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What to Do This Week: October 8 to 11

Hit Taste of DC, see the Nats in the playoffs, and watch the vice presidential candidates go head to head.

Image of Biden courtesy of Shutterstock; image of Ryan courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, October 8

FOOD: Happy Columbus Day! Many of you are probably working, because Columbus Day is one of those holidays a lot of people like to ignore. But if you aren’t, Taste of DC is going on for one more day—head over to Pennsylvania Avenue, where more than 50 restaurants are serving up their best dishes and you can sip 30 different types of craft beers. Tickets are $10 and include one beverage. Noon to 7.

Tuesday, October 9

FILM: AFI Silver’s Latin American Film Festival presents As Luck Would Have It, a new Spanish film starring Salma Hayek and José Mota that got huge buzz at Tribeca. Mota plays a former ad exec who has burned through all his money and realized he lucked into his initial success, and is now attempting to find a second wind and avoid a vulture-ish press corps anxious to write his obit. Tickets ($12) are available online. 7:15 PM.

Wednesday, October 10

SPORTS: Washington plays its first meaningful home October baseball game in decades today—though the time still hasn’t been announced, you should probably start pulling out the fake doctor’s notes now. Tickets are sold out, but the Nats are going to make some $30 standing-room-only tickets available, and there are plenty available on Stubhub. Prices for Thursday’s game two are much cheaper if you can stand to wait one more day. 

Thursday, October 11

DEBATE: Last week’s presidential debate proved that no matter how many real-time sentiment meters you throw onscreen and no matter how many boxing references you make, watching two old guys talk about economic policy is never going to be like a sporting event. But you can still pretend it is—inject some biases and partiality to the National Press Club’s vice presidential debate viewing party. Joe Biden figures to be good for at least one gaffe or burn on Paul Ryan, so get your drinking game rules out. Free. 9 PM.

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

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