DC LaborFest Today

Friday, May 2, 2014

DC LaborFest Today(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)A free noontime screening of "Fasanella," an award-winning filmabout Ralph Fasanella (left) -- “the best primitive painter since Grandma Moses” – kicks off today’s DC LaborFest offerings. Thenat 5p today, Elizabeth Warren, the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, discusses her inspiring life story in her new memoir, “A Fighting Chance,” also at the AFL-CIO (free but space is limited and RSVPs required). And at 6:30p, American Art Museum curator Leslie Umberger will host a free discussion with Marc Fasanella (Ralph’s son), at the opening of a major exhibit of Ralph Fasanella’s paintings at the Museum.
Happy Birthday Pete Seeger: Joe Uehlein performs his Birthday Tribute to Pete Seeger Saturday night starting at 7:30p at Zed’s in Silver Spring.
Kids at Work: Brother Hal and Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills, two labor-themed plays performed by young actors debut on Saturday& Sunday, at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. Brother Hal sets Shakespeare's Henry V in a Flint auto plant in the 1930’s, while Sweet Joan of the Textile Mills adapts Bertolt Brecht to examine the plight of child labor; both plays feature young actors from the Lumina Studio Theatre. Tickets required; click on the appropriate play for details. 
Salt of the Earth: Originally banned by the U.S. government and now recognized by the Smithsonian as among “the greatest 100 films ever made,” this classic 1954 film – which tells the story of Mexican-American workers who strike to attain wage parity with Anglo workers and explores the pivotal role their wives play in the strike -- celebrates its 60th anniversary 7:30p Monday night at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring (tickets necessary). Introduced by Tom Zaniello, author of “Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Organized Guide to Films About Labor” and includes DC Labor FilmFest t-shirt raffle!
Ongoing: Rivera's "Man At The Crossroads": The Mexican Cultural Institute hosts a fascinating exhibit reconstructing the history of Diego Rivera's famous “Man at the Crossroads” mural at Rockefeller Center, tracing its history with reproductions of previously unpublished material, including letters, telegrams, contracts, sketches, and documents, following Rivera's commission, subsequent tension and conflict, and finally, the mural's destruction. Daily through May 17.
Living Out, comedic play by Lisa Loomer about working mothers, race, class and immigration status. Through May 18.


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