The snow sent us shivering to the movies. I laughed with delight at The Lady Eve at the AFI's leading ladies of golden age cinema film festival. I shed many a tear at McFarland, USA (temperamental school sports coach brings meaning to the life of disadvantaged kids through cross country running - true story), and tried to hide my enjoyment of the trashy but pleasant DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). But honestly, I'd seen most of the Oscar-nominated films, so very much enjoyed the DC Center's Oscars Night party at Town. I went last year and it was clear it was a very fun place in which to watch the Oscars. Our ticket included popcorn, snacks, a bit of emcee and drag queen fun, and of course the event itself on the big screen. I was disappointed to see Birdman winning the best picture when it so clearly was not - however, presumably those in showbiz have a natural tendency to favor films made about them and their experiences... Nevertheless, it reduces the credibility of the awards when silly decisions like this are made. In my humble opinion... But I did enjoy the popcorn.
We dabbled in art at the Phillips Collection, where I'd been really excited to see the Man Ray and Mathematics exhibition, which alas turned out not to do much for me. It was okay, but I couldn't work up as much enthusiasm as with many of their recent exhibitions. However, I did work up significant enthusiasm about their quiche in the Tryst cafe in the museum...
As for theatre, we went to see Treasure Island, a London production by the National Theatre Live, screened live at Sidney Harman Hall. It was excellent, though alarming in its peril. Everyone should remember to keep an eye out for these high quality performances.
And while it was too snowy/slippy to go for a proper walk, we did something that made us feel like crazy hardcore daredevils: we walked on the frozen canal in Georgetown! Everyone else was doing it, so we bowed to peer pressure, or at least peer endorsement. We didn't drown, but were filled with delight. Hooray for the snow!
What's coming up in the next week that sounds fab in DC
Three festivals to entertain you this weekend: Festival are clearly like buses - none for ages, then all at once (a bit like the N2 and N4...) This weekend will you choose the DC Indie Film Festival with its tempting list of films and events (I'm intrigued by the virtual reality movie). Or will it be the Intersections Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center with its array of interesting performances. Lots of music and dance, in particular. Or the DC Jewish Film Festival with an impressive number of films on Saturday and Sunday.
Thu 26th Feb - Essentially tonight is about cool science talks. Your only decision is whether to go down the hipster route at Thirst, or the celebrity route with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Fri 27th Feb - Go to Folger Shakespeare Library to hear poets on the topic of power, or up to the Wonderland Ballroom for Don't Block the Box comedy.
Sat 28th Feb - Start your afternoon with Sunnier Side Up Movie Shorts at the DC Indie Film Festival. Then you can fit in both of these, which each have a late afternoon and evening show: Zip Zap Circus sounds like they're going to deliver a potentially very cool show (at 5:30 and 8). Note you can also go to their free circus workshop (3:30)! You can also squeeze in Catch Me - a Magic Duel, which is a charming face-off between two magicians in a random lovely house in Adams Morgan... I really liked it last time it was on.
Sun 1st March - There are some great-sounding DC Indie Film Festival offerings today. I really like the sound of the international animation shorts. Or there's a quirky 'pop opera' called Bare, which is likened to the move Saved. Or hear ten female authors read crime fiction at Kramer Books.
Monday 2nd March - Head to Kramer Books for an evening of independent fiction.
Tue 3rd March - Sixth and I are having a 'genius festival', and tonight Michio Kaku talks about his book, The Future of the Mind. Or head up to Petworth Citizen when my 'Make a 5 Minute Documentary on Your Celllphone' KnowledgeCommonsDC class is having a free 'film festival' to screen our work. You can register, or just turn up.
Wed 4th March - Remember: Perfect Liars Club is on Wednesday! It's sold out but if you want to come, here's your strategy... A few tickets will go on sale at 6pm. There's usually a line so be prepared. And if you have failed, just around 7:30, after the ticket guy knows how many ticketholders actually arrived, he's been known to release an extra ticket or two... Tickets for April 1st go on sale on Thursday 5th March at 1pm here.