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WETA Movie Night: July 26

This Saturday on WETA TV26 & HD, watch two coming-of-age stories. First at 9:30pm, Jamal shares his life story when accused of cheating on a game show in Slumdog Millionaire. Then at 11:30pm, Egor leaves home to pursue a dancing career in the POV independent film Dance for Me. Please join us for these powerful films Saturday, July 26, 2014 on WETA TV26 & HD.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) airs Saturday at 9:30pm
This film follows Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, as he’s minutes away from winning 20-million rupees on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The show breaks for the night and police arrest Jamal for cheating. Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up. Stories of their adventures together and those with his lost-love Latika, reveal the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Will the police believe him and let him continue on the show? This film won 8 Academy Awards. Slumdog Millionaire also airs Sunday at 11:30am.


POV: Dance for Me airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future.


 

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WETA Movie Night: May 3

Begin the night with lots of drama as WETA TV26 & HD airs the musical Cabaret (1972) at 9:30pm. Then ease into non-fiction but keep the drama with Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter at 11:30pm. To finish off the night, go fully into documentary form as P.O.V. Last Train Home airs at 12:30am.

WETA Movie: Cabaret (1972) airs on Saturday at 9:30pm

This film is set in 1931 Berlin as young dancer American Sally Bowles has a whirlwind love triangle with a Brit and wealthy bachelor. Stars Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.

Journey of the Bonesetter’s Daughter airs Saturday at 11:30pm
Follow the creation of the San Francisco Opera's celebrated production of The Bonesetter's Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by Amy Tan, based on her bestselling book of the same name. .

P.O.V. Last Train Home airs on Sunday at 12:30am
Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration. Last Train Home takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey with the Zhangs, a couple who left infant children behind for factory jobs 16 years ago, hoping their wages would lift their children to a better life.


 

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WETA Movie Night: April 26

This weekend, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1962 Broadway drama Gypsy. Music, dance, family drama, and the drive to make it big are the themes that have made this movie such a hit. Starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. Watch a preview of the film below.

Set during the 1920s in the vaudeville era, Rose is an aggressive and domineering woman who desires above all to make her two daughters June and Louise big entertainment stars. Herbie Sommers is an entertainment agent who falls in love with Rose. The two lock-in big circuit bookings for daughter June while the apparently less talented Louise is pushed into the background. Over time, June decides to break away from Rose and Herbie leaving pushy stage mother Rose to work on Louise’s career. Consequently, the trio winds up at a third-rate burlesque house in Wichita. Will Rose step aside and let her daughter rise to the top on her own true talent?
The musical classic Gypsy airs on WETA TV26 & HD Saturday April 26 at 9:30pm and Sunday April 27 at 11am.

 


 

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WETA Movie Night: April 19

This weekend, celebrate spring-time with a classic musical and two nature documentaries. Saturday beginning at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD, catch the incredibly successful musical Easter Parade (1948), then two environmental documentaries at 11:30pm and 1am.

 

Easter Parade (1948) - Saturday at 9:30pm
A vaudeville nightclub performer hires a naive chorus girl to become his new dance partner and make his former partner jealous. He's determined to prove that he can make any partner a star and finds love along the way. Stars Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, and Ann Miller.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Saturday 11:30pm
Explore two of America’s most pressing issues:  environmentalism and terrorism as this film reveals a radical environmental group, the Earth Liberation Front which the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat”. Daniel McGowan is a former member of the Earth Liberation Front and faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. Learn of the environmental group and McGowan’s story on POV’s If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.

Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison – Sunday 1am
This documentary shows the history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent. There have been many different threats to wild bison throughout the centuries. Learn how this rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation, and spiritual relations with an icon of wild America shows us that the bison is not only a symbol of a lost world, but may also show us the path to a more sustainable future.


 

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Special Pledge Programming in March

WETA TV26 airs special programming from February 27-March 23 for our pledge drive. This blog post highlights some of the great pledge shows you can watch throughout this month.  Read on to see what’s coming and when to watch! *Please note that these air dates and times are subject to change so please check weta.org for any schedule changes.*

Heartbeat of Home Saturday March 1 at 6pm

This show takes place in a dreamland of oceans and starlight, in neon-shining cities of the 21st century and in epic, open spaces. Irish dancers share the stage with Afro-Cuban and Latin dancers taking leave of their homelands — Ireland, Africa, Spain — as they journey over wild seas towards a new land of opportunity where music and dance, the only true international languages, join together in celebration, telling stories of survival, courage and passion.

Great Scenic Railway Journeys Celebrating: North America's Steam Railroads Sunday March 2 at 7pm
This program explorers the impact that the steam engine had in building our world. From the frozen tundra of Alaska to the vast high desert of Arizona, the rolling hills of New Hampshire to the Black Hills of South Dakota and through the prairies and mountains of Canada. We also visit Steamtown National Historic Site and get a first hand lesson on how a steam engine works and why millions of people each year are drawn to them.

Suze Orman: Financial Solutions for You Thursday March 6 at 8pm

Up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues from Suze Orman, America's most recognized expert in personal finance, include: how to invest; whether to buy or rent a home; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; wills and trusts; student loans and more. Orman offers tangible information on managing money today and how to make smarter choices towards a more economically secure future.

American Masters: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song Sunday March 9 at 7:30pm
This first authorized film poetically documents Seeger's unique experience and contributions. He made a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. Largely misunderstood by his critics for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist -- banned from commercial television for more than 17 years.

My Music: Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics: The 60s Monday March 10 at 8pm
From the late 1940s until the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on The Ed Sullivan Show. This special presents classic song performances from 1963 to 1968 that evoke the spirit of that decade's youth movement.

Studio WETA: Tom Paxton Wednesday March 12 at 8pm
Studio WETA talks to American folk singer and singer-songwriter Tom Paxton whose music career has spanned more than fifty years.

Midsomer Murders: Super Sleuths Thursday March 13 at 8pm

A  behind-the-scenes documentary featuring the cast and crew of Midsomer Murders as they reflect on their experiences in the deadliest "county" in all of England. The special investigates the much loved DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) and the mysterious mayhem of Midsomer.

House of Cards Marathon Sunday March 16 from 6-11pm
Watch the original House of Cards in full! With the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the current head of the British Conservative Party, House of Cards antihero Francis Urquhart goes on an unethical and manipulative rampage to become the new leader of the governing party then, in turn, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The Washington Cherry Blossoms: A Gift of Friendship Thursday March 20 at 8pm
The history of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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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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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies September 21

This weekend on WETA TV26 & HD, tune in for the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof and two moving documentaries presented by PBS' P.O.V.

WETA Movie: Fiddler on the Roof (1971) - Saturday September 21 at 9:30pm
Fiddler on the Roof centers on a Jewish family’s struggle with poverty in Tsarist Russia, in 1905. This musical masterpiece conveys the difficulty of providing for one’s family while living in constant fear of harassment from those of different beliefs. Explore the hardships of poverty and Jewish discrimination in the early 1900s through compelling musical numbers in Fiddler on the Roof. Watch a preview here!

POV: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator - Sunday September 22 at 12:30am

In the 1980s, Central American dictator Efrain Rios Montt waged a brutal genocide against the Mayan population of Guatemala. Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary, When the Mountains Tremble, provided a new generation of human rights activists with the information and added motivation to bring this dictator to justice. Granito tells the story of how Yates’s film became the catalyst in a benchmark victory for the Central American justice system in this official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Watch a preview here!

POV: Biblioburro, the Donkey Library - Sunday September 22 at 2:00am
Luis Humberto Soriano, a unique librarian living in a remote area in northern Colombia, is passionate about education and believes in a better future for his country. With the help of his two donkeys Alpha and Bet, Soriano brings a library of books to school children in violent and drug riddled areas of Colombia. Witness one man’s dedication towards providing the youth of his country with the power of literature in Biblioburro, the Donkey Library. Watch a preview here!


 

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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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