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And you thought Halloween was fun

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the National Museum of the American Indian this weekend with music and dances by Grupo los Tecuanes and crafts. Check it out this weekend.



This one’s for all the marbles

The Nationals will play a winner-take-all game for the World Series tonight at 8 pm after gutting out a 7-2 win that featured a gem from Stephen Strasburg, spirited celebrations and arguments, and a big night from Anthony Rendon. Injured ace Max Scherzer is set to take the hill. It’s all we could ask for. 


Where are the bike lanes?

In the early 2010s, the District committed to building three new protected bike lanes. One east/west connection through Columbia Heights and Brookland, and two north/south connections, on the west (around Dupont) and east (around Shaw, which also caused controversy over parking at a historic black church). These bike lanes never materialized. So what’s going on? Mayor Bowser aide Beverly Perry may be behind the holdup.

"Your litter hits close to home."

DC forests turned dumping grounds are getting a much needed deep cleaning by a local non-profit paying low-income residents who have had difficulty finding traditional jobs to pick up litter and remove invasive species. Ward 8 Woods, founded in 2011, shared how they are working to overcome environmental racism in the district—and the weirdest things they’ve found in the foliage. 


Less than 10 hours left

Due to an intense pest control problem at its New York Ave facility, the Humane Rescue Alliance is waiving adoption fees on over 100 of its available pets until 5 p.m. today. While the location   will reopen for business as usual on Thursday morning, it’s “in critical need of adoptive homes” at both locations in order to safely squeeze all of the animals into its Oglethorpe Street NW overnight. 


What’s the CBD anyway

Should you be adding CBD to your coffee or tea? The legal compound found in cannabis is now gracing the menu at many a DC establishment. But will the cited calming effects of CBD help or hurt your caffeine buzz? Local baristas weigh in

Also || Baby Shark Live coming 2020, 101 notes on the LA Tenants Union

Thanks for 6 years. Let's keep it going.

Our celebration this weekend was amazing. Help us make our seventh year the best yet by supporting us on Patreon—much of this money goes right to publishing original work like our guide to fall flora, a look at a homegrown modern art movement, and a remembrance of a bygone deli

Wednesday, October 30

World Series Game 7

See above. (8 pm)


Dan Deacon!!

The man Bob Boilen called the ultimate birthday hype dad is playing a DJ set during a free show at U Street Music Hall, with backup from hometown hero DJ Baby Alcatraz. All you have to do is RSVP. (10:30pm)


Also || Jay Som w/ Gia Margaret | night of the living ales | panel: housing as a tool | Cal Fires x Green New Deal


Thursday, October 31

Superfine! Art Fair is back

The art fair where you can both meet the artists and buy their affordable work is back at Union Market this weekend, and opening night is tonight. There’s lots going on each day of the show, and you can buy day passes, a weekend pass, or somewhere in between. 


Embassy trick or treating

Brave the rainy forecast, don a costume and be a kid again with trick or treating along Embassy Row. (6:45pm)


Happy U Halloween

Weiss is headlining at U Hall for a spooky techno bash. There’s also a costume contest with first place getting free admission to U Hall for a year ⚡️ ⚡️ ⚡️ (10:30pm)


Also || tunes: Umphreys McGree | Barry Farm Landmark | spooky scootin’ | Halloween dance party at Rewild | Halloween sketch comedy show | A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue 


Friday, November 1


Party in a graveyard

For the first time in 30 years, the Congressional Cemetery is putting on a public Halloween costume party. Open bar, music, and fundraising to preserve the cemetery. (8pm)


Movie at the Reach

The Kennedy Center is projecting Nightmare Before Christmas outside at The Reach, the new KenCen complex. Get there at 6pm for a spooky dance lesson or later for the movie. (7:30pm)


Also || Sporkful podcast live | werk ethic: 80s and 90s house & techno | drunk lecture series | DC pod fest | Hirshhorn spooky daytime tour | Nick Offerman | walking tour: Frederick Douglass & Howard


Saturday, November 2


Día de los Muertos 

  • Start at the American Indian Museum for family friendly activities and an interactive mural. (10am)

  • The Portrait Gallery is putting on a celebration for Día de los Muertos with Mexican folk dancing and live music. (5-8:30pm)

Rocky Horror

Costumes, Time Warp, cult classic. If you’re in it, you’re in it. (9pm)


Also || run: Hot Cider Hustle | Delirious Rite of the Random Fellow | hubba hubbaversary drag variety show | DC beer fest | off-shore futures ep release party 


Sunday, November 3

Dust off your tweed jacket

It’s Tweed Ride time. Vintage styled bikes and old timey clothes are encouraged. Extra points for a penny farthing. Register for the fun times bike ride to get route information. (11am


Jenny Slate

Very Funny Person Jenny Slate comes to GW for a conversation with Audie Cornish. You will probably laugh. (8pm, and if you're a Patreon member interested in this, check your messages!)


Also || learn to make paella | victims of the spanish inquisition | screening: INDELIBLE | Considering Matthew Shepard | NMWA community day


Monday, November 4


Dive into Current Movements

The contemporary doc festival at Eaton has a sliding scale. Monday’s film is The Last Guardians, billed as an indigenous response to climate change. (6:30 pm)

  • Hirshhorn screens a doc about an 80s music festival in the California desert that featured every great punk band and inspired Burning Man. (6 pm)

Also || Write Out Loud! | tunes: Cuchulain | tunes: Pete Yorn | Astronomy on Tap | monday yoga at potter’s house | U Up? Live | Underground Railroad’s Evil Twin


Tuesday, November 5


Debate human nature

This Profs and Pints looks at whether humans are naturally good or bad. Go learn a thing or two. (6pm)


Free improv

Every Tuesday, Washington Improv Theater puts on a free night of improv comedy at the Source. Go ahead, laughing is good for you. (7:30pm)

Also || tunes: Ami Kaur Dang | Bazaar of the Americas | go ahead, try beating your favorite newsletter team at trivia | orchids & their fungal partners | tunes: Joe Wood (T.S.O.L) | Ibram X. Kendi

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