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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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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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