painters, a group of artists that mastered depicting the domestic life of the time period through outstanding technique. Learn how these painters challenged and influenced each other to bring about one of history’s finest artistic eras. The exhibit is open through Jan. 21, 2018.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Free admission
National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20565

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Hirshhorn Museum Washington DC

‘What Absence Is Made Of’
The creative ways that absence is expressed throughout numerous forms of art is the topic of this new exhibit at the Hirshhorn. More than 70 works across seven decades make up the display, which include small-scale pieces that use mirroring effects to large-scale ruminations using simple materials. Visitors will be able to observe how leading artists like Annette Lemieux, Ed Atkins and John Baldessari deal with the loss of something … or something that’s never appeared at all. The exhibit runs through the summer of 2019.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

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‘Rick Araluce: The Final Stop’ - Free Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

‘Rick Araluce: The Final Stop’
Rick Araluce’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast of the U.S. will turn the Renwick Gallery into an underground subway platform. This immersive work will make you feel as if you’re situated in a creepy, subterranean environment. Expect flickering lights and distant sounds as you wait for a train that may never come. The exhibit is open through Jan. 28, 2018.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Boo at the Zoo at the Smithsonian National Zoo - Halloween Events in Washington, DC

Boo at the Zoo
The National Zoo’s annual family-oriented Halloween evening event is now an essential part of the holiday in DC. Geared towards wholesome fun, the three-day celebration will feature over 40 treat stations, after-hours access to animal houses and exhibits, live entertainment, zoo education areas and commemorative trick-or-treat bags for the little ones. Halloween-themed trails will be fun for a stroll, and the whole crew can get creative during the pumpkin carving competition. Make sure to come in costume!
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

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Mariinsky Ballet: ‘La Bayadère’ - Event at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC

Mariinsky Ballet: ‘La Bayadère’
The Mariinsky Ballet, a legendary Russian ballet company, returns to the Kennedy Center to perform La Bayadère, one of their most famous renditions. The piece touches on forbidden love, betrayal and the afterlife through its gorgeous choreography, stunning sets and costumes and unforgettable characters. The “Shades” scene is its most famous, when maidens dressed in white seemingly float across the stage in perfect alignment. The last time this production came to DC, it dazzled sold-out crowds, so get your tickets quickly.
1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  |  Tickets
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20566

Sunday

Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC - Top Organized Races and Marathons

Marine Corps Marathon
The Marine Corps Marathon’s 42nd running begins between the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery and concludes, fittingly, in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial. Runners will trot by iconic sites, exploring scenery that is wholly unique to DC. Registration is closed for the run, but spectators are more than welcome.
7:45 a.m. |  Free admission

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 ‘Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ - Free Museum Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

‘Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ 
Frances Glessner Lee, the first female police captain in the U.S., composed incredibly detailed dioramas that illustrated crime scenes in stark detail to train homicide investigators starting in the 1940s. Many believe Lee founded forensic science, and now, her revolutionary work will be on display at the Renwick Gallery. You can appreciate these realistic constructions and their minutiae while challenging your own powers of observation, just like a detective would when observing the aftermath of a crime.
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. |  Free admission
Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

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Wolf Parade
Led by co-frontmen Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug, Wolf Parade is a powerhouse. After going on hiatus in 2010, the group reunited last year to play the festival circuit and select shows. The four-piece will now bring their international tour to The Black Cat in promotion of the release of their new album, Cry Cry Cry (out Oct. 6). You’ll hear inspiring anthems, dueling guitars, thundering drums, cinematic keyboards – all the elements that make rock music great – at this show.
7:30 p.m. |  Tickets
Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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