There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
In the fifth installment of the Thin Man series, The Thin Man Goes Home, Nick Charles (William Powell), everyone’s favorite well-heeled gumshoe, returns to Sycamore Springs, the kind of idyllic hometown that could exist only in that Hollywood world in which murder is no more than a backdrop for the rampant gibing of a pickled bon vivant. With the effervescent Nora (Myrna Loy) and their canine companion, Asta, in tow, the Thin Man finds a corpse and discovers that all is not as it seems in his halcyon burg. It’s kind of like Blue Velvet, sans all of the fetishistic, nitrous-fueled sadism (even if Nick often seems more interested in stealing off for a nip of his “fortified” cider than in ferreting out the killer). Tonight’s second feature is actually an episode of the late-’50s Thin Man TV show and is improbably saddled with the title “The Thin Man: Pack My Gat, Beulah,” the very utterance of which sends me spiraling into an existential vortex. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (David Dunlap Jr.)