A guide to summer movies in today’s Washington Post Weekend section


View Photo Gallery: Here are 20 films you should know about this summer, most with mini-reviews by Michael O’Sullivan, including “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Get your popcorn ready.

Summer is almost upon us and in today’s Weekend section, we have your guide to blockbuster season at the local cineplex, including all of the big comic book flicks, sequels, indie dark horses and, inevitably, flops.

Elsewhere in Weekend:

• Our picks for the best events this weekend, including the Pitchfork-curated concert “Song 1: A Happening,” the all-day conclusion to the Kennedy Center’s “Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America” and a free dance party in Dupont Circle.

• Sample food, music and art from crountries across Europe without needing and travel documents: Here’s our guide to Passport DC’s Shortcut to Europe, when 27 European Union embassies open their doors to travelers visitors.

• After scoring a critical success with a baroque pop masterpiece in the era of grunge, the members of the duo Cardinal drifted apart. A follow-up wouldn’t come for nearly two decades, but now, the band is back on tour ... sort of.

• Read record reviews of local jazz-soul band the Funk Ark; singer-songwriter Dar Williams; indie folk group Horse Feathers; folk super-group the Wandering; and the dreamy psychedelia of Here We Go Magic.

• On paper, Odd Bar in Arlington has one of the best happy hours in town. The only thing missing is the patrons.

• Don’t let the name Del Ray Pizzeria fool you: While the Alexandria restaurant certainly serves up good pies, chef Eric Reid’s talents can also be found in menu’s Southern-accented American comfort food.

• As a teenager, Lucy Bowen McCauley would regularly head to New York punk shows after slipping off her ballet shoes. Now, with her own dance comapny, Bowen McCauley offers a love letter to D.C. bands, with a dance program set to the sounds of Imperial China and DC Traffic.

• Though the Shakespeare Theatre Company is known for its very serious side, its new work, “The Servant of Two Masters,” features recess-time clowning and a childlike spirit.

• The exhibit “Sculpting Outside the Lines” places works big and small in various locations in Foggy Bottom.

• Of course, there are new movies out this week, too, and we have reviews of them, including the latest Johnny Depp-Tim Burton collaboration, “Dark Shadows,” and the thriller “Headhunters.”

Brandon Weigel is an editor for Baltimore City Paper and an alumnus of The Washington Post's Going Out Guide.

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