Weekend entertainment guide: Top picks around town

See classic Jack Nicholson in \'Chinatown\' this weekend at the AFI Theatre in Silver Springs.

Alicia Lozano, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – After you’re done watching the spectacular Blue Angels air show this weekend, check out some of the other events around town. A photo exhibit, a visit to Cannes and a Jack Nicholson retrospective are just some of our top weekend picks.

Check out local photographer Frank Barnako’s inside look at Cuba, a land he says is filled with welcoming people and political strife. He spent time on island nation in January as part of a photo tourism trip, and is showing his work at the Great Falls Library now through May 30. The exhibit is free to the public.

For those who can’t afford a trip to Cannes for the famed film festival, get a taste of the French Riviera in D.C. Friday night at Beacon Sky Bar in Northwest during the second annual Palme d’Or Rooftop Sunset. Watch footage of opening night, sip cocktails and munch on complimentary appetizers while listening to the latest French House beats.

Celebrate the arts at Reston Town Center Friday through Sunday at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. More than 200 artists will show their work during the three-day event, which also includes live music and interactive performance art. Families with kids should swing by the Children’s Art Tent for lessons and demonstrations.

There is an opening night party Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for that are required, and start at $100. Otherwise, the festival runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 703-471-9242 for more information.

The AFI Theatre in Silver Spring is outdoing itself this summer with several films fests sure to delight any cinephile. See Jack Nicholson at his best during a two-month retrospective that includes hits like “The Departed”, “Easy Rider” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” This weekend’s movie du jour is the Roman Polanski classic “Chinatown.” Check the website for a full schedule.

Aficionados of Japanese animation should not miss the must-see Studio Ghibli fest, which runs through June 17 and features some of its biggest hits like “Spirited Away”, “Princess Mononoke” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.” Showing this weekend is “Whisper of the Heart”, the the first and only full-length feature by Hayao Miyazaki’s prot


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