‘From Doodles to Pixels’
Get a little culture with your cartoons with “From Doodles to Pixels: Over One Hundred Years of Spanish Animation,” a co-production of the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona and Accion Cultural Espanola. The series, which runs Saturday through April 22, is arranged as a survey course, with five two-part sessions. Leading off Saturday’s programming is “Doodles,” a compendium of early-20th-century work from director Segundo de Chomon; a segment called “Modern Times” follows with shorts and a roundup of commercials from the 1950s and ’60s (National Gallery of Art, Sixth and Constitution Avenue NW; Sat., 2 p.m., free). All of the series’ screenings are free and most are at the National Gallery of Art; however, the presentations on April 18 and April 20 are at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain and require an RSVP.
DC Web Fest
DC Web Fest used to just highlight the best series the internet had to offer. This year, for the festival’s fifth go-round, the celebration has been expanded to include apps, online games and virtual reality. Throughout the festival you can experience virtual tours to spots like the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef, thanks to Google Expeditions, as well as try out the immersive Experius VR. The day’s schedule includes two screening blocks — featuring web series and short films — a guest panel and an award ceremony.
Burke Theatre, U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Sat., 4-11 p.m., $35.
For absolutely no reason whatsoever, art-house theaters across the country are showing “1984” on April 4, the day George Orwell’s novel about a totalitarian regime kicks off its story about oppression, secrecy and alternative facts. John Hurt stars in the 1984 film adaptation as Winston, a man whose job it is to rewrite history so that the schoolbooks of the future tell only the good stuff. If nothing else, you’ll find out where the TV show “Big Brother” got its name.
Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike; Tue., 7:45 p.m., $6.50.
Old Greenbelt Theater, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.; Tue., 8 p.m., $9.