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Ten Under $10

Beer battles, the debut of the 9:30 Club’s new label, and one last dip in the pool—all at bargain prices

It’s Third Thursday at WVSA ARTs Connection, when the nonprofit offers a monthly dose of cultural exposure. This time, Liberia native Dehconte Nyepan stops by to play his eclectic mix of jazz, Afro-pop, and R&B. 5:30 to 7:30; free.

Beer Wars may sound like just another belligerent night in DC’s Adams Morgan, but it’s actually a fascinating documentary about the ongoing struggles between independent breweries and corporate beer giants. See it at Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse Thursday at 7:30. $9. A tasting of craft beers is available at an additional cost.

The 9:30 Club has launched its own record label, and the venue is hosting a Thursday party for its first release: an EP by Virginia native Justin Jones called The Little Fox. E-mail to see him perform bluesy rock that called “refreshingly soulful and genuine.” Doors open at 7. Free.

Wish the American constitution a happy 223rd birthday Friday, when the National Archives celebrates the anniversary of the document’s signing. Constitution Day events include birthday cake for the first 223 guests and a screening of The State of the Constitution, which looks at the American public’s understanding of our constitutional rights. Free; click here for exact times and locations.

Renowned authors and sisters Ntozake Shange and Ita Bayesa read from their new novel, Some Sing Some Cry, Friday at the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium. The book follows a family as it moves north from a plantation during post-Civil War reconstruction. 7 PM.

If book readings aren’t your thing, hop across the Mall to the Freer & Sackler Galleries’ Meyer Auditorium for this week’s installment of the Paris Asia Film Series, Late Spring. This 1949 Japanese film, directed by Yasujiro Ozu, tells the story of a widowed man and his daughter as they confront the uncertainty of a modernizing world. The film starts at 7; free.

Head to Union 206 (206 South Union Street, Alexandria, Va) in Alexandria to see The Maltese Falcon, the classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart as a San Francisco private investigator. Tickets are free, but you must RSVP to Beer, wine, and popcorn are available for purchase, or you can BYOB. Stick around afterward for a discussion of what makes a film a masterpiece. 8 PM.

Enjoy the dregs of summer at the last Swim Meet pool party of the year. With barbecue, DJs, and a bar, you’ll forget that it’s already mid-September (yes, really). The party’s at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row from 1 to 9; $10.

H Street, Northeast, has changed a lot over the years, and the H Street Festival is a great way to see what this up-and-coming entertainment district has to offer. There’s food, live music, dancing, a pie-eating contest, fashion shows, and loads more. Click here for the full events schedule. H Street between 12th and 14th streets, Northeast; Noon to 6; free.

Once again, it’s time for the ever-popular Mousetrap dance party at Black Cat. DJ Mark Zimin starts spinning at 9:30; $10 at the door.

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