This week: An eclectic mix of art-house films, shopping for classics and architectural gems.
Missed this critic’s pick when it first hit the theaters in 2012? The French Embassy screens this drama about a beautiful upper-class woman (Marion Cotillard) who loses her legs in an accident and finds emotional healing through a single father (Matthias Schoenaerts). Take plenty of tissue.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Noon-6 p.m. Sunday
1066 Wisconsin Ave. NW
After a false start late August, the 150-year-old boot maker has finally opened up shop in Washington. Housed in the historic Vigilant Firehouse, Frye’s flagship store in Georgetown offers 2,700 square feet of shopping joy. In addition to celebrity favorites and classics like the “Campus” style, the company is also rolling out a special 150th anniversary collection.
More than a glimpse is offered on this once-a-year tour of some of Embassy Row’s architectural gems. This year, the Andrew Mellon Building, home of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, joins a list that includes the residences of the ambassadors of Austria and Portugal, the Embassy of Slovenia and Woodrow Wilson House, which is celebrating its centennial. Start with a pre-tour brunch at the marvelously eclectic Mansion on O Street.
‘My Heart Is an Idiot: FOUND Magazine’s Unfinished Business Tour‘
Saturday, September 21
645 New York Ave. NW
$13, available here
Author, founder of FOUND Magazine and frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” Davy Rothbart has built a reputation as a memoirist and observer of the quirkier side of life. In this, his live show with special guests brother Peter Rothbart, DJ Mikah Tha Vipah and sword swallower Brett Loudermilk, Rothbart has assembled an eclectic collection of performers that rivals his “achingly funny” observations.