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April 08, 2004|By Lori Sears

`African-American Family Celebration'

It's been a tradition for more than 100 years: Washington-area African-American families visit the Smithsonian's National Zoo each Easter Monday. And in the past few years, the zoo has recognized this with its annual "African-American Family Celebration." This year, the event takes place Monday and is open to the public. The highlight will be activities spotlighting the African animals at the zoo, including the hippos, cheetahs and Western lowland gorillas. All visitors can enjoy Easter-egg hunts, live jazz and gospel music, storytelling, dance performances, African drumming, animal demonstrations, a food bazaar and more.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington. Free. Call 202-673-4821.

Philadelphia Film Festival

Film fans will want to make their way to Philly for the Philadelphia Film Festival, which kicks off today and runs through April 21. Nearly 250 films from 43 countries will be presented at several Philadelphia venues. The 13th annual festival offers numerous panel discussions with filmmakers and critics, award presentations, parties, galas and more.

Hot films this year include the con-artist drama Shade, starring Gabriel Byrne and Jamie Foxx; Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock's Sundance Award-winning documentary on Americans' obesity problem; and Saved!, a satirical film on religion, starring Macaulay Culkin and Mandy Moore.

The Philadelphia Film Festival runs today through April 21 at five Philly venues - the Ritz East, Prince Music Theater, Gershman Y, the Bridge: Cinema de Lux and the International House. Single tickets are $9; $7 for shows before 4 p.m. Other packages are available, including opening night show with party ($40), closing night show with party ($30), all-access badges ($200) and more. For complete listing of films, visit www.phillyfests .com/pff or call 267-765-9700.

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