Eight things to do in the D.C. area on the weekend of Nov. 8-10

November 7, 2013

The weekend’s best in nightlife, music and art. For even more, check out Nightlife Agenda and Washington Post Express.

Friday: Whether you're a Tennessee native, a Sewanee graduate or just a fan of the Volunteer State, the Tennessee State Society is bringing you a taste of the South. The Moonshine party at Southern Hospitality features on open bar of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, Southern-style cuisine and country, rock and blues from the Broken Monday band. Tickets are $30 for non-members of the society and $40 per couple, which includes admission to a late-night after-party at George.


(Comedy Central)

Friday: Pecha Kucha events are a delicious combination of nerdery, aesthetics, socializing and music. Hang out in a beautiful space and learn about design via presentations from accomplished creatives, check out an exhibit of visual art and then have a great party. For this FotoWeek DC edition of Pecha Kucha at House of Sweden, Swedish and American photographers will host a presentation about storytelling through photography. Fatback DJs KC and Steven will provide the music. These events always sell out, so get tickets soon.

Friday: Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty jumps on the classic albums trend, with a twist. Fogerty's band will perform CCR classic "Cosmo's Factory" (featuring "Who'll Stop the Rain") in full, but with a different running order. (Washington Post Express)

Friday-Saturday: Fresh off his summer stint guest-hosting "The Daily Show," John Oliver returns to D.C. to make jokes, presumably about topics he didn't get to discuss at length on Comedy Central. (Washington Post Express)

Saturday: In honor of Veterans Day, the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra goes back to the post-World War II big band era with an evening of sounds made popular by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Lionel Hampton and more. Come for a beginner’s lesson at 8 p.m. and dance the night away from 9 to midnight at the WWII Canteen Swing Dance. Veterans and civilians alike are urged to don their vintage best.

Sunday: "Overnight Scenario." "Work the Walls." "Pump Me Up." "Drop the Bomb." Those songs are part of the essential heartbeat of Washington, the city where Rare Essence andTrouble Funk have been packing clubs and spreading the gospel of go-go since the 1970s. That longevity will be celebrated at the Veterans Old School Jam at the Howard Theatre on Sunday, where the two groups will be joined by other vets of the scene, including one-time Rare Essence members Jas Funk and Mike Muse and the Chuck Brown Horn Section. Proper attire is required, but make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes -- and get your tickets in advance to save $5 over the Sunday price.

Sunday: Wayna's flawless soprano and vocal arrangements have solidified her as one of the most fully realized artists of the indie soul scene. Hunkering down with a collective of musicians in Toronto, she has crafted a record with a much broader spectrum of styles, including touches of Afrobeat, psych rock and Ethiopian rhythms, and the result is brilliant. "The Expats" puts Wayna among the cadre of young world music artists forging new ground. For the official D.C. release of her new album at U Street Music Hall, Wayna will be joined by another longtime D.C. peer, Wes Felton, whose new project, Imagine the Future, was produced Transatlantically with local singer Kenny Allen, who is now based in Ethiopia.

Sunday: Sam "The Man" Burns is known for preaching the gospel of deep, driving house music and saving souls on the dance floor. But his roots in the game go much deeper, and his musical interests are much broader. At Vinyl + Vino, you can hang out with Burns and get to know him through his record collection. This vinyl-only event, which starts at 5 p.m. at Wisdom, caters to wax curators and devotees, and each month's highlighted DJ pulls out the special bits from his or her crates that separate the real collectors from the dilettantes.

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