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July 1, 2015

June 29, 2015

Georgetown Goes All-D.C. for Sunset Cinema, Starting With ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

Georgetown is practicing the cinematic equivalent of farm-to-table for its new Sunset Cinema outdoor movie series, and it gets things started with maybe the most Georgetowny movie of all time, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary.

D.C. is replete with outdoor screenings, and some of them go with themes, such as NoMa Summer Screen’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” and the Golden Cinema series “All Worked Up.” Georgetown’s addition to the party, which starts on July 7 at Georgetown Waterfront Park at K and Water streets and Cecil Place NW, has a slate of films set in the nation’s capital and filmed in, or at least inspired by, Georgetown. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 1:49 p.m.

June 22, 2015

The Two Gentlemen of AFI Docs: Les Blank and Albert Maysles

"A Poem is a Naked Person" was among the strong lineup of films at AFI Docs. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

“A Poem is a Naked Person” was among the strong lineup of films at AFI Docs. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Dead men tell no tales, the proverb goes. This year’s AFI Docs disproved the old-timey, noirish axiom, though, with documentaries by the late Les Blank and Albert Maysles highlighting a diverse and strong slate of films.

It breaks no ground to praise Blank and Maysles, two masters of the medium. But their two movies at the June 17-21 festival in Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Md., stood out, measured even against their own renowned past work, as well as offerings from contemporary colossi such as Barbara Kopple, Alex Gibney and Stanley Nelson and up-and-comers such as Matthew Heineman. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:58 p.m.

Screen on the Green 2015, With a Washington Focus

A menacing crop duster. An upside-down cruise liner. A machine threatening a way of life. A time-traveling DeLorean. Sounds like a good mix for the 2015 edition of Screen on the Green, the template and still reigning champ of Washington’s vibrant outdoor movie scene.

The series starts on July 20 in a new location on the National Mall, our collective front lawn, in between Fourth and Seventh streets.

Here’s the schedule: Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.

June 17, 2015

‘An Evening With’ Christopher Dodd

Dodd, left, and Lyons discussed the television business at the MPAA. (Photo Courtesy of Joy Asico)

Dodd, left, and Lyons discussed the TV business at the MPAA. (Photo courtesy of Joy Asico)

Former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd wanted to be president. He fell short, but now has what is widely regarded as the best job in Washington as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. And he seems to be having a blast.

At a recent reception at the MPAA feting Stewart Lyons, the producer of “Breaking Bad,” the Connecticut Democrat said he first met Lyons years earlier in New Mexico, where the much-lauded show was filmed. “I was talking, of all things, about financial reform,” the partial namesake of the Dodd-Frank Act said. “In a previous life, I used to be involved in such matters.” Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:30 p.m.

June 16, 2015

AFI Docs Features Multiple Oscar Winners

AFI Docs gets underway Wednesday evening at the Newseum with “Best of Enemies,” a documentary feature by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon. Neville, who won an Academy Award for best documentary feature for “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” in 2014, is just one of the Oscar winners in the film festival’s schedule.

Barbara Kopple, whose “Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation,” is playing Thursday at the AFI Silver and Friday at the Naval Heritage Center, won an Oscar for best documentary feature in 1977 for “Harlan County, U.S.A.”

More recently, Alex Gibney won best documentary feature for “Taxi to the Dark Side,” in 2008. His “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” screens Saturday at the AFI Silver and Sunday at the Naval Heritage Center.

Also among the directors at AFI Docs is the late Albert Maysles, perhaps the most lauded documentary filmmaker of all time, who never won an Oscar for his work — not even arguably his most famous work, “Grey Gardens.” His last movie, “In Transit,” will screen Friday at the AFI Silver and Sunday at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Maysles died in March.


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By Jason Dick Posted at 5:18 p.m.

In the Beginning, There Was Baseball

Herlong hosted members of Congress in Daytona Beach for a spring training run for the Congressional Baseball Game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Herlong hosted members of Congress in Daytona Beach for a spring training run for the Congressional Baseball Game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Since the first edition of Roll Call was published on June 16, 1955, a big part of the editorial mission has been chronicling life around Capitol Hill, what our founder Sid Yudain referred to as “our little community.”

In that first run, under a section on Page 4 dubbed “Editorial Stuff,” there is coverage of that annual rite of summer, the Congressional Baseball Game, and it has a familiar tone to it, a connective tissue from Vol. 1, No. 1 to Vol. 60, No. 127. Full story

June 10, 2015

Capitol Lounge Bids Farewell to One of Its Own

The proprietors of Capitol Lounge Wednesday will finally say goodbye to former employee Mike Schwarz via a happy hour benefitting his surviving family.

(Courtesy Capitol Lounge)

(Courtesy Capitol Lounge)

Schwarz, whom acquaintances say was a regular part of the Capitol Hill bartending scene for the better part of a decade, was found dead on May 27. Full story

June 8, 2015

CityCenterDC Scores Women’s World Cup Watch Party

The boorish behavior of certain FIFA officials has cast a pall over the beautiful game.

But goodwill ambassadors at the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Embassy of Australia are hoping to retrain the focus on world-class athletics Monday by co-hosting a free watch party of the U.S.-Australia group match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at CityCenterDC.

(Courtest U.S. Soccer Foundation)

(Courtest U.S. Soccer Foundation)

Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.; event promoters are expected to project the international showdown on a large screen (circa 10th and I Streets NW).

Admission is gratis, but donations will be accepted in support of USSF’s philanthropic efforts.

Per organizers, a number of prominent futbol fans have been invited, including D.C. United players, Washington Spirit players and members of the Congressional Soccer Caucus.

DC Slices, The Orange Cow and SOL Mexican Grill have been tasked with keeping attendees well fed.

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Among the People at Canal Park Movie Series

Lewis helped lead events that led to the movie "Selma." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lewis helped lead events that led to the movie “Selma.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Riverfront’s increasingly busy pace of life is bringing back its summertime complement of outdoor movies at Canal Park on Thursday nights, a cinematic interlude between the baseball game and the Metro, or for nearby residents, another backyard night-time activity option.

So if after the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Thursday you are walking home and you see people crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge around 200 M St. SE, pull up and find a place under the stars to watch “Selma,” the story of civil rights marchers led by, among others, future Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Martin Luther King Jr. Full story

June 3, 2015

Union Market Drive-In Returns With Blasts From Recent Past

The Union Market Drive-In movie series returns for the summer Friday, and it’s aiming squarely at those nostalgic for big studio fare from the 80s and 90s. Full story

June 2, 2015

Savoring a Taste of Taiwan

The dinner party. (Courtesy TECRO)

The dinner party. (Courtesy TECRO)

“Edelweiss, Edelweiss/Bless my homeland forever.”

 — “Edelweiss” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, as sung by Lyushun Shen.

Things one learns at Taste of Taiwan: Even the healthiest foods benefit from putting something fried on top, Taiwan’s top man in Washington loves to croon show tunes and former Rep. Lester Wolff has a connection to “Mad Men.”

Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
Drink, Eat

June 1, 2015

SAVOR Something Different Every Night This Week

(Courtesy Negroni Week)

(Courtesy Negroni Week)

The confluence of classic Italian cocktails and budding craft brews has created the perfect storm for those interested in ushering in the arrival of June with a beverage in hand.

It once again being Negroni Week, local restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi and Capitol Hill haunt Wisdom are each paying homage to the bitters-fueled tipple. Full story

May 29, 2015

Viva la Rivoluzione at Movie Nights in Adams Morgan

No, “Bicycle Thief” is not a documentary about the perils of owning a nice two-wheeler in a gentrifying part of Washington.

Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 classic defined Italian neorealism cinema. It also defines Movie Nights in Adams Morgan apart from its cousin outdoor movie series around the District. Full story

May 26, 2015

Nobody Puts NoMa in a Corner

NoMa Summer Screen kicks off its schedule Wednesday at its new location, and with its 2015 theme, “Dance, Dance, Dance.”

First on the screen will be “Dirty Dancing,” the 1987 classic about the dance romance of Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Food trucks accompanying the flick at NoMa Junction at Storey Park — the 1005 First St. NE location previously known as the Greyhound bus station — will be Popped! Republic, DC Slices, DC Empanadas, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Kaftamania and Captain Cookie & the Milkman.

The series continues on Wednesdays through Aug. 19. Come check out the digs while you can. The old bus station is slated for redevelopment to mixed use commercial and retail space. So the murals and food trucks and all that transitional jazz will only last so long.

Here’s the full dance card for the rest of the summer: Full story

May 22, 2015

‘Idiocracy’ a Fine Film for Friday’s Brand of Fun

Filibusters and FISA got you down, Senate watchers? Look no further than a fine piece of film masterwork for solace as you contemplate yet another busted recess weekend.

Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy” has enough prescient political and congressional satire to make even those who had a beach getaway coming up feel a little better about what’s up in the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. As President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho would say, “I got a solution.”

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By Jason Dick Posted at 11:30 a.m.

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