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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.
 

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company: America’s Cloud

Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company: America’s Cloud

Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12.

Performances at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in the Corcoran's Rotunda.

Join acclaimed choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his contemporary dance company as they debut their site-specific dance piece, “America’s Cloud.”  The dance—inspired by the large-scale cloud sculpture suspended in the Rotunda as part of the exhibition Spencer Finch: My Business, With the Cloud—is the culmination of Burgess’ month-long residency at the Corcoran. Rehearsing and performing in the Corcoran’s Rotunda, Burgess puts the creative choreographic process on display and encourages new dialogues between the visual and performing arts.

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.

DC SCORES hosts District's largest youth Poetry Slam!

DC SCORES hosts District's largest youth Poetry Slam!

The time has finally arrived – almost. After months of learning, writing, re-writing and practicing, DC SCORES’ 800 poet-athletes are making final preparations for the culminating highlight event of the fall season.

The 13th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!.

DC SCORES is an after-school program that uses the unique combination of soccer, poetry and service-learning to inspire students ages 8-15 to live healthy lifestyles and be engaged in school and their communities.

On consecutive nights, 400 of the District’s public elementary and middle school students will take the stage during the citywide competition to vie for the coveted Golden Mic trophy that goes to the elementary school winner. The Slam! showcases original works of poetry written and performed by the students at DC SCORES' 25 schools.

'Rivers of the World' Student Art Exhibit Opens Tuesday, Inspired By Anacostia River

This unique art exhibit/event was sent to us by the U.S. Department of Education:

To help recognize International Education Week, eighth- and ninth-grade student artworks inspired by Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia River will be on display beginning Tuesday, November 16, in the lobby of the U.S. Department of Education alongside student artworks illustrating London's Thames River. Six public schools from both D.C. and London are represented in the show.

The exhibit is part of the British Council's Rivers of the World project, linking schools and more than 2,000 13-14 year olds around the world through a common theme: their city's river.  D.C. students contributed artwork portraying the Anacostia.  The project is sponsored by The (London) Mayor's Thames Festival in partnership with the British Council and supported by the HSBC Education Trust.

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.