Take 5 for March 22-24: Bethesda Film Fest, Flip Orley and more

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Saturday: Bethesda Film Fest at Imagination Stage

Demonstrating Bethesda's continuing growth as a destination for artists and those who enjoy the arts, this weekend premiers Bethesda Urban Partnership's inaugural Bethesda Film Fest.

The film festival follows the city's recent Dance Bethesda and Play In A Day events.

"We've been doing a lot of different arts initiatives," said Stephanie Coppula, director of marketing and communication for Bethesda Urban Partnership. "Our board got together a year ago and felt that one area that we needed to add something was film."

The Bethesda Film Fest features short documentaries from Metro-area filmmakers. Coppula said that they received 25 submission, of which five were selected by a panel of judges and will be screened on Saturday.

"They were looking for what type of story was unfolding," Coppula said. "They really just wanted to see a great story being told and a quality film."

There was no theme or required local angle, and filmmakers from students to professionals submitted pieces.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the filmmakers.

"Really what we've been trying to do over the years in promoting Bethesda as an arts destination is bring many different types of visual and performing arts to the community," Coppula said. "This is a really nice new piece adding to what we're already doing."

Info: Sold out, but tickets may still be available through resellers; bethesda.org

When: 8 p.m.

Through Sunday: Flip Orley at DC Improv

This comedic hypnotist passes through town from time to time, and if you have not seen his show, you're missing out. Orley uses his power of hypnotism to put audience participants under his spell to hilarious effect.

Info: $15 to $17; dcimprov.com

When: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday

Saturday: Excision at Echostage

Canadian dubstep DJ Excision pays a visit to the District as part of his Execution Tour, and for fans of electronic dance music, this is a show not to miss. Excision will unveil his new production set up which he calls "The Executioner," a 420-square foot, video-mapping masterwork that just might blow your mind.

Info: $25 to $35; echostage.com

When: 8 p.m.

Sunday: Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway at Strathmore

From composer and lyricist Neil Berg, enjoy some great songs from Broadway. This is an all-new revue, performed by Great White Way stars.

Info: $25 to $65; strathmore.org

When: 7 p.m.

Sunday: Garbage at the Fillmore Silver Spring

Nostalgia for great '90s bands reigns supreme. Shirley Manson fronts Garbage, know for such hits like "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When it Rains."

Info: $35; fillmoresilverspring.com

When: 8 p.m.

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Robert Fulton

Examiner Correspondent
The Washington Examiner