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A Jenga tournament with beer, a fashion label launch/pool party, and a Dolley Madison party at Dumbarton House. By Jason Koebler
Test your Jenga skills while drinking craft brews at Penn Social on Thursday. Image via Shutterstock.


Thursday, August 21

MUSIC: Local singer songwriter Justin Trawick’s The Nine series has been going on for a few years now. Every couple of months, he gathers eight of his buddies to play short sets—it’s kind of like battle of the bands, except there’s no battle and no real bands, just a lot of good music. Check it out at the Hamilton. Tickets ($15) are available online. 6:30 PM.

JENGA: Love Jenga but don’t find it challenging enough anymore? Try keeping that block tower intact while under the influence of some delicious craft beer. Head to Penn Social’s Jenga Tournament, hosted by Lost Rhino brewery, to see how good you are at it. Free. 6 PM.

STORIES: Ever think the women of Sex in the City were just a little too calm, cool, and collected? (No? Okay, fair point.) Either way, the women of Awkward Sex and the City are not that—at all. They’ll be at Bier Baron, sharing their most ridiculous and awkward sexual experiences. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll thank your lucky stars you aren’t them. Tickets ($15) are available online. 8 PM.

Friday, August 22

CORNHOLE: We’re reaching the tail end of summer, which means you’ve had plenty of time to practice your cornhole skills at Nats games and various cookouts. Put them to the test at Penn Social’s cornhole tournament, hosted by Anchor Brewing (of Anchor Steam fame). It’s not too often you get most of the brewery’s beers on tap all the way out here on the East Coast, but that’s Beer Week for ya. Free. 6 PM.

POOL: Capitol Skyline hosts Swim at Your Own Risk, a fashion label launch/pool party. Karla Colletto launches her swimwear collection, and there’ll be drink specials, a deejay, some modeling, and, of course, swimming (if you’re willing to risk it). Free. 7 PM.

ART: The Art Museum of the Americas hosts Art After Dark, a party that showcases the museum’s current photography exhibitions and its outdoor garden. Outdoor projection art will be shown on the building’s walls, and there’ll be live music, raffles, a deejay, performance artists, and food trucks. Best of all, drinks are included with admission. Tickets ($50) are available online. 9 PM.

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Posted at 10:07 AM/ET, 08/21/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The best takes on politics, elections, and media in the show's 25-year run. By Benjamin Freed
Image courtesy 20th Century Fox.

As tempting as it might be to cancel all your plans for 12 days and to glue yourself to your couch while indulging in the full run of FXX’s broadcasting of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons and the 2007 feature film, such a feat is both impractical and unhealthy.

Wherever the show’s Springfield truly sits, Washington has been one of The Simpsons’ favorite targets since its 1989 debut. Even as the show has, in the judgment of most fans, declined as it has aged, it still offers consistently smart takes on presidents, members of Congress, elections, and media. Assuming you have to leave the house at some point during the marathon, you should do so judiciously to avoid missing the show’s best indictments of Washington and the episodes that speak most loudly to our region.

Like any roundup of Simpsons episodes, quotes, characters, or anything else connected to the show, this list is by no means a complete index to the series’s best Washington-related moments, but it’s still a perfectly cromulent one.

1. Season 2, Episode 17: “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” (Thursday, August 21, at 6 PM)

Charles and David Koch have nothing on C. Montgomery Burns. Two decades before the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling unleashed spigots of corporate money into seemingly every election in the country, Springfield Nuclear Power Plant’s diabolical owner attempted to get around environmental laws by running for governor of whatever state The Simpsons is set in. He might have won, too, if not for Marge’s well-timed deployment of Blinky, the three-eyed mutant fish.

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Posted at 04:38 PM/ET, 08/20/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The grand-opening ceremony falls on the godfather of go-go's 78th birthday. By Tanya Pai
Rendering courtesy of Marshall Moya Design.

Remind yourself to take an early lunch this Friday: From 11 to 2 in Northeast’s Langdon Park, a ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony will be held for the Chuck Brown Memorial Park, honoring the local music legend and “godfather of go-go,” who passed away in 2012 at the age of 75. The ceremony, which falls on what would be Brown’s 78th birthday and will be attended by Mayor Gray and several of Brown’s relatives, is open to the public.

Designed by the local firm Marshall Moya Design, the park includes a memorial wall engraved with Brown’s discography; a timeline of significant points in his life and career; a photo-mosaic tile wall showcasing images of his performances; and musical toys for children, among other features. Michael Marshall, the firm’s design director, grew up in the Langdon Park area, where the memorial is located; he and his team are also behind the redesign of the Howard Theatre, where Brown performed so many times. 

Can’t make the ceremony? This week offers two more ways to celebrate Brown: Beautiful Life, a nine-track album of his music featuring his band as well as guest spots from artists such as Doug E Fresh and Wale (for even more hometown flavor), was released Tuesday on iTunes and Amazon; the Howard Theatre is also hosting a concert in Brown’s honor on Friday at 8 PM (tickets are available online). 

Regardless of how the unveiling ceremony goes, the park’s design will doubtless go over better than the beleaguered Eisenhower Memorial, whose development process has been so complicated it caused one former federal official to quip that “winning World War II was easier.” 

Find Tanya Pai on Twitter at @tanyapai.

Posted at 01:14 PM/ET, 08/19/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The internet’s most infamous piece of headwear comes to Washington. By Tanya Pai

Even if you didn’t watch the Grammys in January, if you were anywhere near a computer or television in the following weeks you heard about the hat Pharrell wore on the red carpet. The massive, butcher-paper-colored Vivienne Westwood creation spawned a flood of memes and mocking tweets—including by fast-food chain Arby’s, whose joke about the hat’s resemblance to its logo was retweeted more than 80,000 times.

Arby’s later bought the hat in a charity auction for $44,100—and is lending it to the Newseum, where it will be on display in the New York Times Great Hall of News until October 26. The accessory, according to the museum, serves as a symbol of how social media is instrumental in the spread and development of a story. 

“The stories visitors experience in the Newseum illustrate historic and contemporary moments as seen through the eyes of the media,’” Scott Williams, senior vice president of marketing at the Newseum, told the Washington Post. “Pharrell’s hat is a great addition to the Newseum and will serve as a great example of the impact of social media today.”

The hat will be “unveiled” during a VIP reception and preview on Thursday, complete with food, drinks, and deejay tunes—a fitting fete for such a famous piece of headwear.  

See the Vine Arby's created to announce the loan below. 

Find Tanya Pai on Twitter at @tanyapai.

Posted at 03:04 PM/ET, 08/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A birthday party for Post-Its and dinner with City Dogs Rescue. By Jason Koebler
Uber celebrates 40 years of the Post-It Note with an art party on Tuesday. Image via Shutterstock.

Monday, August 18

DOGS: City Dogs Rescue is hosting a whole bunch of Dining Out With Dogs nights around the city—that means you can bring your dog (and meet adoptable ones!) at Logan Tavern, Commissary, the Heights, Grillfish, and the Pig. Kids eat for free at each, and City Dogs gets 15 percent of the bill. 5 to midnight. 

Tuesday, August 19

POST-ITS: Yeah, the Post-It Note is (still) a useful thing, even in the smartphone age. UberOffices is celebrating 40 years of the invention with an art party, featuring Post-It art, beer, cake (probably Post-It shaped), and a “graphic jam,” which sounds kind of cool, though a little vague. Tickets ($10) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, August 20

SHOP: Washingtonian wants to help you refresh your wardrobe for fall with our first-ever sample sale. Head to Long View Gallery on Wednesday for major discounts on items for men and women from 20-plus local stores, along with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and tunes from a deejay. Tickets ($30 general admission, $50 VIP) are available online. 6 to 9 PM VIP; 7 to 9 general admission. 

PIZZA: Though it’s only been in the Washington area for a couple of years, Mellow Mushroom turns 40 this week. To celebrate, the pizza spot is turning back the clock on prices to when it was founded: That means $2.50 small cheese pizzas, 30-cent cokes, 75-cent beers (SEVENTY-FIVE-CENT BEERS), and a deejay playing ’70s music and funk all night. 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM.

Thursday, August 21

YOGA: You might not know it, but yoga and wine go together like, well, any other two things that make you feel really good. Hierarchy hosts an hourlong vinyasa class, after which you’ll get to try four different wines and mingle with your class, talking about all the endorphins you’ve released and all the umm, aromas, you’re smelling. Hopefully just the wine ones. Tickets ($20) are available online. 7 PM.

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Posted at 10:01 AM/ET, 08/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The artist brings her trademark large-scale installations to Sackler’s Perspectives series. By Tanya Pai
Chiharu Shiota and one of her installations made of shoes and a web-like construction of red thread. Photograph by Sunhi Mang.

In Chiharu Shiota’s contribution to the Sackler’s Perspectives series, on display starting August 30, the focus is on objects not always thought of as art: shoes. Shiota is known for installations involving everyday objects—the burnt shell of a piano, a wedding dress—transformed through web-like constructions of thread. Her work here comprises hundreds of discarded shoes with notes describing the former wearer or a memory attached to them and encased in a multitude of red threads, attached at a single point.

“Shoes are an intimate part of the body,” says curator Carol Huh. “They’re a prosthesis for the feet—they aren’t really noticed much when they’re active—but gain a different presence without the body in them. They take on a life of their own.”

Huh sees a preoccupation with the body’s presence and absence as a theme, a reflection of what Huh calls Shiota’s “peripatetic life” and search for identity. The artist was born in Japan, where she trained in painting, drawing, and sculpture. She relocated to Germany in the mid-’90s and has studied under performance artists such as Marina Abramović and Rebecca Horn. The threads Shiota works with represent her emotions and sensations, forming structures with, in some cases, no discernible beginning or end. The colors—black, white, red—distill the body’s machinery into elemental hues.

Chiharu Shiota and another installation that has a web-like construction. Photograph by Sunhi Mang.

“You have the sense she’s making the absence or emptiness present by filling it with connected objects and suggesting the way people and objects connect,” Huh says. “There’s also a sense of distance: Because the objects are wrapped in thread, they aren’t as approachable.”

Visitors can see the work come to life during a public installation period August 18 through 21. “We have incredible masterpieces and exhibit them very carefully; this is different in that it’s evolving,” Huh says. “It changes the dynamic of the museum when you realize there are individuals behind each object. They may have lived in the 15th or the 21st century, but the human connection becomes reinforced.”

On display through June 7, 2015. For more information, visit Sackler’s website.

This article appears in the August 2014 issue of Washingtonian. Find Tanya Pai on Twitter at @tanyapai.

Posted at 09:00 AM/ET, 08/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
A latte-art competition, Dupont’s mojito bar crawl, and a Pokémon orchestral concert. By Jason Koebler
Baristas compete to create the best latte art at the Wydown's Throwdown on Thursday. Image via Shutterstock.

Thursday, August 14

COUNTRY PARTY: It’s perhaps not the PC-est of parties, but Old Glory is hosting a Gone Country night, featuring complimentary samples of Red Stag whiskey, lots of country music from WMZQ, concert ticket raffles, and a $1,000 Daisy Duke contest. Free. 7 PM.

COFFEE: I don’t know about you, but if I drank coffee in the evening, I’d be awake for days. Still, it’s probably worth it at the Wydown’s Throwdown, a live latte-art competition featuring baristas from around the city. There’ll be beer, pizza, and, of course, lots of coffee—with very fancy images drawn in the foam. Free. 8:30 PM.

BEER: The Beer Activist is hosting Summer Sour Brews, a night of, well, sour beers. You’ll learn how to spot a good one, and soon enough you’ll be talking to all your friends about how you just get beer. Tickets ($20 to $25) are available online. 6:30 PM.

Friday, August 15

JAZZ: There are only three weeks of Jazz in the Garden left, and this weekend’s is one to not miss if you like dancing. Swingtopia takes us back to the ’40s, when big-band swing was all the rage. Get to the Sculpture Garden early if you hope to snag a good spot. Free. 5 PM.

MOVIES: The Montgomery County Board of Education hosts a drive-in film festival, featuring carnival games, live music, lots of food, and three separate movies this weekend. Friday’s is The Lego Movie, which got shockingly good reviews; Saturday is Gravity, which might sound kind of lame coming from your car’s stereo, but what can you do?; and Sunday is the newest Hunger Games film, which was vastly better than the first. Free. The carnival starts at 4:30, the movie at 8:30. 

BURLESQUE: Black Cat hosts Show Me Burlesque, a back-to-basics burlesque night that eschews the fantasy and/or sci-fi themes and instead brings in two internationally renowned (in the burlesque world) dancers: Lola van Ella and Jeez Loueez, both from St. Louis, Missouri. There will also be performances from some of the best local dancers. Tickets ($12) are available online. 9 PM.

Saturday, August 16

BAR CRAWL: The standard Dupont Circle bar crawl is going Caribbean with the Mojito March. For $50, you’ll get a mojito at Cafe Citron, Mission, Madhatter, Buffalo Billiards, the Board Room, and Front Page. By the end of it, if you’re not writing like Hemingway in his prime, something has gone seriously wrong. Tickets ($50) are available online. Noon to 10.

POKEMON: Pokémon came out a very long time ago, but somehow it still resonates with people—so much so that it’s now even getting the symphony treatment. At Symphonic Evolutions at the Warner Theatre, you’ll see the most important and exciting parts of the now six generations of Pokémon games, all set to orchestral music. I bet Pikachu makes an appearance. Tickets ($36 to $66) are available online. 8 PM.

PODCASTS: Black Cat continues its summer comedy series with a live recording of Throwing Shade. Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi’s podcast has become well-known for doing exactly what it sounds like: throwing shade on people and ideas they don’t like. Expect open (and R-rated) talk about sex, plenty of laughs, and even some useful advice. Tickets ($20) are available online. 9:30 PM.

COMEDY: Speaking of comedy and women, Sixth & I hosts #NoFilter, a comedy tour featuring Grace Helbig, author of The Art of Pretending to be a Grown Up, Mamrie Hart of the popular YouTube show “You Deserve a Drink,” and Hannah Harto, author of My Drunk Kitchen, a book I desperately need to check out. Tickets ($44) are available online. 7 PM.

Sunday, August 17

POOL: The Capitol Skyline Hotel hosts a pool party this weekend, and with Labor Day just around the corner, it’s certainly a good time to get in a last swim or two. Afterward, stick around for SynchroSwim, perhaps the only time outside the Olympics that you’ll actually watch synchronized swimming. The party is free if you get there before 1; SynchroSwim starts at 4:30. $20. 

CRUISE: In honor of DC Beer Week, The Odyssey, a fair ship loaded with booze (unfortunately not of the pirate variety) is setting sail with a brew-centric cruise. That means you’ll get all-you-can-drink craft beers and a buffet of food from both land and sea—ahoy! Tickets ($71) are available online. For more weekend cruise options, check out our roundup on Great Getaways

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Posted at 10:40 AM/ET, 08/14/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Jimmy Fallon’s not the only game in town. By Tanya Pai
Frank Underwood would no doubt be unamused by all of these parodies. Photograph by Nathaniel Bell for Netflix.

On Tuesday, the Tonight show aired a pitch-perfect House of Cards parody called “House of Cue Cards.” It had everything: Jimmy Fallon with an accent, Freddy’s barbecue joint, mysterious text messages—plus Ellen Barkin as Frank’s Botox-faced wife and an Orange Is the New Black reference. 

The skit, while hilarious, is by no means the first of its kind. The Netflix series has spawned countless parodies featuring papal conclaves, Larry David, and even Kevin Spacey himself. Their common threads: Southern accents, camera-ready bouffants, and white male protagonists who speak directly to the camera. 

See Fallon’s take plus seven more great parodies below.

House of Cue Cards

Fallon’s skit is a two-parter. Bonus points for the subway scene in part two, which certainly looks more believable than House of Cards’ Metro settings. Cathedral Heights: never forget. 

House of Nerds

This spoof, which aired at last year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, stars Kevin Spacey, along with actual Washington bigwigs including Valerie Jarrett and John McCain.

House of Deadbeat

Hulu riffed on a promo for House of Cards’ second season in this teaser for its original series Deadbeat. Much like the HOC clip, it tells you nothing about the show—though a comedy about a stoner who counsels ghosts could benefit from more explanatory promos.

Here’s the original promo.

House of Cards Junkie

Comedian Jon Rudnitsky illustrates the phenomenon of Underwooditis—a condition caused by binge-watching House of Cards. Symptoms include bleary eyes, a Dixie drawl, and an irrepressible urge to spill your innermost thoughts to an invisible camera.

House of Thrones

Because you haven’t really reached hit status until you’ve been mashed up with Game of Thrones. (Yes, it’s sponsored by Quiznos—but Ross Marquand does a pretty impressive Spacey impression.)

Hardly Working: House of Cards

The College Humor series offers its take, following a guy who just wants to get ahead at work but could benefit from some of Frank’s expert machinations.

House of Cardinals

The Catholic church gets the Frank Underwood treatment, complete with texting Jesus figures and morally confused nuns.

House of Larry

Funny or Die discovers Woody Allen’s Whatever Works matches up pretty perfectly with House of Cards. Not only does misanthrope Larry David talk directly to the camera (sample line: “Let me tell you right off—I’m not a likable guy”), but Evan Rachel Wood and House of Cards’ Rachel Brosnahan also look surprisingly alike.

Find Tanya Pai on Twitter at @tanyapai.

Posted at 01:03 PM/ET, 08/13/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Themed runs, dance nights, and more booze-free ways to enjoy the city. By Francesca Saunders
The Color Run and other themed races are a great way to enjoy DC booze-free. Photograph by Melissa Romero.

The nation’s capital attracts thousands of young people every year, both during the summer for internships and when colleges are in session. But in a city where the nightlife centers on young professionals boozing at a plethora of happy hours, trivia nights, networking events, and galas, the 18-to-20 set seemingly gets overlooked. If you fall into that awkward half-legal age group—or know someone who does—there are plenty of ways to enjoy the city sans alcohol. Read on for some suggestions, then tell us yours in the comments. 

Go Retro

When you’re not old enough to drink, why not embrace youth by returning to what made you euphoric as a kid? From Go-Karting to laster tag to bowling and bocce, DC is rife with opportunities to reconnect with your inner child. 
A few to try:
Go-Kart Track
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Go-Kart Raceway

Laser Tag
Ultrazone Laser Tag


Get a New Perspective

Yes, you’ve seen the monuments and the Potomac—but those scenic views are even more beautiful with the sun rising in the background. Use those all-nighter skills you learned during exam week and end your night (or start your morning) by catching the first rays of the day from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 

Try a Fun Run

For the competitor out there, every run is a fun run. For non-runners, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In an attempt to make running appealing to a larger audience, a slew of themed races have cropped up in Washington. From mud runs to zombie chases, these events allow you to party and get fit at the same time.
A few to try:
Down and Dirty Obstacle Race
Dirty Girl Mud Run
Zombie Run
Color Run
Glow Run
Electric Run
Jingle All the Way 8K

Meet Your Food

Washington has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to farmers markets. Visiting one with your friends is a great way to explore the city, learn about the local offerings of the area, and meet new people. See our farmers market directory to find one near you. 

Shop (or Window Shop)

Shopping is fun at any age, and Washington has a place to accommodate every taste. Thanks to the Silver Line, Tysons is now easily accessible, and Georgetown’s M street offers the same types of stores with a bit more fresh air. For those with more eclectic tastes, there’s U Street for funky boutiques and Eastern Market for food and art. Strapped for cash? Malls are a great place to people-watch.
A few to try:
Tysons Corner
M Street
U Street
Eastern Market 

Try Family-Style

Going out for a meal can be expensive and a hassle when it comes to figuring out the check with a big group. Not so at DC’s myriad Ethiopian restaurants, which serve up family-style meals that are good for larger parties. Dim sum is a fun way to try a variety of dishes for relatively cheap; Thai Xing, in Shaw, is another stellar and reasonably priced option for groups. And you can’t go wrong with a visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl, known as much for its food as for its status as a city icon. 
A few to try:
Ethiopian: Addis Ababa, Meaza, Dukem, Etete, Ethiopic
Thai Xing
Dim sum: Ping Pong, China Garden, Oriental East 

Ben’s Chili Bowl

See Live Music

Alcohol is never necessary to enjoy good music. Plenty of DC venues are all-ages, whether you’re into indie rock or EDM. In the summertime, the wildly popular Jazz in the Garden is a major hub for summer interns after a long work week.
A few to try:
9:30 Club
The Hamilton
U Street Music Hall
Black Cat
Rock & Roll Hotel 

Bust a Move

Under-21 dance clubs in DC are a bit tricky to find, but not impossible. You can find 18-and-up admission at Ibiza on Saturday, at Ultrabar Thursday through Saturday, and on Friday at Town Danceboutique, which also offers a fantastic drag show.
A few to try:
Tuesday at Josephine
Saturday at Ibiza
Thursday through Saturday at Ultrabar
Friday at Town Danceboutique 

Cheer On the Home Team

It’s often hard to be a sports fan in this city, but one huge upside is that you can get tickets to pro games for cheap. The Nationals, the Wizards, the Mystics, and DC United offer reasonably priced admission—and no venue cards for a hot dog.
A few to try:
Summer: Nationals and Mystics
Winter: Wizards
Spring: DC United 

Get Outside

DC was recently named America’s fittest city, and we sure didn’t get there just by running on the treadmill. The Washington area is full of fun outdoor fitness opportunities whether you’re with friends or flying solo. Try bikes and hikes, standup paddleboarding, or kayaking—then head to brunch to pound bacon guilt-free as the over-21 set nurse their hangovers.
Standup paddleboarding
45 great bikes and hikes

Enrich Your Mind

Whether you’re looking for a new novel to read or want to hear some spoken-work poetry, local bookstores are a great bet. Spots such as Politics & Prose and Kramerbooks offer free author talks, live music, and other events to amuse and inform.
A few to try:
Kramerbooks & Afterwords
Politics & Prose
Busboys and Poets
Soho Tea & Coffee 

Harness Your Inner Michelle Kwan

Many of us haven’t been on the ice since elementary school, so revisiting the rink with a new center of gravity can be a fun challenge. A trip to the ice rink is equally good for an adorably cheesy date and a night with friends—not to mention it’s extremely Instagrammable and makes hot chocolate even more enjoyable.
A few to try:
Fairfax Ice Arena, Silver Spring Ice Skating
Outdoor: Georgetown WaterfrontPentagon Row, National Gallery of Art

If you don’t want to be on skates yourself, check out a DC Rollergirls match—they’re inexpensive and always entertaining.

Puff It Up

Not all vices are off-limits until you’re 21. Hookah lounges, most of which are 18 and up, are a fun place to hang out with your friends while getting a little dose of “adult” fun. Many lounges have a bar-like feeling or offer great food, too.
A few to try:
Zenobia Lounge
Soussi Lounge
Prince Cafe
Farouz Cafe 

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Titles include The Fisher King, The Birdcage, and Good Will Hunting. By Benjamin Freed

Photograph via Everett Collection/Shutterstock.

West End Cinema will run a weeklong retrospective of three films starring Robin Williams as a tribute to the actor and comedian, who died Monday at age 63. Starting Friday, the niche movie theater at 23rd and M streets, Northwest, will screen The Fisher King, The Birdcage, and Good Will Hunting.

Williams earned his third Academy Award nomination for his role in 1991’s The Fisher King, in which he played a homeless man who rescues a depressed, suicidal radio jockey played by Jeff Bridges. In The Birdcage, a 1996 adaptation of the French play La Cage aux Folles, Williams and Nathan Lane played a gay couple who attempt to deceive the deeply conservative parents of their son’s fiancée. Good Will Hunting is probably the dramatic role Williams is best remembered for, bringing him an Oscar for best supporting actor in 1998 for his portrayal of a Boston psychiatrist.

Williams’s death from an apparent suicide prompted his countless fans to spend Monday evening reminiscing about the hyperactive funnyman, whose manic, often random comedic style seemed to flow from an unscripted stream of consciousness. His mourners included President Obama, with the White House pushing out a statement in a relatively rare instance of Obama remarking on a celebrity death.

“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between,” Obama said, including a clever reference to Williams’s turn in Hook

Tickets at West End Cinema are $9 for matinees, $11 for other shows. See the website for tickets and showtimes. Find Benjamin Freed on Twitter at @brfreed

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