Arts & Culture
May 5 marks more than just Mexico’s triumph over the French in the Battle Of Puebla in 1862. Cinco de Mayo has become a celebration of the Latin American culture and heritage throughout the United States. The nation’s capital is no exception to hosting events for children, families, and adult specific activities that are filled with the sounds, smells and stories of Latin American history.
Now that winter seems to have finally disappeared, it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy all of the festivals that the D.C. area has to offer. Here are the Best Spring Festivals in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.
Our nation’s capital has been the setting for countless movies, but only around 100 have actually been filmed in D.C. Those films have included everything from mega blockbusters to critically acclaimed classics. Here’s a look at the ten best films ever shot in Washington, D.C.
#10 Patriot Games (1992)
This adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel marked the debut of Harrison Ford as retired CIA agent Jack Ryan, replacing Alec Baldwin, who played the part in 1990’s The Hunt for Red October. Debuting at #1, this political thriller was a hit with both critics and the public.
#9 Minority Report (2002)
One of director Stephen Spielberg’s most daring and critically acclaimed films, Minority Report tackles the concept of a future where foreknowledge of misdeeds allows police to arrest criminals before crimes are committed. Heavy stuff– and well ahead of it’s time.
#8 Thank You For Smoking (2005)
Can lobbyists for some of the world’s most dangerous and deadly products still have a conscience and a heart? Aaron Eckhart is masterful as the Big Tobacco spin doctor caught between his career and raising a young son.
#7 In The Line Of Fire (1993)
As the lone remaining Secret Service agent from JFK’s Dallas team, Frank Horrigan is haunted by memories and determined to stop former CIA agent John Malkovich from taking down the current chief executive. Both actors are at their best throughout this intense thriller.
One of the truly great satires of the 1990’s, Election features a tour de force performance by Reese Witherspoon as the Nebraska teen who wants to be class president and Matthew Broderick as the teacher who tries to sabotage her campaign. Fun and funny from start to finish.
#5 Wag The Dog (1997)
Politics is a dirty business, and no film portrays it any filthier than this black comedy from director Barry Levinson. An all-star cast led by Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman captures every aspect of political scandal—both real and manufactured.
#4 JFK (1991)
In one of the most controversial films of all-time, director Oliver Stone mines every source of Kennedy assassination conspiracy info and blends them into a compelling and fascinating look at one of the nation’s darkest episodes.
#3 Broadcast News (1987)
Writer, producer, director James L. Brooks nailed every aspect of this funny, insightful and touching look at the cutthroat world of TV news and the people that provide it. Great performances by William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks make Broadcast News one of the best films of the 1980’s.
#2 The Exorcist (1973)
The granddaddy of all horror films, it is hard to find a flaw in The Exorcist. From creepy, foggy Georgetown backdrops to spinning heads and pea soup projectiles, this classic is as scary today as it was four decades ago.
#1 All the President’s Men (1976)
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein may have been the journalists who broke the Watergate scandal wide open, but it’s Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman who the general public remembers in those roles. The quintessential Washington story, All the President’s Men garnered eight Academy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Jason Robards’ portrayal of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee.
2015 marks the 45th Annual Earth Day, celebrating humanity’s dedication to ensuring continued preservation and protection of our planet. It’s out time to lead the efforts to ensuring that future generations have a healthy planet on which to live. Celebrate this Earth Day with one of the many activities D.C. has to offer.
In recognition of Record Store Day, taking place on April 18th, here are some of the best D.C.-area record stores where you can find great music.
Since Drop Everything And Read Day is April 12th, here are a few used bookstores in the D.C.-area were you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
Spring has sprung and the kids want to celebrate all things Easter. Here’s an update on a few of the best Easter events.
Theater offers some of the most beloved and hated characters—and those whom you love to hate. Here are some of the best theaters in the DC area.
Theater blossoms this spring in a colorful bouquet of productions that are sure to entertain, enthrall and enlighten. Here’s an update on some of the very best.
Whether you are of Irish descent or just love the holiday, you will find something fun to do. Here are the best parades and celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day in Washington, D.C.