A “Roomie-bot”. Photo courtesy of Arts and Industries Building.
Have a nice week end
A scoop for you! The National Geographic Museum has just announced that it reopen in February with two exhibitions: “Once Upon a Climb: Stories From Everest” and “The Greatest Wildlife Photographs”. The museum offers free admission throughout the month of February upon prior registration.
For our “On Our Radar” this week, we highlight upcoming film festivals.
So what should you be doing from January 20-23?
For your convenience, this newsletter includes emojis to help you during these unprecedented times:
- The 🛋 indicates that an event is happening in person inside.
- The 🌲 indicates that an event is happening in person outside.
- The 💻 indicates that an event is happening virtually.
- And finally, the 🆓 indicates that an event is free.
- the 💉 indicates an event requires proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.
Your last minute weekend plans
1. Meet a robot. Head to the FUTURES exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building to see a demonstration and hear from the maker of RoommateBot (game, free, 🛋/💉, National Mall).
2. Say goodbye to Thamee. H Street’s beloved Burmese restaurant has its last day of service on Sunday. This weekend the restaurant will have a garage sale offering tables, chairs, glassware and plants. If you’re looking for more plants, consider stopping by 3 star Brewing Co. exchange of plants (Sun, Free, 🛋/💉, Lamond Riggs).
3. Outdoor fun. Watch the Capitals game with Ballston offer (Thursday, free, 🛋/💉, Ballston) or sing to a hot chocolate karaoke party (Saturday, free, 🛋/💉, Edgewood).
4. Art exhibitions. Discover Artechouse’s new exhibition, “Transient: impermanent paintings” (in progress, $24 for adults, 🛋/💉, The platform) featuring a motorized piano duo and hyper-realistic projections. See the Hannah Brancato exhibition »Legacy of White Silence” (starts Wednesday, free, 🛋/💉, Rockville), which explores internalized racism and complicity in the white supremacist system. Stop by the opening reception for “Reign” (free game, 🛋, Ballstone) by Briana Hertzog.
What’s on our radar: Film festivals
Washington hosts many film festivals and we are thrilled with these:
- Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (1/16-1/30) In progress, this film festival presents the best of alternative cinema from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Tibet. The film festival is in its 10th year and is virtual this year.
- The 33rd Annual Black Film Festival (2/1-2/23) The MLK library hosts this film festival, which includes in-person feature doubles of a short documentary and film every Tuesday in February. Some of the movies include “Soul”, “Candyman” and “The Murder of Fred Hampton”.
- Mother tongue film festival (2/17- 3/4) Brought to you by the Smithsonian, this film festival highlights the role of language by showing films in endangered languages. This year, the free film festival will be available virtually and the films will be accompanied by events.
- 26th Annual Iran Film Festival (2/4-4/27) Divided into two parts, this segment of the film festival includes in-person screenings at the AFI Silver Theater.
- French Presidency of the European Union (2/8-3/1) Every Tuesday, the French Embassy will host film screenings celebrating the French Presidency of the European Union. One must reserve.
- DC Independent Film Festival (3/2-3/6) Since 1999, this film festival included a variety of feature films, documentaries, animations, and even a high school competition.
- 16th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival (3/3-3/6) That person film festival highlights films from Ireland-based filmmakers and Irish films.
- 30th DC Environmental Film Festival (3/17-3/27) This popular movie the festival returns in a virtual format. The festival includes a large DCEFF online library, which allows audiences to access and watch past films.