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Weekend of Japanese Film, Culture and Discussion

Weekend of Japanese Film, Culture and Discussion

The Freer/Sackler Musueam of Asain Art has some fine films showing this weekend.


Linda Linda Linda
Friday, December 3, 7 pm

Nobuhiro Yamashita's dryly witty films have earned him comparisons to Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki, but his droll portraits of provincial life constitute a singular vision of contemporary Japan. In Linda Linda Linda, an exchange student (Korean actress Bae Doo-na) and three classmates form an all-girl band to perform at their school's rock festival. With gentle humor and sympathy for the foibles of high school life, the film follows the girls…


The Harimaya Bridge
Sunday, December 5, 2 pm
    

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company: America’s Cloud

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company: America’s Cloud

Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12.

Performances at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Corcoran's Rotunda.

Join acclaimed choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his contemporary dance company as they debut their site-specific dance piece, “America’s Cloud.”  The dance—inspired by the large-scale cloud sculpture suspended in the Rotunda as part of the exhibition Spencer Finch: My Business, With the Cloud—is the culmination of Burgess’ month-long residency at the Corcoran. Rehearsing and performing in the Corcoran’s Rotunda, Burgess puts the creative choreographic process on display and encourages new dialogues between the visual and performing arts.

DC SCORES hosts District's largest youth Poetry Slam!

DC SCORES hosts District's largest youth Poetry Slam!

The time has finally arrived – almost. After months of learning, writing, re-writing and practicing, DC SCORES’ 800 poet-athletes are making final preparations for the culminating highlight event of the fall season.

The 13th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!.

DC SCORES is an after-school program that uses the unique combination of soccer, poetry and service-learning to inspire students ages 8-15 to live healthy lifestyles and be engaged in school and their communities.

On consecutive nights, 400 of the District’s public elementary and middle school students will take the stage during the citywide competition to vie for the coveted Golden Mic trophy that goes to the elementary school winner. The Slam! showcases original works of poetry written and performed by the students at DC SCORES' 25 schools.

Holiday Do's and Dont's

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DC Area's Film Scene: "Underground Hollywood"

In 1998, Eduardo Sanchez and Neal Fredericks, two Montgomery County Community College alums, shot a film in the woods of Maryland called “The Blair Witch Project.” It went on to gross nearly $250 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. “The Blair Witch Project” was a perfect storm of a clever idea and a shrewd marketing campaign that capitalized on the budding new medium of the internet. It's a good possibility that you've heard this story before.

It's an equally good possibility that you haven't heard of the army of filmmakers in the D.C. area that has been growing in the decade since “The Blair Witch Project” captured the country's imagination. I should know. I'm one of them.

A D.C. Bar With No Alcohol? BloomBars in Columbia Heights Serves Up Art Instead

Let me start this article off by giving you some background.  You should know that this story only came to my attention because I was contacted on Twitter about a very unique type of bar in Columbia Heights…a bar that didn’t serve alcohol.

I was intrigued.

I first began receiving direct messages from @BloomBars inviting me, @LandauDC, to various programs and events that they were hosting about a week ago. 

“What’s a BloomBar?” I thought to myself. 

I visited their website and discovered BloomBars, not BloomBar, is a non-profit art “bar” that acts as a platform for artists, dancers, and other performers to show their stuff.

To be completely honest, though, I still didn’t really get it.  I decided I needed to go and see it for myself.

"Present Interval/Intervalo en el Presente” A Video Installation Project by Alberto Roblest

This event comes to us from Kristen Barden:

Video artist Alberto Roblest brings his latest public art project to the heart of Adams Morgan for two nights only November 5 and 6, 2010.  “Present Interval/Intervalo en el Presente” is a temporary video installation that will transform a triangle of redbrick and asphalt at the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW into a museum experience without the museum or even a roof. It will, in fact, be a cultural experience that you can stroll through, under a starry sky.