That’s one close encounter!
Alien movies are often hit or miss. It’s hard to find a believable story line and character form in these movies, as it’s all hearsay at this point. But if you’re going to put anyone in charge of making one, Steven Spielberg would be that man. His vibrant imagination led to the creation of 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which was ultimately nominated for eight Academy Awards. So head down to the National Archives and Records Administration (on Constitution Avenue, NW between 7th and 9th Streets) to see the film at the William G. McGowan Theatre. Tickets are free, and no reservations are required.
When you think of Ralph Lauren Rugby, the word “cheap” isn’t usually what comes to mind. But Rugby’s blog just posted a list of things to do around their Georgetown store, and it comes with a couple solid deals. If you print out the post and head over to the Rugby cafe on Wisconsin Sunday through Wednesday this month, you can get a free Orange Crush if you’re over 21. If you’re not legal yet the post will get you a free smoothie. Printing out the post will also get you 10% off your purchase at Dolcezza Gelato if you go any day Monday through Friday during the month of August.
If you’ve got a green thumb and feel restricted by the cramped quarters on and around Georgetown’s campus, there are other ways to see what the city has to offer in the gardening department. Head over to the Folger Shakespeare Library (located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE) at 10:00 or 11:00 am on Saturday August 15th, and you’ll get to spend some time examining the valuable repositories within their Elizabethan gardens. These plants were used in cooking, medicine, and even magic. So if you’re looking to concoct a potion, or just want to spend the morning learning about herbs and flowers from Shakespeare’s time, you’re covered!
If you’re still feeling like connecting with nature, there is one more tour you may want to consider. This evening, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, you can join a National Park Service ranger on a walk around the Tidal Basin with one goal in mind: find as many bird species as you can identify before the sun sets. So bring your binoculars, your sketch pad, and whatever other bird watching equipment you may need and meet at the World War II Memorial ranger station.