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The scary world of publishing, underrated bluegrass, and alternative fairy tales in time for Halloween

Monday, October 11
On Columbus Day, it’s worth remembering the people who were here first—and taking a look at misconceptions, myths, and outright stereotypes about Native Americans. Tonight, Community Cinema screens Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian at Busboys and Poets. The film takes a hard but humorous look at cinema’s odd (and often uninformed) relationship to Native Americans. 5 PM.

Tuesday, October 12
Though millions hear her voice each morning on NPR’s All Things Considered, few people have actually heard Michele Norris’s story. The radio host’s new memoir, The Silence of Grace, is out, and tonight she’ll discuss her personal history at Politics and Prose. 7 PM.

Wednesday, October 13
The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band is a bit of a misnomer. After all, some of the band’s former members have since gone on to play with John Mellencamp, Vince Gill, and bluegrass royalty Alison Krauss. The Indiana-based quintet takes the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this evening to prove its current lineup isn’t too shabby, either. 6 PM.

Thursday, October 14
Not all fairy tales star witches, princes, and gingerbread houses. The German-language Pepperminta, screening tonight at the Hirshhorn Museum, tells the story of a young woman with a magical—if off-kilter—goal: to live entirely without fear. The film is not rated but is recommended for mature audiences. 8 PM.

Friday, October 15
Most of the time, the only sound accompanying a shopping experience is Muzak. Luckily, Kramerbooks & Afterwards Cafe sometimes breaks up the monotony with musicians who serenade shoppers as they peruse the volumes. Blues-and-folk guitarist Mike Mulvaney is on tap for tonight. 10 PM.

Saturday, October 16
Book publishing has never been so spooky. Piratz Tavern hosts Tales from the Creative Crypt tonight, an event designed to give young readers an inside look at what it takes to design a book—in this case, Nevermore, a photo-biography of Edgar Allen Poe. After her talk, author Karen Lange presents a costumed reading of Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. The event is free but you must RSVP by Wednesday. 1 PM.

Sunday, October 17
Museum docents too often get stuck shepherding groups of tourists or students through famous exhibitions. But if you stop by the National Portrait Gallery on Sunday (and throughout the week), docents get a chance to show off what they like best. Meet in the F Street lobby at 1:30 and 4:30 PM.

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