In conjunction with this year’s International AIDS Conference, One in Ten and Reel Affirmations will host the International AIDS Film Festival July 24 and 25 at the Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P Street NW).
The festival will show four films and will kick-off with an opening reception on Tuesday, July 24, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Number Nine Lounge (1425 P Street NW).
The schedule for the Festival is as follows:
Tuesday, July 24
- 7 to 9:15 pm: “Still Around” (includes a panel discussion with the film’s directors)
- 9:15 to 10 pm: “Seeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia”
Wednesday, July 25
- 7 to 9 pm: “Pills Profit$ Protest”
- 9 to 11 pm: “Sex in an Epidemic”
Tickets can be purchased online and are $10 per film or $25 for a package to see all four films. A portion of proceeds will be donated to partnering community organizations, including NOVAM (Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry), Metro Teen AIDS and Whitman-Walker Health. For more information on the festival, or to RSVP to the opening reception; please contact kimberley[AT]@oneinten.org.
With one of the busiest international conferences hitting DC this weekend, expect some additional public transportation congestion and traffic delays downtown.
The 19th International AIDS Conference will take place July 22 through 27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Activities are also scheduled at the Carnegie Library located across the street from the Convention Center. On most days, daily activity hours for the conference are scheduled between 6:30 am and 9 pm.
This year’s conference attendance is projected to hit more than 30,000 participants with a myriad of notable guest speakers, including Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, Laura Bush, Bill Gates, Elton John and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.
Shuttle buses will be used throughout the week to transport participants; expect road closures and parking restrictions on Sunday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 24.
A large mid-day protest is also expected outside the Convention Center on Tuesday, July 24. This activity could interfere with normal pedestrian and vehicular activity. For more information, visit Events DC.
DC-based Fathom Creative and Transformer Gallery are teaming up with Visual AIDS, an organization that uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue and supporting artists, to bring a former New York exhibition to the neighborhood.
The exhibition, ReMixed Messages, explores the personal and political dichotomies of HIV/AIDS. The show highlights more than 30 text-based works from local and internationally recognized artists that reflect reactions to, and connections through, HIV/AIDS across generations.
The exhibition is free and open to the public; it will run from July 24 through August 4 at Fathom Gallery (1333 14th Street NW). The opening reception is on Tuesday, July 24 from 7 until 9 pm and the closing reception will take place on Thursday, August 2 from 6 until 8 pm. Hours: Tuesday, July 24 through Friday, July 27, 2 to 6 pm; Saturday, July 28, noon to 6 pm; Tuesday, July 31 through Saturday, August 4, 11 am to 3 pm.
Some of the exhibition’s featured artists include Tim Tate, Linda Hesh, Maggie Michael, John Giorno, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yoko Ono, Jack Pierson, David Wojnarowicz, Kay Rosen and Rob Wynne. First presented at La MaMa La Galleria in New York in 2011, this DC exhibition, curated by John Chaich, coincides with the 2012 International AIDS Conference, which takes place in DC this July.
From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.
A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
You’ve probably heard plenty about the Utopia project over the past few months. The Washington Business Journal does have some more news, but more importantly, they bring us a rendering of what the project will potentially look like upon completion. It’s the most updated one I’ve seen, so if you have any more, please share them with readers in the comments!