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What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

A recent preview of the new Marky Mark film The Fighter provoked a discussion among many of my friends that generated the question, "What is the best kind of sports film?" Many people have ranked sports movies over the years, and have done so in various ways: some by the individual sport, some lump all sports together, and some by sports movies starring Kevin Costner. I am a fan of both sports and movies and am therefore, by the transitive property, a fan of sport movies. To paraphrase Crash Davis:

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

When  Miss DC USA pageant director, Althea Smith asked me to be the last female judge for the Miss DC competition, I was ecstatic and of course said "YES".  I hadn't ever done anything like this before and the experience was a ton of fun.  The most suprising part of the competition was how much love and support the girls gave each other. Even though it was a competition, the sisterhood they belong to makes it more like a family than a contest.

Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design

Origin to Icon: Exploring Danish Design

Exhibition in the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Gallery 31, the College's FREE exhibition space (entrance on New York Avenue). Reception will be held on Thursday, December 16 from 6–8 p.m.

Holiday Do's and Dont's

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Irish Film Festival Coming to Penn Quarter/Chinatown

This story comes to us from Jo-Ann Neuhaus:

The Capital Irish Film Festival, produced by Solas Nua, is now the largest Irish Film Festival in the U.S. celebrating the best of Irish features, documentaries, and shorts.  From December 2nd-11th, it will be showing at the Goethe-Institut located at 812 7th Street NW, just south of I Street. This year the festival screens more than 40 films, including a number of U.S. premieres. The Festival opens at the E Street Cinema on E Street, NW at 11th Street. with the D.C. premiere of My Brothers, a heartwarming and moving film about three brothers travelling the Irish countryside to find a replacement for their dying father's watch.  Tickets to the event will cost $10 and you can buy them at www.irishfilmdc.org or by calling 1-800-494-8497.




Smash Hit STOMP Returns TO DC's Warner Theatre With New Surprises

This story comes to us from Deb Fiscella:

STOMP, the international sensation, is making its triumphant return to the Warner Theatre for a limited engagement beginning January 25, 2011. The return of the percussive hit brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured, and the addition of two new full-scale routines utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.

DC Area's Film Scene: "Underground Hollywood"

In 1998, Eduardo Sanchez and Neal Fredericks, two Montgomery County Community College alums, shot a film in the woods of Maryland called “The Blair Witch Project.” It went on to gross nearly $250 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. “The Blair Witch Project” was a perfect storm of a clever idea and a shrewd marketing campaign that capitalized on the budding new medium of the internet. It's a good possibility that you've heard this story before.

It's an equally good possibility that you haven't heard of the army of filmmakers in the D.C. area that has been growing in the decade since “The Blair Witch Project” captured the country's imagination. I should know. I'm one of them.