Stable, a studio complex and gallery in a former Nabisco factory stable in Eckington, will hold its grand opening on Friday. Saturday choices for those with toddlers and tweens: Fall Family Fun Day at the American University Museum and Art Safari at the Torpedo Factory. On Sunday, you can support elephants at brunch and take in a vampire film with organ accompaniment toward nightfall. For more October events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘West by God’ at Keegan
The Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW, is presenting “West by God,” a new play by West Virginia native Brandon McCoy. In a small town in Appalachia, two families grapple with grief, love, memory, identity and the distance and time that both unite and divide generations. Final performances are: Thursday, Oct. 17, Friday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $51, $46 for age 62+ and $41 for under age 25. For details, visit keegantheatre.com or call 202-265-3767.
Nat Geo Nights: Edge of Existence
On Thursday, Oct. 17, National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW, will open its doors for a night of fun and exploration, with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. and a talk at 6:30 p.m. National Geographic Fellows Jamal Galves, Marina Rivero, Jonathan Phu and Moumita Chakraborty will discuss how they are working to bring manatees, tapirs, green turtles and red pandas back from the edge of existence. Tickets are $20. For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7000.
Screening: ‘King Skate’
The Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, will host a free screening of the documentary “King Skate” on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival. Remarks by Jonathan M. Rogers of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure will preceded the film, which explores how skateboarding became a form of protest and a way to connect with the West for citizens of communist Czechoslovakia. RSVP (required) to kingskate.eventbrite.com.
Stable Grand Opening Soirée
The 10,000-square-foot studio complex and gallery known as Stable, 336 Randolph Place NE, will hold a Grand Opening Soirée on Friday, Oct. 18, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Attendees will view the inaugural exhibition of work by Stable artists curated by Jordan Amirkhani, bid on silent auction items and dance the night away to DJ Pharaoh Haqq. General admission, including one drink ticket, is $30. VIP admission, including an exhibition preview reception from 6 to 8 p.m., is $300. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Family Day at AU Museum
The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, will hold its Fall Family Fun Day on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will have opportunities to create hands-on art projects, go on a scavenger hunt, take a guided tour and listen and participate in storytelling and music-making. All activities are free and inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register in advance, visit eventbrite.com.
Palisades Village House Tour
Participants in the Palisades Village House Tour, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will view a sampling of vintage, traditional and renovated homes in Berkley and the Palisades. The tour proceeds benefit Palisades Village, a nonprofit that helps our neighbors live in their homes as they age and remain actively engaged in the communities of Berkley, Foxhall, Kent, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights. Tickets are $30 until Friday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m. On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased for $35 at the Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Road NW, where tickets and printed guides will be available after 10:30 a.m. For details, visit palisadesvillage.org.
Art Safari at Torpedo Factory
The 24th annual Art Safari, an afternoon of free, hands-on activities for kids and families throughout the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. in Alexandria, Virginia, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. The event is ideal for age 5 and older, but all ages are welcome. Kids should “dress to get a little mess.” For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Georgetown Shuck It!
The seventh annual Georgetown Shuck It! Oyster & Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place. There will be live music by the Yachtsmen and Jumpin’ Jupiter at this 21+ event, which will feature grilled and freshly shucked oysters by local suppliers, locally brewed beers, local wines, traditional barbecue favorites and oyster shooters. Tickets are $75. For details, visit tonyandjoes.com.
Lakota Music Project at NMAI
On Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., musicians from the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, with Lakota singer Emmanuel Black Bear from the Oglala Lakota tribe and cedar flutist Bryan Akipa from the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe. Admission is free. For details, visit americanindian.si.edu or call 202-633-1000.
Book Talk: ‘After the Projects’
Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, will talk about his book “After the Projects: Public Housing Redevelopment and the Governance of the Poorest Americans” on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit anacostia.si.edu.
Dumbarton Concerts: Quartetto di Cremona
Also on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m., as part of the Dumbarton Concerts series, the Quartetto di Cremona will perform works by Boccherini, Verdi, Puccini and Respighi on a complete family of string instruments by Antonio Stradivari once owned by virtuoso Niccolò Paganini at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. Tickets are $43 ($40 for seniors). For details, visit dumbartonconcerts.org or call 202-965-2000.
Toast for Tusks
At a festive champagne brunch on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Wildlife SOS founders Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani will share stories about the New Delhi-based organization’s elephant, bear and leopard sanctuaries and its new elephant hospital. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds from the event, at the Conrad Washington, DC, hotel, 950 New York Ave. NW, will help save elephants and other at-risk wildlife in India. Tickets are $75. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Halloween Spooktacular at St. John’s
Haunted-house lighting and décor will set the stage for an early Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. Organist Dorothy Papadakos will improvise to a screening of the 1922 cult classic vampire film “Nosferatu.” Attendees are encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are $20. For details, visit stjohnsgeorgetown.org or call 202-338-1796.