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August 25 - 31, 2014 Donate to WETA

This Week on WETA Television

Masterpiece: The Escape Artist

This Thursday at 8pm, tune in for the WETA premiere of Masterpiece's two-part legal thriller The Escape Artist. David Tennant stars as brilliant defense lawyer Will Burton, who has a storybook family and a potent nickname, "The Escape Artist," for his ability to spring the obviously guilty. But, he may be in for the case of his lifetime. Burton's defense of reclusive accused-murderer Liam Foyle starts off normally but soon the tables are turned. The lawyer finds himself fighting for a new cause that may end his career... or worse.

Watch Thursday on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD.
Part 1 at 8pm and Part 2 at 9:30pm.


The Escape Artist

Masterpiece: The Escape Artist
Thursday, August 28 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

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Central Park Five

The Central Park Five
Tuesday, August 26 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

A film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted in the brutal rape and beating of a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989.

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The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl
Wednesday, August 27 at 8pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

A film by Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when the wheat boom of the "Great Plow-Up," followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.

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WETA Arts

WETA Arts
Friday, August 29 at 8:30pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

This month's show features a profile of local artist Lila Asher, who taught at Howard University for 43 years and, at 92, is still actively creating work; a preview of the “5x5” project, which will feature 25 temporary public art installations throughout all eight wards of Washington; an exploration of the intertwined careers of two impressionists in “Degas/Cassatt” at the National Gallery; and a look at the personal life of our 32nd president at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY.

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The WETA Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire

The WETA Movie: A Streetcar Named Desire
Friday, August 29 at 8:30pm on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD

Elia Kazan's powerful 1951 adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play stars Marlon Brando as brutish Stanley Kowalski and Vivien Leigh as a neurotic belle whose reality beings to crumble. Kim Hunter and Karl Malden co-star.

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This week's WETA Television schedule


Win Free Tickets to Studio Theatre's Belleville!

cal_tickets2_jpgInterested in a night at the theater? Check out our ticket giveaways page and register for your chance to win a free pair of tickets to Studio Theatre's production of Belleville on September 9. Written by Amy Herzog and directed by David Muse, the play unmasks the seemingly perfect marriage of two ex-pats living in Paris and reveals the consequences of deceptions large and small.

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Classical Radio Highlight

Pianist Martina Filjak on Front Row Washington
Tonight at 9pm

Pianist Martina FiljakTune in to Classical WETA's Front Row Washington tonight at 9pm as The Phillips Collection presents Croatian pianist Martina Filjak in a recital from May 12, 2013. Winner of the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Ms. Filjak grew from prodigy to mature artist in spite of the upheaval that defined her native Croatia.

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James McNeill Whistler Event



In Case You Missed It


James McNeil Whistler, 1865.Join the Smithsonian Associates for a special discussion celebrating the life and work of James McNeill Whistler, the original art star.

James McNeill Whistler: Finding the Man and the Artist
Monday, September 8, 6:45-8:45pm
S. Dillon Ripley Center (1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, D.C.)

You'll hear from filmmaker Karen Thomas, the producer, writer, and director of James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty, a new documentary produced in association with WETA that premieres on September 12 on WETA TV 26. Thomas will be joined by Whistler biographer Daniel E. Sutherland, author of Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, the first biography of the artist in more than 20 years. Lee Glazer, associate curator of American Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, moderates.

Watch a preview of the film online and then buy your tickets to the event today!

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