August 2012

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WETA Labor Day Marathon: Finding Your Roots


Join Henry Louis Gates Jr. for a day of discovering heritage as we bring you the Finding Your Roots Labor Day Marathon, September 3 on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD with 10 back-to-back episodes starting at 7:00am.  Take a journey with him as he visits with celebrities and reveals deep secrets of their true ancestral history.  With the help of old family stories and DNA experts, Gates makes some surprising discoveries about his guests’ heritage.  At times the results are so unbelievable, they leave celebrity guests stunned.  Be apart of this quest for the answers to the million dollar question; “Who am I” and find that beneath the skin lies a million family secrets. 

Check out these air times and this Labor Day on September 3, see which of your favorite celebrities join in on the quest for their ancestry.

Episode 1: Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, 7:00a

Episode 2: Cory Booker and John Lewis, 8:00a

Episode 3: Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada, 9:00a

Episode 4: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, 10:00a

Episode 5: Angela Buchdahl, Rick Warren, and Yasir Qadhi, 11:00a

Episode 6: Robert Downey, Jr., Maggie Gyllenhaal, 12:00p

Episode 7: Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Ruth Simmons, 1:00p

Episode 8: Sanjay Gupta, Margaret Cho, and Martha Stewart, 2:00p

Episode 9: John Legend, Wanda Sykes, and Margarett Cooper, 3:00p

Episode 10: Michelle Rodriguez, Adrian Grenier, and Linda Chavez, 4:00p

Finding Your Roots - Labor Day Marathon


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WETA Fall Movie Festival: September 1, 2012


Although summer’s almost over, you can still keep watching award winning films and documentaries with the WETA Fall Movie Festival. Tune in every Saturday night to catch some of the finest feature films, as well as documentaries from Emmy award winning PBS programs like American Masters, Independent Lens, and POV. Experience the excitement of a film festival from the comfort of your own living room with the WETA Fall Movie Festival on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


Although the United States prides itself on representing ideals of freedom and opportunity, many Americans are denied basic rights based on their origins and past mistakes. For some, simple joys and privileges turn out to be an unattainable commodity. The night begins with Walter Wanger’s Academy Award winning film noir I Want to Live, which tells the story of Barbara Graham, a California woman who is sentenced to death after she gets on the wrong side of the law. Next, Independent Lens Lost Souls tells a story of Mexican American deportation and its effect on a Southern California family. Saturday’s films focus on two very different stories that share a common theme of suddenly being denied the life promised by our society’s founding principles of free will and pursuit of happiness.


Denied Life

They say we are defined by the company we keep.  This expression holds true to the story of Barbara Graham and her 1955 execution after being convicted for murder.  Tomorrow night at 9:30 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, join us as we present the 1958 Hollywood classic, I Want To Live! which tells the story of Graham’s infamous conviction and execution in California. 

Barbara Graham has chosen a life of wild partying and befriends ex-convicts and drug dealers.  Mixing with such troublemakers gains her a record filled with several charges.  After serving time for perjury, Graham decides a new start is in order.  She attempts to settle down and start a family.  But she is unable to escape her old ways as money, drugs, and partying reel her back into the criminal life style.  Graham, reconnecting with her thuggish friends, soon becomes involved with the killing of a widow and is promptly convicted for murder and sentenced to death by gas despite her tales of innocence.

Graham’s shameless criminal acts reaped temporary benefits and glory but placed an eternal black mark on her name.  Denied one last chance at life, she is forced to nervously wait at death’s door as the gas chamber is powered up with witnesses and officials looking on behind a glass window. 

I Want to Live (1958) trailer


Lost Souls

For many Mexican Americans living in the United States, the American dream of freedom and opportunity is often overshadowed by the potential threat of deportation. Independent Lens Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) explores the devastating effects of immigrant deportation on a Mexican-American family living in San Diego, California. After growing up in the United States and serving ample time in the military, deportation to their home country of Mexico was the last thing that Mexican American brothers Gino and Augie expected from the federal government. Shortly after their deportation, Gino passed from a heroin overdose while Augie continued to live in Mexico with a crippling drug addiction. Lost Souls not only depicts Augie’s plight but explores the suffering of his family, who was deprived both a husband and a father. The documentary provides a profound portrait of loss and illuminates the effects of foreign policy on notions of family, home, and opportunity. Watch Lost Souls tomorrow night at 11:30 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Independent Lens | LOST SOULS (ANIMAS PERDIDAS) | ...


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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on WETA!


It’s a new generation of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe with the brand-new kids program  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premiering on WETA Kids September 3, 2012! Inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger is a 4-year old who invites preschoolers ages 2-4 and their 

families into his world and his everyday adventures to learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning. Head over to to meet Daniel and the gang, play games, print fun coloring templates, and watch videos from the new show. You can even watch the full episode “Daniel’s Birthday”! PBS Parents has a host of information, activities, and videos for parents and care-takers to learn more about the series. 


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

WETA Kids (Antenna 26.3, Cox 801, Comcast 266, FiOS 472, RCN 38)

-    Premieres Monday September 3, 2012 at 11:00am

-    Airs Mondays – Fridays at 11:00am & 5:30pm

-    Every episode from the week airs back-to-back on Saturdays from 12:30pm – 3:00pm


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

WETA TV26 (Antenna 26.4, Cox 26 & 802, Comcast 26 & 267, FiOS 26 & 471, Dish 8076, RCN 26)

-     Premieres Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 10:30am.

-     Airs Mondays – Fridays at 10:30am


*Wild Kratts now airs Mondays – Fridays at 5:00pm and every episode from the week airs back-to-back on Saturdays 5:30pm – 8:00pm.*


To learn more about the educational value of the series and how it came to be, read the below conversation with the series’ Executive Producers, Kevin Morrison, Chief Operating Officer of The Fred Rogers Company, and Angela C. Santomero, Co-Founder of Out of the Blue Enterprises.

Q.        After so long, why return to Mister Rogers’ beloved neighborhood now?

K.M.    A few years ago, The Fred Rogers Company set out to produce a new series for a new generation of children.  We developed a number of different program ideas, but Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, based on characters familiar to generations of children, was always everybody’s favorite.  Although the series uses the latest production techniques and looks beautiful, its essence is based on Fred Rogers’ timeless techniques.  In addition, PBS approached us to work on a new series focused on helping young children with the little life lessons they need to be successful when they arrive at preschool, and throughout their lives.


Q.        What made Fred Rogers a pioneer in children’s entertainment?  How is his trademark approach evident in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?

A.S.     Fred Rogers has been both an inspiration and a major career influence for me.  In effect, he created a blueprint for children’s television that works.  And, with this new show, we embraced the great level of respect that Fred had for children, the way he communicated with them, his gentler pace and his “interactive” inclusion of his young “neighbors” at home.

K.M.    Fred was a pioneer in the way he used the camera.  In the 50s and 60s, children’s presenters were addressing an audience.  When Fred spoke, there was no doubt that he was talking just to you.  At that time, this was revolutionary.


Q.        Are there elements of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?  How is the new series fresh and different?

A.S.     There are nostalgic nods of “love” to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood throughout each episode of the new show.  The characters are the children of the beloved puppets from Fred’s Neighborhood of Make-Believe and our series star, Daniel Tiger, is the son of Daniel Striped Tiger, Fred’s first puppet.  Like Fred, Daniel wears a red sweater and sneakers and speaks directly to preschoolers to include them in his day.  Fred’s music can be heard, in some cases as cover songs, and in others as inspiration for new musical strategies.

K.M.    That being said, this is a brand-new series with a very different look and feel.  It’s animated instead of live-action and focuses on the adventures of a 4-year-old and his friends in an exciting and very different Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Q.        How have Fred Rogers’ groundbreaking concepts been updated to appeal to a whole new generation of young viewers and their parents?

A.S.     Fred’s curriculum is timeless.  But our approach to his curriculum was planned with today’s preschoolers in mind because we wanted to make sure that we were reaching them most effectively in terms of appeal and learning.


Q.        Why choose animation instead of live action?

A .S.    We animated Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to put a unique spin on the “neighborhood” with this new series.  Plus, animation gives us powerful tools for storytelling and allows us to make our stories visual – for example, we can let viewers peek inside Daniel’s colorful imagination.

K.M.    We considered live action but since there’s no way that we could ever have found a replacement for Fred, we decided that the best way to bring his legacy to life for today’s young viewers was to animate the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. 


Q.        How did you develop the characters for the show?

A.S.     Although the characters were initially based on the puppets in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, our goal was to give them a multi-dimensional feel so they’re true to the personalities of preschoolers.

K.M.    We want children to feel that they’re friends with the characters – and hopefully aspire to be like them so they are engaged and learning the strategies right alongside Daniel and his cohorts.


Q.        What role does music play in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and why do you think using song-based strategies is so effective?

A.S.     Music is an integral tool for learning in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  Our musical strategies are unique and catchy.  Parents and children will be singing them all day long!  For preschool viewers, music propels the curriculum forward, ensuring that they truly understand why a particular strategy was needed and how it helped our characters. 

K.M.    And couching a key strategy in an easy-to-remember song makes it very simple for parents to help their children incorporate that new skill into their daily lives.


Q.        What was PBS’ role in developing Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?

K.M.    Developing a series for PBS KIDS is a very creative, collaborative process. We’ve worked closely with the PBS team to bring Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to life.  And PBS’ approach goes beyond television – we’re also working closely with the PBS KIDS team and our partners at Schell Games and CloudKid to develop an engaging website and mobile app to reinforce the series’ curriculum.

Q.        Recent research shows that early development of solid social and emotional skills leads to success later in life.  How did this help inform the creation of the show?

A.S.     Pro-social values have been shown by numerous studies to be imperative to later social and academic success for children.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood helps hone the skills that prepare young viewers to be optimal learners in kindergarten and beyond.  Encouraging children’s self-confidence, combined with the ability to regulate their impulses and appreciate adult guidance, gives them the solid foundation they need going forward.


Q.       How can Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood be a useful tool for parents and preschoolers beyond the television screen?

A.S.     Moms and dads who have previewed the show have called it “A user’s guide for today’s parent.”  We’re finding that parents and caregivers are writing down our strategies and using them when they need to encourage their kids to be patient, when they’re nervous about a new experience or when they’re disappointed.  We hope to have a useful strategy for every situation a parent could find themselves in!



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WETA Around Town Events for Labor Day Weekend August 31 – September 3, 2012



Support new work by local, regional and national playwrights by attending the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage event this weekend.   The 11th annual new play festival will keep you entertained with a jam-packed series of free readings and open rehearsals.  From the family friendly comedy to murderous thrillers, these new works will whet your theatrical appetite.  No tickets are required, but seating is first-come, first-served. 

Can’t decide which events to attend? WETA Around Town has a few suggestions:

Always wondered how Synetic Theater’s actors move the way they do? Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili will be leading a demonstration of their training techniques.  Saturday at 4pm, Millenium Stage North

Check out new songs for new musicals commissioned by Signature Theatre. Monday at 6pm, Millennium Stage South

Short attention span? Be sure to attend the DC Area Playwrights Group’s The Seven-Ten Split, where seven playwrights perform their own 10-minute plays.  Monday at 8pm, Terrace Theater.

Saturday, September 1, 1pm-10pm; Sunday, September 2, 6pm-7pm; Monday, September 3, 1pm-10pm.  Venues throughout the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  Free.


Grease Sing-A-Long

Summer days may be drifting away, but relive those summer nights at the AFI Silver’s Grease Sing-A-Long.  The popular 1978 film returns to the Silver screen in an interactive sing-a-long edition with animated subtitles for your singing pleasure. 

Saturday, September 1 at 7pm.  AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Grease (1978) Trailer


2012 Trawick Prize Group Exhibition

Works by eight artists from DC, Maryland and Virginia will be on view at Bethesda’s Gallery B starting Saturday, September 1.  The group exhibition features the finalists for The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards.  The Trawick Prize is one of the first regional competitions and largest prizes to annually honor visual artists.   Award-winners will be announced on Thursday, September 5. 

September 1 – September 29, Gallery B in Bethesda, Maryland.

2012 Trawick Prize Finalists:

Lillian Bayley Hoover, Baltimore, MD

David D’Orio, Mt. Rainier, MD

Skye Gilkerson, Baltimore, MD

Dean Kessmann, Washington, D.C.

Nate Larson, Baltimore, MD

Joshua Wade Smith, Baltimore, MD

Diane Szczepaniak, Potomac, MD

Hannah Walsh, Richmond, VA



New Films Opening Friday, August 31

The Possession (PG-13)

The box is real, its curse is legendary.  Award-winning Ole Bornedal directs the tale of the horrific nightmare unleashed on one family who unwittingly brings a cursed box into their home. The real-life box gained notoriety in 2004 when it sold on eBay after causing inexplicable bad fortune to its owners which were attributed to a dibbuk - a malevolent spirit of Jewish folklore trapped in the haunted box. Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick


Sleepwalk With Me (NR)

Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his semi-autobiographical story—already an off-Broadway smash and a best-selling book—to the screen as writer/director/star in his cinematic debut. Occasionally commenting ruefully on the action, Birbiglia plays alter-ego Matt Pandamiglio, a struggling stand-up comedian avoiding commitment with his long-time girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose, "Six Feet Under") who is becoming impatient. Unable to confront his anxieties, Matt finds them manifesting in ridiculous, dangerous and surreal bouts of sleepwalking in which his sub-conscious runs wild. With the help of a doubtful talent agent he goes on the road to little colleges and dive bars, where his material bombs until he stumbles into some revealing jokes about his relationship. Co-starring Carol Kane and James Rebhorn, with cameos by members of today's stand-up scene. Co-written and produced by Ira Glass ("This American Life"). 


For A Good Time, Call… (R)

In the comedy For a Good Time, Call..., director Jamie Travis' feature film debut, the reserved Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) and the irrepressible Katie (Ari Graynor) are polar opposites... and past enemies. But when both come up short on the funds needed to afford their dream New York City apartment, a mutual friend (Justin Long) re-introduces them and they reluctantly agree to room together. These apartment-mates have nothing in common—until Lauren discovers that Katie is working as a phone-sex operator, and recognizes a good business opportunity. But as their business partnership takes off, their newfound friendship finds unexpected challenges that may leave them both, as they say, hanging on the telephone.



Credit: Page-to-Stage Photos by Carol Pratt


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DC Marathon

WETA TV26 and WETA HD bring you the DC Marathon, three hours of original programming about DC’s rich history and most revered institutions. All created by WETA’s Emmy Award winning Production department, these documentaries provide a fresh insight into the heritage and inner workings of our nation’s capital. Even native Washingtonians and the most avid history buffs will learn something new about their capital city.


Washington in the 60s

Step into the WETA time machine and journey back to the nation’s capital during the 1960s, a time of immense social and political change that transformed Washington from a sleepy Southern town to a world-class city. Beginning at 3:00pm, Washington in the 60s explores the decade that changed DC forever. Narrated by native Washingtonian and prominent news host Connie Chung, this documentary explores events such as the election of John F. Kennedy, the 1968 King riots, and reactions to the Vietnam War. Told from the perspectives of those who were actually there, Washington in the 60s contains interviews from prominent DC figures such as former Mayor Marion Barry, author Pat Buchanan, and the late musician Chuck Brown. Watch today at 3:00pm and Thursday at 4:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Washington in the 60s


Washington in the 70s

If you’re craving more DC history, stay tuned for WETA special Washington in the 70s at 4:00pm. Narrated by veteran news journalist Bernard Shaw, this documentary picks up from where Washington in the 60s left off and continues to follow DC’s emergence as a hotbed of political and social activity. Washington in the 70s explores events such as the election of DC’s first congressional candidate, Chuck Brown’s rise to fame, and the Washington Bullets’ first championship win. Featuring interviews from local DC celebrities like Donnie Simpson and Maury Povich, this documentary provides new insight into this integral period in Washington’s history. Watch today at 4:00pm and Thursday at 5:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Washington in the '70s


WETA All Access: National Cathedral

After you’ve taken a refresher course on DC’s rich history, take a closer look at two of DC’s most revered institutions with WETA All Access. With WETA All Access: National Cathedral learn more about the history and inner workings of the Washington National Cathedral. The sixth largest Cathedral in the world, the National Cathedral is known for its imposing gothic architecture and its myriad of traditions. Take a tour of the Olmsted designed Bishop’s Garden. Climb to the top of the National Cathedral with the Head Stone Mason. Or experience October’s Holy Blessing of the Pets. Watch today at 5:00pm and Thursday at 3:00pm to learn more about the National Cathedral’s customs and traditions.

WETA All Access: Washington National Cathedral


WETA All Access: FBI Academy

Take a privileged look into one of Washington’s most secretive and prestigious institutions: The Federal Bureau of Investigation. WETA All Acccess: FBI Academy follows 2007’s incoming class of FBI candidates as they undergo training at the base of the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. Experience the rigorous and exhausting training all FBI prospects must complete if they plan to serve in the nation’s most respected law enforcement agency. Follow these prospective agents as they learn how to drive cars at high speeds, shoot guns, and learn to conduct interviews. Tune in today at 5:30pm and Thursday at 3:30pm to see a behind the scenes look at the FBI!


The WETA Guide to Unusual Attractions

Tired of visiting museums and monuments? Take a walk off the beaten path and a take a grand tour of DC's wildest places with The WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions. A behind-the-scenes look at some of the city's most eccentric and intriguing locales, Unusual Attractions pays homage to DC's more playful side. Admire the stone work of a Darth Vader gargoyle on the Washington National Cathedral Gargoyle Tour. Gaze in awe at The Big Chair in Anacostia, one of the world's largest chairs. Or squint to see some of the world's tinest trees at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the National Arboretum. Tune in Thursday at 2:00pm to learn more about DC’s weirdest spots!


The WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions

Can't get enough of DC's quirkiness? Stay tuned for The WETA Guide to More Unusual Attractions. Continuing where Unusual Attractions left off, this Emmy-Award winning production takes you to all the DC area's weird, unforgettable places. Travel back to prehistoric ages and pet a Triceratops at Dinosaur Land. Visit Lincoln’s Cottage, and learn more about the president’s private and family life. Or reach out with The Awakening sculpture at National Harbor. Watch More Unusual Attractions on Thursday at 2:30pm to see a side of DC you’ve never seen before!


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Coming to WETA UK | September Schedule

Tune in to the new fall season of WETA UK! We have a lot in store for you so without further ado, let us begin sharing The September Guide to WETA UK!

DOWNLOAD OUR WETA UK SEPTEMBER 2012 SCHEDULE HERE and check back with the Programmer’s Choice blog every Monday for a detailed WETA UK schedule for the week.


WETA UK Event: I, Claudius

WETA is proud to announce the induction of The WETA UK Event, a hand-crafted televisual experience just for our WETA UK audience. This month, we’re giving you The WETA UK Event: I, Claudius. The entire series will air over four consecutive Saturdays in September. Beginning at 8:00pm, Saturday September 8 through September 22 catch three hours of the I, Claudius experience.

About I, Claudius

Winner of an Emmy and numerous other awards, rated one of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time” by Time magazine, and one of the most popular and acclaimed dramas in Masterpiece history, the epic 13-part 1976 BBC series, I, Claudius spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius, a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool and stay alive.

WETA UK: I, Claudius


Mondays – Fridays 7:00pm

Comedies are totally in! 7:00pm – 8:00pm is an hour of great comedy on WETA UK! Mondays through Thursdays watch Last of the Summer Wine at 7:00pm and stay tuned for more laughs at 7:30pm. Fridays catch back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin beginning at 7:00pm.

Mondays - Chef!

Tuesdays - To the Manor Born

Wednesdays – Yes, Minister

Thursdays - Keeping Up Appearances

Fridays – Doc Martin (back-to-back episodes begin 9/14/12)

WETA UK Comedies Move to 7:00!


Mondays – Thursdays 8:00pm

Beginning in September at 8:00pm, we’re excited to bring the WETA UK audience prime-time limited series.

Mondays – I, Claudius

Tuesdays – Queen’s Palaces (through 9/18/12) / Country House Revealed (begins 9/25/12)

Wednesdays – Queen and Country

Thursdays – Attenborough Collection: Life of Mammals

WETA UK | Life of Mammals


Sundays 8:00pm

New comedy alert! New comedy alert! Yes, Minister is on our airwaves in September Sundays at 8:00pm.

About Yes, Minister

Set in the corridors of power in London's Whitehall and Westminister, this comedy surrounds The Right Honorable James Hacker MP, the newly-appointed Cabinet Minister for Administrative Affairs who soon finds many of his ideas for reform openly opposed by the civil servants whose job it is to implement them. One in particular is his Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne). Their respective struggles to gain and maintain the levers of power form the basis of the series.

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We Got the Blues


With a knack for the Blues and a seat in the band “Bloodline”, Joe Bonamassa got his musical start among rock royalty. Now an international superstar and a solo artist, Bonamassa is gracing the stage at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for one night and you can watch it right here on WETA!

This legendary performance will air on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD tonight at 9:00. Don’t miss the chance to see Joe Bonamassa perform duets with iconic entertainers such as lead singer for “Bad Company” Paul Rodgers and Nashville’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient John Hiatt. With so much rock, rhythm and blues make tonight a memorable one with WETA and the pre-eminent blues-rock guitarist of his generation, Joe Bonamassa, Live from the Beacon Theatre. 

Before you catch the show, rock out with this trailer of the Beacon Theatre performance! 

Joe Bonamassa: Live From New York at the Beacon Theatre


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Complete Hustle Series 3 Episode Information

Series 3 of Hustle begins Wednesday August 29, 2012 at 10:00pm on WETA UK! As always, this series is full of action, humor, and drama. See a summary below and download our free Hustle Series 3 episode guide here! You can use the guide to catch up on missed episodes, read ahead to see what’s coming, or even to follow along as the episodes unfold.

Watch Hustle on WETA UK every Wednesday at 10:00pm!

WETA UK is available free over the air on Channel 26.2 in the DC area. On subscription services, the channel can be found on Comcast 265, Cox 800, FiOS 474 and RCN 39.

WETA UK | Hustle


Hustle Series 3 Summary

Strapped for cash after a spell in Las Vegas, the expert tricksters are confronted by some risky situations as they devise and execute more devious schemes to replenish their coffers by depriving some nasty characters of their ill-gotten gains.

Mickey poses as a hip-hop record producer when the gang pit themselves against a notorious mark with a bratty son who thinks he’s the next Eminem. But when the con goes wrong, will the gang end up paying the price?

In the high heat of summer, Danny and Mickey’s bickering over who is the best grifter is settled by an unusual challenge. Stark naked, the winner will raise the most money in the allotted time. At stake is the leadership of the group.

The team joins forces with an American con artist looking to exact revenge on some unscrupulous city bankers who ruined his grandfather. They can’t trust him either, of course.

An ardent fan of Bollywood films is a perfect target for a classic movie-investor con. This time, however, the team’s perfectionism leads to their undoing. A scam is suspected and it looks like they will have to abandon their schemes – until the victim gets amnesia.

A damaging exposé on Stacie’s closest friend leads the team to a revenge plot against a newspaper editor and his weasely reporter. Hot on the scent of ‘the royal scandal of the century’, the victims make their task simple by their lack of morals and concern for the truth.

And an ambitious cop tries to blackmail the team into helping him arrest another con artist who is planning to steal a lost Hans Christian Andersen manuscript from inside a security-tight countryhouse. The cop means to double-cross them, of course, but our heroes have no intention of succumbing to this long, bent arm of the law.



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WETA Around Town Events for August 24 – August 26, 2012

Canadian Bacon

In the midst of the 2012 presidential election, take a break from the political news updates and enjoy the free and funny film, Canadian Bacon, at the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival. It’s the last film of the summer, so grab a blanket and a lawn chair, and get ready to laugh at the satirical politics in Michael Moore’s 1995 movie about the precarious Canadian-American relations during a cold war and the hockey game brawl that started it all.

Event: Friday, August 24 at dusk (~8pm) in Gateway Park. Tickets: Free. 


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Catch the parody, politics, and populism in Studio Theatre’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson as the performances come to a close this weekend. Studio extended the show another week so everyone could see the rock star America’s seventh president really was. Check out what our Around Town panelists had to say about this rock-n-roll performance.

Event: Friday, August 24 at 8:30pm; Saturday, August 25 at 8:30pm; Sunday, August 26 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $40 - $45. 

WETA Around Town | Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson



Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

This is the Sound of Music unlike anyone has ever seen before! Audience participation is encouraged at the Wolf Trap Filene Center. Sing-a-longs, activities, and even a costume contest transform the classic film and bring it to life. So don your best nun habit and tap into your inner Julie Andrews this weekend as the hills come alive with music and family fun. Event: Saturday, August 25 at 7:15pm. Tickets: $15 - $38. 


Body Awareness

The truth comes out through the lens of a camera as Theater J presents the new comedy Body Awareness written by the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation, Annie Baker. Sexuality, identity, role modeling, and political-correctness come into question as a visiting photographer reveals hidden truths and rocks the lives of the non-traditional Vermont family of partners Phyllis and Joyce and their possibly autistic son, Jared.

Event: Saturday, August 25 at 8pm; Sunday, August 26 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $30. 


As We Grow

The newest permanent exhibition opens up this week at the National Museum of the American Indian. As We Grow: Traditions, Toys, Games gives viewers an inside look at the playthings of Native American children throughout tribes and time periods. The exhibition showcases the way in which the toys are used not only for play, but to teach the kids about the traditions of their families and their people.

Event: Permanent Exhibit. Tickets: Free.


New Films Opening Friday, August 24, 2012

The Revenant   R

A fallen soldier wakes up after being laid to rest and pals with his living best friend to take on the criminals of LA in this mixture of zombies, comedy, and vigilantes.


General Education   PG-13

In this quirky, feel-good comedy, high school senior, Levi Collins must complete summer school before his parents find out he never graduated so he can go on to college on his tennis scholarship.


Premium Rush   PG-13

Bicycle messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) must ride for his life through the streets of Manhattan when his delivery turns out to be a dangerous package someone else is trying to get their hands on.


The Apparition   PG-13

A terrifying spirit, conjured by a university parapsychology experiment, begins haunting a young couple who cannot escape its tormenting presence.


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Wondering what to do with those beautiful summer flowers in your garden? Tonight at 8:00 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, join expert floral designer and Washingtonian Sarah von Pollaro as she teaches how to create exquisite arrangements without breaking the bank. Flower Empowered with Sarah von Pollaro, one of the WETA’s latest original productions, is meant to show that working with flowers can be creative, affordable, and most importantly: fun! Passionate for floral design since a young age, Sarah has turned her love for flowers into Urban Petals, a business that not only creates arrangements for events, but also donates flowers and floral arranging classes to local non-profit organizations. She also inspires others to enjoy arranging flowers by sharing quick, easy, and seasonal ideas on her website, Read our one-on-one interview with Sarah below and be sure to watch Flower Empowered with Sarah Von Pollaro on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.


Tuesday August 21, 2012 8:00pm

Sunday August 26, 2012 7:00pm


Flower Empowered with Sarah von Pollaro


Q: When did you begin arranging flowers?

A: When I was just a child. At three years old with my grandmother. It was wonderful. She taught me all about wildflowers and we used to candy violets. I’ve always been a flower person and it’s been a big part of my life. I don’t know if I was born with it or it just happened but I love it.  


Q: What inspired you to pitch the idea for Flower Empowered to WETA?

A: I believe that people are interested in flowers and want to know what to do with them. I also love teaching and showing people the possibilities of flowers. When I speak at garden clubs and small parties, people get so excited and always want to know more. I felt that people really wanted to know this information and then I asked myself ‘Where’s the best place to go with this?” And of course, it’s public television. Knowing that people want this knowledge is what gave me the drive to take this to WETA.

I also used to do these instructional online videos every week and people would contact me and tell me ‘We love these and we watch these over and over!’ And keep in mind, these were just the one-takes I would take on my flip camera. That’s what I came from and that’s what you’ll see on my website. I knew if people liked those, then they would have to be interested in a show. I really do believe that people want this and I’m so excited about getting the word out. I also really value public television the high level of quality that’s brought to the table at WETA. It’s an honor to have a show that’s produced and aired by WETA. I wouldn’t imagine it any better. And I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.


Q: What was the most exciting part about filming the show?

A: Getting to work with everyone at WETA. Every single person I meet here is incredible.  It’s really an honor to go from filming in my kitchen by myself on a flip camera to working with camera man Ed Lee and all these wonderful people who are running around and helping me bring my vision to life. I’m still in shock. I can’t believe that this is happening and I feel like the luckiest person in the world. Everyone was so supportive and helpful and believed in it as much as I did. They all wanted to make it the best possible show it could be.


Q: What would you like for viewers to gain from watching the show?

A: I want people to know that flowers are not intimidating and that anyone on any budget can have something beautiful in their home. My main message is that: It’s fun, it’s easy, and 

it’s useful. We all have events that we need to bring flowers to. If you can do it yourself, you’re saving money and it’s another way to be creative. We all need creative outlets, especially adults. When we’re kids, we get to make something in arts and crafts every day and then mom takes it home and puts it on the fridge and you get to feel good about yourself. As adults we don’t have a lot of opportunities to be creative and have someone say ‘Wow! That looks great!’ The cool thing about flowers is that everyone looks at them and says ‘Oh they look great!’ So it’s a good feedback loop for you to feel good about yourself. We all need that. It’s a wonderful thing to learn to do.  

I also truly believe that flowers are a necessity not a luxury; they nourish the soul just as food nourishes the body.  When you have flowers in your house it brightens the entire space.  By showing people techniques, tips, and tricks to affordable floral design, I hope they will be able to enjoy flowers more often.


Q: Do you believe that flowers have a therapeutic quality? If so, why?

A: Absolutely. It’s scientifically proven that being in nature relaxes us. So when we bring flowers into our homes, we’re bringing in a little bit of nature. When we get them in our hands, it forces us to relax because the same feeling of nature that relaxes you is in your hands. It’s calming. Also, when you’re looking at the material, you’re using your visual mind in that way that we don’t when we’re typing e-mail or doing other things. You’re looking at something, you’re touching something, and you’re feeling something. This is why I feel so strongly that it’s therapeutic.  That’s why I go into women’s shelters and as many non-profits as I can where we lead the therapeutic flower parties.  I see the lights come on in these peoples’ eyes, many of whom have walked in with their heads down. You know they’re having a really tough time, you know maybe they’ve been a victim of domestic violence or they’re in a difficult situation. And you see throughout the flower party as I teach and get the flowers into their hands the change in their entire face, everything about them. They feel energized and beautiful and good about what they made and that’s a feeling that I want everyone to have.


Q: What kind of skills can someone learn from working with flowers?

A: First of all, I would say that it instills a huge appreciation for nature and that’s why I share it 

with children. When you’re really looking at flowers and working with them closely, you see such a range of colors and textures. What you see in nature is just awe inspiring. I think that builds a greater appreciation for the earth and our role in it. I work with a lot of child-focused non-profits.  One we recently visited is Bright Beginnings, a child development center for homeless children. Last week, we brought in flowers to share with all the children. They touched and looked at the flowers- they loved it! For the older children, it leads them to questions like ‘Where do flowers come from?’  Ultimately, working with flowers builds a connection to the earth.


Flower Empowered with Sarah Von Pollaro airs on Tuesday night at 8:00 and Sunday night at 7:00. 


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Old Time Rock ‘n Roll


From the late ‘40s to the early ‘70s The Ed Sullivan Show brought some of the biggest musical acts into America’s living rooms every Sunday night. Tonight we invite you to relive those moments as we bring back historic performances by the Beatles, the Beach Boys and more in the Pledge program, Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-1969.  Jam out to the good ol’ classics that blazed the music trail for decades.  You just might recall seeing some of these amazing performances live once on a Sunday night back in the day. Tune in to WETA TV26 and WETA HD at 8:00pm and welcome back the era of pop and rock and roll!

Find out which of your favorite bands are featured on Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-1969 here!

Ed Sullivan's Top Performers 1966-1969


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Check Out WETA UK!


Summer television is often cluttered with reality shows and re-runs. Looking for something new to spice up your summer? Explore WETA UK! To get you started, check out our Weekly WETA UK 8:00pm Schedule, our Weekly WETA UK 9:00pm schedule, and our Weekly WETA UK 10:00pm schedule. These blog posts provide you with air dates, program descriptions, and a sneak peak video on the show so you have all the information right here!

Watch this brand-new, exclusive video to find out where you can find WETA UK on your television.

Where is WETA UK?


For even more WETA UK, here are the full schedules for the entire week:

Mondays on WETA UK

Tuesdays on WETA UK

Wednesdays on WETA UK

Thursdays on WETA UK

Fridays on WETA UK

Saturdays on WETA UK

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Dinosaur Train Big, Big Dinosaur Week

Join the Pteranodon family as they venture on the Dinosaur Train to meet some of the biggest dinosaurs on earth during Big, Big Dinosaur Week on WETA Kids! Beginning August 14, 2012, tune in for four brand-new episodes of Dinosaur Train where we learn all about these big creatures: Alamosaurus, Diplodocus, Apatosaurus, and Argentinasaurus.

Download the special Dinosaur Train Big, Big Dinosaur Week coloring pages!

Coloring Page 1                                                      Coloring Page 2


Check below for more about each episode and when to watch on:

WETA Kids (Antenna 26.3, Cox 801, Comcast 266, FiOS 472, RCN 38)

WETA TV26 (Antenna 26.4, Cox 26 & 802, Comcast 26 & 267, FiOS 26 & 471, Dish 8076, RCN 26)


Remember the Alamosaurus/Sunrise, Sunset

The Pteranodon kids and Dad get the idea to travel around on the Dinosaur Train and meet some of the biggest dinosaurs. They meet Allie Alamosaurus, an enormous, long-necked, plant eating sauropod. Allie's huge, strong legs hardly bend at all, but she shows that she can still have fun playing games with the kids. Then, Dad takes the Pteranodon kids on an overnight camping trip where they watch both a sunrise and sunset and learn about nocturnal and diurnal animals.


Tuesday August 14, 2012 at 10:30am

Saturday August 18, 2012 at 12:30pm & 2:30pm

Monday August 20, 2012 at 10:30am


Tuesday August 15, 2012 at 10:00am

Tuesday August 21, 2012 at 10:00am



A Heck of a Neck/Gilbert Visits the Nest

The Pteranodon kids have a Nature Trackers adventure when they meet Denise Diplodocus, a super-long, super big dinosaur. Shiny and the others help her raise her neck higher than normal just once, but it feels better for Denise to keep closer to the ground and low-lying trees. When they return to Pteranodon Terrace, Shiny is so nervous about Gilbert's impending visit that she tries to make everything perfect, and forgets to have fun!


Wednesday August 15, 2012 at 10:30am

Saturday August 18, 2012 at 1:00pm


Thursday August 16, 2012 at 10:00am



An Apatosaurus Adventure/Nature Art

The Pteranodon kids visit the Jurassic Time Period to meet Apollo Apatosaurus, a huge, long-necked dinosaur who loves to whip his long tail. He leads the kids on an adventure to find a hard-to-reach tree with delicious leaves! When, they return home, Mrs. Pteranodon cleans out the clutter from the family nest and the Tiny is determined to find a use for it all instead of throwing it away.


Thursday August 16, 2012 at 10:30am

Saturday August 18, 2012 at 1:30pm

Tuesday August 21, 2012 at 10:30am

Saturday August 25, 2012 at 12:30pm


Friday August 17, 2012 at 10:00am

Wednesday August 22, 2012 at 10:00am



Arnie Rides the Flatcar/Old Reliable

Buddy, Tiny, and Mom visit their very large sauropod friend, Arnie Argentinosaurus. Arnie has grown too big to ride on the Dinosaur Train anymore. Tiny and Buddy arrange with Mr. Conductor for Arnie to be the first big dinosaur to ride on the newest Dinosaur Train flatbed car! Then, Dad and Mr. Lambeosaurus take all the kids to see a field of geysers and hot springs.


Friday August 17, 2012 at 10:30am

Saturday August 18, 2012 at 2:00pm

Wednesday August 22, 2012 at 10:30am

Saturday August 25, 2012 at 1:00pm


Monday August 20, 2012 at 10:00am

Thursday August 23, 2012 at 10:00am



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WETA UK Comedy Fridays | Doc Martin the Complete Second Series


Tune into WETA UK Comedy Fridays for huge British laughs all day long! For a full WETA UK Comedy Friday schedule and some preview videos check out this blog post. 

Doc Martin airs on WETA UK Fridays at 8:00pm and this week, the English humor continues with series 2, episode 4 “Aromatherapy”. Haven’t seen series 2 up til now? Don’t remember what episodes you have or haven’t seen? Wondering what’s to come? Or simply love reading about the Doc? Download our Doc Martin Series 2 Episode Guide. The Programmer’s Choice blog is your go-to for exclusive WETA UK program information so check back right here for more episode guides and videos!

Click here for more WETA UK Episode Guides!

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WETA Around Town Events for August 9 – August 12, 2012


The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe- C.S. Lewis’s beloved novel comes to life this weekend in 

the Imagination Stage’s production of The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. After siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy discover a wardrobe that transports them to the fantastical realm of Narnia, the four children meet mythical creatures and join in a fight to defend the land from the evil White Witch. In collaboration with the Washington Ballet, this production uses a fusion of dance, acting, and puppetry to retell this timeless story of courage, friendship, and family. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe will put the entire family under its magical spell! Performances at the Lerner Family Theatre: Thursday, August 9 at 10:30am; Friday, August 10 at 10:30am and 7:00pm; Saturday, August 11 at 11:00am and 1:30pm; Sunday, August 12 at 1:30pm and 4:00pm. Tickets: $10-$27. 



Inspired by India: A Family Celebration- Celebrate India’s art and culture with Inspired by India: A Family Celebration at the Smithsonian Arthur A. Sackler Gallery of Asian Art. Experience the finest in Indian arts with world famous classical kachak dancers Prachi Dalal and Prachant Shah. Immerse yourself with henna, bindis, and rakhi bracelets as traditional kolam artists create rice paper paintings on site. At the end of the day, unwind by watching classic Bollywood film, Mughal-e-Azam and indulging in some delicious Indian cuisine.  Event: Saturday, August 11 10:30 – 5:30. Tickets: Free. 


Robin Hood: Occupy Sherwood- The forest-dwelling, bow and arrow slinging hero is back, as the Maryland Ensemble Theatre presents the classic legend paralleled with contemporary political and economic affairs. Writer Sarah Shulman and director Julie Herber add a new flavor to the story as a rock-and-roll soundtrack aids the rebellion and unites the 99%. Nothing to fear though, Robin Hood fans, as all the duels and archery competitions are there to keep this version true to the original tale. Come watch this world premiere of the outlaw and his band of merry men sticking it to the one-percent. Performances at JBK Theatre at Frederick Community College: Friday, August 10 at 7:00pm; Saturday, August 11 at 7:00pm; Sunday, August 12 at 2:00pm. Tickets: $19.50 General Admission; $16.50 Sudents/Seniors. 


An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic- Think you’re a closed book? Test your secrecy skills out on magician Josh Norris in his show Think: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic. Voted best entertainer in DC twice by readers of the Washington City Paper, Norris specializes in magic as well as understanding body language and uses his talent to decode the thoughts of audience members. Combining magic, psychology, and hypnosis, Norris is sure to dazzle as he demonstrates his exploration into the untapped powers of the human mind. Performance at the Kimpton’s Hotel Helix: Friday, August 10 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $35. 

Magician Pulls String out of his Eye - INSANE!!


New Films Opening Friday, August 10, 2012

The Campaign   R

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in this political comedy as competing candidates for the North Carolina congress. Insults turn quickly to injury as the naïve and unlikely rival candidate (Galifianakis) unexpectedly turns out to be a viable contender against the charismatic incumbent (Ferrell).


Freelancers   R

After his father’s death, Malo follows his footsteps and joins the New York police academy. After graduation, his father’s former partner (Robert De Niro) takes Malo in and introduces him to a rogue crime fighting task force.


2 Days in New York   R

Marion and Mingus are happily living in their New York apartment in this sequel to the 2007 film, 2 Days in Paris. But just a short visit from her French family jeopardizes everything.



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A “Ribbiting” Frog Study


The sounds of the forest are getting quieter at night as amphibian populations continue to decline.  Pollution, deforestation, and an increase in the human population all contribute to the numbers lost.  But scientists are discovering a new killer that is also responsible.  The fungus known as chytrid is spreading quickly to ecosystems throughout the world, wiping out amphibian communities one by one.  Amphibians potentially hold the secret to many health and medical solutions for humans and they play a significant role within the food chain.  Researchers are desperate to preserve these essential creatures but will they be able to suppress this silent fungal killer?  Tonight at 8:00 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, explore the impact amphibians have on the future of ecosystems worldwide in Nature: Frogs: The Thin Green Line.  You’ll find there is more to them than their warty faces and webbed feet. Join the race for their survival. One of these frogs could very well be a prince in disguise.

What frogs live near you? Use this interactive map to explore different frogs around the world. 

Go behind the scenes with Nature: Frogs: The Thin Green Line!


Nature | Frogs: The Thin Green Line



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WETA Kids Block Party – Curious George

Love a show but never get to catch it when it’s on WETA Kids? Love a show and want to rewatch a favorite episode? Well search no further because we’re hooking you up with the WETA Kids Block Party every weekend right in your own home! The WETA Kids Block Party 

showcases every episode of all your favorite shows from the week, back-to-back in a special block on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s the perfect way to relax, have fun, learn, and spend time with the family during the weekend.

This Saturday and every Saturday catch Curious George from 9:00am – 11:30am! Here are some great printables for the kids to color in while watching WETA Kids during our Curious George Saturday block!

Check back right here on our blog for more features from the WETA Kids Block Party!

You can watch WETA Kids here: Antenna 26.3, Cox 801, Comcast 266, FiOS 472, RCN 38


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WETA Summer Movie Series—August 4, 2012


Wrap up the week with some great films as the WETA Summer Movie Series continues on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!  Every Saturday night join us for the WETA Movie, followed by documentaries from Independent Lens or POV.  So, grab a friend, some snacks, and have a box of tissues at the ready for another Saturday night of brilliant story telling through film.


Life After:

            Life isn’t always a fairytale.  Every now and then you find yourself in difficult situations and wonder how you will ever get through.  You sometimes fear the changes that come when you are slightly knocked off track.  You go through the storm, suffer losses and those once close to you turn against you.  Where do you go from here?  Tonight’s films shine light on individuals who have been through it all and are only left with the hope of making it to tomorrow.  Be inspired by their stories of perseverance as they continue on their journeys through the life after.


Life After Loss

We all have one—the crazy aunt who constantly teeters between overly endearing and absolutely ridiculous. Auntie Mame, the 1958 film adaptation of Patrick Dennis’s beloved novel, tells the story of a young boy named Patrick who is sent to live with his Aunt Mame after the sudden death of his father. A wealthy Manhattan socialite, Mame’s life consists of lounging around during the day and hosting moonshine-fueled parties for New York’s bohemian crowd during the evenings. Even though her lifestyle is not suited for raising a child, Patrick eventually becomes a part of Mame’s eccentric household.

Although events eventually take a turn for the worst after Mame loses all her investments in the 1929 stock market crash, Mame overcomes hardship with her positivity and nonchalant attitude towards life’s challenges. Auntie Mame is a roller coaster of a film that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Experience the peculiar personality of Auntie Mame for yourself Saturday at 9:30 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD!

WETA Movie | Auntie Mame


Life After the Storm

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is devastating.  And months after the disaster New Orleans residents continue to weather storms, but of a different kind.  People have no choice but to evacuate the city and many are forced to leave their pets behind.  Thousands of animals bare the conditions on there own with little to no food, or water.  Volunteers search the city in efforts to rescue as many as possible.  Uncertain of pet owners’ whereabouts, animal shelters take drastic action in finding animals new homes.  But somewhere scattered throughout the country, evacuees worry frantically having heard no news of their pets. Others discover their dogs and cats have been taken in by new families.  Disputes and confusion over pet ownership would soon begin.


Independent Lens: Mine tells the story of life after Katrina.  Residents who are driven away from their homes struggle with the separation of their pets and fight to be reunited with them once again.  New owners form a bond with rescued animals and are unwilling to let them go.  Who will get ownership?  Are pets family members or property?  Tune in to WETA TV26 and WETA HD at midnight tomorrow to see whether love is enough to be reunited with animal companions and make a new start after the storm smoothes over.

Mine Official Trailer


Life After Apartheid

Things have been looking up for South Africa since the inauguration of Nelson Mandela over a decade ago. Apartheid’s violent reign in the country has been broken, it hosted the soccer World Cup in 2010, and more than ever the words of the Founding Freedom Charter of the African National Congress (ANC) that outline “a better life for all” appeared to be coming to fruition.

However, the presidential election of 2009 has once again brought South Africa to a time of turbulence. The Independent Lens documentary Behind the Rainbow sheds light on the new struggles and political problems, in which former companions under the Mandela administration have now become bitter rivals within the ANC ruling party that threaten the nation in life after Apartheid. Be sure to tune into watch Behind the Rainbow airs tomorrow night at 1:30 am on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.

Independent Lens | BEHIND THE RAINBOW | Trailer | PBS


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WETA Around Town Events for August 3 – August 5, 2012

AFI Silver Theater Spy Cinema Series

If you’re on a hunt for intrigue, espionage, and mistaken identities, then look no further than AFI Silver Theater’s Spy Cinema Series. This suspenseful series continues this week with Five 

Graves to Cairo, Goldfinger, and The Man Who Never Was. These classic spy movies made during the Cold War are prime examples of cinema’s fascination with the battling superpowers and the spy scandals of the time. Be sure to buy your tickets online for Saturday and Sunday’s screenings as well as check out what other spy thrillers are coming your way at AFI Silver Theater from now until September 19! Tickets: General Admission $11.50, Childrens $7, Members $8.50, Seniors $9. Five Graves to Cairo show time: Saturday, August 4 at 11:00am. Goldfinger show time: Saturday, August 4 at 3:30pm. The Man Who Never Was show time: Sunday, August 5 at 11:00am.


18th Century Ice Cream

This weekend come celebrate history, George Washington, and above all, dessert, at the first president’s estate on Mount Vernon. While George Washington’s favorite flavor of ice cream remains a mystery, popular ice cream flavors of the time included tea, parmesan cheese, and oyster! Not to worry though, enjoy classic chocolate and watch as the costumed staff demonstrates how to make the chilled dessert like the Washingtons did in the 18th century. Opportunities to eat up this delectable activity are every Saturday this month and the demonstrations are included in the regular Estate admission. Tickets: Adults $15, children 6-11 $7, children under 5 are free. 


Craft Futures Family Day

Experience the new revolution in art on Craft Futures Family Day at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. 40 under 40: Craft Futures, features the work of forty artists 

under the age of forty who have pioneered new innovations in crafting processes like blacksmithing, sculpture, and woodworking. Whether it’s an entire room covered in knitted yarn or a child sized romper made out of Kevlar, the pieces in the collection represent how crafting has evolved to provide social commentary about contemporary society. Craft Futures Family Day will include hands-on crafting activities inspired by the artwork, as well as an exhibit-wide scavenger hunt sure to engage family members of all ages! Tickets: Free. Event: Saturday, August 4 from 11am – 2pm.


Hands on the Future

Hands on the Future provides opportunities for at-risk youth in DC to experience and excel in 

arts and entertainment. Through field trips, workshops, and a production camp, HOF helps kids and young adults ages 3-21 explore music, dance, video and music production and more. This year marks the 10th anniversary and the kids are celebrating in style. Support local art and local youth at the HOF Awards Ceremony which brings all the groups together to showcase the works of the entire program. Performance: Friday, August 3 at 7pm. Location: T.H.E.A.R.C. Theatre 1901 Mississippi Ave SE. RSVP at


Little Shop of Horrors

The man-eating plant comes to town as the Olney Theatre Center brings the musical Little Shop of Horrors to the main stage.  Seymour lives a humdrum life working in Mushnik’s run-down 

floral shop.  But the sight of his beautiful crush and coworker, Audrey always lifts his spirits. If only he could get her to notice him in return.  Seymour soon finds that the solution lies in the vines of a mysterious venus flytrap that suddenly appears after a solar eclipse.  He proceeds to care for it but he has his work cut out for him.  The plant’s diet solely consists of human flesh and blood! Groove to some popping 1960s inspired tunes composed by Alan Menken as the Little Shop hosts the beginning of the alien-plant invasion. Performances: Friday, August 3 at 8pm; Saturday, August 4 at 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, August 5 at 2pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets: $26 - $49. 



New Films Opening Friday, August 3, 2012:

Total Recall    R

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a man who learns that everything he remembers of his past is a lie, programmed in a memory chip implanted in his brain by the government. Schwarzenegger sets out to piece together his past and his true identity in this sci-fi action film.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days   PG

School is out and Wimpy Kid, Greg, is looking forward to a relaxing and successful summer. But when all his plans go wrong, he finds himself in the midst of several embarrassing mishaps.


Assassin’s Bullet        R

Terrorists high up on the America’s Most Wanted list are getting picked off one by one and a former FBI field agent (Christian Slater) is sent to Europe to discover the identity of the unknown vigilante.


The Babymakers       R

In a comedic twist to the heist film genre, Tommy Macklin, after trying unsuccessfully to have a baby with his wife, recruits his friends to help him rob a sperm bank.


Celeste and Jesse Forever     R

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg star in this drama comedy as a couple growing apart. After marrying young, Celeste (Jones) thinks back on the relationship and the couple tries to navigate the changes that inevitably come from changes in lives and changes of heart.


Soldiers of Fortune   R

A former US Special Forces soldier is hired to protect a group of millionaires as they go into a warzone to experience it all firsthand.


360      R

Director Fernando Meirelles weaves the stories of an array of people from varying social backgrounds together as their intersecting relationships pan out amidst the current economic, social, and political situations.


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The Struggle For Survival

In Canada, Ellesmere Island’s nine-month winter finally tapers off.  Native species now have a very small window of time to breed and successfully raise their young.  Tonight at 8:00 on WETA TV26 and WETA HD, join us for a story of survival as the land’s dominant species face that challenge in Nature: White Falcon, White Wolf.  Up high in a nest, a breeding pair of gyrfalcons attempt to bounce back after the starvation and death of their two chicks the previous summer.  Below, an Arctic wolf pack counts on their breeding female wolf to strengthen her newborn cub and prepare it for the swift return of winter.  Do these species have what it takes to help their young withstand the Arctic’s conditions?  Or will the unforgiving wilderness overpower them once again?  It is a race against the clock and winter shows no mercy upon arrival.  Don’t miss this daring adventure and up-close glance of an animal’s will to survive.  While your family tries to beat the D.C. heat, see how these families bare the freezing north.  Our summers may not seem so bad after all.    

The mother gyrfalcon goes out to find food herself when her mate fails to bring back enough for their chicks.  Check out the hunt here! 

NATURE | White Falcon, White Wolf | Mother on the Hunt | PBS