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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 15 - 17

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of anti-gravity splendor, heroic music, and honest Presidential fun right in your own backyard!

 

 
 
 
If you love magic tricks, go to Artisphere this weekend for the ultimate mind-bending spectacle.  The production LEO: The Anti-Gravity Show, directed by Daniel Briére, uses acrobatic performance and video projection to create illusions that will test your perception of reality and leave you wondering which way is up.  The show, reminiscent of Cirque de Soleil, is sure to entertain children and adults alike.  LEO has won awards internationally and has gone on to mesmerize the rest of the world. 
 
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Cost: $30 for adults / $25 for kids and students
Artisphere 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington VA 22209
 
 
A weekend dedicated to remembering some of the most important people in our nation’s history only comes once a year, so why not celebrate with some family fun and entertainment?  Kick off your Presidents' Day weekend with Presidents' Family Day at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.  Enjoy performances by the Federal City Brass Band, build with Lincoln Logs, create a White House china pattern, and meet George and Martha Washington, along with Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.  You can even dress up like George Washington and get your photo taken, take pictures with presidential figures, and more!
 
Saturday, 11:30am-3pm
Cost: Free
American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery    Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
 
 
What could be better than enjoying a concert while supporting veterans and their families?  This Sunday, The Code of Support Foundation and many other nonprofits present VETStravaganza, a free event to raise awareness for the Chamber of Commerce's "Hiring Our Heroes" program.  Performers include country music artists Mark Wills and David Kroll, along with military ensembles like the West Point Cadet Glee Club, the West Point Alumni Glee Club and others.  Enjoy a variety of talented musicians while celebrating our troops and President’s Day weekend all at once.
 
Sunday, 3pm
Cost: Free, tickets required (reserve them at www.lisner.org or by phone at 202- 994-6851)
George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium    21st and H streets NW, Washington, D.C.
 
 
 
Ever wanted to put yourself in the shoes of the President of the United States?  This weekend Ford’s Theatre celebrates Presidents’ Day with a variety of special programs.  Attend performances of “One Destiny,” a play about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigate the Ford’s Theatre Museum and partake in Ranger Talks from the National Park Service.  Several other programs include stories from master storyteller, Jon Spelman and a performance from the Ford’s Theatre Youth Leaders Ensemble.  Last but not least, a special one-night performance from Mark Twain Award winner and political satirist Mark Russell will also be in the mix of events for those who want to end their Presidents’ Day with a little political humor. Still need convincing?  Take a tour with WETA Around Town’s Trey Graham, as he shows us the beauty and uniqueness of the historical landmark that is, Ford's Theatre. 
 
Monday, campus open 9am – 5pm; performance at 7pm
Cost: Daytime programs free; performance tickets range from $20 - $64. 
Ford’s Theatre    511 Tenth St. NW, Washington, DC
 
 
By the way, scrambling for a last-minute Valentine’s Day date idea? This is the second-to-last weekend of Ai Wei Wei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn. It’s a breath-taking multimedia show. See what our critics had to say about it. 
 
Looking for something less contemporary? Bring your Valentine to Roads of Arabia at Sackler Gallery for some ancient beauty. It’s only there through February 24. Our critics have a few words about it, too.

 
 
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Directed by Richard LaGravenese, this tale adds Southern legend and dark family secrets to the mysterious love story of long-time local Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and new girl Lena (Alice Englert). Like Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson? They’re in this, too. 
 
 
Here’s another tale about love in the South, this time directed by Lasse Hallström. Katie (Julianne Hough) lands in Southport, North Carolina, falls in love with a widower (Josh Duhamel), and faces the dark past she was hoping to forget.
 

 

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

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

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Cure your travel bug with music.

Journey to the East and back to the West again this weekend with the China National Symphony Orchestra, as it performs a variety of orchestral works from China and around the world. Celebrated for spreading symphony awareness in their homeland, the China National Symphony Orchestra is back in the United States for the first time since their debut tour in 2006. The orchestra will be performing twice in our area this weekend.

Friday, 8pm – Music Center at Strathmore
Saturday, 8pm – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

 

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Cost: Tickets $25-$65 (Stars Price $22.50-$58.50)
 
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Cost: $30, $52, $60. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

 

 

[Not] Out of the Blue Jam Session!

Grab your guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas and head on over to the O Street Museum for a live bluegrass jam session!  Musicians and groupies of all ages are invited to show off their musical (and dancing…) skills alongside professional musicians in the business.  Now’s your chance to live your bluegrass dream…are you in?  

Sunday, February 3, 11am-2pm Register Online
Cost: Donations accepted
O Street Museum    2020 O St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036

 

 

A Turkish Experience!

Looking for a fun Saturday for the whole family, filled with shadow puppets and vibrant art?  The Textile Museum celebrates its fourth-annual mid-winter festival  with an in-depth look at the arts and artisans of Turkey.

Since the time of the Ottoman Empire, shadow puppets have been used as a source of storytelling in Turkey.  In celebration, the Cresent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater will be putting on four performances for visitors followed by a lesson on how to marble paper with Tugba Musurlu.  You will also be able to take a closer look at their current exhibition, The Sultan’s Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art.  If that’s not enough, enjoy a cup of warm Turkish apple tea and cookies before venturing back out into the cold.

Saturday,12-4pm
Free; no reservations required.
The Textile Museum    2320 S Street, NW  Washington, DC

 

 

Select films opening today:

BULLET TO THE HEAD          (MPAA Rating)

Based on the French graphic novel by Alexis Nolent, BULLET TO THE HEAD, directed by Walter Hill, stars Sylvester Stallone as a hitman and Sung Kang as a young Washington detective who team up in the name of revenge when both of their partners are murdered in New Orleans.

 

WARM BODIES         (PG-13)

This is a classic case of boy meets girl, except that the boy, Nicholas Hoult, is a zombie who rescues the girl, Teresa Palmer, from what would’ve been a deadly attack. WARM BODIES, directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, THE WACKNESS, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE), also stars Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, and Academy Award winner John Malkovich.

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town December 21 - 24

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of events guaranteed to inspire your inner-artist, right here in your own backyard!

Looking for an event inspired by the holiday season? Be sure to check out THIS post compiling the best seasonal events in the area. 

 

Unleash your creativity with a masterpiece.

Face it—you and the kids need a break from the holidays.  Why not get artsy?  To top it off, why not make it free?  Well, it’s a package deal at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s weekly Free Family Sunday.  So put down that wrapping paper and schlep the entire clan to this world-class institution.  You’ll enjoy an afternoon of art-making with an interactive gallery tour to boot.

This month’s theme “Looking Forward: Make a Right-Side, Wrong-Side Composition”, encourages budding contemporary artists to get adventurous.   

Sunday, 2-5pm

Cost: Free

Baltimore Museum of Arts    10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland

 

It was an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie work of art that they displayed in the gallery.

Just because an exhibition is a big deal, doesn’t mean it’s big.  In fact, the Torpedo Factory Target Gallery’s 5x5(x5) is all about the small.  No piece measures more than 5 inches in any direction!  Back by popular demand, this juried show features 112 tiny works by 68 artists from across the nation. It’s also Target Gallery’s last show of the year, so don’t miss it.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10am–6pm

Cost: Free

Torpedo Factory    105 N. Union St., Alexandria, Virginia

 

Select films opening today:

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY       (PG)

From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and director Andrew Adamson (SHREK, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA) invite you and your family on an all new 3D adventure: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY.  A young couple who is separated, must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers.  

 

RUST AND BONE      (R)

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard (LA VIE EN ROSE, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES) plays Stéphanie, a free-spirited whale trainer at a marineland on the French Riviera, who suffers a devastating injury.  Macho Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts, BULLHEAD), sullen, impulsive and broke, has just been given custody of his five-year-old son and is struggling to care for him.  Both are struggling to overcome injuries and rebuild their lives, and their relationship reaches the extremes of physical and emotional intensity.   WETA Around Town critics call this the “best film of the year”.  Watch the entire review here!

 

BARBARA      (PG-13)

East Germany, 1980.  Barbara Wolff is a talented young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country.  Even though she is constantly aware of the shadowy presence of, and overwhelming numbers of Stasi officers chronicling her every move, every waking hour, she arrives at her new post having already planned a series of dangerous assignations with her lover, with whom she plans to escape to the West, to Poland.  A story of self-sacrifice and freedom and quiet heroism at a time and place when such values are at a premium. It is also about a healer whose morality and set of personal ethics are being called into questions by circumstances specific to that same time and place in history. Opening at West End and Angelika Mosaic. 

Watch the trailer here!

 

THE IMPOSSIBLE       (PG-13)

Based on the true story of one family's survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, THE IMPOSSIBLE stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE). Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth.

 

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town December 14 - 16

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

 

Be inspired by art in Bethesda

The second Friday of the month can only mean one thing: art lovers will descend upon Bethesda for the Art Walk taking place at seven galleries and studios.  Enjoy free refreshments and a chance to discover original artwork by local, regional and national artists.  If you need to rest your legs between galleries, the free Bethesda Circulator bus run continuously with stops within a few blocks from each art space.

Friday, 6pm-9pm

Cost: Free

Various locations in Downtown Bethesda, MD

Click here for more information!

 

 

An Ideal Afternoon for Your Family

If you’re looking for a casual Sunday afternoon, stroll on over to Dumbarton House for The Picnic Theatre’s holiday encore performance of An Ideal Husband. 

Sunday, 2pm

The Dumbarton House

2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC

Cost: $12 ($15 at the door)

Click here for tickets and more information!

 

Select films opening today:

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes the first installment of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before THE LORD OF THE RINGS, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.

 

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON  (R)

In June 1939 the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) were invited to stay overnight at President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's (Bill Murray) country estate Hyde Park in upstate New York (actually, it's his mother's—he just lives there). This was the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment, as wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Laura Linney), Franklin's neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy—and through her, for us all—a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.

Check out the WETA Around Town Reveiw on our YouTube page!

 

ANY DAY NOW                   (NR)

Set in the 1970s, this drama is about Rudy (Alan Cumming), a drag queen whose outrageous exterior hides a lonely but lovable interior. Going to the apartment next door to complain about noise, he finds Marco (Isaac Leyva), a mentally handicapped teenager, abandoned by his mother who has been arrested for prostitution and drugs. Rudy reluctantly and temporarily takes care of Marco, but soon finds himself wanting to turn his guardianship into something more permanent. Meanwhile, Rudy meets attractive, straight-arrow, closeted Paul (Garrett Dillahunt), who attends his show and likes what he sees. Paul works in the DA's office, which comes in handy when Rudy gets into a fight with social services over Marco. As Rudy and Paul are drawn together and become a couple, they seek to adopt Marco, but meet with prejudice and overwhelming obstacles.

 

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE   (NR)

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested for brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. The policed announced to a press hungry for sensational crime stories that the young men had been part of a gang of teenagers who were out "wilding," assaulting joggers and bicyclists that evening. The ensuing media frenzy was met with a public outcry for justice. New York Mayor Ed Koch called it the "crime of the century" and it remains to date one of the biggest media stories of our time. Each of the five suspects spent 6 to 13 years in prison before a shocking confession from a serial rapist and DNA evidence proved their innocence. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of how five lives were upended by the rush to judgment by police, a sensationalist media and a devastating miscarriage of justice. Written and directed by Ken Burns (The Civil War, Prohibition, Jazz, Baseball), David McMahon and Sarah Burns.

Watch the trailer here!

 

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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

Click here for more information! 

 

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.

Click here for more information! 

 

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:

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Free Movies in DC: WETA Fall Movie Festival November 10

 

Watch free movies without commercials on your TV this Saturday. Get a load of our jam packed Fall Movie Festival November 10, a feature film and FOUR documentaries on WETA TV26 and WETA HD.

The Art of Risk-Taking

Jumping out of an airplane, sampling frog’s legs, or buying a lottery ticket all mean incurring some risk.  A skydiver discovering mid-air that his parachute is defective may be a rare situation, but suffering a minor allergic reaction to an exotic food happens more often. In life, we’re faced with both itty-bitty risks and all-or-nothing risks. This Saturday night, don’t do anything dicey. Stay in the comfort and safety of your own home and live vicariously through risk taker after risk taker in a line-up of movies on WETA TV26 and HD that make you hold your breath—without taking any real risks.

 

Love’s Risk

You never know who you’ll meet on the bus. Fate strikes when two bus riders’ lives coincidentally intertwine, proving that every personal encounter has a purpose. When the recently returned World War II veteran Paul strikes up a conversation with Victoria, he learns that she is pregnant out of wedlock and terrified that her traditionalist Mexican father will kill her upon her homecoming from graduate school. So Paul offers to play the role of Victoria’s husband and Victoria accepts. Victoria’s family believes the couple’s announcement but the new son-in-law’s social standing infuriates Victoria’s father. The initial plan takes an unexpected turn when the family invites Paul to stay on the vineyard and assist with the annual grape harvest. The events that follow will convince you of the magic of fate. With family tradition, love, and hate all conflicting, you have the perfect elements to start off a Saturday night movie festival! 

Watch A Walk in the Clouds (1995) Saturday November 10 at 9:30pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk for Reward

Though the classroom’s filled with women from a colorful assortment of countries, their similarities outweigh their differences. Many stopped attending school at age ten, either because of the taboo of female education or because work took priority. All of the students have families back home, and all are mothers or grandmothers--a class requirement. Most of the students have never before left their village, let alone their country. Many are also illiterate. These 27 disenfranchised women hail from four continents and make up a class of competitively selected candidates whose training at The Barefoot College in India will empower them to become solar engineers. Yes, solar engineers. In six months time, these women will return home with the ability, confidence, and skill to bring solar electricity to their villages. Learn more about the making of Solar Mamas from producer Mette Heide in this Independent Lens online exclusive! 

Solar Mamas follows the journey of one particular Barefoot College class, shedding light (no pun intended) on the natural energy crisis and the challenges rural women face worldwide.

Watch Independent Lens: Solar Mamas Saturday, November 10 at 11:15pm on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking Life and Limb

The prospect of $20,000 and college tuition assistance in exchange for serving in the Michigan National Guard just one weekend a month seemed too good to pass up for a group of nine long-time friends who were fresh out of high school in rural Michigan. And it was…as most things that seem too good to be true usually are. Soon, they would all be deployed on a tour to Afghanistan, where they would search for roadside bombs with their explosives unit. After nine  fearfull and uncertain months, nothing could prepare the once carefree “boys” for the obstacles they would endure upon returning home.

Where Soldiers Come From follows the lives of three of these men over the course of four years, from their basic training, to their deployment, and ultimately, to their tumultuous return home. The film illustrates the transformation of these happy-go-lucky teenagers into hardened and emotionally-scarred men. The film also paints a poignant portrait of the far-reaching effects of a far-away war, while touching upon politics, class, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Check out this powerful map of Veterans in the United States from POV Where Soldiers Come From

Watch POV: Where Soldiers Come From Saturday, November 10 at 12:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risk on the Behalf of Others

On-call at all hours of the day and night, they rush to their “office” when the familiar phone call comes. A price could never be put on the free and generous service they provide with their smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement for men and women in uniform. At Bangor International Airport in Maine, a pack of senior citizens has made history by greeting and seeing off nearly one million American troops who are on their way to and from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Way We Get By tells a moving story about growing old, finding purpose, and living life to the fullest. The film looks at three of the senior volunteers, as they deal with the inevitable effects of aging and find their reason to continue living. One volunteer must cope with a cancer diagnosis, while another must cope with the deployments of beloved family members. Meanwhile, one volunteer explains the group’s goal very succinctly: “Make a soldier smile before he goes over.” The parallels between the gray-haired volunteers and soldiers passing through the plane terminal reveal the film’s central message: It is through service to others we find our purpose. Watch or read this POV interview with The Way We Get By filmmaker Aron Gaudet. 

Watch POV: The Way We Get By on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

Risking it all for a Dream

“We miss the shot, we get shot.”

For wildly successful filmmakers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, such a statement was not far from the truth in their native Hungary. Maybe it was luck and their innate talent that led to their success in the film industry, or maybe it was the day-to-day struggle of surviving in Hungary’s hostile environment that taught them to fight. Whatever the case, that success certainly did not mushroom overnight. No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos honors the pair, all the while telling their story from struggle to triumph.

László and Vilmos quickly became friends back in film school, but little did they know that their friendship would thrive for decades to come and withstand as much as it did. During the Hungarian Revolution, the two fled for America, camera and film in tow. Remarkably, they managed to avoid ever getting caught and filmed many of the horrific scenes involved in their escape. Finding work was no easy feat, and for ten years they admirably kept their dreams alive by working on low-budget films. Their “big breaks” came in due time, and once Hollywood recognized their talent as Directors of Photography, America swooned. Thanks to their grit and persistence, László and Vilmos have changed Hollywood’s standards for cinematography. Check out this No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos behind the scenes content from Independent Lens and director / producer James Chressanthis!

Watch Independent Lens: No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30am on WETA TV26 or WETA HD.

 

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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.

 

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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town October 24 - 28

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

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Kid Friendly Event!

Looking for some not-so-scary Halloween fun for the whole family?  Check out the National Theatre’s Saturday Morning series of free live shows for kids! This Saturday, Ichabod Crane takes his fateful ride through Sleepy Hollow in a performance of the Halloween classic.  But be sure to get there early -- The free tickets are distributed before the show on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Saturday, 9:30am and 11am

National Theatre

1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Information: (202) 783-3372

 

Ghosts in DC?

Shadows on the wall, whispers in an empty room, pale figures in the hall…is it just your imagination or are there ghosts haunting DC’s Lafayette Square?  DC Walkabout brings the most haunted spot in the city alive with their Haunted History walking tours!  This free 2.5hr tour starts when the sun goes down and the ghosts and ghouls come out.  The Haunted History tours end November 1, so don’t miss your chance to discover the secrets and scares in one of Washington DC’s most famous districts!

Thursday, 7:30pm

Sunday, 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 31, 7:30pm (Halloween Special!)

Meet in Lafayette Park at the corner of 16th St and H St NW.

Reserve your space!

 

Have a good story to tell?

There’s a storyteller in all of us, and the Virginia Storytelling Alliance celebrates that this weekend with a Storytelling Concert.  Lead storytellers Anthony Burcher, Ellouise Schoettler, and Margaret Chatham will start off the evening with their tales.    Be sure to stay afterwards for the Open Mic, hosted by Gary Lloyd,  which gives audience members a chance to hop on stage and tell their best stories. 

Busy that night?  Catch one of the workshops held earlier that day, starting at 10 am, with topics ranging from “Weaving Music and Story Together” to “Ten Ways to Tell a Tale.”  Whether you’re looking to become a professional storyteller (yes, they do exist!) or simply a better conversationalist at cocktail parties, these workshops will help you practice your speech and narrative skills.

Saturday, 7pm (Storytelling Concert)

Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA

Cost: $15 for the concert, $30 per workshop, $95 all-day pass (3 workshops + concert)/$85 for VASA & Workhouse members

Click here for more info and tickets!

 

Music for Uncivil Discourse

Election season isn’t over yet, so you might as well celebrate it with music.  The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s music ensemble-in-residence, 21st Century Consort, will honor the democratic process with an election special concert featuring Fred Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, Jon Deak’s Greetings from 1984, and Peter Maxwell Davies’s dramatic portrait of George III, Eight Songs for a Mad King

Learn a little something beforehand with a pre-concert lecture and snack a bit afterwards with a post-concert reception.

Saturday, 4pm – 8pm

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Eighth and F Streets, NW,  Washington, DC

Cost: $20 (includes lecture & reception)

Purchase tickets here!

 

Select films opening Friday:

Chasing Mavericks (PG)

Based on the inspirational true story of surfing icon Jay Moriarity, OF MEN AND MAVERICKS tells the story of a young man’s quest to surf Mavericks, Northern California’s most dangerous wave, and the local legend who takes him under his wing.  What begins as a mentorship turns into a unique and kindred bond, which ultimately transforms the lives of both men.

 

Cloud Atlas (R)

Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years.  Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next.  Born and reborn.  Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry lead an international cast.  Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the story moves through time.

 

Simon and the Oaks (NR)

Based on the Swedish bestseller of the same name, written by Marianne Fredriksson. Simon and the Oaks offers a unique depiction of fate, destiny and free will and vividly portrays the situation for Jews in Sweden during World War II.  Playing at E Street Cinema

 

The Other Son (PG-13)

In the moving family drama The Other Son, as he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph Silberg (Jules Sitruk) discovers he is not his parents' biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs. (Partially subtitled)

 

The Sessions

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California–based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man who lived most of his life in an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity.  With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality.

 

Last Chance!

Closing October 27 - William Christenberry: Assembled Memory at HEMPHILL Fine Arts

 

Closing October 28 - Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Arena Stage