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WETA Around Town Events: October 25-27

This weekend in the Washington, DC area, tap into art, music, and theater on your days off work! Read on to learn about a unique Halloween concert party, a cultural art exhibit at a local university, and a theatrical comedy written by Steve Martin all here in your backyard this weekend, October 25-27!

Newmyer Flyer Presents: Halloween Howl Concert & Costume Party
This Friday, Newmyer Flyer Presents: Halloween Howl at the Hamilton Live. Enjoy local musicians performing the greatest Halloween hits from the last 50 years like Bad Moon Rising, Psycho Killer, Thriller, and Sympathy For The Devil. Hosted at the Hamilton in DC where “musician and audience come together for a truly unique experience of entertainment and dining”, this Halloween party isn't one to miss. Costumes are optional but there's a costume contest for those who want to participate. Dinner, drinks, dancing, costumes, and music: don't miss out on the Halloween party of the year.
Friday 8:30pm
Cost: $20
The Hamilton Live
- 600 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 near Metro Center

ART Filipino: Works by Master Artists
This Friday and Saturday, catch the last two days of ART Filipino: Works by Master Artists at the Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts at Towson University. At the turn of the past century, up to the sixties and seventies, artists in the Philippines pioneered the modern art movement before their counterparts in other countries of Asia. Organized in cooperation with the Philippine Center in New York, this exhibition celebrates the remarkable advancement in Filipino identity through free and creative expressions of human experiences, embodied in these works of nationally recognized master artists.
Friday 11am-4pm & Saturday 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free
Towson University Center of the Arts
- 8000 York Road Towson, MD

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if two of the greatest minds of all time shared a drink at a bar? The Vienna Theatre Company brings this dream scenario to life in its fall production, Picasso at the Lapin Agile! Created by comedic guru Steve Martin, this fun and imaginative play places Einstein and Picasso at a bar in 1904, right when both men happen to be on the verge of world-changing ideas. When each mastermind realizes that the other is a formidable foe, a drawn out debate about the significance of genius and talent ensues. Enjoy a night of laughter coupled with a bit of mental stimulation as you witness the expertise of The Vienna Theatre Company and the intelligence of Picasso at the Lapin Agile!
Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Cost: $13
Vienna Community Center
- 120 Cherry Street SE Vienna, VA
 

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WETA Around Town Events: August 9-11

Lots to do this weekend in the Washington, DC area including nature, art, music, and celebrations all around! Read on for our WETA Around Town event highlights for this upcoming weekend, August 9-11, 2013.

Calling All Butterflies
Are you or your little ones fascinated by butterflies? Bring your kids to Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg for Gathering of the Butterflies. Oatlands is holding a parade to celebrate these fantastic flying creatures.  Crafts will be provided and everyone is welcome to bring their best winged costumes in honor of the butterflies! Oatlands is working to nurture and release monarch butterflies.
Saturday, 10am (rain date August 17)
Cost: Free
Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane Leesburg, VA 20175

Talk with Tim Tate
Artist Tim Tate usually works in glass, but his latest work is the mixed-media exhibit Sleepwalker. Combining videos and other installation pieces, the exhibit probes the subconscious with dream-like imagery. Sleepwalker is on display at American University’s Katzen Arts Center until August 18, and on August 10 the gallery will be holding a talk with the artist himself! See the exhibit and hear Tate’s insight.
Saturday, 4pm
Cost: Free
American University’s Katzen Arts Center
400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016

LUMEN8Anacostia Finale
The LUMEN8Anacostia festival, a visual festival featuring light-based exhibitions, has its luminescent grand finale Saturday evening. The festival features lots of live music, dances, and art that aims to illuminate all of Ward 8. In addition to the spectacular performances, food from Los Verracos and free massages from the Potomac Massage Training Institute are available. Plenty of gogo, glow, disco, and funk music is on display as LUMEN8 comes to a close. See the full schedule of events here!
Saturday, 6:30pm-11pm
Cost: Free
Honfleur Gallery
1241 Good Hope Rd SE Washington, DC 20020 at 6:30pm
Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Road SE Washington, DC 20020 at 7:30pm

Images courtesy of the websites linked above.

Closing this week! Washington Art Matters 1940s--1980s at the Katzen Arts Center closes Sunday August 11! Check out the WETA Around Town review of the exhibit.

 

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WETA Around Town Events: August 2-4

Can you believe that yet another weekend is upon us? It's the first weekend in August which means it's getting close to the end of summer. Embrace the DC heat this weekend with these three outdoors events and one indoor concert. If you attend any of these events this weekend, take a photo and share it on our Facebook page!

River Arts Workshop: Exploring Our Rivers

Skip your beach getaway this year? Make up for it with this summer-themed art workshop at the Anacostia Community Museum! Visual artist Jay Coleman heads a workshop based on an imagined scuba dive through our local waterways. Inspired by the exhibit Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement, the workshop will guide participants into creating a work of art related to our watersheds. All materials will be provided! Photo courtesy of americanforests.org
Friday, 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: Free
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl. SE Washington, DC

DC Drive-In
This Friday, come enjoy a movie under the stars at the DC Drive-In! As a summer treat, Union Market is bringing you an '80s classic movie projected on the market’s three-story wall for no charge. Watch the movie from the comfort of your own car or bring a picnic blanket to sit on the lot. No need to pack dinner because many of the market’s vendors will be open with rollerskating carhops bringing tasty food right to you. This weekend’s film is 1987 No Way Out starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. Costner plays a naval intelligence officer with only 48 hours to cover-up a violent crime within the organization. Stop by for what’s sure to be an exciting night! Watch a trailer of No Way Out here.
Friday, Picnic area opens at 7pm, car lot open 8-8:45pm, movie starts at 9pm
Cost: Free
Union Market
1309 5th St. NE Washington, DC
Line for car entrance on 6th St

Rolling Stones Tribute
Fifty years after the release of their self-titled debut album, The Rolling Stones remain near and dear to the hearts of millions of music fans. But hearing their music live is another experience altogether. Relive the British Invasion at The Fillmore Silver Spring with BandHouse Gigs’ Tribute to the Rolling Stones. Catch nearly 40 of the best musicians from the DC area playing from the Stones’ deep library of hits and lesser known tracks. For old fans or new, this concert is sure to thrill!
Saturday, 7:30 PM
Cost: $20.00-$25.00
The Fillmore Silver Spring
8656 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

ChillCycle

Bike rides are a great way to explore your environment and enjoy the outdoors. This weekend go on a biking excursion through the city that ends at the Anacostia Arts Center for a cool down movie screening. See the Sundance award winning documentary Chasing Ice, which explores a man’s journey to find evidence that humans are causing monumental climate shifts. At the end of the bike ride, enjoy icy treats and calming music that perfectly balance out the summer heat. Watch a trailer for Chasing Ice here!
Sunday, 2:30-6pm
Cost: $10 per film ticket
BicycleSPACE
1019 7th St. NW Washington, DC

Heading out to the movies? Here are three WETA Around Town film discussions to give you a better preview of movies than a trailer can.

Before Midnight
Click here to watch the discussion!

The Act of Killing
Click here to watch the discussion!

Fruitvale Station
Click here to watch the discussion!

 

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WETA Around Town Events: July 19-21

This weekend is full of great family activities just in time for the weather to cool down. Whether you're interested in culture, food, movies, or shopping, there's something for everyone here in our weekly WETA Around Town Events highlights!

Living Earth Festival 2013
In our fast-paced 21st century lives, it’s often easy to forget about the environment outside of the comfort of our homes. Our environment provides us with amazing things, and the Living Earth Festival is a celebration by the National Museum of the American Indian that brings you closer to the roots of life. The festival features plenty of primal activities such as cheese-making, native dances, and family activities that make this an ideal event for any age. If you’re a fan of popular Food Network shows, there’s even a high-paced all-natural cook off between local chefs!
Friday 1pm, Saturday 10am, Saturday 10am
Cost: Free
The National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street & Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560

Christmas in July
December may be five months away, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating Christmas! Come out to Old Town Alexandria this weekend for the city’s annual Christmas in July Celebration. The Christmas Attic and the businesses of Union Street are providing a fantastic variety of Christmas themed activities perfect for all ages. Kids can take pictures with “summer” Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit story time stations, decorate their own cookies, and make cool arts and crafts. Beat the summer heat with an ice cream social and enjoy live musical performances. Local businesses will be offering special promotions all day and donating a portion of their profits to children’s charity The Reading Connection. Make sure to stop by this Saturday for what’s sure to be a festive day of holiday fun!
Saturday 12-5pm
Cost: Free
Union Street between Cameron & Duke Street - Old Town Alexandria, VA

Clifton Film Festival
Summer is always a great time for movies, but how about watching some local talent? This Saturday, the 4th annual Clifton Film Fest provides an opportunity to watch original films, listen to live music, and eat food. The festival showcases the efforts of the community near the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. An award ceremony will honor the best student and regular films from the festival.
Saturday 4pm
Cost: $5
(Day Showings in the theater at 4:00pm); $10 (evening showing on the quad, 7:30pm)
Workhouse Arts Center  9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079
 

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WETA Around Town Events: June 28-30

There's always something going on in the DC area whether a festival, an art show, or a performance. For this weekend, we've found three great events that incorporate all three! Art, music, and education at Wolf Trap, festival of food and culture at Neighborfood, and a music and puppet performance at Strathmore. Read on for more about our featured events! Also be sure to check out what WETA Around Town segments we covered close this weekend!

Freezing Cold in June
Appreciate the summer weather with spectacular images of our planet’s coldest environments.Frozen Planet in Concert at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center presents a viewing experience for the whole family. The amazing images are scored with live and original music from the National Symphony Orchestra. Academy Award nominee George Fenton composes and conducts the performance. The event builds on the BBC Earth series that provided a gorgeous look at nature. Watch the trailer for Frozen Planet in Concert here!
Friday June 28, 8:30pm
Cost: $22-55
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182

Neighborfood
One of the best perks to living near a city like Washington, DC is taking advantage of all the diverse and delicious food options. This Saturday, the food festival Neighborfood is coming to H Street to give you the perfect opportunity to try great food and get to know the community! Hosted by Dishcrawl, Neighborfood will feature stops at eight restaurants in one of the city’s most thriving neighborhoods. Find your new favorite restaurant while getting to know the H Street Corridor. Dishcrawl is dedicated to helping the community so a portion of proceeds go to nonprofit organizations like First Book DC. Make sure to stop by and taste some of the best food that DC has to offer!
Saturday June 29, check-in 1:30-4pm
Restaurants serving from 2-5pm
Cost: General Admission Pass (1 food/drink ticket, 5 raffle tickets): $10 in advance, $15 day off
Additional Meal Tickets: $5 each
Check-in at Smith Commons, 245 H Street, NE

Photo: Billy Berks / Dishcrawl

Classic Entertainment

The marionette has a long history in children’s entertainment, dating as far back as 2000 BC. Since their early Egyptian roots, these string puppets have evolved from simple clay figurines into elaborately carved pieces of art. On Sunday, Strathmore presents Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts, featuring performances by veteran puppeteers set to famous classical music. For those curious, Cashore himself answers all questions about the entire puppet process in an audience Q&A. Watch this clip of the show!
Sunday June 30,  1pm & 3pm
Cost: $15
The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

Closing this weekend!

The Hampton Years at Theater J - Closes Sunday June 30

 

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WETA Around Town Events: June 19 - 23

The DC area is full of excellent events and activities this weekend! From free, to family, and musical, to historical, there's something for everyone to do. Check out our highlights in this week's WETA Around Town Events guide!

DC Glassblowing Exhibition
The DC GlassWorks Studio regularly holds classes and exhibits showcasing amazing work in the lesser-known field of glassblowing. Glassblowing has roots going back to as far as 50 BC, and though the art has waned, these wonderful artists continue keeping the medium alive. On Friday, watch a free live demonstration of Venetian-style glassblowing to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Sculpture Exhibition. Watch and marvel as 3-dimensional artwork forms in front of your eyes!
Friday, June 21st 6:30pm
Cost: Free
DC Glassworks
  5346 46th Avenue, Hyattsville  MD 20781

Pirate Family Festival
Shiver me timbers! This Saturday, National Geographic Museum is turning your pirate fantasies into reality with its Pirate Family Festival! See historical re-enactors demonstrate and explain the most notorious pirate activities: pistol duels, sword-fighting, and emergency amputations. Watch an example of falconry, based on the way the pirates used to do it. Enjoy music for all ages, with a nautical touch! Kids also get the chance to make their own pirate props, including canons, sail ships, and maps. Brush up on your pirate skills and learn about pirate history at this family friendly event.
Saturday June 22 at 10:00am
Cost: Free
National Geographic Musuem
1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

National Symphony Orchestra performs Peter & the Wolf
This Saturday at the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform Peter & the Wolf as part of its Kinderkonzert series for children age 4 and older. A quintet of woodwind instruments immerses the audience in Prokofiev’s timeless tale. The piece is meant to promote a love for music and introduce children to storytelling techniques. Come an hour early and attend the Musical Intrument “Petting Zoo” to get an up close look at the instruments that will be played in the show.
Saturday June 23 at 11:00am (Sensory-Friendly performance) and 2:30pm
Cost: $18
Kennedy Center Family Theater  2700 F Street NW Washington, DC 20566

History in Cartoons
Political cartoons have proven to be among the most memorable and controversial mediums for personal expression. The pervasiveness of political cartoons can largely be attributed to Thomas Nast, commonly considered to be a pioneer of modern cartoons. Author Fiona Deans Halloran explores Nast’s life in her new biography Thomas Nast: Father of Modern Political Cartoons and this Saturday, Halloran will be at the National Portrait Gallery discussing her research. At 2:00, Halloran will lead a fascinating tour through the gallery, exploring the influence Nast had on the public’s perceptions of historical icons like Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Following the tour, Halloran will sign copies of her book for all interested. Make sure to stop by for a compelling afternoon of American history!
Saturday 22 at 2pm
Cost: Free
National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20001
Meet on 2nd floor at the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in America's Presidents

 

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND IN DC!

Stupid F##cking Bird at Woolly Mammoth Theatre closes Sunday June 23, 2013.

 

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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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Free Movies in DC | WETA Movie Night April 20

Grab the popcorn or set your DVRs, because the documentaries featured this Saturday night on WETA TV26 & HD are guaranteed to open your eyes to lands near and far. First we delve into American culture with POV to discover a female role model in comic books and the way modern food is produced. Next, we head overseas with Independent Lens to learn about a city filled with trash and the feuding land of Kashmir. Tune in to WETA TV26 & HD this Saturday for these inspirational movies beginning at 11:30pm.

 

Saturday, April 20th at 11:30pm
Meet Wonder Woman, a Superheroine who has been featured in comic books since the 1940s. Learn about the history of super power and the inspiration she’s been for generations of women. Watch the trailer!
 
 
Sunday, April 21 at 12:30am
POV’s Food, Inc. investigates how mass production of livestock and genetically modified crops are putting independent farmers out of business. Be sure to tune in for this food-film if you believe in the saying, “you are what you eat”. Watch the trailer!
 
Sunday, April 21 at 2:30am
Cairo, the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, has no sanitation service and its trash piles up in outlying towns. Here we meet three teenage boys in Zaballeen, whose lives depend on collecting other people’s waste. Watch the trailer!
 
 
Sunday, April 21 at 3:30am
Project Kashmir was made by two filmmakers, one Hindu and one Muslim, who snuck their cameras into Kashmir. Join us for a unique look at the land plagued by religious tension and war for over 50 years. Watch the trailer!
 
 
 
 
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WETA Around Town Events: April 19 - 21

Spring has sprung and we're in the mood to celebrate! Check out our weekend event highlights in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for April 19 - 21 below, you're sure to find something you'll like.

Celebrate The King of Latin Jazz

Tito Puente (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000) was a prestigious Latin jazz and salsa composer and a remarkable musician.  Known as “The King of Latin Jazz” and “The King of the Timbales,” Tito Puente made an extensive impact in the music world for 50 years.  This Saturday, the Anacostia Community Museum hosts Metro Mambo: Tito Puente: The Definitive Celebration!  Hosted by Jim Byers from 89.3 FM’s Latin Flavor, this celebration of the legendary Tito Puente includes un-released recordings, personal insights, and rare memorabilia from former Puente band members and Puente’s biographer, archivist, and best friend of over 40 years, Joe Conzo.  Get excited, there will be a dance party featuring one of the region’s top bands!       
Saturday, 2pm
Cost:  Free
 
 
 
Now that the sun is finally shinning and the flowers are beginning to bloom, why not spend the weekend outdoors? This weekend, the City of Alexandria will host the 20th Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day. The event will consist of a variety of activities such as the Arbor Day tree planting, visual and performing arts events from Alexandria City Public School students, the Annual Earth Day Tree Sale, and music from Woven Green, an eco-friendly band. Also included will be the display of a new hybrid DASH bus, a hybrid trolley and other vehicles to educate families of the importance of going green. So get on your bike, jump on the bus, or walk to Alexandria’s Annual Earth Day Celebration. 
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Free
 
 
 
“To be, or not to be: that is the question” and we have an answer! This Sunday, you need to “be” at William Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library. This free celebration will feature fun activities for the whole family, like a Shakespeare portrait contest, fortune telling, Elizabethan crafts, stories from 16th Century England, a scavenger hunt, and poetry contests. Sunday is also the only day the Reading Rooms are open to the public so take a tour inside and then head out on a docent-lead walk through the Elizabethan Garden. This event is rain or shine, be sure to get there in for the cake-cutting ceremony on the lawn at 3:30pm. 
Sunday, 12 to 4pm
Cost: Free
Folger Shakespeare Library 201 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
 
Read the full article to watch our WETA Around Town film discussions from this week, share your impressions of the movies in the comments below! Reviewed: Trance & 42
 
 
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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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