The DC area is full of excellent events and activities this weekend! From free, to family, and musical, to historical, there's something for everyone to do. Check out our highlights in this week's WETA Around Town Events guide!
DC Glassblowing Exhibition
The DC GlassWorks Studio regularly holds classes and exhibits showcasing amazing work in the lesser-known field of glassblowing. Glassblowing has roots going back to as far as 50 BC, and though the art has waned, these wonderful artists continue keeping the medium alive. On Friday, watch a free live demonstration of Venetian-style glassblowing to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Sculpture Exhibition. Watch and marvel as 3-dimensional artwork forms in front of your eyes!
Friday, June 21st 6:30pm
DC Glassworks 5346 46th Avenue, Hyattsville MD 20781
Pirate Family Festival
Shiver me timbers! This Saturday, National Geographic Museum is turning your pirate fantasies into reality with its Pirate Family Festival! See historical re-enactors demonstrate and explain the most notorious pirate activities: pistol duels, sword-fighting, and emergency amputations. Watch an example of falconry, based on the way the pirates used to do it. Enjoy music for all ages, with a nautical touch! Kids also get the chance to make their own pirate props, including canons, sail ships, and maps. Brush up on your pirate skills and learn about pirate history at this family friendly event.
Saturday June 22 at 10:00am
National Geographic Musuem 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
National Symphony Orchestra performs Peter & the Wolf
This Saturday at the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform Peter & the Wolf as part of its Kinderkonzert series for children age 4 and older. A quintet of woodwind instruments immerses the audience in Prokofiev’s timeless tale. The piece is meant to promote a love for music and introduce children to storytelling techniques. Come an hour early and attend the Musical Intrument “Petting Zoo” to get an up close look at the instruments that will be played in the show.
Saturday June 23 at 11:00am (Sensory-Friendly performance) and 2:30pm
Kennedy Center Family Theater 2700 F Street NW Washington, DC 20566
History in Cartoons
Political cartoons have proven to be among the most memorable and controversial mediums for personal expression. The pervasiveness of political cartoons can largely be attributed to Thomas Nast, commonly considered to be a pioneer of modern cartoons. Author Fiona Deans Halloran explores Nast’s life in her new biography Thomas Nast: Father of Modern Political Cartoons and this Saturday, Halloran will be at the National Portrait Gallery discussing her research. At 2:00, Halloran will lead a fascinating tour through the gallery, exploring the influence Nast had on the public’s perceptions of historical icons like Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Following the tour, Halloran will sign copies of her book for all interested. Make sure to stop by for a compelling afternoon of American history!
Saturday 22 at 2pm
National Portrait Gallery 8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20001
Meet on 2nd floor at the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in America's Presidents
CLOSING THIS WEEKEND IN DC!
Stupid F##cking Bird at Woolly Mammoth Theatre closes Sunday June 23, 2013.