The composer Philip Glass is best known for his experiments in minimal music and his film scores, from The Thin Blue Line to the most recent Fantastic Four movie. (Yes, really.) But over the past four decades, he’s also written more than a dozen avant-garde operas, none of which the Washington National Opera has staged—until now. This November, WNO will mount a six-performance production of Glass’ 2007 opera AppomattoxRead more >>> Philip Glass speaks at 5:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $15. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Anne Hughes)


Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken is adding chocolate mustaches to its vanilla-glazed doughnuts this month in honor of Movember, a campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. The doughnut will go for $2.25 with 27 cents from each sale going to Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner‘s Movember fund. Find the doughnuts at Astro’s D.C. and Falls Church locations as well as on its food trucks. Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, multiple locations, (Jessica Sidman)


Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel for a solo show with opening act Esme Patterson. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $18.

Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, the creative minds behind the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, discuss their novel based on the same characters at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15–$35.

D.C. rock trio Night Streets performs at the Black Cat Backstage with fellow local rockers Boon and Sotano. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

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