November 2014

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Cover Story

After Gaza, What's Next
For the Palestinians?

a5.plo.israeli.barrier.ramallah.homeDespite the sorry state of affairs in the Middle East, Maen Rashid Areikat, the Palestinians' representative in Washington, refuses to give up on his dream of an independent Palestine, a dream that has fascinated and frustrated the global consciousness for more than 66 years. Read More 

People of World Influence

U.S. Army Commander Optimistic
About Afghanistan's Future

a1.powi.eikenberry.soldier.homeKarl Eikenberry was America's point man for Afghanistan during the worst of times, and despite the political turmoil it recently endured, he believes better times can still be ahead for the beleaguered country. Read More


Iran Spoilers

Array of Spoilers Could
Derail Iran Nuclear Talks

a2.iran.spoilers.group.homeAs the critical talks over Iran's nuclear program reach their self-imposed deadline this month, there are plenty of players — from Congress to Israel to Iran itself — that wouldn't mind if the negotiations went nowhere. Read More


Tug of War

Obama, Congress Debate Legality
Of War Against Islamic State

a3.war.powers.cockpit.homeCongress is having buyer's remorse after giving President Bush wide legal latitude to wage a war against terrorism after the 9/11 attacks, now that President Obama is stretching that authorization to fight the Islamic State. Read More


Rise of the Right

Israel's Peace Movement Withers
As Ultra-Orthodox Jews Gain Strength

a4.israel.right.shemesh.homeA wave of soul-searching has swept Israel, as ultra-Orthodox Jews increasingly clash with country's secular majority, far-right parties gain steam and the peace movement is relegated to the political wilderness. Read More


MHz Networks

MHz Marks 20 Years of Bringing
Global Programming to U.S. Audiences

a6.mhz.networks.monitors.homeForeign coverage is often the first victim of downsizing by the news media industry, but one outlet has stepped into the void by steadily increasing its foreign content over the past 20 years. Read More


No Parking Here

Some Diplomats Get Free Ride
By Skipping Out on Parking Tickets

a7.parking.tickets.diplomats.homeParking is a pain. Some diplomats avoid the problem altogether by skipping out on their parking tickets. Who are the worst offenders? And can anything be done to get them to pay up? Read More

   

U.S. Army Commander, Ambassador Optimistic About Afghanistan’s Future

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By Michael Coleman

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Array of Spoilers Could Derail Iran Nuclear Talks

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By Dave Seminara

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Obama, Congress Debate Legality Of War Against Islamic State

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Israel’s Peace Movement Withers As Ultra-Orthodox Jews Gain Strength

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By Larry Luxner

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After Gaza, What’s Next For the Palestinians?

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By Larry Luxner

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MHz Marks 20 Years of Bringing Global Programming to U.S. Audiences

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By Martin Austermuhle

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Some Diplomats Get Free Ride By Skipping Out on Parking Tickets

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By Dave Seminara

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Visa Hopefuls Need Skill, Savvy To Break Into U.S. Job Market

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By Carolyn Cosmos

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Ideaventions Uses Inventive Ways To Get Children Hooked on STEM

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By Sarah Alaoui

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The Other “E” Outbreak: Surprising Rise of Enterovirus D68

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By Gina Shaw

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The Science and Safety Of Fad Diets: What Works?

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By Carolyn Cosmos

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Sackler Goes in Search of a Legend in ‘Unearthing Arabia’

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By Vanessa H. Larson

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Romanian Wife, Country Come Long Way Since Iron Curtain’s Fall

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By Gail Scott

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Annual Citywide FotoWeekDC Exposes Local, Global Talent

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Degas’s ‘Little Dancer’ Basks in D.C. Limelight

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By Gary Tischler

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Comfy Nage Makes Itself At Home in Washington

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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‘Plot for Peace’ Exposes Behind-the-Scenes Diplomacy to End Apartheid

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Iñárritu and Cast Discuss High-Wire Act Behind ‘Birdman’

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Films - November 2014

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Languages

Arabic

Hebrew

Mandarin


Czech

Indonesian

Portuguese


English

Italian

Silent

French

Japanese

Swedish

Arabic

 Abd El Kader

Directed by Salem Brahimi

(Algeria, 2014, 96 min.)

This documentary tells the story of Abd El Kader, an Algerian national legend who fought bravely for the freedom of his country against one of the most advanced armies in Europe (Arabic, French and English).

Goethe-Institut

Sat., Nov. 1, 4 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 2, 3 p.m.

Challat of Tunis

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania

(Tunisia/France, 2013, 90 min.)

In this satire-filled mockumentary, a man lurks the streets of Tunis on a moped with a razorblade in hand, slashing the most beautiful derrieres of women strolling along the city's sidewalks. Is he a religious nut, a member of al-Qaeda? After the revolution, one woman sets out to track him down.

Goethe-Institut

Sat., Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 2, 5 p.m.

Ghadi

Directed by Amin Dora

(Lebanon, 2014, 100 min.)

A music instructor who resides in a traditional Lebanese costal town with his childhood sweetheart convinces the villagers that his newly born son is an angel and only makes noise when one of them commits an indiscretion.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Nov. 7, 8:45 p.m.,

Sat., Nov. 8, 8:30 p.m.

Giraffada

Directed by Rani Massalha

(France/Germany/Italy/Palestine, 2013, 85 min.)

Inspired by a true story, a 10-year-old boy living in the West Bank is so enamored of the two giraffes at the Qalqilya Zoo that he can communicate with them, but when one of them is killed in an airstrike, he is determined to bring in a new mate from a safari park in Israel.

Goethe-Institut

Sat., Nov. 1, 2 p.m.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m.

The Proof

Directed by Amor Hakkar

(Algeria/France, 2013, 93 min.)

Ali, a taxi driver in Algeria, finds out he is infertile. When he's accused by a young woman of being the father of her unborn child and his wife leaves him, Ali can either reveal his infertility or live with his alleged infidelity.

Embassy of France

Fri., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Nov. 9, 2 p.m.

Sotto Voce

Directed by Kamal Kamal

(Morocco/United Arab Emirates, 2014, 94 min.)

In 1958 French-occupied Algeria, a chorale of young deaf-mutes kill their abusive medical director. To save them from the death penalty reserved for those who kill a Frenchman and to protect this exceptional chorus, a speech-language pathologist flees with the pupils to the dangerous Algerian Moroccan border (Arabic and French).

Goethe-Institut

Sat., Nov. 1, 8:30 p.m.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Nov. 8, 4:30 p.m.

Villa 69

Directed by Ayten Amin

(Egypt, 2013, 120 min.)

A bad-tempered man loves the company of women, and while he battles with his interfering sister, he slowly comes to bond with his sister's son who helps him with his own romantic issues.

Goethe-Institut

Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Nov. 9, 4 p.m.

Czech

 The Apple Game

(Hra o jablko)

Directed by Vera Chytilová

(Czechoslovakia, 1977, 100 min.)

A young doctor at a maternity clinic fancies himself a Don Juan, enjoying numerous trysts, but after one of his current lovers becomes pregnant, the doctor considers settling down into marriage.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 23, 5:15 p.m.

Daisies

(Sedmikrásky)

Directed by Vera Chytilová

(Czechoslovakia, 1966, 76 min.)

In this absurdist, anarchist farce, two young women, both named Marie, decide that the state of society is beneath contempt and stage a series of pranks to signal their refusal to take any of its institutions seriously.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.,

Tue., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Every Young Man

(Kazdy mlady muz)

Directed by Pavel Jurácek

(Czechoslovakia, 1966, 83 min.)

A soldier's life under socialism is the focus of this absurdist drama in two parts (preceded by "The Uninvited Guest" (1969, 22 min.) about a boorish official who makes himself at home in a young couple's flat).

American University Doyle and Forman Theater

Fri., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.

Fruit of Paradise

(Ovoce stromu rajských jíme)

Directed by Vera Chytilová

(Czechoslovakia/Belgium, 1970, 99 min.)

In this hallucinatory deconstruction of the Adam and Eve story, a serpent-like, red-suited serial killer, Robert, comes in between Eva and her husband Josef.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

Leaving

(Odcházení)

Directed by Václav Havel

(Czech Republic, 2011, 94 min.)

In 2008, Václav Havel returned to the theater with a new play, "Leaving," in which an ex-government official tries to reenter his former life. (This film version premiered shortly before his death in December 2011.)

American University Doyle and Forman Theater

Fri., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Panel Story

(Panelstory aneb Jak se rodí sídliste)

Directed by Vera Chytilová

(Czechoslovakia, 1980, 96 min.)

Vera Chytilová explores in intimate detail the chaotic lives of the inhabitants of a generic Communist-bloc high-rise housing estate, the regimented dwelling spaces within the sprawling expanse of gray concrete representing only the barest semblance of order in their dismal day-to-day lives.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

A Report on the Party and the Guests

(O slavnosti a hostech)

Directed by Jan Nemec

(Czechoslovakia, 1966, 68 min.)

A pleasant afternoon outing is cut short when a few pushy intruders force a group of friends to play a round of ridiculous party games (preceded by "The Mist" (1966, 28 min.) about Prague's celebrated Theatre on the Balustrade as a center for experimentation, mime and theater of the absurd).

American University Doyle and Forman Theater

Sun., Nov. 9, 4:30 p.m.

The Very Late Afternoon of a Faun

(Faunovo velmi pozdní odpoledne)

Directed by Vera Chytilová

(Czechoslovakia, 1983, 99 min.)

An aging Don Juan realizes that, at this point in his life, he enjoys the pursuit of new sexual conquests much more than sex itself — and perhaps that has been true for a long time.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Nov. 24, 7 p.m.

English

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Directed by Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman

(U.S., 2014, 87 min.)

"Awake" is the unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.

West End Cinema

 

Before I Go to Sleep

Directed by Rowan Joffe

(U.K/France/Sweden, 92 min.)

A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.

Area theaters

Citizenfour

Directed by Laura Poitras

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

In this never-before-seen, riveting first-person account of the NSA spy leaks, Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald meet with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, where he gives them documents showing widespread abuses of power by the National Security Administration.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Haunting

Directed by Robert Wise

(U.S./U.K., 1963, 112 min.)

Robert Wise's iconic haunted house film, based on Shirley Jackson's novel "The Haunting of Hill House," still sets the standard for atmospheric fright-making, inducing the viewer to imagine more than what's shown.

AFI Silver Theatre

Nov. 16 to 20

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.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Point and Shoot

Directed by Marshall Curry

(U.S., 2014, 83 min.)

An American sets out with his motorbike to find both adventure and his sense of manhood, leading him on an extraordinary journey he could not have imagined, including fighting in the Libyan Revolution.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 28

Rocks in My Pockets

Directed by Signe Baumane

(U.S./Latvia, 2014, 88 min.)

In the new animated gem "Rocks in My Pockets," Latvian-born artist and filmmaker Signe Baumane tells five fantastical tales based on the courageous women in her family and their battles with madness.

Angelika Pop-Up

Rosewater

Directed by Jon Stewart

(U.S., 2014, 103 min.)

A journalist is detained in Iran for more than 100 days and brutally interrogated in prison.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 14

Sleepy Hollow

Directed by Tim Burton

(U.S./Germany, 1999, 105 min.)

Adapting Washington Irving's classic short story for the big screen, filmmaker Tim Burton brings his trademark eccentricities to this visually lush gothic fairy tale that stars Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane, an unorthodox New York City detective sent to investigate a series of strange murders.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Nov. 5, 9:30 p.m.

The Theory of Everything

Directed by James Marsh

(U.K., 2014, 123 min.)

This romantic drama centers on the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife, exploring the excitement of the 1960s for Stephen as he studies at Cambridge University and falls passionately in love with arts student Jane Wilde (English and French).

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 14

Watchers of the Sky

Directed by Edet Belzberg

(U.S./Netherlands/France/Chad/Rwanda, 2014, 120 min.)

After experiencing the barbarity of the Holocaust firsthand, Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin devotes his life to convincing the international community that there must be legal retribution for mass atrocities targeted at minorities.

Angelika Pop-Up

French

Certified Halal

(Certifiée Halal)

Directed by Mahmoud Zemmouri

(Algeria/France, 2014, 90 min.)

In southern Algeria, two processions collide at the tomb of the local mystic and amidst the confusion, two brides are switched (French and Arabic).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Diplomacy

(Diplomatie)

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

(France/Germany, 2014, 84 min.)

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then "only as a field of rubble." However, on Aug. 25, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade German Gen. Dietrich von Choltitzto abandon his plan.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 21

Flight of the Red Balloon

(Le voyage du ballon rouge)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(France/Taiwan, 2007, 115 min.)

Hou Hsiao-hsien abandons his usual Taiwanese settings for a modern-day look at the City of Light in this lovely, ephemeral, and at times experimental update of the classic 1959 French children's short "The Red Balloon."

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 23, 11:45 a.m.,

Tue., Nov. 25, 9:30 p.m.

Rock the Casbah

Directed by Laila Marrakchi

(France/Morocco, 2013, 100 min.)

Set in a lavish villa in Tangier, "Rock the Casbah" unfolds over the three days of mourning following the death of a major family patriarch, but the solemnity of the occasion is disrupted by the unexpected return of the rebellious youngest daughter who left Morocco, against her father's wishes, seeking an acting career in the United States (French and Arabic).

Embassy of France

Fri., Nov. 7, 8:45 p.m.

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Rue Mandar

Directed by Idit Cébula

(France, 2013, 95 min.)

Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall. Mix in a Yiddishkeit setting in a predominantly Sephardic Jewish community. Add one of the most beautiful cities in the world as your location, and what you get is this charmingly dramedy.

Washington DCJCC

Wed., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Hebrew

Footsteps in Jerusalem

Multiple directors

(Israel, 2013, 90 min.)

Considered by MoMA as one of the most innovative films of 2013, "Footsteps in Jerusalem" is an anthology of ten short films that collectively offer an evocative portrait of the city — its diversity, complexity and rapid transformation.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Indonesian

Bitter Honey

Directed by Robert Lemelson

(U.S., 2014, 81 min.)

Bali is world famous as a tourist paradise but for some Balinese women the reality is more troubling. Approximately 10 percent of Balinese families are polygamous, and men in these unions often take multiple brides without their spouse's consent.

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 7

Italian

China Is Near

(La Cina e vicina)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 1967, 110 min.)

This beautiful black-and-white follow-up to "Fists in the Pocket" is both a biting satire of the bourgeoisie and leftist politics and a clever comedy of manners, as a pair of working-class lovers schemes to marry into the same rich family (preceded by "Let's Discuss" (1969, 24 min.) in which a group of students invades a clasroon spouting Maoist slogans).

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Nov. 22, 2 p.m.

The Conviction

(La condanna)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy/France/Switzerland, 1991, 90 min.)

An architect and his student, seemingly trapped in a gallery after hours, are aroused by the art that surrounds them and a complex psychodrama unfolds.

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Nov. 22, 5 p.m.

Devil in the Flesh

(Diavolo in corpo)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy/France, 1986, 114 min.)

Still in high school, teenager Andrea begins a torrid affair with twenty-something Giulia, the impulsive, possibly deranged daughter of a wealthy family.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 2, 8:45 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 5, 7:15 p.m.

Dormant Beauty

(Bella addormentata)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy/France, 2012, 115 min.)

Italy's real-life Eluana Englaro case, where a young woman injured in a car accident lived in a vegetative state for 17 years while her father fought to have the plug pulled, is the backdrop for this thought-provoking drama.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Nov. 24, 7:05 p.m.

Fists in the Pocket

(I pugni in tasca)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 1965, 105 min.)

Set in the claustrophobic household of a blind widow and her four grown children, a family negotiates their life together in picturesque seclusion, until one son decides he must save his "normal" brother from the rest of the family.

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m.

Good Morning, Night

(Buongiorno, notte)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 2003, 106 min.)

The 1978 Aldo Moro kidnapping, where the former prime minister was kidnapped and killed by Red Brigade terrorists, receives an imaginatively nightmarish retelling from the master of psycho-political filmmaking, Marco Bellocchio.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 23, 9:45 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 26, 7 p.m.

A Leap in the Dark

(Salto nel vuoto)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy/France/W. Germany, 1980, 120 min.)

Judge Mauro, raised by his older sister Marta, owes his success in the world to her self-sacrifice. Now approaching middle age, Marta has begun to suffer from depression, so Mauro introduces Marta to an acquaintance of his.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 9, 9:30 p.m.,

Thu., Nov. 13, 9:45 p.m.

My Mother's Smile

(L'ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre))

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 2002, 105 min.)

A successful artist, children's author and devout atheist is outraged to learn that his late mother, with whom he had a stormy relationship, has been nominated by the church for canonization as a saint.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 15, 11:45 a.m.,

Sun., Nov. 16, 6:45 p.m.

The Nanny

(La balia)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 1999, 106 min.)

In early 20th-century Rome, a professor and his wife welcome the birth of a baby boy, but when mother and baby fail to bond, the father hires a wet nurse whom he discovers in handcuffs at the train station, having been sentenced for deportation as a political subversive.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 6, 11 a.m.,

Tue., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

Slap the Monster on Page One

(Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy/France, 1972, 90 min.)

After a rightwing newspaper's offices are attacked by demonstrating anarchists, its vengeful publisher orchestrates a smear campaign against the movement's student leader, eventually framing him for the murder of a fellow student.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

Sorelle Mai

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 2011, 110 min.)

Shooting on his home turf in the province of Piacenza over the course of 10 years, Marco Bellocchio composes a family saga in a diary-like fashion, casting several family members, including his daughter, wife and son.

National Portrait Gallery

Sat., Nov. 29, 4 p.m.

Vincere

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy/France, 2009, 128 min.)

This masterful and moody historical biopic recounts the strange, sad story of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's first wife and child.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 23, 7:15 p.m.,

Tue., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.

The Wedding Director

(Il regista di matrimony)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 2006, 105 min.)

Invited by the Prince of Gravina to tape the arranged marriage of his daughter, a film director hiding out in a Sicilian town falls madly in love with the bride-to-be in this madcap comedy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 9, 11:45 a.m.,

Wed., Nov. 12, 9:15 p.m.

Japanese

Café Lumiere

(Kôhî jikô)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Japan/Taiwan, 2003, 103 min.)

"Coffee, Time and Light" is the original title of Hou's gentle tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, which seamlessly weaves those three themes into a meditative look at love — or the absence of it — in contemporary Tokyo.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 22, 11:45 a.m.,

Mon., Nov. 24, 9 p.m.

Mandarin

Black Coal, Thin Ice

(Bai ri yan huo)

Directed by Diao Yinan

(China, 2014, 106 min.)

Five years after a botched arrest for a grisly murder, an ex-cop on the skids stumbles back onto his old case in this "Fargo"-like noir compulsion and doom in the wintry coal-belt of northern China.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

The Boys from Fengkuei

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan, 1983, 102 min.)

Hou Hsiao-hsien's fourth feature is strikingly emblematic of the shift in Taiwanese cinema toward greater naturalism and stories dealing with youth and provincial life. The film follows three bored teenagers who move from the small island of Fengkuei to the port of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, exposing a whole social stratum dispossessed of the Taiwanese economic dream.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 9, 1 p.m.

Cut Out the Eyes

Directed by Xu Tong

(China, 2014, 80 min.)

Xu Tong's documentary presents a vibrant portrait of folk and popular culture in inner Mongolia, as an itinerant performer presents boisterous, musically infused epic poems recounting his life's travails.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.

Daughter of the Nile

(Ni luo he nu er)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan, 1987, 91 min.)

A young woman and her brother float along the periphery of the Taipei underworld in this intriguing blend of gangster tale and introspective drama (preceded by the documentary "Hou Hsiao-hsien: About Myself" (2013, 29 min.)).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 16, 2 p.m.

Dust in the Wind

(Lian lian feng chen)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan, 1986, 109 min.)

Two young people quit school and move from their mountain village to find jobs in Taipei, expecting to marry, but typical of Hsiao-Hsien Hou's tender distance, we never see them being lovers; we see them being young, vulnerable and extremely delicate. He finds work with a printer, she as a seamstress, but neither finds happiness or heart in Taipei (Mandarin, Cantonese and Min Nan).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 2, 1 p.m.

The Green, Green Grass of Home

(Zai na he pan qing cao qing)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan, 1982, 90 min.)

Hong Kong crooner Kenny Bee plays an idealistic teacher assigned to a remote rural village, where he courts a colleague. Ostensibly at the helm of a romantic comedy, Hou steadfastly ignores the genre's conventions and turns his attention from his leads to their pupils, a gaggle of distractingly cute children, and the serene beauty of the village surroundings.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m.

A Summer at Grandpa's

(Dong dong de jia qi)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan, 1984, 94 min.)

While their mother is hospitalized, two city kids spend a summer in the countryside where the young brother and sister try to adapt to their much slower surroundings, even trading in a remote-control toy car for a pet turtle in this gentle, assured film (Mandarin, Hakka and Shanghainese).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 9, 3:30 p.m.

Three Times

(Zui hao de shi guang)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(France/Taiwan, 2005, 120 min.)

Three time periods, two lead roles, and one eternal love come together in this Proustian film set to Hou Hsiao-hsien's intricate rhythms and becalmed beauty. The film moves across the history of Taiwan — and the arc of the director's career — to explore the memory of love in the best and worst of times (Mandarin and Min Nan).

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

A Time to Live, A Time to Die

(Tong nien wang shi)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan, 1985, 138 min.)

In this eloquently simple autobiographical film set and filmed in the village of the director's youth, little Ah-ha's family has moved from Kwangtun Province in China to try on life in Taiwan in 1947 (Mandarin and Hakka).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 15, 12:15 p.m.,

Thu., Nov. 20, 6:45 p.m.

Portuguese

Bossa Nova the Brazilian Music that Charmed the World

Directed by Bret Primack and Kev Avis

(Brazil, 2014, 60 min.)

This documentary celebrates the collaboration of Brazilian and American musicians that popularized the rhythmic, seductive bossa nova groove.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 3, 10 p.m.,

Tue., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Brazilian Western

(Faroeste cabocio)

Directed by René Sampaio

(Brazil, 2013, 108 min.)

João, an ordinary Brazilian, leaves his hometown for Brasília in search of a better life but, while working as a carpenter, gets involved with drug trafficking and the daughter of a senator.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.,

Thu., Nov. 6, 10 p.m.

Children of the Amazon

(Crianças do Amazonas)

Directed by Denise Zmerkhol

(Brazil, 2008, 72 min.)

Brazilian filmmaker/photographer Denise Zmekhol travels to the heart of the Amazon rainforest in search of the indigenous children she photographed 15 years earlier.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 2, 10 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m.

The Day's with Him

(Os Dias com Ele)

Directed by Maria Clara Escobar

(Brazil/Portugal, 2014, 107 min.)

In this documentary, Maria Clara Escobar explores the unknown past of her father, an intellectual, imprisoned and tortured during Brazil's military dictatorship.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 1, 10 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 3, 5:30 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Dominguinhos

Directed by Mariana Aydar

(Brazil, 2014, 84 min.)

This documentary explores the life of Dominguinhos (1941-2013), an accordion player, composer and singer, juxtaposing excerpts from his concerts with features of important Brazilian singers.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Mon., Nov. 3, 3 p.m.,

Tue., Nov. 4, 10 p.m.,

Thu., Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m.

Maria Bethânia Music is Perfume

Directed by Georges Gachot

(Brazil, 2005, 82 min.)

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tue., Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m.,

Thu., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Teen's Confessions

(Confissões de Adolescente)

Directed by Daniel Filho

(Brazil, 2014, 100 min.)

Paulo, who is going through a financial crisis, is having trouble keeping up his lifestyle. His four teenage daughters decide to help out so they can stay in their fancy neighborhood as they face the challenges of adolescence.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 5, 10 p.m.

The Way He Looks

(Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)

Directed by Daniel Ribeiro

(Brazil, 2014, 95 min.)

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend Giovana and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 7

Silent

Dracula

Directed by George Melford

(U.S., 1931, 104 min.)

Horror aficionados have long sung the praises of Universal's 1931 Spanish language version of "Dracula," shot simultaneously and on the same sets as Tod Browning's celebrated English-language original starring Bela Lugosi.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 1, 9:30 p.m.

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Directed by D.W. Griffith

(U.S., 1916, 183 min.)

Strange, sentimental and stirring, D.W. Griffith's epic extravaganza tells four stories across four millennia, each illustrating the destructiveness of mankind's hatred and intolerance.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 2, 2 p.m.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

(U.K., 1927, 68 min.)

A killer stalks a London neighborhood, murdering fair-haired lovelies every Tuesday night for the past several months and leaving behind a mysterious calling card signed "The Avenger" in Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 1, 3 p.m.

The Mark of Zorro

Directed by Fred Niblo

(U.S., 1920, 107 min.)

In the Old California of New Spain, a masked swordsman combats the tyranny of Capitán Juan Ramon.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 8, 7:45 p.m.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

Directed by F.W. Murnau

(Germany, 1922, 85 min.)

Casting a long and terrifying shadow over the genre, German silent film master F.W. Murnau's uncredited appropriation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" set the standard for all vampire flicks to come.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.


Vampyr

Directed by Carl Theordor Dreyer

(Germany/France, 1932, 75 min.)

Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer's singular horror film traces a young man's dawning realization that the mysterious doings in the village of Courtempierre in fact have a supernatural

explanation — a withered old crone of a vampire is preying upon the local populace.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 1, 5 p.m.

Swedish

Force Majeure

(Turist)

Directed by Ruben Östlund

(Sweden/France/Denmark/Norway, 118 min.)

A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core, with a question mark hanging over their patriarch in particular (Swedish and English).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Nov. 7

   

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ART 

Nov. 1 to 7

Day of the Deal Altar

This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year. This year's Day of the Dead Altar is dedicated to the life and work of Latin American literary giant Gabriel García Márquez.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Nov. 2 to Feb. 16

El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration

On the 400th anniversary of El Greco's death, the National Gallery of Art — with one of the largest number of the artist's works in the United States — presents a commemorative exhibition of El Greco's paintings.

National Gallery of Art

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

Nov. 11 to Feb. 26

Decoding the Renaissance

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into its own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books and most enduring legacies. This exhibition features the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Nov. 12 to Jan. 31

Contemporary Identities/Invisible Gestures

Showcasing the immense cultural diversity of Iberoamerica through the art of photography, this exhibit features work from artists from 18 different countries of Latin America, Portugal and Spain, centering on the relationship between identity and the self in a digital world.

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. 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

Nov. 22 to May 31

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

Landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today.

Freer Gallery of Art

Nov. 22 to May 31

The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia

Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, "The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia" provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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. 15

The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall

To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, an exhibition of American artists' reflections on the Berlin Wall and an outdoor installation of photos by German artist Kai Wiedenhöfer form the visual framework for more than a dozen events at the Goethe-Institut around the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall and critical observation about the many new walls that have been put up since then.

Goethe-Institut

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

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

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. 4

A Tribute to Anita Reiner

The Phillips Collection hosts a tribute exhibition in memory of Anita Reiner — one of D.C.'s most active art collectors and a longtime friend of the Phillips who passed away Aug. 15, 2013 — with 13 works in a variety of media from Reiner's wide-ranging and highly personal collection of contemporary art.

The Phillips Collection

Through 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

Through 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 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 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

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 April 12

Days of Endless Time

This exhibit presents 14 installations that offer prismatic vantage points into the suspension and attenuation of time or that create a sense of timelessness, with themes such as escape, solitude, enchantment and the thrall of nature.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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 June 7

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 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

Sat., Nov. 1, 2 and 8 p.m.

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

From the exotic Far East comes the world's most riveting acrobatic troupe whose astonishing acts inspire the same awe and wonder in people today as they did a millennium ago. For seven decades, the 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

Nov. 7 to 16

Fuego Flamenco X

"Fuego Flamenco X" is an exploration of traditional flamenco, its breadth and diversity through contemporary expressions, including "Dazzling Decade," a selection of the most acclaimed pieces created for the festival by Edwin Aparicio and performed by the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company on Nov. 7 to 9; dancers Mariana Collado and Carlos Chamorro in "Flamenco(s) de plomo y cobre" on Nov. 13 to 16; and "Flamenco en Familia" on Nov. 15. For information, visit www.galatheatre.org.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Salzburg Marionettes – A Peek Behind the Scenes

For more than 100 years, three generations of the Aicher family have devoted loving care and enthusiasm to maintaining and cultivating the ancient art of puppetry. Admission is free; register at http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

Wed., Nov. 19, 9 a.m.

Václav Havel's Legacy Today

The Embassy of the Czech Republic and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress present the conference "Václav Havel's Legacy Today," with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and prominent Czech and U.S. panelists, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. For information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson Building

FESTIVALS

Sat., Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Czech Christmas Market

The Czech Christmas Market features beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments, exquisite handcrafted glass, delicious Christmas cookies and mulled wine (svařák). Beginning at 10:30 am, Vit Horejs of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre will perform the puppet show "Czech and Slovak Tale for Strings."

Embassy of the Czech Republic

Through 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

Mon., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra with Yuja Wang

Star pianist Yuja Wang brings her "practically superhuman keyboard technique" (San Francisco Chronicle) to Ravel's Piano Concerto on a program from Beijing's China NCPA Orchestra. Tickets are $19 to $75.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Fri., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Azra Sings

Azra's singing reflects the lyrical melancholy of Sevdah and Balkan folk with sultry elements of Gypsy jazz and Andalucían flamenco. Her performances illuminate an inner world forever marked by the war in her homeland, and her immigrant life in the United States. Tickets are $80, including Balkan buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Fri., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Quatuor Ébène

Rather unusual in today's world of chamber music, Quatuor Ébène's stylistic acrobatics may at first meet hesitant ears. But there is no doubt: These four French musicians have class and are one of the most creative ensembles on the international chamber music scene today. Tickets are $32.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Fri., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.

Washington Sängerbund

The Washington Sängerbund continues its long tradition of preserving Austrian and German music and culture in the Washington Metropolitan area with numerous concerts and musical performances during the year. For ticket information, visit www.saengerbund.org.

Embassy of Austria

Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Czech Philharmonic: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

One of today's most elite piano soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, joins the renowned Czech Philharmonic, which since its inception more than a century ago, has maintained an outstanding international reputation on par with many of Europe's most prominent orchestras. Tickets are $42 to $70.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Fri., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Nanae Iwata, Violin

Mariko Furukawa, Piano

Known for her "lovely playing" (New York Times) and "expansive lyricism" (New York Concert Review), violinist Nanae Iwata has quickly established herself in versatile roles as a soloist, period performer, chamber musician, orchestral musician and educator, with appearances in the United States, Japan, Germany, Austria, New Zealand and Cuba. Tickets are $150, including cocktails and buffet dinner; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Japanese Residence

Sat., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

Bach and the Divine

PostClassical Ensemble returns as ensemble-in-residence at Georgetown's Dumbarton Concerts series with a program of exalted Bach favorites featuring the bass Kevin Deas, a peerless oratorio artist recently praised by Boston Classical Review as "compelling" and "magnetic." Please call for ticket information.

Dumbarton Church

Thu., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

The Ariel Quartet

Formed in Israel, the Ariel Quartet moved to the United States in 2004 to become the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory's prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program, winning a number of international prizes. Tickets are $75, including reception and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Venue TBA

Fri., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Oscar Peñas in Concert

Catalan-American guitarist, composer and bandleader Oscar Peñas's fourth album and second release in the United States, "Music of Departures and Returns," includes a Brazilian choro and a tribute to flamenco master Paco de Lucia; a jazz standard and a classic from the Cuban Nueva Trova songbook; and music by the great Catalonian composer Frederic Mompou. Please call for ticket information.

Music Center at Strathmore

THEATER

Nov. 1 to 15

Washington National Opera: La Boème

Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love returns in a brand-new production filled with moonlit duets, snowy streets, rowdy celebrations and heartrending tears. Tickets are $25 to $300.

Kennedy Center Opera House

Through 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 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

Nov. 5 to Dec. 21

Bad Jews

The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal battle royale over a family heirloom. In one corner is "Super Jew" Daphna: volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other, Liam: secular, entitled and just as stubborn. And in the middle, Liam's brother Jonah tries to stay out of the fray. Tickets are $44 to $88.

Studio Theatre

Sat., Nov. 8, 8 p.m.

Green Porno, Live on Stage

An actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist and model, Isabella Rossellini has turned her Sundance TV original series, "Green Porno," into a live performance that scientifically and entertainingly mimics animals in the art of reproducing, as she dons costumes of the insects and explores their mating rituals. Tickets are $30 to $50.

GW Lisner Auditorium

Through 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

Tue., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Don Juan Comes Back from the War by Odon von Horvath

In the aftermath of World War I, a shell-shocked and weary Don Juan returns to an equally damaged Berlin, Germany, and tries over a new leaf and change his ways as an infamous lothario. His undying quest: find the love of his life he left at the altar years earlier. Suggested donation is $15.

Embassy of Austria

Thu., Nov. 13, 6 p.m.

Der Rosenkavalier

Salzburg Festival and the Austrian Cultural Forum present "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, a 1911 opera that, despite the nostalgic setting in 18th-century Vienna, tackles serious issues of the day, such as the role of women and the breakdown of morality. Admission is free; register at http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

Nov. 14 to Dec. 28

Five Guys Named Moe

Dance the blues away as big band meets boy band in this dynamic, dazzling musical revue featuring classics have been remixed in this explosive tribute to "King of the Jukebox" Louis Jordan. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

Through Nov. 16

Rage

A pacifist school counselor is tested to the limits when confronted by a radical, suicidal student in this gripping duel between an adult and a teenager that devolves into a violent clash of values and viewpoints, written by Canadian author Michele Rimi and presented by Ambassador Theater. Tickets are $8 to $40.

Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

Wed., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Soul of Fire: She Fought for Peace

Renowned Austrian pacifist, Bertha von Suttner is the central figure of "Feuerseele – Sie kämpfte für den Frieden (Soul of fire – She fought for peace)," portrayed by well-known Austrian Actress Maxi Blaha. From passionate humanitarian engagements or dramatic love affairs in later years, the vicissitudes in the heroine's life are presented in a moving, yet humorous manner. Admission is free; register at http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

Through 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

Mon., Nov. 24, 7 p.m.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company Bard Association and the Embassy of Greece present the "Trial of Lysistrata" at the Lansburgh Theatre followed by a cocktail reception at Sidney Harman Hall. Under the auspices of the Greek Embassy, a special session of the Supreme Court of Athens will convene to hear the case of the People v. Lysistrata. Often called the first feminist, Lysistrata rallied the women of the enemy against her own city, and organized her fellow women against their own men, all in order to stop a war that she thought unjust. Tickets are $20 to $125.

The Shakespeare Theatre

Through 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 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

Through 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

Through 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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