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

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

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Cure your travel bug with music.

Journey to the East and back to the West again this weekend with the China National Symphony Orchestra, as it performs a variety of orchestral works from China and around the world. Celebrated for spreading symphony awareness in their homeland, the China National Symphony Orchestra is back in the United States for the first time since their debut tour in 2006. The orchestra will be performing twice in our area this weekend.

Friday, 8pm – Music Center at Strathmore
Saturday, 8pm – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

 

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Cost: Tickets $25-$65 (Stars Price $22.50-$58.50)
 
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Cost: $30, $52, $60. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

 

 

[Not] Out of the Blue Jam Session!

Grab your guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas and head on over to the O Street Museum for a live bluegrass jam session!  Musicians and groupies of all ages are invited to show off their musical (and dancing…) skills alongside professional musicians in the business.  Now’s your chance to live your bluegrass dream…are you in?  

Sunday, February 3, 11am-2pm Register Online
Cost: Donations accepted
O Street Museum    2020 O St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036

 

 

A Turkish Experience!

Looking for a fun Saturday for the whole family, filled with shadow puppets and vibrant art?  The Textile Museum celebrates its fourth-annual mid-winter festival  with an in-depth look at the arts and artisans of Turkey.

Since the time of the Ottoman Empire, shadow puppets have been used as a source of storytelling in Turkey.  In celebration, the Cresent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater will be putting on four performances for visitors followed by a lesson on how to marble paper with Tugba Musurlu.  You will also be able to take a closer look at their current exhibition, The Sultan’s Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art.  If that’s not enough, enjoy a cup of warm Turkish apple tea and cookies before venturing back out into the cold.

Saturday,12-4pm
Free; no reservations required.
The Textile Museum    2320 S Street, NW  Washington, DC

 

 

Select films opening today:

BULLET TO THE HEAD          (MPAA Rating)

Based on the French graphic novel by Alexis Nolent, BULLET TO THE HEAD, directed by Walter Hill, stars Sylvester Stallone as a hitman and Sung Kang as a young Washington detective who team up in the name of revenge when both of their partners are murdered in New Orleans.

 

WARM BODIES         (PG-13)

This is a classic case of boy meets girl, except that the boy, Nicholas Hoult, is a zombie who rescues the girl, Teresa Palmer, from what would’ve been a deadly attack. WARM BODIES, directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, THE WACKNESS, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE), also stars Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, and Academy Award winner John Malkovich.

 

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Coming to WETA UK in February 2013 | New British Shows

WETA UK brings television viewers in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area the very best in British programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since our launch in June 2012, we have introduced a wide variety of British shows to PBS audiences around the local area and we continue to do so in this coming month. Here’s a look at the new shows coming to WETA UK February 2013.

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The WETA UK Event: The Complete Little Dorrit 
Saturdays 8:00pm - 11:30pm beginning February 2 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm 
This Masterpiece Classic drama is based on the book by Charles Dickens. Amy Dorrit has lived in Marshalsea Prison her entire life, but nothing can ruin her love for her father William Dorrit, the prison’s longest serving inmate. After his father’s mysterious death, Arthur Clennam explores this mystery which intertwines with the Dorrits. Clennam's exhaustive search for answers involves murder, fortunes gained and lost, the upper society and lower, and most surprising of all, a gentle romance. Watch the five part series on WETA UK over three Saturdays February 2, 9, & 16.  
 
Yes, Prime Minister
Sundays at 8:00pm beginning February 3 | Also airs throughout the week
This comedy series is the sequel to the hit British comedy Yes, Minister. True to the law that says people rise to the level of their incompetence, James Hacker MP, Minister for Administrative Affairs, has ascended to the highest political office in the land. Fortunately for the country, however, his scheming adversary Sir Humphrey Appleby - now Cabinet Secretary - is more than willing to help him steer the unsteady ship of state through the perilous waters of government.
 
 
Fresh Fields
Mondays at 7:30pm beginning February 4 | Also airs throughout the week
Hester and William Fields are a typical couple: happily married, middle-aged, and middle-class. When their daughter Emma leaves home to live with her boyfriend Peter, the empty nesters become increasingly bored. William runs a small accountancy firm in the city and Hester ends up taking on a wide-range of activities in hopes to add some variety in her life. She attends classes and events while running around after her elderly mother and gossiping with next-door neighbor Sonia.
 
May to December
Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning February 5 | Also airs throughout the week
Alec Callendar is a small-town solicitor, with big-time dreams. Semple, Callendar and Henty handles routine work in a typically suburban legal practice, but privately Alec wishes he were more like his hero, Perry Mason. One day, into his life walks an Angell – Zoe Angell, who has come to consult him about a divorce. On the face of it, the professional widower and the young PE teacher from a family of greengrocers should have nothing in common. But a mutual love of old musicals and a whimsical sense of humor spark a romance which surprises not just Alec and Zoe, but also the entire office staff, his two grown-up children and the rest of their families and friends.
 
Men Behaving Badly
Fridays at 10:30pm beginning February 15
Gary and Tony are two beer-guzzling flat mates enjoying endless TV and mindless talks about women. Gary sells burglar alarms for a dead-end company and his staff drive him mad with their old-fashioned ways. Tony stumbles through a range of jobs including modeling, bartending, and miming. Gary has an on-again-off-again relationship with nurse Dorothy and Tony has many girlfriends but really likes Deborah the woman who lives in the flat above.
 
Masterpiece Classic: South Riding
Saturday February 16 from 9:30pm – 12:30am
As forward-thinking young headmistress Sarah Burton brings her modern ideas to a conservative girls' school in depression-era Yorkshire, she sparks trouble and attraction with Robert Carne, a stubborn landowner hindered by a questionable past. Sarah encourages girls to think for themselves and despite others’ protests, outside of school Sarah finds an supporter in Joe Astell, an advocate of progress. 
 
People Like Us
Sundays at 9:30pm beginning February 17 | Also airs Thursdays at 9:00am & Fridays at 11:30am
BBC interviewer Roy Mallard travels the country to talk to ordinary folk. Mallard has little or no skill as an interviewer: he is over-earnest, and after most of his voice-overs, you realize there's something slightly odd about what he's said. He's apt to talk nonsense and is so obviously unattractive there's a running joke that nobody can believe he's married. But we never catch a glimpse of him: the central character of this program is always out of shot.
 
Death in Paradise
Wednesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 4:00pm & Saturdays at 6:00pm 
A light-hearted detective series which takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop. Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, quintessentially British cop Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. His new partner, DS Camille Bordey is instinctive, feisty and brilliant, and the rest of the team certainly has their own unique way of doing things. Though Richard would never admit it, they make the perfect team, and with a new mind-boggling mystery to solve every episode, Death in Paradise will intrigue and tantalize – but will Richard ever come to see the beauty of his surroundings? Perhaps not, but he might one day loosen his tie.
 
Dalziel & Pasco 
Wednesdays at 10:00pm beginning February 20 | Also airs Thursdays at 5:00pm & Saturdays at 7:00pm 
Andy Dalziel does not suffer fools gladly, but he has even more trouble with what he calls the "smart arses" of this world. So when the inexperienced, soft-spoken, whiz-kid graduate Peter Pascoe joins his team at Mid-Yorkshire CID, there could be problems. Pascoe is one of the new breed of career police officers, armed with a degree in Social Sciences, a caring attitude and a sharp brain. At first Pascoe is somewhat taken aback by his brash and ballsy boss, but it soon becomes apparent there is more to Andy Dalziel than meets the eye. Pascoe and his feisty girlfriend Ellie find Dalziel by turns exasperating and amusing. And although Pascoe often has to bear the brunt of Dalziel's taunts, it is hard to resist his clumsy attempts at friendship.
 
The WETA UK Event: The Complete Return to Cranford
Saturdays from 8:00pm – 11:00pm beginning February 23 | Also airs Sundays at 12:00pm
Change is coming to the 1840s, small, close-knit village of Cranford run by the women of the town. The Industrial Revolution is upon them and change as well as romance is in the air. When a shocking event disrupts Cranford from its innocence, can a bit friendship save the day?  
 
Foyle’s War
Mondays at 8:00pm beginning February 25
This fan-favorite, World War II crime drama returns to WETA UK on a new day and time starting from the very beginning. The first season is set in spring and summer of 1940 when World War II has just begun and England faces an inevitable German invasion. Despite the war, someone must tend to crimes on the home front and Christopher Foyle is the man to do it. The detective chief inspector faces four difficult cases in the first season of Foyle's War.
 
Rumpole of the Bailey
Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning February 26 | Also airs Wendesdays at 4:00pm
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.
 
 
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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night January 26

Passion is a powerful emotion that can make people do just about anything, good and bad, but it’s how humans choose to use it that is the most fascinating side of this awesome affection. Join us this Saturday starting at 9:30pm on the Washington, DC area PBS station WETA TV26 & WETA HD for a look at the passion of two lovers and the passion of an artist in this weekend’s WETA movie line-up. Enjoy these free films in the comfort of your home without commercial interruption.

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An Affair to Remember (1957) – Romantic Passion

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerra make their duet debut in this weekend’s classic romantic drama, An Affair to Remember. The film follows Nicky Ferrante, a famous international playboy and Terry McKay, a high-profile nightclub singer, as the two become romantically involved while on an oceanic cruise from Europe to New York. Complications arise when the lovebirds remember that they are already committed to other people. Despite being already engaged, the two schedule to meet again atop the Empire State Building six months later.  While on her way, disaster strikes when Terry is involved in an accident preventing her from showing up. Unaware of the accident, Nicky is left to assume that the woman he truly loves no longer feels the same way and will not be making an appearance. Will Nicky lose the woman he longs to be with or find out the truth about her failure to show?

Tune in to WETA TV26 & WETA HD for An Affair to Remember Saturday at 9:30pm, also airs Sunday at 11:30am.

 

Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing – Artistic Passion 

Independent Lens reveals a touching documentary as we explore the life of Wayne White, an American artist, cartoonist, and director from Tennessee on his way to stardom.  After starting as a cartoonist in the New York City, he went on to showcase his talent in Los Angeles as one of the creators of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.  White’s iconic imagery, creativity, and original artistic style are an inspiration to the people around him, encouraging those with self-doubt to follow their life’s passion no matter how different it may be.  Follow Wayne as we take a tour through his life in this self-narrated story which uncovers his rise and fall in the competitive world of art.

Watch WETA TV26 & WETA HD Beauty is Embarrassing Saturday at 11:30pm.

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town January 25 - 27

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

To watch video trailers of the new movies opening today, read the full article HERE!

 

Rap, Reggaetone, and Roses

Does rap or reggaetone evoke images of flowers and French décor? If you want to challenge your idea of conventional, head to Artisphere, which will be hosting an opening reception this Friday for Delicate/Violent (Delicado/Violento). This series of paintings by artist David Amoroso, juxtaposes images of local rappers and reggaetoneros in violent postures against delicate backgrounds. The reception will include an artist talk with Juror Don Russell followed by a Rappers and Reggaetoneros music showcase live in Artisphere’s Ballroom.  Performers include Mr. Pelon 503, El Indio, El Renegado & NCute, Impacto Urbano (featuring Shorty GY), and El Fenome Don Rimador.

Friday, 6pm to 10pm
Cost: Free
Artisphere, Mezzanine Gallery   1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209

 

A Taste of Latin Jazz

Music is one the closest things in life that we can get to human emotion.  Whether it be bluegrass, hip hop, rock or jazz, the music world will never see its end… at least not anytime soon we hope!  Grammy Award-winning pianist and NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri will be bringing everything he’s got to the Kennedy Center, including his band!  Finishing a yearlong celebration of his 75th birthday, the creative and elegant artist will be here to do what he does best, keep the audience asking for more.  Palmieri and the Latin Jazz Septet will be performing a wide variety of standards and original works that will make this event a performance not to miss.

Saturday, 7:30 & 9:30pm
Cost: $35

Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center  2700 F Street NW Washington, DC 20566 

 

Behind Every Brush Stroke Lurks a Story…

….And you and your child can uncover the canvas under Pablo Picasso’s paintings!  This weekend, the National Gallery of Art is holdings its “Winter Story Series” for children ages 4 to 7.  Museum educators will guide budding art enthusiasts as they investigate Picasso’s paintings through storytelling, observation, and creating masterpieces of their own.  Sign-in for the event will take place in the East Building Atrium beginning at 10 am on Saturday and at 11am on Sunday! This event fills up fast, so get your tickets soon!    

Saturday, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
Sunday, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30
Cost: Free

National Gallery of Art East Building  4th & Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20565 

 

 

Select films opening today:

PARKER          (R) 

Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller, PARKER, based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake. PARKER is directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Hackford (“Ray”) and also stars Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce (HBO’s “The Wire”) and Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte.

 

QUARTET        (PG-13) 

The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, QUARTET is a comedy starring Maggie Smith (PBS’s Downton Abbey and HARRY POTTER franchise), Billy Connolly (GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, THE LAST SAMURAI), Michael Gambon (HARY POTTER franchise, THE KING’S SPEECH) and Pauline Collins (ALBERT NOBBS, FROM TIME TO TIME)

 

THE MASTER  (R)

A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran, Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader, Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Amy Adams plays Dodd’s wife, Peggy.

 

WEST OF MEMPHIS  (R)

A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Amy Berg (DELIVER US FROM EVIL) and produced by first time filmmakers Damien Echols and Lorri Davis, in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, WEST OF MEMPHIS tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light; a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.

 

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule January 22 – 27

This week on the Washington, DC area all-British public broadcasting channel WETA UK, we begin new seasons of our great dramas, mysteries, and comedies. Here are the highlights from the schedule this week, we hope you'll tune in for one or all!

Read the full article for video previews of these shows!

 

Tuesday at 7:00pm tune in for a new season of My Family. As season 4 begins, Ben and Michael waste no time and dive right into the antics the Harper family is well known for. Watch My Family Mondays – Fridays at 7:00pm and Fridays 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Wednesday at 9:00pm don’t miss one of our newest programs DCI Banks. Tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot combine drama, crime, and thrill in this British series. In this week’s episode Cold is the Grave, a man commits armed robbery then he’s brutally murdered. Chief Superintendent Rydell wants DCI Banks to find and bring home the criminal’s runaway teenage daughter, Emily. During investigation, Annie Cabbot becomes convinced that the robbery was staged but struggles to prove it. This episode also airs Thursday at 4:00pm & Saturday at 6:30pm. 

Thursday get your mystery fix with Sherlock Holmes at 8:00pm followed by Agatha Christie’s Poirot at 9:00pm. This crime-solving-duo moved to WETA UK earlier this month so tune in every Thursday beginning at 8:00pm for these classic mysteries. Sherlock Holmes airs again on Saturdays at 2:00pm and Agatha Christie’s Poirot airs again on Saturdays at 4:30pm.

Friday is packed with new seasons! At 6:30pm we begin season 3 of Chef!, then at 7:30pm we start season 2 of As Time Goes By, and at 9:30pm season 2 of the comedy Outnumbered kicks off. 

Saturday at 10:00pm The WETA UK Event: Garrow’s Law continues with the beginning of season 3. Pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow returns to the Bailey to face regicide (the act of killing a king), industrial sabotage, colonial brutality, and vote rigging as the Establishment battle to maintain the status quo. These episodes also air Sunday at 2:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm catch the classic Yes, Minister special episode Party Games. Secretary to the Cabinet, Sir Arnold Robinson is retiring and Sir Humphrey is to take his place. Hacker celebrates by getting gloriously drunk, and is lucky to escape the breathalyzer – unlike the Deputy Prime Minister. With his successor out of the way, the Prime Minister too steps down and the hunt is on to find his replacement. The politicians favor a strong candidate, someone with style and charisma who will lead the party into a new term of office. The Civil Service favors someone less headstrong, more ‘receptive to advice’. Remember that next Sunday at 8:00pm, the new series Yes, Prime Minister begins! This is the sequal to Yes, Minister and will air the same days and times. 

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