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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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WETA Around Town Events: April 26 - 28

Celebrate Arbor Day this weekend or enjoy a musical experience unlike any you've ever had. Read on for the WETA Around Town Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia event highlights for this weekend, April 26 - 28.

Arbor Day (Arbor is a Latin word meaning tree) is a holiday created in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. To celebrate these important plants within our community, the Anacostia Community Museum is holding a free event this Friday for all ages. Activities include a series of demonstrations, plantings, workshops, and hands-on activities with experts from Groundwork DC, Smithsonian Gardens and Casey Trees.
Friday, 11am to 3pm
Cost: Free. For reservations, call 202 633 4844
Anacostia Community Museum 1901 Fort Place, SE Washington, DC 20020
 
Since it opened in 1923, the Avalon Theatre has long since been a landmark for filmgoers andtheater buffs in the Washington, DC area. Not only is the Avalon known for its film festivals, documentaries, and special programs but it also remains to be the oldest operating movie house in the DC area. This Saturday, the theater will host a gala in celebration of the historic theater's 90th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the theater’s awakening as a nonprofit
A feature screening of actor Keanu Reaves latest production, Tribeca Films’ Side By Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinematography and a post-screening discussion led by Washington Post film critic, Ann Hornaday will take place on Saturday. Guest appearances from directors such as James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, and Martin Scorsese too! Proceeds from the event will go to the theatre’s conversion to digital cinema projection, which is scheduled to take place in May.
Saturday: Reception starts at 5:00pm / Screening & discussion start at 6:30
Cost: Reception, screening & discussion - $250 / Screening & discussion only - $50
The Avalon Theatre 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC.
 
Imagine a world without any music.  How would you rebuild sound from the ground up, piece by piece, determining music’s most important elements?  This Sunday at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, the United States Marine Band turns off the music as it presents an educational and interactive young people’s concert called “Sound Off!”.  After kicking off the performance with the familiar “Superman” theme, the music will disappear and the band and audience will rebuild music from the bottom up.  Family participation is essential since the band depends on the audience’s spontaneous artwork and improvised skits for its live soundtrack.  After the concert, everyone is invited to the lobby for an instrumental “petting zoo.”  Though 5-12 year olds are the key demographic, all ages are guaranteed to have a good time!        
Sunday, 2pm
Cost: Free
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center 3001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, Virginia 22311  
 
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia at Sackler Gallery closes this Sunday! Watch the WETA Around Town Best Bet for this fascinating exhibit and visit while you can!
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town April 5 - 7

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of the culinary, the classical, and more in your own backyard!

 
 
 
Looking for an experience that will make you feel like 

you’re in the comfort of your own home, at the movies and at a restaurant all at once?  There’s a solution for your hankering.  The Workhouse Arts Center will be hosting Dinner and a Movie Night Friday evening, a special event that blends food and film.  Watch the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, REAR WINDOW, and select from a buffet style menu that includes sliced marinated steak, sliced chicken in marsala sauce, mashed Yukon potatoes, mixed green salad, and more. 
Friday, 8pm
Cost: $40
9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079
 
 
 
This Saturday, award-winning guitarist Orlando Roman will be performing the works of Albéniz, Turina, Ponce, Barrios, Mertz, and Brouwer in a concert sponsored by the Washington Conservatory of Music.  Come and let this accomplished performer serenade you with the wonders of his classical guitar.
Saturday, 8pm
Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
 
 
The Asphalt Orchestra is no ordinary marching band.  Instead of fight songs, shrill renditions of Sousa, and militaristic uniforms and dance routines, this group’s music and choreography is unpredictable and even jazzy!  Join the 12-piece group as they fire up the Alden Theatre with music by Frank Zappa, David Byrne, Björk, and many more.  Don’t miss out on this innovative evening! 
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $25
Alden Theatre
 
 
 
 
And if you’re in the mood for a day at the museums, visit Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac at the National Gallery of Art. Check out what our critics have to say about it! Watch the video here!
 
 
Select movies out today:
In this crime drama directed by Derek Cianfrance, a motorcycle stunt driver, played by Ryan Gosling, begins robbing banks to provide for his lover and newborn child.
 
 
Cannes comes to Washington with the U.S. open of Italian director Matteo Garrone's drama this weekend.  REALITY, starring Aniello Arena, follows a fishmonger who becomes obsessed with appearing on a reality TV show.
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 22 - 24

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of a tropical flower exhibition, mysterious Slavonic music, and an epic viola serenade right in your own backyard!

 
 
Living in or near a big city like DC, you can sometimes find yourself disconnected from the natural world.  This weekend, the National Museum of Natural History will have an opportunity for museum-goers of all ages to see a major collection of Latin American orchids close to home.  Attend the Fiesta de las Or-Kid-eas Family Festival for a variety of orchid related activities, such as orchid face painting, orchid tattooing, orchid mosaic-making, and plant discussions.  Want to learn how to pot an orchid?  Orchid experts will also be giving patrons an orchid-potting demonstration and will even allow them to take an orchid home with them.
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Cost: Free
National Museum of Natural History Exhibit Gallery, 1st Floor, West Wing 
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC
 
 
The best way to relax after an exciting weekend is with an afternoon classical music in a beautiful setting.  This Sunday, enjoy the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance of Rachmaninoff's “Solemn Vespers, Op. 37” at the impressive Washington National Cathedral.  To make this concert even more interesting, the Choral Society will perform the piece in the original Old Church Slavonic, which is a Slavonic language dating back to 9th century Byzantine missionaries.  With a talented chorus and historic location, this concert will take you back in time and in peace.
Sunday, 4pm
Cost: Ticket prices start at $31
Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts & Wisconsin Aves NW, Washington, DC 20016
 
 

Two concerts are better than one!  If the Cathedral Choral Society’s performance wasn’t enough, indulge in a special collaboration between the National Symphony Orchestra’s Tsuna Sakamoto and the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.  The musicians will be performing “Symphonic Serenade” and Bartók’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.  Don’t miss out on this spectacular performance!          
Sunday, 8pm
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+)/students, free for music teachers 
Hylton Performing Arts Center 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, VA 20109
 
Time is of the essence if you’ve been longing to catch Lalla Essaydi: Revisions at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.  See what our critics have to say about the 

 
 
 
DARK SKIES (PG-13)
Kerri Russell and Josh Hamilton star in Scott Stewart’s story of the Barrett family’s reckoning with a dark and terrible force.
 
 
SNITCH (PG-13)
Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, and John Bernthal star in Ric Roman Waugh’s story of a father who goes undercover for the DEA so his son can finally be released from prison after getting set up in a drug deal.
 
 
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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.