Culture Vulture

Irish office movies, wild things, wedding singers, and Air Force swing

By: Rodger Nayak

Monday, August 16
Mingo Fishtrap—a funk group that boasts multiple saxes and horns as well as a bass player named Big Rog—rocks the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage starting at 6.

Tuesday, August 17

The DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities shows a free weekly film at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel in conjunction with a local film organization. This week, the Capital Irish Film Festival shows Strange Days Are These, a mockumentary in the style of The Office and This Is Spinal Tap about a B-movie director. 7 PM; guests must RSVP to emma@solasnua.org.

Wednesday, August 18
Which is better—the book or the movie? George Washington University’s Mount Vernon campus sets out to find the answer in its weekly outdoor movie series. Catch the critically acclaimed Where the Wild Things Are, based on the popular children’s book, at 8:30 at the Mount Vernon campus outdoor pool.

Thursday, August 19
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Shakespeare Free for All presents Twelfth Night—a comedy about twins separated on a foreign land after their boat is shipwrecked—kicks off at Sidney Harman Hall at 8. Because demand is expected to be high, tickets are distributed via an online lottery, which will open at midnight the day of the performance and close at 1 PM. Tickets not picked up half an hour prior to the show will be released to those waiting on standby.

Friday, August 20

Continuing Rosslyn’s weekly series of movies from the ’90s, The Wedding Singer shows off Adam Sandler’s comedic talents as he falls for an engaged Drew Barrymore and wrestles with whether he can move his fledgling singing career beyond gigs at wedding receptions. Gateway Park; 8 PM.

Saturday, August 21
Conner Contemporary Art shows off the work of students in fine-arts programs at area colleges and universities for the tenth year in its “Academy 2010” exhibit. Check it out between 10 and 5 during its last day at the gallery.

Sunday, August 22
The Airmen of Note perform at Reston Town Center Pavilion as part of the venue’s free outdoor concert series. Take in the Air Force’s kings of swing with a drink after dinner, or bring the kids and enjoy one of the last summer nights before school starts. 7:30 PM.

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