The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW in the District, is holding a children’s mask-making class that explores the many cultures of Africa from 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 29. Supplies will be provided. The free event is open to children ages 5 to 12. For information, visit textilemuseum.org.
People with unusual or rare art can receive appraisals from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Broadway Galleries, 5641B General Washington Drive, Alexandria. Ben Hastings of the International Society of Appraisers will be at the gallery to inspect artwork, antiques and collectibles. Anyone can bring up to three items to be appraised. The event is free. For information, visit broadwaygalleries.net.
The Italian Embassy presents artwork and culture from each of the country’s 20 regions in “Regions of Italy.” The exhibit celebrates Italy’s sesquicentennial of unification in 1861. The showcase features works of Giovanni Fattori, Fortunato Depero and Emanuele Luzzati. The exhibit, at 3000 Whitehaven St. NW in the District, runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays until Oct. 30 . For information, visit ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/ambasciata_washington.
The Katzen Arts Center plays host to “Kids @ Katzen: All American Weekend” from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Participants can view the exhibit “Bruce Connor: An Anonymous Memorial,” then create their own art project based on what they learned. Admission is free, but registration is required. The center is on the campus of American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW in the District. To register and for information, call 202-885-2787 or visit american.edu/museum.
If “Nightmare on Elm Street” makes you yawn and miniature Snickers give you a toothache, then the zombies roaming around the National Museum of Crime & Punishment may be just the things to give you a thrill. The museum, 575 Seventh St. NW in the District, is holding its third annual “Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking” haunted house Oct. 21-22, Oct. 27-29, and Halloween (Oct. 31). The top floor of the venue will be transformed into a breeding ground for the walking dead, complete with snakes, spiders and scare scenes. Guests are also invited to dress up in costume for the occasion, but they are prohibited from wearing masks. The fright fest will kick off at 7 each night., running in 30-minute intervals until an hour before closing. Those who dare to enter must be 17 or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $25 and can be bought online or in person. For information, visit crimemuseum.org/Fright_at_the_Museum.html .
While some may think of a “power suit” as something worn to create authority or bring confidence to its wearer, artists were challenged to produce quilts with the topic “What does ‘Power Suit’ mean to you?” The completed works, representing 107 quilts from 105 artists from the United States and Canada, will be on display Oct. 22-23 at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, with an opening reception on Oct. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The facility is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Artistic Artifacts is at 4750 Eisenhower Ave. For information, visit artisticartifacts.com .
Teaching kids about Rivera, Kahlo
The Mexican Cultural Institute in the District is using song and dance to teach kids about artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, the Aztec Market, and more when it plays host to an afternoon concert and puppet show for children on Oct. 22. The young crowd will be singing along to the Latin children’s CD “Olé & Play!” Plus, singer and songwriter Gaby Moreno will perform music from her newest album, “Illustrated Songs.” Guests can RSVP for the free event at RSVP@instituteofmexicodc.org. The institute is at 2829 16th Street NW. For information, visit instituteofmexicodc.org .
‘Art on the Rocks’
Art and cocktails are pairing for an event of creativity and fun on Oct. 26 at the Art League’s second annual “Art on the Rocks.” Six mixologists from the Washington area have been tasked to create a cocktail inspired by one piece of art of their choosing from the league’s October exhibition. Guests will sample the results, with their votes deciding who will be the winner. Appetizers from participating restaurants will be available, along with prize drawings for league classes, a riverboat cruise and more. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be bought online or by phone. The price will go up to $45 at the door. The event will be held at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. For information or to buy tickets, visit theartleague.org or call 703-683-1780