April 2015

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Cover Story

New Government Promises Fresh
Start for War-Weary Sri Lanka

a4.sri.lanka.envoy.homeSri Lankan Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam says his new government is determined to show the world that the country is embracing democracy making peace with its past. Read More 

People of World Influence

Chamber of Commerce Icon Makes
No Bones About Defending Business

a1.powi.donohue.homeUnder Tom Donohue's leadership, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has forged a reputation as a confrontational — but "ethical" and with "good manners," as Donohue puts it — force to be reckoned with in Washington. Read More


Ecuador Envoy Leaves

Ecuador's Outgoing Envoy: Ties
'Far Better Than When I Arrived'

a2.ecuador.nathalie.homeAfter over three years of riding out the storm of Ecuador-U.S. acrimony, Ambassador Nathalie Cely Suárez is leaving Washington satisfied that she helped bring bilateral ties back from the abyss. Read More


The Genocide Lobby

On 100th Anniversary, Armenians
Urge Americans to Recognize Genocide

a3.armenia.genocide.protesters.homeArmenia's formidable grassroots advocacy movement is going into overdrive to get Americans to recognize the 100th anniversary of Turkish atrocities that it says amount to genocide. Read More


Digital Diplomacy Forum

Philippine Embassy Reaches
Diaspora Via Innovative App

a5.philippine.phone.app.homeCan you hear me now? Filipinos can, thanks to a new app devised by the Philippine Embassy to help diaspora communities keep in touch with home. Read More


Obama Insights

Obama's Budget, Security Strategy
Depict Menacing But Hopeful World

a6.obama.foreign.policy.homeThree major documents shed important light on President Obama's vision of the world and what he hopes to accomplish the rest of his term. Read More

Book Review

From Mediocre to Memorable:
The Evolution of Ike's Legacy

a7.review.eisenhower.book.homeSince leaving what many saw as a mediocre presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower's stock has risen steadily over the past half century, and he is now often regarded as one of America's finest presidents. Read More

Treating the Treatment

Fit for Life: The Best Thing
You Can Do to Live Longer

a8.medical.doctor.treadmill.homeIf you aren't already convinced that regular exercise is one of the best things for just about every aspect of your health, two studies validate what doctors have been saying for years. Read More

   

Chamber of Commerce Icon Makes No Bones About Defending Business

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By Michael Coleman

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Ecuador’s Outgoing Envoy: Ties ‘Far Better Than When I Arrived’

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By Larry Luxner

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On 100th Anniversary, Armenians Urge Americans to Recognize Genocide

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By Larry Luxner

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New Government Promises Fresh Start for War-Weary Sri Lanka

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By Larry Luxner

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Philippine Embassy Reaches Diaspora Via Innovative App

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By Molly McCluskey

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Obama’s Budget, Security Strategy Depict Menacing But Hopeful World

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By John Shaw

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From Mediocre to Memorable: The Evolution of Ike’s Legacy

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By John Shaw

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Fit for Life: The Best Thing You Can Do to Live Longer

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By Gina Shaw

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Pink Flowers Heat Up Post-Winter Washington

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Travel & Adventure Show Offers Mini-Getaway Packed with Ideas

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By Kate Oczypok

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Veteran Event Planner Webster Offers Tricks of the Trade

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Sister Cities International Embodies Citizen Diplomacy

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Benin Envoy’s Wife Campaigns to Keep Kids From Smoking

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By Sarah Alaoui

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Mexican Cultural Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Young Germans Examine Life, Death and Traces in Between

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By Gary Tischler

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Man Not So Nice to His Best Friend in ‘White God’

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Canine Story Offers Cautionary Hungarian Parable on Social Oppression

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Films - April 2015

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Languages

English

Khmer


Farsi

Italian


French

Mandarin

Georgian

Spanish

English

 5 to 7

Directed by Victor Levin

(U.S., 2015, 95 min.)

An aspiring novelist has an extramarital affair with a French diplomat's wife (English and French).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 24

 

'71

Directed by Yann Demange

(U.K., 2014, 99 min.)

Set in Northern Ireland during the early years of the Troubles, "'71" takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Child 44

Directed by Daniel Espinosa

(Czech Republic/U.K./Romania/U.S., 2015, 137 min.)

A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., April 17

 

Clouds of Sils Maria

Directed by Olivier Assayas

(France/Switzerland/Germany/U.S./Belgium, 2014, 124 min.)

A veteran actress comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when she agrees to take part in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier (English, French, German and Swiss-German).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 17

 

Desert Dancer

Directed by Richard Raymond

(U.K., 2015, 98 min.)

Afshin Ghaffarian risks everything to start a dance company amidst his home country of Iran's politically volatile climate and the nation's ban on dancing.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 10

 

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock 'n' Roll

Directed by John Pirozzi

(U.S./Cambodia/France, 2014, 105 min.)

During the '60s and early '70s, as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head, creating a sound like no other. But as Cambodian society — young creative musicians in particular — embraced Western culture and flourished under its influence, the rest of the country was rapidly moving to war.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., April 29, 7 p.m.

 

Effie Gray

Directed by Richard Laxton

(U.K., 2014, 108 min.)

Set in the Victorian era, when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, "Effie Gray" is the story of a young woman coming of age, finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 3

 

Ex Machina

Directed by Alex Garland

(U.K., 2015, 108 min.)

A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.

Theater TBA

Opens Fri., April 17

 

Gringo Trails

Directed by Pegi Vail

(U.S., 2014, 79 min.)

Are tourists destroying the planet or saving it? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, "Gringo Trails" traces stories over 30 years to show the long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies and the environment.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 19, 2 p.m.

 

The Gunman

Directed by Pierre Morel

(Spain/U.K./France, 2015, 115 min.)

A sniper on a mercenary assassination team kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.

Angelika Mosaic

 

Headlines of Destruction

(Je suis un sentimental)

Directed by John Berry

(France/Italy, 1955, 95 min.)

Eddie Constantine plays a callous journalist who discovers his conscience, while director John Berry slips in some class commentary between the wisecracks and action sequences (dubbed in English).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., April 13, 9:20 p.m.,

Wed., April 15, 9:20 p.m.

 

An Honest Liar

Directed by Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein

(U.S./Spain/Italy/Canada, 2014, 92 min.)

A story of cons and deceptions enacted for both good and evil, "An Honest Liar" follows the life of James "The Amazing" Randi, a world-renowned magician, escape artist and master skeptic who has entertained and educated the world for over 50 years.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Hunting Ground

Directed by Kirby Dick

(U.S., 2015, 90 min.)

The statistics are staggering: One in five college women is sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. Writer-director Kirby Dick chronicles the horrors faced by assault victims after they survive what they thought was the worst ordeal of their lives.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Kill Me Three Times

Directed by Kriv Stenders

(U.S./Australia, 2015, 90 min.)

In this darkly comedic, suspenseful thriller, Simon Pegg is a mercurial assassin who discovers he isn't the only person trying to kill the siren of a sun-drenched surfing town.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 10

 

Little Boy

Directed by Alejandro Monteverde

(U.S./Mexico, 2015)

In this heartwarming tale, a 7-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home.

Theater TBA

Opens Fri., April 24

 

Night and the City

Directed by Jules Dassin

(U.K., 1950, 96 min.)

Often considered the quintessential film noir, this film's "man-on-the-run" narrative and dark mood uses London's Blitz-scarred cityscape to accentuate the film's fatalism.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., April 6, 9:30 p.m.,

Wed., April 8, 9:30 p.m.

 

Pardon My French aka The Lady From Boston

Directed by Bernard Vorhaus

(France/U.S., 1951, 82 min.)

Part of a short cycle of dual-language Franco-American co-productions, this film features Merle Oberon as a New England schoolmarm who inherits a French chateau run as a home for displaced war orphans by a bohemian musician.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., April 4, 11:10 a.m.,

Sun., April 5, 11:10 a.m.

 

Queen and Country

Directed by John Boorman

(Ireland/France/Romania, 2015, 115 min.)

In John Boorman's bittersweet sequel to his "Hope and Glory," Bill Rohan is grown up and drafted into the army where he and his eccentric best mate, Percy, battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Tales of Hoffman

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

(U.K., 1951, 133 min.)

In some ways an artistic "sequel" to "The Red Shoes," this 1951 version of French composer Jacques Offenbach's 1881 opera, in turn based on three stories by the late German author E.T.A. Hoffmann, is a pure opera, a film composed entirely of music, dance, color, light, rhythm and fancy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Opens Fri., April 3

 

The Victors

Directed by Carl Foreman

(U.S., 1963, 175 min.)

Following a World War II army platoon from the fighting in Italy to after the fall of Berlin, Carl Foreman emphasizes the human moments between the action to reflect a multivalent, multinational view of the conflict.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., April 5, 5:15 p.m.

 

The Water Diviner

Directed by Russell Crowe

(Australia/Turkey/U.S., 2014, 111 min.)

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons. (English, Turkish, Greek and Russian).

Theater TBA

Opens Fri., April 24

 

Woman in Gold

Directed by Simon Curtis

(U.S./U.K., 2015, 109 min.)

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Angelika Mosaic

The Avalon Theatre

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 3


Farsi

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

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

Ana Lily Amirpour's acclaimed, award-winning debut feature, famously called "the first Iranian vampire Western," signals the arrival of a cool and confident new cinematic talent. In the Iranian provincial town of Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome, chador-clad vampire simply called "The Girl."

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., April 13, 9:30 p.m.,

Tue., April 14, 9:30 p.m.,

Wed., April 15, 9:30 p.m.

French

3 Hearts

(3 coeurs)

Directed by Benoît Jacquot

(France/Germany/Belgium, 2014, 106 min.)

A touching and tense drama about destiny, connections, and passion, "3 Hearts" presents a headily romantic look at a classic love triangle between a tax inspector, his new bride and her sister.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., April 10

 

Goodbye to Language 3D

(Adieu au langage)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

(Switzerland/France, 2014, 70 min.)

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Luc Godard's sensorially immersive experience employs verbal and visual poetry via 3D technology to mind-expanding effect.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Georgian

Don't Breathe

(La faille)

Directed by Nino Kirtadze

(France, 2014, 86 min.)

Forty-something Levan receives a vague prognosis following a routine medical exam. Advice pours in from all corners — his partner, his doctor, friends, strangers — but each opinion contradicts the other, and instead of helping Levan, he instead develops severe hypochondria (English and Georgian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., April 14, 7 p.m.

 

The Pipeline Next Door

(Un dragon dans les eaux pures du Caucase)

Directed by Nino Kirtadze

(France, 2005, 90 min.)

David faces Goliath when a village of Georgian farmers takes on the BP oil corporation in this evenhanded, character-driven documentary exploring BP's purchase of Georgian countryside to construct a 1,700-kilometer pipeline from Kazakhstan to the Black Sea (English, Georgian and Russian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., April 13, 7 p.m.

 

Khmer

Angkor's Children

Directed by Lauren Shaw

(U.S., 2014, 66 min.)

This film about Cambodia's cultural and artistic renaissance is told through the voices of young Cambodian women who are part of the first generation born after the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed 2 million people, including 90 percent of the country's artists and intellectuals.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 26, 2 p.m.

 

Italian

Black Souls

(Anime nere)

Directed by Francesco Munzi

(Italy/France, 2014, 103 min.)

This darkly elegant gangster drama centers on a former narcotics trafficker, now living peacefully as a shepherd, who is drawn back into his family's drug-trade dynasty by his impetuous son.

Angelika Mosaic

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., April 17

 

Mandarin

Old Men

(Lao tou)

Directed by Lina Yang

(China, 1999, 94 min.)

In 1996, pioneering independent filmmaker Lina Yang moved into the Qing Ta district of Beijing, where she noticed a group of men that gathered every day at the curbside. Yang spent two years creating this expressive film about what occurs among men when their life's work has ceased.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., April 12, 2 p.m.

 

Spanish

All the Women

(Todas la mujeres)

Directed by Mariano Barroso

(Spain, 2013, 90 min.)

A down-and-out veterinarian seeks advice from all of the most important women in his life — his lover, his ex-wife, his mother, his sister-in-law and his psychologist — after his scheme to steal five horses from his father-in-law falls apart.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., April 11, 7:45 p.m.

 

Arctic

(ärtico)

Directed by Gabriel Velázquez

(Spain, 2014, 78 min.)

Two young hustlers hit the streets every day to find ways to make ends meet, but beyond their everyday adventures, each desires something neither has (preceded by "Inside the Box" (Spain/U.S., 2013, 15 min.)).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., April 10, 10 p.m.

 

Beautiful Youth

(Hermosa juventud)

Directed by Jaime Rosales

(Spain, 2014, 102 min.)

Twentysomethings Natalia and Carlos are deeply in love, flat broke and have a baby on the way. With job prospects scarce to non-existent, the young couple are part of a lost generation whose limited means lead to diminished hopes, further distracted from their thwarted ambitions by ever-present and all-consuming technology.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., April 10, 8 p.m.

 

In a Foreign Land

(En tierra extraña)

Directed by Icíar Bollaín

(Spain, 2014, 73 min.)

Gloria is one of the 700,000 Spaniards who have left Spain since the economic crisis started. This documentary, by Spain's highest-profile female director portrays the experience of intra-European exile.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., April 12, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Kid

(El Niño)

Directed by Daniel Monzón

(Spain, 2014, 136 min.)

This Spanish blockbuster tells the story of two teenagers on the one side, El Niño and El Compi, who want to enter the world of drug trafficking, and two police officers on the other who have been trying to eradicate the drug trafficking network in the Gibraltar Straits for years.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., April 9, 7:15 p.m.,

Sat., April 11, 5 p.m.

 

Magical Girl

Directed by Carlos Vemut

(Spain, 2014, 127 min.)

Luis is desperate to fulfill his terminally ill daughter's last wish: to own the prohibitively expensive "Magical Girl Yukiko" dress from her favorite Japanese cartoon. Fate leads him to cross paths with an attractive young woman with mental disorders and with a teacher retired from everything but his troubled past.

AFI Silver Theatre

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

 

Open Windows

Directed by Nacho Vigalondo

(Spain/France/U.S., 2014, 100 min.)

Nick is excited to discover that he's won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard. But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing — and no one — is as it seems (preceded by "Sequence" (U.S., 2013, 20 min.)).

AFI Silver Theatre

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

   

Events - April 2015

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April 4 to May 24

Remembrances of Voices Past

"Remembrances" features paintings by Indian artist V. Ramesh, for whom an act of devotion, or Bhakti, seems not only an apt social response to existential tragedies, but also a quest for freedom. Painting primarily with oils on large-scale canvas, his oeuvre reveals a preoccupation with meditative terrain, incorporating voices from medieval poetry and images culled from mythology to explore the relationship between states of transcendence and the realities of culture and personal experience.

American University Museum at Katzen

 

April 10 to July 2015

War & Art: Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage during World War I

This photographic exhibition illustrates the Italian people's struggle to protect their cultural patrimony from the ravages of war. A century later, the images not only document early preservation efforts, but have become works of art in their own right, reminding us of the enduring struggle to save the highest expressions of the human spirit from the degradations and savagery of war.

Woodrow Wilson House

 

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 April 12

Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea

For millennia, Mary has been one of the most popular subjects in the history of Western art. This landmark exhibition of more than 60 beautiful depictions of the Virgin Mary explores the concept of womanhood represented by Mary and the power her image has exerted through time.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

April 24 to Sept. 7

Watch This! Revelations in Media Art

This exhibit of pioneering and contemporary artworks that trace the evolution of a continuously emerging medium celebrates artists who are engaged in a creative revolution — one shaped as much by developments in science and technology as by style or medium.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

April 25 to May 25

Lost and Found: Young Art from Lithuania

Curatorial practice students from American University and the Vilnius Academy of Arts are developing their skills in the management of art as well as promotion of the artistic ambitions of their fellow students through this international exchange of exhibitions. Young Lithuanian artists exhibiting are working in a wide range of media varying from traditional craftsmanship to unique technological solutions, and demonstrate the varied influence of the Vilnius Academy of Arts on the creativity of its students.

American University Museum at Katzen

 

Through May 1

Fordlandia: The Lost City of Henry Ford

This series of photographs, completed in 2012, reveals what has become of Fordlandia, the American town built in the Brazilian rainforest by tycoon Henry Ford. Today, the town is a post-industrial wasteland, complete with prefabricated industrial sheds from Michigan and American clapperboard houses. More curious still is that, in spite of no new economy or employer in the area, Fordlandia is coming back to life.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through May 1

gute aussichten: new german photography 2014/2015

In its eleventh year, the eight "gute aussichten 2014/2015" award winners are hot on life's heels. This young generation of photographers is after the most basic and existential questions of life: the banality of death and what remains — or follows the deceased and vanishes without a trace — migration, discrimination, loneliness, isolation and desperation, all of which are put face to face with happiness, cognizance, diversity and creative energy.

Goethe-Institut

 

Through May 3

Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence

The first major retrospective exhibition of paintings by the imaginative Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo features 44 of the artist's most compelling paintings, including fanciful mythologies, powerful religious works (one on loan for the first time from the church in Italy for which it was created 500 years ago), and sensitive portraits.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 10

Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

Highlighting the multimedia work of the legendary Surrealist artist, "Man Ray—Human Equations" explores the intersection of art and science that defined a significant component of modern art on both sides of the Atlantic at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 10

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models

This exhibition features approximately five photographic works and three sculptures by Hiroshi Sugimoto — one of Japan's most important contemporary artists — inspired by Man Ray's 1930s photographs.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 15

Francesco Nonino: Selected Works

Francesco Nonino is one of few Italian photographers whose work has been acquired by both the Library of Congress and the Phillips Collection. The exhibit at the Embassy of Italy will include some recent works from two series: "Come La Vergogna" and "Atmospheres." As an homage to his mother, Italian traditions and to introduce the theme of the upcoming EXPO 2015, some photos of his mother's hands making pasta will also be on display. Viewings are by appointment only; for information visit www.iicwashington.esteri.it.

Embassy of Italy

 

Through May 15

Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green

The research-based exhibition is dedicated to the history of the idea of appropriating land in urban space. Since the shockwave of modernization that accompanied industrialization, towns and cities worldwide have had to face some very significant challenges. City-dwellers, who have always found a number of solutions in crisis situations, are involved in bottom-up urban development, as fruit and vegetable gardens led to other forms of collective cohesion, neighborliness and fair distribution.

Embassy of Austria

 

Through May 30

25 Years / 25 Artists

This visual arts exhibition celebrating the Mexican Cultural Institute's first 25 years presents works from several generations and artistic movements. From the contemporaries of the third stage of Mexican muralism, to the members of the "Ruptura" in the 1960s, this exhibit explores art that proposed new forms of expression and changed the way art was seen in Mexico.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through 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

 

Through 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 June 7

Libertad de Expresión: The Art Museum of the Americas and Cold War Politics

Following the creation of the Organization of American States in 1948, its Visual Arts Section, under the direction of Cuban José Gómez Sicre, began an ambitious exhibition program that would further awareness of the art of the Caribbean and Central and South America in the United States. Sicre's support for international modernism also allied him with U.S. Cold War Warriors, who used freedom of expression as a tool in the cultural and intellectual struggle against the Soviets.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

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 June 14

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan

Zen Buddhism, tea and ink painting — well-known expressions of Japanese culture — have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas brought to medieval Japan from the late 12th to the 16th century. Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 2

From the Library: Florentine Publishing in the Renaissance

This exhibition presents a variety of books from the late 15th through the early 17th century and explores the development of publishing related to the artistic and scholarly community in Florence.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 9

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle ... From the History of the American People

Produced between 1954 and 1956, Jacob Lawrence's "Struggle ... From the History of the American People" portrays scenes from American history, chronicling events from the Revolutionary War through the great westward expansion of 1817.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Aug. 30

Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation

On the heels of its summer blockbuster "BIG Maze," the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) returns to take visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explore how BIG's design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts. More than 60 three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the museum's historic Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space.

National Building Museum

 

Through Aug. 23

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude

To mark the 300th anniversary of the passing of the Longitude Act in 1714, this landmark exhibition tells the extraordinary story of the race to determine longitude (east-west position) at sea, helping to solve the problem of navigation and saving seafarers from terrible fates including shipwreck and starvation.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

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

April 8 to 12

The Washington Ballet: Swan Lake

Mesmerizing audiences for over 100 years, "Swan Lake" is considered by many to be the greatest classical ballet of all time. Now, the Washington Ballet will take on this mysterious, lyrical and dramatic ballet. Tickets are $45 to $215.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

April 17 to 26

Shen Yun 2015: Reviving 5,000 Years of Civilization

Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House with a lavish new production for 2015 of classical Chinese dance and music, presented by the Falun Dafa Association of Washington, D.C. Tickets are $50 to $250.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Sat., April 25, 8 p.m.

Solo Tango

DC Tango Festival presents Pan American Symphony's "Solo Tango," a show of the best of tango, from its dark and steamy beginnings to the daring interpretations of Astor Piazzolla, with two bandoneón players, internationally acclaimed tango dancers and Argentine tenor, Martin de Leon, whom the Washington Post applauded as "quite simply one of the finest voices ever heard for tango." Tickets are $35 to $45.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

DISCUSSIONS

Mon., April 6, 1 p.m.

Magna Carta from Runnymede to Washington: Old Laws, New Discoveries

Noted Magna Carta scholar Nicholas Vincent discusses the Magna Carta's connection to Washington, D.C., which he says is a story with many strange twists and turns, also revealing new information about the great charter of rights and liberties that was created in England in 1215.

Library of Congress

James Madison Building

 

Wed., April 8, 5:30 p.m.

Celebration of International Roma Day

The Embassy of the Czech Republic invites you to a celebration of International Roma Day, featuring a special piano concert of Roma music performed by Tomáš Kačo and a panel discussion with Jiří Dienstbier, Czech minister for human rights; Drahomíra Miklošová, mayor of Obrnice, Czech Republic; and Philip Kaplan, acting deputy assistant secretary; moderated by Erika Schlager of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Thu., April 9, 6:45 p.m.

Lecture: Professor Elizabeth Boone

The Mexican Cultural Institute in collaboration with the University of Maryland is proud to present "The Dilemma of the Gods and the Familiarity of the Kings: Constructions of Aztec Identity in Early Colonial Mexico," a talk by Elizabeth Boone of Tulane University. The talk will put into dialogue Bernardino de Sahagún's and other chroniclers' images of the Aztec gods and the Aztec kings to show how the ancient deities were constructed from an array of discursive practices, whereas the lords easily remained within their pre-conquest frame.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Wed., April 15, 6 p.m.

Lecture: Laura Spinadel – To Believe in Urban Miracles

Since starting out with a humanistic, theosophical and sensualist vision, architect Laura P. Spinadel has moved toward a holistic and ecological position that seeks to put maximum emphasis on the health of open and closed spaces, as well as on the requirements and principles of bio-construction. Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

MUSIC

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

Concert: Lana Cencic

Lana Cenčić grew up in a richly creative home in Croatia and went on to become a highly lauded actress, musician and dancer in Europe. Underneath it all, however, something was missing. So she made the decision to move to New York City to pursue her own artistic identity as Lana Is. "In Your Head," her 2013 breakthrough solo album, is widely celebrated by critics and fans alike. Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sat., April 11, 8 p.m.

Salomé Chamber Orchestra

The Dumbarton Concert Series concludes its 37th season with the electrifying, conductor-less Salomé Chamber Orchestra in its D.C. debut, performing Brahms's clarinet quintet, "Libertango" by Astor Piazzolla, showpieces by Alexey Shor and "La cumparsita" by Matos Rodríguez. Tickets are $35.

Dumbarton Church

 

Wed., April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Martin Kasík, Piano

Among the foremost Czech pianists today, Martin Kasík has devoted himself to piano since the age of 4 and is the top prizewinner of several domestic and international contests, as well as the recipient of a number of prestigious awards. Tickets are $85, including buffet dinner; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Fri., April 17, 7:30 p.m.

Russian Chamber Art Society: From Moscow to Hollywood – Songs from the Movies

The Russian Chamber Art Society will present "From Moscow to Hollywood - Songs From the Movies," an exciting and diversified collection of composers of songs from Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 2000s, and their counterparts writing for the Russian silver screen at the same time. Tickets are $50; for information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Tue., April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Lecture/Recital: PostClassical Ensemble – Interpreting Mahler

PostClassical Ensemble hosts an evening of lecture and recital by baritone Christòpheren Nomura with pianist Lura Johnson. Presentations will be held with live and recorded music on Viennese musician Gustav Mahler in New York and Mahler & "Jewishness" by James Loeffler and Joe Horowitz. Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Wed., April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Mendelssohn Piano Trio

The Mendelssohn Piano Trio, the Embassy Series's resident ensemble, will perform "Piano Trio in B Major Op. 8" by Brahms and "Piano Trio in D Minor Op. 63" by Schumann. Written within a decade from each other, these two celebrated masterpieces are finest examples of German Romanticism with its dramatic scope of expression ranging from poignant melancholy to soaring passion. Tickets are $95, including buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Slovenia

 

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

All That Jazz Gala

This special musical event co-hosted by the Embassy of South Korea and Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young benefits THIS for Diplomats, a nonprofit volunteer organization that since 1961 had been welcoming and assisting diplomats and their families during their stays in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $125; for information, visit http://thisfordiplomats.org.

South Korean Residence

 

THEATER

April 3 to May 3

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Helen Hayes Award-winning director and playwright Aaron Posner, known for his Chekhov-inspired plays, lends his hand to this riotous sendup, which satirizes characters and themes from Anton Chekhov's classics. Tickets are $45 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

April 8 to 11

Slow Falling Bird

By turns bleak and darkly comical, "Slow Falling Bird" explores the brutal realities confronting those who arrive unbidden in Australia's waters and the warping social and mental conditions on both sides of the wire, asking what kind of new life, and new society, can be born into such barren surroundings. Tickets are $15 to 18.

Georgetown University Davis Performing Arts Center

 

Sat., April 11, 5 p.m.

The Hero of Everything by InterAct Story Theatre

The Montgomery College Department of Visual and Performing Arts– Takoma/Silver Spring presents the family-friendly troupe InterAct Story Theatre performing "The Hero of Everything," about a do-it-yourself Captain Everything who loves saving the day and doesn't need anyone's help to do it, or does she? Tickets are $10.

Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Cultural Arts Center

 

April 15 to May 10

Murder Ballad

Studio Theatre will transform one of its theater spaces into a gritty, immersive dive bar to present this explosive rock musical, staged cabaret-style, about an old flame, a dangerous passion and a love triangle headed for ignition. Tickets are $45 to $80.

The Studio Theatre

 

April 16 to May 10

Mariela en el desierto / Mariela in the Desert

Mariela and José were once the golden couple of an elite social circle of artists in Mexico City. Together they built a family and an artist colony to host friends Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo. But now, in the desert of Northern Mexico in the 1950s, José and Mariela live an isolated existence haunted by the ghost of their young son and the withering of their creativity and artistic inspiration. Tickets are $38 to $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through April 19

Laugh

Out West in the 1920s, a dynamite accident at a gold mine leaves young Mabel wealthy but orphaned. She's shipped off to a calculating aunt whose nephew is charged with seducing her to control Mabel's fortune — a hapless courtship reveals a shared love of silent movies and a plan for greater things. Tickets are $44 to $88.

Studio Theatre

 

Through April 19

The Norwegians

Scena Theatre presents this contemporary comedy in which two women meet in a Minnesota bar and lament the struggle "to find a lover before the first freeze" as well as curse the not-so-nice men who have recently dumped them. It turns out there are really, really nice hit men for hire who will take out your miserable ex and text you when it is over. Tickets are $25 to $45.

Anacostia Playhouse

 

Through April 26

Man of La Mancha

As Miguel de Cervantes presents his tale of knight errant Don Quixote, his journey comes alive in a play-within-the-play, featuring loyal friends, troubled maidens, giant monsters and brave knights. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre

Sidney Harman Hall

 

Through April 26

The Originalist

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero stars as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a daring world premiere about the brilliant, but polarizing justice, his bright, new, liberal clerk, and their clash over one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court. Tickets are $55 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

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

Otho Eskin's 'Final Analysis'

Otho Eskin's "Final Analysis," performed by Scena Theatre, is set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, a crossroads of art, music, science and politics. But festering beneath the façade of frivolity and joy, the city is rotting at its core, sickened by moral corruption, obsessed with death and ravaged by a growing hatred of the Jews. Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Through May 20

Freedom's Song

This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War, evoking the soaring hopes and tragic losses of real people through a series of highly theatrical vignettes. Tickets are $20 to $69.

Ford's Theatre

   

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