Something wicked this way comes.
What: The pre-Broadway debut of a contemporary musical about a woman rebuilding her life in New York City, starring powerhouse performers Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp. The show’s creators won the Pulitzer for their previous work, Next to Normal, which also had a run in D.C.
Why: Catch Menzel as she preps for her first return to the Great White Way since winning the Tony for Wicked.
When: Thru Dec. 8.
Where: The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, b/t 13th & 14th Sts. (202-628-6161). Tickets ($53-$178) at secure.etix.com.
All the News That’s Fit to Click
What: This week’s roundup of books, movies, music videos, and more.
Why: Hyperbole and a Half gets a book, a sad clown sings “Royals,” and Magic Kingdom loses its magic.
When: Boredom makes you crazy.
Where: At dailycandy.com.
What: Sip a cold one as three brainy speakers dish their expertise — this edition features spy satellites, diarrheal diseases, and software vulnerability.
Why: They had you at software vulnerability.
When: Sat., 6:30 p.m.
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St. NW, at U St. (202-483-5000). Tickets ($10) at ticketfly.com.
Yoga in the Galleries
What: Unroll your mat and unlock your mind in a 90-minute workshop held in conjunction withYoga: the Art of Transformation.
Why: All experience levels are welcome to pose among the masterpieces.
When: Sun., 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW, at 12th St. (202-633-4880). Register ($15) at support.asia.si.edu.
Water & Wall
What: The sexy supper club in Clarendon serves chef-driven plates like bouillabaisse scented with Burmese spices and duck confit with Brussels sprouts — but start with the chicken liver paté with orange bourbon glaze.
Why: Chef Tim Ma’s first venture, Maple Ave Restaurant, just scored the top spot on Northern Virginia Magazine’s best restaurant list — plus, Ma is easy on the eyes.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun., 5-9 p.m.
Where: 3811 N. Fairfax Dr., b/t Oakland & Pollard Sts., ste. 105, Arlington (703-294-4949).
What: Go behind the headlines of the 2012 election when Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of the best-selling Game Change, discuss their new book.
Why: Expect the pair to spill the tea (party) on Michele Bachmann.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University School of Public Affairs, 805 21st St. NW, b/t H & I Sts. (202-994-7470).