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Haiti's New Envoy Wants
Investment Dollars, Not Pity

a5.haiti.ambassador.altidor.homePaul Altidor takes on his first public sector job as Haiti's new envoy, but he's looking to the private sector to rebuild his homeland, whose future he says depends on business and investment, not handouts and pity. Read More


People of World Influence

CFR Scholar: U.N. Relevant,
But Syria Impasse Reveals Flaws

a1.powi.patrick.homeSyria is a painful reminder of the limits of U.N. power, but Stewart Patrick of the Council on Foreign Relations argues that's no reason to abandon the world body, however imperfect it may be. Read More


International Affairs

America's 'Drug Czar':
Legalization Not the Answer

a2.kerlikowske.podium.homeAmerican drug czar R. Gil Kerlikowske admits there "are no simple answers to the global drug issue," but he adamantly rules out one proposed answer: legalization. Read More


Diplomacy

U.N. General Assembly
Punctuated By Wrangling

a3.united.nations.general.assembly.homeThe U.N. General Assembly is filled with plenty of tedium and the occasional silliness, but behind the scenes, some important diplomatic work actually gets done as well. Read More


Diplomacy

Rice Re-Establishes U.S.
Presence at United Nations

a4.susan.rice.un.speaker.homeAfter the acrimony of the Bush years, Susan Rice has mended fences at the U.N., but the undiplomatic diplomat has been unapologetic in championing U.S. interests at the world body. Read More


Diplomacy

State Department Eyes Walter Reed
To Be D.C.'s Next Embassy Enclave

a6.walter.reed.sign.homeThe Walter Reed Army Medical Center is set to become D.C.'s newest embassy enclave in the next few years. Read More


Medical

Web Service Lets People
Crack Their Genetic Codes

a7.medical.dna.genome.homeWant your personal genome sequenced? All you need is a few hundred bucks, some spit and an Internet connection. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Untangling
The Greek Gordian Knot

a8.oped.greece.economy.homeNikos Chrysoloras argues that Greek society is at the breaking point and if it snaps, the pain will be felt throughout the eurozone. Read More


 

CFR Scholar: U.N. Relevant, But Syria Impasse Reveals Flaws

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By Michael Coleman

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America’s ‘Drug Czar’: Legalization Not the Answer

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By Larry Luxner

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U.N. General Assembly Punctuated By Wrangling, Occasional Weirdness

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By Dave Seminara

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Rice Re-Establishes U.S. Presence at United Nations

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By Talha Aquil

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Haiti’s New Envoy Wants Investment Dollars, Not Pity

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By Larry Luxner

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State Department Eyes Walter Reed To Be D.C.’s Next Embassy Enclave

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By Martin Austermuhle

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Web Service Lets People Crack Their Genetic Codes

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By Gina Shaw

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Op-Ed: Untangling The Greek Gordian Knot

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By Nikos Chrysoloras

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Thanks to Scholarship, Saudi Students Return to U.S. in Droves

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By Suzanne Kurtz

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New International Affairs Head Wants The World for University of Maryland

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By Suzanne Kurtz

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Op-Ed: Americans’ Future Has to Be Multilingual

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By Linda Moore

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Officials Eye Curtailing D.C.’s Height Restrictions

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Trendsetting Transplants Help Washingtonians Put Best Face Forward

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Dutch Artist Captures and Humanizes Inner Lives of Animals

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By Gail Sullivan

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The Diplomats Band Always Looking for Few Good Members

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By Kaitie Kovach

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Shakespeare Theatre Gears Up for New Season, Court Battle

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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For Boundary-Breaking Artists, Some Bonds Can’t Be Severed

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By Gary Tischler

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La Côte D’Or Brings Café Coziness to Virginia

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Lifetime of Regret, Reveries Fill ‘Chicken with Plums’

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Good Things Come in Small Packages With DC Shorts Film Fest

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Films - September 2012

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Czech

Italian

Thai


English

Malayalam


French

Russian

German

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Czech

Black Peter

(Cerný Petr)
Directed by Milos Forman

(Czechoslovakia, 1963, 85 min.)
Inspired by the vérité approach of Italian neorealism, "Black Peter" centers on a shy but sympathetic young store clerk who, assigned to apprehend shoplifters, lacks the nerve to confront anyone (screens with "Loves of a Blonde").
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 29, 3 p.m.

The Fireman's Ball
(Horí, má panenko)
Directed by Milos Forman
(Czechoslovakia/Italy, 1967, 71 min.)
A provincial fire department's annual ball erupts in mayhem — raffle prizes are pilfered, the beauty pageant goes awry — and outside in the town, a house burns down.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 29, 1 p.m.

Loves of Blonde
(ásky jedné plavovlásky)
Directed by Milos Forman
(Czechoslovakia, 1965, 83 min.)
A naive factory worker who has a one-night stand with a musician from Prague and then follows him home (screens with "Black Peter").
National Gallery of Art

Sat., Sept. 29, 3 p.m.

English

$upercapitalist
Directed by Simon Yin
(U.S./Hong Kong, 2012, 96 min.)
A maverick New York hedge fund trader with uncanny analytic abilities moves to Hong Kong and orchestrates a mega-deal that swiftly escalates beyond his control.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Amadeus
Directed by Milos Forman
(U.S., 1984, 180 min.)
Milos Forman's adaptation of Peter Shaffer's drama about a brash Mozart and his beleaguered rival Salieri swept nearly all major categories in the 1984 Oscars.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 30, 4 p.m.

Arbitrage
Directed by Nicholas Jarecki
(U.S./Poland, 2012, 100 min.)
A troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept., 14

2 Days in New York
Directed by Julie Delpy
(Germany/France/Belgium, 2012, 91 min.)
Talk-radio Mingus and his French photographer girlfriend Marion live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships — until Marion's family comes for a visit. (English, French and Italian)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Blow-Up
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(U.K./Italy/U.S., 1966, 111 min.)
"Blow-Up" brought the art film to the masses, broke the nudity barrier, captured the Mod look of 1960s "swinging London" and influenced major studio movies and independent cinema for years to come.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Sept. 11, 9:20 p.m.,
Thu., Sept. 13, 9:45 p.m.,
Fri., Sept. 14, 9:30 p.m.

The Cold Light of Day
Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri
(U.S./Spain, 2012, 93 min.)
After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., Sept. 7

Cosmopolis
Directed by David Cronenberg
(France/Canada/Portugal/Italy, 2012, 109 min.)
In New York City in the not-too-distant-future, a 28-year-old finance golden boy dreams of living in a civilization ahead of this one as he watches a dark shadow cast over Wall Street.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

An Englishman Abroad
Directed by John Schlesinger

(U.K., 1983, 60 min.)
Based on a true story, actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow in the late 1950s for a production of "Hamlet" and met a mysterious Englishman: Guy Burgess, the notorious spy and defector (screens with "A Question of Attribution").
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 2, 8:30 p.m.

The Passenger
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France/Spain, 1975, 126 min.)
Journalist Jack Nicholson is covering a conflict in North Africa when he discovers the dead body of an acquaintance who resembled him. He assumes the man's identity to explore his life — which turns out to be a dangerous one.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 15, 4 p.m.,
Tue., Sept. 18, 9 p.m.

A Question of Attribution
Directed by John Schlesinger
(U.K., 1992, 70 min.)
James Fox is marvelously slippery as Sir Anthony Blunt — director of London's Courtauld Institute of Art, surveyor of the King's Pictures and a Soviet spy for some 25 years (screens with "An Englishman Abroad").
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 2, 8:30 p.m.

The Spy Who Loved Me
Directed by Lewis Gilbert

(U.K., 1977, 125 min.)
In Roger Moore's best Bond film, James Bond teams with beautiful KGB agent Anya Amasova to investigate a missing submarine mystery that leads from the deserts of Egypt to beneath the waves in the Bahamas.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 2, 6 p.m.

Taking Off
Directed by Milos Forman
(U.S., 1971, 93 min.)
Two American suburbanite parents search for their runaway daughter, and in the process, meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover life (screens with "Audition" (Czech Republic, 1963, 47 min.)).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
(U.K./France/Germany, 2011, 128 min.)
Forcibly retired from the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, George Smiley (Gary Oldman, bringing a watchful intensity to the role) is unexpectedly summoned back and briefed on the presence of a mole among MI6's leadership.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 14 to 19

Zabriskie Point
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(U.S., 1970, 110 min.)
A handsome rebel and a young woman embark on a strange journey amid the stark and beautiful imagery of Death Valley.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Sept. 10, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 12, 9:05 p.m.

French

Beloved

(Les Bien-aimés)
Directed by Christophe Honoré
(France/U.K./Czech Republic, 2011,
Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni star in this sexy yet exquisitely romantic musical drama that spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter's misadventures in love. (French, Czech and English)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 7

Chicken with Plums
(Poulet aux prunes)
Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
(France/Germany/Belgium, 2011, 91 min.)
After his beloved violin breaks, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, loses all taste for life and confines himself to bed to await death.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Farewell
(L'affaire Farewell)
Directed by Christian Carion
(France, 2009, 113 min.)
In 1981, as U.S.-Soviet relations hit a new low, Moscow-based French businessman Pierre Froment gets chatted up by KGB man Gregoriev; soon the disenchanted Gregoriev is passing sensitive documents on the Soviet's American spy network to Froment, urging him to get the info to the West (French, English and Russian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Sept. 18, 6:45 p.m.

Little White Lies
(Les petits mouchoirs)
Directed by Guillaume Canet
(France, 2010, 154 min.)
Every year, a successful Parisian restaurant owner and his wife invite their group of friends to the beach, but this year, one of the friends has a near-fatal accident, setting off a chain of reactions and secret revelations during their once-idyllic getaway.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 7

Nuit #1
Directed by Anne Émond
(Canada, 2011, 91 min.)
Clara and Nikolaï meet at a rave and return to Nikolaï's apartment to frantically make love. Afterward, instead of parting, the two lovers divulge their deepest secrets to one another.
The Avalon Theatre

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
(OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions)
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
(France, 2006, 99 min.)
It's 1955, and cocky, clueless French agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, aka OSS 117, is dispatched to Cairo to burnish France's colonial relationships and stabilize the Suez Canal situation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 7, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Sept. 8, 8:10 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Presumed Guilty
(Présumé coupable)
Directed by Vincent Garenq
(France, 2011, 102 min.)
A couple in a working-class community in France are charged with being part of a group of sexual predators preying on children — the beginning of a legal nightmare that lasted years and led to the conviction of a number of people later shown to be innocent.
La Maison Française
Wed., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

German

Berlinized

(Berlinized – Sexy an Eis)
Directed by Lucian Busse
(Germany, 2011, 84 min.)
Lucian Busse looks back at the subculture that emerged in Berlin in the early 1990s, when, in the midst of great political change and in the shadow of ultra-commercialized techno culture, there existed a parallel universe that's now mostly forgotten.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m.

The Lives of Others
(Das Leben der Anderen)
Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
(Germany, 2006, 137 min.)
In 1984 East Germany, the 100,000 employees of the Stasi control the population through intimidation and pervasive surveillance. Company man Ulrich Mühe accepts an assignment to spy on playwright Sebastian Koch, slowly becoming absorbed by the domestic drama playing out between Koch and actress girlfriend.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 16, 8:20 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 19, 7 p.m.

A Place in Berlin
(Konzert im Freien)
Directed by Jürgen Böttcher
(Germany, 2001, 88 min.)
Like a fossil, the Marx-Engels-Forum, a large, ambitious monument project of the GDR, adorns a historic spot in the center of Berlin. Jürgen Böttcher's experimental documentary transforms footage he shot of the creation of this monument in the 1980s into a story about the loss of a monument's meaning (screens with "Eastern Landscape" (Germany, 1991, 15 min.) about a Berlin dump that accumulates history).
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Italian

L'EclisseDirected by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1962, 125 min.)
Monica Vitti finishes an affair with Francisco Rabal but then drifts into another with her mother's stockbroker.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 2, 2 p.m.

La Notte
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(Italy/France, 1961, 120 min.)
A day and night in the life of a modern marriage, set against the soulless architecture of Milan, find a couple visiting a dying friend, a nightclub and a protracted party, until their evening ends in a tormented dawn encounter.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m.

Red Desert
(Il deserto rosso)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1964, 120 min.)
Monica Vitti plays a wife and mother struggling with her own neuroses and a futile affair with an engineer amid a nightmarish industrial landscape.
National Gallery of Art
Mon., Sept. 3, 2:30 p.m.

Malayalam

Urumi: The Warriors Who Wanted to Kill Vasco da Gama
Directed by Santosh Sivan
(India, 2011, 130 min.)
In the most expensive Malayalam-language film ever made, the son of a revered general who was killed by Vasco da Gama's men seeks bloody revenge when the Portuguese explorer returns 20 years later to shore up Portugal's colonial interests.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 16, 2 p.m.

Russian

The Fall of Otrar
(Gibel Otrara)
Directed by Ardak Amirkulov
(Soviet Union/Kazakhstan, 1991, 176 min.)
Aleksei Guerman was writer and producer on this fabled epic portraying the ruthless intrigues that led to Genghis Khan's destruction of the Central Asian civilization of Otrar (Russian, Kazakh, Mongolian and Mandarin).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 16, 4 p.m.

My Friend Ivan Lapshin
(Moy drug Ivan Lapshin)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman
(Soviet Union, 1984, 100 min.)
A love triangle develops in a small town between a police detective, his widowed friend, and an actress in this nostalgic return to Stalin's Russia before the Great Purge of 1937-38.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m.

Khrustalyov, My Car!
(Khrustalyov, mashinu!)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman
(Russia/France, 1998, 137 min.)
Consistent with his indirect portrayal of events, Aleksei Guerman constructs the narrative around a surgeon whose life is ruined by the so-called "doctors' plot," in which predominantly Jewish Moscow doctors were accused of conspiring to assassinate Soviet leaders.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 2, 4:30 p.m.

The Seventh Companion
(Sedmoy sputnik)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman 

(Soviet Union, 1967, 89 min.)
During the civil war that followed the Bolshevik Revolution, a general in the czar's army, arrested by the secret police, is released into the brave new world of the Soviet Union.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 22, 2 p.m.

Trial of the Road
(Proverka na dorogakh)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman 

(Soviet Union, 1971, 96 min.)
A Red Army sergeant who once defected to the Nazis is forced to prove his patriotism through a series of increasingly perilous missions.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m.

Twenty Days Without War
(Dvadstat dney bez voyny)
Directed by Aleksei Guerman 

(Soviet Union, 1976, 101 min.)
In 1942, a Soviet army major on furlough delivers the belongings of a fallen comrade to the man's wife in his own hometown of Tashkent, where he reunites briefly with his ex-wife and begins a tentative courtship with a lonely seamstress.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 15, 4 p.m.

Silent

Samsara
Directed by Ron Fricke
(U.S., 2011, 99 min.)
In search of the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives, this documentary, filmed over five years in 25 countries on five continents, transports viewers to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes and natural wonders.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 14

Spies
(Spione)
Directed by Fritz Lang
(Germany, 1928, 178 min.)
Undercover agent Willy Fritsch must infiltrate an international crime syndicate led by mastermind Rudolf Klein-Rogge.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.

Thai

I Carried You Home

(Padang besar)
Directed by Tongpong Chantarangkul
(Thailand, 2011, 113 min.)
When their mother dies, two estranged sisters accompany her body in an ambulance ride across from Bangkok to her rural birthplace, giving them a chance to reconnect and come to terms with their grief.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 7, 7 p.m.

In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire
(Sin maysar fon tok ma proi proi)
Directed by Wichanon Somumjarn
(Thailand, 2012, 76 min.)
Wichanon Somumjarn's debut feature is the story of a Bangkok construction worker who returns to his hometown for a friend's wedding and reunites with a girl he had a crush on in high school —a seemingly straightforward narrative that reveals itself to actually be based on the director's own life.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

The Overture
(Hom rong)
Directed by Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak
(Thailand, 2004, 104 min.)
Based on the life of Luang Pradit Phairao, master of the traditional Thai ranard-ek (wooden xylophone), this film is a sprawling story of musical genius and the preservation of cultural identity (preceded by a 30-minute performance by traditional xylophone master Thaworn Sriphong).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 9, 2 p.m.

P-047
Directed by Kongdei Jaturanrasmee
(Thailand, 2011, 98 min.)
Two young men break into people's homes — not to rob them but to borrow their lives for a while before putting everything back as it was.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

   

Events - September 2012

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ART

Sept. 1 to Feb. 24
Enlightened Beings: Buddhism in Chinese Painting
Buddhism arrived in China during the first century and quickly grew in popularity, exerting a profound impact on all aspects of Chinese art and culture.
Freer Gallery of Art

Sept. 1 to Oct. 21
Occupy This!
"Occupy This!" combines art, photojournalism, historic documents and films to consider — in a broad, historic context — the causes, activities and representation of the Occupy Movement, which celebrates its one-year anniversary on Sept. 17, 2012.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Sept. 2
A Small Hope
Lukman Ahmad, a self-taught Kurdish artist from Syria, expresses his personal connection to the Kurdish land and its people — a history layered with tragedy, perseverance and aspirations — in works that are steeped in vivid colors and moving shapes.
The Foundry Gallery

Sept. 7 to Jan. 6
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power
Organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the exhibition highlights the flashpoints, the firsts, the celebrated, and the lesser-known women who have influenced the genre from its inception through today.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 9
Antony Gormley: Drawing Space
The Phillips presents the first major U.S. exhibition of works on paper by British artist Antony Gormley, internationally acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public projects that investigate the human body's relationship to space.
The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 9
Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme
One of the most celebrated artists of the modern era, Jasper Johns revolutionized the field of printmaking. This exhibition features some 90 iconic examples of targets, flags, numbers and other subjects the artist explored from 1960 to today and celebrates his visionary response to lithography, intaglio, silkscreen and lead relief sculpture.
The Phillips Collection

Sept. 11 to Dec. 29
Dan Steinhilber: Marlin Underground
Dan Steinhilber, known for his ability to transform mundane materials into extraordinary experiences of art, presents a new body of work in response to architect Philip Johnson's celebrated design for the Kreeger home as a space for art and musical performance.
The Kreeger Museum

Sept. 13 to Nov. 2
Parks and Passages: Art and Public Space in Berlin and Washington
This summer, Provisions Library sent a team of D.C.-based artists and researchers to Berlin to study urban transformation in repurposed places to spark ideas for the redevelopment of Dupont Underground, an abandoned streetcar tunnel beneath D.C.'s Dupont Circle.
Goethe-Institut

Through Sept. 14
Shifting Geometries
Ten contemporary artists from Australia offer their takes on the diverse traditions of abstraction.
Embassy of Australia

Through Sept. 15
Hina/Jaina: On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld (600-900 AD)
More than 50 "Jaina style" figurines discovered on the man-made island of Jaina off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula — an extremely important Mayan ritual and religious site in the classic period — depict various aspects of Mayan cosmology, religious beliefs and society, providing fascinating insight into one of Mexico's most intriguing ancient civilizations.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Sept. 15 to Dec. 16
Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski
"Revelation" draws together more than 30 monumental canvases by Russian-born artist Jules Olitski, renowned as one of America's last classic modern painters.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Sept. 16
Worlds Within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran
India's Mughal emperors, who reigned over a vast empire that extended from Kabul over most of the South Asian subcontinent between the 16th and the 19th centuries, were passionate about lavish manuscripts and paintings. The exhibit brings together 60 of the finest folios and paintings from the Freer|Sackler collection, one of the world's most important repositories of Mughal and Persian painting.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sept. 21 to March 10
The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art
More than 50 sumptuous textiles and other works of art illustrate the stylized floral designs that became synonymous with the wealth, abundance and influence of one of the world's greatest empires.
The Textile Museum

Through Sept. 23
Constellations: Constructivism, Internationalism and the Inter-American Avant-Garde
Drawn from the permanent collection and rich archival holdings of the Art Museum of the Americas, "Constellations" surveys the dynamic, inter-American history of geometric abstraction across the 20th century — a tribute to the curatorial vision of José Gómez Sicre, the founder and first director of the AMA.
Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 23
Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series
A pivotal figure in the history of modern painting, Richard Diebenkorn (1922–93) was an innovator whose work inspired legions of artists and greatly advanced the lexicon of abstraction.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Sept. 23 to Jan. 27
Shock of the News
This exhibit traces how visual artists in Europe and America after the turn of the 20th century began to think about the newspaper more broadly — as a means of political critique, as a collection of ready-made news to appropriate or manipulate, a source of language and images, a typographical grab bag, and more.
National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 27
Azerbaijani Artist in Every Sense: Kamil Najafzade (1929-2011)
Developed in conjunction with the artist's family, this exhibition examines the life and paintings of renowned Azerbaijani painter and film production designer Kamil Najafzade, including film screenings throughout the month.
Pepco Edison Place Gallery

Through Sept. 28
Ocean Fishes and Taxonomy
Working in the tradition of naturalists such as John James Audubon and Louis Agassiz Fuertes, James Prosek reminds us of the role visual representation plays in shaping our perceptions of the natural world with paintings, sculptures and taxidermy specimens exploring the nature of two-dimensional representation and the limitations of classification systems.
The National Academy of Sciences

Through Sept. 28
Outward Reach
This exhibit celebrates Jamaica's golden jubilee anniversary of independence with photography, new media and video by seven Jamaican artists living and working in the United States — a convergence of topical creativity and expression across national boundaries that fosters the OAS values of hemispheric cultural exchange, freedom of expression, and innovation.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 28
Painted_Interventions
The third in a series of exhibitions of Austrian contemporary art, which takes place in cooperation with "bäckerstrasse 4 – plattform für junge kunst," features works by Austrians Elisabeth Wedenig, Matthias Lautner and Markus Hofer, as well as an artist from D.C., who reflect on the importance of the pluralistic world of the media.
Embassy of Austria

Through Sept. 30
Open City: London 1500-1700
Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. "Open City" explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners' sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions: church, theater and market.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Sept. 30 to Dec. 31
Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540
Focusing on drawings, prints, illustrated books and innovative printing techniques, this exhibition — the first of its kind in America — serves as an introduction to Augsburg, which enjoyed a golden age in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
National Gallery of Art

Sept. 30 to Dec. 31
The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years
Some 150 works reveal how 20 photographers responded to older portrait conventions and imagined new ones by exploring the same subjects — primarily friends, family, and themselves — over the course of days, months, or decades.
National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 6
New Works by Michael Platt and Stan Squirewell
Michael Platt presents his new body of work that combines elements of Australian and Aboriginal cultures with his signature techniques of using digital images, conventional photography, drawing and printmaking to explore the human condition, while Stan Squirewell works with photography, collage, sculpture and painting to create a visual vocabulary that blends ancient forms and spiritual symbols influenced by the African Diaspora with contemporary technology.
International Visions Gallery

Through Oct. 8
George Bellows
This comprehensive exhibition, the first in more than three decades, looks back at the career of George Bellows, arguably the most important figure in the generation of artists who negotiated the transition from the Victorian to the modern era in American culture.
National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 14
Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aeist
Few artists were more skilled than Dutch still-life artist Willem van Aelst (1627–83) at depicting luscious fruits, luxurious fabrics, and spoils of the hunt — 28 examples of which are featured in this first exhibit devoted solely to the artist.
National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 14
The Deep Element: Photography at the Beach
This exhibition brings together photographs of the beach from the late 19th century through the present day, revealing the many ways that artists have explored and been inspired by this rich subject.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 28
Charlotte Dumas: Anima
Dutch-born artist Charlotte Dumas travels the world making evocative portraits of animals, characterized by their utility, social function or by the way they relate to people. "Anima," her first one-person museum exhibition in the U.S., centers on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery that carry soldiers to their final resting place in traditional military funerals.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 31
The Big Picture: A Photography Exhibition in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the IDB Cultural Center
Comprising 44 striking images from the Inter-American Development Bank's permanent collection, as well as pieces previously shown at other art events held by the D.C.-based international finance institution, "The Big Picture" highlights the cultural wealth and diversity of the Latin America and the Caribbean, as seen through the lens of 22 leading contemporary photographers from 13 countries.
Dulles International Airport Gateway Gallery

Through Nov. 12
Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan
Recently conducted scientific excavations provide a fascinating look into the nomadic culture of the ancient peoples of Kazakhstan, with more than 150 spectacular finds from this vast Central Asian nation challenging traditional views of the nomadic societies that thrived thousands of years ago.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Dec. 9
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
In the first major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts, some 100 objects consider how the sun, moon and stars and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art from ancient times to the present.
National Museum of African Art

Through Dec. 30
Growing up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood from the Afro-American Newspapers
In honor of the 120th anniversary of the Afro-American Newspapers, this pictorial exhibition features 120 images from the AFRO's archive collections that demonstrate the vital role young people played in African American history.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Md.

Through Dec. 30
Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
A selection of iconic costumes and haute couture dresses — reflecting the rich history of fashion in European paintings and designs of the grand couturiers — are reinterpreted in trompe l'oeil paper masterpieces by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

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

Through Jan. 13
Dark Matters
"Dark Matters" brings together works from the Hirshhorn's collection that draw upon the associations and implications of darkness and its notions of mortality, silence, solitude and loss.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Feb. 3
Citizens of the Republic: Portraits from the Dutch Golden Age
Stalwart Dutch citizens, distinguished for their contributions to the arts and the state, are sensitively rendered in a selection of 17th- and 18th-century engravings.
National Gallery of Art

Through Feb. 10
Shadow Sites: Recent Work by Jananne Al-Ani
Inspired by archival archaeological and aerial photographs, as well as contemporary news, Jananne Al-Ani's video works examine enduring representations of the Middle Eastern landscape.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Feb. 24
Lalla Essaydi: Revisions
Lalla Essaydi, a Moroccan-born, New York-based artist, pushes the boundaries of Arab, Muslim and African perceptions of women's identities with her art, which includes themes of feminism, gender, identity and the private inner lives of women while drawing on Arabic calligraphy for its decorative and communicative potential.
National Museum of African Art

DANCE

Sept. 21 to 23
DTSB&Co 20th Anniversary Fall Performance
The Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with the world premiere of "Caverns," along with "Charlie Chan & the Mystery of Love," "Becoming American," "Khaybet" and "Dariush." Tickets are $15 to $25.
Dorothy Betts Marvin Center

Sun., Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
Saayujya: Bharatanatyam Dances & Carnatic Vocals
Sivam Inc. presents Saayujya, a performance of Bharatanatyam dances and Carnatic vocals that brings together Priyadarsini Govind, one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers of this generation, and T.M. Krishna, one of the leading Carnatic vocalists. Tickets are $15 to $50.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Fri., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
A Splendid Night of Guizhou, China
The Chinese Alumni Associations of Greater Washington presents an extravaganza of more than 40 professional dancers and artists from Guizhou Province and the Shaolin Kungfu Team. Tickets are $30 to $50.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Sat., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.
7th Annual Korean Art and Soul
The Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation presents this unique celebration of artists from the Republic of Korea, with highlights such as a pageant of Chosun Dynasty costumes and classical Korean dances performed by Master Park Jai Hee. Tickets are $50.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Sun., Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Ballet Folklórico de México
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012, this brilliant company takes audiences on a journey that traces the evolution of Mexican dance from the pre-Colombian era, to Spanish colonization to the Mexican Revolution and into the present. Tickets are $28, $36 or $44.
George Mason University
Hylton Performing Arts Center

DISCUSSIONS

Sept. 6 to 7
The Stations That Spoke Your Language: Radio and the Yiddish-American Cultural Renaissance
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress presents a symposium exploring Yiddish radio in America, its history and cultural impact, its continuing influence on American media, and its multifaceted legacy.
Library of Congress
 James Madison Building

Wed., Sept. 12, 12 p.m.
Opera Houses from Antiquity to Present
Author Victoria Newhouse discusses her new book, "Sight and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls" and why, "like medieval cathedrals, today's opera houses symbolize wealth and power."
Library of Congress
 Thomas Jefferson Building

Sept. 22 to 23
Sufism at the Smithsonian
The Smithsonian presents a two-day symposium that attempts to reinterpret, redefine and broaden the concept of Sufism to understand its relevance in contemporary society, featuring renowned scholars, musicians, poets, dancers, filmmakers and artists (presented in collaboration with the embassies of India and Pakistan as well as the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office).
National Museum of the American Indian


FESTIVALS

Sept. 8 to Oct. 17
Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012 - Milos Forman
The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012 celebrates Oscar-winning, Czech-American director Milos Forman's 80th birthday and his work, which represented the best of Czech cinematography and the accomplishments of the transatlantic film industry. Featuring internationally renowned directors, artists and historians, the festival presents more than 30 events at venues throughout the Washington area, including screenings, concerts, lectures, exhibitions and theater performances. September highlights include a launch party on Sept. 8 with Czech artist Borek Sipek's glass designs at Industry Gallery and historian Tomas Bouska discussing "K.Ch. – The Documentary Portrait of a Female Political Prisoner" at the Czech Embassy on Sept. 13. For more information, visit www.mutualinspirations.org.
Various locations

GALAS

Wed., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
34th Annual Ambassadors Ball
Funds raised at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual ball to honor Washington's diplomatic community go toward cutting-edge research to help find a cure for MS, as well as vital programs and services for the many thousands of people affected by MS in the D.C. area. Tickets are $500; for information, visit www.msandyou.org/ball.
Ritz-Carlton Washington Hotel

Fri., Sept. 28, 6 p.m.
From Vision to Reality: A 20-Year Journey
It has been 20 years since Father D'Agostino founded the Nyumbani Children's Home in Kenya. Today, Nyumbani, run by Sister Mary Owens, has provided care and shelter to thousands of HIV+ children in Kenya through its children's home, a local outreach program and Nyumbani Village, a self-sustaining community to serve orphans and elders who've been left behind by the "lost generation" of the HIV pandemic. The 20th anniversary gala in D.C. features reception, silent and live auction and dinner with Kathleen Matthews serving as mistress of ceremonies. A mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of Nyumbani Children's Home takes place Sun., Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in D.C., followed by a reception at the Cosmos Club. Tickets to the gala are $325; for information, contact Erin Kennedy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (202) 422-5024.
Ritz-Carlton Washington Hotel

Fri., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Euro Night 2012 Fête
Now in its fifth year in a row, Euro Night features more than 20 European Union Embassies showcasing their respective culture, traditions and culinary specialties. Tickets are $35.
La Maison Française

MUSIC

Wed., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Alexis Descharmes, Cello
As the first cellist of the Opéra National de Paris, Alexis Descharmes — taking part here in D.C.'s John Cage Centennial Festival — boasts an exceptionally busy international career that includes the release of more than 20 award-winning discs and appearances at festivals in no less than 30 countries. Tickets are $25.
La Maison Française

Sat., Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Opera Camerata of Washington: Don Giovanni
The Opera Camerata of Washington stages Mozart's "Don Giovanni" conducted by maestro Gregory Buchalter, assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and directed by Roger Riggle. The performance will also feature young artists and Metropolitan Opera finalists, as well as a cocktail reception and silent auction under a grand tent in the garden of Portuguese Ambassador Nuno Brito's residence, followed by the performance and post-production
Fri., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.,

Sat., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Latin American Harp Festival
15th International Festival of Hispanic Theater
René Devia of Colombia, Julio González of Mexico and Lorenzo González and Julie Crystal Peña of Paraguay perform on the Latin American harp, to raise funds for Teatro de la Luna's upcoming "15th International Festival of Hispanic Theater." Tickets are $30.
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre

Sat., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Avasarala Kanyakumari & Orchestra
Kalamandapam presents a recital by violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari, an acclaimed master of Carnatic music, the ancient system of Indian classical music known for the melodic vocal lines of its compositions. Tickets are $25.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Sun., Sept. 30, 3 p.m.
Autumn Piano Concert and Reception
The Piano Society of Greater Washington opens its season with a concert of solo works from Debussy, Bach and Schumann, as well as piano-violin works by Brahms. Donations appreciated.
Calvary Lutheran Church
Silver Spring, Md.

THEATER

Sept. 3 to 30
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
This "all-American satire" (New York Times) explores the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Tickets start at $35.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through Sept. 5
All's Well That Ends Well
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual "Free For All" returns with the Bard's story of adventure and romance, set in World War I, as Helena, the daughter of a physician, pursues the non-committal Count Bertram, who in turn tries to escape her advances through harsh words and disdainful actions.
Sidney Harman Hall

Sept. 5 to 30
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Rajiv Joseph's acclaimed play follows the intertwined lives of a quick-witted tiger, two homesick American marines, and a troubled Iraqi gardener as they roam the streets of war-torn Baghdad in search of meaning, redemption, and a toilet seat made of gold. Tickets are $10 to $61.
Round House Theatre Bethesda

Sept. 8 to 22
Hamlet
Fresh from a run in London, Shakespeare's Globe makes its D.C. debut with an eight-actor production of "Hamlet," a raw, thrillingly elemental production of the fullest expression of the Bard's genius. Tickets are $60 to $85.
Folger Theatre

Sept. 13 to Oct. 7
El desdén con el desdén/In Spite of Love
In one of the most popular comedies to come out of Spain's Golden Age, Princess Diana disdains love and marriage, so to win the affection of the indifferent princess, Count Urgel feigns his own disdain for her and sets off a series of madcap comic situations. Tickets are $36 and $40.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sept. 13 to Oct. 28
The Government Inspector
The first Russian play to be staged by the Shakespeare Theatre, Nikolai Gogol's "The Government Inspector" is a lampoon of provincial bureaucracy, as a civil servant who is running out of money travels from Saint Petersburg to a small Russian town, where his imagination runs rampant. Tickets are $43 to $95.
The Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre

Sept. 15 to Oct. 6
Anna Bolena
Celebrated American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the Washington National Opera to make her role debut as Anne Boleyn in the storied Tudor court of King Henry VIII, as the unfaithful king plots to replace his queen Anne Boleyn with her lady-in-waiting Jane Seymour. Tickets start at $25.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Sept. 19 to Oct. 7
Black Watch
After a sold-out run last year, the National Theatre of Scotland's "Black Watch" returns to the Shakespeare Theatre Company, offering a searing view of war from the perspectives of soldiers in Iraq, based on interviews with former soldiers who served in the Scottish regiment. Tickets are $70 to $85.
Sidney Harman Hall

Sept. 20 to Oct. 13
Don Giovanni
Powerhouse Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov stars in the Washington National Opera's season-opener: Mozart's musical masterpiece "Don Giovanni," which follows legendary rake Don Juan as he descends into excess and immorality, while the women he has discarded seek revenge. Tickets start at $25.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Sept. 20 to Oct. 21
Jekyll and Hyde
Synetic Theater continues its proud tradition of reimagining literary classics with "Jekyll and Hyde," a bold, wordless retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless cautionary tale about conflicting impulses and desires. Tickets are $35 to $55.
Synetic Theater

Sept. 21 to Oct. 14
A Couple of Blaguards
"Blaguards" follows the trials of the brothers Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt from their childhood in poverty-stricken Limerick to their journey to Brooklyn, where the young men learned to apply the day-to-day lessons from their hardscrabble Irish past to their new lives in America. Tickets are $35.
Church Street Theater

Sept. 21 to Oct. 21
Fly
Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, "Fly" is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II. Please call for ticket information.
Ford's Theatre

Sept. 27 to 30
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare's whimsical tale of love and mistaken identity comes to life in a completely new way in this bilingual Chinese and American co-production — the culmination of a multiyear collaboration between the University of Maryland and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts. Tickets are $35.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Fri., Sept. 28, 8 p.m.,
Sat., Sept. 29, 2 and 8 p.m.
Zero Cost House
Toshiki Okada's sly, personal and idiosyncratic "Zero Cost House," written in the wake of the Japanese tsunami disaster is a time- and space-bending autobiographical production about drastic relocations, remaking government, and the freedom and heaviness of that moment when what's impossible becomes concrete. Tickets are $20.
Georgetown University Davis Performing Arts Center

   

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