It’s the final week of Maximum India at the Kennedy Center, with dance, music, and theater performed by India’s most acclaimed artists, plus indie and Bollywood films, exhibitions, and food prepared by 12 world-class, award-winning Indian chefs, representing all regions of the country. Tonight, Nandita Das, an award-winning actress and director, leads a discussion of the Indian film industry. Make sure you get to that or some of the other events this week. Click here for the full schedule.
Tuesday kicks off the 19th annual Environmental Film Festival, featuring 150 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, and experimental films about the energy and the environment, plus appearance by 52 filmmakers and 94 special guests. A lot of the films will focus on the BP Oil spill, such as Oil Rocks—City Above the Sea, winner of the Festival’s Polly Krakora Award for artistry in film. The best part is that most of the events are free. Click here to see the full schedule and find a movie.
Thousands of photographs (all taken by emerging local photographers) were submitted to DCist’s fifth annual Exposed Photography contest. The panel of judges whittled it down to 43 winning photographs, which will be on view at Long View Gallery this week. The opening parties are Tuesday and Wednesday. Get tickets here, or go see the exhibit. 1234 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202.232.4788.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate around D.C. Biergarten Haus is raising money for the Washington Humane Society during their St. Pitties Day event, from 4 to 8 p.m. New spot Againn is celebrating the holiday with a special St. Patrick’s Day menu, Irish lagers on draft, and shots of Irish whiskey for $5 all day. P.J. Clarke’s is bringing its NYC St. Patty’s tradition to D.C. with an Irish Pipe drum band, Redskins cheerleaders, and a contest to win a motorcycle. The Capital Club is hosting its annual Shamrock Soiree at Paper Moon in Georgetown, with drink specials and a DJ. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
FotoWeek DC isn’t until November, but tonight from 8 to 11, the organization is hosting the opening of “Flash” and the Undercover/Discover Series exhibition. Celebrating 55 local photographers, the exhibit will be on display until April 17. 2450 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.