Halloween is over and you know what that means: It’s time to wash away the glitter paint and toss the funky pumpkin on your doorstep.
Luckily, there are plenty of seasonal palate-cleansers happening in the next week. Here’s a selection:
Judah Friedlander Book Tour
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave NW)
Doors at 6:30 p.m.
That guy who wore those funny hats on “30 Rock” will talk about his new book, “If the Raindrops United,” at DC Improv.
Urban Kitchen Holiday Pop-up
Room and Board Rooftop (1840 14th St. NW)
This event is geared toward learning how to entertain in small domiciles and on a budget. During 15-minute demonstrations, attendees will learn about making cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, wine, cheese and desserts.
DC Podfest Kickoff Party
Wonderbread Factory (641 S Street NW)
Independent podcasters from across the District will swap tips during the city’s first-ever “DC Podfest” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Lotus Blooms Grand Opening
Lotus Blooms (2408 18th St. NW)
The “sex-positive” adult boutique will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and giveaways in honor of the company’s new store in Adams Morgan.
Shaw Community Day
Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 P St. NW)
Food, music, games and cultural performances will abound at this free neighborhood gathering.
Fantom Comics Turns 10
Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW)
Music and drinks will flow freely during the Dupont comic book shop’s 10-year anniversary party and award ceremony.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Chili Cookbook Unveiling
Showtime Bar (113 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
Attendees will be able to flip through a cookbook containing 20 recipes from local bands and musicians, then taste some of the music makers’ creations.
JFK’s Forgotten Crisis
Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW)
The Cuban Missile Crisis isn’t the only time President John F. Kennedy prevented a global disaster. “JKF’s Forgotten Crisis” author Bruce Riedel will talk about Kennedy’s handling of the the Sino-Indian conflict.