This weekend in DC

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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town March 9-10

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?  Check out our selection of free dancing lessons, silent film fun, and more in your own backyard!

 
Dancing in Bethesda
Put on those dancing shoes because this weekend is Dance Bethesda!  The two-day event starts Friday night with free dance lessons and parties, hosted by studios in downtown Bethesda.  Try your foot at rumba, social dancing, ballroom, hip-hop, tap, folklore, salsa, swing, tango, and jazz or watch demonstrations throughout the night.  Then on Saturday, a group of seven dance companies will perform at Round House Theatre for the 9th annual Dance Bethesda Concert. (They’ve been being selected from a group of 50 local contestants.)  With a variety of dance genres, like contemporary from the Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Central Asian from the Silk Road Dance Company and ballet from The Washington School of Ballet, this event will provide a well-rounded selection of the most talented dancers in the Washington, D.C. area. 
Open Studio Night- Friday, 8-10:30pm 
Cost: Free
 
Studios hosting open houses include: Dance Bethesda Dance Studio, Dansez! Dansez!, Du-Shor Dance Studio, Joy of Motion Dance Center (6:30-9:45pm), and The Mindfulness Center.
 
Bethesda Dance Concert
Saturday, 8pm
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under
Round House Theatre  4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland
 
 
Silent Film (But Not a Silent Event)
This Saturday, indulge your senses with lavish costumes and drama with the Freer Gallery’s presentation of “Intolerance: Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment.”  Intolerance, one of the masterpieces of the Silent Era, looks at Man’s persistent “intolerance” throughout the ages and connects stories from four very different time periods:  the American “modern” melodrama of 1914, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, the fall of Babylon at the hands of the Persians in 539 BCE, and the death of Jesus Christ.  This film program is presented in conjunction with the Sackler Gallery’s exhibition of the Cyrus Cylinder, which will be featured in an upcoming segment of WETA Around Town! 
Saturday, 3pm
Cost:  Free
Freer Gallery  1200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20013
 
 
A Family Adventure in Time Travel
If you could go back in time, what period would you travel to?  Would you go back in time to the Medieval Age or to the days at Woodstock?  What about the Civil War Era?  Well, if you said the Civil War, you are in luck.  As a tie-in with “The Civil War and American Art” exhibition, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will be hosting Civil War Family Day.  Kids and families will have the opportunity to learn about the men, women and children of the mid-1800s by participating in an afternoon full of Civil War related activities, such as craft making, photography, music, scavenger hunts and more.  So join them this Saturday for a fun-filled day in the past at the Kogod Courtyard.
Saturday, 11:30am – 3pm
Cost: Free
Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum  8th and F Streets, N.W. Washington, D.C.
 
 
Psst! After the Civil War Family Day festivities have wrapped up, take the kids to the accompanying exhibition, “The Civil War and American Art.” Here’s what our critics have to say about it.
 
 
 
Select films opening today:
Australian director Cate Shortland’s second feature is a WWII thriller that tracks the 900 km journey of five siblings (including Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, and Ursina Lardi) as they make their way to their grandmother’s house near Hamburg, Germany after Allied Forces arrest their Nazi parents.
 
 
This post-WWII drama by British director Peter Webber (GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING and HANNIBAL RISING) traces an American general’s (Tommy Lee Jones) investigation of Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s (Takatarô Kataoka) role in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
 
 
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DC, MD, VA Events: WETA Around Town February 1 - 3

Looking for something to do this weekend in DC, Maryland, and Virginia? Check out our selection of multiple musical events right in your own backyard!

Click here to watch videos of events and watch trailers of the movies!

 

Cure your travel bug with music.

Journey to the East and back to the West again this weekend with the China National Symphony Orchestra, as it performs a variety of orchestral works from China and around the world. Celebrated for spreading symphony awareness in their homeland, the China National Symphony Orchestra is back in the United States for the first time since their debut tour in 2006. The orchestra will be performing twice in our area this weekend.

Friday, 8pm – Music Center at Strathmore
Saturday, 8pm – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

 

5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Cost: Tickets $25-$65 (Stars Price $22.50-$58.50)
 
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Cost: $30, $52, $60. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID

 

 

[Not] Out of the Blue Jam Session!

Grab your guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas and head on over to the O Street Museum for a live bluegrass jam session!  Musicians and groupies of all ages are invited to show off their musical (and dancing…) skills alongside professional musicians in the business.  Now’s your chance to live your bluegrass dream…are you in?  

Sunday, February 3, 11am-2pm Register Online
Cost: Donations accepted
O Street Museum    2020 O St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036

 

 

A Turkish Experience!

Looking for a fun Saturday for the whole family, filled with shadow puppets and vibrant art?  The Textile Museum celebrates its fourth-annual mid-winter festival  with an in-depth look at the arts and artisans of Turkey.

Since the time of the Ottoman Empire, shadow puppets have been used as a source of storytelling in Turkey.  In celebration, the Cresent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater will be putting on four performances for visitors followed by a lesson on how to marble paper with Tugba Musurlu.  You will also be able to take a closer look at their current exhibition, The Sultan’s Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art.  If that’s not enough, enjoy a cup of warm Turkish apple tea and cookies before venturing back out into the cold.

Saturday,12-4pm
Free; no reservations required.
The Textile Museum    2320 S Street, NW  Washington, DC

 

 

Select films opening today:

BULLET TO THE HEAD          (MPAA Rating)

Based on the French graphic novel by Alexis Nolent, BULLET TO THE HEAD, directed by Walter Hill, stars Sylvester Stallone as a hitman and Sung Kang as a young Washington detective who team up in the name of revenge when both of their partners are murdered in New Orleans.

 

WARM BODIES         (PG-13)

This is a classic case of boy meets girl, except that the boy, Nicholas Hoult, is a zombie who rescues the girl, Teresa Palmer, from what would’ve been a deadly attack. WARM BODIES, directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, THE WACKNESS, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE), also stars Analeigh Tipton, Rob Corddry, Dave Franco, and Academy Award winner John Malkovich.

 

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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.

 

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MD, DC, VA Events: WETA Around Town November 2 - 4

Looking for something to do this weekend in Maryland, Virginia, and DC? Check out our selection of musical, mysterious, and cinematic events right in your own backyard!

A Living Legend: Rama Vaidyanathan

If your only notion of Indian dance comes from Bollywood stereotypes, it’s probably time for a new perspective.  Take a cue from Dakshina’s Fall Festival of Indian Arts and watch a solo performance by one of India’s leading dancers.  Rama Vaidyanathan’s interpretation of Classical Indian dance introduces you to the beauty and elegance of ancient Bharata Natyam form.

Friday, 7:30pm

University of the District of Columbia Theater

4300 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC

Cost: Starting at $18.50

Purchase tickets here!

 

Dancing with the Dead

On Friday, the Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with their fourth annual extravaganza featuring arts and crafts and a costume contest ! Put on your best Calaveras mask and dance to the music of local rock group, The Torches, while enjoying the cash bar and snacks.  Friday too far away?  Check out the Target Gallery’s exhibition of altars and other Day of the Dead themed art work, going on now through Sunday! 

Costume & Dance Party: Friday, 8-11pm
Altar Exhibition: Now through Sunday

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Tickets: Advance, $15; Door, $20 or two for $35 (Student tickets: $10)
Special Discount: Purchase 5 advance tickets or more & get them each for only $10

Reserve your advance tickets by contacting 703-838-4565 x2 or events@torpedofactory.org

 

Select films opening Friday, November 2

A Late Quartet        (R)

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.  Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, and inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A Late Quartet pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.

 

Brooklyn Castle      (PG)

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at I.S. 318, a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The documentary follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

 

Flight              (R)

In this mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board.  After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane?

Watch the Around Town review coming this Friday! 

 

The Man with the Iron Fist                       (R)

Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.  

 

The Loneliest Planet          (NR)

The summer before their wedding, Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are backpacking through the scenic Caucasus Mountains in Georgia.  The fit young couple, playful and affectionate, hire a local guide (Bidzina Gujabidze) to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed.  Suddenly, a brief but shocking pivotal incident occurs that changes everything.  Writer/director Julia Loktev's film is a haunting character study of love, betrayal and the ambiguities of forgiveness.

Watch the trailer here!

 

Last Chance!

Closing November 4th:

The Government Inspector at Shakespeare Theatre 

 

One Night with Janis Joplin at Arena Stage