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ToDo ToDay: Cinematography! Black Moth Super Rainbow!

According to early Italian film theorist Ricciotto Canudo, cinematography is the “seventh art,” behind other forms like sculpture, music, and dance. But while it’s younger than the stuff of the Greeks, movie photography has made dramatic and numerous strides in a relatively short period of time. “Focus!,” this weekend’s film event presented by the French cultural center Alliance Française, looks at the way video art and short film overlap. Read more >>> The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. at Malmaison, 3401 Water St. NW. $10. (202) 234-7911. (Cristina Kladis)


Union Market is hosting a holiday happy hour today and every Friday through Dec. 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The festivities include live entertainment, holiday inspired drinks from Buffalo & Bergen as well as Rappahannock Oyster Bar, and food items from some of the other vendors. The Grinch will also make an appearance from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for photos. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE; (Jessica Sidman)


Saturday: The last time I saw Pittsburgh’s Black Moth Super Rainbow, the band brought out a guy in a gorilla suit and gave him a microphone. It was their idea of a joke. But Gorilla Man wasn’t actually singing, even though he pantomimed a vocal performance; Tobacco, the band’s leader, instead sat on the floor as he performed, and sang every song with a vocoder. Which is just the sort of band Black Moth Super Rainbow is. (Alan Zilberman) Read more >>>

Sunday: There’s a reason that the brothers Marsalis don’t recognize postmodern, “outside” music as jazz. In their hometown of New Orleans, modern (i.e., bop-based) jazz is the outside. Yes, it thrives, but in the city where Preservation Hall and the second line still rule the roost, bop is a counterculture movement. And in New Orleans, the figurehead for that movement is Ellis Marsalis, the piano-playing patriarch of jazz’s most famous family. (Michael J. West) Read more >>>

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