Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of free dancing lessons, silent film fun, and more in your own backyard!
Dancing in Bethesda
Put on those dancing shoes because this weekend is Dance Bethesda
! The two-day event
starts Friday night with free dance lessons and parties, hosted by studios in downtown Bethesda. Try your foot at rumba, social dancing, ballroom, hip-hop, tap, folklore, salsa, swing, tango, and jazz or watch demonstrations throughout the night. Then on Saturday, a group of seven dance companies will perform at Round House Theatre
for the 9th annual Dance Bethesda Concert. (They’ve been being selected from a group of 50 local contestants.) With a variety of dance genres, like contemporary from the Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Central Asian
from the Silk Road Dance Company
and ballet from The Washington School of Ballet
, this event will provide a well-rounded selection of the most talented dancers in the Washington, D.C. area.
Open Studio Night- Friday, 8-10:30pm
Studios hosting open houses include: Dance Bethesda Dance Studio, Dansez! Dansez!, Du-Shor Dance Studio, Joy of Motion Dance Center (6:30-9:45pm), and The Mindfulness Center.
Bethesda Dance Concert
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under
Silent Film (But Not a Silent Event)
This Saturday, indulge your senses with lavish costumes and drama with the Freer Gallery’s presentation of “Intolerance: Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment.” Intolerance, one of the masterpieces of the Silent Era, looks at Man’s persistent “intolerance” throughout the ages and connects stories from four very different time periods: the American “modern” melodrama of 1914, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, the fall of Babylon at the hands of the Persians in 539 BCE, and the death of Jesus Christ. This film program is presented in conjunction with the Sackler Gallery’s exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder, which will be featured in an upcoming segment of WETA Around Town!
A Family Adventure in Time Travel
If you could go back in time, what period would you travel to? Would you go back in time to the Medieval Age or to the days at Woodstock? What about the Civil War Era? Well, if
you said the Civil War, you are in luck. As a tie-in with “The Civil War and American Art
” exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum
will be hosting Civil War Family Day. Kids and families will have the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children of the mid-1800s by participating in an afternoon full of Civil War related activities, such as craft making, photography, music, scavenger hunts and more. So join them this Saturday for a fun-filled day in the past at the Kogod Courtyard
Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Select films opening today:
Australian director Cate Shortland’s second feature is a WWII thriller that tracks the 900 km journey of five siblings (including Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, and Ursina Lardi) as they make their way to their grandmother’s house near Hamburg, Germany after Allied Forces arrest their Nazi parents.
This post-WWII drama by British director Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and HANNIBAL RISING) traces an American general’s (Tommy Lee Jones) investigation of Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s (Takatarô Kataoka) role in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.