Indies and Arties: Thenkyuhverymuch

January 20, 2010

THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY is all shook up over Elvis Presley this month — make that this year. In addition to its two portrait exhibitions — “One Life: Echoes of Elvis,” currently up, and “Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer,” opening in October — the gallery is hosting a Saturday Elvis-palooza. “Elvis Is in the Building” is a day of book readings, art workshops, a costume contest, an exhibit tour and, uh, a “tribute,” capped off by a 5 p.m. screening of the 1964 classic “Viva Las Vegas” staring two impossibly pretty people.

» National Portrait Gallery, 8th & F streets NW; “One Life” through Aug. 22; “Elvis Is in the Building” event Sat., 11:30 a.m-7 p.m., free; 202-633-1000. (Metro Center)

It’s Neue to You
How do you say, “Now this I gotta see!” in German? The Goethe-Institut revs up its annual showcase of German-language cinema on Friday (screening at Landmark’s E Street Cinema) with a wealth of cinematic gems from Austria and Germany. The films on tap include historical drama, something involving Bollywood-style dance numbers, low-key comedy and a biography of 11th-century mystic abbess and composer Hildegard von Bingen starring Fassbinder muse Barbara Sukowa.

» E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; opens Fri., through Jan. 28, $10 per movie; more for closing and opening night screenings and parties. (Metro Center)

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