Sign up for our free newsletter
Free D.C. news, delivered to your inbox daily.
The premier band on D.C.’s early-’60s teen-club circuit was unapologetically and unironically called Lawrence and the Arabians. They were P.G. County white kids playing soul musicfar removed from the aristocratic world of T.E. Lawrence and the “Arab Revolt” of the first World War, when the polymath Welshman made his reputation. The lead singer’s first name actually was Larry, but everyone understood the reference to David Lean’s epic film about Lawrence’s more-than-epic life. And it’s probable that 40 years ago, Lawrence of Arabia was playing at the original Silver Theatre on Colesville Road. Now that the neighborhood showplace has been thoroughly restored, this screening will be even more dazzling than in 1962, thanks to state-of-the-art 70 mm projection (the film was restored in 1989) and better sound than in pre-Dolby days. Lawrence of Arabia screens at 7:15 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8.50. (301) 495-6700. (Dave Nuttycombe)