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What to Do This Week: October 22 to 25

Carve pumpkins, laugh at David Sedaris, and celebrate Day of the Dead at Oyamel.

Show off your pumpkin carving skills at Helix Lounge on Thursday. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Monday, October 22

FOOD: You could watch the debate tonight, but after hosting a bunch of fun parties for the past couple, it seems DC’s debated out. The Woman’s National Democratic Club is hosting a party featuring light appetizers and a cash bar, and the Root is hosting an event at Capitale, but besides that, no one is really pulling out all the stops for this last debate. Instead, head over to Oyamel for the kickoff of Day of the Dead celebrations, or as we in America know it, Dia de los Muertos or Dia Despues de Halloween. From today until November 2, José Andrés and his team will offer Mayan takes on rabbit, duck, grouper, and lots of other traditional foods, as well as cocktails with names like Zombie and Sacrifice. Que rico.

Tuesday, October 23

JOKES: For decades now, David Sedaris has been America’s premier humor essayist and purveyor of NPR humor—he’s won a Grammy and sold more than 7 million books. He’ll take the stage at Strathmore Tuesday to talk about his work—maybe he’ll even make you laugh while doing it. Tickets ($48) are available online. 8 PM.

Wednesday, October 24

TRIVIA: All I ever needed to know about the Wild Wild West I learned from Will Smith. Robert E. Lee used a mechanical spider during the Civil War, correct? Anyway, if you know more than I do about the ol’ frontier, try out the National Portrait Gallery’s pop quiz night*, featuring a deejay if you get there early enough. Topics include soldiers, politicians, Wild West folklore, probably some Clint Eastwood movies, and hopefully lots about one of the best rap songs ever written. Free. 5 PM.

Thursday, October 25

PUNKINS: Once a year, all you artists get to move off your silly canvases and walls and whatever else you do art on and move onto large, decorative gourds. Pull out your nimblest carving tools and adept motor skills for Helix Lounge’s pumpkin carving contest. If you need some libations to help inspire you, pumpkin martinis and beer will be served, and happy hour prices will be in effect—that means $2 PBRs, $6 Cosmos, and half-price burgers.

Know of something cool going on around town? E-mail Jason Koebler at, or find him on Twitter @jason_koebler

*This post has been updated from a previous version. 

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