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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: 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 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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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 22 - 24

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of a tropical flower exhibition, mysterious Slavonic music, and an epic viola serenade right in your own backyard!

 
 
Living in or near a big city like DC, you can sometimes find yourself disconnected from the natural world.  This weekend, the National Museum of Natural History will have an opportunity for museum-goers of all ages to see a major collection of Latin American orchids close to home.  Attend the Fiesta de las Or-Kid-eas Family Festival for a variety of orchid related activities, such as orchid face painting, orchid tattooing, orchid mosaic-making, and plant discussions.  Want to learn how to pot an orchid?  Orchid experts will also be giving patrons an orchid-potting demonstration and will even allow them to take an orchid home with them.
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Cost: Free
National Museum of Natural History Exhibit Gallery, 1st Floor, West Wing 
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC
 
 
The best way to relax after an exciting weekend is with an afternoon classical music in a beautiful setting.  This Sunday, enjoy the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance of Rachmaninoff's “Solemn Vespers, Op. 37” at the impressive Washington National Cathedral.  To make this concert even more interesting, the Choral Society will perform the piece in the original Old Church Slavonic, which is a Slavonic language dating back to 9th century Byzantine missionaries.  With a talented chorus and historic location, this concert will take you back in time and in peace.
Sunday, 4pm
Cost: Ticket prices start at $31
Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves NW, Washington, DC 20016
 
 

Two concerts are better than one!  If the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance wasn’t enough, indulge in a special collaboration between the National Symphony Orchestra’s Tsuna Sakamoto and the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.  The musicians will be performing “Symphonic Serenade” and Bartók’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.  Don’t miss out on this spectacular performance!          
Sunday, 8pm
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+)/students, free for music teachers 
Hylton Performing Arts Center 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, VA 20109
 
Time is of the essence if you’ve been longing to catch Lalla Essaydi: Revisions at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.  See what our critics have to say about the 

 
 
 
DARK SKIES (PG-13)
Kerri Russell and Josh Hamilton star in Scott Stewart’s story of the Barrett family’s reckoning with a dark and terrible force.
 
 
SNITCH (PG-13)
Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, and John Bernthal star in Ric Roman Waugh’s story of a father who goes undercover for the DEA so his son can finally be released from prison after getting set up in a drug deal.
 
 
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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