Correction to This Article
The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Philip Roth would attend the Jewish Literary Festival. He will not be there. The information about the opening night of the festival has been modified to reflect the correct information.

Get Out: Bike DC, Jewish Literary Festival

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bike DC Have you ever wanted to bike through Washington without those pesky cars speeding by? Well, Saturday is your chance! Streets in Washington and parts of Arlington will be closed for riders to bike scenic 25-mile or 12-mile routes. The rides begin at 8 and 9 a.m. (longer ride first). Both routes begin along 10th Street NW between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues and wind through downtown Washington before ending in Crystal City. 202-558-7401 or 25 miles: $35 in advance, $45 day of the event. 12 miles: $25 in advance, $35 day of the event. Age 15 and younger free for both rides.

In Town

"Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort" Plastic chairs. Suitcases. Golf bags. Those common objects might not scream skeleton, possum or totem pole to you, but that is exactly what sculptor Brian Jungen made out of them. His exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian opens Friday and runs through Aug. 8. Jungen will discuss his work at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens on Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW (Metro: Smithsonian). 202-633-1000 or Hirshhorn, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW (Metro: Smithsonian). 202-633-1000 or FREE

Jewish Literary Festival Fifty years ago Philip Roth launched his career with "Goodbye, Columbus," a book of short stories about Jews in America. It earned the National Book Award, and Roth has gone on to publish more than two dozen books. Actors will read from his work Sunday at 8 p.m. for the opening night of the 10-day literary festival. Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW (Metro: Dupont Circle). 202-777-3251 or $25, $20 younger than 25 and seniors.

Pianist Murray Perahia "Few pianists play with the mixture of poetry, intelligence, formal clarity and lush lyricism." That's what Post critic Tim Page had to say about Perahia. See what all the fuss is about during a concert featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. Saturday at 4 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW (Metro: Foggy Bottom). 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324 or $50-$95.

The Sartorialist Lovers of fashion, start figuring out what you are going to wear, the Sartorialist is coming to town! The photographer/blogger who has made a name for himself by snapping shots of well-dressed pedestrians around the world is coming to Washington. Also known as Scott Schuman, he will be signing his book and talking fashion Monday at 9 p.m. Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW (Metro: U Street). 202-328-1414, or FREE

Washington National Opera Costume Sale No need to turn your bedsheet into a ghost costume this Halloween. For the first time in six years, the Washington National Opera is clearing out its closets and selling more than 1,000 items, including costumes Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Accessories start at $2 and full costumes cost $50-$200. Washington National Opera Studio, 6925 Willow St. NW. 202-295-2400 or FREE

Wende Flicks: Last Films From East Germany Much has changed in Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago. For East German filmmakers, who had been trained by the state-run film studio, the end of communism meant a newfound freedom to make films about whatever they wanted. On Monday at 6:30 p.m. and every Monday through Nov. 30, Goethe-Institut will host screenings of films made between 1988 and 1994 by the last generation of East German filmmakers. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200 or $6, $4 seniors and students.

Around Town

"Dracula" Forget "Twilight" and "True Blood." If you love the neck-nibbling genre, the only production that counts is Synetic Theater's "Dracula." The adults-only dance-theater adaptation of the classic tale opens Friday at 8 p.m. and runs through Nov. 15. Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington (Metro: Rosslyn). 800-494-8497 or $40-$45, $15-$20 students younger than 25, $35-$40 seniors.

New Kind of Kick Fest Silver Spring's home for local music is celebrating its 75th anniversary with three days of music from more than 20 bands and DJs. The Points, one of the most raucous punk bands in the area, headline Friday's concert. Shows are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Quarry House Tavern, 8401 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring). 301-587-8350 or $10 or $25 for all three days.

To find out more about the other bands playing at the festival, check out Saturday's Going Out Guide in the Style section.

Potomac River Jam The Potomac River is where we fish, canoe and generally enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors. On Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Potomac Conservancy will celebrate the river with a day of local music, bird watching, guided walks and canoe rides to Minnie's Island. The River Center at Lockhouse 8, 7906 Riverside Ave., Cabin John. 301-608-1188, Ext. 206, or FREE

Wayne Brady The comedian has performed on Broadway, won three Emmy Awards for his work on television shows including "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" and "The Wayne Brady Show," acted in films and recently made his first R&B album, which earned him a Grammy nomination. He will perform at the Patriot Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-397-7328, 703-993-3000 or $25.

-- By Amy Orndorff

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