The Washington Socialist <> May 2017
By Bill Mosley
DC LaborFest, the Metropolitan Washington AFL-CIO Council’s month-long celebration of labor film, music and history, kicked off on May 1 with a wreath-laying in honor of the birth of legendary labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones.
Metro-DC DSA has been an annual supporter of this unique festival, which started at DC Labor FilmFest and has now broadened its scope to embrace the entire spectrum of labor culture.
Among the first-time attractions of LaborFest is a series of historic tours, starting with an art and history tour of the AFL-CIO building on May 2 and followed by a “Working Women in American History Bike Tour” on May 7.
Film screenings this year include Matewan, including an appearance by director John Sayles; Metropolis, the 1927 silent classic by Fritz Lang with musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra; and the documentary Deepwater Horizon about the catastrophic 2010 oil-rig spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the films will be shown at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring.
Musical performances include concerts by Joe Uehlein, Magpie and Aztec Sun, as well as a May 30 Labor Jazz Showcase.
A full schedule of LaborFest events is available at http://www.dclabor.org/dc-laborfest.html.
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