Election Day is over but there’s still plenty left to do in these weeks leading up to Thanksgiving—from seeing a West Coast rapper live to catching a screening of a Sicilian film from the 1940s to learning all about the Gilded Age botanist who brought avocados to the U.S. Stick around until the end to see the latest in arts news and reviews and hot ticket sales. —Kayla Randall


Dom KennedyWest Coast rapper Dominic Hunn, better known by his performance moniker Dom Kennedy, has shown himself to be unafraid of taking the road less travelled. After gaining attention with mixtapes in 2008, ’09, and ’10, Kennedy quickly began to nurture a loyal fan base in Los Angeles and beyond with standout tracks “Watermelon Sundae” and “1997.” Read more>>> Dom Kennedy performs at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com(Jazmin Goodwin)

Genre-bending folk group Lake Street Dive performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75.

Spanish singer and composer Rosana performs at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $45–$75.

Author and illustrator Nora Krug discusses Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, her new graphic memoir drawing on her experiences as part of the second generation of Germans born after World War II, at Politics and Prose at Union Market. 7 p.m. at 1270 5th St. NE. Free.


La Terra TremaThe impoverished residents of a Sicilian coastal village struggle to make a living in director Luchino Visconti’s 1948 epic La Terra Trema. Visconti cast local fishermen from the town of Aci Trezza, near Catania, to tell a story that in some ways anticipates the arc of his 1963 masterpiece The Leopard (which screens at the National Gallery of Art on Nov. 24). Read more>>> The film screens at 2:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov. (Pat Padua)

The Anacostia Arts Center hosts Fashion Fest, the HIVE 2.0’s first fashion and beauty entrepreneurship conference. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Free.

Union Stage welcomes electro-pop artist Bright Light Bright Light. 6:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15.

British goth pop group Pale Waves performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $18.


KiiaraFemale singer-songwriters weaned on synthesized electro-pop with heavy doses of hip-hop beats and swagger have dominated the 2010s. The latest artist mining this terrain is Kiiara, the alter ego of Kiara Saulters, a 23-year-old product of small-town Wilmington, Illinois. Read more>>> Kiiara performs at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)

Alternative R&B artist 6LACK performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $40–$129.

DisclosureFest brings the Mass Meditation Initiative to D.C. with a free mindful, meditative gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, in addition to featured speakers, classes, workshops, and vendors. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW. Free.

One More Page Books hosts its newly-formed Book Worm Book Club for children ages 9 to 13 and their parents and grandparents, an extension of its mother-daughter book club, with no sign-up required. 4 p.m. at 2200 N Westmoreland St. #101, Arlington. Free.


Toro y MoiImagine that Beach House, Frank Ocean, and J Dilla built an artist who could impeccably capture the essences of all three. That artist, their collective protege, would be Toro y Moi. Born Chaz Bundick, he began curating music and mixes in his home of Columbia, South Carolina, as a school kid. Read more>>> Toro Y Moi performs at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Mikala Williams)

Author Joshua Hunt reads from and discusses his book, University of Nike: How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education, which exposes how the University of Oregon sold its soul to Nike and what that means for higher education, at Kramerbooks. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

The National Museum of Natural History presents Sea Monsters Unearthed, an exhibition about the stunning fossils from Angola which reveal an ancient ocean ecosystem in which giant reptile ruled. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

Georgetown Library presents a free poetry workshop, in which local poets read and critique one another’s work. 7 p.m. at 3260 R St. NW. Free. 


The Food Explorer: David FairchildAs itinerant old-timey botanists go, Johnny Appleseed had nothing on David Fairchild. While working for the Office of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction during the Gilded Age, Fairchild traveled the globe collecting exotic flora and introducing them to American habitats. Appleseed, for his part, roamed the country half-naked while wearing an old pan on his head. Advantage: Fairchild! Read more>>> The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic Campus, 1145 17th St. NW. $175. (202) 857-7700. nationalgeographic.org/dc. (Justin Peters)

Multi-instrumentalist Ty Segall performs a solo acoustic set at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

Story District presents a night of stories about superstitions, hoaxes, and strange beliefs at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.

The Birchmere hosts an evening with pianist George Winston. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50.


Nature’s Best PhotographyAt the National Museum of Natural History, an awe-inspiring display showcases mere snippets of what the vastness of nature has to offer. For the 23rd annual Nature’s Best Photography exhibition, only 60 images, from more than 26,000 entries, were chosen to display the outstanding work of photographers from across the globe. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Sept. 2019 at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. nmnh.si.edu(Malika T. Benton)

Author Meredith Wadman speaks about her book, The Vaccine Race, a chronicle of the epic and controversial story of the major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the conquest of rubella and other diseases, at Westover Library. 6:30 p.m. at 1644 McKinley Road #3, Arlington. Free.

Activist Blair Imani chats about her book Modern HERstory, in which she profiles 70 diverse female and non-binary progressives from the last 60 years, at Politics and Prose at Union Market. 7 p.m. at 1270 5th St. NE. Free.

Renwick Gallery presents Disrupting Craft, a showcase of four artists of a variety of media who imbue their work with emotional purpose, inclusivity, and activism. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free.


InvokeThe University of Maryland’s athletic program is currently a scandal-prone mess. So instead of celebrating that program, celebrate four young alumni who have teamed up to form a successful string quartet. Or “bowed and fretted quartet,” as the guys in Invoke like to call themselves, since they frequently mix up the normal violin/violin/viola/cello lineup with mandolin and banjo. They also answer to “multi-string quartet” or quite simply, “the band.” Read more>>> Invoke perform at 8 p.m. at MilkBoy ArtHouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park. $10–$30. (301) 405-2787. theclarice.umd.edu. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Canadian folk rocker Alan Doyle performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap with his band. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$30.

Progressive bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $30–$50.

The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts a performance from composer and musical writer Rona Siddiqui. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.


News: Mayor Bowser will withdraw censorship amendment from D.C. arts grants.

Film: Steven Yeun is scarier than any zombie horde in Burning

Music: On his new record, Napoleon Da Legend flexes his artistic range.  

Theater: A nipped and tucked Beetlejuice horrifies and delights at The National. 

Theater: Folger’s King John is a history lesson about power and succession. 


Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for UK-based trip-hop group Massive Attack, performing at The Anthem on March 20, 2019. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$95.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. for English singer-songwriter David Gray, performing at The Anthem on May 30, 2019. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75.

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