Monday, June 09, 2014

Shadow of a Doubt - June 2014

The Monthly Calendar of the National Capital Area Skeptics
  • June 21 Special Event: "An Honest Liar"
    Maryland Premiere of documentary film about
    James "The Amazing" Randi
  • NCAS officers selected
  • Amazon Smile
  • Shadow Light
  • Jun 11 Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!
  • Skeptic Line Number
  • Time to Renew?
NCAS Special Event

Maryland Premiere: "An Honest Liar"
A documentary film about James "The Amazing" Randi

Saturday, June 21, 9:30pm

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

8633 Colesville Road

Silver Spring, MD [map] [directions]

(Silver Spring Metro station)

AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor. A master deceiver who came out of the closet at the age of 81, Randi created fictional characters, fake psychics, and even turned his partner of 25 years, the artist Jose Alvarez, into a sham guru named Carlos. But when a shocking revelation in Randi’s personal life is discovered, it isn’t clear whether Randi is still the deceiver – or the deceived.

James Randi

"Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein turn a standard bio-doc about an extraordinary man into a rumination on the blurred line between trickery and truth."

– Ariel Teplitsky, Toronto Star

Watch the film trailer:

The film is screening at the AFI DOCS documentary festival.  

Tickets are available for purchase directly from AFI Silver:
Note: AFI Silver advises, "Arrive early. If you are not in your seat 15 minutes before the show, we may sell it to another guest from the standby line."

Please join us for dinner at 7:30 pm at nearby McGinty's Irish Public House and Restaurant, 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring.

NCAS Officers Selected
At its May 20 meeting, the NCAS board of directors selected its officers, who are: Walter F. Rowe, president; J. D. Mack, vice president; Marv Zelkowitz, secretary; and Beth Kingsley, treasurer.

In October 2013, Amazon launched the AmazonSmile Foundation, which allows customers to support their favorite charitable organizations when shopping at, at no added cost.  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the customer's designated 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. NCAS has registered as a participating organization. Please consider designating NCAS as your supported charity when shopping at

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Shadow Light
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Drinking Skeptically in MD and VA!

On Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m., please join fellow NCASers at either of our simultaneous DC-area Drinking Skepticallyevents:
                                    Skeptically Bottle Cap LogoBack to Usual Location: Jackie's Sidebar
8081 Georgia Avenue (entrance on Sligo Avenue) in Silver Spring, MD

 The Front Page Arlington
 Rear patio / National Science Foundation atrium
 4201 Wilson Blvd (across from Ballston Common Mall) Arlington, VA
                             (703) 248-9990

The February 2011 issue of Washingtonian magazine features the Sidebar on its cover, for a story on the best bars in the DC area.  (And you'll find the area's best hot dogs there, according to the June 2012 issue.)

Drinking Skeptically is an informal social event designed to promote fellowship and networking among skeptics, critical-thinkers, and like-minded individuals. There's no cover charge and all are welcome. Don't drink? Don't let that stop you from joining us! Some of the world's most famous skeptics are teetotalers, and we are happy to have you! Remember that drinking skeptically means drinking responsibly. If there's one thing science has taught us, it's the effects of alcohol on the human body.

Skeptic Line Number
As of March 2013, NCAS has switched telephone numbers, from 301-587-3827 to 240-670-NCAS (6227).

Time to Renew?
Be sure to check your renewal date above your postal address on the Shadow Light postcard. Send any queries to  Use theonline membership form to renew.