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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 15 - 17

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of anti-gravity splendor, heroic music, and honest Presidential fun right in your own backyard!

 

 
 
 
If you love magic tricks, go to Artisphere this weekend for the ultimate mind-bending spectacle.  The production LEO: The Anti-Gravity Show, directed by Daniel Briére, uses acrobatic performance and video projection to create illusions that will test your perception of reality and leave you wondering which way is up.  The show, reminiscent of Cirque de Soleil, is sure to entertain children and adults alike.  LEO has won awards internationally and has gone on to mesmerize the rest of the world. 
 
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Cost: $30 for adults / $25 for kids and students
Artisphere 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209
 
 
A weekend dedicated to remembering some of the most important people in our nation’s history only comes once a year, so why not celebrate with some family fun and entertainment?  Kick off your Presidents' Day weekend with Presidents' Family Day at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Enjoy performances by the Federal City Brass Band, build with Lincoln Logs, create a White House china pattern, and meet George and Martha Washington, along with Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.  You can even dress up like George Washington and get your photo taken, take pictures with presidential figures, and more!
 
Saturday, 11:30am-3pm
Cost: Free
American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery    Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 
 
What could be better than enjoying a concert while supporting veterans and their families?  This Sunday, The Code of Support Foundation and many other nonprofits present VETStravaganza, a free event to raise awareness for the Chamber of Commerce's "Hiring Our Heroes" program.  Performers include country music artists Mark Wills and David Kroll, along with military ensembles like the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the West Point Alumni Glee Club and others.  Enjoy a variety of talented musicians while celebrating our troops and President’s Day weekend all at once.
 
Sunday, 3pm
Cost: Free, tickets required (reserve them at www.lisner.org or by phone at 202- 994-6851)
George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium    21st and H streets NW, Washington, D.C.
 
 
 
Ever wanted to put yourself in the shoes of the President of the United States?  This weekend Ford’s Theatre celebrates Presidents’ Day with a variety of special programs.  Attend performances of “One Destiny,” a play about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigate the Ford’s Theatre Museum and partake in Ranger Talks from the National Park Service.  Several other programs include stories from master storyteller, Jon Spelman and a performance from the Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble.  Last but not least, a special one-night performance from Mark Twain Award winner and political satirist Mark Russell will also be in the mix of events for those who want to end their Presidents’ Day with a little political humor. Still need convincing?  Take a tour with WETA Around Town’s Trey Graham, as he shows us the beauty and uniqueness of the historical landmark that is, Ford's Theatre. 
 
Monday, campus open 9am – 5pm; performance at 7pm
Cost: Daytime programs free; performance tickets range from $20 - $64. 
Ford’s Theatre    511 Tenth St. NW, Washington, DC
 
 
By the way, scrambling for a last-minute Valentine’s Day date idea? This is the second-to-last weekend of Ai Wei Wei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn. It’s a breath-taking multimedia show. See what our critics had to say about it. 
 
Looking for something less contemporary? Bring your Valentine to Roads of Arabia at Sackler Gallery for some ancient beauty. It’s only there through February 24. Our critics have a few words about it, too.

 
 
Select films opening today:
 
Directed by Richard LaGravenese, this tale adds Southern legend and dark family secrets to the mysterious love story of long-time local Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and new girl Lena (Alice Englert). Like Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson? They’re in this, too. 
 
 
Here’s another tale about love in the South, this time directed by Lasse Hallström. Katie (Julianne Hough) lands in Southport, North Carolina, falls in love with a widower (Josh Duhamel), and faces the dark past she was hoping to forget.