Friday August 10 An Autumn’s Tale
Got a hot date Friday night? Embrace the “dinner and a movie” itinerary at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium and catch a screening of An Autumn’s Tale. Cherie Chung stars as a student who moves to New York to pursue her studies. When her boyfriend abruptly leaves, her downstairs neighbor and distant cousin (Chow Yun-Fat) resolves to cheer her up. One thing leads to another and—you guessed it—they develop feelings for one another. Departing from his usual action hero persona, Chow owns his role as a working-class immigrant, and Cheung’s subtle direction makes this tale of heartbreak and desire a classic date movie. (Dir.: Mabel Cheung, 1987, 98 min.) Part of the 17th Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival In Cantonese with English subtitles. Free. 7 p.m., repeats Sunday at 2 p.m. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery.
Saturday August 11 Super Science Saturday: Helicopters
This Saturday, take the whole family to the Udvar-Hazy Center for an entire day of out-of-this-world fun. Participate in hands-on activities and dive into a universe of science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. This monthly program is the perfect way to entertain family members of all ages. Free, but $15 parking fee per vehicle. Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center.
Sunday August 12 The Story of Earth
How has the Earth evolved? Is it a singular entity in our Solar System? Author Robert Hazen, a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory, will be signing copies of his book The Story of Earth: the First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet, which seeks to answer these burning questions. In it, he explains how the co-evolution of rocks and living matter has shaped our planet. Books available at the Museum store. Noon to 2:00 p.m. Natural History Museum.
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