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WETA Around Town Events: April 19 - 21

Spring has sprung and we're in the mood to celebrate! Check out our weekend event highlights in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for April 19 - 21 below, you're sure to find something you'll like.

Celebrate The King of Latin Jazz

Tito Puente (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000) was a prestigious Latin jazz and salsa composer and a remarkable musician.  Known as “The King of Latin Jazz” and “The King of the Timbales,” Tito Puente made an extensive impact in the music world for 50 years.  This Saturday, the Anacostia Community Museum hosts Metro Mambo: Tito Puente: The Definitive Celebration!  Hosted by Jim Byers from 89.3 FM’s Latin Flavor, this celebration of the legendary Tito Puente includes un-released recordings, personal insights, and rare memorabilia from former Puente band members and Puente’s biographer, archivist, and best friend of over 40 years, Joe Conzo.  Get excited, there will be a dance party featuring one of the region’s top bands!       
Saturday, 2pm
Cost:  Free
 
 
 
Now that the sun is finally shinning and the flowers are beginning to bloom, why not spend the weekend outdoors? This weekend, the City of Alexandria will host the 20th Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day. The event will consist of a variety of activities such as the Arbor Day tree planting, visual and performing arts events from Alexandria City Public School students, the Annual Earth Day Tree Sale, and music from Woven Green, an eco-friendly band. Also included will be the display of a new hybrid DASH bus, a hybrid trolley and other vehicles to educate families of the importance of going green. So get on your bike, jump on the bus, or walk to Alexandria’s Annual Earth Day Celebration. 
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Free
 
 
 
“To be, or not to be: that is the question” and we have an answer! This Sunday, you need to “be” at William Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library. This free celebration will feature fun activities for the whole family, like a Shakespeare portrait contest, fortune telling, Elizabethan crafts, stories from 16th Century England, a scavenger hunt, and poetry contests. Sunday is also the only day the Reading Rooms are open to the public so take a tour inside and then head out on a docent-lead walk through the Elizabethan Garden. This event is rain or shine, be sure to get there in for the cake-cutting ceremony on the lawn at 3:30pm. 
Sunday, 12 to 4pm
Cost: Free
Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
 
Read the full article to watch our WETA Around Town film discussions from this week, share your impressions of the movies in the comments below! Reviewed: Trance & 42
 
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town January 11 - 13

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

 

The exhibitions that bring us from here to the Honfleur Gallery.

So many galleries, so little time. This weekend offers a rare opportunity for a joint opening reception at the Honfleur Gallery. The exhibition, The Points That Bring Us from Here to There, brings together the mapping-focused work of Michael Dax Iacovone and Kathryn ZazenskiUpstairs, Soul of the City, presented by The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, showcases a varied collection of street photography from members of the photography collective InstantDC. Double the art, double the fun. 

Opening: Friday January 11, 2013, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Exhibition dates: January 11 – February 22
Cost: Free
Honfleur Gallery  1241 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020

 

The Legend Lives On… With One Student?

So the New Year is finally here! Why not start it off on a new note by jazzing things up a little bit?  The first place you can start is the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Arlington. Enjoy an evening with the only student of jazz legend Benny Goodman, internationally acclaimed clarinetist, Julian Milkis.  Milkis will be showcasing his versatility, unique talent and mastered interpretations as he plays along-side the National Chamber Ensemble.

Saturday at 7:30pm
Cost: $28 Adult and $15 Student.
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere  1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington, VA

 

This is a battle which everyone wins.

Can’t decide between a movie and concert this weekend? Well now you don’t have to! he screening of the classic film ALEXANDER NEVSKY will be accompanied by Sergei Prokofeiv’s music score, performed live by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This 1938 historical drama, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, follows a battle led by Alexander against the Teutonic Knights in defense of his kingdom of Novgorod. With both eyes and ears satisfied, this event is a double victory.

Friday, 8:00pm —Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Saturday, 8:00pm —Music Center at Strathmore
Sunday, 3:00pm —JMSH
Cost: Tickets range from $28 to $63
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall  1212 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Music Center at Strathmore  5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

 

Select films opening today:

ZERO DARK THIRTY (R)

For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden.  Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (THE HURT LOCKER) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

Catch the WETA Around Town review!

 

QUARTET        (PG-13)

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert?  

 

AMOUR         (PG-13)

Writer/director Michael Haneke (CACHE, THE PIANO TEACHER), who previously won the Palme d'Or for THE WHITE RIBBON, won the prestigious Cannes award again for AMOUR("Love"). His new drama shows old age and death with unflinching honesty, but nevertheless lives up to its title. This is a portrait of a longtime married couple, whose bond of love remains strong facing any hardship. It stars two of France's best-loved actors, both in their eighties: Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva.  Winner of 4 European Film Awards, including Best Film, Director, Actor and Actress. In French. (Fully subtitled)

 

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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 9 - 11

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

A Defiant Artist

Coinciding with the Hirshhorn Museum’s extensive exhibition of the artist’s work Alison Klayman presents Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, the story of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and his efforts to speak out against his own government.  In Klayman’s directorial debut, the documentary examines Ai’s ability to merge art, politics and the connectedness of the Digital Age in the face of staunch opposition from the Chinese government.  Alison Klayman will introduce the film and be available after the screening for discussion.  Don’t forget to stay tuned for WETA Around Town’s review of Ai Weiwei: According to What? now on display at the Hirshhorn Museum. Seating is limited and available on a first-come-first-seated basis.

Thursday, 7 pm  Hirshhorn Museum Ring Auditorium

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW Washington, DC

 

Where photography and global studies meet

With daily events through November 18th, you might have trouble deciding what to hit up during the 5th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival. So if you can only make one, go with the 2012 FotoWeekDC International Awards Competition exhibition.  On view are images by photographers from all over the globe.  See how people experience the world with a camera in hand.

This week-long non-profit photo festival celebrates art photography and photojournalism by emerging and established photographers throughout the region, the country, and the world. Since 2008, the festival has averaged 40,000+ visitors every year. 

Now through November 18, 11am-6pm

The Warner Building 

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC

For more information: http://www.fotodc.org Cost: $5

 

Contemporary Folk music is not an oxymoron

You don’t have to drive to Appalachia to listen to live Bluegrass.  You don’t even have to drive there to listen to Bluegrass in an 18th-century wood barn.  Thanks to A Night of Contemporary Folk Tunes with Tim O’Brien and special guest Old Man Luedecke, the riveting country music and historical location are a two-for-one deal.  O’Brien returns to Wolf Trap for the first time in three years but it’s a Wolf Trap premiere for Luedecke and his banjo-heavy songs. 

Never been to a concert at The Barns at Wolf Trap? See why you’re missing out with this WETA Around Town Walking Tour.

Thursday, 8pm  The Barns at Wolf Trap 

1635 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

Purchase tickets here! Cost: $24

 

Honoring Those Who Serve

This Veteran’s Day, please remember those who have served and are still serving in the nation’s military.  Several ceremonies will be held on Sunday in the DC area, as well as in local communities.  THEARC will hold a Women Veterans ROCK! Rally, honoring women in the service.  The African American Civil War Memorial & Museum will be honoring African American veterans with a wreath laying ceremony.  Or head over to the National Mall to pay your respects at the National World War II Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Women Veterans ROCK! Rally - Sunday, 2:00pm  

THEARC Theater 

1901 Mississippi Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 

Free and open to the public.   Click here for more information!

 

Wreath Laying Ceremony - Sunday, 2:00pm

The African American Civil War Memorial & Museum 

1925 Vermont Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001

This is a free event. For more information, click here.

National World War II Memorial

Eastern end of the Reflecting Pool along 17th Street, NW/SW.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial 

North of the Korean War Veterans Memorial, across the Reflecting Pool.

For more information, contact Survey Lodge (202) 426-6841

 

Select films opening Friday, November 9:

Skyfall                        (PG-13)

Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.  In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her.  As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

 

Lincoln          (PG-13)

Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, a drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

 

This Must Be the Place     (NR)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo), This Must Be the Place is a dramatic comedy starring Sean Penn in one of his most unusual and acclaimed roles. Cheyenne (Penn) is a retired rock star.  At 50 he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties, with his long-suffering wife (Frances McDormand). The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York, where he discovers that his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered at the hand of an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding in the U.S. Cheyenne decides to pick up the search where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.  Winner of 6 David di Donatello Awards (Italy's Oscars).  In English.  Opens exclusively at E Street Cinema.

 

Holy Motors  (NR)

Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around

Paris to a series of nine “appointments,” transforming into new characters or

incarnations at each stop.  Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, futuristic sex fantasia… HOLY MOTORS is all of these and, then again, none of these.  It is a shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again.  Opens exclusively at E Street Cinema.