Thursday, December 26, 9:20 p.m.
AFI Silver Spring, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
For tonight only, AFI Silver Spring is screening White Reindeer, which the New York Times called “a cool, kinky tale of sudden bereavement, sexual adventure and hard-worn hope.” This official SXSW film selection is set in northern Virginia and stars a recently widowed real estate agent who, in her grief, hangs out with her dead husband’s mistress. Director Zach Clark and cinematographer Daryl Pittman will host a brief Q&A following the film. What better way to spend the day after Christmas (in what will surely be a relatively empty DC) than by heading to Silver Spring to watch this tale of unlikely female friendship?
Deal nearby: Odalis II
Friday, December 27
Cady's Alley Bazaar
Cady’s Alley, Georgetown
Fun fact: Cady’s Alley is one of the few woonerfs in the United States, which, in layman’s terms, means a throughway where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorized vehicles. This makes the street, tucked behind rows of high-end design and apparel shops, perfect for strolling, browsing and perusing. Drop by the Cady’s Alley Bazaar to do all of that and some – in addition to brick-and-mortars like Design Within Reach and Steven Alan, there are Bazaar-only pop-ups Zestt, Victoria Road, Tuckernuck and others. The Bazaar runs through January 5.
Deal nearby: Old Glory
Saturday, December 28, 2:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
What better way to wish Jean-Luc Godard a bonne fête! for the 50th anniversary of Contempt (Le Mepris) than viewing his film-critic meta-commentary? Though criticizing the critics is now a routine method of writing, Contempt occupies a vaunted position. When Fritz Lang (as himself) doesn’t pull off a commercial-enough adaptation of The Odyssey, his producer ropes in a novelist and his wife (Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot) to spice things up. The film’s been restored for this screening, making the impossibly sexy Bardot even more so.
Deal nearby: Georgia Brown’s
Sunday, December 29th, 8 p.m.
Cotton Candy and Talk It
Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Join Neo-Teen-Beat Records as their acts take over the Galaxy Hut. The ambient Talk It will bring its electric piano-based, soaring instrumental pieces, which will be sandwiched by Cotton Candy. The latter’s schtick is “miniatures,” short, silly, often a cappella jingles—some renditions of mid-’70s commercials (think toys or margarine), and some original works for existing local businesses. Prepare to be charmed by Mark Robinson and Evelyn Hurley’s harmonies.
Deal nearby: Continental Pool Lounge