Berlin, like Washington, is a capital city that’s constantly debating how to reinvent public space while maintaining an historical character. That might explain why the German cultural organization Goethe-Institut is interested in the District’s changing neighborhoods. Tonight it shows a pair of D.C.-set documentaries: The 2007 documentary Chocolate City, which looks at several former residents of the shuttered Arthur Capper public housing projects, and Community Harvest, a short about the North Columbia Heights Green, a public garden that sprouted from a vacant lot. Read more >>> (Caroline Jones)

The films show at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. $4–$ (202) 289-1200.


You know the cold weather is coming when restaurants start serving up hot chocolate. As of today, Pitango Gelato is bringing back something even better: sipping chocolate. The gelateria’s $3.25 Italian specialty is thicker and richer than your typical hot chocolate and made with premium organic Costa Rican cocoa and milk from Spring Wood Organic Farm in Pennsylvania. Pitango is also serving a bunch of fall gelato flavors, including cinnamon, cardamom, quince, pomegranate, and pear. Pitango Gelato is located in Penn Quarter, Capitol Hill, Logan Circle, and Reston Town Center in Virginia. (Jessica Sidman)


The Chuck Brown Band (minus the late Chuck Brown), takes the stage at the Howard Theatre with guest Raheem DeVaughn. 6 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35.

As part of the Jewish Literary Festival, Anouk Markovits and Eishes Chayil discuss how their strict Hasidic upbringings influenced their writing. 7 p.m. at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10.

Folkies Dark Dark Dark perform at DC9 with Emily Wells. 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $14.

Don’t forget: Community Day at the Corcoran takes place this Saurday, Oct. 20.

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