Super Nacho Eating Contest at Cantina Marina: The restaurant on the Southwest Waterfront hosts an eating contest of loaded nachos. You'll have help if you need it: Competitors will munch on the crispy tortillas in groups of six. Entry fee benefits D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation. 2 p.m. $25 for contest entry.
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Buika at the Howard Theatre: The Mallorcan singer collaborated with Jason Mraz in the mellow bilingual track, "Carry Your Own Weight," but she predominately croons jazz-and-flamenco-tinged songs in Spanish, with a smokey voice that's enough to carry your attention -- whether you speak the language or not. 8 p.m. $65-$110.
Beach Slang at the Black Cat: Everything you need to know about the Philadelphia punk trio Beach Slang is contained in the title of its latest album, "A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings." This is a band whose explosive, feverishly delivered songs channel the Replacements while celebrating everything great and terrible about adolescence. 7:30 p.m. $16 in advance, $18 day of show.
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Thursday, Oct. 13
W. Kamau Bell at Sixth & I: You undoubtedly will laugh at W. Kamau Bell’s jokes. But his material, loaded with political insight and reflections on racism, is also meant to make you stop and think. You can see Bell working those angles on his CNN travel show, “United Shades of America,” which has shown him visiting a prison and having lunch with members of the Ku Klux Klan. 8 p.m. $25.
NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie: 'Halloween Extravaganza' at the Kennedy Center: Halloween is still weeks away, but this family-friendly performance is celebrating the holiday early with music (Bach's Toccata and Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King," among others) and acrobatics, including aerialists and jugglers. Through Sunday. 7 p.m. $24-$109.
'Game of Thrones' Beer Release at Jack Rose: We're still months away from the seventh season of "Game of Thrones," but Ommegang is releasing the seventh beer in its official series of "Game of Thrones" beers. Valar Morghulis, a Belgian tripel, makes its D.C. debut at this party offering prizes for "your best Game of Thrones costume or Wildling garb." A selection of other Ommegang beers, including the previous "Game of Thrones" release Take the Black stout, will also be on tap. 5-10 p.m. Free.
Friday, Oct. 14
Ragnar Kjartansson at the Hirshhorn Museum: If you’ve never heard of Ragnar Kjartansson, this is a great way to introduce yourself to the Icelandic performance artist. This solo exhibition includes several of his most famous works, including “The Visitors,” a video installation in which the artist joins other performers in song, as well as a live performance of “Woman in E,” showcasing local musicians as they play an E-minor chord on guitar. Through Jan. 8.
The 200th Anniversary of the Female Stranger at Gadsby's Tavern: Alexandria's Female Stranger mystery is based on the story of a woman who died at Gadsby's Tavern on Oct. 14, 1816 and was buried in St. Paul's churchyard without being identified. The 200th anniversary is marked with a happy hour featuring Port City's Long Black Veil IPA (a beer brewed in the Stranger's honor) in Gadsby's courtyard from 6 to 8 p.m. An optional "Quest" includes a visit to the Stranger's grave and a chance to "meet" characters involved in the story. 6-10 p.m. $25 for happy hour, including one drink and snacks; $75 for the Quest, which includes admission to the happy hour, two drinks and appetizers.