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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)



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.



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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Special Programming on WETA

As President Obama is sworn into office for a second term on Monday, he shares the spotlight with Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate the civil rights leader’s birthday January 21. This is a great time to reflect on the history of the United States and the progress made for African Americans in recent years. Join us beginning at 9:30am on Monday, as we spend the day revisiting key moments of the civil rights movement. And don’t forget! At 11:00am Monday, WETA is airing the PBS NewsHour Inauguration 2013: A Special Report.

Read the full article for video previews of each show including a special behind the scenes look at the making of Slavery By Another Name and the WETA Around Town tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.


American Experience: Roads to Memphis

This is the story of one man’s desire to be forever infamous. James Earl Ray lived a life of crime and was always in and out of prison. After he failed to get adequate attention from his prison escape, Ray plotted and carried out the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama. Through eyewitness accounts, this story is told by people who knew King and officials who helped capture Ray. Investigate the steps leading up to the murder and the manhunt which ensued after.

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Monday January 21 at 9:30am and 5:30pm.


American Experience: Freedom Riders

From May until November of 1961 a revolution was happening in an unconventional place; public transportation. 600 Americans of diverse races, genders, and ages became Freedom Riders as they deliberately broke Jim Crow Laws traveling on buses and trains in the South. This was life-threatening activism and its participants were often attacked verbally or physically. Their efforts weren’t in vain however, and on September 22, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued its order to end the segregation in bus and rail stations. Follow the story of these heroes on the move and their efforts during the civil rights movement.

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Monday January 21st at 2:00pm


Slavery by Another Name

Based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name follows the lives of African Americans from 1865 up until World War II. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 is commonly thought to have ended slavery, the struggles of African Americans in the South persisted with new forms of forced labor known as “neoslavery.” This documentary is brought to life with archival footage and interviews with decedents of former slaves and scholars.

Watch on WETA TV26 & WETA HD Monday January 21st at 4:00pm

Learn more about the film and go behind the scenes with this PBS video: The Making of Slavery By Another Name. 


Watch the WETA Around Town tour of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC. 


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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night January 19


As humans, every one of us has a unique blend of characteristics that make up our identities. Join us this Saturday starting at 9:30pm on the Washington, DC area PBS station WETA TV26 & WETA HD and take an in-depth look at the identities of three very different people in a Hollywood film and two Independent Lens documentaries.


Top Hat (1935) – Mistaken Identity

Love hurts… especially when your significant other thinks you’re someone else.  The remedy? A nice a suit, a bow-tie, and a little tap dancing to turn that frown upside-down.  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers top the charts in this musical performance making Top Hat a classic comedy you just can’t miss.  The film follows an American dancer named Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) as he travels to London to star in a production by Horace Hardwick (Everett Horton).  Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) is rudely woken one night to the tap dancing of Jerry Travers as he celebrates in the room above.  After confronting him, hate turns to love.  The situation becomes complicated when identities are confused and tensions run high.

Tune in for Top Hat beginning at 9:30pm on Saturday. Repeats Sunday at 11:30am



Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies – Cultural Identity

When tradition runs strong, old habits die hard.  In filmmaker Byron Hurt’s culture, indulging in fried pork chips, greasy bacon, and cheese covered scrambled eggs is normal.  In his documentary, Soul Food Junkies, Hurt explores the culinary ceremony, in which eating unhealthy is just part of some African Americans' heritage.  As the son of an overweight father, Hurt hopes to open the eyes of the public to the harsh effects that come with this tradition.  Through interviews with doctors, community members, historians, and soul food cooks, Hurt explores the pros and cons of soul food and how it deeply impacts African American identity. 

Tune in Saturday at 11:00pm for our screening of Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies.



Independent Lens: P-Star Rising – The Search for Identity

Making a name for yourself in the hip-hop world is one of the many hardships that comes with a rap career.  For one little girl following her dream, this would not be the case. Her father, Jesse Diaz, was once a rap entrepreneur in search of fame but soon found himself in the shoes of the many other hip-hop artists that fail to make it. Priscilla, Jesse’s nine-year-old daughter, discovers that she is not just an ordinary pre-teen in Harlem but a gifted child with the ability to rap like a pro. Anxious to relive the life he once lost, Jesse becomes invested in Priscilla’s career. Follow the rise and fall of stardom in this docu-drama about family, fame, and obsession.

Join us this Sunday at 12:00am for the Independent Lens documentary P-Star Rising.



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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town January 18 - 20

This weekend DC, Maryland, and Virginia is packed with inauguration celebrations, classic concerts and movies. With prices ranging from free to a couple bucks, there’s a wide variety of events to choose from!


From one leader to another

44 years ago on January 20, 1969, Richard Nixon was sworn into office, the same day Led Zeppelin supposedly performed for a group of teenagers at Wheaton Youth Center. Join AFI Silver Theater in a preview screening of the documentary Led Zeppelin Played Here, directed by Jeff Krulik, which presents a homegrown version of what was happening nationwide as the rock concert industry took shape, featuring interviews with rock writers, musicians and fans, including several who claim they were there witnessing history that night. Celebrate monumental events, both past and present, by attending this special screening of Led Zeppelin Played Here on Sunday.

Sunday January 20th, 9:00pm

Cost: $5.00

AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center    8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD 20910


The “Small Worlds” and big music of Chopin

Can you guess how many works Frédéric Chopin created during his lifetime? 250. Continuing his quest to perform all of the Chopin pieces within the next decade, pianist Brian Ganz is preparing for his third all-Chopin recital on January 19 at Strathmore, which will explore the theme of "Small Worlds." The program will include Frédéric Chopin's 5 Mazurkas, Op. 7; Trois Ecossaises, Op. 72, No. 3; Lento con Gran Espressione in C-sharp minor; Presto con Leggerezza in A-flat major; Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23; Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47; and the 24 Préludes, Op. 28.

Saturday January 19th at 8:00pm

Cost: Tickets range from $28 to $74. Tickets for kids 7-17 are FREE through the ALL KIDS, ALL FREE, ALL THE TIME program (sponsored by The Gazette).  ALL KIDS tickets must be purchased in person or by phone. Parking is free. Tickets can be purchased at nationalphilharmonic.org or call 301-581-5100.

The Music Center at Strathmore   5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD  20852


Edgy.  Contemporary.  Experimental. 

Fancy performances in an intimate setting?  Want to support local, emerging artists?  Experience the performing arts at its best this Friday amongst the Hillyer Art Space’s edgy, contemporary galleries!  The Hillyer Art Space is kicking off its 2013 monthly performing art series, Soapbox, which provides performance artists a close setting that accommodates their often underrepresented medium.  This Friday features “To Know a Veil”, an experimental piece conceived and directed by Emma Jaster, exploring the personal and cultural implications of how women veil and reveal themselves. 

Friday January 18th, from 7-9pm

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Hillyer Art Space   9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008


Kern vs. Cibis: A Battle to Be Remembered

Blurb about event:  Get your seats soon folks; this is going to be the piano fight of the century! Watch as two musical masterminds, Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, compete against one another in this original performance format which presents classical music in a whole new way.  Each musician will be showcasing their abilities by playing pieces from known composers such as Debussy, Chopin and Liszt, in this grave but comical accomplishment.  If you have ever wanted to play a role in a musical performance, this is your chance.  Audience members will get to serve as an active part during the entire program and will be invited to vote on the pianists’ performance of their choice for a winner.

Friday January 18th, 7:30pm

Cost:  $50 / $40  Friends of the Goethe-Institut and $25 for students with ID at the door

Embassy of Austria   3524 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008



The inauguration of President Obama is this Monday January 21st and that means two things for Washington D.C this weekend; amazing events and traffic. While we try to avoid the latter, join us as we partake in celebrations unique to January in D.C. every 4 years.

Tour for the Presidential Inauguration

(Tours run hourly until last tour at 3pm)

January 18, 19 and 22, 10am to 4pm& Sunday, January 20, noon to 4pm Cost: Adults: $12 / Children (12 and under): $5

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

The "I Don't Have a SuperPac to Pay for My Inaugural Ball Ticket" Ball

Saturday January 19, 8:00pm, Cost: $18 for years 18 and older; $12 ages 11-17; $10 children 10 and younger

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park


The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring! featuring Smokey RobinsonSunday January 20, 6:00pm, Cost: Free. Tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Sunday January 20, 2013, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability.Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center


Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center

Sunday January 20, 7:00pm, Cost: $150.00-$300.00. Tickets went on sale January 8, 2013 to the public

Opera House at the Kennedy Center


Presidential Inauguration Parade

Monday January 21, 2:30pm. Tickets are not required.

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC. Viewing stands and bleachers will extend from 3rd to 17thSt.



Select films opening Friday:


Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director Kim Jee-woon's hard-hitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND.  After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.


LUV    (R)

Eleven-year-old WOODY WATSON is a timid Baltimore orphan who dreams of a better life -- and his absent mother who may or may not be in North Carolina fighting drug addiction. Woody also reveres his uncle VINCENT as the father figure he never had. A street hustler and former drug dealer, Vincent's fresh off an eight-year stint in prison and wants a new direction.  When Vincent bypasses his nephew's school one day and offers to show Woody how a man handles his business, Woody jumps at the opportunity to join his uncle on a field trip of life lessons.


MAMA                        (PG-13)

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed.  When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.