Six more weeks of winter is upon us! If this is what the rest of 'winter' is like, I'll be dreadfully depressed. What's a girl got to do for some snow? But with temperatures in the 50s, there's no excuse not to go out and take advantage of life in the city this weekend.
Cold winter nights are the perfect ingredient for film festivals. Here are some film screenings in town to wash away some of that winter depression.
• Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances starts at AFI Silver Theatre. Just in time for us to remember how depressing this holiday is when you're alone or how cheesy it is when you're with someone. The month-long film screenings span the decades from leading men like Cary Grant in The Awful Truth to the 80's classic Dirty Dancing to Nicholas Sparks' modern-day tearjerker, The Notebook. Film screenings run to March 7.
• Of the great film directors, in the 50's there was Nicholas Ray. Most known for Rebel Without a Cause, Bigger Than Life: The Films of Nicholas Ray celebrates the recent restoration of some of his works, at AFI Silver Theatre. Ray's films spanned various genres, from the film noir, They Live by Night and In a Lonely Place, to the surrealism of Johnny Guitar. Film screenings run to April 12.
• The four-day DC Shorts Laughs Film Festival, which brings together the DC Shorts festival and Riot Act comedy club comedians, runs to Saturday at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Friday shows explore the themes of Sexual Adventures, The Dating Game, and Payback is Hell. Saturday's themes are A Guy Walks Into a Bar..., Bad Moves, Alternative Lifestyles, Bedroom Games, The Business of Comedy, A Very D.C. Moment, The Meaning of it All, Breaking Up is Easy to Do, and Coffee Shop Romance. Hurry, before it's sold out! $15.
• A First Friday Reception featuring Elizabeth Grusin-Howe's solo show, "La Bellissima," and duo shows by Sally Levie ("Glimpses of Solitude") and Trish Palasik ("Moments: Taking Shape") at Studio Gallery. Grusin-Howe's screenprints of life in Italy from the streets of Florence to the canals of Venice are haunting. The exhibitions run to Feb. 25.
• Part memoir and part cultural critique, THE BI(G) LIFE: Two Solo Performances features two thirty-minute solo performances examining life "in the middle," at Georgetown University/Davis Performing Arts Center. $5. The play runs to Sunday.
• All I Did Was Ask - An Evening with NPR's Terry Gross at Strathmore Music Center. The Fresh Air host goes behind the mic and discusses her most provocative interviews over the years with artists like James Brown, John Travolta, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. 8 p.m. $35-$55.
• What's next in the world of art? Next Generation explores the future of art by asking artists from the 30 Americans Collection to choose a selection of works by emerging and established artists who they believe represent the "next generation." What's resulted is a curated exhibit of works spanning a wide range of mediums — photography, sculpture, installation, new media and others with no set medium. The exhibit at the Contemporary Wing runs to March 10.
• Get cultured in St. Petersburg at the National Chamber Ensemble's Night at the Palace, an evening of virtuoso performances and chamber music featuring members of the Ballet Nova performing a solo from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and works by Handel, Halvorsen, Wieniawski and Glinka at Artisphere. 7:30 p.m. $28 general, $15 student.
• Can't figure out why your relationships never work out? Perhaps it's your brain. Marsha Lucas, neuropsychologist, pscyhotherapist, and author of Rewire Your Brain for Love, talks at Politics and Prose. 1 p.m.
If you could care less about the Super Bowl, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, or annoying Giants and Pats fans, here are some options for Sunday.
• If winding down the weekend is more your style (and dubstep bothers you to bits), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring Krayzie and Wish Bone are appearing at the 9:30 Club. 10 p.m. $25.