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7th Outdoor Free Film Festival, Aug. 15-24

The NIH R&W Association is hosting the seventh annual Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore Hall, as a benefit to various NIH charities. The series runs Aug. 15-24 and each evening's movie is preceded by a concert beginning at 7 p.m.

Bring your family and friends and camp out under the stars, eat movie snacks such as popcorn and candy, or plan to have dinner from onsite restaurants such as Timpano Italian Chophouse, Baha Fresh, Potomac Pizza, Hard Times Café or Cameron's Seafood. Bring your blankets or low beach chair, sit back, relax and watch a movie that's guaranteed to entertain.

Movies are free but donations to NIH charities are greatly appreciated. Restaurants open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7 and movies start around 8:30. See for more information. Take Metro to the Grosvenor/Strathmore stop on the Red Line.

The lineup, including musical acts, includes:

Friday, Aug. 15, Sound of Music, preceded by Alte Kameraden (Austrian Band);

Saturday, Aug. 16, Lord of the Rings, preceded by the salsa flamenco sounds of Dan Young and Lawson Rollins;

Sunday, Aug. 17, E.T., preceded by Last Train Home, fronted by former Washington Post Weekend writer Eric Brace;

Monday, Aug. 18, Jurassic Park, preceded by Robert Jospe's Inner Rhythm, percussion-driven jazz, R&B and Afro-Cuban/Brazilian music;

Tuesday, Aug. 19, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, preceded by guitarist Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass;

Wednesday, Aug. 20, Vertigo, preceded by Mahala (South African Township Sound);

Thursday, Aug. 21, Spiderman, preceded by country swing group Ruthie & the Wranglers;

Friday, Aug. 22, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, preceded by the tropical rhythms of Havana Son;

Saturday, Aug. 23, Titanic, preceded by Jeff Ball Band, Native American music and dance;

Sunday, Aug. 24, Harry Potter II – Chamber of Secrets, preceded by British Invasion hits by the English Channel.

Volunteers are needed to make each night's show go smoothly. Call Julie at the R&W, 496-6061.

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