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Enjoy this Halloween weekend edition from Free in DC!
It’s the last chance to see a free screening of the film Pepperminta, “a phantasmagorical adult fairy tale about the power of color” at the Hirshhorn, located near the L’Enfant Metro at 7th & Independence Ave. SW, at 8 p.m. German with English subtitles.
VSA—the International Organization on Arts and Disability—presents Redefining Disability: Body as Artat 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. The event includes fashion muse and record-setting track star Aimee Mullins in conversation with Kristen Hileman of the Baltimore Musuem of Art. Mullins has more than a dozen pairs of prosthetic legs, several of which— including an intricately carved wooden set designed by the late designer Alexander McQueen—will be on display the evening of the talk.
There’s lots of Edgar Allen Poe events this weekend, including at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. Catch up with “the ghost of” Poe’s mother during An Evening with Eliza Poe, as she reads stories and poems like “The Spirits of the Dead,” “The Raven,” and, of course, “To My Mother.” The free performance from takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe at 10th & E NW, you can check out BMI’s Hungry for Music event—a free, all ages concert from 8 to 11 p.m. Tonight’s showcase, hosted by local musician Margot MacDonald, features performances by singer-songwriters Shane Hines, Holly Montgomery, and Brian Huber, and an acoustic set by band No Second Troy.
Celebrate Scott Brooks’ new show “We the People”, in which he explores our pop-culture obsessed and politically charged society. The opening reception takes place at Long View Gallery, at 1234 9th St. NW near the Convention Center, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Potter’s House in Adams Morgan hosts their monthly donation-based Sounds of Hope open mic from 7 to 10:30 p.m. My friend and local musician, Mary Shapiro, hosts the event, which is open to musicians, poets, and performers of all kinds.
Halloween weekend is a great time to visit the Edvard Munch exhibit: Munch’s most famous work, “The Scream,” fits right in with the theme. If you happen to be on the Mall already for some little rally going on, you can make a detour to the National Gallery of Art, on Constitution Ave. between 4th and 7th Streets NW.
In Logan Circle, check out the open house at the Transformer Gallery, at P & 14th NW. The event, which takes place from 1 to 7 p.m., features chocolate and coffee from fellow 14th Street business ACKC, celebrates the new show by local painter Tang, and includes live music by Lillie Ruth Bussey.
Democracy Now! radio personality Amy Goodman will be at Busboys and Poets 5th & K NW at 7 p.m. for a free post-rally event, along with environmental advocate and civil rights activist Van Jones. Though the entire restaurant has been reserved for this event, I suggest getting there a bit early to grab some food and a seat.
More Halloween themed fun with Poe-Palooza at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. The free event, which takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m., features area writers—including Deanna Nikaido, Reginald Harris, Rose Solari, Stephen Reichert, Clare Banks, Holly Bass,and Alan King—reading not only from Poe’s works but also their own.
Also in keeping with the Halloween theme, check out the ciné-concert Häxan—Witchcraft through the Ages . The 1922 Swedish/Danish silent film will screen in conjunction with a live performance—and the American premiere—of the film’s original musical score under the direction of Gillian B. Anderson. At the National Gallery of Art from 4 to 5 p.m.
The Washington National Opera celebrates National Opera Week at the Kennedy Center with a free operatic performance by members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, who will perform such popular opera arias as “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville, “Nessun dorma” from Turandot and “Ballad of the Pirate King” from The Pirates of Penzance. At the Millennium Stage from 6 to 7 p.m. If you can’t make it in person, don’t forget that you can also stream the event live from your computer or watch it later in the archives.
Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC, an arts, culture, and consciousness blog highlighting free and low-cost events that are all Metro accessible in the D.C. area. You can also follow Free in DC on Twitter and Facebook.