Things to do in DC, 25-27. October

Illustration by Melissa Santoyo.

Hi every one!

We have a folk art exhibition, a keynote from Gabrielle Union and a mixer for dog owners.

Hear from Gabrielle Union at the Well Read Black Girl Festival this week.

Here’s what you should check out this week:

Scientific party: The month-long Maryland STEM Festival is underway for its seventh year, honoring health professionals with its theme of health and wellness. Learn more about science, technology, engineering and math at one of more than 200 personal and virtual events, from a Minecraft & Python Workshop to a live performance from kid-friendly indie-rock band Marsha and the Positrons. Through Sunday 14/11 (event times vary); for free, learn more here.

A world exhibition: Spring Valley’s Amy Kaslow Gallery is currently showing “Native Hands: Folk Art Is Fine Art”, an exhibition of folk art created by painters, sculptors, weavers and metalworkers from around the world. This collection shows the economic impact of folk art and how folk artists preserve ancient traditions in contemporary ways through the political and economic turmoil their countries are facing. Through Sunday 28/11; for free, learn more here.

Connecting wires: The Brentwood Arts Exchange hosts a group exhibition highlighting the use of overlapping forms and lines in art. “Layers: Cause and Effect” features paintings by local artists Alexandra Arata, Cheryl Edwards, Michelle Sakhai and Martiza Sosaya, who use various forms of layering in their work to evoke a wide range of emotions from their audience. Through Saturday 25/12; for free, learn more here.

Learn some secrets: Washington Post writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Leonnig will have a virtual talk about her book Zero errors with the White House Historical Association. The book breaks down the story behind the Secret Service and the ever-changing security challenges that agents face every day. She will talk about the work agents have put into protecting the president, the first family and the people seeking the office. Tuesday 26/10 at 5 p.m .; free, stream the event on Facebook or Youtube.

Black girl magic: Well-Read Black Girl, a book club that provides a safe space for black female readers and writers to connect with each other, will hold a one-day virtual festival to celebrate the organization’s 5-year anniversary and bring black writers together to engage in panels, keynotes and brand chat celebrating black creativity. In the days leading up to the festival, Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim will host three free pre-festivals Instagram Live conversations with black writers Alyssa Cole, Rebekah Weatherspoon, Jasmine Guillory and Nichole Perkins. The festival itself starts with an introductory keynote from Gabrielle Union, followed by panels on girlhood, black motherhood and self-care. Tuesday 26.10. through Saturday 30.10. (event times vary); $ 25, buy tickets here.

Mix ‘n’ mingle: Dog owners can meet new people – and perhaps a special person – at this Bethesda event. The mixer includes a costume contest and two mingling activities, a casual way to break out of your bubble and meet other dog lovers. Tuesday the 26/10 from kl. 19 to 22; $ 10, buy tickets here.

Castro, rewritten: Arena Stage has resumed its liquidation in 2019 Celia and Fidel, a play written by Cuban playwright Eduardo Machado and commissioned by the theater for their “Power Plays” series. The production, which takes place during the Havana Peruvian embassy crisis in 1980, depicts a protection between Fidel Castro and his most trusted confidant, Celia S├ínchez, where the Cuban political leader must decide between morality and power. Through Sunday 21/11; $ 82- $ 105, buy tickets here.

Different perspectives: The National Museum of Women in the Arts is hosting a virtual lecture with Deborah Gaston, the museum’s director of education and interpretation, on the relationship between female identity and gender roles through portraits. Gaston will examine Lavinia Fontana’s “Portrait of a Noblewoman” and Hung Lius’ “Shan-Mountain”, both of which present women on an enlarged scale and portray them with a noble atmosphere using jewels and intricate fabrics. Wednesday 27/10 from 17:30 to 18:45; $ 12- $ 20, buy tickets here.

Fill your Halloween basket: Kids can get a head start on their candy mission at this trick-or-treating event run by Bethesda Row. All proceeds go directly to the Manna Food Center, a nonprofit organization that fights hunger in Montgomery County. Wednesday 27/10 from kl. 17 to 19; USD 5 per child, buy tickets here.

Come with burlesque: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nerdlesque mixes Swarovski capes and sparkling spandex with adult fanfiction and classic burlesque. This event, taught by award-winning cosplayer Maki Roll at The Nest in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Building, will guide you through the basics of a “nerdy” act and offer lessons in costumes, choreography and character work. Wednesday 27/10 at 18:30; $ 30, buy tickets here.

If you’ve too eager for Halloween, you can get a head start on trick-or-treating at Bethesda Row!

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

Damare Baker

Assistant editor

Before becoming an assistant editor, Damare Baker started as an editorial fellow for the 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.

Zach Bright

Zach joined the Washingtonian in October 2021. He has previously written for The Colorado Sun, The Nevada Independent and SRQ Magazine.

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