What?!?!? It’s October already? While it certainly doesn’t feel like it, it’s officially fall, y’all. Here’s some stuff to do to make your fall festive! Enjoy!
East of the River Book Festival
“Sixth annual East of the River Book Festival is being held the Arc (1801 Mississippi Ave SE) -from 1 1a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a family fun centered event will feture local authors of children’s books, face painting, arts and crafts and more! Come dressed up as your favorite book character for a costume contest!” For more info: @eotrbookfest on Instagram.
Homecoming Football Game, Howard University
“At 1 p.m., the Howard Bison will take on the Norfolk State University Spartans in one of the signature games of this football season. Always a sell-out, don’t miss the special performance by the illustrious Showtime Marching Band.” For more info: www.BisonTickets.com.
Through October 20
Jitney at Arena Stage
“The dramatic story of a Pittsburgh jitney station, a symbol of stability, struggles against an oppressive lack of opportunity and unnerving neighborhood gentrification that threatens the way they live and work. The drivers resist powerful forces while coming to grips with their pasts to fulfill their own hopes and dreams for the future. Arena Stage’s presentation kicks off the National Tour of one of this great master’s masterpieces.” For more info: https://www.arenastage.org/tickets/1920-season/jitney/
Through October 27
Fences at Ford’s Theatre
“Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. A towering figure facing thwarted aspirations, Troy attempts to assert control in his life through his relationships with his wife and son. But even as he takes responsibility for their safety and well-being, he betrays them each in ways that will forever alter their lives.” For more info: https://www.fords.org/performances/current-and-upcoming/fences/
Ain’t I A Woman: Activism, Legacy and Our Quest for Justice
Women of Color: The Power of Protest, National Portrait Gallery
“The last in a series of three panel discussions that draw attention to activism and social justice through the lens of historic and contemporary women of color. This collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of African Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian takes Smithsonian Institution collections and exhibitions as starting points for conversations about the socio-political challenges that women of color have confronted and overcome, and which they continue to revolutionize.” For more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-color-the-power-of-protest-tickets-68790693817