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Some District residents might prefer their city have its own high-class art-house theater, but in a pinch, they’ll take one in Fairfax. Situated at the intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road in the new Mosaic retail center, the Angelika Film Center boasts eight screens specializing in first-run and repertory indie and international cinema. After a soft debut last weekend with showcases from the D.C. Shorts Film Festival, Angelika opens in full force tonight with a showing of last year’s Sundance Film Festival hit Hello I Must Be Going, followed by a Q&A with New York University professor Richard Brown and star Melanie Lynskey (of Two and a Half Men and other more respectable projects). MORE >> (Matt Cohen)
The Q&A takes place tonight after the 7 p.m. screening of Hello I Must Be Going. $13 admission for adults. angelikafilmcenter.com.
One of the largest food truck festivals in the region goes down tomorrow. Trucktoberfest will feature more than 40 food trucks at Union Market from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Oktoberfest-themed event will also include a microbrew beer garden, children’s pavilion with face painting and moon bounce, live music, and more. Union Market, 5th St.and Florida Ave. NE. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
There’s a mildly scolding tone to the title of Marilynne Robinson’s new collection of essays, When I Was a Child We Read Books, as if the damn kids these days no longer do. But she’s not the lecturing type: In three exquisite novels—Housekeeping,Gilead, and Home—she’s set a standard for writing that is intellectually engaged, yet sinuous and compassionate. In Books, Robinson isn’t claiming superiority so much as revisiting some bedrock principles about American government, faith, and community. MORE >> (Mark Athitakis)
Marilynne Robinson discusses her work Saturday at 12:45 p.m. in the Contemporary Life pavilion at the National Book Festival on the National Mall. Free. loc.gov/bookfest. (888) 714-4696. More on the National Book Festival here.
Kick back with any of Gonjasufi’s recorded works, and it seems pointless to watch him perform in a club. Those half-busted, bottom-of-the-crate grooves? The chalky, desert-baked vibe? The delicately bugged-out voice? A set of threadbare curtains seems like enough to contain it all. It’s living-room music, for sure. But Gonjasufi (the half-Mexican, half-Ethiopian-American otherwise known as Sumach Ecks) came up on ’90s hip-hop, and he’s got a stage presence that’s capable of swelling to the size of the room. MORE >> (Joe Warminsky)
Gonjasufi performs with Refugee, Hootie B., and 00Genesis Sunday at 9 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $8. ustreetmusichall.com. (202) 588-1880.
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