Monday, Sept. 15 Food - Paella Festival Kickoff 11 a.m.-noon WHERE: Taberna del Alabardero restaurant, 1776 I St. N.W. METRO: Farragut West (blue and orange lines) INFO: This Spanish restaurant will begin its annual Paella Festival with chef Dani Arrana's cooking demonstration, which will include complimentary paella samples. This event is free. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.alabardero.com/especiales/paella_2008.htm or call 202-429-2200.
Tuesday, Sept. 16 Music - Miracle Fortress 9 p.m. WHERE: The Black Cat nightclub, 1811 14th St. N.W. METRO: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (green line) INFO: Come to the U Street neighborhood and hear Canadian indie-rock band Miracle Fortress. Tickets cost $10. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.blackcatdc.com or call 202-667-7960.
Wednesday, Sept. 17 Lecture - "Partners in Peril: How Will Japan's Economic Woes Affect the United States?" 10:30 a.m.-noon WHERE: The American Enterprise Institute, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor, 1150 17th St. N.W. METRO: Farragut North (red line), Farragut West (blue and orange lines) INFO: Participants will have the opportunity to learn about how a possible recession in Japan could have serious consequences for U.S. residents. Admission is free. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.aei.org/events or call 202-862-4870.
Thursday, Sept. 18 Film - D.C. Shorts Film Festival Noon-9:30 p.m. (check show times online) WHERE: E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. N.W. METRO: Metro Center (red, blue and orange lines) INFO: This event, which MovieMaker Magazine rated one of the best short film festivals in the country, features 102 different movies that range in length from one minute to about 20 minutes. Ticket prices vary from free to $12. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.dcshorts.com or call 202-452-7672.
Friday, Sept. 19 Comedy - Standup: Larry Miller 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. WHERE: The D.C. Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. N.W. METRO: Farragut North (red line) INFO: Larry Miller, who appeared in "Pretty Woman," "The Nutty Professor," "Waiting for Guffman" and an episode of "Seinfeld," will perform standup comedy. Admission is $22. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.dcimprov.com or call 202-296-7008.
Saturday, Sept. 20 Dance - Swing vs. Salsa Lessons and Party 7-10:15 p.m. WHERE: The K Street Lounge, on K Street between 13th and 14th streets N.W. METRO: McPherson Square (orange and blue lines), Metro Center (red, orange and blue lines) INFO: Participants will have the opportunity to learn to salsa and swing dance from local dance experts. A dance party and a competition will follow the lessons. The event's organizers discourage people from wearing sneakers to the event. Tickets for this event are $15. CONTACT: For more information, visit www.thingstododc.com or call 202-962-3933.