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Every autumn, adventurous cinephiles with a taste for the outdoors head to Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rockies—and watch movies. While downtown D.C. can’t replicate the majestic peaks that surround Banff, the National Geographic Society can bring you the best films from the festival. This program includes short films that may inspire your next adventure, such as WHY, about a group of French kayakers who question their dedication to the brutal landscape of Iceland, or Edges, about 90-year-old ice skater Yvonne Dowlen. A longer documentary, Kilian, follows mountain runner Kilian Jornet as he tackles the Seven Summits of Romsdalen, which requires him to ski and run a 77-kilometer route with a 9,000-meter elevation gain in a single day. And you can get lifted by the spirit of the short film Loved By All: The Story of Apa Sherpa, about a Nepalese Sherpa who has climbed Mount Everest more than 20 times. Read more>>> The festival runs through Feb. 3 at the Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Sold out. (202) 857-7700. nationalgeographic.org/dc. (Pat Padua)
Gaslight Tavern is now open off U Street NW. It’s the latest bar to join The Brixton, El Rey, and others from restaurateur brothers Eric and Ian Hilton. Along with classic cocktails, wine, and beer, there’s a food menu from Chez Billy Sud Chef Brendan L’Etoile. The bar with a 1920’s feel opens nightly at 5 p.m. Gaslight Tavern, 2012 9th St. NW, (202) 864-6272. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Student dancers of The Washington School of Ballet put on a performance on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Four global guitar masters—Lulo Reinhardt, Calum Graham, Marek Pasieczny, and Michael Chapdelaine—join forces in the first of two International Guitar Nights at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $27–$30.
Indie rock band Typhoon, who have just released the new album Offerings, performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
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