What we can’t wait to read, watch, see and listen to right now


1. Musical | Hadestown at the Kennedy Center

Anaïs Mitchell’s Broadway hit Dominating Tony, a jazzy musical about Greek myth, arrives for a short stint at KenCen starting October 13, the first stop on a nationwide tour.

2. Music festival | All is well

Music festivals are back! Broccoli City was recently canceled, but All Things Go is, at press time, a departure. This year’s event, October 16 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, features Haim, St. Vincent and Charli XCX.

3. Book | Danger by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

BoWo meets RoCo for a WaPo team. Following Woodward Fear and Rage, it’s another tale of the chaos of the Trump era, this time following the End of Days and the transition to Biden.

4. Exhibition | “New Glass Now” at the Renwick Gallery

Opened on October 22, it has (sorry) one clear goal: to capture the broad spectrum of modern glassware. The entrees range from beautiful to bizarre, or manage to be both.

5. Book | Rocks by Kevin Young

Young, a poet who also runs the National Museum of African American History & Culture, is a very busy guy: this new collection finds him ruminating on his past.

Photograph of Hahn by OK Slaughter.

6. Concert | Hilary Hahn with ONS at Kennedy Center

The string superstar joins Gianandrea Noseda for Brahms’ Violin Concerto (September 30 to October 2). Also on the program, the intriguing Symphony No. 3 by Florence Price.

7. Exhibition | “Laurie Anderson: The Weather” at the Hirshhorn

From September 24 until next summer, this is the largest exhibition of Anderson’s work to date, showcasing ten new pieces as well as works of art throughout his career. Plus there will be live performances, of course, stay tuned.

8. Book | Don’t admit it to anyone by Leslie Pietrzyk

The Alexandria author’s latest book is an unwavering collection of related short stories involving a fictitious but incredibly believable House speaker. Initiated, insightful and skillfully executed.

9. Album | Peace Conversation by Damu the Fudgemunk

DC musician and producer Damu the Fudgemunk had unrestricted access to the massive archives of British company KPM, a trove of old recordings used for movies and TV shows. The result is a festival of atmospheric samples.

Photograph of Fiasco courtesy of Epix.

10. TV show | Fiasco on Epix

Leon Neyfakh’s 2020 Iran-Contra scandal podcast is coming to the small screen, adding visuals to what was already a gripping examination of a bizarre chapter in American history.

This article appeared in the October 2021 issue of Washingtonian.

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