Saturday: DC Web Series Festival at the Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse
D.C. native Otessa Ghadar first started creating programing for new media back in 2007. Though it's only been six years, that's ages ago in Internet time.
"The one question I was always asked was, 'What the hell is a Web series?' " said Ghadar during a recent phone interview.
This Saturday is the inaugural DC Web Series Festival, featuring submissions from the greater metro region and the mid-Atlantic.
"Over the course of the years I've found it's grown into a really vibrant and really talented community of Web series creators in the mid-Atlantic region, which has been an exciting thing to be a part of," said Ghadar.
A Web series is much like a television series, just with fewer constraints such as length and advertising breaks. A Web series episode may be only a few minutes long, ideal for mobile viewing.
Ghadar is the founder of 20/20 Productions and the creator of the popular Web series "Orange Juice in Bishops Garden." She said that the purpose of the festival is to entertain, promote and educate.
With the world of Web series still evolving, Ghadar sees great growth potential in the medium.
"The growth market in film has been new media," she said. "I think that the amount of content that people are watching every year is growing, and the reason why is from new media."
And with that growth, Ghadar hopes to see the Web fest grow along with it.
"Just from the outpouring of interested parties I think we'll be able to be successful," said Ghadar. "I'm excited to watch this grow."
Info: $15; arlingtondrafthouse.com
When: 4 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: Shawn and Marlon Wayans at DC Improv
Of "In Living Color" and "Scary Movie" fame, the Wayans brothers visit the DC Improv for this special event. Tickets still remain for Sunday's late show.
Info: $45, dcimprov.com.
When: See website for showtimes.
Friday: Darwin Deez at the Black Cat
New York based indie music act Darwin Deez heads to the Black Cat, touring in support of February's "Songs For Imaginative People."
Info: $15 main stage; blackcatdc.com
When: Doors at 9 p.m.
Saturday: Crawfish Boil at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
All you can eat crawfish and all you can drink Abita Amber beer makes for a good Saturday afternoon in April.
Info: $65; pearldivedc.com.
When: Noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: The Black Angels at the Black Cat
Psychedelic rock act out of Austin just released their most recent album on Tuesday, titled "Indigo Meadow."
Info: $20 on the main stage; blackcatdc.com
When: 9 p.m. doors