August 2014

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Cover Story

Britain Reflects on Sacrifices
Made as World Waged War

a5.ww1.britain.london.home"It's a part of our national consciousness," British Ambassador Peter Westmacott says about World War I, which introduced modern warfare, killed millions of people and redrew the world map, planting the seeds of conflicts that fester to this day. Read More 

Cover Profile

Bosnia, Cradle of World War I,
Still Struggles with Ethnic Divisions

a6.ww1.bosnia.sarajevo.home"Bosnia was not the cause of the First World War. It was just a trigger," says Ambassador Jadranka Negodic, who laments that 100 years later, people still view the events that triggered the war through the prism of ethnic divisions that continue to haunt her region. Read More 

People of World Influence

Burns Offers Nuanced Perspective
On Slew of Crises Facing Obama

a2.selfridge.vernon.homeRespected former U.S. diplomat Nicholas Burns offers a nuanced, levelheaded assessment of Obama's foreign policy agenda — befitting the complex nature of the challenges the president faces. Read More


EXCLUSIVE

D.C.-Based Ambassadors
Visit the 'Other' Washington

a2.seattle.ambassadors.homeThe Diplomat joins D.C.-based ambassadors as they head to the other Washington to visit Seattle as part of a State Department-sponsored trip with Protocol Chief Peter Selfridge. Read More


An Erdogan Empire?

Erdogan Eyes Presidency
To Cement His Grip on Turkey

a4.balkan.flooding.homeTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to win the presidency this month in a bid to extend an 11-year rule marked by significant achievement and growing animosity. Read More


Underestimating Putin

West Underplays Putin's Appeal
To Rising Nationalist Sentiment

a6.state.department.homeRussian President Vladimir Putin has seized on discontent with Western values to ingratiate himself with a growing chorus of conservatives and nationalists around the world. Read More


Somaliland Stability

Somaliland: An Oasis of Stability
Makes Its Case for Independence

a7.diego.garcia.homeSomaliland has a growing economy, functioning democracy and none of the anarchy that afflicts neighboring Somalia. The only thing it doesn't have is independence from its neighbor. Read More

Keystone Optimism

Canada and Its Keystone Supporters
Optimistic Pipeline Will Pass

a8.book.fire.ashes.homeThe Canadian American Business Council recently gathered top energy experts to make the case for giving the green light to the embattled Keystone XL pipeline. Read More

What's in a Street Name?

Congress Goads China by Renaming
Embassy Street After Jailed Dissident

a9.medical.manner.homeIn a diplomatic slight, the D.C. Council recently passed a resolution to rename a portion of the street in front of the Chinese Embassy after a jailed Chinese dissident. Read More

   

Burns Offers Nuanced Perspective On Slew of Crises Facing Obama

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By Michael Coleman

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D.C.-Based Ambassadors Visit the ‘Other’ Washington

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By Larry Luxner

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Erdogan Eyes Presidency To Cement His Grip on Turkey

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By Nicholas Clayton

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West Underplays Putin’s Appeal To Rising Nationalist Sentiment

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By Christopher Boian

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Britain Reflects on Sacrifices Made as World Waged War

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By Larry Luxner

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Bosnia, Cradle of World War I, Still Struggles with Ethnic Divisions

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By Larry Luxner

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Somaliland: An Oasis of Stability Makes Its Case for Independence

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By Michael Coleman

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Canada and Its Keystone Supporters Optimistic Pipeline Will Eventually Pass

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By Eliza Krigman

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Congress Goads China by Renaming Embassy Street After Jailed Dissident

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By Miranda Katz

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Chikun-What? Caribbean Grapples With Nasty Mosquito-Borne Virus

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By Gina Shaw

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Talks Global Health with Ambassadors

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By Larry Luxner

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National Gallery Documents WWII Preservation of Cultural Treasures

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By Miranda Katz

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Real Estate Agent Savors Three Homes: Brazil, Barbados, D.C.

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By Gail Scott

They met on the beach in Rio de Janeiro. He was an honorary consul for Barbados and she was a tourist hospitality agent in town. “I had come after work, about four o’clock, just to relax and enjoy the beach, have some quiet. I am not a sun person. He was just leaving,” she remembered. “He came up next to me and put down his towel. I thought, ‘Who is this?’ It was his way to get close. We started talking.”

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Ambassador of Barbados John Beale and his wife Leila Beale pose with Secretary of State John Kerry.

From then on, John Beale rarely left the side of his future wife, Leila Mol Beale. “He came to my office, would find a table and eat his lunch, read the papers. I wondered what he was doing, if he ever worked. I thought we should give him a bill,” she joked.

Instead, he put her on notice that she was the one for him. “He was in such a hurry; he asked me right away to marry him. He got it in his head and that’s what he wanted.”

Today, John Beale is ambassador of his native Barbados and his wife Leila, a real estate agent, is by his side spreading the word about his picturesque Caribbean island. “I am still Brazilian but my job while we are here is to represent Barbados in the best way that I can. My husband has one passport, I have two and our girls have three since they were born in Arlington Hospital when John was assigned here before and we lived in Fairfax, [Va.].”

The couple also has friends in Ohio and Arizona, where the ambassador earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, respectfully. “Now we have friends and family in Miami, Florida, too,” Leila noted, “with several properties there.”

John Beale has 26 years of experience in the international banking and project-financing sectors, including stints with the Chase Manhattan Bank network and the International Finance Corp., the private-sector arm of the World Bank.

The couple’s three daughters seem to have inherited their worldly outlook. Melissa, 26, finished her graduate studies in international affairs at American University in D.C. Paloma, 24, finished her master’s in international marketing and business at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and is now is working for Marriott. Chantal, 22, is finishing her MBA at Hult International Business School in Massachusetts.

Leila herself has two bachelor’s degrees: one in languages, including English, and the other in the literature of Brazil, Portugal, the United States and Britain. She taught for a while and “then I went to tourism because I have so many languages.”

So which language is spoken at home?

“When I met my husband I picked up his accent from Barbados, where the English is spoken with a British accent,” Leila told us. “Of course, I speak Portuguese. I like foreign accents and mannerisms but we all speak English at home.”

Besides being a real estate agent here, she has a jewelry shop in Barbados, “one of the nicest on the island,” she said proudly. “We design custom-made pieces in 18-carat gold. In Brazil, we mine lots of gems: aquamarines, tourmalines, emeralds, topazes, diamonds, citrines, amethysts and many more.”

Leila said she finds real estate “a very competitive business.”

“You need to carve a niche for yourself and work hard. There is always someone selling and someone buying and, as an agent, you hope you’re lucky enough to get there in time.” Her card says “Hollywood Real Estate” because she works with broker James Hollywood.

Leila, in fact, brings a little Hollywood style to D.C. In a city full of suits, where both men and women tend to dress conservatively, Leila often stands out at diplomatic receptions with bright flashes of color and chic outfits that complement her svelte figure.

She works hard to stay in shape, jogging and working out seven days a week. She also enjoys dancing and has taught dancing classes: “I’ve always danced — I’m Brazilian.” Leila also plays tennis, golf and loves to swim. She even has a black belt in karate.

As far as dieting goes, “I have good eating habits but I don’t count calories. I go for quality rather than quantity,” she said. “I go the natural way, organic.”

Watching what she eats is actually a necessity because Leila has serious allergies to most fruits and vegetables, anything containing gluten, the outdoors and even their two cats, Oslo and Louro (she takes allergy shots for her feline friends). Her daughters are also allergic to a variety of foods. For Leila, avoiding a long list of life-threatening allergies is particularly difficult in a foreign country where you’re constantly expected to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, buffets and seated dinners on the diplomatic circuit.

“I am seriously allergic to most fruits and vegetables and I am glucose-intolerant,” Leila explained, listing the types of foods she cannot eat, including anything with seeds, dairy or flour.

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Leila Beale enjoys a trip to Paris with her three daughters: Paloma, Chantal and Melissa.

Leila though has learned to live with dozens of allergies and created her own unique way of dealing with the limitations. Before she leaves for a reception, she packs dried figs, rice cakes other bite-size treats in her purse to help her make it through the evening’s probably off-limits cuisine.

“My favorite kind of restaurant is Japanese. I have sashimi without the soy sauce because it has gluten, no cucumbers but rice and wasabi,” she said. Otherwise, she asks for poultry or fish, lightly grilled in oil, and steamed asparagus or mushrooms.

“When I am flying I have to be very careful. One time I ate my meal on the plane and I collapsed. Now, I take my usual figs and rice cakes. I can also eat an apple or a banana.”

She can’t even stop at the farmer’s market at the end of her street in Chevy Chase. “Just the aroma of the fresh corn gives me trouble,” she said.

Despite the dangers foods pose for her, Leila says she loves to cook. “I specialize in Mediterranean cuisine, especially Portuguese and Spanish; Brazilian too. I preferably like to cook seafood.”

But “I don’t fry and I don’t have any butter in the house,” she said. “We just use Mediterranean rock salt at the table.”

In addition to her other dietary restrictions, Leila has banned sugar from their home. “There is no sugar in my house. My husband buys his own sugar for a Caipirinha,” the national drink of Brazil that is made with Cachaça, a powerful distilled spirit made from sugarcane juice.

But she preserves other mealtime traditions of her homeland, including late eating: “Since I’m Brazilian, we usually don’t eat until 10 or 11. I don’t go to bed until 2 a.m.”

Leila said she calls all three countries she’s lived in — Brazil, Barbados and the United States — home, and appreciates each for its distinct attributes.

“In Barbados, you have the sea and the lifestyle that goes with it. I especially like sitting around outside or going for a stroll. There’s always a sea breeze and you can hear the waves. I love the sunshine. Barbados is eternal summer. I especially enjoy jazz on the beach,” she said.

“Brazil’s beautiful landscape is so varied: the sea, the mountains and the prairie. You can find everything. I love the people and their culture. There is such a variety of taste and customs that are quite unique — and, of course, Brazil’s special rum.”

D.C. also has its charms, Leila said.

“A cosmopolitan city like Washington is more than one place — it has cultural diversity. There is such an influence of so many other cultures. It’s a little map of the world so you can experience a little bit of everything. Here, you can travel without leaving home. You can taste foreign lands. I love it.”


About the Author

Gail Scott is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat and Diplomatic Pouch.

   

Embassies of Argentina, Italy Feature Hidden, Homegrown Gems

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Big Friendly Giant is Big Giant Fun at Imagination Stage

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Colorful, Complex Parisian Love Story Blossoms in ‘Mood Indigo’

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Tiny Texas Town Punches Above Its Weight on Screen and Off

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Films - August 2014

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Languages

Arabic

French

Italian

Turkish


Cantonese

German

Mandarin


Czech

Hebrew

Silent

English

Hindi

Tagalog

Arabic

Return to Homs

Directed by Talal Derki

(Syria/Germany, 2014, 94 min.)

As the Syrian army acts ever more brutally and their city is transformed into a ghost town, two friends rally a group of brave but inexperienced insurgents determined to help captive civilians get out of the city. Primal and visceral, this extraordinary film dives into the reality of the Syrian resistance with a frenzied immediacy.

Angelika Pop-Up Theatre

Opens Thu., Aug. 7

Cantonese

 3D Naked Ambition

Directed by Lee Kung-lok

(Hong Kong, 2014, 110 min.)

An overeducated writer of cheap erotic fiction and avid aficionado of Japanese adult videos decides he can make better porn than the pros do. The passivity and outright terror he displays in his very first sex scene make him a hit with female fans, and he inadvertently becomes one of the industry's biggest stars — but will the pressure get to him? (Cantonese and Japanese)

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Aug. 8, 7 p.m.

A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box

Directed by Jeffrey Lau

(Hong Kong, 1995, 87 min.)

In part one of Jeffrey Lau's two-part odyssey, the Monkey King, who was banished from heaven for trying to eat his master, finds himself reincarnated 500 years later as a clumsy bandit named Joker.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 17, 1 p.m.

A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella

Directed by Jeffrey Lau

(Hong Kong, 1995, 95 min.)

The second part of this comic-action epic finds the bandit Joker traveling back in time to discover his true identity as the Monkey King, save his immortal lover, and battle the evil King Bull and his army of giant fleas.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 17, 3 p.m.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Directed by Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok

(Hong Kong, 2013, 110 min.)

Xuan Zang is a naïve monk who tries, and mostly fails, to defeat demons through nonviolent means, much to the amusement of his rival, the rambunctious and beautiful Duan.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Aug. 15, 7 p.m.

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

Directed by Wong Ching Po

(Hong Kong, 2014, 96 min.)

Ma Yongzhen is a stunningly gifted martial artist from the sticks who moves to Shanghai, where he finds work with an ambitious crime lord who sees in Ma a way to take down a rival gang.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 10, 2 p.m.

Shanghai Blues

Directed by Tsui Hark

(Hong Kong, 1984, 103 min.)

Kwok-man and Shu-Shu meet in 1937 while sheltering from a Japanese bombing raid on Shanghai, but they are separated by World War II. Ten years later they meet again, but Kwok-man's ditzy new girlfriend is determined to hang onto her man.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Aug. 1, 7 p.m.

The Way We Dance

Directed by Adam Wong

(Hong Kong, 2013, 110 min.)

A young woman's daydreams propel her from her family's humble tofu shop to college, where she joins a hip-hop dance crew and enlivens their routines with an injection of tai chi.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Aug. 3, 2 p.m.

Czech

 Burning Bush

(Hořící keř)

Directed by Agnieska Holland

(Czech Republic, 2013, 231 min.)

Based on real characters and events, this drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969, as well as the young female lawyer who became part of his legacy by defending Jan's family in a trial against the communist government.

Avalon Theatre

Wed., Aug. 13, 6:45 p.m.

English

37 Days

Directed by Justin Hardy

(U.K., 2014, 155 min.)

This marathon screening of the three-part BBC miniseries covers the weeks before World War I, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914, to the United Kingdom declaring war on Germany on Aug. 4, 1914.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 10, 4 p.m.

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Directed by Carol Reed

(U.S./Italy, 1965, 138 min.)

Michelangelo and Pope Julius II clash during the painting of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 16, 11:05 a.m.,

Sun., Aug. 17, 4 p.m.

Around the World in 80 Days

Directed by Michael Anderson

(U.S., 1956, 197 min.)

Explorer Phileas Fogg (David Niven) and his valet Passepartout set out on a round-the-world adventure in hopes of collecting on a £20,000 bet.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 31, 1 p.m.

Atlantic City

Directed by Louis Malle

(Canada/France, 1980, 104 min.)

For aging gangster Lou Pascal, Atlantic City never lost its glory, despite its current seedy state. He takes a shine to his pretty neighbor and becomes drawn in to a new racket.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 2, 3 p.m.

The Blue Max

Directed by John Guillermin

(U.K., 1966, 156 min.)

A lowly German infantryman moves up the ranks to lieutenant and becomes a decorated fighter pilot, but his crude ambition rankles the sensibilities of the various "vons" in the privileged officer class.

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

Boyhood

Directed by Richard Linklater

(U.S., 2014, 164 min.)

Filmed over an astonishing 12 years with the same cast, this is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason who literally grows up on screen in this nostalgic ode to growing up and parenting.

AFI Silver Theatre

Through Aug. 28

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by Alec Guinness

Burma, 1943: Ordered by a Japanese prison camp commandant to construct a bridge, British POW Alec Guinness acquiesces, reasoning that the undertaking will provide a morale boost for his men. But in his obsession with detail and pride in his work, Guinness loses sight of the fact that the bridge will serve a deadly purpose — the transport of Japanese munitions.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 16, 2 p.m.,

Tue., Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Calvary

Directed by John Michael McDonagh

(Ireland/U.K., 2014, 101 min.)

The good-natured Father James receives a confession from a man who says he was molested by members of the priesthood during childhood, and, as revenge, is going to arbitrarily kill a good person: Father James himself.

Theater TBA

Opens Fri., Aug. 8

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.

Directed by Raoul Walsh

(U.K., 1951, 117 min.)

Horatio and his 38-gun frigate HMS Lydia head to Central America to fend off the Spanish (allies of Britain's enemy France), but when he arrives, the Spanish have switched sides, leaving Horatio at odds.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Aug. 22, 5:15 p.m.,

Sat., Aug. 23, 11 a.m.

The Captain's Paradise

Directed by Anthony Kimmins

(U.K., 1953, 94 min.)

Facing a firing squad, Gibraltar ferryboat captain Henry St. James (Alec Guinness) reminisces about how good he had it when he was living large in blessed transatlantic bigamy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 9, 6:15 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 13, 7 p.m.

Cromwell

Directed by Ken Hughes

(U.S./U.K., 1970, 139 min.)

King Charles I (Alec Guinness) matches wits and eventually armies with upstart Puritan Parliamentarian Oliver Cromwell in Ken Hughes's lavishly appointed, slightly one-sided account of the English Civil War.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 24, 4:20 p.m.,

Tue., Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

The Dark Crystal

Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz

(U.K., 1982, 95 min.)

On a planet ruled by the evil, lizard-like Skeksis, an orphan raised by peace-loving wizards sets out to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal, which may restore balance to the world.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Fri. Aug. 22, 11:59 p.m.,

Sat., Aug. 23, 11:59 p.m.

Gallipoli

Directed by Peter Weir

(Australia, 1981, 110 min.)

Australian director Peter Weir and star Mel Gibson rose to international prominence with this chronicle of the hard-fought and controversial Gallipoli campaign in Turkey, where troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps suffered enormous casualties fighting alongside British, French and Irish forces against the Ottoman army.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 23, 11:05 a.m.,

Wed., Aug. 27, 4:45 p.m.

Hamlet

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

(U.K./U.S., 1996, 257 min.)

In the Kingdom of Denmark, Prince Hamlet is instructed to exact revenge on his uncle Claudius, who murdered his own brother, Hamlet's father, and then took the throne.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 3, 4 p.m.

Heroes for Sale

Directed by William A. Wellman

(U.S., 1933, 76 min.)

One of the most thrilling pre-Code melodramas, this film follows working-class hero Richard Barthelmess as he survives serious injury in WWI, overcomes a morphine addiction, faces unemployment and finds love.

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 10 to 14

Hitler: The Last Ten Days

Directed by Ennio De Concini

(U.K./Italy, 1973, 108 min.)

Alec Guinness's portrayal of the Führer during his grim final days in the bunker is instead an understated portrait of ordinary madness.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 23, 4:30 p.m.,

Wed., Aug. 27, 9:20 p.m.

Love is Strange

Directed by Ira Sachs

(Macedonia, 2014, 94 min.)

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing — a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.

Angelika Mosaic Theater

Opens Fri., Aug. 29

Meatballs

Directed by Ivan Reitman

(Canada, 1979, 94 min.)

This film follows the antics of head counselor Tripper Harrison and the counselors-in-training at Camp North Star.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 10, 9:45 p.m.,

Mon., Aug. 11, 9 p.m.

The Prisoner

Directed by Peter Glenville

(U.K., 1955, 91 min.)

Alec Guinness reprises his role as a stalwart cardinal standing up to persecution in an unnamed eastern European Communist regime.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Aug. 8, 5:15 p.m.,

Mon., Aug. 11, 7 p.m.

The Quiller Memorandum

Directed by Michael Anderson

(U.K./U.S., 1966, 104 min.)

Phoenix, a cell of former Nazis in West Berlin, has assassinated two British agents and young agent Quiller is tasked by his handler to root out the Reich diehards.

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 24 to 27

Royal Cousins at War: Parts 1 and 2

Directed by Richard Sanders

(U.K., 2014, 120 min.)

At the outbreak of World War I, three cousins reigned over Europe's greatest powers: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of Britain. This two-part BBC miniseries looks at the role played by the three monarchs and their relationships with each other in the outbreak of war, arguing that it is far greater than historians have traditionally believed.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 24, 7 p.m.

Ryan's Daughter

Directed by David Lean

(U.K., 1970, 206 min.)

A British-occupied village in 1916 Ireland is scandalized when word gets out that the much-younger wife of staid schoolteacher Robert Mitchum is carrying on an affair with a British officer Christopher Jones.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Aug. 29, 12 p.m.

Tunes of Glory

Directed by Ronald Neame

(U.S./U.K., 1060, 106 min.)

Having served as acting commander of his regiment during WWII, clever Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness) has come up in the world from his lowborn beginnings — but conflict erupts when a bureaucratic snob takes command in his beloved army.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m.,

Tue., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.

French

Le Chef

Directed by Daniel Cohen

(France, 2014, 84 min.)

Alexandre Lagarde is the king of the kitchen at Cargo Lagarde, but his position at the top is threatened when the scheming CEO plots to have the restaurant's Michelin star rating lowered in order to make room for a chef specializing in molecular gastronomy.

Angelika Pop-Up Theatre

Chinese Puzzle

(Casse-tête chinois)

Directed by Cédric Klapisch

(France, 2013, 117 min.)

A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.

Avalon Theatre

Wed., Aug. 20, 8 p.m.

Jules and Jim

(Jules et Jim)

Directed by François Truffaut

(France, 1962, 105 min.)

In the classic ménage à trois, best friends Henri Serre (the French "Jeem") and Oskar Werner (the Austrian "Jules") alternate in the affections of Jeanne Moreau before, during and after World War I (French, English and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 15 to 21

Mood Indigo

Directed by Michel Gondry

(France/Belgium, 2013, 94 min.)

Bachelor Colin meets Chloé at a party and, before they know it, they're dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance. But their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe and a flower begins to grow in her lungs.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 1

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.

(OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions)

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

(France, 2008, 99 min.)

It's 1955, Franco-Egyptian relations are tense, and the situation calls for a top-level operative. Enter France's answer to James Bond: secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, codename OSS 117, who is sent to Cairo to investigate the death of his close friend and fellow agent.

International Spy Museum

Wed., Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.

Wooden Crosses

(Les crois des bois)

Directed by Raymond Bernard

(France, 1932, 110 min.)

Raymond Bernard made one of the definitive World War I movies in 1932 with this portrait of a regiment made up of men from all walks of life united by a fraternité born on the front.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 2, 12:45 p.m.

German

Comradeship

(Kameradshaft)

Directed by G.W. Pabst

(Germany/France, 1931, 93 min.)

Even though the Great War is over, tensions run high in the towns along the French-German border. But after a mining disaster on the French side traps some 600 French miners below ground, German miners volunteer to aid the French effort to rescue the men.

AFI Silver Theatre

Aug. 31 to Sept. 3

Käthe Kollwitz – Images of a Life

(Käthe Kollwitz – Bilder eines Lebens)

Directed by Ralf Kirsten

(Germany, 1986, 96 min.)

Käthe Kollwitz was a well-established artist in Germany and abroad when her youngest son volunteered to join the German army in WWI and was killed two weeks later. This painful tragedy changed Kollwitz's life and art forever.

Goethe-Institut

Mon., Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m.

The Lost Angel

(Der verlorene Engel)

Directed by Ralf Kirsten

(Germany, 1966, 59 min.)

In 1937, when the expressionist German sculptor Ernst Barlach learned that the Nazis had dragged his famous memorial for WWI victims out of the Güstrow cathedral, he started reflecting on his experiences in WWI and on his works, which the Nazis had either confiscated or denounced as "degenerate."

Goethe-Institut

Mon., Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Hebrew

Kazablan

Directed by Menahem Golan

(Israel, 1973, 95 min.)

This Israeli "West Side Story" unfolds when Kazablan, a dark Sephardic Jew, takes time out from hassling the poverty-stricken tenants of the Jaffa ghetto to court the fair-skinned Rachel, an Ashkenazi Jew.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Hindi

Siddharth

Directed by Richie Mehta

(Canada/India, 2014, 97 min.)

Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi, who slowly begins to suspect that his 12-year-old son was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mehendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took his son might return him unharmed.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 15

Italian

5 Dolls for an August Moon

(5 bambole per la luna d'agosto)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy, 1970, 80 min.)

A wealthy industrialist invites a group of investors to his private island to discuss a top-secret new venture, but the greedy group's scheming and backstabbing derails the meeting. After a series of mysterious killings, however, they must band together lest they all perish one by one.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 16, 10 p.m.

A Bay of Blood aka Twitch of the Death Nerve

(Reazione a catena aka Ecologia del delitto)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy, 1971, 84 min.)

Looking for a love shack, four lusty teens break into a seaside cottage, not realizing that they've intruded not only upon a murderous squabble among a family of decadent aristocrats, but also a murder plot cooked up by greedy real-estate speculators.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 23, 9 p.m.

A Five Star Life

(Viaggio Sola)

Directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi

(Italy, 2013, 85 min.)

Stylish and independent, Irene is a single career woman in her forties with a job to die for as a luxury hotel critic, but when Irene's small support network is fractured, she struggles to balance a glamorous career with the growing desire for something more.

Avalon Theatre

Opens Fri., Aug. 1

Baron Blood

(Gil orrori del castello di Norimberga)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy/Germany, 1972, 100 min.)

Baron Otto von Kleist aka "Baron Blood" is resurrected after a spell is unwittingly read by his modern-day ancestor and an architect hired to turn the family castle into an upscale hotel.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 24, 9:20 p.m.

Danger: Diabolik

(Diabolik)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy/France, 1968, 105 min.)

An investigator and gangster pursue a super-thief who runs around stealing jewels, murdering innocent people, and being a nuisance to the government of a generic European country.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Aug. 15, 9:30 p.m.,

Tue., Aug 19, 9:40 p.m.

The Great War

(La grande guerra)

Directed by Mario Monicelli

(Italy/France, 1959, 137 min.)

Two slackers become friends, united in their efforts to avoid duty as much as possible. But with the Austrian army approaching, their mettle will be tested nonetheless.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 16, 11 a.m.,

Mon., Aug. 18, 7 p.m.

Hatchet for the Honeymoon aka Blood Bribes

(Il rosso segno della follia)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy/Spain, 1970, 88 min.)

The handsome owner of an upscale bridal shop who suffers from crippling impotence that has left him unable to consummate his marriage begins luring women to his shop, dressing them in his wedding gowns, and then murdering them.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Aug. 15, 9:30 p.m.,

Tue., Aug 19, 9:40 p.m.

Kill, Baby, Kill

(Operazione paura)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy, 1966, 85 min.)

A Transylvanian village suffers from a spate of strange murders, the victims found with silver coins embedded in their hearts. Is the killer the town witch? The mysterious baroness? Or the ghost of the baroness' murdered daughter?

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Aug 1, 12 a.m. midnight,

Sat., Aug 2, 12 a.m. midnight

Many Wars Ago

(Uomino contro)

Directed by Francesco Rosi

(Italy/Yugoslavia, 1970, 100 min.)

After being ordered on a series of suicide missions to attack the superior Austrian forces on the Balkan front, Italian troops mutiny against their reckless and tyrannical officers.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 17, 11 a.m.,

Wed., Aug. 20, 7:20 p.m.

Planet of the Vampires

(Terrore nello spazio)

Directed by Mario Bava

(Italy/Spain, 1965, 86 min.)

On a deep space mission from Earth, the crew of two spaceships become possessed by a mysterious force, first causing them to slaughter one another, and then reanimating their corpses.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 30, 10:30 p.m.

Mandarin

Ilo Ilo

Directed by Anthony Chen

(Singapore, 2013, 99 min.)

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, this film chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family: troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, as well as the Filipino immigrant they hire as a live-in nanny.

Angelika Pop-Up Theatre

Silent

The Big Parade

Directed by King Vidor

(U.S., 1925, 141 min.)

An idle rich boy joins the U.S. Army and is sent to France to fight in World War I, where he befriends two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 23, 2 p.m.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Directed by Rex Ingram

(U.S., 1921, 132 min.)

The spoiled scion of a wealthy international family enlists in the French army after a mystical vision of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, prophesied in the Book of Revelation, convinces him to do his duty.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 17, 1:15 p.m.

Four Sons

Directed by John Ford

(U.S., 1928, 100 min.)

The loving matriarch of a Bavarian family watches as her four boys grow up and go off to war — three in the Kaiser's army, but one having immigrated to America, enlisting in the Allied Expeditionary Force.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Aug. 3, 2 p.m.

J'accuse

Directed by Abel Gance

(France, 1919, 166 min.)

An arranged marriage between a young woman and a much older man separates her from her true love, a poet, while the cataclysm of the Great War turns their love triangle topsy-turvy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Aug. 9, 1:15 p.m.

Tagalog

Norte, the End of History

(Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan)

Directed by Lav Diaz

(Philippines, 2014, 250 min.)

After an embittered law student commits a brutal double murder, a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence, while a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Aug. 8

Turkish

The Long Way Home

(Eve Dönüs: Sarikamis 1915)

Directed by Alphan Eseli

(Turkey, 2013, 115 min.)

At the Battle of Sarikamis in 1915, some 90,000 Ottoman troops froze to death after an ill-advised offensive against the Russian army. Seven shattered survivors, soldier and civilian alike, find themselves huddled around a fire in an Armenian village — desperate to survive but unable to trust one another.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Aug. 25, 7 p.m.,

Thu., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.

   

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ART 

Through Aug. 1

American States in Yuan Xikun's Eyes: Preservation and Transformation

In this collaboration between China and OAS member countries, Yuan Xikun uses cross-disciplinary art and modern context to energize trans-Pacific dialogue.

Organization of American States Sculpture Garden

Through Aug. 2

Sandra Pani: My Intangible Self

Celebrated Mexican artist Sandra Pani explores the body, its structure and its relationship with natural phenomena, using superimposed veilings that both invite deciphering and impede a definitive reading, opening up a variety of interpretations.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Aug. 17

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

American artist James McNeill Whistler arrived in London in 1859 and discovered in its neighborhoods and inhabitants an inexhaustible source of aesthetic inspiration. His images of the city created over the next two decades represent one of his most successful assaults on the contemporary art establishment.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Aug. 17

Continental Drift

This survey of Washington artist Judy Byron invites the viewer to consider the visual and auditory environment that informs identity, acknowledging the artist's drifting of visual influences among three specific countries: Brazil, China and Ghana.

American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Aug. 17

The Franz and Virginia Bader Fund: Second Act

"Second Act" features paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Richard Cleaver, Emilie Brzezinski, Fred Folsom and other artists who received grants totaling $670,000 over the last 13 years from the Bader Fund.

American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Aug. 17

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

Jess Collins and his partner, the poet Robert Duncan, merged their personal and artistic lives by exploring their mutual interest in cultural mythologies, transformative narrative and the appropriation of images.

American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Aug. 17

Passionate Collectors: The Washington Print Club at 50

With almost 150 prints selected from Washington collections, this exhibit reveals a diversity of techniques — from relief printing by celebrated masters Durer, van Dyck, Carracci, Pissarro, Picasso and Chuck Close to monoprints by contemporaries Richard Estes, Ventura Salimbeni, Thomas Frye, Adolphe Appian, Reinhard Hilker and Keiko Hara.

American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Aug. 17

Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone

The exhibition features some 70 artworks from the collection of William Siegmann (1943–2011) — a former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum who lived and worked in Liberia for more than two decades — that survey the traditional arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

National Museum of African Art

Through Aug. 24

Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon

"Africa ReViewed" showcases the African photography of celebrated Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon and explores the intricate relationships between his photographic archives and art collection at the National Museum of African Art. Elisofon's images had a huge impact in framing America's perceptions of Africa and its diverse cultures during the 20th century.

National Museum of African Art

Aug. 27 to Oct. 1

ApocalyptiCAT: Woodcuts and Papercuts by Franca Bartholomäi

Franca Bartholomäi's woodcuts and papercuts are unique within German contemporary art. No other artist combines the tradition and iconography of woodcut with romantic and psychedelic motifs from the 19th and 20th centuries to form images with such expressive power.

Goethe-Institut

Through Aug. 29

Investing in Women and Girls: A Photography exhibit of winners of the Colors of Life photo contest

This exhibition of winning entries of the Colors of Life International Photo Contest, organized in conjunction with the World Bank Art Program, features international documentary and street photographers tackling issues such as women's rights and the international movement toward a more just and humane world.

Art Museum of the Americas

F Street Gallery

Through Aug. 31

Made in the USA: American Masters from The Phillips Collection, 1850–1970

Following an acclaimed four-year world tour, the Phillips's renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum to tell the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century, when it became a significant global force after World War II.

The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 2

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed

This exhibition journeys through civilizations from 1250 B.C. to 1450, learning through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics and textiles created by the complex Andean civilizations in ancient Peru that rival anything made by the ancient Egyptians.

National Geographic Museum

Through Sept. 5

Marks and Traces: Helga Thomson Retrospective

The work of Buenos Aires-born artist Helga Thomson, who studied in Argentina, Europe and the United States, encompasses etchings, collagraphs, monoprints, digital prints, mixed media and installations that are rich in color and content, reflecting a life story with deep symbolic references.

Embassy of Argentina

Through Sept. 7

Small Guide to Homeownership: Photography by Alejandro Cartagena of Mexico

This selection from Alejandro Cartagena's "Mexicana Suburbia" series considers the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion.

Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 14

Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

This exhibition features a selection of prints, paintings, illustrated books and ceramics that depict the Japanese appreciation for the beauty and variety of fish and other species.

Freer Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 14

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships

More than 20 artworks and archival papers by Swiss surrealist Meret Oppenheim (1913-85) explore friendship as a source of support and inspiration, as seen through two 18th-century poets, Bettina von Brentano and Karoline von Günderode.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 21

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

A community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has developed a new form of bead art — using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression — to empower local women.

The Anacostia Community Museum

Through Sept. 26

In the Library: Preservation and Loss during World War II

The loss of cultural patrimony in times of war is often a sad byproduct of military action, and until the modern era was rarely documented. But the National Gallery of Art Library contains thousands of photographic images that do just that: chronicle the loss and preservation of countless works of art and architecture that were in peril during armed conflict.

National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 28

American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley

Spanning a remarkable 50-year career, this first-ever retrospective surveys the art of Albert Paley, one of the world's most distinguished metalsmiths.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 28

Mark Tribe: Plein Air

Nine large-scale images explore the aesthetics and representation of aerial views in landscape photography through the virtual lens of computer simulation.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 30

Marco Paoli Photography

Marco Paoli presents large black-and-white photographs from his collection "Silenzio (Silence)" and from his forthcoming monograph on Ethiopia, using his travels as metaphors for an artistic exploration around the concepts of silence, memory, emotion and inner journey (viewing appointments must be made by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Embassy of Italy

Through Oct. 5

Degas/Cassatt

Although Edgar Degas's influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, the extent to which Cassatt shaped Degas's artistic production and prepared the way for his warm reception by American audiences is fully examined in this exhibition for the first time.

National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 5

Femininity Beyond Archetypes: Photography by Natalia Arias of Colombia

This exhibit showcases Natalia Arias' series "Venus," which initiates a conversation on her vision of Venus and references the idea of the goddess throughout history, and the series "Taboo," which demonstrates that female bodies are charged with concepts prohibited by society, denying the inherent beauty in biological functions.

Art Museum of the Americas

Through Oct. 12

Total Art: Contemporary Video

The first museum exhibition to focus on women's impact on the field of video art highlights the inventive processes and compelling subjects that sustain women artists' position at the forefront of video.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Oct. 26

Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England

This show — the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever mounted — explores the birth of genealogy in its modern form by examining the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, which competed to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Nov. 14

The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894–1980) was a Czech graphic artist whose 1929 novel "Zmého dětství (From My Childhood)" is widely acknowledged to be the first wordless novel created by a woman.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Dec. 31

Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems

One of Cartier's most important and enduring clients, Marjorie Merriweather Post commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories and finely crafted jeweled frames of any American collector.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Dec. 31

Titian's Danaë from the Capodimonte Museum, Naples

One of the most sensual paintings of the Italian Renaissance, Titian's "Danaë" from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples will be on view to celebrate the commencement of Italy's presidency of the Council of the European Union.

National Gallery of Art

Through Jan. 4

One Nation With News for All

Ethnic newspapers, radio, television and online publications have helped millions of immigrants to America become part of their new country while preserving their ties to their native lands. This exhibit tells the dramatic story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience.

Newseum

Through Jan. 11

Salvatore Scarpitta: Traveler

A fascinating and singular figure in postwar art, Salvatore Scarpitta (1919–2007) created a powerful body of work that ranges from nonobjective abstraction to radical realism.

Hirshhorn Museum

DANCE

Tue., Aug. 5, 6 p.m.

Silk Road Dance Company

The award-winning Silk Road Dance Company presents traditional and contemporary women's dances from the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Tue., Aug. 26

Gina Ling Chinese Dance Chamber

Founded in 2009 and based in Howard County, Maryland, the Gina Ling Chinese Dance Chamber is committed to promoting Chinese classical, folk and minority nationality dance and performing arts.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

DISCUSSIONS

Sat., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The World of Olive Oil

For thousands of years, a liquid gold called olive oil has been produced, traded and cherished. With the widening recognition of its role in a healthy diet and annual global production reaching 3 million tons, the making of olive oil is branching beyond the traditional places, and investments are pouring into new operations just about anywhere in the world olives can grow. Tickets are $150, including Mediterranean box lunch and olive-oil tasting; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Mon., Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Al-Tayyib Salih Symposium

Sudanese author al-Tayyib Salih (1929-2009), whose literary works put him in the forefront of modern Arabic literature, is the subject of an international symposium that will be followed that evening by a musical and theatrical program focusing on al-Tayyib Salih's work and Sudanese traditional culture.

Library of Congress

Mon., Aug. 4, 7 p.m.

Colin Powell: On Life and Leadership

Few Americans leaders know better than Colin Powell the axiom that war is a continuation of politics by other means. This evening, Powell, one of America's most admired public figures, talks about what he has learned along the way of being a soldier on the ground in Vietnam to the country's first black secretary of state. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Lisner Auditorium

Wed., Aug. 6, 6:45 p.m.

Cuba Today: History, Heritage, and Modern Life

Cuba has long held a special place in the American imagination, but the 52-year-old trade embargo makes it difficult, if not impossible, for us to travel to the island. Still, many Americans wonder how Cubans live today. How does the sense of their own history influence their choices? Join long-time Cuba researcher Michael Atwood Mason as he discusses the many ways that history and heritage influence contemporary Cuba. Tickets are $42; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Mon., Aug. 11, 6:45 p.m.

Panama: Crossroads of the World

Panama, bridging two continents and site of the only canal that connects two oceans, draws tourists with its tropical jungles, rich cultural heritage, and swashbuckling history. In this illustrated tour led by biodiversity specialist Bob Szaro, explore the dazzle and variety of Panama City on the Pacific coast and the intriguing Indian villages along Gatun Lake. Tickets are $25; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Location on ticket

Tue., Aug. 12, 6:45 p.m.

Holy Icons of Medieval Russia: Reawakening to a Spiritual Past

Scott Ruby, associate curator of Russian and Eastern European art at Hillwood Museum, examines how the appreciation and understanding of medieval icons developed, as well as some of the aspects of medieval iconography that differentiate it from the work of later centuries. Tickets are $25; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Inside the World of Diplomacy

Members of the U.S. Foreign Service are the face of America in countries around the globe. From ambassadors to embassy staffers, their posts are demanding, important and often difficult ones. How does someone enter the world of diplomacy — and what do they find there? Take a rare opportunity to get answers from men and women whose careers are spent in diplomatic Washington as you go inside the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State. Tickets are $135; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

American Foreign Service Association

Sun., Aug. 17, 6:45 p.m.

Global Warming We Can Live With: Chili Peppers are Hot

From the South African piri-piri to the Mexican habanero to the Vietnamese black dragon to the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet, spicy peppers are a window into a country's climate, culture and cuisine. Chili expert Robb Walsh explains scientific concepts like Scoville units that measure pungency and the historic migratory patterns that helped spread peppers over the globe. Tickets are $45, including tasting; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Location on ticket

MUSIC

Sun., Aug. 3, 8 p.m.

Cultura Profetica

Cultura Profética, a Puerto Rican reggae roots ban formed in 1996, stands out as one of the most influential bands in Latin America, touring extensively in the biggest venues of the continent. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Howard Theatre

Tue., Aug. 5, 8 p.m.

Omar Souleyman

Omar Souleyman is a Syrian artist who changed the vibe of weddings throughout the Middle East with his Shaabi street sound, bringing it to the West through his notorious late-night festival slots. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Howard Theatre

Aug. 6 and 7, 8 p.m.

Beres Hammond and DJ Inferno

Beres Hammond is considered Jamaica's greatest practicing singer/songwriter whose recent appearance at Jamaica's premier music festival was unanimously hailed as the finest of the event, captivating an audience of nearly 20,000. Tickets are $39.50 in advance and $45 at the door.

Howard Theatre

Fri., Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Mark Damisch

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents pianist Mark Damisch in concert playing a range of classic compositions by Bartok, Beethoven and Schubert for friendship and peace. Admission is free but registration is required at http://markdamisch.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of Austria

Sat., Aug. 9, 8 p.m.

Pan Jazz Legend: Ken 'Professor' Philmore

Ken Philmore, one of the premier steel-pan soloists in the world, was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of the "steel pan," the only musical instrument invented in the 20th century. Tickets are $25 to $50.

Howard Theatre

Fri., Aug. 15, 7 p.m.

Quraishi

World-class Afghan-American rubab player Quraishi offers a performance of original compositions that carry a deep dedication to his native country's artistic tradition and its national instrument.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

THEATER

Through Aug. 3

The Tempest

Shakespeare's glorious tale of magical creatures, love and forgiveness on a faraway island is sure to captivate in our outdoor space, the Root Family Stage. Please call for ticket information.

Olney Shakespeare Theatre

Aug. 5 to Sept. 21

Sunday in the Park with George

Signature launches its 25th anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize- winning play inspired by the painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat that merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

Aug. 16 to Sept. 21

Shining City / Molly

Scena Theater presents two overlapping Irish productions: "Shining City," by modern master Conor McPherson, and the world premiere of "Molly," a play about the mistress of Irish playwright J.M Synge by George O'Brien. Tickets are $20 to $40.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Through Aug. 17

Disney's The Lion King

Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical, "Disney's The Lion King" returns with direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and a score by Elton John and Tim Rice that brings the African Pridelands to life. Tickets are $40 to $190.

Kennedy Center Opera House

Through Aug. 17

Stupid F###king Bird

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother's generation while a nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist in this irreverent remix of Chekhov's "The Seagull." Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Aug. 19 to 31

The Winter's Tale

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's "Free For All," a beloved Washington tradition, brings back its imaginative and critically acclaimed 2013 production of "The Winter's Tale," a story of two generations rising above torment and obsession in the austere court at Sicilia and the bright sea shore of Bohemia.

Sidney Harman Hall

   

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