We’re halfway through October, people! We are at FULL FALL FUN.
Secure some gourds. Pick apples. Mull some spices. Let’s go!
In addition to these basic autumnal pastimes, what else should we do this weekend?
Tonight. Game 5. Nationals Park. Nats vs. Dodgers. Gah. Why did I become a baseball fan? MY NERVES. This is too difficult. My LA-based uncle and I stopped communicating a few days ago. I shouted at the TV the other night and I don’t recognize myself. As of this writing there are tickets available on StubHub. GO NATS!
Our very own (it’s been a while but we still claim him) Tim Krepp will be at East City Books telling ghost stories and discussing his book Capitol Hill Haunts. Tim is a great storyteller and researched this book thoroughly and totally did not make up any of the stories… or did he? Mwaaa haa haa haa haaa haaaaaaaaa. The event begins at 6:30 and if you ghost, ahem, before it is over you can still make first pitch. The event is free but RSVP here.
Friday, the Angelika Film Center at Union Market is running a Hitchcock festival all month called Hitchcocktober. Each Friday in October will bring another opportunity to appreciate the (probably creepy) master of suspense. This week is Suspicion featuring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, who I’m pretty sure was later in Grease. There is only one screening at 7 p.m. and tickets are $7. Get yours here.
Truckeroo is back at the Fairgrounds, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Stop in and buy food at the local food trucks while enjoying live music. All are welcome to this familt friendly event.
Weekends now through early November you can scare yourself silly at Scream City at RFK. Not one, but two, TWO haunted houses, Exorcism Estate Haunted House and the Slaughter Factory will be on the site and your ticket buys you entry to both. Check out times and ticket prices here. Warning: Even the website is freaky.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) Friday ARTnight activities this week are Grooving with Gigi, a burlesque workshop 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. which costs $25, and Paint ‘n Sip, step-by-step instruction from CHAW teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear as you create your own masterpiece, all while enjoying snacks and wine. $30 fee includes materials and snacks and wine.
The 13th Street Community and Garden hosts a screening of Hotel Transylvania 2 at 6:30. The screeening is open to all and will be outside so bring blankets and chairs and snacks. (See Maria’s post on outdoor movie nights Friday and Saturday, and get more info by clicking here.)
Saturday and Sunday Union Market hosts American Field, a pop-up market featuring U.S. made clothing, accessories, goods, and furniture. The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Great Noise Ensemble returns to the Atlas Performing Arts Center with Steve Reich at 80, a concert celebrating the life and music of the legendary composer with a program that features an entire evening of his music. GNE will be presenting a fan-favorite, Tehillim, his incredible 1981 setting of four Hebrew songs for voices and chamber ensemble, as well as one of his newest works, Radio Rewrite, based on the songs of Radiohead, and other smaller works. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25-$30. Tickets are available here.
Sunday the Hill Center begins an all too timely film series called Political Nightmares which looks at films from the Noir period and the Cold War as well. The first offering is a lesser known Tracey-Hepburn film, Keeper of the Flame, directed by George Cukor. The screening is free and you can register here.
The Capital City Symphony performs its annual Family Concert: Ghoulishly Good Music on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. and at 5 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Always a great time for kiddos, this year’s concert is inspired by the spookiness and fantasy of Halloween, so costumes are encouraged. The audience will learn how the instruments of the orchestra combine to bring these musical stories to life. Conducted by Victoria Gau. An instrument petting zoo will happen for a half an hour before each concert so come early! Tickets for kids 16 and under are always free for the Symphony’s concerts. Grown ups tickets are $25. Get yours now.
Happy mid-October and GO NATS!!!!