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Easels in Frederick pits plein air painters against each other in a mostly friendly competition this week.
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Easels in Frederick pits plein air painters against each other in a mostly friendly competition this week.

(June 22-26) Silverdocs on the Silver block

If you're yearning for a dose of documentary film, AFI's annual Silverdocs festival has enough to keep you busy through the end of the weekend. For a local story there's "Cafeteria Man" Thursday and Friday. The film follows chef Tony Geraci as he tries to change the way kids eat in Baltimore's public schools.

(June 22-Aug. 27) Wooden spirit

Two award-winning sculptors show what they can do with wood in "The Spirit of Wood" at Washington's Zenith Gallery through late August. If you show up Wednesday night you can meet the artists.

(June 22-26) The playoffs of plein air

Thirty plein air painters face-off for "Easels in Frederick". The artists roam about downtown Frederick and paint local scenes over the next four days. The merciless competition culminates with a mostly friendly awards ceremony Sunday at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center.

(June 22-26) Modern scribes meet woolly mammoth

D.C. performing arts collective Artists' Bloc presents a collection of productions Wednesday through Sunday at Northwest Washington's Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The Modern Scribes series covers a lot of ground, from monologues penned by D.C.'s homeless to a tale about the relationship between a young Filipino-American brother and sister.

Music: "VCR (Matthew Dear Remix)" by The xx

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