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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 1 - 3

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of cinematic spectacles, marching band talent, eclectic jazz, and more in your own backyard!

 

 
Begin the weekend with a night of culture and cuisine!  The Workhouse Arts Center is celebrating India by hosting a dinner and movie!  The Arts Center, a converted prison, will be presenting the film Saawariywa, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.  This Bollywood drama centers on a man and woman who meet in a small town and the past circumstances that prevent them from being together.  Aroma Indian Restaurant will be catering the event with authentic Tandoori-style meats and vegetarian options. 
Friday, 8pm
Cost: $39 per person
The Workhouse Arts Center 9601 Ox Road Lorton, VA 22079
 
 
Have you ever wondered what happens to the band members after football season is over?  Well, sports might be seasonal but the music must go on.  The Music Center at Strathmore brings visitors a unique musical performance in honor of the black marching band tradition.  A group of 30 marching band members from a variety of Historically Black Colleges and Universities come together to deliver a performance that embraces Motown, hip hop, pop and several other genres.  Known for their explosive drum beats and cool rhythm, Drumline Live will certainly get your heart pumping and your feet moving.  So if you’re in the mood for fun dance moves and customary band music, don’t miss HBCU’s “fifth quarter” performance.    
Friday, 8pm
Cost: Tickets range from $28-$58
Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD   
 
 
Want another Friday night option?  Start off on the right beat!  Strathmore presents “Friday Night Eclectic: An Evening of Jazz with THIEFS.”  THIEFS is a “grammatically incoherent” jazz group that intertwines aspects of modern composition and improvisation into a “boundary-less foundation” of beats.  Led by drummer and vocalist Guillermo E. Brown, bassist Keith Witty, and saxophonist Christophe Panzani, THIEFS seamlessly shifts from fully electronic to acoustic with their sometimes mellow, other times harsher, grooves.  During intermission, enjoy an original jazz dance performance inspired by Satomi Shirai’s photography.           
Friday, 8:30pm
Cost: $20 online/$22 at the door
Strathmore Mansion 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 
 
 
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting a free Family Day Extravaganza, which is jam-packed with music-themed activities throughout the gallery.  Get ready to groove by creating and wearing a button with your own band name and logo, complimented by music-themed face paint.  Next, get down with some breakdancers from The Lab DC, learn how to scratch records like a DJ with DJ Scratch Academy, or make and play your own clay whistle.  Leave your mark with a cause-worthy poster and original graffiti on a DIY tee.  Afterwards, be sure to take a tour of the gallery, including their new “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibition.  (We’ll be airing our critics’ discussion of the exhibition later this month!)  At the end of the day, march off in a send-off by percussionists Eddie Eatmon and Rivum Brigade.
Saturday, 10am-3pm
Cost: Free; no registration required
The Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006
 
 
 
Folger Theatre’s Henry V was originally supposed to close this weekend, but due to popular demand, they’ve extended the production’s run.  If you can’t see it this weekend, see it next weekend.  After that, you’re out of luck!  Here’s what our critics have to say about the 

 
 
 
Select films opening today:
Millions of Americans experience hunger every year.  This documentary, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring the likes of Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio, not only explores causes of the problem, but also proposes solutions.
 
 
Based on the UK television show, this British film directed by Nick Love tells the story of a jaded detective (Ray Winstone) in the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan police.
 
 
 

 

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Love, War, Betrayal: Downton Abbey | Season 3 Marathon

Watch our Downton Abbey Season 3 Marathon Sunday March 3 from 11:00am - 11:00pm on WETA TV26 & WETA HD! Also watch March 4 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm and March 5 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm.

To watch a trailer of Downton Abbey season 3 click here!

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey has now provided three seasons of riveting characters and stories.  Season 1 introduced the Crawley family to millions of viewers all over the world.  Dangerous jealousies and delicious ambitions painted a picture of the struggles of preserving a vanishing way of life.  In Season 2, the Crawley’s and staff attempt to honorably prevail into a new era as the Great War fundamentally changes everyone and everything in Downton. Season 3 continues testing tradition, weathering wars, budding romances, and shocking betrayals.  As the Great War continues, horrific battles are not only fought on the war front but also in the great cities and towns.  Distinguished homes have been destroyed financially and psychologically, and while some in Downton fight at all costs to maintain home, Downton may not be excluded from destruction.  Life becomes even more unsteady as the town morphs and grapples to find its place in this changing era. 

Whether new to the series or already hooked, check out our entire day dedicated to this show with our Downton Abbey Season 3 Marathon Sunday March 3 from 11:00am - 11:00pm on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.  The marathon continues on March 4 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm and March 5 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm.  Don’t miss out on our second look at this riveting season!

 

  

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule February 25 – March 3

This week on WETA UK we bring back two crime drama favorites Foyle’s War and DCI Banks, begin new seasons of Rosemary & Thyme and BallyKissAngel, and begin new two-part cases of Inspector Morse and Waking the Dead! Read on for more information and click here to watch video previews of these shows!

Monday at 8:00pm welcome Foyle’s War back to the WETA UK schedule! Beginning with the first episode of season 1: As World War II rages around the world, a police inspector fights his own war on the home-front in investigating murder, robbery, and espionage on the south coast of England.  

Tuesday at 9:00pm is the WETA UK premiere of Rumpole of the Bailey. Horace Rumpole is a messy, old London barrister with one glass eye who defends in criminal cases. He is likes wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a success by his wife, Hilda. Rumpole refuses to handle most suits and will only defend, not prosecute. Each of his trials has a victory and a defeat and his acquitted clients are often angrier than those who are found guilty. Also airs Wednesdays at 4:00pm.

Wednesday at 8:00pm go on a new adventure with Inspector Morse in Infernal Serpent part 1. The inspector and Sgt. Lewis ask questions about a major environmentalist who was killed just minutes before he delivered a controversial lecture. Also airs Thursday at 3:00pm & Saturday at 5:00pm. Part 2 airs next Wednesday, March 6.

Thursday at 10:00pm season 5 of Waking the Dead continues with the new case Black Run part 1. Boyd’s Darkest Hour. Ex-cop Eddie Vine summons Boyd to prison, where he is serving life for murdering his partner and best friend, Tom Pallisser. Boyd accepts the invitation expecting a confession. Instead he gets forgiveness and learns that Vine is terminally ill. Boyd is tormented by the possibility that he got it wrong, and forced to look into his past and examine his conscience. Part 2 airs next Thursday, March 7.

Friday at 8:30pm kick off a new season of Rosemary & Thyme with season 3, episode 1. The two women, lecturer Rosemary Boxer and former policewoman Laura Thyme, combine their shared passion for horticulture with a talent for investigation resulting in a happy marriage of two of public television's favorite genres — gardening and mystery. Also airs Monday at 5:00pm

Saturday at 8:00pm we begin a new WETA UK Event: DCI Banks. We start this series with the first episode and continue through season 1 with two back-to-back episodes every Saturday. Tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot combine drama, crime, and thrill in this series. Also airs Sunday at 12:00pm.

Sunday at 7:00pm season 5 of BallyKissAngel begins! In the fifth season we discover just how long, when Paul Dooley, a shady figure from Brian Quigley's shady past, returns to the village with a business arrangement that brings him into direct conflict with his old rival. Despite the best efforts of his wife, Oonagh, and his two children, Dooley is destined to cross swords with his former nemesis. But any wheeling and dealing is likely to be carefully scrutinized by the very rigorous Frankie Sullivan. Also airs Wednesday at 6:00pm & Saturday at 3:00pm.

 

 

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Makers: Women Who Make America | New Documentary

Known as one of the largest social movements in the history of the world, the Women’s Movement over the last half-century has been a movement for gender equality in the work place and home.  Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, and family commitment, women began a revolution which has deeply impacted American culture. Next week WETA presents Makers: Women Who Make America, a documentary that looks in-depth at the millions of women who have helped shape America over the past 50 years and how they continue to influence the world today. Click here to watch a preview of Makers: Women Who Make America!

Over the past 100 years the United States has been through many social revolutions, one of the most important being the Woman’s Movement. Makers.com, a digital platform created for women to share their stories of leadership and progress, has compiled many of those stories into the three hour show, Makers: Women Who Make America. Revisit monumental moments in women's history through archival footage and interviews from everyday women and celebrity figures such as Katie Couric, Billie Jean King, Oprah Winfrey, and Ellen DeGeneres. Join WETA Tuesday February 26 at 8:00pm as we celebrate woman seeking equality in both past and present America and discover that anyone can be apart of a revolution and change society. . 

Join us Tuesday February 26 at 8:00pm and again on Wednesday February 27 at 3:00pm as WETA Presents Makers: Women Who Make America.

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 23

Determination

Sometimes, you just have to go with what feels right. This week’s WETA Saturday Night Movies on WETA TV26 & WETA HD celebrate people who knew they were right, even when everyone else was telling them they were wrong. We begin at 9:30pm with Top Hat, where Jerry Travers peruses a woman who isn’t interested because she thinks he’s someone else. But Jerry doesn’t give up that easily! Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is at 11:00pm, which takes a look at activists during the civil rights era who knew they were working for good, even when the media tried to misrepresent them.

Click here to watch video previews of these two films!

 

Top Hat (1935)

What would you do if your best friend’s spouse fell in love with you? Run away! Or in this case, dance in the opposite direction. Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) makes her distaste of Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) known after he wakes her one night with loud tap dancing from the room above her. In a case of mistaken identity, she believes him to be her friend’s husband and is put off even more by his romantic advances. After she travels to Italy, only to be perused by Jerry, the confusion escalates with a marriage proposal. Can these two figure out who they really are and become the perfect pair? If you missed it in January, find out this Saturday at 9:30pm.

Watch Top Hat on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 9:30pm! Also airs Sunday at 11:30am.

 

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

After 16mm footage of the civil rights movement was discovered in the cellar of a Swedish broadcasting company, filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson decided to create a documentary about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975. Featuring interviews with prominent African American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, as well as input from today's scholars and historians, this film shows a different perspective of the revolution commonly portrayed as a violent protest by United States media of the time. Join us as we continue to celebrate Black History Month through the eyes of Swedish filmmakers, this Saturday at 11:00pm.

Watch Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 11:00pm.

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