Inside D.C. entertainment

Weekend planner: TEDxWDC, SpeakeasyDC, animator Bill Plympton

March 23, 2012 - 10:13 AM
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THE CREATIVE, SPEAKEASY & BOOKS

Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor, discusses his new book, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11 at Politics & Prose. Friday. 7 p.m.

TED x WDC at THEARC. TEDx brings people together in the spirit of ideas worth spreading in the theme of "The Creative City: Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation." The day-long event features speakers, lunch by Busboys & Poets, a cocktail reception, and live entertainment. Saturday. $65.

5x5 Kickoff at Capitol Skyline Hotel. A launch party for 5x5, a public art initiative that will produce 25 temporary public art installations throughout the city. With music by Elijah Jamal Balbed Trio and Heavy Breathing. Saturday. 7 p.m. Free. Cash bar.

SpeakeasyDC presents At Your Service: Uncut Stories From Inside the Restaurant Industry at the Dunes. A night of true stories in the restaurant industry — Vol. 1 Into the Fire. The night also features a cocktail menu by bartender Jonathan Harris and live music before and after the performance. Sunday. 8 p.m. $15.

MUSIC

SOLD OUT!! Youth Lagoon at Rock 'n Roll Hotel.

Ethan Bortnick and His Musical Time Machine at Strathmore. The 11-year-old musical prodigy learned how to play the piano at three, and this evening he plays classics from Bach to Billy Joel. Friday. 8 p.m. Advanced tickets.

9:30 Club presents the Postelles with Fort Lean at U Street Music Hall. Friday. 7 p.m. $15.

Jazz multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolfe at Bohemian Caverns. Friday & Saturday. $18.

The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue featuring Tommy Castro and the Painkillers with Magic Dick, Joe Louis Walker and Deanna Bogart at State Theatre. Saturday. 9 p.m. $25.

U Hall DC DJ Showcase featuring Wild North DJs, Moon/Bounce DJs, DJ Provoke, William DeVon, Remote Ctrl and DJ eLoel at U Street Music Hall. Saturday. 10 p.m.

Jordan Knight at the Fillmore. Sunday. 8 p.m. $35.

Housse de Racket with Black Hills at 9:30 Club. Sunday. 7 p.m. $15.

THEATER, FILM & EXHIBITS

Declaration of War, based on the real life story of writer Juliette Donzelli and co-star/co-writer Jeremie Elkaim, a couple is forced to face harsh times when their newborn falls gravely ill, screens at West End Cinema. The film opened at this year's Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. Friday. Advanced tickets.

An Evening with Animator Bill Plympton at AFI Silver Theatre. The award-winning short film animator, cartoonist, and illustrator screens two new animations, Summer Bummer and a restoration of the 1921 film, The Flying House, and previews his upcoming project. A discussion following the film screenings. Friday. 7 p.m. Advanced tickets.

Rodgers Naylor: A Journey from Paris to the South, inspired by the time he spent in Paris, Lyon, Burgundy, and the southern countryside, opens at Susan Calloway Fine Arts. Saturday. 5 p.m.

Opera in Cinema brings La Boheme, a moving production of Puccini's story of young, poor, Parisian artists falling in love, to the stage at West End Cinema. Sunday. 11 a.m.

ReelIsraelDC: Intimate Grammar screens at Avalon Theatre. Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, the adaptation of David Grossman's best selling book, The Book of Intimate Grammar, is the story of a lonely young boy whose romantic ideals are "at odds with everyone and everything around him." Sunday. 10:30 a.m.

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