Midnight Disco, DC’s Sexy, Sexy Halloween-Themed Bar Week, and 9 Other Beat-the-Night-On Washington Events

This week’s picks include a mellow story of undercover cops, a Halloween chase and an underground disco in Silver Spring. Halloween Wagon 301-869-2323; prismdisco.com David St. John’s the countercultural toque is probably best known…

Midnight Disco, DC’s Sexy, Sexy Halloween-Themed Bar Week, and 9 Other Beat-the-Night-On Washington Events

This week’s picks include a mellow story of undercover cops, a Halloween chase and an underground disco in Silver Spring.

Halloween Wagon

301-869-2323; prismdisco.com

David St. John’s the countercultural toque is probably best known for his food at Capitol City Brewing Co. and his competing flambe joint, Flame, for about five years. But St. John is also one of our favorite poets, more than a decade after his book of poetry, “The Hostage Games,” came out. At this time of year, he’s promoting “The Haunted Hillside: Against the Erotic Empire of Halloween,” a meditation on work, money, sex, and how they relate to narrative. He’s the rare poet who’s multifaceted enough to put on a costume, as when he’s in town in disguise. His reading Monday night at Prism will be a blast, especially if he rocks out for the second half.

The Fall of the House of Usher

3220 Harvard St., NE; 202-750-6472; yelp.com/restaurants/the-fall-of-the-house-of-usher-dc/

DC’s popular Mexican restaurant Pullman House recently opened its sibling spot, which was envisioned as a more relaxed restaurant with a lounge reminiscent of an out-of-town Asian restaurant. While Pullman House is still in the works, The Fall of the House of Usher is already the better deal at this neighborhood establishment. We recommend these shrimp tacos, chicken wings, and soups, but order one of every dish—even if they taste a little different—for the combo specials that are tasty variations on the same theme.

Great Hen and Other Magic in Fonda Room

7700 University Ave., Silver Spring; 301-587-8000; fondagroup.com

This spot in Silver Spring’s historic Church Street shopping district fits right in with the restaurants surrounding it. The French bistro is a friendly spot for a sweet bakery or lunch. On Wednesday nights, Cédric Cordier swings by in a red velvet blazer to host French cabaret dinner shows. It takes place in the area’s first underground disco: Fonda Room, which launched at the behest of the 1960s underground disco band Gorgonii. The old Cleveland Clinic ballroom is now a small space for five, sometimes six dancers to show off their moves, and be served French cuisine by Chef Jim Erickson. The only catch: for dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., order prix fixe dinner.

Vacations With American Bombshells

302 West Capitol St., SE; 202-673-0234; avacrets.com

You know all about the recent success of this pro-bono law firm/aesthetics-focused pop-up/maybe-hobby business. You know what it does for women after they make their way through this charity event—(nicely—Cupid’s Undie Run)—which takes place each month. But now you can get to know some of its aspiring beauties (making their first move) and be a part of their celebration.

Midnight Disco, October Edition

251 15th St., SE; 202-543-1721; officeville.com

Like Puntaricueta and Oaxaca in the food and nightlife worlds, Oaxaca opened a disco in DC this spring. The colorful nightspot brings a blend of local and international sounds into a former diner—the 13th Street space has previously housed St. Germain and Provocateur—known for its colorful artistic sculptures. Oaxaca’s sounds are led by DJ Edith Tsikanos, but in the converted space by the kitchen, Andy, Johnny Yang, and the Vibe Collective give the place a chaotic feel.

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