'Political Advertisement' at AFI Silver Theatre Saturday
Just in time for this year's presidential election comes the latest installment of "Political Advertisement," a collection of presidential campaign television spots.
In 1984, media artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese put together a compilation of U.S. presidential television ads dating back to 1952. Each election cycle, the duo has added to the
collection, which now runs 90 minutes and spans 60 years.
"We are really interested in how television and advertising have changed the image of politicians and the way political issues are expressed," Reese said during a recent phone interview. "That was the primary intent."
"Political Advertisement" features no voiceovers or manipulation, just the ads as they ran originally.
"We would let the material speak for itself," Reese said of their approach. He will be in attendance at Saturday's screening. Reese said that there are many common themes spreading across the last six decades, including budgets and defense. "What I find interesting about it, it's a post-war history of the United States," he said.
However, while making it clear that he's an artist and not a critic, Reese has seen an increase in negative advertising, though modern viewers need no reminders. He's also alarmed by the proliferation of super- PAC ads.
"Political Advertisement" focuses only on presidential campaigns, but includes primary ads in addition to spots coinciding with the general election.
"Generally, it's fairly balanced," Reese said. "If there's a political point of view, it's an implicit point of view."
Reese added that he thinks he's found a very suitable audience just three days before the election.
"I'm hoping it will appeal to Washingtonians," he laughed.
When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
Info: 90 minutes; $11.50; afi.com
'War Horse' at the Kennedy Center through Nov. 11
Have you seen this epic tale of a horse navigating the treacherous landscape of World War I Europe? Neigh? Witness the grandeur of the Tony Award winning "War Horse" at the Kennedy Center.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday; 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Info: $25-$175; kennedy-center.org
Washington Wizards Home Opener Saturday
Hope springs eternal. Cheer on the Wizards in this year's home opener against the Boston Celtics.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Info: Tickets start at $10, plenty of seats remain at $37; nba.com/wizards.
The Darcys Present: A Live Interpretation of Steely Dan's "AJA" at DC9 Sunday
Canadian indie band presents its take on the 1977 Steely Dan album "AJA." Should be interesting to hear what the Darcys bring to the stage. With Rey Pila.
When: 8:30 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show Sunday
Info: $10 in advance, $12 day of; dcnine.com
"Alien: Retrospective" at AFI Silver Theatre through Nov. 7
AFI will screen each film in the Alien series, beginning the with original on Friday evening. In addition to "Aliens," "Alien 3" and "Alien: Resurrection," also catch director Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" as well.
When: Multiple screenings through Nov. 7
Info: $11.50; afi.com/silver