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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town January 18 - 20

This weekend DC, Maryland, and Virginia is packed with inauguration celebrations, classic concerts and movies. With prices ranging from free to a couple bucks, there’s a wide variety of events to choose from!

 

From one leader to another

44 years ago on January 20, 1969, Richard Nixon was sworn into office, the same day Led Zeppelin supposedly performed for a group of teenagers at Wheaton Youth Center. Join AFI Silver Theater in a preview screening of the documentary Led Zeppelin Played Here, directed by Jeff Krulik, which presents a homegrown version of what was happening nationwide as the rock concert industry took shape, featuring interviews with rock writers, musicians and fans, including several who claim they were there witnessing history that night. Celebrate monumental events, both past and present, by attending this special screening of Led Zeppelin Played Here on Sunday.

Sunday January 20th, 9:00pm

Cost: $5.00

AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center    8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD 20910

 

The “Small Worlds” and big music of Chopin

Can you guess how many works Frédéric Chopin created during his lifetime? 250. Continuing his quest to perform all of the Chopin pieces within the next decade, pianist Brian Ganz is preparing for his third all-Chopin recital on January 19 at Strathmore, which will explore the theme of "Small Worlds." The program will include Frédéric Chopin's 5 Mazurkas, Op. 7; Trois Ecossaises, Op. 72, No. 3; Lento con Gran Espressione in C-sharp minor; Presto con Leggerezza in A-flat major; Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23; Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47; and the 24 Préludes, Op. 28.

Saturday January 19th at 8:00pm

Cost: Tickets range from $28 to $74. Tickets for kids 7-17 are FREE through the ALL KIDS, ALL FREE, ALL THE TIME program (sponsored by The Gazette).  ALL KIDS tickets must be purchased in person or by phone. Parking is free. Tickets can be purchased at nationalphilharmonic.org or call 301-581-5100.

The Music Center at Strathmore   5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, MD  20852

 

Edgy.  Contemporary.  Experimental. 

Fancy performances in an intimate setting?  Want to support local, emerging artists?  Experience the performing arts at its best this Friday amongst the Hillyer Art Space’s edgy, contemporary galleries!  The Hillyer Art Space is kicking off its 2013 monthly performing art series, Soapbox, which provides performance artists a close setting that accommodates their often underrepresented medium.  This Friday features “To Know a Veil”, an experimental piece conceived and directed by Emma Jaster, exploring the personal and cultural implications of how women veil and reveal themselves. 

Friday January 18th, from 7-9pm

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Hillyer Art Space   9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

Kern vs. Cibis: A Battle to Be Remembered

Blurb about event:  Get your seats soon folks; this is going to be the piano fight of the century! Watch as two musical masterminds, Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, compete against one another in this original performance format which presents classical music in a whole new way.  Each musician will be showcasing their abilities by playing pieces from known composers such as Debussy, Chopin and Liszt, in this grave but comical accomplishment.  If you have ever wanted to play a role in a musical performance, this is your chance.  Audience members will get to serve as an active part during the entire program and will be invited to vote on the pianists’ performance of their choice for a winner.

Friday January 18th, 7:30pm

Cost:  $50 / $40  Friends of the Goethe-Institut and $25 for students with ID at the door

Embassy of Austria   3524 International Court, NW Washington, DC 20008

 

 

The inauguration of President Obama is this Monday January 21st and that means two things for Washington D.C this weekend; amazing events and traffic. While we try to avoid the latter, join us as we partake in celebrations unique to January in D.C. every 4 years.

Tour for the Presidential Inauguration

(Tours run hourly until last tour at 3pm)

January 18, 19 and 22, 10am to 4pm& Sunday, January 20, noon to 4pm Cost: Adults: $12 / Children (12 and under): $5

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

The "I Don't Have a SuperPac to Pay for My Inaugural Ball Ticket" Ball

Saturday January 19, 8:00pm, Cost: $18 for years 18 and older; $12 ages 11-17; $10 children 10 and younger

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

 

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring! featuring Smokey RobinsonSunday January 20, 6:00pm, Cost: Free. Tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Sunday January 20, 2013, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability.Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center

 

Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at Kennedy Center

Sunday January 20, 7:00pm, Cost: $150.00-$300.00. Tickets went on sale January 8, 2013 to the public

Opera House at the Kennedy Center

 

Presidential Inauguration Parade

Monday January 21, 2:30pm. Tickets are not required.

Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC. Viewing stands and bleachers will extend from 3rd to 17thSt.

 

 

Select films opening Friday:

THE LAST STAND (R)

Action icon Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Korean director Kim Jee-woon's hard-hitting US directorial debut, THE LAST STAND.  After leaving his LAPD narcotics post following a bungled operation that left him wracked with remorse and regret, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) moved out of Los Angeles and settled into a life fighting what little crime takes place in sleepy border town Sommerton Junction. But that peaceful existence is shattered when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most notorious, wanted drug kingpin in the western hemisphere, makes a deadly yet spectacular escape from an FBI prisoner convoy.

 

LUV    (R)

Eleven-year-old WOODY WATSON is a timid Baltimore orphan who dreams of a better life -- and his absent mother who may or may not be in North Carolina fighting drug addiction. Woody also reveres his uncle VINCENT as the father figure he never had. A street hustler and former drug dealer, Vincent's fresh off an eight-year stint in prison and wants a new direction.  When Vincent bypasses his nephew's school one day and offers to show Woody how a man handles his business, Woody jumps at the opportunity to join his uncle on a field trip of life lessons.

 

MAMA                        (PG-13)

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed.  When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.