Free for All: Silent Movies and Noisy Fireworks

19835_Harold-Lloyd-1A little louder, please?

Art Films

These days, the closest thing most of us have seen to a great American silent film is Wall-E. If you’ve ever wondered what all the pre-World War II hype about silent movies was for, you can get your answer at the National Gallery of Art this Saturday, November 28. They’ll be screening 1928’s The Crowd, a silent art-film which follows an office worker and his family as they struggle against debt and domestic strife to achieve the elusive American Dream. This octogenarian Oscar-nominee won’t make for the most uplifting Saturday afternoon experience, but that’s to be expected from a piece of American film history set in a time when the nation was about to enter the Great Depression. The Gallery’s located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets on Constitution Avenue NW, and the movie starts at 1:00 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve.

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A Different Kind of Indian Food

With all the different multicultural dining opportunities available in the Georgetown area, one conspicuously missing piece is Native American cuisine (that scene in Dances with Wolves with the buffalo heart is probably at least partially to blame). Luckily, in celebration of November 27th as Native American Heritage Day, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is giving the public a window into the lesser-known world of the native foods of the Americas. They’ll have corn, chocolate, chilies, and more available for tasting, in addition to cooking demonstrations, movies, shopping opportunities, and traditional Native American music and dance. It goes from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the building is the newest (and oddest-looking) of the Smithsonians.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Before you’ve even woken up from your tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving Day nap, it feels like the Christmas Spirit is being stuffed down your throat like a gallon of eggnog. Embrace that spirit on Saturday, November 28, at National Harbor’s Waterfront Plaza in Maryland. You’re sure to get into the holiday cheer when they illuminate a giant Christmas tree (20,000 lights!), shoot off some unnecessary fireworks, and give away free hot chocolate and roasted nuts, all while you’re serenaded by the Double Brass Quartet and their repertoire of holiday music. To get there, take the Green Line to Southern Avenue Station, and then the NH1 bus to the harbor. The show goes from 5-7 PM.

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