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Posted at 1:02 PM ET, 09/22/2008

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By Fritz Hahn

The life of rapper Tupac Shakur is the subject of the film "Tupac: Resurrection," shown at the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday. Arrive early for a discussion. (MTV Films-Amaru Entertainment)

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Chinua Achebe at the Fall for the Book Festival
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian-born author of the classic novel "Things Fall Apart," is honored at the annual Fall for the Book Festival at George Mason University. From 5:30 to 7:30, a reception at the Center of the Arts features Nigerian music and food. Finally, from 7:30 to 9, Achebe, the recipient of the 2008 Mason Award for literature, speaks about his work and reads from "Things Fall Apart."

HeART of D.C. Artists Reception at the John A. Wilson Building
Tour the newest additions to the "HeART of D.C." art collection at Washington's City Hall, hear live jazz and sample refreshments.

'Tupac: Resurrection' Film and Discussion at the National Portrait Gallery
Introduced by American University professor Keith Leonard, this Oscar-nominated documentary looks at the controversial life of rapper Tupac Shakur.

Playwright Discovery Evening at the Kennedy Center
VSA Arts, a non-profit group that offers opportunities for people with disabilities to become involved in the performing arts, celebrates a quarter-century of work with a premiere of a new play, "The Other Room," about a teenager with autism.

Chuck Brown at Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza
You'll be good to go-go at the final outdoor concert of the season in the courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Building.

The National Book Festival on the National Mall
More than 100,000 bibliophiles flock to Library of Congress's annual celebration of all things literary. Among the dozens of authors reading and signing their books are Salman Rushdie, R.L. Stine, Bob Schieffer, Paul Theroux and Michelle Singletary.

Crafty Bastards at the Marie Reed Recreation Center
The indie craft fair returns to Adams Morgan, with more than 100 juried vendors selling handmade wares. There's also live music for adults and children, DJs and a breakdancing competition.

'Currents: Recent Acquisitions' at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
Only a few days remain to see the newest acquisitions in the museum's collection, including photographs by Nikki S. Lee and Lee Friedlander.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 22, 2008; 1:02 PM ET
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