Howard Homecoming not your thing? Don’t be shy, speak on it. We understand. Some of us don’t like being hustled and bustled into a celebratory mood. Maybe you feel the hype is so deafening that your ears need a rest. Perhaps you couldn’t care less about Yo Gotti or Dom Kennedy. Or maybe your bank account is running on fumes. If any of these grievances describe you or someone you know, the Hilltop has you covered. Below are just a few alternatives to attending this year’s festivities.
Charles M. Blow at Politics and Prose – October 16
The New York Times columnist will discuss his memoir “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” about growing up in the Deep South, at the Politics and Prose bookstore on Connecticut Ave, NW Thursday at 7 p.m.
Bethesda Arts Row Festival – October 18- 19
Saturday from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., bask in the work of some of the nation’s finest artists. The event also includes street performers, musical acts, food and dining, plus hands-on children’s art activities. Arts and crafts include photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, drawings and pastels, oil painting, watercolor, wood, metalwork, fiber, printmaking, sculpture, and more.
Open mike stand-up Arlington Cinema N’ Drafthouse
Every Saturday at 10:30 p.m. you can hit up Arlington, Virginia’s Old Arlington Drill and knock your funny bone against the wits of twenty local comics. Best of all, it’s free!
“Dear White People” – In theaters October 17
Racial tensions and identity crises come with a hashtag in this smart and thoughtful satire on being black in this still young millenium. Director Justin Simien tackles the confusion of a culture that celebrates both Toni Morrison and Tyler Perry, and the anger of a country in which “Black-themed” college parties are not fiction but reality.
Kinobe at Kennedy Center – October 19
Kinobe (pronounced Chin-no-bay), a Ugandan vocalist and composer, brings his unique blend of African sounds and global fusion to Kennedy Center’s millenium stage Sunday at 7 p.m. For the music lovers in need of some real musicality.