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New Envoy Says Egypt Has
Turned Page on Dictatorship

a5.ambassador.egypt.tawfik.homeSolving the murder at the heart of the crime thriller he wrote pales in comparison to the real-life challenges Mohamed M. Tawfik now faces as Cairo's new ambassador in Washington. Read More

People of World Influence

Amnesty Director Continues
Lifelong Human Rights Crusade

a1.powi.nossel.homeSuzanne Nossel is using Twitter and other 21st-century tools to promote Amnesty International's mission without abandoning the letter-writing and grassroots legwork that have made it one of the world's foremost human rights groups. Read More


Politics

Global Perceptions of U.S. Elections:
Nasty, Long, Expensive, Bewildering

a2.election.obama.romney.homeFor foreigners, America's presidential election — a lengthy, nasty, no-holds-barred battle littered with money and arcane rules — can seem, well, completely foreign. Read More


Diplomacy

D.C. Diplomatic Corps Sad
To See Hillary Clinton Go

a3.hillary.clinton.homeFrom Tripoli to Tbilisi, it's hard to name a world capital Hillary Clinton hasn't visited — or a diplomat who doesn't have words of praise for the "rock-star" secretary of state. Read More


Diplomacy

U.S. Debates How to Keep Envoys Safe
Without Smothering Diplomacy

a4.embassy.security.tunisia.homeThe attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi has revived a longstanding debate over how to keep America's diplomats safe while letting them do their job. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Syria: A Divided Society
Comes Apart at the Seams

a6.syria.sectarian.homeSyria's uprising-turned-civil war has flamed sectarian and religious divisions that, if not eventually mended, could destroy the chances of re-establishing a functioning social fabric in the future. Read More


Medical

Monaco's Noghès Forms Cancer
Support Group for Diplomatic Spouses

a7.medical.cancer.noghes.homeEllen Noghès, the wife of Monaco's ambassador in Washington, was diagnosed with cancer during three different postings — an experience that inspired her to reach out to diplomatic spouses who found themselves in a similar predicament. Read More


 

Amnesty Director Continues Lifelong Human Rights Crusade

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By Michael Coleman

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Global Perceptions of U.S. Elections: Nasty, Long, Expensive, Bewildering

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By Dave Seminara

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D.C. Diplomatic Corps Sad To See Hillary Clinton Go

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By Larry Luxner

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U.S. Debates How to Keep Envoys Safe Without Smothering Diplomacy

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By Talha Aquil and Anna Gawel

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New Envoy Says Egypt Has Turned Page on Dictatorship

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By Larry Luxner

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Syria: A Divided Society Comes Apart at the Seams

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By Stephen Starr

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Monaco’s Ellen Noghès Forms Cancer Support Group for Diplomatic Spouses

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By Gail Sullivan

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Multicultural and Pragmatic, Community Colleges Go Global

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By Carolyn Cosmos

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With Its Sprawling Education City, Qatar Aims to Be Knowledge Hub

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By Dave Seminara

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International Student House Offers Roof and Relationships

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By Martin Austermuhle

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Dane Taps His Inner Geologist to Evolve Artistically

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By Michael Coleman

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Scandinavian Invasion: Two Special Editions of 'Phillips after 5'

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By Michael Coleman

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State Department Dishes Up Smart Power on a Platter

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By Kate Oczypok

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All That’s Fit to Print and Then Some in ‘Shock of the News’

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By Gary Tischler

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‘Once Upon a Time,’ Almería Was Home to Cowboys and Cleopatra

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By Gail Sullivan

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Women Musicians Rolled with the Times, and Changed Them

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By Gary Tischler

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Chapters of Latvian Artist’s Life Tell Universal Story

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By Kate Oczypok

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‘Top Chef’ Vet Adds Bandolero To Growing Local Empire

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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What If Your Adversary’s ‘Other Son’ Was Really Your Own?

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Forward-Looking Arabian Sights Complements Historic ‘1001 Inventions’

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Films - November 2012

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Film Highlight


EU Takes Over AFI

The European Union, recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, is grappling with a financial crisis that's become the biggest test of the bloc's unity. But at least on screen, the 27 EU member states come together in stunning fashion for the annual AFI European Union Film Showcase.

Now in its 25th year, the showcase has screened more than 800 films for D.C. audiences, in cooperation with the EU embassies in Washington, including many now considered classics. This year's showcase, running Nov. 9 to 20, features more than 40 films, including multiple award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut works.

The opening night film "Quartet" stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins in the directorial debut of legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, while the closing night film, "Renoir," is an insightful biopic of the great painter's later days and his son Jean's awakening passion for the cinema.

Other highlights include the IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer, starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough and Gillian Anderson; Germany's Oscar selection, "Barbara," about a doctor recently sent down from a desirable post in East Berlin to a rural hospital on the Baltic coast; "Rust and Bone" starring Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as a killer whale trainer and rising newcomer Matthias Schoenaerts as a homeless singer father; Cannes Grand Prix winner "Reality" about a man who tries out for the Italian version of "Big Brother"; Cate Shortland's "Lore," an Australia-Germany co-production set in post-WWII Germany; "Hyde Park on Hudson," director Roger Michell's comedic chronicle of the king and queen of England's visit to America in 1939, with Bill Murray as FDR; and Ireland's "Stella Days," featuring Martin Sheen as a free-thinking country priest.

For more information, visit www.afi.com/silver.


Arabic

 Asma'a
Directed by Amr Salama
(Egypt, 2011, 96 min.)
In a society where HIV/AIDS is still stigmatized, 45-year-old Asma's stays under the radar by avoiding any situation that would reveal her positive status, until she needs a gall-bladder operation and finds that no doctor will operate on her. When an edgy TV talk-show host learns of her plight, he encourages Asma'a to speak out.
National Geographic
Fri., Nov. 2, 9 p.m.,
Sun., Nov. 4, 5:15 p.m.

El Gusto
Directed by Safinez Bousbia
(Algeria/France, 2011, 88 min.)
In the 1940s, Muslims and Jews defied class and religion at the Conservatory of Algiers, where they studied under the legendary master El Hadj M'Hamed El Anka.
National Geographic
Fri., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.,
Sat., Nov. 3, 9 p.m.

Heels of War
Directed by Joe Bou Eid
(Lebanon/UAE, 2011, 98 min.)
Clad in high heels and red lipstick, the director's mother along with her family evacuate Beirut and move to a small Lebanese village after the 1982 Israeli invasion. Among those awaiting their arrival is a local heartthrob, priest-in training and the director's future father.
National Geographic
Sat., Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.,
Sun., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

How Big Is Your Love
Directed by Fatma Zohra Zamoum
(Algeria/Morocco, 2011, 98 min.)
When his parents need some time to sort out their marriage, 8-year-old Adel goes to stay with his grandparents, who welcome him in with loving and sympathetic arms.
National Geographic
Sat., Nov. 3, 4 p.m.,
Sun., Nov. 4, 3 p.m.

Czech

 The Blue Tiger
Directed by Petr Oukropec
(Czech Republic, 2012, 90 min.)
In a city ruled by a diabolical mayor, only one thing can save the old botanical garden from demolition: the magical blue tiger.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Nov. 3, 11:05 a.m.

Rules of Lies
(Pravidla lzi)
Directed by Robert Sedlácek
(Czech Republic, 2006, 119 min.)
Roman decides to tackle his drug addiction by undergoing group therapy as part of a community holed up on an isolated farm in the Šumava mountains.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Danish

A Royal Affair
(En kongelig affære)
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel
(Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic, 2012, 137 min.)
An intriguing love triangle between a young but strong queen, an ever-more insane Danish king, and the idealistic royal physician sparks a revolution that forever changes a nation (Danish, English, German and French).
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 16

English

Anna Karenina
Directed by Joe Wright
(U.K., 2012, 129 min.)
Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 16

Chasing Ice
Directed by Jeff Orlowski
(U.S., 2012, 75 min.)
In 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a National Geographic assignment to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate, a trip that opened the skeptic's eyes to the biggest story in human history.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 16

How to Survive a Plague
Directed by David France
(U.S., 2012, 109 min.)
Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Hulk
Directed by Ang Lee
(U.S., 2003, 138 min.)
Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Nov. 24, 1:15 p.m.

The Ice Storm
Directed by Ang Lee
(U.S., 1997, 112 min.)
In 1973 suburban Connecticut, middle class families experimenting with casual sex, alcohol etc., find their lives skidding out of control.
Montgomery College @ AFI Show
Fri., Nov. 23, 9:45 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m.

The Island President
Directed by Jon Shenk
(U.S., 2011, 101 min.)
Filmed at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, this documentary follows former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed on his quest to lobby for higher climate regulations for developed nations and newly industrializing countries.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln
Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S./India, 2012, 150 min.)
Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in this revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 9

The Loneliest Planet
Directed by Julia Loktev
(U.S./Germany, 2011, 113 min.)
An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Man with the Iron Fists
Directed by RZA
(U.S./Hong Kong, 2012, 96 min.)
On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers.
Area theaters
Opens Fri., Nov. 2

Ride with the Devil
Directed by Ang Lee
(U.S., 1999, 138 min.)
Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts, joining a group loyal to the South, where their friendship, emotions and honor are tested.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Nov. 25, 5:10 p.m.,
Mon., Nov. 26, 6:45 p.m.

Sense and Sensibility
Directed by Ang Lee
(U.S./U.K., 1995, 136 min.)
The two eldest Dashwood sisters, having been left with no inheritance, cope with heartbreak and love in very different ways.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 30, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Dec. 2, 3:45 p.m.

Skyfall
Directed by Sam Mendes
(U.K./U.S., 2012, 143 min.)
James Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her and MI6 comes under attack.
Area theaters
Opens Fri., Nov. 9

Somewhere Between
Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton
(U.S., 2012, 88 min.)
"Somewhere Between" tells the intimate stories of four Chinese girls given to orphanages and eventually adopted by American families.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Stud Life
Directed by Campbell X
(U.K., 2012, 80 min.)
JJ, a black lesbian photographer, and Seb, a white gay man who assists at her shoots, are best friends in the grittier neighborhoods of London, until JJ falls for the beautiful Elle and soon must divide her time between her hot new lover and her best mate.
Carnegie Institution for Science
Sun., Nov. 4, 3 p.m.

Testimony
Directed by Tony Palmer
(Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden/W. Germany/U.K., 1988, 157 min.)
Tony Palmer's epic version of Solomon Volkov's edition of Shostakovich's memoirs is a milestone of the biographical film, in part for the way the music illustrates the life.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m.

This Must Be the Place
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
(Italy/France/Ireland, 2011, 118 min.)
Cheyenne, a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the man responsible for a humiliation suffered by his recently deceased father during World War II.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 9

Wuthering Heights
Directed by Andrea Arnold
(U.K., 2011, 129 min.)
This fresh take on Emily Brontë's epic love story follows the turbulent life of Heathcliff, the poor boy taken in by a benevolent Yorkshire farmer who develops a passionate relationship with the farmer's teenage daughter.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Flemish

 Mixed Kabob
Directed by Guy Lee Thys
(Belgium, 2012, 98 min.)
A young gay man caught between four worlds: gay, straight, modern and traditional. (Flemish and Turkish).
Goethe-Institut
Sat., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

French

 The Double Steps
(Los pasos dobles)
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta
(Spain/Switzerland, 2011, 91 min.)
The best way to escape without a trace is to walk backwards over your own footprints. This is what French eccentric François Augiéras believed when he painted every inch of a military bunker in the desert of Mali, before burying it deep into the sand.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 2, 3 p.m.,
Sat., Nov. 3, 12:45 p.m.

Holy Motors
Directed by Leos Carax
(France, 2012, 115 min.)
Monsieur Oscar is a shadowy character who journeys with his chauffeur Céline throughout Paris, morphing from one life to the next — captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 9

The Other Son
(Le fils de l'autre)
Directed by Lorraine Lévy
(France, 2012, 105 min.)
A young Israeli man discovers he is not his parents' biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. (French, Hebrew, Arabic and English)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sans Soleil
Directed by Chris Marker
(France, 1982, 100 min.)
Chris Marker uses modern Japan as the basis to explore memory as an alternate reality, touching on subjects as varied as poverty in Africa and the open spaces of Iceland (screens with "La Jetée" (1962, 29 min.), a futuristic photonovel about the power of memory).
National Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 23, 3 p.m.

Tales of the Night
Directed by Michel Ocelot
(France, 2011, 84 min.)
Drawing on the folk and fairytale traditions from every corner of the globe, acclaimed animator Michel Ocelot crafts six heroic quests and allegorical endeavors that will excite and delight audiences of all ages.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 2, 5 p.m.

War of the Buttons
(La nouvelle guerre des boutons)
Directed by Christophe Barratier
(France, 2011, 100 min.)
In rural World War II occupied France, pre-teen rebel Lebrac leads a "war" between rival kid gangs, but when he falls for a young Jewish girl who is in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, his friends are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

German

Mondo Lux: The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter
Directed by Elfi Mikesch
(Germany, 2011, 97 min.)
"Mondo Lux," an essential portrait of Werner Schroeter during the last four years of his life, offers revelatory insights into his artistry and legacy.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Salome
Directed by Werner Schroeter
(W. Germany, 1971, 81 min.)
Werner Schroeter's virtuosic staging of this Oscar Wilde tragedy is a complex montage of image and sound, filmed on the grand steps of Baalbeck, the ancient Roman temple in Lebanon, and interweaving Lebanese and German folk songs with classical music.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Nov. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Snow White
(Schneewittchen)
Directed by Thomas Freudner
(Germany, 2011, 59 min.)
To escape her murderous evil stepmother, Snow White hides at the home of seven dwarves in this German interpretation of the class fairytale.
Old Naval Hospital Hill Center
Sun., Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

Song of the Rivers
(Das Lied der Ströme)
Multiple directors
(E. Germany, 1954, 103 min.)
Shot by crews on the Volga, Mississippi, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon, and Ganges, "Song of the Rivers" is a footage compilation that became a classic expression of the international solidarity movement.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 4, 4 p.m.

Tinguely
Directed by Thomas Thümena
(Switzerland, 2011, 87 min.)
Twenty years after his death, old friends and acquaintances of Jean Tinguely recall the life and personality of this revolutionary artist, who was as daring in his private life as he was in his work (German and French).
National Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 23, 1 p.m.

The Valiant Little Tailor
(Das tapfere Schneiderlein)
Directed by Christian Theede
(Germany, 2008, 59 min.)
A young tailor who can kill seven flies with one blow is summoned to the court of the eccentric king and given permission to marry his beautiful daughter, but first he must survive adventures and save the kingdom.
Old Naval Hospital Hill Center
Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Greek

The Mountain in Front
(To vouno brosta)
Directed by Vasilis Douros
(Greece, 2008, 102 min.)
Pigheadedness and righteous anger pit an atheist foreigner and religious local against one another, with tragic consequences, during a Holy Saturday resurrection ceremony.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

Italian

 The Kingdom of Naples
(Neapolitanische Geschichten)
Directed by Werner Schroeter
(Italy/W. Germany, 1978, 125 min.)
Werner Schroeter took to the streets of Naples to make this unusual chronicle of a poor family, tracing the lives of a brother and sister from the 1940s through the 1970s (Italian and German).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Palermo or Wolfsburg
(Palermo oder Wolfsburg)
Directed by Werner Schroeter
(Switzerland/W. Germany, 1980 175 min.)
Young Nicola leaves his home in Sicily to seek a fortune in the industrial north, finding employment at a Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, but humiliation and isolation eventually drive him to settle some scores in this far-off, stressful place (Italian and German).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 24, 4 p.m.

Hebrew

Yossi
Directed by Eytan Fox
(Israel, 2012, 83 min.)
Yossi Hoffman is a workaholic doctor in Tel Aviv who uses his job as a way to escape from dealing with his anguished life, looking for love in all the wrong places while trying to keep his gay lifestyle private.
Washington DCJCC
Fri., Nov. 2, 9 p.m.

Mandarin

The Ditch
(Jiabiangou)
Directed by Wang Bing
(Hong Kong/France/Belgium, 2010, 109 min.)
Prisoners of a forced labor camp in the Gobi Desert toil away at the very edge of human endurance and are resigned to death until a woman appears, searching for her husband — inspiring some of them to plot an escape.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., No. 4, 2 p.m.

Double Xposure
(Erci puguang)
Directed by Li Yu
(China, 2012, 105 min.)
Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing stars as a young urbanite whose façade of certainty and comfort—boyfriend, apartment, and car—violently splinters when she succumbs to an act of voyeurism (preceded by "Shanghai Strangers" (China, 2012, 24 min.)).
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

Lust, Caution
(Se, jie)
Directed by Ang Lee
(U.S./China/Taiwan/Hong Kong, 2007, 157 min.)
Sexual passion and political intrigue are a combustible mix in this powerful espionage thriller set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the years leading up to World War II, as a college student is drawn into a daring plot to seduce and assassinate a brutal intelligence agent.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 16, 7 p.m.

The Red Detachment of Women
(Hong se niang zi jun)
Directed by Fu Jie and Pan Wenzhan
(China, 1970, 105 min.)
The tumultuous Cultural Revolution (1966-76), remembered now as a dark period of political violence in China, also saw the creation of spectacular works of art known as yangbanxi (revolutionary model dramas).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 11, 2 p.m.

Russian

Letters to an Angel
Directed by Ermek Shinarbaev
(Kazakhstan, 2009, 92 min.)
One winter night, Gulnara meets a young novelist and invites him to her apartment. When he tells her a story he's written, she responds with a beguiling tale of her own about a woman, perhaps herself, who has simultaneous affairs with two men — a tale with a haunting twist.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

Silent

Kelin
Directed by Ermek Tursunov
(Kazakhstan, 2009, 84 min.)
Set in the Altai mountains of Kazakhstan, in a pre-historic society that does not use language, "Kelin" is a love triangle told without words about a daughter sold to a wealthy suitor whose true love comes looking for her.
Goethe-Institut
Sat., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

Spanish

Iceberg
Directed by Gabriel Velázquez
(Spain, 2011, 84 min.)
This atmospherically observed drama tells interwoven stories of impending adulthood among three teens, whose emotions, like an iceberg itself, lie beneath the surface.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 2, 1 p.m.,
Sat., Nov. 3, 11 a.m.

Madrid, 1987
Directed by David Trueba
(Spain, 2011, 104 min.)
On one hot summer day in Madrid, an accomplished journalist and a young journalism student are accidentally locked in a bathroom, naked and pitted against one another in an unevenly matched duel of age, intellect, ambition and experience.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.,
Sun., Nov. 4, 2:30 p.m.

Mosquita y Mari
Directed by Aurora Guerrero
(U.S., 2011, 85 min.)
"Mosquita y Mari" is a coming-of-age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas.
Washington DCJCC
Sat., Nov. 3, 3 p.m.

Sleep Tight
(Mientras duermes)
Directed by Jaume Balagueró
(Spain, 2011, 102 min.)
A doorman in a Barcelona apartment complex, intent on wreaking havoc on the seemingly perfect life of the perpetually sunny Clara, descends into madness as he sneakily pulls the strings of his target.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Nov. 1, 7 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 7, 9:30 p.m.

Wilaya
Directed by Pedro Pérez Rosado
(Spain, 2012, 97 min.)
Born in a Sahrawi refugee camp before being sent to live with foster parents in Spain, Fatimetu returns to Algeria for the first time in 16 years after the death of her mother. (Spanish and Arabic).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Swedish

The Ice Dragon
Directed by Martin Högdahl
(Sweden, 2012, 80 min.)
Mik lives in Stockholm with his dad and older brother, but when both of them are sent to jail, Mik must move to his aunt's house in the north, where he quickly makes new friends and finds love.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Nov. 4, 11 a.m.

Kiss Me
Directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining
(Sweden, 2011, 105 min.)
Mia, a 30-something upper middle-class woman, finds her life turned upside down when she unexpectedly falls in love with the free-spirited Frida.
Carnegie Institution for Science
Thu., Nov. 1, 7 p.m.

Swiss-German

Urs Fischer
Directed by Iwan Schumacher
(Switzerland/U.S./U.K./Australia/China, 2010, 98 min.)
Iwan Schumacher examines the life of artist Urs Fischer, whom he says "combines a pop immediacy with a neo-baroque taste for the absurd" (Swiss-German and Italian).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 25, 2 p.m

   

Events - November 2012

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ART

Through 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

Nov. 3 to Jan. 27
Ivan Sigal: White Road
From 1998 to 2005, American photographer Ivan Sigal traveled in Central Asia, using his camera to record the unsettled lives of Eurasians in provincial towns and cities. Using images and text, this unconventional narrative reveals a diverse population adapting to extraordinary times.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Nov. 4
Argentine Fall Salon 2012
This annual salon features cutting-edge artists from Argentina, with this year's roster spotlighting Delia Cordone, Analía Jaimovich, Carla Nano, Ana Rendich and Marcela Siniego, among others.
Embassy of Argentina

Nov. 7 to Jan. 30
Big Bang by Franco Lippi
According to chief curator Alfredo Ratinoff, "Franco Lippi's 'Big Bang' is a statement through which he reveals the moment at which everything came to be, in which everything is possible, each suspended in time for us to explore the immensity of his works."
Embassy of Argentina

Through Nov. 9
BALGO: Contemporary Australian Art from the Balgo Hills
A riot of color and energy, "BALGO" explores the stories, lives and history of the Kukatja speakers in the small western Australian community of Balgo Hills, whose artists are renowned for their vivid palettes that blend the spiritual with the political, and the abstract with representations of landscapes.
Embassy of Australia

Nov. 10 to Feb. 10
NOW at the Corcoran – Enoc Perez: Utopia
Enoc Perez's lushly figured paintings of modernist buildings at once exploit and question the seductions of architecture as well as painting itself.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Nov. 10 to Feb. 24
Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII
Taryn Simon produced this 18-chapter series over a four-year period (2008-11), during which she traveled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Nov. 11
Cultural Material
Artists Bongsang Cho, Jiyoung Chung and Sang Joon Park, working in metal, paper and ceramics respectively, each derive their vibrant creations from materials and techniques native to Korea, and were selected for inclusion in the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in 2012.
Korean Cultural Center

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 Nov. 13
Evalds Dajevskis: Place, Art and Identity
This retrospective of Evalds Dajevskis — encompassing works painted between 1938 and 1989 in Latvia, Germany and the U.S. — explores the Latvian artist's roots in the traditions of the ancient Baltic peoples, the 20th-century Latvian experience of displaced persons in both Europe and the United States, as well as Dajevskis's film and theater career as a scenic artist on Broadway.
Embassy of Latvia

Through Nov. 15
Rendez-vous in the Gardens
The D.C. opening of the traveling exhibit "Photographing Gardens, 1851 to 1987" (on its way to the French Embassy in Berlin) presents a selection of 50 photographs from 1851 to 1987 from the collections of the Médiatheque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (architecture and heritage media center).
La Maison Française

Through Nov. 16
Once Upon a Time in Almería
During the 1960s and 1970s, the region of Almeria, Spain, was host to dozens of filmmakers who constructed elaborate movie sets, invoking locations from the American Southwest to Bedouin Arabia for films such as "Cleopatra" and "Patton." D.C.-based photographer Mark Parascandola revisits the architecture and locations used in these classic films over the years.
Embassy of Spain

Nov. 17 to Feb. 24
Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
An eye-opening look at the largely unknown ancient past of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this exhibition draws on recently excavated archaeological material from sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula, tracing the impact of ancient trade routes and pilgrimage roads stretching from Yemen in the south to Iraq, Syria and Mediterranean cultures in the north.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Nov. 18
Sarnari: Fragments
Self-taught painter and Rome native Franco Sarnari sets up a close dialogue with the old masters with his contemporary artwork, but always focuses on the tensions, fears and hopes, joyful bliss and terrible anxiety of our times. On view by appointment; reservations can be made by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Italian Cultural Institute

Through Dec. 2
The Image of Strindberg
Today, 100 years after the death of Swedish dramatist and author August Strindberg (1849-1912), there are many different images of the man: genius, madman, jealous man, woman hater, anarchist, vain man, vagabond and brazen man. But who was August Strindberg and how do we remember Sweden's most famous writer and dramatist?
House of Sweden

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. 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 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

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 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

Through 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 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. 6
Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture
One of Europe's most celebrated living artists, Per Kirkeby is a Danish painter, sculptor, geologist, filmmaker, writer and poet. In the most comprehensive display of his work in the U.S. to date, 26 richly layered paintings and 11 striking bronze models reveal Kirkeby's belief that art, like science, is constantly in flux.
The Phillips Collection

Through 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 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 Jan. 13
Picturing the Sublime: Photographs from the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection
Eleven photographs document how artists use the camera to capture the sublime beauty and human destruction of the natural world.
The Phillips Collection

Through Jan. 13
Ripple Effect: Currents of Social Engaged Art
In this collaborative project, artists instigate conversations on broad themes such as environmentalism, social justice and immigration, while providing poetic and often concrete solutions, exploring specific social issues as the environmental blight of illegal dumping, the social stratification of D.C., and the ongoing struggle against violence in Mexico.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through Jan. 13
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
In the first major exhibition since Roy Lichtenstein's death in 1997, more than 100 of the artist's greatest paintings from all periods of his career will be presented along with a selection of related drawings and sculptures.
National Gallery of Art

Through 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 Jan. 30
Beyond
A photographer, writer, filmmaker, book designer, and exhibitions producer, Michael Benson's work focuses on the intersection of art and science in large-scale exhibitions of planetary landscape, mostly under the title "Beyond." He takes raw data from NASA and European Space Agency archives and individual spacecraft frames to produce seamless, large-format digital prints of landscapes currently beyond direct human experience.
Embassy of Slovenia

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
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

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

Through February 2013
Ai Weiwei: According to What?
This major survey of Ai Weiwei, one of China's most prolific and provocative artists, aims to reveal the rich and varied contexts that he has interwoven within the broad spectrum of his work, from sculpture, photography and video to site-specific architectural installations.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through 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 March 16
Words Like Sapphires: 100 Years of Hebraica at the Library of Congress
A century ago, New York philanthropist Jacob H. Schiff purchased an initial collection of nearly 10,000 Hebrew books and pamphlets for the Library of Congress. This gift formed the nucleus of what is today one of the world's greatest collections of Hebraic materials, comprising some 200,000 items.
Library of Congress

Through March 31
Pissarro on Paper
French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro first tried printmaking in his early thirties, and though he never stopped painting, printing became vital to his artistic enterprise.
National Gallery of Art

DANCE

Nov. 3 to 4
Bayanihan - The National Folk Dance Company of The Philippines
The Bayanihan Dance Company offers a program titled "Philippinescape," consisting of five dance suites that portray different aspects of Philippine life, history and culture. Tickets are $25 to $95.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Through Nov. 4
The Washington Ballet: Dracula
The Washington Ballet presents Michael Pink's chilling blockbuster "Dracula," a wildly theatrical and voluptuous ballet that's also a breathtaking story of passion, yearning, cruelty and sacrifice. Tickets are $25 to $125.
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 11, 4 p.m.
Shaolin Warriors: Voices of the Masters
In a spectacular new production, these dynamic warriors from the Far East bring the exhilarating movement and sparkling imagery of the ancient art of kung fu to the stage. Tickets are 24 to $48.
George Mason University Center for the Arts (Nov. 10-11)
Hylton Performing Arts Center (Nov. 9)

Nov. 24 and 25; Nov. 29 to Dec. 23
The Nutcracker
The Washington Ballet's adaptation of this beloved ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker at a Christmas Eve in her family's 1882 Georgetown mansion, leading her on a wondrous journey filled with the Snow Queen and King, Sugar Plum Fairy, cherry blossoms, Anacostia Indians, a frontiersman, cardinals and more. Tickets are $30 to $101.
THEARC Theater (Nov. 24-25)
Warner Theater (Nov. 29-Dec. 23)

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Nov. 1, 6 p.m.
Enrico Elisi and Alessandra Marc
As part of "A Celebration of Italian Art, Music and Film," jointly presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the National Gallery of Art, David Gariff gives a lecture on post-World War II Italian art and the paintings of Franco Sarnari, followed by a concert by Enrico Elisi and Alessandra Marc at 7 p.m.
Italian Cultural Institute

Wed., Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
Post-Election Transatlantic Relations
Following the U.S. election, this off-the-record panel discussions will examine transatlantic relations with Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations, William Danvers, majority staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and other experts. Admission is free but a reservation is required.
La Maison Française

Mon., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101
The Saint-Emilion region — the world-famous right bank of Bordeaux — is the subject of this monthly Tour de France wine tasting soirée, as veteran wine journalist Claire Morin-Gibourg explores the regions and vineyards in France, as well as tasting techniques. Tickets are $70.
La Maison Française


FESTIVALS

Nov. 2 to Nov. 5
Ninth Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts
A diverse and international roster of artists will join Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company for the company's signature ninth annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts D.C., featuring several dance performances, a peace concert, a poetry performance, a film screening, panel discussions and workshops with the guest artists. For information, visit www.dakshina.org.
Various locations

Sat., Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kids Euro Family Day
Bring the family for a day of fun at the Swedish Embassy as part of the Kids Euro Festival 2012, including the play "Max" based on Barbro Lindgren's books, a kids reading corner, Little Red House on the Potomac, photo booth with Swedish features, craft station and a Swedish fish pond and movie screening for older children.
House of Sweden

Fri., Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Champagne Gala
The French Embassy hosts an evening of sophisticated elegance with tastings from a variety of Champagne houses, including Gosset, Perrier-Jouët, Monopole and many others, as well as gourmet food from restaurants such as Bistrop Lepic and Café Dupont, along with a silent auction. Tickets are $165 for VIP admission at 7 p.m., or $85 for after-hours admission at 8:30 p.m.
La Maison Française

Wed., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
Azerbaijani Cultural Event: A Night in Washington with Friends from Baku
The Azerbaijan America Alliance presents a gala dinner and an evening with government officials, business leaders, scholars and media to celebrate Azerbaijani music, dance and food, with performances by Natig Rhythm Group, Mensum Ibrahimov and others. Admission is complimentary with invitation. For information, call (202) 756-4547, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit http://azerbaijanamericaalliance.org.
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Through Nov. 14
Kids Euro Festival
Kids Euro Festival is the largest children's performing arts festival in the United States, with more than 200 free, family-friendly, European-themed events throughout the Washington area. Designed for children ages 2 to 12 and their families, Kids Euro Festival unites the 27 embassies of the European Union and nearly 30 American cultural institutions, all of whom work together to transform the capital region into an action-packed cultural adventure for young people. For a schedule of events, visit www.kidseurofestival.org.
Various locations

MUSIC

Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Caroline Calleja, Piano
Caroline Calleja started her musical education at the age of 4 and has gone on to become the first-prize winner of various competitions, including the Bice Mizzi Vassallo Competition (1995 and 1997) and the Tchaikovsky Piano Award (2000). Tickets are $75, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Slovenia

Thu., Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Francesca Hurst in Concert
From 18th-century Italy to 21st-century America, through Germany, Poland and Hungary, Francesca Hurst performas a rare selection of piano masterpieces marked by poetic depth and shining virtuosity (doors open at 6:15 p.m.).
Italian Cultural Institute

Thu., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Gerdan-Kaleidoscope of World Music
Back by popular demand, the Gerdan ensemble fuses Ukrainian folk traditions with fascinating arrangements of classical, jazz, samba and tango music. Tickets are $80, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Ukraine

Thu., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Smooth Jazz with Anders Holst
Swedish singer and smooth jazz songwriter Anders Holst performs his show "The man inside the song," featuring original tracks as well as innovative covers of songs by Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Simply Red. Tickets are $15.
House of Sweden

Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.
Gilberto Gil
Gilberto Gil has developed a career that has spanned four decades with more than 30 albums released, multiple Grammy Awards, and 5 million records sold. His latest project, "For All," reinvents the folkloric, celebratory Baião music of northeast Brazil. Tickets are $35 to $75.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Sun., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Between Two Worlds: Jewish Voices in Modern European Music
Pro Musica Hebraica's fall concert examines the shared experience of a formidable generation of Jewish composers who passed from the vibrant world of fin-de-siecle Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Paris into the heart of Europe's 20th-century terrors. Tickets are $38.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Jesús Reina, Violin
Edvinas Minkstimas, Piano
Jesús Reina has been hailed by critics as a violinist "with a beautiful sound characterized by true musicality, temperament and charisma" (El Pais). Tickets are $160, including dinner buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
European Union Residence

Sun., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune and Beyond
Part of the "Keyboard Conversations" series, Jeffrey Siegel delves into the aural delights of Claude Debussy, the renowned French composer whose dreamy, beautiful music evokes vivid and sensuous imagery. Tickets are $19 to $38.
George Mason University Center for the Arts

Sat., Nov. 24, 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 25, 4 p.m.
A Chanticleer Christmas
This Grammy-winning kicks off the holidays with a festive program showcasing Gregorian chants, motets, revered sacred works, traditional English and European carols, and American folk hymns. Tickets are $32 to $48.
George Mason University Center for the Arts (Nov. 24)
Hylton Performing Arts Center (Nov. 25)

THEATER

Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 3, 8 p.m.
Amarillo
This multi-media performance piece directed by Jorge A. Vargas and by members of Teatro Linea de Sombra from Mexico explores issues of migration and its repercussion on the human condition. Tickets are $20.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Nov. 2 to Jan. 6
My Fair Lady
When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Tickets are $45 to $94.
Arena Stage

Through Nov. 3
Trespassing: The Visitor & The Peephole
Ambassador Theater presents two one-act plays written by Egyptian playwright Alfred Farag that unfold into madcap tales of justice, fate, insecurities, deception, social status, power and a murdered body that keeps disappearing. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.aticc.org.
Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

Nov. 8 to Dec. 2
Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woodie Guthrie
"Woody Sez" celebrates the legend of American folk legend Woody Guthrie, "America's greatest ballad maker," whose music continues to inspire today's finest storytelling songwriters including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and the Indigo Girls.Tickets start at $35.
Washington DCJCC

Through Nov. 11
Dirt
British playwright Bryony Lavery's "Dirt" follows five lives as they sprawl and intersect: Harper is about to die. Elle is her waitress. Matt will eventually sleep with them both. May tries to get through a lecture in quantum physics without her cell going off, and Guy is a healer and, well, a guy. Tickets are $20.
The Studio Theatre

Through Nov. 11
War Horse
Winner of five Tony Awards, "War Horse" is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama brought to life by astonishing life-size puppets of horses that are strong enough for men to ride. Tickets are $25 to $175.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Nov. 14 to Dec. 9
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
The Shakespeare Theatre Company brings a second production from the National Theatre of Scotland to D.C. audiences, a play inspired by the Border Ballads of Scotland that follows an academic on her supernatural and affirming Midwinter's Eve journey through a world of Scottish nostalgia. Tickets are $55.
DuPont Circle's Bier Baron Tavern

Nov. 14 to Dec. 30
Cinderella
Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical "Cinderella" adds warmth and a touch of hilarity to the enduing fairytale. Tickets are $26 to $54.
Olney Theatre Center

Through Nov. 17
15th International Festival of Hispanic Theatre
Teatro de la Luna presents the 15th International Festival of Hispanic Theatre featuring "Otelo... Sniff (Othello... Sniff)" from the Dominican Republic, "Jesucristo (Jesus Christ)" from Argentina, "Cartas de las Golondrinas (Letters from the Swallows)" from Spain and other works from Ecuador, Venezuela and the United States. Tickets are $35; for information, visit www.teatrodelaluna.org.
Gunston Arts Center – Theater Two

Nov. 20 to 25
Jekyll & Hyde
"American Idol" finalist and Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis ("Rock of Ages") joins with Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox in this thrilling revival of Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse's musical. Tickets are $25 to $115.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Through Nov. 25
Conference of the Birds
In this fable based on a 12th-century Persian poem that ponders the search for the divine and the quest for truth, the birds of the world take flight on an extraordinary pilgrimage to find their king. Tickets are $40 to $68.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Nov. 25
Dying City
One year after his identical twin brother's suspicious death in Iraq, Peter shows up unannounced at his sister-in-law Kelly's apartment. Having not spoken since the funeral, Peter and Kelly face off in a passive-aggressive battle rooted in half-truths and betrayal. Please call for ticket information.
Signature Theatre

Nov. 30 to Dec. 30
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
Rediscover the vibrancy and joy of this immortal classic as Dickens originally intended — in his own words — and experience his unforgettable characters and imagery in a masterful solo performance by Olney Theatre Center favorite Paul Morella. Tickets are $26.
Olney Theatre Center

   

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