Arts and Music

Around Town Best Bets

Every week, WETA critics are bringing you the must-see arts in and around DC: Our best bets in film, theater, museums, and more!

May 26, 2023

Chris Klimek gives us a preview of "Good Bones," a world premiere play from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames and director Psalmayene 24, now playing at Studio Theater.

May 19, 2023

Can a film be equal parts horrific and hysterical? According to Travis Hopson, Ari Aster is giving it his best shot in "Beau is Afraid." Astor puts Joaquin Phoenix through a surreal, edible rollercoaster in this nightmare comedy.

May 12, 2023

Ever heard of the Black Mozart? Travis Hopson has all the details on "Chevalier," a new film featuring Kelvin Harrison Jr. that brings charm and gravitas to this underappreciated titan of classical music.

May 5, 2023

What better way to celebrate the life and legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock and Roll, than with a jukebox musical? Chris Klimek takes us through "Shout Sister Shout!" at Ford's Theatre.

April 28, 2023

Discover the singular beauty of the National Cathedral as Robert Aubry Davis takes us through the gardens, architecture, and upcoming performances at this historic site of worship.

April 21, 2023

Peter Winant reviews "A Window Suddenly Opens," a new exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden that highlights the fearless artist counterculture in the outskirts of Beijing, China.

April 14, 2023

Tim Gordon praises Teyana Taylor's breakout performance in A.V. Rockwell's gritty debut film, A Thousand and One

April 7, 2023

When does a place become home? That's the driving question behind an exciting play focused on the plight of refugees. Jane Horwitz previews Shakespeare Theatre Company and Woolly Mammoth's co-presentation of "The Jungle."

March 31, 2023

The Kennedy Center is hosting a month-long festival celebrating the world's rivers with music, murals and more. Robert Aubry Davis gives us the scoop on RiverRun.


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