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Where & When: This Week in Washington Nightlife

What’s fun this four-day week? Great concerts and micro-film fests.

Tuesday, September 7
Tonight’s Lady Gaga concert is officially sold out. Sadness. If you weren’t smart enough to book a seat way in advance, join us outside the Verizon Center early to see if you can immensely overpay for a scalped ticket. For us, money is no object when it comes to the woman who performs in cigarette sunglasses. Gaga, how we love thee.

Looking to avoid the artist’s “little monsters” (yup, that’s what she calls her fans) altogether? Alternative options for the night include the premiere of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well ($58 to $88), directed by Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Michael Kahn, at the Lansburgh Theatre, and the Airborne Toxic Event, a hauntingly awesome strings-based ensemble picked by Rolling Stone as one of the top 25 MySpace bands, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue ($28, 8 PM).

Wednesday, September 8
It’s opening night at Studio Theatre. An off-Broadway smash in New York last year, Circle Mirror Transformation—a play within a play of sorts set in a Vermont community-center drama class—premieres tonight at 8. Get ready to witness how actors deal with the “drama” of real life through acting games and exercises—we predict plenty of bitingly funny passive-aggressive comments and juicy “faux” love confessions. Tickets ($35 to $65) are available here.

Thursday, September 9
Film lovers with tiny attention spans, take note: The DC Shorts Film Festival kicks off tonight. Held at E Street Cinema and the US Navy Memorial Theater, the festival showcases nearly 100 short films by directors from all over the world. Reasons to head out tonight include the hilarious-sounding Hipster Job, “a short biblical epic featuring hipsters, finger mustaches, and the wrath of God” and Just About Famous, a documentary focused on celebrity impersonators. Tickets to individual showcases are $12, and passes start at $30 for three multi-film events and go up to $125 for all-access tickets. For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.