The last U Street movie will be showing tomorrow afternoon at the Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School (2001 10th Street, NW). The event will screen Waiting for Superman, with a panel following the film. The doors open at 12:00 p.m.

Seating is limited – so free registration is required to attend the screening.

The discussion will include panelists:

  • Jackie Gran (Moderator), Chief Policy & Partnerships Officer at New Leaders for New Schools
  • Kelly Young, DCPS Interim Chief, Office of Family and Public Engagement
  • Evelyn Boyd Simmons, ANC 2F Education Committee Chair, parent of Garrison Elementary School students
  • Reuben Jacobson, Senior Associate for Research/Strategy for Coalition for Community Schools
  • Patrick Mara, DC State Board of Education,Ward 1 Representative
  • Robinette Breedlove, Principal, Meridian Public Charter School
  • Kerry Sylvia, Teacher, Cardozo High School
  • Ann McLeod, Garrison Elementary School, PTA President, and parent

There is a suggested $5 cash donation at the door.

There will also be a networking reception at Duffy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant after the  panel discussion.


Well, given the current weather tonight’s movie might be postponed – but for now it’s on at Harrison Field. Tonight they will be showing Bag It, an award-winning documentary about the effects of plastic on our waterways, oceans, and people. It will be preceded by the short Big Birding Day, which is about, believe it or not, competitive bird watching.

Same deal applies as always, gates open at 7 – movie starts at sundown. They will pass out free reusable bags to the first 75 people to come in, and to highlight environmentalism further – there will be a few speakers addressing the DC bag tax before the film starts.

I will let you know if tonight’s movie gets postponed because of weather.

Thanks to an earthquake, the U Street Movie series was canceled for last Tuesday (apologies for not reporting on that, it was a pretty busy week). But not to fear, the rain-date (earthquake date?) has been scheduled for tomorrow. National Treasures 2 and the Solitary Life of Cranes (a pretty cool looking documentary short about the view of cities from cranes) will be shown at dusk, with the gates opening at 7 pm at Harrison Field at 14th and V.

U street movie series

I am still having a hard time believing that the U Street Movie Series is already starting up tonight. Tonight, weather permitting, they will be showing the short This Chair is Not Me and the feature Mr. Smith Goes to Washington at Harrison Field at 14/V. The theme this year will be movies celebrating DC.

As with last year, gates open at 7 and free popcorn will be served to the first 100 moviegoers. The movie will start at sundown. If tonight gets rained out, the movie will show on Thursday.

The full schedule for this summer is below, and while it’s nice to see more family friendly movies, I wish they had chosen some more quality features. Night at the Museum? National Treasure 2? Really?

  • June 28 (rain date June 30):  The Poodle Trainer, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • July 26 (rain date July 28):  Howard Theatre: A Century in Song, 930 F Street
  • August 23 (rain date Aug 25):  City of Cranes, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
  • Sept 20 (rain date Sept 22): Big Birding Day, Bag It
  • Oct (TBD):  Waiting for Superman, followed by community forum on education policy at an indoor location, TBD

U street movie series

Another sign summer is ending. The last movie of the U Street movie series is tomorrow night. This one sounds great, as it’s a documentary about Duke Ellington, son of U Street, and the DC he grew up in. The other film they’re showing is Soul Power, a documentary about the stars of soul: Bill Withers, James Brown, B.B. King, the Spinners, and many more. The weather looks good, so I hope to see you out there.

Doors open at 7 at Harrison Field (14th and V), movie starts at sundown (which looks to be about 8 nowadays).

The Soloist, courtesy of brewbooks (Flickr)

Tonight will be the third installation of the U Street movie series, the Soloist will be playing. As usual, the movie will be screen at Harrison Field at 14th and V. Gates open at 7, with the movie starting around 8:30 or dusk. Free popcorn for the first 100 people to show up.

courtesy of Yumi Kimura, Flickr

It looks like it’s going to be a perfect night to sit out with a picnic and watch a movie: so join the neighbors at Harrison Field (V street between 13th and 14th) and watch the Michael Jackson documentary, This Is It. The gates will open at 7 pm and the movie will start at 8:30 – I’ll definitely be there, and hope you will be too.

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