Free this week: check out solar-powered houses in West Potomac Park, get crafty at the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair and play Rock Band 3 on the big screen at the closing party for NoMa’s ZestFest.
With the abundance of art fairs over the past couple weeks, you may find yourself feeling out of the loop. Learn about the techniques and approaches that young artists are using today when MICA alum and former faculty member Colleen Asper lectures on contemporary art in Falvey Hall.
Long day at work? Head to Farragut Square Park for a free pilates class taught by instructors from Results Gym and Washington Sports Club. The class will recur on Tuesdays in October (Oct. 4, 18 and 25).
In 1794, Catherine the Great created the city of Odessa in what is now the southern Ukraine. As a port city, Odessa was the site of great cultural exchange. Get a taste of Charles King’s book about the city at an in-person lecture and book signing at the Library of Congress.
Running through Sunday, his year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon brings collegiate teams to the mall to build solar-powered, energy efficient homes. To learn how to incorporate green technologies into your own life, head to a series of “consumer workshops.” The day’s offerings includ “Solar 101” and “Energy Efficiency for Dummies.”
Over the past two weeks, NoMa has been abuzz with art and music for the annual ZestFest. The last day of festivities has much in store for visitors, including music by Wytold at 1200 1st Street NE at 11:30 a.m. and a closing party at 6 p.m. at Second and L streets NE with screenprinted T-shirts by Albus Cavus ($10), food trucks and group painting of a ZipCar. Rock Band will also be available to play on the big screen. Come back tomorrow for the rescheduled field day.
Find knickknacks and tchotckes you may not be able to find anywhere else at this year’s eighth annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts fair. This year, the festival is expanding to encompass food, with vendors and demonstrations from the likes of Derek Brown of the Passenger and Peter Smith of PS 7.
Oktoberfest can be a difficult holiday for integrating the whole family, but the weekend-long Oktoberfest celebration in Frederick admirably mixes beer with food, yodeling and polka contests, a log-sawing competition and more kid-friendly activities like pumpkin decorating and scarecrow making. Admission is generally $5, but wear authentic lederhosen and you’ll get in for free.