The opening notes of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly theme take me back to my grandpa’s couch, and for that, I’ll always love it. His name was Tillman and he unabashedly adored westerns, or “cowboy movies,” as he called them, no matter how problematic some of them are in today’s context. If it starred John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, or Chuck Norris, he probably owned it on both VHS and DVD. His favorite movie was the ’60s Eastwood classic, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and we would watch it together on his massive sectional at least three times every year. Sometimes, he’d even let me sit in his big comfy recliner that, in our family, was reserved for only him—because watching this odyssey of a shoot-first loner (Eastwood), a bandit (Eli Wallach), and an angel-eyed big bad (Lee Van Cleef) in a race to find a buried fortune in the desert was a special occasion. Everything about the film, its epic three-hour runtime, its compelling intertwined storylines, its unforgettable score, and Eastwood’s poncho, cigar, and trademark squint (such a look), make it a cinematic journey that’s hard to shake. And, on the merits of good storytelling alone, it’s still very much worth watching. Thanks, grandpa. Read more>>> The film screens at 8 p.m. at Suns Cinema, 3107 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. $10. (Kayla Randall)


Soul and R&B legends Gladys Knight and The O’Jays perform together at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$70.

Brazilian samba musician and actor Seu Jorge performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.

At Politics and Prose, prolific nature writer and National Geographic contributor David Quammen expounds on his latest book, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, about how scientists have made key, unexpected discoveries relating to life itself. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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