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WETA Around Town Events: September 27-29

Art, movies, music, dance, and lots of culture infuse this autumn weekend in the DC area! Read on for more ideas of great things to do Around Town September 27-29!

Cyber in Securities
This weekend is your last chance to experience the acclaimed exhibit Cyber in Securities at Pepco Edison Place Gallery! Washington Project for the Arts presents Cyber in Securities, an exhibition featuring 12 artists and art teams from across the US, Canada, and Europe whose work explores the issues of tracking and being tracked in a digital age. Through works that simultaneously present themselves physically and as online data, this passionate group of individuals address concerns that new media may be used against them. Both aesthetically pleasing and socially conscious, the interactive exhibit offers downloadable apps as well as interaction with tablets and systems that the artists programmed and built! Cyber in Securities is part of WPA’s Experimental Media 2013, the eighth installment of WPA’s Experimental Media program.
Tuesday – Friday, 12pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Pepco Edison Place Gallery 702 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Films in the Park
This weekend Films in the Park presents a free screening of Despicable Me, the animated comedy starring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, and Russell Brand. Come down to the Mosaic District in Merrifield and enjoy the weather and the films in the beautifully landscaped Strawberry Field, across the street from Target and in front of the Angelika Film Center. Bring the kids, grab at bite to eat at one the many great eateries around the Mosaic and enjoy the outdoor experience of cinema viewing in a whole new way.
Friday, 7pm
Cost: Free
Strawberry Park 2910 District Avenue Fairfax, VA 22031

Latin Sizzle Festival
Presented by Dance Place, the Latin Sizzle Festival not only sizzles but pops! It’s a cultural celebration with just the right combination of spirited dance and electrifying music. It's the sounds and movement from the heart of Bahia, Brazil accentuating its vibrant culture and beauty. DC Casineros is one of the many acts present this Saturday. The festival comes to a close Sunday at 4pm so enjoy all you can before it all ends!
Saturday - Sunday
Tickets: $12-30
Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street NE Washington DC 20002

 

 

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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood New Episode | Neighbor Day

On Monday September 2, celebrate Labor Day with the brand new Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood special episode Neighbor Day on WETA Kids! During this 30 minutes special, Daniel Tiger does good deeds in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, showing kids that one positive action can spark many more. Download the Neighbor Day Scavenger Hunt game! Your neighborhood is your child’s first place to explore and call home. Help your child become familiar with the people, places and things in your neighborhood by talking about the things you see every day. Use this scavenger hunt to get to know your neighbors, and your neighborhood, a little better. How many items can you find?

Watch Neighbor Day on WETA Kids Monday September 2 at 11am & Saturday September 7 at 12:30pm.

Watch Neighbor Day on WETA TV26 Monday September 2 at 10:30am.

Remember that every Saturday is the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood WETA Kids Block Party! Only on WETA Kids, tune in from 12:30pm-3pm for all five Daniel Tiger episode from the week, back-to-back.

 

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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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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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WETA Around Town Events: July 26-28

This weekend get outside and enjoy the summer air with a campfire nature walk, a local carnival, or a trip out to Soloman's for Oyster House Day! Here are our suggestions for things to do this weekend with the whole family.

Campfire and Nature Walk
Campfires have been important for mankind since the invention of fire. They provided light in the dark and warmth in the cold, and they’re places where songs, scary stories, and s’mores are shared among groups of friends. Spend a summer evening under the stars and around the campfire at Locust Grove Nature Center’s Campfire and Nature Walk, and enjoy roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. After the picnic, go on a tour with the local naturalists and experience a relaxing walk through wildlife.
Friday, 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: $6.00
Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland 20817

Glen Burnie Carnival
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with a good old-fashioned carnival! This weekend, Glen Burnie’s annual carnival is back and bringing fun for the whole family. Enjoy rides for all ages, from the Merry Go Round to the Tilt-a-Whirl. Enter a raffle for the chance to win cool prizes and play a variety of classic carnival games. There’s no need to break for dinner because there will be plenty of great food options on site. Entrance is free and each ride ticket costs only $1.25. The carnival is sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and all proceeds go to local non-profits and maintaining the GBIA community building. Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend!
Friday & Saturday, 6:30-11:00pm
Cost: Free
, $1.25 per ride ticket, 30 tickets for $33, 50 tickets for $50
19 Crain Hwy Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Lore Oyster House Day
Take a trip to the shore and experience the thrill of working with freshly-caught oysters! This Saturday, the Calvert Marine Museum is teaching kids about these magnificent creatures with its Lore Oyster House Day. Learn about the biology of oysters and refine your shucking technique. Sing songs and pack oysters just like a real seaman! Kids will also learn about the local Crassostrea virginica oyster and how to replenish its depleted population.
Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road Solomons, MD 20688
 

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WETA Around Town Events: July 19-21

This weekend is full of great family activities just in time for the weather to cool down. Whether you're interested in culture, food, movies, or shopping, there's something for everyone here in our weekly WETA Around Town Events highlights!

Living Earth Festival 2013
In our fast-paced 21st century lives, it’s often easy to forget about the environment outside of the comfort of our homes. Our environment provides us with amazing things, and the Living Earth Festival is a celebration by the National Museum of the American Indian that brings you closer to the roots of life. The festival features plenty of primal activities such as cheese-making, native dances, and family activities that make this an ideal event for any age. If you’re a fan of popular Food Network shows, there’s even a high-paced all-natural cook off between local chefs!
Friday 1pm, Saturday 10am, Saturday 10am
Cost: Free
The National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560

Christmas in July
December may be five months away, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating Christmas! Come out to Old Town Alexandria this weekend for the city’s annual Christmas in July Celebration. The Christmas Attic and the businesses of Union Street are providing a fantastic variety of Christmas themed activities perfect for all ages. Kids can take pictures with “summer” Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit story time stations, decorate their own cookies, and make cool arts and crafts. Beat the summer heat with an ice cream social and enjoy live musical performances. Local businesses will be offering special promotions all day and donating a portion of their profits to children’s charity The Reading Connection. Make sure to stop by this Saturday for what’s sure to be a festive day of holiday fun!
Saturday 12-5pm
Cost: Free
Union Street between Cameron & Duke Street - Old Town Alexandria, VA

Clifton Film Festival
Summer is always a great time for movies, but how about watching some local talent? This Saturday, the 4th annual Clifton Film Fest provides an opportunity to watch original films, listen to live music, and eat food. The festival showcases the efforts of the community near the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. An award ceremony will honor the best student and regular films from the festival.
Saturday 4pm
Cost: $5
(Day Showings in the theater at 4:00pm); $10 (evening showing on the quad, 7:30pm)
Workhouse Arts Center  9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
 

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WETA Around Town Events: June 28-30

There's always something going on in the DC area whether a festival, an art show, or a performance. For this weekend, we've found three great events that incorporate all three! Art, music, and education at Wolf Trap, festival of food and culture at Neighborfood, and a music and puppet performance at Strathmore. Read on for more about our featured events! Also be sure to check out what WETA Around Town segments we covered close this weekend!

Freezing Cold in June
Appreciate the summer weather with spectacular images of our planet’s coldest environments.Frozen Planet in Concert at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center presents a viewing experience for the whole family. The amazing images are scored with live and original music from the National Symphony Orchestra. Academy Award nominee George Fenton composes and conducts the performance. The event builds on the BBC Earth series that provided a gorgeous look at nature. Watch the trailer for Frozen Planet in Concert here!
Friday June 28, 8:30pm
Cost: $22-55
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182

Neighborfood
One of the best perks to living near a city like Washington, DC is taking advantage of all the diverse and delicious food options. This Saturday, the food festival Neighborfood is coming to H Street to give you the perfect opportunity to try great food and get to know the community! Hosted by Dishcrawl, Neighborfood will feature stops at eight restaurants in one of the city’s most thriving neighborhoods. Find your new favorite restaurant while getting to know the H Street Corridor. Dishcrawl is dedicated to helping the community so a portion of proceeds go to nonprofit organizations like First Book DC. Make sure to stop by and taste some of the best food that DC has to offer!
Saturday June 29, check-in 1:30-4pm
Restaurants serving from 2-5pm
Cost: General Admission Pass (1 food/drink ticket, 5 raffle tickets): $10 in advance, $15 day off
Additional Meal Tickets: $5 each
Check-in at Smith Commons, 245 H Street, NE

Photo: Billy Berks / Dishcrawl

Classic Entertainment

The marionette has a long history in children’s entertainment, dating as far back as 2000 BC. Since their early Egyptian roots, these string puppets have evolved from simple clay figurines into elaborately carved pieces of art. On Sunday, Strathmore presents Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts, featuring performances by veteran puppeteers set to famous classical music. For those curious, Cashore himself answers all questions about the entire puppet process in an audience Q&A. Watch this clip of the show!
Sunday June 30,  1pm & 3pm
Cost: $15
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

Closing this weekend!

The Hampton Years at Theater J - Closes Sunday June 30

 

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WETA Around Town Events: May 24 - 26

This Memorial Day weekend there’s plenty to do in the Washington, DC area besides going to the National Mall. Check out some of these DMV events this weekend.

 
Sometimes the best way to unwind after a long week is to discover or revisit a good movie. On Friday, The Alden Theatre of McLean Community Center is presenting E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial during their free Family Movie Night. This 1982 sci-fi film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is about a young boy named Elliott who finds a stranded extraterrestrial. Through trials and tribulations, he must find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet. Watch the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial trailer!
Friday, 7:30pm
Cost: Free
The Alden Theatre McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101
 
The school year is coming to an end and that means white sandy beaches and palm trees are on everyone’s mind. Just in time for summer vacation and in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the National Museum of the American Indian will be holding Eia Hawai’i: Celebrating Native Hawaiian Culture this Saturday and Sunday. This year, visitors can celebrate wayfinding, or navigation, and the Polynesian seafarers who discovered the Hawaiian Islands by watching and learning about hula, taking in a cooking demonstration, watching films and presentations, and meeting and greeting Hawaiian guests. There will also be a concert at 5pm on Saturday in the Welcome Plaza, featuring Amy Hanaiali’I Gilliom with opening act The Aloha BoysWatch a preview of Amy Hanaiali'l Gilliom perform!
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am to 5pm
Cost: Free
National Museum of the American Indian 4th Street and Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20013

Led by its iconic host and founder Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion has influenced popular culture since its first live radio broadcast in 1974. The program, listened to by millions each week, is performing live this weekend from Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia. Special guests include harmonica player Howard Levy, singer Aoife O’Donovan, and folk music group The Milk Carton Kids. Discover the program’s signature brand of humor and storytelling through iconic segments like “The News from Lake Wobegon,” read by Keillor himself.
Friday, 8:00pm and Saturday, 5:45pm
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center 1551 Trap Rd. Vienna, VA 22182
 
 
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WETA Around Town Events: May 17 - 19

This weeked in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, expereince a one-of-a-kind event at the Kennedy Center and get a hefty dose of fine art in Reston. Read on for more details!

Prepare for the landing of The Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel at The Kennedy 

Center this weekend! Combining radio show and comic book elements, this unique production follows the story of reporter Molly Sloan, her assistant Timmy Mendez, and a librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the threat of an invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. The live performance features three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist who perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while more than 1,000 hand-drawn, comic book images fill a two-story-high screen. This adventure is perfect for families with children ages 8 and up! Watch a preview!

Friday through Sunday
Cost: $18
The Kennedy Center - 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
 
 
How long has it been since you’ve set aside some time to appreciate art? From May 17-19, stop by Reston Town Center and experience the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. The outdoor festival, now in its 22nd year, offers attendees the opportunity to admire and purchase original work from over 200 artists across a wide range of mediums. Enjoy live performances and entertainment, and be sure to visit the Family Art Park, which offers something for children, teens, and adults alike. Held by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting visual arts, the festival begins this Friday with its Opening Night Party from 6pm-9pm. 
 
Friday, 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 10am-4pm
Cost: Free (attendees who $10 will receive a $10 gift certificate redeemable at participating local restaurants)
Reston Town Center – 12001 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190
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WETA Around Town Events: May 10 - 12

This weekend, May 10 - 12, the Washington, DC area is bursting with a variety of spring-time activities for the whole family. Whether you're looking for a trip down memory lane, great live music, a celebration of history, or a cultural journey, there's something for everyone on the calendar. Read on for WETA Around Town's event highlights for this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

This Saturday, local DC music production company Newmyer 

Innocent & The E Street Shuffle at The Hamilton Live. This tribute concert celebrates the to two of the most loved albums in rock and roll history: Van Morrisons’ 1970 ‘Moondance’ and Bruce Springsteen's 1973 'The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle’. The Hamilton is the newest member of the Clyde's Restaurant Group following tradition with top of the line food and live music. So if you're looking for an all-in-one musical adventure, this is the ticket! Featuring performances by: Justin Jones, Brian Simms, Luke Brindley, Owen Danoff, Billy Coulter, Daryl Jr. Cline, Tommy Lepson, Jon Carroll, Tony Denikos, Kirk Philips, Margot MacDonald & more.

Saturday, 8:30pm
The Hamilton Live 600 14th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20005
 
In a city like Washington, DC where transportation is essential, do you ever stop to 

think what life would be like without cars, buses or trains? This Saturday you will have the opportunity to show your appreciation by celebrating National Train Day 2013 because this year’s theme is “trains matter”. Each spring, this nation-wide festivity brings communities together to honor the history of trains and how they have helped transform America. Enjoy a variety of free activities such as educational stations, arts and crafts, Amtrak K-9 unit demonstrations, train car walkthroughs and more. So if you’re in the mood for some rich history, “choo choo” choose to partake in National Train Day. 

Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free. Amtrak rides $5 per person; children 12 and under ride free.
Union Station  40 Massachusetts Avenue NE Washington, DC
 
All through the month of May, the Library of Congress Packard Campus will commemorate Memorial 

Day with free film screenings and a live concert! On Friday, The Quebe Sisters Band from Texas will perform western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, and Texas-style fiddling in the campus theater. On Saturday, LoC will screen “Memphis Bell”, a true story of the 25th and last mission of the American B-17 bomber, starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, and Tate Donovan. Come out and celebrate history and culture with these free events this weekend!

The Quebe Sisters Band 
Friday at 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Memphis Bell
Saturday at 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Library of Congress Packard Campus  19053 Mount Pony Road Culpeper, VA 22701
 
Spice up your weekend with an eclectic array of dance performances!  This Saturday and Sunday, join El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea/DC Contemporary Dance Theatre as they present Sin Decir Palabres”/”Unspoken Words,” DC’s 3rd Latin American Concert Dance Festival at the Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center.  This annual festival has a variety of dance styles, including classical, indigenous, and contemporary, and includes works from some of DC’s most outstanding dance talent, internationally recognized Latino choreographers, and world renowned performing artists!  On Saturday only, American icon choreographer, Kevin Iega Jeff, will kick of the premiere of his work, Juntos, as a special guest speaker.  You won’t want to miss these fantastic performances!         
Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm
Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center  37th and O St., N.W. Washington, DC 20007
*Photo courtesy of DC Contemporary Dance Theatre*

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