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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 March 15 - 17

What to do in this wonderful spring weather?! This weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia check out a jazzy birthday bash, a Japanese drum performance, a major environmental film festival, and more! Here's the details on our featured weekend events!

 
 
 
 
 
If you could celebrate your birthday anyway you wanted, how would you celebrate it?  For Grammy Award-winning drummer Jack DeJohnette, celebrating with class and style is always on the agenda.  DeJohnette is most widely recognized for joining Miles Davis’s band and helping to change the face of jazz with their album, Bitches Brew.  He is also known for his association with artists such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock.  In celebration of his 70th birthday, DeJohnette wants to do nothing more than jazz things up at the Terrace Theatre.  Currently on an international tour with pianist Geogre Colligan, saxophonist Tim Ries and bassist Jerome Harris, the NEA Jazz Master will play a little music with his friends, ranging from cool jazz rhythms to bittersweet memories.  
Saturday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Cost: $35
Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center   2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC
 
 
And beats with energy that will make you want to see them again!  This Saturday, join Kodo, a traditional Japanese drum troupe, as they take over the DAR Constitution Hall.  Kodo uses ancient and modern compositions to achieve physical and musical versatility that surpasses language barriers.  Kodo is known for its performers not only playing the drums, but also using their bodies to tell a story.  Experience how the power of sound can create emotions ranging from laughter to aggression to even fear.  This show will be an unforgettable experience for all of your senses!  
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $25-$50
DAR Constitution Hall   1776 D Street, NW Washington, DC 20006-5303
 
 
 
Spring is finally in the air!  If you don’t see enough green outside, catch it on the big screen.  Celebrate the outdoors with the first weekend of the Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital, running March 12 through 24 at museums, embassies, universities, libraries and local theaters.  The theme of this year’s festival is the role of rivers and watersheds in the global environment. 190 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films were selected to highlight this and many other ecological issues.  The festival will feature 110 Washington, D.C. area premieres, including this weekend’s Amazon Gold, on Friday at the National Geographic Society, Cinderella Moon, on Saturday and Sunday at the National Gallery of Art, and More Than Honey on Sunday at AFI Silver Theater.  Discover the wonders of the world and the perils that endanger them this weekend through next.
March 12th through March 24th 
 
 
Select films opening today:
 
This Romanian film directed by Cristian Mungiu follows the friendship of two young women (Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur) who were raised in the same orphanage as children.
 
 
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) becomes infatuated with her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Good) when he comes to live with her and her unstable mother (Nicole Stoker) following the death of her father. This film directed by Chan-wook Park is largely drama with plenty of mystery and thriller in the mix as India learns more and more about her disturbed family.
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town December 21 - 24

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of events guaranteed to inspire your inner-artist, right here in your own backyard!

Looking for an event inspired by the holiday season? Be sure to check out THIS post compiling the best seasonal events in the area. 

 

Unleash your creativity with a masterpiece.

Face it—you and the kids need a break from the holidays.  Why not get artsy?  To top it off, why not make it free?  Well, it’s a package deal at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s weekly Free Family Sunday.  So put down that wrapping paper and schlep the entire clan to this world-class institution.  You’ll enjoy an afternoon of art-making with an interactive gallery tour to boot.

This month’s theme “Looking Forward: Make a Right-Side, Wrong-Side Composition”, encourages budding contemporary artists to get adventurous.   

Sunday, 2-5pm

Cost: Free

Baltimore Museum of Arts    10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland

 

It was an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie work of art that they displayed in the gallery.

Just because an exhibition is a big deal, doesn’t mean it’s big.  In fact, the Torpedo Factory Target Gallery’s 5x5(x5) is all about the small.  No piece measures more than 5 inches in any direction!  Back by popular demand, this juried show features 112 tiny works by 68 artists from across the nation. It’s also Target Gallery’s last show of the year, so don’t miss it.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10am–6pm

Cost: Free

Torpedo Factory    105 N. Union St., Alexandria, Virginia

 

Select films opening today:

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY       (PG)

From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson (SHREK, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) invite you and your family on an all new 3D adventure: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY.  A young couple who is separated, must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers.  

 

RUST AND BONE      (R)

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard (LA VIE EN ROSE, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) plays Stéphanie, a free-spirited whale trainer at a marineland on the French Riviera, who suffers a devastating injury.  Macho Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts, BULLHEAD), sullen, impulsive and broke, has just been given custody of his five-year-old son and is struggling to care for him.  Both are struggling to overcome injuries and rebuild their lives, and their relationship reaches the extremes of physical and emotional intensity.   WETA Around Town critics call this the “best film of the year”.  Watch the entire review here!

 

BARBARA      (PG-13)

East Germany, 1980.  Barbara Wolff is a talented young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country.  Even though she is constantly aware of the shadowy presence of, and overwhelming numbers of Stasi officers chronicling her every move, every waking hour, she arrives at her new post having already planned a series of dangerous assignations with her lover, with whom she plans to escape to the West, to Poland.  A story of self-sacrifice and freedom and quiet heroism at a time and place when such values are at a premium. It is also about a healer whose morality and set of personal ethics are being called into questions by circumstances specific to that same time and place in history. Opening at West End and Angelika Mosaic. 

Watch the trailer here!

 

THE IMPOSSIBLE       (PG-13)

Based on the true story of one family's survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, THE IMPOSSIBLE stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE). Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth.