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. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna
What better way to kick off a new series of indoor concerts and performances than with a comedy show about one of the many things Covid-19 has tested—relationships. Capacity will be limited, social distancing will be enforced, and of course masks are required. Guests must be seated at tables, order from their server (rather than the bar), and wear a mask at all times except when eating and drinking. Tickets $20.
When: Nov. 7, 2 p.m.
Where: McLean Central Park Gazebo, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean
Watch live performances by some of our area’s most talented young musicians and their teachers. Concert proceeds, canned soup and other nonperishable donations will benefit the Share of McLean Food Bank. Organizers will provide seating on socially distanced picnic blankets and will have hot cocoa for sale.
When: Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Where: Arlington Public Library (on Zoom)
Best-selling author Sarah MacLean joins Arlington Public Library online to discuss her latest historical romance novel, Daring and the Duke. It’s the third installment in MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. Participation is free.
When: Nov. 11-Jan. 3, 5:30 -10 p.m.
Where: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens normally attracts 75,000-80,000 visitors this time of year, so competition will be tight for the limited number of timed tickets available in 2020. Reservations with designated entry times will prevent crowding throughout the walkable half-mile outdoor light display, which will be open every evening—including holidays—through the end of the year. Tickets $8-$17.
When: Nov. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria
Honestly, we need all the laughs we can get this year. Paula Poundstone, panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and host of her own Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone podcast, is coming to the area to supply just that. The Birchmere is staging two nights of limited-capacity on-site shows, each allowing 200 people max (a third show, planned for the 15th, was cancelled). If you can’t make it to see her live, the comedian also has free videos—tips appreciated—posted on her website. Tickets $55.
When: Nov. 14, 3 p.m.
Where: One More Page Books (online)
Has all this downtime got you thinking that maybe now is the moment to cross “write a book” off of your bucket list? Hear about the writing life from E.A. Aymar (aka E.A. Barres), author of the soon-to-be-launched They’re Gone; Jenny Milchman (The Second Mother); and Hank Phillippi Ryan (The First to Lie) in this author talk sponsored by One More Page Books. Facebook & Youtube links will be emailed to registered attendees. Participation is free.