Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday

Each fall and spring for the last 10 years, artists in the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods have opened their studios and welcomed guests.

"The purpose is to get art out there where people can see it," said local artist Lucinda Murphy. She added that this enables the public to see studios of different sizes, as well as the creative process that takes place within. "It's interesting for people to get into the studio and see."

Approximately 40 studios belong to the group, with between 20 and 30 participating in the event. Murphy joined in seven years ago after moving her studio to Florida Avenue Northwest from Georgetown.

Murphy said attendees generally include folks from the neighborhood, repeat visitors and out-of-towners who saw a flier.

"It tends to be a mixture," she said. "I find more and more are serious art buyers and aficionados."

Murphy's abstract painting is inspired by scientific issues such as evolution and bold concepts such as wondering what the unseen universe looks like. Her studio is at 1704 Florida Ave. NW (lucindafriendlymurphy.com), the group's farthest north spot. She recommends utilizing Capital Bikeshare to get around.

"It's a nice thing to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon," Murphy said.

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

Info: Free; midcityartists.com

Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival at AFI, through Oct. 18

The name says it all. Get into the Halloween spirit a little early with this spine-tingling movie festival at the AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring). Added bonus: discussions with some of the filmmakers.

When: Various times

Info: $11.50 per screening (unless otherwise noted), all-festival pass $100; afi.com

Snallygaster at Yards Park, Saturday

It's funny to say, but here's the serious buzz: Snallygaster is the brainchild of Greg Engert, of Rustico and ChurchKey fame. Enjoy more than 100 beers -- or, better stated, select from more than 100 beers to enjoy -- curated by the man himself. This event of gigantic proportions, taking place at Yards Park (Third and Water streets SE), is not to be missed.

When: 1 to 5 p.m.

Info: $5 to $50, food and drink sold separately; snallygasterdc.com

Mock the Vote Pre-Election Comedy Showcase at Sixth & I, Saturday

With the presidential election just around the corner, it's a tossup whether to cry or laugh. Choose the latter this Saturday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW) with four comics (including Jeff Kreisler, pictured) on hand to help you tune out all the political noise.

When: 10:30 p.m.

Info: $15 in advance, $18 day of; sixthandi.org

Michael Chabon at the Jewish Literary Festival, Sunday

The festival runs through Oct. 24, but gets off to a fast start on Sunday with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, who has a new novel out titled "Telegraph Avenue." At the Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb St. NW).

When: 7:30 p.m.

Info: $20 to $25, VIP tickets $50; washingtondcjcc.org