- DC Shorts, in shorter form
It sounds nice to spend the weekend on the couch watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother. But between our recent earthquake, hurricane, Thursday's deluge, and the looming terrorist threat, maybe it's time to grab the umbrella and knock some items off your to-do list?
• A mechanical hound debuts on stage at Fahrenheit 451's opening weekend at Round House Theatre in Bethesda. The play, based on Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel, conveys a world where books are burned, free-thought and intellectualism are dangerous, and society's fed a diet of reality TV shows.
• Peter Bjorn and John's concert at 9:30 HAS BEEN CANCELED! One of them got hurt, says 9:30's email. Instead, take your ticket to the club for a free performance by Eclectic Method and Will Eastman, and save it for the yet-to-be-rescheduled-but-by-God-it-will-be-rescheduled-they-say date. Virgin Mobile FreeFest ticket holders get in for free, too. The rest of you non-ticket-having bozos pay $10.
• LA-based indie band Grouplove at Black Cat. Their debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song, which will make you ache for the summer days that are now drenched in water, drops Tuesday.
• DC Shorts film Festival, one of the country's largest film festivals dedicated to short films, features 145 shorts from 23 nations at various theaters in town. The 11-day festival runs until Sept. 18.
• banished? Productions presents Tactile Dinner Car at Flashpoint. The exhibit, based off F.T. Marinetti's Futurist Cookbook, allows visitors to partake in the food experience. Marinetti, an Italian artist, believed in recipes as art. "Italian Breasts in the Sunshine" consists of two half spheres of almond paste, with a fresh strawberry at the center of each, sprinkled with black pepper. The "Nocturnal Love Feast" is to be eaten at midnight on the island of Capri, climaxing with a War-in-Bed cocktail.
• Mr. Nice, the true story of a legendary British pothead and polymath, runs for one week only at E Street Cinema.
• BLUEBRAIN: "The Living House" at 1337 H Street NE. The Living House is a two-night walk-through sonic experience designed by Bluebrain and featuring contributions from other artists.
• Ben Tolman: a few more drawings opens at The Fridge. "These drawings are the detritus of my personal experience within this absurdly complex machine of existence," Tolman writes.
• The 9/11 Arts Project at Studio Gallery.
• The Guys, based on a true story of how a New York City fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers struggled to write their eulogies, at 1st Stage Theater.
• A Continuing Talk on Race: Islamophobia, Anti-Arab and Muslim Bias, and Cultural Scapegoating at Busboys and Poets/Hyattsville.