This year’s DC Shorts Film Festival runs tonight through Sept. 16, with an opening weekend party on Saturday. Also this Saturday: the Book Hill Gallery Walk. An Alexandria art exhibition is themed “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry,” and you can do just that at Drink the District: Wine Edition and the Gelato Festival. For more September events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
DC Shorts Festival
More than 130 films will be screened from Sept. 6 to 16 at the 2018 DC Shorts Film Festival. Venues are E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, and Miracle Theater, 535 8th St. SE. An all-access pass is $125 or tickets may be purchased for individual 90-minute showcases (“Animation Domination,” “I Am Woman,” “O Canada,” etc.). Admission to the opening weekend party on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rooftop at Carroll Square, 975 F St. NW, is $25. For details, visit dcshorts.com.
Pointless Theatre’s adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s 1930 puppet show reflects on what it means to be Hispanic and bilingual in the U.S. today. The production — at Dance Loft on 14, 4618 14th St. NW — brings to life the centuries-old, brutally comedic “Punch and Judy” style of presentation. Final performances are: Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8, at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30. For details, visit pointlesstheatre.com or call 202-733-6321.
Opening Reception: ‘Eat, Drink, and Be Merry’
On Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, Virginia, hosts a free opening reception for “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry,” a national ceramic show and regional art exhibition that celebrates the way food and drink bring people together and joy to our lives. The exhibition will remain on view through Sept. 30. For details, visit delrayartisans.org or call 703-838-4827.
Music at Dupont Underground
The protest songs of experimental singer Emel Mathlouthi, who goes by Emel, became the anthems of the 2010 Tunisian uprising. On her latest album, “Ensen,” she blends electronica with traditional Tunisian instruments. Ash Koosha is a British-Iranian multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, futurist and technologist. His new album, “Return 0,” aims to transform how we experience sound, artificial intelligence and virtual simulation. The two will perform at Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW, on Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. For details, visit ticketfly.com or call 919-265-8925.
Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour
Also on Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m., Scottish-born flutist and vocalist Ian Anderson will appear with Jethro Tull, the legendary progressive-rock band he co-founded, at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia. The current tour celebrates the 50th anniversary of the band’s first studio album, “This Was,” released in 1968. Tickets are $35 to $95. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
Drink the District: Wine Edition
This 21+ event at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW, will feature wine tastings, a roaming sommelier team, culinary demonstrations, an artisan market, food trucks and live music and entertainment. Tickets, including unlimited tastings of 50+ wines and a commemorative cup, are $59 per session ($99 wine lovers package also includes four bottles to take home). Sessions are: Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. For details, visit eventbrite.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Aztec Sun will open this year’s free Rosslyn Jazz Fest at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway in Arlington, Virginia. The closing act, at 5:30 p.m., is Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles. Ten restaurants are offering a 15-percent discount with the code “ROSSLYN RETAIL” that day. For details, visit rosslynva.org.
Book Hill Gallery Walk
On Saturday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., six art galleries on Georgetown’s Book Hill will show off their new exhibitions at the annual fall art walk. The galleries are: Addison/Ripley, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Artist’s Proof, 1533 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Cross MacKenzie, 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW; Klagsbrun Studios, 1662 33rd St. NW; Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW; and Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For details, visit georgetowngalleries.com.
‘Macbeth’ With Pre-Show Talk and Exhibit
Prior to the Saturday, Sept. 8, performance of Sir William Davenant’s Restoration-era adaptation of “Macbeth,” with period music performed by Folger Consort, the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE, hosts a 7 p.m. talk and behind-the-scenes look at items from the Folger vault. Tickets to the pre-show event are $15. Tickets to the 8 p.m. performance are $25. For details, visit folger.edu or call 202-544-7077.
Over the next three years, 5,000 gelato chefs from all over the world will be competing for a chance to participate in the 2021 grand finals in Italy. This D.C. event — Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9 from noon to 7 p.m. at City Market at O, 800 P St. NW — will give visitors the opportunity to experience the secrets of high-quality gelato, learn about production techniques and taste the competing flavors, voting for their favorite. There will also be a Gelato School offering cooking demos and fun activities. Tickets are $30, $25 for under age 12 and over age 65 (not including $5 presale discount). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
‘Love & Letters’ Workshop
Participants should bring their journals, their favorite pens and an open heart to this day of self-care, sisterhood and writing on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Line DC, 1770 Euclid St. NW. “Love & Letters” will feature author Alexandra Elle, poet Ajolique Jude and calligrapher Josefina Sanders. Tickets, including lunch, are $75. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Superflydisco in McLean
McLean Community Center celebrates the ’70s — the decade it opened — with a Studio 54-style disco evening on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. in McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Boulevard in McLean, Virginia. Tribute band Superflydisco will perform. Admission is free. For details, visit mcleancenter.org or call 571-296-8385.