Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: From E.T. to “The Facebook Effect” Edition

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Good morning, everyone. A gorgeous Wednesday, with a high of 82 degrees today. Sounds like perfect weather for a run or an outdoor movie screening. The NoMa's Summer Screen is featuring E.T. tonight—nothing like a trip down memory lane, to summers long gone. BBQ and music begin at 7 p.m., the film starts at 9 p.m.

In case you missed it: Larry King's dipping out of CNN after 25 years on the air, experimental rockers Buildings are opening for Rhode Island noiseniks Lightning Bolt at DC9 tonight, Frederick Reuss is GPS-ing the Great D.C. novel, and the Source Festival is still showcasing original plays.

David Kirkpatrick's The Facebook Effect, the story into the world of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.com released earlier this month, paints Zuckerberg in a rather benign light, in comparison to Columbia Picture's more heightened take, The Social Network, in theaters this October. Kirkpatrick's book offers a neat, straightforward view, with very little infighting, writes syndicated columnist David Harsanyi:

"But we do get plenty of serendipity — the right kids starting the right kind of company at the right time. We hear a lot about the boundless growth potential of the project. [Even today, Facebook, as Kirkpatrick points out, "could have more data about citizens than governments do."] And we are always aware of the good intentions of its creators.

"The Facebook Effect" is a meticulously sourced book that too often succumbs to the author's esteem for his subject matter. Perhaps Facebook's story deserves such treatment. But then "the inside story" may just be less exhilarating than one might imagine."

I'm halfway through reading the book, and it may not necessarily be "exhilarating"—despite Zuckerberg's sometimes candid comments and the ousting of former Facebook president Sean Parker over a cocaine incident. Nor will you figure out the secret behind the coding, orwhy some friends appear on your news feed and others don't–it is nonetheless an intriguing and somewhat unique view into a company that has altered the way people connect.

Around town–how two Americans sought to bring a taste of Spain to Northwest. In other news, ABC Family is bringing fat camp to it's Monday night lineup this fall–Huge tells the story of teenagers at a weight-loss camp. It doesn't sound like Camp Nowhere, but it may just be worth watching anyway.

Enjoy today, it's almost the long weekend. In the meantime, sample summertime pale ales, and read up on 101 fast recipes for grilling–better than a multiway Victoria Secret bra.

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