It would be hard to find a documentary more cinematic than Revenge of the Electric Car. Framed as a thriller, following the personal struggles of four charismatic men and their automotive creations, its scenes of corporate deliberations are shot with such intimacy that it’s hard to believe they weren’t scripted and staged. Through an astonishing level of access, filmmaker Chris Paine sketches not only a battle for survival in the new low-carbon economy, but also captures some supremely confident leaders who at times seem sustained by hubris alone. (Cameos by Danny DeVito and Adrian Grenier only add twinkle to the glitz.) At this stage, electric car development is still all about perception: Teetering auto empires need to prove they’re still relevant, and sexy new startups have to show they can actually produce cars. In this case, the subject matter justifies even the most absurdly dramatic presentation. The film shows for the last time today at 1:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 9:45 p.m. at E Street Cinema. $11. (Lydia DePillis)
Two journo bands are playing tonight: Ryan Little’s Tereu Tereu at Velvet Lounge, and David Malitz’s The Cheniers at Black Cat. Both writers broke big local stories recently (Black Cat Bill and Elliot Smith’s “lost” sessions) and made time to practice (presumably) for these shows. Respect. Bonus: Tereu Tereu’s recently remixed Jukebox The Ghost’s “Half Crazy.” Listen to it on YouTube.
Tenor saxophonist Bobby Muncy brings his Radiohead jazz project back to Twins this evening. It is exactly what it sounds like: Radiohead tunes translated to improvisational jazz. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $10.
Local DJs Sean Peoples and Aaron Baird have a new night at Café Saint-Ex: Color Wheel. They’re promising house music from the past, present, and maybe even the future. 10 p.m. Free.
Two film festivals kick off today: the Capital Irish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Film Festival. The former begins with a showing of Alexandra McGuiness’ debut feature Lotus Eaters, which the Hollywood Reporter called “Less a succinct narrative than a meandering portrait of several ultra-rich, ultra-empty thirtysomethings who waste away their days with sex, drugs and ennui.” That shows at 8 p.m. at E Street Cinema, $10. Uptown, the Jewish Film Festival hosts an opening night reception and showing of Mabul at the Avalon. 7 p.m. $25.
In case you missed him at Barnes & Noble Georgetown, Steve Jobs biographer and Aspen Institute prez Walter Isaacson is giving you another shot at getting your book signed, this time inside the cozy room at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. Free.