16 Things to Do This Week
Winter lights displays, outdoor happy hours, holiday pop-up markets, kids' theater, a family fun day and the ultimate Fleetwood Mac tribute.
MONDAY, NOV. 15
Women in Art: Milan-based artists Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari are known for collaborative works incorporating photography, video, performance and installation. Their current exhibition, Magnifica, in Marymount University’s Cody Gallery through Dec. 4, explores contemporary social issues such as gender equity and female empowerment with symbolism evoking the Egyptian goddess Isis. Join exhibition curator Allison Nance and National Museum of Women in the Arts associate curator Virginia Treanor for an online panel discussion with the artistic duo, moderated by Cody Gallery director Caitlin Berry. Register here. // 11 a.m. (on Zoom), Cody Gallery, Marymount University, 1000 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.
Pretty Lights: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens’ Winter Walk of Lights in Vienna is now open for the holiday season, featuring a half-mile wonderland of trees, shrubs and gazebos transformed with thousands of colorful lights. On Caring Kids Night, Nov. 15, every child between the ages of 2 and 12 who brings a non-perishable food item gets free admission (must be accompanied by a paying adult guest). Purchase timed tickets online or at the door while supplies last. // 5:30- 9:30 p.m., Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Tickets $16.
TUESDAY, NOV. 16
It’s Elemental: It’s nippy out, but perhaps you aren’t quite ready to jump back into the indoor bar scene. Not to worry. Caboose Commons has reinstated its weekday outdoor Crappy Hour, offering discounts on food, brews, wine and cocktails whenever the temps drop below 50. Bundle up and grab a seat in one of the Mosaic-adjacent brewery’s dog-friendly outdoor seating areas (you can even reserve a fire pit) and warm your insides with something hoppy. On “Ruff Tuesdays,” happy hour is extended to 9 p.m. // 3-6 p.m. on weekdays (3-9 p.m. Tuesdays) Caboose Commons, 2918 Eskridge Road, Fairfax
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17
Ready, Set, Shop: No need to wait until Black Friday. Stop by the Arlington Arts Center’s Tiffany Gallery on Wednesday and get a head start on your holiday shopping at this Made in Arlington pop-up featuring handmade wares by local artists and artisans. For even more opportunities to shop local, see our growing list of 13 area holiday markets coming to a neighborhood near you. // 6-9 p.m., Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Virginia Square)
Traveling Landscapes: Can’t make it down to Richmond to visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts? Let the VMFA come to you. The museum’s roving 18-wheeler Artmobile will be parked at Capital One Center in Tysons on Wednesday, carrying with it A View From Home: Landscapes of Virginia, a free exhibit featuring works by Adele Clark, Hullihen Williams Moore, George H. Benjamin Johnson, Miwako Nishizawa and others. // 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Capital One Center, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons
THURSDAY, NOV. 18
Black and White: In Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and a Descendant’s Search for Her Family’s Lasting Legacy, Gayle Jessup White explores America’s racial reckoning through the prism of her ancestors—both the enslaver and the enslaved. The author, a Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings’ family, is today a communications officer at Monticello. She’ll discuss her family lore and her remarkable journey to reclaim her heritage at this author talk hosted by One More Page Books. Participation is free but registration is required. // 7 p.m., 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington, onemorepagebooks.com
Global View: The accelerating effects of climate change are ravaging communities and ecosystems worldwide, posing multidimensional challenges to ecological, political, economic and social systems. In his book, Losing Earth: A Recent History, author and essayist Nathaniel Rich chronicles the birth of climate denialism and the genesis of the fossil fuel industry’s coordinated effort to thwart climate policy through misinformation and political influence. Arlington Public Library director Diane Kresh speaks with the author during this free, virtual Arlington Reads literary event. Click here to register. // 7-8 p.m., Arlington Public Library online
FRIDAY, NOV. 19
Good Tastes: You’ve planned out the turkey, stuffing, sides and pies. Don’t forget the wine. Start the weekend on a relaxed note by stopping by Arrowine & Cheese in the Lee Heights Shops for a free wine tasting and a little shopping to complete your holiday table. The store’s expert (and masked) sommeliers offer free tastes on Fridays and Saturdays, often highlighting a particular country, terroire or grower. // 4-6:30 p.m. Fridays; 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, 4508 Langston Blvd. (Lee Highway), Arlington
Celebration of the Century: More than 100 years have passed since Arlington County adopted its name. Join state and local elected officials and community leaders for a centennial celebration at Lubber Run Community Center with exhibitions from the Arlington Public Library’s Center for Local History. This event will include a brief ceremony at 6 p.m. to dedicate and seal an official centennial time capsule. Attendance is free, but tickets for the in-person event are limited due to Covid precautions. RSVP for tickets or live-stream the dedication ceremony from home. // 5-7 p.m., Lubber Run Community Center, 300 N. Park Drive, Arlington
Christmas Magic: Kids theater Encore Stage & Studio’s latest production, Enchanted Bookshop Christmas, debuts this weekend with a feel-good tale for all ages. When an important holiday gift goes missing, book characters come to life to solve the mystery of its disappearance and save the day—all without revealing their magical existence. // 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 3-5, Gunston Arts Center, Theater 1, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Tickets $15 for adults; $12 for children, students, military and seniors.
SATURDAY, NOV. 20
Family Friendly: The 7th annual Jennifer Bush-Lawson 5K & Family Fun Day includes a certified 5K course and kids’ fun run, moon bounces, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, balloon animals, face painting and kids’ performances. Proceeds from this memorial fundraiser honoring an Arlington mom support pediatric and maternal health care services for economically vulnerable women and their babies. // 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington. Tickets $20-$50.
Pop Art: Hey, it’s another holiday art market! This one is coming to Cherrydale, with works by local artists and makers in the DMV, including original paintings, jewelry, homemade dog treats and more. Find giftables galore in the parking lot of United Methodist Church. Admission is free. // 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 3701 N. Lorcom Lane (parking lot on Nelly Custis Drive), Arlington (Cherrydale)
Get Your Kicks: Support Bridges to Independence in its mission to help families overcome homelessness by entering a team in the nonprofit’s annual kickball tournament fundraiser at Long Bridge Park. The tournament promises coffee, doughnuts, food vendors, music, trash talk and, for the winning team, plenty of bragging rights. // 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Long Bridge Park, 475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington (National Landing). Registration of $825 per team includes a T-shirt, lunch and one drink ticket per person.
Don’t Stop: Their chemistry was notoriously volatile, but it yielded an incredible catalog of chart-topping hits, including “Landslide,” “Rhiannon,” and “Go Your Own Way.” Whether Fleetwood Mac takes you back, or you’ve developed a newfound obsession with the the iconic band, TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, at the State Theatre, is faithful to the sound. // 9 p.m. (doors open at 7), State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets $24.
SUNDAY, NOV. 21
Dream Sequence: Hear a folk orchestra of 60 musicians performing on balalaikas and domras in Winter Dreams, a concert evoking the sounds of winter in Russia, Ukraine and Easter Europe. Presented by The Washington Balalaika Society, this seasonal performance is a chance to experience the acoustics at the sparkling new Capital One Hall in Tysons. // 3 p.m., Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons. Tickets start at $30.
Funny Girl: Need a good laugh? Paula Poundstone, a regular on NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, comes to The Birchmere this weekend for three nights of hilarity. Don’t miss the chance to see the stand-up on stage and in her element. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required for entry. // 7:30 p.m. with performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-21. The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Tickets $55.