So much to see and do

No matter what you’re looking to experience—an outdoor concert, a Lakefront movie, or something entirely unexpected—you’ll find it downtown. With so much to choose from, the choice itself is the hardest part!

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Mar '17
Beauty & the Beast at Toby’s | Toby's Dinner Theatre / 5900 Symphony Woods Road

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Mar '17
Salon: A World Full of Women | Monteabaro Recital Hall • HCC Campus / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Panel Discussion/Lecture • 9:30 a.m. — This year’s Women’s Studies Salon focuses on the Horowitz Performing Arts Center theme for the season: Chaos. “Chaos is the matrix from which brilliant dreams are born.  One possibility arises out of unformed darkness.  Like a blade of grass, pushing to emerge, the creative one is likely to encounter difficulty at the beginning. Yet, order is already implicit in the chaos.  In order to untangle the knotted threads and bind them into a skein of meaning, one must be able to both separate and unite.”

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Sep '17
Jazz at the Lakefront — Columbia Jazz Band | www.columbiaorchestra.org/season/events/jazz-2/ / Columbia Lakefront Stage

Music • 7:30 p.m. — The whole family will love this free outdoor concert! Bring chairs and sit back for an afternoon of great music. Visit The CJB website at www.thejazzband.com for more information.

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Jun '17
Summer Concert: Columbia’s 50th Birthday | Downtown Columbia TBA

Music • 7:00 p.m. — June 21, 2017 is Columbia’s 50th Birthday, so why note celebrate with the Columbia Orchestra! The whole family will love our Salute to John Williams, highlights from The Music Man, hits by the Beatles, a piece written for Columbia by Morton Gould, and the ultimate outdoor classic: the 1812 Overture! Come sing “Happy Birthday” to a great city with a great orchestra.

This concert is part of Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration.

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May '17
Symphonic Pops | James Rouse Theatre / 5460 Trumpeter Road

Music • 7:30 p.m. — This family-friendly concert brings together blockbuster hits from Broadway, the silver screen, popular song, and classical favorites! You’ll delight in classic movie themes like Dr. Zhivago, Ben Hur, Rocky, The Force Awakens, and more. Vocalist Karen Steelman joins us for unforgettable hits by Patsy Cline and beloved songs from Bernstein’s West Side Story. We have music from Copland’s Rodeo, popular video game scores, and other great surprises! This is one of our most popular concerts, so order your tickets early to reserve your seat.

This concert is part of Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration.

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Apr '17
Bluebeard’s Castle | James Rouse Theatre / 5460 Trumpeter Road

Music • 7:30 p.m. — An incredible dramatic event! Robert Cantrell and Kyle Engler join the orchestra for a concert version of Bartok’s 50-minute opera. Unlock the mysteries of Bluebeard’s past in a ravishing score colored by the folk music of Bartok’s native Hungary. Plus, the winners of our Young Artist Competition will dazzle you with their performances. This concert is sponsored by John Steinberg. This concert is part of Columbia’s 50th Anniversary Celebration [link, logo].

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Apr '17
M3 Southern Rock Classic – Lynyrd Skynyrd + | Merriweather Post Pavillion / 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

MUSICOUTDOORS • Doors: 11:00 am Show: 11:45 am. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels Band, OUTLAWS, Black Stone Cherry, Molly hatchet, Blackfoot, Great Train Robbery, One Nite Stand

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Apr '17
M3 Rock Festival — Two Days | Merriweather Post Pavilion / 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

MUSICOUTDOORS • Doors: 3:30 pm Show: 3:30 pm. Ratt, Kix, Dokken, Tom Keifer, Loverboy, Warrant, Winger, Vixen, Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger, Dangerous Toys, Loudness, Bang Tango, Baton Rouge, Autograph, Station, Vain, Mitch Malloy, Special VIP only set with Lita Ford.

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Apr '17
M3 Rock Festival – Two Days | Merriweather Post Pavilion / 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

MUSICOUTDOORS • Doors: 3:30 pm Show: 3:30 pm. Ratt, Kix, Dokken, Tom Keifer, Loverboy, Warrant, Winger, Vixen, Jack Russell’s Great White, Faster Pussycat, Danger Danger, Dangerous Toys, Loudness, Bang Tango, Baton Rouge, Autograph, Station, Vain, Mitch Malloy, Special VIP only set with Lita Ford.

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Apr '17
deadmau5 | Merriweather Post Pavillion / 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

MUSICOUTDOORS • Doors: 6:00 pm Show: 7:30 pm.  Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. “There are no CDs involved,” he explains. “It’s a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see deadmau5 I want them to hear deadmau5 music.”

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May '17
Sigur Ros | Merriweather Post Pavillion / 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

MUSICOUTDOORS • Doors: 6:30 pm Show: 8:00 pm. Sigur Rós is an Icelandic post-rock band with melodic, classical, experimental, and minimalist elements. The band is known for its ethereal sound and lead singer Jónsi’s falsetto voice. Sigur Ros means Victory Rose, named after Jonsi’s little sister.

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Sep '17
4th Annual Discover Downtown 5k | Downtown Columbia

OUTSIDE —  This exciting run winds through many iconic landmarks of Downtown Columbia, both old and new, including The Mall In Columbia, Symphony Woods, Merriweather Post Pavilion, past the Howard County Central Library and onto the Columbia Association’s new pathway around Lake Kittamaqundi. Registration to start in late Spring.

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May '17
CELEBRATIONS: COLUMBIA’S 50TH CPC’S 40TH JRT’S 20TH! | Jim Rouse Theatre of the Performing Arts / 5460 Trumpeter Rd

Music • 8 PM — An evening of celebration and music with the Columbia Pro Cantare.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 2 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 2 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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Apr '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 2 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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Apr '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 8 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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Apr '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 8 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 7 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 7 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 7 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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May '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 7 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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Apr '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 7 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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Apr '17
Dorian’s Closet – Rep Stage | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 7 p.m. — Dorian’s Closet” is a new musical  based on the life of Dorian Corey, the legendary female impersonator. The story is a fictionalized account of Dorian’s life and what lead to the discovery of a mummified body in the closet of her Harlem apartment after her death in the early 1990’s. Confronted with ridicule and prejudice she persisted in her quest for love and fame. From Dorian’s early days touring the drag circuits of the 1970s, through her rise in the underground club scene in New York City in the 1980s and beyond, “Dorian’s Closet” takes us on a musical journey that explores just how far we will go to make our dreams a reality.

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Apr '17
Improvaganza – A 3-Night Improv Festival | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 8 p.m. – What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) hosts Howard County’s first-ever Improv Festival featuring scads of outstanding improv groups from the Baltimore/DC Metro Area! Improv lovers will see a different improv show each night, in a “cabaret” setting, complete with audience participation.

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Mar '17
Improvaganza – A 3-Night Improv Festival | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 8 p.m. – What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) hosts Howard County’s first-ever Improv Festival featuring scads of outstanding improv groups from the Baltimore/DC Metro Area! Improv lovers will see a different improv show each night, in a “cabaret” setting, complete with audience participation.

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Mar '17
Improvaganza – A 3-Night Improv Festival | Studio Theatre • HCC / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

Theatre • 8 p.m. – What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) hosts Howard County’s first-ever Improv Festival featuring scads of outstanding improv groups from the Baltimore/DC Metro Area! Improv lovers will see a different improv show each night, in a “cabaret” setting, complete with audience participation.

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Apr '17
Columbia Half Marathon | Start/Finish at Columbia Lakefront / Downtown Columbia

Outside • 8:15 AM Half marathon and 5k starting and finishing at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Columbia.

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May '17
Columbia Film Society presents “Sing Street” | Smith Theatre • HCC Campus / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

FILM • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ith Sing Street, Irish director/screenwriter John Carney builds on the musical journey he started in his beloved first film Once, with delightful results. Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Sing Street is a film that is almost impossible to watch without a smile on your face. (In English) (106 minutes). SOLD OUT

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May '17
Columbia Film Society presents “Sing Street” | Smith Theatre • HCC Campus / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

FILM • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ith Sing Street, Irish director/screenwriter John Carney builds on the musical journey he started in his beloved first film Once, with delightful results. Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Sing Street is a film that is almost impossible to watch without a smile on your face. (In English) (106 minutes). SOLD OUT

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May '17
Columbia Film Society presents “The Dark Horse” | Smith Theatre • HCC Campus / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

FILM • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Dark Horse, a film from New Zealand, is based on the true story of Genesis ‘Gen’ Potini, a Maori speed-chess champion seeking redemption and a new purpose in life despite his struggles with bipolar disorder. A former chess prodigy, Gen is brilliant and charismatic, bringing unusual, potent energy to a game most often played with quiet reserve. Upon his release from an institution, he is remanded into the custody of his older brother Ariki, the leader of a rough street gang planning the initiation of Gen’s reluctant teenage nephew Mana. When Gen volunteers to coach the ragtag young members of the Eastern Knights chess club, Mana is inspired by his uncle’s determination to bring hope to the children of the club and turn his troubled life around, while seeing it as a chance to possibly save his own. (In English) (124 minutes). SOLD OUT

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May '17
Columbia Film Society presents “The Dark Horse” | Smith Theatre • HCC Campus / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

FILM • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Dark Horse, a film from New Zealand, is based on the true story of Genesis ‘Gen’ Potini, a Maori speed-chess champion seeking redemption and a new purpose in life despite his struggles with bipolar disorder. A former chess prodigy, Gen is brilliant and charismatic, bringing unusual, potent energy to a game most often played with quiet reserve. Upon his release from an institution, he is remanded into the custody of his older brother Ariki, the leader of a rough street gang planning the initiation of Gen’s reluctant teenage nephew Mana. When Gen volunteers to coach the ragtag young members of the Eastern Knights chess club, Mana is inspired by his uncle’s determination to bring hope to the children of the club and turn his troubled life around, while seeing it as a chance to possibly save his own. (In English) (124 minutes). SOLD OUT

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Apr '17
Columbia Film Society presents “Theeb” | Smith Theatre • HCC Campus / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

FILM • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Nominee for Best Foreign Film. [Film Movement]. (In Arabic) (100 minutes). SOLD OUT

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Apr '17
Columbia Film Society presents “Theeb” | Smith Theatre • HCC Campus / 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway

FILM • 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 1916. While war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Nominee for Best Foreign Film. [Film Movement]. (In Arabic) (100 minutes). SOLD OUT

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