July 9, 2010
Friday, July 9: Made in Hong Kong Film Festival: Vengeance
In this high-voltage thriller that proves that popcorn flicks and high art can be one in the same, a French chef travels to Hong Kong and teams up with a gang of underworld assassins in his quest to avenge the death of his daughter’s family. The film is presented in Cantonese and French with English subtitles. Free. Freer, 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 10: Harlem Sandman: The Life and Dance of Howard “Sandman” Sims
Howard Sims made his mark on the vaudeville circuit by way of his tap dancing skills—most notably by way of how he’d sprinkle sand on the stage floor to amplify the sounds his dance shoes made during a routine. Later in life, he became known as a host of the Apollo Theater and would chase unsuccessful amateur acts off the stage. Tonight, his life is remembered by popular performance artist Holly Bass who, accompanied by the best of DC’s hip hop theater and dance scene, perform a dance piece based on Sims’ life. While at the museum, be sure to check out the companion exhibit Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment. Free. American History Museum, 2:00 PM
Sunday, July 11: Gullah Stories
The Gullah are African Americans descended from slaves who are known for having preserved their rich linguistic and cultural heritage. Today, come hear Diane Gardner’s stories from the Gullah region both historical and mythical and learn about this uniquely American subculture’s West African roots. Free. Anacostia Museum, 1:00-3:00 PM
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