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Travel Around the World with WETA | WETA February Schedule

This wild Washington, DC weather can make anyone want to get out of town! Alas, dropping everything to ship off to the tropics for a week isn’t much of a reality. Instead, take a month-long vacation around the world with WETA because this February, we have a wide selection of television shows that will take you to some fantastic places without having to leave your couch. Read on for your travel itinerary!

Watch video previews of all these shows by reading the full article!

 

To the west of the Serengeti and Lake Victoria, beyond the misty mountains of the Rift Valley, lies the second largest river system on earth: the Congo. This vast arena - the size of Europe - is home to an array of wildlife richer and more varied than any other region of Africa and yet it is hardly known. Today, parts of the Congo still remain inhospitable and virtually inaccessible. In a television first, the Natural History Unit has been given unprecedented access to film in this region and you can experience it on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
Friday February 1: The River That Swallows All Rivers
Friday February 8: Spirits of the Forest
Friday February 15: Footprints in the Forest

 

In Janesville, Wisconsin there has been economic upheaval after General Motors closed one of their factories, leaving 2,000 residents unemployed. To learn more about this film and watch a preview, visit our blog post Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night February 2.

 

Globe Trekker is a regular WETA series in which show hosts delve into the culture of both known and unknown locations in the world. Each episode is a window into a foreign scene and this month, we’re going to some exciting locations on WETA TV26 & WETA HD!
Sunday, February 3: Globe Trekker Special: Planet of the Apes
Sunday, February 17: Globe Trekker Food Hour: Brazil
Sunday, February 24: Panama & Columbia

 

As one of Britain's favorite attractions, Chatsworth draws more than one million visitors each year. This three-part series follows the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Dowager Duchess, and the lively characters that make up the 700-person staff at Chatsworth House. The documentary camera crew was given unprecedented access to the 30,000 acre Peak District estate making this a unique television experience on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver visit beautiful Brookgreen Gardens to discuss early 20th-century female sculptors. Appraiser Debra Force discovers a Joseph Henry Sharp oil painting. Antiques Roadshow investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina's Hobcaw Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent. Discoveries from Roadshow’s visit to Myrtle Beach include an 1860 letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, a gift of crystals from Marilyn Monroe and a 1850s South Carolina sword on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

In 1957, eight scientists invented the microchip within the Silicon Valley. Now, 56 years later, the Valley is still a hub for brilliant scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who have helped make this nation one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Join us for American Experience: Silicon Valley, as we travel back in time to relive the discoveries on WETA TV26 & WETA HD.

 

Be sure to tune in to WETA TV26 & WETA HD for the final and third part of the Nature special, Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet. For more about this episode and the series, read our blog post and watch a video preview Attenborough on WETA | Wildlife Specials.
 
 
This is a lavish adaptation of James A. Michener's tale of the impact of New England missionaries on the native population of Hawaii in the nineteenth century. The film stars Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more in our WETA Movie blog post for February 9! On WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
 
 
Satellite data is transformed into visual sequences that detail the interwoven forces that sustain life on Earth. In this two-hour NOVA special on WETA TV26 & WETA HD, learn how dust from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon and how a vast underwater "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more about this series on February 12!
 
 
This is a biography of Charles Lindburgh on WETA TV26 & WETA HD covers his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy through his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Bookmark the Programmer's Choice blog to learn more in our WETA Movie blog post for February 16!
 
 
Take a trip to the Earth’s oldest mountains. In this 4 part series we discover how the Appalachian Mountains were formed over millions of years and the life that came to exist around them on WETA TV26 & WETA HD. DVR this special series!
 
 
This Pioneers of Television episode goes back in time with the help of the stars who made Westerns the classic shows we still love today. Join us on WETA TV26 & WETA HD in this behind the scenes look at the visionary actors who made characters like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett so famous. 
 
 
In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the disaster and NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance, we take time to learn about the astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon who was prepared to travel as far as any human can go: outer space. On WETA TV26 & WETA HD.
 
 
Take a trip to the most densely populated areas of plant and see rare animal species on WETA TV26 & WETA HD. In this 3 part series, we journey through the jungles of the Canopyworld, the Underworld, and the Waterworld.
 
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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)