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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night January 12

 

Conflict

It's inevitable in life and this week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies are filled with it. Whether it’s a lovers’ quarrel, a jealous rage, revealing a group’s crimes, or just trying to stay alive, conflict is the topic in this week’s movies. Tune in to WETA TV26 & WETA HD this Saturday beginning at 9:30pm for our dramatic Hollywood movie followed by a powerful documentary at 11:30pm. 

 

No Way Out (1987) - Conflict with Honor and Heart

Naval Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) begins an affair with an alluring woman, Susan Atwell (Sean Young) who happens to be the girlfriend of his boss, the Secretary of Defense, David Brice (Gene Hackman). When the woman is murdered, Secretary Brice assigns Lieutenant Commander Farrell the task of tracking down the killer. Will the two men join in the search for Atwell’s murderer or is one of them the main suspect? Join us this Saturday at 9:30pm for the thriller No Way Out (1987). Repeats Sunday at 11:30am.

 

 

POV Reportero - Deadly Conflict from Exposure

In Mexico, many journalists have vanished or found murdered since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón came to power and launched a government offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels and organized crime. In this documentary from POV, follow a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they pursue reporting in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the press. Join us Saturday at 11:30pm for POV's Reportero.

Learn more about the history of Zeta on the POV website! 

Watch the trailer on POV’s YouTube. Viewer discretion advised.

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town January 11 - 13

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of instantly legendary events right in your own backyard!

 

The exhibitions that bring us from here to the Honfleur Gallery.

So many galleries, so little time. This weekend offers a rare opportunity for a joint opening reception at the Honfleur Gallery. The exhibition, The Points That Bring Us from Here to There, brings together the mapping-focused work of Michael Dax Iacovone and Kathryn ZazenskiUpstairs, Soul of the City, presented by The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, showcases a varied collection of street photography from members of the photography collective InstantDC. Double the art, double the fun. 

Opening: Friday January 11, 2013, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Exhibition dates: January 11 – February 22
Cost: Free
Honfleur Gallery  1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020

 

The Legend Lives On… With One Student?

So the New Year is finally here! Why not start it off on a new note by jazzing things up a little bit?  The first place you can start is the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Arlington. Enjoy an evening with the only student of jazz legend Benny Goodman, internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Julian Milkis.  Milkis will be showcasing his versatility, unique talent and mastered interpretations as he plays along-side the National Chamber Ensemble.

Saturday at 7:30pm
Cost: $28 Adult and $15 Student.
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere  1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington, VA

 

This is a battle which everyone wins.

Can’t decide between a movie and concert this weekend? Well now you don’t have to! he screening of the classic film ALEXANDER NEVSKY will be accompanied by Sergei Prokofeiv’s music score, performed live by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This 1938 historical drama, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, follows a battle led by Alexander against the Teutonic Knights in defense of his kingdom of Novgorod. With both eyes and ears satisfied, this event is a double victory.

Friday, 8:00pm —Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Saturday, 8:00pm —Music Center at Strathmore
Sunday, 3:00pm —JMSH
Cost: Tickets range from $28 to $63
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall  1212 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Music Center at Strathmore  5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

 

Select films opening today:

ZERO DARK THIRTY (R)

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden.  Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (THE HURT LOCKER) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

Catch the WETA Around Town review!

 

QUARTET        (PG-13)

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert?  

 

AMOUR         (PG-13)

Writer/director Michael Haneke (CACHE, THE PIANO TEACHER), who previously won the Palme d'Or for THE WHITE RIBBON, won the prestigious Cannes award again for AMOUR("Love"). His new drama shows old age and death with unflinching honesty, but nevertheless lives up to its title. This is a portrait of a longtime married couple, whose bond of love remains strong facing any hardship. It stars two of France's best-loved actors, both in their eighties: Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.  Winner of 4 European Film Awards, including Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress. In French. (Fully subtitled)

 

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Attenborough on WETA | Wildlife Specials in January

Get your full dose of nature from the expert himself, Sir David Attenborough, this January on WETA TV26 & HD. Attenborough has been a naturalist and broadcaster for around 60 years and is the best-known natural history film-maker today. We are proud to announce that his timeless BBC documentaries are here on WETA as well as special PBS Nature documentaries delving into the history of Attenborough’s life and works. Read on for more information about each documentary including when it’ll air on WETA.

 

David Attenborough introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on the Earth, 4,000 species which have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on earth all in the same biological class as humans. Repeats Tuesdays at 4:00pm

 

 

Monday January 7:   A Winning Design & The Insect Hunters
Monday January 14: Chisellers & Plant Predators
Monday January 21: Meat Eaters & The Opportunists
Monday January 28: Return to the Water & Life in the Trees
Monday February 4: The Social Climbers & Food for Thought

 

This three-part retrospective of his life and work airs on consecutive Wednesdays, January 23, 30, and February 6, 2013 at 8:00pm. The mini-series focuses on three areas that Attenborough believes have been transformed most profoundly during his time: filmmaking, science, and the environment. With distinctive eloquence and enthusiasm for his subject, 86-year old Attenborough recounts all the wonders of the natural world he has been able to share with audiences and reveals his unique personal reflections about nature and the earth. Repeats Thursdays at 2:00pm

Part one: Attenborough’s Life Stories: Life on Camera – January 23 at 8:00pm

Attenborough revisits key places and events in his career and shows how various technical advances in filmmaking allowed for showing new revelations about the planet and the creatures that inhabit it. Underwater photography, infrared film cameras, stabilizing camera mounts, remote controlled camera, time lapse photography, and digital slow motion cameras are just some of the innovations. 

 

Part two: Attenborough’s Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World – January 30 at 8:00pm

Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career in translating these discoveries into film. Animal imprinting, continental drifts causing volcanos, pluming birds, DNA fingerprinting, chimpanzee behavior and Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection are some of these scientific breakthroughs.

 

Part three: Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet – February 6 at 8:00pm

Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that humans have had on the natural world during his lifetime. Disappearing rain forests and coral reefs, endangered species, the creation of the World Wildlife Fund, the first international organization to spend money on conservation projects around the globe, sea ice melt caused by climate change are some of the positive and negative impacts we’ve had on the world.

 

Life in Cold Blood – Mondays at 9:00pm

In telling the epic story of the reptiles and amphibians, the most enduringly successful animals ever to walk on land, David Attenborough continues his overview of life on the planet. The very latest technology enables extraordinary and previously unseen behavior to be captured in intimate detail, overturning the myth that cold blooded life is slow, solitary, and primitive and revealing these creatures to be as dramatic, social, sophisticated, and passionate as warm blooded animals. Repeats Tuesdays at 4:00pm

Monday February 11: The Cold-Blooded Truth & Invaders of the Land
Monday February 18: Dragons of the Dry & Sophisticated Serpents
Monday February 25: Armored Giants 
 

 

JANUARY 2013

Nature episodes Wednesdays at 8:00pm & Fridays at 9:00pm

This PBS series consists of original, educational, natural history films. Episodes in January include: Cuba: The Accidental Eden, Magic of the Snowy Owl, Cracking the Koala Code, My Life as a Turkey, Animal Odd Couples, and the Attenborough Life Stories series.

 

FEBRUARY 2013

Nature episodes Wednesdays at 8:00pm

This PBS series consists of original, educational, natural history films. Episodes in February include: Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo & A Murder of Crows.

Congo series Fridays at 9:00pm

To the west of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria, beyond the misty mountains of the Rift Valley, lies the second largest river system on earth: the Congo. This vast arena - the size of Europe - is home to an array of wildlife richer and more varied than any other region of Africa and yet it is hardly known. Today, parts of the Congo still remain inhospitable and virtually inaccessible. In a television first, the Natural History Unit has been given unprecedented access to film in this region.

Battle for the Elephants Wednesday February 27 at 8:00pm

The elephant, Earth’s most charismatic and majestic land animal, today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for gold. This groundbreaking National Geographic special goes undercover to expose the criminal network behind ivory’s supply and demand

Jungle series Wednesday February 27 from 9:00pm – 12:00am

Imagine being transported to a place with humidity above 90%, with more diseases than anywhere on Earth, and where every breath draws a cloud of insects. Charlotte Uhlenbroek takes up the challenge in this exploration of the world's rainforests. The rainforests of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo contain half of the world's species of plants and animals. A combination of sheer adventure and the latest technology enables the viewer to experience the planet's most complex terrestrial habitat in all its glory.

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night January 5

Struggle

Everyone struggles whether financial, emotional, or just struggling to zip up those skinny jeans. It’s something everyone can relate to on a certain level, but this week on the WETA Saturday Night Movies, discover the struggles of three specific groups of people: soldiers, parking lot attendants, and musicians. Tune in for our Hollywood movie of the week and two PBS documentaries beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday January 5!

 

Platoon – Struggling to Fit In

Experience the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with wildlife, and the powerful presence of the unseen enemy. Charlie Sheen stars as Chris, a raw recruit, or "new meat" who serves as the film's narrator. At first he wilts under the rigorous conditions of jungle life and wonders whether he'll be able to survive. But he gradually adapts and begins to see that the platoon is divided into two groups. As the conflict between these two reaches a tragic climax, Chris must decide what he really values.

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 9:30pm!

 

Independent Lens The Parking Lot Movie – Struggle for Respect

Locally relevant to our viewers, this documentary is about a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. The film follows an unconventional brotherhood of parking lot attendants consisting of grad students, overeducated philosophers, surly artists, middle-age slackers, and others. Although they aren’t fond of the people they serve, they hang out at the lot in their spare time just because they like it there. They play a private “war” game against disrespectful and arrogant customers to pass the time. Take a look into this unique way of life.

Take the Bumper Sticker Philosophy Quiz on the Independent Lens website to find out which bumper sticker best suits your own outlook on life. 

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday January 5 at 11:30pm!

 

Independent Lens Copyright Criminals – Struggle for Musical Rights

Can you own a sound? This documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling. Delve into the debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and money through many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and Digital Underground, as well as emerging artists such as audiovisual remixers Eclectic Method. But samplers are only half the battle, see interviews with artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield — James Brown's drummer and the world's most sampled musician. Read this interview with filmmakers Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod about the making of Copyright Criminals!

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Sunday January 6 at 12:30am!

Want even more on this unique musical topic? Check out this interactive timeline of sampling! 

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WETA Television for Everything Downton Abbey

WETA Television is your Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia PBS station for Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey. Whether you’re beginning with season 1, finishing up season 2, or eagerly awaiting season 3, WETA is the place to watch! Let’s face it, watching TV on your laptop can be a bit frustrating: low volume, small screen, buffering video. Set the computer aside, grab the remote control, and tune into WETA TV26, HD, and WETA UK for all three seasons of Downton Abbey.

 

Season 1 – WETA UK Tuesdays at 8:00pm

The bold and beautiful Downton Abbey estate runs smoothly from generations of excellent care, but change is coming. With enticing drama and terrible threat, the future of Downton's dynasty takes shape but is it possible to preserve? Follow the upstairs, downstairs dynamic in this beautiful period drama from PBS. Repeats Wednesdays at 3:00pm.

Where to watch WETA UK: Via antenna: 26.2, Comcast: 265, Cox: 800, Verizon FiOS: 474, RCN: 39

 

Season 2 – WETA TV26 & HD Sunday January 6 from 11:30am – 9:00pm

It’s November 1916 and the Great War has changed everything and everyone. At the war front, life intensifies for Downton's young men and more is demanded of those at Downton Abbey. Some see change as an opportunity while some disregard it. As other great houses crumble, a diminished Downton Abbey struggles to prevail into a new era with its residents and its honor intact. Check out these Masterpiece Classic cast interviews to see what it’s like playing a resident of Downton! 

Where to watch WETA TV26: Via antenna: 26.4, Comcast: 26 & 92, Cox: 26 & 802, Verizon FiOS: 26 & 471, RCN: 26, DISH Network: 8076

Where to watch WETA HD: Via antenna: 26.1, Comcast: 220 (DC) & 219 (Baltimore), Cox: 1026 (Fairfax) & 1003 (Fredericksburg), Verizon FiOS: 526, RCN: 613, DirecTV: 26 & 26-1

 

Season 3 - WETA TV26 & HD Sundays at 9:00pm Premieres: January 6 at 9:00pm

The Great War is over but the drama isn’t over at Downton Abbey as struggling social changes, romance, and personal crises infect the estate. Repeats Thursdays at 8:00pm & Fridays at 1:00pm.

Where to watch WETA TV26: Via antenna: 26.4, Comcast: 26 & 92, Cox: 26 & 802, Verizon FiOS: 26 & 471, RCN: 26, DISH Network: 8076

Where to watch WETA HD: Via antenna: 26.1, Comcast: 220 (DC) & 219 (Baltimore), Cox: 1026 (Fairfax) & 1003 (Fredericksburg), Verizon FiOS: 526, RCN: 613, DirecTV: 26 & 26-1

 

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