20 Oct 2022

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The To Do List: Week of October 20, 2022

It’s chilly and delightful– perfect weather to walk around and enjoy the best the city has to offer without the ominous threat of mosquitoes. What is there to do?

IMPORTANT: SPOOKY SEASON IS COMING! Here on the Hill, we love ourselves some Halloween. Hill-O-Ween is a proud and storied tradition for the littlest ones, and the date has been announced: Friday, October 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be live and virtual events and plenty of happy, spooky merriment. And, um, you may recognize the announcer this year (it me). For more info, visit their site here.

The quick and the dead…. who are quickly getting into the house! Wonderful capture by @tinaka202 via our hashtag #thehillishome. Tag us for a chance to be featured!

And if you want to be part of our now third annual Spooky Hill is Home map so folks can find your spoo0o0oO0okily decorated home, shoot us an email at info@thehillishome.com and make sure to tell us about your home’s theme and degree of spookiness! And don’t forget: if you have a special candy delivery system or treat, we can add that to the map as well! Just want to see the map? Click here!

Tonight, help Fight Club celebrate their (much delayed) Grand Opening at “Sorry, Just Seeing this Text.” Door prizes, live music, sandwiches. What more could you possibly want? Oh yeah, mezcal tastings too! Limited first-come, first-served tickets available at this point but hey, why not? More info here.

We are in the middle of both Octoberfest AND OkROWberfest. Sure, the Bavarian holiday wrapped it up a while back, but our two main streets are joining forces and have put together a fun event with beer tasting, discounts and a roving band of musicians to brighten your day. Purchase a commemorative Stein and get ready to toast and save! More info for OktROWberfest here and for Octoberfest here.

Feel like getting a walk or run in with your brunch? The amazing geniuses at The Yards are doing their final Brunch on the Run this Saturday. The featured restaurant this time around is Agua 301. Go get your walk or run on, guided by Pacers, and then sit down to a delicious Mexican brunch. You exercised, so indulge! Genius, right? More info and tickets when you click here.

And if you’re feeling artsy and bakey, go take a cookie decorating class with Paige Sholar at the Hill Center. Paige makes the most amazing cookies ever and, full disclosure, she once baked and decorated cookies with our logo and they were delicious and perfect. Sign up here!

Have littles? Then you must go to the Tyler Elementary Fall Fest! From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, fun games, art and more! Just pop over to the Tyler Field behind the school. It’s FREE!!!!!

Speaking of fall festivals, the Payne Elementary Fall Festival is on Saturday as well. And if you time it correctly, you can hit them both! They will have a book character parade (so make sure you dress up the whole family), bounce houses (plural!), arts and crafts and a bake sale!

Are you ready for one of the best events in the whole “Snooping through other people’s houses” calendar? That’s right! It’s RENOVATORS TOUR WEEKEND! Did you miss our amazing Instagram giveaway this week? Don’t be sad! You can still buy tickets for the event this Sunday, October 23 right here. It’s all for the schools, but also for the FOMO. (You’re going to get so much inspiration, it’ll be amazing.)

Want to get started on your holiday shopping? The Eastern Market Pottery student sale is this Sunday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Market Pottery is within Eastern Market– the entrance is at the corner of 7th and C Streets SE.

The very cute and popular Literary Pumpkin Walk is back this year! You have through October 24 to register your house, decorated with a literary theme. We still fondly think about the three witches from Macbeth on East Capitol, but you can do anything from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to American Psycho. (You do you– BOO!)
And guess what? If your house wins, you get to pick which of our local schools gets a $1000 donation from CHCF!

This is the last weekend for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, as staged by the St. Mark’s Players. For more information and tickets click here.

We are always looking for weekday events, and this one couldn’t be more fun or cuter. Are you ready Capitals fans??? This Monday, October 24, go to the Atlas Half Street brewery and enjoy a CAPS PEP RALLY– with puppers! Atlas will be raising money for Wolf Trap Animal rescue, which is Caps forward Tom Wilson’s, uh, pet charity. Your $10 donation gets you great specials, such as $7 red wine or special cocktail, $1 shots (dangerous) and more! Hang out with friends, watch the game, pet some puppers and enter your own doggo in their DOG CONTEST! Send a picture of your fur baby to Kyle at atlasbrewworks dot com. This event couldn’t be any cooler if it tried. Only thing that could make it better is a W.

Did you know the U. S. Capitol holds Capitol Conversations on weekdays at 1 p.m.? These virtual sessions are informative and fun–– a neat opportunity to learn something new while you eat your lunch. Register for Capitol Conversations here.

Get tickets to The Till Trilogy at Mosaic Theater Company. This collection of three works focuses on the 1955 murder of Emmet Till, a 14-year old child who was tortured and killed for allegedly offending a white woman. For more information and tickets, click here. The Till Trilogy runs starting Tuesday, October 4 and through November 20 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

On Wednesday evenings, make it trivia! Two Girls Trivia runs a quiz at Fight Club starting at 7 p.m. You can also catch them at Biergarten Haus on Tuesday evenings. For more information and quiz hints, check out their Twitter, @twogirlstrivia.

Every Thursday, Kelly’s Irish Times has comedy! The Batting Cage Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. and is free. More info here.

Hey, have you gotten your COVID booster and your flu shot? No? Well, cross that off your list this weekend! Click here to find where you can get it. Just a heads-up: COVID centers have run out of flu shots, so you may have to hit up Grubb’s Pharmacy for that.

OFF-HILL

This whole week is Howard Homecoming week, and we know there are several alumni living on this Hill. If you haven’t yet checked it out, it’s a great tradition. Click here for events.

A beloved and fabulous tradition that everyone should witness live at least once, the 17th Street High Heel Race shows off the physical prowess of our fair city’s drag queens, kings, monarchs and anyone fabulous enough to sign up to race. The race happens this Tuesday, October 25, at 9 p.m. More information here. Tip: Make sure you get there on the early side– the street will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 5 p.m.

PLAN AHEAD

A new interactive experience is coming to Rhode Island Center, the space right off Rhode Island Avenue Metro, where the Van Gogh exhibit was earlier this year. The experience is called DINOS ALIVE and it looks like it’s gonna be a great hit for the younger set (and their tired, devoted parents). Dinos Alive is coming in October, but you can get tickets here.

Looking for something special for Dia de Muertos? Mexican Geniuses, an interactive and immersive experience, is doing a special November 2 celebration– a morning ofrenda and an evening fiesta! More details and tickets here.

Did you know the Library of Congress is celebrating their 125th this November? We know– not a day over 124, and still as stately and fireproof as ever! There will be a very special Community Day coming on November 3, so stay tuned for more details!

Hey do you love shopping local, discounts, getting a leg up on the holidays and Frager’s? I’ll let you catch your breath, but you may want to mark the calendar for November 5-6, when the beloved hardware store will be having a Holiday Preview Party and Sale! More info here.

Also on November 5, Grace Covenant Church Capitol Hill invites the community to a free event: a live theater production of “The Real Superhero” (10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m show times), and a Fall Festival, complete with arcade games, face painting, a balloon artist, and more! You are encouraged to wear a costume (but nothing scary, please).

Ever wanted to know what to do with sunchokes or kohlrabi? Us TOO! Thank goodness on Sunday, November 6, the Hill Center has a program for us kitchen nerds. Two Roots and a Brassica is a master class for your chef wannabe friends. More info and tickets here.

Do you love the Hill Center’s Pottery on the Hill? Their first in-person show in two years is coming this November, and you’re invited! The show will open Friday, November 11 with a ticketed preview reception and sale and continues through Sunday, November 13 with free admission. There will also be a silent auction. Part of the proceeds will go toward supporting the Hill Center. Learn more about the event and get excited here.

Ever wondered what a tour would be like if it hit all sorts of feminist landmarks, both historical and modern, and made you feel excited for HERstory? Wonder no more: A Tour of Her Own has just the program on November 12. Find out more details and info here.


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