The Eyes Have It

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Saturday, July 26, 2008

It could be your excuse to hop that ferry and check out the burgeoning commercial district that is National Harbor: The Flik International Movie Festiva l and Interactive Exhibit are at Art Whino.

Today is the second and final night of the film festival, which will screen genre-blending shorts contributed by filmmakers from around the world, including Iran Davar Ardalan (an author and a producer with National Public Radio); Rodney Ascher, who has done videos for the singer Liz Phair; and VidLit, which animates written material (for example, "A Virgin's Guide to Everything") with Flash Technology for Web-ready consumption. Performances by local troubadour Vandaveer and weird-gician David London (whose, um, unconventional magic act recently was featured in a Washington City Paper cover story) help mix things up a bit.

The film festival, curated by Joshua Barlow and organized with Art Outlet and Art Whino, launched last year with a screening at the Warehouse Next Door and has expanded to include a broader array of entries. There was only one rule: Submissions were to blend both old and new technologies. The 40 films selected range from one minute to 14 minutes long.

Tonight and through most of next month, you can also catch Flik's first art exhibition, which will include 2-D, 3-D and interactive offerings exploring how technology affects our worldview, provided by 19 mostly local artists (one is a 7-year-old printmaker, another is a toy designer, and so on). Andrea Collins of Art Outlet curated the show.

Free. Film festival, 6-midnight tonight. A reception opens the evening, and musicians perform at about 8 p.m. Screenings are at dusk and again at about 10:15 p.m. (each lasts 45 minutes). David London performs between screenings. The exhibition continues through Aug. 29.

Art Whino, 173 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill. 301-567-8210. For more about the festival and a minute-long preview reel, visit

The District


EXHIBIT: The Story of Black Baseball This morning at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Anacostia Community Museum historian Gail Lowe will talk about two exhibitions that spotlight the old Negro baseball leagues. Lowe will give a tour of the shows, "Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia" and "Discover Greatness: An Illustrated History of the Negro Baseball Leagues," which are installed at the Historical Society through the fall. Free. 10 a.m. Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. 202-383-1828.

FRINGE FESTIVAL: Something Free Before You Say Goodbye to Fringe Tomorrow is closing day of the annual theater fest, and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange is offering two very good reasons to go: The always innovative troupe will do two free performances of its site-specific show "Muscle and Mortar: Animating Architecture" today at the National Building Museum. Dancers will perform a string of works that will take the crowd on a jaunt from architectural detail to architectural detail throughout the museum. Consider it a sort of "choreographic tour of the building." Free (no tickets required, but it's first come, first served. Today at 2 and 4 p.m. National Building Museum Auditorium, 401 F St. NW. 202-737-7232.

FRINGE FESTIVAL: "Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue Presents 'The Oresteia' " Even subtracting points for its too-long title, Spooky Action Theater's ambitious Fringe offering has been cited as one of the best of the fest. Post critic Nelson Pressley, comparing the work with other Fringe plays he saw the first weekend, said, "Nothing came close to the energy, imagination and discipline of this carnival-style rock show." "Rowdy, raucous, loud and literate," say the "Dizzy" folks. The show ends today. $15. 2 and 4 p.m. The Baldacchino at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 866-811-4111 or for a full schedule of all remaining Fringe shows, visit


FILM : Screen on the Green: "Arsenic and Old Lace" If you've missed the past couple of installments, or just can't wait to go again, this week the summer series screens Frank Capra's comedy about a pair of sweet old aunties with an affinity for, well, murder. Don't bring tall chairs -- you'll irritate fellow moviegoers. Try a blanket instead. Dusk on Mondays through Aug. 11 (people start staking out spots around 5:30 p.m.; movie starts around 8). The Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets NW. 877-262-5866 for rain updates; for a schedule and the do's and don'ts, visit

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