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Now that we’re into November, let’s take stock of all the winter-y things you need to prepare for: frigid temperatures and snow, shorter days, long stints of not leaving the house, and seasonal affective disorder, just to name a few. While the first three can be easily addressed with a steady diet of soup and Netflix, that pesky seasonal affective disorder isn’t quite so simple. Local herbalist Holly Poole-Kavana is leading a workshop today that focuses on medicinal plants “that help us cope with dark days, stressful times, anxiety, feeling low, racing minds, and other unwanted glitches of the brain,” just in time for the long, dark winter blues. Read more >>> The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW. $20. (202) 462-7275. washingtonparks.net. (Matt Cohen)


Find bartender Chad Spangler and chef Kyle Bailey at The Royal tonight for the latest installment of Royal Knights, election edition. The evening asks, Mexico or Canada? As in, which border should you cross after tomorrow’s results. Spangler and Royal bar manager Lee Carrell will be slinging $8 cocktails made with Mexican and Canadian ingredients such as “No, You’re the Puppet” with tequila, blood orange, lime, and togarashi. Bailey will serve cheeky dishes ($8 each) named after each candidate like “The Hillary Clinton,” which features poutine with BBQ unagi and tofu curds. The evening runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen closes at 11 p.m. The Royal, 501 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 332-7777. theroyaldc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Australia-born, London-based synth-pop duo Monarchy plays an intimate show at U Street Music Hall with opening act Her. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $18.

After stints in hardcore bands like Dystrophy and Ovens, artist Tony Molina takes the stage at DC9 in support of his new album, Dissed and Dismissed. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.

For a taste of something completely different, head to the Fillmore for a show by Finnish power metal group Sonata Arctica. 5:15 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $33–$62.50.

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