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WETA Around Town | Cherry Blossom Festival Events 2013

Spring has sprung in Washington and that means one thing for locals and tourists alike; lots of pink. Thousands flock into the city each year to see the blooming trees during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but don’t let the fluffy flowers obscure your view of the rest of the cultural events happening around DC. We’ve compiled a list of the top Cherry Blossom Festival happenings around town, so be sure to check out some art and performances along with this year’s dose of pink.  

 
 
The tradition of visiting the Cherry Blossoms each year is something passed down from old to young. Whether in the 1st or 4th generation, make these events are apart of this year’s family outing.
 
National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-4pm
Sunday March 24th, 11am-4pm
Cost: Free
National Building Museum      Washington, DC
 
Learning Japanese Culture
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-3pm
Library of Congress      Washington, DC
 
Blossom Kite Festival
March 30th, 10am-4:30pm
Cost: Free
Washington Monument grounds         Washington, DC
 
Japanese Design Weekend
April 5th through April 7th
Cost: Free
 
Arts for Families: Koinobori (Carp Streamers)
Saturday April 6th, 2-4pm
Cost: Free
The Textile Museum      Washington, DC
 
Operation Ninja: Discover the Secret Art of Ninjitsu
Saturday April 6th, 1-3pm
Cost: $25
International Spy Museum       Washington, DC
 
Asian Art and Culture Day
Saturday April 6th, 11am-4pm
Cost: Free
The Workhouse Arts Center      Lorton, VA
 
Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration
Saturday April 6th, 12-4pm
Cost: Free with price of admission– Adults: $9.95; Children (3-11): $4.95 , under 3: Free; Seniors (60+) and Military: $8.95
National Aquarium      Washington, DC
 
Sakura Matsuri- Japanese Street Festival
Saturday April 13th, 10:30am-6pm
Cost: Adults- $5, Children- Free
 
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 13th, 10am-12pm
Cost: $20/Per Person for Grandstand Seating; Free along Parade route
 
Lantern Making Family Day
Saturday April 13th, 10am-2pm
Cost: Free
The Yards Park             Washington, DC         
 
 
Craft Making
Some of the most impressive works of craftsmanship come from Japan. During this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, try your hand at creating some of the most iconic Japanese style art.
 
Fly a Kite
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-12pm
Cost: $20
Corcoran Gallery of Art           Washington, DC
 
Kites of Asia
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-3pm
Cost: Free
National Air and Space Museum        Washington, DC
 
Japanese Book Binding
Saturday April 6th, 2pm
Sunday April 7th, 2pm
Cost: Free
Sackler Gallery            Washington, DC
 
Anime Artists Workshop
Saturday April 13th, 1pm
Sunday April 14th, 1pm
Cost: Free
Sackler Gallery            Washington, DC
 
Create Your Own Silk Scarf
Saturday March 30th, 2-4pm
Cost: $45/members; $55/non-members. Advanced registration required
The Textile Museum      Washington, DC
 
Make Your Own Shibori
Friday April 5th, 1-4pm
Cost: $45/members; $55/non-members. Advanced registration required
The Textile Museum      Washington, DC
 
 
 
To compliment the stunning Cherry Blossoms in spring, check out these visual art events celebrating the season in DC.
 
Sanguivorous Film and 

Performance
Wednesday April 3rd, 7pm
Cost: Free
Freer Gallery    Washington, DC
 
Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
Friday April 12th, 12pm
Cost: Free
Freer Gallery    Washington, DC
 
Anime Marathon: Samurai Champloo
Saturday April 13th, 11am
Sunday April 14th, 11am
Cost: Free
Freer Gallery    Washington, DC
 
Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books
April 6th through August 11th
Sackler Gallery            Washington, DC
 
Overtures: S&R Foundation Artist Concert Series
April 4th through April 12th
Cost: $30-$100
The Kennedy Center    Washington, DC
 
Good Angel’s Tears
Saturday April 14th, 2-4pm
Therapeutic Noh Theatre         Washington, DC
 
Battle of Yestermore
Friday April 5th, 7-9pm
 
Art in Springtime Weekend
April 6th through April 7th
Cost: Included in museum admission. Concert: $20, $8 for members, students, and visitors 6–18; includes museum admission for the day of the concert.
The Phillips Gallery       Washington, DC
 
 
 
Become immersed in culture and history with these unique programs designed to expand your knowledge of the Cherry Blossoms and Japanese culture. 
 
Japanese Garden Design
Saturday March 23rd, 9:30am
Cost: $20/in county; $22/out of county
Green Spring Gardens Park     Lincolnia, VA
 
Chanoyu: Japanese Way of Tea
Wednesday March 27th, 12:30-2pm
Embassy of Japan       Washington, DC
 
Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party
Friday March 29th, 8pm through Saturday March 30th, 2an
Cost: $10
500 Penn. St. NE           Washington, DC
 
1912 Cherry Blossom Tree Gift
March 28th, 12-1pm
Cost: Free
Library of Congress      Washington, DC
 

 

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This Week on WETA UK | March 18 – 24

Every Monday, the Programmer’s Choice gives you highlights from this week’s WETA UK schedule. These highlights include new shows, new seasons, special episodes, and refreshers on WETA UK favorites. Read on to see what WETA UK shows are featured this week March 18 – March 24!

Read the full blog post to watch trailers of these shows!

Monday at 7:30pm begin season 2 of the hearty series Fresh Fields. Hester and William Fields are bored empty nesters. William is an accountant and Hester does random things around town including taking care of her elderly mother and gossiping with her neighbor Sonia. Stars: Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple, Return to Cranford), Anton Rodgers (May to December). Also airs throughout the week.

Tuesday at 7:30pm catch the first episode of May to December season 2. Two unlikely people find a mutual love of old musicals humor sparking a romance surprising much more than just themselves. Stars: Anton Rodgers (Fresh Fields), Frances White (I, Claudius). Also airs throughout the week. 

Wednesday at 11:00pm continue the action and humor of Hustle. Master con-man Mickey Bricks and his team of talented con artists have a very important rule: never con an honest man. So instead, they have lots of greedy enemies lined up for some of their boldest cons yet. Tough decisions and plenty of fun as the team goes head to head with some of the meanest, greediest people society has to offer. Stars: Adrian Lester, Robert Glenister (Prime Suspect), Robert Vaughn, Matt Di Angelo (EastEnders), and Kelly Adams.

Thursday at 8:00pm rekindle your love of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. This week, Holmes and Watson take on The Norwood Builder, when a notorious retiree is found murdered, his recently-named heir is the prime suspect. Also airs: Saturday at 2:00pm. Then at 9:30pm Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings investigates the mystery Double Sin in Agatha Christie’s Poirot. A woman is robbed while delivering a set of antique Napoleon miniatures to an American collector. Poirot and Hastings set out to find the thief. Also airs: Saturday at 4:00pm.

Friday at 8:00pm get your warm-hearted laughs with The Café. Three generations of a family host customers at their seafront cafe in this warm and funny comedy series. Sarah moves back home from London, having lost her boyfriend and her job, so she's helping her mum Carol at the café. But returning home has its pluses and minuses. Also airs: Tuesday at 5:30pm.

Saturday at 9:30pm experience Masterpiece Contemporary: Framed. Based on the bestselling book by Frank Cottrell Boyce, when London's National Gallery accidentally floods, treasured paintings must be transferred to an abandoned slate mine in the Welsh countryside for safety. Curator Quentin Lester is secretly pleased to have the art all to himself but while away, he encounters a lineup of quirky neighbors causing Lester great concern. Stars: Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead) and Eve Myles (Little Dorrit). Also airs: Sunday at 1:30pm.

Sunday at 5:00pm kick off season 2 of Born and Bred! In season 1, Tom Gilder moved his wife Deborah and four children from the busy city of Manchester to rural Ormston to take on the responsibility of his father’s practice. Despite a few old versus new clashes, Tom quickly settled in and together they got the go-ahead to make the cottage hospital a success. In season two, get ready for a whole new set of problems for the father-and-son practice. Delve further into the lives of the villagers, including some highly amusing incidents. Stars: James Bolam, Michael French (EastEnders), and Clive Swift (Keeping up Appearances). Also airs throughout the week

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 15 - 17

What to do in this wonderful spring weather?! This weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia check out a jazzy birthday bash, a Japanese drum performance, a major environmental film festival, and more! Here's the details on our featured weekend events!

 
 
 
 
 
If you could celebrate your birthday anyway you wanted, how would you celebrate it?  For Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette, celebrating with class and style is always on the agenda.  DeJohnette is most widely recognized for joining Miles Davis’s band and helping to change the face of jazz with their album, Bitches Brew.  He is also known for his association with artists such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock.  In celebration of his 70th birthday, DeJohnette wants to do nothing more than jazz things up at the Terrace Theatre.  Currently on an international tour with pianist Geogre Colligan, saxophonist Tim Ries and bassist Jerome Harris, the NEA Jazz Master will play a little music with his friends, ranging from cool jazz rhythms to bittersweet memories.  
Saturday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Cost: $35
Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center   2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC
 
 
And beats with energy that will make you want to see them again!  This Saturday, join Kodo, a traditional Japanese drum troupe, as they take over the DAR Constitution Hall.  Kodo uses ancient and modern compositions to achieve physical and musical versatility that surpasses language barriers.  Kodo is known for its performers not only playing the drums, but also using their bodies to tell a story.  Experience how the power of sound can create emotions ranging from laughter to aggression to even fear.  This show will be an unforgettable experience for all of your senses!  
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $25-$50
DAR Constitution Hall   1776 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20006-5303
 
 
 
Spring is finally in the air!  If you don’t see enough green outside, catch it on the big screen.  Celebrate the outdoors with the first weekend of the Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital, running March 12 through 24 at museums, embassies, universities, libraries and local theaters.  The theme of this year’s festival is the role of rivers and watersheds in the global environment. 190 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films were selected to highlight this and many other ecological issues.  The festival will feature 110 Washington, D.C. area premieres, including this weekend’s Amazon Gold, on Friday at the National Geographic Society, Cinderella Moon, on Saturday and Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, and More Than Honey on Sunday at AFI Silver Theater.  Discover the wonders of the world and the perils that endanger them this weekend through next.
March 12th through March 24th 
 
 
Select films opening today:
 
This Romanian film directed by Cristian Mungiu follows the friendship of two young women (Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur) who were raised in the same orphanage as children.
 
 
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) becomes infatuated with her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Good) when he comes to live with her and her unstable mother (Nicole Stoker) following the death of her father. This film directed by Chan-wook Park is largely drama with plenty of mystery and thriller in the mix as India learns more and more about her disturbed family.
 
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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule March 11 – 17

Can you believe we still have new shows to share with you? As your go-to for British television in the Washington, DC area, we hope to deliver a wide variety of programming on WETA UK and that means trying new programs while also keeping your beloveds running. This week on WETA UK, you’ll be thrilled by our newest British detective Inspector George Gently, while we continue to share WETA UK favorites like DCI Banks. Adding to the excitement, new seasons begin for comedies Keeping Up Appearances, Outnumbered, and Blackadder. Read on for more information about these and other shows that we want to highlight in this week’s WETA UK schedule!

To watch video previews of these shows, click here!

Monday at 10:00pm don’t miss the WETA UK Inspector George Gently premiere! Inspector George Gently is an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London’s Scotland Yard to England’s North Country in the mid-1960s. Gently’s reputation for honesty and relentlessness makes him almost as feared among his colleagues as he is among criminals. But he finds an odd ally in John Bacchus, an overeager, opinionated young sergeant who plays fast and loose with police procedures. Together the two tackle cases involving murderers, drug dealers, gun runners, and more. Gently is about to discover a whole new world of murder and intrigue in 1960s Britain, a place where everything is about to change, but the past is always present.

Tuesday at 11:00pm try out the comedy Benny Hill. The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions. This show also airs late-night throughout the week so if you’re looking for  more, check out the Benny Hill schedule on weta.org

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins to investigate a new mystery in Absolute Conviction, Part 1. Morse and Lewis investigate the affairs of three people in prison for fraud but when one of them is murdered, they are surprised by what they find. Once someone attempts to kill one of the two surviving fraudsters, the clock seems to speed up and the crime-solving duo must take actions fast. 

Thursday at 7:30pm begin the roaring comedy Keeping Up Appearances from the very first episode. Hyacinth goes to incredible lengths in her quest for refinement. She insists that her name Bucket is pronounced bouquet. Her house is spick-and-span with everything in its proper place. Even the empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after their obligatory rinse in the dishwasher. There is one very enormous drawback to Hyacinth’s pretensions. The rest of her family is as common as muck. They live together in a rundown house that looks like a junkyard. Sister Daisy and her husband Onslow are out-and-out slobs and her elderly father is a lecherous drunk. Whatever Hyacinth does, her family can always be guaranteed to show her up.

Friday at 9:30pm begin Outnumbered season 3, episode 1, a comedy series which captures the chaos of an ordinary British in a very unique way. The lives of Pete, Sue, and their three children are locked in an unequal battle. Using aspects of improvisation, this show sees the world as much from the children's point of view as that of the adults'.

Saturday at 8:00pm WETA UK Event: DCI Banks continues with Strange Affair and Dry Bones That Dream. In Strange Affair, DCI Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy and Banks drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim. In Dry Bones That Dream, DCI Alan Banks and DI Helen Morton must learn to reconcile their conflicting policing styles and personalities while trying to unravel the increasingly puzzling murder of a local accountant who has been leading a secret double life.

Sunday at 9:00pm kick off the fourth season of the classic comedy Blackadder entitled, Blackadder Goes Forth. A world-weary Captain Blackadder, veteran of numerous campaigns, suddenly finds himself in the trenches facing four million German machine guns. He is not a happy man. He’d be slightly happier if General Melchett's battle plans were less suicidal and if Private Baldrick's cooking wasn't confined to rat.

 

 

 

 

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WETA Kids Block Party | WordGirl: March-Enemy Week

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. If you’re up late on Saturday, watch every WordGirl episode from the previous week from 10:30pm – 1:00am or DVR it for Sunday morning!

But coming next week, we have something extra special for WordGirl fans: March-Enemy Week! Everyone’s favorite vocabulary-slinging super hero squares off against a cavalcade of evil-doers in WordGirl: March-Enemy Week! From March 11-15, WETA KIDS has five brand-new WordGirl episodes including the two-part Dinner or Consequences. The title of this week’s theme is a play on “arch enemy”. This means every episode is action-packed with an encounter between WordGirl and some of her most nefarious foes: Chuck the Evil Sandwich-Making Guy, Birthday Girl, Tobey, The Butcher, Granny Mae, The Energy Monster, and, of course, Dr. Two Brains.

Click here to watch a preview of WordGirl: March-Enemy Week!

Be sure to tune in March 11-15 for five all new WordGirl episodes and stop in every Saturday from 10:30pm – 1:00am for The WETA Kids Block Party: WordGirl.

For more WETA Kids Block Party information, check out our blog post on The WETA Kids Block Party Curious George, The WETA Kids Block Party Dinosaur Train, and The WETA Kids Block Party Wild Kratts!

Premieres: Monday March 11 at 4:30pm
Also airs:  Tuesday March 12 at 9:30am, Wednesday March 20 at 4:30pm, Thursday March 21 at 9:30am
Plain Old Mischief Makers: When best friends Big Left Hand Guy and InvisiBill risk losing their super villain status, they decide to pull off their biggest heist to date. Can WordGirl stop this determined duo who always manage to escape her at the last minute? Vocabulary Words: Diminish, Declare. 
House Arrest: While Chuck's jail cell is being painted, he's put under house arrest at the Botsford's. Becky is stuck spending more time waiting on Chuck rather than fighting the other villains. Vocabulary Words: Release, Rowdy.
 
Premieres: Tuesday March 12 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Wednesday March 13 at 9:30am, Friday March 22 at 4:30pm, Monday March 25 at 9:30am
Monkey Business: After a battle, WordGirl accidentally leaves Captain Huggy Face behind (again). So he spends the day doing all of his favorite things. When an overzealous Chuck strikes, it's up to Captain Huggy Face to single-handedly save the day. Vocabulary Words: Recall, Zeal. 
Say it Again, Eileen: Eileen won't stop copying Becky - and it's driving Becky nuts! Can WordGirl stop Eileen from transforming into the Birthday Girl before the bake sale (and Becky's treasured crumpets) are ruined? Vocabulary Words: Stymie, Guidance.
 
Premieres: Wednesday March 13 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Thursday March 14 at 3:30am, Tuesday March 26 at 4:30pm, Wednesday March 27 at 9:30am
Day at the Museum: Scoops takes Becky, Bob, and Violet to the museum to find inspiration for his news story for The Big City Times. When they hear a rumor about a haunted treasure, the team goes on a search - with The Butcher right behind! Can Scoops, Becky, Bob, and Violet find the treasure, evade The Butcher, and do it all in time for Scoops to keep his deadline? Vocabulary Words: Rumor, Deadline. 
Best Fan Club Meeting Ever: TJ plans a meeting to divulge a secret about WordGirl to International WordGirl Fan Club members. However, when Tobey finds out that a secret about his love/nemesis will be revealed, he crashes the meeting with an eavesdropping robot and threatens to destroy the clubhouse. WordGirl has to spring into action to save the clubhouse and her fans! Vocabulary Words: Divulge, Eavesdrop.
 
Premieres: Thursday March 14 at 4:30pm, Friday March 15 at 9:30am, Friday March 29 at 4:30pm
Who’s Your Granny?: Granny May decides to become more notorious by committing bigger crimes involving crazy contraptions. Meanwhile, Becky is frustrated that she does not appear in any yearbook photos since she always has to escape to fight crime as WordGirl. Will Becky/WordGirl ever be able to get her photo in the yearbook and find time to interact with the new, hi-tech Granny May? Vocabulary Words: Interact, Contraption.
Win a Day with WordGirl: The Big City Times announces a writing contest prize: win a day with WordGirl. A chance at a full-day encounter with everyone's favorite superhero causes Tobey, Scoops, and TJ to go to extremes to win - ending in a robot-filled squabble at the library. Vocabulary Words: Encounter, Squabble.
 
Premieres: Friday March 15 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Monday March 18 at 9:30am
Part 1: Dr. Two Brains is stealing all the city's milk and using it-with help from the unusually talkative Energy Monster-to superpower his new ray and turn the whole city into cheese! It's up to WordGirl to find the disappearing dairy and stop Dr. Two Brains... even if it means missing her family feast and having to face the consequences. Vocabulary Words: Feast, Consequences. 
Part 2: Becky has to rely on an old Botsford tradition - the family trial - to convince her family that she vanished from the feast for a good reason. But when the Energy Monster breaks Dr. Two Brains out of jail and the two head over to the Botsfords to take back a powerful invention, will Becky be able to prove her innocence and transform into WordGirl in time to stop two super villains? Vocabulary Words: Vanish, Rely.
 
 

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