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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 16 - 18

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

 

A Funny Twist on a Literary Classic

What do you get when you add rock & roll to the Victorian era?  Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue’s The Brontes at the fallFringe Festival. Full of music, dance and amusing chaos, this is one portrayal of the 19th-century writers you’ve likely never seen before.  This also marks the last weekend of fallFringe, a showcase of the best talent from recent Capital Fringe Festivals.  So go give your favorite local performances a final round of applause!

Thursday, 8pm;  Friday, 8pm;  Saturday, 8pm;  Sunday, 3pm

RedRum Theatre  607 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC

Cost: $20 ($15 with Capital Fringe pass)

Purchase tickets here!

 

For those who prefer print over pixels

For proof that the Internet has not killed books, head to the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair.  The largest book arts event on the East Coast, Pyramid Atlantic showcases handmade books, limited edition prints and artisan papers.  Demonstrations by artists and lectures from scholars, collectors, and publishers complement the beautiful display of original works.

Friday, 9am-9pm;  Saturday, 9am-6pm;  Sunday, 9am-4pm

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center  8230 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, Maryland

Cost: Starting at $10

Purchase tickets here!

 

¡Viva España! (Especially Spanish dance!)

Just because Hispanic Heritage Month is over doesn’t mean you have to end your love affair with Hispanic culture.  Next: Spain, co-presented by Company E and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, honors the contemporary dance coming out of, you guessed it, Spain. The program features four segments, including the world premieres of Y - A Spanish Suite and Few.  If you’re unsure about Spain’s contribution to the arts besides Pablo Picasso, here’s your chance to find out.

Friday, 8pm;  Saturday, 2 pm & 8pm

Lansburgh Theatre  450 7th Street NW Washington, DC

Cost: Starting at $23

Purchase tickets here!

 

A Grand Re-Opening!

The Baltimore Museum of Art unveils the first of many renovations to its illustrious galleries when the Contemporary Wing re-opens this Sunday!  The newly transformed space shows off hidden treasures that didn’t fit in the old space, as well as new pieces commissioned for the museum.  Can’t wait until Sunday? Come out Saturday for BMA Late Night, this free for all shindig celebrates the renovation with local bands, dancing and a cash bar!

BMA Late Night:  Saturday, 9 pm–Midnight
The Big Day:  Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

The Baltimore Museum of Art   10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218
443-573-1700

For additional information visit the BMA website!

 

Cinema on the Steppe

Flowers of the Steppe: Festival of Kazakh Cinema showcases Kazakhstan’s most emblematic and enticing films, (with the support of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Freer Gallery of Art, Goethe Institut, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership).  DC screenings include two contemporary films, followed by discussion panels with celebrated filmmakers and dignitaries from both the United States and Kazakhstan.

Kelin    Saturday, 7pm

Discussion following the screening with Steven-Charles Jaffe, Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, and Ermek Shinarbaev, noted Kazakh film director.

Goethe Institut, Washington DC   812 Seventh Street NW Washington, DC 20001-3718

Admission $7/$4 

Letters to An Angel / Pisma k Angelu  

Sunday, 2pm

Q&A with director, Ermek Shinarbaev, and sound engineer, Gulsara Mukataeva, immediately following the screening.  Light reception, includes traditional Kazakh cuisine.

Freer Gallery of Art   Independence Avenue at 12th Street SW Washington, DC 

Free, first-come basis.  For more information about these films and the festival in general click here!

 

Select films opening Friday:

Anna Karenina      (R)

Anna Karenina is acclaimed director Joe Wright's new vision of the epic story of love, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's great novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love).  Unfolding in its original late-19th-century Russian high-society setting, the drama marks the third collaboration of the director with Academy Award-nominated actress Keira Knightley, following their award-winning hits Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Also starring Jude Law, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald and Olivia Williams.

 

The Silver Linings Playbook        (R)

Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet - and to share their family’s obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.

 

Chasing Ice                        (NR)

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.  Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.  Exclusively at E Street Cinema through November 22.

 

A Royal Affair         (R)

ROYAL AFFAIR is an 18th century historical drama four years in the making, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, screenwriter of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the film is an epic romance about the love triangle between a German doctor, the queen of Denmark, and her deranged king. (Fully subtitled)

 

Starlet                        (NR)

Starlet explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway, great granddaughter of Ernest and daughter of Mariel), an aspiring actress, and 85-year-old widow Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California's San Fernando Valley. Director Sean Baker continues in the naturalistic style of his previous films (Prince of Broadway, Take Out), capturing the rhythms of everyday life with an authenticity rarely seen in cinema. Opens exclusively at E Street Cinemas

 

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2      (PG-13)

In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world.  Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon.

 

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All About Ducks | Nature: An Original DUCKumentary

How many of Earth’s creatures are at home in THREE habitats? This along with many other fascinating facts makes the duck a very rare species. Find out all about these wonderful animals that we're lucky to have in our Washington, DC backyard on Nature: An Original DUCKumentary.

Confuting a long-standing reputation of being clumsy or awkward at times, the duck is born with innate skills and abilities to survive any conditions and surroundings his feathers and webbed feet encounter; he is just as adept in air as he is in the water. With more than 120 species of ducks, each boasts a special quality distinguishing him from the rest. However, all ducks are ambidextrous athletes, surreptitiously beating out the “seemingly” stronger opponents in the animal kingdom. Nature: An Original DUCKumentary explores the fascinating creature from how they survive to the vast variety of breeds.

So get your ducks in a row, duck out of any other obligations (last duck joke), and watch Nature: An Original DUCKumentary Wednesday November 14 at 8:00pm on WETA TV or WETA HD.

Watch it again on WETA TV26: Thursday November 15 at 2:00pm;  Sunday November 18 at 2:00pm;  Tuesday November 20 at 1:00pm

Watch it again on WETA HD: Thursday November 15 at 6:00am, 9:00am, 2:00pm;  Sunday November 18 at 2:00pm;  Tuesday November 20 at 1:00pm;  Wednesday November 21 at 3:00pm

 

Check out this in depth infographic from PBS about ducks! Click on the image to enlarge.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: WETA UK Schedule November 12 – 18

New shows, new seasons, and loads of entertainment this week on WETA UK! In this week's highlight of the WETA UK schedule, you'll find episode descriptions, trailers, and downloadable and printable episode guides for new shows and seasons. So grab a cuppa and settle in as you read this detailed blog post on the WETA UK schedule: all British, 24 hours a day, only here in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Monday evening, Last of the Summer Wine season 16 begins!

Monday tune in for drama and mystery with I, Claudius: Fool’s Luck at 8:00pm, then Foyle’s War: A War of Nerves Part 2 at 9:00pm, and the conclusion of Ashes to Ashes season 1 at 10:00pm. Tune in next Monday for the premiere of Ashes to Ashes season 2!  

 

Tuesday catch the first episode of Are You Being Served? season 7 at 11:30am! No need to watch from season 1, jump right into this hilarious British comedy today! 

 

Tuesday continue the period drama Call the Midwife with season 1 episode 2 beginning at 8:00pm. There’s a new arrival at Nonnatus House named Chummy (Miranda Hart). As Chummy sets about showing her worth, her helping hands are appreciated, but being a people pleaser and not knowing how to ride a bike make gaining the respect of Sister Evangelina difficult. Meanwhile, Jenny has a chance encounter with a pregnant young runaway. 

Wednesday at 8:00pm Inspector Morse continues solving the mystery Dead on Time and Prime Suspect continues with part two of The Last Witness. 

Thursday at 7:30pm watch Keeping Up Appearances season 4 episode 1. Never seen this hilarious show? Here’s everything you need to know: Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced ‘bouquet’) has a pompous, self-serving attitude which makes life miserable for all around her. In marked contrast to Hyacinth’s meticulously ordered life, the rest of her family is as common as muck and can always be guaranteed to show her up. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK KEEPING UP APPEARANCES SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Thursday join us for the premiere of Rosemary & Thyme at 8:00pm! This charming, contemporary crime series has a unique twist as two gardening enthusiasts find themselves caught up in a series of murder mysteries. Brought together by the sudden death of a mutual friend, lecturer Rosemary Boxer and newly-divorced former policewoman Laura Thyme discover a shared passion for horticulture and a talent for investigation. Begin this new series with season 1 episode 1 this Thursday! 

 

Friday at 9:00pm begin a new season of As Time Goes By starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. This witty comedy stars long-lost sweethearts Jean and Lionel, who lost touch after a whirlwind romance in the early 1950s and meet up again 38 years later. Season 4 finds Lionel surrounded by females and grumpier than ever. With a day-to-day whirlwind of excitement, he wants a quiet wedding, of course, but Jean has very different ideas. If you miss episode 1 of season 4 this Friday, catch it again Saturday at 5:00pmCLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK AS TIME GOES BY SEASON 4 EPISODE GUIDE!

 

Saturday get ready for the WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock beginning at 8:00pm. Start watching this fast-paced and unique series Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock (BBC Sherlock) from the very first episode this week and continue with back-to-back episodes every Saturday through season 2. 

 

This week, watch season 1, A Study in Pink at 8:00pm and The Blink Banker at 9:30pm. In A Study in Pink, meet the characters that make up this newest rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. A modern-day Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) teams up with former Army doctor John Watson (Martin Freeman) to solve a case of serial suicides. Using his deductive skill, Sherlock corners a killer who has mysterious powers over his victims. Stay tuned after episode 1 for episode 2, The Blink Banker. Pursuing the case of a banker and a journalist shot dead by a ghostly assailant, Sherlock and Watson uncover an antiquities-smuggling empire.

Saturday after The WETA UK Event: The Complete Sherlock lighten up with the WETA UK premiere of William and Mary season 1. A romantic, comedy, drama starring Martin Clunes and Julie Graham as lonely hearts looking for love. Undertaker William Shawcross joins a dating agency in the hope of finding his ideal match and is instantly attracted to put-upon midwife Mary Gilcrest: but she's less than keen to go on a date as she has her hands full. After a lackluster first meeting, Mary agrees to see William again and a spark ignites between the fledgling couple, only for tragedy to strike revealing William’s unappealing occupation in the process. Will their love blossom amidst tragedy?

 

Sunday we’re giving you a reason to wake up early. At 8:00am catch the first episode of season 1 of All Creatures Great and SmallDOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE WETA UK ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL SEASON 1 EPISODE GUIDE HERE!

 

Sunday evening be sure to watch the WETA UK premiere of Miranda at 8:30! This British sitcom stars Miranda Hart. It doesn't matter what Miranda attempts in life, whether it's dating or simply dealing with her overbearing mother, she always seems to fall flat, quite literally. 

 

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Veterans Day in Washington, DC, Maryland, & Virginia

This Sunday pay tribute to the United States armed forces veterans and watch the documentary classic Victory At Sea and the moving 2012 National Salute To Veterans on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

Victory At Sea

Salute the troops and join us for an extraordinary 26-part documentary series exploring the naval campaigns and battles of WWII and how America responded to the victories. The documentary was first broadcast in 1952, and two years later composed into a film, which would ultimately be broadcast in countries world-wide and even won an Emmy for Best Public Affairs Program. Victory At Sea utilizes illustrative and dramatic footage of actual combat against the backdrop of an original orchestra score by composer Richard Rodgers and riveting narration. The film puts a lens on naval warfare, especially the momentous attack on Pear Harbor and the many battles and campaigns which comprised WWII. The use of historic footage allows for this compilation documentary to be all the more compelling. Show your patriotism on this Veterans Day and immerse yourself in history by watching the entire series of Victory At Sea.

Watch Victory At Sea on Sunday, November 11 from 8:30am - 8:00pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

National Salute To Veterans

Show your support of all those who have served in the Armed Forces by watching the National Salute To Veterans. Presented by WETA and hosted by Joe Mantenga (of Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (of Forest Gump and CSI: New York), the event is brought to you straight from the nation’s capital and pays homage to all the heroes who have served in America’s military throughout the years. In attendance, and showing their own support of our men and women in uniform (in a variety of unique ways) will be Yolanda Adams, Kris Allen, Javier Color, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter, Pia Toscano and the National Symphony Orchestra.  Audiences can expect an emotional and moving program containing true stories of Veterans, heroism and healing.  The event will include a thoughtful “thank you” and salute to the troops who have or currently are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan delivered by Colin Powell. Also included will be an exclusive and intimate look at how veterans and their families manage to deal with the “invisible” scars of war, as well as a tribute to all wounded warriors. Don’t miss out on this patriotic event. 

Watch the 2012 National Salute To Veterans on Sunday, November 11 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.   

 

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 10

 

Watch free movies without commercials on your TV this Saturday. Get a load of our jam packed Fall Movie Festival November 10, a feature film and FOUR documentaries on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

The Art of Risk-Taking

Jumping out of an airplane, sampling frog’s legs, or buying a lottery ticket all mean incurring some risk.  A skydiver discovering mid-air that his parachute is defective may be a rare situation, but suffering a minor allergic reaction to an exotic food happens more often. In life, we’re faced with both itty-bitty risks and all-or-nothing risks. This Saturday night, don’t do anything dicey. Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home and live vicariously through risk taker after risk taker in a line-up of movies on WETA TV26 and HD that make you hold your breath—without taking any real risks.

 

Love’s Risk

You never know who you’ll meet on the bus. Fate strikes when two bus riders’ lives coincidentally intertwine, proving that every personal encounter has a purpose. When the recently returned World War II veteran Paul strikes up a conversation with Victoria, he learns that she is pregnant out of wedlock and terrified that her traditionalist Mexican father will kill her upon her homecoming from graduate school. So Paul offers to play the role of Victoria’s husband and Victoria accepts. Victoria’s family believes the couple’s announcement but the new son-in-law’s social standing infuriates Victoria’s father. The initial plan takes an unexpected turn when the family invites Paul to stay on the vineyard and assist with the annual grape harvest. The events that follow will convince you of the magic of fate. With family tradition, love, and hate all conflicting, you have the perfect elements to start off a Saturday night movie festival! 

Watch A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Saturday November 10 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk for Reward

Though the classroom’s filled with women from a colorful assortment of countries, their similarities outweigh their differences. Many stopped attending school at age ten, either because of the taboo of female education or because work took priority. All of the students have families back home, and all are mothers or grandmothers--a class requirement. Most of the students have never before left their village, let alone their country. Many are also illiterate. These 27 disenfranchised women hail from four continents and make up a class of competitively selected candidates whose training at The Barefoot College in India will empower them to become solar engineers. Yes, solar engineers. In six months time, these women will return home with the ability, confidence, and skill to bring solar electricity to their villages. Learn more about the making of Solar Mamas from producer Mette Heide in this Independent Lens online exclusive! 

Solar Mamas follows the journey of one particular Barefoot College class, shedding light (no pun intended) on the natural energy crisis and the challenges rural women face worldwide.

Watch Independent Lens: Solar Mamas Saturday, November 10 at 11:15pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking Life and Limb

The prospect of $20,000 and college tuition assistance in exchange for serving in the Michigan National Guard just one weekend a month seemed too good to pass up for a group of nine long-time friends who were fresh out of high school in rural Michigan. And it was…as most things that seem too good to be true usually are. Soon, they would all be deployed on a tour to Afghanistan, where they would search for roadside bombs with their explosives unit. After nine  fearfull and uncertain months, nothing could prepare the once carefree “boys” for the obstacles they would endure upon returning home.

Where Soldiers Come From follows the lives of three of these men over the course of four years, from their basic training, to their deployment, and ultimately, to their tumultuous return home. The film illustrates the transformation of these happy-go-lucky teenagers into hardened and emotionally-scarred men. The film also paints a poignant portrait of the far-reaching effects of a far-away war, while touching upon politics, class, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Check out this powerful map of Veterans in the United States from POV Where Soldiers Come From

Watch POV: Where Soldiers Come From Saturday, November 10 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk on the Behalf of Others

On-call at all hours of the day and night, they rush to their “office” when the familiar phone call comes. A price could never be put on the free and generous service they provide with their smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement for men and women in uniform. At Bangor International Airport in Maine, a pack of senior citizens has made history by greeting and seeing off nearly one million American troops who are on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Way We Get By tells a moving story about growing old, finding purpose, and living life to the fullest. The film looks at three of the senior volunteers, as they deal with the inevitable effects of aging and find their reason to continue living. One volunteer must cope with a cancer diagnosis, while another must cope with the deployments of beloved family members. Meanwhile, one volunteer explains the group’s goal very succinctly: “Make a soldier smile before he goes over.” The parallels between the gray-haired volunteers and soldiers passing through the plane terminal reveal the film’s central message: It is through service to others we find our purpose. Watch or read this POV interview with The Way We Get By filmmaker Aron Gaudet. 

Watch POV: The Way We Get By on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking it all for a Dream

“We miss the shot, we get shot.”

For wildly successful filmmakers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, such a statement was not far from the truth in their native Hungary. Maybe it was luck and their innate talent that led to their success in the film industry, or maybe it was the day-to-day struggle of surviving in Hungary’s hostile environment that taught them to fight. Whatever the case, that success certainly did not mushroom overnight. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos honors the pair, all the while telling their story from struggle to triumph.

László and Vilmos quickly became friends back in film school, but little did they know that their friendship would thrive for decades to come and withstand as much as it did. During the Hungarian Revolution, the two fled for America, camera and film in tow. Remarkably, they managed to avoid ever getting caught and filmed many of the horrific scenes involved in their escape. Finding work was no easy feat, and for ten years they admirably kept their dreams alive by working on low-budget films. Their “big breaks” came in due time, and once Hollywood recognized their talent as Directors of Photography, America swooned. Thanks to their grit and persistence, László and Vilmos have changed Hollywood’s standards for cinematography. Check out this No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos behind the scenes content from Independent Lens and director / producer James Chressanthis!

Watch Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

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