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Weekend Update: Get ready for Oktoberfest

(Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Also in today’s Weekend:

• Our picks of the best events this weekend, including the National Book Festival, Brad Paisley, Common, Andy Warhol: Shadows and more.

• Recently named the best female vocalist at the 2011 Brit Awards, Laura Marling’s beautifully arranged songs are a little less jaded.

• Album reviews of bands coming to town: The Head and the Heart (Friday at the 9:30 Club. Sold out); Melissa Ferrick (Saturday at the Birchmere); Nick Lowe (Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, opening for Wilco); Tom Russell (Sunday at Jammin’ Java) and Stanley Jordan (Thursday at the Birchmere).

• Our readers voted on their favorite local coffee shops.

• Michael O’Sullivan examines how the work of local artist BK Adams shows how art is a part of everyday life.

• Brad Pitt leads a pitch-perfect collaboration in “Moneyball,” the story of A’s general manager Billy Beane and the sabermetrics revolution in baseball. Other movie reviews.

• Take a look inside the updated take on “Les Miserables” opening Wednesday at the Kennedy Center.

Brandon Weigel is an editor for Baltimore City Paper and an alumnus of The Washington Post's Going Out Guide.
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