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CAN I KICK IT?
Back for its fourth summer, DowntownDC Summer Flicks’ CAN I KICK IT? is an outdoor movie series that screens cult kung fu classics and contemporary fare with a mixtape twist. Each of the early summer film showings have been paired with a rotating roster of DJs, who score the movies with funk, jazz, hip-hop, and rare soul grooves, transforming well-known movies into a unique multimedia experience. The series is the brainchild of Gerald Watson, a programming creator, and DJ 2-Tone Jones, a musician and crate-digger who has shared the stage with the likes of Phife Dawg, Robert Glasper, and Kendrick Lamar. The two make up Shaolin Jazz and partnered with the DowntownDC BID to create CAN I KICK IT? This summer’s series, screened on the National Building Museum’s West Lawn, has already featured absolute bangers such as Aliens, Tenet, and Starship Troopers. Next up, on July 13, is Tron: Legacy, one of the most offbeat and audacious blockbusters of the 2010s. Although Legacy is best known as a vehicle for its killer Daft Punk score, CAN I KICK IT? is all about breathing fresh life into classics by infusing them with unexpected music. Mix that with the film’s breathtaking visual effects and the return of Jeff Bridges from the original 1982 Tron, and you’ve got a unique cocktail of sci-fi, cinema, hip-hop, action, and jazz unlike anything you’ve ever seen—or heard—before. Tron: Legacy screens Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. on the National Building Museum’s West Lawn, 401 F St. NW. CAN I KICK IT? runs Tuesdays through July 27. downtowndc.org. Free.