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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 10/25/2012

Things to do in the District, Maryland and Virginia Oct. 25-31

THURSDAY, Oct. 25

Noir City DC: The 2012 Film Noir Festival, The selection of films includes noir’s favorite tough guys and femmes, such as Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake. Thursday-Wednesday, AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720 or http://www.afi.com/silver/.
Bettye LaVette will perform at the Howard Theatre on Oct. 27. (Photo by Marina Chavez - PHOTO BY MARINA CHAVEZ)

Washington International Horse Show, The event features more than 500 horses and riders. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and 7-10:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. Daytime: $15, free for age 12 and younger. Evening: $20-$60, $10-$60 age 12 and younger. 202-628-3200 or www.wihs.org.

“Platero y yo,” A bilingual presentation of the children’s book by Juan Ramon Jimenez. 10:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $8-$10. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org/.

“Invisible Man,” Ralph Ellison’s novel about a black man from the South attempting to make a solid life in the North is given a turn on the stage. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$72. 202-332-3300.

“Laugh for a Good Cause” Comedy Night, benefiting Hospice Caring and featuring Jimmie J.J. Walker, Mike Aronin, a contestant on Last Comic Standing and Irwin Weinstein, a local comedian. Doors open at 6 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m., Laughterhours Comedy Club, Golden Bull, 7 Dalamar St., Gaithersburg. 301-869-4673 or hospice@hospicecaring.org.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund's annual Forty UNDER 40 Awards Program. This initiative recognizes Prince George's County residents with outstanding achievements in Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Health and Fitness, Public Service, and Science and Engineering. The deadline for 2013 Nominees is October 31, 2012. Nominations can be submitted at http://fortyunder40.innovateprincegeorges.org.  

FRIDAY, Oct. 26

Boo at the Zoo, for those with children ages 2-12 looking for wild and safe Halloween activities at more than 40 treat stations. Friday-Sunday, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $30. 202-633-4470 or http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/Boo/default.cfm.

“For Colored Girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,” IKAM Productions and Camille Parriss Events presents a series of emotional vignettes about the African American woman’s experience. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ntozake Shange. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. $35, reservations suggested. 202-670-2780 or 301-699-1819 or www.ikamproductions.com.

“What I Did Last Summer,” performances of A. R. Gurney’s play set in 1945, about a young boy who undergoes life-altering experiences during the summer his father is away fighting in the Pacific. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Through Nov. 4, McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $16; seniors and students, $14. 866-811-4111 or www.McLeanPlayers.org.

SATURDAY, Oct. 27

Pumpkin Festival, Hayrides, hayloft barn, giant slides, barnyard animals, corn maze, pedal tractors, spider web, pumpkin coach, rubber ducky derby, pumpkin land and straw maze. Food, face-painting, pony rides and pumpkins cost extra. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Butler’s Orchard, 22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown. $11, younger than 2 free. 301-972-3299, 301-428-0444.

“Underground Railroad: The William Still Story,” Learn about the legacy of slavery and emancipation across the African diaspora; film screening and lecture based on the exhibit “A Struggle for Dignity: An Artistic Exploration of Slavery and Emancipation by Curtis G. Woody.” 2-4 p.m., Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. Free. 301-209-0592.

“Grave Matters Masquerade Ball,” This sophisticated slant on Halloween features hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, guided tours and live music from The Gretchen Richie Jazz Cabaret. Those who come dressed in costume will receive a free drink. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Historic St. Mary’s City, 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City. $40, couples $75. Reservations required. 240-895-4990 or http://www.stmaryscity.org/.

The Glo Run, Strobe lights, black lights and a deejay. Sound like a party? Well, sort of. The glow-in-the-dark, 5k party run/walk event will feature stimulating activities along the course through to the finish line. Proceeds will benefit Back On My Feet, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of the homeless population by engaging them in running to build strength, confidence and self-esteem. Registration begins at 5:30, run starts at 7 p.m., National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. $37 per person on or before Oct. 25, $49 after. 877-628-5427 or www.theglorun.com.

Thrill the World 2012, Joe Movement Emporium joins the global dance event honoring the genius of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” 7 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier. Free, registration required. 301-699-1819.

Betty LaVette, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 202-803-2899.

Barrington Levy, 11 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25. 202-803-2899.

SUNDAY, Oct. 28

“Pygmalion” The Washington Stage Guild presents the original version of George Bernard Shaw’s play, more commonly know in its musical version: “My Fair Lady.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday, play runs through Nov. 18. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620. www.stageguild.org. $20-$40.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund's annual Forty UNDER 40 Awards Program. This initiative recognizes Prince George's County residents with outstanding achievements in Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Health and Fitness, Public Service, and Science and Engineering. The deadline for 2013 Nominees is October 31, 2012. Nominations can be submitted at http://fortyunder40.innovateprincegeorges.org.

MONDAY, Oct. 29

"Passport Destination: Berlin," This event infuses German-inspired art, culture, and fashion into a night of networking and perspective.  Sponsored by Matthew Fraizer. 8 p.m. The Fridge, 516 ½ 8th Street SE. $5. www.KrystalGlassEmpire.com.

TUESDAY, Oct. 30

Heartless Bastards, 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $15 in advance, $17 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31

“Bearden at Bowie,” An art exhibition of limited edition prints and other works by the celebrated artist Romare Bearden. Exhibit closes Oct. 31, Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall, 14000 Jericho Park Rd. 301-860-3750 or www.bowiestate.edu/.

“Not So Spooky Hallow Fest,” An evening of trick-or-treating, games, arts and crafts, live performances, deejay music and more. 6-9 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. $5, age 2 and under free. 301-583-2400.

Penn Branch Halloween Hayride Scavenger Hunt,  Take a hayride through the Penn Branch community to various safe trick-or-treating stops. Sponsored by the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association and ICG Properties. 7-9 p.m. Carpenter and O Streets, S.E., DC $5 dontations requested. Ayanna Smith at202-468-3822. pennbranchhayride@gmail.com

Nominations are now being accepted for the Prince George's County Social Innovation Fund's annual Forty UNDER 40 Awards Program. This initiative recognizes Prince George's County residents with outstanding achievements in Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Health and Fitness, Public Service, and Science and Engineering. The deadline for 2013 Nominees is October 31, 2012. Nominations can be submitted at http://fortyunder40.innovateprincegeorges.org.

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