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WETA Arts

WETA Arts, a local program from WETA, celebrates the visual and performing arts in the DC area. This magazine-style program presents a variety of stories, profiles, and discussions, introducing emerging and established artists alike.

WETA Arts April 2024

28m 52s

Felicia Curry chats with Simon Godwin, artistic director of D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company. Also, meet Estela Vélez de Paredez, a veterans law judge by day and flamenco dancer by night. And, go behind the scenes for a day in the life of a D.C.-area performer, as WETA Arts host Felicia Curry prepares for a cabaret performance in Alexandria, VA.

Episodes

  • WETA Arts April 2024: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WETA Arts April 2024

    S11 E7 - 28m 52s

    Felicia Curry chats with Simon Godwin, artistic director of D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company. Also, meet Estela Vélez de Paredez, a veterans law judge by day and flamenco dancer by night. And, go behind the scenes for a day in the life of a D.C.-area performer, as WETA Arts host Felicia Curry prepares for a cabaret performance in Alexandria, VA.

  • WETA Arts March 2024: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WETA Arts March 2024

    S11 E6 - 27m 30s

    The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the first museum in the world solely dedicated to championing woman artists, has reopened its doors to the public after two years of renovations. Viewers also meet Seán Heely, a Virginia-based fiddle player who keeps the tradition of Scottish Celtic music alive. Plus, learn about Washington Women in Jazz with founder Amy Bormet.

  • WETA Arts February 2024: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WETA Arts February 2024

    S11 E5 - 28m 57s

    Host Felicia Curry interviews mezzo-soprano superstar Denyce Graves, whose foundation works to promote equity and inclusion in American classical vocal arts. Viewers also meet Kat Arias, a professional choreographer/instructor for the Latin dance style bachata. Plus, a special segment about Alma Thomas, the influential D.C. artist and educator.

  • WETA Arts December 2023: Songs of the Season: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WETA Arts December 2023: Songs of the Season

    S11 E4 - 58m 59s

    WETA Arts presents the fourth year of Songs of the Season, a spirited holiday music special featuring choral groups from all around the D.C. area. Conceived in 2020 to celebrate choral music during the pandemic, Songs of the Season has become a WETA holiday tradition. This year’s special showcases 19 talented choral groups from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

  • WETA Arts November 2023: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WETA Arts November 2023

    S11 E3 - 28m 29s

    November’s episode presents Grammy-award winning record label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, releasing an unusual album of electronic music. The Washington School of Ballet’s Miya Hisaka directs ballet classes for all adults. And, host Felicia Curry interviews Tammy Call, the Director of the National Museum of the United States Army, who discusses the museum’s history, mission and vision.

  • WETA Arts October 2023: Music, Art, and Live Performances: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WETA Arts October 2023: Music, Art, and Live Performances

    S11 E2 - 28m 59s

    October’s episode introduces Grammy-winning folk music duo Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink and All Wigged Out, their concert film about Marxer’s experience with breast cancer. Arlington-based street photographer Ashley Tillery takes viewers on a photo shoot, and host Felicia Curry gets a tour of the 9:30 Club with club owner and independent concert promoter Seth Hurwitz.

  • WETA Arts September 2023: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    WETA Arts September 2023

    S11 E1 - 28m 26s

    WETA Arts and host Felicia Curry are back! This month, experience the power of words at the Spoken Word to Go-Go finals, learn about Chelsea Ritter-Soronen’s transformative street art with ChalkR!ot in Silver Spring, and explore how Woolly Mammoth’s artistic director Maria Manuela Goyanes navigates the challenge of upholding the theater’s legacy while continuing to push artistic boundaries.

Extras + Features

  • Go Behind the Scenes at Shakespeare Theatre Company with Artistic Director Simon Godwin: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Go Behind the Scenes at Shakespeare Theatre Company with Artistic Director Simon Godwin

    S11 E7 - 8m 55s

    Felicia Curry sits down with Artistic Director Simon Godwin for an exclusive look at the renowned Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC). From its humble beginnings at the Folger Shakespeare Library to its current status as a cornerstone of American theater, STC has captured the imagination of audiences with its innovative productions of Shakespearean classics.

  • A Day in the Life of Stage Performer Felicia Curry: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    A Day in the Life of Stage Performer Felicia Curry

    S11 E7 - 11m 27s

    Go behind the scenes for a day in the life of a D.C.-area performer, as WETA Arts host Felicia Curry prepares for a cabaret performance in Alexandria, VA, "Beyond the Lights: Discovering Sammy Davis, Jr." Leading up to the show, Felicia rehearses alongside her friend Aaron Reeder. She also looks back on how she got started in theater, from her early days in New Jersey to her career in Washington.

  • Judge Estela Vélez de Paredez Found Her Calling in Flamenco Dance: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Judge Estela Vélez de Paredez Found Her Calling in Flamenco Dance

    S11 E7 - 6m 48s

    Felicia Curry sits down with Estela Vélez de Paredez, a veterans law judge who is also the artistic director of Furia Flamenca Dance Company. In the interview, they explore Vélez de Paredez's personal journey and the origins and essence of flamenco, a mesmerizing music and dance form that originated in southern Spain and now enchants audiences worldwide.

  • Preview: WETA Arts April 2024: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: WETA Arts April 2024

    S11 E7 - 30s

    Felicia Curry chats with Simon Godwin, artistic director of D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company. Also, meet Estela Vélez de Paredez, a veterans law judge by day and flamenco dancer by night. And, go behind the scenes for a day in the life of a D.C.-area performer, as WETA Arts host Felicia Curry prepares for a cabaret performance in Alexandria, VA.

  • Explore Celtic Music with Musician Seán Heely: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Explore Celtic Music with Musician Seán Heely

    S11 E6 - 8m 59s

    WETA Arts delves into the celebration of Celtic culture, particularly focusing on Scottish traditions as preserved by Seán Heely, a dedicated Celtic musician. Heely explains the differences between Irish folk music and Scottish folk music while emphasizing the importance of preserving traditional music and language.

  • Preview: WETA Arts March 2024: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: WETA Arts March 2024

    S11 E6 - 30s

    The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the first museum in the world solely dedicated to championing woman artists, has reopened its doors to the public after two years of renovations. Viewers also meet Seán Heely, a Virginia-based fiddle player who keeps the tradition of Scottish Celtic music alive. Plus, learn about Washington Women in Jazz with founder Amy Bormet.

  • Meet DC Jazz Musician Amy Bormet: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Meet DC Jazz Musician Amy Bormet

    S11 E6 - 8m 42s

    Pianist Amy Bormet founded the Washington Women in Jazz Festival to promote women musicians in a traditionally male-dominated field. Through performances, workshops, and collaborations, Bormet and other female jazz musicians strive to empower and inspire the next generation of jazz artists while fostering a sense of community and activism in the nation's capital.

  • The Newly-Renovated National Museum of Women in the Arts: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Newly-Renovated National Museum of Women in the Arts

    S11 E6 - 7m 47s

    Felicia Curry explores the renovation and grand reopening of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). The overhauled space now allows for more flexibility in displaying previously undisplayable works, and the museum offers all new exhibits created from a wide variety of materials.

  • Kat Arias Shares the Essence of Bachata: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Kat Arias Shares the Essence of Bachata

    S11 E5 - 10m 1s

    Kat Arias, owner and director of the Ferocity Dance Company in Falls Church, VA, shares her insights into the essence of bachata. Originating in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s, bachata has become a global phenomenon, challenging the norms and bringing communities together through its distinctive steps and passionate beats.

  • Denyce Graves is Expanding Access to Opera: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Denyce Graves is Expanding Access to Opera

    S11 E5 - 9m 14s

    WETA Arts host Felicia Curry interviews mezzo-soprano opera superstar Denyce Graves. In this engaging conversation, Curry explores Graves' early exposure to music in Southwest D.C. and the transformative moment at the Duke Ellington School that sparked her love for opera. From her debut in Bizet's "Carmen" to gracing stages worldwide, Graves' career has been nothing short of extraordinary.

  • Explore the Remarkable Life and Career of Artist Alma Thomas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Explore the Remarkable Life and Career of Artist Alma Thomas

    S11 E5 - 7m 53s

    WETA Arts explores the remarkable life and career of Alma Thomas, a black Washington-based artist whose works have garnered acclaim in major museums nationwide. From overcoming racial barriers to challenging the subordinate role assigned to women artists in the early 20th century, Alma Thomas's journey is a testament to resilience and artistic brilliance.

  • Preview: WETA Arts February 2024: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Preview: WETA Arts February 2024

    S11 E5 - 30s

    Host Felicia Curry interviews mezzo-soprano superstar Denyce Graves, whose foundation works to promote equity and inclusion in American classical vocal arts. Viewers also meet Kat Arias, a professional choreographer/instructor for the Latin dance style bachata. Plus, a special segment about Alma Thomas, the influential D.C. artist and educator.

Schedule

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    WETA Arts

    WETA Arts April

    Saturday
    Apr 20

    30 Minutes

    All-local arts and culture series features four short stories showcasing the creative arts scene in the Greater Washington area, with an emphasis on the artists and makers themselves. Hosted by Felicia Curry.
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    WETA Arts: TVSS: Staple

    WETA Arts

    WETA Arts April

    Tuesday
    Apr 23

    30 Minutes

    All-local arts and culture series features four short stories showcasing the creative arts scene in the Greater Washington area, with an emphasis on the artists and makers themselves. Hosted by Felicia Curry.
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    WETA Arts: TVSS: Staple

    WETA Arts

    WETA Arts April

    Monday
    Apr 29

    30 Minutes

    All-local arts and culture series features four short stories showcasing the creative arts scene in the Greater Washington area, with an emphasis on the artists and makers themselves. Hosted by Felicia Curry.
  • Image
    WETA Arts: TVSS: Staple

    WETA Arts

    WETA Arts April

    Monday
    Apr 29

    30 Minutes

    All-local arts and culture series features four short stories showcasing the creative arts scene in the Greater Washington area, with an emphasis on the artists and makers themselves. Hosted by Felicia Curry.
  • Image
    WETA Arts: TVSS: Staple

    WETA Arts

    WETA Arts April

    Tuesday
    Apr 30

    30 Minutes

    All-local arts and culture series features four short stories showcasing the creative arts scene in the Greater Washington area, with an emphasis on the artists and makers themselves. Hosted by Felicia Curry.
  • Image
    WETA Arts: TVSS: Staple

    WETA Arts

    WETA Arts April

    Tuesday
    Apr 30

    30 Minutes

    All-local arts and culture series features four short stories showcasing the creative arts scene in the Greater Washington area, with an emphasis on the artists and makers themselves. Hosted by Felicia Curry.

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