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Dec. 5-8: Capital Irish Film Festival
Solas Nua’s Capital Irish Film Festival kicks off its eighth season tomorrow night at the E Street Cinema with a 6:30 screening of Lance Daly’s 2013 comedy Life’s a Breeze. The theme for this year’s four-day festival is “The Irish on Ireland,” a look at contemporary and historical Ireland by native filmmakers. You can see a series of shorts, documentaries, feature-length films, and on Saturday morning you can take your wee ones to a program just for kids at the Goethe Institut.
Dec. 6: Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn
Danú returns to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas this Friday at 8 p.m. The Irish band incorporates traditional Celtic instruments, including the fiddle, flute, tin whistle, button accordion and bouzouki. You’ll be able to hear them all during Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn, which will pay homage to early Irish customs through traditional Celtic music and song.
Music: “Ding Dong Merrily On High (Instrumental)” by Celtic Lore
By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.