Music Park: The English Beat @ Lincoln Theatre — 11/7/17

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The English Beat perform at the Lincoln Theatre on Nov. 7, 2017.

The indefatigable Dave Wakeling and The English Beat have a new album poised for release in March — Here We Go Love — with singles due to hit the airwaves in January. It’s already remarkable that the Englishman has turned three original English Beat albums, and three successive General Public albums, into an entertaining tour de force, and even more so that the new album is really very good.

The new songs shined in performance during an energetic show at the Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Around Town: Summer Drive-In Movie Series @ Union Market, Begins 7/1/16

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The Summer Drive-In Movies at Union Market are back!

Starting this Friday, July 1st, drive up to see Top Gun, and start feeling patriotic for the 4th of July weekend.

The Drive-In Movies will be monthly, through October.

It’s free for walk-ups in the picnic area, and $10 per car.

You can get Mason Dixie biscuits and Stella’s Popkern, and the DC Rollergirls will be there to roll snacks and drinks right to you.

Movies start at 8pm, and the gates open at 6:30pm.

What movies can you see?

  • Friday, July 1, 2016 – Top Gun
  • Friday, August 5, 2016 – Ratatouille
  • Friday, September 2, 2016 – Grease
  • Friday, October 7, 2016 – Ghostbusters

 

Summer Drive-In Movie Series
Union Market parking lot (1305 5th Street NE )
Begins July 1 (through October 7)
6:30pm gates (Movie at 8:00pm)
$10 per car; free for walk-ins (pay for food trucks/snack)
All ages

Around Town: The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series @ Canal Park (Thursdays)

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Movies! DC is alive with the sound of movies! Every neighborhood is picking up the mantle to show free movies and give citizens the chance to picnic communally.

The Capitol Riverfront is putting on their own Outdoor Movie Series at Canal Park this summer. Every Thursday until the end of August.

The first movie was on June 2nd (Ocean’s Eleven).

This Thursday they will screen Inside Out for your Pixar fix.

Looks like some fun movies will be offered, including the new Star Wars (June 30) and Matt Damon’s stint on Mars (August 11).

See the full upcoming schedule:

  • June 9: Inside Out
  • June 16: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • June 23: Hitch
  • June 30: Star Wars The Force Awakens
  • July 7: Mean Girls
  • July 14: Jurassic World
  • July 21: Minions
  • July 28: Creed
  • August 4: Pitch Perfect 2
  • August 11: The Martian
  • August 18: Skyfall
  • August 25: Rain Date

 

The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series
Canal Park (200 M St SE)
June 2 through August 25 (Thursdays)
7:00pm start arriving (Movie at sundown)
Free Admission
All ages

Around Town: NoMa Summer Screen @ Storey Park, Begins 6/1/16

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Every week, starting June 1st, and continuing for 13 weeks, feel free to head down to Storey Park in NoMa and catch an outdoor movie.

The first film will be the epic tale, Raiders of the Lost Ark. If only I was free that day.

Prince Tribute Alert! There will be a special summer screening of Purple Rain on June 7th (the only screening held on a Tuesday).

Movies start as sunset, but get there early with chairs or blankets, because it gets very busy! Doors at 7:00pm.

What movies can you see?

  • June 1: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)
  • June 7: Special Screening of Purple Rain – Tuesday
  • June 8: Princess Bride (PG)
  • June 15: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
  • June 22: Jumanji (PG)
  • June 29: Fast Five (PG-13)
  • July 6: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)
  • July 13: Life of Pi (PG)
  • July 20: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13)
  • July 27: E.T. (PG)
  • August 3: Apollo 13 (PG)
  • August 10: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)
  • August 17: Jurassic Park PG-13

NoMa Summer Screen Film Series
Storey Park (1005 First Street, NE)
Begins June 1 (through August 17) (Wednesdays)
7:00pm doors (Movie at sunset – around 8:30pm)
Free Admission (pay for food trucks)
All ages

Around Town: 88th Academy Awards, 2/28/16

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The Martian and star Matt Damon were better than the author anticipated. (Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

Big movie stars will gather for the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 28, in Los Angeles. In DC, we have a number of Oscar parties to choose from if we want to get in on the glitz.

Last year, I attended the shindig thrown by the Washington Film Institute at Malmaison (3401 Water St. NW, DC) in Georgetown. It’s a fine option if you care more about being seen than seeing what happens at the Oscars. (You cannot. Although the show is running, the room is way too loud and busy for you to actually watch.) This year, I may opt for something far more laidback like the Movie Trivia & Oscars Watch Party at Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW, DC).

Whatever your speed, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered up eight contenders for Best Picture this year, and I’m here to give you my analysis of how those nominations stack up!

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Around Town: Return of the Summer Drive-In Series @ Union Market, 6/5/15

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Press release:

‘On Friday, June 5, 2015, Union Market will bring back its wildly popular drive-in movie series. Best known for honoring themed movies, the June 2015 series will “flashback” every Friday, rolling out films that salute the ‘80s and ‘90s decades. The June line-up will feature blockbuster hits Jurassic Park, Pretty Woman, Space Jam and Beverly Hills Cop. Union Market’s June Drive-In Series is supported by Shinola, the makers of handcrafted, American-built watches, bicycles, leather goods and journals.

The classic American pastime will take place in Union Market’s spacious parking lot, projected on the two-story front wall. The fare is $10 per car, or free in the picnic area for walk-ups & bikers on a first come, first serve basis. Car passes can be purchased here, with a portion of ticket sales benefitting the Wheatley Education Campus, located in DC’s nearby Trinidad neighborhood. Patrons can either tune in through a car radio or listen over the market’s loud speakers.

The DC Rollergirls will return to this year’s series, on-hand delivering speedy snacks and drinks on wheels. All 40 Union Market vendors will remain open for service, and cinephiles craving a salty-sweet mashup will enjoy complimentary Shinola Cola and popcorn throughout the evening.’

Movie Line-up

  • Friday, June 5 – Jurassic Park
  • Friday, June 12 – Pretty Woman
  • Friday, June 19 – Space Jam
  • Friday, June 26 – Beverly Hills Cop

 

Summer Drive-In Series
Union Market Parking Lot (13905 5th St. NE)
Starts Friday, June 5
Gates at 6:00pm (close at 7:45pm)
Film at 8:00pm
Car pass $10 (Walk-ups Free – first come/first serve) Passes here
21+ to drink