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When it was first released in theaters, 2001: A Space Odyssey divided the critics. Some derided the Stanley Kubrick film as “a regrettable failure” while others heralded it as “the world’s most extraordinary film… as exciting as the discovery of a new dimension in life.” Despite the initial controversy, the film went on to redefine filmmaking and become a staple of the science fiction genre, and is now commonly cited as one of the greatest films of all time. Now, for the first time since its release 50 years ago this spring, 2001 is being screened in its original 70mm format, an unrestored print directly from the original camera negative. “There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits,” says director Christopher Nolan. “This is the unrestored film—that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced 50 years ago.” Audiences now have the chance to experience this masterpiece in all its untouched glory, as Kubrick intended. Read more>>> The film screens at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $13–$15. (301) 495-6700. silver.afi.com. (Rose Shafer)

OH AND ALSO

Pioneering reggae artist Freddie McGregor performs at the Howard Theatre. 9 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $25–$55.

The Freer Gallery of Art continues its run of For Love of Place: Japanese Screens, an exhibition showcasing Japanese landscape paintings on folding screens. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free.

Author Janelle Hanchett speaks at Kramerbooks & Afterwords about her new memoir, I’m Just Happy to Be Here, in which she details her life as a young mother who became an addict. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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