September 14th. Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men-President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross-who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Join us renowned journalist Steve Inskeep discusses this struggle as Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres in the deep south, while Ross tried to oppose Jackson with the U.S. legal system. A book signing will follow the program.
September 15th. Monument to the Dream (1967; 28 minutes) is Charles Guggenheim’s Oscar®-nominated short documentary on the building of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year). Recently digitally-restored by the National Park Service and Guggenheim Productions, Inc., the film will soon play at a new museum and visitor center being built on the site. A discussion will follow the screening.
September 16th. When a popular presidential candidate dies in his mistress’s arms, his ambitious wife, Violet, immediately declares that if she can’t be the wife of the president, then she’ll be the mother of the president – and thrusts their lackluster son Cal into the spotlight in Dempsey and Rowe’s outrageous musical comedy The Fix. With the help of her strategic brother-in-law, Violet transforms her son into the perfect citizen and ideal politician. Together, they create one of the most dysfunctional, yet brutally entertaining, almost-first families.
September 16th. The Improv is adding DC Brau to its beer lineup, and we’re celebrating the best way possible. This show features great comedy from Rob Cantrell (a DC native!) and great beers on the menu. Even better, you can be part of the show — share your best drinking story on stage and you might win awesome prizes. Come party with two of DC’s finest institutions for a night of beer and laughs.