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"Shapes" (Photo courtesy The Art League)

(Photo courtesy The Art League)

“Shapes”
Opens Thursday, August 8
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
The Art League
105 North Union St.
Studio 21
in the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free, 703-683-1780

As the title suggests, the focus on this juried exhibit is on shape, featuring sculptural works by Art League artists exemplifying the concept in wood, metal, felt, plastic and other materials. Shown in conjunction with the league’s annual landscape exhibit “‘Scapes.”

Clyde's (File photo)

(File photo)

Clyde’s of Georgetown 50th Anniversary
Monday, August 12
8 a.m.
326 M St. NW
202-333-9180
Reservations recommended

Have a hankering for the good old days? Clyde’s of Georgetown does, too. So for the storied restaurant’s 50th anniversary, it’s bringing back mealtime favorites from the 1960s and 1970s like London broil and Kir Royales. Stop by August 12 from 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for free breakfast. Don’t forget to lift a Bloody Mary for Clyde’s Day. The D.C. City Council is making it official.

"Make Some Noise" (Photo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)

(Photo courtesy Newseum)

Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement
Opens Friday, August 2
Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
$21.95 adults (19-64); $17.95 seniors 65+, military and students with valid I.D.; $12.95 youth (7-18); children under 6 free. All prices subject to tax.
202-292-6100 and online here

Honor the young people who helped make Civil Rights history at this exhibit, marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Standout items include a section of the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter (different from the Smithsonian’s) where black college students staged the first protest and a bronze casting of the Birmingham jail cell door where King penned his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

John Wayne as Ringo the Kid in "Stagecoach" (Photo by twm1340)

John Wayne as Ringo the Kid in “Stagecoach” (Photo by twm1340 via Flickr)

John Wayne Classics at Library of Congress
Friday, August 2 and Friday, August 3
2:30 p.m.
Library of Congress Packard Campus Theater
19053 Mount Pony Rd.
Culpeper, VA 22701
Free, but reservations are strongly encouraged
202-707-9994

You can’t mention classics without The Duke, and for that matter, iconic films like “Stagecoach” (1939), which won seven Academy Awards and made John Wayne a bona fide star, and Howard Hawks’ “Red River” (1948) with Montgomery Clift in his first film role. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see both at the jewel box Packard Theater, and relive those golden days of cinema.

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