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Sony Pictures pulls controversial “The Interview” from theatrical release

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”

the-interview— From a statment issued by Sony pictures regarding the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy, The Interview, which parodied North Korean leader Kim Jung-un (Randall Park). In the film, Rogen and Franco portray a pair of bungling filmmakers tasked by the CIA to assassinate the South Korean leader. Several film distributors today announced that they would not carry the film in light of threats from an organization calling itself the “Guardians of Peace.” Critic’s screenings of the film, including one in Washington, D.C., were abruptly cancelled earlier today.

Sony goes on to say in its statement thatit “has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

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"Bo-Nita"

Boro Park, McLean
Friday, September 24 - Sunday, September 26
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Sidney Harman Hall, Washington
Friday, September 24 - Sunday, September 26
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Illuminating Historic Georgetown: GLOW DC Walking Tour

Levain Bakery, Washington
Friday, September 24
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Online Game Night on Zoom - Play Games, Meet People, Have Fun

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Friday, September 24 - Friday, October 29
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Meditation for Self Care -- Online

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Friday, September 24 - Friday, October 29
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"Stoop Stories" -- Online Filmed Production

Online Stream,
Friday, September 24 - Sunday, October 03
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Combining heightened prose, poetry, and music playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith crafts a solo show with the rhythm and punch of big band jazz. From a stoop in Harlem, audiences... Read more

B Simone at Baltimore Comedy Factory

Baltimore Comedy Factory, Baltimore
Friday, September 24 - Saturday, September 25
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Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Show: Hear the Hits in Fun, Interactive Show

Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor
Friday, September 24 - Friday, October 29
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Friday, September 24 - Thursday, September 30
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Theatre by Kids for Kids: "The Hobbit"

Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington
Saturday, September 25 - Sunday, October 03
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NSO: Gianandrea Noseda Conducts "Scheherazade" -- See It With a Fully Vaccinated Audience

The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall, Washington
Saturday, September 25
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The National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Gianandrea Noseda make a grand return to the Concert Hall! We’re ecstatic to welcome you back—and there’s no better way to celebrate the return... Read more

Introduction to Meditation -- Online

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Saturday, September 25 - Saturday, October 30
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"The 39 Steps" by StageCoach Theatre

StageCoach Theatre Company, Ashburn
Saturday, September 25 - Saturday, October 02
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Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy. The show hurtles a notorious fugitive and a spellb... Read more

"Teenage Dick"

Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington
Saturday, September 25 - Sunday, October 17
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Mentalist Brian Curry: "The Good Liar"

Capital Hilton, Washington
Saturday, September 25 - Saturday, January 08
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Brian Curry has a secret. He’s a mind reader, a human behavior expert, and a LIAR. Come find out why "The Good Liar" show is D.C.’s most exciting date night out. “DC’s Most Honest Con Man” B... Read more

The Hive Marketplace

Queen Bee Book Emporium & Cafe, Washington
Saturday, September 25 - Saturday, December 18
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The Hive Marketplace invites you to join our fabulous team of vendors every Saturday from noon to 6:00pm as we sell, network and community build! The Hive Marketplace, uptown's newest community market... Read more

Meditation for Anxiety Relief -- Online

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Saturday, September 25 - Saturday, October 30
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Wednesday Night Live Presents: "A Champion's Heart" by Brian Mitchell

The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro
Saturday, September 25
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Wednesday night Live Presents A Champion's Heart - Reading and Book Signing with Brian Mitchell. A Champion's Heart is an inspirational book about the successful collegiate and NFL Career of Brian Mit... Read more

DC Comedy Loft Presents Jamali Maddix ("Hate Thy Neighbor", BBC)

The Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft, Washington D.C.
Saturday, September 25 - Saturday, September 25
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Jamali Maddix is one of most exciting acts to hit the circuit in years as seen on his critically acclaimed series "Hate Thy Neighbor". With an assured stage presence and considered material that comes... Read more

Bob Dylan Whiskey Hunt

The Mansion on O & O Street Museum, Washington
Saturday, September 25 - Thursday, September 30
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Sip on Bob Dylan’s own Heaven’s Door Whiskey — then explore our themed rooms and secret doors. You will decipher clues and search for music-themed items including a guitar signed by Bob Dylan. W... Read more

 

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