October 2014

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Cover Story

Ford Doesn't Mince Words
About U.S. Failures in Syria

a6.cover.ford.soldiers.homeU.S. Ambassador Robert S. Ford faced down angry protesters for supporting the opposition when Syria's civil war broke out. Then he turned his own anger on Washington, quitting a 30-year career to protest U.S. inaction in the face of appalling atrocities. Read More 

People of World Influence

To Figure Out Middle East,
Professor Polls the People

a1.powi.telhami.soldier.homeShibley Telhami has been trying to figure out the Middle East by going straight to the source for more than two decades. Read More


ISIS's Appeal

Islamic State Foreign Fighters
Prompt Look at Radicalization

a2.isis.raqi.insurgents.homeThe Islamic State's ideological appeal has attracted hundreds of foreign fighters to its ruthless cause, alarming governments around the world. Read More


Kurds to the Rescue

Kurds Take Center Stage
In Battle Against ISIS

a3.kurdistan.kerry.homeAfter dreaming of independence for nearly a century, the Kurds are emerging as the West's great white hope to drive the Islamic State out of Iraq. Read More


Un-Diplospeak

Fluency Varies in Language
Of 21st-Century Diplomacy

a4.undiplomatic.language.meeting.homeThe language of 21st-century diplomacy can be fluid and unforgiving, but why is there such a disparity between blunt private talk and vanilla public statements? And why are diplomats in some parts of the world more "undiplomatic" than others? Read More


All Aboard!

U.S. Ports Need Investment to Handle
Growing Volume of Cargo Traffic

a5.ports.baltimore.homeFrom the Chesapeake Bay to New Orleans the Pacific Northwest, U.S. ports are handling record cargo volumes, and calling for an influx of investment to sustain the growth. Read More


Obama's Inner Circle

Three Ex-Top Obama Officials
Shed Light on His Presidency

a7.book.review.obama.homeThree members of Barack Obama's inner circle — Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, Timothy Geithner — have released memoirs that shed light on a complex presidency. Read More

Medical

HIV/AIDS Becomes Different
Kind of Disease for Survivors

a8.medical.hiv.aids.homeThe evolution of HIV/AIDS from a death sentence less than 20 years ago into a manageable chronic disease has brought with it what health experts call a "great problem to have." Read More


   

To Figure Out Middle East, Professor Polls the People

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By Michael Coleman

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Islamic State Foreign Fighters Prompt Look at Radicalization

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Kurds Take Center Stage In Battle Against ISIS

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By Larry Luxner

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Fluency Varies in Language of 21st-Century Diplomacy

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By Dave Seminara

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U.S. Ports Need Investment to Handle Growing Volume of Cargo Traffic

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By Larry Luxner

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Ford Doesn’t Mince Words About U.S. Failures in Syria

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By Larry Luxner

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Three Ex-Top Obama Officials Shed Light on His Presidency

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By John Shaw

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HIV/AIDS Becomes Different Kind of Disease for Survivors

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By Gina Shaw

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Schools Try to STEM The Rot in U.S. Education

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Open House Previews Offer Peace of Mind for Parents

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By Sarah Alaoui

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City Offers Rich Bounty of Seasonal Sights, Activities

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Mutual Inspirations Festival Exposes Different Sides to Kafka

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Studio Theatre’s ‘Belleville’ Exposes Uglier Side of Relationships

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By Michael Coleman

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‘Total Art’ Invites Viewers into World of Women Artists

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By Sarah Alaoui

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National Gallery Examines Neglected Period of Art History

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By Gary Tischler

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Toro Toro is Sandoval’s Latest Latin Fusion in D.C.

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Theatrical ‘My Old Lady’ Plays Well on Big Screen

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Films - October 2014

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By Cari

Languages

Arabic

Guaraní

Japanese

Swiss-German


English

Hebrew

Mandarin


French

Hungarian

Norwegian

German

Italian

Spanish

Arabic

 Art War

Directed by Marco Wilms

(Germany, 2013, 93 min.)

"Revolutions are history's engines," someone says during the course of "Art War," an inspiring new documentary about the vigorous and passionate efforts of Egyptian artists, writers, musicians and performers to keep the spirit of the Arab Spring alive (Arabic, English and German).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Oct. 12, 2 and 4:15 p.m.

English

 20,000 Days on Earth

Directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

(U.K., 2014, 97 min.)

Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Oct. 3

Afterimages

Directed by Tony Kern

(Singapore, 2014, 92 min.)

A group of film students burn paper effigy cameras for the wandering spirits during the ghost month in Singapore and receive a collection of horror movies in return.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 12, 9:30 p.m.

On Approval

Directed by Clive Brook

(U.K., 1944, 80 min.)

This outrageously caustic swing at English mores is based on a bizarre premise: two wealthy women will agree to tie the knot with two penniless noblemen only after spending a celibate trial month together.

National Archives

Sat., Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m.

The Babadook

Directed by Jennifer Kent

(Australia, 2014, 95 min.)

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's nighttime fear of a shadowy monster but soon discovers a sinister presence is lurking in the house.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 11, 9:45 p.m.

Berlin Express

Directed by Jacques Tourneur

(U.S., 1948, 87 min.)

The first American film shot (partially) on location in Allied-occupied Berlin tells the fictional tale of a German scientist being stalked by assassins on a train bound for a United Nations conference.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 27, 5 p.m.

The Book of Life

Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez

(U.S., 2014, 85 min.)

In this animated comedy inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, a young man is torn between pleasing his family and competing for the heart of the beautiful Maria (Zoe Saldana) against charming Joaquin (Channing Tatum); admission is free.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 5, 3 p.m.

Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting

(U.K., 1947, 92 min.)

Richard Attenborough gives an electrifying performance as a sadistically violent and strangely Puritanical leader of a gang of wayward youth in pre-World War II Brighton, whose reckless ambition makes him a target of big-time mobsters.

AFI Silver Theatre

Oct. 18 to 22

Cathedrals of Culture

(Kathedralen der Kultur)

Multiple directors

(Germany/Denmark/Austria/Norway, 2014, 165 min.)

Wim Wenders continues his fascination with the 3D format with this six-part series that examines a panoply of favorite architectural designs of a stimulating array of international directors.

Goethe-Institut

Sat., Oct. 11, 12 p.m.

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla

Directed by Stuart Simpson

(Australia, 2014, 85 min.)

In this black comedy, a lonely ice-cream van driver harbors an unhealthy obsession with a television soap starlet.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 16, 7:10 p.m.

Conversation Piece

Directed by Luchino Visconti

(Italy/France, 1974, 126 min.)

A cultured, aging professor, living alone in his Roman apartment surrounded by his collections, is forced to confront a chic and self-indulgent marchesa who, with her family and younger lover, rents his upstairs flat and literally wreaks havoc on his life of quiet contemplation (English and Italian).

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Oct. 11, 4 p.m.

The Dark Valley

(Das finstere Tal)

Directed by Andreas Prochaska

(Austria/Germany, 2014, 115 min.)

When a taciturn German-speaking American photographer arrives unannounced in a remote and insulated village, he rouses the suspicions of the sinisterly tight-knit community in this story of revenge and redemption (English and German).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 9:45 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.

The Dead 2: India

Directed by Howard J. Ford

(U.K., 2013, 93 min.)

In this ferocious sequel to the worldwide horror hit, an infectious epidemic spreads through India as an American turbine engineer learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 9, 9:30 p.m.

Fury

Directed by David Ayer

(U.K./China/U.S., 2014)

In April 1945, as the Allies make their final push in the European theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 17

A Girl Walk Home Alone at Night

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

(Iran/U.S., 2014, 99 min.)

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m.

The Good Lie

Directed by Philippe Falardeau

(U.S., 2014, 112 min.)

Sudanese refugees who are given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas, where their encounter with employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Oct. 3

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Directed by Peter Chelsom

(U.K./Germany/Canada/South Africa, 2014, 114 min.)

Simon Pegg stars as a psychiatrist who decides to break out of his routine-driven life and embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The House on Telegraph Hill

Directed by Robert Wise

(U.S., 1951, 93 min.)

Near the end of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camps, a Polish internee assumes the identity of her deceased friend and is given safe passage to America. But her new family may have secrets of their own that they're hiding.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 25, 11 a.m.,

Tue., Oct. 28, 7:10 p.m.

Housebound

Directed by Gerard Johnstone

(New Zealand, 2014, 109 min.)

Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. However, when she becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder if the house is possessed by a hostile spirit who's less than happy about the new living arrangement.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 17, 7:10 p.m.

I Am Ali

Directed by Clare Lewins

(U.K./U.S., 2014, 114 min.)

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Oct. 10

I Am Eleven

Directed by Genevieve Bailey

(Multiple countries, 2011, 93 min.)

This documentary explores the lives of children around the world, weaving together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to stand on the cusp of adolescence.

Area theaters

Opens Fri., Oct. 3

It Always Rains on Sunday

Directed by Robert Hamer

(U.K., 1947, 92 min.)

An escaped convict turns up at the East End home of his former lover, who's now married with teenage stepdaughters, begging her for a hiding place until the heat dies down.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 1 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 20, 8:45 p.m.

Kill the Messenger

Directed by Michael Cuesta

(U.S., 2014, 112 min.)

A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 17

Mar Negro

(Dark Sea)

Directed by Rodrigo Aragao

(Brazil, 2013, 105 min.)

A strange contamination strikes a village when fish and shellfish become evil creatures that transmit death and destruction, while a lonely albino risks his soul for the love of his life.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 17, 9:45 p.m.

My Old Lady

Directed by Israel Horovitz

(U.K./France/U.S., 2014, 106 min.)

An American inherits an apartment in Paris that comes with an unexpected tenant (English and French).

Angelika Pop-Up

Landmark's Bethesda Row

One Chance

Directed by David Frankel

(U.K./U.S., 2013, 103 min.)

In this true story, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night becomes a phenomenon after winning "Britain's Got Talent."

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Oct. 10

Pride

Directed by Matthew Warchus

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

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 10

Run Silent, Run Deep

Directed by Robert Wise

(U.S., 1958, 93 min.)

Submarine commander Rich Richardson drives the men of the USS Nerka to the point of mutiny in pursuit of his single-minded, Ahab-like quest to find and sink the Japanese destroyer that downed the previous ship in his command.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 11, 11 a.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 11 a.m.

Scars

Directed by Sean K. Robb

(Canada, 2014, 108 min.)

Two young women of different means meet under violent circumstances and soon become the best of friends, embarking on a relentless and bloody killing spree (no one under 18 admitted).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Oct. 13, 7:10 p.m.

Tracks

Directed by John Curran

(Australia, 2013, 112 min.)

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog (English and Aboriginal).

Angelika Pop-Up

The Third Man

Directed by Carol Reed

(U.K., 1949, 104 min.)

A pulp novelist in postwar Vienna finds himself enmeshed in the hunt for an old friend, now a notorious black marketeer.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 18, 7:10 p.m.

Montgomery College

Wed., Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.

The Two Faces of January

Directed by Hossein Amini

(U.K./France/U.S., 2014, 96 min.)

Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when a glamorous, wealthy American couple meet a Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming female tourists on the side.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 3

French

Belle Épine

Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski

(France, 2010, 80 min.)

The life of a 17-year-old girl who feels alone and adrift changes when she meets a high school misfit who introduces her to a clandestine race circuit where the drivers are undaunted by danger.

Embassy of France

Tue., Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

Diplomacy

(Diplomatie)

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

(Germany/France, 2014, 85 min.)

In World War II Paris, German Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz is ready to destroy the city before it falls into Allied hands. Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan (French and German).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Jenny Lamour

(Quai des Orfevres)

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

(France, 1947, 106 min.)

Jenny Lamour, a flighty and ambitious showgirl, is the prime suspect in the death of an elderly showbiz patron.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 25, 3 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

Pépé le Moko

Directed by Julian Divivier

(France, 1937, 94 min.)

Parisian crook Pépé le Moko thrives within Algiers' Casbah, where the locals protect him from the police. But a canny cop uses romance as the bait when Pépé falls for a beautiful tourist.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 18, 1 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 22, 9 p.m.

Rififi

Directed by Jules Dassin

(France, 1955, 122 min.)

This French equivalent of "The Asphalt Jungle" focuses on four professional crooks determined to execute the perfect heist (French and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 28, 8:45 p.m.

Riptide aka Such a Pretty Little Beach

(Une si jolie petite plage)

Directed by Yves Allégret

(France/Netherlands, 1949, 91 min.)

A mysterious young man visits a desolate coastal town during a bleak winter, soon followed by another watchful, curious stranger.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 3 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 28, 5 p.m.

Two Men in Manhattan

(Deux homes dans Manhattan)

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville

(France, 1959, 84 min.)

When a French delegate to the United Nations vanishes into thin air, two French journalists comb nocturnal Manhattan in search of answers.

AFI Silver Theatre

Oct. 25 to 29

German

Age of Cannibals

(Zeit der Kannibalen)

Directed by Johannes Naber

(Germany, 2013, 93 min.)

Dedicated to getting ahead in their firm, two ambitious business consultants travel the world doing the conglomerate's bidding. But when an unseen colleague is promoted to partner ahead of them and arrives in the form of an equally competitive woman, their already shaky alliance begins to crumble.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 3 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Beloved Sisters

(Die geliebten Schwestern)

Directed by Dominik Graf

(Germany, 2014, 170 min.)

During the latter half of the 19th century, it is speculated that writer and philosopher Friedrich Schiller conducted simultaneous intimate relationships with sisters Charlotte von Lengefeld (whom he would marry) and Caroline von Beulwitz, who remained trapped in a loveless marriage of her own.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Thu., Oct. 16, 6 p.m.

Broken Lullaby (The Man I Killed)

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

(U.S., 1932, 76 min.)

Burdened with guilt after killing a German soldier in the trenches during World War I, a young French veteran seeks out his victim's family in this pensive drama focusing on the effects of war, nationalism, grief and guilt.

Goethe-Institut

Mon., Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Finsterworld

Directed by Frauke Finsterwalder

(Germany, 2013, 91 min.)

"Finsterworld" pulls off the not inconsiderable feat of deftly adapting a multi-strand novel into a dark fairytale of German identity and miscommunication.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 5 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 9 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 16, 9:45 p.m.

Love Steaks

Directed by Jakob Lass

(Germany, 2013, 89 min.)

At a luxury German coastal hotel, a shy apprentice massage therapist strikes up an unlikely but believable friendship with exuberant kitchen worker who is also a closet alcoholic. The twist here is that the film was made in an actual hotel, and all the supporting players are actual employees.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 1 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 13, 9 p.m.

The Murderers Are Among Us

(Die Mörder sind unter uns)

Directed by Wolfgang Staudte

(Germany, 1946, 85 min.)

A doctor, haunted by his service as a Nazi, falls in love with a camp survivor — but is compelled to seek vengeance on his commanding officer.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 1 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 30, 5 p.m.

Not My Day

(Nicht mein Tag)

Directed by Peter Thorwath

(Germany, 2014, 115 min.)

In this action-packed German buddy comedy and road movie that has taken the domestic box office by storm this year, a frustrated small-town bank officer discovers his inner miscreant when he's kidnapped by an ex-con bank robber.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 12, 12 p.m.

The Silent Mountain

(Der stille Berg)

Directed by Ernst Gossner

(Austria/Italy/U.S., 2014, 100 min.)

On May 23, 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary, and a mountaintop theater of war quickly degenerates into cold and muddy trench warfare.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tue., Oct. 14, 7 and 9:15 p.m.

West

(Westen)

Directed by Christian Schwochow

(Germany, 2013, 102 min.)

Hoping for a better life East Berlin, widow and mother Nelly pretends to be married to a Westerner but ends up in the Marienfelde Refugee Centre. As events revolving around her uncertain status provoke increasingly paranoid reactions, though, Nelly begins to see her dream slip away (German, English, Russian and Polish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Fri., Oct. 10, 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Guaraní

Costa Dulce

Directed by Enrique Collar

(Paraguay/Netherlands, 2013, 75 min.)

When a metal detector falls into David's lap, he becomes obsessed with the many myths about treasures buried in the Paraguayan hinterland during the bloody 19th-century War of the Triple Alliance.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 2, 5:20 p.m.

Hebrew

Fifth Heaven

Directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis

(Israel, 2012, 103 min.)

In this beautifully made coming-of-age drama, a teenage orphan struggles to adjust to a new life amidst other World War II exiles in a British-controlled Palestine.

Washington DCJCC

Thu., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Snails in the Rain

Directed by

(Israel, 2013, 82 min.)

In 1989 Tel Aviv, a beautiful and alluring linguistics student receives anonymous, male-written love letters that undermines his sexual identity and interfere with his peaceful life with his beloved girlfriend.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.

Hungarian

The Notebook

(A nagy füzet)

Directed by János Szász

(Hungary/Germany/Austria/France, 2013, 112 min.)

Twin siblings enduring the harshness of World War II in a village on the Hungarian border hedge their survival on systematically hardening themselves to become unfeeling and merciless to the evil surrounding them.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Italian

Angelina

Directed by Luigi Zampa

(Italy, 1947, 92 min.)

Inspired by a simple newspaper item — "poor working-class woman with five children leads angry protest against speculators and black marketeers" — "Angelina" makes a compelling moral statement about Italian society during the postwar period, blending comedy and melodrama with neo-realistic touches.

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Oct. 4, 2 p.m.

Bellissima

Directed by Luchino Visconti

(Italy, 1952, 115 min.)

The ersatz glamour of the Italian movie industry is contrasted with the life of a working-class tenement, as an overly ambitious stage mother pins all of her maternal hopes on her young daughter fulfilling her own vanished dreams.

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m.

La Mia Classe

Directed by Daniele Gaglianone

(Italy, 2013, 92 min.)

Valerio Mastandrea plays an Italian language teacher whose class is attended by recent immigrants playing themselves in this quasi-experimental film that blurs the border between fact and fiction (followed by "TIR").

American University Forman Theater

Sun., Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m.

TIR

Directed by Alberto Fasulo

(Italy/Croatia, 2013, 83 min.)

(preceded by "La Mia Classe").

An ex-teacher drives a TIR (tractor trailer) all over Europe for an Italian shipping company even though he is often homesick and harassed by his bosses. Filmmaker Alberto Fasulo operated the camera himself while sitting inside the truck's cabin — resulting in an interesting hybrid of reality and fiction.

American University Forman Theater

Sun., Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m.

Japanese

Drunken Angel

(Yoidore tenshi)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

(Japan, 1948, 98 min.)

An alcoholic doctor and a tubercular gangster forge an unexpected friendship after the doctor saves the callow crook's life, but the return of a criminal comrade sparks a tragic turn.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 23, 7 p.m.

Ring

(Ringu)

Directed by Hideo Nakata

(Japan, 1998, 96 min.)

A TV journalists investigates the mystery of a cursed videotape: After watching it, people receive a phone call telling them that they only have seven days left to live.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 31, 5 p.m.

Stray Dog

(Nora inu)

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

(Japan, 1949, 122 min.)

A young policeman is disgraced when his gun is stolen on the subway. With the help of a veteran cop, he hunts the culprit through the Tokyo underworld in post-Hiroshima Japan.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

Mandarin

The Continent

Directed by Han Han

(China, 2014, 104 min.)

The most famous Chinese novelist-blogger of the post-1980s generation, Han Han leaps into filmmaking with this nonchalant tale of three slackers who leave their forsaken island to explore the Chinese continent, but elusive women, gangster uncles, thieves, puppies and hitchhikers upset their plans.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

Ghost Town

Directed by Zhao Dayong

(China, 2008, 169 min.)

In the nearly empty streets of Zhiziluo, Zhao Dayong creates a rich, contemplative epic of everyday village life with the few souls who remain.

American University Forman Theater

Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m.

Oxhide

Directed by Liu Jiayin

(China, 2005, 110 min.)

While still a student at Beijing Film Academy, Liu Jiayin crafted this hybrid of narrative and documentary that manages to convey a moving portrait of familial relationships in a series of spare shots inside her family's claustrophobic 50-square-meter apartment.

American University Forman Theater

Sun., Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m.

Red Amnesia

(Chuang ru zhe)

Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

(China, 2014, 110 min.)

In Beijing, a stubborn widow receives anonymous phone calls, among other strange incidents. Her two sons try to solve the mystery, but to do so, layers of repressed memories need to be peeled away, and a trip must be taken to a forgotten town.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 19, 2 p.m.

Norwegian

Death is a Caress

(Døden er et kjærtegn)

Directed by Edith Carlmar

(Norway, 1949, 92 min.)

A young mechanic, recently engaged, falls under the spell of a sophisticated married socialite who's brought in her car for repairs. A familiar noir plot plays quite differently in Norway, especially through the eyes of a female director.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 26, 5:15 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 29, 5 p.m.

Spanish

10,000 KM

Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet

(Spain, 2014, 99 min.)

Alex must leave Barcelona and her boyfriend for a yearlong residency in Los Angeles. Brilliantly told through Skype chats, phone calls and texts, this accomplished contemporary romance recounts how the two do their best to stay connected but struggle with the physical and emotional distance between them (Spanish, Catalan and English).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 8, 7:15 p.m.

The Black Vampire

(El vampiro negro)

Directed by Román Viñoly Barreto

(Argentina, 1953, 90 min.)

This clever "feminist" reworking of Fritz Lang's classic "M" focuses on the mothers of children stalked by a deranged pedophile.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 5 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 20, 7 p.m.

The Crow's Nest

(Malacrianza)

Directed by Arturo Menendez

(El Salvador, 2014, 70 min.)

Don Cleo, a recovering alcoholic who makes a humble living selling piñatas in a small Salvadoran town, is put to the test when a mysterious extortion note shows up at his doorstep, demanding $500 (a small fortune for him) within 72 hours or he'll face certain death.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Death of a Cyclist

(Muerte de un ciclista)

Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem

(Spain/Italy, 1955, 88 min.)

This scathing social criticism contrasts an affluent, adulterous couple with the poor bicyclist they strike with their car. Realizing that the cyclist is badly injured, they leave him to die rather than risk revealing their affair, but upon their return to Madrid, guilt grabs them with more tragic consequences.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 9 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 23, 5 p.m.

The Facilitator

(El facilitador)

Directed by Víctor Arregui

(Ecuador/Chile, 2013, 83 min.)

Hard-partying Elena reluctantly returns to Quito after her wealthy father falls ill, but after a run-in with the law, the old man sends her to the country to get her act together. There, she reunites with childhood friend, an organizer who promotes water access rights for the indigenous community.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 11 a.m.,

Sun., Oct. 5, 1 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 7, 5:20 p.m.

Giraffes

(Jirafas)

Directed by Enrique Álvarez

(Cuba/Panama/Colombia, 2013, 94 min.)

Struggling to get by, two young lovers take up residence in an abandoned Havana apartment, but when the rightful owner returns unexpectedly, the three face a turf war, one where heated arguments give way to strange attractions.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 9:45 p.m.

Güeros

Directed by Alonso Ruiz Palacios

(Mexico, 2014, 108 min.)

This plucky and effortlessly cool black-and-white film from newcomer Alonso Ruiz Palacios follows three restless teens during the student strikes of 1999.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Oct. 6, 9:20 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 7, 9 p.m.

Hardly a Criminal

(Apenas un delincuente)

Directed by Hugo Fregonese

(Argentina, 1949, 88 min.)

A bank employee uses a loophole in Argentine law to concoct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement after serving six years in prison.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 19, 7 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.

Heli

Directed by Amat Escalante

(Mexico/Netherlands/Germany/France, 2013, 105 min.)

In a small town in the Mexican plains, Heli lives a modest but peaceful life but when his sister gets mixed up with a police cadet, a chain of brutal events comes raining down on the unsuspecting family.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 3, 9:40 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 5, 9:40 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 8, 10 p.m.

To Kill a Man

(Matar a un hombre)

Directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras

(Chile/France, 2014, 83 min.)

This taut psychological thriller tells the story of a man pushed to the brink of reason after a gang of hooligans threatens his family.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 2, 7 p.m.

Living Stars

Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat

(Argentina, 2010, 63 min.)

A non-stop party, the citizens of Buenos Aires were born to dance in this ridiculously infectious documentary experiment that doesn't have dialogue or plot (followed by a post-screening party).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 10 p.m.

Lock Charmer

(El cerrajero)

Directed by Natalia Smirnoff

(Argentina, 2014, 77 min.)

During a bizarre fog that covered Buenos Aires for three weeks, a locksmith Sebastian has his first brush with the supernatural: When he unlocks a door, he gets a brief glimpse into the client's life. His own life is further complicated when an ex turns up pregnant and a troubled Peruvian maid holes up in his bachelor pad.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 4, 3 p.m.,

Tue., Oct. 7, 7:15 p.m.

The Mute

(El mudo)

Directed by Daniel and Diego Vega

(Peru/France/Mexico, 2013, 86 min.)

Judge Constantino Zegarra has lived his professional life according to a strict moral code, unlike so many of his colleagues, but when a bullet leaves him speechless, he becomes consumed with paranoia that he's the victim of a greater conspiracy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Oct. 2, 7:45 p.m.

Natural Sciences

(Ciencias naturales)

Directed by Matías Lucchesi

(Argentina/France, 2014, color, 71 min.)

After repeated attempts to escape her remote boarding school in the Sierra de Córdoba mountains, 12-year-old Lila manages to rope in her empathetic teacher in her mission to find the father she's never known, and the two set off on a complicated journey of discovery.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 5:20 p.m.

A Quiet Inquisition

Directed by Holen Sabrina Kahn and Alessandra Zeka

(U.S./Nicaragua, 2014, 65 min.)

At a public hospital in Nicaragua, this documentary follows an OB/GYN who struggles with her conscience as she contends with the implications of a new law that bans all abortion, even in the face of saving a woman's life.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Oct. 6, 7:15 p.m.

Serrat and Sabina: Two for the Road

(Serrat y Sabina, el símbolo y el cuate)

Directed by Francesc Relea

(Spain, 2013, 82 min.)

Spanish superstars Joaquín Sabina and Joan Manuel Serrat embark on a Latin American tour in this rollicking documentary. Exiled to Mexico during Franco's dictatorship, the two singer-songwriters have formed a bond with Latin America, serving as folk heroes through the turbulent political times of the region.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 4, 1 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 5, 5:45 p.m.,

Mon., Oct. 6, 5:20 p.m.,

Wed., Oct. 8, 5:20 p.m.

Two Shots Fired

(Dos disparos)

Directed by Martín Rejtman

(Argentina/Chile/Germany/Netherlands, 2014, 104 min.)

After a night of partying, 16-year-old Mariano finds a gun and impulsively shoots himself twice, once in the head and once in the chest, but miraculously survives. This improbable act sets off a wickedly quotidian chain reaction as his friends and family deal dispassionately with the aftermath.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 7 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 4, 5:15 p.m.

We Are Mari Pepa

(Somos Mari Pepa)

Directed by Samuel Kishi

(Mexico, 2013, 100 min.)

With school out for summer, the wannabe punk rockers of teen band Mari Pepa are free to let their hormones rage, hit up the skate park and rehearse the one song in their limited repertoire over and over again.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 1, 9:30 p.m.,

Thu., Oct. 2, 9 p.m.

Yvy Maraey, Land Without Evil

(Yvy Maraey, tierra sin mal)

Directed by Juan Carlos Valdivia

(Bolivia/Mexico/Norway, 2013, 107 min.)

Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Juan Carlos Valdivia plays a version of himself, a documentarian hoping to make a film about the Guaraní people and retrace the trail of an early Swedish explorer (Spanish and Guaraní).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Swiss-German

Dreamland

(Traumland)

Directed by Petra Volpe

(Switzerland/Germany, 2013, 98 min.)

Zurich on a snowy Christmas Eve looks like a winter wonderland. Yet for the four families whose lives have or will intersect with an Eastern European prostitute, nothing will ever be the same.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Wed., Oct. 15, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

   

Events - October 2014

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Festivals

Music

Theater


ART 

Oct. 1 to Jan. 9

What We Have Within

Possibilities to externalize and communicate essential aspects of our psyche, beliefs, affiliations or sexual orientations are increasing in modern societies, where freedom of expression is a fundamental right. The artists in this exhibition promote this right, breaking with convention and reinforcing the desire for free and genuine expression.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Oct. 2 to 5

Karukinka – Chilean Patagonia, Artists of the Land Where the Trees Talk

The country of Chile celebrates its native culture at the museum with an art market, an exhibition of traditional arts and crafts, hands-on demonstrations and indigenous Chilean cuisine.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Oct. 2 to 26

Ivana Helsinki: New Finnish Design

In 1998, a young Finnish artist and designer launched her first fashion collection together with her sister. The main material used was a single fabric, dark blue denim, and the collection consisted of just seven products. "Ivana Helsinki" takes you on a journey through 15 years of history of this internationally renowned label with unique, one-off garments from fashion shows, colorful patterned fabrics, nostalgic photographs and cinematic documentation.

Embassy of Finland

 

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

 

Oct. 5 to Jan. 11

Degas's Little Dancer

"Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" (1878–81), Edgar Degas's groundbreaking statuette of a young ballerina that caused a sensation at the 1881 impressionist exhibition, takes center stage in an exploration of Degas's fascination with ballet and his experimental, modern approach to his work.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Oct. 10

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 Oct. 10

Innovation @ Upper Austria

Innovation is the successful implementation and application of an idea that combines the traditional with the new. This exhibition sheds light on the creative talents of Upper Austria, home to talented innovators and visionaries who have propelled Austria's economy, technology, art and culture.

Embassy of Austria

 

Oct. 11 to June 7, 2015

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography shot by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips's key finds, recreates his adventures (and misadventures), and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important great archaeological frontier.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

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

 

Oct. 16 to Dec. 19

Saltwater Country

This traveling exhibition of new indigenous art from Queensland traces the cultural connections between some of Australia's most acclaimed artists and their Saltwater Country.

Embassy of Australia

 

Oct. 16 to Feb. 1

Modern and Contemporary Art in the Dominican Republic: Works from the Customs Office Collection

This scenic view and historic sketch of 30 artworks showcases the consistency, quality and diversity of the Collection of the Directorate General of Customs, which stands as one of the more important creative spaces in the region.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Oct. 18 to 19

Festival des Artistes VI

Marymount University will provide the setting for an international art show featuring works of diplomats and volunteers of The Hospitality and Information Service for Diplomats (THIS), including paintings, watercolors, sculptures and jewelry. International painters include Marilia Bulhoes from Brazil, Nebiur Arellano from Peru, Jose Arago from Spain and Genevieve Richard from France. Other participating countries include Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Marymount University Barry Gallery

 

Oct. 24 to Nov. 14

Yearning: Sehnsucht

Painter Oskar Stocker presents the faces of women and men who for various reasons left their native countries to seek and find their fortunes abroad, but who in their hearts have always yearned for their homelands. For information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

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 Oct. 31

Kafka & Co. by Jiri Sliva

The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2014 – Franz Kafka with a special exhibition by Czech cartoonist Jiří Slíva featuring humorous drawing, lithographs and etchings inspired by Kafka and others. Slíva, who has been featured in over 150 publications including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, believes that "Kafka had fun for us," exemplified through the Czech writer's realism, humor and irony.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Through Nov. 3

Gabriel Figueroa: Cinematographer – Great Moments in Mexico's Golden Era of Cinema

From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-97) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. This exhibition features film clips, photographs, posters and documents, as well as works by contemporary artists and filmmakers that draw from the vast inventory of distinctly Mexican imagery associated with Figueroa's cinematography.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

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 Nov. 30

Think With Your Hands

In this unique artistic collaboration, animation, video and augmented reality bring to life over 60 illustrations of two of Spain's most interesting graphic artists working today.

Artisphere

 

Through Dec. 4

The Early Days: Hip-Hop Culture in the German Democratic Republic

As hip-hop spread around the globe in the early 1980s — and even behind the Iron Curtain — it also excited youth in the German Democratic Republic whose new passion not only challenged the People's Police (Volkspolizei) and the Stasi, but also the socialist youth organizations whose plans did not allow for youth subcultures.

German Historical Institute

 

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. 18

Iter: Photo Exhibit by Renato D'Agostin

In Renato D'Agostin's photographs, location immediately looses its identity, as images from around the world focus on the city, the one we all want to escape from but which sticks to us like an occasionally painful shell.

Embassy of Italy

 

Through Dec. 31

Imagine Art in Nature

At Wanås, with its white castle and beautiful park, international artists create new site- specific sculptures and installations for the garden, the art gallery and various indoor spaces on the grounds. Now it's your chance to see a selection of the actual site-specific pieces rendered by Swedish and American artists, together with films, models, photos and sketches.

House of Sweden

 

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 January 2015

Celebrating 25 Years on Pennsylvania Avenue

To mark the Canadian Embassy's 25th anniversary, this exhibit of photos, commentary, historical records and objects traces the evolution of Canada's diplomatic presence in D.C., the history of the embassy at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the many ways in which the embassy reflects and continues to shape the friendship between Canada and the United States.

Embassy of Canada

 

Through Jan. 4

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

In the first major traveling exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902), some 60 works will include early pictures he took in England as well as the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s.

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

Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music

With more than 70 paintings and works on paper, this exhibition demonstrates how the neo-impressionists employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature to accentuate subjectivity and an inner world of experience.

The Phillips Collection

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

 

Through Jan. 25

From the Library: The Book Illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe

Artistically gifted and socially well connected, Romeyn de Hooghe (1645–1708) can help us to unravel the complexities of the late Dutch Golden Age, particularly through his vast and varied oeuvre of book illustrations.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Feb. 1

From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800–1925

The visual arts in Italy between the first stirrings of nationalistic sentiment and its corruption into Fascism — the long development of the modern Italian state — remained extraordinarily diverse and vital. The National Gallery of Art has in recent years begun to develop a collection of Italian prints and drawings of this period that is surpassed only by the holdings of Italy's principal museums.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Feb. 1

Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

The final in a series of three exhibitions celebrating the generous bequest of Ruth Cole Kainen, this show explores the first seven decades of 20th-century American art.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 22

Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

More than 20 works ranging in date from 1400 to 1600 form the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the 14th century in Iran and remains one of the most expressive forms of aesthetic refinement in Persian culture to this day.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through June 7

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

Performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota, Japan's representative at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, will recreate a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion that amasses personal memories through an accumulation of nearly 400 individual shoes, each with a note from the donor describing lost individuals and past moments.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Sept. 13

Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria

This retrospective showcases the work of noted Nigerian photographer Chief S.O. Alonge, the first indigenous photographer of the Royal Court of Benin, in conjunction with royal arts from the Benin kingdom. The collection of historic photographs was captured on Kodak glass-plate negatives and documents more than 50 years of the ritual, pageantry and regalia of the obas (kings), their wives and retainers.

National Museum of African Art

DANCE

Mon., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Rameau's Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour, ou Les Dieux d'Égypte (The Celebrations of Marriage and Love, or the Gods of Egypt)

Opera Lafayette opens its 20th season with the last of Rameau's large-scale opéras-ballets to be revived and performed in recent times. Three critically acclaimed dance companies — representing Egyptians, Amazons and Gods of the Nile — weave this romantic tale into seven magnificent ballets, complementing the musicality of cast and chorus. Tickets are $20 to $95.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Oct. 22 to 25

Beijing Dance Theater: Wild Grass

Following its sensational 2011 Kennedy Center debut with "Haze," which linked pollution with spiritual confusion, one of China's foremost contemporary dance companies returns with another larger-than-life work by Artistic Director Wang Yuanyuan inspired by a collection of prose poetry by renowned Chinese writer Lu Xun. Tickets are $42.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Oct. 19; Oct. 31 to Nov. 1

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: Cirque Peking

For seven decades, the critically acclaimed National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China has been thrilling young and old alike with dazzling acts of tumbling, juggling, contortion, balancing and high-flying athleticism. Tickets are $29 to $48.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

George Mason Hylton Performing Arts Center

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Oct. 2, 11 a.m.,

Sat., Oct. 4, 11 a.m.

Native Chilean Women: Challenges and Opportunities

Panelists will share their insights and experiences — giving examples of their everyday life and work, and relating the issues at hand directly to their Native group — at this lively forum cosponsored by the Chilean Embassy and Freedom House.

National Museum of the American Indian

FESTIVALS

Thu., Oct. 2, 6:45 p.m.

Noche Iberoamericana

Don't miss a night of food, music, art and more as the Ibero-American Cultural Attache's Association presents Noche Iberoamericana! — featuring Peruvian ceviche Spanish tapas, Salvadorian cuisine, Chilean and Argentinean wine, Peruvian pisco, Dominican rum and Honduran beer, as well as music by El Cuarteto del Amor from Uruguay, Grupo Etnia from Peru and Brazilian guitar by Peter Richardson. The Mexican Cultural Institute's exhibit "Gabriel Figueroa Cinematographer" will also be on display, and there will be a raffle for Cuban cigars and Amalia's Guatemalan cookbook.Tickets are $60.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Oct. 24 to Nov. 9

Kids Euro Festival

The highly popular annual children's performing arts festival returns to Washington with over 100 free, family-friendly, European-themed events ranging from puppetry and dance to music, theater and storytelling. Designed for children ages 2 to 12 and their families, the Kids Euro Festival, now in its seventh year, unites the 28 embassies of the European Union and over 20 American cultural institutions in the area. All of the embassies and organizations work together to transform the capital region into a Europe-inspired action-packed cultural adventure for young people and their families, with no passport required. For information, visit www.kidseurofestival.org.

Various locations

 

MUSIC

Fri., Oct. 3, 8 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 4, 8 p.m.

The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir

Founded more than six decades ago, the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is a symbol of peace, hope, humanity and brotherhood in its homeland, creating harmony between the music of the Catholic and Islamic cultures in Senegal. Tickets are $28 to $46.

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center (Oct. 3)

George Mason University Center for the Arts (Oct. 4)

 

Tue., Oct. 7, 6:45 p.m.

Silvia Navarrete

Renowned as one of the most emblematic Mexican pianists, Silvia Navarrete's emotional expression, quality of sound and deep understanding of styles have won her great acclaim.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Wed., Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Cameristi della Scala: The Four Seasons

The Cameristi della Scala, a chamber orchestra composed of musicians from Milan's celebrated Teatro Alla Scala, returns to Washington along with violin soloist Francesco Manara for a concert to celebrate the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Hosted inside the embassy's magnificent atrium, "The Eight Seasons" is a program of classical music and tango hosted in a comparative alternation of "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi and "Las Cuatro Estaciónes Porteñas" by Astor Piazzolla. To register, visit http://iicwashington.info/events/20141008/rsvps/.

Embassy of Italy

 

Thu., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts presents: Ray Chen, Violin, with Julio Elizalde, Piano

Part of Taiwanese-Australian Ray Chen's charm as a musician is his balance of intense seriousness (Mozart and solo Bach) and self-effacing playfulness (several works by Pablo de Sarasate). Tickets are $25.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Thu., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Wolfgang Seligo and Peter Strutzenberger Duet

Swing and groove to Wolfgang Seligo and Peter Strutzenberger's jazz harmonies interpreted baroque style, funky melodies with classical influence and impressionistic jazz harmonies. For information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Fri., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Oleh Kaskiv, Violin

Oksana Skidan, Piano

In addition to his international appearances, violinist Oleh Kaskiv regularly performs in his native country with the National Symphony of Ukraine, Odessa Philharmonic and Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras. He joins pianist Oksana Skidan for a program of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Ysaÿe, Sarasate and more. Tickets are $95, including buffet and wine. For information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Ukraine

 

Fri., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Russian Kaleidoscope

While interest in Russian operas has increased over the last decades in America, Russian romances (art songs) are virtually absent from the concert halls. This concert, dedicated to Russian chamber vocal music that is rarely performed in the U.S., ranges from operatic arias and romances by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov to classical and jazz pieces for the clarinet and guitar improvisations. For tickets, visit http://thercas.com/ticket-info.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sun., Oct. 12, 3 p.m.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Presented by Falun Dafa Association of D.C.

Accentuating the beauty of ancient Chinese instruments amidst the grandeur of a Western symphony, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is restoring the glorious heritage of ancient Chinese melodies, blazing a brand-new path in the world of classical music. Tickets are $29 to $89.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Tue., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Hugo Kauder Trio

Oboist Ivan Danko, the principal oboist of the Stuttgart State Opera and first-prize winner of the International Hugo Kauder Competition, founded the Hugo Kauder Trio, which tries to discover great works of other persecuted and unknown composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets are $75, including buffet and wine. For information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Hungary

 

Thu., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Aleksey Semenenko, Violin

Inna Firsolva, Piano

Violinist Aleksey Semenenko, who has appeared as a soloist with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Kiev National Orchestra and the Junge Philharmonie, performs a program of Schubert, Chausson, Tchaikovsky and more. Tickets are $95, including buffet and wine. For information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Ukraine

 

Fri., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 26, 4 p.m.

Fusion: Adam Laloum

As part of the second edition of "Fusion," French pianist Adam Laloum, winner of the prestigious Clara Haskil Piano Competition, offers two concerts at the French Embassy and the Phillips Collection. "Fusion" is a new program created by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France to support young, emerging musical talent. It also seeks to establish its commitment to perpetuate a musical dialogue between France and the United States.

Embassy of France (Oct. 24)

The Phillips Collection (Oct. 26)

 

Tue., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.

AIMS Winners

This year's AIMS winners will present a joint recital in the Embassy Atrium featuring German Lieder, opera and operetta. The American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, is the leading summer music program in Europe. For information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Thu., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

String Action with Traditional and Contemporary Austrian Music

The ALEA-Ensemble, founded in 1988 by Gerhard Praesent and his wife Sigrid Praesent, consists of strings, with or without piano, and is the only string ensemble today from Graz, performing in Austria and internationally regularly for over 25 years. For information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

THEATER

Oct. 1 to Nov. 2

The Island of Dr. Moreau

Sometime in the future, a shipwrecked survivor is washed up on a remote island inhabited by the deranged Dr. Moreau and his "children" — experimental human-like animals or animal-like humans — in this physical new adaptation of HG Wells's haunting novel. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Through Oct. 5

Cancun

After a night of fun, two married couples vacationing in Cancun begin to contemplate new possibilities in the great "what if's" of their lives in this hilarious comedy about contemporary relationships and marriage is written by Jordi Galcerán, one of Spain's leading playwrights from Catalonia (in Spanish with English surtitles). Tickets are $38 or $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through Oct. 12

Belleville

Abby and Zack traded the comforts of America for noble adventure abroad, moving to the trendy Parisian enclave Belleville for his prestigious post with Doctors Without Borders. Their lives seem perfect, but when Abby returns home early one afternoon, she uncovers a few seemingly inconsequential surprises. Tickets are $44 to $88.

The Studio Theatre

 

Through Oct. 12

Marie Antoinette

David Adjmi's "Marie Antoinette" takes a highly contemporary look at the famously iconic and controversial queen of France, from her growing celebrity to her ultimate demise at the hands of those who had once extolled her. Tickets start at $35.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Oct. 15 to Nov. 23

17th International Festival of Hispanic Theater

Teatro de la Luna presents plays from Uruguay, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, as well as bilingual productions for children in this popular annual showcase of Hispanic theater. Tickets are $35.

Gunston Arts Center

 

Oct. 15 to Nov. 2

The Wolfe Twins

Lewis invites his estranged sister Dana on a trip to Rome to reconnect. But when he befriends a beautiful stranger, old wounds fester and intimate secrets are revealed. Tickets are $25.

The Studio Theatre

Thu., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Molière malgré moi (Molière In Spite of Myself)

The French Theatrical Foundation and well-known actor Francis Perrin invite audiences to discover Molière's life and career, with plays that reflect his personal life while presenting short sequences from his most famous creations. Tickets are $45; for information, visit frenchculture.org.

Embassy of France

 

Through Oct. 19

Evita

Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony-winning musical tells the remarkable story of Eva Peron's rise from Argentina's slums to first lady through some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina." Tickets are $39 to $125.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Oct. 19

The Shoplifters

When Alma, a career shoplifter, is caught by an overzealous rookie security guard and his ambivalent mentor, she risks losing her freedom, her resolve and maybe even the steak she has stuffed in her pants. Tickets are $45 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Oct. 21 to Nov. 9

Our War

In a bold undertaking as part of Arena Stage's multiyear, multi-city National Civil War Project, this dynamic new theatrical event and collections of short stories explores, through diverse perspectives, the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the U.S. Civil War. Tickets are $40 to $50.

Arena Stage

 

Oct. 25 to Nov. 30

Little Dancer

With direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this world premiere Kennedy Center musical is inspired by the story of a young ballerina immortalized by Edgar Degas in his famous sculpture at the National Gallery of Art. Tickets are $45 to $155.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Through Oct. 26

Driving Miss Daisy

What begins as a hostile clashing of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man evolves into a decades-long friendship as the two navigate Civil Rights-era Atlanta. Please call for ticket prices.

Ford's Theatre

 

Oct. 28 to Dec. 7

As You Like It

All the world's a stage in "As You Like It," one of Shakespeare's fullest comedies, where poetry, mistaken identities and true love lost and found abound. Please call for ticket prices.

The Shakespeare Theatre

 

Oct. 28 to Dec. 7

Julius Caeser

Folger Theatre launches its 2014-15 season in Rome with Shakespeare's enduring political tragedy and epic portrayal of the battle between ambition and honor, conspiracy and loyalty. Tickets are $40 to $75.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Oct. 31 to Jan. 4

Fiddler on the Roof

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American musical classic with this new, in-the-round production of the joyful tale of family, community and life's unexpected miracles. Tickets are $50 to $99.

Arena Stage

   

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