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CHOCOLATE CITY Screening at Bloombars

This event, taking place at BloomBars in Columbia Heights, comes to us from John at BloomBars.

Join fellow film fans in a screening of local filmmaker Ellie Walton’s film, CHOCOLATE CITY and a Q&A discussion about development and responsible growth in our city.

The filmmaker, Ellie Walton will join us via Skype after the screening for a conversation about displacement in the district.

CHOCOLATE CITY follows the story of 400 low-income families of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg housing projects in Southeast who lost their homes in 2002 to make room for a new, mixed-income development funded in part by a $34.9 million HOPE VI federal grant.

Interior Visions

Interior Visions

For over two decades, Mona Hajj has been designing interiors that combine global vision with an emphasis on elegance, comfort, and simplicity. Named one of Architectural Digest's top 100 designers and architects, Hajj's interiors are colorful, textural, and abundantly livable. Her distinctly original and internationally influenced aesthetic is evidenced by her use of culturally and historically diverse adornments such as Persian rugs, Flemish tapestries, Japanese screens, Italian chandeliers, and Chinese chargers. On this evening, Hajj discusses select projects showcased in her book, Interior Visions (Random House, 2011), including a beach house in Delaware, a New York City apartment, the Embassy of Luxembourg here in Washington, D.C., and even her own home in Baltimore. For more information and to register, please visit https://getinvolved.corcoran.org/interiorvisions

Mr. (Kevin) Smith Goes to Washington, DCIFF Wrap-Up

Mr. (Kevin) Smith Goes to Washington, DCIFF Wrap-Up

Tomorrow, Tuesday March 15, filmmaker Kevin Smith will be presenting his new film Red State at the Warner Theater. Smith, famous for comedic films like Clerks and Chasing Amy as well as being the quiet half of Jay and Silent Bob, departs from his usual humorous territory to dabble in horror. Red State centers around characters inspired by Westboro Baptist Church and its founder, Fred Phelps. Westboro Baptist has achieved national infamy for its controversial protests at the funerals of U.S. servicemen.

FREE TICKETS!! to The Blair Witch Project with director Ed Sanchez

FREE TICKETS!! to The Blair Witch Project with director Ed Sanchez

The DCIFF ends this Sunday March 13 with a showing of the Sundance cut of The Blair Witch Project with special guest, co-creator Ed Sanchez. And I can get you into the 7PM screening at Regal Gallery Place in Chinatown for FREE. PLUS, 50% off admission to the after party at Bar Louie with a complimentary drink and free food. If you're interested, click on my name up above to e-mail me with your name and the names any guests.

Steve Jobs Profiled in New Woolly Mammoth Theatre Production

This story comes to us from Jo-Ann Neuhaus:

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Created and performed by Mike Daisey

Stars Shine, Legends Honored At NABOB's 27th Annual Awards Dinner

Stars Shine, Legends Honored At NABOB's 27th Annual Awards Dinner

Last Friday night, hundreds descended upon Washington DC's Omni Shoreham Hotel to honor legends in communications broadcast and entertainment at the National Association of Black Owned Broadcaster's 27th Annual Awards Dinner. 

Guests that attended the glamorous, black tie affair came out to pay homage to this year's award recipients which included award winning CNN anchor, Soledad O'Brien, television show host and gospel music pioneer, Bobby Jones, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and blues guitarist & singer, Buddy Guy and world renowned calypso singer and songwriter, Mighty Sparrow.

Get an acting lesson from Mr. Burns at the DCIFF

Get an acting lesson from Mr. Burns at the DCIFF

“Eeeeexcellent.”

Harry Shearer, the actor who voices such beloved Simpsons characters as Montgomery Burns, Ned Flanders, and Otto Mann will be offering a master class Saturday March 12 at the Gala Theater as part of this year's DC Independent Film Festival. Besides lending his vocal chords to half of Springfield, Shearer has a body of work that spans four decades including the cult comedy classic This Is Spinal Tap.

Following the master class, Shearer will screen his documentary The Big Uneasy. In the film, Shearer gets the real story of Hurricane Katrina right from the people who lived through it, revealing an account not heard in the popular media.