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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 5

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, catch three fascinating films. First, Saturday at 9:30pm watch the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed. Following this classic film at 11:40pm is the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. Set your DVR or stay up late for Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am. Read on for episode descriptions and trailers of these great movies.

The Bad Seed (1956) at 9:30pm
Rhoda is a good, grade-school girl who becomes vicious when she doesn’t get her way. Her mother finds out that Rhoda was responsible for a boy's death but is her mother’s dark past to blame? Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones and Eileen Heckart. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Revenge of the Electric Car at 11:40pm
A follow up to Chris Paine's documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, this new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors, Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Click here to watch a trailer.


Independent Lens: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child at 1:10am
A rare interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat over 20 years ago chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young artist who achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. Click here to watch a trailer.

 

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WETA Arts Returns | Arts in DC

WETA Arts returns Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

WETA Arts is back! The thirty-minute WETA production anchored in local Washington DC art and artists returns with a new format on January 12, 2014. Hosted by WETA Around Town’s Robert Aubry Davis, the new WETA Arts will feature a mix of local and national material. In addition to WETA produced segments highlighting local DC art and artists, the show will also feature pieces from other public TV stations around the country. In the inaugural episode, WETA meets up with local artist Mia Feuer to discuss her stunning new exhibition at The Corcoran Gallery, An Unkindness. Inspired by sights witnessed during the artist’s international travel, Feuer’s structures examine the interaction between the synthetic and natural worlds. Then, WETA Around Town panelists Janis Goodman and Peter Winant join host Robert Aubry Davis for an extended discussion on the Hirshhorn Museum’s new exhibit, Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950. This breathtaking new exhibit features 90 works in a wide collection of media by 40 artists from around the world. The panelists discuss the way this exhibit explores destruction as a vital part of artistic expression and the creative process. The WETA Arts premiere episode will also feature two national pieces created by fellow public television stations exploring artistic displays around the United States. If you are interested in local art and artists in the Washington DC area and enjoy discovering exciting new artistic creations from around the country, you do not want to miss the new WETA Arts!

WETA Arts airs Sunday January 12 on WETA TV26 and HD at 1:30pm. Return to the Programmer's Choice Blog & WETA Around Town on Facebook & Twitter for other air dates.


 

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WETA Around Town Events: October 25-27

This weekend in the Washington, DC area, tap into art, music, and theater on your days off work! Read on to learn about a unique Halloween concert party, a cultural art exhibit at a local university, and a theatrical comedy written by Steve Martin all here in your backyard this weekend, October 25-27!

Newmyer Flyer Presents: Halloween Howl Concert & Costume Party
This Friday, Newmyer Flyer Presents: Halloween Howl at the Hamilton Live. Enjoy local musicians performing the greatest Halloween hits from the last 50 years like Bad Moon Rising, Psycho Killer, Thriller, and Sympathy For The Devil. Hosted at the Hamilton in DC where “musician and audience come together for a truly unique experience of entertainment and dining”, this Halloween party isn't one to miss. Costumes are optional but there's a costume contest for those who want to participate. Dinner, drinks, dancing, costumes, and music: don't miss out on the Halloween party of the year.
Friday 8:30pm
Cost: $20
The Hamilton Live
- 600 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 near Metro Center

ART Filipino: Works by Master Artists
This Friday and Saturday, catch the last two days of ART Filipino: Works by Master Artists at the Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts at Towson University. At the turn of the past century, up to the sixties and seventies, artists in the Philippines pioneered the modern art movement before their counterparts in other countries of Asia. Organized in cooperation with the Philippine Center in New York, this exhibition celebrates the remarkable advancement in Filipino identity through free and creative expressions of human experiences, embodied in these works of nationally recognized master artists.
Friday 11am-4pm & Saturday 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Towson University Center of the Arts
- 8000 York Road Towson, MD

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if two of the greatest minds of all time shared a drink at a bar? The Vienna Theatre Company brings this dream scenario to life in its fall production, Picasso at the Lapin Agile! Created by comedic guru Steve Martin, this fun and imaginative play places Einstein and Picasso at a bar in 1904, right when both men happen to be on the verge of world-changing ideas. When each mastermind realizes that the other is a formidable foe, a drawn out debate about the significance of genius and talent ensues. Enjoy a night of laughter coupled with a bit of mental stimulation as you witness the expertise of The Vienna Theatre Company and the intelligence of Picasso at the Lapin Agile!
Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Cost: $13
Vienna Community Center
- 120 Cherry Street SE Vienna, VA
 

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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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WETA Around Town Events: September 13-15

Autumn is approaching but the weather is stuck in August. Distract yourself from the heat with these great local events this weekend, September 13-15, 2013.

Autumn Cabaret Festival

Wonderful melodies, savory wine, and loads of entertainment at the Autumn Cabaret Festival. All access passes are only $100, while individual cabarets are only $25! Purchases can be made online, at the Box office, or in person. Events continue through September 21.
Friday - Sunday
Cost: $25-$100
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington, Virginia 22206

Blues Brothers at Angelika Film Center
Angelika Film Center’s After Hours Retro Movie Series presents The Blues Brothers!Venture on a spiritual blues journey with Jake Blues and his brother Elwood as they attempt to save their childhood home - a Catholic boarding school. In an attempt to raise enough money to save the school in time, the brothers concoct a plan to get their old band back together for one last gig. Will their efforts be a godsend for the home of their youth, or will their mission be shot to hell? Find out in this 80s cult classic presented on the silver screen at the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax, VA! Watch a Blues Brother’s Trailer here!
Friday & Saturday 11:45pm
Angelika Film Center 2911 District Ave Fairfax, VA 22031

Watch the WETA Around Town Best Bet on Angelika Film Center here!

Anime USA Of otaku, By otaku, For otaku
Anime USA is back! Started in 1999 by otaku, anime fans, as the premiere convention in Northern Virginia, Anime USA has grown to become a non-profit educational organization with the mission to educate and promote to the masses Japanese art and pop-culture. Come join the convention and entertainment Friday afternoon and end the evening attending a black tie formal ball. Partake in Cosplay costume contests and panel discussions on everything anime related all weekend long. Learn the culture, try something new, and enjoy a weekend of anime!
Friday 1pm-2am, Saturday 10am-2am, Sunday 10am-4pm
Cost: $20-$65
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
1900 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

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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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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 19 - 23

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
Cost: Free
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
Cost: Free
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
Cost: $18
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
Cost: Free
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.

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town April 5 - 7

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of the culinary, the classical, and more in your own backyard!

 
 
 
Looking for an experience that will make you feel like 

you’re in the comfort of your own home, at the movies and at a restaurant all at once?  There’s a solution for your hankering.  The Workhouse Arts Center will be hosting Dinner and a Movie Night Friday evening, a special event that blends food and film.  Watch the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, REAR WINDOW, and select from a buffet style menu that includes sliced marinated steak, sliced chicken in marsala sauce, mashed Yukon potatoes, mixed green salad, and more. 
Friday, 8pm
Cost: $40
9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079
 
 
 
This Saturday, award-winning guitarist Orlando Roman will be performing the works of Albéniz, Turina, Ponce, Barrios, Mertz, and Brouwer in a concert sponsored by the Washington Conservatory of Music.  Come and let this accomplished performer serenade you with the wonders of his classical guitar.
Saturday, 8pm
Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
 
 
The Asphalt Orchestra is no ordinary marching band.  Instead of fight songs, shrill renditions of Sousa, and militaristic uniforms and dance routines, this group’s music and choreography is unpredictable and even jazzy!  Join the 12-piece group as they fire up the Alden Theatre with music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne, Björk, and many more.  Don’t miss out on this innovative evening! 
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $25
Alden Theatre
 
 
 
 
And if you’re in the mood for a day at the museums, visit Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac at the National Gallery of Art. Check out what our critics have to say about it! Watch the video here!
 
 
Select movies out today:
In this crime drama directed by Derek Cianfrance, a motorcycle stunt driver, played by Ryan Gosling, begins robbing banks to provide for his lover and newborn child.
 
 
Cannes comes to Washington with the U.S. open of Italian director Matteo Garrone's drama this weekend.  REALITY, starring Aniello Arena, follows a fishmonger who becomes obsessed with appearing on a reality TV show.
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 9-10

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 
Cost: Free
 
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
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under
Round House Theatre  4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland
 
 
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! 
Saturday, 3pm
Cost:  Free
Freer Gallery  1200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20013
 
 
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
Cost: Free
Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C.
 
 
Psst! After the Civil War Family Day festivities have wrapped up, take the kids to the accompanying exhibition, “The Civil War and American Art.” Here’s what our critics have to say about it.
 
 
 
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.
 
 

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