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Weekend Report: 14 events not to miss this weekend

Thursday, November 2

Opera Master Class with Francesca Zambello: Witness how great performers are made, hear the opera's voices of tomorrow, and observe the creative process. Emerging artists hone their craft under the guidance of WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. Observe the internationally acclaimed director of theater and opera--accompanied by Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Director Robert Ainsley--as she leads this master class for pre-professional singers. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, 7 p.m., $12

The 9 Songwriter Series: Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl Street SW, doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., $10

The Shins: Check out GRAMMY-nominated American band The Shins at the hottest new music venue in town as they showcase music from their four albums; a fifth is due out in March. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St SW, doors open at 6:30 p.m. show starts at 8, tickets start at $40

A Discussion with Photographer Amanda Lucidon: If you ever wondered what it was like to photograph Michelle Obama, join White House photographer Amanda Lucidon at the Mt. Pleasant Library for a discussion about her New York Times bestselling book "Chasing Light: Michelle Obama through the Lens of a White House Photographer." Photographs from the book will be exhibited at Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library through November 10. Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St., NW, 6 p.m., free

Friday, November 3

Opening Reception: World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 at Dupont Underground: Celebrate the opening night of the World Press Photo Exhibition at this exclusive gathering with the think-tanks, universities, embassies, international-, media-, and civil society organizations that made it happen. Following the reception, be among the first to tour the exhibition in the Dupont Underground.

Art on Tap: Enjoy local craft beers, original artwork, and amazing food at The Art League's annual Art on Tap on Friday, November 3, 7:00–10:00 pm in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Craft beers from local breweries have been artfully paired with a work of art from an Art League instructor. Local restaurants have chosen a brew/artwork coupling to serve as their muse to create the perfect complimentary appetizer. Ticket holders sample and enjoy the brew, bite, and artwork trifectas, while drinking from a take-home Art on Tap beer tasting glass, and then vote for their favorite at the end of the event.

Special Event: Escape the Botanic Garden: You are being summoned to the U.S. Botanic Garden to solve a plant forensics case! As part of a team, you will be challenged to investigate the Conservatory after dark, using exploratory stations to discover clues and information that might be key to the case. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and tickets start at $40.

First Friday Dupont: Art Walk: First Friday Dupont is an art walk around the galleries, embassies, and retailers of Dupont Circle. This self guided tour promises 10-15 locations to explore modern and contemporary fine art from local, national, and international artists. Free!

Saturday, November 4

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt: Cats’ personalities have made them Internet stars today. In ancient Egypt, cats were associated with divinities, as revealed in Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. Cat coffins and representations of the cat-headed goddess Bastet are among the extraordinary objects that reveal felines’ critical role in ancient Egyptian religious, social, and political life. Dating from the Middle Kingdom to the Byzantine Period, the more than eighty works include statues, amulets, and other luxury items decorated with feline features, which enjoyed special status among Egyptians. The exhibition, organized by the Brooklyn Museum, also dedicates a small section to cats’ canine counterparts.

Chris Matthews at Politics and Prose: Chris Matthews, political commentator and host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, uncovered new facets of JFK in his acclaimed Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. Now he looks closely at the brilliant younger brother Jack often overshadowed. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews charts Bobby Kennedy’s evolution from a neglected son and perpetual underdog to a strong and independent political figure.

DC Beer Fest: The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park, bringing together dozens of craft breweries and featuring fall seasonal beers. Taking place throughout the stadium's concourse including Centerfield Plaza, Budweiser Brew House, Bud Light Loft and Budweiser Terrace, the DC Beer Fest will have over a dozen food trucks throughout as well as lawn games, DJs, and more! Admission is $45 with a choice of two sessions: noon to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Admissions includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately.

National Air and Space Museum & BYT Present: FOUND IN SPACE after hours event: This first-of-its-kind after-hours event at the National Air and Space Museum commemorates the longest unbroken stretch of human habitation in space. This unique opportunity celebrates our future in the solar system with a chance to experience the museum in a new, late night setting, while enjoying open bar cocktails and beer. Moon Boots will provide the musical entertainment and special screenings, space-inspired activities and talks roundout the evening.

Sunday, November 5

Vinoteca Celebrates 10th Anniversary: Vinoteca’s anniversary festivities kick off with brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a special mid-day happy hour from 3-6 p.m. (featuring $5 wines, Peroni drafts and discounted bites), and a live outdoor Flamenco show on the bar’s picturesque, European-inspired (and heated) Plaza from 4-6 p.m.

Imagine Dragons: EVOLVE TOUR at Capital One Arena: Imagine Dragons is bringing their EVOLVE Tour to Capital One Arena for a night of dancing and rocking out to great music! You won't want to miss this show! Tickets start at $70.

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