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WETA Arts: February 2020


PREMIERES ON WETA TV 26 AND WETA HD Saturday, February 1 AT 7:00 PM

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WETA Arts spotlights visual and performing arts in Greater Washington and celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the nation’s capital. The half-hour magazine-style show presents a variety of stories, profiles and discussions, while introducing emerging and established artists alike. In this episode of WETA Arts: The Jubilee Voices ensemble powerfully combines Civil War reenactment and antebellum African American music, history and culture; local filmmaker Mignotae Kebede, on her documentary “What Happened 2 Chocolate City,” which examines the historical forces behind the rise and decline of DC’s Black community; a conversation with Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African American to hold the post, on the Library not just as Congress’s research library, but as a major arts institution; plus, great ideas for your next local arts outing. 


Jubilee Voices

Jubilee Voices

Andrea Blackford, founder of the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices ensemble, researches music that predates gospel, blues and jazz, to preserve African American history and tradition through a cappella music.


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Filmmaker Mignotae Kebede – “What Happened 2 Chocolate City”

Mignotae Kebede

Mignotae Kebede describes her documentary “What Happened 2 Chocolate City” which explores the demographic changes in Washington DC’s African American population. The filmmaker introduces clips and comments on the production.


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Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden

The Library of Congress is not only an agency of the legislative branch and the main research arm of the U.S. Congress. It’s a major arts institution, nationally and locally, with art exhibits, concert series, literary festivals and more.


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Arts Bets

Arts Bets

“DMV Color”

At the National Museum of Women in the Arts, through March 4 →


“A Thousand Splendid Suns”

At Arena Stage, through March 1 →


Radio show “From the Top” live recording 

At George Mason University, on February 29 and airing on Classical WETA 90.9 FM on Sunday April 26 and Sunday May 17, at 6 pm. → →



At Strathmore, on February 29 →


Matthew Whitaker

At Sixth & I, on Feb 29 →


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