Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers, Washington Wizard Etan Thomas and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles may come from diverse disciplines, but they’ll unite for the Next Generation Awareness Foundation’s fourth annual Film & Discussion Series, part of the 2007 Urban Film Series Tour. For the next five days, the series will offer Washingtonians a host of film events and festivities organized around the theme “We Remember” in honor of Black History Month. The activities begin tonight at Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St. NW) with movie screenings and discussions with filmmakers. Selections include “July ‘64,” about the 1964 race riots in Rochester, N.Y., and “Denis A. Charles: An Interrupted Conversation,”about the avant-garde jazz musician’s life. Tomorrow, Mr. Ayers will receive an NGAF award, and Mr. Thomas and other celebrity slam poets will perform at Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St. NW). For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit www.urbanfilmseries.com or call 202/409-7240.
— Jenny Mayo