Second City Comedy Troupe
The Second City comedy troupe has been home to some of the greatest comedians of our time. From Bill Murray to Tina Fey, these sketch comedians and first-class improvisers have been making people laugh for generations and this weekend they are making DC their home! So don’t miss the chance to see their newest talents, guaranteed to make you “LOL” in the Second City’s Laugh Out Loud Tour. Performances: Lansburgh Theatre on Friday, July 27 at 8:00pm and 10:30pm, Saturday, July 28 at 7:15pm and 9:45pm. Tickets: $25 - $45.
Philip Kaufman is a professor, writer, and director and has produced numerous award-winning films. This weekend the National Gallery of Art is offering the chance to see one his most celebrated films for free! The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a famous novel by Czech writer Milan Kundera about the Prague Spring of 1968 that Kaufman adapted for the screen. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche and is a classic romance set in a turbulent time. To enhance your experience of the film, author of Philip Kaufman: American Stylist, Annette Isdorf, will speak about the director to provide her insights to the man and the movie. Film screening: Sunday, July 29 at 4:30pm. Book signing: 3:45pm.
The Planets—An HD Odyssey
Although most of us won’t have the opportunity to travel to space in our lifetime, the National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets gives us the next best thing. Under the leadership of conductor Emil de Cou, and accompanied by the Choral Society of Washington, join the NSO as they bring the intrigue and beauty of the solar system to life with a high definition film comprised of images from the current Mars Rover and other NASA probe missions like the Voyager, Magellan, and Galileo. Join the NSO and the Choral Society of Washington at the Wolf Trap Foundation’s Filene Center for a night guaranteed to be out of this world! Performance: Friday, July 27 at 8:30pm. Tickets: $20-$52.
Charlotte Dumas has a way of seeing into an animal’s soul with her expertise in photography. Traveling all around the world photographing animals, she gains perspective to their side of the story. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is featuring her talents in the exhibition, Anima. The display consists of a series of formal portraits focusing on various animals and their emotions as they strive to survive in a human-dominated world. Her portraits allow audiences to see the world through the eyes of the animals and understand how humans affect the lives they lead. Anima remains on display until October, 28 2012. Corcoran hours: Wednesdays, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Thursdays, 10:00am – 9:00pm; Friday – Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission: Adults- $10, Seniors/Students- $8.
New Films Opening Friday, July 27, 2012
Killer Joe NC-17
Drug dealers and deadly plots fill this black comedy as a son hires a hit man to kill his mother for her life insurance policy after she steals $6,000 worth of his drugs.
The Watch R
A group of suburban dads form a neighborhood watch and discover an alien invasion in progress. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade star in this comedy written by Seth Rogan.
Step Up Revolution PG-13
In this next installment of the Step Up franchise, Emily, an aspiring professional dancer, arrives in Miami and bands together with a dance crew to protest a wealthy businessman’s development project that would displace thousands of people.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry R
The documentary follows the artist and activist as he prepares for major museum exhibitions, interacts with family members, and publicly rebels against the Chinese government.
The Bourne Legacy PG-13
Jeremy Renner stars as the government created assassin who goes rogue in the fourth chapter of the Bourne series.
Searching for Sugar Man PG-13
The film tells the true story of the ‘70s rock icon that never came to be, Rodriguez. After a bootleg recording in South Africa turned the album into a phenomenon, two fans set out to find what really happened to the singer.