June 2013

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Cover Story

Greek Recovery:
Real or Not?

a6.greece.panagopoulos.homeGreece, the nation that triggered the euro crisis, is by no means out of the fiscal woods, but its ambassador in Washington is confident that an economic recovery is finally within reach. Read More

People of World Influence

Defense Insider Says Pentagon
Needs to Learn to Live With Less

a1.powi.korb.homeLawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, has built a prodigious Washington career speaking truth to America's powerful military-industrial complex — not as a stridently critical outsider, but as the ultimate insider. Read More


International Relations

Will New Leadership in Iran
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Business

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Profits for Some, Misery for Others

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Diplomacy

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International Law

ICC Presides Over New Era
In History of Global Justice

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The Rotunda: Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill

Few Options as Landmark Pact
With Russia Set to Expire

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Medical

Fertility Advances Giving
Birth to New Hope, and Life

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Defense Insider Says Pentagon Needs to Learn to Live With Less

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By Michael Coleman

Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a defense policy expert whose Washington tenure spans five presidential administrations, fields the following question a lot.

How does a guy who served as President Ronald Reagan's assistant secretary of defense end up working for the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank founded by John Podesta, who was chief of staff in the Bill Clinton White House?

Korb, engaging and expansive during a recent Diplomat interview in his cluttered downtown office overlooking the Washington Monument, took nearly 20 minutes to answer the query, wending through his career path and at least a dozen prominent names from the American defense industry and politics. His lengthy explanation boiled down to this: The American military simply can't afford to save the world — and there's nothing partisan about that cold-hard fact.

"I always knew [the Defense Department] could live with less and there were a lot of weapons we didn't need," Korb said. "No matter how much you spend on defense you can't buy perfect security. You have to take a look at what the threat is and what you really need and try to do it in a cost-effective way."

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Photo: Scott Rex Ely / Center for American Progress
Lawrence Korb

Korb said Reagan, part of whose legacy is ramping up military spending to end the Cold War, actually cut defense spending by 10 percent from the Jimmy Carter era. He speculated that the now-deceased GOP icon would have been appalled at the excesses of the current Pentagon, which escalated spending to stratospheric levels in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"If Reagan came back today he'd work here [at the Center for American Progress], not at the Heritage Foundation," Korb proclaimed, referring to the well-known conservative think tank.

Korb, who turns 74 next month, built a prodigious Washington career speaking truth to America's powerful military-industrial complex — not as a stridently critical outsider, but as the ultimate insider. Today, Korb's expertise on military matters is sought by people and places as diverse as the college lecture circuit, foreign governments, editors at Huffington Post, Foreign Policy and The Washington Diplomat, as well as President Barack Obama, whom he advised during the 2012 campaign.

A one-time Naval Flight Officer who earned a Ph.D. in 1969, Korb spent the 1970s teaching government at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and then management at the Naval War College. At the same time, he was shuttling to Washington to help craft defense policy prescriptions for the American Enterprise Institute, one of America's foremost conservative think tanks. In addition to serving as director of defense studies at AEI, he was also vice president of corporate operations at Raytheon.

After serving on Reagan's successful 1980 presidential campaign, Korb got the call to become Reagan's assistant secretary of defense for manpower, reserve affairs, installations and logistics, which put him in charge of about 70 percent of the Pentagon's budget.

"I looked at it as a contest between contending factions — the military services, the OSD [Office of the Secretary of Defense] and the Congress — and I'd speak out about the defense budget," Korb recalled, noting that his arrival at the Pentagon was met with considerable skepticism by the defense establishment.

"It wasn't that I was this [pro-defense] hard-liner," Korb said with a laugh. "In fact, they weren't even going to let me in because I wasn't a hard-liner."

Lately, Korb has written frequently about the federal budget sequester's impact on the Pentagon, which recently announced that some 600,000 civilian employees will be forced to take a furlough of 11 days to save $1.8 billion as part of the sequester's mandated cutbacks.

Critics of defense cuts have seized on the furloughs to warn that the U.S. military is being "hollowed out" following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, much as it was in the 1970s after Vietnam.

But others such as Korb say not so fast, pointing out that year-on-year defense spending has roughly doubled since 9/11. Today, the United States accounts for nearly 45 percent of all defense spending on the planet — and shows little signs of dramatically slowing down. (The defense budget as a percentage of the U.S. economy, however, is still less than its Cold War peak, mostly because the size of the economy is much larger now.)

The Defense Department's proposed fiscal 2014 budget comes to $638 billion, including a base budget of $526.6 billion. The Pentagon has already agreed to roughly $480 billion in cuts over the next decade as part of the Budget Control Act, although when adjusted for inflation, real spending would stay the same or slightly increase — even though the war in Iraq is over and the one in Afghanistan is nearing an end.

Sequestration would lop another 10 percent from the Pentagon's 10-year spending, or about $500 billion, a prospect that has alarmed members of Congress and the lucrative defense industry.

Korb calls the 10 percent spending cut necessary, but also dumb because the across-the-board approach doesn't target the most wasteful programs.

"The sequestration level is fine, it's the process that is horrible," he lamented. "The Pentagon doesn't have a money problem, they have a management problem."

Korb elaborated in a piece on the left-leaning ThinkProgress website in April.

"Sequestration will cut $472 billion from the Pentagon over the next decade, or less than $50 billion a year, but to be clear: the sequestration cuts are the first real cuts to the military budget in over a decade," Korb wrote. "Even with the cuts in effect (a reduction of $47 billion this fiscal year), we will still be spending more in real terms on our military in 2013 than we did in 2006. While the method of the sequestration cuts is certifiably terrible, the actual amount to be cut is not unreasonable."

Instead of automatic, indiscriminate cuts, Korb says they should be aimed at specific programs and hardware, such as the controversial F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which Time magazine labeled the "most expensive weapon ever built."

At a price tag of nearly $400 billion to taxpayers (about $100 million per plane, though some estimates put it as high as $200 million), the F-35 has been plagued by a string of delays and breakdowns over the last decade — and isn't even operational yet.

"It's not something you need to fight al-Qaeda, so why the hell are we rushing it?" Korb asked in The Diplomat interview.

Other areas that should be on the chopping block, according to Korb:

• Eliminate the Navy's purchase of the over-budget F-35C jet and instead purchase the effective and affordable F/A-18E/F jet for a savings of about $17 billion over 10 years.

• Reduce the size of ground forces to their prewar levels to save $16 billion over the next decade.

• Reform the Pentagon's outdated health care programs to save roughly $40 billion over 10 years.

• Reduce the number of deployed nuclear weapons to 1,100 by 2022 from about 1,700 today for a savings of more than $28 billion over 10 years.

"Unnecessary defense spending does not make us safer; it diverts resources away from other critical investments here at home that create jobs and rebuild our infrastructure," Korb argues in the report "The Pentagon Must Carry Its Weight," co-written with Alex Rothman and Max Hoffman. "Moreover, many of the big-ticket items in the Pentagon's budget request are ill suited for dealing with the complex transnational threats facing the country today, serve only to reinforce the United States' overwhelming superiority in conventional and nuclear weaponry, and come at a considerable cost to American taxpayers."

Korb frequently points outs that some of that taxpayer money could be better used for diplomatic missions at the State Department.

In fact, the State Department's requested fiscal 2014 budget (which it shares with USAID) comes in at $47.8 billion — less than one-tenth of the Pentagon's request. Total international affairs spending generally amounts to about 1 percent of all federal spending, and only a sliver of that goes toward diplomatic security.

Korb's son is a U.S. Foreign Service officer who just started an assignment in Beijing, so the defense expert admits to being a bit "biased" toward State Department missions. But he said he has long considered the agency to be underfunded. A lack of competitive salaries forces many of the most talented young diplomats to give up and enter the private sector, he notes.

"They haven't gotten a raise in three years because civilian government salaries are frozen. Are they going to stay? No," Korb said. "They don't have as many Foreign Service officers as they need."

He also argues that the military's growing incursion into civilian duties typically left to State Department or other federal employees overseas is a disturbing trend that further drives up the Pentagon's costs.

"Here's the thing about the military: Let's say I don't have the people I need at State or USAID or Agriculture. I can go into the reserves and find somebody in civilian life and order them to active duty," he said.

But he added that in most cases, military personnel are trained to fight, not to do diplomatic outreach or nation building — and that's often clear to civilians in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Their presence intimidates foreigners who see them as a threat.

"If I'm a soldier or a Marine and I come to a village to help you, as opposed to an aid worker — it's different," Korb said. "I don't blame the military guys. Toward the end of Iraq we're doing these provincial reconstruction teams and all that kind of stuff. The other thing we did when we didn't have enough people from civilian agencies — we went to contractors. That creates a whole different set of problems."

Asked why the Pentagon — notorious for bloated budgets — simply can't control its spending, Korb said the answer is a complicated confluence of bureaucracy and presidential and parochial politics.

"The military obviously never wants to cut because you can't buy perfect security and anything can happen," Korb explained. "If you're the president, you'll pay a political price for ordering cuts that leave room for 'weak on defense' accusations. And there are members of Congress — well-meaning people — who sympathize with that point of view. Then there are others who are worried that wherever you cut it's going to cause temporary problems with some people," he added, referring to job losses in a certain congressional districts.

In fact, military leaders sometimes plead with members of Congress to shut down needless pet projects, only to be rebuffed and see spending actually rise. In part that's because defense contractors have become adept at divvying up and sprinkling manufacturing sites in hundreds of congressional districts throughout the country, making them a sacred cow for lawmakers reluctant to see their constituents lose jobs.

Still, spending taxpayer money — and least in Korb's experience — has never been a problem for much of the Pentagon brass. He recalled during Reagan's administration when defense spending was on the rise toward the end of the Cold War that then Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger argued for more money and new programs "to send a signal to the Soviets."

"The services didn't even have enough programs" to spend all the money Congress agreed to throw at them, Korb said. "When we asked them, 'What do you want that hasn't been funded?' — they didn't even have enough programs to get to that number. They came up with them! We didn't have to ask them twice."

Korb then plucked a copy of Foreign Policy off his desk and read aloud from a recent op-ed by Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who is among the most hawkish members of Congress.

"We have to acknowledge an inconvenient fact: Sequestration has occurred, in part, because a growing public frustration with the culture of waste and inefficiency at the Defense Department went unaddressed for too long," McCain wrote. "During my time in the Senate, I have witnessed the emergence of a military-industrial-congressional complex that has corrupted and crippled the defense acquisition process. This system can now be said to be successful only in one respect: turning billions of taxpayer dollars into weapons systems that are consistently delivered late, flawed, and vastly over budget — if, that is, these systems are delivered at all."

"That's John McCain!," Korb thundered with a rueful laugh.

Korb had kind words for new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a decorated Vietnam veteran and former senator from Nebraska who was confirmed in March despite a disastrous confirmation hearing during which he was attacked on everything from his views on Israel to his proclivity to slash military spending.

Korb vigorously disputed the notion propagated by some during Hagel's contentious confirmation process that combat service is irrelevant to the job performance of a defense secretary. He cited a pressing issue — the growth of military pay — as an example where Hagel's experience matters.

"People could say, 'What do you know? You don't know what it's like to put your life on the line,'" Korb suggested, then assuming Hagel's position: "Uh, yes I do."

"Experience shouldn't be the only thing but the fact of the matter is it helps," Korb added. "All other things being equal, I want someone who has the experience. I think he's going to be fine."

Asked about America's interventionist tendencies abroad, Korb recalled a story from his own experience in Vietnam before the height of the war. He said he and his fellow soldiers were on a swift boat in Cam Ranh Bay, on Vietnam's southeastern coast, when they got lost after dark. Korb, who was fluent in French, noticed a sign along the river that said something about minding God "because you might meet your maker." The sentiment indicated to Korb that the village was Catholic, so he told his commanding officer to pull over, where, indeed, they encountered Catholic monks, who gave them food and directions. The monks, recalling the French occupation of Vietnam, which ended after World War II, also gave the U.S. soldiers some advice.

"He said, 'If you guys think you're going to make out any better than the French here, think again,'" Korb said, adding that he never forgot the implications of that advice.

"We are not like the colonials — we don't want to colonize these people, but other people don't see us that way."

Korb said America's lesson in Vietnam should have been applied in Iraq and Afghanistan — and to virtually any overseas conflict. Korb cautioned against military involvement in Syria, which is in the throes of a bloody civil war. Any such commitment should be enjoined by a strong coalition of other countries, he said.

"You have to do a cost-benefit analysis," he said. "When we went into the Balkans, we had the U.N. and NATO. We couldn't get the U.N. the second time for Kosovo, but we got NATO."

He said America's strength today is in its stealthier military footprint, relying on a counterterrorism approach that doesn't involve full-scale war.

"We should be playing to our advantages with special forces and drones — leaving aside the whole question of legality — that's the way to do it," he said, noting that the United States was able to kill al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen — a far more palatable prospect than occupying the desperately poor, strife-riven country.

"Some problems you've got to live with," Korb said. "This idea that we can solve the [world's] problems and get it all done — we just don't have the wherewithal."


About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.

   

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‘Made in Bangladesh’ Nets Profits for Some, Misery for Others

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Cuba’s New Envoy to U.S. Keeps Expectations Low

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ICC Presides Over New Era in History of Global Justice

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Greek Recovery: Real or Not?

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Films - June 2013

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Cantonese

Haitian Creole

Korean

Spanish


English

Hebrew

Mandarin


Finnish

Indonesian

Norwegian

French

Italian

Russian

 

Cantonese

Cold War
Directed by Leung Longman and Sunny Lok
(Hong Kong, 2012, 102 min.)
The kidnapping of five officers right under the nose of the police department's surveillance system sets off a search for a mole and a power struggle between the co-directors of Police Affairs.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 28, 7 p.m.,
Sun., June 30, 2 p.m.

Motorway
(Che sau)
Directed by Soi Cheang
(Hong Kong, 2012, 90 min.)
Shawn Yue plays a hotshot rookie cop who's a member of the Stealth Riders, a secret police unit in charge of hunting down illegal auto racers and fugitives on the run.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 21, 7 p.m.,
Sun., June 23, 2 p.m.

Vulgaria
Directed by Pang Ho-Cheung
(Hong Kong, 2012, 92 min.)
Funnyman Chapman To is a movie producer desperate to score a hit who secures backing from a crazed mainland gangster in this spectacularly raunchy send-up of the Hong Kong film industry.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 14, 7 p.m.,
Sun., June 16, 2 p.m.

English

Akwantu: The Journey
Directed by Roy T. Anderson
(U.S./Jamaica, 2012, 96 min.)
Jamaican-born director Roy T. Anderson examines his heroic ancestors, the Maroons, who were often referred to as the Spartacus of their time. Poorly armed and outgunned, these brave warriors engaged the mighty British superpower over an 80-year period and were victorious.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 1, 3 p.m.

Before Midnight
Directed by Richard Linklater
(U.S., 2013, 108 min.)
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) first met in their 20s in "Before Sunrise," reunited in their 30s in "Before Sunset," and now, in "Before Midnight," they face the past, present and future.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Between Friends
Directed by Omari Jackson
(Trinidad and Tobago, 2012, 95 min.)
Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, this film is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a group of young friends during a sexually charged summer of exploration, revelation and change.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 1, 7:20 p.m.

Boarding Gate
Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France/Luxembourg, 2007, 106 min.)
A woman whose resume includes prostitution, industrial espionage, drug-dealing, Web entrepreneurship and, in time, assassination, has an obsessive and violent sexual relationship with her former employer and a duplicitous one with her current boss (English, French and Cantonese).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 28, 9:15 p.m.,
Sun., June 30, 9:20 p.m.

Clean
Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France/Canada/U.K., 2004, 90 min.)
After her British rock-star boyfriend dies from a heroin overdose, fellow junkie Emily Wang faces a stint in prison, public condemnation, the loss of custody of the couple's 6-year-old son, and the arduous journey of putting her life back together
(English, French and Cantonese).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 29, 5:10 p.m.,
Mon., July 1, 7:10 p.m.

Demonlover
Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France, 2002, 116 min.)
Jet-setting business executives pursue a lucrative deal with a Japanese company that specializes in pornography Web sites, whose 3D imaging software is light-years ahead of the competition (English, French and Japanese).
AFI Silver Theatre
June 15 to 18

Dirty Wars
Directed by Rick Rowley
(Multiple countries, 2013, 86 min.)
Part political thriller and part detective story, this documentary follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the bestseller "Blackwater," on a gripping journey into the heart of America's covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond (English, Pushto, Somali and Dari).
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 7

God Loves Uganda
Directed by Roger Ross Williams
(U.S., 2013)
This powerful documentary explores the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right.
AFI Silver Docs
Theater and time TBD

Holding on to Jah
Directed by Roger Landon Hall
(U.S./Jamaica, 2011, 98 min.)
Candid interviews with some of reggae's greatest singers and musicians tell a collective story of hard times that were endured and overcome thanks to their great faith.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 1, 9:30 p.m.

Inequality for All
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
(U.S., 2013)
In this documentary, U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich tries to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.
AFI Silver Docs
Theater and time TBD

Let the Fire Burn
Directed by Jason Osder
(U.S., 2013, 88 min.)
On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by the radical group MOVE, resulting in one of the largest fires in the city's history. This dramatic tragedy of intolerance and fear unfolds through an extraordinary visual record previously withheld from the public.
AFI Silver Docs
Theater and time TBD

Our Nixon
Directed by Penny Lane
(U.S., 2013, 84 min.)
Never-before-seen Super 8 home movies filmed by Richard Nixon's closest aides — and convicted Watergate conspirators — offer a surprising and intimate new look into his presidency.
AFI Silver Docs
Theater and time TBD

Pandora's Promise
Directed by Robert Stone
(U.S., 2013, 87 min.)
This documentary asks whether the one technology we fear most — nuclear power — could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 14

Shadow Dancer
Directed by James Marsh
(U.K./Ireland, 2012, 101 min.)
A single mother and Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hard-line IRA brothers is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, and an MI5 officer offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 7

Sightseers
Directed by Ben Wheatley
(U.K., 2012, 89 min.)
In this hilarious dark comedy, Chris wants to show Tina his world, and he wants to do it his way — on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan, but it doesn't take long for reality to interrupt his dream journey.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Silent Music
Directed by Melissa A. Gomez
(U.S./Antigua and Barbuda, 2012, 70 min.)
Melissa, the youngest of three hearing children born to two deaf parents, sets out to uncover her family's secrets in this searingly personal documentary.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 2, 3 p.m.

Somers Town
Directed by Shane Meadows
(U.K., 2008, 71 min.)
Newly arrived in London from Nottingham, a teen runaway befriends a Polish immigrant, hiding out in his bedroom as the two embark on a summer-long series of adventures (English, Polish and French).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 7, 12:20 a.m.,
Tue., June 11, 5:15 p.m.

Wish You Were Here
Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith
(Australia, 2012, 93 min.)
In this intriguing mystery, four friends indulge in a carefree Southeast Asian holiday, but their sun-soaked retreat quickly takes a horrific turn when one of the travelers disappears.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 7

World War Z
Directed by Marc Forster
(U.S./Malta, 2013)
United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
Area theaters
Opens Fri., June 21

Finnish

Mother of Mine
(Äideistä parhain)
Directed by Klaus Härö
(Finland/Sweden, 2005, 111 min.)
In World War II, 9-year-old Eero is sent by his beloved mother to live on a remote farm in Sweden, where his surrogate father is welcoming and warm, but his surrogate mother is cold, and even cruel (Finnish and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 2, 11 a.m.

French

Good Bye, Children
(Au Revoir Les Enfants)
Directed by Louis Malle
(France/West Germany/Italy, 1987, 104 min.)
A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II — until a new student arrives.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., June 24, 6:30 p.m.

Les Destinées
(Les destinées sentimentales)
Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France/Switzerland, 2000, 180 min.)
This film spans three decades, beginning at the turn of the 20th century, to tell the story of a Protestant minister who leaves his wife, daughter, vocation and his small community in France for a younger wife and more idyllic, unrestricted life in the Swiss Alps.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 8, 4:05 p.m.,
Sun., June 9, 6 p.m.

Les Invisibles
Directed by Sébastien Lifshitz
(France, 2012, 115 min.)
Several elderly homosexual men and women speak frankly about their pioneering lives and their fearless decision to live openly in France at a time when society rejected them.
AFI Silver Docs
Theater and time TBD

Jaguar
Directed by Jean Rouch
(France, 1955/67, 88 min.)
A writer, shepherd and fisherman leave their village to try their luck on the fabled Gold Coast, otherwise known as modern-day Ghana (preceded by "Les Maîtres fous" (France, 1954, 28 min.), which documents a Hauka ritual in which participants become possessed and transform into their colonial powers).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 15, 2 p.m.

Petit à petit
(Little by Little)
Directed by Jean Rouch
(France, 1970, 96 min.)
Director Jean Rouch's collaborators Damouré Zika and Lam Ibrahim Dia travel to Paris — following up on plans to expand their company, Petit a Petit, formed at the conclusion of "Jaguar."
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 15, 4:30 p.m.

Renoir
Directed by Gilles Bourdos
(France, 2012, 111 min.)
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir, son of the impressionist painter, returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. Meanwhile, the elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world.
The Avalon Theatre

A Screaming Man
(Un homme qui crie)
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
(France/Belgium/Chad, 2010, 92 min.)
A pool attendant is forced to give up his job, leaving him humiliated and resentful, while back home, his country is in the throes of a civil war, with rebel forces attacking the government and the authorities demanding that people contribute to the "war effort" with money.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 4, 7:15 p.m.,
Wed., June 5, 9 p.m.

Something in the Air
(Après mai)
Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France, 2012, 121 min.)
At the beginning of the 1970s, a high school student in Paris is swept up in the political fever of the time, though his real dream is to paint and make films.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Summer Hours
(L'heure d'été)
Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France, 2008, 103 min.)
After their mother dies, three very different, distant siblings reunite to settle her estate, including the dispersal of the valuable art collection that crowds her country house.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 15 to 18

Swann in Love
(Eine Liebe von Swann)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
(France/West Germany, 1984, 110 min.)
An elegant and educated bachelor, Charles Swann moves in fashionable circles of Paris in the 1890s, but when he falls in love with a courtesan, his friends warn him against marriage (French and German).
Goethe-Institut
Mon., June 3, 6:30 p.m.

Toussaint Louverture
Directed by Philippe Niang
(France/Haiti, 2012, 195 min.)
This long-awaited, action-packed historical epic (presented in two 90-min segments with an intermission) depicts the life of the titular Haitian freedom fighter, portrayed by celebrated Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis (French and Haitian Creole).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 2, 5:15 p.m.

Hatian Creole

Three Kids
(Twa timoun)
Directed by Jonas D'Adesky
(Belgium/Haiti, 2012, 81 min.)
Three orphan boys make plans to run away from their orphanage home in Port-au-Prince. But after the 2010 earthquake strikes, there's no longer a home to run away from.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 1, 5:30 p.m.

Hebrew

Fill the Void
(Lemale et ha'halal)
Directed by Rama Burshtein
(Israel, 2012, 90 min.)
A devout 18-year-old Israeli woman is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Indonesian

The Act of Killing
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark/Norway/U.K./Sweden/Finland, 2012, 115 min.)
This documentary challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers (Indonesian and English).
AFI Silver Docs
Theater and time TBD

Italian

Shun Li and the Poet
(Io sono Li)
Directed by Andrea Segre
(Italy/France, 2011, 92 min.)
An indentured servant indebted to the snakehead who brought her from China to Italy, Shun Li is sent from her factory job outside of Rome to work in a pub in a small town along the Venetian Lagoon, where she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a Slavic refugee.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 30 to July 2

Korean

Camp 14: Total Control Zone
Directed by Marc Wiese
(Germany/South Korea, 2012, 104 min.)
Shin Dong-Huyk was born political prisoner in a North Korean re-education (i.e. death) camp, the child of two prisoners who had been married by order of the wardens. He spent his entire youth in the camp until the age of 23, when he managed to escape — entering a world that was completely foreign to him (Korean and English).
AFI Silver Docs
Theater and time TBD

Mandarin

The Bullet Vanishes
(Xiao shi de zi dan)
Directed by Law Chi-leung
(Hong Kong/China, 2012, 108 min.)
In this moody mystery set in the 1920s, a munitions factory worker accused of stealing a box of bullets dies in a game of Russian roulette that was rigged by her corrupt boss. Soon afterward, a murder occurs at the factory and the bullet mysteriously disappears from the scene, with the workers believing their dead colleague's ghost is seeking revenge.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 7, 7 p.m.,
Sun., June 9, 2 p.m.

Norwegian

King of Devil's Island
(Kongen av Bastøy)
Directed by Marius Holst
(Norway/France/Sweden/Poland, 2010, 116 min.)
Based on a true story, in 1915 Norway, juvenile offenders who suffer under the cruel and exploitative rule of the prison guards at the Bastøy Boys Home plot an escape, setting events in motion for a violent conflict (Norwegian and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 28, 11:30 a.m.,
Sat., June 29, 11 a.m.

Russian

How I Ended This Summer
(Как я провёл этим летом)
Directed by Alexei Popogrebsky
(Russia, 2010, 130 min.)
On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station: the gruff and imposing Sergei and his inexperienced new partner Pavel. One day, Pavel receives terrible news intended for Sergei and when the truth comes out, the consequences explode against a chilling backdrop of the merciless Arctic Sea.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 1, 11 a.m.,
Mon., June 3, 9:05 p.m.

Spanish

The Condemned
(Los condenados)
Directed by Roberto Busó-García
(Puerto Rico, 2012, 95 min.)
In this haunting psychological thriller, dark and terrible secrets hidden in an old mansion stir to life when the original owner of the house returns.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 2, 9 p.m.

XXY
Directed by Lucía Puenzo
(Argentina/Spain/France, 2007, 86 min.)
Although raised as a girl, 15-year-old Alex was born with both male and female sex organs, and on the verge of adulthood must make a defining choice.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 9 to 13

   

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ART

June 1 to 29
Who Used to Dance
Classically trained artist Anna Demovidova brings together a collection of paintings inspired by the vibrancy and expressiveness of jazz and flamenco, evoking the spirit, rhythm and improvisation of the two musical forms.
International Visions Gallery

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

June 8 to Sept. 1
Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945
Featuring 44 sumptuous canvases, the exhibition charts French cubist master Georges Braque's (1882-1963) work in the still-life genre — from depictions of intimate interiors in the late 1920s, to vibrant, large-scale canvases in the 1930s, to darker and more personal spaces in the 1940s.
The Phillips Collection

June 8 to Jan. 12
Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post
From the glamour of Palm Beach, to the rustic whimsy of the Adirondacks, to the distinguished social scene of Washington, D.C., heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post brought to her multiple residences a flawless style of living and entertaining that was made possible only through the gracious management of loyal staff.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through 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 June 15
Codex Mexico: The Book as Art
This exposition of artisanal books and printed art showcases both Mexico's enormous heritage in the arts of printing, and the Mexicans currently working to renew and enrich such an important legacy.
Mexican Cultural Institute

June 16 to Aug. 4
A World of Bonds: Frederick Sommer's Photography and Friendships
Frederick Sommer (1905–99) explored an unusually broad array of subjects ranging from disorienting landscapes and macabre aspects of the natural world to surreal arrangements of found objects and virtual abstractions.
National Gallery of Art

June 19 to Feb. 9
Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen
This exhibit considers the 40-year-plus career of Roger Ballen, one of the more recognized photographic artists working today, through a new approach: an examination of line and drawing in his photographs.
National Museum of African Art

Through June 21
Point of View – Afghanistan
Presented by the Embassy of Australia and the Australian War Memorial as part of the 2013 ANZAC Day Commemorations, "Point of View – Afghanistan" features the video and photographic work from Shaun Gladwell's experience as an official war artist in the Middle East, where he investigated relationships between the human body, landscapes and images drawn from the contemporary world.
Embassy of Australia Art Gallery

June 21 to Nov. 10
Awake in a Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger
The first major museum exhibition of visual artist and author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" reveals a mysterious, strange and whimsical world, both real and imagined, through 239 paintings, drawings, prints and book art.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through June 28
2Fik's Museum (and Other Works)
This new project by French-Moroccan artist 2Fik features playful photographic recreations of classic paintings in which 2Fik recreates the original masterpiece and uses himself as the sole impersonator for all the subjects. Born in Paris to a Moroccan Muslim family, 2Fik moved to Montréal in 2003 and through his emigration experience, he was forced to confront his relationship to religion, politics and society — an experience from which he derives much of his inspiration.
La Maison Française

June 29 to Sept. 29
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
This landmark exhibition revolutionizes our understanding of war, immersing viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians through images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations that span conflicts from the past 165 years — from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through June 30
The Enduring Designs of Josef Frank
Designer and architect Josef Frank, born 1885, was a leading pioneer in modern Swedish design, leaving behind about 200 textile and 2,000 furniture designs, a portion of which are on display in this exhibit.
House of Sweden

Through June 30
The Third Room
Maja Salomonsson, in collaboration with Swedish Radio's Youth Radio Drama Department, has created the sound walk "The Third Room," a play area that welcomes children into a dream world where time is fluid and the laws of gravity are suspended.
House of Sweden

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 July 12
Nothing is Done (Nichts ist erledigt)
Ever since the 1970s, artist, publisher and lawyer Klaus Staeck has been causing a stir in Germany. Often used in protests against environmental destruction, Staeck's art — through evocative images and slogans — calls attention to global warming, ever-growing piles of rubbish, nuclear waste, and the pollution of the air and oceans.
Goethe-Institut

Through July 28
Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute
This 150th birthday tribute to Edvard Munch (1863–1944), Norway's most famed painter and printmaker, includes more than 20 renowned works from the gallery's collection and a unique series of six variant impressions.
National Gallery of Art

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

Through Aug. 4
Views of Panama
Photographers Gabriel Benaim, José Manuel Castrellón and Lorena Endara examine the stunning transformation Panama has undertaken in the last few years, manifested into a real estate and building boom that has changed Panama City's skyline.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

Through Aug. 11
Hand-Held: Gerhard Pulverer's Japanese Illustrated Books
More than 100 volumes reflect on the Edo period Japan (1615-1868) as an age of great social and political change that gave rise to an unprecedented "reading culture" of artists, writers and publishers. Similar to blogging and e-publication in the 21st century, illustrated books (ehon) in Edo Japan opened up a new avenue with which to share ideas, marked by epic levels of publishing and book consumption.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Sept. 1
David Levinthal: War Games
David Levinthal, a central figure in the history of American postmodern photography, has staged uncanny tableaux using toys and miniature dioramas for nearly 40 years. Mounted to celebrate the museum's acquisition of a major, career-spanning body of work, this exhibition is the first to feature all of the artist's work on the subject of war.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 2
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music
More than 130 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs and posters reveal how the Ballets Russes — the most innovative dance company of the 20th century — propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers and fashion designers.
National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 2
Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project
Chinese artist Xu Bing spent more than two years creating his newest work, "Phoenix Project," a massive installation that comprises two birds fabricated entirely from materials found at construction sites in Beijing.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Sept. 8
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present
Butterfly wings, glass shards, doll parts, crumpled automotive metal, jigsaw puzzle pieces, clothing, straight pins, furniture, and colored sand — these are just some of the materials in "Over, Under, Next," an exhibition of approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, primarily drawn from the Hirshhorn's collection.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 22
Bice Lazzari: Signature Line
In collaboration with the Italian Embassy, this exhibit features 25 paintings and drawings by Lazzari (1900-81), one of Italy's most revered modern artists. Discouraged from studying the figure in art school in the 1910s because of her gender, she became a prominent decorative arts designer who became for her later poetic abstract paintings
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 29
A Book Behind Bars: The Robben Island Shakespeare
Nelson Mandela signed his name next to a passage from "Julius Caesar" in Shakespeare's "Complete Works" on Dec. 16, 1977, while serving 18 years as a political prisoner at Robben Island. More than 30 of Mandela's fellow prisoners also signed their names next to passages, documenting a part of their experience through their shared knowledge of Shakespeare. Accompanying the Robben Island Shakespeare book — on display for the first time in the United States — is a series of sketches Mandela made in the early 2000s, reflecting on his prison life.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Oct. 13
Out of Southeast Asia: Art that Sustains
The last exhibition presented in the Textile Museum's historic location before the museum's 2014 reopening promises to be a beautiful pairing of tradition and innovation, demonstrating how four artists are reinventing traditional Southeast Asian textile techniques, designs and ideology in new and meaningful ways.
The Textile Museum

Through Jan. 5, 2014
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Some 100 exceptional works of art from the late 18th to 21st centuries come together for the first major exhibition and scholarly endeavor to comprehensively examine the rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, work and frame their days.
National Museum of African Art

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., June 6, 6:45 p.m.
Nabokov's Secrets
Author Andrea Pitzer draws from newly declassified intelligence files and recovered military history to suggest that Vladimir Nabokov — the celebrated author of works such as "Lolita" who fled Revolutionary Russia and then Germany under Hitler — managed to hide disturbing history in his novels. Tickets are $25; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Fri., June 7, 6:30 p.m.
Health, Hair, and Heritage
Panelists Diana N'Diaye, Monte Harris, Karen Milbourne and Gina Paige hold an engaging conversation on contemporary hair, health and beauty in relation to the heritage and history of Africa, followed by a reception. Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made at http://healthhairheritage.eventbrite.com.
National Museum of African Art

Fri., June 14, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Scandalous Spring: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring at 100
Spend a day at the Embassy of France and experience "The Rite of Spring" in a seminar led by Yvonne Caruthers, cellist with the National Symphony Orchestra, as she explores a ballet work whose modernity and savage beauty rocked prewar Paris with a creative explosion that still echoes a century later. Tickets are $150, including lunch; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
La Maison Française

Sat., June 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Glorious Prague: City of Mystery and Gold
Cultural and music historian Carol Reynolds explores this legendary city, home to magnificent architecture and many cultural attractions, whose complex history is marked by the events that have shaped it — and the Czech people. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Tue., June 18, 7 p.m.
La Cuisine du Québec: Exploring the Passion and Depth of Québec's Emerging Microbreweries
Celebrated beer sommelier Sylvain Bouchard joins us from Québec to showcase the microbrewery movement and the wealth of variety that defines craft beers in Québec — followed by a tasting of several Québec microbrews, with a pairing of cheeses and other Québec treats. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., June 20, 6:45 p.m.
The Jews of Britain
Jewish Britons' transformation from vilified interlopers to vital members of the British community is examined this evening by historian Virginia W. Newmyer. Tickets are $42.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

FESTIVALS

June 26 to 30
July 3 to 7
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced annually on the National Mall, features the themes "Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival," "One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritages" and "The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style and Identity."
National Mall

Fri., June 21, 7:30 p.m.
Fête de la Musique
The Embassy of France opens its doors to music lovers to celebrate the summer solstice festivities — which were founded in 1982 and take place each year in 110 countries and over 430 cities — with performances by Origem and Cheick Hamala Diabate, two groups that offer a unique mix of jazz and world music. Tickets are free but RSVP is required and can be made at http://fetedelamusique2013.eventbrite.com/.
La Maison Française

Sat., June 22, 4 p.m.
Summer Music Fête
Each year on the summer solstice, the French gather in the streets to celebrate the change of seasons with a Fête de la Musique — a dynamic tapestry of music and dancing by both amateur and professional musicians. To mark the occasion, the French-American Cultural Foundation hosts its 11th annual all-day music fête at the Embassy of France featuring more than 50 bands and street performers, as well as barbecued specialties, pastries, cotton candy, beer, wine and other libations. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
La Maison Française

June 20 to 29
Nordic Jazz 2013
The Nordic embassies in Washington and Twins Jazz Club present the seventh annual Nordic Jazz Festival in D.C., showcasing internationally acclaimed performers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden who will present the modern sound of Nordic jazz over the course of eight concerts at the Finnish and Swedish embassies, as well as Twin Jazz Club. For information, visit www.nordicjazz2013.eventbrite.com or www.twinsjazz.com.
Various locations

 MUSIC

Fri., June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Bergthor Palsson, Baritone
Edvinas Minkstimas, Piano
Baritone Bergthor Palsson has appeared with the Icelandic Opera, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Reykjavik, and his oratorio roles include Bach's St. Matthew's Passion, Haydn's Creation and Seasons, Orff's Carmina Burana and Mozart's Requiem. Tickets are $100 and include buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.com.
Icelandic Residence

Sat., June 8, 6:30 p.m.
Leoncavallo – Pagliacci
Opera Camerata performances start with a lavish cocktail reception followed by redacted versions of beloved operas with top talent, orchestra, chorus, costumes and narrator. The June 8 show of "Pagliacci," hosted by Greek Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos, features Greek-American superstar Anastasia Jamieson and is conducted by maestro Gregory Buchalter of the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are $175; for information, visit www.operacamerata.org.
The Farfax at Embassy Row Hotel

Fri., June 14, 7:30 p.m.
DC Jazz Festival: Jazz Meets the Latin Classics
Conductor/saxophonist/clarinetist and jazz master Paquito D'Rivera leads an all-star ensemble in arranged works by Piazzolla, Lecuona, D'Rivera and others. Tickets are $35.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Sat., June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Amandine Beyer and Gli Incogniti
Amandine Beyer, one of the finest Baroque violinists of her generation, embraces the modernist works of Berio, Stockhausen, and Challulau with her group Gli Incogniti, which specializes in experimentation, seeking out new repertoire, and the rediscovery of the classics. Tickets are $25.
La Maison Française

Sat., June 22, 7:30 p.m.
The Batera Duo
The Batera Duo, which hails from two sister islands in the Maltese archipelago, was formed by Gozitan saxophonist Philip Attard and Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa. The name Batera (meaning "conjunction" in the Basque language) aptly describes this duo of two young musicians with relatively different musical backgrounds that are combined into a unique performing style. Tickets are $110, including buffet and valet parking; for information, visit www.embassyseries.com.
Embassy of Luxembourg

Sun., June 23, 8 p.m.
The Legacy of Bob Marley
The Kennedy Center, with the Grammy Museum, celebrates Jamaican folk legend Bob Marley with a concert featuring David Hines (of Steel Pulse), Israel Vibration, Junior Marvin, Speech (of Arrested Development), and Roots Radic. Tickets are $20 to $48.
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

THEATER

Fri., June 7, 1:30 p.m.,
Sat., June 8, 2 p.m.
La Pluma y la Palabra / The Pen and the Word Poetry Marathon
Teatro de la Luna presents its 21st annual Poetry Marathon: The Best of Hispano-American Poetry featuring the Spanish-speaking world's most celebrated poets, including José Eduardo Degrazia of Brazil, Emilio Mozo of Cuba and Nicasio Urbina of Nicaragua, among others (in Spanish; free but donations accepted).
Library of Congress
Mary Pickford Theater (June 7)
Casa de la Luna (June 8)

Through June 8
The Full Monty
The Keegan Theatre presents the raucous musical based on the British film about six down-on-their luck steelworkers who are desperately seeking paychecks to support their families — until they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Tickets are $40.
Church Street Theater

June 8 to 9
Approaching Ali
In two premiere performances, composer D.J. Sparr and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller tell the story of a reporter's transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Tickets are $30.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Through June 9
The Submission
A gay, white playwright's play gets accepted at the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, everyone thinks his stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card-sharp son trying to get out of the projects is written by Shaleeha G'ntamobi ... and she doesn't exist. Tickets are $32.50 to $65.
Olney Theatre Center

Through June 9
The Three Musketeers
D'Artagnan teams up with the Three Musketeers and becomes entangled in a plot surrounding the evil Cardinal Richelieu, the sly Milady de Winter and a romance between the Duke of Buckingham and Queen Anne. Tickets are $35 to $55.
Synetic Theater

Through June 9
Twelfth Night
Director Robert Richmond returns to Folger Theatre to direct this romantic and whimsical of tales filled with lovers, lunatics, poets, drunkards, and clowns in the quixotic land of Illyria. Tickets are $30 to $68.
Folger Shakespeare Library

June 11 to July 6
One Destiny
This one-act play by Richard Hellesen brings the drama and emotion of the American Civil War to life by capturing the emotions of that fateful night in 1865 that killed Abraham Lincoln, as told through the eyewitness accounts of actor Harry Hawk and Ford's Theatre co-owner Harry Ford, among others. Please call for ticket information.
Ford's Theatre

June 11 to July 7
Anything Goes
All aboard for Roundabout Theatre Company's saucy and splendid production of the beloved musical "Anything Goes," winner of three 2011 Tony Awards. Tickets are $25 to $115.
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 16 to 19
Theater of the Voiceless
Documentary theater possesses the unique ability to respond to issues of pressing social and political import, providing a platform and voice for the dispossessed. This symposium and festival co-produced by Zeitgeist DC (the Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe-Institut and the Embassy of Switzerland) brings together leading playwrights, artists, and governmental, political and cultural experts from the United States and German-speaking countries to discuss, perform and celebrate the international power of this art form. For information, visit www.theaterofthevoiceless.eventbrite.com/.
Various locations

Through June 23
The Guardsman
Budapest's most beautiful and beloved young actress is notorious for her affairs that only last six months. When she finally decides to marry, she of course chooses Budapest's most handsome and talented actor. Shortly into their marriage, the actor suspects his new wife is getting restless, so he decides to take on his most daring role yet — disguising himself as her ideal lover. Tickets are $54 to $95
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Through June 23
Stupid Fucking Bird
An aspiring director rampages against the art created by his mother's generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art and growing up can be in this irreverent remix of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." Tickets start at $35.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through June 23
The Winter's Tale
An act of jealousy sets the plot into motion when Leontes, King of Sicilia, accuses his virtuous wife Hermione of infidelity in this moving story of mistakes and forgiveness that spans 16 years and two nations. Tickets are $43 to $95.
Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre

Through June 30
Company
On his 35th birthday, a commitment-phobic bachelor searches for the answers to love and life in New York City, where he observes both the joys and pitfalls of marriage from his five quirky couple friends. Please call for ticket information.
Signature Theatre

Through June 30
The Hampton Years
This breakthrough premiere explores the development of great African-American artists John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator Viktor Lowenfeld during World War II. Tickets start at $35.
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