Thursday, October 06, 2005

Think Globally, Drink Locally...

If you live in the DC area and have some time to kill over the next few days, you might want to bike down to the National Geographic Society Headquarters to check out the Amnesty International Film Festival. The festival runs from Thursday, October 6, through Saturday, the 8th, and features several flicks dealing with human rights issues. Pretty cool stuff, if you read the descriptions.

On a lighter note, the Capitol City Brewing Company is hosting their sixth annual Oktoberfest celebration right off the W&OD trail in the lovely, gentrified Village of Shirlington. Over 30 breweries will be on hand to offer their fermented fare, so you should be able to find something you like. One tip: get there early. Last year, most of the breweries, uh, ran out of beer before the festival ended, prompting a mass stampede for the last trickling taps. (If you missed the W&OD reference above, the suggestion is to ride your bike some or all of the way if you can; besides being good for you and all other living things, it's a good idea for another reason: the parking situation in Shirlington is a mess, thanks to some wonderful new condo units that were plunked down dead in the center of the only easily accessible free parking space in the area.)

If you hone your timing and know your way around the Custis and W&OD trails, you can hit the filmfest either before or after the drunkfest and check out at least one flick.

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