Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of musical, mysterious, and cinematic events right in your own backyard!
A Living Legend: Rama Vaidyanathan
If your only notion of Indian dance comes from Bollywood stereotypes, it’s probably time for a new perspective. Take a cue from Dakshina’s Fall Festival of Indian Arts and watch a solo performance by one of India’s leading dancers. Rama Vaidyanathan’s interpretation of Classical Indian dance introduces you to the beauty and elegance of ancient Bharata Natyam form.
University of the District of Columbia Theater
4300 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC
Cost: Starting at $18.50
Purchase tickets here!
Dancing with the Dead
On Friday, the Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with their fourth annual extravaganza featuring arts and crafts and a costume contest ! Put on your best Calaveras mask and dance to the music of local rock group, The Torches, while enjoying the cash bar and snacks. Friday too far away? Check out the Target Gallery’s exhibition of altars and other Day of the Dead themed art work, going on now through Sunday!
Costume & Dance Party: Friday, 8-11pm
Altar Exhibition: Now through Sunday
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tickets: Advance, $15; Door, $20 or two for $35 (Student tickets: $10)
Special Discount: Purchase 5 advance tickets or more & get them each for only $10
Reserve your advance tickets by contacting 703-838-4565 x2 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Select films opening Friday, November 2
A Late Quartet (R)
When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, and inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A Late Quartet pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.
Brooklyn Castle (PG)
Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at I.S. 318, a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The documentary follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.
In this mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?
Watch the Around Town review coming this Friday!
The Man with the Iron Fist (R)
Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.
The Loneliest Planet (NR)
The summer before their wedding, Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are backpacking through the scenic Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The fit young couple, playful and affectionate, hire a local guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Suddenly, a brief but shocking pivotal incident occurs that changes everything. Writer/director Julia Loktev's film is a haunting character study of love, betrayal and the ambiguities of forgiveness.
Watch the trailer here!
Closing November 4th:
The Government Inspector at Shakespeare Theatre
One Night with Janis Joplin at Arena Stage