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(NON)FICTION? Take a break from the constant analysis of the current presidential race to enjoy a movie about another presidential race. On Tuesday, the Chevy Chase Library is showing a screening of the film “Election.” Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon star in the movie that chronicles all the backstabbing, gossiping and mudslinging that occurs within politics … at an Omaha, Neb., high school. Witherspoon plays a ruthless student determined to become president of the student council — sound familiar? And no, this isn’t a new movie inspired by actual events or ripped from the headlines. “Election” was released in 1999, as the nation was gearing up for that historic presidential race in 2000. The film starts at 2 p.m., so plan to take a long lunch late that afternoon. For more information, call (202) 282-0021.

BLUES, BROTHER Oh brother, with the economy slipping into a recession, gas prices hitting record highs and a president with record-low approval ratings, there are many reasons to sing the blues in Washington. This Wednesday, the Congressional Blues Festival sets up shop at the Kennedy Center for an evening of memorable music. Host committee co-chairmen Reps. Charles (Chip) Pickering, R-Miss., David Price, D-N.C., and Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, have created a lineup featuring some of the genre’s biggest names. Sarah Lee Guthrie, daughter of legendary folksinger Arlo Guthrie and granddaughter of the late Woodie Guthrie, and her husband, Johnny Irion, and The Robert Cray Band will take to the stage after 6:30 p.m. Because of the large number of people wanting to see the show, all the tickets were given away through a lottery. However, you can still score a pair by becoming a Caravan Club member, which includes up to two guaranteed tickets, at www.congressionalbluesfestival.org. Memberships are a one-time purchase and range from $35-$120. But if you don’t want to add another membership card to your wallet you have one last chance to see a few of the acts playing at the festival — don’t you wish every concert had this many options? And on Tuesday evening head over to Clyde’s at Gallery Place at 7:30 p.m. to catch the pre-festival party. Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased by calling (202) 349-3700. You’d better hurry; only 120 are available.

 

GOING GREEN If the blues aren’t for you, then attend a screening of a new green documentary series this Wednesday. “Big Ideas For A Small Planet” chronicles environmental themes and approaches different innovations from a green perspective. Everyone from scientists to inventors to fashion designers incorporate environmentally conscious thinking into their professions. Someone who pays close attention to the environment and the business world, House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, will discuss the episode. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a reception at 7:15 p.m. at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association at 25 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 100. RSVP to Lindsay Currie at lcurrie@venturecommunications.com

This article appears in the April 26, 2008 edition of NJ Daily.

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