What are you doing this week? Niteside offers up some suggestions:
MONDAY, SEPT. 12
- The D.C. Shorts Film Festival continues through Sunday. Survey tonight's three shows for the smattering of shorts that most interest you, screening at E Street Cinema (555 11th St. N.W.) or the U.S. Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.). 5, 7 or 9 p.m.; $12 per showcase.
- Start the week off Parisian-style, at a 25 for $25 Wine Tasting Event at Mon Ami Gabi (7239 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda). Experiment with 25 red and white options from different regions of France, while nibbling on delicious hors d'oeuvres specially prepared by exec chef Andrew Fleischauer. 6-8 p.m.; $25 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are encouraged; call 301-654-1234.
- Vancouver-based garage rockers The Japandroids take the stage at the Red Palace (1212 H St. N.E.). Don't be surprised if the duo sounds like a five-piece band. Bass Drum of Death also performs. 8 p.m. doors; $14, or $12 in advance.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13
- Busboys & Poets (1025 5th St. N.W.) hosts an October2011 Movement and Coffee Party in the Cullen Room. The October2011 Movement aims to protect "human needs, not corporate greed." 6 p.m.; no cover.
- Ripple (3417 Connecticut Ave. N.W.) hosts a Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner, with six beer tastings and a five-course menu designed by Exec Chef Logan Cox. 7 p.m.; $75.
- Catch a screening of "Five Days, Five Nights" (1996) at BloomBars (3222 11th St. N.W.). The film is set in 1949 Portugal, as a young political fugitive attempts to leave the country. After the movie, stay for a discussion via Skype with director José Fonseca e Costa. 7-9 p.m.; $10 suggested donation to support BloomBars.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14
- The Anne Arundel County Fair (1450 General's Highway, Crownsville, Md.) begins Wednesday, running through Sunday, Sept. 18. Go traditional with contests for everything from baked goods to woodcrafts, plus pig races and a pie-eating contest. $6 admission; ages 8-15 are $4; free for kids under age 8; $22 ride wristband Wed.-Fri.; free parking.
- The weekly organic happy hour at Busboys & Poets of Shirlington (4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington) features $2 off bottled beers (including Butte Creek IPA abd Bison Chocolate Stout); $7 eco-aide, eco mojitos and treetinis; and three $5-per-glass wines. 4-7 p.m.; no cover.
- D.C. Deviants holds a happy hour at Casa Nonna (1250 Connecticut Ave. N.W.), offering networking for an edgy/artsy crowd. Drink specials include $5 beer and wine. Email to make a table reservation.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 15
- Following the success of their Chinatown location, Ping Pong Dim Sum brings its modern take on the Chinese tradition of the tea house to a new Dupont location (1 Dupont Circle N.W.). Snack on "steamed parcels of deliciousness" while sipping on posh cocktails and listening to DJs spin their favorite tracks. 7-11 p.m.; $35.
- The Alliance Francaise de Washington (2142 Wyoming Ave. N.W.) hosts a Back to France Happy Hour, which includes a silent art auction, a live band, cocktails and a preview for the cultural group's upcoming season. 7 p.m.; $12.
- Fruit Bats bringg their brightly weird folk-pop to the Black Cat (1811 14th St. N.W.) with Vetiver and Citay. 8 p.m. doors; $13 in advance; $15 day of show.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
- Critically acclaimed rapper Lupe Fiasco, known for his thought-provoking rhymes, takes the stage with D.C.'s own Wale at Merriweather Post Pavilion (10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.) as a part of his Generation Lasers tour. Miguel, Big Sean and Tinie Tempah also perform. 5:30 p.m. doors; $36-$60.
- Turkish Restaurant Week kicks off Friday, running through Sept. 25 at select Turkish restaurants throughout the District. Participating restaurants include Agora and Zaytinya. Three-course lunch $20; four-course dinner $30; not including tax, gratuity and beverages.
- Join the DCVariety Social Aide Society at its 2nd annual benefit at the Red Palace (1212 H St. N.E.), to help provide a safety net for uninsured variety artists in and around the District. Enjoy the magic of burlesque, circus acts and vaudeville performances, and have the chance to give back to the artists who entertain us in bizarre ways. You can also grab artwork and other handcrafted items up for auction. 8 p.m. doors; $15.
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