TUESDAY

Under Annie Adjchavanich’s stewardship, the Washington Project for the Arts continues to offer some of the liveliest and most progressive programs in any major city. As part of the WPACorcoran Media Series, Adjchavanich presents an evening of experimental films from three Maryland filmmakers. Lynn Sachs’ Investigation of a Flame (pictured) is an impressionistic documentary that recounts a local protest that was a watershed in Vietnam War history. In 1968, the Catonsville Nine, as an assembly of priests and conscientious laymen came to be called, walked into a draft board office and set fire to hundreds of randomly snatched selective service records with “homemade napalm”—gasoline thickened with Ivory Soap Flakes. The protesters’ actions and their subsequent trial and harsh sentences became a catalyst for an ambivalent American public already questioning the validity of the war. Sachs intercuts interviews with the participants with contemporary stills and expressive shots that give a vivid, emotional quality to the hardheaded conscientiousness that drove antagonists on both sides of the issue. At the other end of the avant-garde spectrum, Mark Street’s completely silent Sliding Off the Edge of the World explores fatherhood and entropy in a series of ambiguous, extremely distressed frames that flicker and blur into a dreamlike portrait of the shifting meanings of responsibility, love, and aging. Those films are presented along with work by Fred Worden at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $5 (suggested donation). (202) 639-1714. (Arion Berger)