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Some District residents might prefer their city have its own high-class art-house theater, but in a pinch, they’ll take one in Fairfax. Situated at the intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road in the new Mosaic retail center, the Angelika Film Center boasts eight screens specializing in first-run and repertory indie and international cinema. The three-story theater also features a café with a stylish lounge and a menu of global cuisine from chef Lee Anne Wong. (Because if high art isn’t enough to lure us out of our urban dwellings, maybe food from celebrity chefs will.) After a soft debut last weekend with showcases from the D.C. Shorts Film Festival, Angelika opens in full force tonight with a showing of last year’s Sundance Film Festival hit Hello I Must Be Going, followed by a Q&A with New York University professor Richard Brown and star Melanie Lynskey (of Two and a Half Men and other more respectable projects). The multiplex’s website claims it’s only a 15-minute stroll from the Dunn-Loring Metro station, but any Washingtonian knows a 15-minute walk in the suburbs might as well be 15 miles. Zipcar it.
The Q&A takes place after the 7 p.m. screening of Hello I Must Be Going. $13 admission for adults. angelikafilmcenter.com.