Event Partners

Community Cinema

COMMUNITY CINEMA DC

Presented by ITVS
A free monthly screening series, Community Cinema features films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In over 65 cities nationwide, screenings are followed by lively panel discussions that bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. Community Cinema [DC] hosts screenings each month (from October to June) at Busboys and Poets and the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. ITVS also hosts special premieres and events in Washington, DC throughout the year.  You can watch documentaries from the Independent Lens series on WHUT-TV, our community partner station, and WETA.

WHERE & WHEN

14th & V | Varies (Check the schedule)

ADMISSION

Free and open to all

CONTACT

Michon Boston | info.itvs[AT]communitycinema-dc.org

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CABRAL/TRUTH CIRCLE: FILM/BOOK DISCUSSION ON AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Presented by TRANSAFRICA: JUSTICE FOR THE AFRICAN WORLD
Presented by TransAfrica, the Cabral/Truth Circle is a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. It focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora through a film screening and highlighting of a complementary book.  The Cabral/Truth Circle is named in honor of Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth. Amilcar Cabral was one of Africa’s most successful and thoughtful leaders. He led the anti-colonialism movement in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Sojourner Truth petitioned the government and won back her five-year-old son who had been sold illegally. She spent the rest of her days traveling throughout the country encouraging the debate to end slavery and the creation of a peaceful society.  Every other month at Busboys and Poets 14th & V, TransAfrica shows a short documentary and hosts a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism.

WHERE & WHEN

14th & V | Varies; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

ADMISSION

Free and open to all

CONTACT

Mwiza Munthali | mmunthali@transafrica.org


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SCIENCE CAFE

Presented by THE D.C. SCIENCE WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Science Cafe provides a new channel for the public to become directly engaged in open, facilitated, curiosity-driven discussions about the scientific discoveries and technologies that fascinate, enlighten, amuse, befuddle, terrify and otherwise move us. Monthly discussions held at Busboys and Poets 5th & K will cover everything from the origin of the universe to the ethical dilemmas that accompany new reproductive technologies to the magical materials still latent within the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements. No science background required! The aim is to give the general public an opportunity to participate in lively and important discussions about the consequential scientific discoveries and issues of our times. Science Cafe is presented by The D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA, pronounced Duck-swa), a non-profit organization founded back in 1987 by a few science reporters with “too much time on their hands.”

WHERE & WHEN

5th & K | Varies; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

ADMISSION

Free and open to all

CONTACT

Ivan Amato | DCScienceCafe@dcswa.org

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STORY CONTEST

Presented by STORY LEAGUE
Since March 2011, Story League has presented sold-out story shows around D.C. Founded by writer/performer SM Shrake (The Moth story slam winner, This American Life, Mortified) along with the author (Up for Renewal) and journalist (Washington Post, The Atlantic, Washingtonian, DC Magazine, Washington City Paper) Cathy Alter, Story League was born of the desire for a collaborative story-performing experience, in which the participants all help one another hone their craft. Story League is inclusive geographically, too: They have proudly brought in talent from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore to join our local performers, building bridges between storytellers in those cities. The group often meets socially for mixers (open to all), and anyone is welcome to try out for our periodic pre-booked shows. Every third Wednesday of the month, Story League holds a Story Contest at Busboys and Poets 14th & V, where the public can come try their hand at telling a true 7-minute story onstage for a chance to win a $100 cash prize.

WHERE & WHEN

14th & V | 3rd Wednesday of every month; 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

ADMISSION

$12 ($10 for Story League Members and Pre-Selected Contestants) at www.storyleague.org

CONTACT

SM Shrake | smshrake@storyleague.org