HERE & NOW
MOVIES CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS -- make us laugh, make us cry, make us think. But chief among the singular gifts of cinema is the ability to take viewers to worlds they otherwise would never get to visit. And that's precisely the mission of the All Roads Film Festival, which gets underway on Thursday at National Geographic headquarters. The four-day showcase will also include still photography and music from indigenous artists all over the world. Opening night will be dedicated to Tibet, with the singer Yungchen Lhamo performing before a screening of "Milarepa," about the country's greatest Buddhist mystic. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Programs will continue throughout the weekend and will include films from the Arctic North ("Arctic Son"), the Pacific islands ("Time and Tide," "Mauna Kea: Temple Under Siege") and the Middle East ("Zero Degrees of Separation," "The Last Supper -- Abu Dis," "Make a Wish"). There will also be special programs devoted to films about women, and a series of animated films.
-- Ann Hornaday
All screenings take place at National Geographic's Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Admission to single screenings is $8 ($6 for National Geographic members, students and seniors; $4 for 12 and under). Festival passes may be purchased for $63 ($45 for members). Call 202-857-7700 or visithttp:/
WE DON'T KNOW WHAT Charles Lang Freer or Theodore Roosevelt would think of the activities around the 100th anniversary of Freer's gift of art to the country. But somehow we think Roosevelt, the outdoorsman who persuaded Freer in 1906 to part with his priceless collection of Asian and American art, would approve of the blending of East and West that will take place. It starts with a Yoga on the Mall happening Saturday at 8 a.m. in front of the majestic gallery. Tai chi and martial arts demonstrations are planned, as well as gallery tours. In the afternoon, about two dozen musicians from around the globe will gather for a festival of world sacred music. As the sun sets, a sake tasting will take place and then performances by barrier-breaking comics Vijai Nathan and Frank Hong. We can bet the ghosts of Freer and Roosevelt will be laughing.
-- Jacqueline Trescott
At the Freer Gallery on the National Mall -- Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. Saturday. All events are free. For the comedy show, free tickets are required and may be picked at the gallery at 6 p.m. Tickets may be ordered for will-call pickup through Ticketmaster (a $4 service charge is applied). Call Ticketmaster at 202-397-7328 or visithttp:/
HERE'S AN INTERESTING PROGRESSION : Street dance goes from South Central Los Angeles to film to . . . Strathmore? That's the case for Tommy the Clown, rainbow-wig-wearing star of the hit documentary "Rize," which captured the angry power and competitiveness of krumping and clown dancing. It worked on the streets, it worked on the screen, but will it work on a concert stage? That remains to be seen, as Tommy and his Hip Hop Clowns launch their national tour.