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Get an acting lesson from Mr. Burns at the DCIFF

Get an acting lesson from Mr. Burns at the DCIFF

“Eeeeexcellent.”

Harry Shearer, the actor who voices such beloved Simpsons characters as Montgomery Burns, Ned Flanders, and Otto Mann will be offering a master class Saturday March 12 at the Gala Theater as part of this year's DC Independent Film Festival. Besides lending his vocal chords to half of Springfield, Shearer has a body of work that spans four decades including the cult comedy classic This Is Spinal Tap.

Following the master class, Shearer will screen his documentary The Big Uneasy. In the film, Shearer gets the real story of Hurricane Katrina right from the people who lived through it, revealing an account not heard in the popular media.

The DC Independent Film Festival, March 3-13

The DC Independent Film Festival, March 3-13

The 12th annual DC Independent Film Festival kicks off this Thursday March 3 and runs through Sunday March 13. Since 1999, the DCIFF has featured a wide selection of independent films with an emphasis on filmmakers based in the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

One local film being showcased this year is Late Rounders, a feature length documentary by area filmmaker Evan A. Marshall. The film follows a group of college football players as they prepare for draft day in the hope that they will be selected by an NFL team. Sports fans and non-sports fans alike should identify with these young men as they wait to see whether or not their dreams will become a reality. Late Rounders plays at the Artisphere in Arlington on March 13. 

An Article for Those with Wanderlust

An Article for Those with Wanderlust

I want to know what people think of when they hear the word “Thailand”. Is it Pad Thai? The sprawling megalopolis of Bangkok? The beautiful women? Amazing cuisine? Cheap beach resorts? Or maybe someone famous like Tiger Woods?

Twenty hours total from JFK airport to get to Bangkok and all I had was a cell number, a street address in Thai, and the instructions, “when you arrive Bro, get a drink for the drive and get to Pattaya”. Doing what I normally do when faced with the dilemma of needing to get somewhere and having no idea how to, I grabbed a beer and went with the flow, looking forward to the adventure. The first lesson I learned was not to ask a cab driver if he likes American music. They will without a doubt take this as a cue to blast something that is barely discernable as music, sounding more like two drunk cats in heat by the name of Ke$ha or Justin Bieber.

Salon Daniel Hairstylists Donate Hair Services to Local Teens

Salon Daniel Hairstylists Donate Hair Services to Local Teens

Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. recently treated 54 local teenage girls to a ‘salon day’ in preparation for Pure Fashion Show on Sun., April 3, in Bethesda, Md. The Salon Daniel hair stylists and make-up artists shared their beauty tips and headshots were taken for the Pure Fashion Show program booklet.

 Pure Fashion is a program designed for girls, ages 14 to 18. It is a character formation program that enhances not only a young woman's external appearance, but more importantly, her interior beauty and balanced self confidence.

For more information about Salon Daniel, call 703.893.5000.            

The 25th Annual Wammies Coming Soon

The 25th Annual Wammies Coming Soon

From the City of Falls Church:

The City of Falls Church Economic Development Office along with the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Music Association, BMI, is sponsoring the 25th Wammies™ Award Show on Sunday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m., at The State Theatre in Falls Church.

For 25 years, the members of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) have shined the spotlight on local musicians, music business professionals, and music organizations who have achieved significant accomplishments within their field. The award show will include great music and award presentations to hundreds of top musicians.

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.