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Where & When: This Week in Washington Nightlife

This week, two fun festivals kick off, our fascination with viral videos is discussed, and a favorite local band performs.

Monday: Viral Culture under the Microscope
Bill Wasik, an editor at Harper's, examines the rise and proliferation of viral culture in And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in a Viral Culture. The author will be reading and discussing the book at Politics and Prose at 7.

Tuesday: Deleted Scenes
The Sonic Youth show at the 9:30 Club may be sold out, but just around the corner, local band Deleted Scenes will be playing at Velvet Lounge. If you're not familiar with the band, check out this fun clip of an impromptu acoustic performance on the metro. The show starts at 9; tickets ($8) can be purchased here.

Wednesday: Hip Life
The story of VIP, one of Ghana's most popular music groups, is told on the big screen as part of this year's Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Director's Eli Jacob Fatauzzi's Homegrown: HipLife in Ghana screens at Studio Theatre at 9. For tickets and more information about the festival, click here.

Thursday: On the Fringe
The Capital Fringe Festival kicks off today with a series of performances at the Goethe-Institut. Over the course of three weeks, more than 100 shows are put together–some good, some interesting, some just plain awful. For information about individual shows and ticket prices, check out the festival's Web site here.

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