Humanitini: DC Graffiti Art and Murals
Most of us have a favorite mural (or a few) that comes to mind when we think of the unique graffiti art in this city, and this month’s Humanitini — a free series of monthly happy hours hosted by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC — is dedicated to the art form. Organizers are bringing in Perry Frank, the founder of DC Murals, plus folks from the District’s Department of Public Works to discuss just how public art has evolved. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE; Thu., 6:30-8:30 p.m., free.
‘In the Beginning’ Dance Party: Rich Medina + The Marksmen
Shimmy and groove to the eclectic vinyl collection of hiphop historian Rich Medina, a legendary DJ with a penchant for mixing up a danceable stew of Afrobeat, hip-hop and soul. He’ll be accompanied by VJ and hip-hop producer Mark Hines of The Marksmen. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Fri., 9 p.m., free.
Anacostia Community Museum 50th Anniversary Community Block Party
Did you know there’s a Smithsonian dedicated to documenting life in D.C.? Go celebrate the Anacostia Community Museum’s 50th anniversary with an all-day block party featuring performances by Sugar Bear & EU, Pepe Gonzalez, the Garfield Elementary School Band and more. There will also be activities for kids, a local arts fair, storytelling, vendors and food trucks. Regular shuttles will run to the event from the Anacostia Metro station. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE; Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free.
‘Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures’
The 18th-century French artist Jean Honore Fragonard (he did that painting of the girl in the fancy, floofy dress on a swing called, appropriately enough, “The Swing”) is the focus of a new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. The collection showcases a newly discovered drawing, plus more than a dozen paintings associated with it. The museum’s own “Young Girl Reading,” left, is one of the pieces on display, alongside works brought in from public and private collections all over the world. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Sun.-Dec. 3, free.
ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival
A brand-new celebration of the world where science, engineering and arts meet makes its debut at the National Museum of American History. Sponsored by Virginia Tech and 14 other ACC schools, exhibits include a look at how 3-D printers may change the landscape of animated films; KardioKid, an infant-simulating mannequin used for training medical professionals to perform cardiovascular procedures on children; and a wheelchair that can go off-road and navigate icy surfaces — and may one day be able to climb stairs. Many of the installations are interactive, plus there are performances and talks to attend. National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW; Oct 13-15, free.
Tom Hanks films at the National Archives
The day before Tom Hanks comes to town to accept the 2017 National Archives Foundation Records of Achievement Award, the archives is screening two of the celebrated actor’s classics, “Apollo 13” and “Forrest Gump,” to really get you in the Tom Hanks mood. William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; “Apollo 13”: Oct. 20, 2 p.m., “Forrest Gump”: 7 p.m., free.
Oct. 21-Nov. 5
Kids Euro Festival
The likes of Barney and Dora the Explorer are pedestrian compared to the posh fare at the annual Kids Euro Festival, which brings children’s entertainers to the D.C. area for plays, musical performances, puppet shows, dance parties and movies. Talk your kid out of seeing “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and check out Denmark’s “Antboy 3” instead (Oct. 21) — it’s probably the same thing but with euros. Various locations; Oct. 21-Nov. 5, free, full schedule at euintheus.org.
17th Street High Heel Race
On the Tuesday before Halloween each year, after the sun goes down, some of the city’s drag queens race. While wearing heels. Some are impressively fast (these are some serious heels), some maintain a brisk trot, and some take the opportunity to saunter rather than sprint. Spectators start lining up way before start time, so get there early if you want a spot so close to the action that the glitter hits you. 17th Street between P and S streets; Oct. 24, 9 p.m., free.
Adult juggling workshop
Come on, don’t lie: Juggling is totally that thing you’ve always wanted to learn but never got around to. Luckily, this introductory juggling workshop at the National Archives is free. Plus, you’ll get to sift through all sorts of historical records about juggling. So really, come on. There’s no excuse now. Boeing Learning Center, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., free.
Through Nov. 28
‘Rough Around the Edges’
Ronni Jolles likes to describe her work as “painting with paper”: The local mixed-media artist cuts, rips, folds and layers scraps of paper to create scenes based on photographs of her own experiences. When you see her creations in this exhibit at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia this fall, get up close to see the detail in the 3-D works for yourself. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax; through Nov. 28, free.