Things to Do

What to Do This Weekend: September 19 to 22

DC Shorts, the H Street Festival, and Oktoberfest in Chinatown.

The H Street Festival returns on Saturday. Photograph by Flickr user tedeytan.

Thursday, September 19

LUNCHTIME MOVIE: Not sure if you can sneak out for a couple of hours at lunch, but if you have that
luxury, head to
Fort Fringe for a screening of
Plastic People of the Universe, a Czech documentary about the anti-communist movement in that country. Pilsner Urquell
beers will be on special for $3, which could make the second part of the day interesting.
Free. Noon.

DC Shorts festival, a local favorite, starts this weekend. If you have a short attention span
or just like getting a lot of bang for your buck, it’s the festival for you. Shows
are 90 minutes and start at 6:30 and 9 at the US Navy Memorial and 7 and 9:30 at E
Street Cinema. $12 online or $15 at the box office. See the website for the full schedule.

Pulitzer Center is also running a film festival, featuring documentaries by Pulitzer Center journalists.
Things get started with the DC premiere of
The Abominable Crime, about homophobia in Jamaica and the fight for acceptance. Free. 7 PM.

Friday, September 20

DANCE: The Knocks always put on a good show—the New York City-based deejay troupe knows how to get
a party started without going into full-on house or dubstep mode. Check them out at
U Street Music Hall and just try not to dance. They’ll also be at Freefest on Saturday.
Tickets ($15) are available online. 10 PM.

Art Whino Southwest Arts Club hosts its Fashion Art Music & Entertainment Rock Creek Social Club—that mouthful
is just a fancy way of saying they’re hosting a rap show in an arts space. Tallahassee
emcee Elliott McKnight headlines and local rapper Uptown XO opens. Entry includes
a cocktail. $10. 7 PM.

MOVIE: Christian Bale’s creepy turn as Manhattan bigwig/sexual deviant/serial killer Patrick
Bateman in
American Psycho helped launch his adult career and caused plenty of controversy. It’s even creepier
if you see it at midnight:
E Street Cinema will be screening the adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial novel both
Friday and Saturday. $9.

Saturday, September 21

STREET FAIR: H Street is still continuing its ridiculous growth, which makes the
H Street Festival one of the best ones each year. As usual, the street will be shut down to traffic,
bars will open sidewalk spots and offer specials, Sticky Rice will run outdoor karaoke,
and the place will be mobbed with thousands of people. Here’s the official stats:
More than 50 artists and 80 performers on 10 stages, booths from 150 restaurants,
food trucks, bars, and vendors, all along 10 blocks of H Street. Free. All day.

MUSIC (FREE): Freefest has an absurd (in a good way) lineup this year. Tickets are both sold and “free’d”
out, but maybe you can snag one in the parking lot. The annual event features Avett
Brothers, Pretty Lights, Vampire Weekend, Chvrches, MGMT, and, ugh, Robin Thicke.

MUSIC (ELECTRONICA): If rock music isn’t your thing, maybe electronica is: Afrojack, 12th Planet, and
a host of others perform at the
Life in Color Festival at RFK Stadium: Wear white and get ready to be doused in all sorts of paint. Things
will get crazy. Tickets ($88) are available online. 2 PM.

MUSEUMS: We’re not usually fans of bus tours (at least double-decker ones), but when they’re
free and Smithsonian-run, we’re on board (no pun intended). Meet at the
Anacostia Community Museum in the morning for a tour of the area’s artist studios. You’ll meet printers, painters,
and mixed-media artists. Free. 10 AM.

Sunday, September 22

OKTOBERFEST: Bavaria takes over Chinatown with District
Oktoberfest: Head to the usual suspects such as RFD, Penn Social, Rocket Bar, Iron Horse, and
Capitol City Brewing Company for special pours of not-so-German Oktoberfest beers
from brewers such as Goose Island, Great Lakes, Yuengling, and Sam Adams. Entry gets
you a full pour at each of seven bars. Tickets ($45) are available online. Noon (also

FESTIVAL: It’s like someone in Congress finally passed a law or something that decreed every
cool thing to happen in DC has to happen this weekend. The
National Book Festival is back at the Mall. Dozens of authors will be reading their works and signing books,
including Giada De Laurentiis (who is an author, I guess), Khaled Hosseini, poet laureate
Natasha Trethewey, and Richard Peck. Free. Noon to 5:30 PM (also Saturday).

Washington DC Green Festival is also here this weekend: Vendors from around the country will be at the Convention
Center hawking sustainable food, medicine, veggies, repurposed and recycled art, and
more. There’ll also be speakers and seminars about green business and sustainability.
Tickets ($10) are available online and include $5 in GF Bucks to spend at the festival.
11 to 5 (also Saturday).

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