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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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WETA Around Town Events: July 19-21

This weekend is full of great family activities just in time for the weather to cool down. Whether you're interested in culture, food, movies, or shopping, there's something for everyone here in our weekly WETA Around Town Events highlights!

Living Earth Festival 2013
In our fast-paced 21st century lives, it’s often easy to forget about the environment outside of the comfort of our homes. Our environment provides us with amazing things, and the Living Earth Festival is a celebration by the National Museum of the American Indian that brings you closer to the roots of life. The festival features plenty of primal activities such as cheese-making, native dances, and family activities that make this an ideal event for any age. If you’re a fan of popular Food Network shows, there’s even a high-paced all-natural cook off between local chefs!
Friday 1pm, Saturday 10am, Saturday 10am
Cost: Free
The National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560

Christmas in July
December may be five months away, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating Christmas! Come out to Old Town Alexandria this weekend for the city’s annual Christmas in July Celebration. The Christmas Attic and the businesses of Union Street are providing a fantastic variety of Christmas themed activities perfect for all ages. Kids can take pictures with “summer” Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit story time stations, decorate their own cookies, and make cool arts and crafts. Beat the summer heat with an ice cream social and enjoy live musical performances. Local businesses will be offering special promotions all day and donating a portion of their profits to children’s charity The Reading Connection. Make sure to stop by this Saturday for what’s sure to be a festive day of holiday fun!
Saturday 12-5pm
Cost: Free
Union Street between Cameron & Duke Street - Old Town Alexandria, VA

Clifton Film Festival
Summer is always a great time for movies, but how about watching some local talent? This Saturday, the 4th annual Clifton Film Fest provides an opportunity to watch original films, listen to live music, and eat food. The festival showcases the efforts of the community near the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. An award ceremony will honor the best student and regular films from the festival.
Saturday 4pm
Cost: $5
(Day Showings in the theater at 4:00pm); $10 (evening showing on the quad, 7:30pm)
Workhouse Arts Center  9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
 

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WETA Around Town Events: June 14 - 16

This weekend celebrate tradition, history, the world, and Father's Day! Check out our highlighted events for this weekend in the DC area!
 
The Caribbean is most commonly known for its warm beaches and palm trees but another important part of the culture is its long history of folklore. Caribbean folk tales feature a wide range of characters and myths, but none are as popular as Anancy, a clever trickster in the form of a spider. Anancy has become a popular character all around the world, and has made appearances in the television show Sesame Street and the Justice League comic books. The Anancy Festival celebrates the Caribbean hero with story presentations, competitions, and games. There are storybooks for sale so you can pass on these tales yourself. 
Saturday June 15, 10am
Cost: Free
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G St, NW Washington, DC  
 
If you’re craving critically acclaimed cinema, excellent food, and thought-provoking discourse on social and environmental issues, check out the Reel Water Film Festival for a day of education and entertainment! The festival was founded last year with the mission of educating its attendees on water-related issues on a local and global scale. This year, the festival is in the recently renovated Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club and includes an afternoon of short films dealing with a range of relevant water topics. Stick around in the evening for a buffet dinner and a screening of the celebrated documentary Chasing Ice. At least half of the festival’s proceeds go to charitable organizations dedicated to global water causes (the remainder goes to funding next year’s festival). 
Saturday June 15, 1-10pm
Cost: $10 for short films/$12 for Chasing Ice/$45 for Chasing Ice and dinner/$55 all-day movie and dinner pass 
Buy tickets in advance.
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club  7719 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, Maryland
 
Celebrate this Father’s Day with music and laughter! Newmyer Flyer's “Like Your Dad Did” at the Hamilton Live showcases Washington, DC area fathers performing with their children: Musicians playing together to appreciate the bond of family. Musicians include: Bill & Owen Danoff, Randy & Colin Thompson, Mike & Georgia Cotter, Jon & Ben Carroll, The Starks Famdamily, Todd & Ryan Wright, Cal & Cory Everett, Ron & Ryan Newmyer, Randy & Nate Ihara, Chuck & Michael Sullivan, Lea & John Morris, Bill Craig & Taylor Hitaffer. In addition to fatherhood related music, DC comedians Robert Mac and Big Al Goodwin poke fun at all things fatherly!
Sunday June 16, 7:30pm-10pm
Cost: $20
The Hamilton Live  600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
 
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WETA Around Town Events: May 17 - 19

This weeked in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, expereince a one-of-a-kind event at the Kennedy Center and get a hefty dose of fine art in Reston. Read on for more details!

Prepare for the landing of The Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel at The Kennedy 

Center this weekend! Combining radio show and comic book elements, this unique production follows the story of reporter Molly Sloan, her assistant Timmy Mendez, and a librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the threat of an invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. The live performance features three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist who perform all the voices, sound effects and music, while more than 1,000 hand-drawn, comic book images fill a two-story-high screen. This adventure is perfect for families with children ages 8 and up! Watch a preview!

Friday through Sunday
Cost: $18
The Kennedy Center - 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
 
 
How long has it been since you’ve set aside some time to appreciate art? From May 17-19, stop by Reston Town Center and experience the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. The outdoor festival, now in its 22nd year, offers attendees the opportunity to admire and purchase original work from over 200 artists across a wide range of mediums. Enjoy live performances and entertainment, and be sure to visit the Family Art Park, which offers something for children, teens, and adults alike. Held by the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting visual arts, the festival begins this Friday with its Opening Night Party from 6pm-9pm. 
 
Friday, 5pm-8pm
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 10am-4pm
Cost: Free (attendees who $10 will receive a $10 gift certificate redeemable at participating local restaurants)
Reston Town Center – 12001 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190
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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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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