Just in time for Halloween, the NSO Pops prepare to creep out a concert hall full of symphony-goers. Taking on the work of contemporary composer Danny Elfman, best known for scoring the films of Tim Burton, the Pops will perform the twinkling title music from Edward Scissorhands, the soaring, brassy score from 1989’s Batman, and the questioning, lyrical theme from Alice in Wonderland. Under the direction of conductor John Mauceri, they’ll play along with violinist Sandy Cameron, boy soprano Thomas Lynch, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Read more >>> The NSO Pops perform Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20–$88. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Caroline Jones)


The San Francisco phenomenon of “artisanal toast” has arrived in D.C. Cocktail and coffee spot Slipstream, which opened on 14th Street NW earlier this week, serves three toast options ($4.50-$6) served on inch-thick custom-made pain levain from Lyon Bakery. Toppings include goat cheese mousse with avocado; marigold flower butter with radishes; and homemade creme fraiche with blueberry jam. Check out the full menus and read more on Young & HungrySlipstream, 1333 14th St. NW. slipstreamdc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Vocalist and Macklemore collaborator Mary Lambert performs her solo material at U Street Music Hall with Jillette Johnson. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $18.

Next Stop Theatre begins performances of Sylvia, A.R. Gurney‘s tale about a dog that winds its way into the marriage of a happy couple. 7:30 p.m. at 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. $28.

Danish psych-pop duo the Asteroids Galaxy Tour come stateside to play the Howard Theatre with opening act Leisure Cruise. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $17.

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