Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 27 - November 3

Hello! With Halloween coming up there are SO many events going on this weekend around the city (especially for kids), hope you all have a fun & safe time! If you plan to go trick-or-treating, embassy row on Mass Ave is a great spot as the embassies always give out candy from their countries. I've also included five or six events in this week's post that have to do with the upcoming election. As always, the events listed here are 100% free!

And Ron adds:
It's great to see the blog continuing as I return from 2 weeks on a cruise on the Mediterranean and prepare for a week in NYC and still have time to reestablish my (hopefully) weekly Rant and Rave.  I hope you'll check out my FINAL say on the presidential election at  

Thursday, October 27
Book Talk: Marcus Samuelsson - "The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem" - Time: 6:30pm. Location: Busboys & Poets (14th & V St).

Book Talk: Michael Canning - "Hollywood on the Potomac" - a comprehensive look at how Washington, DC has been portrayed as subject, setting or background in American films. Time: 3:30-5:00pm. Location: Chevy Chase Library.

Discussion: "Presidential Predictions: No Polls, No Pundits" - professors discuss their different methodologies and the upcoming election. Time: 7:00pm. Location: Katzen Arts Center, American University. More info here.  

Friday, October 28
Art: "Open Studio Friday" - a space to create art for all ages. Time: 1:00-6:00pm. Location: Education Center, National Portrait Gallery.

Book Talk: Robert O'Harrow Jr. - "The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Megis, Lincoln's General, Master Builder of the Union Army" - Time: 12:00pm. Location: McGowan Theater, National Archives.

Book Talk: Fuchsia Dunlop - "Land of Fish and Rice" discussion as a part of Georgetown University's "Asia in Depth" series. Time: 5:00pm. Location: Room 662, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University.

Book Talk: Debby Irving - "Waking Up White" - Irving discusses her struggle to understand racism and racial tensions. Time: 7:00pm. Location: The Potter's House. More info here.

Show: "Picture This!" - a comedy show including stand-up and voice actors while being drawn live by animators. Time: 8:30pm. Location: Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center. More info here

Saturday, October 29
Festival: "The Smithsonian Food History Festival" - includes hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring the past, present and future of food and community in America. Time: 10:00am-5:30pm. Location: National Museum of American History. More info here.

Festival: "Adams Morgan Apple Festival" - includes an apple presentation, tasting, and apple pie contest. Time: 10:00am-1:00pm. Location: Adams Morgan Farmer's Market. More info here.

Discussion: "Folk and Self-Taught Art Discussion" - experts discuss the advance of non-mainstream art. Time: 5:30pm. Location: McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum. More info here.

Festival: "KEEN Day For Special Needs Children" - movies, storytelling, dancing & more for children with special needs and their families. Time: 11:00am-3:00pm. Location: Embassy of France. More info here.

Event: Halloween Scavenger Hunt for children ages 5-12. Time: 3:30pm. Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Class: "Spanish Conversation Club" - designed to grow, revive or develop Spanish language skills. Time: 10:00-11:00am. Location: Georgetown Library.

Discussion: "Building the Music Capital" - a discussion of DC's music scene, how to enhance it and the city's music infrastructure. Time: 10:00am-5:00pm. Location: Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University. More info here.

Sunday, October 30
Book Talk: Greg Mitchell - "The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill" - Time: 1:00pm. Location: Politics & Prose.

Book Talk: Michael Mann & Tom Toles - "The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy" - Time: 5:00pm. Location: Politics & Prose.

Film Program: "Celebrating French Animation" - screening nine animated shorts by French filmmakers. Time: 11:30am. Location: East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art.

Concert: "Dracula Soundtrack, Quartet, Minor Swing and Quintet" - performed by the US Marine Band & Marine Chamber Orchestra. Time: 2:00pm. Location: John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex (7th & K St SE).

Discussion: "America and the World on the Eve of the 2016 Election" - featuring Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. Time: 10:15am. Location: St. Columbia's Episcopal Church.

Film Screening: "Rosenwald" - how philanthropist Julius Rosenwald partnered with African-American communities to build 5,300 schools in the South during the Jim Crow Era. Time: 1:30pm. Location: Asbury United Methodist Church.

Dance Event: Day of the Dead dance party with DC Casineros Dance Company, including dace painting, dance lessons and performances. Time: 6:00pm. Location: Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center. 

Monday, October 31
Event: "Vinyoga Mondays" - free gentle yoga class. Time: 10:30am. Location: Tenley-Friendship Library.

Discussion: Professor Michael Cornfield - "From Campaign Memorabilia to Merchandise: Trends in Campaign Marketing from the 19th Century - Current Election." Time: 12:00pm. Location: Textile Museum, George Washington University.

Film: "Ghostbusters" as part of the Halloween Movie night - Time: 3:30pm. Location: Georgetown Library.

Tuesday, November 1
Event: "Día de los Muertos Celebration" - includes music, dancing, and crafts in celebration of Latin American heritage. Time: 5:00-7:30pm. Location: Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery.

Book Talk: Professor Austin Hart - "Economic Voting: A Campaign-Centered Theory" - Time: 9:30am-11:00am. Location: School of International Service, American University. More info here.

Book Talk: Kristen Soltis Anderson - "The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up" - Time: 6:30pm. Location: Doyle Forman Theater, American University. More info here.

Wednesday,  November 2
Discussion: "No Man's Land: Women Artists From the Rubell Family Collection" - Time: 12:00pm. Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Discussion: Ambassador of Kosovo Vlora Citaku discusses her experience as the first female ambassador to represent her country. Time: 6:00-8:00pm. Location: Horizon Ballroom, Reagan Building. More info here.

Panel Discussion: "The Psychology of Elections" - Time: 8:00pm. Location: McKinley Building, American University.

Film Screening: "Kickflips Over Occupation" - a documentary about the newly emerged skate scene in Palestine's West Bank and how adolescents and youth are using skateboarding as a positive tool to overcome the ailments of the Israeli military occupation. Time: 7:15pm. Location: Marvin Center, GWU. More info here.

Thursday,  November 3
Workshop: How to Develop a Business Plan, hosted by the DC Small Business Development Center. Time: 6:30pm. Location: Petworth Library. More info here.

Book Talk: Israeli peace activist Miko Peled - "The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine" - Time: 7:00pm. Location: The Potter's House. More info here.

Lecture: "Honoring John Coltrane" - Andrew White gives a talk honoring the 90th birthday of Coltrane. Time: 7:00pm. Location: Montpelier Room, James Madison Building. More info here.

Lecture: "Facing Slavery's Legacy at Georgetown University" - Time: 7:00pm. Location: McGowan Theater, National Archives. More info here.

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