March 2013

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Kenyans Vote — And Pray
History Won't Repeat Itself

a4.kenya.odembo.homeIt's been five years since Kenya was gripped by election-related violence that plunged East Africa's most stable democracy into a nightmare of ethnic barbarism — a nightmare Kenya's ambassador says his country is determined not to repeat. Read More

People of World Influence

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mali
Warns of North African Dangers

a1.powi.huddleston.homeIf Mali becomes the world's next major breeding ground for terrorists, nobody can say former Ambassador Vicki Huddleston didn't warn them. Read More


Economics

In U.S. and Around World,
These Are Taxing Times

a2.tax.global.money.homeAmericans have had a hate/hate relationship with taxes since before they were even Americans. But how much do they really pay compared to the rest of the world? Read More


Diplomacy

Obama Continues Tradition
Of Ambassadorships for Sale

a3.appointments.monaco.homeFor more than a century, U.S. presidents have used cushy diplomatic appointments to reward donors, political operatives and other allies — a proud yet dubious tradition continued by President Obama. Read More


Business

Mideast Business Boom Fuels
Global Expansion at Dulles

a5.airlines.dulles.terminal.homeDulles International Airport, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, expects to serve a record 24 million passengers in 2013 — driven in part by a business boom in the oil-rich Persian Gulf that shows no sign of slowing down. Read More


The Rotunda: Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill

Kerry and Hagel:
A Tale of Two Hearings

a6.hearings.rotunda.homeIt was a tale of two hearings: In John Kerry's Senate confirmation hearing, the public got the reasoned debate it deserved — in the Chuck Hagel hearing, it got the small-minded politics it's come to expect in lieu. Read More


Inside the Chamber

Dynamic President, Policy Veteran
Navigate 'Unofficial' Relationship

a7.taiwan.chamber.homeThe US-Taiwan Business Council gingerly navigates an "unofficial" relationship in which a bustling trade in goods, services and people has flourished in a zone of political ambiguity. Read More


Medical

The Right Moves: Exercise, Sports
Define and Transcend Cultures

a8.exercise.bikram.yoga.homeSports and fitness practices from other countries expose people to other cultures through movement, music and cherished tradition. Read More


   

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mali Warns of North African Dangers

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By Michael Coleman

If Mali becomes the world's next major breeding ground for terrorists, U.S. government officials can't say former Ambassador Vicki Huddleston didn't warn them.

Huddleston was America's top envoy to Mali from 2002 to 2005 and also served as deputy assistant secretary for African affairs at the Departments of State and Defense before she retired to Santa Fe, N.M., in 2011. But she's still got plenty to say about Mali, North Africa, terrorism in the region and what the United States can do about it. Huddleston recently penned a New York Times op-ed titled "Why We Must Help Save Mali" and sat for an interview with National Public Radio.

The gregarious and expansive former high-level government official also participated in a lengthy interview with The Washington Diplomat. At the outset of our interview, Huddleston said the choice for the United States and its European allies with respect to Mali is clear.

"Can we have a country in the heart of Africa controlled by terrorists who are engaged in crime, terror and religious extremism?" she asked. "How much are we willing to accept? Do we intervene or just say, 'Go ahead and take whatever you want because we don't want to fight you.'"

Clearly, Huddleston doesn't think that's a constructive option. But how exactly did Mali, for years considered a stable democracy, devolve into a bastion of "crime, terror and religious extremism?"

The trouble began almost precisely a year ago when military troops overthrew the country's democratically elected president, complaining that the government was not supporting them in their fight against a rebellion by nomadic Tuareg rebels in the north.

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Photo: Larry Luxner
Vicki Huddleston

Ironically, the coup created a power vacuum that allowed those separatist rebels, along with forces linked to al-Qaeda, to take over a vast expanse of desert, effectively splitting the country in two. Soon after trying to create an independent state in the north, however, the secular Tuareg rebels were edged out by a motley mix of Islamic extremists, including Ansar Dine and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb — groups bent on imposing a medieval brand of Sharia law over an area roughly the size of Texas.

Meanwhile, in the south, Mali's fragile caretaker government — still effectively controlled by the military junta — was powerless to stop the Islamists from amputating, stoning and terrorizing people in the north, where jihadists, some having migrated from Libya, found safe haven.

By December, the U.N. Security Council, prompted by France, finally devised a plan to retake the north using a 3,300-member multinational African force. But it would be months before the U.N.-authorized force — let alone a complementary mission of Malian soldiers — would be ready. In the meantime, there were also efforts to negotiate with some of the Islamists in the hopes of avoiding a military confrontation.

On Jan. 10, however, Islamist militants stormed the town of Konna, signaling that they intended to advance on the capital of Bamako, and a conflict that had largely flown under the radar was thrust into the global spotlight. The very next day France — at the urging of the central government in Mali, its former colony in West Africa— responded with airstrikes and ground troops to flush out the Islamists. Some 4,000 French troops quickly succeeded in freeing towns such as Gao and Timbuktu, while the Islamists melted away into the desert and mountains.

Huddleston praised French leadership in Mali and explained why they were a natural choice to spearhead the intervention.

"It's a former colonial master and they have strong ties with these countries," she said. "They also have substantial populations of French in Mali ... and in Niger and Chad."

She added that France's willingness to commit ground troops to the Mali campaign in January resonated deeply with the population there.

"They not only used airpower but were willing to put their troops on the ground," she pointed out. "This makes a huge difference in Africa. When we do [air]strikes and are unwilling to put troops on the ground to put our lives at risk — and I don't like the idea that Americans would lose their lives — it makes a difference in the region."

She said that because the French were "willing to put their own lives at risk," they were able to win the respect of Mali's people. "When they did that, they were able to push the Islamists out easily. France did a great job, but now comes the really hard question: Is it up to the African troops to root out the extremists when they go back into the desert?"

Indeed, almost just as quickly as it had intervened in Mali, France vowed it would be pulling out of its former colony over the next several weeks and leaving West African and Malian soldiers in charge of the mission.

But the Islamists have most likely simply retreated to fight another day (they were already regrouping in Gao, where several clashes and suicide bombings took place in early February). Meanwhile, any possible African peacekeeping force still needs months of training — as does Mali's dysfunctional military, which continues to meddle in government affairs and prevent democracy from being fully restored (though it did announce that national elections would be held July 31, a key Western demand).

And Mali's turmoil could easily seep into other nations. It already became Algeria's problem on Jan. 16 when jihadist sympathizers linked to al-Qaeda seized a natural gas facility that employed hundreds of people in southern Algeria near the Malian border. Algerian forces stormed the massive compound and after a dramatic four-day standoff, at least 37 hostages were dead, along with 29 militants, according to news reports.

It was a stark wake-up call that North Africa could become a new front in the battle against al-Qaeda, which, though significantly weakened since 9/11, has grown powerful tentacles in parts of the region, capitalizing on the upheaval of the Arab Spring.

"Mali is a battleground, but the problem is not coming from Mali — it's coming from Algerian jihadists and a population of Mali that is rebelling in North Africa, and those are the two issues that have to be resolved," Huddleston explained. "Al-Qaeda has to be defeated."

Huddleston said Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is particularly worrisome — as are the massive caches of weapons being funneled out of Libya after the fall of the nation's longtime dictator, Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi. U.S. intelligence officials believe AQIM is actively plotting attacks on Western targets, but they find the splintered, divisive nature of the group challenging to get a bead on.

"What we do know in the case of AQIM is that they have lots of territory, links to other terrorists, and access to thousands of weapons," Huddleston said. "Gaddafi's armories were full of everything and those [weapons] are moving south."

She pointedly added: "As long as those links are there, as long as they have access to that kind of weaponry, and as long as they are going to attract — and they will — other jihadists, they're going to be dangerous."

The entire region is becoming increasingly dangerous, she believes, warning that North Africa could become the next stomping ground for al-Qaeda. Huddleston, a career diplomat who served throughout Africa and Latin America, also worries that a passive approach to the radical Islamist momentum building in the region could have dire consequences for the United States. She pointed out that al-Qaeda plotted its devastating Sept. 11, 2001, attacks from the remote mountains of Afghanistan, sheltered by the Taliban.

"9/11 wasn't a sophisticated attack," she said.

To that end, she's been urging the U.S. government to pay more attention to Mali.

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Credit: U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Ken Bergmann
Members of the Malian army conduct drills for new recruits during a 2007 exercise held in Timbuktu after receiving training from U.S. Army soldiers from North Carolina. Although the U.S. military has trained Mali forces over the years, the West African nation's dysfunctional military was no match for the al-Qaeda-linked groups that seized control of northern Mali last year.

"The United States need not put combat troops on the ground. Instead, we should provide intelligence, equipment, financing and training for a West African intervention force that the United Nations Security Council approved in December (but did not finance)," she wrote in her New York Times op-ed in early 2013.

That's not to say the U.S. government hasn't done anything. To improve military relations with African nations, the Bush administration launched the U.S. Africa Command (Africom) in 2007. Two years earlier, a joint civilian-military effort called the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Initiative was formed to provide training and instruction to help governments prevent large swaths of desolate African territory from becoming terrorist strongholds. Current membership includes 11 African countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

Congress appropriated $500 million for the initiative, but it's unclear whether the investment has paid off — at least in Mali (the leader of last year's military coup, Capt. Amadou Sanogo, trained in the United States). Huddleston admits it may not have.

"Years of training by United States Special Forces did not stop the Malian military from fleeing when the Islamist insurgency started last January. In fact, the military exacerbated the chaos by overthrowing Mali's democratically elected government last March," she wrote in her op-ed.

Huddleston says it's necessary to restore Mali's broken democracy and address its chronic poverty, but the more immediate focus should be on keeping the country from becoming a terrorist sanctuary. Part of the solution, she contends, is to take the Malian army out of the equation in the north and give the area back to the tribes people who've lived in the desert for centuries (the main Tuareg rebel group has already indicated its support to oust remaining Islamist militants).

"There has to be a negotiation for autonomy with the Malian nomads so then their armies can be trained to provide security for that area," she told us.

But the key to stabilizing the shaky state, Huddleston believes, lies with neighboring Algeria.

"Algeria is the only country on the continent with the military capacity, seasoned officers, counterterrorism experience and geographic proximity to take over from France in bringing peace to Mali. Algeria's military leaders know the extremists' tactics and their leaders," she argues.

A lot of that knowledge comes from Algeria's own brutal civil war with Islamist rebels from 1991 to 2002 that killed anywhere between 100,000 to 200,000 people. The conflict began when a major Islamic party looked set to win national elections. The Algerian government, fearing defeat, promptly canceled the vote, sparking an armed guerilla campaign against the government and its allies.

Huddleston said that costly war sowed the seeds of terrorism in Algeria that eventually spread to Mali.

"It began in 2003 with the end of the Algerian civil war," she explained. "The Algerian government had defeated the extremists — they were essentially radical Islamic jihadists. That war was the first war in which there was a conflict between a state and extremists.

"Once defeated, these Islamists went into the mountains and they carried out terrorist attacks against the military, initially.... Then they took 32 hostages — all of them European — and they took half of them into Mali," she said, referring to the 2003 hostage crisis in the Sahara desert that sparked an Algerian manhunt for the missing tourists.

"Once the radicals got to Mali with 15 European hostages, they successfully extorted $5 million in ransom money from the German government," Huddleston said (the German government never confirmed it paid a ransom). "They used that to buy arms and attempt to recruit."

But the militant Islamic kidnappers, with varying ideologies, never found a strong foothold in Mali, a historic center of Islamic scholarship whose deeply cultural people have a zest for music, art, laughter and life.

"The people in Mali weren't very interested because the extremists don't believe in smoking or music and of course the Malians have lovely music and enjoy life quite a bit," Huddleston said.

Over the next few years, she says the U.S. government embarked on training missions in Mali, but never engaged in the deep intelligence gathering that would have helped the Malian army root the radicals out. Meanwhile, Europeans continued to be abducted and held for ransom.

"They got stronger and stronger because Europeans kept paying them ransom for European hostages," Huddleston said, estimating, "The Europeans probably paid about $90 million in ransom money."

Huddleston suggested that now, European governments — not just France — need to take an active role in planning to contain and defeat extremists who are still eager to establish a base from which they can plot attacks against the West. "This is obviously going to be a long-term problem for Europe and that is one of the reasons France got engaged," she said.

Plenty of hard questions also await the Obama administration, which has so far been reticent about directly intervening in North Africa, outside of drone surveillance and other intelligence ops. Before handing the reins over to John Kerry, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the United States was "in for a struggle" against a resurgent al-Qaeda presence in North Africa.

"I'm not sure what the Kerry administration will do or is planning because we're at a transmission point," Huddleston said. "I thought Hillary was becoming quite aggressive on this in some of her remarks — that we can't allow Mali to become a safe haven. The only problem was the remark had already been used."

The bigger problem, according to Huddleston, is that Africa simply isn't a priority at the State Department.

"I think Hillary didn't actually know what was going on in northern Mali because Africa is low in priority," Huddleston argues. "Africa is a low priority and West Africa is the lowest priority. One of the problems for the State Department is that North Africa is in the Middle East Bureau and sub-Sahara Africa is the Africa Bureau.

"North Africa is the lowest priority in the Middle East Bureau," she said. "They have a couple of wars up there and they aren't that interested in North Africa. They're happy to have the Africa Bureau manage this mess in Mali and that's a mistake."

Huddleston is intimately familiar with the workings of Foggy Bottom. She was the chief U.S. diplomat in Cuba from 1999 to 2002 and deputy chief of mission in Haiti during the deployment of U.S.-led forces in 1994 to remove the military regime there. In addition to serving as America's top envoy to Mali, she was also ambassador to Madagascar and chargé d'affaires in Ethiopia. She's received various State Department accolades, including a Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, and she was also a scholar at the Brookings Institution and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Huddleston retired to sunny, peaceful Santa Fe two years ago, but she finds it hard to ignore the conflict brewing Mali and has offered her expertise to Washington policymakers.

"I've been back a couple of times and I've given them some of my thoughts, but quite honestly they weren't very interested," she said with a rueful laugh.

But she quickly became somber when asked if the events in Mali are a harbinger of things to come in North Africa.

"I would say this is more than a sneak preview — we're in the main feature," she warned. "What the American public hasn't realized is, is that this is the future."


About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat

   

In U.S. and Around World, These Are Taxing Times

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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In U.S., Selling Ambassadorships To Highest Bidder Has Long History

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By Dave Seminara

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Kenyans Vote — And Pray History Won't Repeat Itself

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By Larry Luxner

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Mideast Business Boom Fuels Global Expansion at Dulles

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By Larry Luxner

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Kerry and Hagel: A Tale of Two Hearings

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By Luke Jerod Kummer

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Dynamic President, Policy Veteran Navigate ‘Unofficial’ Relationship

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By Sean Lyngaas

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The Right Moves: Exercise, Sports Define and Transcend Cultures

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Luxury Flats Make Washington Comeback

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Yearlong Cultural Festival Showcases All Country Has to Offer

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Italian Embassy Partners With Big Events for Good Causes

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Egypt’s Amani Amin: Dentist, Writer and Webmaster

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By Gail Scott

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Washington National Opera Springs Back Into Action

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Latin Art at National Airport Offers Hurried Travelers a Break

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By Audrey Hoffer

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Shakespeare Nails O’Neill’s Tale of Empathy Laced With Disdain

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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At Ambar, Serbian Native Re-Imagines Hearty Fare Through Modern Filter

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Israel’s Once-Hawkish Ex-Shin Bet Chiefs Now Preach Peace

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Environmental Film Fest Brings World of Eco Issues to D.C.

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Films - March 2013

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Czech

Italian


English

Korean


French

Mandarin

German

Romanian

Czech

District League: Pepik Hnatek's Last Stand
(Okresní prebor: Poslední zápas Pepíka Hnátka)
Directed by Jan Prusinovsky
(Czech Republic, 2012, 104 min.)
In this dark comedy, an eccentric provincial soccer coach keeps his pending heart surgery a secret from both his wife and his team.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 13, 8 p.m.

English

Before Sunrise
Directed by Richard Linklater
(U.S./Austria/Switzerland, 1995, 105 min.)
American backpacker Ethan Hawke and French student Julie Delpy walk and talk their way through the night in baroquely beautiful Budapest.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 2, 8 p.m.,
Tue., March 5, 7 p.m.

Bottled Life
(Nestlés Geschäfte Mit Dem Wasser)
Directed by Urs Schnell
(Switzerland, 2012, 90 min.)
Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland, there's a company that has developed the art to perfection: the Nestlé Corporation.
University of the District of Columbia
Thu., March 21, 6 p.m.

Cinderella Moon
Directed by Richard Bowen
(China, 2011, 96 min.)
Based on the Chinese legend of Ye Xian that predates Perrault's Cinderella by about 800 years, the film focuses on little Mei Mei who hopes to follow in her mother's footsteps, finding a love match by dancing in the village festival.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 16, 10:30 a.m.,
Sun., March 17, 11:30 a.m.

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Directed by Werner Herzog
(Germany, 2010, 90 min.)
Werner Herzog's visually stunning documentary tracks the people of the small village of Bakhtia in the remote and desolate Siberian wilderness, snowbound for months at a time (English and Russian).
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Jane's Journey
Directed by Lorenz Knauer
(Germany, 2010, 106 min.)
It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact on animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45-year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary.
National Museum of Natural History
Sun., March 17, 12 p.m.

The Last Ocean
Directed by Peter Young
(New Zealand, 2012, 85 min.)
The most pristine marine ecosystem on Earth, the Ross Sea has remained free from widespread pollution, invasive species, mining and over-fishing — a living laboratory providing scientists with the last chance to understand how a healthy marine ecosystem functions (screens with "Planet Ocean").
National Museum of Natural History
Sat, March 16, 12 p.m.

Now, Forager
Directed by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin
(Poland, 2012, 94 min.)
A husband-and-wife team of foragers makes their living gathering wild mushrooms in the woodlands of New Jersey and selling them to New York City restaurants, but their unpredictable foraging lifestyle puts their marriage to the test.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 17, 7:15 p.m.

Once
Directed by John Carney
(Ireland, 2006, 85 min.)
Sparks fly and music flows when a down-on-his-luck Irish busker and a poor Czech immigrant meet on the streets of Dublin in this intimate modern musical.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 10, 4 p.m.,
Thu., March 14, 9:30 p.m.

One Life
Directed by Michael Gunton and Martha Holmes
(U.K., 2011, 85 min.)
Daniel Craig narrates this amazing BBC wildlife documentary celebrating the diversity and tenacity of life on earth, bringing some of the most brilliant and imaginative stories from the animal kingdom to the big screen.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Peak
Directed by Hannes Lang
(Germany/Italy, 2011, 91 min.)
The Alps are an ancient region of natural beauty that is changing as a result of global warming.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Planet Ocean
Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot
(France, 2012, 90 min.)
This cinematic adventure highlights the scientific missions of TARA expeditions, a unique pool of international researchers, oceanographers and biologists exploring the deep blue (screens with "The Last Ocean").
National Museum of Natural History
Sat, March 16, 3:15 p.m.

Stoker
Directed by Park Chan-wook
(U.S./U.K., 2013, 98 min.)
India's father dies in an auto accident and her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother, although India begins to suspect that he has ulterior motives.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 1, 7 p.m.,
Sat., March 2, 7 p.m.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 8

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Directed by Philip Kaufman
(U.S., 1988, 171 min.)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin shine as husband, wife and mistress in Czechoslovakia during the Prague Spring in this erotically charged and thought-provoking cult classic.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 3, 7:30 p.m.,
Wed., March 6, 6:45 p.m.

Unfinished Spaces
Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
(Cuba, 2011, 86 min.)
Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young visionary architects in the wake of Castro's Revolution, was long neglected but has now been rediscovered as an architectural masterpiece.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Thu., March 14, 7 p.m.

French

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
(Une bouteille à la mer)
Directed by Thierry Binisti
(France/Israel/Canada, 2011, 100 min.)
A 17-year-old French girl who's immigrated to Jerusalem slips a letter about peace between Israelis and Palestinians in a bottle and throws it out to sea — only to receive a response from a young Palestinian man in Gaza (French, Hebrew and Arabic).
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 27, 8 p.m.

The Day of the Crows
(Le jour des corneilles)
Directed by Jean-Christophe Dessaint
(France, 2012, 96 min.)
In this animated film, a child and his father lead a wild and hard life in an isolated forest with only the ghosts haunting the forest as their companions, until one day the child discovers a girl in a neighboring village.
The Avalon Theatre
Sat., March 16, 10:30 a.m.

The Kid with a Bike
(Le gamin au vélo)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
(Belgium/France/Italy, 2011, 87 min.)
Cinema Art Bethesda's monthly Sunday screening looks at the relationship between an abandoned 12 year-old-boy and the local hairdresser who agrees to foster him on weekends; professor Stan Levin moderates post-film discussion.
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., March 3, 10 a.m.

The Little Room
(La Petite Chambre)
Directed by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond
(Switzerland/Luxembourg, 2010, 87 min.)
Edmond fights the idea of going to a retirement home until a bad fall forces him to accept help from his caregiver Rose.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 20, 8 p.m.

Rosetta
Directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
(France/Belgium, 1999, 95 min.)
A teenage girl uses her meager resources to eke out an existence in a trailer park for herself and her alcoholic mother (screens with "The Son").
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 2, 2 p.m.

The Son
(Le fils)
Directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
(Belgium/France, 2002, 103 min.)
Olivier, a middle-age carpenter at a rehabilitation center for boys, refuses to take on Francis as his apprentice until, curiously, he changes his mind (screens with "Rosetta").
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 2, 4:30 p.m.

German

Warm Period
(Warmzeit)
Directed by Knut Karger
(Germany, 2012, 80 min.)
This film connects individuals, scientists and engineers of alternative energy technologies from Greenland to Namibia who are experiencing the impact of climate change.
Goethe-Institut
Tue., March 19, 6 p.m.

Italian

 The Mercenary aka A Professional Gun
(Il mercenario)
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
(Italy/Spain, 1968, 110 min.)
A Polish mercenary, sensing a business opportunity, falls in with a band of Mexican revolutionaries.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 29, 7 p.m.,
Sun., March 31, 9:45 p.m.

Korean

In Another Country
Directed by Hong Sang-soo
(France/South Korea, 2012, 89 min.)
The great French actress Isabelle Huppert stars as three different women visiting the Korean resort town of Mohan in this triptych of tales.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 10, 1 p.m.

Helpless
Directed by Byun Young-joo
(South Korea, 2012, 117 min.)
A man searches for his fiancée, who vanished without a trace just before their wedding ceremony — only to discover her shocking identity.
Angelika Mosaic
Wed., March 27, 7:30 p.m.,
Thu., March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Jiseul
Directed by O. Muel
(South Korea, 2012, 108 min.)
This film recreates little-known tragic events that occurred on Jeju Island in 1948, when the South Korean government, in collusion with the U.S. military, cracked down on the island's protesting residents.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 24, 2 p.m.

JSA: Joint Security Area
Directed by Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2000, 110 min.)
Structured as a classic whodunit, "JSA" begins with a U.N. investigator looking into the killing of two North Korean soldiers by a South Korean soldier. But flashbacks reveal a surprising truth: the soldiers had developed a cross-border friendship.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 3, 1 p.m.

Lady Vengeance
Directed Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2005, 112 min.)
Imprisoned for 14 years for a crime she didn't commit, a woman plots her revenge on the sociopathic schoolteacher who forced her to confess to the crime.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 17, 2 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 31, 7:30 p.m.

Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time
Directed by Yoon Jong-bin
(South Korea, 2012, 133 min.)
A corrupt customs inspector stumbles upon a wayward drug shipment and leverages it into a business partnership with the city's biggest crime boss.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 8, 7 p.m.
Angelika Mosaic
Wed., March 13, 7:30 p.m.,
Thu., March 14, 7 p.m.

Oldboy
Directed by Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2003, 120 min.)
A man who is mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years and then just as mysteriously released begins a search for his tormentor — and the secrets he uncovers make for a visually stunning, hyper-violent journey.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 3, 4:30 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 24, 6:30 p.m.

Pieta
Directed by Kim Ki-duk
(South Korea, 2012, 104 min.)
A vicious loan shark collects from his victims by crippling them and reaping the insurance benefits, until a woman appears claiming to be his mother and shows him the only tenderness he's ever known, but does she have an ulterior motive?
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 22, 7 p.m.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Directed Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2002, 129 min.)
The first film in Park Chan-wook's "Vengeance Trilogy," it tells the story of a hearing-impaired factory worker who turns to an illegal organ-trafficking ring to get a new kidney for his dying sister. Cheated gruesomely by the ring, he kidnaps his former boss's daughter as both men set off on bloody-minded missions of revenge.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 15, 7 p.m.

Taste of Money
Directed by Im Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2012, 115 min.)
A secretary to the center of a Korean conglomerate deals with the immoral private issues of a wealthy family, doing whatever he's told as his desire for power and money grows.
Angelika Mosaic
Wed., March 20, 7:30 p.m.,
Thu., March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Thirst
Directed by Park Chan-wook
(South Korea, 2009, 133 min.)
A priest devoted to healing the sick volunteers as a test subject for an experimental drug that ends up giving him a taste for human blood.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 17, 9 p.m.,
Mon., March 18, 9 p.m.

A Werewolf Boy
Directed by Jo Sung-hee
(South Korea, 2012, 126 min.)
When a family discovers a feral teenager living in their barn, they take the boy in and train him, but soon his superhuman strength and odd behavior indicate that he is the product of a shady scientific experiment.
Angelika Mosaic
Wed., March 6, 7:30 p.m.,
Thu., March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Young Gun in the Time
Directed by Oh Young-doo
(South Korea, 2012, 95 min.)
In this eccentric caper, a mysterious woman approaches a down-on-his-heels private eye with a disturbing assignment: track down the owner of a particular wristwatch and kill him.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 24, 9 p.m.,
Mon., March 25, 9:40 p.m.

Mandarin

Beijing Besieged by Waste
Directed by Wang Jiu-liang
(China, 2011, 72 min.)
While China's economic ascent commands global attention, less light has been shed upon the monumental problem of waste spawned by a burgeoning population, booming industry and insatiable urban growth.
Woodrow Wilson Center
Thu., March 14, 12 p.m.

Romanian

Beyond the Hills
(Dupa dealuri)
Directed by Cristian Mungiu
(Romania/France/Belgium, 2012, 152 min.)
Two girls who grew up together in an orphanage and later become lovers are separated when one leaves for a better life in Germany while the other joins a convent.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 15

   

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Galas

Music


ART

March 1 to April 7
Architecture / Landscape
Eight Austrian artists examine the perception and manipulation of our daily surroundings — worlds at once graspable and utterly alien, in part constructed (or perhaps in turn destroyed) by man, or ones artificially generated, seemingly infinite in their reproducibility.
The Mansion at Strathmore

Through March 2
Luces y Sombras: Fourteen Travelers in Mexico
The 20th century saw many internationally acclaimed photographers travel through Mexico to document the country from their unique perspectives. This exhibition focuses on 20 hand-pulled photogravures comprising Paul Strand's seminal 1933 "Mexican Portfolio," along with renowned photographers Edward Weston, Wayne Miller, Aaron Siskind and others who captured the sociopolitical realities, local architecture, and startling landscapes of 20th-century Mexico through a patently American lens. And accompanying exhibit, "Visions of Mexico: The Photography of Hugo Brehme," presents 40 works from Hugo Brehme on loan from the Throckmorton Gallery in New York City.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through March 3
Michelangelo's David-Apollo
The presentation of the "David-Apollo," a marble statue by Michelangelo lent to the National Gallery of Art by the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, opens the nationwide celebration "2013-The Year of Italian Culture."
National Gallery of Art

March 7 to May 31
Perceptive Strokes
In honor of the Inter-American Development Bank's annual meeting in Panama in March, the IDB Cultural Center presents artwork by women Panamanian artists.
IDB Cultural Center

March 9 to April 28
The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia
Modest in scale and appearance, the Cyrus Cylinder is one of the most important and iconic objects in world history whose origins can be traced to the Persian king Cyrus the Great's conquest of Babylon in the sixth century BC.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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 17
Andrei Molodkin: Crude
Andrei Molodkin is a globally recognized contemporary Russian artist who deconstructs the economic realities of geopolitical praxis with monumental ballpoint-pen drawings and three-dimensional constructs filled with crude oil.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through March 17
Grisha Bruskin: H-Hour
Internationally acclaimed contemporary Russian artist Grisha Bruskin's new Kafkaesque sculpture project "H-Hour" is a disturbing, toy-like anatomy of hate in the form of: the hostile state, class enemy, enemy of the subconscious, time and so on.
American University Katzen Arts Center

March 24 to June 9
Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) has long been considered the greatest German artist, uniquely combining the status held in Italian art by Michelangelo in the 16th century, by Raphael in the 18th and 19th centuries, and by Leonardo da Vinci in our own day. But while Dürer's paintings were prized, his most influential works were actually his drawings, watercolors, engravings and woodcuts.
National Gallery of Art

Through March 29
Peruvian Amazon Painting
Renowned Peruvian artists showcase the values and traditions of the diverse, enigmatic indigenous cultures of the Peruvian Amazon.
Embassy of Peru
Fernando de Szyszlo Gallery

Through March 29
Rabín Ajaw: Indigenous Ceremonial Dress of Guatemala
Photographs by Juan Carlos Lemus Dahinten of Guatemala examine the aesthetics of indigenous, Guatemalan dress as a manifestation of cultural identity, and how modern styles influenced by global fashion and culture coexist with indigenous traditions.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

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

Through April 7
Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s
"Pump Me Up" is the first exhibition to explore the thriving underground of Washington, D.C., during the 1980s, giving visual form to the raucous energy of graffiti, Go-Go music, and a world-renowned punk and hardcore scene — demonstrating D.C.'s place in the history of street art as well as that of America's capital city.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through April 12
gute aussichten: new german photography 2012/2013
Works by seven winners of "gute aussichten 2012/2013," the ninth annual German competition for graduate photography students, are distinguished by their highly diverse aesthetics and conceptual approaches, providing an insight into the multifaceted themes that form the focus of young artists' interests today.
Goethe-Institut

Through April 12
Seven Points (part one)
The timely and vibrant exhibition "Seven Points (part one): Marley Dawson, Anna Kristensen, Angelica Mesiti" launches the Australian Embassy's 2013 cultural programming and is the first in a series of exhibitions showcasing the work of dynamic and accomplished Australian contemporary artists: Daniel Boyd, Marley Dawson, Newell Harry, Anna Kristensen, Angelica Mesiti, Kate Mitchell, and Tim Silver. Gallery hours are from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment (202-797-3383).
Embassy of Australia

Through April 21
Orchids of Latin America
"Orchids of Latin America" highlights the importance of Latin American orchids in local culture and folklore through live flower displays and examines ways in which biological reserves are working to preserve orchid species and habitats today.
National Museum of Natural History

Through May 5
Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop
In the first major exhibition devoted to the history of manipulated photographs before the digital age, some 200 works will demonstrate that today's digitally altered photographs are part of a tradition that extends back to the beginning of photography.
National Gallery of Art

Through May 12
Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet
This exhibition reveals a rare cross-cultural artistic dialogue between American painter Jackson Pollock (1912-56), American artist and patron of European and American postwar art Alfonso Ossorio (1916-90), and French painter Jean Dubuffet (1901-85). Approximately 53 paintings and works on paper from 1945 to 1958 highlight visual affinities and inspired friendships among the artists at pivotal moments in their careers.
The Phillips Collection

Through May 12
A World Apart: Anna Ancher and the Skagen Art Colony
The first exhibition in the United States to focus on Danish modern painter Anna Ancher (1859-1935) and the artist colony at Skagen, Denmark, features 41 paintings and oil sketches by Ancher and more than 20 by her fellow Skagen artists.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through May 19
Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland
Focusing mainly on the Irish upper-class, their cultural exchange with England, and their struggle for power during a time of great change, "Nobility and Newcomers" underscores why Irish cultural identity is challenging to define.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through May 26
Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac
Some 100 drawings and watercolors from the collection of James T. Dyke showcase the broad development of modern draftsmanship in France, from romanticism and realism through the impressionists, Nabis and neo-impressionists.
National Gallery of Art

Through May 26
On Common Ground: Dominican Republic + Haiti
In conjunction with the Embassies of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, this exhibition of works by emerging artists of Hispaniola, the island that these two countries share, offers fresh perspectives on Hispaniola's cultural scene and addresses misconceptions surrounding the two nations' complex relationship with one another, imagining a brighter future.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through June 8
Pageant of the Tsars: The Romanov Coronation Albums
Marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty in 1613, the history and spectacle of Russian tsars' coronations are revealed through lavish, rarely seen albums and objects from Hillwood's Russian collection.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through July 7
One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection
New Jersey psychiatrist-turned-collector Paul Singer's bequest to the Sackler Gallery created one of the largest Chinese archaeological collections in the United States. This exhibition looks at the collector's contributions to Chinese art history — made largely at a time when contact between China and the West was heavily restricted — and examines how landmark archaeological discoveries have shed new light on his acquisitions and on ancient China.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Aug. 4
Arts of Japan: Edo Aviary and Poetic License
Complementary but distinct installations examine two themes of Edo period art: "Edo Aviary," which traces how depictions of birds were influenced by natural history painting, and "Poetic License: Making Old Words New," which shows how classical Japanese and Chinese literary traditions were absorbed into the merchant and artisan classes.
Freer Gallery of Art

DANCE

Sat., March 2, 5 p.m.
Social Dance with Washington Spelmanslag and Skaran
Washington's Spelmanslag band will join the group Skaran for an hour-long traditional dance workshop followed by social dance and performances of traditional Swedish music, with baked goods and sweets for sale during the breaks. Tickets are $10; to register, visit http://embassyofsweden.eventbrite.com.
House of Sweden

Sun., March 10, 8 p.m.
Metáfora
"Metáfora," produced by the Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, is a study in contrasts between the classical and folk elements of flamenco and the highly disciplined technique of the cast. Tickets are $35 to $65.
GW Lisner Auditorium

March 20 to 24
Cinderella
A spectacle for all ages, the Washington Ballet's "Cinderella" combines magnificent beauty, ravishing costumes, and Prokofiev's ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular romance of a poor girl whose fairy godmother helps her win the love of a prince. Tickets are $25 to $125.
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., March 6, 7 p.m.
La Cuisine du Québec
Foodie Nathalie Béland demonstrates how to cook a modern dish from Québec and discusses the region's culinary trends, with a growing importance given to slowly cooked, gourmet products and an unshakeable faith in the richness of the soil in Québec. Tickets are $30; for information, visit http://smithsonianassociates.org (part of the 2013 Francophonie Cultural Festival).
National Museum of Natural History

Thu., March 7, 9:30 a.m.
Seminar: Youth, Gender and Online Exposure
Leading scientists and politicians discuss how youth and teens engage in social platforms online, and whether there is a difference in the way young people are exposed online from a gender equality perspective. To register, visit http://embassyofsweden.eventbrite.com.
House of Sweden

Thu., March 7, 6:30 p.m.
Gender and Geography: Women Artists from Panama
Art historian Monica Kupfer discusses modern Panamanian women artists, who constitute an unusual and diverse group of creators, from a former first lady to a triathlon athlete to a college professor (presented in conjunction with the exhibit "Perceptive Strokes").
Inter-American Development Bank
Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center

Thu., March 7, 7 p.m.
Literary Café: In the Realm of Women
The Ambassador Theater presents the works of famous Austrian poets such as Ingeborg Bachmann, Rainer Maria Rilke and Nobel winner Elfriede Jelinek, alongside soprano Elisabeth Myers, baritone Scott Sedar, pianist Maestro Carlos Cesar Rodriguez and other special guests. Tickets are $40.
Embassy of Austria

Sat., March 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Edwardian England: Grandeur, Scandals, and Servants
It was a new century, and a new reign had begun with the accession of Edward VII in 1901. Upper-class scandals still were gossiped about, and the rigidly stratified upstairs-downstairs worlds so vividly portrayed in "Downton Abbey" endured. Yet the new era also produced dramatic social and cultural changes. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., March 14, 6:45 p.m.
A New View of the Battle of Stalingrad
Historian Jochen Hellbeck draws on many Soviet perspectives to present a wider and more dramatic account of the Battle of Stalingrad, using hundreds of interviews with Red Army soldiers conducted in Stalingrad during the final stages of the battle to put a face on Soviet soldiers and provide singular insights into why they prevailed over the Germans. Tickets are $42; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Sat., March 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The Last Days of Pompeii
Take a look at the artistic legacy of Pompeii, the vibrant Roman resort on the Amalfi coast that was suddenly and dramatically destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 A.D. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Tue., March 19, 6 p.m.
Conducting Business in Asia
James Clad, senior adviser at the Center for Naval Analyses in Arlington, Va., shares his knowledge of successful strategies for conducting business with individuals and organizations in Asia in a discussion hosted by Protocol Partners that also features pre- and post-discussion receptions. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door; for information, visit www.theprotocolpartners.com.
International Student House

Sat., March 23, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Four Masters and Their Masterpieces
Treat yourself to an in-depth look at the works and life of four legendary artists: Michelangelo, Rubens, Monet, and Van Gogh. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center


FESTIVALS

March 1 to April 13
2013 Francophonie Cultural Festival
The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival celebrates the creativity, passions and intellectual variety of the nations of the French-speaking world. It's a global fusion of modern literature, contemporary and traditional music, cuisine, visual arts, films and family events — presented by the embassies of more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.francophoniedc.org.
Various locations

Thu., March 14, 7 p.m.
Embassy Chef Challenge 2013
An annual diplomatic tradition that's now in its fifth year, the Embassy Chef Challenge brings in top culinary talent from local embassies for a unique competition to benefit Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit promoting the city's arts, culture and heritage. The lavish gala finale features international tastings, top-shelf open bar, silent and live auctions, and prizes for the embassy chefs, who will be judged by celebrity chefs, food critics and gala guests. Tickets are $250; for information, visit www.embassychefchallenge.com.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Through March 17
Nordic Cool 2013
A month-long international festival of theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, cuisine, and film to highlight the diverse cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as the territories of Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Áland Islands (see February 2013 issue of The Washington Diplomat.).

Kennedy Center

Through April 19
Dvorak and America
Through a series of five concerts, PostClassical Ensemble's "Dvorak and America" festival argues that Czech composer Antonín Dvorak acquired a distinctive and influential "American style" during his time in the United States that was fundamentally different in style from that of the music he had previously composed. The centerpiece is a March 1 concert at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center featuring the "Hiawatha Melodrama" alongside Dvorak's "String Serenade" and his little-known "American Suite." For information, visit http://postclassical.com.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Through May 19
The Washington DC International Design Festival
Artisphere and Apartment Zero present this free three-month-long multidisciplinary celebration of design, anchored by "The Next Wave: Industrial Design in the 21st Century," a 4,000-square-foot exhibition exploring innovation in product design over the last 13 years. The exhibit of more than 100 objects from around the world will be complemented by a series of public programs. For information, visit www.artisphere.com or www.apartmentzero.com.
Artisphere

GALAS

Fri., March 15, 6:30 p.m.
THIS for Diplomats 2013 Spring Soiree
THIS for Diplomats presents its annual Spring Soiree and Silent Auction at the historic Meridian House featuring a performance by jazz vocalist Amy K. Bormet and her band, international buffet, libations, raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $95 in advance or $115 at the door; all proceeds go to support THIS's 51-year mission to promote international understand and friendship with the diplomatic community. For information, visit http://thisfordiplomats.org/news/special-events/
Meridian International Center

Fri., March 22, 7 p.m.
Grande Fête de la Francophonie
Each year, to kick off the annual Francophonie Cultural Festival, more than 35 embassies unite to present their culture and cuisine, accompanied by a special concert by an artist from the French-speaking world. This year's featured artist is Swiss singer, songwriter and rising star Bastian Baker. Tickets are $38; benefactor tickets are $60.
La Maison Française

Fri., March 22, 8:30 p.m.
Sixth Annual Artini
Throughout March, eight of the city's best mixologists compete to make an artistic martini — an "artini" — inspired by works in the Corcoran's collection, culminating on the Artini celebration presented by Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design's 1869 Society, featuring tastings all eight artinis, a beer and wine bar, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, music by http://chukwumaa.com/ alive and able (chukwumaa), and dancing. Tickets are $125; VIP tickets are $200.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

MUSIC

Fri., March 1, 8 p.m.
Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal
Ballake Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Segal, a French cellist who performs for the trip-hop band Bumcello, present a concert of refined world music. Tickets are $28 (part of the 2013 Francophonie Cultural Festival).
Atlas Performing Arts Center

Sat., March 2, 7 p.m.
The Pacifica Quartet
The renowned Pacifica Quartet, recognized for its exuberant performance style and daring repertory choices over the last two decades, returns to the Kreeger. Tickets are $35 (concert begins at 8 p.m.).
Kreeger Museum

Fri., March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Sri Lankan Vocalist Jananath Warakagoda
Jananath Warakagoda, a singer, composer and percussionist, is joined by a Sri Lankan drummer for an evening of traditional Sri Lankan music followed by native cuisine. Tickets are $110, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Sri Lankan Residence

Tue., March 12, 6:30 p.m.
Musical Road Trip: Maher and Sousou Cissoko
Sousou Cissoko grew up in Sweden and fell in love with the kora, a West African stringed instrument, when her father started playing with the Gambian griot Alagie Mbye at an early stage, while Maher Cissoko was born into a well-known griot family from Senegal and learned to play the kora at an early age. Tickets are $10; to register, visit http://embassyofsweden.eventbrite.com.
House of Sweden

Wed., March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Terakaft
Terakaft (meaning "caravan" in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, with two rhythm guitars and the deep tones of the bass resembling the delicate but strong steps of a camel making its way through the desert. Tickets are $25 (part of the 2013 Francophonie Cultural Festival).
La Maison Française

Fri., March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Alif Laila, Sitar
Monir Hossain, Tabla
Alif Laila, born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a master of Indian classical music and sitar, intricately weaving emotions in her music that reflect the delicate expressions of her watercolor art designs. Tickets are $80, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Bangladesh

Sun., March17, 4 p.m.
Danú
Danú, an award-winning Celtic band, performs a combination of traditional Irish jigs and reels, contemporary Celtic tunes and signature hits. Tickets are $28 to $44.
George Mason University 
Hylton Center for the Arts

Sun., March 17, 7 p.m.
Natalie MacMaster
Don't miss this Celtic powerhouse in a musical celebration of St. Patrick's Day as Natalie MacMaster enchants audiences with her step-dancing, fiddling ferocity, and a signature sound combining Celtic, bluegrass, and folk with jazz, rock and even classical music. Tickets are $24 to $48.
George Mason University
Center for the Arts

March 18 to 28
Las aventuras de Don Quijote de La Mancha
GALita, a program for the entire family, presents a bilingual adaptation of the famous novel that follows the misadventures of the gentleman from La Mancha and his loyal squire Sancho Panza. Tickets are $12.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Thu., March 21, 7:30 p.m.
Court-Circuit Ensemble
In French, "court-circuit" refers to a "short circuit" — and while this electrical mishap usually indicates that something has gone awry, for the Court-Circuit Ensemble, it encompasses a charged flow of artistic adventurousness that surveys the boundaries of contemporary music. Tickets are $25.
La Maison Française

Sat., March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Jeanine De Bique, Soprano
Christopher Cano, Piano
An artist of "dramatic presence and versatility" (The Washington Post), soprano Jeanine De Bique is a member of the Staatsoper Wien ensemble and an Arleen Auger Prize winner at the 2010 International Vocal Competition's Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Tickets are $110, including reception and valet parking; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago

Wed., March 27, 12:10 p.m.
Edvinas Minkstimas, Pianist
Pianist Edvinas Minkstimas, along with Phillips Camerata resident musicians, perform a program of Beethoven's "Concerto no. 2."
National Gallery of Art East Bldg.

Thu., March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Marialena Fernandes and Ranko Marković
Pianists Marialena Fernandes and Ranko Marković have held duo concerts since 2000, garnering special acclaim for their performances of piano transcriptions of symphonies by Mahler and Bruckner. Admission is free but RSVP required; to register call (202) 895-6776 or visit http://fernandesmarkovic-eorg.eventbrite.com.
Embassy of Austria

THEATER

Through March 3
Shakespeare's R&J
A repressive all-male Catholic boarding school bans "Romeo and Juliet," but four students unearth a secret copy and steal into the night to recite the prohibited tale of adolescent passion. While it begins as a lark, the story gradually draws the boys into a discovery of universal truth that parallels their own coming-of-age. Please call for ticket information.
Signature Theatre

Through March 10
La Casa de los Espíritus / The House of the Spirits
This haunting and poetic adaptation of Chilean-American author Isabel Allende's acclaimed novel "The House of the Spirits" spans four generations of political, social and familial upheaval through the power of remembrance, love, magic and fate. Tickets are $36 or $40.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through March 10
The Convert
Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village life and a forced marriage arrangement, ultimately discovering Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher. However, as anti-colonial sentiments rise, Jekesai must choose between her new European God and the spirits of her ancestors. Tickets start at $35.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

March 15 to April 28
Mary T. and Lizzy K.
Writer-director Tazewell Thompson stitches together an insider's look at the unlikely friendship between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress, the successful freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. Please call for ticket information.
Arena Stage

Through March 17
Hughie
Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Schiff ("The West Wing") plays the title role in Eugene O'Neill's powerfully focused play about a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle waver after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. Tickets are $43 to $100.
Shakespeare Theatre Company

Through March 17
Metamorphoses
Lost love, dangerous passion and reunited soul mates wrestle with fate in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's Broadway smash, "Metamorphoses." Please call for ticket information.
Arena Stage

March 20 to April 28
4000 Miles
This gentle, well-observed drama explores the relationship between a grandson who can't face his life and a grandmother who is starting to forget hers. Tickets are $39 to $82.
Studio Theatre

March 28 to June 2
Hero/Traitor Repertory of Coriolanus and Wallenstein
In the Shakespeare Theatre Company's repertory of "Coriolanus" and "Wallenstein," both plays revolve around military leaders who've gained fame through deadly prowess — in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," the title character must re-examine his loyalties when the country he championed turns against him; in Friedrich Schiller's "Wallenstein," the main character must choose between the ideal for which he fights and his government's agenda. Tickets are $43 to $105.
Sidney Harman Hall

   

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