This write-up is from our new sometimes-correspondent, Danielle Lopez Lezama. Thanks go out to DCIFF for inviting the blog out to their kick-off party.
The DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF), touted as the oldest independent film festival in the District, has a slightly-belated start this week! Snowquester bumped the kick off day to March 7th, and the festival runs through March 11th. So what can you expect from DCIFF? Great feature films, shorts (some animated and/or experimental), & documentaries, showcasing a range of genres. There’s also seminars, panels, & master-classes for those aspiring filmmakers among us.
I was able to pre-screen a few films & I have to say the quality looks top notch. I want to give particular praise to Towing for expressing so much in such a short period of time. DCIFF is also hosting the world premiere of Meth Head, starring Lukas Haas. There are some other, less geographically exciting [World/US/East Coast/DC] premieres of various other narrative feature films as well.
Most events/screenings (unless otherwise indicated) will be held at the US Naval Heritage Center at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, accessible via the Archives metro station on the Yellow/Green lines.
Tickets can be bought in advance online or at the door. Check the DCIFF website for the (updated) schedule.
Fotoweek DC comes to Georgetown’s L2 Lounge tomorrow, with the exhibit ARCHITECTURE | LANDSCAPE, from the Young Austrian Photography project. It features eight Austrian artists - Clemens Ascher, Catharina Freuis , Markus Guschelbauer, Claudia Larcher, Julie Monaco, Markus Oberndorfer, Tina Ribarits, Gregor Sailer- and will be shown from November 14th to 18th.
Wednesday night’s reception is free if you use the code “Austria” at the door!
I hope no one was planning on going into Virginia this weekend, because if they do they’ll have to travel part of the way by bus. And that’s even more inconvenient than a normal weekend Metro schedule (by normal, we mean the inevitable single tracking frustration).
Buses will take the place of trains that run from Foggy Bottom to Court House (Orange Line) and between Foggy Bottom and Pentagon (Blue Line). Don’t even think about checking out Arlington Cemetery or Rossyln, because those stations are closed.
The track work begins at 10 pm tonight (Friday), so make sure you’ve planned for that in your evening plans.
Okay, not all of this stuff is in Foggy Bottom, but it is all pretty neat. Let us know if you have other events we should be promo-ing!
- Know Fashion DC is tonight! Cocktails, music, and a runway all combine for a super hip evening.
- Truckapalooza is at GWU tomorrow! Between 20th & 21st on H St NW, from 11 am to 2 pm, over 20 food trucks will be dishing up delicious meals straight to your waiting hands. Trucks in attendance include CapMac, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Sweetz Cheesecake, The Orange Cow, STIX, Cajunators, Stella*s PopKern, and more. WRGW will also have opportunities to win tickets to Wiz Khalifa and Miike Snow.
- Hirshhorn Afterhours has it’s autumn iteration on Friday night. They currently have a pretty amazing Ai Weiwei exhibit along with a great Barbara Kruger installation. See our reviews of previous Afterhours here & here. Tickets are $25, more information at their tumblr.
Saturday & Sunday
- This is the last weekend of the Maryland Renascence Festival! This is my recommendation for the weekend because everyone knows the Ren Fest is amazing.
- The GWU Department of Theater and Dance’s production of Almost, Maine, opens on Thursday and closes Sunday. Tickets are $10 for students.
Man it’s been a while since I did a weekend round-up, huh? But there’s so much happening this weekend (all though not all of it is in FoBo).
- To start, today is the first day of Damn Cartoons at GWU, a convention full of Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist that includes a cartoon death match on Friday.
- Saturday and Sunday have even more comics-y goodness for you in Bethesda at the Small Press Expo, with special guests Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, and Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez. If you’re interested in stalking me, I’ll be kicking around the convention.
- Saturday is also the night of the Closing Party for DC Shorts Film Festival, and this weekend is the last weekend to catch ~the best of the fest~.
- If you’re not into cartoons or comics OR EVEN SHORT FILMS but are into food and dancing and folk art, then the H St. Festival, which will run from noon to seven pm on Saturday, is where you should be at.
- And if you’re looking to head out of town, DC’s Big Flea is happening in Chantilly, VA. You can pretty much get anything there, I hear.