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Kennedy Center (credit: Carol Pratt)

Need a break from poster sessions and speakers? If you've exhausted your hotel's pay-per-view options and want something more fulfilling than Thai takeout, check out these five nighttime events during APA's 2011 Annual Convention.

APAGS Rooftop Social

When/where: Aug. 4, 7 p.m., at APA headquarters
Address: 750 First St., N.E., Washington, D.C.
Metro: Union Station

Munch on appetizers, meet fellow graduate students and enjoy the striking view of the nearby U.S. Capitol at this APAGS-sponsored event.


When/where: Aug. 4-7, 7:30 p.m., at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Address: 2700 F St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Metro: Foggy Bottom/George Washington University. Look for signs for the free Kennedy Center Shuttle bus to the left as you exit the Metro escalator.

Enjoy the Grammy and Tony Award-winning musical about the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Buy tickets through the Kennedy Center or Excite.

An Evening at the Newseum

When/where: Friday, Aug. 5, 8 p.m.
Address: 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington D.C.
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Station

Tour Washington's interactive museum devoted to the newsgathering process during a special APA event. Highlights include a gallery of news coverage of Sept. 11, an exhibit on Hurricane Katrina and a collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. Reserve a $15 ticket today.

Rosslyn Outdoor Movie Festival

When/where: Friday, Aug. 5, at dusk
Address: Gateway Park (near Key Bridge) 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn

Pack a picnic and enjoy the stars as you watch "Hot Rod," a stuntman comedy starring Andy Samberg and Will Arnett. (Free).

D.C. United versus Toronto FC

When/where: Saturday, Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
Address: 2400 East Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C.
Metro: Stadium-Armory

Kick back and support Washington's Major League Soccer team at this historic sports venue, former home to the Washington Redskins and the Washington Senators baseball team. Tickets run from $21 to $63.