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I, Claudius Marathon

The mini-series I, Claudius, is based on a novel written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. The classic story of the physically weak being intellectually underestimated was immensely popular when it first aired in 1977 and is still loved almost 35 years later. 

 

This Sunday, travel back in time to Rome through the eyes of Claudius and become a historical investigator of deadly plots and scandal in one of the greatest Empires of all time. When Emperor Caligula abuses his power as ruler of Rome, Claudius is named the new leader. A stuttering and sickly man, he immediately encounters challenges and power struggles. Does Claudius shy away from his new position or does he become the Emperor Rome needs? Follow the span of Claudius’ life and the history of the Roman Empire with this enthralling marathon of the award-winning series I, Claudius this Sunday.

Watch the I, Claudius Marathon over two weekends beginning this Sunday, March 10th from 10:00am to 6:00pm concluding Sunday, March 17th from 12:00pm - 6:00pm

 

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 9-10

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of free dancing lessons, silent film fun, and more in your own backyard!

 
Dancing in Bethesda
Put on those dancing shoes because this weekend is Dance Bethesda!  The two-day event starts Friday night with free dance lessons and parties, hosted by studios in downtown Bethesda.  Try your foot at rumba, social dancing, ballroom, hip-hop, tap, folklore, salsa, swing, tango, and jazz or watch demonstrations throughout the night.  Then on Saturday, a group of seven dance companies will perform at Round House Theatre for the 9th annual Dance Bethesda Concert. (They’ve been being selected from a group of 50 local contestants.)  With a variety of dance genres, like contemporary from the Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Central Asian from the Silk Road Dance Company and ballet from The Washington School of Ballet, this event will provide a well-rounded selection of the most talented dancers in the Washington, D.C. area. 
Open Studio Night- Friday, 8-10:30pm 
Cost: Free
 
Studios hosting open houses include: Dance Bethesda Dance Studio, Dansez! Dansez!, Du-Shor Dance Studio, Joy of Motion Dance Center (6:30-9:45pm), and The Mindfulness Center.
 
Bethesda Dance Concert
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under
Round House Theatre  4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland
 
 
Silent Film (But Not a Silent Event)
This Saturday, indulge your senses with lavish costumes and drama with the Freer Gallery’s presentation of “Intolerance: Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment.”  Intolerance, one of the masterpieces of the Silent Era, looks at Man’s persistent “intolerance” throughout the ages and connects stories from four very different time periods:  the American “modern” melodrama of 1914, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, the fall of Babylon at the hands of the Persians in 539 BCE, and the death of Jesus Christ.  This film program is presented in conjunction with the Sackler Gallery’s exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder, which will be featured in an upcoming segment of WETA Around Town! 
Saturday, 3pm
Cost:  Free
Freer Gallery  1200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20013
 
 
A Family Adventure in Time Travel
If you could go back in time, what period would you travel to?  Would you go back in time to the Medieval Age or to the days at Woodstock?  What about the Civil War Era?  Well, if you said the Civil War, you are in luck.  As a tie-in with “The Civil War and American Art” exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will be hosting Civil War Family Day.  Kids and families will have the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children of the mid-1800s by participating in an afternoon full of Civil War related activities, such as craft making, photography, music, scavenger hunts and more.  So join them this Saturday for a fun-filled day in the past at the Kogod Courtyard.
Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Cost: Free
Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C.
 
 
Psst! After the Civil War Family Day festivities have wrapped up, take the kids to the accompanying exhibition, “The Civil War and American Art.” Here’s what our critics have to say about it.
 
 
 
Select films opening today:
Australian director Cate Shortland’s second feature is a WWII thriller that tracks the 900 km journey of five siblings (including Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, and Ursina Lardi) as they make their way to their grandmother’s house near Hamburg, Germany after Allied Forces arrest their Nazi parents.
 
 
This post-WWII drama by British director Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and HANNIBAL RISING) traces an American general’s (Tommy Lee Jones) investigation of Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s (Takatarô Kataoka) role in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
 
 
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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule March 3 - 10

This week we introduce a brand new detective series to the WETA UK schedule! You’re invited to the Monday night premiere of Scott and Bailey! We continue many of our best British shows and begin new seasons of our favorites. Read on for more highlights this week and click here to watch video trailers of these shows!

 

Monday at 9:00pm join us for the WETA UK premiere of Scott and Bailey. This show is a thrilling investigative drama exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives, DC Janet Scott and DC Rachel Bailey both of whom are members of the Major Incident Team of the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police. Rachel and Janet are close friends with different personalities: Rachel is impulsive and free-thinking, whereas Janet is subtle and wise. Each episode sees Rachel and Janet face a serious crime that is both challenging and emotionally difficult as well as cope with their own complex personal lives. Scott & Bailey is an honest, powerful and funny crime drama series. Also airs Tuesday at 3:00pm.

Tuesday at 9:00pm Rumpole of the Bailey continues with episode 2: Rumpole & the Alternative Society. Rumpole is in west England defending Kathy Trelawney, a woman charged with selling marijuana to a federal agent. Rumpole tries to connect with an old friend from his time in the Royal Air Force, Sam 'Three Fingers' Dogherty. Also airs Wednesday at 4:00pm.

Wednesday at 6:00pm begin season 5 of BallyKissAngel. 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 new garda in town, the very rigorous Frankie Sullivan. Also airs Saturday at 3:00pm & Sunday at 11:00am.

Thursday get your mystery fix on WETA UK! Kick off at 8:00pm with Sherlock Holmes: The Greek Interpreter. An nasty gang kidnaps a Greek interpreter and forces him to relate their demands to abductees who know only the Greek tongue. Also airs Saturday at 2:00pm. Then at 9:00pm Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Cornish Mystery. Much to Poirot's disappointment, he arrives too late in Cornwall to prevent Mrs. Pengelley's death. She had asked for his help, suspecting her dentist husband to be poisoning her so that he could marry his young assistant. After conducting preliminary interviews, Poirot is sure that Mrs. Pengelley was not murdered by her husband and sets about finding the real killer. Also airs Saturday at 4:00pm.

Friday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm watch four back-to-back episodes of My Family. This is a British comedy about a family just trying to stay afloat in a crazy world. Dad, Ben is a dentist struggling to understand his wife Susan the terrible cook, daughter Janey the selfish shopping addict, youngest son Michael the brain, and eldest son Nick the lazy goof. Although loving and caring parents, Ben and Susan have a little trouble showing their children these true intentions since the kids are always up to something. This series also airs Mondays – Fridays at 7:00pm.

Saturday afternoon catch up on all your favorite WETA UK shows from the week. 
10:00am  Yes, Prime Minister
10:30am  May to December
11:00am  Fresh Fields
11:30am  Last of the Summer Wine
12:00pm  New Tricks
1:00pm   Prime Suspect
2:00pm   Sherlock Holmes
3:00pm   BallyKissAngel
4:00pm   Agatha Christie’s Poirot
5:00pm   Inspector Morse
6:00pm Death in Paradise
7:00pm  Dalziel and Pascoe
 

Sunday at 10:00pm Doctor Who season 4 episode 1. Award-winning actor Catherine Tate is  the Doctor’s new companion, returning to her role as Donna Noble who featured in the 2006 Christmas special The Runaway Bride. Donna mysteriously vanished as she prepared to marry her boyfriend in a glittering ceremony on Christmas Eve. She reappeared, much to her astonishment, in the TARDIS with the Doctor. As the TARDIS raced to the church, it soon became apparent that Donna was the key to an ancient alien plan to destroy the Earth. The episode ended with the Doctor inviting Donna to travel with him – an invitation which, at the time, was declined… Now reunited, the Doctor and Donna travel back to Pompeii in AD 79 on the eve of the infamous eruption where people are slowly turning to stone, investigate a series of grisly murders with the help of Agatha Christie, journey to the home world of the sinister Ood and come face to face an old enemy of the Doctor’s. 

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

 

Born in 1926, Jerry Lewis is one of America’s most iconic slapstick comedians. He rose to fame with partner Dean Martin with the Martin and Lewis comedy act, which first appeared on television in 1948. In the 1950s, he embarked on a solo career and starred in films such as The Ladies Man, The Nutty Professor, and It’s Only Money. More recently, Lewis has performed on Broadway and been awarded for his humanitarian acts, always known as being a key member of the comedic community.

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An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas

This Saturday, comedian Jerry Lewis takes to the stage of the Showroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as he tells stories of his eight-decade career in a tribute to his 87th birthday. The performance will feature narrative and musical acts by Lewis, as well as footage from his career, both classics and never before seen. At the end of the evening, Lewis will take questions from fans in the audience. Join us for this monumental presentation with Jerry Lewis, this Saturday at 6:30pm.

Watch An Evening with Jerry Lewis: Live From Las Vegas on Saturday March 2 at 6:30pm. Also airs March 7 at 8:00pm, March 8 at 1:00pm and March 15 at 10:30pm.

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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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