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Where the Yellowstone Goes is therapy for the frazzled urbanite. The 2012 film, directed by Hunter Weeks, documents a 30-day float down the lower 48 states’ longest undammed river, and it’s about as soothing as the real thing. Which is pretty much the point: The film, financed by environmental firm Trout Headwaters Inc. and the Montana Office of Tourism, is essentially a public-relations tactic for the Montana wildlife industry. But it’s an effective one. Where the Yellowstone Goes begins when Robert Hawkins, a fourth-generation fly-fishing guide, tells Weeks that he’d always dreamed of floating the river—just because it’d be kind of neat to do something like that. Several months later, Hawkins, Weeks (who also directed the epic, yet formless, mountain-biking film Ride the Divide), crotchety cook John Hall, and adventurer Shannon Ongaro pack up a raft and a driftboat and hit the waters with a youthful production team adept at capturing picture-perfect backdrops and nuggets of stoner wisdom (“Eastern Montana’s a big place, man”). There’s not a lot of action here, of course—or at least, action that doesn’t involve sheep—and it’s skimpy on character development and storyline. But it does show what’s at stake: Hundreds of miles of natural habitat, some of it remote and very near pristine, is threatened every moment by riverside development. A float through the site of the 2011 Exxon oil spill on the Yellowstone makes that gravely clear. The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $12 in advance, $15 at door. arlingtondrafthouse.com. (703) 486-2345. (Ally Schweitzer)
Tuareg guitar ensemble Tinariwen released its highest-profile album to date last year, featuring indie-rock guests like Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio and Nels Cline of Wilco. (In Washington City Paper at the time, Ryan Little wrote that “there’s no studio trickery to speak of, but the droning, repetitive grooves feel endless in the best way. Songs end when they feel like they should, yet how Tinariwen knows when to stop is beyond me.” Tinariwen plays with Buke and Gass and Piers Faccini at 8 p.m. at Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. (202) 803-2899. $22-$25.
Green Pig Bistro is for wine lovers tonight. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., Young Winos and Vino 50 are hosting a wine tasting of all American estate-grown wines, including a sparkling pineapple wine from Hawaii, a cabarnet from Arizona, and a New York chardonnay bottled in Brooklyn. The meet-up will take place in the bar area and include tastings of six wines plus snacks from chef Scot Harlan. Tickets are $26 the day of (or $22 in advance). Can’t make it? There will be another tasting on June 17. Green Pig Bistro, 1025 N. Fillmore St., Suite D, Arlington. Details here. (Jessica Sidman)
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