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October is our favorite month because of our Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival and Halloween. The funniest, most charming people come to D.C. to hang out with us and a few days later it’s socially acceptable to dress as ghouls and goblins. This year’s Bentzen Ball is our most popular yet and it hasn’t even happened. All three Jonathan Van Ness shows are sold-out, one Amanda Seales show is sold out and the other is about to sell out, one Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical show is sold out and the other is about to sell out and closing night with Tig Notaro is sold out. We’re bringing that up because you may want to get those tickets sooner rather than later so your Halloween isn’t ruined when you can’t get Bentzen Ball tickets. So, yeah, October is great. And unlike the last few Octobers, this October features a new Robyn record. New Robyn record! October!

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Glenstone re-opens October 4

The DMV’s most mysterious museum has been busy. Located on 230 acres in the middle of a neighborhood packed with mansions in Potomac, Maryland, Glenstone has been working on their dramatic expansion since 2013. The new gallery space will add 50,000 square feet of pure art, making it one of the largest private museums in the country. And did we mention it was 100% free? Sure, getting out to Potomac is a chore, but Glenstone is unlike any museum experience we’ve ever had. Their reservation system might sound bougie, but it keeps the crowds down and allows them to not have a single station or line throughout the space. If you still have flashbacks from the line nightmare that was Kusama, Glenstone is here to be your salve. -Kaylee Dugan


New Nature @ Artechouse opens October 12

I don’t know why we’re still telling you to go to Artechouse, because by this point you should know what to do. When a new Artechouse exhibition opens up, you go. It’s that simple. You know there’s going to be a groundbreaking blend between science and art. You go because they’re going to do basic things like motion capture and VR the right way. You go because there’s nothing in the city like it. You just go. New Nature, their upcoming exhibition, throws the lush weirdness of plant and animal life into the mix, transforming the black box museum space into an organic sci-fi fever dream. You know what to do. -Kaylee Dugan

OPUS @ Merriweather Post Pavilion October 13

If Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors was the most talked about/Instagrammed art exhibit of 2017, OPUS is a strong contender for 2018’s. Building upon the first edition, also held at Merriweather, this year’s must-see installation promises to be bigger and more impressive with its interactive, immersive and large scale multi-sensory experiential art. What excites me the most about it is the potential for deep insight and self exploration that is posed by the gap between the art and its setting: the serene wooded surroundings clashing with the evidently artificial installations. It is cognitive dissonance with an immediate payoff, sending your pleasure receptors into overdrive. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez


The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy @ National Gallery of Art opens October 14

One of the more overlooked print styles of the Renaissance period, chiaroscuro woodcuts, which involves printing an image from two or more woodblocks inked in different hues, are technical marvels. The astonishing craft of chiaroscuro woodcuts produced by revolutionary printmakers of the day (Ugo da Carpi, Antonio da Trento, and Andrea Andreani to name a few) is still baffling and serve as the stylistic precursors of some of the greatest painters in history. The National Gallery’s exhibit is a carryover of the chiaroscuro woodcut exhibit first displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in September, which was the first major presentation of the subject in the United States. As someone who loves the strong contrasts of light and dark in the artwork of Caravaggio, this is a must-see exhibit. For everyone else, this exhibit serves as requisite experience in understanding the seismic evolution of art in 16th and 17th Century Italy. -Ruben Gzirian

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally available October 2

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally have really embraced the whole “super horny married couple” vibe that they established during their run as a heated, on-and-off couple on Parks & Recreation, with The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History. The book is a series of conversations with the pair detailing the wild, passionate series of events that brought them together, with plenty of showbiz-type anecdotes and words of wisdom to boot. -Matt Byrne

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Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami available in English October 9

What, you’re not going to read the new Murakami? It’s a new Murakami! It’s called Killing Commendatore and it’s, as is to be expected from the beloved Japanese author, a vibey, thoughtful tale of a quiet, creative type who gets all wrapped up in some sort of light magical realism. -Matt Byrne

From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg available October 23

Snoop Dogg wrote a cookbook? Sure! From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg features primarily straightforward, easy-to-make recipes, because like, think about who’s gonna pick this thing up, you know? -Matt Byrne

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I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson available October 30

Broad City co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson’s new collection of personal essays, is a great look into the wild stories and lessons learned during her unlikely rise to the top of the TV comedy world. Grab a copy for yourself and another one to hold onto until the holidays, it’ll make a great gift for the coolest person on your list. -Matt Byrne

Bentzen Ball: Everything is Trash, But It’s Okay with Phoebe Robinson and Tig Notaro @ Lincoln Theatre October 25

Kick off the four most magical nights of the year with your good friend / person you want to be when you grow up, Phoebe Robinson. She’s bringing her unbelievably funny / sad / so many other emotions I can’t even get into without making this all about my personal reading of her book, which is perfectly titled Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay. If you want to know Phoebe’s feelings about intersectional feminism, the garbage fire that is dating in 2018 or about the secret trash person we all have inside, look no further. -Kaylee Dugan

Bentzen Ball: #ADULTING with Michelle Buteau, Jordan Carlos, Tig Notaro and Sheng Wang @ Lincoln Theatre October 26

This show is 100% gauranteed to make you a better person. It’ll make you smarter, prettier and more capable. Your boss will give you a raise. Your family will recognize your accomplishments. Your romantic partner will finally do that chore they promised they would do. The combination of Butea, Carlos, Notaro and Wang is unstoppable. If they can’t bring light to your life, who can? -Kaylee Dugan

Aslin Oktoberfest @ The Aslin Herndon Lot at 771 Elden St October 4 through 7

Aslin Beer Company. Top five breweries of all time. You already know.

But did you also know Aslin makes a mean lager? It’s true. The Herndon (and soon-to-be-Alexandria) operation has a German brewhouse, and the brewers have used it crank out some bottom-fermented gems like the rotating-hop pilsner Anthem (which made a massive leap forward at the beginning of the year), an exceptional Helles called Much Ado, and the recently released Vienna Lager Stating the Obvious. (ISO ISO ISO). Aslin has haze bros Googling “triple decoction,” and that’s amazing.

I am assuming that Aslin’s next lager will be a Festbier, because next weekend the brewery will host a four-day Oktoberfest celebration of “traditional German live music, food, and of course beer.” They also promise “multiple lagers that were brewed using time-honored Bavarian techniques in addition to some Aslin fan favorites.” (Alexa, is Bavarian a type of hop?!?)

Unlike the September’s #exclusive Aslin birthday party featuring #rare beer, this “family friendly event” is open to the public. No tickets needed! No teku glasses to covet then bitch about! Sorry not sorry! -Phil Runco

First Runnings: Ocelot Brewing @ The Heurich House October 11

In brewing nomenclature, “first runnings” refers to the heavy, concentrated wort extracted from the mash, prior to rinsing the grain with more water (or “sparging”) to wash out the residual sugars.

So, the first runnings is the extra rich sugar water. It’s the good stuff. When a brewery is making a decadent imperial stout, it will often only use the first runnings. Extra H2O need not apply. (See: DC Brau’s The Wise & The Lovely.)

First Runnings is also the name of a new interview series at the Heurich House, hosted by Phil Runco. Wait… that’s me! What a twist!

The concept is pretty simple: First Runnings will consist of conversations with the area’s very best breweries in the intimate, historic space (that was once home to the area’s most distinguished brewer). I’m going to ask deep, hard-hitting questions, and I won’t be satisfied until there are tears. Obviously, we’ll have beers from those breweries, and you’ll have time to tour the castle whilst sipping on one.

The Heurich House will kick off the series on October 11 with (logically) Ocelot Brewing, one of the East Coast’s finest beer operations. We’ll cover the road to Ocelot, discuss the brewery’s unusual business model (and why it worked), unpack the idea of the “Ocelot IPA” (and how their approach to style has changed), and explore Widman’s general thoughts on the beer industry in 2018. Or that’s the plan. I may just ask him Wilco trivia. -Phil Runco

Snallygaster on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th NW October 13

In 2018, DC’s biggest and best craft beer festival gets… bigger and better? Is that even possible. Yes, it would appear so.

For starters, Snallygaster – or “Snally,” as the kids say – is now an October event. Do you know what one downside of the last few Sballygasters was? Trying to enjoy #rare beer whilst your face melted off under the the unforgiving sun. You know what’s better? Mid-October. Mid-October is my time to shine. Puffy vest, not sweaty jeans, cold beer, can’t lose.

Another change: Once the lonely child of Navy Yard, Snallygaster is now being held downtown, on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 6th NW. So, it’s basically across from the Newseum, which makes it easier to Uber/Lyft/Metro to for everyone who doesn’t live in Navy Yard. Per a press release, the new location will allow for “far more seating, shaded areas, and restrooms.” I DON’T NEED SHADED AREAS, IT’S MID-OCTOBER, LET ME PRAISE RA IN ALL OF HIS AUTUMNAL GLORY. (Here for the extra bathrooms, though.)

As for the beer part of the equation? Well, you’re likely familiar with the drill: 350+ beers personally selected by Neighborhood Restaurant Group #influencer, made man, and beer commander Greg Engert. They’re good beers, Brent.

Last year, I had the distinct pleasure of helping to rank all 399 offerings with my friends at DC Beer. This year brings us the additions of [extreme nasally James Murphy “Losing My Edge” voice]: Monkish, Bellwoods, Omnipollo, Red Dragon. The Alchemist and Magnify. Black Narrows Brewing. The! Rare! Barrel! (And so on.)

$40 gets you in at 1:30 (plus some drink tickets). $65 get you at noon (plus more tickets) (plus the sight of grown men sprinting for barrel-aged stout). -Phil Runco

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Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 – 30th Anniversary screening of My Neighbor Totoro October 1 and 3

Studio Ghibli is perhaps the best known animation studio in the world behind Disney. It has been making beloved movies featuring memorable lead characters, gorgeous graphics, and surprisingly deep and mature storylines since it opened in 1985. Led for most of its existence by co-founder and principal director Hayao Miyazaki, the Tokyo-based studio is responsible for some of the most technically ambitious animated films – and characters beloved by children and adults alike. Although it’s biggest hit remains 2001’s Spirited Away, the movie that really put them on the global map was 1988’s My Neighbor Totoro. In celebration of the film’s 30th Anniversary, Studio Ghibli is screening dubbed and subtitled versions of the cult classic around the United States, on September 30, October 1, and 3. If you can’t make it, keep an eye out for the return of Studio Ghibli Festival in the Spring of 2019 – another opportunity to catch this movie, as well as the rest of their catalogue. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

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The Kindergarten Teacher available on Netflix October 12

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in the extremely creepy looking Netflix exclusive The Kindergarten Teacher, an adaptation of a 2014 Israeli film. Gyllenhaal plays (guess what?) a Kindergarten teacher who becomes troublingly obsessed with one of her students, a gifted child with a knack for poetry. The film got tons of buzz following its Sundance premiere earlier this year, with the film’s director, Sara Colangelo, taking home the award for Best Director in the Dramatic competition. -Matt Byrne

Beautiful Boy in theaters October 12

Adapted from a pair of memoirs written from the perspectives of a son and his father, as the former grapples with a methamphetamine addiction, Beautiful Boy is not going to be an easy watch. Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet star as David and Nic Sheff, in this brutal meditation on addiction and recovery. -Matt Byrne

Halloween in theaters October 19

Early speculation implied that the latest entry into the Halloween franchise, scripted by Eastbound and Down’s David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, would lean into the campy side of this storied series, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Eschewing decades of canon, the film acts as a direct sequel to the original Halloween and embraces the ominous, dread-soaked tone that spawned countless imitators. -Matt Byrne

Can You Ever Forgive Me? in theaters October 19

I feel like I’ve been seeing the trailer for Can You Ever Forgive Me? for a year now, and I get frustrated every time. It seemingly gives away the entire arc of a fairly plot-heavy film in an overeager attempt to get viewers invested in what is an inherently super compelling story, starring Melissa McCarthy as a failed author who finds success forging letters from famous writers. Still gonna see it, even though I feel like I’ve seen the whole thing already! -Matt Byrne

Mid90s in theaters October 19

Who would have thought Jonah Hill’s directorial debut would be a fairly earnest coming of age film about California skate rats? Mid90s is exactly that though and early reviews have been kind! A24, ya did it again. -Matt Byrne

Suspiria in theaters October 26

I’m fully aware that it comes across as nothing short of blasphemous to remake one of the best (and most beautiful) horror films of all time, but Suspiria 2018 (from what I’ve heard) will make a concerted effort to pay homage to the OG masterpiece without trying to be a modern-day copycat. That’s not to say I’m going to go into the theater with overly-high expectations, but I do think we could all be very pleasantly surprised, and I will 100% give Guadagnino the benefit of the doubt on this one. If nothing else, the trailer looks pretty incredible, and let’s face it – you can never have too many sp00ps in October. -Megan Burns

Markoff’s Haunted Forest opens October 5

Halloween season is finally upon us! That means–if you’re not too busy pulling your perfect costume together–it’s time to get spooked. Markoff’s Haunted Forest is more than your typical haunted house or maze. As the name suggests, it’s quite literally an entire forest of creep. You can choose between two trails through the forest and a whole town in a clearing. Even if you don’t think you scare easily, theres plenty to do. The forest is filled with entertainment from performances like fire twirling to classic carnival games to adventurous adrenaline rushes including a zip line and ‘death jump.’ -Afriti Bankwalla

Crafty Bastards @ Yards Park October 27 and 28

Crafty Bastards celebrates its 15th year in the District. The show has moved around a bit over the years, taking on Yards Park this year. Crafty Bastards is one of the best craft shows out there, and it’s the place to go for completely unique, handmade arts. I’ve always had an amazing time snooping around the booths at Crafty Bastards for delightfully strange goodies. Sure you’ll find your typical prints and knits and boxes, but you’ll also meet some wonderful weirdos there. There’s soaps designed to look like brass knuckles and packets of ramen, bloody headless deer plushies (my personal favorite), and eerie stained glass puppets of girls with two heads or Edgar Allen Poe. Maybe you’ll even be able to get some holiday shopping out of the way. -Afriti Bankwalla

Troye Sivan and Kim Petras @ The Anthem October 4, Radio City Music Hall October 9, Chicago Theater October 19

Anyone who’s talked to me at all this summer knows how excited I am for Troye Sivan’s Bloom tour. As soon as he announced that Kim Petras would be joining him on tour, I have maintained that this will be the pop concert of 2018. Troye Sivan’s second studio album, Bloom, is tender and unafraid. He plays with new and old conventions of the genre in all the right ways–80’s and synth has their moment, but so does Ariana Grande. Ironically, I’m even more excited for Sivan’s opener, Kim Petras. The German star just seems to get pop music. Always carefree and bubbly Petras sings about boys, shopping, and partying. It’s exactly the kind of music you want to jam out to alone in your bedroom. And on your morning commute. And on in the shower. And at a house party. And at a club. Literally everywhere: She’s totally infectious and totally dance worthy. Together, this duo are the prince and princess of pop, and you don’t want to miss seeing royalty. -Afriti Bankwalla

Lykke Li @ Lincoln Theatre October 5, Terminal 5 October 9,

Lykke Li has been on my bucket list of “artists to see live” since I missed her performance in Washington, D.C. in 2014. Lykke Li’s nebulous fusion of vocal torment elevated by a soundscape that feels like a drum machine being played in the back corner of dimly lit monastery has been entrancing since she released 2008’s Youth Novels. The four-year gap between her most recent album, 2018’s so sad so sexy, and 2014’s I Never Learn, has only added to the shadow of mystery that has always been part of her appeal; songs like “deep end” and “sex money feelings die” feel like evolutions of a formula that keep Lykke Li a mainstream outlier. To say that Lykke Li is back is kind of inaccurate; her resonance in indie-pop has always lingered in the subconscious of those listeners who hang on her every word. -Ruben Gzirian


Adrianne Lenker abysskiss available October 5

Adrianne Lenker, songwriter/frontperson for the extremely great indie folk band Big Thief, is releasing abysskiss, her first release under her own name in four years, via her longtime label Saddle Creek. The album’s a collection of hushed, delicate tracks that showcase her knack for capturing heartbreaking details and vivid imagery into relatively straightforward phrasing. -Matt Byrne

Cat Power Wanderer available October 5

I’ll never not be excited for a new Cat Power album. It’s been a while since her last one, 2012’s surprisingly polished Sun, and all signs are pointing to it being well worth the wait. If “Woman,” a dusky pre-releases single, is the Lana Del Rey collaboration that you never knew you needed, is any indicator, Wanderer is gonna be a killer. -Matt Byrne

Echo & The Bunnymen The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon available October 5

Legendary post punk band Echo & The Bunnymen have a new album coming out, which is wild. While their best days are well behind them (how are you gonna top Ocean Rain almost 35 years after it came out?), the Bunnymen’s surprisingly rigorous tour schedule has me intrigued as to what they have to offer. Put me down as “cautiously optimistic” for The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. -Matt Byrne

Swearin’ Fall into the Sun available October 5

Swearin’ is responsible for one of my favorite albums of the decade, their self-titled debut LP from 2012, a sharp, concise distillation of 90’s pop punk/indie/emo stuff that blows nearly everything else in that category out of the water. Fall into the Sun finds the band regrouping after breaking up in 2015, and, thankfully, they sound great. I’m glad they’re back! -Matt Byrne


All Things Go @ Union Market October 6 and 7

Lineup shake ups can’t keep one of D.C.’s best music festivals down. Located at Union Market, All Things Go celebrates the convergence of two of our favorite things, killer tunes and tasty food. This year includes an especially exciting lineup, including the queen of pop (you know it’s true) Carly Rae Jepson, spooky songstress Billie Eilish, hometown hero Maggie Rogers, plus Betty Who, Misterwives, Cautious Clay and FootsXColes. Foodwise, you can expect slices from Timber Pizza, BBQ from Rocklands, burgers from Shake Shack. If the two days of stacked music isn’t enough from you, they’re even taking over Eaton DC on Friday to host a series of conversations about women in music and business. -Kaylee Dugan


Doja Cat @ The Chop Shop October 6, Music Hall of Williamsburg October 14, Union Stage October 17

When you search Doja Cat in Spotify, you’re immediately recommended a playlist called “Anti-Pop.” That’s funny because when you listen to Doja Cat, she’s anything but anti-pop in 2018. In fact, she is the shining example of what pop music is in the world of Pitchfork and The Fader. Doja Cat’s very real appeal is that she sort of doesn’t really care about what is acceptable and what works (check out her single “MOOO!” if you want to disagree). That nonchalant anything-goes attitude drives treble-heavy raunchy songs like “Go Down” and “Candy,” all the while confidently reclaiming female sexuality with the sort of bluster fitting for a moment in time when the term “power is female” is no longer an empty slogan. -Ruben Gzirian

88rising @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor October 9

So there is this subset of hip-hop I just discovered in the 88rising tour which is coming to The Theater at MGM National Harbor. It features 7 Asian hip-hop artists (Rich Brian, Joji, Higher Brothers, KOHH, NIKI, AUGUST 08, and Don Krez) who I’ve never heard of because I’m old but upon listening to I was ALL IN IMMEDIATELY. This is going to be a wildly entertaining show and on the way out you can hit up those slot machines. It’s a win-win situation unless you lost at slots then it’s a win-lose situation. -Jenn Tisdale

Kali Uchis @ 9:30 Club October 9 and 10, Terminal 5 October 12 and 13, Riviera Theatre October 24

For all the talents Kali Uchis exudes on her debut album, 2018’s Isolation, the most apparent is how nimble her creative vision is. Through 15 tracks, Uchis confidently jumps from musical influence to musical influence, leaving in her wake a sonic narrative of reggae, funk, and different interpretations of modern pop. Her voice majestically expands and contorts through each production style, creating a reassured artistic identity that hints at something greater in the future. When I first played Isolation for a group of friends, I was struck by how immediate the comparisons to Jorja Smith were. To a certain extent that comparison is true, but Uchis lives in her own world, one unconstrained by expectation and what a female vocalist is meant to do in 2018. -Ruben Gzirian

Read our 2013 interview with Uchis

Kurt Vile Bottle It In available October 12

Restless, prolific troubadour Kurt Vile has become a reliable source of mellow, contemplative but not too serious folk rock albums. His latest, Bottle It In, is another LP full of sprawling, discursive tracks full of textural guitar-driven tangents and laid-back riffage. -Matt Byrne

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Trixie Mattel @ Rams Head Live October 15

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Trixie Mattel is a superstar. She holds a place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame after winning All Stars 3, hosts her own Viceland TV show, and has two country albums. That’s right: Trixie Mattel is drag queen who sings country music. Not just country music, but good country music with wide appeal. It’s really more of a blend of country, bluegrass, and folk, but that only makes her sound more all the more compelling. I’ve even been able to bond with my mother–who has no interest in drag, but does love bluegrass–over Trixie’s heartfelt music. But if you think her ‘Now With Moving Parts’ tour is just another concert, you’d be wrong. Trixie’s still a queen, and a comedy queen at that, so in addition to live performances of her own hits, she’ll be lip-synching and cracking jokes throughout the night. -Afriti Bankwalla


Robyn Honey available October 26

Do I really even need to write words of justification here? Honey is Robyn’s eighth studio album, and the first one she’s put out since 2010. Let’s just take a minute to do the math on that one. Both tracks released so far (“Missing U” and title-track “Honey”) are FLAWLESS, and I cannot wait (like ACTUALLY starved of Robyn oxygen at the moment tbh) for the rest to drop this month. I can’t imagine it’s gonna be anything but all treats and no tricks, so HURRY UP AND GET HERE, 10.26! -Megan Burns


Julia Holter Aviary available October 26

Julia Holter describes Aviary, her forthcoming record, as an exploration of “the cacophony of the mind in a melting world.” If it’s anything like Have You In My Wilderness, her previous album, we can expect a complex-yet-accessible listen, which reveals the complex layers of sonic experimentation and knotty songwriting quirks upon repeat visits. -Matt Byrne

Read our 2012 interview with Holter

12th Annual Halloween Cover Benefit Show @ The Pinch October 27

It’s Halloween, which means it’s time for the annual Halloween Cover Band Benefit show at The Pinch. Local musicians let their proverbial hair down to cover the sort of bands that absolutely deserve the cover set treatment, but rarely get it. This year will feature sets from Joy Division and The Kinks covers bands, but the absolute highlight will be Gnarly Rae Jepsen. Expect their version of “Call Me Maybe” to be extra spooky. -Alan Zilberman

Chief Keef @ Irving Plaza October 30, Fillmore Silver Spring October 31

When I heard that Chief Keef was only celebrating his 23rd birthday this past August my mind was blown. For all the influence Chief Keef has had on hip hop, you’d think he was 45-years-old and complaining how no one “has bars” anymore. Bolstered by production that can only be described as quintessentially “Chicagoan,” Keef’s career (his breakout hit “I Don’t Like” was released when he was 16-years-old) has gone through peaks and valleys of unconstructed releases driven more so by laissez-faire emotion than actual direction. With 2017’s Dedication, Keef finally released an album that hinted at a new chapter in his career; relying less on bluster and more sequestered vulnerability. Keef’s influence is self-evident if you spend 5 minutes on SoundCloud listening to the next “great” face-tattooed rapper; it’s great to know that Keef is moving beyond that calling card with the unstoppable force of a weathered 23-year-old veteran. -Ruben Gzirian

For more concert picks, consult our DC Fall Concert Picks, NYC Fall Concert Picks and Chicago Concert Picks features

Local First Awards @ The Showroom October 18

If you want to celebrate some of your favorite local business and go to an amazing party all in the same night, you’re in luck. Think Local First is throwing their annual Local First Awards at The Showroom and it’s hands down the most carefree and cheerful event of the year. The art installations, the locally sourced drinks / food and Makers Market are pretty fun on their own, but watching our favorite local establishments get recognized for their success and innovation infuses it all with an unbeatable joy. -Kaylee Dugan

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Big Mouth season 2 available Netflix October 5

If you haven’t seen Big Mouth yet, you’re missing out. I mean, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Jordan Peele, and Maya Rudolph in one adult cartoon about puberty? This stacked cast returns to Netflix October 5 for a second season of slightly-uncomfortable-yet-incredibly-apt jokes about teenage sexuality. I know I can’t wait to catch up with that ingenious Hormone Monster…as soon as I finish the latest season of BoJack, that is. -Afriti Bankwalla

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Dancing Queen available on Netflix October 5

Alyssa Edwards is finally getting her own show. The queen has been death dropping and tongue popping her way into the hearts of drag fans everywhere since 2013 when she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 5. Since then, Edwards has starred in her webseries, Alyssa’s Secret; started her own dance studio, Beyond Belief; danced with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs; mothered a successful drag family; and given us the best “lip-synch for your life” performance (“Shut Up and Drive”) on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2. After all of this, she now has her own Netflix docu-series about her life balancing a busy life with work as a professional dancer and drag queen. If Alyssa’s personality is anything to go by, the show will be hilarious and high energy with lots of wig-snatching dance moments and gag-worthy drama. -Afriti Bankwalla


Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo premieres on HBO October 6

After several (relatively) quiet years, the Flight of the Conchords are back, with a new special, Live at the London Apollo, coming to HBO. The special features the duo performing a mix of brand new songs and old favorites, plus plenty of their deadpan between-song banter. Love the damn Conchords, baby! -Matt Byrne

Camping premieres on HBO October 14

Jennifer Garner and David Tennant star in Camping, a remake of the acclaimed British series of the same name for HBO. Produced by Girls’ Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, the series follows a married couple as they join their family on a camping weekend. Things, as is to be expected, don’t go as planned! -Matt Byrne

Harvey Birdman, Attorney General premieres on Adult Swim October 14

The original voice cast of the beloved OG Adult Swim series Harvey Birdman returns for a new one-off half hour special, Harvey Birdman, Attorney General. We revisit the titular Birdman, voiced by Gary Cole, who is on deck to become the country’s next Attorney General. The show’s absurdist tone and rapid-fire pacing was hugely influential on the Adult Swim family of shows, and it’s nice to see them bringing it back for one last go-around. -Matt Byrne

Good Eats: Reloaded premieres on the Cooking Channel October 15

Food Network science guy/game show host Alton Brown revisits (and sometimes revises) some of the most popular segments from his trailblazing cooking show Good Eats with Good Eats: Reloaded. It’ll be nice to see Alton back in the role of instructor, which fits him much better than the like, cartoonish villain type thing he’s been trying on for the last handful of years on shows like Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef Gauntlet. -Matt Byrne

T-Pain’s School of Business premieres on Fuse October 16

Fuse’s new series T-Pain’s School of Business follows the charming musician as he learns about a variety of ground-breaking startups. It’s like Shark Tank meets How It’s Made but with 100% more T-Pain. -Matt Byrne

CONCACAF Women’s Championship October 4 through 10

Are things finally starting to come together for what’s been an ultra-shaky USWNT? Judging by how they fared in this summer’s international matches, my gut is saying definitely maybe. While Chile wasn’t necessarily the toughest competition, narrowly coming out on top in the She Believe’s Cup was (in my opinion) no small feat – all three competitors (Brazil, Japan and Australia) were tough, but there is no doubt in my mind that Australia’s incredibly strong squad (due in large part to secret weapon Sam Kerr) is gunning for a victory at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Anyway, this has been a long-winded way of saying that while we seem to be on a better path than we have been for a while, there’s still a lot of work to do. And I’ll be very interested to see how the CONCACAF games play out – again, I think we have an advantage over the competition, but the rest of the world is rapidly catching up to us on all fronts when it comes to quality soccer. SO. We’ll see. -Megan Burns

Theatre Week @ Various Now through October 7

We’re nearing the end of Theatre Week which was actually an entire month! From If I Forget at Studio Theatre to Born Yesterday at Ford’s Theatre you’ll be able to find something for everyone. I’d stick with the October vibe and keep it spooky with Sleepy Hollow at Synetic Theater. – Jenn Tisdale

Werq the World @ Lincoln Theatre October 23

Some of our favorite queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race are coming to the Lincoln Theatre. The phenomenal line-up includes: Current reigning superstar, Aquaria; winners of seasons 7 and 8, Violet Chachki and Bob the Drag Queen; along with Kim Chi, Eureka, Asia O’Hara, and Kameron Michaels. There’s a lot to be excited for with these queens. Violet’s acts bring other burlesque performances to shame: you can expect ariels and giant martini glasses. Bob will have you cackling in no time, Aquaria will spout killer dance moves and the highest fashion, and Kim will dazzle with her fun costumes and impeccable make-up. Werq the World isn’t just a lip-synch performance in a club. These girls have money and they’ll show it off on tour. It’s like the Broadway of drag. -Afriti Bankwalla