Inside D.C. entertainment

Tonight: Opera for moviegoers, and the weirdness of quantum mechanics

February 21, 2012 - 01:17 PM
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Puccini's Il Trittico, a collection of three brief operas from the Royal Opera House, screens at "Opera in Cinema" at the West End Cinema. Sung in Italian, the stories Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi range from heartbreaking drama to satire. The Independent writes, "The accepted wisdom on Puccini’s trio of one-acters, Il Trittico, is that Gianni Schicchi is the masterpiece, Suor Angelica of very particular and questionable taste, with Il Tabarro, all shadow and melodrama, bringing up the rear." 7 p.m. Italian, subtitled. Tickets online.


What if you could be in two places at the same time? Steve Rolston, physicist at the University of Maryland and co-director of the Joint Quantum Institute, discusses the intricate nature of particles, how they can be in two places at the same time, and the nature of their invisibility at the latest Science Cafe talk,  "Quantum Mechanics: Embrace the Weirdness." Busboys and Poets (5th & K). 6:30 p.m. Free.


Katherine Boo, who rose through the local ranks before becoming a staff writer at the New Yorker, has written a book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity," that chronicles the life of a garbage trader and his family. Politics and Prose. 7 p.m.

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