“Boo at the Zoo” is scaring up the Halloween season in Washington this weekend. “Shuck It!” and the Cady’s Alley Oktoberfest are both on Saturday afternoon. And Sunday is performance-packed, with appearances by the Handel and Haydn Society, the Cathedral Choral Society under Leonard Slatkin, Murray Horwitz as Sholom Aleichem and, at Strathmore, Eve Ensler and Anne Lamott. For more October events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘Born Yesterday’ at Ford’s
Aaron Posner directs Edward Gero and Kimberly Gilbert in “Born Yesterday,” the classic screwball comedy set in 1940s Washington at Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Final performances are: Thursday, Oct. 18, at noon and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $64. For details, visit fords.org or call 202-347-4833.
‘Juggling the Middle Ages’ at Dumbarton Oaks
On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW, will hold a free opening event for the exhibition “Juggling the Middle Ages,” which focuses on the story “Le Jongleur de Notre Dame (Our Lady’s Tumbler).” The evening will include a lecture by Director Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University, live juggling performances and a reception. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-339-6401.
KC Jazz Club: Odean Pope
Fiery and intense saxophonist Odean Pope will perform at the Kennedy Center on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 and 9 p.m. Recipient of the 2017 BYN Mellon Living Legacy Jazz Award, Pope has been the “real thing” in modern jazz since John Coltrane personally chose him as his replacement in Jimmy Smith’s band. Tickets are $20 to $35. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Boo at the Zoo
At the 20th annual Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery, trick-or-treaters will see animals, haunt more than 40 delicious treat stations, groove to Halloween favorites and delight in the feats of magicians and jugglers. The event will take place at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, on Friday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. (Note: Saturday night is sold out.) For details, visit nationalzoo.si.edu.
Holy Trinity Street Fair
To celebrate 200 years of “students for others,” Holy Trinity School is inviting its Georgetown neighbors to take part in a 200th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, Oct. 20 to 22. The weekend will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 20, with a Street Fair & Reunion on 36th and O Streets NW from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit htsdc.org or call 202-337-2339.
Studio Visit: Joan Danziger
The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW, will take participants to visit the studio of sculptor Joan Danziger on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. Several major pieces illustrating her methods and artistic journey will be on view. Tickets are $10. For details, visit kreegermuseum.org or call 202-337-3050.
Cady’s Alley Oktoberfest
On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m., area residents can celebrate Oktoberfest along the cluster of home décor shops known as Cady’s Alley — enter at 3314 M St. NW — with craft beers, German-inspired bites, live music and games. For details, visit georgetowndc.com.
‘Shuck It!’ Oyster & Beer Fest
Festivalgoers will get all the local oysters and local beer they can handle at the 6th annual “Shuck It!” at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, 3000 K St. NW. There will also be whole roast porquetta, steamships of beef, local wines, oyster shooters and music by rockabilly band Jumpin Jupiter at this 21+ event. Tickets are $75 ($65 early bird). For details, visit tonyandjoes.com or call 202-944=4545.
‘You’re the Expert’ Live
Comic Chris Duffy will return to National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW, on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. to host the popular live broadcast of “You’re the Expert,” a witty twist on a classic radio game show. Tickets are $20. For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7000.
Handel and Haydn at St. John’s
Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society, the oldest continually performing arts organization in America, will present sonatas and cantatas by Corelli, Bach, Vivaldi and Handel with soprano Margot Rood on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Church, 3240 O St. NW. Tickets are $40. For details, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org or call 202-338-1796.
Cathedral Choral Society: ‘Armistice 1918’
At “Armistice 1918” — the Cathedral Choral Society’s season-opening concert, on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW — Leonard Slatkin will conduct the Cathedral Choral Society; partner choruses the Clarion Choir, the Kansas City Chorale and the Chamber Choir of St. Tikhon’s Monastery: and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in the world premiere of Russian composer Alexander Kastalsky’s ecumenical requiem “Commemoration for Fallen Brothers,” completed in 1917. Tickets are $25 to $81.50 (discounts for students, seniors and veterans). For details, visit cathedralchoralsociety.org or call 202-537-2228.
‘An Evening of Sholom Aleichem’
The Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road in Rockville, Maryland, presents Murray Horwitz’s one-man, 90-minute show about the author of “The Tevye Stories” (which inspired “Fiddler on the Roof”) and other Yiddish classics on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Horwitz, former director of the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, currently hosts WAMU’s “The Big Broadcast.” Tickets are $24. For details, visit benderjccgw.org or call 301-881-0100.
Eve Ensler and Anne Lamott
Also on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., playwright Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” will join essayist Anne Lamott, author of “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy,” at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland, for a conversation about the provocative issues that they’ve courageously brought out of the shadows throughout their careers. Tickets are $38 to $88. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.