Spotlight on Thursday, April 11: Celebrate Earth Day, D.C. film fest

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ART FOR EARTH

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day? Head on over to the Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 N Union St., Alexandria) and get your green on at its free monthly event, with this month's theme celebrating the environment through Greening the Arts. Browse through several eco-friendly art exhibitions, mingle with the artists behind the works and craft your very own environmental art at the center's Do-It-Yourself Creation Station. We'd also like to give a shout out to artist Linda Lawler, whose latest exhibition, Everyday Gods & Goddesses, and Flora and Fauna, will be featured at the event in the Art League Gallery. And of course, there will be plenty of drinks to go around and live music by Guitars Not Guns.

The studios and galleries are open from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more about this event and other cool things the Torpedo Factory has to offer at torpedofactory.org.

FILMS FOR ALL

The Washington, DC International Film Festival has returned, and some say it's going to be better than ever thanks to six never-before-seen films. Now in its 27th year, Filmfest DC gives film junkies a chance to see more than 80 award-winning documentaries, features and comedies. This year's themes include "Trust No One: Espionage and Thrillers" and "The Lighter Side," a series of international comedies.

The film fest kicks off Thursday at Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 (701 Seventh St. NW) with "Underground: The Julian Assange Story," an Australian documentary premiering in the U.S. that provides a closer look at the life of the founder of the controversial WikiLeaks site. Following the film, there will be a phone interview with Assange himself.

The film starts at 7 p.m. and costs $30. Head to filmfestdc.org to buy your ticket and check out all the latest films.

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