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Out & About: 10 events to make your work week more exciting

Monday, November 27

Busboys and Poets Books Presents: Not a Crime to Be Poor: Join Busboys and Poets Books as they welcome author Peter Edelman of "Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America" to 14th and V. In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department’s Ferguson Report exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson’s largely poor, African American population, resulted in jail sentences for thousands of people.

Profs & Pints: What Hurricanes Are Telling Us: Profs and Pints presents: "What Hurricanes Are Telling Us," a look at the forces that generated this year's big storms and the risks that such weather trends pose to the Washington region. With Raghu Murtugudde, professor of atmospheric and oceanic science and earth-system science at the University of Maryland at College Park. (Tickets $10)

Tuesday, November 28

Amazing Grace The Musical at the Museum of Bible: As the first stop on its upcoming national tour, AMAZING GRACE, the inspirational Broadway musical will be the first production – of any kind – to inaugurate the new, state-of-the-art World Stage Theater at Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. Show starts at 7.30 p.m. Tickets start at $70.

Babka Baking 101: The history of Babka spans centuries and is a bread that has become an emblem of an immigrant group. Learn how to make the buttery, eggy pastry known as Babka. Choose between a number of fillings and toppings for a traditional Chocolate or Cinnamon Babka. Not a traditionalist? Explore alternative options such as cheese, pie filling and more.

Peter Baker at Politics and Prose Bookstore | Obama: The Call of History: Peter Baker reported on Obama in depth for eight years as The New York Times’s Chief White House correspondent. He caps that period with a book that’s at once a judicious assessment of Obama’s presidency and a fittingly outsize tribute to his legacy. This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Wednesday, November 29

Mean Girls the Musical: ((This is the last week to see Mean Girls!)) The one and only Tina Fey is bringing her Mean Girls to D.C. for its world premiere run through December 3 before it lands on Broadway next March. Many of the showings of Fey's "Mean Girls," have either sold out or only have a handful of tickets left per show. Luckily, we discovered a way you can score $25 seats to the hottest show in town! So, here's the dealio: If you have a flexible schedule, head over to the National Theatre two hours before the show and enter your name in the lottery for a chance to win two $25 tickets. The winners will be announced 90 minutes prior to the show. Individuals must be present, with cash, to redeem tickets.

Thursday, November 30

Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Theater Company: Stranded on the coast of Illyria, the quick-witted Viola assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Bursting with vitality and romance, Twelfth Night gives us one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines matching wits with a host of captivating characters—from the love-struck Olivia to the puritanical Malvolio. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: On November 30, 2017 the National Park Service and National Park Foundation will present the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Popular entertainers and a United States military band add to the celebratory evening.

BrewLights at ZooLights: Friends of the National Zoo's hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights, a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event, will take place during ZooLights, powered by Pepco. Guests can enjoy beer tastings from a dozen breweries and sample complimentary snacks, all under the bright lights of Washington, D.C.'s favorite holiday tradition. All proceeds support the critical work of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute—including species preservation and animal care.

National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center: Witness the triumphant return of Yuja Wang as she effortlessly conquers Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5—a masterpiece of her instrument's repertoire. She joins new music director Gianandrea Noseda in a thematic program that explores the connections between three composers and their lives abroad. Tickets start at $15.