Free this week: an emcee battle at Fillmore Silver Spring, the 25th annual High Heel Race and a slew of other Halloween excitement.
Big K.R.I.T, Devin the Dude and Joe Budden judge and perform in a freestyle emcee contest sponsored by Red Bull. The contest is the last stop of an eight-city tour; the winner goes to the Red Bull EmSee finals in Atlanta.
If there’s any Halloween party you go to this year, make it this year’s 25th annual Dupont high heel race. The party starts around 6 p.m., when men dressed to the nines in ladies apparel start showing off and crowds start gathering along the street. Grab a bite to eat at the food truck rally, and get situated before the race starts at 9 p.m.
Now in it’s 65th year, the Vienna Halloween Parade is an established, family-friendly tradition. Little ghosts and goblins lead the pack; to enter your costumed child, meet at the bank at 374 Maple Ave. East before start time.
Sometimes when you go trekking in Nepal, you come home with a sherpa. Or at least that’s what happened to author Caryl Sherpa (yes, that’s her married name). The veteran world traveler and author of “I Taste Fire, Earth, Rain: Elements of a Life With a Sherpa” speaks about her experiences.
Today, the Bauhaus design school is mostly associated with minimalist architecture. But in reality, students at the German academy studied everything from stained glass to wallpaper to costume design. The National Gallery of Art’s Bauhaus show closes on Friday, so it’s your last chance to see the collection of 27 books and journals that detail the school’s philosophy.
There’s a little something for everyone at this Halloween-themed family event at Glen Echo. In addition to a display of pumpkins ornately decorated by resident artists, the festival also promises live performances, seasonal crafts, ghost-making and a costume parade at 3:30 p.m.
For some strange reason, heavy metal goes well with Halloween. If you’re in the mood for some good old fashioned head-banging, head to American Ice Company, where their weekly Spirits in Black metal party gets a ghoulish Halloween makeover. Order from a one-time, Halloween cocktail menu from PS7’s mixologist Gina Chersevani, or enter the costume contest.
BONUS: Molly Shannon at Barnes & Noble