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Things to Do in DC This Week (January 2-3): Lying Storytellers, Classic Japanese Films, and Avoiding Fake News

See the 1953 Japanese film Ugetsu at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium on Wednesday. Film still from Ugetsu.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2

BOOKS Historian Bruce Bartlett served under both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. In his latest book, The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks, he advises readers on how to evaluate sources for accuracy and reliability. Bartlett will discuss his White House experiences and offer guidelines to readers at Politics & Prose. Free, 7 PM.

FILM Suns Cinema will screen the 1950 Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon on Tuesday night. The award-winning classic details four characters recalling different versions of the same events: the murder of a man and the rape of his wife. The perspectives provide subjective, self-serving, and contradictory accounts of the incident. $5, 8 PM.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3

FILM The 1953 Japanese film Ugetsu is based on stories written by the 18th century author Akinari Ueda. The film, regarded as director Kenji Mizoguchi’s greatest work, is a ghost story of love and loss. The film will screen at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium. Free, 2 PM.

STORIES The Perfect Liars Club kicks off its 2018 monthly shows on Wednesday at the Bier Baron. Four storytellers will share their work; audience questions will help sleuth out which one is lying and which three are telling the truth. $15, 7:30 PM.

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