Don’t be freaked out.
The Big Read
What: Pyramid Atlantic — in conjunction with the NEA — hosts readings, lectures, films, exhibitions, concerts, and dramatizations dedicated to the work of Edgar Allan Poe.
Why: Catch a talk by Poe’s cousin, Hal Poe, and music from Sonic Circuits set to silent film The Fall of the House of Usher.
When: Sat.-Nov. 14.
Where: 8230 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring (301-608-9101).
Sissy Yates and Ray Harris Trunk Show
What: Upstairs on 7th invites the D.C. jewelry designer and British clothing creator to display their fall baubles, dresses, and jackets in support of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
Why: Score Yates’s collars ($75-$500) of agate and rough gemstone pendants and Harris’s romantically tweaked army jacket ($515) embellished with silk.
When: Fri., 4-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 555 12th St. NW, b/t E & F Sts. (301-351-8308).
The Red Fruit Festival
What: New event brings together farmers, chefs (Xavier Deshayes, Todd Gray, Kaz Okochi), home gardeners, and amateur cooks for tastings, wine pairings, and a look at recipes and tomato varieties.
Why: To support green-thumbed youngsters via Seeds to Schools, which redistributes seeds to local community gardens and school programs.
When: Fri., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, at 13th St. Tickets ($35) at the door or online at missiontix.com.
Toka Salon & Day Spa Opens
What: Check out style master Nuri Yurt’s newest location for signature cuts and color treatments ($90 and up), plus waxing, facial, and massage options ($25 and up).
Why: It’s open seven days a week, and everyone gets 25 percent off thru Oct. (What else could you want?)
When: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Cameron Station, 4907 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria (703-370-5133).
Photo: Courtesy of The Big Read
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