Halloween weekend! There’s much to do, so let’s get to it.
Tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., food blogger and cookbook author Luisa Weiss will be at East City Books discussing her latest book, Classic German Baking. The free event will include a demonstration. You can RSVP here.
The Corner Store hosts an Open Mic for Storytellers. Tonight’s theme is, naturally, Ghost Stories. The stage is open to the first 10 to sign in at 6:45 p.m. the day of the event and stories should be true and be able to be told within the 7 minute timeframe. $10 or $15 with refreshments.
The Atlas Peforming Arts Center begins its 20116/17 Theatre for the Very Young series today with Imagination Stage’s production of Aquarium. The shows are designed for the youngest theatre goers. They are highly engaging, visual, typically non-verbal and the audience sits on the floor. No one bats an eye if an enthusiastic toddler shouts or stands. The production runs through Sunday and tickets are $10. Get yours here.
Friday evening at the Hill Center is the preview reception for Pottery on the Hill, the annual showcase of potters from around the country. Attendees have an opportunity to meet the artists and earning about their work and the opportunity to discuss the techniques and glazes used, where each pot was made and enjoy finding out the inspiration and history of each piece. The first 100 attendees will receive a free artisan sampling cup. Light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and other beverages will be served. Tickets for the preview are $30 in advance and $35 the day of and you can purchase them here. The sale continues Saturday 1am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm and entry is free of charge.
The annual Hilloween festival takes place on 7th street SE by Eastern Market from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Traditionally a sea of toddler sized Elsas and Batmen, the event boasts hayrides, facepainting, games and treats will be available to all. There will be a “farm” obstacle course for very small people, and another for bigger kids/adults so that’s enticing. The event is free and costumes are encouraged.
Friday and Saturday 4615 Theatre presents Bram Stoker’s Dracula at East City Books. Their “Living Novel” staged reading presents the book’s original text, adapted and arranged for the stage into a thrilling take on this classic tale, told with the power of Stoker’s haunting prose. Friday begins at 8pm and Saturday begins at 7pm. The performances are free.
Saturday, New York-based art collective Glu NYC will be hosting their DC edition of their 4 Corners artist event series at Maketto at 7pm. The artists will be sketching guests portraits in distinct styles – first 44 guests will receive a free portrait. $10 suggested donation at the door.
E Street Adventures and the Rosedale Community Center are working together to create a Halloween party for neighborhood kids from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the center. Volunteers are needed to set up. If you have some time to spare let them know.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop hosts a Halloween Spooktacular Concert and Reception from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with spooky tunes played by music students, costumes, a ceramics sale from our adult students, and donuts and cider. The event is free.
The Capitol Riverfront BID hosts Pumpkins in the Park at Canal Park (2nd Street SE & I Street SE) The event includes pumpkin decorating, face painting, a giant pumpkin moonbounce, music from Rainbow Rock from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., a festive backdrop & photographer for Fall Family Photos.
Sunday afternoon at 5pm at the Corner Store the British-American ensemble Floyds Row performs. The music is a mix of folk, classical, roots, americana, traditional,
Monday is Halloween. Trick-or-Treating happens in the late afternoon and evening. East Capitol Street is super-fun but branch out and seek candy throughout the neighborhood.
Looking ahead to Wednesday November 3rd, author Gilda Morina Syverson will discuss her acclaimed memoir My Father’s Daughter, From Rome to Sicily at East City Books from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Based on an emotional journey between father and daughter, Syverson takes the reader on a tour of Rome and her ancestral Sicily. The event is free.