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Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Weekend update: Classes to put you in the back-to-school spirit

Alexis Taylor learns the basics of DJing at the Beat Refinery in Bethesda. (Michael S. Williamson - The Washington Post)
Why not ride the back-to-school wave and learn some new tricks of your own? With these five classes, you’ll be the life of the party, uncover the writer within and even find your center.

Here’s what else you’ll find in this week’s Weekend section:

The Fojol Bros. of Benethiopia truck, PORC and Feelin’ Crabby are among Justin Rude’s favorite food trucks.

Fritz Hahn has the scoop on where to watch your favorite college football teams.

Tom Morello, guitar dynamo of Rage Against the Machine, traded in his electric guitar and pedals and transformed himself as an acoustic player and old-fashioned folk singer. He plays Friday at the Birchmere.

For the first time in her long career, Holly Twyford, one of the city’s most prolific leading actresses, is stepping into the role of director. The play? No Rule Theatre Co.’s production of “Stop Kiss,” a drama about a two women who fall victim to a hate crime.

Here’s what’s in store for September theater: the Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center, “Fela!” at Shakespeare Theatre, “Macbeth” at Synetic Theater and more.

The National Portrait Gallery’s new show, “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter” provides a complex portrait of what it means to be Asian in contemporary American society. Get a preview of the show with our photo gallery.

Get some thrills paddling the Class 3 white-water rapids of the Shenandoah River.

For your weekend getaway: There’s a new way to jaunt between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Now you can take the East River Ferry, which traces a crescent shape studded with five stops in Queens and Brooklyn.

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