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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 30 – December 2

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of festive events right in your own backyard!

 

Holidays in Historic Downtown Frederick

Naturally the holidays are an historic time, so it makes sense to celebrate them in an historic place.  Visit Downtown Frederick for your new local holiday traditions. 

Start the weekend off at the Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction with a chance to vote on your favorite floral arrangements and gingerbread creations, all locally made.  Place bids on themed wreaths, trees, and stockings submitted by Frederick-based artists, businesses, and community groups.  If nothing else, it’s a great opportunity to sample sweets from local bakeries with a cup of hot chocolate or cider in hand.

Need even more holiday cheer in your weekend? Downtown Frederick has also organized a Festival of Lights at the City Hall Courtyard and a Candlelight House Tour of private homes in the historic district.

Scents & Sweets Competition & Auction: Thursday, 5:30pm

Festival of Lights: Friday, 7pm

Candlelight House Tour: Saturday, 5-9pm; Sunday, 12pm-4pm

Cultural Arts Center

15 W. Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland

Cost: Free for Scents & Sweets; and Festival of Lights;

$20 in advance/$25 weekend of Candlelight House Tour

Click here for more information!

 

Merry Christmas in another language!

Get a taste of Spanish holiday music with ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!, a medley of carols from various Hispanic cultures performed by Voce Chamber Singers.  Listen to songs from Argentina, the Caribbean, Spain, Meso-America, and the Southwestern United States.  For that extra feel-good factor, local elementary school children will be accompanying the carols on various percussion instruments.   

Friday, 7:30pm

St. John Neumann Church

11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, Virginia

Saturday, 7:30pm

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

432 Van Buren Street, Herndon, Virginia

Cost: Adult $23, Senior (65+) $18, Youth (24 + Under) $8

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Select films opening Friday:

Killing Them Softly (R)

Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order.  KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”).

 

The Collection        (R)

From the writing-directing team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (SAW IV, V and VI) comes THE COLLECTION.  This suspense horror film stars Josh Stewart (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE COLLECTOR), Emma Fitzpatrick (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and Christopher McDonald (“Boardwalk Empire,” REQUIEM FOR A DREAM).  The film centers on a traumatized man forced to help rescue a beautiful woman who has become the latest obsession of a crazed killer who “collects” humans in a booby-trapped house of horrors.

 

The Waiting Room (NR)

This documentary was filmed in 24 hours at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA, where uninsured patients needing medical attention come to the ER of the nearly-overwhelmed hospital and wait to be seen.  241 patients in 24 hours.  The film shows, with unusually candid access, the inner workings of an ER close to the breaking point.  Winner of both the Audience and Jury Prizes for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Directed by Peter Nicks.

Watch the trailer here!

 

Last Chance!

From The National Geographic Image Collection: Photographs of Social Life in Washington DC, 1900-1960 at Carroll Square Gallery closes Friday at 6pm.

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 21 - 25

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of cinematic, poetic and turkey-rific events right in your own backyard!

Shake it, Butterball!

After you’ve feasted like a Pilgrim, it’s hard not to feel sluggish.  Get your energy back by putting on your dancing shoes and heading over to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party with Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos.  Self-conscious about your two left feet?  Gottaswing will host free dance lessons at 5pm, giving you a whole hour to shape up before the performance begins.

Thursday, 6-7:30pm

The Kennedy Center    2700 F Street NW Washington, DC

Cost: Free

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There’s nothing like a great meal followed by a great movie!

You already took a gamble on the dinner table seating arrangement at Thanksgiving; why take a gamble on your movie choice for the evening?  Stuff yourself, get into the car, and then plop down for a cinematic classic, with THE WIZARD OF OZ and THE GODFATHER, both playing at the AFI Silver Theater.  You’ll get all of your guests out of the house and into a state-of-the-art theater designed by renowned architect John Eberson in 1938.

The Godfather: Friday, 4pm; Saturday, 4pm; Sunday, 8pm

Wizard of Oz: Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 11 am & 7:30pm; Saturday, 11am & 10:15pm; Sunday, 10:45am

AFI Silver Theatre    8633 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring, MD

Cost: All tickets $11.50 unless otherwise noted.

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The Tragic Ending of Edgar Allan Poe

If the cheer and wholesomeness of Thanksgiving is too much to bear, hit up the last weekend of Centerstage’s THE COMPLETELY FICTONAL-UTTERLY TRUE-FINAL STRANGE TALE OF EDGAR ALLEN POE.  This full-stage production, directed by Curt Columbus and starring local actor Bruce Nelson, explores Poe’s final days in Baltimore before his mysterious death.  At the very least, the play will probably make you feel better about your own family drama!

Friday, 8pm

Saturday, 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, 2pm & 7:30pm

Centerstage: State Theater of Maryland    700 North Calvert Street Baltimore, MD

Cost: Starting at $15; prices vary

Purchase tickets here! 

 

Films opening Wednesday:

Rise of the Guardians      (PG)

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost – legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

 

Red Dawn    (PG-13)

In RED DAWN, a city in Washington state awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.

 

Life of Pi

Yann Martel’s bestselling fantasy adventure novel,  LIFE OF PI, has made it to the big screen in a new film directed by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).  The story follows Pi, a teenage boy who finds himself trapped on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.   His quest for survival turns from the physical to the spiritual. 

 

 

Films opening Friday:

Hitchcock    (PG-13)

HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins), and his wife and partner, Alma Reville (Helen Mirren). The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock's seminal movie PSYCHO. Directed by Sacha Gervasi (ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL),Hitchcock also stars Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette, Danny Huston and Jessica Biel.

 

Tristana         (PG)

Luis Buñuel's late-period masterpiece, TRISTANA is a study of power shifts in an obsessive relationship. Re-teaming Buñuel and Catherine Deneuve soon after their memorable collaboration in BELLE DE JOUR, TRISTANA co-stars frequent Buñuel alter ego Fernando Rey (VIRIDIANA, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE). Rey plays Don Lope, a mephistophelean, anti-clerical socialist and outmoded master of social graces, who seduces his innocent and beautiful young ward Tristana (Deneuve), becoming her lover/father figure. She eventually leaves him for a handsome young artist (played by Italian heartthrob Franco Nero), but returns in the end for revenge, having changed from naïve waif to hardened cynic. For many years the film only existed in sadly-faded prints; now digitally restored, it can be seen in its full glory. 

 

LAST CHANCE!

DYING CITY at Signature Theatre closes Sunday evening: