Friday, July 06, 2007

Public Service Announcement

I've been looking for fun free stuff to do this Summer and here are some options for my fellow DC/Metro Area-ites [I almost typed "DC/ Metro Areans" but that sounded a bit too Third Reich for my taste]:

SCREEN ON THE GREEN

The annual Screen on the Green festival brings free films to the Mall on Monday nights, where they're shown on a giant 20-by-40-foot screen between Fourth and Seventh Streets. The films begin at dusk, or roughly between 8:30 and 9. Viewers often arrive as early as 5, so plan to get there well in advance. If there's inclement weather, screenings may be canceled. Call 877-262 5866. The schedule is:

July 16: "Annie Hall" (1977)
July 23: "The Thing (From Another World)" (1951)
July 30: "Wait Until Dark" (1967)
Aug. 6: "All the King's Men" (1949)
Aug. 13: "Casablanca" (1942)


VUBOQ is all about The Thing (From Another World) and CASABLANCA BITCHES!!!

Busy on Monday evenings? How are your Thursdays?

July 12, 7 PM, Outdoor Concert
Afro-Portuguese Baila from Sri Lanka: The Gypsies Band
Art Night Dance and Music Concert
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
Location: Freer steps (if inclement weather, in the Meyer Auditorium)


Enjoy the infectious rhythms and light-hearted melodies of baila music performed by the Gypsies Band, the most popular baila group in Sri Lanka. Probably originating among African slaves during the colonial era, baila melds its African and Portuguese foundations with influences as diverse as calypso and mariachi. Its inventive lyrics address social issues, historical legacies, and contemporary events in biting yet humorous fashion. Note: If inclement weather, seating in the Meyer Auditorium will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
July 19, 7 PM, Performance
Capoeira: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts
Art Night Dance and Music Performance
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art
Location: Freer, Meyer Auditorium
Free, but tickets required; see Note

Experience the grace of the Afro-Brazilian martial arts game-dance form capoeira that dates to the arrival of African slaves in Brazil in the 16th century. The Washington-area chapter of International Capoeira Angola Foundation demonstrates the duels of the game circle (roda) as they are accompanied by chants and an ensemble of musical bows (berimbaus), conga drums, basket rattles (caxixi), bells, scrapers, and tambourines.Note: Free tickets (up to 4 per person) can be reserved in advance through Ticketmaster at 202-397-7328 or 800-551-7328 beginning at 10 AM two Mondays before the event. A small handling fee is applied. Tickets (up to 2 per person) will also be available at the auditorium door 1 hour before the event begins on a first-come, first-served basis.

VUBOQ notes ... if they are as hot as the guys in the Capoeira porn videos, I am so there. Um ... er ... wait ... as hot as I've heard people say they are in the porn videos. Really. I have no personal Capoeira porn video-watching experience. Honest. *shifty eyes*

August 16,
5-6:30 PM Take Five!
Performance
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Location: 2nd Floor, Portico Cafe (weather permitting)
Free

Hear live jazz by Sounds Good outside at the Portico Cafe, where food and beverages are available for purchase.
You're welcome. Now, go forth and get thee some culture.

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