What better way for Washington's first rum-focused distillery to celebrate its anniversary than with a citywide rum cocktail contest? Bartenders at eight D.C. bars — Chaplin's, Dram and Grain, Espita, Five to One, Hank's Cocktail Bar, the Passenger, Rosario and the Royal — have crafted original drinks using Cotton and Reed rum and hard cider from Maryland's Distillery Lane Ciderworks. While drinks are available at the individual bars, they'll be served side-by-side at Cotton and Reed's anniversary party on Nov. 12. In addition to crowning a winner, the party features the release of a limited-edition spiced rum aged in Distillery Lane cider barrels for six months. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free. Drinks priced individually.
Novemberfest at Rustico, Nov. 4
Think of Novemberfest as a hyperlocal version of its sister Snallygaster beer festival: If there's a Virginia brewery you've heard of but haven't been able to try, then this is your chance. About 30 producers are bringing at least 80 varieties of beer and cider to the parking lot behind Alexandria's Rustico, from hazy IPAs and wet-hop ales to comforting, winter-friendly stouts and brown ales. Noon to 5 p.m. $10-$25.
Each week, The Washington Post's “Can He Do That?” podcast looks at a different aspect of Donald Trump's presidency, with host Allison Michaels and Post journalists tackling questions like, “Did Trump advisers break the law by using personal email for White House business?” and “Is it unusual for a president to publicly berate members of his own cabinet?” The podcast moves into the real world on the eve of the anniversary of Trump's election, as Michaels will be joined by political reporters Bob Woodward, David Fahrenthold and Karen Tumulty for a live taping. 7 p.m. $23-$95.
'Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge' at the Hirshhorn, opens Nov. 8
Mark Bradford takes as his starting place for “Pickett’s Charge” the 19th-century cyclorama painting by Paul Philippoteaux, on view for decades at the Gettysburg Battlefield. Using the entire third ring of the Hirshhorn’s inner galleries, Bradford uses collage and other techniques to rework the original into eight 45-foot-long paintings. The subject matter, a turning point in the Civil War, is meant to raise ongoing questions about this country’s history, its civil strife and its use of race as a political and social tool. Through Nov. 12, 2018. Free.
'Nina Simone: Four Women' at Arena Stage, opens Nov. 10
“Nina Simone: Four Women” is a music drama featuring the civil rights singer’s famous songs and a dramatic angle that situates Simone in the Birmingham, Ala., church where four African American girls were killed in a 1963 bombing. Christina Ham’s show arrives at Arena Stage after its recent premiere in St. Paul, Minn.; Harriett D. Foy plays Simone. Through Dec. 24. $76-$111.
The Emporiyum at Union Market, Nov. 10-12
If small-batch bitters and bone broth are routinely on your shopping list, don’t miss the Emporiyum, an indie food marketplace. The event brings together more than 100 vendors and chefs, including local favorites and out-of-towners. The District’s own Toli Moli will be there with falooda (Burmese layered dessert drinks), as will reps from Avocaderia, which calls itself the world’s first avocado bar. Try samples, eat lunch and pick up fancy food to take home. Gourmet Ring Dings or paleo-friendly ketchup, anyone? Various times. $15-$80.
Crafty Bastards at Nationals Park, Nov. 11-12
Washington’s favorite edgy arts and crafts fair is pretty much Etsy in real life — except, at 14 years old, it’s been around longer than Etsy. Browse through stalls of original art, handmade jewelry, punk-rock baby clothes and more while meeting the indie artists behind the products at this rain-or-shine event presented by Washington City Paper. Make a day of it: Food and beer vendors will be there, too. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. $6-$12.
FotoWeekDC, Nov. 11-19
It’s a big world, yet it feels like the more than 150 photography exhibitions and events at FotoWeekDC cover a huge chunk of it. The annual festival celebrates its 10th year of highlighting world-class photography, with exhibits and artist talks happening all over town on a variety of topics. Highlights include “Wild: Michael Nichols,” showcasing work from the legendary National Geographic photographer, and “Flashes from the Underground,” a show capturing club and dance music culture. Various times and locations. Free, donations accepted.
The Georgetown University Concert Choir is offering a “Year of Margaret Bonds,” celebrating the prominent African American composer who was a central figure in the Harlem arts community in the 20th century. The choir will perform Bonds’s evening-length Christmas cantata, “The Ballad of the Brown King,” with texts by Langston Hughes, a close friend of the composer’s. 8 p.m. Free.
Virginia Cider Week — technically a 10-day celebration from Nov. 10 to 19 — celebrates the Old Dominion's burgeoning hard-cider industry. Events are being held from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, and while Northern Virginia doesn't have as many cideries as some parts of the state, there will be plenty of cider to sample at the Alexandria Cider Festival. At least a dozen cideries are bringing their products to the historic Lloyd House for tastings and lectures. The Folklore Society of Greater Washington provides blues and Americana music, while food comes from a selection of food trucks. 2 to 6 p.m. $45.
'What's Going On' at Dance Place, Nov. 18-19
Motown star Marvin Gaye’s 1971 protest song about love and justice inspires a Dance Place production led by local choreographers Vincent E. Thomas, Ralph Glenmore and Sylvia Soumah. The show features a mix of modern, jazz and West African dance, and it ruminates on the ways people can come together in trying times. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $15-$30.
The performers at the Kennedy Center's Hip-Hop Culture concert might not be household names, but they helped shape the music into an art form. Consider this a musical history lesson: Spoonie Gee began recording gangsta-tinged hip-hop in the late 1970s, Queen Lisa Lee rapped as fiercely as anyone in the classic films “Wild Style” or “Beat Street,” and Kurtis Blow's “The Breaks” was the first hip-hop single to go gold. All three take the stage with fellow trailblazers Kool Moe Dee, MC Sha-Rock, Roxanne Shante and Grandmaster Caz, with Kool DJ Red Alert on the wheels of steel. 8 p.m. $19-$69.
The contemporary Latin American film festival kicks off with screenings of “Refugio” (“Shelter"), a story about two former refugees from Guatemala, and “The Salinas Project,” an intimate look at the impoverished and violent Latino neighborhood near Silicon Valley. Other highlights include a screening of the 1953 comedy “Dos tipos de cuidado” (“Two Careful Fellows”) in honor of Golden Age actor Pedro Infante’s 100th birthday. Through Dec. 3. $10 per screening; $30 for a festival pass.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Philip Kennicott, Anne Midgette, Nelson Pressley, Winyan Soo Hoo
Correction: A previous version of this article listed an incorrect price range for the 'Can He Do That?' podcast taping. This version has been updated.