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Celebrate the opening of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's latest exhibit, “What Absence Is Made Of,” by enjoying the Columbia Room's new Hirshhorn-inspired menu beginning October 17. (Image: Farrah Skeiky)<p></p>

Out and About: Art-inspired cocktails, the Wizards return & 7 other events to know

Monday, October 16

Red Derby's 10th Anniversary: Come celebrate with Columbia Heights neighborhood staple, Red Derby as they raise a glass to 10 years. For the celebration, Red Derby will be reaching past their "cans only policy" to bring you their house beer, Derby Brew, on tap! This wet-hopped American style pale ale is made locally by Winchester Brew Works in Winchester, Virginia using Virginia-grown cascade hops from Honey Hill Hops! Red Derby, 3718 14th St NW, 5 p.m., free

Tuesday, October 17

The Future of Love: Join relationship author Esther Perel at WeWork White House for a discussion about her latest book, "The State of Affairs," over a casual breakfast meet and greet. The book "takes a look at modern relationships through the lens of infidelity" as Esther believes affairs can actually teach us a lot about the heart. WeWork White House, 1440 G St. NW, 8 a.m., free

Columbia Room's Hirshhorn-inspired menu: Inspired by the upcoming exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden “What Absence Is Made Of,” the recently named “Best American Cocktail Bar,” Columbia Room, will launch a menu of the same name beginning October 17th. Offered in three and five course variations, each course plays on absence, memory, nostalgia, and change found in the Hirshhorn's world class collection of modern and contemporary art. Columbia Room, 124 Blagden Alley NW, reservations for the Tasting Room menu must be made in advance here

Mariinsky Ballet's La Bayadère: Replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal, and a spectral voyage to the afterlife, this enchanting journey to a fabled past radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments. Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and this dazzling ballet continues to be "theirs" well into the 21st century. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $39

Gluten Free Tasting Dinner with Charm City Meadworks: Come and enjoy a five-course tasting menu by Bar Pilar's executive chef Jesse Miller. Each course and amuse bouche will be paired with a mead from Baltimore's own Charm City Meadworks, and all courses are -- naturally -- gluent free. A percentage of proceeds go towards Hurricane Irma cleanup. Bar Pilar, 1833 14th St. NW, 7 p.m., $50

Wednesday, October 18

Opening of What Absence Is Made Of: What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world. On view starting October 18 through summer 2019. Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, open 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily, free

Wizards Season Opener: Come cheer on the Wiz Kids as they take on the 76ers in their season opener, and let's all collectively hope their season ends better than our poor Nats' did! Capital One Arena, 601 F St NW, 7 p.m., tickets start at $24

Orange Wine Tasting: Is there a better month to try orange wine than October?? We think not! If you're curious to try this novelty wine, but aren't ready to buy a bottle, four half glasses of Italian orange wines will be served alongside small bites paired with each. Sospeso, 1344 H St NE, 7 p.m., $45

Thursday, October 19

The Second City's 'When Life Gives You Clemens': Join American comedy institution The Second City for a night of laughter that pays tribute to a far greater and considerably more beloved American comedy institution, Mark Twain. When Life Gives You Clemens finds humor in the same things Twain did: satire, politics, and human nature. So catch a riverboat—or maybe an Uber—to the Kennedy Center for an evening of comedy everyone can relate to. When Life Gives You Clemens promises to hit the mark...Twain, that is. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, shows at 7 and 9 p.m., tickets start at $39