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With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this not-too-spooky evening is a magical time for the whole family. (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

Weekend Report: From boos at the zoo to pasta class make some plans

Friday, October 19

Death Becomes Us PUB: 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 through November 4. Free to attend.

Butterfly Bash: Fair Chance is hosting their annual Butterfly Bash, which benefits the lives of DC children and youth. This year’s event is being held at the Washington National Cathedral, and the Honorable Carlos M. Gutierrez, former Secretary of Commerce is being recognized. Tickets are $225.

Author Talk with Philip Greene: Greene's second book, "A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris," follows the talented American ex-pats (think Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Cole Porter) who joined Hemingway in Paris during the Prohibition era. He tracks what they drank, where they drank, and with whom. Along with engaging stories and photos, Greene includes the history of fifty cocktails his subjects imbibed, along with the original recipes. Free to attend.

KC Jazz Club: Recent recipient of the 2017 BYN Mellon Living Legacy Jazz Award, fiery and intense saxophonist Odean Pope has been the “real thing” in modern jazz since John Coltrane personally chose him as his replacement in Jimmy Smith’s band. Tickets are $20.

Boo at the Zoo: With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this not-too-spooky evening is a magical time for the whole family. Tickets are $30.

Saturday, October 20

Yoga at the Kennedy Center: Enjoy a free, all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer as part of the Kennedy Center's Sound Health program connecting the performing arts to mind-body wellness. An instructor from a different local yoga studio leads each session, and this weekend instructor Perry Daniels is teaching. Free to attend.

Halloween Costume Party: Enjoy a family-friendly pizza class and Halloween costume party from 10-11:30 a.m. at several Matchbox locations in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Festivities include a hands-on pizza making class for kids (complete with chef toque), a tour of the kitchen and pizza ovens, jack-o-lantern cookie decorating and other Halloween treats, and a round of mimosas for parents. Tickets are $30.

Fall Pasta Classes: Chef di Cucina and Tommy Levandoski are leading hands-on classes teaching attendees how to create autumnal purees and pasta fillings, learn to make pasta from scratch and cut it into interesting varieties and shapes and create savory fall sauces. Following the interactive cooking class, attendees will enjoy the fruits of their labor with a three-course lunch featuring the two pastas demonstrated in class and dessert.Each attendee will receive a gnocchi board to continue making fresh pasta at home. Tickets are $95.

Sunday, October 21

Black and White Truffle Dinner: Since Fall is finally here truffles are in season! And because Chef Massimo likes truffles so much, he wants to celebrate truffle season with a special four-course dinner that features truffles in every course. Expect dishes like butter-poached scallops wrapped in leeks with crumbled hazelnuts, chanterelle mushrooms and shaved black truffle. Tickets are $95.

Shucktoberfest: Beer and oyster lovers, don't miss out on over forty local craft beer tents, food and vendor tents, family-friendly games and more in Shirlington Village. The breweries are all local Virginia breweries and the oysters are fresh from Northern Neck, VA. Tickets are $30.

Selena Brunch: El Tamarindo is hosting their first Selena-themed brunch, and guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Selena outfits -- the best will win a prize. Enjoy a live DJ, bottomless mimosas and a special three-course Selena menu.