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This is a time where many of us are learning to be alone together (or together apart), which can be challenging or downright upsetting for some, yet new and exciting for others. This week, as many large public gatherings have been cancelled, postponed, or brought online, we encourage you to do things--alone, or with others--that keep us joyful, appreciative, and safe.

Wednesday, October 28

Pretend it’s summer

Rush Bowls officially opened on U st. Throwback to summer with a classic açai bowl or be as basic as can be with a pumpkin spice bowl. (Now open)

Get crafty with your cocktails

Are you your quarantine pods designated bartender? Probably. Refresh your skills with a craft cocktail class so you can officially be the hostess with the mostess. (7:30pm)

Also || talk: 40 years of International Solidarity, Creators Wanted, talk: Lessons of Women Leaning In, Dream Cafe, Bingo Night, talk: Afghanistan's First Lady on Democracy

Thursday, October 29

Grab a pumpkin, carve a pumpkin

You haven’t immersed yourself in fall activities until you’ve carved a pumpkin. Head to Wundergarten, buy a pumpkin, go home, and carve away! All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals of Washington. (6:30pm)

Dear Chinatown, DC

Voices from DC’s Chinatown speak about the neighborhoods history and contemporary challenges *cough* cultural erasure *cough* displacement *cough,* and hopes for the future. (5pm)

Also || Mediterranean Comfort Food, Miss You Like Hell, Folklife Festival, Zine Club, Filipino Block Party, talk: when vampires arose

Friday, October 30

Train to knock doors in Virginia

Election Day is hurtling closer, leaving many of us to manage existential dread on top of our pandemic stresses. Try to channel some stress into action by training to knock doors and distribute literature in Virginia. (6:30pm)

Vintage Game Night

Bring your corona-safe bubble for an outdoor game night, complete with bocce, croquet, ring toss, and BYOB(oard games). Costumes encouraged. (5:30pm)

Spilling the zom-beans

A circus show & spooky backyard cabaret rolled into one performance on grief, healing, & ghosts – reserve a live spot in Alexandria, or join on Zoom to see an edited recording & attend the cast party. (8pm)

Also || talk: Autumn Refresh, Frederick Douglass hike in Harpers Ferry, talk: what sparked witch burnings, concert at Rhizome, “a spooky shmutzik spates spiel”

Saturday, October 31

Nosferatu with live music, yes.

The OG expressionist scary vampire movie in 16mm soundtracked live by DC’s own Tristan Welch? Absolutely. (6:30 pm)

A Halloween parade...to Mayor Bowser’s

After months of rent strikes and calls for landlords and legislators to cancel rent, District tenants are calling on Mayor Bowser to cancel all rent for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.” (Gather at 3, march at 4 pm from Fort Stevens Recreation Center)

Also || music: Live from Dumbarton Oaks, dia de los muertos weekend festival, Halloween at The Station, Dia de los Muertos with Brahms’ Requiem, Petworth News’ Halloween parade, participatory art: Shaping the Past: Empty Pedestals, Support Local Creatives, Make the *cutest* felted pumpkins

Sunday, November 1

Not Sbarro’s stromboli

Join Sonny’s pizza to learn how to make a gourmet stromboli from home. This will probably be the best meal prep you’ve done in months. Trust us, it’s worth it. (4pm)

A to Z in DC

With this handy guide, follow in the footsteps of local Washingtonian Austin Graff, who spent quarantine (+working from home + home schooling) rediscovering DC neighborhoods with three year old daughter.

Also || Purple Light DC, Comedy Show, Día de los Muertos, Prevent Cancer 5k, One Shot Pottery Class

Monday, November 2

Channel your inner Van Gogh

A great way to recharge and reset for the week ahead is taking your paintbrush to the canvas. Virtually paint the night away with local watercolor artist Sam Testa. (5:45pm)

Also || talk: Stolen, Fall Back with Ease, Anxious People book club

Tuesday, November 3


Take a page from World Central Kitchen’s book – after voting, by you can volunteer to distribute water & snacks to those still in line. (3pm)

Zen and Zone Out

After you vote, perhaps spend the evening *apart* from your TV and poll results. Create a zen space with a virtual terrarium making or flower arranging class, complete with materials and video instructions. (varies)

Eat, Drink, Vote

What is more American than eating, drinking, and voting to secure the future of our democracy? Snag election day drink and food specials from area restaurants after voting.

Also || exhibit: Outbreak, Plant exploration; talk: The digital divide in schools; creative writing hour

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