Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Salon. Ed and Sarah will host. Topic to be decided (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea). RSVP to email@example.com or call 703-655-6733.
Mark Your Calendars
- Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. Salon. Can you host?
- Sunday, June 16 at 6 p.m. Salon at Ken & Robert's. Well, OK , really more of a birthday / retirement party /
BBQ. Hope to see you there.
Free Films at the National Gallery of Art
month has five excellent films being shown in new restorations at the National
Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium. They're all free, and this is (IMO)
the best screen in town. If you have not seen these, mark your calendars and
- Godard’s The
May 19 at 4:30
The reclusive eighty-eight-year-old Jean-Luc Godard (the only French New
Wave director still alive) continues to practice his enigmatic art. In
this most recent work, he probes topics that have preoccupied his later
years - the state of film aesthetics, the discourse between history,
painting, and cinema, and the boundaries between filmmaking and other
forms of image making - all of which then shape a broad philosophical
inquiry into the state of the modern world. "Godard pieces together fragments,
clips them from some of the greatest films of the past, then digitally
alters, bleaches, and washes them, all in the service of reflecting on
what he sees and what he makes of the dissonance that surrounds him" -
Piers Handling. (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018, subtitles, 90 minutes)
- Pagnol's The
May 26 at 2:00
The books of the popular Provençal writer Jean Giono
were a favorite source of material for filmmaker Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s. The Baker’s Wife (La femme du boulanger), arguably Pagnol’s
best work, has now been treated to a 4K restoration. The incomparable Raimu stars as the local baker who is devastated when
his pretty young wife (Ginette Leclerc) is attracted to a shepherd and
leaves the village. Heartbroken, Raimu can no
longer bake his famous bread, but luckily the villagers - distressed over
the loss of their bread - make plans to lure the wife back to the bakery.
(Marcel Pagnol, 1938, subtitles, 133 minutes)
- Roberto Rossellini: The
Rome, Open City - May 25 at 12:00
Paisan - May 27 at 12:30
Germany, Year Zero - May 27 at 3:30
Roberto Rossellini’s films of the 1940s, Roma, città
and Germania anno zero - now generally referred to as a trilogy
based on the Second World War - took audiences and critics by surprise.
The Italian movie industry was completely devastated during the war.
Casts, crews, and film stock were hard to find, but Rossellini, who had
once made movies for Mussolini, wanted to push forward with a new project.
His shooting started even before the Nazi occupiers had left. Using
makeshift sets and virtually no budget to craft a narrative tale under
severe conditions; incorporating newsreel footage and rough camera work;
employing ordinary people as players - all were deemed radical gestures.
Ultimately, Rossellini’s efforts supported the new, forceful, and
influential postwar style, Italian neorealism.
And watch for more great films in June - Bertollucci's 1900
(June 22) and Kurosawa's Ran (June 30).
Music Festivals and Concerts
- FREE: Washington
Folk Festival 2019
Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2 –Noon - 7 pm
The Washington Folk Festival is back for its 39th year at Glen Echo Park.
This FREE festival, presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington
and the Glen Echo Park Partnership, celebrates the many folk music, dance
and craft traditions of the greater Washington area. The Festival features
over 400 of the best traditional musicians, storytellers, dancers, and
craftspeople representing our diverse and multi-faceted region.Seven stages
simultaneously present music and dance for a total of nearly 60 hours of
live performance. The festival also includes a storytelling stage, dance
workshops in the Spanish Ballroom, a craft marketplace in the Bumper Car
Pavilion, and many spontaneous picking sessions in the Park’s picnic
Annual Tinner Hill Music Festival (click the link to buy tickets)
Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11am to 9pm
A re-branded, re-styled music festival celebrating culturally-rich
live music and interactive villages to create a sensational Falls Church
- FREE: Lubber
Run 50th Anniversary Season
Opening Night Friday 14 June 8pm
Two-time GRAMMY Award® nominated singer-songwriter RAUL MIDÓN opens the
50th Anniversary season of the Free LUBBER RUN AMPHITHEATER Summer Concert
Series, North Columbus and 2nd Street North, in Arlington.
Come early (7pm) on Opening Night Friday, June 14th for a pre-show
celebration with free ice cream (while supply lasts) from a vintage Good
Humor Truck and kids activities!
- FREE: Columbia
Pike Blues Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Great music, local food, and arts & crafts vendors! Community groups,
local businesses, kids’ activities! FREE ADMISSION!
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