Get Into the Big-Screen Scene
Every month this summer, there will be a large screen set up on a lawn somewhere in town, waiting for you to stretch out a blanket and partake of an old movie you didn't even know you wanted to watch.
First up is the Clint Eastwood Film Festival in Crystal City (which, through events such as Artomatic and rock concerts, has been trying to prove it "rocks"). The fest will include outdoor screenings of more than 10 Eastwood films, including "Unforgiven" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." It starts Monday with "High Noon," intended to set the tone for a summer of westerns, even if it doesn't include Eastwood himself. The opening party, at Ted's Montana Grill, is 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Dusk (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.) Mondays through Aug. 20. 18th and South Bell streets, Arlington. http:/
The Silverdocs film festival at the AFI always hosts a free outdoor screening, and this year the theme is the concert film. On June 14, you can see Jonathan Demme's "Stop Making Sense," which captures Talking Heads over three nights in 1983 at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. June 15, the night will be aglow with Demme's 2006 film "Neil Young: Heart of Gold," which follows the legendary folk-rock singer in two concerts with his wife and many, many pals not long after his surgery for a brain aneurysm. Free. About 9 p.m. both nights. Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring. 877-362-7849.
The event of choice for the young professional crowd has to be Screen on the Green . It kicks off July 16 on the Mall near the Capitol with the fabulous "Annie Hall." Later you can catch "Wait Until Dark," "The Thing" and "Casablanca." Free. Mondays through Aug. 13. Constitution Avenue between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. For a schedule, visit http:/
And then there's the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival , daily Aug. 10-19. The series, on the lawn of Strathmore and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, will include some of the most family-friendly movies in the bunch, with "Night at the Museum" (Aug. 10), "Over the Hedge" (Aug. 12) and "The Wizard of Oz" (Aug. 13). Free. Dusk (about 8:30 p.m.). 10701 Rockville Pike. For a schedule, visit http:/
-- Lavanya Ramanathan