Movie trailers have not yet recovered from the loss of voice-over great Don LaFontaine in 2008. No other narrator could describe an existential threat or high-concept comedy with such authority, making even the most flimsy cinematic trifle seem larger than life. And yet the industry soldiers on in his absence. Tonight the D.C. Film Society—an organization perhaps still recovering from its own loss, the 2011 death of local film critic Joe Barber—hosts its semiannual Coming Attractions Trailer Night, where the $8 admission gets you promotional tchotchkes, raffle tickets, and the power to spout off on summer blockbusters. What can we look forward to this summer? There is the usual glut of franchise sequels (Madagascar, Ice Age), action movie reboots (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bourne Legacy), and needless remakes (Total Recall), but there’s also Rock of Ages (shown), a Broadway-inspired fever dream through the 1980s where rock-and-roll dreams are realized through a shirtless Tom Cruise belting out Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Not even LaFontaine’s legendary pipes could save this turkey. Coming Attractions Trailer Night begins at 7 p.m. at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $8. dcfilmsociety.org. (Matt Siblo)
OK, maybe Justin Halpern really does suck at the opposite sex—-he once tried to woo a girl by drawing a picture of a dog pooping on her head—-but he definitely doesn’t suck at Twitter. The creator of the “Shit My Dad Says” Twitter feed pretty much broke the Internet in 2010, spawning a bestselling book and a quickly canceled television show starring William Shatner. But his latest book, I Suck At Girls, takes the spotlight off his foul-mouthed dad, reflecting on Halpern’s dating history and some of the more ill-advised courting tactics he’s employed in the past. He discusses his book with Deadspin’s Drew Magary at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue this evening. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW, $10-$22. 202-408-3100.
Instead of the typical jalapeño bites and mozzarella sticks on the menu, Korean food is taking over Irish pub The Blaguard every Wednesday. Pyongyang Gang is commandeering the kitchen for a weekly pop-up. Some of the menu items have included Korean-style twice-fried chicken wings ($6) with two different sauces (one spicy, the other sweet and savory) as well as thinly sliced charred pork in a spicy sauce on a homemade steamed bun with a spicy scallion salad and Ssamjang aioli ($5). The Blaguard, 2003 18th St. NW; 202-232-9005; blaguarddc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
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