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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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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 2 - 4

Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of musical, mysterious, and cinematic events right in your own backyard!

A Living Legend: Rama Vaidyanathan

If your only notion of Indian dance comes from Bollywood stereotypes, it’s probably time for a new perspective.  Take a cue from Dakshina’s Fall Festival of Indian Arts and watch a solo performance by one of India’s leading dancers.  Rama Vaidyanathan’s interpretation of Classical Indian dance introduces you to the beauty and elegance of ancient Bharata Natyam form.

Friday, 7:30pm

University of the District of Columbia Theater

4300 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC

Cost: Starting at $18.50

Purchase tickets here!

 

Dancing with the Dead

On Friday, the Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with their fourth annual extravaganza featuring arts and crafts and a costume contest ! Put on your best Calaveras mask and dance to the music of local rock group, The Torches, while enjoying the cash bar and snacks.  Friday too far away?  Check out the Target Gallery’s exhibition of altars and other Day of the Dead themed art work, going on now through Sunday! 

Costume & Dance Party: Friday, 8-11pm
Altar Exhibition: Now through Sunday

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Tickets: Advance, $15; Door, $20 or two for $35 (Student tickets: $10)
Special Discount: Purchase 5 advance tickets or more & get them each for only $10

Reserve your advance tickets by contacting 703-838-4565 x2 or events@torpedofactory.org

 

Select films opening Friday, November 2

A Late Quartet        (R)

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.  Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, and inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A Late Quartet pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.

 

Brooklyn Castle      (PG)

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at I.S. 318, a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The documentary follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

 

Flight              (R)

In this mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board.  After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

Watch the Around Town review coming this Friday! 

 

The Man with the Iron Fist                       (R)

Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.  

 

The Loneliest Planet          (NR)

The summer before their wedding, Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are backpacking through the scenic Caucasus Mountains in Georgia.  The fit young couple, playful and affectionate, hire a local guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed.  Suddenly, a brief but shocking pivotal incident occurs that changes everything.  Writer/director Julia Loktev's film is a haunting character study of love, betrayal and the ambiguities of forgiveness.

Watch the trailer here!

 

Last Chance!

Closing November 4th:

The Government Inspector at Shakespeare Theatre 

 

One Night with Janis Joplin at Arena Stage 

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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town October 24 - 28

Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of spooky, American, and educational events right in your own backyard!

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Kid Friendly Event!

Looking for some not-so-scary Halloween fun for the whole family?  Check out the National Theatre’s Saturday Morning series of free live shows for kids! This Saturday, Ichabod Crane takes his fateful ride through Sleepy Hollow in a performance of the Halloween classic.  But be sure to get there early -- The free tickets are distributed before the show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Saturday, 9:30am and 11am

National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: (202) 783-3372

 

Ghosts in DC?

Shadows on the wall, whispers in an empty room, pale figures in the hall…is it just your imagination or are there ghosts haunting DC’s Lafayette Square?  DC Walkabout brings the most haunted spot in the city alive with their Haunted History walking tours!  This free 2.5hr tour starts when the sun goes down and the ghosts and ghouls come out.  The Haunted History tours end November 1, so don’t miss your chance to discover the secrets and scares in one of Washington DC’s most famous districts!

Thursday, 7:30pm

Sunday, 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 31, 7:30pm (Halloween Special!)

Meet in Lafayette Park at the corner of 16th St and H St NW.

Reserve your space!

 

Have a good story to tell?

There’s a storyteller in all of us, and the Virginia Storytelling Alliance celebrates that this weekend with a Storytelling Concert.  Lead storytellers Anthony Burcher, Ellouise Schoettler, and Margaret Chatham will start off the evening with their tales.    Be sure to stay afterwards for the Open Mic, hosted by Gary Lloyd,  which gives audience members a chance to hop on stage and tell their best stories. 

Busy that night?  Catch one of the workshops held earlier that day, starting at 10 am, with topics ranging from “Weaving Music and Story Together” to “Ten Ways to Tell a Tale.”  Whether you’re looking to become a professional storyteller (yes, they do exist!) or simply a better conversationalist at cocktail parties, these workshops will help you practice your speech and narrative skills.

Saturday, 7pm (Storytelling Concert)

Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA

Cost: $15 for the concert, $30 per workshop, $95 all-day pass (3 workshops + concert)/$85 for VASA & Workhouse members

Click here for more info and tickets!

 

Music for Uncivil Discourse

Election season isn’t over yet, so you might as well celebrate it with music.  The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s music ensemble-in-residence, 21st Century Consort, will honor the democratic process with an election special concert featuring Fred Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, Jon Deak’s Greetings from 1984, and Peter Maxwell Davies’s dramatic portrait of George III, Eight Songs for a Mad King

Learn a little something beforehand with a pre-concert lecture and snack a bit afterwards with a post-concert reception.

Saturday, 4pm – 8pm

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eighth and F Streets, NW,  Washington, DC

Cost: $20 (includes lecture & reception)

Purchase tickets here!

 

Select films opening Friday:

Chasing Mavericks (PG)

Based on the inspirational true story of surfing icon Jay Moriarity, OF MEN AND MAVERICKS tells the story of a young man’s quest to surf Mavericks, Northern California’s most dangerous wave, and the local legend who takes him under his wing.  What begins as a mentorship turns into a unique and kindred bond, which ultimately transforms the lives of both men.

 

Cloud Atlas (R)

Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years.  Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next.  Born and reborn.  Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry lead an international cast.  Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the story moves through time.

 

Simon and the Oaks (NR)

Based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson. Simon and the Oaks offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II.  Playing at E Street Cinema

 

The Other Son (PG-13)

In the moving family drama The Other Son, as he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) discovers he is not his parents' biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs. (Partially subtitled)

 

The Sessions

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California–based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity.  With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

 

Last Chance!

Closing October 27 - William Christenberry: Assembled Memory at HEMPHILL Fine Arts

 

Closing October 28 - Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Arena Stage