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Another Schumer for Washington to View

Sen. Schumer makes a cameo in some of the publicity material for "Trainwreck." (Screenshot)

This could be a first for Washington: When someone refers to "Schumer," it may now require clarification. The senator or the comedian?  

With the Friday opening of the Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck," the aspiring Senate Democratic leader, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, might find himself eclipsed by his cousin, who stars, wrote and produced the Judd Apatow flick. Why? Well, to start with, it's hilarious. The movie, that is. The story of a hard-partying journalist (somewhat of a redundancy, yes) who falls for a nice-guy sports doctor played by Bill Hader is a raunchy romp that follows well in the footsteps of other New York comedies of manners, substance abuse and sex such as "Manhattan," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sex and the City."  

Among the People at Canal Park Movie Series

Lewis helped lead events that led to the movie "Selma." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Riverfront's increasingly busy pace of life is bringing back its summertime complement of outdoor movies at Canal Park on Thursday nights, a cinematic interlude between the baseball game and the Metro, or for nearby residents, another backyard night-time activity option.  

So if after the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game  Thursday you are walking home and you see people crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge around 200 M St. SE, pull up and find a place under the stars to watch "Selma," the story of civil rights marchers led by, among others, future Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Martin Luther King Jr. The series got off to a soggy start on June 4, with a scheduled screening of "Back to the Future," but Washington's Seattle/London-like weather put a bit of a spoiler on things. (Then again, maybe folks turned out to see if there would be some lightning to power up Doc Brown's DeLorean.)  

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D.C. Outdoor Movie Season Kicks Off
There Be Dragons — and Horses

Take in a Black Eyed Susan on Preakness Day! (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Start off the week with a rock-star historian and end it with the spectacle of dragons gliding down the Potomac River. In between, mix with a little splash of ginger and take in the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Wright Stuff David McCullough reads from his new book, "The Wright Brothers" at Sixth & I Monday at 7 p.m. The celebrated biographer of such political heavyweights as Harry S. Truman and John Adams chronicles the story of Orville and Wilbur, who pioneered aviation as we know it. Wonder how they'd feel about cellphones in airline cabins now. Ticketed event. Thirty bucks gets you a book and a seat. Go to the Politics and Prose website for purchase.  

Summertime New Belgium Brewing and Girls Pint Out team up to drink up at Roofers Union Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The occasion is the release of New Belgium's Pear Ginger Beer, and to encourage beer cocktails, hanging out and noshing. It'll take place in a dozen U.S. cities, from Portland, Ore., to Tucson, Ariz., to our fair city.  

Senate Leaders Are Sports Throwbacks

Columnist George Will, left, Reid and Bryce Harper hang out at Nationals Park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A couple of generations ago, America's top sports were baseball, horse racing and boxing. Times change, but the Senate's top two leaders love to kick it old school.  

Look no further than the upcoming Friday, when the chamber won't be in session, providing valuable travel and hang-out time in Kentucky and Nevada for two marquee events. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., are avowed Washington Nationals fans and support the home baseball team here in the District.  

Guest-List App IDs D.C.'s A-List Venues

D.C. loves itself a party. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Of course there's an app for checking in to a guest list, and for those heading to the MSNBC after party on Saturday after the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, you'll be checked in using zkipster.  

Now that we're on the countdown to Saturday's goat rodeo, zkipster released a list of what it considers the top venues in D.C. to "witness political and social power." Drumroll, please.

What to See and Do in Selma

The city of Selma prepares for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SELMA, Ala., — Every year, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., makes a pilgrimage here to walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, tracing the fateful steps he took on March 7, 1965, when he and others marching in favor of voting rights were savagely beaten by state troopers and thugs.  

Friends, activists and fellow members of Congress have frequently joined him over the years, but not in the numbers expected for the upcoming 50th anniversary, when about 100 of his colleagues and President Barack Obama are expected to help him mark the half-century mark since "Bloody Sunday." If you're heading there yourself, here are a few things to check out, including places where the Selma to Montgomery March was planned, as well as a great spot for a proper Southern breakfast. Photographer Spider Martin's images of "Bloody Sunday" and the subsequent march to Montgomery are the ones most often burned into our consciousness. Lewis and Hosea Williams facing troopers just before the billy clubs and tear gas were unleashed, Martin Luther King Jr. leading the march across treacherous territory.