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New PBS Nature Episodes | WETA Wildlife Shows

With spring finally here, what better way to get in touch with wildlife and the great outdoors than to watch two brand new Nature episodes?  First, we explore the secret life of plants and their ability to communicate in Nature: What Plants Talk About.  Then we plunge into the water for an episode about a mysterious and unknown creature from the deep in Nature: The Mystery of Eels.

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Plants have been on Earth longer than almost any other organism on the planet.  They may not have a brain or eyes but in an all new Nature: What Plants Talk About, scientists discover that plants have the ability to engage with their surroundings as animals do.  Join Nature scientists as they perform a variety of studies revealing plant-to-plant communication, the ability to nurture seedlings, selection of hosts, and even violent defenses.  Watch Nature: What Plants Talk About on WETA and take a sneak peek into the underground world of plants. 
 
Nature: What Plants Talk About airs April 3 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD.
Also airs April 4 at 2:00pm, April 7 at 7:00pm

 

There is a lot more to the elegant eels than meets the eye. Writer and conservationist James Prosek takes viewers on a journey around the world to reveal how eels live out their lives.  Prosek travels from the Maori of New Zealand where eels are admired for being mythical guardians to the ocean deep of Maine, where fishermen have created a multi-billion dollar business from eel fishing.  But with the threat of over-fishing and obstacles that eels face for reproduction, is it too late to learn about this prehistoric aquatic creature?  Watch Nature: The Mystery of Eels to find out.
 
Nature: The Mystery of Eels airs April 17 at 8:00pm on WETA TV26 & HD. 
Also airs April 18 at 2:00pm, April 21 at 7:00pm

 

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WETA Around Town | Cherry Blossom Festival Events 2013

Spring has sprung in Washington and that means one thing for locals and tourists alike; lots of pink. Thousands flock into the city each year to see the blooming trees during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, but don’t let the fluffy flowers obscure your view of the rest of the cultural events happening around DC. We’ve compiled a list of the top Cherry Blossom Festival happenings around town, so be sure to check out some art and performances along with this year’s dose of pink.  

 
 
The tradition of visiting the Cherry Blossoms each year is something passed down from old to young. Whether in the 1st or 4th generation, make these events are apart of this year’s family outing.
 
National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-4pm
Sunday March 24th, 11am-4pm
Cost: Free
National Building Museum      Washington, DC
 
Learning Japanese Culture
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-3pm
Library of Congress      Washington, DC
 
Blossom Kite Festival
March 30th, 10am-4:30pm
Cost: Free
Washington Monument grounds         Washington, DC
 
Japanese Design Weekend
April 5th through April 7th
Cost: Free
 
Arts for Families: Koinobori (Carp Streamers)
Saturday April 6th, 2-4pm
Cost: Free
The Textile Museum      Washington, DC
 
Operation Ninja: Discover the Secret Art of Ninjitsu
Saturday April 6th, 1-3pm
Cost: $25
International Spy Museum       Washington, DC
 
Asian Art and Culture Day
Saturday April 6th, 11am-4pm
Cost: Free
The Workhouse Arts Center      Lorton, VA
 
Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration
Saturday April 6th, 12-4pm
Cost: Free with price of admission– Adults: $9.95; Children (3-11): $4.95 , under 3: Free; Seniors (60+) and Military: $8.95
National Aquarium      Washington, DC
 
Sakura Matsuri- Japanese Street Festival
Saturday April 13th, 10:30am-6pm
Cost: Adults- $5, Children- Free
 
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 13th, 10am-12pm
Cost: $20/Per Person for Grandstand Seating; Free along Parade route
 
Lantern Making Family Day
Saturday April 13th, 10am-2pm
Cost: Free
The Yards Park             Washington, DC         
 
 
Craft Making
Some of the most impressive works of craftsmanship come from Japan. During this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, try your hand at creating some of the most iconic Japanese style art.
 
Fly a Kite
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-12pm
Cost: $20
Corcoran Gallery of Art           Washington, DC
 
Kites of Asia
Saturday March 23rd, 10am-3pm
Cost: Free
National Air and Space Museum        Washington, DC
 
Japanese Book Binding
Saturday April 6th, 2pm
Sunday April 7th, 2pm
Cost: Free
Sackler Gallery            Washington, DC
 
Anime Artists Workshop
Saturday April 13th, 1pm
Sunday April 14th, 1pm
Cost: Free
Sackler Gallery            Washington, DC
 
Create Your Own Silk Scarf
Saturday March 30th, 2-4pm
Cost: $45/members; $55/non-members. Advanced registration required
The Textile Museum      Washington, DC
 
Make Your Own Shibori
Friday April 5th, 1-4pm
Cost: $45/members; $55/non-members. Advanced registration required
The Textile Museum      Washington, DC
 
 
 
To compliment the stunning Cherry Blossoms in spring, check out these visual art events celebrating the season in DC.
 
Sanguivorous Film and 

Performance
Wednesday April 3rd, 7pm
Cost: Free
Freer Gallery    Washington, DC
 
Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
Friday April 12th, 12pm
Cost: Free
Freer Gallery    Washington, DC
 
Anime Marathon: Samurai Champloo
Saturday April 13th, 11am
Sunday April 14th, 11am
Cost: Free
Freer Gallery    Washington, DC
 
Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books
April 6th through August 11th
Sackler Gallery            Washington, DC
 
Overtures: S&R Foundation Artist Concert Series
April 4th through April 12th
Cost: $30-$100
The Kennedy Center    Washington, DC
 
Good Angel’s Tears
Saturday April 14th, 2-4pm
Therapeutic Noh Theatre         Washington, DC
 
Battle of Yestermore
Friday April 5th, 7-9pm
 
Art in Springtime Weekend
April 6th through April 7th
Cost: Included in museum admission. Concert: $20, $8 for members, students, and visitors 6–18; includes museum admission for the day of the concert.
The Phillips Gallery       Washington, DC
 
 
 
Become immersed in culture and history with these unique programs designed to expand your knowledge of the Cherry Blossoms and Japanese culture. 
 
Japanese Garden Design
Saturday March 23rd, 9:30am
Cost: $20/in county; $22/out of county
Green Spring Gardens Park     Lincolnia, VA
 
Chanoyu: Japanese Way of Tea
Wednesday March 27th, 12:30-2pm
Embassy of Japan       Washington, DC
 
Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party
Friday March 29th, 8pm through Saturday March 30th, 2an
Cost: $10
500 Penn. St. NE           Washington, DC
 
1912 Cherry Blossom Tree Gift
March 28th, 12-1pm
Cost: Free
Library of Congress      Washington, DC
 

 

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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.