April 2012

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WETA Around Town Highlights | April 28 - 29, 2012

 

The 15th Annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Teas and the Arts takes place Saturday from 10am – 4pm in Laurel, Maryland.  This festival for all ages brings together live music, colonial history, and art into one free delicious event.   While you are there, make sure to take advantage of the Montpelier Mansion tour and the unique opportunity to visit artists in their studios. 

For more info: Tel.: (301)377-7817

TTY: (301) 699-2544

 

 

Attention Tango lovers!  Arlington’s Artisphere presents Argentine singer and guitarist María Volonté with blues harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer and Argentine folk-rock star Mavi Diaz for a night of tango passion and blues soul.  Saturday at 8pm.  Tickets: $15 in advance / $18 at the door.   For more info: www.artisphere.com or www.panamsymphony.org

 

 

 

The popular gargoyle tours at Washington National Cathedral return this Sunday at 2pm for the first time since the August 2011 earthquake.  Bring your binoculars and cameras for a guided outdoor tour of the 100+ gargoyles and grotesques that are carved into the Cathedral’s façade.  Reservations are recommended: www.nationalcathedral.org

 

 

 

For the young and young at heart, the Target Gallery in Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory has an exhibition that is bound to amuse you.  PUSH  PULL PLAY focuses on toy inspired art – from interactive works to graphic representations -- juried by Prescott Trudeau from New York’s Children’s Museum of the Arts    The show, which  closes May 13, is presented in participation with MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts 2012. 

For more info: www.torpedofactory.org/target

 

 

LIKE • COMMENT • SHARE welcomes social media into the American University Museum.  18 graduate students enrolled in the AU’s Curatorial Practice course have selected artists with significant online presence.  You are invited to take a picture, “like” the exhibition or tweet a response using the hashtag #LikeArt.  The show runs through May 20 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. 

For more info: http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/

 

 

Films Opening Today:

The Five-Year Engagement                (R; 124 min)

Safe                                                     (R; 95 min)

The Raven                                           (R; 110 mins)

Pirates! Band of Misfits                      (PG; 90 mins)

Sound of My Voice                            (R; 85 min)

Darling Companion                             (PG-13; 103 min)

We Have a Pope                                 (Not Rated; 106 min)

 

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WETA Wednesday | New WETA Around Town Segments

Happy WETA Wednesday, everyone! This week we have two new WETA Around Town segments to share with you paired with a little background as to why our producer Rebecca chose them as discussion topics. 

 
Crown of Shadows: the wake of odysseus at Round House Theatre – Bethesda
 
"There are a lot of factors that go into selecting a topic to cover.  For theater productions, many times it boils down to the following: when is the press preview, how long is the show running and of course, is it something that our audience would be interested in."
 
"Sometimes the stars align...or in our case, a show opens to press right before a taping.  Both Jane and Trey were able to attend a performance before our April 19th taping and the show's run through May 6 gave me enough time to acquire footage of the play (which we call b-roll) and get the piece edited for broadcast and web.  We may not get to cover Round House Theatre very often, but I was happy that we were able to do so this month."
 
 
 
Follow Me: the Yoni Netanyahu Story at Avalon Theatre 
 
"I was contacted by the publicist for this documentary and thought it sounded like a film WETA Television's audience might be interested in learning more about.  The filmmakers are from the Washington DC area, so a chance to spotlight a film from local filmmakers is always a "pro" in my book.  In addition, the film's release date of May 4 and the fact that my Tim and Travis were able to screen the film prior to our April 19th taping made it a perfect topic for WETA Around Town."
 
 
 
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WETA Around Town Highlights | April 21 - 22, 2012

 

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Here are the WETA Around Town highlights for Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22:

 

On Saturday at 10:30am, the Anacostia Community Museum invites you to bring or wear your favorite clothing, headgear, tie or other textile and share their history for a discussion about What’s in Your Closet? with collections manager Josh Gorman.  He is joined by The Textile Museum’s Tom Goehner, curator of education, and Maria Fusco, associate conservator for collections, who will discuss their collections and share how they care for and preserve a variety of textiles.

 

The Third Biennial Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit opens on Saturday.  At 4pm, curator Laura Roulet and participating artists will lead a tour of the exhibit.  The tour meets at the corner of New Hampshire Ave & I Street, NW. 

Want a chance to become part of an art exhibit?  From 3 to 6pm, Artist Linda Hesh invites you to sit on the bench of your choice at 800 New Hampshire Ave.  The artist will photograph you and caption your portrait with what you trust (or doubt) for an online gallery. 

“Sculpting Outside the Lines” will run through October 20, 2012.

 

 

Reminder: Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.  

Join other environmentally-conscious people on the National Mall for an afternoon of music, celebrities, renewable energy demonstrations and interactive exhibits.  Can’t make it downtown?  Find Earth Day events in your neighborhood at earthday.org

 

 

Washington DC has a vibrant melting-pot of families with international cultures.  This weekend, your kids can experience and learn about some of these cultures with the Kids World Cinema.  The free festival includes foreign short films and cultural activities designed for kids ages 6-8.

Saturday, April 21 at 2pm - Mexican and Japanese culture –Held at the Mexican Cultural Institute (2829 16th Street, NW) For info and reservations, call 202-728-1670 or RSVP@instituteofmexicodc.org

Sunday, April 22 at 2pm - Korean and Spanish culture .  Held at the Korean Cultural Center, Embassy of the Republic of Korea (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington DC)

Reservations Required, call 202-587-6168 or register online: http://www.dynamic-korea.com/culture/view_culture.php?main=EVT&sub=&uid=...

 

 

Culminating a 47-year career in Washington’s choral universe, conductor Norman Scribner appears for the final time on the stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a performance of Brahms’ A German Requiem by The Choral Arts Society of Washington and the National Symphony Orchestra.  Sunday, April 22 at 4pm.  For tickets: 202-785-9727 and www.wpas.org

 

 

Photo credits: Laura Roulet; Earth Day Network; IMCINE; WPAS