UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the Freer Gallery– they apologized profusely for sending us on a wild ticket-chase. It is only possible to reserve "free" tickets for CONCERTS. Never for films. They weren’t supposed to include the ticketmaster information with this listing.
The good news is, the official I spoke with said we should be fine IF we show up at 1pm for truly free tickets. We are allowed two per person. He said that the Sri Lankan films generally don’t "sell-out", if such a thing can be said about free events. The reason Born into Brothels did is because it won an Oscar. Got that? No reserving tickets– it’s not possible. PLEASE GET THERE EARLY TO REQUEST FREE TICKETS AT 1PM, ONE HOUR BEFORE THE SHOW.
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After our left-coast counterparts paint the town Sepia on Saturday night, DC is going to get its culture on via our ninth meetup. Quality AND quantity…that’s how chocolate city do.
First, we’ll head to the (Smithsonian) Freer Gallery, which is screening the Sri Lankan film “Against the Tide” in its Meyer Auditorium. Tickets are FREE. Once we’re spiritually nourished, we’ll head to Vapiano restaurant (1800 M Street N.W.), where we can drink wine, poach the free gummi bears or actually order Italian food (and the strawberries and cream, because it’s the best dessert there):
Vapiano is an innovative European concept serving made-to-order fire roasted pizzas, fresh, house-made pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads. [v]
The unique thing about Vapiano is that everyone who walks in gets a card, which tracks what you choose from the various salad, pasta, pizza, dessert/bar areas; when you leave, you return the card, they scan it, and voila– separate checks, no muss or fuss.
That’s an extra welcome concept considering what happened at our last meetup, at the underwhelming Nirvana. Three of you forgot to leave money before you left (though one of you realized this and apologized profusely and tried to make it right). That is the ONLY time that has EVER happened at a DC meetup, though, and all the remaining mutineers immediately chipped in and covered for you so I wouldn’t have to. See? Vapiano. Brilliant.
Okay, more to this post soon, but here are the barest details, so you can sharpie this in to your schedule:
Meet at 1 pm (that’s when they distribute the FREE tickets to the film).
See “Against the Tide” at 2pm.
Meet outside at around 4pm.
Take Metro to Vapiano (red/blue/orange lines) and eat. More info re: the ticket situation:
Free tickets are required for most performances in the Meyer Auditorium…Two tickets per person are also distributed (for no service fee) at the Meyer Auditorium beginning one hour before showtime, on a first-come, first-served basis.
I think I’m going to reserve tickets in advance, just becauseI’m going to be there at 1pm to snag two tickets, because I want to make sure I see the film. Has anyone attended one of these programs at Meyer? Any advice to us museophytes?