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Take some time to enjoy yourself this weekend before holiday madness really ensues next week! (Image: Courtesy Artechouse)
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Weekend Report: 10 events to savor before theThanksgiving madness

Friday, November 16

BEETLEJUICE The Musical: It's showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellent than ever in this original musical based on Tim Burton’s wonderfully demented film. "BEETLEJUICE" tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. Contains strong language, mature references, and a lot of the crazy, inappropriate stuff you would expect from a deranged demon. Tickets start at $54.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2018: If you have yet to check out this incredible photo exhibit at Dupont Underground, now is the time to do so. The spaces houses 22 projectors casting 13' images of the year's most important stories, a wall of large prints of WPP prize-winning photographs and a retrospective of 61 years of Photos of the Year. On display through November 25, the exhibit is a visual display of the year's best photojournalism, covering everything from the Rohingya crisis to global warming, elephant conservation in Kenya and gender identity. Tickets are $18.

Oyster Riot: Join Old Ebbitt Grill for the 24th annual Oyster Riot, always held the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. Prep your stomachs for next week's feast by slurping down oysters while enjoying the gold medal winners of the International Wines for Oysters Competition and grooving to some awesome tunes. Tickets start at $150.

Saturday, November 17

Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Kelly Carnes is teaching. Free to attend.

Anastasia: Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Washington at last. From the Tony Award–winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Running through November 25, and tickets start at $49.

Book Signing with Vikki Tobak: Following a panel discussion at the Kennedy Center, join "Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop" author Vikki Tobak for a book signing at the Line Hotel. Get your copy signed and meet photographers behind some of the most iconic images in hip-hop – including Janette Beckman, Danny Hastings, and Ernie Paniccioli. Free to attend.

Pie-Making Class: We've talked a lot about pie this week, but if you want to try your hand at making one like the pros (you know, before the big day!) check out Osteria Morini's class. Pastry Chef Tova Hillman will lead guests through making and shaping dough as well as creating apple pie and pumpkin pie fillings. Take home your pie dough, oat streusel, and both a mini apple and pumpkin pie. Tickets are $95.

Sunday, November 18

Artechouse "New Nature" Exhibit: Step into a colorful digital world of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions, at Artechouse's latest exhibit, "New Nature." The exhibit explores our organic world through an immersive audio-visual experience, incorporating computer learning, responsive technology, and music. You can choose all ages admission or after hours adults-only admission now through January 13. Tickets are $15.

NGA Ice Rink Opens: Strap on some skates and hit the ice, as ice skating season officially "skates off" at the National Gallery of Art this Sunday. After a few weather-related setbacks, the rink is expected to open on Sunday and remain open through March 10. Enjoy your skate surrounded by museums, monuments and large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein and Roxy Paine. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for kids and seniors. UPDATE: The rink will now be opening on Monday due to weather.

Fall in Tuscany Dinner: Slow down and enjoy a four-course, family-style meal at San Lorenzo’s Sunday Supper dinner. The prix-fixe meal highlights traditional Tuscan fall foods such as wild boar, salt cod, venison stew, pheasant and root vegetables. Tickets are $75.

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