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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

Click here for more information!

 

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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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.