PoP Weekend Picks

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Remember the new Smithsonian Sant Ocean Hall Exhibit?

Two cool events happening this weekend at Ocean Hall – http://www.mnh.si.edu/calendar.asp

Saturday, Dec. 6 – “Animating the Ocean” is a free lecture featuring film clips from “Finding Nemo.” Production designers from Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar Animation Studios talk about how they adapt sea stories and bring ocean animation to life. Baird Auditorium, 2 pm

Sunday, Dec. 7 – “Crochet a Coral Reef” – Margaret Wertheim, physicist, journalist and co-founder of the Institute for Figuring, discusses her one-of-a-kind crochet coral reef project – an effort that brings artists, mathematicians and scientists together to generate global attention around the plight of coral reefs. Wertheim’s crocheted reefs have been exhibited in Chicago, London and New York, among other locations.Wertheim and Dr. Nancy Knowlton, the National Museum of Natural History Sant Chair for Marine Science, present a talk about reefs, ocean conservation and the art of crocheting a coral reef replica. Following the talk, audience members have the opportunity to participate in a crochet workshop (no experience necessary). Baird Auditorium, 1 to 2:15 and 2:30-5:00 pm for the workshop.

Also a local movie director opens film, War Child, at E Street Cinema today.

“Karim Chrobog, a local Washington DC Director, has a movie out Dec 5-11 at E Street Cinemas. The documentary is titled WAR CHILD and it follows the story of Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Southern Sudan who is now a rising hip hop star in Africa. Emmanuel held 2 concerts in DC (one at the Natl Geographic Building and one at a nightclub downtown) and the film shows footage from the show as well as footage from meetings around DC. It’s powerful and moving, and you can view the trailer here: http://www.warchildmovie.com/

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