Weekend Roundup: Hirshhorn Afterhours, Truckapalooza, and more!

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.


All Comics, All Weekend – SPX & Damn Cartoons, plus DC’s Big Flea, DC Shorts

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.

Summer Previews: Capital Fringe Festival – Something Old, Something New

Ecce - a film by AP Carroll

It’s that time of year again: time to block off a week of your time to theatre. New plays, weird plays, interactive plays, local plays. Running from July 12th through the 29th, there are no fewer than 30 plays being performed each day of the fest.

So how do you possibly decide? Don’t worry, FoBoBlo is here to help you narrow it down to at least one must-see play for those who love both supporting local artists AND love politics.

ECCE is a play that might sound familiar to recent grads and current students at GWU, because it debuted as a 14th Grade Player production in the fall of 2010. That was the same semester that the playwright, AP Carroll, graduated. While young writer often turn to their own lives for material (see: Lena Dunham’s oeuvre). It’s being directed by Ed Churchill.

We sat down with Amanda Rhodes, Ecce’s producer, to learn more about what makes this play an absolute must for this year’s Capital Fringe Fest crowd.

The story is a familiar one — Pontius Pilate was the judge of Jesus’ trial in the Roman province of Judea, and the man who let him be crucified. But the play examines this story from Pilate’s perspective — a politician with ambitions but also the desire to do good in the world.

Rhodes says this play is perfect for a contemporary DC audience — it’s a political thriller set in a timeless story, and it gives audiences a chance to see “the humanity of power players.” The play is for people who want to see “something new set in a familiar story.” The context of the play is especially resonant in DC, and the play “really reflects the city that we live in.”

To find out more, check out the ECCE Capital Fringe Fest pageECCE Facebook Page.

If you’re interested in more productions from former FoBoians, there are at least two!

In This Economy is written and directed by friend-of-the-blog and two-time Jeopardy contestant John Krizel.

- The Webcam Play is written by Tim Guillot and stars Steve Isaac, two GWU other GWU theatre alums.

Both of these plays take a look at love in the modern age — how internet communication is more and more vital in the world we live in, and that includes romance.


Where to See the Oscar Nominees in DC

Or at least, where to see the harder to find nominees, since I’m assuming everyone has already seen The Help and no one has seen Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, even though it’s playing at the Georgetown AMC. Here’s your guide if you are an obsessive completest or are betting money in your office’s Academy Awards pool.

Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress
E Street Cinema & West End Cinema are both inexplicably showing War Horse, but these are your best bet for the slightly-more-indie films on this year’s Oscar list.
West End Cinema: this is your best bet to catch My Week with Marylin, and enjoy Michelle Williams’ glowing performance.
E Street: The Iron Lady & Albert Nobbs round up some more of this years Best Actress nods, and it’s also showing The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Descendants.
Recommended: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (3 nominations – Actor, Score, and Adapted Screenplay)

Best Foreign Films:
National Geographic will again be showing all five foreign film nominees as part of their Global Glimpse program, the weekend of February 17th-19th. Tickets are 8 dollars. Bullhead also opens at the West End on the 24th.
Recommended: A Separation (2 nominations – best foreign film & best original screenplay).

Animated & Live Shorts
These are great to catch if you’re gunning to win your office’s Oscar pool this year, and they come to E Street Cinema starting February 10th. They play for a week, and each showing will include both nominees and honorable mentions.
Recommended: If you can only pick on, go for Animated, it’s normally a nice change of pace from heavy hitting Oscar movies. You can also catch these at the National Archives for free on February 25th.

The National Archives will be showcasing the Oscar-nominated documentary features, one each night from the 22nd thru the 26th. You can catch the documentary on dance, Pina, in 3D as it was submitted at the Georgetown AMC.
Recommended: Hell & Back if you liked Restrepo, Pina if you like beautiful things (unfortunately it will only be showing in 2D at the Archives).

Documentary Short
Unsurprisingly, these are also being shown at the National Archives, but starting February 10th, four of the nominated shorts will be shown together at the West End Cinema.
Recommended: I got nothing, y’all, as I haven’t seen a single one…yet.


Listen to the Music: Some headphones for your Foggy Bottom ways

I’m a pretty picky fellow when it comes to headphones. I’ve gone though approximately a pair a year since I started college (2004), all in search of the perfect pair. I want something that is comfortable, excludes a lot of outside noise, and sounds good with the music I listen to. Aesthetics aren’t really a part of the discussion. Over-the-head headphones won’t cut it for me, not because they don’t look good, but rather because they aren’t too portable. I’ve got to find a pair that works well on the metro and aren’t a pain to carry around.

Well, the local DC spokesperson of AT&T, Margarita Noriega, recently gave me a trio of headphones and one Bluetooth speaker to try.  I wasn’t told to say anything, and I’m at liberty to write whatever I want (as you’ll see below). The idea was that perhaps I could find a pair worth recommending to the readers of this fine blog.

After some pretty extensive listening, I come with two pairs to avoid, one that I love, and one Bluetooth speaker that would be awesome were it not for the price tag. All three headphones came equipped with a mic for use with a smartphone, though I didn’t get the chance to test those. So these reviews are based purely on sound.

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