You’re more than likely familiar with our weekend guide, but there’s still a lot to mark down on ye olde calendrier during the weekdays. Hence this pocket guide! We’ll cover everything from tunes to books to art to…you name it, basically; if it’s virtual, and good, we’re gonna talk about it:
For starters, hope you’re hungry, ‘cause it’s a good week for food!
DMV Black Restaurant Week is in full swing now through Sunday, November 15th! Be sure to support some excellent restaurants by grabbing take-out/delivery, plus tune into virtual panels throughout the week.
You can also join Nom Wah Tea Parlor owner Wilson Tang and Joshua David Stein in conversation with Maxine Builder on their new cookbook on Monday, November 9th at 7pm ET; free to register, or grab a copy of the book that, together with shipping, will run you about $45.
More in the mood to learn? Brooklyn Brainery is hosting a handful of culinary classes online this week; buckle in for a $50 sourdough bootcamp (two classes on Monday, November 9th and Monday, November 16th at 7pm ET), learn all about the history of beer in a $6 7:30pm ET class on Thursday, November 12th, or bone up on one-pot chicken dinners (a great idea for slightly smaller Thanksgiving celebrations this year) via a $25 course on Thursday, November 12th at 7pm ET.
DC-based nonprofit FRESHFARM is set to host their annual Feast fundraising dinner virtually on Friday, November 13th, and will feature Marcelle Afram, Executive Chef of Compass Rose and Maydan, who’ll prepare fatayer, or Lebanese hand pies, using a recipe that highlights flavors from the Middle East and showcases local, seasonal farmers market ingredients. Free to participate, but it is a fundraiser, so donations are welcome! You can also purchase a box of ingredients to make your own fatayer at home.
You can also tune into Nik Sharma’s demonstration on how to make Samosa Pie, a recipe from his second cookbook, The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking, on Friday, November 13th at 6:30pm ET. Tickets start at $35.
The one and only José Andrés will be sitting down with Busboys and Poets for the latest edition of their virtual dinner series to talk about his culinary innovation and humanitarianism on Friday, November 13th at 6pm ET, too. (Free to register!)
Plus catch Sixth & I’s crash course in babka-making with Hannah Wolfman-Arent, a baker for Sonny’s Pizza, on Sunday, November 15th; starts at 4pm ET, and a single class pass is $30, while a bundle of three is discounted at $75.
Moving into book territory…
Halsey will present her new poetry book, I Would Leave Me If I Could, via Moment House on Tuesday, November 10th at 6pm ET. Pre-order a copy and submit proof of purchase to scope the live stream.
Also most definitely catch Emmanuel Acho and Oprah Winfrey discussing Acho’s Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man via Books Are Magic’s live-streamed event on Wednesday, November 11th at 8pm ET; tickets start at $27.99.
On Thursday, November 12th at 8pm ET, meanwhile, Kim Gordon will be discussing Kim Gordon: No Icon with Carrie Brownstein for Powell’s; $45 gets you a copy and grants you admission to the Zoom event.
And we can’t forget to mention that Claire McNear, author of Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider’s Guide to Jeopardy!, will moderate what’s sure to be an extra-special talk ft. three of Jeopardy!’s biggest Champions on Thursday, November 12th at 6pm ET; tickets start at $20.
In the realm of film and TV, we’ve got a couple of solid options…
Aaron Sorkin is set to discuss The Trial of the Chicago 7 (currently on Netflix) with 92Y’s Annette Insdorf on Monday, November 9th at 8pm ET; totally free to tune in, just be sure to register.
Adult Swim Festival is also happening virtually on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th; catch performances from Robyn, Kaytranada and Mastodon, plus there’ll be exclusive live streams incl. Rick and Morty, The Eric Andre Show, a special edition of Toonami and more.
AND The Crown returns for its fourth season on Netflix this Sunday, November 15th.
We’ve also got loads of live-streamed tunes happening this week!
Get a living room dance party going via Songbyrd’s Beats for Beirut fundraiser; the live-streamed event kicks off at 5pm ET on Thursday, November 12th, and funds raised will go towards rebuilding the city.
Courtney Marie Andrews is slated to go live via KEXP’s YouTube Channel at 6pm ET on Wednesday, November 11th.
You can also dance your face off for free courtesy of Gloria Gaynor’s special live stream for SummerStage Anywhere on Thursday, November 12th starting at 5pm ET.
Take a virtual trip to Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves, which is all streaming online this year on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th. A two-day festival pass will run you $50, and you can expect performances from the likes of Ásgeir, Mammùt, Ólafur Arnalds, Daði Freyr, Of Monsters and Men and more.
And/or set an alarm for bright ‘n early (5am ET, to be exact) the morning of Saturday, November 14th, ‘cause Róisín Murphy is set to go live for the first in a series of three broadcasts celebrating her new record.
Too early? The Beths are streaming live from Auckland Town Hall at a slightly kinder 5pm ET; tickets start at $20 NZD.
Or take virtual trips to the museum this week with some special talks and other digital programming on the agenda!
For starters, the Phillips Collection has some great (FREE!) stuff happening virtually; on Thursday, November 12th, join Hank Willis Thomas and Bomani Jones as they discuss race and the appropriation of the black body in art, sports, and advertising at 5:30pm ET, plus on Saturday, November 14th at noon ET you can take a virtual workshop on basic bookmaking techniques to reflect on thoughts of isolation, resilience and the future during the coronavirus pandemic. (You can also tune into their weekly guided meditation series on Wednesday, November 11th at 12:45pm ET.)
National Portrait Gallery will be hosting Combating Racism: Betsy Graves Reyneau, Laura Wheeler Waring, and Representation of Black Achievement via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10th at 5pm ET.
And National Museum of Women in the Arts will host two important talks online this week; join them for BMA x NMWA Monthly Talk Show: Healing on Tuesday, November 10th at noon ET, and for Fresh Talk: Place and Power, a conversation about global food access, gender, class, and labor, on Sunday, November 15th at 4:30pm ET.
BONUS ANIMAL VIBES!
Make sure to tune into Lucky Dog Animal Rescue’s first-ever virtual variety show this Saturday, November 14th starting at 7pm ET! You’ll benefit homeless dogs ‘n cats by purchasing curated cheese and wine boxes (for virtual tastings night-of), participating in a silent auction and more.