NYC & DC: Pretend you're in Hungary

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— Courtesy of Extremely Hungary
Still life on table (1934), Lajos Valda, private collection

Get a taste of Hungarian culture by attending The Extremely Hungary festival, with events taking place all year long in New York City and Washington, D.C. Highlights include—improbably—a mustache competition at a Brooklyn beer garden.

New York

This weekend, break into a grin by watching often satirical and startling short art films by Hungarian and Hungarian-Americans at Manhattan's Janos Gat Gallery (March 6–7, 6–8 p.m., free).

You can also enter to win a trip for two to the Hungarian capital of Budapest by participating in a culturally appropriate competition: a mustache-growing contest. Submit a photo of a freshly shaven face. Then on April 16, show up with an expertly coiffed 'stache at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for judging. Notably, the contest is open to men and women.

D.C.

Between March 17 and April 19, American University Museum will exhibit paintings, drawings, and collages by Lajos Vajda, one of the most famous Hungarian artists of the twentieth century, alongside contemporary photos and videos inspired by his work (free).

Visit extremelyhungary.org for the full schedule.

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