Correction: The opening date for the National Gallery of Art’s ice rink has been postponed to Sunday or Monday due to the snow. Check nga.gov/skating for updates.
Friday, Nov. 16
Home/Brewed at Heurich House: Way before DC Brau and 3 Stars Brewing Company, there was the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. Now Dupont Circle’s Heurich House Museum is displaying a collection of more than 1,000 cans, signs and other ephemera from the historic brewery, which was a household name in Washington from 1872 to 1956. The exhibition’s opening party will have on-theme German beer and snacks. 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop at Kennedy Center: Culture journalist and photo curator Vikki Tobak hosts a panel discussion about hip-hop and photography tied to the release of her debut book, “Contact High.” The photo book, which examines unpublished images of hip-hop musicians over more than 30 years, includes reflections and narratives from the photographers who shot them. Music history buffs and photography enthusiasts alike will enjoy the discussion with the book’s contributors and industry experts, including Chuck D and music historian and DJ Adrian Loving. 7:30 p.m. $35, which includes a copy of Tobak’s book.
D.C. Cocktail Week: Washingtonians are used to denting their credit cards for craft cocktails. A round of drinks might go down easier during D.C. Cocktail Week: More than 60 restaurants in the area are offering cocktails paired with small bites at a discounted rate. At America Eats Tavern, that means a spin on the cosmo served with hush puppies for $9, while City Winery is pairing its rosemary-flavored Civic Sunset cocktail with a blue cheese mousse in phyllo with roasted apples for $14. Through Sunday. Prices vary.
Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens: This annual holiday light show has been delighting area residents since 1997. More than 1 million lights are crafted to form flowers and other designs in a winter wonderland in Wheaton. As always, visitors of all ages can partake in some holiday gift-shopping, live musical performances and food and drinks available for purchase. Through Jan. 1. $30 per vehicle on Fridays and Saturdays; $25 per vehicle the rest of the week.
CatVideoFest 2018 at AFI Silver: 2018 has been a weird year, so why not wind it down with 75 minutes of viral cat videos in one of the area’s best movie theaters? AFI Silver is presenting this year’s edition of CatVideoFest, which weaves together more than 85 feline films — a mix of popular standbys and moments you’ve never seen. The event is partnered with the Bethesda-based organization Alley Cat Allies, which aims to works with communities to provide low-cost programs helping cats. Through Sunday. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. $8-$13.
Mitski at the 9:30 Club: The 28-year-old artist’s “Simpsons”-referencing breakout “Bury Me at Makeout Creek” was a scuzzed-out, lo-fi rocker of an album that displayed her versatility but only scratched the surface of her ambition. Follow-up “Puberty 2” was a glistening record of softer, driving tunes, highlighted by the anthemic “Your Best American Girl.” This year’s “Be The Cowboy” is as declarative of a statement as any indie-leaning record with its jumps from glitchy disco pop to outlaw country-adjacent guitar riffs. The album distills years of lyrics and the stories interwoven therein that touch on longing, disappointment, identity and finding love in creating art. Through Saturday. Both nights sold out.
Belgian Beer: History, Trips, and Sips at S. Dillon Ripley Center: The history of the beer in Belgium dates back to the first Crusade, and while it might not be the largest country in terms of size or beer production, Belgian brewers have some of the most diverse offerings. Join Tom Peters, whose ownership of Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia has earned him the title of “Godfather” of Belgian beer, and Chuck Cook, a journalist and photographer who specializes in highlighting Belgian beers and their makers, as they talk about the seven centuries worth of history and lead a tasting of their favorite brews. 6:45 p.m. $35-$50.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Hopi Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian: November is Native American Heritage Month, and the National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating the culture and customs of the Hopi Tribe. The Hopi reside in northeastern Arizona, and their home stretches across 1.5 million acres. At this two-day festival, guests can learn about traditional weaving, carving, painting and even silversmithing techniques. There will also be music and dance performances alongside film presentations. Through Sunday. Free.
Caroline Rose at the Miracle Theatre: On her first two albums, 2012’s Kickstarter-funded “America Religious” and 2014’s “I Will Not Be Afraid,” the raspy-voiced singer-songwriter-storyteller was an Americana original, mixing alt-country, folk and rockabilly, and penning tales of men born with pistols in their hands and blood on their boot heels. But this year’s “Loner” sounds like an entirely different artist: Although the warm voice and witty, world-worn lyrics are the same, Rose has painted with a new sonic palette. “I’m never gonna figure it out/ No, I’m never gonna try again/ If all of this is just more of the same thing,” she sings. Thankfully, it isn’t. 9 p.m. $15.
Adult Mom at Black Cat: Perhaps lost among similarly named indie-rock acts Soccer Mommy, Mom Jeans, Teen Mom and Single Mothers is Adult Mom, the solo-project-turned-band led by Stephanie Knipe. Born in a dorm room at SUNY Purchase, Adult Mom is Knipe’s outlet for exploring life’s vulnerable places. That was the case on the band’s 2015 breakthrough, “Momentary Lapse of Happily,” an album forged in the fire of “three consecutive breakups,” and on last year’s “Soft Spots”: “I feel softness everywhere/ Soft spots that need to be found.” Listen as Knipe searches for such spots — whether theirs or yours. 8 p.m. $25.
Sunday, Nov. 18
Ice skating at National Gallery of Art ice rink: D.C.’s weather might be all over the place, but the opening of the National Gallery of Art’s beloved (and scenic) Sculpture Garden ice rink, above, is a sure sign that winter is here. Ice-skating at the museum starts Saturday, and during the opening weekend, skate time gets you a free cup of hot chocolate from the pavilion cafe. Through March 10 (weather permitting). 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Fall Festival at Right Proper Brookland: One of Washington’s best breweries is hosting a family-friendly fall festival at its Brookland outpost, featuring carnival games, a bounce house and a make-your-own-candy-apple station. Fresh apple cider courtesy of Maryland’s Distillery Lane Ciderworks will be available to attendees. A ticket gets you access to all the games and activities. Noon to 4 p.m. $5 per adult and $10 per family.
Profs & Pints at La Pop: As you’re preparing for Thanksgiving, arguably the American holiday with the richest culinary tradition, take in this talk about how it is we came to feast on turkey and pumpkin pie. Allen Pietrobon, a professor of American history at American University, will chat about what has constituted American food since the days of the pilgrims. Learn about what was probably on the table at the first Thanksgiving, and also get a brief lesson on how we transitioned from eating Jell-O salads to avocado toast. 6:30 p.m. $12-$15.
— Hau Chu, Adele Chapin, Chris Kelly and Megan McDonough