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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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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 1 - 3

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of cinematic spectacles, marching band talent, eclectic jazz, and more in your own backyard!

 

 
Begin the weekend with a night of culture and cuisine!  The Workhouse Arts Center is celebrating India by hosting a dinner and movie!  The Arts Center, a converted prison, will be presenting the film Saawariywa, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.  This Bollywood drama centers on a man and woman who meet in a small town and the past circumstances that prevent them from being together.  Aroma Indian Restaurant will be catering the event with authentic Tandoori-style meats and vegetarian options. 
Friday, 8pm
Cost: $39 per person
The Workhouse Arts Center 9601 Ox Road Lorton, VA 22079
 
 
Have you ever wondered what happens to the band members after football season is over?  Well, sports might be seasonal but the music must go on.  The Music Center at Strathmore brings visitors a unique musical performance in honor of the black marching band tradition.  A group of 30 marching band members from a variety of Historically Black Colleges and Universities come together to deliver a performance that embraces Motown, hip hop, pop and several other genres.  Known for their explosive drum beats and cool rhythm, Drumline Live will certainly get your heart pumping and your feet moving.  So if you’re in the mood for fun dance moves and customary band music, don’t miss HBCU’s “fifth quarter” performance.    
Friday, 8pm
Cost: Tickets range from $28-$58
Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD   
 
 
Want another Friday night option?  Start off on the right beat!  Strathmore presents “Friday Night Eclectic: An Evening of Jazz with THIEFS.”  THIEFS is a “grammatically incoherent” jazz group that intertwines aspects of modern composition and improvisation into a “boundary-less foundation” of beats.  Led by drummer and vocalist Guillermo E. Brown, bassist Keith Witty, and saxophonist Christophe Panzani, THIEFS seamlessly shifts from fully electronic to acoustic with their sometimes mellow, other times harsher, grooves.  During intermission, enjoy an original jazz dance performance inspired by Satomi Shirai’s photography.           
Friday, 8:30pm
Cost: $20 online/$22 at the door
Strathmore Mansion 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 
 
 
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting a free Family Day Extravaganza, which is jam-packed with music-themed activities throughout the gallery.  Get ready to groove by creating and wearing a button with your own band name and logo, complimented by music-themed face paint.  Next, get down with some breakdancers from The Lab DC, learn how to scratch records like a DJ with DJ Scratch Academy, or make and play your own clay whistle.  Leave your mark with a cause-worthy poster and original graffiti on a DIY tee.  Afterwards, be sure to take a tour of the gallery, including their new “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibition.  (We’ll be airing our critics’ discussion of the exhibition later this month!)  At the end of the day, march off in a send-off by percussionists Eddie Eatmon and Rivum Brigade.
Saturday, 10am-3pm
Cost: Free; no registration required
The Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006
 
 
 
Folger Theatre’s Henry V was originally supposed to close this weekend, but due to popular demand, they’ve extended the production’s run.  If you can’t see it this weekend, see it next weekend.  After that, you’re out of luck!  Here’s what our critics have to say about the 

 
 
 
Select films opening today:
Millions of Americans experience hunger every year.  This documentary, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring the likes of Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio, not only explores causes of the problem, but also proposes solutions.
 
 
Based on the UK television show, this British film directed by Nick Love tells the story of a jaded detective (Ray Winstone) in the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan police.