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Plus, where to find nearby hayrides, corn mazes, fall festivals, and more. By Angie Hilsman
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Baugher's Orchards and Farms

1015 Baugher Rd., Westminster, MD; 410-857-0111

Distance from DC: About 70 miles.

Pumpkins: Take a two-dollar hay ride to the pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are 49-cents per pound.

Apples: A one-dollar wagon ride to the orchard will get you one step closer to Red and Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Empire, Jonagold, Shizuka, and Fuji apples for $1.29 per pound.

Added fun: Try their apple fritters, apple cider doughnuts, and apple cider slushies. The weekend Fall Harvest Festival has a free petting zoo, pit beef, ham, and burgers, face painting, music, funnel cake, and homemade fudge.

Picking hours: Weekends in October, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Butler's Orchard

22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown, MD; 301-972-3299

Distance from DC: About 30 miles.

Pumpkins: Pumpkins are 65-cents per pound.

Apples: Grab your Stayman apples for $1.89 per pound.

Added fun: Try the salted caramel apple roll, pecan bars, and sweet apple cider. Catch the Pumpkin Festival every weekend in October, 10 AM to 5 PM, for hayrides, a twisted corn maze, games, and live music. $11 admission.

Picking hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

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Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays Hodor, will DJ at the bash. By Emily Codik
Missed Nairn on Game of Thrones season five? Check him out this weekend at Night Nouveau. Photo courtesy S&R Foundation.

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays Hodor in HBO's Game of Thrones, sat out on the show's fifth season. When he was on set, though, he was known to get away the nights before and after shooting to DJ.

"The only real problem that is constantly there is time," he says in an email. "It becomes a bit of a juggling act from time to time.'"

Though he can't comment on his current Game of Thrones status—here's hoping Bran Stark's protector hasn't been beheaded or something—the actor/DJ has been busy touring and gearing toward an album release sometime next spring.

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Also on deck: Taste of DC and a new video art installation at the Phillips. By Heather Rudow
Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo performs at Union Market's All Things Go Fall Classic this weekend. Photo courtesy RCA Records.


ART: The video art installation "Question Bridge: Black Males" opens at the Phillips Collection and runs through January 3. For the compelling documentary-style exhibit, a group of artists spent about 20 years collecting responses from more than a thousand participants, all in the hopes of redefining what it means to be a black man in America. $10 to $12, 10 AM.

MEDITATION: Get your Zen on with a free meditation session at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. The museum offers 30-minute drop-in sessions for meditators of all levels. It’s just enough time to head back to work feeling refreshed--and you might even get to check out some art. 12:15 PM.


FILM: E Street Cinema will show Animal House as their midnight movie on Friday night. By the end, you’ll either want to join the Delta fraternity or Dean Wormer’s attempt to ban it. Popcorn and other concessions will be available for purchase, but it’s definitely BYOT--bring your own toga. $12, 11:59 PM.

PERFORMANCE: All are welcome to Church Night at the Black Cat. The event features comedy by locals Andrew Bucket and Ruth Rasby, burlesque by Cherie Nuit, and music by BRNDA. $12, 9 PM.

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Boo. Photograph via joruba/iStock.

All events take place Saturday, October 31, unless otherwise noted.


Alliance Fran├žaise de Washington: On October 30, play a real-life game of Clue and find out who killed who, with what, and where. Apparently stinky French cheese can count as a murder weapon. $12.

Aura Lounge: October 30's DC Hell Ball calls for costumes of demons, angels, and "creatures of the night." Plus, the bash includes performances by three bands and three DJs. $30.

Bier Baron: Local comics, including Dana Fleitman and Elahe Izadi, come together for this part-theme party, part-comedy show on Halloween night. $10.

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Plus, there's a cool bus loop of galleries and museums. By Philip Garrity
Expect live music and group games at this month's art night at Torpedo Factory. Photo courtesy Torpedo Factory.


Witness to History: Boston Marathon Bombing at the US Navy Memorial

Retired WUSA-TV anchor and reporter Frank Bond moderates a panel discussion on the Boston marathon bombings at the US Navy Memorial's Burke Theatre. Look for first-hand commentary from Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office when the bombing occurred; Sergeant John MacLellan, a Watertown, Massachusetts police officer involved in the post-bombing suspect chase; and Carmen Ortiz, US Attorney for Massachusetts and lead prosecutor of the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 7 to 8:30 PM; registration required.

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They also think the word ''chichis'' is hilarious, apparently. By Catherine P. Lewis
Metalachi's members wear costumes and don't disclose their real names. Photo courtesy Metalachi.

As far as fusion tribute acts go, Metalachi is certainly unique. As their name implies, the band takes heavy metal classics and performs them in a mariachi-style. It's a bizarre concept that has interesting results: Randy Rhoads probably never intended his guitar solos to be performed on a violin, but that's one of the best moments on the group's cover of Ozzy Osborne's "Crazy Train."

Despite an unusual shtick, the group doesn't take itself seriously, and almost everything written about and by Metalachi is a joke. As a result, finding out more about the band isn't an easy feat. It doesn't help that its members don costumes and don't disclose their real names.

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Shoppers waited in line for three hours on Saturday morning to get inside the company's studio. Photo by Lauren Joseph.

The Washington National Opera's Halloween costume sale this past weekend was busy, beautiful, and lucrative. More than 2,000 items sold, earning the company nearly $65,000 toward its artistic and education programs. About a thousand shoppers braved the rain to attend the event, with some very determined patrons lining up as early as 7:30 AM.

According to the company's press office, shoppers endured three hour waits throughout most of Saturday morning. While they waited, some even joined in on spontaneous "opera sing-offs." Here's a look at what else you missed.

Related: Preview: Washington National Opera’s Halloween Costume Sale Is as Awesome as It Sounds

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UMD was in talks with the Corcoran about a partnership last year. By Elizabeth Elving
Photo courtesy Phillips Collection.

The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland have announced a new partnership to promote innovation and scholarship in the arts. The two institutions have worked together on exhibits and events before, but today marks the beginning of a major six-year collaboration.

It isn't the university's first attempt to collaborate with a private museum. Last February, after months of negotiations, the Corcoran Gallery of Art ditched plans to merge with UMD, opting to form a deal with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art instead.

Through its partnership with the Phillips, the University of Maryland aims to establish more of a presence in DC and bolster its reputation as a destination school for the arts. The Phillips plans to introduce new education programs and transform its Center for the Study of Modern Art into the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection. Projects under the enhanced center include an expanded arts curriculum, at least two postdoctoral fellowships, a co-published biennial book prize, and a new music series.

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Steve Jobs will be on all the screens. Photograph via Universal Pictures.

Washington will get another high-end movie theater-slash-cool bar on October 15 when Landmark Theatres opens its six-screen cinema at the Atlantic Plumbing building in Shaw. The building, located at 8th and V Streets, Northwest, is one of several projects in the neighborhood from development firm JBG, and contains 62 condominiums that are scheduled to take occupancy by the end of the year.

While Atlantic Plumbing condos bring more high-priced residential real estate to red-hot Shaw, the cinema anchoring the building ratchets up DC's fancy-movie-theater arms race. The six auditoriums feature oversized leather seats arranged in a stadium-like layout, digital projection, advanced Dolby sound, and, unusual for most moviegoing experiences, an option to reserve specific seats.

But even if people can choose their seats, they won't be able to choose their movie on opening night. The Atlantic Plumbing cinema will launch with Steve Jobs—the biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple founder—playing on all six screens.

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Artist Jordan Eagles's work protests the FDA's policy on blood donations. By Emily Codik
The seven foot tall sculpture is open on one side, so people can step inside. Photo courtesy American University Museum.

Jordan Eagles is used to working with blood. For 15 years, the New York artist has transformed vital fluids from slaughterhouses into red-splattered abstractions. But for his sculpture on view through October 18 at the American University Museum, he choose a different kind of blood: Blood Mirror is a seven-foot-tall monolith made with the blood of nine gay and bisexual men.

The FDA bans any men who've had sex with other men since 1977 from donating blood, a policy in place since 1985. But this May the agency announced a proposal that would allow men who have been celibate for a year to make donations. To Eagles, this news was "a slap in the face." "Even today, we are not equal in our blood," he says.

The issue is often treated politically, so he devised a sculpture that could escape the policy realm. "To view it as art really opens up the conversation in a much broader way," he says.

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