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Sometimes the most daunting thing to an artist is an empty canvas, a blank page, or just a general lack of vision. If you’re a filmmaker, the best way to push through that barrier might be the 48 Hour Film Project. On a Friday night, participating artists are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue, and a genre. They have 48 hours to create and complete a short film. For those who just want to spend an evening watching short films, the resulting projects screen at AFI throughout the weekend. Read more >>> The program shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $11.50. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Sarah A. Ventre)


Among the many new restaurants now open on the 14th Street corridor is B Too, a Belgian bistro from Belga chef Bart Vandaele. The former Top Chef contestant is cooking up many classics from his home country using a Jasper oven, which uses charcoal. Of course, there are also plenty of mussels (eight flavors) and plenty of beer (about 120 Belgian varieties). Check out the full dinner menu here. Make sure to visit the restrooms, too. There’s some interesting, er, art. B Too, 1324 14th St. NW. (202) 627-2800. btoo.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Ross Matthews, the former Tonight Show correspondent and current Chelsea Lately panelist, discusses his new book and performs some of his stand-up material at Sixth & I. 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $30.

Singer-songwriter Marnie Stern channels that girl from HBO’s Girls in her show at the Black Cat Backstage tonight. Barren Girls also performs. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $13.

Local post-hardcore band Collapser plays at Comet Ping Pong with D.C.-based punk group Drunken Sufis. 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $10.

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