Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (October 2-4): Brutalism, Scary Stuff at Nationals Park, and a DC Comedy Premiere

The DC premiere of the comedy An Act of God runs from October 3 to November 26 at Signature Theatre. Photograph by Christopher Mueller.


BRUTALISM The first Monday in October is World Architecture Day, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden celebrates its 1974 Gordon Bunshaft-designed building. Visitors to the “Brutalist donut” can enjoy complimentary Sugar Shack doughnuts a number of events throughout the day, including a lecture on Brutalism at 4 PM and an tour led by Deane Madsen, creator of the Instagram account @brutalistDCat 6:15 PM.

MUSIC Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir (né Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson) released his first album in Icelandic and then re-recorded his vocals in English to re-release it as 2014’s In the Silence. Einarsson sings mostly in English on his follow-up release, Afterglow, which pairs his airy falsetto with more electronic instrumentation. If he’s Iceland’s version of Bon Iver, then bigger and bigger venues are in his future; Einarsson performs with British singer-songwriter Tusks at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Tickets $22, 8 PM.


THEATER Signature Theatre presents the DC-area premiere of An Act of God, a comedy written by David Javerbaum, a former head writer for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. In this one-act comedy—based on Javerbaum’s book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God and his Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod—the almighty gifts mankind with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments. Through November 26. Tickets $40-$99.

FITNESS Flywheel Sports’ Pedal Against Hunger benefits Hungry Harvest. For every mile ridden and every barre class taken at the Flywheel Dupont and CityCenterDC studios on Tuesday, Hungry Harvest will donate one pound of fruits and vegetables to Produce in a Snap, a reduced-cost market with locations opening in low-income neighborhoods. Marjorie Meek-Bradley and other DC chefs will be working out to promote the event.

LECTURE To observe Disability Awareness Month, George Washington University hsots a reading of Flare by Camisha L. Jones at Monroe Hall. In this collection of poetry, Jones reflects on her own recurrent and escalating hearing loss and chronic pain and how she deals with her limitations in today’s society. Free, 6:30 PM.


NATIONALS The Nationals’ latest playoff run begins Friday when the team takes on the Cubs, but fans of all ages can celebrate early with a Haunted Pep Rally at Nationals Park. Younger fans can enjoy the Trick-or-Treat Kids Zone, while older fans can check out Main Stage Mania, where hosts from 106.7 FM will break down the series against Chicago. (The event also features a Zombie Zone, which is already sold out). All attendees will be entered into raffles throughout the evening. Free, 6:30 PM.

DANCE The Washington Ballet’s 2017-2018 season opens at the Kennedy Center with Russian Masters. The production pays tribute to the works and choreographers who have shaped and influenced ballet over the last 175 years, including Alexei Ratmansky’s interpretation of Boléro and Michel Fokine’s choreography in the one-act Les Sylphides. Through October 8. Tickets $25-$140.