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Through Sept. 21: There were more submissions than ever for this year's D.C. Shorts local film festival, now in its 11th year. Festival director Jon Gann and an army of volunteers whittled all those short films down to a 135-movie slate split into 17 different 90-minute showings. There are also shorter, free mid-day screenings that are the perfect excuse to actually take your lunch break for a change. The kickoff Thursday sets into motion screenings at various locations across the region, including Landmark's E Street Cinema and the Angelika Film Center. $12 per screening.
Through Thursday: If you missed the National Book Festival -- or perhaps, just can't enough of the written word -- the annual literary event Fall for the Book, based at George Mason University, can feel like a more intimate way to celebrate books. It features talks and readings in genres such as children's literature, cooking, poetry and more, by dozens of authors, including Christina Baker Kline, Bret Anthony Johnston and Jodi Picoult, who will accept the festival's Mason Award. Most events take place on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University, and most events are free.
Friday: EPMD's appeal is its one-of-a-kind sound: Erick Sermon's languid delivery and Parrish Smith's more urgent rhyming flow on top of the thick bass beats overlaid with funk and rock samples. Like most golden-age hip-hop duos, the two have broken up and reunited more than once, but their classics keep fans coming back. With NaVon Smith at 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of the show.
Saturday: Washington's best beer festival? That would be Snallygaster, which brings 250 craft beers and ciders to Yards Park on Sept. 13. The annual event is run by the team behind ChurchKey, Bluejacket and Rustico, which means you'll find rare seasonal ales and German firkins instead of the usual pumpkin beers that clog supermarket shelves this time of year. The event will feature an "artisanal cider garden" and live music by !!! and local electropop group Brett. The festival is set for 1 to 6 p.m. at the Yards Park; tickets are $30 in advance (includes a mug and 25 drink tickets; each sample will cost a handful of tickets), $10 at the door without drink tickets. VIP tickets are $50, including early admission and 25 drink tickets.
Saturday: Rivaling Snallygaster in size has to be the Taste of Georgetown, the food festival that moves this year from the busy shopping district closer to the breeze of the waterfront. Georgetown, of course, is known for sweets, whether it's the city's tasty macaron bakeries (including Olivia), its cupcakeries (Georgetown Cupcake, Baked and Wired, Sprinkles) or the crepes of Cafe Bonaparte. But there's plenty more to taste (tasting tickets are $5), including the new Chez Billy Sud, beers from Pizzeria Paradiso or old standards such as Filomena. The festival is set for K Street NW near Wisconsin Avenue from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Football at RFK Stadium holds special significance to anyone who remembers the glory days of the burgundy and gold. For anyone too young to remember the bouncing stands, there's the Nation's Football Classic, which pits Howard University against Morehouse College in a featured match-up that includes a pre-game fan festival and special events the night before the game. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$50.
Saturday: Washington-New York music blog All Things Go has organized the Sept. 13 Fall Classic, a music festival with a lineup of indie bands whose jams are made for dancing. Baltimore's most emotive rock act, Future Islands, headlines the bill, which also features bands such as HAERTS and Tove Lo. Noon to 10 p.m. at Union Market's Dock 5 space. Tickets are $50-$60.
Saturday-Sunday: The 12th annual Alexandria King Street Art Festival takes over King Street, from Washington Street to the Potomac River waterfront, with booth after booth of paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more by 200 artists from across the country and around the world. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.; admission is free.
Sunday: Adams Morgan Day has been a mainstay of the September calendar for more than 35 years. For many in the Northwest neighborhood, it's an ideal way to pass a Sunday afternoon with friends, beginning with a pre-festival brunches at old neighborhood hangouts to hanging out on the side of the 18th Street noshing on jerk chicken and watching bands. Celebrate the historic Northwest neighborhood with food, music and crafts vendors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 18th Street between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road NW. Admission is free.
Sunday: At 39, Jack White is relatively young, but the erstwhile former White Stripes frontman is unquestionably already one of a handful of living rock gods. For this, you can credit both his punishing way with a guitar and his constant reinvention, from the kinetic blues-punk he delivered with the White Stripes through projects such as the Raconteurs and the glum Dead Weather. His latest incarnation finds him as simply Jack White, fronting a band of five equally rocking musicians and reeling through his sizable catalogue while bathed in what's becoming the tour's oft-noted, all-blue stage lights. On the heels of the release of his latest, "Lazaretto," the rocker performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion this weekend.