Here are this weekend's best bets in nightlife, museums, theater and much more around the Washington area.
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Friday: FotoWeek DC kicks off with an opening party at National Geographic, which gives visitors a chance to browse exhibitions, including the new "@NATGEO: The Most Popular Instagram Photos" and the "Faces of DC" and "Places of DC" contest winners. (It also features an open bar and small bites.) The party runs from 7:30 to 11 p.m. and tickets are $50-$55.
Friday: This weekend's "Saturday Night Live" is the most anticipated in ages, with guest host Dave Chapelle and musical guests A Tribe Called Quest. Tribe is readying the release of "We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service," the group's first album since 1998, and the first without Phife Dawg, who passed away in March. Songbyrd Music House hosts D.C.'s official "We Got It From Here" release party, which means you'll get to hear the whole record, plus a set of hip-hop classics spun by DJ 2-Tone Jones. And, there will be giveaways. The party starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.
Through Sunday: Tis the season to never stop shopping, apparently. The Museum Shop Around at the Strathmore brings together gifts from 18 regional museums and cultural shops, including Hillwood Museum, the Phillips Collection and the National Building Museum. The Museum Shop Around runs through Nov. 15, and tickets are $9.
Friday-Sunday: Isamu Noguchi crafted gorgeous sculptures with elegant, organic lines. But he didn’t limit himself: The Japanese American artist also explored architecture and ceramics, among other forms, even designing coffee tables and the first baby monitor. Focused on how ancient art influenced his forward-looking pieces, "Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern" at the American Art Museum, organized with the Noguchi Museum in Queens, features items including ceiling lights and fountains. The exhibition runs through March 19 and admission is free. — Emily Codik
Friday-Sunday: As an oddball voice of reason and wit on the radio via her gig as a regular panelist on the NPR program “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me,” Paula Poundstone, appearing at the Birchmere, is easy to take for granted. But don’t let those colorful, oversize jackets fool you: Poundstone, 56, is a veteran stand-up comedian who’s fast on her feet. And considering her groundbreaking role as the first woman to host the White House correspondents’ dinner in 1992, she should hit the Birchmere stage loaded with a handful of topical barbs. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $49.50 (and sold out on Friday and Saturday).
Friday-Sunday: Virginia pours it on for its annual Cider Week Virginia, stretching into a 10-day affair with a few events in the District, including a tasting at Anxo on Tuesday and suggested cider pairings on the menu at the Dabney. In Northern Virginia, the commonwealth’s ciders get the star treatment at events at the Lyceum; Pizzeria Paradiso in Alexandria; and Rustico in Alexandria, which has declared this to be “Cider Weekend,” pairing pizza and cider for lunch and dinner. Cider Week runs through Nov. 20; for more events, go to ciderweekva.com.
Saturday: Hellbender Brewing Company celebrates its Second Anniversary with a blowout party at the brewery featuring 20 beers on tap, including the much-anticipated return of Grampus Smoked Nut Brown, a rich seasonal ale made with smoked apple and cherrywood malt from Copper Fox Distillery. The party runs from 5 to 10 p.m., but plan ahead: Tickets, which include your first beer and a pint glass bearing the brewery's new logo, are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday: You thought election season was scary? It has nothing on Nerd Nite at DC9, the monthly forum where geeks of all stripes watch presentations on everything from head transplants to how humanity might survive the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs — all while having a drink or two. For November's particularly gruesome event, Nerd Nite has teamed with the National Museum of Natural History, which is "bringing out the experts who work on the more virulent pathogens to bring tales of outbreaks, plagues, and the bats that carry them." Doors open at 6 and the event starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $10. Nerd Nite frequently sells out in advance, so early arrival and advance ticket purchases are suggested.
Saturday-Sunday: Here’s a checklist for things you should bring to Emporiyum at Union Market's Dock Five space this weekend. 1. An extra shopping bag, just in case you fill up the reusable one you get with your admission. 2. An appetite, as you’ll be snacking on samples from multiple vendors in addition to refueling with and fare from restaurants, food trucks, distillers and brewers of tea, kombucha, beer and coffee. 3. An eye for distinctive gifts and stocking stuffers — think gourmet chocolates, local pickles and spirits, and creative salts and other spices. The event runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets are $15-$40.
Saturday-Sunday: The Second City comedy troupe returns to Washington with a goal of making us laugh, a gift that should be welcomed with open arms. "Black Side of the Moon" at Woolly Mammoth, the latest in the company’s long-running partnership with Woolly Mammoth, features an African American cast of comedians and actors from Chicago delving into what it means to be black in America, both now and in the future. "Black Side of the Moon" runs through Jan. 1, including a New Year's Eve special performance, and tickets are $20-$69.