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WETA Around Town Events: August 9-11

Lots to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area including nature, art, music, and celebrations all around! Read on for our WETA Around Town event highlights for this upcoming weekend, August 9-11, 2013.

Calling All Butterflies
Are you or your little ones fascinated by butterflies? Bring your kids to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg for Gathering of the Butterflies. Oatlands is holding a parade to celebrate these fantastic flying creatures.  Crafts will be provided and everyone is welcome to bring their best winged costumes in honor of the butterflies! Oatlands is working to nurture and release monarch butterflies.
Saturday, 10am (rain date August 17)
Cost: Free
Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane Leesburg, VA 20175

Talk with Tim Tate
Artist Tim Tate usually works in glass, but his latest work is the mixed-media exhibit Sleepwalker. Combining videos and other installation pieces, the exhibit probes the subconscious with dream-like imagery. Sleepwalker is on display at American University’s Katzen Arts Center until August 18, and on August 10 the gallery will be holding a talk with the artist himself! See the exhibit and hear Tate’s insight.
Saturday, 4pm
Cost: Free
American University’s Katzen Arts Center
400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016

LUMEN8Anacostia Finale
The LUMEN8Anacostia festival, a visual festival featuring light-based exhibitions, has its luminescent grand finale Saturday evening. The festival features lots of live music, dances, and art that aims to illuminate all of Ward 8. In addition to the spectacular performances, food from Los Verracos and free massages from the Potomac Massage Training Institute are available. Plenty of gogo, glow, disco, and funk music is on display as LUMEN8 comes to a close. See the full schedule of events here!
Saturday, 6:30pm-11pm
Cost: Free
Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd SE Washington, DC 20020 at 6:30pm
Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE Washington, DC 20020 at 7:30pm

Images courtesy of the websites linked above.

Closing this week! Washington Art Matters 1940s--1980s at the Katzen Arts Center closes Sunday August 11! Check out the WETA Around Town review of the exhibit.

 

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This Week on WETA UK: August 5-11

August is here, summer is going strong, and WETA UK is bringing the best British TV shows right into your home! Kick your feet up and prepare to be entertained by mysteries, drama, and comedy.

Tuesday at 9:00pm watch as Horace Rumpole’s wacky string of cases continues on Rumpole of the Bailey. Rumpole takes on a client who is charged with operating massage parlors that may have some unscrupulous business happening on the side.

Wednesday at 5:00pm the adventures of Robin Hood continue as a new threat emerges in Nottingham! The new tax collector Ruthless Rufus comes to town looking for revenge, and Robin Hood’s gang gets involved. Robin Hood must face off against this new foe, but he’s not the only one that is in danger. 

Thursday at 12:00pm catch a whole hour of Antiques Roadshow with 2 back to back episodes! First travel to Highcliffe Castle in Dorset, and then take a look at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. See what unusual rare items are being unveiled in these historic English venues.

Friday at 8:30pm watch gardener detectives Rosemary and Thyme in the series 2 premiere! The duo becomes entangled in a mysterious drowning that they can’t help but investigate, but this case has many more layers than they ever could have imagined.

Saturday at 8:00pm treat yourself to the WETA UK Event: The Complete Downton Abbey as it continues with the 3rd and 4th episodes of series 1! As the hunt continues for Lady Mary’s suitor, tragedy strikes and secrets continue to pile up at Downton Abbey.

Sunday at 10:00pm catch a whole block of your Sci-Fi Favorites, starting with Doctor Who! Find out the fate of the Doctor and learn more about the villainous Weeping Angels. After that, watch two episodes of Red Dwarf and tag along for the zany adventures of the Red Dwarf crew.
 

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What’s Up With WordGirl Week | New WordGirl Episodes!

Calling all WordGirl fans: It’s What’s Up With WordGirl Week! WETA Kids is bringing you a brand new episode of WordGirl every day the week of August 5-9! It’s the perfect chance to catch up with your favorite crime-fighting wordsmith while increasing your vocabulary. Tune in to watch in WordGirl in action all week and read on for the schedule and a sneak peak at the NEW episodes! Looking for WETA Kids on your TV? Continue reading to find a channel guide and be sure to download the WordGirl "Dr. Two Brains" coloring sheet & the WordGirl crossword puzzle here!

 

Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl? / The Talented Mr. Birg
Premieres: Monday August 5 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Tuesday August 6 at 9:30am

Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl?: Seymour Smooth brings together WordGirl’s most villainous enemies for a game of “Who Wants to Get Rid of WordGirl?” Will he succeed in his evil plan or will WordGirl outsmart him once again? Vocabulary Words: Strategy, Giddy
The Talented Mr. Birg: WordGirl must save her reputation after Scoops writes an article detailing all the times she has been tricked by villains. When a Mr. Big lookalike who goes by Mr. Birg appears, WordGirl must work even harder to avoid being deceived. Vocabulary Words: Employee, Doppelganger  Download the WordGirl crossword puzzle!

One Last Sandwich / Caper or Plastic
Premieres: Tuesday August 6 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Wednesday August 7 at 9:30am

One Last Sandwich: The Whammer enlists Chuck to help him pull off one final sandwich heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Becky and her mother work on building a bookshelf big enough to hold all of Becky’s books. Vocabulary: Final, Pacify
Caper or Plastic: After the Masked Bagger steals his bag blaster, Hal Hardbargain must convince WordGirl to help him catch and exposed the mysterious thief. Becky tries to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Vocabulary Words: Muffled, Flashback

Tell Her What She’s Won / Victoria is the Best…WordGirl?
Premieres: Wednesday August 7 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Thursday August 8 at 9:30am

Tell Her What She’s Won: A jealous Seymour Smooth kidnaps Beau Handsome and steals money from “May I Have A Word?” contestants. Will WordGirl be able to put a stop to his crime spree before it’s too late? Vocabulary: Bombard, Emcee
Victoria is the Best…WordGirl?: After Scoops mistakenly assumes that Victoria Best is WordGirl, the real WordGirl reveal the truth without exposing her own identity. Vocabulary Words: Fib, Mistaken

High-Five Sandwich / The Robot Problem
Premieres: Thursday August 8 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Friday August 9 at 9:30am

High-Five Sandwich: Chuck wins the “Sandwich of the Year” competition, but his victory is overshadowed by the new High Five Sandwich trend started by Becky, Scoops, and Violet. Now he’ll stop at nothing to find who’s responsible for the new sandwich craze. Vocabulary Words: Trendy, Eager
The Robot Problem: After the Coach steals Tobey’s idea to power robots with potatoes, WordGirl and Tobey must team up to stop his dangerous creations. Vocabulary Words: Fuel, Cackle

Of Two Minds / Yes Monkey
Premieres: Friday August 9 at 4:30pm
Also airs: Monday August 12 at 9:30am

Of Two Minds: Dr. Two Brains uses his cheese seizer to direct a cheese asteroid on a path straight to Earth. WordGirl must convince him to stop the asteroid before the planet is covered in cheese. Vocabulary Words: Waver, Vast
Yes Monkey: Captain Huggy Face takes a job as Mr. Big’s assistant after Leslie resigns, leaving WordGirl feeling hurt and betrayed. Now, WordGirl must team up with Leslie to win back her old sidekick. Vocabulary Words: Trance, Resign Download the WordGirl "Dr. Two Brains" coloring sheet!

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An August of Entertainers on WETA | Pledge Highlights

We all have our favorite larger-than-life entertainment figures that help to put a smile on our face. Whether it’s a favorite musician or the television actor, we’ve got something for everyone this August on WETA. This month, WETA TV26 & HD presents programs that give behind the scenes looks at influential entertainers through intimate live performances and interviews. Read on for brief but informative synopses of each show.

60s Girl Grooves
The 1960s were an extremely influential time in music history, and this iconic period featured some of the greatest musicians of all time. This decade also produced the summery jams of the female musicians that helped shape modern pop music. On 60s Girl Grooves hear some of the best original performances from these groups, and witness rare archival footage that was almost lost to time. Watch a preview here! Airs Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00pm.

Emeli Sandé: Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Since her career began back in 2008, Emeli Sandé has become one of the top singer-songwriters in modern music, winning awards for her songwriting and her solo performances. Sandé was most recently featured on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film The Great Gatsby. Emeli Sandé: Live At The Royal Albert Hall features a live performance with songs from Our Version of Events, Sandé’s debut album. Airs Saturday, August 3rd at 10:00pm.

Inside Foyle’s War
Detective Christopher Foyle has been awing audiences with his cases for more than 10 years now. After 10 years of production, there are plenty of behind the scenes stories to tell, and you can get them all on Inside Foyle’s War. Hear exclusive interviews with series creator Anthony Horowitz, show directors, actors, and more. Read interviews with the cast of Foyle’s War here! Airs Sunday, August 8th at 9:30pm.

Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert

Sarah Brightman’s illustrious career includes two Olympic singing performances and numerous Broadway credits, including the first musical portrayal of Christine Daaé of The Phantom of the Opera fame. Sarah Brightman: Dreamchaser in Concert features a live performance from Elstree Studios in London, where Brightman performs both classics and new music from her album Dreamchaser. Airs Monday, August 5th at 10:00pm.

Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii
Elvis Presley is a legendary performer who needs no introduction. In addition to his many career accolades and countless hit songs, he was also the first performer to be broadcast around the world through early satellite technology. The program Elvis, Aloha from Hawaii features a 1973 performance in Honolulu with some of Presley’s most famous songs in the expansive set list. Airs Tuesday, August 6th at 8:00pm.

The Jimmy Dean Show – Country Classics

The late Jimmy Dean was responsible for bringing country music into the world’s public eye on The Jimmy Dean Show in the 1960’s. Dean brought Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, and many more onto his show and helped them gain the exposure they needed to become stars. Relive some of these classic episodes on The Jimmy Dean Show – Country Classics and catch performances from some of the greatest country singers of all time.  Airs Thursday, August 8th at 8:00pm.

Gloria Estefan: The Standards

For her 27th album, Gloria Estefan has created a series of covers of her favorite songs. The album, entitled The Standards, doesn’t release until September, but you can catch live versions of her covers on Gloria Estefan: The Standards. Airs Saturday, August 10th at 10:00pm.

A Salute to Vienna
Building on the 60-year tradition, A Salute to Vienna continues to make waves with opera performances that feature award-winning musicians, Academy Award winning actors, and music from the legendary Johann Strauss Jr.  Airs Sunday, August 11th at 9:00pm.

Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy
West Side Story, Wicked, and Bye, Bye Birdie are some of the most beloved musicals of all time, and they each have something in common: Judaism played a central role in their creation. In theatre’s history, many Jewish songwriters drew inspiration from their religious values in order to create award-winning musicals that are still celebrated today. On Great Performances: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, get an in-depth look at their history with interviews and performances. Watch a preview here! Airs Wednesday, August 14th at 10:00pm.

David Garrett: Music - Live in Concert

David Garrett is a Julliard-trained violinist who holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Fastest Violinist. On top of that he has also released 8 studio albums, the latest of which was released this past April. On David Garrett: Music - Live in Concert, watch his live performance at the TUI Arena in Hanover where he combines a wide variety of styles into one breathtaking performance.  Airs Friday, August 16th at 10:30pm.
 

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WETA Around Town Events: August 2-4

Can you believe that yet another weekend is upon us? It's the first weekend in August which means it's getting close to the end of summer. Embrace the DC heat this weekend with these three outdoors events and one indoor concert. If you attend any of these events this weekend, take a photo and share it on our Facebook page!

River Arts Workshop: Exploring Our Rivers

Skip your beach getaway this year? Make up for it with this summer-themed art workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum! Visual artist Jay Coleman heads a workshop based on an imagined scuba dive through our local waterways. Inspired by the exhibit Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement, the workshop will guide participants into creating a work of art related to our watersheds. All materials will be provided! Photo courtesy of americanforests.org
Friday, 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl. SE Washington, DC

DC Drive-In
This Friday, come enjoy a movie under the stars at the DC Drive-In! As a summer treat, Union Market is bringing you an '80s classic movie projected on the market’s three-story wall for no charge. Watch the movie from the comfort of your own car or bring a picnic blanket to sit on the lot. No need to pack dinner because many of the market’s vendors will be open with rollerskating carhops bringing tasty food right to you. This weekend’s film is 1987 No Way Out starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. Costner plays a naval intelligence officer with only 48 hours to cover-up a violent crime within the organization. Stop by for what’s sure to be an exciting night! Watch a trailer of No Way Out here.
Friday, Picnic area opens at 7pm, car lot open 8-8:45pm, movie starts at 9pm
Cost: Free
Union Market
1309 5th St. NE Washington, DC
Line for car entrance on 6th St

Rolling Stones Tribute
Fifty years after the release of their self-titled debut album, The Rolling Stones remain near and dear to the hearts of millions of music fans. But hearing their music live is another experience altogether. Relive the British Invasion at The Fillmore Silver Spring with BandHouse Gigs’ Tribute to the Rolling Stones. Catch nearly 40 of the best musicians from the DC area playing from the Stones’ deep library of hits and lesser known tracks. For old fans or new, this concert is sure to thrill!
Saturday, 7:30 PM
Cost: $20.00-$25.00
The Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

ChillCycle

Bike rides are a great way to explore your environment and enjoy the outdoors. This weekend go on a biking excursion through the city that ends at the Anacostia Arts Center for a cool down movie screening. See the Sundance award winning documentary Chasing Ice, which explores a man’s journey to find evidence that humans are causing monumental climate shifts. At the end of the bike ride, enjoy icy treats and calming music that perfectly balance out the summer heat. Watch a trailer for Chasing Ice here!
Sunday, 2:30-6pm
Cost: $10 per film ticket
BicycleSPACE
1019 7th St. NW Washington, DC

Heading out to the movies? Here are three WETA Around Town film discussions to give you a better preview of movies than a trailer can.

Before Midnight
Click here to watch the discussion!

The Act of Killing
Click here to watch the discussion!

Fruitvale Station
Click here to watch the discussion!

 

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