DC LaborFest Wraps, Labor FilmFest Continues

Friday, May 30, 2014

DC LaborFest Wraps, Labor FilmFest Continues(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)

The first annual DC LaborFest wraps up this Saturday but the 14th annual DC Labor FilmFest continues through the month of June, with screenings Monday nights at AFI, plus free screenings at Busboys & Poets and the AFL-CIO. Don't miss the free tour of the Laborers, your last chance before the building closes for a year-long renovation.

Sat, May 31: Music: Joe Uehlein & The U-Liners
Mon, June 2: Film: Kinky Boots
Tue, June 3: Film: Men At Lunch (FREE!)
Weds, June 4: Laborers' Museum Tour (NEW DATE!)
Fri/Sat, June 6-7: Film: Fun with Dick and Jane
ONGOING: Art Exhibit: Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget; Ralph Fasanella: The Art of Social Engagement; Poster Exhibit: Labor Film Posters

Sat, May 31: Music: Joe Uehlein & The U-Liners 
4p, Pacific Palisades Stage, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD
The U-Liners -- a socially conscious Americana band from Takoma Park -- return to the Washington Folk Fest at Glen Echo.

Mon, June 2: Film: Kinky Boots 
7:30p, American Film Institute Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD
The inspiration for the 2013 Tony-winning musical, this film is based on the true story of a traditional Northampton shoemaker who turns to producing fetish footwear in order to save the failing family business and the jobs of his workers. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor—a 2014 Best Actor Oscar nominee for 12 YEARS A SLAVE—won plaudits for his portrayal of Lola, a female impersonator who consults with the company on boot design and models its products, all the while contending with homophobic factory workers, including Don, the reigning arm-wrestling champion in a local pub, who discovers respect in the inevitable elbow-to-elbow showdown with Lola. Presented in cooperation with SAG-AFTRA

Tue, June 3: Film: Men At Lunch (FREE!) 
6p, Busboys and Poets, 5th and K NW, Washington, DC 
Director Seán Ó Cualáin investigates the engrossing story of "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of the RCA Building (now the GE Building) at Rockefeller Center that depicts eleven workmen taking their lunch break while casually perched along a steel girder, 850 feet above the ground. For decades, this image has captivated imaginations the world over. But who are these men? And where did they come from? Each step in this compelling documentary deepens the mystery while shedding light on the lives of ordinary workers in the throes of the Great Depression. Presented in cooperation with Iron Workers/IMPACT

Weds, June 4: Laborers' Museum Tour (NEW DATE!) 
12 noon; 905 16th Street, Northwest Washington, DC; FREE but click here to sign up.
This may be your last chance to see this collection in one place before the Laborers building closes for a year-long renovation; the collection will likely be dispersed throughout the building when it re-opens. 

Fri/Sat, June 6-7: Film: Fun with Dick and Jane
Jun 06: 9:15p; Jun 07: 11:00
After years of living beyond their means, the Harpers hit a rough patch when Dick (George Segal) loses his high-paying job. Unable and/or unwilling to cut costs or find suitable new employment, he and high-living wife Jane (Jane Fonda) settle upon a new career: armed robbery. Keeping up with the Joneses has never been this thrilling. Caustic ‘70s social satire from the underrated Ted Kotcheff.


Art Exhibit: Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget
Thru August 3, 2014; 11:30a-7p daily (FREE)
3rd floor North, American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, N.W.)
Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially-minded paintings. Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget celebrates the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth and brings together key works from a career spanning fifty-two years.

Art Exhibit: Ralph Fasanella: The Art of Social Engagement
Thru August 1, 2014; 9-5 M-F (FREE)
AFL-CIO lobby, 815 16th St NW
Another 10 paintings by Fasanella, as well as three sketches. Check out a slideshow of Fasanella's art on the AFL-CIO's @Work site.

Poster Exhibit: Labor Film Posters
Thru June 30; 9-4 M-F (FREE)
Amalgamated Bank, 1825 K Street NW

The DC LaborFest is an expansion of the annual DC Labor FilmFest; both are organized by the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO. 

CLICK HERE for the complete DC Labor Fest and Labor FilmFest schedule!
* events are free unless otherwise noted


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