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Things to do in DC, October 28-31


Illustration by Melissa Santoyo.

Hey everybody!

We have Hallo weekend events, spy movies, and the spectacular 45th anniversary tour of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

It’s Time Warp time of year again, but this time you can watch the “Science Fiction / Double Feature” with the original Brad Majors!

Here’s what you should check out this weekend:

Spy movie on Thursdays: You might have seen the new James Bond film released earlier this month, so why not consider dismissing it while watching “Goldfinger,” the 1964 classic? WHINO restaurant in Arlington and music creation company Shaolin Jazz are collaborating on a new “Can I Kick It?” Spy film series on Thursday, and “Goldfinger” happens to be the first. Thursday 10/28 at 8:30 p.m .; $ 30, buy tickets here.

Tales from the Crypt: Fans of literature, theater, and all else scary can come together for a performance of stories and poems by famed Baltimorean Edgar Allen Poe at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria. The readings will be performed by actors from the Théâtre de la Guillotine. Places will be spaced but also limited. Thursday 28/10 and Saturday 30/10 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. $ 20, Learn more here.

Book conference: Politics & Prose invites New Yorker writer Susan Orlean for a virtual conversation about her new book, About animals. In her book, Orlean examines animal-human relationships through the stories she has written and the people she has met during her career. Thursday 10/28 at 7 p.m .; Free- $ 36, buy tickets here.

Shipwrecked at Navy Yard: Anchovy Social gives you the excuse to let your inner scallywag escape on their pirate-themed Halloween party. The festivities include Campari cocktails, a DJ set and panoramic rooftop views. And be sure to dress up for the costume contest – first place wins a night at the Thompson Hotel in DC. Friday 29/10 from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. $ 25, buy tickets here.

Autumn atmosphere: Celebrate Halloween early with the Fall Frolic at the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria. The day will be filled with kid-friendly activities, such as a “ghost hunt”, craft activities and a costume parade. Saturday 10/30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $ 5- $ 15 (free for children under 2), buy him ticketse.

Ghostly and grandiose: Dirty Habit is hosting a “Nightmare on 8th Street” extravaganza, featuring spooky specialty drinks, a costume contest, and a variety of live entertainment including (yes, really!) An aerialist and a fire dancer. Just make sure to watch out for Freddy Krueger. Saturday 10/30 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. To free, register here.

Cartoon opera: The GALA Hispanic Theater in Columbia Heights will premiere its highly anticipated Spanish-language animated film, BOHEME in the heights This weekend. This film takes the classic opera by famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini to Columbia Heights to tell a modern tale of youthful creativity, unwavering love and heartbreaking loss during pandemic-induced isolation. Saturday 10/30 and Sunday 10/31 (times vary); $ 35- $ 59, buy tickets here.

A musical tribute: The Library of Congress will hold a Founders’ Day concert to pay tribute to pianist Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, who established the Coolidge Foundation at the Library of Congress to promote and advance chamber music. The concert will feature a replay of “Metamorphosis,” a musical collaboration between the Grammy Award-winning percussion ensemble Third Coast Percussion and dance company Movement Art Is, as well as the world premiere of Third Coast Percussion’s new work. with composer Gemma Peacocke, “The threshold that we cross with our eyes closed. Saturday 10/30 at 8 p.m. Free, watch Facebook Where Youtube.

Paradin ‘around: Bring your puppies to Bark Social in North Bethesda for a dog-friendly fall festival. Activities will include making duo donuts, apples, pumpkin calligraphy, and cookie decorating. After the festival, the puppies will line up and parade around Pike & Rose to show off their adorable Halloween costumes. Prizes will be available for people and puppies with the best costumes. Sunday 10/31 from 11 am to 2 pm; $ 15 to $ 30, buy tickets here.

“Rocky Horror” in Washington: It’s the time of year – the spectacular 45th anniversary Rocky Horror Picture Show tour stops at the Entertainment & Sports Arena in Congress Heights, every night, on Halloween night. The original unedited film will also be projected with a drop shadow. And the host of the event is none other than Barry Bostwick, the first Brad Majors. Sunday 10/31 at 8 p.m. $ 25- $ 40, buy tickets here.

Happy Halloween!: For more spooky fun, explore our fun fall guide at the Halloween and Día de los Muertos events in the city.

There are tons of puppy Halloween events this weekend, so be sure to include your furry friends in the festivities.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to write to me at [email protected]

Assistant editor

Before becoming an associate editor, Damare Baker started as an editor for Washingtonian. She has previously written for Voice of America and The Hill. She graduated from Georgetown University, where she studied international relations, Korean and journalism.

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