7 things to do in the D.C. area the weekend of Nov. 14-17

November 14, 2013

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A new exhibition at the Newseum perhaps not coincidentally looks at the exploits of fictional newsman Ron Burgundy, just a month before the opening of  the "Anchorman" sequel, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." (Photo by Gemma LaMana/Paramount Pictures Corp.)

Thursday-Aug. 31: It's kind of a big deal that the reliably serious Newseum would dedicate an entire exhibition to the exploits of Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 Evening News team. A pop-culture play tied to the opening of "Anchorman 2" on Dec. 20? Definitely. But just like milk, missing out on "Anchorman: The Exhibit," a collection of costumes, props and footage from the Will Ferrell-Adam McKay film would be a bad choice.

Thursday-Sunday: Strathmore's annual Museum Shop Around attracts gift-hunters looking for that well-considered item that can't be found at the mall. Browse wares from 18 museum gift shops under one roof, including the National Building Museum, the Phillips Collection, the Textile Museum and National Geographic. You will have to fork over an admission fee, but the proceeds benefit the arts center's year-round programming. Shopping hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Strathmore's quaint mansion.

Through Dec. 29: The Apple clan, the creation of playwright Richard Nelson, will be airing some of its dirty laundry over the season at the Studio Theatre. Nelson penned “The Apple Family Plays,” four plays that take place at the dinner table in consecutive years, with family members airing their political differences, disagreeing, but just as often relying on one another. This month, Studio is staging the first two plays — “That Hopey Changey Thing,” which takes place on election night 2010, and “Sweet and Sad,” on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 — in repertory, with some of Washington’s most celebrated actors in the leading roles. Read: The 'Apple Family Plays' come to Studio Theatre.

Friday-Jan. 5: Christmas time comes early at National Harbor, and it continues for an epic 50-plus days. Among the highlights of the so-called Christmas on the Potomac celebrations is Ice!, the Gaylord National Resort's annual effort to extend tundra-like temperatures to the great indoors. Two million pounds of ice will be carved, shaved and smoothed into scenes from " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" for the annual ticketed display; you can also get a glimpse at nightly prog-rock holiday light show and indoor snow flurries as part of the celebrations.

Friday-Saturday: Acclaimed choreographer Reggie Wilson brings his Fist & Heel Performance Group to Rockville's American Dance Institute for "MOSES(ES)," a  performance that explores the role of migration on culture. The show -- inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's "Moses, Man of the Mountain" and Wilson's trips to Israel, Egypt, Mali and Turkey -- will get a first look in the Washington area before it heads to New York.

Saturday: One of the most important figures to come out of Brazil's Tropicalia movement of the 1960s and '70s, Jorge Ben Jor effortlessly fused his native samba with Motown-style horns, funk rhythms and Caribbean percussion. His globetrotting sound hit its zenith when he began adding percolating Afrobeat rhythms, most notably on the 1976 classic "Africa Brasil." Catch him at  8 p.m. Saturday at the Howard Theatre.

Saturday: Fish peppers were a staple of African American cooking in Maryland in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and possibly even in Colonial days. Their piquant flavor has been rediscovered by chefs in recent years, thanks to Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen, which uses fish peppers in its hot sauce, and gardeners interested in heirloom vegetables. The City Blossoms public garden has been growing its own chili peppers and is turning them into Flying Fish Pepper Barbecue Sauce. Get a taste during the City Blossoms Fish Pepper Barbecue at Dacha Beer Garden, set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday.  Grab a $5 pulled pork sandwich, listen to the 19th Street Band play bluegrass and sip German beers and Distillery Lane cider at the event; all food and drink sales benefit City Blossoms.

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