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By Lavanya Ramanathan
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Movie fans will be spoiled for choice when the Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival gets underway Monday. Many of the tent-pole screenings are no-brainers. Who would want to miss the festival's opening-night feature, "More Than a Game," about LeBron James, or the retrospective of films by Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree Albert Maysles?

But what about the hundred-plus other nonfiction films? What to watch and what to skip? Luckily, a few of them have played the festival circuit, so we can single them out for must-see status.

Among those not to miss: "Racing Dreams," Marshall Curry's absorbing portrait of young go-kart racers who compete for the World Karting Association championship and future NASCAR glory (Curry directed the fabulous 2005 documentary "Street Fight," about Cory Booker's first mayoral campaign in Newark); "My Neighbor, My Killer," Anne Aghion's deeply moving account of Rwandans coming to terms with the ethnic slaughter of 1994 and its aftermath; "Trimpin: The Sound of Invention," Peter Esmonde's portrait of the eccentric eponymous Seattle-based sound installation artist; and "Still Bill," Alex Vlack and Damani Baker's captivating portrait of legendary R&B singer Bill Withers. (Withers appears in another terrific Silverdocs film: "Soul Power," about the concert that preceded Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's historic face-off in Zaire in 1974.)

High on our want-to-see list: Joe Berlinger's "Crude," about oil companies, environmentalists and indigenous tribes in Ecuador locked in battle over ecological remediation; "Afghan Star," about Kabul's version of "American Idol"; and "The Horse Boy," about a couple taking their autistic son on a trip through Mongolia.

-- Ann Hornaday

Get tickets now for the area's best events.

We kind of think Asher Roth is just Eminem all over again (rapid-fire flow, slightly nasal delivery), but pair him with Kid Cudi, the guy behind the club banger "Day 'n' Night," and maybe you've got something. These two are headlining the Great Hangover Tour with B.o.B. and 88-Keys, and the tour is coming to the 9:30 club for a late show Aug. 5. We're expecting it'll be the alt-rap Rock the Bells. Tickets are $30. Call 800-955-5566 or visit http://www.tickets.com.

Dave Attell was the deadpan host of the "The Gong Show" (till it ended) and "Insomniac" (till it ended). At least his career as a stand-up is enduring. Attell, who is one of the funniest comics working the stage, is coming back to the D.C. Improv (where he sells out every time) Aug. 21-23. Tickets are $30. 202-296-7008 or http://www.dcimprov.com.

Charles Ross drew crowds to Woolly Mammoth Theatre and the Birchmere with his mile-a-minute "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy" -- the first three films, abridged and performed by Ross in one hour. Next week, he returns to Washington with his "One-Man Lord of the Rings," in which he runs through the Peter Jackson version of the Tolkien books, telling the tale of Bilbo Baggins, Gollum and that darned ring in, again, just 60 minutes. Tickets to the Birchmere show are $35. June 20. Visit http://www.birchmere.com or call 202-397-7328.

Northern Virginia

Film "The Breakfast Club"

To watch "The Breakfast Club" is to realize that all the movies of the 1980s had a way of breaking down the teen population to its lowest common denominator: Are you the popular kid? The moody new-waver? Or the pretty one? Because you certainly can't be all three. Of all those movies, none did this more than John Hughes's "The Breakfast Club." But the film is enduring (too bad the careers of its stars weren't). This cable staple is screened outdoors tomorrow as part of the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival's all-things-'80s retrospective. Bring blankets and low chairs. Free. Every Friday at dusk through Sept. 4. Gateway Park, Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, Arlington. 703-522-6638 or http://www.rosslynva.org.

The District

Exhibit The Art of the Egg

Ami Martin Wilber's installation "Gestation" fills Flashpoint with 100 slightly-larger-than-egg-size alabaster eggs, created over the exact number of days of human gestation. The show lays the eggs out on the floor (so be careful where you step), and is intended to spotlight process over results; while the objects were produced in a factory-like fashion, no two eggs are the same. The show opens today. Free. A reception is 6-8 tonight. The show continues through July 18. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305 or http://www.flashpointdc.org.


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