- This weekend is the first-annual Takoma Park/Silver Spring Experimental Film Festival, bringing "innovative, diverse and unique" films produced locally and around the world to the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. Programs start at 7:30pm on Thursday and Friday and continue from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday. For a schedule, check out the festival's website. All showings are free and can be found at Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Avenue at Ripley Street.
- And if that's not enough for you, the youth media collective Gandhi Brigade hosts its third-annual Express Yourself! Youth Media Festival, with a pop-up art gallery, live performances, a four-hour film competition, and an "awards screening of the best youth-produced media in the area," says their website. The free event runs from 3 to 8:30pm onSaturday in venues throughout Downtown Silver Spring.
- This is about two months old, but if you haven't seen it already, Jerry McCoy's Silver Spring: Then and Again has some really old photos of Downtown in the early 20th century. While it's not always appropriate to save all old buildings, it's disappointing that a lot of Silver Spring history was bulldozed for . . . parking lots.
- The Talk of Wheaton, a newish blog started by two local real estate agents, belatedly celebrates the 50th anniversary of Wheaton Plaza, which first opened its doors in 1959.
Some more local cinema to add...
Screenings from the 48 film festival are this week @ the AFI in Silver Spring.
Jerry McCoy has done a wonderful job of covering the early history of Silver Spring. This post of his mentions the three beautiful old houses, including my mother's childhood home, that were torn down in the 1960's for the purpose of building a really lame parking lot on Silver Spring Avenue. It was very sad to see such a nice established neighborhood being uprooted in that way.
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