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Comic writer Bill Bryson at Sixth and I, pop diva Cyndi Lauper at the 9:30 Club, and the Velocity Dance Festival returns. By Samantha Miller

Cyndi Lauper is performing at the 9:30 Club Tuesday night. Photograph courtesy of the artist's Web site.

Monday, October 17
Comic writer Bill Bryson will be signing copies of At Home: A Short History of Private Life at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. In his latest book the always witty Bryson takes readers on a room-by-room tour through his house. The Washington Post reviewer said this book, much like his others, follows “the natural wave patterns of his own curiosity, but they answer the questions that have always, or maybe never, been rustling at the back of your brain.” Tickets ($10; free if you buy the book) can be purchased through Politics and Prose’s Web site. 7 PM.

Editor's note: Sixth & I tweeted that the event is sold out.

Tuesday, October 18
If you’re in the mood for an ’80s flashback, Cyndi Lauper is performing at the 9:30 Club tonight. The Grammy Award-winning pop diva has brought us hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” and “True Colors.” And on her latest album, Memphis Blues, Lauper collaborated with B.B. King and Allen Toussaint. Tickets ($45) can be purchased at the 9:30 Club’s Web site. Doors open at 7 PM.

Wednesday, October 19
Halloween may be a few weeks away, but you and Fido can get a jump start on the festivities during the Park Hyatt’s Paws at the Park fundraiser. Dogs and their owners are encouraged to wear costumes for a chance to win prizes. Tickets ($12) include two drinks, Halloween candy, and dog treats. Proceeds will benefit the Washington Animal Rescue League. 6 to 8 PM.

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Opening night of Othello at Folger Theatre, pop-folk singer Tom O’Connor at the Artisphere, and a free pilates class at Farragut Square Park. By Samantha Miller

Owiso Odera and Ian Merrill star in the Folger Theatre's Othello. Photograph by James Kegley

Tuesday, October 18
Don’t miss opening night of Othello at Folger Theatre, directed by Robert Richmond. Tonight’s performance of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy doesn’t require pre-purchased tickets; just stand in line and pay what you can, cash only. The box office opens at 6:30 PM; the show starts at 7:30. If you’re interested in attending a later performance, tickets ($30 to $65) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. The play runs through November 27.

MUSIC: Pop-folk singer Tom O’Connor is dropping by the Artisphere tonight. On Tap magazine called the DC native’s vocals “beautiful, and at times, swooning laments that melt into fluid strumming and quivering string arrangements.” You can listen to some of his tracks here. O’Connor will be joined by indie singer Sarah Fridrich. Tickets ($6 students, seniors, and military; $8 adults) can be purchased through the Artisphere’s Web site. 8 PM.

PILATES: Long day of work got you bent out of shape? Head to Farragut Square Park for a free Pilates class taught by instructors from Results Gym and Washington Sports Club. In case of rain, check the Golden Triangle Web site for an alternative location. And if you can’t make this one, don’t worry—Pilates in the Park will convene again next Tuesday, October 25. 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

SIGNING: Cohost of NPR’s Morning Edition Steve Inskeep will be signing copies of his new book, Instant City, at Politics and Prose. Using Pakistan’s port city of Karachi as a reference point, the work explores the trials and tribulations associated with rapid population growth. Madhulika Sikka, executive producer of Morning Edition, will join the discussion. Free; 7 PM.

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The Cups of Hope breast cancer fundraiser, Howard University grad Eric Roberson at the Birchmere, and Olympic track star John Carlos at the National Portrait Gallery By Samantha Miller

Howard University grad Eric Roberson is performing at the Birchmere tonight. Photograph courtesy of the artist's Facebook page

Wednesday, October 5
During the Cups Full of Hope fundraiser at the Greater Reston Arts Center, guests can bid on whimsically decorated bras to honor those confronted with breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit the Tigerlily Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides breast cancer support and education. Click here to check out this year’s entries. Tickets ($65 members, $100 non-members) can be reserved through Success in the City’s Web site. 6 to 8 PM. And in case you missed it, check out our breast cancer awareness gift guide.

ART: Don’t miss the opening reception for Zenith Gallery’s new exhibit, “Shining Stars.” Stop by the Eleven Eleven Sculpture Gallery (1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) for a chance to mingle with the artists. The multidimensional collection features large-scale pieces made from a range of materials—including bronze, steel, glass, and mixed-media. The show runs through January 7. Free; 5:30 to 8 PM.

MUSIC: Howard University grad Eric Roberson is dropping by the Birchmere tonight. The R&B singer became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award in 2007. You can listen to some of his tracks here. Tickets ($29.50) can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 7:30 PM

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The living legend came to Washington for the National Book Festival this weekend By John Wilwol

Toni Morrison at a luncheon honoring her work at the Hay-Adams hotel during the National Book Festival in Washington this weekend. Photograph by John Wilwol

Toni Morrison says she grew up telling stories and reading insatiably in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio, but she traces her roots as a writer back to an evening in DC during the 1960s when she was teaching literature at Howard University and working on her first novel, The Bluest Eye.

After dinner, while holding her infant son and working on the manuscript, the child suddenly burped and spit-up all over the page. “I just wrote around it,” she told a delighted audience during a luncheon at the Hay-Adams on a rainy afternoon last Friday. “Then, you know you’re a writer.”

Morrison was in town to receive the 2011 Library of Congress National Book Festival Award for Creative Achievement. The Hay-Adams Author Series hosted Friday’s luncheon to celebrate Morrison, who hotel president Kay Enokido calls “a true living legend.” Guests included Librarian of Congress James Billington and Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli.

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Grapes with the Apes at the National Zoo, opening night of the (e)merge Art Fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, and The 11th annual National Book festival By Samantha Miller

It's your last chance to see the Museum of National History's Nature's Best Photography exhibit. Featured photographs (left) by Tom Warren and (right) Richard Rothstein

Thursday, September 22

Raise a glass to DC's furry friends during the National Zoo's Grapes With the Apes event. Sample wines from vineyards, including Barefoot Bubbly, Linganore Winecellars, Narmada Winery, and Vino50: The Grape American Road, to name a few. Plus, attendees will get exclusive after-hours access to the Great Ape House. Proceeds will support animal care and conservation efforts at the zoo. Tickets ($40 members, $55 nonmembers) include a commemorative glass and can be purchased through the zoo's Web site. 6 to 9 PM.

Baseball may be America's favorite pastime, but the Nationals Park is trading bases for baritones during tonight's Opera in the Outfield. Stop by the stadium at 7:30 PM (gates open at 5:30) for a live broadcast of Puccini's Tosca. Plus, there will be performance from the award-winning Yorktown High School marching band, Taratibu Pan-African Step Team, and Greenbelt SITY Stars double-dutch team. Free.

ART: Don't miss opening night of the (e)merge Art Fair at the Capitol Skyline HotelConner Contemporary Art, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair founder Helen Allen, and collector Mera Rubell are just a few of the minds behind the collection, which will showcase contemporary works by unrepresented artists. Tonight's opening reception includes a concert by the pool with LouLou and the Dispappointer Sistersfeaturing members of Thievery Corporation, Fugazi, French Toast, and The Deadmen. Tickets ($25 for the opening reception; $10 students and seniors, $15 for everyone else) can be purchased through the fair's Web site. The fair runs through Sunday, September 25. 

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Bobby Flay signs copies of his new book at Sixth & I, Senegalese pop star Youssou N’Dour performs at the Kennedy Center, and a screening of The First Movie at the Artisphere By Samantha Miller

Bobby Flay recently opened a new restaurant on K Street, and now he's back in town to sign copies of his new book.

Wednesday, September 21
Renowned chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay is stopping by the Sixth & I Synagogue to sign copies of his new book, Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook. Tickets ($40) include one copy of the book and can be purchased through TicketFly. 7:30 PM. And in case you missed it, be sure to check out our interview with Flay.

MUSIC: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, Senegalese vocalist and activist Youssou N’Dour will be performing at the Kennedy Center. The Grammy Award winner has worked with artists including Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, and Sting. Chris Hedrick, the Peace Corps country director in Senegal, will also speak during the program. Free; 6 PM.

ART: Art buffs won’t want to miss Fakes, Forgeries, and the Art of Deception at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. Independent curator and researcher Colette Loll Marvin will provide a brief history of deception and deceit in the art world, the strategies and techniques of criminal deception, and the extraordinary lengths to which art forgers will go. Tickets ($27 to $40) can be purchased through the Smithsonian’s Web site. 6:45 PM.

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Capital Bikeshare celebrates its first birthday, the Fall for the Book festival at George Mason University, and Tristan Prettyman at Iota Club By Samantha Miller

Capital Bikeshare is celebrating its first birthday with a family-friendly evening of live music, games, and giveaways.

Monday, September 19
The Fall for the Book festival returns to George Mason University with more than 150 authors. This year’s literary extravaganza features readings and discussions from writers of all genres—from poetry and cooking to politics and science. Noted authors include Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Abraham Verghese. The festival runs through September 23; Click here for the complete schedule. Free.

Tuesday, September 20
MUSIC: Tristan Prettyman
is dropping by the Iota Club and Cafe tonight. The acoustic songwriter has collaborated with Jason Mraz and G Love. You can listen to some of her tracks here. Tickets ($18) can be purchased at the door. 8 PM.

Wednesday, September 21
Tonight, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is hosting its second annual 46 Mommas: Shave for the Brave benefit at Union Station. Forty-six moms will shave their heads to honor children fighting cancer, the survivors, and those who have been lost. Free, although donations are recommended; 5 to 9 PM.

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Mulebone at Iota, Sailor Moon Day at Barnes and Noble, and an art sale at the Greater Reston Arts Center By Samantha Miller

The DC Shorts Film Festival is back with 145 films from 23 nations, and film buffs can watch the shorts during 90-minute showcases. Photographs courtesy of the festival's Web site

Monday, September 12
The DC Shorts Film Festival is well underway, and tonight’s eclectic showcase at E Street Cinema features a Wiccan teen, the sex lives of the elderly, and an alien abductor-in-training. And be sure to read our introduction to the festival. Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the festival’s Web site or at the box office ($15). 9 PM.

Tuesday, September 13
The DC Anime Club is hosting a Sailor Moon book party at the Georgetown Barnes and Noble. After a six-year hiatus, the popular anime series is returning to the US, and to celebrate, the club is pulling out all the stops. Channel your favorite character during a costume photo shoot, play Sailor Moon-themed games, and munch on small snacks. Free; 5 to 8 PM. To RSVP call 202-262-2083.

Tuesday, September 13
Mulebone and Jackson Edwards of The Weathervanes are dropping by the Iota Club & Cafe tonight. The band have won blues artist of the year awards from radio stations across the country. You can listen to some of Mulebone’s tracks here. Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the door. 8:30 PM. Editor's Note: We originally said this concert was scheduled for Wednesday. We apologize for any confusion.

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Fashion’s Night Out, the Adams Morgan Day Festival, and Remembrance Day commemorative events By Samantha Miller

"Real Housewives" Mary Schmidt Amons and Lynda Erkiletian made an appearance at last year's Fashion's Night Out. Photographs courtesy of GeorgetownDC's Flickr account

Thursday, September 8

Can’t make it to New York City Fashion Week? Well don’t worry, because Washington’s second annual Fashion’s Night Out is taking over the city. Some of our favorite stores—including Hugh & Crye, BlueMercury, Get Hitched in Georgetown, and Neiman Marcus—are staying open late, offering discounts and gifts, and serving some bubbly. Check out our style blog for a list of highlights from participating venues.

SIGNING: Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum will be signing copies of their new book, That Used to Be Us, at Sixth & I Synagogue. In the book, the New York Times columnist and foreign policy expert explore hot-button topics like globalization, information technology, energy consumption, and the nation’s chronic deficits. Tickets ($12) can be purchased through Politics and Prose’s Web site or at the door for $15; Or receive one free ticket with the purchase of the title ($28). 7 PM.

Meridian Pint is hosting a DC release party for North Coast Brewing Co.’s Grand Cru. This is the first time the Belgian Pale Ale is being imported to the District, so Doug Moody, the brewery’s co-founder, is coming along for the ride. Ten additional brews from North Coast will be available, including Acme IPA, Pranqster, Red Seal, and Blue Star. 5 PM to close.

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Two ways to get your bridal fix, a National Rum Day celebration, and Bob Dylan at Merriweather Post Pavilion By Samantha Miller

Bob Dylan is stopping by the Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight. Photograph courtesy of the artist's Web site

Tuesday, August 16
Bride & Groom readers won’t want to miss tonight’s free screening of Bride Wars at Bethesda Row. In a hilarious turn of events, best friends Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) become “frenemies” after their respective weddings are scheduled on the same day. You can watch the trailer here. Redwood will be serving complimentary popcorn and $5 glasses of sparkling wine. This screening is part of Bethesda Row’s Movies Under the Stars Series. 8:30 PM.

MUSIC: Bob Dylan, arguably the most influential songwriter of recent history, is coming to the Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and honorary Pulitzer Prize winner has played more than 2,300 concerts in the last 20 years alone. He’s been hailed by Time magazine as a “master poet, caustic social critic, and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation.” Tickets ($40 to $77.50) are still available through Ticket Fly. Doors open at 6 PM.

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