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!

February 23, 2024

Can a young refugee find peace while grappling with her memories of her war-torn country? Tim Gordon praises Cynthia Erivo's moving performance in Drift.

February 16, 2024

At the National Museum of Asian Art's Freer Gallery, an exhibition on James McNeill Whistler looks at the artist's work as a historic preservationist, documenting the changing cityscapes of his time. Robert Aubry Davis bring us into "Whistler: Streetscapes, Urban Change."

February 9, 2024

Tim Gordon reviews The Greatest Night in Pop, a documentary about the making of the charity hit single "We Are The World."

February 2, 2024

America's most recent representative to the Venice Biennale has a powerful exhibition you can experience right now here in D.C.. Peter Winant takes us into the work of Simone Leigh.

January 26, 2024

Tim Gordon raves about Ava DuVernay's powerful new film Origin, featuring an award-worthy performance from Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor.

January 19, 2024

Many of us know Mark Rothko for his stark, yet beautifully colored paintings. But a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, featuring more than 100 of Rothko's works on paper, gives us new insight into his creative process. Robert Aubry Davis takes us into Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper.

January 12, 2024

Zac Efron shines in The Iron Claw, based on the true story of the Von Erich's wrestling dynasty. Travis Hopson reviews this film in which this wrestling family shatters under the weight of professional aspirations and personal demons.


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