What To Do in DC This October

Sam Payer | October 2, 2019 | Lifestyle

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Keri René Fuller as Grizabella in the North American tour of Cats

Through 10/6
CATS THE MUSICAL

The record-breaking production by Andrew Lloyd Webber is prowling the District, and it comes only months before the silver-screen adaptation debuts in December. Paws up! Tickets $49-$149, memberships $75-$50,000, The Kennedy Center, kennedy-center.org

BENJAMIN FERRY: HATS OFF
Tip your topper to the newest creations by the local painter. He completes a two-year exploration of the work of DC milliner Vanilla Beane, known for her custom pieces for civil rights activist Dorothy Height. Tickets by appointment, gallery neptune & brown, galleryneptunebrown.com


Through 11/2
Helmut Lang
The former designer makes his DC debut with 50-plus sculptures that are crafted of shredded and crushed objects, and materials suspended in pigment resin. The minimal, industrial pillars in basic hues signify his separation with the fashion world and his desire to be born anew through art. Free, Von Ammon Co., vonammon.co

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Benjamin Ferry, “Hat Stand #1” (2019, watercolor with mixed media)

10/5
Evening at the Italian Embassy
Visit Italy without leaving home (for now) at this masquerade ball celebrating culture, with fine wine, traditional cuisine, opera and dancing. Viva Italia! 8:30pm, tickets $93, VIP tickets $124, Embassy of Italy, thingstododc.com

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The home at 6714 Poplar Ave. in Takoma Park was created by McInturff Architects.

10/5
DC METRO MODERN HOME TOUR
Let Modern Architecture + Design Society welcome you into the doors of stunning contemporary abodes in neighborhoods like Tenleytown, Takoma Park and Arlington. 11am, tickets $40-$50, various locations, dcmetromodernhometour.com

10/11-13
Fall Wine Festival & Sunset Tour
Sip vino while taking in sparkling views of the Potomac River in the historic home of George Washington. You’ll sample tastes from 20 Virginia wineries and groove to live music. Tickets $42-$52, VIP tables $1,100-$1,300, Mount Vernon, Va., mountvernon.org

10/12
VIDA Thrive 5K
Sprint your way through Rock Creek Park—a new locale for the race that’s favored by sports enthusiasts. Proceeds help end homelessness in DC. 8am, registration $35, Rock Creek Park, vidathrive5k.com

10/12-13
All Things Go Fall Classic
Groove to musical artists such as Chvrches and Betty Who; then savor flavorful food and refreshers from Arepa Zone and Jrink. There are also various art installations, 360-degree slow-motion photo booths and more to keep you going from start to finish. Tickets $69-$99, VIP tickets $149-$239, Classic suites price upon request, allthingsgofallclassic.com

10/16
Biondi-Santi Dinner
Seventh-generation winemaker Tancredi Biondi-Santi pours tastes as part of Wilson Daniels’ consumer pairing series, which also takes place in Chicago. Oenophiles will be treated to Italian cuisine while learning more about the grapes. Cheers to that! 7pm, tickets $285,
RPM Italian, rpmitalian.com

10/18
GARDENER’S FOCUS: SPECIALTY MUMS
Tour the grounds of the historic venue with a green thumb who shines the spotlight on some 50 types of chrysanthemums—spoon, spider, football and anemone. 12:45pm, tickets $10-$30, memberships
$60-$500, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, hillwoodmuseum.org

10/18
LE CHAMPAGNE DAY

Toast the worldwide fete of our favorite sparkling sip with a tasting at the Logan Circle wine shop. Flutes of different French bubbly will be served from both small and large houses; don’t miss Dominique Landragin, a native of the region, as he shares his good vines. 6pm, tickets $25, Cork & Fork, corkandfork.co

STABLE DC GRAND OPENING
Celebrate the launch of the nonprofit’s first brick-and-mortar space with a new exhibition curated by Dr. Jordan Amirkhani. Chat with artists and savor creativity until the wee hours. Tickets $300-$1,500, Stable DC, stablearts.org

10/25
Meridian Ball
Months before the organization turns 60 and the venue turns 100, VIPS gather for the annual fete, chaired by Roy and Manisha Kapani. The eve begins with invite-only dinners at embassies and ends with a bash at the historic manse. 9:30pm, tickets $1,000, sponsorships $2,500-$100,000, Meridian House, meridian.org

10/25
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show

The DC chapter hosts the 70th annual affair, supporting its housing services through Gift-for-Gift luxury items, auctions and more. Proceeds will be donated to Turning Point, Camp Happyland and the Anti-Human Trafficking program. 10:30am, tickets $150, The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, salvationarmynca.org

10/26-11/16
Otello
Immerse yourself in the epic retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello by the Washington National Opera. Verdi’s
haunting music sets the scene as characters make their way through the triumphs and tragedies of this iconic play.
Tickets $45-$299, memberships $75-$50,000, The Kennedy Center, kennedy-center.org

10/26-8/30
The Outwin: American Portraiture Today
Part of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, the fifth triennial showcases the talents of 46 finalists and gives them the opportunity to display works in front of a national and international audience. A first-prize winner will be named later this fall. Free, memberships $50-$10,000, National Portrait Gallery, npg.si.edu

10/27
SEASONAL WREATH-MAKING
Prep for the fall and winter holidays by creating a festive masterpiece with the pros at the charming Petworth flower shop. Learn how to weave blooms into a specific shape, pair colors and source local petals. 11am, tickets $65, She Loves Me, shelovesme.com



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