This week: Family-friendly art and culture.
By Anne Kim-Dannibale
We don’t know about you, but after a chilly spring, we’re itching to get out there in the sun. Thankfully, there’s plenty of art, festivals and films to satisfy our warm-weather longings.
Children of the World
Foreign films aren’t just for adults. Take the kids to their own international film festival on Embassy Row. The embassies of Spain, Korea, Mexico and Japan are joining others in a month-long cultural celebration culminating with a special slate of animated features for children ages 3 to 10 this weekend. Some embassies are also offering special activities along with screenings. Seats are limited, so reserve quickly.
Oh You Pretty Things
The Front Row
Thursday, May 16-Saturday, May 18
For three days, Bethesda is transformed into the Washington area’s very own Fashion Week with a runway show, shopping events, films and more. This year’s festivities kick off with a preview of “The Tents,” James Belzer’s documentary about the much-penned New York Fashion Week. Then join special guest Jessica Alba who is scheduled to sign copies of her book “The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True To You.” Can’t get to it? Uber is offering a 50 percent discount on rides to and from the row with code “Frontrow.” Fashion waits for no one.
Art Museum Day
Saturday, May 18
They say the best things in life are free, and that’s certainly true this Saturday when over 100 museums across the country will waive the price of admission or offer discounts on special programs. Participating museums here in Washington include The Phillips Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
This colorful annual street fair has something for everyone. In addition to a parade with a traditional Chinese dragon, you can get in the mix yourself with henna tattoos, belly-dance lessons, lantern-making and too many more activities to list here. And don’t miss the film festival on May 28 and 30 at West End Cinema.