Monday, Sept. 8 Dance - The Metro D.C. Dance Awards 7:30 p.m. WHERE: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway N.W. METRO: Foggy Bottom/GWU (orange and blue lines) INFO: Dance/MetroDC will recognize excellence in area dance performance during the eighth annual presentation of this ceremony. D.C. youth and professional dancers will perform a variety of dance styles during the ceremony, including tango, tap and modern dance. Tickets are $30. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Tuesday, Sept. 9 Music - Taste of Mexico in D.C.: Julieta Venegas 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. concert WHERE: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, Virginia Avenue, and Rock Creek Parkway N.W. METRO: Foggy Bottom/GWU (orange and blue lines) INFO: Grammy winner Julieta Venegas will bridge the cultural gap between Mexico and the United States with her innovative rock/pop style of music. Admission is free, but registration is required. CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit http://ngtmexico.com/events-washington-dc.php.
Wednesday, Sept. 10 Book signing - Junot Diaz 7 p.m. WHERE: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. N.W. METRO: Van Ness-UDC (red line) INFO: Diaz will read from and sign copies of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of a Dominican-American young man's coming of age. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.politics-prose.com or call 202-364-1919.
Thursday, Sept. 11 Comedy - Gary Valentine: "Pay What You Can Night" 7:00 p.m. doors open, 8:30 p.m. show WHERE: The D.C. Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. N.W. METRO: Farragut North (red line) INFO: See "King of Queens" guest star Gary Valentine perform live standup comedy. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15, or you can "pay what you can" on a first-come-first-serve basis. You must be 18 or older to see the show. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.dcimprov.com or call 202-296-7008.
Friday, Sept. 12 IMAX - "The Dark Knight" 5:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. WHERE: Samuel C. Johnson IMAX Theater, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. METRO: Smithsonian (blue and orange lines) INFO: See an IMAX presentation of "The Dark Knight," Heath Ledger's last film. Tickets are $12. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.si.edu/imax.
Saturday, Sept. 13 Arts festival - "Arts on Foot" 11 a.m.-5 p.m. WHERE: F Street N.W. between Sixth and Ninth Streets and the northern one-third of Eighth Street N.W. METRO: Gallery Place/Chinatown (red, yellow and green lines). INFO: Wines of Argentina offers visual and performing arts, crafts and food in this daylong outdoor festival in Penn Quarter. Admission for this event is free. The festival will continue regardless of weather conditions. CONTACT: For more information, visit http://www.artsonfoot.org or call 202-482-7271