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Michael Oren: Israel's Man
In Washington Bids 'Shalom'

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People of World Influence

Son of Iran's Last Shah:
'I Am My Own Man'

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Inside the Chamber

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Book Review

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Son of Iran’s Last Shah: ‘I Am My Own Man’

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By Michael Coleman

As Reza Pahlavi watched moderate Iranian politician Hassan Rouhani elected to be the next president of his troubled homeland on June 14, he felt wistful for what could have been — and hopeful for what might still be.

As the last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran and son of the former Shah, the 52-year-old eldest son in the House of Pahlavi is first in line to the throne under the Persian Constitution of 1906. That means in theory he could become head of a constitutional monarchy if the current Islamic Iranian regime ever crumbles or is overthrown.

Of course, that's a huge "if" and a possibility Pahlavi downplayed, but did not outright dismiss, in a recent interview with The Washington Diplomat at his stately country home in suburban Maryland. He stressed that his only ambition is to help the Iranian people topple the oppressive clerical regime that has dominated the country since 1979.

"I am just trying to help Iran gain back its freedom and self-determination," Pahlavi said during an hour-long interview. "I think it is for Iranians to decide who they want as their leaders, who they esteem to be valuable or helpful down the line. If it happens to be me, so be it."

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Reza Pahlavi

It probably won't be, given his baggage. Pahlavi's father, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, will go down in history not only as a deeply polarizing figure, but as the man whose rule led to the 1979 Revolution that ushered Iran's hard-line clerics into power.

During his 37-year reign, the Shah was seen as both a modernizing force and a puppet of the West. A secular Muslim, the Shah instituted a number of progressive reforms, granting women suffrage, boosting economic development and becoming the first Muslim head of state to recognize Israel. At the same time, the Iranian aristocrat used profits from his dealings with Western oil firms to consolidate his grip over the country, stifling the opposition while enriching his family.

After years of tensions with the Shiite clergy and his Islamic critics, the Shah was forced to flee the country amid growing political unrest. Despite the controversial circumstances surrounding the Shah's rule, many Iranians — at least those who also fled after the 1979 Revolution — still fondly recall the era when young couples could kiss in public, Tehran was a cosmopolitan haven of art and culture, and Western investment dollars flowed freely. Others, however, remember growing inequality, the Shah's lavish spending and his brutal crackdown on opponents.

Nevertheless, Reza Pahlavi remains proudly involved in efforts to foment change in the embattled Middle Eastern nation. In 2011, he founded the Iranian National Council, a Paris-based collective that he said enjoys the support of thousands of reform-minded individuals. He also serves as the group's spokesman and has been working the international media circuit, sitting for interviews with CNN, London's Guardian newspaper and other outlets.

"I do have a unique political capital that I think Iranians recognize," Pahlavi told The Diplomat. "One of my jobs is to keep them focused and keep up their hope.... We have to remain united and put aside our petty differences. This is bigger than one particular group or ideology — it's about our national struggle for freedom."

As crown prince of Iran and the oldest of four siblings, Pahlavi left Iran at the age of 17 for air force training in the United States. Unable to return after the revolution, he earned a degree in political science from the University of Southern California. Pahlavi then entered the U.S. Air Force Training Program at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas, and earned fighter pilot certification. As the Iran-Iraq War raged, Pahlavi said he volunteered to serve his country as a fighter pilot, but was rejected by the regime.

In the three decades since, Pahlavi has spent most of his time advocating for democracy in his homeland.

"Since the day after the passing of my late father in Cairo, my singular focus, besides my personal family, has been my homeland. The entirety of my time and personal resources have been devoted to working to heal divisions among Iranians, providing humanitarian assistance, and in voicing, to the best of my abilities, the aspirations of my compatriots for secular and democratic governance," Pahlavi said.

"We must have freedom of elections because I think the only way you can measure the will of a nation is through the sanctity of the ballot box, which is the last measure that can tell any of us what the people really want. Until we are there, anything else is irrelevant as far as I am concerned."

Iranians do have some measure of freedom in electing their president, although the ultimate arbiter of power in Iran is the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who vets all candidates before they can go up for a vote.

Still, Rouhani's surprisingly decisive victory sparked hopes that changes are afoot. Despite being an establishment insider, the president has already chided Iran's clerics for interfering in people's personal lives. And even though Khamenei holds ultimate sway over nuclear talks, Western pundits hope Rouhani will bring the pragmatic streak he once showed as Iran's top nuclear negotiator back to the table.

Pahlavi is not nearly so optimistic.

"All in all, I would say I find it very difficult for this regime to steer away all of a sudden from the positions it has taken so far — most of it due to Mr. Khamenei himself as the ultimate decision maker, particularly as it pertains to the nuclear issue," he said. "From day one, I've said as long as the people of Iran don't have their full destiny in their own hands, we cannot say the system is representative of their wishes and desires.

"Let's not forget, he is one of the pre-approved candidates that have passed the filter of this regime as his predecessors have," Pahlavi added of the president, who formally takes office Aug. 4. "The way the regime has played this game was to pretty much enable the supreme leader to have the final say."

To that end, he's skeptical progress will be made on the nuclear front, suggesting Rouhani is little more than a political puppet. "He said he'd like to see the wheels of centrifuges turn, but he would also like to see the wheels of our economy turn," Pahlavi said. "How can you translate this? It translates in my view into being very coordinated with the supreme leader. It means they're not going to give up on anything. It's no longer a subject of debate. In other words, we're not going to give up on our rights to enrich [uranium]."

However, Pahlavi said that if Rouhani were to manage to extract some concessions from the supreme leader — such as loosening restrictions on Iranian society — it would be a significant step forward.

"I would love to see a setback by the regime, to see it cave on something, whether it is to domestic or international demand, because the more the regime gives in, the less likely it is to survive," he said. "Whether it will is a different story."

Pahlavi, a husband and father of three girls, said he's not focused on Iran's nuclear agenda as much as its human rights agenda.

"We've always said the nuclear agenda may be important for the world, but it's not the most important thing for Iranians," Pahlavi said. "For us, it's the lack of human rights and lack of freedom that is the core issue, and we believe that a different system — a democratic system — with one stroke of the wand will eliminate every problem this regime has been associated with."

Perhaps, but Iran didn't exactly get full democracy when Pahlavi's father was in charge either. When a democratically elected prime minister briefly nationalized Iran's oil industry in the 1950s, a U.S.-backed coup overturned the government and returned the Shah to power, along with the foreign companies that gorged on the country's oil.

But Pahlavi suggested that those who forced his father from power in 1979 didn't grasp what was in store for them.

"The enemies of the previous regime who fought against my father didn't even know what this man [Khamenei] would actually represent," he asserted. "Case in point, most of them who were part of bringing the same regime to power had to flee the country a few months later. Women were immediately dealt with in the most brutal way, becoming second-class citizens instantly as a matter of constitutional law. Since then, people have been stuck with a regime that put them through eight years of war [with Iraq] while the regime entrenched itself and built up its infrastructure of surveillance and the Revolutionary Guard. By the end of the war, they had a very well-entrenched Gestapo-like, mafia-like, KGB-like setup."

He added: "Since that time people have had to struggle and hope that maybe through reforms they could accomplish something, but it has backfired."

After the so-called Green Movement of 2009, in which thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran took to the streets to protest the dubious election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, only to see their cause crushed by the Iranian government with very little blowback from the Obama administration, Pahlavi decided to launch the Iranian National Council.

"After the Green Movement when people were being thrown in jail and tortured and what have you, I didn't want to see another generation sacrificed for nothing," he said. "The need for some kind of a structure had been talked about before, but nothing had been created. Something needed to be created outside of Iran. Why outside of Iran? Obviously, because no visible structure that would be in open defiance of the regime could reform or even advocate from the inside.

"We needed to create a platform to be a voice for the Iranian people at home," he said.

The council established a 16-point document declaring its intention to advocate for free and fair elections, basic human rights and democracy in Iran.

"We announced it would be grassroots from the bottom up, not something for elites," Pahlavi said. "We wanted everybody to participate with as many average Joes as possible. More than 25,000 people signed this document, and 500 people were chosen to represent this council, which was conducted in Paris last April."

The council's first official act was sending a letter to Khamenei demanding the immediate, unconditional release of political prisoners and the cancellation of the June 14 election that Pahlavi said was "totally meaningless." The letter, not surprisingly, went unanswered.

Despite pushing for regime change, Pahlavi stressed that he opposes military intervention in Iran and is skeptical that U.S.-led sanctions have had much of an effect other than hurting his countrymen. In their place, he has advocated for boycotting elections (a plea that apparently fell on deaf ears in Iran as 72 percent of voters cast ballots in June) as well as labor strikes.

"One of our objectives is to try to bring change at the least possible cost to our nation," Pahlavi explained. "More often than not, the quickest way to paralyze a regime no matter how brutal or oppressive it is, is by slowing down its ability to survive by paralyzing its economic means of survival. Labor strikes and work disruptions are the quickest way to paralyze the system. There are so many different ways to utilize civil disobedience that are not harmful to the people but would certainly hurt the regime."

The exiled crown prince suggested creating an incentive fund that would help guarantee striking workers some financial compensation if they walked off their jobs in protest. He also suggested that those who think diplomacy, or even coercing Iran with sanctions, will change conditions in a country ruled by Islamic law are naive.

"Can Iran, at the end of the day, coexist with the world as we know it?" Pahlavi asked rhetorically. "Can there be an actual, rational coexistence in the same sphere by a regime that is hell-bent on exporting an ideology and its only obstacles are the values and principles that the free world and particularly the Western world is based on?

"All of the values that the West stands on are the biggest enemy of this regime," he said. "You are not talking about North Korea. You are dealing with a regime that from the beginning of its inception had no other ambition or goal, which in fact is codified and stipulated in its own constitution — that is the exploitation of an Islamic Shiite ideology worldwide. If they could impose this using the nuclear deterrence as a means to force a fait accompli on everyone ... they will do that.

"Otherwise, let's face it — would this regime take our country to the brink of military attacks and economic collapse just to produce a few kilowatts of nuclear electricity?"

To that end, Pahlavi discounts Iran's hybrid model of political Islam, especially when it comes to nations such as Egypt, which itself flirted with Islamic democracy only to recently recoil from it.

"The Iranian experimentation with political Islam will serve as a model for our neighbors in the region — to avoid," Pahlavi said. "Like all political ideologies, political Islam will ultimately be judged by its ability to deliver freedom and opportunity to the people. It has failed miserably — catastrophically — in Iran and sooner or later it will find itself accountable to the people in my homeland and elsewhere."

Turning to the subject of his father's legacy, Pahlavi grows more contemplative. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is credited with fostering human rights and championing secular government. But he is also accused of bilking the country for billions of dollars' worth of oil money and using Iran's then-intelligence agency, SAVAK, to suppress political dissent and imprison and even torture opponents.

The son concedes the father made mistakes, but insists his good deeds by far outweighed the bad.

"The overall track record of my father and grandfather, it is overwhelmingly positive," he said. "Which system doesn't have negatives? The most important thing is to acknowledge where things went wrong and have them not repeated in the future. My father has been rehabilitated in the minds of many. I think he is more popular today 32 years after his death than he was at the height of his popularity in Iran."

Pahlavi grew philosophical wondering what might have been had his father — and then himself — been in power the past three decades.

"If the Iranian Revolution had not occurred, we would be South Korea, and today we are North Korea, bottom line," he declared. "If you look at it from that prism, where the Shah was trying to take Iran, we ought to have been there. Now, we look at Dubai next door and look at lost opportunities and say where are we now?"

But, he added, there's no sense wallowing in regret. "I am inspired daily by the dedication of progressive Iranians to 'get past the past' by working with compatriots across a broad political spectrum for a better future."

Pahlavi is also quick to assert that while he is his father's son, he is his own man.

"Sure, there were mistakes made," he conceded. "But I think most people who look at me understand that I have not genetically inherited the circumstances or policies of my predecessor. I am my own man. I have my own vision and I have my own thoughts. I just happen to have the same name," he told us.

"In the end, I ask people to judge me by deeds and words rather than anybody else's."


About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.

   

Besides Bruised Egos, Will NSA Spy Leaks Cause Lasting Pain?

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By Michael Coleman

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U.S.-Canada Relations: A Tale of Two Bridges

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Lugar Institute Aims to Bridge Chasm Between Capitol Hill, Embassy Row

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Michael Oren: Israel’s Man In Washington Bids ‘Shalom’

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By Larry Luxner

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Council Smoothes Occasional Hiccup Between Indispensable Trade Partners

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Libertarian Cato Institute Breaks Bipartisan Mold

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Haass: U.S. Should Fix Its Own House Before Cleaning Up World’s Messes

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By John Shaw

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Washington National Cathedral Embraces Same-Sex Marriage

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In Cancer’s Complex Journey, It’s Important to Start With Basics

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Duncan Phillips’s Veneration of Georges Braque on Display

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Husband-Wife Diplomats Introduce U.S. to Their Emerging Nation

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Janice Joplin’s Soulful Reincarnation Electrifies Arena Stage

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Intermingling of Two Continents Produced Strand of Superb Art

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The Burning of Visibility: From Reality to Dream

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At Fiola, Maestro Wunderkind Comes Down to Earth With Heavenly Creations

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‘Our Nixon’ Takes Expansive Look at Presidency, Beyond Watergate

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Films - August 2013

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French

Italian

Thai

Danish

German

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Bengali

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights
Directed by Suman Ghosh
(India, 2012, 65 min.)
After noticing that the streetlights in his neighborhood stay on all day, 80-year-old Kolkata retiree Shyamal Uncle goes on a mission to stop this wasteful expense of electricity.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

Cantonese

Days of Being Wild
(A Fei jingjyuhn)
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
(Hong Kong, 1991, 94 min.)
Yuddy, an aimless young man who discovers he was adopted, decides to search for his birthmother. While on his quest, he seduces and abandons a demure shop clerk. She befriends a cop, who in turn takes Yuddy to task for his self-obsessed life philosophy.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 2, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 4, 2 p.m.

Czech

Love is Love
(Láska je láska)
Directed by Milan Cieslar
(Czech Republic, 2012, 105 min.)
An 18-year-old pianist, who lost her sight at age 10 and lives with her overprotective grandfather, falls in love with a dark-haired gypsy boy while her grandfather runs into his own long-lost love.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 7, 8 p.m.

Danish

Flickering Lights
(Blinkende lygter)
Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen
(Denmark/Sweden, 2000, 109 min.)
Four Copenhagen gangsters run away from their mob boss to retire in Spain. But when they're forced to lie low in a small village, the charms of country life win them over, and they opt to go into the restaurant business together.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 24, 1:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 29, 7:10 p.m.

I'm the Angel of Death: Pusher III
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(Denmark, 2005, 90 min.)
Serbian drug lord Milo looks to unload a large shipment of ecstasy while busy with preparations to host his daughter's 25th birthday party. Unfamiliar with this new drug, he makes a risky offer to the young guns looking to grab an ever-larger piece of his action (Danish, Serbian and Polish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 17, 9:30 pm.,
Thu., Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Pusher
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(Denmark, 1996, 105 min.)
A small-time drug dealer, in massive debt to a Balkan drug baron, trolls the Copenhagen underworld to raise the funds that will save his life (Danish, Swedish and Serbo-Croatian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 2, 8:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 3, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.

With Blood On My Hands: Pusher II
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(Denmark/U.K., 2004, 100 min.)
Released from his latest stint in prison, Tonny quickly falls back into the Copenhagen criminal life, desperate to finally impress his father, the criminal kingpin known as the Duke (Danish and Serbo-Croatian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 9, 8 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 10, 9:20 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 15, 7:15 p.m.

English

Ballet Russes
Directed by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine
(U.S., 2005, 118 min.)
From the Diaghilev-era early years in turn-of-the-century Paris, to the American tours of the 1930s and 1940s, to the final downfall in the 1950s and 1960s, this documentary presents rare interviews and dance footage in a compelling portrait of revolutionary Ballet Russes.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 3 and 24, 2:30 p.m.

Cleopatra
Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz
(U.K./U.S./Switzerland, 1963, 258 min.)
Restoring more than 40 minutes of deleted scenes, this newly restored chronicle of the life of Egypt's cunning queen, embodied by Elizabeth Taylor, more elegantly breaks her story arc into two parts: Cleopatra and Caesar, and Cleopatra and Mark Antony.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 17, 2 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 18, 6:45 p.m.

The Dirty Dozen
Directed by Robert Aldrich
(U.S./U.K., 1967, 150 min.)
The "dirty dozen" are a group of military misfits and criminals given a reprieve from the brig to carry out an especially dangerous assignment. The objective is a brothel hosting high-ranking German officers and the operative command is "anything goes."
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri. Aug. 2, 5:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 7, 6:45 p.m.

Ice Station Zebra
Directed by John Sturges
(U.S., 1968, 148 min.)
When a Soviet satellite crashes in the Arctic circle, a commander must stealthily pilot the submarine USS Triggerfish beneath the sea ice to capture the satellite, with a British intelligence agent, Russian deserter and U.S. marine by his side.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 16, 5:15 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 18, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.

The Last Contract
(Sista kontraktet)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden/Norway/Finland, 1998, 115 min.)
A Stockholm cop receives word that a British hit man arrived in town and has no sooner begun to investigate the lead than he is called off and told to forget it (English and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 31, 12 p.m.

The Last Unicorn
Directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
(U.S./U.K./Japan/Germany, 1982, 92 min.)
Fearing she's the last of her kind, unicorn Amalthea goes to the realm of King Haggard in hopes of finding her lost brethren. But after being transformed into a beautiful young woman, Amalthea catches the eye of the king's son.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 12, 7:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 17, 11:05 a.m.

Lawrence of Arabia
Directed by David Lean
(U.K., 1962, 237 min.)
Legendary British officer T.E. Lawrence rallies the Arabs against Turkish invaders during World War I in this masterpiece of 70mm photography.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug, 31, 2:45 p.m.

Long Weekend
Directed by Colin Eggleston
(Australia, 1978, 92 min.)
With their marriage on the rocks, Peter coaxes his reluctant wife to quit their suburban home for a camping trip in the outback. During their car trip, Peter, asleep at the wheel, runs over a kangaroo and leaves the wounded animal to die, causing Australia's animal kingdom to exact revenge.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 19, 9:20 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 21, 9:20 p.m.

The Man from Hong Kong (aka Dragon Flies)
Directed by Jimmy Wang Yu and Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia/Hong Kong, 1975, 111min.)
A Hong Kong special branch inspector travels to Sydney to investigate the Australian connection to a dangerous international drug ring.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 2, 10:30 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 4, 8:30 p.m.

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey
Directed by Vincent Ward
(Australia/New Zealand, 1988, 90 min.)
Fearing the black plague may be imminent, a young psychic believes he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine, where dig to the center of the earth, only to emerge upon a future bustling New Zealand city street.
AFI Silver Theatre
Aug. 10 to Aug. 14

Patrick
Directed by Richard Franklin
(Australia, 1978, 112 min.)
Troubled teen Patrick possesses frightening psychokinetic powers, and, after murdering his mother and her lover in a rage, falls into a coma. But when the hospital plans to pull the plug on their costly patient, Patrick once again uses his powers to seek revenge.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 9, 10 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 11, 9:25 p.m.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S., 1981, 115 min.)
From the steamy South American jungle to snowy Nepalese mountaintops to the dusty Egyptian desert, Indiana Jones battles ruthless Nazis to discover an ancient relic in the film that started the blockbuster series.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 16, 8:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 17, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Razorback
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
(Australia, 1984, 95 min.)
Trucker Pat Quid is framed for murder by a clever highway serial killer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 23, 10 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m.

Smilla's Sense of Snow
Directed by Bille August
(Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 1997, 121 min.)
Lonely Copenhagener Smilla Jasperson, a transplanted Greenlander, suspects foul play after the death of a neglected Inuit boy. Enlisting the aid of a mysterious mechanic, she uncovers a conspiracy stretching from her ancestral home to the Danish business elite. (English and Inuktitut).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 31, 11 a.m.

Turkey Shoot
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia, 1982, 93 min.)
In the dystopian future of 1995, "social deviants" are sent to nightmarish re-education camps. After an initial round of torture, they accept a dangerous deal: They will be hunted down as human prey in a "turkey shoot;" if they can elude their hunters until sundown, they will be set free.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 16, 10:45 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 22, 5 p.m.

Finnish

Ariel
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland, 1988, 73 min.)
Taisto is arrested and sent to jail, but along the way he also finds love with a single mom that keeps him going during his time in jail and inspires him to break out, pinning his hopes on an escape to Mexico aboard the ship Ariel.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 28, 9:15 p.m.

Inspector Palmu's Error
(Komisario Palmun erehdys)
Directed by Matti Kassila
(Finland, 1960, 103 min.)
After hosting a crime-themed party, a wealthy playboy is found dead in his pool, and Inspector Palmu suspects foul play.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 4, 2 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.

The Match Factory Girl
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland, 1981, 68 min.)
Kaurismäki's revisionary spin on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" casts the titular heroine as an exploited proletarian who goes looking for love in all the wrong places.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 18, 4:15 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 20, 5 p.m.

French

Free Men
(Les homes libres)
Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi
(France, 2012, 99 min.)
A German-occupied Paris, a black marketer is given a chance to avoid jail by agreeing to spy on a Paris mosque where police suspect authorities are assisting Muslim Resistance agents and North African Jews.
Washington DCJCC
Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.

Hors Satan
Directed by Bruno Dumont
(France, 2011, 109 min.)
Driven by a private moral code, the destitute and solitary hero becomes the protector of a vulnerable village girl who bears her own share of torments.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 25, 4:30 p.m.

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
(Vois n'avez encore rien vu)
Directed by Alain Resnais
(France/Germany, 2012, 115 min.)
A who's-who of French acting royalty are summoned to the reading of a late playwright's will in which he appears on a TV screen from beyond the grave and asks his erstwhile collaborators to evaluate a recording of an experimental theater company performing his "Eurydice," a play they themselves all appeared in over the years.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.

German

Love is Colder than Death
(Liebe ist kälter als der Tod)
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
(Germany, 1969, 88 min.)
A small-time pimp forms a friendship with a gangster trying to recruit him into a large syndicate in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's debut film.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Yesterday Girl
(Abschied von gestern)
Directed by Alexander Kluge
(Germany, 1966, 88 min.)
Anita G., a Jew, travels to West Germany from East Germany in 1966 but, having not come to terms with her past, is unable to successfully integrate into West German society (screens with "We Shall Overcome" (East Germany, 1971, 18 min.) about East German support to the U.S. civil rights movement).
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Greek

Magic Hour
Directed by Costas Kapakas
(Greece, 2011, 95 min.)
Grappling with a personal crisis, the failed filmmaker of a hapless duo embarks on a road-trip odyssey to rival those of the ancient Greeks in this comedy that contrasts the beauty of the Greek landscape with the ugliness of the economic crisis.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 7, 8 p.m.

Icelandic

Black's Game
(Svartur á leik)
Directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson
(Iceland, 2012, 104 min.)
Muscle-bound Tóti finds his easygoing childhood friend a place in his gang, and for a while they enjoy easy access to cash, booze, drugs and girls. But the big boss demands a Satanic level of servitude from his minions.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 23, 7:45 p.m.,
Tue. Aug. 27, 9:30 p.m.

Italian

Caesar Must Die
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
(Italy, 2012, 76 min.)
Inmates perform a production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" inside a maximum-security prison on the outskirts of Rome, reflecting the prisoners' first-hand encounters with the loyalty-betrayal-vengeance cycles of the criminal underworld.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 31, 4 p.m.

The Girl By the Lake
(La ragazza del lago)
Directed by Andrea Molaioli
(Italy, 2007, 96 min.)
Inspector Sanzio is called up from Rome to investigate the murder of a beautiful young girl in an idyllic lakeside village in Northern Italy.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 24, 7 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 28, 7:15 p.m.

Norwegian

A Somewhat Gentle Man
(En ganske snill mann)
Directed by Hans Petter Moland
(Norway, 2010, 113 min.)
Released after a 12-year stint for murder, Stellan Skarsgård starts to reconnect with his ex-wife and son. But his former mob boss urges him to take revenge on the snitch who ratted him out (Norwegian and Swedish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 11, 5:15 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 14, 7:15 p.m.

Silent

The Farmer's Wife
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1928, 107 min.)
After his daughter weds, a prosperous middle-age widower decides to marry again, and with the aid of his faithful housekeeper, sets to finding a desirable mate with hilariously disastrous results.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 3, 5 p.m.

The Pleasure Garden
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K./Germany, 1925, 75 min.)
A new restoration brings this seldom-seen masterwork focusing on the muddled romantic lives of two chorus girls back into the fold of Hitchcock's most interesting early work (Andrew Simpson in performance).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 4, 4:30 p.m.

Swedish

Avalon
Directed by Axel Petersén
(Sweden, 2011, 79 min.)
Once a bright, young Stockholm scenester, Janne is now a 60-year-old party promoter, an ex-con living hand-to-mouth off his crinkly good looks and the few connections he still has for work.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 30, 7 p.m.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
(Sweden/Denmark, 2009, 147 min.)
As Lisbeth Salander is hospitalized with a bullet in her head, a triple homicide charge awaits her should she recover. So Mikael Blomvkist races against time to clear her name, setting the stage for a court trial that will pit them against entrenched, corrupt interests.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 10, 11:10 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 11, 11:10 a.m.

The Girl Who Played With Fire
Directed by Daniel Alfredson
(Sweden/Denmark, 2009, 129 min.)
Lisbeth Salander is framed for the murder of two journalists working on an exposé of the illegal sex trade in Sweden. To clear his friend's name, Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into her traumatic personal history.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 3, 11:10 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 4, 11:10 a.m.

False Trail
(Jägarna II)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden, 2011, 129 min.)
Erik returns to the Norrland police department he quit in disgust, his old boss having requested his help to investigate a grisly murder. But Norrland's current top cop quickly declares the case closed.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 6, 9:15 p.m.

The Hunters
(Jägarna)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden, 1996, 113 min.)
Returning to his hometown after the death of his father, Erik investigates the slaughter of the local Samis' reindeer herd, uncovering a massive and lucrative organized poaching ring involving those closest to him.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Aug. 1, 9:10 p.m.

The Man from Majorca
(Mannen från Mallorca)
Directed by Bo Widerberg
(Sweden/Denmark, 1984, 106 min.)
Just as their investigation digs up promising leads on an audacious outlaw who robbed a crowded post office, two undercover cops are ordered to drop the case.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 20, 7:10 p.m.

In the Name of the Law
(I lagens namn)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden, 1986, 87 min.)
Aggressively keeping the peace, four violent Stockholm cops think nothing of preemptively using force on luckless punks, drunks and street hustlers. But after one of their victims turns up dead, an inspector uncovers the cops' brutality.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 24, 11:10 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 25, 11:10 a.m.

Thai

36
Directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
(Thailand, 2012, 68 min.)
Constructed of just 36 shots, the film tells the story of a movie location scout who learns that memories captured with the click of a digital camera can just as easily be lost.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Mekong Hotel
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
(Thailand, 2012, 61 min.)
Friends Phon and Tong engage in casual conversations about love, reincarnation, Thai folklore and a ghost story about Phon's mother, who turns out to be a supernatural known for feasting on human organs.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 11, 3 p.m.

Tang Wong
Directed by Kongdej Jaturanrasmee
(Thailand, 2013, 83 min.)
This touching comedy centers on four teenage boys who each hope for success at Bangkok's Luang Poo shrine. When their wishes surprisingly come true, they must give thanks by publicly performing a traditional Thai dance, even though it's the last thing they want to do.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 11, 1 p.m.

   

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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. 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

Through Aug. 9
The Burning of Visibility: From Reality to Dream
Renowned French photographer Anne-Lise Large has resided in the United States for the past four years, lending a unique perspective to her latest photographic series, which offers an outsider's view of what constitutes "American culture."
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

Aug. 15 to Jan. 25
A Night at the Opera
The grandeur of opera — its unforgettable music, stellar performers, and lavish scenery and costumes — has transfixed audiences for more than 400 years. This 50-item display will feature manuscripts, printed scores, librettos, photographs, correspondence and set designs dating from the late 18th century through the beginning of the 20th century.
Library of Congress
James Madison Building

Aug. 27 to Sept. 30
Cardboard City
Three artists from three countries — Germany, the United States and Russia — present their aesthetic representations of the city as memorial and as a form of life. Their art — made using cardboard, a raw, industrial material that is available everywhere in the world — raises questions about that which surrounds and influences us.
Goethe-Institut

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. 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

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. 6
Living Water Paintings
Buenos Aires-born painter Dolores Gomez-Bustillo learned from leading artists across the Americas, including Argentina, Peru and the United States, taking as her inspiration the beauty of simple landscapes and the human form.
Embassy of Argentina

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. 13
Seven Points (Part Two)
"Seven Points" is a series of exhibitions that showcase the work of seven Australian contemporary artists: Daniel Boyd, Marley Dawson, Newell Harry, Anna Kristensen, Angelica Mesiti, Kate Mitchell and Tim Silver. Informed by periods of residency internationally, these artists' works offer alternative points of entry into the diverse conditions of Australian culture.
Embassy of Australia

Through Sept. 15
Fusion: Tracing Asian Migration to the Americas
Through the permanent collection of the Art Museum of the Americas, one of the most vital sources of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art in the United States, this exhibition explores the migration of artists or their families to the Americas from Asia during the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.
Art Museum of the Americas

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. 27
The Marvelous Real: Colombia Through the Vision of its Artists
This visual tour of 36 pieces by 24 artists highlights the complexities, challenges and singularities of Colombia through the eyes of several of its most important artists, including Edgar Negret, Fanny Sanín and David Manzur.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

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 Sept. 29
The Folgers Our Founders
During renovation of the Folger Great Hall, the Folger Shakespeare Library offers a special exhibition in the Founders' Room celebrating the collecting history of its founders, Henry and Emily Folger.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through 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 Oct. 6
NOW at the Corcoran – Ellen Harvey: The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.
Ellen Harvey's new project is a glimpse into the world of the distant future. Human civilization having long since come to an end, the earth is populated now only by ruins, ripe for archeological interpretation by visitors from another planet. Attempting to make sense of what they find, Harvey's aliens immediately mine the potential of one of the greatest neo-classical cities — Washington, D.C. — as a tourist destination.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 6
Peter Coffin: Here & There
Nature, science, pseudoscience, psychological displacement, urban happenstance and what-if brainstorms are among the myriad departure points for the works of New York-based artist Peter Coffin.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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 Oct. 15:
Guerrero: 7 Regions of Art and Tradition
The southwest Mexican state of Guerrero is a richly diverse blend of geography and ethnicity that's home to four major ethnic groups and seven regions, each with their own distinctive artistic culture. These regions celebrate material and immaterial heritage at once both communal and unique, inherent in their archeological sites, churches, parks and plazas. From these shared spaces come the crafts, clothing and artwork that help to underwrite Guerrero's larger identity.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Nov. 10
American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s
Faith Ringgold is well known for originating the African American story quilt revival in the late 1970s. In the previous decade, she created bold, provocative paintings in direct response to the civil rights and feminist movements. Ringgold's unprecedented exploration of race and gender in America is examined in this comprehensive survey of 49 rarely exhibited paintings.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through 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 Dec. 31
S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom
As part of the SPAIN arts & culture program (www.spainculture.us), "S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom" presents the most avant-garde pieces of Spanish design conceived for modern working environments, highlighting how the creativity of contemporary Spanish designers adapts to any office space and how Spanish design companies are successfully competing in international markets, such as the United States.
Former Spanish Residence

Through Jan. 5
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
More than 100 photographs selected from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the museum's photography collection, examine photography's evolution in the United States from a documentary medium to a full-fledged artistic genre, and showcase the numerous ways in which it has captured the American experience.
American Art Museum

Through Jan. 5
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

Through 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 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 8, 2014
Perspectives: Rina Banerjee
Born in India and based in New York City, artist Rina Banerjee draws on her background as a scientist and her experience as an immigrant in her richly textured works that complicate the role of objects as representations of cultures and invite viewers to share her fascination in materials.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The Courts of Renaissance Italy: Power, Patronage, and Prestige
The families who shaped the dominant courts in Renaissance Italy wanted more than just political influence and power. Guided by the era's new vision of man and his potential for achievement, they also sought to express their sway through patronage of art, architecture, and literature, helping to nurture talents such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Freer Gallery of Art

Tue., Aug. 13, 6:45 p.m.
If your idea of a perfect evening is to settle in with a good cocktail and a great novel, how does a good cocktail from a great novel sound? Raise a glass to the drinks showcased in the
works (and lives) of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming, Truman Capote, Dorothy Parker and other sipping scribes. Tickets are $70; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
National Museum of the American Indian

Aug. 27 to 28
Jewelry Trunk Show of South African-Based Beloved Beadwork
The Embassy of South Africa and National Museum of Women in the Arts welcomes Beloved Beadwork designer and founder Anna Richerby from Cape Town, South Africa, for a trunk show and designer "meet and greet." This small company of 12 Cape Town women, who create intricate pieces of high-end jewelry using complex weaving techniques and glass beads, was founded by Richerby in 2009.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Wed., Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Wagner at 200: Tristan and Isolde Comes to Washington
Members of the "Tristan and Isolde" cast and creative team present a program that celebrates Wagner's bicentenary and explores the Washington National Opera's forthcoming production of Wagner's romantic masterpiece. RSVP to goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
Goethe-Institut

MUSIC

Thu., Aug. 1, 8 p.m.
Natalie Cole
Nine-time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and performer, Natalie Cole, brings her "Unforgettable" voice to Strathmore, only weeks after the June 2013 debut of her first Spanish-language album, "Natalie Cole en Español," a memento to her father, Nat King Cole, and his Spanish recordings. Tickets are $33 to $92.
Music Center at Strathmore

Aug. 1 to 2
NSO at Wolf Trap: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II
See the iconic "Wascally Wabbit" in classic shorts such as "What's Opera, Doc?" and "The Rabbit of Seville," as Emmy-winning creator-conductor George Daugherty combines the magic of the symphony with Looney Tunes hijinks. Tickets are $22 to $55.
Wolf Trap

Sun., Aug. 4, 7 p.m.
Rodrigo y Gabriela
They've been heard in film scores from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" to "Puss in Boots." But Rodrigo y Gabriela's live shows trump all — the mind-blowing speed strumming of this virtuosic guitar duo lends an edge-of-the-seat thrill to every song they touch, from the folk songs of their native Mexico to heavy metal to classical and beyond. Tickets are $55 to $78.
Music Center at Strathmore

Tue., Aug. 6, 6 p.m.
El Gusto
After fifty years of separation, an orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians torn apart by history and war reunite and embark on their first U.S. tour this summer.
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Wed., Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
Free Summer Outdoor Concert: Carlos Núñez
Known as "The Seventh Chieftain," beguiling Spanish musician Carlos Núñez plays the gaita, a traditional Galician bagpipe. His unique folk music showcases his native region of Galicia, in northwest Spain, and the surprising Celtic traditions that thrive there.
Music Center at Strathmore

 THEATER

Aug. 1 to Sept. 1
A Chorus Line
Featuring hit Broadway songs, "A Chorus Line" follows 17 dancers competing for eight coveted spots in the chorus of a Broadway musical. Throughout the audition, they bare their souls while sharing stories of their childhood, ambitions, fears and experiences in show business. Tickets are $32.50 to $65.
Olney Theatre Center

Through Aug. 4
The Third Beast
A series of characters tries to escape everyday life in search of true identity in "The Third Breast," written in 1975 by one of Poland's "angry young men," Ireneusz Iredyński (1939-85), who explores such themes as addiction to power; fear of the other; the search for an absolute; love and erotic fascination; and the consequences of blind faith. Tickets are $20 to $40 (for mature audiences).
Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

Aug. 15 to Sept. 22
Miss Saigon
Created by the acclaimed writers of "Les Misérables," this modern, rock-infused adaptation of Puccini's 1904 opera "Madame Butterfly" explores the ongoing impact of love, loss and the collision of cultures during the Vietnam War. Please call for ticket information.
Signature Theatre

Through Aug. 18
The Book of Mormon
Nine 2011 Tony Awards say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, "It's the funniest musical of all time." And the New York Times says, "It's the best musical of this century." It's "The Book of Mormon," the Broadway phenomenon from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and "Avenue Q" co-creator Robert Lopez. Tickets are $43 to $250.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Through Aug. 18
Salomé
Scena Theatre, in the final production of its 25th anniversary season, presents Oscar Wilde's engrossing biblical tragedy in one act — a provocative, controversial stage play that is rarely performed. Tickets are $35 or $40.
Atlas Performing Arts Center

Aug. 20 to Sept. 1
Much Ado About Nothing
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual "Free For All" presents one of the greatest romantic comedies ever written, as two young lovers, Hero and Claudio, their quick-witted sparring companions, Beatrice and Benedick, and the schemes of friends and foes twist the couples' relationships with playful hilarity.
Sidney Harman Hall

Aug. 21 to Sept. 15
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Maureen, a lonely spinster in her 40s, lives with her diabolically manipulative mother Mag in an isolated cottage in the west of Ireland. When Maureen is offered a last chance at love, she sees a chance to escape, but Mag has other ideas, setting in motion a chain of deceptions, secrets and betrayals that are both heartbreaking and hilarious. Tickets are $10 to $45.
Round House Theatre Bethesda

   

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