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Halloween may be over, but there’s still a ton to look forward to this week—like a bluesman performing his latest work, a world premiere stage production of a local author’s book, and an author talk featuring a snowball fight. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see the latest in arts news and reviews and ticket sales. —Kayla Randall


Charlie ParrYou may not know Charlie Parr, but he will sound familiar. The Duluth, Minnesota, bluesman has cranked out 13 albums in 15 years, inspired by titans like Bukka WhiteCharley Patton, and Mississippi John Hurt, and he plays on a seemingly non-stop tour. His latest album, 2017’s Dog, reinforces Parr as one of the premier practitioners of modern Piedmont blues. Read more>>>Charlie Parr performs at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $16–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Justin Weber)

Writer Kiese Laymon speaks about his new memoir Heavy: An American Memoir, in which he writes about his experiences growing up with racism, income disparity, addiction, eating disorders, and a complicated mother-son dynamic, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Legendary New Orleans institution Rebirth Brass Band performs at The Hamilton. 8 p.m. at 600 14th St. NW. $35–$45.

Stage musical duo Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana perform at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $75–$149.


Long Way DownA brilliant book deserves a brilliant live show. That is precisely the treatment local author and poet Jason Reynolds’ Long Way Down is getting at the Kennedy Center. Reynolds, the author of this book, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and many others, is a wonderful storyteller. And, perhaps more importantly, his stories sorely need telling. Read more>>>The show runs to Nov. 4 at the Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25–$35. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Kayla Randall)

The Birchmere presents Raven’s Night, an evening of entertainment featuring dance performances, a dinner concert with live music, and a pre-show with tarot card readings and magic. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. 

Alternative rock group Edie Brickell & New Bohemians performs at Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $40.

Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $18.


Jeff KinneyFort Washington-born Jeff Kinney, the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is back with The Meltdown—the series’ lucky number 13th installment. This installment finds everyone’s favorite middle school everykid Greg and his bestie Rowley on the ultimate tween holiday—a snow day—off of school and taking on an epic neighborhood snowball fight. A Wimpy Kid release isn’t just a book reading or signing but a full-on party for kids and adults alike. Read more>>>The event begins at 5 p.m. at the UDC Theater of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. $22. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Diana Metzger)

British new wave musician and his band Elvis Costello & the Imposters perform at DAR Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $41–$81.

French electronic duo The Blaze performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han perform at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 3 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $48.


Alan BroadbentListening to an Alan Broadbent jazz piano solo is a myth buster in itself. There are those who imagine that jazz improvisation abhors the notions of organization or refinement, that a spontaneous solo has to sound spontaneous or it doesn’t count. With Broadbent, though, every measure, every note, perhaps even every gesture feels carefully considered and thoughtfully orchestrated. Read more>>>Alan Broadbent performs at 7 p.m. at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $25–$30. (202) 331-7282. artsclubofwashington.org. (Michael J. West)

Kennedy Center Honoree and Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson celebrates the legendary album Pet Sounds with a performance at the Kennedy Center. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $59–$499. 

Minnesota rapper Prof performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$18.

Author John McEveety Woodruff talks about his book The War at Home: Assault on Fordham Heights, the second installment in the timeless family saga. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.


AnastasiaAmong four musicals derived from children’s entertainment that recently opened on Broadway, the best is widely agreed to be the least likely contender. That’s why the touring show settling in for a month-long run at the Kennedy Center is not SpongeBob SquarePants, not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and certainly not Frozen. It’s AnastasiaRead more>>>The musical runs to Nov. 25 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $49-$175. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)

Americana trio The Lone Bellow performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$35.

Texas electro-rock duo Ghostland Observatory performs at Sixth & I. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $27.50–$30.

Black Cat welcomes house music artist Yaeji. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $25.


DaisiesOne of the defining films of the Czech New Wave, 1966 comedy-drama Daisies packs a dazzling visual inventiveness and madcap surrealism into its compact 76 minutes. The movie follows the subversive misadventures of two teen girls (Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová), both named Marie. Read more>>>The film screens at 5:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)

Soundcheck presents dance EDM artist Medasin. 10 p.m. at 1420 K St. NW. $12–$15.

Author Crystal Marie Fleming discusses her new book about the U.S.’s racial ignorance, How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.

The National Museum of African Art continues its run of Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, an exhibition about the production, display, and circulation of gold in Senegal. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free.


DK3 Danity KaneAfter Destiny’s Child and before Fifth Harmony, there was Danity Kane, a pop-R&B girl group and the most successful product of Diddy’s Making the Band. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a band formed on a reality show has had a tumultuous go of it, with more than its share of rumors, dismissals, reunions, and studio fights. These days, Danity Kane is Aubrey O’DayShannon Bex, and Dawn Richard, and for their latest reunion, everyone gets to shine. Read more>>>DK3 Danity Kane perform at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35–$65. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Chris Kelly)

Los Angeles rock band Toto performs their greatest hits at Warner Theatre. 8 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $43.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden opens Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes, the largest U.S. museum survey to date of work by the painter. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW. Free.

Arena Stage presents Anything Goes, a production about a lovelorn man on a ship who is on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse. 8 p.m. at 1101 Sixth St. SW. $102.


Film: The new Suspiria is nothing like the old Suspiria

Music: Meet the emcee hosting nightly protests at the White House. 

Music: Marian McLaughlin grapples with climate change on her new song cycle.

Music: On their debut full-length, D.C. metal trio Myopic continues to evolve.

Theater: WSC Avant Bard’s Illyria, or What You Will moves Twelfth Night to 1980s Manhattan.

Theater: History becomes comical in Faction of Fools’ Henry V.

Theater: Rorschach Theatre invokes a muse in Sing to Me Now.


Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles, performing at The Birchmere on Jan. 22, 2019. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55.

Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for Celtic band Gaelic Storm, performing at The Birchmere on Jan. 29, 2019. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35.

Tickets go on pre-sale at 10 a.m. for Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, performing at DAR Constitution Hall on April 22, 2019. 7:30 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $53–$155.

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