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WETA Arts | New Episode in May

This episode is now available to watch online.

WETA Arts continues this month tying fantastic local cultural arts to national arts. 

In May's episode of WETA Arts we visit the U.S. Army Museum Support Center at Ft. Belvoir to learn about the depiction of war through the eyes of artists and to meet the current Army Artist in Residence. Experts from Ohio State University give us the science behind the most spectacular leap in ballet, the grande jete. We meet The Colorado Ballet, a troupe endeavoring to explore one of the darkest periods in human history through dance. We delve into the work of JW Johnston, a nature photographer who left the fast-paced world of broadcast journalism to pursue his passion. Finally, Robert Aubry Davis, Janis Goodman, and Peter Winant discuss "Made in The USA", an exhibition at The Phillips Collection that spans more than a century and features works by nearly one hundred and twenty American artists.

WETA Arts airs on WETA TV26 & WETA HD:
Sunday May 11 at 4pm
Tuesday May 13 at 3:30pm
Monday May 19 at 2:30pm
Tuesday May 27 at 5:30pm

To watch previous episodes of WETA Arts, go to weta.org!


 

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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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New WETA TV26 Documentary | Arlington National Cemetery

As the Washington, DC flagship PBS station, WETA TV26 has a long tradition of celebrating the people and history of this region through local programming. The newest WETA TV26 production is Arlington National Cemetery, a one hour documentary exploring the history, mission, and daily operations of this final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. To create this show, WETA interviewed more than a dozen cemetery staff, military personnel, and family members of the fallen, filmed 8 funeral services for Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy service members, and filmed the cemetery during four major National Holidays, amounting to about 60 hours of footage. This new program premieres Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 8pm and will show you Arlington National Cemetery as you’ve never seen it before. Click here for more air dates. Scroll down to watch a preview of the show.

 

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WETA Arts Returns | Arts in DC

WETA Arts returns Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:30pm on WETA TV26 & HD!

WETA Arts is back! The thirty-minute WETA production anchored in local Washington DC art and artists returns with a new format on January 12, 2014. Hosted by WETA Around Town’s Robert Aubry Davis, the new WETA Arts will feature a mix of local and national material. In addition to WETA produced segments highlighting local DC art and artists, the show will also feature pieces from other public TV stations around the country. In the inaugural episode, WETA meets up with local artist Mia Feuer to discuss her stunning new exhibition at The Corcoran Gallery, An Unkindness. Inspired by sights witnessed during the artist’s international travel, Feuer’s structures examine the interaction between the synthetic and natural worlds. Then, WETA Around Town panelists Janis Goodman and Peter Winant join host Robert Aubry Davis for an extended discussion on the Hirshhorn Museum’s new exhibit, Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950. This breathtaking new exhibit features 90 works in a wide collection of media by 40 artists from around the world. The panelists discuss the way this exhibit explores destruction as a vital part of artistic expression and the creative process. The WETA Arts premiere episode will also feature two national pieces created by fellow public television stations exploring artistic displays around the United States. If you are interested in local art and artists in the Washington DC area and enjoy discovering exciting new artistic creations from around the country, you do not want to miss the new WETA Arts!

WETA Arts airs Sunday January 12 on WETA TV26 and HD at 1:30pm. Return to the Programmer's Choice Blog & WETA Around Town on Facebook & Twitter for other air dates.


 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movies October 26

Saturday, October 26 at 9:30pm  join WETA TV26 & HD for movie night as we bring you the James Dean classic film East of Eden.

Make sure to stick around after the film to see the two latest WETA local productions, Pizza in Washington and Burgers in Washington!

This 1955 film was directed by Elia Kazan and loosely based on both the Steinbeck novel East of Eden and the story of Cain and Abel.  Struggling to find himself during the late years of World War I while competing with his brother Aron for their father’s affection, Cal is a sorrowful and desperate young man. Wild attempts to please his father, family secrets, and a love triangle make this film a dynamic drama perfect for a Saturday night at home. Will Cal find his place in the world, and more importantly, in his own family? Find out this Saturday night on WETA TV26 & HD!

For more James Dean films tune in every Saturday to WETA TV26 & HD for Rebel Without a Cause and Giant in the coming weeks!

 

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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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This Week on WETA UK: August 19-25

In a summer funk? Mix it up and watch something different! WETA UK brings you the best of British TV around the clock. There’s no better time to start watching!

Monday at 9:00pm Barnaby and Troy investigate a snobbish private school after a boy is murdered in this 90-minute Midsomer Murders mystery. These two sleuths are sure to get to the bottom of this high society crime.

Tuesday at 8:00pm You’d never suspect Hetty, a pensioner from Lancashire, to solve crimes, making her the perfect candidate to go undercover and stop a teenage thief. Catch Hetty Wainthropp Investigates from the start of season 3!

Wednesday at 9:00pm Watch two editions of Masterpiece Mystery! back-to-back. Lewis and Hathaway investigate the use of an anti-depressant in this installment of Inspector Lewis. Then catch the early days of Endeavour Morse, Lewis’s partner from the long-running series Inspector Morse, in the prequel Endeavour.

Thursday at 7:00pm Visit the hilariously dysfunctional Harpers with back-to-back episodes of the hit sitcom My Family, airing every weekday at the same time.

Friday at 6:00pm The odd couple of Tom and Diane make it through their golden years together in Waiting for God. Watch the first episode of season 3!

Saturday at 1:00pm Don’t miss Part 1 of the Prime Suspect finale! Detective Jane Tennison (Oscar winner Helen Mirren) hunts a killer and struggles with her own alcoholism in the last chapter of this critically acclaimed show. Tune in for Part 2 on Saturday, August 31 at 1:00pm.

Sunday at 8:00pm The family from Fresh Fields moves to France for the spinoff French Fields! Back-to-back episodes every Sunday poke fun at the timeless and hilarious culture clash between the British and French.

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WETA Around Town Events: August 2-4

Can you believe that yet another weekend is upon us? It's the first weekend in August which means it's getting close to the end of summer. Embrace the DC heat this weekend with these three outdoors events and one indoor concert. If you attend any of these events this weekend, take a photo and share it on our Facebook page!

River Arts Workshop: Exploring Our Rivers

Skip your beach getaway this year? Make up for it with this summer-themed art workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum! Visual artist Jay Coleman heads a workshop based on an imagined scuba dive through our local waterways. Inspired by the exhibit Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement, the workshop will guide participants into creating a work of art related to our watersheds. All materials will be provided! Photo courtesy of americanforests.org
Friday, 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl. SE Washington, DC

DC Drive-In
This Friday, come enjoy a movie under the stars at the DC Drive-In! As a summer treat, Union Market is bringing you an '80s classic movie projected on the market’s three-story wall for no charge. Watch the movie from the comfort of your own car or bring a picnic blanket to sit on the lot. No need to pack dinner because many of the market’s vendors will be open with rollerskating carhops bringing tasty food right to you. This weekend’s film is 1987 No Way Out starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. Costner plays a naval intelligence officer with only 48 hours to cover-up a violent crime within the organization. Stop by for what’s sure to be an exciting night! Watch a trailer of No Way Out here.
Friday, Picnic area opens at 7pm, car lot open 8-8:45pm, movie starts at 9pm
Cost: Free
Union Market
1309 5th St. NE Washington, DC
Line for car entrance on 6th St

Rolling Stones Tribute
Fifty years after the release of their self-titled debut album, The Rolling Stones remain near and dear to the hearts of millions of music fans. But hearing their music live is another experience altogether. Relive the British Invasion at The Fillmore Silver Spring with BandHouse Gigs’ Tribute to the Rolling Stones. Catch nearly 40 of the best musicians from the DC area playing from the Stones’ deep library of hits and lesser known tracks. For old fans or new, this concert is sure to thrill!
Saturday, 7:30 PM
Cost: $20.00-$25.00
The Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

ChillCycle

Bike rides are a great way to explore your environment and enjoy the outdoors. This weekend go on a biking excursion through the city that ends at the Anacostia Arts Center for a cool down movie screening. See the Sundance award winning documentary Chasing Ice, which explores a man’s journey to find evidence that humans are causing monumental climate shifts. At the end of the bike ride, enjoy icy treats and calming music that perfectly balance out the summer heat. Watch a trailer for Chasing Ice here!
Sunday, 2:30-6pm
Cost: $10 per film ticket
BicycleSPACE
1019 7th St. NW Washington, DC

Heading out to the movies? Here are three WETA Around Town film discussions to give you a better preview of movies than a trailer can.

Before Midnight
Click here to watch the discussion!

The Act of Killing
Click here to watch the discussion!

Fruitvale Station
Click here to watch the discussion!

 

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WETA Around Town Events: May 3 - 5

This weekend, get in touch with different cultures visually, musically, and locally. Travel to Maryland's Eastern shore for a home and garden tour, visit over 40 embassies for free, and enjoy Grammy award winning indigenous Mexican music by Lila Downs. 

 

If April showers bring May flowers, then it’s time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with a daytrip! Established in 1666, the Lower Eastern Shore area has played a key role in Maryland history, and is currently home to properties from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage is hosting a tour of eight historic and modern homes in Somerset and Worcester Counties on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Highlights of the day include visits to “Beverly” in Pocomoke City and Watkins Point Farm outside of Crisfield. All proceeds from the tour will go back into the communities through The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council
 
Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Cost: $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour.
Lunch ($15) will be offered at the Teackle Mansion in Princess Anne with advance reservations.
Located at historical sites of Somerset and Worcester Counties.
 
 
Have you ever wanted to travel the world but you just don’t have the time or the money?  Well we have the solution to that problem!  In honor of international culture in Washington DC, Passport DC will host the Around the World Embassy Tour.  This onetime event allows visitors the chance to see over 40 embassies representing six continents throughout the world.  Patrons will also have the opportunity to see nine new embassies this year such as Barbados, Chile, Malaysia, Nicaragua and several others.  Participants will be treated to a variety of cultural and festive activities such as food tasting, dancing, musical performances and artwork while exploring these remarkable buildings.  So come on out for an experience that will truly broaden your cultural horizon.  
 
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Cost: Admission is free
 
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with fantastic music? This Sunday, the Hylton Performing Arts Center welcomes Lila Downs to the stage for a performance of indigenous Mexican music and her original compositions that infuse soul, jazz, blues, and African sounds.  Considered a “dazzling” and “stunning” artist, Downs has combined her passion for music and ancient culture to create powerful, edgy music with international flair as she explores topics of immigration, transformation, and social and political justice.  Downs has won numerous awards, such as the 2013 Grammy award for “Best Regional Mexican Album,” and has performed at major festivals and venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall!  A free pre-performance discussion for ticket holders will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance.  Be sure to grab your tickets for this sensational performance!     
 
Sunday, 7pm
Cost: $28 and up
Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110 
 
 
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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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