Out On the Town: DC arts & entertainment — May 3-9
WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Highlights include several films in a category entitled “Rated LGBTQ.” Among those are The Strangest Stranger, Swedish filmmaker Magnus Bärtås’ mesmerizing documentary focused on a mysterious man calling himself Johnnie Walker (Saturday, May 5, at 12:15 p.m., at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., and Sunday, May 6, at 8:15 p.m., at the E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW) and The Cakemaker, a drama about a gay German baker who travels to Jerusalem to secretly connect with the female widow of his Israeli lover (Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW, and Saturday, May 12, at 4:30 p.m., at AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd.) Other notable (non-LGBTQ) films include Tevye’s Daughters, a send-up in Russian of the famous folk tale behind Fiddler on the Roof (Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m., at the DCJCC) and the documentary Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, featuring interviews with Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kim Novak, plus never-before-seen photographs from the vast personal archives of the legendary black entertainer who converted to Judaism (Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m., at the AFI). The festival runs to May 13. Call 202-777-3210 or visit wjff.org.