- 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.