Things to Do

What to Do This Week: October 28 to 31

Halloween fun, poetry on H Street, and an Iraqi heavy metal band at Black Cat.

Head to Black Cat tonight for Acrassicauda, a heavy metal band from Iraq. Photograph by Flickr user IntangibleArts.

Monday, October 28

HAUNTED HOUSE: DC only has one haunted house within city limits: Gravensteen’s Curse of Frau Mueller, which has taken over a warehouse in NoMa. According to the haunted house’s legend, a German immigrant named Frau Mueller systematically made a bunch of small children disappear. A hundred years later, teenagers have begun to go missing in the Florida Avenue warehouse, and it’s up to you to find out what happened to them. SPOOKY. Tickets ($25) are available online. 7 PM to midnight (through November 3).

MUSIC: You may have heard of Acrassicauda from the critically acclaimed documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, which detailed their rise as Iraq’s first heavy metal band. The band formed and emerged during the height of the war and have managed to make it out to tour, despite facing death if they were discovered playing heavy metal in their country. They’ll be at Black Cat tonight. Tickets ($10) are available online. 8 PM.

Tuesday, October 29

POETRY: It’s a good week to check out Da Luft, a new bar on H Street. It’s hosting the Poetic Duo Show, an open-mike happy hour event followed by live poetry from Droopy the Broke Baller and Dwayne B. They’ll each get roughly an hour onstage, laying down a series of sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking poems. Free. 7 PM.

Wednesday, October 30

HALLOWEEN: Wonderland’s typical Wednesday show is going Halloween-themed this week with Devil’s Night, featuring comedians, storytellers, musicians, burlesque, and lots of costumes. Best of all, the whole thing is free. Make sure you dress up. 9 PM.

ZOO: Boo at the Zoo grows up with Night of the Living Zoo, a party for adults featuring animals, performance art (fortune tellers, talking bats, illusionists, fire eaters, and more), after-hours access to all the animal houses, a photo booth, pub-crawl bikes, Sam Adams beer, specialty cocktails from Sweetshine, and food from DC Slices, Mama’s Donuts, Cirque Cuisine, and DC Empanadas. Tickets ($30) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, October 31

HALLOWEEN: We’ve got a bigger round up of Halloween events here. But for you early planners, you can bank on going to Rock & Roll Hotel’s Brodown Throwdown, featuring deejays and the atmosphere you’d expect on any Saturday night. Dress up and take it easy—you still probably have to work Friday. Free. 6 PM.

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