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Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of musical, moving, and monumental events right in your own backyard!
A Funny Twist on a Literary Classic
What do you get when you add rock & roll to the Victorian era? Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue’s The Brontes at the fallFringe Festival. Full of music, dance and amusing chaos, this is one portrayal of the 19th-century writers you’ve likely never seen before. This also marks the last weekend of fallFringe, a showcase of the best talent from recent Capital Fringe Festivals. So go give your favorite local performances a final round of applause!
Thursday, 8pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm
RedRum Theatre 607 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC
Cost: $20 ($15 with Capital Fringe pass)
For those who prefer print over pixels
For proof that the Internet has not killed books, head to the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair. The largest book arts event on the East Coast, Pyramid Atlantic showcases handmade books, limited edition prints and artisan papers. Demonstrations by artists and lectures from scholars, collectors, and publishers complement the beautiful display of original works.
Friday, 9am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 9am-4pm
Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center 8230 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland
Cost: Starting at $10
¡Viva España! (Especially Spanish dance!)
Just because Hispanic Heritage Month is over doesn’t mean you have to end your love affair with Hispanic culture. Next: Spain, co-presented by Company E and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, honors the contemporary dance coming out of, you guessed it, Spain. The program features four segments, including the world premieres of Y - A Spanish Suite and Few. If you’re unsure about Spain’s contribution to the arts besides Pablo Picasso, here’s your chance to find out.
Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 pm & 8pm
Lansburgh Theatre 450 7th Street NW Washington, DC
Cost: Starting at $23
A Grand Re-Opening!
The Baltimore Museum of Art unveils the first of many renovations to its illustrious galleries when the Contemporary Wing re-opens this Sunday! The newly transformed space shows off hidden treasures that didn’t fit in the old space, as well as new pieces commissioned for the museum. Can’t wait until Sunday? Come out Saturday for BMA Late Night, this free for all shindig celebrates the renovation with local bands, dancing and a cash bar!
BMA Late Night: Saturday, 9 pm–Midnight
The Big Day: Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218
Cinema on the Steppe
Flowers of the Steppe: Festival of Kazakh Cinema showcases Kazakhstan’s most emblematic and enticing films, (with the support of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Freer Gallery of Art, Goethe Institut, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership). DC screenings include two contemporary films, followed by discussion panels with celebrated filmmakers and dignitaries from both the United States and Kazakhstan.
Kelin Saturday, 7pm
Discussion following the screening with Steven-Charles Jaffe, Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, and Ermek Shinarbaev, noted Kazakh film director.
Goethe Institut, Washington DC 812 Seventh Street NW Washington, DC 20001-3718
Letters to An Angel / Pisma k Angelu
Q&A with director, Ermek Shinarbaev, and sound engineer, Gulsara Mukataeva, immediately following the screening. Light reception, includes traditional Kazakh cuisine.
Freer Gallery of Art Independence Avenue at 12th Street SW Washington, DC
Free, first-come basis. For more information about these films and the festival in general click here!
Select films opening Friday:
Anna Karenina (R)
Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright's new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's great novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). Unfolding in its original late-19th-century Russian high-society setting, the drama marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley, following their award-winning hits Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Also starring Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald and Olivia Williams.
The Silver Linings Playbook (R)
Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.
Chasing Ice (NR)
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. Exclusively at E Street Cinema through November 22.
A Royal Affair (R)
ROYAL AFFAIR is an 18th century historical drama four years in the making, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, screenwriter of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the film is an epic romance about the love triangle between a German doctor, the queen of Denmark, and her deranged king. (Fully subtitled)
Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway, great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel), an aspiring actress, and 85-year-old widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films (Prince of Broadway, Take Out), capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Opens exclusively at E Street Cinemas
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (PG-13)
In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world. Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon.