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Think of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as a movie version of those ubiquitous Metro ads advertising cheap flights from D.C. to Iceland. In this adaptation of James Thurber’s famous 1939 short story, Ben Stiller (who also directs) plays the eponymous hero, a shy photo editor at Life magazine who spends most of each day lost in his elaborate fantasies. When he loses a crucial photo intended for Life’s final cover (before it goes digital), Mitty’s action-filled fantasies come to life as he travels the world. Read more >>> See showtimes. (Noah Gittell)


“Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio” documents the nation’s capital during the Civil War, focusing on the city itself more than its role as the Union’s seat of power. The National Portrait Gallery’s small exhibit offers a colorful look at a nearly primitive city 150 years ago. The exhibit is on view daily. Read more >>> (Louis Jacobson)

Off this week? Catch some theater, why don’t you? Two fine shows run tonight at Logan Circle’s Studio Theatre: Sweet and Sad (part of the very good Apple Family Plays) and the Holly Twyford-directed 2nd Stage production Edgar and Annabel. Both show at 8 p.m. at 1501 14th St. NW. Tickets $30 for Edgar and Annabel, $39-$59 for Sweet and Sad

If the family is still in town, consider the crowd-pleasers A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ($30-$105) at Sidney Harman Hall and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ($90) and Maurice Hines Is Tappin’ Thru Life ($89-$107) at Arena Stage.

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