Weekend Events: Jules Feiffer, Korean Film Festival and the Music of Memphis

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Friday, April 16: Korean Film Festival DC 2010: "With a Girl of Black Soil"

The critically-acclaimed film follows a miner who suffers an accident and loses his job and how he and his children cope with life's hardships that follow. Free. Freer, 7:00 PM.

Saturday, April 17: American Pictures: Jules Feiffer

Pulitzer Prize-winning author, illustrator and cartoonist Jules Feiffer will discuss Bob Landry's photograph Fred Astaire in Puttin' On the Ritz (1945). A book signing will follow. Free, but tickets are required. Up to two free tickets per person will be distributed an hour before the event begins. Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, 4:30 PM.

Sunday, April 18: Reel Portraits: Echoes of Memphis

Could there be a better way to spend a lazy Sunday than in front of the big screen? In conjunction with the show, "Echoes of Elvis," the National Portrait Gallery offers a triple feature lineup of movies that celebrate the sounds of Memphis.

2 PM: "Jailhouse Rock" stars Elvis Presley as Vince Everett, who learns to play the guitar while incarcerated and seeks success in the music world on his release. A conversation with Warren Perry, curator of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition One Life: Echoes of Elvis, follows the screening.

4 PM: "Great Balls of Fire!" stars Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis, the rock-and-roll pianist who created a sensation on the stage and a scandal off of it. A conversation with Pete Daniel, curator of the Smithsonian Rock ‘n’ Soul exhibition (previously on view in Memphis, Tennessee) and author of Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s, follows the screening.

6 PM: "Man in Black: Johnny Cash Live in Denmark," 1971 is a live-performance film showing Johnny Cash backed by the Tennessee Three, with appearances by June Carter Cash, Maybelle Carter, Carl Perkins, and the Statler Brothers. Cash performs his then-new hit song Man in Black in a 19-song set that roams from spirituals to rockabilly without missing a beat.

All films are free. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before the event begins. American Art Museum, 2:00 PM

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About Jesse Rhodes

Jesse Rhodes is an editorial assistant for Smithsonian magazine. Before he became an editorial assistant, Jesse worked at the Library of Congress Publishing Office, where he was a contributor to the Library of Congress World War II Companion.

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