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Things to Do in DC: Saturday, October 11, to Friday, October 17

BY: Courtney Ryan | Oct 9, 2014
Things to Do in DC: Saturday, October 11, to Friday, October 17On this week’s agenda: Tony-winning musical Evita leaves the stage, families take in fall foliage, Taste of DC descends on Pennsylvania Avenue, the CW’s favorite magicians perform illusions, and the Wizards begin their season. Enjoy yourselves, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in DC. things-to-do-in-dc-saturday-october-11-to-friday-october-17-evita_600c390 Evita at the Kennedy Center Opera House Foggy Bottom | Through October 19 Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-winning musical about Argentina's beloved Eva Peron closes this week after a critically acclaimed stop on its national tour. Washingtonian theater critic Jane Horwitz applauds Caroline Bowman's turn as Ms. Peron, saying the star ''plays the difficult, vocally challenging role with skill and precision.'' (2700 F St. NW; $39; buy tickets here) Family Hike at Little Bennett Regional Park Clarksburg, MD | Saturday, October 11 Families meet at Wilson Mill parking lot on Clarksburg Road before taking a guided tour of the park to learn about local wildlife and native trees dressed in fall colors. During the morning tour, guides will add their own insights regarding the ways area wildlife changes and adapts during the arrival of autumn. (23701 Frederick Rd., Clarksburg, MD; $10, free for kids; buy tickets here) Taste of DC on Pennsylvania Avenue National Mall | Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12 More than 40 restaurants will turn Pennsylvania Avenue into an open-air festival, setting up stalls to dispense lobster rolls, crepes, cuban sandwiches, and more. Between bites, guests can sip one of 50+ samples at the Stella Artois Beer Garden or the Wine Walk, or take in tunes from house musician Joe Maye and acoustic rockers the Dan McGuire Band. (Pennsylvania Ave., 9th–14th Sts. NW; $10; buy tickets here) things-to-do-in-dc-saturday-october-11-to-friday-october-17-magic_600c390 Masters of Illusion at Warner Theatre Penn Quarter | Thursday, October 16 Based on the CW show, Masters of Illusion doubles up on the magic by taking time-tested tricks and making them more mind-bendingly crazy. For example, the magicians saw a woman in half, but this time, she's in a transparent box. During another trick, the performers make their participants float, and then levitate right alongside them. Expect more twists on the classic escape trick, and lots and lots of fire. (13th and E St. NW; $27.50; buy tickets here) Washington Wizards Preseason Game at the Verizon Center Chinatown | Friday, October 17 Building on last year's momentum—the Wizards blew past the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the playoffs—the same core team returns to the Verizon Center this season. The team includes familiar superstars John Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcin Gortat, Marcin Gortat's mohawk, and Drew Gooden, as well as new addition (and championship veteran) Paul Pierce. (601 F St. NW; $16; buy tickets here) Photos courtesy of Evita on Broadway and Masters of Illusion