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Academic Livens Up Economics With ‘The Great Stagnation’

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By Patrick Corcoran

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New Era for International Justice, Though Verdict Still Out on ICC

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By Luke Jerod Kummer and Anna Gawel

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Tandem Shifts Back to Putin, But Russia’s Problems Unchanged

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By Patrick Corcoran

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State Takes Over for Military in Iraq — And Takes on Its Biggest Test

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By Larry Luxner

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Sameh Shoukry Hails ‘New Egypt,’ But Will Old Habits Die Hard?

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By Larry Luxner

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Ex-Pastor Preaches New Mission: International Religious Tolerance

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By Martin Austermuhle

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Panetta’s Blind Eye Reveals Disappointing Fiscal About-Face

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By Jordan Michael Smith

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Baby Blues: Is It Safe to Take Antidepressants While Pregnant?

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By Gina Shaw

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Gift-Giving Made Easy With The Diplomat’s 2011 Guide

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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To Melt Away Holiday Tension, Treat Yourself to a Spa Treatment

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Horse-Human Bond Strengthens American Indian History

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By Kaitlin Kovach

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Hakimis Embody Afghanistan’s Past Success, Its Future Hope

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By Gail Scott

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Women Artists Found Inspiration in Asia

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By Fresia Cadavid

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Imperial Image Makeover for China’s Dowager Cixi

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Will It Be Sink or Swim For Blacks’ Oyster Palace?

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By Anna Gawel

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Films - December 2011

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Arabic

English


German

Japanese


Silent

Thai

Czech


French


Hebrew

Polish

Spanish


Arabic

Dolphin Boy
(Ha'Dolfin)
Directed by Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir
(Israel, 2011, 72 min.)
A teenage boy from an Arab village in northern Israel suffers severe post-traumatic shock after being brutally beaten by classmates, then slowly recovers with the help of dolphin therapy. (Arabic, French and Hebrew)
Washington DCJCC
Sun., Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m.

Kaddish for a Friend
Directed by Leo Khasin
(Germany, 2011, 94 min.)
A 14-year-old from a Palestinian refugee camp escapes to a new life in Berlin and longs to be accepted by his fellow Arab youths in the public housing project, but instead is forced to seek out the trust and forgiveness of his enemy. (Arabic and German)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 3, 9:15 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., Dec. 4, 8:45 p.m.

Czech

Men in Rut
(Muzi v riji)
Directed by Robert Sedlácek
(Czech Republic, 2009, 120 min.)
Small and big worlds clash in a remote Moravian village — so remote, in fact, that the road ends there — as politicians try to realize their dream of a new highway connecting them to Europe.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

English

Between Two Worlds
Directed by Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow
(U.S., 2011, 70 min.)
Filmed in the U.S. and Israel, this first-person documentary reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus and shows the crackdown on dissent within Israel itself.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m.

Breath Made Visible
Directed by Ruedi Gerber
(U.S./Switzerland, 2009, 80 min.)
This documentary follows the career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who helped redefine the notion of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal and transform at all ages of life.
Embassy of Switzerland
Mon., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol
Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
(U.K./U.S., 1951, 86 min.)
Miserly and mean-tempered, Scrooge is shaken to his core when he is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas past, present and future.
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 17 to 21

A Clockwork Orange
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.K., 1971, 136 min.)
In future Britain, a charismatic delinquent is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem ... but not all goes to plan.
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 9 to 15

David
Directed by Joel Fendelman
(U.S., 2011, 80 minutes)
The 11-year-old son of the Imam of a Brooklyn mosque, Daud, inadvertently befriends a group of Orthodox Jewish boys in the neighboring community, becoming drawn into a complicated dilemma inspired by the best of intentions.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
Washington DCJC)
Sun., Dec. 11, 4:15 p.m.

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Directed by Jim Henson
(U.S./Canada, 1977, 48 min.)
This is the heart-warming story of Ma Otter and her son, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for each other's Christmas presents. In contrast to the typical Muppet style of puppetry, the lovable river animals are portrayed realistically.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 10, 11 a.m.,
Sun. Dec. 11, 11 a.m.

An Encounter with Simone Weil
Directed by Julia Haslett
(U.S./Italy/Sweden, 2010, 85 min.)
The filmmaker's journey to understand the controversial French philosopher and activist Simone Weil (1909-43) reveals a brave young woman willing to die for her convictions. (English and French)
Embassy of Italy
Tue., Dec. 6, 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Fireflies
(Gachliliyot)
Directed by Gili Meisler
(Israel, 2009, 82 min.)
This is a story of two brothers: Giora, the most talked about MIA of the Yom Kippur War, and Gili, the one who has been searching for Giora and himself ever since. (English and Hebrew)
Washington DCJCC
Sun., Dec. 11, 2:15 p.m.

The French Connection
Directed by William Friedkin
(U.S., 1971, 104 min.)
Two tough New York City cops try to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. (English and French)
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 2 to 4

The Great Muppet Caper
Directed by Jim Henson
(U.K., 1981, 95 min.)
This show-stopping musical finds intrepid journalists Kermit and Fozzie heading to London, hot on the trail of the jewel thief who stole the fabulous Baseball diamond from Lady Holiday (Miss Piggy).
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 9 to 14

Hell and Back Again
Directed by Danfung Dennis
(U.S/U.K./Afghanistan, 88 min., 2011)
This documentary set in southern Afghanistan tackles what it's like to lead men into war and what it's like to come home — told through the eyes of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris who suffers a life-threatening injury when his unit is attacked by the Taliban.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Into the Abyss
Directed by Werner Herzog
(Germany/Canada, 2011, 107 min.)
In this documentary, conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry (who died within eight days of appearing on screen) and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people — and a state — kill.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Je T'Aime, I Love You Terminal
Directed by Dani Menkin
(Israel/Czech Republic, 2010, 80 min.)
Ben, a 29-year-old Israeli, finally gets himself on the plane to New York to begin a new life with his girlfriend only to meet the charming, outrageous and somewhat dysfunctional Emma, who always seems to fall for the wrong guys.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Fri., Dec. 9, 10 a.m.

The Kissinger Saga: Walter and Henry, Two Brothers from Fuerth
Directed by Evi Kurz
(Germany, 2008, 87 min.)
"I never give interviews about my personal life," Henry Kissinger told the filmmaker in 2003. Eventually she changed his mind, and the result is this surprisingly revealing story.
Washington DCJCC
Sun., Dec. 4, 11 a.m.

Labyrinth
Directed by Jim Henson
(U.K./U.S., 1986, 101 min.)
While babysitting her brother, a teenage girl inadvertently casts him into the hands of the Goblin King, then tries to rescue him from his labyrinth.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu, Dec. 1, 10:10 p.m.

Melancholia
Directed by Lars von Trier
(Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany, 2011, 136 min.)
Two sisters find their already-strained relationship challenged during a wedding party that turns into a fiasco, with family tensions mounting while a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Muppet Movie
Directed by James Frawley
(U.K./U.S., 1979, 95 min.)
In their first foray onto the silver screen, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet cohorts Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy and the gang sing their way to Hollywood, hoping to make it big.
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 2 to 8

My Week with Marilyn
Directed by Simon Curtis
(U.K., 2011, 120 min)
Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during filming of "The Prince and the Showgirl," while also introducing Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life.
AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark's E Street Cinema

One, Two, Three
Directed by Billy Wilder
(U.S., 1961, 115 min.)
In this Cold War farce of capitalists and communists, James Cagney is in electrifying form as a Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin charged with keeping an eye on his boss's flirtatious daughter, who has eyes for a cute commie.
AFI Silver Theatre
Dec. 17 to 22

Partisans of Vilna
Directed by Aviva Kempner
(U.S., 1986, 130 min.)
This riveting tale of the Vilna Ghetto's Jewish armed resistance explores the struggle to organize under anarchic conditions, and the successes and failures of the movement. (English, Yiddish and Hebrew)
Washington DCJCC
Sat., Dec. 10, 6:15 p.m.

Reuniting the Rubens
Directed by Yoav Factor
(U.K., 2011, 97 min.)
An uptight lawyer finally beginning to relax on a much-needed retirement cruise when his ailing mother emotionally blackmails him into a reunion with his estranged children.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Dec. 8, 9:15 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Mon., Dec. 5, 8:30 p.m.

Shame
Directed by Steve McQueen
(U.K., 2011, 101 min.)
A man's carefully cultivated private life — which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction — is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay, stirring memories of their shared painful past.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Dec. 2

Who Shot My Father? The Story of Joe Alon
Directed by Liora Amir Barmatz
(Israel, 2011, 71 min.)
Three daughters try to uncover the secrets behind the never-solved murder of their father, Col. Joe Alon, the air force attaché at the Israeli Embassy in D.C. who in 1973 returned home from a party with his wife and was shot and killed in front of his Chevy Chase home.
Washington DCJCC
Tue., Dec. 6, 6:15 p.m.

French

Beauty and the Beast
(La Belle et la Bête)
Directed by Jean Cocteau
(France, 1946, 96 min.)
A 17th-century village beauty must surrender to a beast as a sacrifice for her father's error of judgment in Jean Cocteau's fantastical version of the classic fable.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 24, 2 and 4 p.m.

Blood of a Poet
(Le Sang d'un Poète)
Directed by Jean Cocteau
(France, 1930, 55 min.)
This fantasy drama, which begins when an artist's drawing of a mouth comes to life on a statue, is just the first of many strange happenings that comprise the first part of Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy. (Screens with "The Seashell and the Clergyman")
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec.4, 5 p.m.

Donkey Skin
(Peau d'âne)
Directed by Jacques Demy
(France, 1970, 100 min.)
In this musical fairytale, a king agrees to his dying queen's last wish that he should remarry at once, but only to someone more beautiful than she — and only their daughter fits the bill.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 31, 4 p.m.

Le Havre
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland/France/Germany, 2011, 93 min.)
When an African refugee boy arrives by cargo ship in the French port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and takes him in, standing up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Dec. 9

Heartbeats
(Les Amours Imaginaires)
Directed by Xavier Dolan
(Canada, 2010, 95 min.)
Close friends Francis and Marie compete for the attention of Nicolas, a suave, playful and irresistibly hot new arrival in Montreal — and their once-solid friendship becomes unhinged. (French and English)
Letelier Theatre
Thu., Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Orphée
(Orpheus)
Directed by Jean Cocteau
(France, 1950, 95 min.)
Jean Cocteau's take on the Greek myth about the musician, poet and prophet — the second part of his Orphic Trilogy — is a major allegorical work dealing with themes of death and dreams, fantasy and myth, poetry and song.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 31, 2 p.m.

The Seashell and the Clergyman
(La Coquille et le Clergyman)
Directed by Germaine Dulac
(France, 1928, 40 min.)
Obsessed with a military general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism. (Screens with "Blood of a Poet")
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 4, 5 p.m.

German

The African Twin Towers
Directed by Christoph Schlingensief
(Germany, 2006, 71 min.)
This is a documentary about Christoph Schlingensief's last unfinished film, set in Namibia, as the director, diagnosed with cancer, attempts to find the right form of film expression after a decade in theater, performance arts and visual arts.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Dec. 3, 4 p.m.

In Another Lifetime
(Veilleicht In Einem Anderen Leben)
Directed by Elisabeth Scharang
(Austria, 2010, 94 min.)
In this drama set near the end of World War II, a group Hungarian Jews forced into a death march to an Austrian concentration camp hope to win over the locals and ensure their safety, deciding to stage an operetta for the Nazi-sympathizing townspeople.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Dec. 6, 9:15 p.m.

Eichmann's End: Love, Betrayal, Death
(Eichmanns Ende - Liebe, Verrat, Tod)
Directed by Raymond Ley
(Germany/Israel, 2010, 90 min.)
The love affair between Adolph Eichmann's son and the Jewish daughter of a Holocaust survivor leads to Eichmann's discovery in Argentina by the girl's blind father, who recognizes him as the infamous SS lieutenant colonel and turns him over to the Mossad. (German, Hebrew and Spanish with English subtitles)
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

In Heaven Underground
(Im Himmel Unter Der Erde)
Directed by Britta Wauer
(Germany, 2011, 90 min.)
This documentary looks at the largest active Jewish burial ground in Europe — Berlin's Weissensee Jewish Cemetery — which has operated for 130 years continuously under Jewish authority, even during the Nazi regime. (German, Russian and English)
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Washington DCJCC
Tue., Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m.

Incessant Visions — Letters From an Architect
Directed by Duki Dror
(Israel, 2011, 70 min.)
German Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn, a visionary who created striking buildings and became Israel's national architect, is the subject of this documentary. (German and Hebrew)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Dec. 4, 1 p.m.

Mahler on the Couch
Directed by Percy and Felix Adlon
(Austria/Germany, 2010, 100 min.)
The beloved, headstrong wife of legendary composer Gustav Mahler is having an affair with a young architect, so the tormented Mahler tracks down Sigmund Freud in Holland and begs for treatment.
Washington DCJCC
Wed., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Remembrance
(Die Verlorene Zeit)
Directed by Anna Justice
(Germany/Poland/U.S., 2011, 105 min.)
A remarkable love story blossoms in 1944 in the middle of the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland, as a young Polish political prisoner tries to rescue his Jewish lover, who's discovered she is pregnant. (English, German and Polish)
Washington DCJCC
Sun., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Rescuers
Directed by Michael King
(U.S., 2011, 94 min.)
This alternately heart-wrenching and heart-warming film traces the emotional journey of a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who lost 100 members of her family in her country's 1994 genocide.
Washington DCJCC
Sat., Dec. 3, 6:15 p.m.

Terror 2000 – Intensivstation Deutschland
Directed by Christoph Schlingensief
(Germany, 1992, 79 min.)
In the 1988 Gladbeck hostage drama, two fugitive gangsters are unsuccessfully pursued by two detectives as they harass asylum seekers in an East German town, while West German neo-Nazis, a faith healer and local politicians try to take advantage of the situation.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.

United Trash
(a.k.a The Slit)
Directed by Christoph Schlingensief
(W. Germany, 1995/96, 79 min.)
A gay United Nations general rampages among German soldiers at a U.N. camp in Zimbabwe, as his wife gives birth to a black-skinned child who's soon idolized as the Messiah by natives, in this comedy-musical.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Hebrew

Love During Wartime
Directed by Gabriella Bier
(Sweden, 2010, 92 min.)
Jasmin and Assi are newlyweds, but building a life together seems impossible for the Jewish dancer and Muslim artist in this tender, honest Romeo and Juliet story drawn from today's headlines. (Hebrew, Arabic, German and English)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Dec. 10, 9:15 p.m.

Mabul – The Flood
Directed by Guy Nattiv
(Israel/Canada/Germany/France, 2010, 101 min.)
When his autistic brother, locked away for years in an institution, returns to live at home with them right before 13-year-old Yoni's Bar Mitzvah, his already unstable family threatens to crumble.
The Avalon Theatre
Thu., Dec. 1, 7:45 p.m.
American University Greenberg Theatre
Sun., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Restoration
(Boker Tov Adon Fidelman)
Directed by Joseph Madmony
(Israel, 2011, 105 min.)
Seventy year-old Yaakov Fidelman has spent his life restoring antique furniture, but repairing the relationships in his life is far more difficult.
Washington DCJCC
Sat., Dec. 3, 8:45 p.m.

Japanese

Caterpillar
(Kyatapirâ)
Directed by Koji Wakamatsu
(Japan, 2010, 85 min.)
In this scathing look at small-town life in World War II Japan, a soldier returns home to his wife, deaf and missing both arms and legs, but his wife soon discovers that his abusive nature and brutal lust are still intact, despite his ravaged body.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Dec.16, 7 p.m.

United Red Army
(Jitsuroku rengô sekigun: Asama sansô e no michi)
Directed by Koji Wakamatsu
(Japan, 2007, 190 min.)
This docudrama charts the trajectory of Japan's radical left, beginning with the idealistic student movements of the 1960s and then following the rise and collapse of the far-left United Red Army group, which infamously tortured and killed its own members for not properly adhering to Communist doctrine.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec.18, 2 p.m.

Polish

My Australia
(Australia Sheli)
Directed by Ami Drozd
(Israel/Poland, 2011, 100 min.)
Young Tadek and his older brother, both fatherless, spend their days in mid-1960s Poland as part of a neo-Nazi gang that beats up Jews. So their mother Halina, secretly a Holocaust survivor, finally decides to tell the boys that they are, in fact, Jewish and moves the family to Israel. (Polish and Hebrew)
American University Greenberg Theatre

Silent

The Artist
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
(France, 2011, 100 min.)
Set in 1927, silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, as sparks fly with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. (Silent with limited English and French)
AFI Silver Theatre
Opens Sun., Dec. 25
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Dec. 9

Spanish

36 Righteous Men
(Los 36 Justos)
Directed by Daniel Burman
(Argentina, 2010, 67 min.)
Every year, a group of Orthodox Jewish friends from Argentina journeys 2,500 miles to Russia, Ukraine and Poland to visit the graves of the 36 Righteous Men, the Tzadikim, who are said to live on earth to do good anonymously in each generation. (Spanish and English)
Washington DCJCC
Sun., Dec. 11, 12 p.m.

Lope
Directed by Andrucha Waddinton
(Spain/Brazil, 2010, 106 min.)
This spectacular romantic epic explores the life and loves of immortal dramatist and swashbuckling adventurer Lope de Vega — a man ruled by his passions, and more condemned than commended for his eviscerating wit.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Dec. 1, 4:45 p.m.

Thai

Eternity
(Chua fah din salai)
Directed by Sivaroj Kongsakul
(Thailand, 2010, 105 min.)
A forbidden affair becomes a sumptuous tale of a bond so strong that it continues beyond the grave, moving seamlessly from ghost story to love story to a touching coda.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

Salsa Tel Aviv
Directed by Jorge Weller
(Israel, 2011, 100 min.)
A Mexican salsa dancer and poor single mom flies to Israel dressed as a nun to sneak into the country to find the father of her child but instead encounters a young Israeli scientist about to marry his girlfriend. (Spanish and Hebrew)
Washington DCJCC
Sat., Dec. 10, 9:30 p.m.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(Loong Boonmee raleuk chat)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
(Thailand, 2010, 114 min.)
Dying of kidney failure, a man is visited by the ghosts of his wife and son, who help him to prepare for his journey to the afterlife and to remember his previous lives.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Dec. 11, 2 p.m.

   

Events - December 2011

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ART

Dec. 3 to 18
Home for Christmas
Enjoy whimsical and authentic illustrations from the book "Home for Christmas" by Jan Brett, one of America's most beloved and bestselling children's author-illustrators. Special storytelling sessions of the book for families will take place Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18, at noon and 2 p.m.
House of Sweden

Dec. 3 to March 11
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?
In the first U.S. exhibition of Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro — and the third exhibition in the "NOW at the Corcoran" series showcasing emerging and mid-career artists — a gallery-transforming installation draws on American history, literature, pop culture, current affairs and the Corcoran's architecture to explore the symbolism of space exploration and the paradoxes of food consumption.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Dec. 14
Elusive Pioneer of American Documentary Photography
This exhibition examines the work Louise Rosskam, an elusive pioneer of American documentary photography in the 1930 and '40s, including her compelling photographs of Southwest D.C. neighborhoods before their destruction for urban renewal as well as her images of Puerto Rico as it developed from an impoverished U.S. possession to an industrialized commonwealth.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Dec. 14
Inner Piece: Works from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection
This selection of works comes from the private collection of Tony and Heather Podesta, widely known for their respective lobbying firms but are equally well known for being among the country's most prominent contemporary art collectors.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Dec. 14
Wayne Barrar: An Expanding Subterra
New Zealand photographer Wayne Barrar traveled through America, New Zealand, Australia and France seeking the subterranean places in which people live, work, and play — depicting hidden the underground worksites of mines and universities to the surreal domestic world of the subterranean homes in an opal mining town in South Australia.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Dec. 30
The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent's Vision of Spain
Nearly two dozen rare albumen photographs and two albums, with a particular focus on Spanish art and architecture, illustrate the skills of Juan Laurent (1816–86), a preeminent figure in the history of Spanish photography.
National Gallery of Art

Through Dec. 30
Urban_Landscapes
Art from Europe and the United States imagines urban areas with great potential for diversification and transformation, playing with known architecture and structures and how the ideas behind them are often obscured by the viewer's angle.
Embassy of Austria

Through Jan. 1
Wedding Belles
Four gowns belonging to heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and those of her mother and daughters, along with bridesmaid dresses, a royal veil, and a stunning Cartier bag carried by Post's daughter tell the story of 20th-century wedding style through the lens of one of America's most notable and fashionable families.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Jan. 2
Warhol: Headlines
Andy Warhol had a lifelong obsession with the sensational side of contemporary news media, and his source materials for his artwork — headlines from the tabloid news — will be presented for comparison, revealing Warhol's role as both editor and author.
National Gallery of Art

Through Jan. 7
A Celebration of Life
Nigerian artist Stanley Agbontaen's newest body of work includes 23 oil paintings and seven wood block panels featuring richly colored, vibrant scenes that celebrate Nigeria's resilient people, the beauty in their daily rituals, and the energy of their bustling urban centers and marketplaces.
International Visions Gallery

Through Jan. 7
A Song for the Horse Nation
The story of the relationship of Native Americans and horses is one of the great sagas of human contact with the animal world, as evidenced by this array of 122 historic objects, artwork, photographs, songs and personal accounts that tells the story of how the return of horses to the Americas by Christopher Columbus changed everything for Indians.
National Museum of the American Indian

Through Jan. 8
Degas's Dancers at the Barre: Point and Counterpoint
Bringing together about 30 works from some of the world's finest collections, this exhibition traces ballet in Edgar Degas's art from the 1870s to 1900, while also celebrating "Dancers at the Barre" as a crowning achievement in the artist's four-decade career — prompted by discoveries from a recent conservation treatment of the masterpiece, which took 16 years to create.
The Phillips Collection

Through Jan. 8
The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries
The Pastrana Tapestries—among the finest surviving Gothic tapestries—will be on view together for the first time in the U.S. and will showcase the recently restored set of four monumental tapestries that commemorate the conquest of two strategically located cities in Morocco by the king of Portugal, Afonso V (1432–1481).
National Gallery of Art

Through Jan. 15
Andy Warhol: Shadows
Created in the last decade of Andy Warhol's life, "Shadows" comprises 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases featuring distorted photographs of shadows generated in the artist's studio — forms that at once suggest and mock the bravura brushwork of the abstract expressionists.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Jan. 15
CHINA Town: Contemporary Ceramic Painting from Jingdezhen
This unprecedented exhibition of porcelain art — the sixth in a series of exhibits organized over the last decade by the Meridian Center's Art for Cultural Diplomacy program with Chinese partners — highlights objects from Jingdezhen, a city of 1.6 million people that has produced the finest Chinese porcelain for more than 1,000 years, especially the world-renowned blue and white decorative motifs.
Meridian International Center

Through Jan. 15
Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible
Marking its 400th anniversary this year, the 1611 King James Bible still echoes in books, movies, songs, speeches and sermons today. But who translated it? The Folger Shakespeare Library and University of Oxford draw on their deep resources to uncover the little-known story of one of the most widely read books in the history of the English language.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Jan. 15
Visions of the Orient: Western Women Artists in Asia 1900–1940
"Visions of the Orient" features 125 prints and paintings by four female Western artists exploring Asian cultures between 1900 and 1940, all of whom trained as painters but, while living in Japan, also designed woodblock prints.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Jan. 22
Contemporary Art from Chile
In this dual exhibition, "Traveling Light" features five contemporary Chilean artists who've installed site-specific work at the museum, while "Common Place" highlights the evolving subordinate relationship between Latin American housekeepers and their housewife employers.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through Jan. 29
Power/Play: China's Empress Dowager
Following China's disastrous Boxer Rebellion, the Grand Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) used photographic portraiture to rehabilitate her public image, allowing a young aristocratic photographer to take elaborately staged shots of her and her court. As the only photographic series taken of the supreme leader of China for more than 45 years, these images represents a unique convergence of Qing court pictorial traditions, modern photography and Western standards of artistic portraiture.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Feb. 3
New Visions: A Selection of the Latest Acquisitions from the IDB Art Collection, 2008–2011
The Inter-American Development Bank's art collection comprises 1,722 artworks that include paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper, ceramics and handcrafted objects. These works showcase the region's creativity and highlight the achievements of its distinguished artists.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Through Feb. 3
On the Lakeshore... and Other Stories
Photographer Iris Janke's work treads a fine line between reflection and intuition, between control and chance, as she records her daily experiences in a visual diary from which she selects the images that have the strongest narrative power.
Goethe-Institut

Through Feb. 4
Conversación: Photo Works by Muriel Hasbun and Pablo Ortiz Monasterio
In conjunction with FotoWeek DC, this exhibition represents a yearlong collaboration between two artists, one from Mexico and one in D.C., whereby a single photograph was sent by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio as a digital file to Muriel Hasbun, who replied by sending back one of her own. This exchange went on for months, the results of which reveal how photography can probe the possibilities of cultural and visual exchange in a digital age.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Feb. 10
Forces of Nature
Investigating the intricacies of land and sea, flora and fauna, 13 acclaimed Australian artists specializing in jewelry and small sculpture reflect on the complex relationship between contemporary Australia and its unique natural environment.
Embassy of Australia

Through Feb. 12
30 Americans
Provocative and confrontational, this exhibition showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades, focusing on issues of racial, sexual and historical identity and exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy across generations.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Feb. 12
Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa
Ingeniously woven from palm fiber, Central African textiles distinguished the wealthy and powerful. Woven art from the Kuba kingdom in particular makes playful use of a language of over 200 patterns. "Weaving Abstraction is the most comprehensive exploration of this art form to date in the U.S., with 150 objects ranging from small, exquisite baskets to monumental skirts.
The Textile Museum

Through March 4
Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
This international exhibit features more than 148 objects used in a range of ritual contexts, with genres as varied and complex as the vast region of Central Nigeria, that demonstrate how the history of the area can be "unmasked" through the dynamic interrelationships of its peoples and their arts.
National Museum of African Art

Through March 4
Harry Callahan at 100
Celebrate the centenary of the birth of Harry Callahan (1912–99), one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century, with some 100 photographs that explores all facets of Callahan's art.
National Gallery of Art

Through March 24
The Wild Horses of Sable Island
Photographer Roberto Dutesco reveals the fascinating beauty of a fragile sliver of sand more than 100 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. Sable Island, known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," is the site of more than 475 shipwrecks since the 17th century. Yet the barren, windswept island is also home to more than 400 wild horses, abandoned there by sailors long ago — a feral herd that has managed to thrive in an unforgiving environment.
Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

Through April 8
Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
This exhibition is the first in the United States devoted to the Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi (c. 1455–1528), known as Antico for his expertise in classical antiquity.
National Gallery of Art

CELEBRATIONS

Sat., Dec. 3, 7 to 10:30 p.m.
CentroNía's 25th Birthday Bash
CentroNía celebrates 25 years of progress with a special tribute to its founder, Beatriz "BB" Otero, whose vision drives CentroNía in educating and guiding more than 2,500 children and families across the D.C. area, with this lavish evening featuring dinner, live music, and a live and silent auction of fine handicrafts by local artists. For information, contact Francis Keller at (202) 332-4200 ext. 1091 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
American University Katzen Arts Center

Sat., Dec. 3, 4 to 8 p.m.
Holidays through History!
Visit the cherished past at Tudor Place, Anderson House, Dumbarton House and the Woodrow Wilson House as all four D.C. landmarks jointly throw open their doors for a holiday open house where guests can stroll the historic rooms, delight in period decorations and music that reflects holiday traditions from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties, and sample seasonal treats and crafts projects. Tickets for adults are $10 and $5 for children.
Various locations

Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Swedish Christmas Bazaar
Experience a typical Swedish "julmarknad" with vendors, food, music and the traditional Santa Lucia procession. Highlights include a market to purchase holiday gifts, a children's activity room with Swedish crafts, Swedish Café with home-baked goods and traditional delicacies, as well as holiday carols and songs performed by children from the Swedish school.
House of Sweden

Through Dec. 4
Seventh Annual Flamenco Festival at GALA
"Fuego Flamenco VII" is an exploration of the diversity and depth of flamenco and its contemporary expressions; this year's attractions include a U.S. premiere with the sultry Ana González appearing with José Barrios and Company from Madrid, as well as a world premiere by the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company from D.C. that features only male flamenco dancers from Spain and the U.S. For information, visit www.galatheatre.org.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

DANCE

Dec. 8 to 11
American Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Magical toy soldiers, shimmering snowflakes, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world descend on the Kennedy Center for the D.C. premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's "The Nutcracker." Tickets are $45 to $150.
Kennedy Center Opera House


DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101
The French Embassy's monthly "Wine Tasting 101" soirées — with veteran wine journalist Claire Morin-Gibourg — explore the regions and vineyards in France, as well as tasting techniques. This month's tasting features cognacs from the Hennessy Cognac distillery. Tickets are $75.
La Maison Française

Thu., Dec. 8, 12 p.m.
Ambassador Johnnie Carson
Ambassador Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for the State Department Bureau of African Affairs, headlines the program "Forty Years of Dedication to Africa: A Dialogue with Ambassador Johnnie Carson."
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building

Thu., Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
"The Quest for an Elusive Continental Ideal
Ricardo V. Luna, former ambassador of Peru to the United States, talk abouts the efforts of thinkers and leaders from North America and Latin America to develop a definition of a single Western culture across the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building

Thu., Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.
The Mexican Table
The Mexican Table Cooking Series concludes 2011 with a session on the history behind the piñata tradition while savoring the treasured meal of pozole in its many variations with renowned chef Patricia Jinich. Tickets are $70.
Mexican Cultural Institute


MUSIC

Dec. 1 to 3, 7:30 p.m.
A Luxembourg Christmas
Toast the holidays with an array of classical, popular and Christmas music performed by chamber music groups, pianists, singers, carolers and more. Champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a buffet dinner accompany this spirited concert hosted by the Embassy Series. Tickets are $125; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Luxembourg

Sat., Dec. 3, 2 & 8 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 4, 2 p.m.
Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo
PostClassical Ensemble presents a new production of Falla's demonic flamenco masterpiece starting the legendary flamenco cantaora Esperanza Fernández in her D.C. debut. Tickets are $25.
Georgetown University
Davis Performing Arts Center

Sun., Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Mathieu Dufour, Flute
Praised as "a marvel" by the Chicago Sun-Times, French flutist Mathieu Dufour has a pure sound and flawless technique that helped to make him one of the youngest principal flutists with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $25.
La Maison Française

Fri., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Matei Varga, Piano
With his smoldering intensity and intellectual interpretations, young Romanian-born pianist Matei Varga has already performed as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist at major venues in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Jerusalem. Tickets are $100, including Romanian buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Romanian Residence

Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 11, 3 p.m.
National Philharmonic: Handel's Messiah
World-class soloists join the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale to usher in the holidays with Handel's 1741 masterpiece, the most-performed and beloved work in all of Western choral music. Please call for ticket information.
Music Center at Strathmore

Thu., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
Capturing the enchantment and joy of the holiday season, the Vienna Bys Choir has for 500 years been synonymous with fine choral music by some of Europe's greatest composers. Tickets are $32, $40 or $48.
George Mason University
Hylton Performing Arts Center

Fri., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Efe Baltacigil, Cello
Amy Yang, Piano
Turkish cellist Efe Baltacıgil was acclaimed by audiences and critics alike in 2005 when he and pianist Emanuel Ax performed Beethoven's "Cello Sonata No.1" at a Philadelphia Orchestra concert with only 10 minutes of rehearsal when a winter snowstorm prevented most of the orchestra from reaching the concert hall. After that performance, the Philadelphia Inquirer presciently wrote that Baltacigil's "gorgeous sound, strong personality, and expressive depth suggest an artist about to have a major career." Tickets are $150, including Turkish reception and dinner; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Turkish Residence

Sun., Dec. 18, 4 p.m.
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano: Fiesta Navidad
The Grammy-winning ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos, formed nearly 50 years ago, brings a festive, joyful holiday sound that celebrates the cultural traditions of Mexico. Tickets are $23, $38 or $46.
George Mason University Center for the Arts

THEATER

Through Dec. 4
Krapp's Last Tape
Alone on his 69th birthday, a man prepares for his own "party" of sorts, surrounded by volume after volume of a life on tape, but what he hears from his 39-year-old self may irrevocably change his future in Samuel Beckett's haunting play starring John Hurt. Please call for ticket information.
The Shakespeare Theatre

Dec. 6 to Jan. 8
Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies
Woolly Mammoth artists flew to Chicago to work with the Second City's comedians in this unprecedented collaboration. Their mission? Bring back the most gleeful anti-holiday celebration of doom ever — a mind-bending and hilarious new show exploring the twists of fate that propel our universe. Tickets start at $30.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through Dec. 11
The Golden Dragon
Five actors cross age, race and gender to play 15 characters in this vicious yet poetic investigation of how intertwined our globalized lives really are, by one of Germany's most innovative and adventurous writers. Tickets are $35 to $69.
The Studio Theatre

Dec. 13 to Jan. 15
Billy Elliot the Musical
In this Tony-winning musical with heart and humor, Billy stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising talent for dance that inspires his family and his whole community, changing his life forever. Tickets are $25 to $150.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Through Dec. 18
The Madman and the Nun
The Ambassador Theater presents "The Madman and the Nun or, There is Nothing Bad Which Could Not Turn into Something Worse" by Polish playwright Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz — set entirely in one cell of a lunatic asylum, where the madman of the title, poet Alexander Walpurg, becomes part of a scientific experiment lead by Dr. Grun and his Freudian preconception of curing the patient with the help of Sister Anna. Tickets are $30.
Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

Through Dec. 23
Romeo and Juliet
Synetic Theater's "Speak No More" – The Silent Shakespeare Festival concludes with the Bard's tragic story of love, passion and timelessness, all made stunningly physical through the lyrical choreography and movement of Synetic's performers. Tickets are $45 to $55.
Synetic Theater at Crystal City

Through Dec. 31
A Christmas Carol
Join the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge — played by renowned Washington stage actor Edward Gero — on a journey of transformation and redemption in this music-infused production that captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic.
Ford's Theatre

Through Dec. 31
Pride and Prejudice
The willful, witty Elizabeth is taunted and tantalized by the disciplined, dashing Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen's classic world of desperate spinsters, determined bachelors, nosy neighbors, embarrassing relatives, and a smarmy cad or two. Tickets are $26 to $61.
Round House Theatre Bethesda

Through Jan. 1
Equivocation
In 1605 London, the worlds of King James and the Gunpowder Plot collide with William Shakespeare and his renowned theatrical troupe as the Bard, commissioned to create a calculated piece of propaganda, must find a way to please the king while avoiding the gallows in this cat-and-mouse game of politics and art. Please call for ticket details.
Arena Stage

Through Jan. 1
Much Ado About Nothing
Everyone can see that Benedick and Beatrice are meant for each other except Benedick and Beatrice in one of the Bard's most romantic comedies ever written. Please call for ticket information.
The Shakespeare Theatre

Through Jan. 1
You, Nero
As Rome collapses beneath Nero's outrageous narcissism, a forgotten playwright tries to restore order by trying to convince the world's most famous debaucher to choose virtue over vice. Please call for ticket details.
Arena Stage

Through Jan. 7
Jersey Boys
This Tony and Grammy Award-winning production is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Tickets start at $66.50.
National Theatre

Through Jan. 29
Hairspray
In 1960s Baltimore, Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, wins a spot on the local TV dance program and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity in the Broadway sensation "Hairspray." Tickets start at $63.
Signature Theatre

 

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