Friday and Saturday: DC Shorts at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center
A narrow look at DC Shorts is that of a film festival celebrating great short films, screening each September in D.C.
But in recent years, DC Shorts has grown, expanding its footprint in the local arts scene.
This weekend is the second annual DC Shorts Laughs at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center. The event features a handful of comedy short films that have screened at the festival in recent years, and standup comedians. Then June 28 and 29 marks the return of Pasties and Popcorn, which includes risque films and a variety performance by Tilted Torch. In the fall, DC Shorts will partner on a project with SpeakeasyDC.
"We've been trying to expand our programming to something other than just showing the best films," said DC Shorts Director Jon Gann. "I want to get other groups involved."
At the DC Laughs event this week, each showing will include seven or eight short films and three comedians from recent Funniest Fed competitions.
"I think one of the reasons we're growing every year is because we keep doing more and more programming," Gann said. "There's a great demand for short content. With the Internet, people love to watch short videos. Why not provide some of the best short films from around the world to local audiences and national audiences?"
This September marks the 10th anniversary of DC Shorts. According to Gann, this year's festival will feature the largest collection of Russian short films ever to screen in the U.S.
"It's not just showing films," Gann said. "It's showing films with a twist, having new programs, finding new audiences. I think it's about the way we judge films, select films, is much more of a community process. We have a hundred volunteer screeners. Some of them are film professionals, others are just audience members who wanted to judge films this year. It helps us find films that relates to D.C. audiences."
Info: $15 general admission, $25 VIP; dcshorts.com
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: The Fab Faux at the Birchmere
Tickets to Friday's performance of "Rubber Soul" by this Beatles tribute act are long gone, but there are still some left for their performance on Saturday when they'll play their special "From the Cavern to the Rooftop" show. Plus there's a VIP meet-and-greet option.
Info: $49.50, birchmere.com
When: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Paramore at the Fillmore Silver Spring
The popular rock band fronted by Hayley Williams tours behind its self-titled fourth album.
Info: Sold out, though tickets may still be available through resellers; fillmoresilverspring.com
When: 8 p.m.
Saturday: Craft Beer Tasting Tour of Bethesda
Sounds like an excuse to go drink some beer in Bethesda. This bar crawl includes nine establishments offering various beer specials.
Info: $10; lindypromo.com
When: 2 to 9 p.m.
Saturday: Crawfish Boil at Pearl Dive
Enjoy all-you-can-eat crawfish and all-you-can-drink Abita beer.
Info: $65; pearldivedc.com
When: Two seatings at noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.