Lace up your sneakers for a virtual 5K, help support the arts and activism of Halcyon and catch a movie at a cemetery to kick off your October. Read on for all this and more in our weekend events calendar. Note: All descriptions courtesy of hosts of events and edited for clarity.
Help raise critical funds to support Halcyon Fellows as they drive the world forward. Social entrepreneurship and the arts are the twin engines that fuel sustainable change – especially during times of crisis. The inaugural Halcyon Homecoming will feature the stories of Halcyon Fellows from around the world, representing every cohort of Halcyon Incubator and Halcyon Arts Lab. 6:45 p.m. Register for a free ticket and donate what you can. www.halcyonhouse.org // @halcyoninspires.
In addition to showcasing the best of cinema, cemetery screenings feature a pre-show DJ and an opportunity to picnic at a gorgeous Washington landmark. On October 2, watch the classic “West Side Story.” Before the film, Folger Library staff will talk about the play the movie is based on as well as fun facts about the play and Shakespeare’s life. Gates open 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation at the main gate. Congressional Cemetery: 1801 E St. SE, DC; www.congressionalcemetery.org // @congcemetery.
Fortitude Gala 2020
Join Dance Place for an evening of free virtual dance performances and community connections to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. Dance Place will be presenting safe socially distanced performances, toasting their 40th year and dancing the night away while raising funds to support Dance Place now and in the future. 6:30 p.m. Donations encouraged. Dance Place: 3225 8th St. NE, DC; www.danceplace.org // @danceplacedc.
The 34th Annual Washington, DC International Film Festival will be presented online, allowing you to enjoy great films from the comfort of your own home. Filmfest DC continues to offer the best in world cinema. This year’s festival will be shown in 2 series, details are in our Festival Guide.
Browse through the film schedule and be sure to visit our ticket page which includes step-by-step instructions on how to purchase tickets. Can’t get enough of Filmfest DC? Get the Director’s Pass, a ten-ticket package for only $70 and enjoy your own virtual private film festival. www.filmfestdc.org
The Washington Chorus 60th Anniversary Bash
Log on for this one-of-a-kind global house party and virtual gala event celebrating The Washington Chorus’s 60th anniversary. Enjoy live performances, silent auctions, singalongs and stories from the past 60 years. Sign up to host an at-home house party, whether for one or with family and friends.
7 p.m. Free. www.thewashingtonchorus.org // @twchorus.
The Shakespeare Everywhere Virtual Gala streams LIVE this Saturday
Celebrate Shakespeare past, present, and future through performance and song. Featuring performances and appearances by F. Murray Abraham, Angela Bassett, Annette Bening, Dame Judi Dench, Maureen Dowd, Ralph Fiennes, Dame Helen Mirren, Joe Morton, Antonio Parker Quintet, Nova Y. Payton, Nancy Robinette, Kalen Robinson, Mary Michelle Schaefer, Liev Schreiber, Russell Thomas, Courtney B. Vance, and the cast of “The Amen Corner,” with more notable artists updated daily. The virtual gala is co-directed by STC’s Director of Equity and Enrichment LeeAnet Noble and Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul. The event will stream live on STC’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
7 p.m. Free with registration. www.shakespearetheatre.org
Tail Talk Table with Decoding Dog Talk
Learn the basics of some common dog body language cues. This project is intended to empower people in Washington, DC to be more educated neighbors and guardians, and to play a more active role in increasing the quality of life for the dogs who bring joy to so many in our community.There are lots of ways to “hear” what dogs are trying to tell us (and each other), even though they don’t use spoken language. Dogs “talk” using a variety of expressions, postures and non-verbal vocalizations — some of which aren’t all that different from the body language, ticks and facial cues that are part of humans’ repertoire of unspoken communication. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free with RSVP. Virginia Ave Dog Park: 901 Virginia Ave SE, DC. https://clsexton.wixsite.com/dogtalk
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