23 Things to Do in November
Lift those spirits with virtual theater, art shows, comedy gigs and a different kind of Arlington Turkey Trot.
When: Nov. 2-27
Where: Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington
For all the physical, moral, spiritual and emotional challenges 2020 has brought us, there are still things to be grateful for. This uplifting, all-member art exhibit shifts the conversation and the focus to gratitude. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Masks and social distancing required. Free.
When: Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
Where: Signature Theater (on Zoom)
You don’t have to be an aspiring performer to enjoy this Signature Theatre master class with actor Evan Casey (Assassins, An Act of God, The Flick). If you love light-hearted musicals, you’ll get a better sense of what really goes on behind the scenes—and learn how to “find the funny” in a song. Tickets $10.
When: Through Nov. 8
Where: Synetic Theater (on Zoom)
Joy is not a passive experience; it must be pursued. In this virtual performance conceived and adapted by Christopher Rushing, Synetic actors Vato Tsikurishvili (directed by Paata Tsikurishvili) and Maria Simpkins (directed by Katherine DuBois) take viewers on an autobiographical journey of discovery as each seeks to find joy in their lives during a time of collective darkness. Tickets are $39 per person or $69 per household; a 10% discount will be given to those who wish to see a second performance told from the other’s actor’s perspective. Order soon to receive a prop box approximately five days before your selected show. Check website for show dates and times.
When: Through Nov. 8
Where: The Art League, 105 North Union St., Alexandria
Rosa Leff’s intricate streetscapes and still-lifes are carved out of paper with an X-acto knife, many of them depicting life before Covid-19. Her art brings a contemporary, urban aesthetic to a traditional folk medium. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m. You can also peruse the show online from the comfort of home. Watch a virtual artist’s talk here. Free.
When: Through Nov. 14
Where: State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church
Weather permitting, State Theatre will continue its free, donation-based outdoor shows as we head into holiday season. Standouts in the November lineup include Rolling Stones tribute band Mother’s Little Helper on Nov. 5; upbeat DMV cover band The Cactus Liquors on Nov. 7; and Arlington cover band Collective A’Chord—a 2020 Best of Arlington top vote-getter—on Nov. 12.