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More than a million people are expected to leave the D.C. area next week for Thanksgiving, all but guaranteeing busy crowds on roads, trains and airports. This weekend is shaping up to be the calm before that storm, with relatively few events planned in the Capitol Hill area.

While those of us with vacation days to spare head out for an early Thanksgiving, the rest of us will be around for what is shaping up to be the coldest weekend of the season so far.The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang predicts that temperatures will top out in the 50s on Saturday and get even colder by Sunay, with highs in the 40s. Here’s everything else you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:

Events

Multi-Family Yard Sale
1371 E St. SE
Saturday 9 a.m.-noon

Multiple families are coming together for a massive yard sale in Hill East (via The Hill is Home)

The House that France Build – An Evening of French House
Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE)
Sunday 4 p.m.

The Rock and Roll Hotel will host a fundraiser for victims of the terrorist attack in Paris featuring French House music played by several DJs. A $5 minimum donation is required to attend.

Family Concert: Let’s Make Music
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
Sunday 2:00-3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.

Every year the Capital City Symphony holds a family concert for kids of all ages. The performances starts at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., but before each performance there will be an instrument petting zoo where kids can discover their new favorite instrument. Adult tickets are $25, student tickets are $15 and tickets for kids 16 or younger are free. Tickets can be purchased through the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office.

Open Houses

Looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like inside? We’ve highlighted a few open houses this weekend to get you started. But be sure to check out our real estate section for a full listing.

Metrorail

  • Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes
  • Orange, Silver and Green line trains will operate on normal weekend schedules
  • Yellow Line trains will run every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only
  • Blue Line trains will run every 24 minutes
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With leaves piling up and the Canal Park Ice Rink opening, it’s starting to actually look like November in the District. And on Saturday, it may feel like it too, with temperatures expected to dip into the low 50s. However, we’re not done with the warmth yet: temperatures are expected to rebound Sunday and increase to up to 70 degrees next week.

Whether you’re planning to cherish the brief moment of normal cold temperatures or hide inside until it warms up again, here’s everything you need to know to make the most of this weekend in the Capitol Hill area:

Events

Culinary Education Crawl
Capitol Hill (multiple restaurants)
Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Whether your palate is whetted for sushi or homemade cheese, Culinary Education Crawl on Capitol Hill is a weekend of twenty-five cooking classes that will have you impressing family and friends at Thanksgiving, holiday potlucks and even game-day snacking tables. Check out the full course offerings and sign up online.

Used Book Sale
Southeast Library (403 7th St. SE)
Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Friends of the Southeast library will hold a book sale on Saturday with new and used books of all types. All proceeds benefit the SOutheast Library and other D.C. libraries.

Cinderella Skate
Canal Park Ice Rink (200 M St. SE)
Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Skaters are encouraged to dress as their favorite prince or princessbetween 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Those in costume will have a chance to win four tickets to Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the musical currently showing at The National Theatre downtown.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington: The S* Show
Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
Saturday 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will celebrate Sondheim, Sinatra and Streisand at an S-themed concert at Atlas. Tickets can be purchased online.

Akeelah and the Bee
Arena Stage – Kreeger Theater (1101 6th St. SW)
 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday

This play based on the film of the same name tells the story of an 11-year-old girl from the Chicago projects who tries to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The play will run until Dec. 27 and tickets are available online.

Open Houses

Looking for a new home in the Capitol Hill area or just want to see what your neighbors’ houses look like inside? We’ve highlighted a few open houses this weekend to get you started. But be sure to check out our real estate section for a full listing.

Metrorail

All six Metro lines will undergo maintenance this weekend:

  • Red Line trains will run every 22 minutes
  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 20 minutes
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only
  • Green Line trains will run on normal weekend schedules but will single-track between Naylor Road and Branch Avenue
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Halloween Pumpkins (via FlickrTeo)

There are only three more days until Halloween, so it’s time to start planning how you want to celebrate. Since the holiday falls on a spooky Saturday this year, you have plenty of time to join the festivities and plenty of options for where to go.

Whether you’re looking for some costumed clubbing or family-friendly fun, here’s a list of events to make the most of this Halloweekend:

Friday

Dinner and a Movie
The Argonaut (1433 H St. NE)
5 p.m.

The Argonaut is hosting a event for parents and their children. Upstairs, the newly-formed Argonaut Kids Club will be showing movies, doing activities and eating while parents can dine downstairs. Event prices start at $30 and vary based on the number of children who attend.

Hilloween at Eastern Market
7th Street SE (between Pennsylvania and North Carolina avenues SE)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The community tradition returns with free family-friendly activities and ways to celebrate Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best costumes and visit professional face painters, a haunted house, and a photo booth. Food, drinks and other treats will also be available for purchase. Councilman Charles Allen and Mayor Bowser will also be in attendance to give opening remarks.

Sweets to the Sweet!
Folger Shakespeare Library (201 E Capitol St. SE)
5:30 – 8 p.m.

The Folger is hosting a family-friendly Halloween celebration, Shakespeare style. Guests can expect holiday treats, candy, lines from Shakespeare and activities. The event is free and open to the public.

Boo to You Halloween Party
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St. SW)
6 – 8 p.m.

The recreation center is throwing a traditional Halloween party, with a costume contest and dance. The event is free and open to the public.

Derek Brown & Thriller on H Street
Joy of Motion Dance Center Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE)
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This dance workshop will teach the entire routine from the Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The workshop is open to dancers of all abilities levels ages 19 and up. Costumes–especially those inspired by the King of Pop–are encouraged. After the workshop, winners of the dance-off and costume contest will receive dance class packages. Participants can register online in advance for $25.

Saturday

Halloween at Rosedale
Rosedale Community Center (1701 Gales St. NE)
12 – 4 p.m.

Center staff are throwing a Halloween Safe Haven celebration for community members with games, food, music, candy and a community parade. The event is free and open to the public.

Happy Howl-O-Ween!
13th Street Community Park & Garden (13th and C streets SE)
1 – 3 p.m.

Nonprofit pet adoption organization Homeward Trails and the 13th Street Community Park & Garden invite families-and their pets-to the park for a Halloween celebration. All guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and gift card prizes will be awarded to the best dressed child and pup. Some adoptable dogs are also expected to attend. This outdoor event is free and open to the public.

Halloween SPOOKtacular Concert & Reception
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (545 7th St. SE)
2 – 4:30 p.m.

This free event will preview the CHAW community through festive songs played by private music students and artwork samples from various classes. The art gallery will open at 2 p.m., and tours of the building will also begin at that time. The concert starts at 2:30, followed by a reception with donuts and cider. Costumes are recommended, as CHAW staff and the performers will be wearing them.

Photo via Flickr/Teo

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Morning Rundown

Rowhouses on E Street NE

Mosaic Theater Company Finds Home at Atlas Performing Arts Center — The Mosaic Theater Company of DC, a new socially-conscious theater troupe, is now a resident partner at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H St. NE. [Frozen Tropics]

Congress Overlooks Errors by Capitol Police — Despite several embarrassing missteps by the U.S. Capitol Police, Congress has largely ignored problems with their security detail. [Roll Call]

Four Men Arrested in Connection With Several Capitol Hill Armed Robberies — Police arrested four men on Sunday night that they believe could be responsible for several armed robberies in the Capitol Hill area last week. [Hill Now]

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Atlas Performing Arts Center mobile (Photo via Atlas Performing Arts Center)The Atlas Performing Arts Center on the H Street corridor is seeking volunteers of all ages tomorrow to help construct a “grand work of art” of more than 50 mobiles, according to the organization.

The center’s first mobile workshop is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at its 1333 H St. NE headquarters. The organization also is scheduled to hold additional workshops on Aug. 15, as well as Sept. 7 and 12.

The installation will be a “powerful, visual symbol for community, balance, and connection in our H Street neighborhood and beyond” when it goes on display during the H Street Festival on Sept. 19, according to the center.

“We look at these mobiles as a great metaphor of many different parts coming together to create a new whole,” Douglas Yeuell, the organization’s executive director, said in May.

Interested participants can register online.

Photo via Atlas Performing Arts Center 

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Mayor Muriel BowserGo-go musicians, a symphony and a performing arts group descended on a Navy Yard park today for a pop-up showcase, as part of a new program to encourage art in D.C. neighborhoods.

Teaching for Change, the Gourmet Symphony and the Atlas Performing Arts Center came to Canal Park to show off projects they’re working on for the Capitol Hill area and other parts of the District. The event launched “District Innovation Zones,” which Mayor Muriel Bowser said will provide a temporary “stage for artists” at Canal Park and other locations across D.C.

“We want to open up the arts to all of the people of the District of Columbia,” she said at a news conference at Canal Park. “We want our city to be known for more than the Congress and the White House and the downtown museums on the Mall. We will make arts a signature activity in the District of Columbia.”

A group of musicians with Teaching for Change performed go-go music, while children danced nearby. Through its “Teach the Beat: Go-Go Goes to School” program, Teaching for Change aims to bring the District’s homegrown music genre to history, language arts and music classes in Ward 6 and other portions of D.C., said Deborah Menkart, the group’s executive director.

Across the park, members of the Gourmet Symphony played near a table of Italian food. The group is working with local social service groups to bring live chamber music to the District’s homeless when they eat.

Atlas Performing Arts Center representatives also showed examples of mobiles it will use in a installation that is set to go on display in September. The organization is looking for the public to help it make more than 50 mobiles for the project.

To help create the mobiles, the arts center will have workshops in its space on the H Street corridor, as well as D.C. community centers and schools.

“We look at these mobiles as a great metaphor of many different parts coming together to create a new whole,” said Douglas Yeuell, the organization’s executive director.

Teaching for Change, the Gourmet Symphony, the Atlas Performing Arts Center and other organizations received grants for their projects earlier this month through the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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The Go-Go Symphony is back at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE this weekend, this time with go-go great William “JuJu” House on the drums.

House, who played for D.C. legends Chuck Brown and Rare Essence, will join more than three dozen other musicians for the 8 p.m. show Saturday honoring the District’s homegrown genre. As the Go-Go Symphony plays, the Da Originalz dance group will take the stage and emcee Ashley Jenkins will rap and sing.

The music will include the go-go song “Get Your Hands Up,” and the classical piece “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” but with a go-go twist.

“The thing I like about this program is how it uses so many disparate elements,” the show’s conductor, John Devlin, said.

The concert will be the fourth performance of the Go-Go Symphony since its creation last year. Most seats are sold out, but a limited number of standing-room tickets are still available.

“It’s a really fun time,” Devlin said.

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