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February 8, 2016

Taking the Long View on Recess Week

PHOENIX — Monday’s snow is a reminder of why Major League Baseball long ago decamped for Arizona and Florida for its spring training schedule. With snow on the ground in Washington, Opening Day seems a long way away on the East Coast.

Here in the Valley of the Sun, teams are starting to make preparations to return to their home cities — or Australia for the season opener in the case of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers — but there are still plenty of exhibition/tune-up games to go, including at Roll Call After Dark’s favorite locale, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where the Oakland A’s have long made their springtime home.

But if you’re not fortunate enough to be soaking in the rays in Arizona or Florida, there’s still plenty to do in Washington, even as it throws off the last vestiges of winter storming.

Washington Exposed

On Wednesday, The Long View Gallery at 1234 Ninth St. NW is hosting the opening reception for the eighth annual Exposed DC Photography Show, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 49 photographs will show until April 6. Wednesday night’s event reception at Long View will also be supplemented by a free after-party at nearby cocktail maven establishment The Passenger at 1021 Seventh St. NW, from 8 p.m. on. Tickets to the gallery show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at The Passenger party is free, but it’s a cash bar.

African Film Festival

The AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md., is wrapping up its New African Film Festival this week, with several shows highlighting films you won’t see in regular rotation in U.S. theaters too often. Features include Nigeria’s “B for Boy” by director Chika Anadu (Tuesday at 7 p.m.) to “The Great Kilapy,” an exploration of the volatile 1960s and 1970s in Angola by director  Zeze Gamboa (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.) “Difret,” an Ethiopian film set in that country in the mid-1990s, will screen on Thursday and be followed by a Q and A with filmmaker Zeresenay Mehari and producer Mehret Mandefro.  

Happy Birthday, Zuckerman

Novelist Philip Roth gets a birthday shout-out from the Library of Congress on Thursday when fellow scribes Sam Lipsyte (“The Ask”) and Howard Norman (“The Bird Artist”) read selections from Roth’s work and discuss how it has influenced their own careers. At the Library of Congress in the Thomas Jefferson Building’s Whittail Pavilion, from noon to 1 p.m.




  • Hugh Jass

    Unless an unwavering commitment to liberty is reinvigorated, democratic processes are at risk of being hijacked by a combination of those under the spells of collectivist illusions and those bribed by the spoils of plunder.

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