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As French, U.S. Elections Loom,
Envoy Lauds 'Win-Win' Relations

a5.france.delattre.homeFrance's increased profile on the world stage has been championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy, never one to shy away from the international limelight. But now Sarkozy finds himself in a different battle as he fights to keep his job in an election that will very much shape France's future trajectory. Read More


People of World Influence

At 50, Peace Corps Refines Its
Mission But Retains Popularity

a1.powi.williams.homeAs the Peace Corps approached its 50th anniversary last year, Director Aaron S. Williams, a former volunteer himself, had the agency take a long, hard look at itself. Read More


Politics

In GOP Race to the White House,
Is Foreign Policy Mere Spectator?

a2.gop.gun.homeSince 9/11, foreign policy and national security chops have ranked among the top criteria for candidates in every presidential primary and general election — until now, that is. Read More


Diplomacy

U.S. Embassy Building Boom
Fortifies Diplomacy Abroad

a3.embassy.homeIn recent years, the State Department has worked to balance a boom in embassy construction, spurred by tougher new security requirements, with a movement to design more eco-friendly — and people-friendly — facilities. Read More


Defense

Obama's Defense Cuts Send
Ripples Beyond U.S. Shores

a4.defense.homeAs plans move forward to slash Pentagon spending and revamp America's global security posture, U.S. allies are worried that their defense relationships and lucrative arms agreements hang in the balance. Read More


Diplomacy

Embassies Pledge to Go Green
As Part of D.C. Sustainability Push

a6.dutch.mayor.homeGoing green is the way to go nowadays, and in this spirit of sustainability, dozens of embassies are teaming up with the D.C. government and pledging to help make Washington the greenest city in the country. Read More


Medical

Researchers Say Some Women
Osteoporosis Screening

a7.medical.osteo.homeMost older women assume they need a bone density scan every year or so to avoid osteoporosis, but research is showing that doctors may be going way overboard with osteoporosis testing. Read More


 

At 50, Peace Corps Refines Its Mission But Retains Popularity

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In GOP Race to the White House, Is Foreign Policy Mere Spectator?

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America’s Embassy Building Boom Fortifies Diplomacy, Security Abroad

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Obama’s Defense Cuts Send Ripples Beyond U.S. Shores

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As French, U.S. Elections Loom, Envoy Lauds ‘Win-Win’ Relations

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Embassies Pledge to Go Green As Part of D.C. Sustainability Push

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Researchers Say Some Women Overdoing Osteoporosis Screening

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Individually Tailored Hotels Suit Range of Traveler Types

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Redecorating for a Good Cause In DC Design House Challenge

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‘A Thousand and One Faces’ Profiles Mexican Expression

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By Michael Coleman

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Embassy of Kazakhstan Scores With Table Tennis

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By Larry Luxner

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Camera-Canvas Crossover Reveals Picture of Inspiration

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By Gary Tischler

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Contemporary Artists Peel Back Layers of Uruguay’s Success

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By Rachael Bade

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Picasso’s Sketches Forged His Pioneering Movements

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By Kaitlin Kovach

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The Federalist Harkens Back To Different Time — Sometimes

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Long-Lost New Zealand Dad Must Live Up to Michael Jackson

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Filmfest DC Still Going Strong After 26 Years

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Films -April 2012

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Languages

Arabic

Basque


Danish

English


Farsi
French
German
Greek

Hebrew

Silent


Indonesian

Spanish


Italian

Swedish

Japanese

Swiss-German

Korean

Turkish

Malayalam
Russian

Seediq

 

Arabic

5 Broken Cameras
Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy David
(Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands, 2011, 90 min.)
A farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil'in becomes the peaceful archivist of an escalating struggle as olive trees are bulldozed, lives are lost, and a wall is built to segregate burgeoning Israeli settlements. (Filmfest DC; Arabic and Hebrew)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., April 14, 3:15 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.

Basque

Happy New Year, Grandma!
Directed by Telmo Esnal

(Spain, 2011, 107 min.)
In this hilarious black comedy, a harried and highly strung Basque woman becomes exhausted by the demands of her elderly mother. (Filmfest DC)
Goethe-Institut

Sun., April 15, 7 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 8:30 p.m.

Danish

Blood in the Mobile
Directed by Frank Poulsen
(Denmark, 2010, 82 min.)
The mineral cassiterite is used in virtually every mobile handset on the planet, but companies that make these devices closely guard their supply chains, allowing rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to benefit from ore mined by children in despicable conditions. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Wed., April 18, 8:45 p.m.

Naval Heritage Center
Fri., April 20, 6:30 p.m.

English

55 Days at Peking
Directed by Nicholas Ray
(U.S., 1963, 154 min.)
Massive sets built in Spain recreated 1900 Beijing, when the trade delegations ("foreign devils") of Great Britain, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. banded together to withstand the Boxer Rebellion.
AFI Silver Theatre

April 7 to 10

Better Mus' Come
Directed by Storm Saulter
(Jamaica, 2010, 105 min.)
Writer-director Storm Saulter brings a lively visual style to this urban love story inspired by Jamaica's political turmoil in the 1970s. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
Fri., April 13, 9 p.m.,

Sat., April 14, 9 p.m.

Bitter Victory
Directed by Nicholas Ray
(U.S., 1957, 102 min.)
In WWII North Africa, British army captain Richard Burton and major Curt Jürgens are battling not only each other, but also for the affections of Jürgens's wife, the woman they both love.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 1, 1 p.m.,

Mon., April 2, 7 p.m.

Boy
Directed by Taika Watiti

(New Zealand, 2010, 90 min.)
Eleven year-old Boy is a high-spirited adolescent obsessed with American pop culture — especially Michael Jackson — and prone to particularly vivid fantasies about his long-absent father.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle
Directed by Pascale Obolo
(Trinidad and Tobago, 2009, 85 min.)
This biography follows the legendary "Queen of Calypso" around the world as she traces her roots from her hometown in Tobago and Trinidad to Paris, where she records a new album, and to Africa to learn about her great-grandmother. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
Wed., April 18, 6:30 p.m.,

Thu., April 19, 6:30 p.m.

The Deep Blue Sea
Directed by Terence Davies
(U.S./U.K., 2011, 98 min.)
The privileged wife of a British judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with an ex-Royal Air Force pilot.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Hunter
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
(Australia, 2011, 101 min.)
A skilled and ruthless mercenary from Europe is sent to the rugged, mysterious Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., April 6

The Island President
Directed by Jon Shenk
(U.S., 2011, 101 min.)
This documentary looks at the tiny islands of the Maldives and the country's first democratically elected president (recently ousted in a coup), Mohamed Nasheed, as he fights to sound the alarm about climate change. (Filmfest DC; English and Dhivehi)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., April 15, 2 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 6:15 p.m.

King of Kings
Directed by Nicholas Ray
(U.S., 1961, 168 min.)
Jokingly nicknamed "I WAS A TEENAGE JESUS" at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray's uniquely realistic retelling of the life of Jesus Christ has aged far better than many other biblical epics in vogue at the time.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 8, 3 p.m.,
Thu., April 12, 7 p.m.

The Lady
Directed by Luc Besson
(France/U.S., 2011, 127 min.)
Michelle Yeoh stars in the story of Aung San Suu Kyi, as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. (English and Burmese)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., April 13

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
(U.K., 1947, 108 min.)
His father dead and prospects dim, young Nicholas Nickleby must rely on his wealthy but wicked Uncle Ralph in this gritty depiction of Victorian life.
AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., April 2, 4:45 p.m.,
Tue., April 3, 9:05 p.m.

The Pickwick Papers
Directed by Noel Langley
(U.K., 1952, 109 min.)
Noel Langley's film adaptation of Charles Dickens's charmingly episodic first novel on the misadventures of the Pickwick Club and their travels around England is full of wit, warmth and comedy.
AFI Silver Theatre

April 1 to 4

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Directed by Lasse Hallström
(U.S., 2012, 111 min.)
A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, so he enlists the help of a British fisheries expert and overzealous press secretary to bring the sport to the not-so-fish-friendly desert.
AFI Silver Theatre
Through April 5

A Tale of Two Cities
Directed by Ralph Thomas
(U.K., 1958, 117 min.)
Dashing Dirk Bogarde assays the Sydney Carton role in this underrated screen adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic that boasts formidable villains.
AFI Silver Theatre
April 7 to 9

Farsi

Facing Mirrors
Directed by Negar Azarbayjani
(Iran, 2011, 102 min.)
In the contemporary Tehran of this character-driven drama, a hidebound wife surreptitiously driving her jailed husband's taxi clocks the fare of her life in a rich pre-op transsexual on the run from an impending arranged marriage. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center

Sat., April 14, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 2:15 p.m.

French

17 Girls
(17 filles)
Directed by Delphine and Muriel Coulin
(France, 2011, 90 min.)
In a sleepy seaside town in Brittany, popular high schooler Camille finds herself pregnant and soon all her followers decide that they, too, must become with child. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Sat., April 14, 6:30 p.m.,
Sun., April 15, 7 p.m.

38 Witnesses
Directed by Lucas Belvaux
(France, 2012, 104 min.)
Louise returns home to Le Havre to discover that a woman was brutally murdered in front of her building — and although 38 neighbors were in the building at the time of the murder, no one heard or saw anything. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 13, 6:30 p.m.,
Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.

The Bride Wore Black
(La mariée était en noir)
Directed by François Truffaut

(France/Italy, 1968, 107 min.)
In this exciting mix of taut suspense and terse black comedy, Jeanne Moreau tracks down and extracts vengeance on the five salauds who killed her husband on their wedding day.
AFI Silver Theatre
April 4 to 9

Delicacy
(La délicatesse)
Directed by David and Stéphane Foenkinos
(France, 2011, 108 min.)
Audrey Tautou is a widowed Parisian business executive who throws herself into her work until one day, inexplicably, her zest for life and love is rekindled by an unlikely source, her seemingly unexceptional, gauche office subordinate.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Free Men
Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi

(France, 2011, 99 min.)
In the German-occupied Paris of 1942, an Algerian émigré who loses his factory job is drawn into the French Resistance by way of an activist cousin, undercover mosque worker, and hedonistic traditional Algerian singer. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., April 14, 9 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 5:15 p.m.

The Giants
Directed by Bouli Lanners

(Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2011, 84 min.)
A 15-year-old boy and his younger brother are left at their late grandfather's rickety country cottage with nothing more than an endless summer ahead of them, devising alarming ways to amuse themselves. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center

Sun., April 15, 7 p.m.,

Wed., April 18, 8:30 p.m.

The Kid with a Bike
(Le Gamin au Velo)
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
(Belgium/France/Italy, 2011, 87 min.)
A 12-year-old has only one plan: find the father who temporarily left him in a children's home. Along the way though, he becomes the ward of a kind hairdresser who seems surprised to find herself so determined to help him.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Holidays by the Sea
Directed by Pascal Rabate
(France, 2011, 77 min.)
At a beach resort during the offseason, the comic adventures of various hearty holidaymakers result in a silly symphony of slapstick situations. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Thu., April 19, 6:30 p.m.,
Sat., April 21, 7:15 p.m.

Maryse Condé, une voix singulière
Directed by Jérôme Sesquin

(France/Guadeloupe, 2011, 52 min.)
This documentary retraces the life of celebrated Guadeloupe-born author Maryse Condé, who published more than over a dozen novels exploring the relationships between African peoples and the Diaspora.
La Maison Française
Thur., April 3, 7 p.m.

Monsieur Lazhar
Directed by Phillipe Falardeau
(Canada, 2011, 94 min.)
Following the death of a beloved teacher in the very classroom where she coached her ethnically diverse 11- and 12-year-old charges, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant materializes as if from nowhere to assume the teaching duties. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 13, 8:45 p.m.,
Tue., April 17, 8:45 p.m.

The Sea Wall
(Un barrage contre le Pacifique)
Directed by Rithy Panh

(France/Cambodia/Belgium, 2008, 115 min.)
In 1931 Indochina, a mother — troubled by the departure of her two grown children and deceived by the colonial administration into investing of her entire savings in a worthless, regularly flooded farmland — devises a crazy scheme to build a dam against the sea.
La Maison Française

Wed., April 4, 7 p.m.

The Young Girls of Rochefort
(Les demoiselles de Rochefort)
Directed by Jacques Demy
(France, 1969, 125 min.)
In town for the fair, George Chakiris dances through Danielle Darrieux's snack bar, while her restless daughters dream of Paris and sailor-on-leave Jacques Perrin dreams of his ideal woman. Then Gene Kelly drops in!
AFI Silver Theatre
April 1 to 5

German

Almanya
Directed by Yasemin Samdereli
(Germany, 2010, 97 min.)
A Turkish-German family stumbles through two countries to ask one question: "Who am I?" (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 9 p.m.

Cracks in the Shell
Directed by Christian Schwochow
(Germany, 2011, 113 min.)
An aspiring actress who both struggles to get noticed and wants nothing more than to remain invisible is cast in a role that is demanding, sexually charged and distorts the line between reality and fantasy. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place

Sat., April 14, 6:30 p.m.,

Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.

The System
(Das System - Alles verstehen heißt alles verzeihen)
Directed by Marc Bauder
(Germany, 2011, 85 min.)
Mike, an attractive and intelligent young dropout, becomes involved in a parallel world of international lobbyists and former GDR secret service agents who work together for economic advantage.
Goethe-Institut

Mon., April 16, 6:30 p.m.

Greek

Unfair World
Directed by Filippos Tsitos
(Greece, 2011, 118 min.)
Every day, a policeman worn down by the demands of his job sits in a dreary office and listens to the sad stories of those accused of crimes. Whether guilty or not, he finds ways to offer a second chance. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre

Wed., April 18, 8:30 p.m.,

Thu., April 19, 8:45 p.m.

Hebrew

Footnote
(Hearat Shulayim)
Directed by Joseph Cedar

(Israel, 2011, 105 min.)
A father and son are rival professors in Talmudic studies whose relationship gets even more complicated when one of the men wins Israel's most prestigious national award.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Indonesian

The Raid: Redemption
(Serbuan maut)
Directed by Gareth Huw Evans
(Indonesia/U.S., 2011, 100 min.)
A rookie member of an elite special forces team must use every bit of his fighting strength when his team's cover is blown during a covert mission to nab a brutal crime lord from a rundown apartment block, and the crime boss offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange for their heads.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Italian

Terraferma
Directed by Emanuele Crialese
(Italy/France, 2011, 88 min.)
Set on the island of Linosa, the film focuses on a community of struggling fishermen and a family patriarch who refuses to conform to changing times. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Fri., April 13, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Japanese

Ace Attorney
Directed by Takashi Miike

(Japan, 2011, 135 min.)
A neophyte lawyer defends his school chum on a murder charge in this stylized film that combines Victorian England and L.A. film noir. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Fri., April 20, 6:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 9 p.m.

Hanezu
Directed by Naomi Kawase
(Japan, 2011, 91 min.)
A straightforward tale of a love triangle in the remote mountainous Nara region, this contemporary story is so tightly bound to an ancient landscape myth that the two can hardly be untangled. (Filmfest DC)
National Gallery of Art

Sun., April 22, 4:30 p.m.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Directed by David Gelb
(U.S., 2011, 81 min.)
This quiet yet enthralling documentary chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, 85, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Late Spring
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1949, 108 min.)
A devoted father becomes a matchmaker for his radiant daughter, who in turn reluctantly consents to an alliance when told that her widowed father might remarry. (Filmfest DC)
National Gallery of Art

Sat., April 21, 2:30 p.m.

The Thousand-Year Fire
Directed by Naoki Segi

(Japan, 2004, 89 min.)
Mourning the loss of his parents, 11-year-old Satoshi moves to a small seaside town where he decides to participate in Hiwatashi, a ritual swim in the open sea. (Filmfest DC)
National Gallery of Art

Sun., April 22, 11:30 a.m.

Korean

The Chaser
(Chugyeogja)
Directed by Na Hong-jin

(South Korea, 2008, 125 min.)
When one of cop-turned-pimp Jung-ho's girls goes missing, he thinks it's a rival moving in on his territory, but the truth turns out to be much more sinister.
Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.

End of Animal
Directed by Jo Sung-hee

(South Korea, 2010, 110 min.)
A pregnant teenager on a taxi ride to the country is joined by a mysterious passenger who begins a countdown to the moment when "the angels will descend" in this enigmatic tale of apocalypse with dark humor.
Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 8, 2 p.m.

Invasion of Alien Bikini
(Eillieon bikini)
Directed by Oh Young-doo

(South Korea, 2011, 75 min.)
In this ingenious micro-budget sci-fi movie, a self-appointed urban hero with a fake moustache, rescues a damsel in distress who turns out to be a space alien on a mission to be impregnated by an earthling, by any means necessary.
Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 1, 1 p.m.

Red Vacance, Black Wedding
Directed by Kim Tai-sik and Park Cheol-su

(South Korea, 2011, 90 min.)
Veteran directors Kim Tai-sik and Park Cheol-su joined forces for this tag-team project, with each contributing a short narrative about infidelity. (Mature audiences)
Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 1, 3 p.m.

The Yellow Sea
(Hwanghae)
Directed by Na Hong-jin
(South Korea, 2010, 137 min.)
A taxi driver in the no-man's-land where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia meet agrees to commit a contract murder to get out of his debts, but when his plans go awry, a bloody war erupts between ruthless rival gang bosses.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 22, 2 p.m.

Malayalam

Abu, Son of Adam
Directed by Salim Ahmed

(India, 2011, 101 min.)
"Abu, Son of Adam" is a poignant, slice-of-life story about a devout shopkeeper who lives in the southern Indian state of Kerala. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre

Sat., April 14, 4:30 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 2:30 p.m.

Russian

Baikonur
Directed by Veit Helmer

(Kazakhstan/Germany/Russia, 2011, 94 min.)
A young man in a small Kazakh village where space debris from Russian rockets is common stumbles on a unique find: a space tourist in the form of a young French woman. (Filmfest DC)
Goethe-Institut

Fri., April 20, 6:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 9 p.m.

Elena
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
(Russia, 2010, 109 min.)
A remarried, middle-age wife and mother is caught between the demands of her reflexively imperious new husband and the needs of her impoverished biological son. (Filmfest DC)
The Avalon Theatre
Mon., April 16, 8:45 p.m.,
Tue., April 17, 6:30 p.m.

Hipsters
(Stilyagi)
Directed by Valeriy Todorovskiy
(Russia, 2008, 125 min.)
While the Cold War heats up on the world stage, rebellious youth in 1955 Moscow wage a cultural battle against dismal Soviet conformity, donning brightly colored black-market clothing, adopting American nicknames and reveling in forbidden jazz.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 6

Seediq

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
Directed by Wei Te-Sheng
(Taiwan, 2011, 150 min.)
Based on the Wushe Incident of 1930, this epic historical saga tells the story of a showdown between the aboriginal Taiwanese tribe Seediq and the Japanese village of Wushe. (Filmfest DC; Seediq and Japanese)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
Sat., April 14, 3:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 2 p.m.

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

Through April 5

Spanish

The Cat Vanishes
Directed by Carlos Sorin
(Argentina, 2011, 89 min.)
A college professor returns home to his wife after in a psychotic breakdown, but his wife isn't sure he's fully recovered, especially when her cat goes missing. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center
Wed., April 18, 6:30 p.m.,

Fri., April 20, 9 p.m.

Chico & Rita
Directed by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
(Spain/U.K., 2010, 94 min.)
This epic animated story of love and heartbreak celebrates the passionate music and culture of Cuba, set against the color and bustle of Havana, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris in the late 1940s and early '50s.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Havana Eva
Directed by Fina Torres
(Cuba/Venezuela/France, 2010, 104 min.)
A free-spirited seamstress in contemporary Havana has grown impatient with the sameness of the wedding gowns she must create and the fiancé who can't seem to finish building their house. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Fri., April 20, 9:15 p.m.,

Sat., April 21, 4:15 p.m.

Jean Gentil
Directed by Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas

(Dominican Republic/Mexico/Germany, 2010, 84 min.)
Jean, an educated and devout Christian man, maintains a remarkably dignified attitude despite being forced like many others to leave Haiti to look for work in the Dominican Republic. (Filmfest DC; Spanish and Haitian Creole)
Goethe-Institut

Fri., April 13, 8:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 14, 7 p.m.

Swedish

Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
Directed by Fredrik Gertten
(Sweden, 2012, 88 min.)
How far will a big corporation go to protect its brand? Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten found out with the release of his film "Bananas!*" which recounted the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against fruit giant Dole Food Co. (Filmfest DC)
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place

Mon., April 16, 6:15 p.m.,

Wed., April 18, 9 p.m.

Swiss-German

The Sandman
Directed by Peter Luisi
(Switzerland, 2011, 88 min.)
With his elaborate red cravat, Medusan hair, and arrogant attitude, philatelist Benno is as unusual as he is unpleasant, targeting his wrath at the frustrated musician downstairs. (Filmfest DC)
Naval Heritage Center
Fri., April 13, 9:15 p.m.,

Sun., April 15, 5 p.m.

Turkish

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkey/Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2011, 157 min.)
A murder suspect leads a convoy of police to the site of the crime, but the killer cannot recall where he left the body, so the convey travels through the deserted countryside as conversations along the way reveal not only the facts of the crime but political attitudes and personal longings. (Filmfest DC)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., April 15, 2 p.m.

   

Events - April 2012

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Event Highlight


EU in Sync

The European Union isn't exactly always known for being unified, especially when it comes to monetary matters, but on the musical front, the bloc has struck a harmonious note with the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), which makes its first visit to the U.S. since 1988 this month.

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EUYO features Europe's finest young musicians, with 116 musical prodigies from all 27 member states (the only one on the continent to do so), led by renowned conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, a six-time Grammy-winning pianist. The prestigious orchestra has toured more than 60 countries such as India, Germany, Kazakhstan, Brazil and China.

"In the challenging times which Europe is living through today," the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso wrote in a message of support, "the European Union Youth Orchestra is a reminder of the common values and shared heritage which transcends our day-to-day concerns. This orchestra symbolizes much of what is good about the European Union: It brings together members from across the EU united by the vibrancy of youth and the passion for excellence."

Open to any musician between the ages of 14 and 24 who is of conservatoire standard, EUYO was founded in 1976 by Lionel and Joy Bryer, a Boston native who came to Europe in the mid-1950s when she married and settled in London. Their first major project was the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and Performing Arts in 1969, whereby Joy organized and raised funds for 10 major festivals showcasing leading youth orchestras, ballet, folk, choral, dance, opera and visual arts groups. Joy has since been widely recognized throughout Europe for promoting intercultural understanding among young people.

The latest crop of young musicians from EUYO will tour the U.S. from April 13 to 24, with performances at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, New York City's Carnegie Hall (appearing with solo violinist Itzhak Perlman) and Boston's Symphony Hall, among other stops. On April 15, they'll come to the Kennedy Center in D.C., joined by solo violinist Pinchas Zukerman, in a concert sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS).

To celebrate the many cultural ties between the United States and Europe, the EUYO will also invite 15 young American musicians to join them as orchestral members for some of the concerts. And in D.C., EUYO musicians will conduct informal workshops with students at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville and Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md.

The U.S. tour has been made possible by the European Union Delegation to the United States, EU member states, the Friends of the British Council, the British Council, Delta, KLM, Air France and Alitalia.

— Anna Gawel

ART

April 10 to July 31
Joan Miró from the Collection of the Kreeger Museum
Joan Miró was a perfectionist who insisted he was a "self-taught amateur" to transgress traditional techniques, especially in pursuit of printmaking as a medium for his breathtaking expressions of Catalan culture. This exhibition marks the first time the Kreeger's complete collection of works by Miró will be on view, including T"he Mallorca Suite," "Makimono," and "El Vol de l'Alosa (The Flight of the Lark)."
The Kreeger Museum

Through April 10
Costantino Nivola: 100 Years of Creativity
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Italian Cultural Institute is paying tribute to one of Italy's most acclaimed sculptors, Costantino Nivola (1911-88), renowned for combining architecture with sculpture in his bas-relief and semi-abstract artwork, as well as for his technique of sand casting in cement.
Italian Cultural Institute

Through April 12
Another Way of Viewing the World: Le Monde Diplomatique, 1954-2012
To celebrate the release of the magazine Le Monde Diplomatique in the U.S., this exhibition showcases 58 years of front pages from the famous French monthly devoted to international relations.
District Archtecture Center Sigal Gallery

Through April 13
Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes
More than 60 works by 12 Australian artists offer a contemporary take on traditional landscape traditions. "Images of Australian landscapes have long been celebrated internationally," said Ambassador Kim Beazley. "However these artists re-examine the conventions of the genre to suggest the complex histories that persist beneath picturesque images of gumtrees and golden pastures."
Embassy of Australia

Through April 15
Anil Revri: Faith and Liberation through Abstraction
Anil Revri constructs his paintings on a grid, and the repetition of finely detailed geometric elements offers viewers numerous optical rewards. But these are also contemporary spiritual paintings analogous in their functions to tantric art, and its distant relation the Byzantine icon.
American University Museum Katzen Arts Center

Through April 15
Flangini & Minnelli - Il Cinema Dipinto
During the filming of "Lust for Life" (a 1957 Oscar winner), a movie about the life of Vincent van Gogh that director Vincent Minnelli shot in Belgium in 1955, artist Giuseppe Flangini created a wonderful storyboard for the film comprised more than 50 works, including oils and drawings. This marks the first time the American public can view this comprehensive exhibit of Flangini's works.
Italian Cultural Institute

Through April 15
Gabarrón's Roots
In his first D.C. exhibit, Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón's vibrantly colored sculptures are larger than life, but human in scale and effect, while his painted tondos (circular works of art) evoke archaeological and zoological mysteries.
American University Museum Katzen Arts Center

Through April 15
Duva Diva: DuvTeatern's Glorious Carmen and Photographs by Stefan Bremer
These two exhibitions feature beautiful photographs by Stefan Bremer of actors and dancers with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities who performed in an unusual performance of Bizet's "Carmen" last year with the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (supported by the Embassy of Finland).
Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art

Through April 15
Migration_Standards
Realized in cooperation with the art collective bäckerstrasse 4 – plattform für junge kunst curated, this exhibit featuring four artists focuses on the challenges of migration and its structural conditions as a result of redistribution of power and property.
Austrian Cultural Forum

Through April 27
gute aussichten: young german photography 2011/2012
Photography by seven winners of "gute aussichten 2011/2012," the eighth annual German competition for graduate photography students, reflect highly diverse aesthetic, formal and conceptual approaches that provide insights into the multifaceted themes that form the focus of young artists' interests today.
Goethe-Institut

Through April 30
Roisin Fitzpatrick – Artist of the Light
Roisin Fitzpatrick, who previously worked at the U.N., was inspired to take up art after a brain aneurysm. Now a leading contemporary Irish artist, Fitzpatrick uses the finest quality crystals and silks to maximize the reflection and refraction of light in original works that are inspired by her Celtic heritage, nature and the cosmos — and which have been critically acclaimed by Forbes, Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe.
La Luna Gallery

Through May 5
15
To celebrate 15 years as an international gallery in Washington, International Visions' next exhibit is a group show featuring artists who have worked with at the gallery over the years, including Stanley Agbontaen, Annette Isham and Helen Zughaib.
International Visions Gallery

Through May 5
A Thousand and One Faces of Mexico: Masks from the Ruth D. Lechuga Collection
Masks have always been an integral part of a society's rituals and ceremonies. This exhibit displays more than 140 masks from the expansive collection of Ruth D. Lechuga (1920-2004), who traveled around Mexico for 50 years collecting more than 10,000 pieces, including 1,200 masks, which constitute one of the most important folk art collections in Mexico.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through May 6
Picasso's Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition
Through some 55 works, this exhibition presents the dazzling development of Pablo Picasso's drawings over a 30-year period, from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage.
National Gallery of Art

Through May 6
Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell
Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — one of the first conflicts to be extensively documented by photography — this focused collection developed in recent years by Washington collector Julia Norrell captures a wide range of images, from soldiers and officers at rest, to the death and destruction of battle.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through May 6
Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard
Approximately 200 snapshots made by renowned post-impressionist artists like Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard using the new technology of the Kodak handheld camera, most previously unpublished, are displayed with 70 paintings and works on paper that the snapshots inspired, revealing fascinating parallels in cropping, lighting and vantage point.
The Phillips Collection

Through May 6
Tim Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers
Between 2007 and 2008, photographer Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) was embedded with U.S. Army soldiers in a remote and dangerous post in northeastern Afghanistan. This exhibition includes photographs and a video installation that juxtaposes chaotic scenes of combat with still images of soldiers at rest.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through May 13
Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space
"Suprasensorial" is the first exhibition to re-evaluate the evolution of the international Light and Space movement through the work of five pivotal Latin American artists. Coinciding with the show, a 360-degree projection by Doug Aitken will illuminate, animate and transform the Hirshhorn's entire façade.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through May 20
Ñew York
Works by outstanding young Latin American and Spanish artists residing in New York City pay tribute to a long-lost artistic exchange and revive innovative communication channels between Latin and Spanish plastic and visual artists, reflecting on mobility in an era of widespread displacement where both global and local barriers are broken down.
Organization of American States
Art Museum of the Americas

Through May 20
Shakespeare's Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700
This exhibition explores those women who were writing during Shakespeare's time, reimagining the "conversations" of these early women writers — with each other as members of families or groups, with the Bible, with spiritual and secular ideas, and with male writers of the time — in hopes of expanding their overshadowed voices.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through June 1
Contemporary Uruguayan Artists
To honor Uruguay and the city of Montevideo, site of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, 13 artists specializing in painting, print, sculpture, mixed media and photography offer a panorama of contemporary Uruguayan creativity, revisiting history and changes that have transformed the nation's culture, environment and traditions.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Through June 2
The Style that Ruled the Empires: Russia, Napoleon, and 1812
Paintings, porcelain, glassware, metal ware, attire, Napoleonic armor and other items commemorate the bicentennial of Russia's triumph over the French army in 1812, which dealt an arresting blow to Napoleon and his pursuit of European conquest while also igniting a collective Russian pride and production of decorative arts that persists today.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through June 17
Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji
The most acclaimed print series by Japan's most famous artist, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) contains images of worldwide renown, including "The Great Wave."
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through July 6
Alberto Schommer: Portraits and Scenarios
Alberto Schommer, one of Spain's most prominent photographers, has pioneered a path challenging conventional forms, including a series of psychological portraits, always guided under the influence of the oeuvre of Irving Penn and William Klein. Part of the "Spain arts & culture" series (www.spainculture.us).
Embassy of Spain

Through July 8
Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples
Kano Kazunobu's (1816–1863) phantasmagoric paintings reflect a popular theme in Edo art: the lives and deeds of the Buddha's legendary 500 disciples.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through July 29
From the Library: The Fleeting Structures of Early Modern Europe
In early modern Europe, state visits, coronations and weddings were among the occasions that gave cities a chance to stage lavish productions in which artists and architects designed elaborate structures and decorations, allowing them to experiment with new ideas or encourage city officials to consider new uses of public space.
National Gallery of Art

Through July 29
Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections
The National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary with the first exhibition to explore the life and work of women artists in the time of the French Revolution with more than 75 rarely seen works by 35 artists.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Jan. 6
Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep
In the Spirit of the East Asian calendar's Year of the Dragon, this exhibition highlights objects drawn from cultures as diverse as the ancient Mediterranean world, imperial China and contemporary South America, portraying dragons as everything from fire-breathing beasts to beneficent water gods.
The Textile Museum

DANCE

April 11 to 15
ALICE (in wonderland)
For this world premiere, Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre teams up with costume designer Liz Vandal (Cirque du Soleil's "OVO"), composer Matthew Pierce, set designer Jim Kronzer, lighting designer Clifton Taylor and puppeteer Eric J. Van Wyk for this spectacularly re-imagined take on Lewis Carroll's classic tale. Tickets are $50 to $155.
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

April 12 to 14
Moscow Festival Ballet
The Moscow Festival Ballet comes to George Mason University for three special engagements: "Giselle," the tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count (April 12 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center); the magical fairytale of "The Sleeping Beauty" (April 13); and "Cinderella" featuring Prokofiev's exuberant score (April 14). Tickets are $27 to $54.
George Mason University
Center for the Arts (April 13,14)

Hylton Performing Arts Center (April 12)

DISCUSSIONS

Tue., April 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Faith, Money, Power
The American Islamic Congress, Ogilvy Noor, Dinar Standard and the Pew Research Center present information and insights on the buying power, demographics and engagement of America's Muslim consumer community. To register, visit www.aicongress.org/faith-money-power/.
Carnegie Institution for Science

Thu., April 5, 7 p.m.
Literary Salon: Alexandre Najjar
Today, French literature might just as easily be composed in Africa, the Middle East or North America as in France. This literary salon examines the richness of the Francophonie world through Beirut-born author Alexandre Najjar, considered one of the best French authors of his generation. Tickets are $15.
Alliance Française de Washington

Mon., April 9, 6:30 p.m.
Literary Salon: Guy Régis Jr.
Guy Régis Jr., born in 1974 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is a playwright, translator, stage and film director, and founder of the contemporary Haitian theater troupe "Nous Théâtre."
Embassy of Haiti

Tue., April 10, 7 p.m.
'Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero'
MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews joins Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno to discuss Matthews´s 2011 book, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero." (Photo ID required to enter.)
Inter-American Development Bank

Fri., April 20, 12 p.m.
Women's Empowerment in the Middle East and Worldwide
Michelle Bachelet, the first executive director of UN Women, has recently returned from a trip to the Middle East and will speak at a luncheon benefit on the topic of women's empowerment hosted by the Women's Foreign Policy Group, with PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff moderating. Individual tickets are $250 for nonmembers; for information, call (202) 429-2692 or visit www.wfpg.org.
The Four Seasons Hotel

Wed., April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Martin Fletcher: The List
Former NBC News Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv bureau chief Martin Fletcher discusses his new fictional book, "The List," which delves into the world of post-World War II England and the pre-statehood years of Palestine. Tickets are $10.
Washington DCJCC


FESTIVALS

April 9 to 15
Songkran Thai Restaurant Week
The Royal Thai Embassy in D.C. is sponsoring a Thai Restaurant Week for the fifth year to celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year, which falls on April 13. The embassy has partnered with local restaurants to offer a menu showcasing the vibrancy of Thai food. For information, visit www.thaiembdc.org.
Various locations

April 10 to 14
Small is More: Snapshots of Belgian Performing Arts
Considered among the most cutting-edge troupes in Europe today, five companies from Belgium captivate audiences with their corrosive humor, incongruous plots and experimental settings — in the first showcase of Belgian theater and dance to be held in D.C. For a full schedule, visit www.francedc.org.
Various locations

Through April 27
National Cherry Blossom Festival
A century after Japan's 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C., the National Cherry Blossom Festival presents an unprecedented citywide celebration of this enduring sign of friendship on its 100th anniversary, with five weeks of events ranging from workshops and exhibits to seminars and parties. For information, visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Various locations

GALAS

Wed., April 18, 6:30 p.m.
Folger Gala
The Folger Shakespeare Library's annual gala is its most important fundraiser of the year, with proceeds Folger's cultural and educational programming for the greater Washington area and beyond. The 2012 Folger Gala will mark the library's 80th anniversary. Tickets are $600; for information, call (202) 675-0324.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Sat., April 21, 6 p.m.
WPAS Gala and Auction
Japanese Ambassador and Mrs. Ichiro Fujisaki are the honorary diplomatic chairs of this year's WPAS Annual Gala and Auction to benefit the Washington Performing Arts Society, a wide-ranging nonprofit presenter of both established performers and emerging artists that also supports educational programs for children and adults throughout the city, including Concerts In Schools, Enriching Experiences for Seniors, the Capitol Jazz Project and the Embassy Adoption Program. This year's gala features NBC's Barbara Harrison as master of ceremonies and a special performance by Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, as well as dinner, dancing and live and silent auction. Tickets start at $600; for information, call (202) 293-9325.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

MUSIC

Wed., April 11, 8 p.m.
Cheikh Lô
One of the great mavericks of African music, Jammm Senegalese Cheikh Lô is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, guitarist and percussionist who has distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa to create a style that is uniquely his own. Tickets are $25 to $45.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Wed., April 18, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
10th Annual Winners Grand Prix Concert
Under the gracious patronage French Ambassador François Delattre, the Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) presents the 10th Annual Winners Grand Prix Concert featuring the first-prize winners of the Festival of Music and Washington International Piano Artists Competitions and Le Concours de Grands Amateurs de Piano of Paris, which was WIPAC's source of inspiration in 2001. WTOP's Bob Madigan is master of ceremonies. Tickets start at $50; for information, visit www.wipac.org.
La Maison Française

Fri., April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Mendelssohn Piano Trio
The Embassy Series trio in residence is joined by violist Michael Stepniak for a program of Austrian chamber music, including a piano trio by Joseph Haydn, a rarely performed youthful piano quartet by Gustav Mahler and the celebrated piano trio in E flat Major by Franz Schubert. Tickets are $50, including reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Austria

Fri., April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Paulius Andersson, Piano
Paulius Andersson is the winner of the Music Without Limits international competition and has performed in Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and at various concert halls in Lithuania. Tickets are $55, including reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Lithuania

Fri., April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Voices of Spring
The Opera Camerata of Washington, with support from the Ambassador of Belgium and Mrs. Jan. Matthysen, present a program featuring Jesús Hernández, José Sacín, Michael Ronay, Evelyn Thatcher, Joyce Lundy and maestro Stephen Czarkowski conducting the Opera Camerata of Washington Orchestral Ensemble. Tickets are $125 and include cocktails and a buffet dinner. For information, call (202) 386-6008.
Belgian Residence

THEATER

Through April 8
Sucker Punch
In 1980s London, two black teenagers try to box their way into fame, fortune and a better life, but will they become champions or sell-outs? Tickets are $35 to $60.
The Studio Theatre

Tue., April 10, 7:30 p.m.
The Burden Within - Moi, fardeau inhérent
In the night, a woman waits by the window in a universe of shadows and visions, of crisp contours and soft edges that we live through each breath of her voice (in French with English subtitles).
La Maison Française

Through April 15
Brother Russia
In a desolate Siberian potato field, a comically fourth-rate Russian theater troupe sets up its ratty tents and wows the local farmers with rock-fueled adaptations of great Russian figures, focusing one night on the hypnotic mystic Rasputin. Tickets start at $63.
Signature Theatre

April 18 to May 20
The 39 Steps
With four actors playing over 150 characters, this classic Hitchcock thriller takes a comedic turn when Richard Hannay agrees to take home a mysterious woman he meets at the theater — and unexpectedly finds himself thrown into a world of spies and adventure. Tickets start at $26.
Olney Theatre Center

April 28 to May 21
Nabucco
For the first time in its 56-year history, Washington National Opera (WNO) presents Giuseppe Verdi's early masterpiece "Nabucco," which tells the Biblical tale of the defeat, enslavement, and exile of the Jews in Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. Tickets start at $25.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Through April 29
Strange Interlude
Heartbroken over her adored fiancé's death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before marrying a man she does not love. Months later, pregnant with her husband's child, she learns a horrifying secret about his family, setting off a chain of events that spans two decades (part of the Eugene O'Neill Festival). Tickets are $20 to $100.
The Shakespeare Theatre

Through May 6
Long Day's Journey Into Night
In Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical masterwork, delusion and disenchantment have pitted the Tyrone family members against one another for decades, until they're forced to either confront their defeated dreams or be forever doomed to a cycle of guilt and resentment. Call for ticket information.
Arena Stage

 

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