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Get an acting lesson from Mr. Burns at the DCIFF

Get an acting lesson from Mr. Burns at the DCIFF

“Eeeeexcellent.”

Harry Shearer, the actor who voices such beloved Simpsons characters as Montgomery Burns, Ned Flanders, and Otto Mann will be offering a master class Saturday March 12 at the Gala Theater as part of this year's DC Independent Film Festival. Besides lending his vocal chords to half of Springfield, Shearer has a body of work that spans four decades including the cult comedy classic This Is Spinal Tap.

Following the master class, Shearer will screen his documentary The Big Uneasy. In the film, Shearer gets the real story of Hurricane Katrina right from the people who lived through it, revealing an account not heard in the popular media.

Local Women Star in New Television Show Focusing on Style and Lifestyle in DC and Hunt Country

Local Women Star in New Television Show Focusing on Style and Lifestyle in DC and Hunt Country

Episode one of Style in the City, a show that's all about styleand lifestylein and around the Nation's Capitol, first aired this week. And if you have access to Fairfax Public Access Chanel 10, it should be easy enough to catch or DVR (since it's showing more than thirty times this month!).

The show's cast comprises Leesburg resident, Leigh Macdonald, DC's Stefanie Ball, and two Middleburg women, Cindy Bapst and Elizabeth Miller. The show's director, Kristin Rustom, resides in both Middleburg and DC. The show focuses on distinctions between the life in the District and life in nearby Hunt Country, and much of the first episode was filmed on location at Delaplane Cellars in Delaplane, VA.

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.