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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night March 30

Join us this weekend as we retrace our past with three movies that take a look at historical figures and events that have helped changed the world.  We start with one of the most well remembered hoaxes to ever see baseball, a Chinese artist who risks his life to fight for his country and the efforts of thousands of South Africans struggling for equality.

 

Read the full article to learn more about the 1919 World Series and to watch trailers of these movies!

 

Eight Men Out

Recognized as one of the greatest depictions of the Black Sox scandal, Eight Men Out gives a first-hand look at the drama that unfolded during this event.  Director John Sayles portrays the Chicago White Sox owner, Charlie Comiskey as a tough individual with no intent on rewarding his players for their outstanding season.  After being offered the opportunity to make some money through gambling, eight members of the team are enticed by this scheme and make the decision to throw the World Series by deliberately playing bad.  Rumors of a hoaxed series begin to spread and the eight players soon end up in court facing conspiracy charges. 

Watch Eight Men Out on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Saturday at 9:30pm.

Click here to watch the trailer!

 

Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry

Known as one of China’s most famous contemporary artists, Ai WeiWei is most recognized for his artistic expression, political activism and his ability to communicate through social media.  Ai is also known for his artistic involvement in the development of the Beijing National Stadium which hosted the 2008 Olympics.  In a country built on a strict legal system, criticizing the Chinese government can be like dancing with death.  Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry gives viewers an inside look at the dedication and efforts of Ai as he does what most would never dream of doing, express their opinions about the Chinese government.  This independent documentary from American filmmaker, Allison Klayman, follows China’s most impressionable figures as he gains attention for his aspiring artwork and dedicated attempts to expose, in his belief, the true government of China.

Tune in this Saturday at 11:30pm for Independent Lens: Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry.

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Have You Heard from Johannesburg: From Selma to Soweto

For almost three decades, African Americans fought to end the pain and injustice that was caused by the racist system of Apartheid.  This policy of segregation and discrimination ignited a flame that brought black leaders and the African American people together in hopes of putting a stop to the regime.   In order to bring down the horrible system that plagued South Africa, African Americans would have to go to battle with one it’s most powerful allies, the United States of America.  Developing campaigns, organizing civil rights movements and going against the opposition of President Ronald Reagan were some of the desperate measures that had to be taken in the fight for equality.  Can the non-violent activists ultimately succeed in their efforts and for the first time in history, shift the United States foreign policy?

Tune in Sunday at 1:00am for Independent Lens: Have You Heard from Johannesburg: From Selma to Soweto   

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 29 - 31

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of memorable movie music, mind-bending acrobatics, and more in your own backyard!

 
 
 
Often, the music from your favorite film can be just as memorable as the visuals. Take your ears on a trip through Hollywood this Friday, as Chuck Redd plays tunes from popular movies like ANATOMY OF A MURDER, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and Woody Allen's recent MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Redd’s jazz renditions on the vibraphone will be enough to see Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, even without them projected on a screen.   
Friday, 11am
Cost: $15
5301 Tuckerman Ln., North Bethesda, MD 20852
 
 
 
Venture into a landscape of disappearing dreams, distorted visions, and jumbled memories!  This Friday and Saturday at George Mason’s Center for the Arts, indulge in Les 7 Doigts de la Main’s acrobatic and theatrical experience, PSY.  This prominent Canadian troupe’s most recent creation juxtaposes dark issues, from insomnia to amnesia, with circus arts like the German wheel, teeterboard, and aerial rope.  PSY portrays the beauty and commonality of neuroses while celebrating the endurance of the individual to prevail against ailments and self-imposed limitations.  Don’t miss out on this “mind-bending journey into the human ego”!      
Friday, 8pm
Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Cost: $24-$48; youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult
4373 Mason Pond Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
 
 
Before the rise of the Digital Age, billboards, storefronts, murals and even street signs were all painted by hand.  But this art has not been completely lost. With many business owners seeking an ‘old school’ look, renewed interest in traditional sign painting has recently revived the craft. 
Filmmakers Faye Levine and Sam Macon captured the stories of over two dozen sign painters in their new film, fittingly titled SIGN PAINTERS.  Levine and Macon traveled from coast to coast and created the first anecdotal history of sign painting.  Join Levine and Macon for the film’s world premiere, followed by a Q&A session and a signing of the companion book.  
Saturday, 2pm
Free
1661 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.
 
 
 
Select films opening today:
 
What if all 142 of your children filed a lawsuit against you at the same time?  That’s the news Patrick Huard’s character must face in Ken Scott’s comedy, which is finally seeing its U.S. premiere.
 
 
 
This German crime thriller, starring Ulrick Thomsen and Claudia Michelsen and directed by Baran bo Odar, brings us to the summer 23 years after the disappearance of a 13-year-old girls occurred.
 
 
 
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New! Watch Call the Midwife & Masterpiece's Mr. Selfridge

Just when you thought you’d never get over Sundays without Downton Abbey, WETA TV26 and WETA HD begins Call the Midwife season 2 and Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge this Sunday, March 31!

Read the full article to watch trailers of these two series!

 

This Sunday marks the season 2 U.S. premiere of the popular British drama Call the Midwife. Return to the Nonnatus House as all your favorite characters, and a few new ones, balance romance, friendship, and medicine in East End London during the 1950s.
 
In episode 1, it’s Nurse Jenny Lee’s birthday celebration at the Nonnatus House but as soon as the party comes to an end, she is assigned a new patient, the pregnant Molly Brignall.  The well-being of Molly and her child is compromised putting Jenny in a difficult spot.  Trixie and Sister Evangelina care for a Captain’s pregnant daughter but how will the two do aboard a ship?
 
 
 
 
 

Prepare to be swept back to early 20th Century England with Mr. Selfridge, the newest Masterpiece series based on real-life events. Follow the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge, an American businessman from Chicago, played by Jeremy Piven (Entourage). Selfridge moves to London and opens the department store chain Selfridges at the end of Oxford Street with £400,000 of his own money. Selfridge’s foreign principles and modern retail techniques create quite a stir in London society and the drama commences.

Harry Selfridge was a showman and his flashy, alluring window displays match the plot of this new show, which explores relationships, social change, and style. As the Selfridges climb the social ladder in London, they encounter many extraordinary characters on their way to the top. Follow not only the parties and glamorous gowns of high society, but also follow the stories of the working class Selfridges employees.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This Week on WETA UK | March 25 – 31

Check out the new shows and highlights from this week's WETA UK schedule! Read the full article to watch previews of these shows!

Monday at 8:00pm Christopher Foyle begins a new case in Foyle’s War: A Lesson in Murder. It’s June 1940 and a reliable objector dies in a holding cell after being beaten up by police. A young boy evacuated from London dies in an explosion. Strange ties to Judge Gascoigne in these deaths lead police to believe there will be a revenge attack on the Judge. Who’s to blame? It may not be as straight forward as you think! More air dates.

Tuesday at 11:30pm begin season 9 of the British classic Allo, Allo. Be sure to tune into this final season of Allo, Allo, a sitcom set in a small town café in Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Wednesday at 8:00pm watch Inspector Morse tackle the mystery of Cherubim and Seraphim. Morse's step-niece, Marilyn Garrett, commits suicide and he takes leave to research her past. His investigation leads him into an alien world of teenage hedonism, raves and expensive drugs. Will Morse find closure in investigating her history or add salt to his wounds? More air dates.

Thursday at 10:00pm test your crime-solving skills with Waking the Dead: Straw Dog. Grace is asked to give evidence at a hearing from a case she worked on in the beginning of her career. This haunts Grace but will she overcome her distress and help the case? More air dates.

Friday at 8:00pm tune in for the WETA UK premiere of Ladies of Letters. This British comedy series starring Patricia Routledge and Prunella Scales surrounds the relationship between two elderly ladies who share a sometimes rocky relationship through letters and e-mail. More air dates.

Saturday 8:00pm – 11:00pm join us for the special airing of She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens. In this three part series, historian Dr. Helen Castor explores the lives of seven English queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked and whether the term 'she-wolves' was deserved. Also airs Sunday March 31 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm kick off season 2 of Yes, Prime Minister! Prime Minister Jim Hacker is still guided by his Machiavellian mentor, Sir Humphrey Appleby. When Jim decides to implement a new plan to reduce unemployment in the North, Sir Humphrey decides that desperate cases call for desperate measures. Meanwhile, if the Prime Minister gives false information to Parliament, should the Cabinet Secretary support him, or should he tell all? As Sir Humphrey ponders the ethics, he finds that he too has something to hide. More air dates.

 

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WETA Kids Block Party | Sid the Science Kid Movie

Monday March 25, join WETA Kids for the premiere of Sid the Science Kid: The Movie! Sid and his friend Gabriela go on an adventure in The Super Ultimate Science Museum. After winning a science fair contest for creating an awesome science experiment, Sid and Gabriela are named “Junior Investigators” and get a special viewing of the new museum before it opens to the public. 

Once there, they meet quirky scientist Dr. Bonabodon who has designed robot tour guides of the future, including Bobbybot, his greatest creation. When Sid and Gabriela are introduced to Yangyang and Niuniu, the impressive big-kid “Future Scientist” contest winners from China, they start to wonder if they really know their science stuff. Together the four pals observe giant honey bees, investigate robots, and even encounter a giant singing Tyrannosaurus Rex. But after their robot tour guide short circuits, Sid, Gabriela, Yangyang, and Niuniu have to work together and use science to try to save the day.

Together, they learn that you can be a scientist at any age and that thinking like a kid is sometimes the best way to solve a problem!

Watch a preview of Sid the Science Kid: The Movie!

Don’t forget that every Sunday during out WETA Kids Block Party, you can watch five episodes of Sid the Science Kid back-to-back from 12:30pm – 3:00pm! 

 

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