Two film festivals start unspooling this weekend: DC Shorts, from Sept. 19 to 28, and the March on Washington Film Festival, from Sept. 22 to 29. Senate Beer is in season on Saturday at the Heurich House Museum’s Oktoberfest. And on Sunday, things will get outlandishly appetizing on K Street at this year’s Taste of Georgetown. For more September events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Symposium at American Indian Museum
As part of the museum’s 15th anniversary, the National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, will hold a free symposium, “A Promise Kept: The Inspiring Life and Works of Suzan Shown Harjo,” on Friday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) — advocate, writer, curator and 2014 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — will be recognized for her lifetime of achievement and legacy of activism and artistic accomplishment. For details, visit americanindian.si.edu.
In conjunction with the DC Shorts film festival, George Andre Tittle, a former assistant to Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson, will lead a free workshop, “Screenwriting: The Next Level,” on Friday, Sept. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. To register (required), visit festival.dcshorts.com.
H Street Festival
This year’s H Street Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 7 p.m., will span 11 blocks of H Street NE, with 15 staging areas from 4th to 14th Streets. More than 250 businesses, restaurants, community organizations and vendors will participate in the free event. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
The Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, will open up the Castle Garden as a biergarten on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission, including unlimited beer and cider from several breweries and cideries, a bratwurst on a roll and a pretzel, is $65. VIP admission, also including access to the Senate Beer bar and a meet-and-greet with Tom Shelhammer from Oregon State University’s fermentation science program, is $85. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-429-1894.
DC Shorts City View Party
The opening weekend party of the 2019 DC Shorts International Film Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the rooftop of the Cambria Hotel, 899 O St. NW, with craft cocktails, noshes and dancing. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For details, visit festival.dcshorts.com.
The Music of Dolly Parton
Also on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m., the American Pops Orchestra’s season opener, “Coat of Many Colors,” will feature the music of country legend Dolly Parton. Tickets to the show, at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW, are $75. Tickets to a VIP after-party sponsored by the Capital Candy Jar, Stone Tower Winery and Dr. Stoner’s Spirits, are an additional $40. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser
The Art League’s ceramics program will hold its annual ice cream bowl fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22, at the King Street Art Festival in Alexandria, Virginia. Festival attendees are invited to stop by the Art League’s booth at Market Square, on the corner of King and N. Fairfax Streets, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday or 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. A handmade bowl with a scoop of ice cream is $15. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Dance Box Theater
Dance Box Theater will perform “Naked King: Subject to Change – Part 1,” co-directed by Stephen Clapp and Laura Schandelmeier, on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. The evening-length work, containing explicit language and mature themes, exposes white supremacist systems in order to transform them towards equity, justice and healing. Tickets are $30, $25 for artists and seniors and $15 for college students and age 17 and under. For details, visit danceplace.org or call 202-269-1608.
Taste of Georgetown
The annual eating-and-drinking festival, benefiting Georgetown Ministry Center’s homeless assistance programs, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. Some 60 dishes from more than 30 of Georgetown’s best restaurants will be available along K Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Thomas Jefferson Street. Pre-sale tickets are $24 for five, $35 for eight and $45 for 11. Day-of-event tickets are $12 for two, $35 for seven and $45 for 10. For details, visit tasteofgeorgetown.com.
Opening Event: March on Washington Film Festival
The opening event for this year’s March on Washington Film Festival — a screening of “Amazing Grace: The Power of Aretha Franklin,” followed by a panel discussion — will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The festival commemorates the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. For details, visit marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org.
‘Broadway Princess Party’ in McLean
On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m., McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave. in McLean, Virginia, will present a “Broadway Princess Party” featuring two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Broadway’s original Cinderella), Tony nominee Susan Egan (the original Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Grammy nominee Courtney Reed (the original Jasmine in “Aladdin”), who will “sing the petticoats off every princess song in the book, sharing hilarious and heartfelt stories of their royal antics.” Tickets are $50, $45 for students and seniors. For details, visit mcleancenter.org or call 703-790-0123.
A Conversation With Artist Judy Chicago
Also on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m., the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, will host a public conversation between feminist artist Judy Chicago and Martha Nussbaum of the University of Chicago, a contributor to the book “Judy Chicago: New Views.” The event will also include a cocktail hour and book signing. The exhibition “Judy Chicago — The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction” is currently on view at the museum. Tickets are $80. For details, visit nmwa.org or call 202-783-5000.