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Drink Company's latest themed pop-up bar opens with a "Death Becomes Us" theme, and runs through November 4. (Image: Karlin Villondo Photography)

Weekend Report: Oysters, beer fests, trivia nights and Halloween bars... oh my!

Thursday, October 11

Evenings at the Edge: I. M. Pei’s iconic East Building opened in 1978, and NGA is celebrating 40 years of this landmark building and modern art collection with disco music! Enjoy beats from local favorite DJ Kelton Higgins, a film inspired by the East Building and pop-up talks featuring works of art from the 1970s. Visitors can design birthday cards, construct the museum of the future using blocks and magnetic tiles, play beloved games from the disco era and indulge in cake pops and a variety of empanadas. Free to attend, but register in advance.

Author Talk with Mika Brzezinski: Join Mika Brzezinski as she discusses the revised version of her 2011 book "Know Your Value" with BBC World News Anchor, Katty Kay. In "Know Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth," Brzezinski helps women find their voices, effectively communicate their value, and get more respect for their contributions in the workplace and beyond. Tickets are $20, or $35 for ticket and book.

Death Becomes Us PUB Opening: True crime buffs will immerse themselves in some of the most famed female-centric cases in history - with a cocktail in hand - at the Death Becomes Us Pop-Up Pub, created in collaboration with Drink Company. The pop-up will feature three distinct rooms highlighting pivotal moments that have solidified our fascination with true crime mythology : Elizabeth Báthory (Blood Countess), Salem Witch Trials and The Black Dahlia. Open October 11-November 4. Free to attend.

Friday, October 12

Walk This Way Fashion Show: The 10th annual Walk This Way charity fashion show features professional athletes like Josh Norman, Ryan Zimmerman and Bill Hamid on the runway taking a stand against domestic violence and pledging their commitment to engage in healthy relationships. The show will feature clothing from menswear brand STITCHED, womenswear boutique d/eleven and jewelry by Mindy LamAll proceeds from Walk This Way benefit Men of Code, a program that engages and educates coaches and young male athletes to become leaders and allies in the movement to end violence against women and girls. Tickets start at $150.

Saturday, October 13

Yoga in the Beer Garden: Start your Saturday right with 60 minutes of Vinyasa flow, before popping open a DogfishHead Namaste Wit-bier. Tickets are $15.

International Coastal Cleanup: Help Ocean Conservancy reach their goal of trash-free seas by participating in the Kingman Island cleanup. Last year more than 500 volunteers picked up two tons of garbage. Remember to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and download the Clean Swell app so you can digitally record your pick-ups. Lunch will be provided afterwards, and a raffle will take place. Free to attend.

Fall Oysterfest: Robert Wiedmaier’s bustling Belgian eatery, Brasserie Beck, is celebrating oyster season with a bivalve blowout. Tickets are $38 for all-you-cat eat oysters.

Snallygaster: Attempt to taste your way through 350 small-batch brews at the 7th annual Snallygaster beer festival. But don't forget to nosh on some food truck fare first! Tickets are $40.

Nerds! Trivia Night: How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? If these are your types of trivia questions, head to Politics and Prose, put on your thinking cap, and settle in for three rounds of mind-bending trivia! Free to attend.

OPUS Merriweather: This multi-faceted festival combines art, music and technology into a surreal sensory journey. Think Burning Man, in the forest! The second annual festival will transform Symphony Woods and Merriweather Post Pavilion into an immersive atmosphere of discovery, imagination and wonder. Free to attend.

Cage the Elephant featuring Judah & the Lion: To celebrate the grand opening of the new 120,000 square-footm 4,200-seat complex, Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA), Cage the Elephant will headline a concert with Judah and the Lion. Known for their energetic live performances and eclectic sound, Cage the Elephant is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band, while Judah & the Lion blends hip-hop and folk music. Tickets start at $45.

Sunday, October 14

Luau Pool Pawty: Close out the warm weather season with a pooch-friendly pool party! Enjoy themed drinks from Tito's, who has agreed to donate $10 to We The Dogs DC for every dog registered to attend. Tickets are $10 per pooch, an free for humans.