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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 30 – December 2

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

 

Holidays in Historic Downtown Frederick

Naturally the holidays are an historic time, so it makes sense to celebrate them in an historic place.  Visit Downtown Frederick for your new local holiday traditions. 

Start the weekend off at the Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction with a chance to vote on your favorite floral arrangements and gingerbread creations, all locally made.  Place bids on themed wreaths, trees, and stockings submitted by Frederick-based artists, businesses, and community groups.  If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to sample sweets from local bakeries with a cup of hot chocolate or cider in hand.

Need even more holiday cheer in your weekend? Downtown Frederick has also organized a Festival of Lights at the City Hall Courtyard and a Candlelight House Tour of private homes in the historic district.

Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction: Thursday, 5:30pm

Festival of Lights: Friday, 7pm

Candlelight House Tour: Saturday, 5-9pm; Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Cultural Arts Center

15 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland

Cost: Free for Scents & Sweets; and Festival of Lights;

$20 in advance/$25 weekend of Candlelight House Tour

Click here for more information!

 

Merry Christmas in another language!

Get a taste of Spanish holiday music with ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!, a medley of carols from various Hispanic cultures performed by Voce Chamber Singers.  Listen to songs from Argentina, the Caribbean, Spain, Meso-America, and the Southwestern United States.  For that extra feel-good factor, local elementary school children will be accompanying the carols on various percussion instruments.   

Friday, 7:30pm

St. John Neumann Church

11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, Virginia

Saturday, 7:30pm

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

432 Van Buren Street, Herndon, Virginia

Cost: Adult $23, Senior (65+) $18, Youth (24 + Under) $8

Click here for more information!

 

Select films opening Friday:

Killing Them Softly (R)

Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order.  KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”).

 

The Collection        (R)

From the writing-directing team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (SAW IV, V and VI) comes THE COLLECTION.  This suspense horror film stars Josh Stewart (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE COLLECTOR), Emma Fitzpatrick (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and Christopher McDonald (“Boardwalk Empire,” REQUIEM FOR A DREAM).  The film centers on a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who has become the latest obsession of a crazed killer who “collects” humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors.

 

The Waiting Room (NR)

This documentary was filmed in 24 hours at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA, where uninsured patients needing medical attention come to the ER of the nearly-overwhelmed hospital and wait to be seen.  241 patients in 24 hours.  The film shows, with unusually candid access, the inner workings of an ER close to the breaking point.  Winner of both the Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Directed by Peter Nicks.

Watch the trailer here!

 

Last Chance!

From The National Geographic Image Collection: Photographs of Social Life in Washington DC, 1900-1960 at Carroll Square Gallery closes Friday at 6pm.

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 26 – December 2

You don't have to live in England to watch TV from the UK! Right here in DC, MD, and VA, watch British television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all for free and without commercials on WETA UK! Read on for our highlights in this week's WETA UK schedule!

Monday tune in for the conclusion of I, Claudius at 8:00pm! All the drama and excitement will come to a close in this last episode of the series Old King Log. We hope you’ve enjoyed this rare and monumental series.

 

Tuesday at 6:00am, we begin All Creatures Great and Small season 2! This wholesome series is a family favorite and British classic. Download or print our WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 2 EPISODE GUIDE. This show also airs Sundays at 8:00am, Tuesdays – Fridays at 6:00am, and Mondays – Thursdays at 2:00pm on WETA UK.

Tuesday at 7:00pm, you can find your laughs with Last of the Summer Wine season 17 episode 1! This series is so funny it ran for 32 seasons. Don’t hesitate, jump right in!

Tuesday at 8:00pm, continue watching the period drama Call the Midwife. In this episode, a baby girl recently delivered by Jenny is snatched from her baby carriage. The local community unites as they search for the missing child. Meanwhile, Cynthia witnesses another type of loss as she assists soon-to-be parents David and Margaret.

 

Wednesday is full of thrill, drama, and crimes! At 8:00pm, catch part 2 of Inspector Morse: Happy Families, then at 9:00pm the final installment of Prime Suspect: The Last Witness, and on Hustle at 10:00pm, the team cons a pair of ruthless venture capitalists by posing as a PR company.

 

Thursday we want to feed your mystery and crime fix with the best of British dramas. First at 8:00pm Rosemary & Thyme are on to a new case, at 9:00pm Waking the Dead concludes the mystery In Sight of the Lord, and at 10:00pm on New Tricks, the team takes on Powerhouse.

 

Friday start watching the light-hearted comedy My Hero from the very beginning! We’re airing season 1, episode 1 at 4:30pm on WETA UK! Check out this WETA UK MY HERO SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE for an outline of the season!

Friday is the last day of back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin. Return to this blog soon to see the new WETA UK Friday evening lineup and remember to watch back-to-back episodes of Doc Martin on WETA TV26 and WETA HD every Saturday at 8:00pm!

 

Saturday starting at 8:00pm, we conclude the most recent season of Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock during the WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock! The Hounds of Baskerville is a twist on the classic tale: A gigantic hound is legend around Baskerville, a top-secret military compound where, it's rumored, chemical and biological weapons experiments are conducted on genetically engineered animals.  Henry Knight has just seen the hound's footprints in the very location where it killed his father decades before. Sherlock Holmes gleefully sets off to track the demonic hound with John Watson in tow. Then the big finale The Reichenbach Fall: Insane criminal mastermind Jim Moriarty is busy plotting the crime of the century. But bringing Britain to its knees is just a prelude for Sherlock's arch-nemesis, who orchestrates a perilous cat-and-mouse game with the object of his obsession.

 

Sunday starting at 8:00pm get your laugh on with Yes, Minister, Miranda, Black Adder, and Mr. Bean

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 21 - 25

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of cinematic, poetic and turkey-rific events right in your own backyard!

Shake it, Butterball!

After you’ve feasted like a Pilgrim, it’s hard not to feel sluggish.  Get your energy back by putting on your dancing shoes and heading over to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos.  Self-conscious about your two left feet?  Gottaswing will host free dance lessons at 5pm, giving you a whole hour to shape up before the performance begins.

Thursday, 6-7:30pm

The Kennedy Center    2700 F Street NW Washington, DC

Cost: Free

Click here for more information! 

 

There’s nothing like a great meal followed by a great movie!

You already took a gamble on the dinner table seating arrangement at Thanksgiving; why take a gamble on your movie choice for the evening?  Stuff yourself, get into the car, and then plop down for a cinematic classic, with THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE GODFATHER, both playing at the AFI Silver Theater.  You’ll get all of your guests out of the house and into a state-of-the-art theater designed by renowned architect John Eberson in 1938.

The Godfather: Friday, 4pm; Saturday, 4pm; Sunday, 8pm

Wizard of Oz: Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 11 am & 7:30pm; Saturday, 11am & 10:15pm; Sunday, 10:45am

AFI Silver Theatre    8633 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD

Cost: All tickets $11.50 unless otherwise noted.

Click here for more information! 

 

The Tragic Ending of Edgar Allan Poe

If the cheer and wholesomeness of Thanksgiving is too much to bear, hit up the last weekend of Centerstage’s THE COMPLETELY FICTONAL-UTTERLY TRUE-FINAL STRANGE TALE OF EDGAR ALLEN POE.  This full-stage production, directed by Curt Columbus and starring local actor Bruce Nelson, explores Poe’s final days in Baltimore before his mysterious death.  At the very least, the play will probably make you feel better about your own family drama!

Friday, 8pm

Saturday, 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, 2pm & 7:30pm

Centerstage: State Theater of Maryland    700 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD

Cost: Starting at $15; prices vary

Purchase tickets here! 

 

Films opening Wednesday:

Rise of the Guardians      (PG)

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

 

Red Dawn    (PG-13)

In RED DAWN, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.

 

Life of Pi

Yann Martel’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel,  LIFE OF PI, has made it to the big screen in a new film directed by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).  The story follows Pi, a teenage boy who finds himself trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.   His quest for survival turns from the physical to the spiritual. 

 

 

Films opening Friday:

Hitchcock    (PG-13)

HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins), and his wife and partner, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie PSYCHO. Directed by Sacha Gervasi (ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL),Hitchcock also stars Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Jessica Biel.

 

Tristana         (PG)

Luis Buñuel's late-period masterpiece, TRISTANA is a study of power shifts in an obsessive relationship. Re-teaming Buñuel and Catherine Deneuve soon after their memorable collaboration in BELLE DE JOUR, TRISTANA co-stars frequent Buñuel alter ego Fernando Rey (VIRIDIANA, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE). Rey plays Don Lope, a mephistophelean, anti-clerical socialist and outmoded master of social graces, who seduces his innocent and beautiful young ward Tristana (Deneuve), becoming her lover/father figure. She eventually leaves him for a handsome young artist (played by Italian heartthrob Franco Nero), but returns in the end for revenge, having changed from naïve waif to hardened cynic. For many years the film only existed in sadly-faded prints; now digitally restored, it can be seen in its full glory. 

 

LAST CHANCE!

DYING CITY at Signature Theatre closes Sunday evening:

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WETA Kids Holiday Programming | PBS Kids Holiday Shows

After that last tolerable bite of scrumptious pumpkin pie concluding a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, the winter holiday season is officially in full effect. The DC, MD, and VA PBS station, WETA, wants to start the season off right! We’re bringing you classic and new kids’ holiday programming on Friday, November 23 that will have your family full of excitement for the upcoming holidays! Whether the kids in your home are early risers or need to sleep off last night’s turkey, WETA will air this three hour line-up throughout the day so everyone can enjoy! Be sure to bookmark and subscribe to the Programmer’s Choice blog for more information about programming on WETA’s four channels: WETA TV26, WETA HD, WETA UK, and WETA Kids!

 

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Start off the holiday season with Arthur and his pals as they prepare for what they hope will be the perfect holiday. Along the way, the gang will learn that perfection isn’t everything and that the reason for the season is more than an excuse for presents and parties. Elwood City proves to be a diverse community where people celebrate a wide range of holidays: D.W. and Arthur anxiously await Christmas day and lose sight of the meaning of Christmas along the way. Francine celebrates Hanukah which collides with Muffy’s “holiday extravaganza” party. Binky follows a family tradition of volunteering at a homeless shelter and Buster finds that ever since his parent’s divorce, the holidays aren’t the same. George celebrates Saint Lucia Day-a Swedish holiday- and Brain celebrates Kwanza. Will they discover the true meaning behind their holidays in time to enjoy them? Celebrate the holidays with Arthur and his friends with great online activities on PBSkids.org!

Watch Arthur’s Perfect Christmas Friday, November 23 on WETA KIDS at 7:00am, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm and on WETA TV26 at 6:00am.

 

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Join the always-lovable monkey on a grand adventure as he and The Man with the Yellow Hat get into some monkey business in their preparations for Christmas day. Everything is merry for Curious George and his best friend until each discovers that finding the perfect gift for the other is quite the challenge. The Man with the Yellow Hat simply can’t understand George’s colorful and monkey-scribbled Christmas list and George feels no gift is fit for his dear friend, a man who has virtually everything! Watch Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas to find out what ends up beneath the Christmas tree, it may be more than wrapped presents!

Watch Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Friday, November 23 on WETA Kids at 8:00am, 5:00pm, and 8:00pm and on WETA TV26 at 7:00am.

 

PREMIERE: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas

Get ready to add another classic to your favorite holiday movie collection because the one and only The Cat in the Hat is celebrating Christmas! In this exciting one-hour special, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas, the meaning of the holiday shines through when Nick, Sally, and The Cat in the Hat help Ralph the lost reindeer find his way back to his home of Freezeyourknees Snowland. The Cat in the Hat guides the group on a voyage around the world hoping to arrive in time for Christmas but they run into glitches along the way. When the Thingamajigger breaks down, the friends must get creative to continue on their trip and so they solicit the generous help of exotic animals who exemplify the “Christmas spirit”! Nothing can stop the new-found friends from getting to Freezeyourknees Snowland in this PREMIERE of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! Educational and entertaining all wrapped into one? Impossible you say? Play the newest online game inspired by The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! Click here to download the free, printable coloring sheet for the show!

Watch The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas Friday, November 23 on WETA Kids at 9:00am, 6:00pm, and 9:00pm and on WETA TV26 at 8:00am.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 19 – 25

Check out this week’s highlights from the WETA UK schedule! We bring DC, Maryland, and Virginia the very best of British comedies, dramas, and mysteries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Monday is the beginning of the work week and the beginning of new seasons of all your favorite WETA UK shows! Start watching the popular series Doctor Who from the very beginning as we air season 1 episode 1 today at 4:00pm. Wise and funny, cheeky and brave, the Doctor is an alien and a loner. His new assistant is Rose, a shop-girl from the present day, and from the moment they meet, the Doctor and Rose are soul mates. As they travel together through time, encountering new adversaries, the Doctor shows her things beyond her imagination.

 

Monday at 9:00pm catch Foyle’s War as he begins a new mystery Invasion part 1. It’s April 1942 and cultures clash as the first Americans arrive to build an airfield near Hastings. Some locals see the "invaders" as a threat. Others find the chance for romance among the young girls. But when a barmaid turns up strangled, Foyle's investigation strains British-American relations to the breaking point. Be sure to come back next week for the conclusion of this murder mystery!

 

Monday at 10:00pm, stay tuned for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2. It's now 1982 and DI Alex Drake, still haunted by sudden visions and unable to prevent the death of her parents, is still no nearer to returning to her own time. But there is a new man in these visions: unseen but offering a glimmer of hope of a return home to her daughter. Could he be real? Meanwhile, DCI Gene Hunt has his own problems, as an investigation into the death of policeman reveals an intricate web of corruption that could stretch all the way to the top of the force.

 

Then at 11:00pm Monday, catch Are You Being Served? season 9 episode 1. The fun and games in the world’s most eccentric department store continue!

 

Tuesday at 11:00am laugh along with the funniest old British men you’ve ever met as we launch season 16 of Last of the Summer Wine.

Tuesday evening catch Call the Midwife episode 3. Jenny is placed on the district nursing roster for a few weeks, to extend her experience of community practice. During her rounds, she attends to Joe, a gentle old soldier, and a friendship forms. At the neonatal clinic, Trixie and Cynthia enroll Winnie as a new patient. In her 40s, Winnie, who thought her days of diapers and babies were long gone, seems upset by her pregnancy.

 

 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse begins a new investigation with Happy Families part 1. The head of a wealthy and dysfunctional family is found bludgeoned to death in the family estate as Morse is forced to deal with the resultant media frenzy. Tune in next week for the second part of this mystery!

Wednesday at 10:00pm the gang is at it again in the season 5 premiere of Hustle. Download and print this WETA UK HUSTLE SEASON 5 EPISODE GUIDE to follow along with all the action!

 

 

Thursday at 10:00am, Keeping Up Appearances season 4 begins! If you haven’t seen previous episodes of this show, don’t worry! This hilarious British sitcom is easy enough to watch at any episode, so start this week! Here’s some background: Hyacinth Bucket is so obsessed with etiquette and breeding that she makes her husband's life a perfect misery. In season four, Hyacinth is determined to buy a cottage in the country as a weekend retreat. Needless to say, her idea of what is suitable matches neither Richard's wishes nor his wallet. Luckily, an amorous farmer makes her realize that country life is not as idyllic as she thought. But Hyacinth decides to make another attempt at finding a weekend country home - much to Richard's horror. Download and print this WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

Thursday at 9:00pm watch the launch of season 4 Waking the Dead on WETA UK! Chief Inspector Boyd and his team are back to reopen the files of more cold cases. Download and print this WETA UK WAKING THE DEAD SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Friday at 10:30pm get more laughs from Black Books as we begin series 2 of this British comedy. Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard's only friend in the world. When Bernard's accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures that are sure to have you laughing.

 

 

Saturday beginning at 8:00pm, continue The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock with the last episode of season 1, The Great Game, and the first episode of season 2, A Scandal at Belgravia. Have you played the PBS.org Sherlock game? See if you have what it takes to assist Sherlock in his investigations.

 

Sunday check out our line up of comedies beginning at 8:00pm! Yes, Minister at 8:00pm, Miranda at 8:30pm, Black Adder at 9:00pm, and Mr. Bean at 9:30pm.

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