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The DC Independent Film Festival, March 3-13

The DC Independent Film Festival, March 3-13

The 12th annual DC Independent Film Festival kicks off this Thursday March 3 and runs through Sunday March 13. Since 1999, the DCIFF has featured a wide selection of independent films with an emphasis on filmmakers based in the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

One local film being showcased this year is Late Rounders, a feature length documentary by area filmmaker Evan A. Marshall. The film follows a group of college football players as they prepare for draft day in the hope that they will be selected by an NFL team. Sports fans and non-sports fans alike should identify with these young men as they wait to see whether or not their dreams will become a reality. Late Rounders plays at the Artisphere in Arlington on March 13. 

An Article for Those with Wanderlust

An Article for Those with Wanderlust

I want to know what people think of when they hear the word “Thailand”. Is it Pad Thai? The sprawling megalopolis of Bangkok? The beautiful women? Amazing cuisine? Cheap beach resorts? Or maybe someone famous like Tiger Woods?

Twenty hours total from JFK airport to get to Bangkok and all I had was a cell number, a street address in Thai, and the instructions, “when you arrive Bro, get a drink for the drive and get to Pattaya”. Doing what I normally do when faced with the dilemma of needing to get somewhere and having no idea how to, I grabbed a beer and went with the flow, looking forward to the adventure. The first lesson I learned was not to ask a cab driver if he likes American music. They will without a doubt take this as a cue to blast something that is barely discernable as music, sounding more like two drunk cats in heat by the name of Ke$ha or Justin Bieber.

Solemn Laetare Sunday Vespers (Extraordinary Form) and Benediction

From the Institute of Catholic Culture:

Arlington, VA —The Institute of Catholic Culture is pleased to announce the presentation of solemn vespers on Sunday, April 3, Laetare Sunday, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria. Presiding at the service will be Fr. Franklyn McAfee and Fr. Paul Scalia from St. John the Beloved in McLean, Virginia. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary Catholic Church, 310 South Royal Street, Alexandria, Virginia. All are welcome to join.  For more information, please visit www.InstituteofCatholicCulture.org or call 540-635-7155.

 

The Art League's 2011 Patrons' Show is the Most Fun Fundraiser Yet

The Art League's 2011 Patrons' Show is the Most Fun Fundraiser Yet

DC’s Most Fun Art Fundraiser is living up to its name. Sold out and featuring more than 660 works of spectacular art, this year’s Patrons’ Show at The Art League is breaking many records. 

The event was featured in Washingtonian Magazine's July 2010 Best Bet's Issue as the "Most Fun Art Fundraiser," and it's certainly shaping up to be with all the buzz and excitement surrounding this year's event. Tickets to the popular annual event sold out quickly during ticket sales weekend, and donations from Art League and Torpedo Factory artists poured in, worth well more than the $175 ticket price.

Salon Daniel Hairstylists Donate Hair Services to Local Teens

Salon Daniel Hairstylists Donate Hair Services to Local Teens

Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. recently treated 54 local teenage girls to a ‘salon day’ in preparation for Pure Fashion Show on Sun., April 3, in Bethesda, Md. The Salon Daniel hair stylists and make-up artists shared their beauty tips and headshots were taken for the Pure Fashion Show program booklet.

 Pure Fashion is a program designed for girls, ages 14 to 18. It is a character formation program that enhances not only a young woman's external appearance, but more importantly, her interior beauty and balanced self confidence.

For more information about Salon Daniel, call 703.893.5000.            

National Trust for Historic Preservation Names Alexandria a 2011 Distinctive Destination

On February 15 on Market Square, the City of Alexandria announced that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Alexandria to the list of 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. The city earned this prestigious designation for its "urban charm that blends an extraordinary early American past with modern flair and its citizens’ strong commitment to protecting and celebrating their history."

Louisiana Dance Party Benefitting Hungry for Music

Louisiana Dance Party Benefitting Hungry for Music

Old Town Alexandria, VA - The Torpedo Factory Art Center and Hungry for Music team up to help young musicians in need with a good old fashioned Louisiana Dance Party, sure to make you happy as a crawfish in mud! Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Hungry for Music, a Washington, D.C.-based charity that helps get instruments into the hands of young musicians in need. Musical instrument donations will also be accepted at the door.