23 Things to Do in November

Lift those spirits with virtual theater, art shows, comedy gigs and a different kind of Arlington Turkey Trot.

Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs

The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs (Facebook photo)

The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs

When: Nov. 13, 6 p.m.

Where: New District Brewing, 2709 S. Oakland St., Arlington

Bundle up and enjoy live tunes by husband-and-wife folk(ish) Americana duo Kendra and Zack Harding, aka The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, hailing from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While you’re at it, knock back a pint or two from host New District Brewing Co. Seasonal suds at the Arlington brewery along Four Mile Run include Fashionably Late, an amber pumpkin ale; an NDBC Oktoberfest/Märzen; and Local Obsession, an all-Virginia stout made with Virginia hops and malts from Murphy & Rude Malting Co. in Charlottesville.


Ricardo David Amoroso 48x48 July 2020

David Amoroso, “Ricardo”

David Amoroso: Un Poco de Todo Amoroso

When: Through Dec. 11

Where: ARTfactory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas

Douglas Park artist David Amoroso was one of several local artists who contributed to this summer’s moving and thought-provoking Words to Art project. Now he has a solo show, which translates as “A Little Bit of Everything Amoroso,” where you can see some of his favorite Latinx-inspired subjects. Common themes in his work include Mexican cultural icons, Latino products as pop art, and El Machismo.  To schedule a gallery appointment, email jexum@virginiaartfactory.org or call 703-330-2787. Admission is free.


Rebecca Rivas Rogers, Working Drawing (green Tape), 2018

Rebecca Rivas-Rogers, “Working Drawing”

Arlington Arts Center: SOLOS 2020

When: Through Dec. 19

Where: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. (Virginia Square)

With the official reopening of the Arlington Arts Center comes a contemporary art exhibit portraying unique landscapes and metaphors (including some exploring issues of life and death) via photos, paintings, sculptures and more. Featured artists include Tara Gupta, Kim Llerena, Rebecca Rivas-Rogers, Anne Clare Rogers, Constance Simon and Heidi Zenisek. An artist talk will take place Nov. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Masks and physical distancing required. Admission is free.


David Carlson: Flattening Time

When: Through Dec. 20

Where: Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, 888 N. Quincy St. #102, Arlington

Arlington artist and Marymount University adjunct art professor David Carlson is back at the Fred Schnider Gallery of Art—after staging the gallery’s very first show when it opened in May 2018—with a new collection of abstract art, this time inspired by the question “What is consciousness?” Call 703-405-1642 to book a private tour (appointments available Thursday-Sunday, noon-7 p.m). Only six people are allowed in the gallery at a time. Watch a virtual studio tour here. Gallery admission is free.


Photo By Chris Benson On Unsplash

Chris Benson on Unsplash

Fall for the Book Festival

When: Multiple dates and times

Where: Online

Instead of the usual four-day, in-person festival, Fall for the Book 2020 is a virtual literary extravaganza that stretches into November with select events. Vienna’s Bards Alley is sponsoring a virtual author talk starring Donna Hemans (Tea by the Sea) and Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah) on Nov. 6 from noon-1 p.m. Meanwhile, One More Page Books in Arlington is hosting two author talks. The first, on Nov. 17 at noon, will explore “the meaning of sports in turbulent times” with Thomas Wolf (Called Shot: Babe Ruth, the Chicago Cubs, and the Unforgettable Major League Baseball Season of 1932), Sasha Abramsky (Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar) and Seth Berkman (A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History). The second, designed for young adults and taking place on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m., features Lori Goldstein (Sources Say), Christina June (No Place Like Here), Miranda Kenneally (Four Days of You and Me) and Carmen Rodriguez (The Universal Laws of Marco). Participation is free.


“vote” By Drew

“Vote” by Drew

Women’s Right to Vote: 100 Years Since the 19th Amendment

When: Nov. 6-28

Where: Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Honoring the centennial of the 19th Amendment, local high school students, recent graduates and Del Ray Artisan members share works depicting the many rights women have fought over the years—starting with the right to vote. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. See website for Covid-19 policies. Admission is free.

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