Where & When: This Week in Washington Nightlife

We've got the nightlife fun, with great things to do Monday through Thursday.

Monday:  American History
Renowned historian Howard Zinn takes over the entire space of Busboys & Poets on 14th Street, NW for a discussion about the historic nature of the recent presidential election and his upcoming documentary. You might remember Zinn from such, oh, minor publications as A People's History of the United States. The event is free, but get there early, as we're sure it'll get packed. 6:30 PM.

Tuesday: Antony & the Johnsons
Andrew Bird's sold out the 9:30 Club; upstart indie electronic musicians Passion Pit have sold out the Black Cat backstage. Where's one to go to get their Tuesday night concert fix? Head to the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, where you can catch the Mercury Prize winning act Antony & the Johnsons. Singer Antony Hegarty's ethereal, emotive voice and dramatic melodies should be perfect for the space. 7 PM, $30; buy tickets here.

UPDATE: If you are interested in Passion Pit, they were just moved to the main stage of the Black Cat, so more tickets are now available! 

Wednesday: Washington Auto Show
Into cars—or know someone who is? Then you should head over to the convention center today for the start of the annual Washington Auto Show. There will be more than 700 new types of vehicles to ooh and ahh over—everything from the latest high-tech car gadgets to new green autos. $10-12.

Thursday: Phillips After 5
The Phillips Collection has a great happy hour going on this evening—there will be a panel discussion on Poetic Voices: Hip Hop Here and Now as well as a gallery talk about the current Jacob Lawrence exhibit; DJ Adrian Loving will be spinning some tunes; and there will be a cash bar. 5 PM; admission is by donation.

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