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Noteworthy events over the next few weeks

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Aug. 16-Oct. 9 ‘The Color Purple’

Whether it’s a book, movie or musical, “The Color Purple” racks up awards. Signature Theatre’s big show for the late summer and fall is the musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which earned 11 Tony nomination­s. The stirring show sets this classic, epic tale of friendship and empowermen­t among Southern Black women to a soundtrack featuring jazz, gospel, blues and ragtime. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. sigtheatre.org. $40-$108. Aug. 20 Asia Collective Night Market

The Howard County Fairground­s turns into a food lover’s dream with bites from 40 Asian restaurant­s, including Baltimore Asian-fusion spot Ekiben and the Hong Konginspir­ed Columbia Heights bistro Queen’s English. Snacks range from Vietnamese egg rolls to soup dumplings and Chinese barbecue skewers to boba tea. Asia Collective Night Market stays open fittingly late, and organizers say the ticketed format with multiple entrances to the fairground­s will cut back on long lines. 2 to 11 p.m. Howard County Fairground­s, 2210 Fairground­s Rd., West Friendship. asiacollec­tivenightm­arket.com. $10; free for children younger than 10.

Aug. 20-21 Sneaker Con

It’s going to be hard to leave Sneaker Con without a fresh pair of shoes. More than 400 vendors set up shop to buy, sell and trade during the two-day sneaker and streetwear convention at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Meanwhile, ebay experts are on hand to authentica­te vintage sneakers and run a live auction. Noon to 7 p.m. Walter E. Washington

Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. sneakercon.com. $30-$50. Sept. 3 National Book Festival

After an all-virtual program in 2020 and a multiday mix of virtual and inperson events in 2021, the National Book Festival is back to its regularly scheduled programmin­g at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on the first Saturday in September. The free festival’s main stage draws celebs turned authors like singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe, “Parks and Recreation” actor Nick Offerman and deaf activist Nyle Dimarco. More than 120 poets, writers, and authors of children’s and young adult books will be in the building for talks and book signings, including the likes of Mitch Albom, Clint Smith, Donna Barba Higuera and Jesmyn Ward. Keep an eye on the festival’s blog for the full schedule. If you can’t make it in person, several of the stages will be live-streamed, and the Library of Congress plans to post videos of all talks “shortly after the festival.” 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. loc.gov/ bookfest. Free.

Oct. 8 Down in the Reeds

If this 90-degree weather has you longing for an outdoor music festival in the crisp fall air, mark your calendar for D.C.’S third annual Down in the Reeds festival on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The eclectic free festival focuses on the healing power of music, and this year’s headliners are punk and go-goinfused North Indian bhangra band Red Baraat as well as the Medicine Singers with Yonatan Gat, a musical collective that fuses Algonquin drumming, jazz and electronic music. There will be two stages of performanc­es from local artists, plus family activities, games, art vendors, and fare from food trucks and breweries. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Parks at Walter Reed, 1010 Butternut St. NW. downinther­eeds.com. Free.

 ?? CAMERON WHITMAN ?? Nova Y. Payton stars as Celie in Signature Theatre’s “The Color Purple.” The musical, adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, features jazz, gospel, blues and ragtime.
CAMERON WHITMAN Nova Y. Payton stars as Celie in Signature Theatre’s “The Color Purple.” The musical, adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, features jazz, gospel, blues and ragtime.
 ?? PARAS GRIFFIN/GETTY IMAGES ?? Janelle Monáe will discuss her book “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer” at the National Book Festival.
PARAS GRIFFIN/GETTY IMAGES Janelle Monáe will discuss her book “The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer” at the National Book Festival.

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