Get Out: Tudor Place History Haunt
Theater: Fall Fringe
You wouldn’t think buttoned-up Washington would be a breeding ground for offbeat artists and their original performances, but since 2006, the Capital Fringe Festival has grown to be the second-largest festival of the unconventional arts in the United States. In fact, the nonprofit Capital Fringe has premiered more than 250 new works in six years and sold some 29,000 tickets during July’s festival alone. If you missed it, Capital Fringe is bringing back some of the most popular theater, dance, music, puppetry and other shows from the summer’s Capital Fringe Festival, as well as some new ones, for a fall run. The highlight is sure to be “The Brontes,” a satiric rock ‘n’ roll musical about the Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne, as well as their oft-forgotten brother Branwell and some carnies, which received rave reviews over the summer. If you’re looking for laughs for all ages, try “Medieval Story Land,” which is billed as “Forrest Gump meets Lord of the Rings meets Monty Python.”
Thursday through Nov. 18 at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW
Books: David Skinner: The Story of Ain’t
The publication of “Webster’s Third New International Dictionary” in 1961 sparked widespread debate with its updated usage suggestions and word additions from the previous edition that had been published nearly 30 years earlier. The inclusion of the word “ain’t,” in particular, led to scholarly disagreements about the purpose of a dictionary and whether it should cover language as it’s actually spoken. David Skinner, the Washington-based editor of Humanities and a former editor at The Weekly Standard, has written a book on the subject titled, “The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published,” which explores the story of the dictionary in the context of the societal changes of the 1960s. Mr. Skinner, who serves on the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary, will discuss the book at Politics & Prose bookstore.
Sunday at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Fundraiser: Violence Is Scary
This Halloween, dress up to support a good cause. The fifth annual Violence is Scary fundraiser will take place at Dupont Circle’s One Lounge on Halloween night, where guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, a costume contest and many more tricks and treats. All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit D.C. Safe, which provides crisis intervention and advocacy to more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence in the Washington area. The fundraiser will help D.C. Safe continue to provide services such as a 24-hour hotline, a crisis shelter and transportation offices, and court services.
Wednesday at One Lounge, 1606 20th St. NW