Monday, Nov. 13
'Meet the Press' Film Festival at Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema: “Meet the Press” and the American Film Institute present this inaugural film festival featuring 16 short political documentaries organized by themes such as the opioid epidemic, life after prison and immigration. Among the films: “Knife Skills,” about a Cleveland restaurant staffed by former prison inmates; “Los Lecheros,” following undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin; “Osama and Ayman,” about two Muslim brothers who face Islamophobia as they skateboard through the streets of Washington. The festival also includes discussions with filmmakers. Various times. $10 per screening.
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Warner Theatre: Neil deGrasse Tyson is everyone's favorite astrophysicist, and it's frankly due to him that the average American even has a favorite astrophysicist. At the Warner Theatre, Tyson will discuss “the search for intelligent life” in the universe, and whether water and habitable planets exist in the cosmos. 7:30 p.m. $62-$191.
The Used at the Fillmore: It’s been 15 years since the Used broke out with its self-titled debut album and forever changed the emo/screamo world. The band celebrated the milestone with a worldwide tour last year, but for this go around, it’s all about its latest release, “The Canyon.” In what may be the Used’s most vulnerable release to date, grief is distilled through the poignancy of Bert McCracken’s voice, set to equally affecting instrumentation. 7:30 p.m. $37.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
'The Ballad of the Brown King' at Georgetown University's Davis Performing Arts Center: 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.
'American Brewing History: In Your Glass and at the Smithsonian' at Politics and Prose: Theresa McCulla, the brewing historian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, has one of the coolest jobs in Washington. She'll discuss her work for the Smithsonian at Politics and Prose while, naturally, leading a tasting of four important American beers. 8 p.m. $35.
Tank and Leela James at the Warner Theatre: R&B singer-songwriter Leela James broke onto the music scene with “A Change Is Gonna Come” in 2005 with vocals reminiscent of such influences as Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Touring behind her latest release, March’s “Did It for Love,” James teams with singer-songwriter Tank for the Savage x the Soul Tour. Tank, whose songs have been performed by the likes of Monica, Kelly Rowland and Brian McKnight, released his album “Savage” in September. 8 p.m. $33-$97.
Thursday, Nov. 16
Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations: According to French law, the young, super-fruity Beaujolais Nouveau wine can't be sold before the third Thursday of November. When it arrives, it's the perfect excuse for a party. The biggest celebration in D.C. is at Bistrot du Coin in Dupont Circle. At 12:01 a.m., bottles of wine are uncorked and passed around the crowd while a DJ spins dance music. (Arrive early or expect a long line, because who doesn't like free wine?) If you don't want to stay up late, Le Grenier on H Street is offering free samples of wine at the bar from 6 to 9 p.m. and a $36 three-course dinner. The Willard's Cafe du Parc restaurant offers complimentary glasses of Beaujolais Nouveau and passed hors d'oeuvres during happy hour (5 to 7 p.m.) and an $85 prix fixe dinner menu, which includes wine pairings.
Grand opening of Top of the Skate at the Watergate Hotel: For the next few months, the Watergate Hotel's rooftop bar has been turned into a skating rink. But skating isn't the only reason to hit the 70-foot by 20-foot patch of synthetic ice: It's outfitted with a skate-up bar selling mulled wine and hot cocktails. Once you've taken off your blades, the rooftop's seating area includes couches clustered around tabletop fire pits. 5 to 10 p.m. $10-$20.
Janet Jackson at Capital One Arena: You’d be hard-pressed to find someone (of a certain age, of course) who doesn’t remember Janet Jackson’s iconic “Rhythm Nation” or HBO’s airing of her “Velvet Rope” tour. Both moments are cemented in the annals of pop culture and staples of a career that has spanned 35 years. After postponing her “Unbreakable” tour to become a mother, Jackson has revamped her act and hit the road. Her latest outing promises an up-to-date version of the superstar at her best, combining the political with the party. 8 p.m. $39-$766.
Friday, Nov. 17
Grand opening of the Museum of the Bible: Washington’s newest museum is a $500 million, 430,000-square-foot facility telling the story of the Bible, using recreations of ancient villages, immersive films, theme park-style rides and a garden of biblical plants. All time-entry tickets for opening weekend have been reserved, but the museum will allow a limited number of walk-up admissions. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free; suggested donation $10-$15.
Old Ebbitt Oyster Riot at Old Ebbitt Grill: More than 75,000 oysters were consumed at last year’s Old Ebbitt Oyster Riot, Washington’s largest celebration of delicious bivalves. The all-you-can-eat party features two dozen varieties of oysters from both sides of the country paired with 10 wines chosen in Old Ebbitt’s annual International Wines for Oysters blind-tasting competition. While the Riot usually includes some beers and a selection of hors d’oeuvres, it’s primarily about slurping oysters and sipping wine while blues and soul bands perform. 7 to 10 p.m. $150.
Junior League of Washington Holiday Shops at Union Market: The Junior League of Washington's annual Holiday Shops bazaar at Dock 5 features dozens of artisans and merchants selling jewelry, clothing, stylish baby accessories, perfume and home goods. In addition to gift-hunting, there are special events throughout the weekend, including a grand opening cocktail party on Friday and pet photos with Santa on Saturday afternoon. Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5-$50.
— Fritz Hahn, Jennifer Abella, Macy Freeman and Briana Younger