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Top activities to get your November going.

By Mary Eileen Barber

Still kicking yourself for missing out on Oktoberfest? Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with our top picks for beer (and food) lovers, plus an eerie play, a little rock ‘n’ roll, an art exhibit where even the most amateur of cell phone photographers can shine and puppets!

Novemberfest 2011 (Courtesy photo)

Festive Brews and Foods

Sat., Nov. 10, noon-5 p.m.
Rustico parking lot
827 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-224-5051; starting at $15 (purchase online)

Delectable pork dishes, fresh oysters and other seasonal fare will be on hand at this fest, which also includes more than 40 brews, including Dogfish Head, Belgian-style and Christmas ales.

Family Friendly

“Baby Bear’s Birthday”
Sun., Nov. 11, 10 a.m.
The Puppet Company Playhouse Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
301-634-5380; $5

Part of the “Tiny Tots @ 10:00” series, this puppet show is ideal for infants and children up to age 4 — there are no loud sounds or dark rooms, and the shows are only about 30 minutes. So grab your littlest ones and treat them to an entertaining time.

Green River Ordinance (Courtesy photo)


Green River Ordinance and Brendan James
Sun., Nov. 11, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
The Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H St. NE
202-388-7625; $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Sway to the feel-good sounds of rock group Green River Ordinance (think The Fray, Parachute, The Script) along with fresh singer/songwriter Brendan James at a Sunday show that won’t leave you feeling spent Monday morning.

"Birds, Bombay Beach" by Frank Foster (Photo courtesy Workhouse Arts Center)

Electronic Art

“Mobile Works”
Through Sun., Nov. 18 (Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.)
Workhouse Arts Center
W-16 – McGuireWoods Gallery
9601 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
703-495-0001; Free

Let’s face it, deep down, we’re all aspiring Cartier-Bressons, Langes and Leibovitzes thanks to our camera phones and apps. So why not spend the day capturing best moments at the Workhouse campus for inclusion in an art exhibit? Photos submitted by you will be shown in Building W-16 on November 23, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Post photos to the Workhouse Arts Center Facebook page, or submit them to


“Mary Rose” by J.M. Barrie
Through Sun., Nov. 18; specific show times vary
Rep Stage at the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
443-518-1500; $15 students, and starting at $32 general admission

J.M. Barrie’s eerily exhilarating play centers on a young woman who disappears from her family only to return three weeks later with no memory of ever having been lost. Originally staged in the United States in 1920, Barrie’s rarely revived play supposedly inspired filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

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