See Oscar-nominated flicks
With the 83rd Academy Awards fast approaching, now's the time to get out and see some of the films you haven't gotten around to. Most Best Picture nominees - including "Black Swan," "The King's Speech," "True Grit," "127 Hours," "Blue Valentine," "The Fighter" and "The Social Network" - are still in area theaters. (Then there's the AMC 24-hour Best Picture marathon this Saturday, for the more die-hard film buffs among us.)
To go the extra mile, consider attending one of the screenings at the National Archives. Their annual Academy Award showcase begins Wednesday, with screenings of all live action short, animated short, documentary short and documentary feature films nominated for Academy Awards. The screenings run through Sunday (the day of the Oscars).
If you go, expect crowds. Washingtonians have an affinity for the independent documentaries and shorts that aren't always readily available at your neighborhood theater. Archives staff begins distributing free tickets an hour before showtime. Tickets get snatched up faster than a half-smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl, so arrive early to make sure you get a seat.