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Where & When: The Week in Washington Nightlife

Swoon over books, have drinks at the drive-in, and check out Asian art

Monday, September 20
The Fall for the Book festival is under way. Ann Patchett, best-selling author of Bel Canto and Run, is accepting the 2010 Fairfax Prize for literary-arts achievement at George Mason University’s Harris Theater (7:30). Other events include a talk by science writer Deborah Bloom and a poetry reading sponsored by the DC-based festival Split This Rock. Visit Fall for the Book’s Web site for a complete list of events and locations.

Tuesday, September 21
The Washington Psychotronic Film Society presents Virtual Drive-In Night at the Passenger. Moviegoers can choose from a selection of drive-in classics to watch while enjoying food, tunes, and a chance at door prizes. 8 PM. Free, but a $2 donation to WPFS is suggested.

Wednesday, September 22
Freakonomics: The Movie looks at how the authors of the book Freakonomics chased down economic incentives that explain so much of human behavior. The screening, held at the E Street Cinema, is pay what you can, but organizers are accepting donations of up to $100. To buy tickets, click here and fill out a short survey. 7:30.

Thursday, September 23
Take in some art after-hours at Asia After Dark: Asian Pop Rock, presented by the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Get a first look at the new video and photography exhibit “Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall” and listen to jams by DC Yellow Fever, presented by the Pink Line Project. There’ll be a cash bar, food from local restaurants, a retro-style photo booth, and a chance to win T-shirts designed by Anna Sui. Buy tickets ($18) here; a limited number will be available at the door ($20). 6:30 to 10:30.

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