Film festivals and coffee shops for a cold and rainy weekend.
• Directed by Tony Award Winner Robert Falls, Red opens at Arena Stage. Painter Mark Rothko's in the midst of doing a series of grand-scale paintings for the Four Seasons in New York. Red is the story of his internal struggle. A work by John Logan, who writes, "For me Red has always been binary: red/black; light/dark; young/old; teacher/student; father/son. In the end if you don’t like the play, blame me, not the paintings. They are mute, magnificent and unassailable." The play runs to March 11.
• Film|Neu, D.C.'s annual film showcase of new films from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, opens at E Street Cinema. Set in 1988, Westwind kicks off the week-long festival with showings at 7 and 9 p.m. A discussion with castmember Franz Dinda follows the first screening. The festival runs to Thursday, Jan. 26.
• A Night of One-Act Plays, a series of short plays examining the notion that every human interaction is a performance, continues at Georgetown University. 8 p.m. $12 general admission/$10 students.
• The D.C. premiere of the post-apocalyptic film The Divide at E Street Cinema. Nine strangers living in an apartment complex in New York City escape a nuclear attack by hiding in the building's underground basement. As the days pass and supplies dwindle, the nine collapse into despair, desperation, and torment, without knowing if salvation exists outside. Starring Lauren German, Michael Biehn, and Milo Ventimiglia.
• From What I Remember/From What I Forgot, a Broad Studio curated exhibition, opens at Principle Gallery.
• Film|Neu's opening weekend continues with day long screenings of Stopped on Track, If Not Us, Who, Cracks in the Shell, Bastard, and Sleeping Sickness at E Street Cinema. An open bar wine and cheese reception at Goethe-Institut follows the evening screening of Bastard. The film's director, Carsten Unger, and producers, Reza Bahar and Nicole Ringhut, will be in attendance. 9:15 p.m. 21+.
• Tariq Ali, an internationally acclaimed Pakistani writer and filmmaker, discusses and signs copies of On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation at Busboys and Poets/5th&K. In working with Stone on two new documentaries, South of the Border and Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States, the two engaged in dialogue that delves into forgotten, unspoken history. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Remember when it was the '90s?
• Dubtribe Soundsystem with All Good Funk Alliance at U Street Music Hall. The San Francisco-based electronic music group made waves on the house music scene in the '90s before splitting in 2005. Sunshine and Moonbeam make their second appearance at U Hall since their revival. 10 p.m. $10.
• An opening reception for Collaboration, works by Preston Sampson and Tim Davis at The Levine School of Music/Lang Recital Hall. 1:30 p.m.
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