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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, September 13

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On this page from his Codex on the Flight of Birds, Leonardo da Vinci describes how a bird manipulates its wings to maintain balance and control.
Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Libraries, from the original at the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy
On this page from his Codex on the Flight of Birds, Leonardo da Vinci describes how a bird manipulates its wings to maintain balance and control.

Sept. 13-18: AFI Silver Theatre 75th Anniversary
In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Silver Spring’s AFI Silver Theatre presents a screening series that kicks off today at 3:15 p.m. with the musical film Carefree, starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. On Sunday, there will be a free screening of Four Daughters, which will be shown along with the cartoon Cracked Ice and a period newsreel. You can head to the theater through Wednesday to see a selection of other films from 1938, the year the movie house first opened.

Sept. 13-Oct. 22: Codex on the Flight of Birds
Flight…how does it work? Leonardo da Vinci tried to figure it out in his early-16th century document Codex on the Flight of Birds, which goes on view today at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in D.C. In the notebook, da Vinci explores bird flight and behavior through sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight. You can see the treasured artifact through October 22.

Music: “Learn To Fly (Instrumental)” by Foo Fighters

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