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Schlock director Ed Wood (1924-1978) is widely acknowledged as the worst director of all time, based largely on his brilliantly demented magnum opus, "Plan 9 From Outer Space," a sci-fi thriller about aliens who devise a plan to raise the dead in order to stop humanity from creating a doomsday weapon.
If you've never seen the 1959 cult film with an audience — which is how any film of this ineptitude should be seen — you'll have a chance on Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Hill Center hosts a free screening in conjunction with National Absurdity Day.
The Great Gatsby: It's a book "worth the whole damn bunch put together." And one of its biggest fans is Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, and she just wrote So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures (Little, Brown and Company, $26). She'll discuss Gatsby's legacy and "hidden depths" on Tuesday, November 11th, 7 p.m. at the Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital.
On the very first day of this year, we ran a review of August Kleinzahler’s 11th collection of poetry, “The Hotel Oneira.” Waking up late after a festive New Year’s Eve, you might have missed it. But that review, written by Troy Jollimore, contained some remarkable praise for one of America’s most striking poets.
Jollimore singled out a piece called “1975” and said, “It’s a perfect poem, and it concludes with a perfect image, the sort Robert Lowell used to come up with to clinch his miniature portraits of despair.”
It’s fitting that the latest exhibit at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital showcases an artist who used latex paints pulled from the remains of last year’s fire at Frager’s Hardware Store. The exhibit opened on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and runs through Sunday, January 4, 2015. Hill Center Galleries located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. in Washington, DC, is just two blocks away from Frager’s original location at 1115 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.