Washington's source for compelling television and inspiring classical music. Donate Online
Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of cinematic, poetic and turkey-rific events right in your own backyard!
Shake it, Butterball!
After you’ve feasted like a Pilgrim, it’s hard not to feel sluggish. Get your energy back by putting on your dancing shoes and heading over to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos. Self-conscious about your two left feet? Gottaswing will host free dance lessons at 5pm, giving you a whole hour to shape up before the performance begins.
The Kennedy Center 2700 F Street NW Washington, DC
There’s nothing like a great meal followed by a great movie!
You already took a gamble on the dinner table seating arrangement at Thanksgiving; why take a gamble on your movie choice for the evening? Stuff yourself, get into the car, and then plop down for a cinematic classic, with THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE GODFATHER, both playing at the AFI Silver Theater. You’ll get all of your guests out of the house and into a state-of-the-art theater designed by renowned architect John Eberson in 1938.
The Godfather: Friday, 4pm; Saturday, 4pm; Sunday, 8pm
Wizard of Oz: Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 11 am & 7:30pm; Saturday, 11am & 10:15pm; Sunday, 10:45am
AFI Silver Theatre 8633 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD
Cost: All tickets $11.50 unless otherwise noted.
The Tragic Ending of Edgar Allan Poe
If the cheer and wholesomeness of Thanksgiving is too much to bear, hit up the last weekend of Centerstage’s THE COMPLETELY FICTONAL-UTTERLY TRUE-FINAL STRANGE TALE OF EDGAR ALLEN POE. This full-stage production, directed by Curt Columbus and starring local actor Bruce Nelson, explores Poe’s final days in Baltimore before his mysterious death. At the very least, the play will probably make you feel better about your own family drama!
Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, 2pm & 7:30pm
Centerstage: State Theater of Maryland 700 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD
Cost: Starting at $15; prices vary
Films opening Wednesday:
Rise of the Guardians (PG)
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.
Red Dawn (PG-13)
In RED DAWN, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.
Life of Pi
Yann Martel’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel, LIFE OF PI, has made it to the big screen in a new film directed by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The story follows Pi, a teenage boy who finds himself trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. His quest for survival turns from the physical to the spiritual.
Films opening Friday:
HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins), and his wife and partner, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie PSYCHO. Directed by Sacha Gervasi (ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL),Hitchcock also stars Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Jessica Biel.
Luis Buñuel's late-period masterpiece, TRISTANA is a study of power shifts in an obsessive relationship. Re-teaming Buñuel and Catherine Deneuve soon after their memorable collaboration in BELLE DE JOUR, TRISTANA co-stars frequent Buñuel alter ego Fernando Rey (VIRIDIANA, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE). Rey plays Don Lope, a mephistophelean, anti-clerical socialist and outmoded master of social graces, who seduces his innocent and beautiful young ward Tristana (Deneuve), becoming her lover/father figure. She eventually leaves him for a handsome young artist (played by Italian heartthrob Franco Nero), but returns in the end for revenge, having changed from naïve waif to hardened cynic. For many years the film only existed in sadly-faded prints; now digitally restored, it can be seen in its full glory.
DYING CITY at Signature Theatre closes Sunday evening: