- - Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pick of the Pack

Theater: ‘You for Me for You’

We know very little — including the real birth date — about Kim Jong-un, the mysterious son of Kim Jong-il, who became the supreme leader of North Korea following his father’s death in December 2011. We do know, however, that the country remains a communist state with a starving population and a nuclear weapons program that threatens the region. On Monday, the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Cmpany will premiere Korean-American playwright Mia Chung’s play exploring life inside the totalitarian nation and what people will do to escape it. In the play, which contains elements of comedy and fantasy to tell an important story, two sisters, Yuna and Minjee, attempt to flee North Korea to the United States, but Minjee is too sick to make the dangerous trip. Will Yuna be able to rescue her sister before it’s too late? During the play’s run, the theater also will host an exhibit by Korean artist Song Byeok, who served as the official state propaganda artist of North Korea before he was tortured by the same regime for attempting to go to China to find food for his starving family.

Through Dec. 2 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW

Phone: 202/393-3939

Web: www.woollymammoth.net

Concert: Election Night Jam with Jason Moran & the Bandwagon

Why spend election night listening to talking heads dissect the exit polls when you could be listening to the much more pleasant sounds of jazz? The Kennedy Center will host a free concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday featuring Jason Moran & the Bandwagon, an acclaimed contemporary jazz trio featuring Mr. Moran on the piano, Tarus Mateen on bass and Nasheet Waits on the drums. Mr. Moran, who has been playing the piano since age 6, also serves as an artistic adviser for jazz at the Kennedy Center and music educator across the country. If you want to keep up with the electoral vote count, you can view the results on large-screen monitors throughout the Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer. If you don’t, you can catch the 7:30 p.m. performance of “War Horse,” the Broadway World War I drama that won five Tony Awards in 2011, including best play.

Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW

Phone: 202/467-4600

Web: www.kennedy-center.org

Party: Election Night ‘Tally the Vote’ Party

We all may not agree on politics, but let’s hope we can come together to enjoy good food. Lincoln, the Thomas Circle restaurant known for seasonal small plates and cocktails, will host an election-night party with themed cocktails and a dinner menu inspired by the two candidates’ favorite foods. Mitt Romney fans can taste meatloaf with pomme puree and tomato jam or pretzel-crusted crab reminiscent of summers in New England, while Barack Obama’s devotees can try Hawaiian-inspired pork belly with spiced pineapple mostrada or Michelle Obama-approved Lomi salmon risotto with scallions, onions and arugula, among other options. The restaurant will have 50-inch flat-screen televisions in the private dining areas so you won’t miss any returns — though you should take time to look down at the copper-penny floor for a glimpse of one past president we all can agree was a great one.

Tuesday at Lincoln, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW

Phone: 202/386-9200

Web: www.lincolnrestaurant-dc.com

Space is limited, so RSVP to [email protected]

Children: Kids’ Election Day

Youngsters understand a lot more than you’d think. With the unavoidable campaign advertisements — and, perhaps, politically aware parents who talk back to the television during the debates — Washington-area children might have an opinion about the election, too. (If they’re anything like this writer, they might even have campaign stickers on their Hello Kitty pencil boxes.) On Saturday, Madame Tussauds will give the younger set a voice during the museum’s Kids’ Election Day. From 7 to 10 a.m., they can register to vote at tables for Virginia, Maryland or the District, and then make their choice in an authentic voting booth. After voting, they will receive a coveted “I Voted” sticker, just like their parents, and the museum will announce the results before Nov. 6. Especially outspoken youngsters can visit the museum’s Presidents Gallery and participate in a live debate among wax figures of all 43 U.S. presidents, or take part in other election-themed activities, face painting and more.

Saturday at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 1001 F St. NW

Phone: 866/823-9565

Web: www.madametussauds.com

Theater: ‘Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie’

This year would have marked the 100th birthday of Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie, the American folk musician who was named after the soon-to-be president and sang about life in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Though Guthrie and his works were provocative during his time, many of his famous songs, such as “This Land Is Your Land,” have been sung in various iterations by everyone from schoolchildren to Bruce Springsteen. After running in London’s West End to critical acclaim, “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie” opens in the District on Thursday with, in the spirit of Guthrie, a pay-what-you-can preview. Incorporating his politically charged folk songs as well as excerpts from his column in the communist newspaper The Daily Worker, the play is billed as “a boisterous retelling of the life of America’s troubadour” and surely will provide new insight into the controversial man behind the music.

Through Dec. 2 at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW

Phone: 202/518-9400

Web: www.washingtondcjcc.org

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