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January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

The DC Shorts Film Festival celebrated its seventh year in 2010 and has become one of the area's best events. This weekend, January 28-29, DC Shorts will host a “Best of” program, highlighting some of the outstanding short films from the past seven years.

The average filmgoer doesn't get a chance to see many short films, if any. But short films can offer something that feature films can't. Because of the short format, filmmakers are given the freedom to be daring. They can take risks, try things they never have before, and the results can be unforgettable.

With a two hour program, the audience can be treated to around a dozen films, including narrative, documentary, and experimental. And just like the weather in some places, if you don't like a film... just wait five minutes.

City of Falls Church Launches New Road Safety Program

City of Falls Church Launches New Road Safety Program

From the City of Falls Church:

The City of Falls Church’s new road safety program, designed to prevent dangerous red-light running, has undergone a successful one-month trial period.  Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, Falls Church Police will begin issuing citations to motorists who run red lights at two intersections where cameras have been installed.   The Falls Church Focus on Safety Program aims to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians from injuries or crashes caused by red-light runners. The City installed intersection safety cameras at Broad and Cherry Streets and at Broad Street and Annandale Road.  For 30 days, from Dec. 18 until Jan. 18, the City issued warnings to drivers caught on camera running a red light.  

The City chose the two Broad Street intersections noted above after evaluating where red-light running commonly occurs and where intersection safety cameras are most likely to improve safety.

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Musical Evening Series: Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Friday, January 28 at 8 p.m.

Presented in Partnership with the Embassy of Israel

The Ariel Quartet has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and North America, at such venues as the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Kaisersaal in Frankfurt (“…a tour de force…” –Frankfurter Allgemeine), Neue Galerie in New York City, and Jordan Hall in Boston. Master violist Roger Tapping, a member of the Grammy-Award winning Takács Quartet for 10 years, joins the group for the performance of a Mozart quintet.

Program: Beethoven, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3; Alban Berg, String Quartet,Op. 3; Mozart, Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593 with Roger Tapping.

Fore more information, please visit http://programs.corcoran.org/products/musical-evening-series-ariel-quartet-with-roger-tapping.

The DMV Indie Film Showcase

In my first blog here I wrote about the exciting but under-the-radar local film scene. So I'm thrilled to do my part in putting some local filmmakers on the radar by announcing The DMV Indie Film Showcase, which will highlight some of the D.C. Area's brightest filmmaking talent. The event will take place Thursday December 2 and Sunday December 5 at 7PM at the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax.

My production company, Ciscovaras Pictures, is hosting the event and we are very fortunate to have a program of short films selected by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins of Cinema A La Mode. Sydney-Chanele sees hundreds of films every year and she has picked some of the best to screen at the DMV Indie Film Showcase. Here are some of the shorts from the program, which include several Rosebud winners:

LOADING (3 min.) Director - Daniel Supanick

Favorite Restaurant

So, I have been in Chicago for the past few days getting out and checking out the sites - it is crazy how much that town has changed since I lived there. It’s always good to get back to my roots and the food there – unreal. I forget how many great restaurants there are out there and that is probably because I spend my life in one. So, I need some help. I don’t have much time to get out so I need some recommendations for some of Virginia and DC’s best restaurants. Any type of food, any type of ambiance – I just want to know what the next place is that I should try. Hook a brother up.

Also, in case you want to follow me further, check out my blog at http://stevenlukisblog.wordpress.com/. Look forward to seeing you there.

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

35th Annual Fall Festival & Taste of Falls Church

The City of Falls Church Recreation & Parks Division will host the City’s 35th Annual Fall Festival and Taste of Falls Church on Saturday, September 11. The Festival will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Park located at 312 Park Ave in Falls Church, VA.

Come join ring in the fall with live music, amusement rides, pony rides and arts and crafts! There will also be lots of local businesses and civic organizations represented at the festival. You will even get a chance to sample cuisines from various restaurants in town as a part of the “Taste of Falls Church.” The cost will be $3 per taste or 10 tastes for $25.

Admission to the festival is free and it will be happening rain or shine!

Here is the stage entertainment lineup: