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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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A food truck festival favorite comes back for thirds, Old Town hosts a sidewalk sale, and Churchkey gets a head start on DC Beer Week By Samantha Miller

Get your food truck fix at Friday's mouth-watering Truckeroo Festival. Photographs courtesy of the event's Web site

Thursday, August 11
Round up the ladies for a night of shopping, dining, and live music at the Pentagon Row’s Girl’s Night Out. A slew of local stores and restaurants are offering discounts and free goodies. Plus, attendees can enter for a chance to win an iPad 2. Participating venues include Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and Salon, Jouvence Aveda, and Lebanese Taverna, to name a few. Free; 6 PM.

COMEDY: It’s about time another comedy club took root in Washington—Riot Act (801 E St. NW, Washington) is celebrating its grand opening with the help of their favorite comedian, Charles Fleischer. You may recognize him as the voice Roger Rabbit or from his recent cameos in Rango and Zodiac. Tickets for the show ($17) can be purchased at the event Web site. 8:30 PM.

Dating and relationship coach Amy Schoen will be signing copies of her book Get it Right This Time at the Chevy Chase Bloomingdale’s. Best of all, 10 percent of Bloomindale’s sales and 25 percent of book sales will benefit Dress for Success DC, a nonprofit that provides professional attire to disadvantaged women entering the workforce. To buy tickets ($20 donation), go to the event Web site. 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

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Steve Miller Band hits Wolf Trap, plus two very different ways to get your football fix By Samantha Miller

The Secret of Kells received an Oscar nod in 2010 for best Animated Feature Film. Photograph courtesy of the film's Web site

Tuesday, August 9
The Capital Irish Film Festival is hosting a free screening of The Secret of Kells at the Dupont Renaissance Hotel. The Oscar-nominated film follows a young boy's quest to complete a magical book filled with secret wisdom and power. You can check out the trailer here. Complimentary popcorn will be served. The film begins at 7 PM, but seats are limited, so get there early.

The Steve Miller Band are bringing their classic rock 'n' roll hits to the Wolf Trap tonight. Known for chart-toppers such as "The Joker" and "Fly Like an Eagle," the band's latest album, Let Your Hair Down, was nominated for the Blues Rock Album of the Year. You can listen to one of the new singles here. For tickets ($25 to $45), go to the event Web site. 8 PM.

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The DC Dance Festival, Bethesda Sidewalk Sale, and an all-you-can-eat crab feast By Samantha Miller

Everyone's favorite dance festival is back with a weekend of hip-hop performances. Photograph courtesy of the DC ARTS

Thursday, July 21
Toast to a good cause during the Catoctin Creek Tasting at Dickson Wine Bar. Attendees will sample three organic spirits by the distillery, along with Dickson cocktails and appetizers. All ticket sales will benefit One Home Many Hopes, an organization that rescues, houses, and educates orphaned Kenyan girls. Tickets ($40) can be purchased at the event Web site. 6 to 8 PM.

Alternative hip-hop artist Richard Terfry, who goes by the stage name Buck 65, is performing at the Iota Club & Café tonight. You can sample tracks from his latest album, 20 Odd Years, here. Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door. 8:30 PM.

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Doggie yoga, rare craft beers, and an indie rock concert By Samantha Miller

Eleanor Friedberger is performing at the Black Cat the same night her new album drops. Photograph by Michael Rubenstein

Tuesday, July 12
The pose “downward dog” takes on a whole new meaning at tonight’s Doggie Happy Hour Yoga Session. Bring Fido and a yoga mat to the Jackson 20 courtyard for a free session with Pure Prana Yoga. Afterward, you can enjoy drink specials at the bar, along with plenty of water and biscuits for your four-legged date. Yoga begins at 6 PM; Happy hour from 5 to 8 PM.

Craft beer connoisseurs won’t want to miss Jolly Pumpkin Cask Night at Churchkey. Some of the brewery’s rarest Artisanal Ales—Luciernaga (The Firefly) and Bam Noire—will be on cask. Plus, they’ll be pouring a slew of Jolly Pumpkin beers on draft including Oro de Calabaza, Madrugada Obscura, Maracaibo Especiale, Luciernaga (The Firefly), and ES Bam. The event is free, but beers will be priced individually. 6 to 8 PM.

Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces is dropping by the Black Cat to promote her first solo album, “Last Summer.” The album, which comes out today, fuses indie rock with hints of pop to create the perfect summer soundtrack. You can sample a few of her tracks here. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at the event Web site. Doors open at 8:30 PM.

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A designer summer sale, Cajun dance night, and all-you-can-eat pork barbecue By Samantha Miller

Pine Leaf Boys are providing the beats for Artisphere's Dance Night. Photograph by Gabie Savoy

Wednesday, July 13
Cajun music band Pine Leaf Boys will be strumming their strings at the Artisphere’s Dance Wednesday. A four-time Grammy nominee, they are known for their toe-tapping beats and energetic arrangements. Tickets ($15, $12 for students and seniors) can be purchased at the event Web site. 7:30 PM.

Calling all shopaholics! Don’t miss Style Étoile’s Girls’ Night Out and Summer Sale at the L2 Lounge. Sip on cocktails while shopping the online boutique’s summer collection at up to 60 percent off. You’ll find garments from designers Anna Sui, Sachin+Babi, Wren, Siwy, and GoldSign, to name a few. Free; 6 to 10 PM.

Pork lovers will think they’ve died and gone to heaven at Jackson 20’s Pig-A-Palooza. Stop by the courtyard for an all-you-can-eat spread of smoked pig, suckling pig, pulled pork shoulder, mahogany barbecue, East Carolina barbecue, ribs, salads, and seasonal pies. Plus, The WeatherVanes will be jammin’ from 6 to 9 PM. Tickets ($35) can be purchased on site, but reservations are recommended. The feast begins at 6 PM.

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An Afrofunk jazz concert, free yoga class, and paint-your-own art showcase By Samantha Miller

Artists of all skill levels can paint their own masterpiece at the Art Jamz showcase. Photograph by Anchyi Wei

Wednesday, July 6
Unleash your inner-Van Gogh at tonight’s Art Jamz showcase in Columbia Heights; tonight’s the first of a four-night run. Attendees will receive a canvas and easel, acrylic paints, brushes, and other materials. Whatever you create is yours to take home. Light hors d’oeuvres and Vitaminwater will be served, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets ($48) can be purchased at the event Web site. 6:30 to 10 PM.

MUSIC: Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band is bringing their spicy beats to Strathmore as part of the center’s Summer Outdoor Concert Series. The 14-piece orchestra seamlessly blends modern jazz, Yorubu tribal music, and James Brown-inspired rhythms. Barbecue and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will be available for purchase. Free; 7 PM.

YOGA: If sitting behind a desk all day has left you bent out of shape, drop by the Bethesda Unity Woods Yoga Center for a free introductory class. Learn about the Iyengar method of yoga, body alignment, and beginner poses. Open to new students only. 6 to 7 PM.

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