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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, August 5, 2010

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(August 5) MAYA FILM SERIES There is many a film to be seen today as the traveling Maya Indie Film Series closes out its one-week engagement at the E Street Cinema in downtown D.C. The theatrical premieres of five Latino filmmakers from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Los United States screen throughout the day.

(August 5-September 12) SHELF LIFE Meanwhile, Alexandria's Athenaeum opens Mary "Mimi" Frank's Shelf Life today. The artist's site-specific steel sculptures contain musings about life, relationships, objects, and their ironies. The works are mounted on the walls of the historic Athenaeum until they get shelved on September 12.

(August) THE WILDEST DREAM When asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest in 1924, George Mallory replied, "Because it's there." The mountaineer didn't complete the descent to tell his story, but his lofty mission is re-imagined during National Geographic's The Wildest Dream, beginning a one-month run at the National Museum of Natural History's IMAX Theater on the National Mall tomorrow.

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