Tayari Jones

George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival kicked off yesterday and runs through the end of the week, wrapping up right before the National Book Festival on the Mall. Today at 3 p.m., dancer and Balanchine protégé Jacques d’Amboise chats about his book, I Was a Dancer; at 4:30 p.m., novelist Tayari Jones (Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling) discusses her (excellent) latest, Silver Sparrow. Check out the rest of today’s schedule at fallforthebook.org.

Today’s also the first day of D.C. Fashion Week. That starts at 7 p.m. tonight with an eco fashion show at the headquarters of design firm Perkins + Will. Admission is free, but you need to RSVP.

Brightest Young Things is hosting a much-hyped and pseudo-secret thing called Underground Rebel Bingo tonight in Silver Spring. The Facebook guest list is currently grazing 440. Hmmm. Go to the public Facebook invitation for more information.

More bounce to the ounce: Sasha Lord is bringing back New Orleans bounce artist Vockah Redu, this time to U Street Music Hall. Washington City Paper favs noon:30 open with TT the Artist. 8 p.m. $10.

Over at DC9, Dirty Beaches—-a City Paper critic’s pick back in May—-plays with noise-pop royalty Frankie Rose and the great Foul Swoops. 8 p.m. $12.

If all of this just sounds like too much work, slither over to Black Cat for a Mel Brooks double feature and alcohol. 8:30 p.m. Free admission.

For more ideas, peep our Fall Arts Guide calendar.