Things to Do

6 Must-Do October Events

See a British soul singer, unplug at the Hirshhorn, and more.

Australian pop sensation Betty Who performs at the Fillmore October 7.

The Island of Dr. Moreau

The resurgence of old-school horror on both the big and small screens makes now a ripe climate for revisiting H.G. Wells’s 1896 novel. The story of a shipwreck survivor and a mad scientist gets Synetic Theater‘s physical-theater treatment and an original score; Paata Tsikurishvili directs and stars. October 1 through November 2, Synetic Theater, $35 to $65.


Alice Russell and Yuna

A blond, British soul singer? This might be worth it for the cognitive dissonance alone—but it helps that Russell does R&B better than many Americans. She’s joined at Lisner Auditorium by sweet-voiced Malaysian singer/songwriter Yuna and “tropical pop” artist Hollie Cook—daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. October 17, Lisner Auditorium, $25 to $30.


Bill Cosby

Fans who missed seeing the comedian at his sold-out Strathmore shows in January—not to mention his appearance at the March opening of Ben’s Chili Bowl Arlington—get another chance. October 2, Strathmore, $49.50 to $89.50.


The Bentzen Ball

Photograph by Seth Olenick.

Brightest Young Things presents this standup smorgasbord, which offers the chance to see comedy names—Eugene Mirman (above), Tig Notaro, Myq Kaplan, Kate Flannery—and get the early scoop on up-and-comers. October 1 through 5. various venues, free to $39.99.


Betty Who

The Australian pop sensation is like Katy Perry with an indie edge. She puts out dance tunes with a refreshing lack of snark (sample lyrics: “Somebody misses you when you’re away,/They wanna wake up with you every day.”) October 7, Fillmore Silver Spring, $16.


“Days of Endless Time”

Portrait of Lady Gaga by Robert Wilson.

Washingtonians glued to their smartphones might want to unplug for the Hirshhorn‘s exhibit of works by artists who eschew the freneticism of digital life in favor of a serene, timeless vibe. (Above, a video portrait of Lady Gaga by Robert Wilson.) It’s also a chance to check out the museum’s renovated digs. October 16 through April 12, Hirshhorn Museum


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