Our fall fun included a charming cycle along the Capital Crescent trail from Georgetown to Bethesda, to see a matinee of Fool for Love at Bethesda. My lovely wife thought it was excelllent. I was frankly a bit bored and uninspired. But no need to worry either way - the run has finished. It is worth keeping an eye on Round House though - not only does it make for a really delightful bike trip, they keep winning Helen Hayes awards. Here's the rest of the season. It kicks off again on October 10th.
We also enjoyed Don't Block The Box comedy show at the Wonderland Ballroom. It's on the last Friday of the month for a mere $3, and is probably one of the best comedy nights I've been to in Washington. And it had something for everyone. When one comic said "Who doesn't love Elizabeth I", my dear wife clapped with joy. Natalie McGill, one of our favorite DC comics, was particularly funny. But it was a really solid group with some intelligent repartee. Recommend.
And speaking of recommend, as soon as you get the chance, go see the movie Pride. It may be a bit of a hassle to sign up for Gofobo but it got us in free to a preview screening at the Regal Cinemas. Pride takes place in 1984 Britain, where lesbians, gays and striking miners form an unlikely bond. It's a true story, it's hilarious, it had me in tears, it is compelling, charming, and altogether I loved it. Go see.
It's nearly but not quite the end of paddling season - and at the weekend we fulfilled our lifelong dream of paddle boarding from Key Bridge Boathouse to Fletcher's Boathouse. It took us two and a half hours to do the round trip (we are slow) and it was beautifully scenic, other than all the shouty regatta rowers. And it was hot - if you're going, wear sunscreen and balance some water on your board!
So what are the coolest things to do in DC in October, you ask?
NB I'll update this as and when more cool stuff crosses my radar, so keep an eye on it!
Fri 3 - Sun 5th Oct - It's the annual Bentzen Ball comedy festival and the line-up is fab. If you like comedy, check out their website - there are plenty of shows to see! I'm going tonight and Sunday.
Mon 6th - Fri 17th - It's the Jewish Literary Festival and they have some cool events over the next couple of weeks. Check it out.
Tue 7th Oct - Of course you want to celebrate World Space Week and you can do it at the Science Club's monthly space cafe where NASA will be talking about GPS for space users.
Thu 9th - Sat 11 Oct - In the mood for a bit of dance? It's the VelocityDC Dance Festival at Sidney Harman Hall with cool visiting dance companies.
Fri 10th Oct - I've told you before about how you can sign up for a trapeze class and fly through the air any time you like at TSNY, but while their website could not be more cryptic about it, tonight you can go watch others doing a flying trapeze show, which sounds really cool. Go to this TSNY link, select 10th October classes, and it's the IFW show. You can make a night of it with all the cool eateries and bars springing up in Navy Yard. Alternatively, go hear Arctic-inspired hip hop at National Geographic.
Tue 14th Oct - The theme of SpeakeasyDC's storytelling show this month is Do-gooders gone bad...
Wed 15th Oct - And then it's Story League, with a Halloween-inspired story theme: Terrifying. Or head up to Politics and Prose for a book reading by Colm Toibin.
Thu 16th Oct - It's the return of the art-science mashup DASER and this month it's based around the exhibition Every AlgoRiThm has ART in it. Love it.
Fri 17th Oct - The Hirshhorn celebrates 40 years with an after hours event with film screenings and a Zola Jesus performance.
Sat 18th Oct - Head down to the National Gallery of Art for a free afternoon screening of delightful 1944 British film On Approval.
Sat 18 and Sun 19th Oct - It's the Decade of Docs in Our City film festival - celebrate the stories that make up DC at a range of cool-sounding screenings, workshops and parties.
Tue 21st Oct - One of the events in October I'm looking forward to most is chefs and storytelling - An Evening With Top Chefs at National Geographic. Otherwise tonight, Art Spiegelman's show is a hybrid of slides, talk, and musical performance at the Lisner Auditorium - sounds intriguing.
Wed 22nd Oct - Meg Wolitzer, who wrote The Interestings, which I really enjoyed, is talking books at the Jewish Literature Festival.
Sat 25th Oct - If you're looking for a genuinely hipster-pretentious/arthouse-cool Halloween-esque entertainment you could do worse than Not So Silent Cinema with their classic German-Expressionist horror film, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, complete with new score.
Mon 27th Oct - Ri Ra in Georgetown has started doing free Irish-themed book events. Tonight it's Eimear McBride.
Wed 29th Oct - Story League has assembled some of DC's funniest stories for a storytelling evening with lots of laughs at the Bier Baron.
Thu 30th Oct - Also at the Bier Baron, check out Ha!lloween comedy.