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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

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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.

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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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Watch Dust Bowl | Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

When Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the North East last month, it was a terrible natural disaster. In the 1930s, a disaster of a different kind tore through America and left its mark as the worst man-made ecological disaster: The Dust Bowl. Optimistic for a more fruitful future, Americans and European immigrants mistakenly (and regrettably) believed the Great Plains would serve as a profitable stomping ground for cultivating crops. When a succession of droughts plagued the Great Plains, the land that had once been a source of life for so many Americans was devastated and poor farming practices were to blame. With the grass gone, furious winds swept over the plains and produced dust storms that could have potentially eradicated the “breadbasket of America”.

Presented Nationally by WETA through PBS, award-winning director and filmmaker Ken Burns takes on this major event in our history in his newest documentary Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl. Interviews with survivors, archival photographs, and rare film footage tell the stories of those who lived through the “Dirty Thirties”. Survival, determination, human error, nature, and most importantly the relationship between humans and the land we live on, Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl shows how a nation overcame this catastrophe. Check out this interactive Dust Bowl experience on PBS.org! 

 

Watch the two-part series of Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl Sunday, November 18 at 8:00pm and Monday, November 19 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

 

Encore presentations of The Dust Bowl Part 1 on WETA TV26 & WETA HD:

November 18 at 10:00pm, November 19 at 2:30pm, November 22 at 2:00pm

Encore presentations of The Dust Bowl Part 2 on WETA TV26 & WETA HD:

November 19 at 10:00pm, November 20 at 2:30pm, November 22 at 4:00pm

 

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 17

Every Saturday, WETA hosts the Fall Movie Festival where we compile exciting and commercial-free movies for you to enjoy in your Washington, DC area home. Watch these compelling films this Saturday, November 17!

Truth

George Washington said, “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” With the revelation of truth comes serenity and peace. Experience catharsis and multiple sighs of relief as the truth is revealed in three films this Saturday night!

The Truth Will Win Out

When Vincent Parry’s wife is suddenly killed, Parry is promptly convicted of murder. He must exert all of his energies toward clearing his name, without allowing his morning to distract him  Vincent escapes prison and subsequently encounters multiple barriers, but repeatedly manages to evade capture (despite being highly wanted). When Vincent meets Irene, the beautiful woman takes the supposed killer under her wing. Irene developed an unwavering passion in seeking justice for the wrongly convicted when, years earlier, her father was convicted of murder. Dark Passage is a thriller following Vincent’s pursuit for freedom, righteousness, and a clear name. In his tireless attempts for clarity, what extreme measures will Vincent take and will he succeed in tracking down his wife’s killer? To complicate matters, the killer might be right under his nose...

Watch The WETA Movie: Dark Passage Saturday, November 17 at 9:30pm on WETA TV 26 and WETA HD.

 

Dying Men Speak True…

Dark Victory stars Bette Davis as Judith, the young New York socialite with hobbies suitable for her class: smoking, drinking, horses, and fast cars. A horse-riding accident leaves Judith with some uncomfortable after-effects, and only at the urging of her friend Ann does she seek a doctor’s counsel.  Testing reveals life-altering results: Judith has incurable cancer. She will soon become blind, and death will inevitably follow. However, Judith neglects to say her “adieus” …because her failing health is kept a secret! Why does Dr. Steele keep his lips sealed and will the truth set itself free before it’s too late?  Dark Victory is a tale of love, deceit, and coping.

Watch Dark Victory Saturday, November 17 at 11:20pm on WETA TV and WETA HD.

 

The Truth Right In Front Of Us

Block parties take place in neighborhoods across America every summer. After all, everyone on the street can relate to each other: happy children, full-time jobs, family dinners, weekends spent at the dog park or soccer field. But New York City’s Park Avenue set follows different rules, depending on which half you live. The mega-rich reside on Park Avenue’s Upper East Side—the wealthiest neighborhood in all of New York City. Take a leisurely stroll ten minutes up the block to the South Bronx, however, and the neighborhood sights, sounds, and smells will leave you wondering how only ten minutes mean the difference between luxury and lower income.

Independent Lens brings you Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream, a shocking exploration of the extreme disparity in quality of life along one avenue. On one side live billionaires while. on the other side. forty percent of residents live in poverty. Park Avenue in the South Bronx is America’s poorest congressional district, plaqued by unemployment, crime, and failing schools. Yet these residents can literally see the “other side”, the so-called “better side”, from their windows. So close physically, with dreams of putting truth to the The Jefferson’s theme song lyrics, “moving on up to the East Side”.

But actually making the move to the other side is not as simple as America naively preaches. Sometimes achieving the American Dream demands more than hard work, determination, and a hearty dose of “American spirit”. Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream looks at the invisible barricade that divides rich from poor and powerful from oppressed on both sides of Park Avenue.

Watch Independent Lens Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream Saturday, November 17 at 1:00am on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

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