The mercury is climbing in Washington, which means it’s time to start scoping out your outdoor lounging sites, including open-air movies right next to Capitol Hill.
On Wednesday, NoMa Summer Screen returns to the Near Northeast neighborhood with a screening of “Back to the Future” to kick off its 2014 Unlikely Friendships theme.
Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 time-travel comedy starring Michael J. Fox as a teenager whipped back to the 1950s in a DeLorean is one of the seminal movies of the 1980s (Huey Lewis and the News! Christopher Lloyd! 1950s nostalgia!) and is always worth another viewing, particularly when shown outside with the benefit of your pals and mobile eating courtesy of this go-round’s food trucks: Popped!Republic, The Big Cheese, TaKorean, Red Hook Lobster and Dangerously Delicious Pies. As always, the movies are free, the food is not.
Future screenings include “Silver Linings Playbook” on June 4 and “Midnight in Paris” on June 11. The series goes until Aug. 13, when “The Sandlot” will be shown, although Aug. 20 has been set aside as a time for any shows that get rained out, as has happened before.
Showtime is dusk, but get to Second and L streets Northeast early to get a decent spot and settle in with your grub. If food trucks aren’t your thing, score some good Indian food at nearby Indigo at 243 K St. NE.
On Friday, the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden continues its Jazz in the Garden series. This week, Bruce Ewan will play the blues harmonica at this free concert series at the corner streets of Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic or purchase food from the garden’s pavilion. The series is set to last until Aug. 29.
And what if the rain comes to spoil things? If you’re still in a free admission mood, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is showing some of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous movies in its “Twisting the Knife: Hitchcock’s Scary Love Stories” series that starts on Friday at 7 p.m at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. First up is “Rear Window” with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Upcoming in future segments are “Dial M for Murder” and “I Confess.” To register, go to Hill Center’s website or call 202-549-4172.
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick