Thursday, Nov. 1

Hip-hop legend Nas will perform at DAR Constitution Hall on Nov. 4. (Kyle Gustafson/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Great Lakes Christmas Ale Release Party, Great Lakes’ annual Christmas Ale release draws homesick Midwesterners and fans of spicy holiday beers. Seven Great Lakes beers will be on tap and the first 100 people through the doors get free glassware, and anyone dressed as Santa Claus receives their first pint on the house. 5 p.m., Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW. Admission free. 202-588-1075.

Tony Rock, 8 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $17-$20. 202-296-7008.

Friday, Nov. 2

Voices of the Underground Railroad hike, appropriate for adults and children age 10 and older, special 2-mile night hike on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Living history actors will portray brave fugitives, a Maryland governor, a freed man and a minister. Take a flashlight. Trail is not ADA-accessible. 7-9:30 p.m.,Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring. $5; registration required; Course no. 215299. 301-570-5722 or

Oleta Adams, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $39.50. Tickets, 703-573-7328; information, 703-549-7500.

“Crimes of the Heart,” Sandy Spring Theatre Group performs Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy about three sisters whose lives didn’t turn out as they had hoped. Parental guidance is suggested. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 18, Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd., Gaithersburg. $16, City of Gaithersburg residents $14. 301-258-6394.

“What I Did Last Summer,” performances of A. R. Gurney’s play set in 1945, about a young boy who undergoes life-altering experiences during the summer his father is away fighting in the Pacific. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Through Nov. 4, McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $16; seniors and students, $14. 866-811-4111 or

The Moments, Original members of the 1960’s R&B singing group perform their classic hits. 8 p.m., Blue Dolphin, 1166 Route 3, Gambrills. $35. 410-721-9081 or

DC Dancesport Inferno, Over 800 dancers compete in the 17th annual amateur ballroom dance competition, comprising of International Standard, International Latin, American Smooth and American Rhythm styles. Various times Nov. 2-4, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Grand ballroom, Campus Drive, University of Maryland, College Park. Spectator tickets: $10-$50 per day, weekend pass $30. 202-643-2343 or

“The Soul Collector,”tells the story of two African American sanitation workers who live in Cleveland in 1972. A comedy in the style of Sanford and Son it’s presented at The Lab at Convergence, 1819 Cretwood Drive, Alexandria, Va 22302. $18 for Adult $16 for Students, Seniors and Military ID. Through Nov. 17.

Saturday, Nov. 3

“All My Sons,” Two families are torn apart when one man is falsely imprisoned and the guilty party gets away. Presented by Keegan Theatre. Saturdays-Thursdays, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $30-$35. 703-892-0202.

Denyce Graves, The acclaimed mezzo-soprano singer and Washington-native performs with IMG Artists. 7 p.m., Suitland High School, Annabelle Ferguson Auditorium, 5200 Silver Hill Rd, Suitland. Orchestra $10, balcony $25, children $10. For tickets and group rates, contact Maria Saldana at, or Ken Boucher at

“Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam,” 8 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $48.20-$58.45. Tickets, 202-397-7328; information, 202-628-4780.

Sunday, Nov. 4

Nas, Lauryn Hill, 7 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $55-$75. 202-628-4780.

Monday, Nov. 5

Justin Bieber, 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $39.50-$89.50. Tickets, 202-397-7328; information, 202-628-3200.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

"Photographs of Social Life in Washington DC, 1900-1960"The National Geographic Image Collection presents a selection of photographs that illustrate Washington's past. Mondays-Fridays, through Nov. 30. Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St. NW. Free. 202-624-8643.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

The Bellydance Superstars, The company performs its “Magic of Dance” program. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50. 703-549-7500.

For more events, read our Going Out Guide.

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