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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

Identity

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:

THE LAST STAND (R)

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.

 

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WETA Kids Block Party | Wild Kratts

If you missed out on Wild Kratts during the week or you’re hoping to catch an episode again, don’t worry! The WETA Kids Block Party showcases every episode from the past week of all your favorite shows, back-to-back in a special block on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s the perfect way to relax, have fun, learn, and spend time with the family during the weekend. During the WETA Kids Block Party, watch Wild Kratts every Saturday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

This week on WETA Kids, tune in for the brand new, hour-long special episode Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea! The Kratt brothers head to the most populated and diverse habitat on Earth — the coral reef — in “Blowfish Blowout”. Then the Wild Kratts decode the secret language of dolphins, among the smartest creatures on Earth, in “Speaking Dolphinese”. Tune in to WETA Kids Monday January 21 at 5:00pm and catch it again during the WETA Kids Block Party Saturday January 26 at 5:30pm!

Click here to download the Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea Aquarium Guide so you can stay on top of the adventures!

Remember to check back right here on our blog for more features from WETA Kids!

 

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This Week on WETA UK | WETA UK Schedule January 14 – 20

 

WETA UK provides the Washington, DC area with 24/7 British television shows. Here is our weekly list of WETA UK schedule highlights. Check out our full schedule so you see when your favorite shows re-air during the day! Find out where you can watch WETA UK here!

 

Monday at 10:30pm begin season 3 of Ashes to Ashes. This is the final season of the thrilling drama so be sure to tune in as we conclude this viewer favorite. The show finally unravels many of the mysteries from the previous two seasons as well as those first experienced by the initial time-travelling copper, Sam Tyler, in the groundbreaking series Life on Mars.

Tuesday at 8:00pm experience season 2 of the popular costume drama that everyone’s talking about: Masterpiece Classic Downton Abbey. Repeats Wednesday at 3:00pm

Wednesday at 8:00pm join Inspector Morse for the mystery Deceived By Flight. Morse and Sgt. Lewis investigate the apparent suicide of an old acquaintance of Morse, who happens to be a member of the Clarets XI cricket team. When Lewis is sent in to work undercover, a second man is murdered and Lewis himself is attacked. Repeats Thursday at 3:00pm & Saturday at 5:30pm

Thursday at 8:00pm watch the great Sherlock Holmes solve the crime of The Dancing Men. Holmes and Watson investigate mysterious drawings outside the estate of Mr. Cubitt, whose American wife has been acting very odd since they appeared.

Friday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm laugh through the first four episodes of the modern comedy My Family season 2.

 

Saturday at 9:00pm tune in for the first two hours of Garrow’s Law season 2. Garrow argues the case when 133 Africans are thrown overboard from a slave ship and Garrow takes a capital case involving a man accused of sodomy. Repeats Sunday beginning at 1:00pm

 

Sunday from 8:00pm – 10:00pm enjoy the best of British comedies! Yes, Minister, Miranda, BlackAdder, and Mr. Bean back-to-back! Don’t let the idea of returning to work tomorrow ruin your night, laugh along side these great comedies and finish off your weekend strong.

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