Weekly Arts Round Up, October 29, 2020


On Halloween night, the Choral Arts Society and Dumbarton Oaks will stream music performances. Head to Martin’s Tavern on Tuesday for an election-night watch party. For details on these happenings and others, click on the headings below.

Woodrow Wilson House: Halloween Game Night

On Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW, will hold a Halloween game night in the garden, where the exhibition “Suffrage Outside! The 19th Amendment at 100” is on view. Costumes are encouraged. Croquet, bocce and ring toss equipment will be supplied, attendees are welcome to bring their own board games to play within their “bubbles” and Mexitrachos food truck items will be available for purchase. Admission, including one drink, is $15.

Pinstripes: Kids’ Halloween Activities

Pinstripes, 1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will host a Halloween party for kids with cookie decorating, games and goodie bags on Oct. 30, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those following @pinstripesbbb have a chance to win a free pumpkin pie or pumpkin gelato. The Spooktacular cocktail is available through the end of October.

Korean Cultural Center: Dance Video

As part of K-Dance Now, the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., will make a video of “Og,” choreographed by Jeong Cheolin and performed by the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, available for free viewing for 48 hours starting on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Fully translated with English subtitles, “Og” delves into the physics and psychology of falling, failure and recovery.

Fairmont Hotel: Halloween Package

The Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown, 2401 M St. NW, is offering a “No Tricks, Just Treats” hotel package for two adults, two children and a dog for the nights of Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. The package includes an in-room family movie and Halloween boxes for kids and canines.

Dumbarton Oaks: Streamed Recital

On Oct. 31 at 2 p.m., Dumbarton Oaks will live-stream from its music room “A Character of Quiet,” a recital by celebrated pianist Simone Dinnerstein featuring études by Philip Glass and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960. Tickets are $20.

Choral Arts: Streamed Concert

The Choral Arts Society of Washington, led by Artistic Director Scott Tucker, will jointly present a streamed concert, “Día de los Muertos: Featuring Brahms’s Requiem,” with the New Orchestra of Washington, conducted by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, on Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. “Ein deutsches Requiem” was composed in German, incorporating non-liturgical texts, while Brahms was grieving the deaths of friends and loved ones. The soloists will be soprano Laura Choi Stuart and baritones Trevor Scheunemann and Brian Mextorf. Single-device tickets are $15.

Alliance Française: Online Baking Workshops

On Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon and Nov. 4 from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m., Alliance Française de Washington, DC, will offer a pair of free online baking ateliers. Each workshop will teach kids aged 5 to 12 how to make their own French staple: la baguette.

Italian Cultural Society: Virtual Gala

The Italian Cultural Society of Washington D.C. will hold a virtual gala, “Reawakening — A Celebration of Italian Innovation, Creativity and the Human Spirit,” on Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. The event is free for members, with a suggested donation of $10 for nonmembers. In addition, a special meal prepared by chef Roberto Donna is available for pickup or delivery. The price for two dinners, including a bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a tax-deductible donation, is $90 for members and $120 for nonmembers.

Martin’s Tavern: Election-Night Watch Party

Georgetown landmark Martin’s Tavern, 1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will host an election-night watch party on Nov. 3 on its big-screen TV “with the sound up.” To reserve a spot (no seating or standing at the bar yet), call 202-333-7370.

Phillips Collection: Online Talk

On Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m., the Phillips Collection will present “Back in Business: A Conversation on the Life and Work of Moira Dryer.” Participating in this free online event, organized in partnership with the Greater Reston Arts Center (where “Moira Dryer: Yours for the Asking” is on view through Nov. 7), will be writer and curator Valerie Smith, Lily Siegel, guest curator of “Moira Dryer: Back in Business” (at the Phillips through Dec. 13) and Klaus Ottmann, the museum’s deputy director and chief curator. An abstract painter and sculptor who also created sets for theater and dance, Dryer (1957-1992) was Elizabeth Murray’s student and studio assistant. There were solo exhibitions of her work at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA and MoMA.

Cathedral Choral Society: Beethoven Video Tribute and Talkback

As part of its virtual season, CCS Presents, the Cathedral Choral Society will release “Beethoven @250” on Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. This video tribute explores Beethoven’s works for solo voice and small ensembles, including his own funeral ode, the “Eligischer Gesang (Elegiac Song),” featuring members of the Washington Bach Consort. A talkback with the artists will follow the presentation. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Art League: Online GIF Course

Illustrator and animator Chris Bonnell will teach a three-session online course for the Art League on the history, technique and application of the graphic interchange format (GIF), starting Nov. 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The course is designed for beginners who want to make short-run, looping motion art. Students need access to Photoshop or alternative software. Tuition is $90.

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