Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.
After nearly two decades obsessing over cinema as a film critic for Variety and editor-in-chief of Film Comment, Harlan Jacobson founded Talk Cinema?a series of early film screenings hosted at multiple theaters around the country. Each year, Harlan handpicks independent and foreign films from the world's leading festivals, often resulting in some of the first public screenings of award-winning prestige pictures. After each screening, he hosts experts such as scholars, filmmakers, and critics from the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune during discussions modeled after those held at festivals and particularly cultured kids' treehouses. Talk Cinema also occasionally hosts guided tours of festivals in international cities such as Montreal and Reykjavik.
Ever since its launch in 1999, the DC Independent Film Festival has celebrated autonomous filmmaking around the world through competition and screenings. All of the festival's selections are Washington DC premieres, and many are being shown for the first time in the world. Hailing from various countries and cultures, these projects include narrative features, shorts, and documentaries. They also span genre: throughout the day, comedy and horror films share screening space with experimental and interactive projects. To complement this showcase, the DCIFF also features a schedule of seminars and workshops on featured films and aspects of the filmmaking process. They've even sponsored panel talks with members of the United States Congress.
The Grammy-winning Washington Chorus has delighted audiences with a repertoire of classical choral masterpieces and modern compositions for 51 years. In addition to leading the choir, music director Julian Wachner has scribed more than 100 published compositions, including "Come, My Dark-Eyed One," an amalgamation of poetry and a dramatic musical score. Acclaimed singers tell the tale of lovers whose great passion transcends death, their melodious voices reflecting the powerful emotions and increasingly expensive anniversary gifts of a lifelong love. Words by Dickinson, Tennyson, and Turkic poet Ali-Shir Nava’i instill the performance with additional resonance. Four soloists join the choir to sing Mozart’s bold Great Mass in C Minor, widely credited as being the composer’s best choral work alongside the Requiem and Rock Me Amadeus.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color??which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
Bras and bars make for a lovely pair at the DC Bra Crawl. As a means of raising funds for breast cancer research and awareness, the chug-a-lug certainly raises awareness, and plenty of eyebrows, with its fetching hook: bras. Participants start the day by checking in at RFD Washington between noon and 3 p.m. Then, until 10 p.m., they'll parade through nearby participating bars, drinking and dancing for a good cause. But all the while, revelers must be wearing fully exposed bras?which can be worn alone or over the shirt?to draw attention to the cause, and in some cases, improve posture. The rule applies to the men of the pub crawl too. Meanwhile, cupped cavorters can take advantage of discounted food specials and aim to win prizes and cash giveaways announced throughout the night.