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Ron Darling signs copies of Game 7, 1986, The 17th Havana Film Festival kicks off and the Rangers host the Islanders.


A film festival and a print fair get your artsy side excited on this Hump Day.


Enjoy music or a film on this hump day – or get shady with some new specs!


As one show closes, another opens. Peter becomes Pan as If becomes Then. Plus, grab some new clothes at the Morgane Le Fey sample sale. Happy Hump Day!


Relationships on stage plus a great Met exhibit, Greek noshes, and plenty of sports. Happy Monday!


Happy Tuesday NYC! Feeling frisky? Check out CineKink or grab some new lingerie at a great sample sale.

1. Int’l Stars at Filmfest DC April 15-25

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 3.02.18 PMRepresenting cinema from over 30 countries, the 11-day Filmfest DC showcases a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world. The festival’s geographical focus for this year is Eastern Europe and Japan. Each year, the festival hosts over 35 guest film directors and stars. There are discussions with directors, movie premieres, cine cafes, panels, workshops, Q&A sessions after the screenings, and free programs for children and senior citizens. Be sure to check out the opening night gala, where there will be live music, dancing, food, and champagne, as well as the closing night party for an impressive 1,000 guests.

2. Eclectic Deep Ellum Arts Fest April 2-4

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 12.50.48 PMWith over 75 national, regional, and local original bands, the free-to-attend outdoor “street party,” also known as the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, is what makes Deep Ellum one of Dallas’ most progressive and eclectic neighborhoods. With four separate outdoor stages, the festival presents a mix of music genres, including Dallas’ favorite fusion rock, southern soul, and “genre-breaking” bands. This year, the featured headliners include Shuttle, Moosehound, and Hendrick.

Other than music, there are more than 100 top-notch juried decorative and visual artists displaying and selling original works. There’s also the Pet Parade, where hundreds of pet owners and their pets can stroll down Main Street and take part in the various pet related activities and competitions. Throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of food, including Mexican, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Asian, and American.

2. Prized San Fran Int’l Film Fest April 23-30

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 4.03.54 PMHighly anticipated by its loyal and passionate audiences, championed by civic and community leaders, admired and adored by filmmakers, and closely watched by industry professionals, SFIFF is one of the most important stops on the international festival circuit.

The San Francisco International Film Festival features a bonanza of narrative feature films, live action and animated shorts, television and theatrical documentaries, experimental work and a variety of new digital media, as well as a smart lineup of industry panels and seminars, awards events, onstage tributes, retrospectives and the highly acclaimed Schools at the Festival program, which brings 4,200 students in grades 1–12 into the film festival.

2. Glamorous Newport Beach Film Festival April 22-29

Screen shot 2010-03-24 at 12.14.19 PMSet against the backdrop of beautiful Newport Beach, just a few blocks away from the spectacular Pacific coastline, the Newport Beach Film Festival annually hosts several premieres, galas, and yacht parties creating a film festival that is truly one of a kind.
And don’t forget that the Newport Film Festival offers attendees a rare opportunity to meet the directors, screenwriters, and cinematographers of some of the films.; they will share their work and provide a unique look from inside the industry during post-screenings Q&A sessions. Featuring over 350 international independent and studio film screenings, actor showcases, music and arts events, fashion shows, red carpet events and galas, this is a film festival that is not to be missed.

3. Highly Respected USA Film Festival April 28-30

Picture 11Now in its third decade, the 40th Annual USA Film Festival is one of the oldest, most respected festivals in the United States. The festival features the best in American and foreign film. Preview films prior to wide release or discover ones that aren’t scheduled for commercial distribution, meaning you won’t be able to see it anywhere else! There are plenty of discussions and encounters with dozens of filmmakers, directors, actors, screenwriters and composers. One of the two most important competitions, the National Short Film and Video Competition, will be held during this week.

5. Endless Entertainment at Starfest 2010 April 16-18

Screen shot 2010-03-26 at 3.39.40 PMStarted in 1977 as a science fiction convention, this event has become a celebration of media entertainment, focusing on all aspects of popular media, film and television. There are over a hundred activities that anyone can enjoy, such as film studio presentations, onstage Q&A with actors, producers and directors, autograph and photo sessions, costume and talent contests, film festivals, model and art shows, collectible merchandise, educational seminars, discussion panels, kids events and fan club presentations. Past actors who have come to the event include Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Tobey Maguire, and William Shatner. This year, specific events include a Klingon bop, Pirates vs. Ninja Olympics, Zombie Survival 101 and Iron Man 2 Balcony Challenge.

Cutting Edge Art at Iconic Dorsch Gallery

Picture 24Brook Dorsch moved his namesake Dorsch Gallery to the Wynwood Arts District 10 years ago, before there was an arts district. But just like how he’s got an eye for cutting edge art, this pioneer’s got an eye for location. The (very) recently renovated Dorsch Gallery has gone from newbie to icon status.

Close to two decades in the biz and Dorsch is still presenting thought-provoking art exhibitions, and in these warehouse digs he’s expanded to presenting concerts, film festivals and a host of cultural events. Expect the unexpected with installations featuring four stand-up concrete slabs, sculptures that seem to protrude from the ground, and geometric paintings that boggle the mind and trick the eye. He’s always got a stellar line-up of shows that are great to catch at the beginning or the end of a cultural outing to the Wynwood area.

4. Noise Pop’s All Things Indie Feb. 23 – Mar. 1

Picture 12February only comes once a year, but in San Fran, indie fests are a regular occurrence. A film festival, craft fair, and music conference all meshed into one, Noise Pop is the ultimate indie fest. In the past, this festival has brought exposure to emerging artists including the White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, and more. With a reputation like this, it’s not a surprise bands from all over the country make themselves available to play at this festival. Music for any taste can be found here, from the folk sounds of Martha Wainwright to the traditional pop rock of Dear and the Headlights to the String Quartet that accompanies soloist Josh Ritter.

New to the festival this year, “The Art of Noise Pop – A Retrospective of Festival Posters, Photos and Design” featuring past photographs, posters, and art works by well-known artists will be on view. Of course, there will be films upon films upon films to view throughout the week. Gear up for the ultimate hipster fest: Noise Pop.

5. Go Glam Hollywood at Film Noir Festival 1/22-1/31/10

The Eighth Annual Film Noir Festival proudly changes the City by the BPicture 5ay to Noir City. Held at the majestic Castro Theatre for ten days in January, the festival will be showing noir style films in this year’s theme of “Lust and Larceny.”

So grab a fedora hat and look around the corner cautiously as you enjoy the black and white crime dramas of the 40s and 50s.

4. Best of the Midwest Awards Gala 12/1/09

Best of MidwestThe Midwest Independent Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival dedicated to this year and on December 1st they are holding their annual Best of Midwest Awards Gala- or BMA’s. It’s fitting that a night filled with awards is set at the multiple award-winning Rockit Bar & Grill. Here you can celebrate the awards of some of the Midwest’s finest talent and rub shoulders with them too!