Here are this weekend's best bets in nightlife, festivals, sports and music, as well as many other events around the Washington area.
Thursday-Saturday: Choreographer Twyla Tharp, a 2008 Kennedy Center honoree who also has Tony and Emmy awards on her shelf, refuses to coast on her 16-city Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour, at the Kennedy Center this week. The 74- year-old is debuting two pieces, “Preludes and Fugues” and “Yowzie,” tinkering with them throughout the 10-week run. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 1:30 p.m. show on Saturday, and tickets are $34-$75.
Thursday-Sunday: The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and the 26th annual Museum Shop Around event at the Strathmore mansion offers a unique opportunity to hit the museum gift shops of 18 institutions, all in one spot. To name just a few of the museums participating: The National Geographic Museum, Hillwood Museum, the Phillips Collection, the National Building Museum and more. The Museum Shop Around opens each day at 10 a.m., and daily admission is $9.
Thursday-Saturday: Words, Beats & Life, a hip-hop nonprofit group in D.C., is holding its annual Teach-in this weekend at venues across the city, with the theme of "Remixing the Art of Social Change." One of the highlights: a Top Notch 3-on-3 b-boy tournament Saturday at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, with preliminaries starting at 2 p.m. Also on Saturday: the 10th annual youth hip-hop chess Tournament, Bum Rush the Boards, starting at 10 a.m. at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center. For more information on events and venues, including two film events, visit www.wblinc.org.
Friday-Sunday: The Renwick Gallery reopens this weekend after a two-year renovation. The Smithsonian museum devoted to American art and craft is celebrating with a tribute to the 152-year-old building, which served as the original home of the Corcoran and shares a street with the White House. For “Wonder,” the Renwick is filling its rooms with huge, site-specific installations by nine artists. The museum also will host a festival on Saturday, with musicians performing all day in the Grand Salon, including Barry Louis Polisar at noon, demonstrations in the Octagon Room and a docent tour at 1 p.m. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and admission is free.
Friday-Saturday: A potentially very exciting college basketball season for local hoops fans tips off this weekend with four local games of note on Friday and another on Saturday. On Friday at 7 p.m., George Washington plays host to Lafayette, George Mason plays host to Colgate, and No. 3 Maryland opens with Mount St. Mary's; Navy gets a high-profile opener in the Veterans Classic at Alumni Hall, facing Florida at 9:30 p.m. (The opener in Annapolis: No. 1 North Carolina vs. Temple at 7 p.m.) Then on Saturday, Georgetown opens against Radford at noon at Verizon Center. Ticket prices and availability vary; visit www.postsports.com for more college basketball coverage.
Friday-Sunday: Cider Week Virginia events start Friday, including a handful in Alexandria. Daniel O'Connell,s, a King Street pub, hosts a Virginia Cider Tap Takeover on Friday and Saturday, featuring Bold Rock and Potters. And Rustico on Slater's Lane will have food pairings with ciders from Castle Hill, Albemarle Ciderworks and Foggy Ridge. Find more details and events at www.ciderweekva.com.
Friday: Wunder Garten will hold an end-of-season party at the pop-up beer garden in NoMa, celebrating its first year in business. (It's last day of operation for the year is Saturday). Enjoy German beers (and a few locals) with drink specials, s'mores, live music and prizes and giveaways. The party runs from 3 p.m. to close, and admission is free.
Friday: Wild Child hits the 9:30 Club stage for the late show. Prolific singer-songwriters Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins lead this playful, melodic Texas septet, which won Austin’s best folk band award in 2012 and the best indie band honor in 2013. The band’s energetic third album, “Fools,” is its first on Dualtone, a prominent Nashville label. Doors for the show open at 10 p.m., and tickets are $20.
Saturday: Hellbender will celebrate its first anniversary at the Northeast D.C. brewery, pouring from a dozen of its own beers on tap as well as a few offerings from other locals. It's a good chance to see the inner workings of the brewery — it's using the entire space for the party — and you'll get a logo glass for the unlimited pours throughout the event. There also will be a DJ, games and barbecue from Rocklands. The party runs from 1 to 6 p.m., and tickets are $45, $60 for VIP (which gets you early entry and access to limited edition beers).
Saturday-Sunday: The Emporiyum at Union Market gives you a chance to eat, shop and sip from a curated group of vendors from throughout the region. Expect to see familiar D.C. names and newcomers — Maketto, Milk Bar, Swizzler Gourmet Hot Dogs and Taco Bamba, for instance — as well as such out-of-town artisans as Sfoglini Pasta Shop, Kinderhook, Mast Brothers chocolate and Bulls Bay Saltworks. The event starts at 10 a.m. each day and runs until 4 p.m., and admission is $15-$40.
Saturday-Sunday: The Washington National Opera’s revised version of composer Philip Glass’s “Appomattox” at the Kennedy Center starts with the end of the Civil War before traveling a century into the future, when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson continue to push for — and battle over — civil rights. The musical runs through Nov. 22, and tickets are $25-$300.
Sunday: The Internet Cat Video Festival purrs into AFI Silver with 75 minutes of some of the funniest, most ridiculous and charming cat clips from the past year. This is a real thing, LOL: The festival, which is on a 31-city tour, drew an audience of 13,000 at the August premiere in St. Paul, Minn, and the videos that made the cut were culled from 15,000 submissions. The show starts at 11 a.m. and tickets are $5.
Sunday: "The Madness" hits D.C. this weekend when The Weeknd brings his fall tour to Verizon Center. The R&B singer — born Abel Tesfaye — has a soaring profile right now, coming off a No. 1 album this summer, "Beauty Behind the Madness," a No. 1 song this fall in "The Hills," and an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" with Nicki Minaj. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $39.50-$99.50.