June 2015

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Hungary's New Envoy Tries to Set
Record Straight About Her Boss

a5.cover.hungary.orban.viktor.home2For several years, Hungary's relationship with the United States and European Union has been in a free fall, but the country's new ambassador, Réka Szemerkényi hopes to put a stop to the bad blood. Read More 

People of World Influence

Ex-Envoy Sees Widening
Gulf-U.S. Divide on Security

a1.powi.gnhem.portrait.home2The Arab Spring and Iranian nuclear talks have unleashed a torrent of tangled alliances and bitter battles, and few experts understand these confusing turn of events than Edward "Skip" Gnehm Jr., a former U.S. envoy to Kuwait and Jordan. Read More


Wide Gulf

As Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen,
Gulf Summit Yields Few Tangibles

a2.saudi.arabia.eurofighter.home2Lashing out at Washington's perceived coziness with Iran, Saudi Arabia has begun flexing its military muscle, igniting a proxy war in Yemen that could plunge the region into more turmoil. Read More


Taking Down Drones

ACLU Lawsuit Seeks to Pry
Open Secretive U.S. Drone Policy

a3.drones.flight.home2Targeted drone killings remain intensely popular with Americans — not so much with other countries — but a lawsuit is hoping to pry open a policy that has been shrouded in secrecy. Read More


Elevating LGBT Rights

LGBT Rights Becomes Pillar
Of U.S. Foreign Policy

a4.gay.rights.ambassadors.home2The U.S. has a record number of openly gay ambassadors abroad (six), a sign of the Obama administration's decision to elevate LGBT rights as a tenet of foreign policy. Read More


Women Ambassadors

Women's Foreign Policy Group
Celebrates 20 Years of Gains

a6.women.foreign.policy.group.home2When the Women's Foreign Policy Group was formed in 1995, Washington had barely a dozen female ambassadors. Today, as the group marks its 20th anniversary, there are double that amount, a sign that the proverbial glass ceiling has been chipped, but not broken. Read More

America's Ambassadors

New Book Describes Good, Bad
And Ugly of 'American Ambassadors'

a7.book.dennis.jett.cover.home2Dennis Jett's richly detailed new book, "American Ambassadors," offers fascinating insights into the world of U.S. diplomacy — the good, bad and the ugly. Read More

Twiplomacy Winners and Losers

Beyond 140 Characters: Twiplomacy
Survey Offers Lessons for Leaders

a8.twiplomacy.twitter.homeThe latest "Twiplomacy" study gauges the effectiveness of world leaders on Twitter and what it takes to have staying power on social media. Read More

Medical

New Cholesterol-Busting Drugs
Offer Potential Breakthrough

a9.medical.prescription.heart.homeA promising new class of cholesterol drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors is likely to make some dramatic changes in how cardiovascular disease is treated. Read More

   

Ex-Envoy Sees Widening Gulf-U.S. Divide on Security

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By Michael Coleman

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As Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen, Gulf Summit Yields Few Tangibles

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By Larry Luxner

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ACLU Lawsuit Seeks to Pry Open Secretive U.S. Drone Policy

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By Dave Seminara

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LGBT Rights Becomes Pillar Of U.S. Foreign Policy

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By Sean Lyngaas

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Hungary’s New Envoy Tries to Set Record Straight About Her Boss

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By Larry Luxner

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Women’s Foreign Policy Group Celebrates 20 Years of Gains

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By Larry Luxner

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New Book Describes Good, Bad And Ugly of ‘American Ambassadors’

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By Dave Seminara

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Beyond 140 Characters: Twiplomacy Survey Offers Lessons for Leaders

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By Molly McCluskey

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New Cholesterol-Busting Drugs Offer Potential Breakthrough

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By Gina Shaw

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Letter to the Editor

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By Cari

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Architecture of Nation’s Capital Reflects International Influences

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Iconic American Furniture Maker Reflects on International Influences

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Elaine de Kooning, Eclipsed by Husband, Shines in Portrait Show

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By Gary Tischler

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Jamaican Educator Balances Demands of Diplomatic Life

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By Sarah Alaoui

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‘Blood Quilt’ Stitches Together Patchwork of Emotions

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Photojournalist Takes Reflective Road Trip Across Old Spanish Trail

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By Kate Oczypok

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Peru, Japan, China Collide In Dizzying China Chilcano

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By Michael Coleman

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Photos: Ken Wyner
José Andrés's latest vibrant new creation is China Chilcano, which mixes Peruvian, Japanese and Chinese influences in dishes.

Step into China Chilcano, José Andrés's trendy new Peruvian-Asian restaurant in Penn Quarter, and it immediately feels like a night on the town — and around the world.

A swirl of vibrant colors, inviting aromas and a buzzy, upbeat vibe envelope you, creating a sensory "wow" factor that is unrivaled in D.C.'s dynamic dining scene. Even better, the cheerful hostess informed us that our reserved table was ready when we arrived — no cooling our heels over expensive drinks at the bar, which seems to be the modus operandi at many upscale eateries these days.

While it's tempting to describe China Chilcano as a fusion restaurant, prolific restaurateur/celebrity chef Andrés apparently resists that label. There is, in fact, a historical correlation between Asian and Peruvian cuisine.

"In late 19th century, Chinese and Japanese settlers traveled to Peru and made it their home, bringing with them the time-honored cooking traditions that sparked the beginning of the rich multicultural offering that is Peruvian cuisine," a glance at the dinner menu informed us.

With that bit of history in mind, we scanned the drink menu and asked for recommendations. A cheerful server steered us toward the pisco, a traditional Peruvian libation. One of us took the bait, choosing the signature Chilcano, made from Macchu Pisco, lime, Amargo Chuncho bitters and ginger ale. Refreshing and bracing, the tart concoction was a pleasant prelude to the culinary adventure ahead.

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Concolón, is a crispy fried rice pot with pork belly, Nikkei broth, pickled turnip, egg, lap chong sausage, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy and chi-racha.

I'm a sucker for Korean kimchi, so we had to have the Nabo Encurtido, a chifa-style pickled daikon that sounded similar (chifa is a Peruvian term that refers to Chinese cooking). The small bowl of thinly sliced, crisp white radish was an excellent starter, with a piquant flavor that awakened the entire palate.

And you can't go to an exotic restaurant without trying something a little adventurous, right? That's how we found ourselves ordering a few pieces of barbecued duck tongue. I'll readily admit to some trepidation. After all, the words "duck tongue" don't really roll off the human tongue as something delicious-sounding. We were pleasantly surprised.

Not at all "gross," as my dining companion predicted, the small morsels of tender, charred meat held a flavor of light smoke and spice. And if the tart little cape gooseberries that topped each slice helped mask any gamy taste, who am I to complain?

Causagiris — an invented word combining the Peruvian potato roll dish called causa with Japanese nigiri, or raw fish — presented another interesting international option. We opted for the "California" version — potato causa, jumbo lump crab, tobiko, spicy mayo, cucumber, avocado and huancaina, a spicy Peruvian cream sauce. While we could appreciate the chef's ambition with this hybrid experiment, the dish's execution — at least the version of causagiris we ordered — missed the mark. The spicy mayonnaise, while pleasant enough, overwhelmed the overall flavor and texture of the roll. The entire thing also collapsed into a soggy mess, regardless of whether you used chopsticks or a fork.

A decision about main courses at China Chilcano can cause a temporary case of mental paralysis. Do you opt for one of the intriguing Chinese-Peruvian dishes, a more hearty and traditional Peruvian plate or maybe something from the tantalizing selection of fried rice and noodle bowls?

Our choices turned out to be a mixed bag. We picked one entrée from the Chinese-Peruvian fusion list that turned out to be rather ho-hum and another — the traditional Peruvian Ají de Gallina chicken dish — that was so outstanding it pretty much redeemed any other shortcomings encountered elsewhere in the meal.

Let's start with the disappointment. The Camarón Saltado Maestro Wong — wild gulf shrimp, fermented black bean, wood ear mushroom, spring onion and rice — registered on the palate as akin to upscale but, unfortunately, only slightly better than decent take-out Chinese food. The rather bland concoction was enlivened somewhat by the fresh onion and texturally interesting wood ear mushrooms, but otherwise our reaction was a collective shoulder shrug.

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Red snapper is on the Peruvian side of the menu at China Chilcano.

On the other hand, the Ají de Gallina was a gustatory revelation — a showstopper. It's described on the menu as "Peru's most precious dish," and one can easily taste why. The entrée features free-ranch chicken from Lebanon, Pa., and is prepared as a stew flecked with botija olives, fresh cheese, pecans, a small boiled, sliced egg and rice. The steaming hot dish immediately perks up the olfactory senses and boasts an attractive golden hue. Hearty and velvety, with hints of cardamom and citrus, Ají de Gallina would be a perfect way to warm the bones on a chilly winter afternoon. It also tasted pretty fabulous on a warm spring night.

For dessert, we split the Yàn Wō "Birds Nest" Soup, an inventive and novel "soup" concoction featuring pink grapefruit sorbet, mint, sesame and ginger. The effect was tart, almost like a key lime pie, but without the sugary aftertaste. The grapefruit and mint combination actually was an effective and delicious palate cleanser.

China Chilcano, which shares the block with Jaleo, the Spanish tapas restaurant that made Andrés a local dining legend, is a fun and flashy, if somewhat uneven, smorgasbord of three culinary traditions. It captures Andrés's boundless energy and colorful brashness, though it can be hard at times for diners to keep up. Still, anyone looking for an adventurous restaurant — maybe a place to impress a date or an out-of-town friend — would do well to hop along for the voyage.

China Chilcano

418 7th St., NW
(202) 783-0941
www.chinachilcano.com

Lunch: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Tue.-Thu., 2:30-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sun.-Mon., 2:30-10 p.m.
Prices: $2 - $70


Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.

   

Films - June 2015

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By Cari

Languages

Bengali

Japanese

Swedish


English

Korean

Swiss-German


French

Sign Languages

German

Spanish

Bengali


 Apu Trilogy
Directed by Satyajit Ray
(India, 1960, 105 min.)

By the time "The World of Apu (Apur Sansar)" was released, Satyajit Ray had directed not only the first two Apu films but also the masterpiece "The Music Room" and was well on his way to becoming a legend. This extraordinary final chapter brings our protagonist's journey full circle.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 26


English


Aloft
Directed by Claudia Llosa
(Spain/Canada/France, 2015, 112 min.)

As we follow a mother and her son, we delve into a past marred by an accident that tears them apart (English and French).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 5

 

Cu-Bop: Cuba-New York Music Documentary
Directed by Shinichi Takahashi
(Cuba/Japan, 2014, 109 min.)

Separated by an ocean, two Cuban jazz musicians continue to perform in spite of the difficulties they face (English and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 12, 7 p.m.

 

Cymbeline aka Anarchy
Directed by Michael Almereyda
(U.S., 2015, 97 min.)

Michael Almereyda transposes Shakespeare's romance from Roman Britain to the gritty present, where Cymbeline, King of the Briton Motorcycle Club, must contend with the dirty cops on the local force who run things on both sides of the law, including the slimy Iachimo.

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., June 25, 6:45 p.m.,
Tue., June 30, 9:20 p.m.

 

Every Last Child
Directed by Tom Roberts
(UAE, Pakistan, 2014, 83 min.)

"Every Last Child" is the dramatic story of five people impacted by the current polio crisis in Pakistan. Taking place on the front line of the fight against the disease, it is a story of sacrifice, fearless determination and sorrow in the face of mistrust, cynicism and violence (English, Urdu and Pushto).

Theater TBA
Opens Fri., June 19

 

God Loves the Fighter
Directed by Damian Marcano
(Trinidad and Tobago, 2013, 104 min.)

King Curtis, a vagrant on the streets of Port of Spain, is constantly ignored by passersby. Charlie, a resident east of the lighthouse, is trying his best to stay on the right path. A chance of redemption presents itself when Dinah, a professional streetwalker, crosses his path in need of help.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 12, 9:45 p.m.

 

Hamlet
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
(U.S./U.K./France, 1990, 135 min.)

Franco Zeffirelli directed this energetically realized screen version of "Hamlet" for action star Mel Gibson, who acquits himself admirably as the troubled Prince of Denmark.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 7, 5:45 p.m.

 

Hamlet
Directed by Michael Almereyda
(U.S., 2000, 112 min.)

Michael Almereyda's visionary, bleeding-edge contemporary re-imagining of "Hamlet" stars Ethan Hawke as the moody prince, a film student in New York whose uncle Claudius has recently assumed control of the family business, Denmark Corp.

AFI Silver Theatre
June 24 to July 1

 

Legends of Ska: Cool & Copasetic
Directed by Brad Klein
(Jamaica, 2014, 102 min.)

Before reggae conquered the world, Jamaica gave the world ska. This exciting and uplifting documentary tells the story of ska music in the words of the musicians themselves.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 13, 8:30 p.m.

 

A Little Chaos
Directed by Alan Rickman
(U.K., 2015, 112 min.)

Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.

Theater TBA
Opens Fri., June 26

 

Looking for Maria Sanchez
(200 Cartas)
Directed by Bruno Irizarry

A struggling Nuyorican comic book artist meets the girl of his dreams one fateful night, but before he can get her number, she vanishes, leaving her locket behind. Knowing only that she lives in Puerto Rico, Raul hops on a plane to find his love (English and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 13, 4 p.m.

 

Madam Bovary
Directed by Sophie Barthes
(Germany/Belgium/U.S., 2015, 118 min.)

In Gustave Flaubert's classic story, a young beauty impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father's pig farm far behind, but after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband.

Theater TBA
Opens Fri., June 12

 

My Babushka: Searching Ukrainian Identities
Directed by Barbara Hammer
(U.S., 2001, 53 min.)

Barbara Hammer focuses attention on her own heritage and the developing self-identity of contemporary women in the Ukraine during the difficult post-Glasnost era. Preceded by "Diving Women of Jeju-Do" (South Korea, 2007, 25 min.), a remarkable first-person account of a fascinating yet diminishing community made up of the famous women free divers (haenyo) of South Korea's Jeju province.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 27, 3 p.m.

 

Pan! Our Music Odyssey
Directed by Jérôme Guiot and Thierry Teston
(Trinidad and Tobago/France, 2014, 80 min.)

This is the story of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the only new acoustic musical instrument invented in the twentieth century (English, French and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 14, 4 p.m.

 

Pina
Directed by Wim Wenders
(Germany/France/U.K., 2011, 103 min.)

"Dance, dance, or we are lost." Wim Wenders's landmark documentary commemorates the artistic legacy of dancer/choreographer Pina Bausch (multiple languages).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 27, 1:15 p.m.,
Sun., June 28, 7:45 p.m.

 

Sunshine Superman
Directed by Marah Strauch
(Norway/U.S., 2015)

This heart-racing documentary examines the life of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular, and dangerous, feats of foot-launched human flight.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Survivor
Directed by James McTeigue
(U.S./U.K., 2015, 96 min.)

A Foreign Service Officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit New York, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit.

Theater TBA

 

Testament of Youth
Directed by James Kent
(U.K., 2015, 129 min.)

A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Fri., June 12

 

The Third Man
Directed by Carol Reed
(U.K., 1949, 104 min.)

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

AFI Silver Theatre
Opens Fri., June 26

 

The True Cost
Directed by Andrew Morgan

(Multiple countries, 2015, 92 min.)

"The True Cost" is a powerful documentary film that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet and how the decrease in the price of clothing has increased the human and environmental costs.

Theater TBA

French

 

Tangerines
Directed by Zaza Urushadze
(Estonia/Georgia, 2015, 87 min.)

Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union's dissolution, this compassionate tale focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop (Estonian, Russian and Georgian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 1

 

German


About Elly
(Darbareye Elly)
Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(Iran/France, 2015, 119 min.)

Beautiful Sepideh is a friendly young wife and mother with a tendency to stretch the truth to try to make things better. She arranges a weekend getaway with three couples to the seashore, where tragedy suddenly strikes with a mysterious disappearance. Recriminations ensue and relationships are strained (Farsi and German).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 8

 

Japanese


After Winter, Spring
Directed by Judith Lit
(U.S./France, 2013, 75 min.)

Seen through the eyes of family farmers in southwest France, this internationally award-winning film is an intimate portrait of an ancestral way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture (French and English).

Goethe-Institut
Mon., May 4, 8 p.m.

 

Korean

 

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

 

Sign Languages

 

301, 302
Directed by Park Chul-soo
(South Korea, 1995, 100 min.)

The title refers to the apartment numbers of its two heroines. In 301 lives Song, an amateur chef fond of cooking elaborate meals for herself. Across the hall lives Yun, an anorexic writer. When Yun mysteriously disappears, a detective investigates, and a strange relationship between the two women comes to light.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 17, 2 p.m.

Cart
(Ka-teu)
Directed by Boo Ji-young
(South Korea, 2014, 104 min.)

When several women are unfairly laid off from a big box supermarket, they unionize and fight to get their jobs back — only to be met with everything from legal threats to armed thugs from their corporate opponents.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., May 8, 7 p.m.

 

Spanish

 

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
(Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann)
Directed by Felix Herngren
(Sweden, 2013, 114 min.)

Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, a 100-year-old dynamite expert decides it's not too late to start over and escapes the old folks' home to embark on an unexpected journey.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 22

 

Eat Sleep Die
Directed by Gabriela Pichler
(Sweden, 2012, 104 min.)

A young Eastern European immigrant working in Sweden is faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory job in the name of "efficiencies" (Swedish, Serbo-Croatian and Serbian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., May 13, 7:20 p.m.

 

Swedish

 

Dark Star: HR Gigers Welt
Directed by Belinda Sallin
(Switzerland, 2015, 35 min.)

Throughout his life, HR Giger had inhabited the world of the uncanny, a dark universe on the brink of many an abyss. It was the only way this amiable, modest and humorous man was able to keep his fears in check.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 22

 

Swiss-German


Dark Star: HR Gigers Welt
Directed by Belinda Sallin
(Switzerland, 2015, 35 min.)

Throughout his life, HR Giger had inhabited the world of the uncanny, a dark universe on the brink of many an abyss. It was the only way this amiable, modest and humorous man was able to keep his fears in check.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 2

   

Events - June 2015

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Music

Dance

Theater

Discussions

Festivals

 

ART 

June 5 to Sept. 13

Organic Matters – Women to Watch 2015 / Super Natural

Two exhibitions explore what women artists — from the 17th century to today — have to say about nature and the environment. Societies have long encouraged women artists to study nature, thought to require only simple observation. However, women artists have upended stereotypes to address nature's strangeness, diversity and power.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

June 6 to Sept. 13

American Moments: Photographs from the Phillips Collection

In celebration of recent major gifts, the Phillips presents for the first time a major photography exhibition drawn exclusively from the museum's permanent collection. The exhibit showcases more than 140 photographs that capture the changing landscape of America after World War I, with more than 30 renowned artists represented and many works new to the collection.

The Phillips Collection

 

June 6 to Dec. 31

Ingénue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion

The first exhibition at Hillwood to present Marjorie Post's full range of style, "Ingénue to Icon" will examine how Post's lifelong passion for objects that were exceptionally beautiful and impeccably constructed extended to her taste for clothing

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

 

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

Splendor and Surprise

More than 80 remarkable boxes, coffers, chests, and other containers reveal the beautiful and unexpected ways that cultures have contained their most treasured items and everyday objects from the 17th through the 20th century.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

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

 

June 7 to Oct. 4

Recent Acquisitions of Italian Renaissance Prints: Ideas Made Flesh

Prints played a pivotal role in the development and transmission of Italian Renaissance style. But because many of these 16th-century prints reproduce the designs of other artists, they have often been undervalued. This exhibition presents some two dozen, reflecting the principal styles and numerous major masters of the period.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through June 12

Blossoming Washington Pear V

This group exhibition of diverse art styles explores the personal resilience and life journeys of 15 Korean women in the D.C. area. Working across a variety of media including sculpture, visual art, ceramics, metalworking and fluorescent lighting installation, the artists strive to express the moral fiber that defines the experiences of many women: balancing family, self, and profession, adapting to life across borders and flourishing in the face of adversity. This exhibition also aims to characterize the unique Korean American experience through reflections of Korean heritage that are as diverse as the artists themselves. More than 50 works are presented.

Korean Cultural Center

 

June 13 to July 26

Travels in the Imagination

The personal, poetic and playful work of Visvaldis Ziediņš — a Latvian artist who lived and worked during the Soviet era but was not discovered until 2009, two years after his death — changes the perception of the nature of Latvian art during the Soviet era, and refutes the commonly held idea that Latvia did not produce non-conformist art.

AU Museum at Katzen Arts Center

 

June 13 to Aug. 16

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, this exhibit will showcase 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the bombings, six large folding screens that depict the horrors of the bombings and a collection of drawings by Japanese children created two years after the war ended.

AU Museum at Katzen Arts Center

 

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 June 20

Latvian-American Artist Laimons Eglitis: Retrospective

This retrospective of Latvian-American artist Laimons Eglitis (1929-2007) is a tribute to his prolific life. Born in Latvia, the artist fled his homeland during World War II, settling in Philadelphia and later painting and teaching in the Baltimore area. He was a semi-abstract painter who worked in oils, acrylics and watercolors, whose paintings won many prizes over the years and are represented in museums and private collections all over the world. "Mysticism and symbolism is mainly having fun with forms," Eglitis once said, "but it is also the desire to involve the viewer in the painting process by offering the opportunity to look for a translation of the symbolism and the meaning of the mysticism."

Embassy of Latvia Art Space

 

June 20 to Jan. 3

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705)

Born a prince of the Ming imperial house, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) lived a storied life, remaking himself as a secluded Buddhist monk and, later, as a professional painter and calligrapher. Featured in this exhibition are examples of his most daring and idiosyncratic works, demonstrating his unique visual vocabulary.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through June 26

Traverse

As part of its efforts to highlight the work of Colombian artists, Ana Patricia Palacios will have her work, "Traverse," showcase at the residence of the ambassador.

Colombian Residence

 

Through June 28

Annual Rings

This exhibition co-produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Aalto University Wood Program tells the story of the renaissance of the Finnish wood architecture over the past two decades. Starting from the early 1990s and continuing to the present, the 14 projects demonstrate the wide range of scales and forms in which wood has been put to use, and the boundless opportunities wood offers to contemporary architecture, from offices and homes to public buildings and churches. The display also celebrates the Wood Program's 20th anniversary.

Embassy of Finland

 

Through June 28

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail

During A road trip across the Southwest, Spanish photojournalist Janire Nájera AND her assistant Matt Wright followed IN the footsteps of trader Antonio Armijo, who opened the route of the Old Spanish Trail between the states of New Mexico and California in the 19th century. Nájera captured her experience along the route in a daily log, a book and a photography exhibition that will travel across the U.S. and premieres in D.C.

Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence

 

June 28 to Oct. 4

Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye

Caillebotte (1848–94) was among the most critically noted impressionist artists during the height of their activity in the late 1870s and early 1880s. Some 45 paintings from the period when Caillebotte was fully engaged with the impressionist movement will provide a focused understanding of the provocative character and complexity of his artistic contributions.

National Gallery of Art

 

June 28 to Oct. 4

Pleasure and Piety: The Art of Joachim Wtewael

The first monographic exhibition on Dutch painter Wtewael will showcase his international mannerist style and remarkable technical ability through some 45 complex biblical and mythological narratives, as well as portraits and genre scenes.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 3

Take It Right Back: Works by Paula Doepfner

In her graphic and sculptural pieces, Berlin-based artist Paula Doepfner works with natural shapes, materials and products such as flowers and ice, alongside iron and glass, as material ways of conveying stories, processes, feelings and utopias.

Goethe-Institut

 

Through July 26

Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns

This first comprehensive exhibition to examine the history of metalpoint — the art of drawing with a metal stylus on a specially prepared ground — presents some 90 drawings from the late Middle Ages to the present, from the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Art and other major museums in the United States and Europe.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 26

In Light of the Past: Twenty-Five Years of Photography at the National Gallery of Art

Highlighting exquisite 19th-century works and turn-of-the-century pictorialist photographs; exceptional examples of international modernism from the 1920s and 1930s and seminal mid-20th-century American photography; as well as photographs exploring new directions in color and conceptual art from the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition demonstrates the richness of the National Gallery's photography collection.

National 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. 5

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 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. 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 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 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

 

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

 

Through Sept. 13

The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art

In the decades since 1990, the concepts of time and memory have been frequently explored by photographers who seek not simply to reflect the world but to illuminate how photography constructs our understanding of it. This exhibition explores the work of 26 contemporary artists who investigate the complex and resonant relationship of photography to time, memory and history.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 20

Shirin Neshat: Facing History

This major exhibition of works by Iranian-born, New York-based video artist, photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat is the first to place Neshat's work in the context of the history of modern Iran, a significant influence on her career.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Jan. 2

Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre

"Peacock Room REMIX" centers on "Filthy Lucre," an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston who reinterprets James McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin, an aesthetic space that is literally overburdened by its own excesses — of materials, history, and creativity. Like "Filthy Lucre" and the original Peacock Room, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the complex relationships among art, money and the passage of time.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

DANCE

June 9 to 14

The Royal Ballet

Great Britain's acclaimed company returns with the U.S. premiere of Carlos Acosta's new "Don Quixote," which follows the eccentric knight and his loyal squire — and young lovers Kitri and Basilio — through hilarious misadventures. Tickets are $30 to $155.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

June 23 and 24

The Laurel Fund for the Performing Arts Presents: Polish National Ballet

The Polish National Ballet has existed in one form or another since 1785 and is the national ballet company of Poland. Directed by internationally renowned choreographer Krzysztof Pastor, its repertoire is a mix of classical and contemporary ballet. The company will perform three contemporary ballets, including Pastor's highly acclaimed "Moving Rooms." Tickets are $25 to $95.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., June 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ancient City of Tyre Symposium

The African and Middle Eastern Division in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) and the American Committee for Tyre, will present a symposium on the ancient Phoenician city of Tyre.

Library of Congress Jefferson Building

 

Wed., June 10, 12 p.m.

Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Dark Future?

Terrorism expert and author Gabriel Weimann will discuss the recent trends in online terrorism, emerging threats and possible countermeasures, in a lecture.

Library of Congress James Madison Building

 

Sun., June 21, 8:30 a.m.

First International Day of Yoga

To honor the first International Day of Yoga, declared by the U.N. General Assembly last year, Friends of Yoga along with the Indian Embassy present a day of exclusive yoga demos, talks, videos as well as Indian dance and musical performances. For information, visit https://www.indianembassy.org/yoga.

National Mall (Sylvan Theater)

 

FESTIVALS

July 1 to 5

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The theme of the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival — an international exposition of living cultural heritage produced annually outdoors on the National Mall — is "Perú: Pachamama," exploring the country's stunning vertical landscape that integrates a diversity of ecosystems and cultures. Visitors to the Peru Festival program will experience these unique connections through cooking and craft demonstrations, music and dance performances, moderated discussions, ritual and celebratory processions, and other participatory activities.

National Mall

 

Sun., June 7, 11 a.m.

Discover Strathmore: Colors of the Caribbean

Strathmore's annual family-friendly open house is full of free music and dance performances, workshops, artistic demonstrations and hands-on art activities celebrating the vibrant diversity and rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

MUSIC

Sat., June 6, 2 p.m.

Francesco Piemontesi

Rising Swiss-Italian pianist, a Queen Elisabeth Competition laureate, Francesco Piemontesi makes his D.C. debut in the concluding concert in Washington Performing Arts Society's annual Hayes Piano Series with a program that includes works by Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Schumann, as well as the world premiere of a new work composed for Piemontesi by German composer–organist Maximilian Schnaus. Tickets are $38.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Tue., June 9, 8 p.m.

Tribute to Jorge Negrete!

The InSeries presents a special concert event celebrating one of Mexico's brightest stars, Jorge Negrete, the legendary Mexican film, opera and mariachi icon, performed by rising opera star Jesus Daniel Hernandez. Tickets are $45. Negrete's career spanned the Golden Age of Mexican film, opera, mariachi and came to represent the very texture of Mexican culture; the tribute concert is cosponsored by the Mexican Permanent Mission to the OAS.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Thu., June 11, 6 p.m.

AMA's Spring Benefit Recital

This selection of classic Ibero-American songs, introduced by PostClassical Ensemble Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez, will benefit the Organization of American States Art Museum of the Americas and is presented in partnership with the Spanish Permanent Mission to the OAS. The recital will be followed by Spanish and Latin dishes on the museum's garden terrace; proceeds support the publication of AMA's forthcoming collection book. Tickets are $159; for information, visit http://museum.oas.org.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Fri., June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, Cello

"Charismatic" (New York Times) cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, who recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was praised by the LA Times praised her for her "emotional intensity." She performs a program of Brahms, Schubert, Webern and Jón Nordal for the Embassy Series. Tickets are $100, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Icelandic Residence

 

Sun., June 14, 8 p.m.

The Beatles – Abbey Road

World-class musicians take on one of the greatest albums of all time from the English rock band that "startled the ears and energized the lives of virtually all who heard them" (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). Experience the album in its entirety and other Beatles tunes with classics like "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." Tickets are $25 to $45.

Wolf Trap Filene Center

 

Tue., June 16, 7:30 p.m.

Jean Rondeau in Concert: The Harpsichord Redefined

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents the first U.S. performance by French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau. This concert joins the spirit of the 34th annual Fête de la Musique under the 2015 theme "Vivre Ensemble la Musique - Living Music Together," the founding value of this large event that celebrates sharing of music among the four corners of the globe.

Embassy of France

 

Sat., June 20, 8 p.m.

Celtic Woman

Known as "Riverdance for the voice," these four celestial sirens perform breathtaking renditions of contemporary ballads alongside traditional music from the Emerald Isle. Tickets are $30 to $65.

Wolf Trap Filene Center

 

June 20 to 27

Nordic Jazz 2015

The Nordic Embassies, Twins Jazz Club, Phillips Collection and Dupont Circle Festival/Jazz in the Circle are excited to present the ninth annual Nordic Jazz Festival in D.C. Internationally acclaimed performers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden will translate the modern sound of Nordic Jazz over the course of 10 concerts. The festival presents a rare opportunity to experience five very different world-class Nordic jazz solo artists, trios and quartets — along with a unique sound that emphasizes the natural elements of the Nordic countries with a modern interpretation. For information, visit http://usa.um.dk/nordicjazz2015.

Various locations

 

Thu., June 25, 6 p.m.

Coro Entrevoces

Cuba's Coro Entrevoces is known for its unparalleled performances of music from all periods and styles; part of Classical Movements' "Best of Serenade!" Washington, DC Choral Festival."

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

Sat., June 27, 4 p.m.

The Interior Castle by Musica Aperta

The performance arts ensemble Musica Aperta commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Ávila with a theatrical experience. "The Interior Castle" follows the professional and spiritual journey of a female reporter in the 21st Century, as she seeks to uncover the mysteries of Santa Teresa and her relevance in the modern world.

St. Anselm's Abbey School

 

Sun., June 28, 4 p.m.

Best of Serenade!

Co-presented by Classical Movements and now in its fifth year, "Best of Serenade!" Washington, DC Choral Festival" showcases 11 choirs from eight countries around the world, featuring ensembles from Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Cuba, Australia, Finland and the United States. The program concludes with an invigorating grand finale featuring a massed choir with all festival participants conducted by Doreen Rao. Tickets are $5 to $10

Music Center at Strathmore

 

THEATER

June 2 to July 5

Tartuffe

Orgon has fallen under the spell of the pious fraud Tartuffe, at great cost to his family and household in "Tartuffe," Molière's crowning achievement and scathing indictment of religious hypocrisy. Tickets are $20 to $110.

Shakespeare Theatre

 

June 4 to 28

Las Polacas: The Jewish Girls of Buenos Aires

Through the stories of Rachela, we experience the dreams, losses and struggles of thousands of Polish-Jewish women who were lured into prostitution in Argentina by a slave trading organization in the early 1900s. With haunting Slavic melodies and passionate tangos, this original bilingual musical underscores the strength and perseverance of women uprooted from their homeland and enslaved in a foreign culture. Tickets are $38 to $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

June 12 to 20

The Marriage of Figaro

In one crazy day in the Almaviva household, Figaro and Susanna must devise and disguise their way to thwarting the Count's plans of ruining their happiness. Written in the wake of an era in which most opera plots and characters were either mythological or historical, Mozart's "Figaro" broke ground with its story about real people grappling with everyday problems. Tickets are $32 to $88.

The Barns at Wolf Trap

 

Fri., June 19, 8 p.m.

Boat People SOS: Our Journey to Freedom – 40 Years of Vietnamese American Experiences

To celebrate the four decades of the Vietnamese American experiences in the U.S., Boat People SOS will present "Our Journey to Freedom," a memorable live performance offering a unique fusion of American and Vietnamese performing arts. Tickets are $75 to $150.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Through June 21

Jumpers for Goalposts

Hope springs eternal in the post-game locker room of Barely Athletic, an amateur soccer team competing in the five-a-side pub league in Hull, a Yorkshire fishing city that's seen better days (as have these athletes). Tickets are $44 to $88.

The Studio Theatre

 

Through June 21

The Price

In an overstuffed New York City attic apartment, two estranged brothers meet to sell off what remains of their deceased father's furniture and find themselves in an emotional renegotiation of the past in Arthur Miller's much-lauded 1968 story about story about the cost of the choices we make when caring for our families. Tickets are $38 to $65.

Olney Theatre Center

 

Through June 21

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

In a world where heads always wins and pirates can happen to anyone, this fabulously inventive, existentialist tragicomedy thrusts two of Shakespeare's most incidental characters into the limelight. Tickets are $30 to $75.

Folger Theatre

 

Through June 21

A Tale of Two Cities

Originally performed Off-Broadway to rave reviews by Everett Quinton, this irreverent comedy tells the story of a drag queen named Jerry who finds the baby at his door. To calm the child down, he enacts the entirety of Charles Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities," playing all the characters himself! Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Through June 21

The Trap

Ambassador Theater — in partnership with the Polish Embassy and George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance — presents Tadeusz Rózewicz's "The Trap," a collage of events, images and sounds that deeply affected writer Franz Kafka. Fears and nightmares, Kafka's real-life companions, found their way into many of his short stories and novels, which continue to fascinate and baffle readers all over the world. The play is not only his poetic farewell to Kafka and a psychological portrait of an artist, but also alters conventions of time and space by trapping the artist in the ultimate nightmare of the 20th century: the Holocaust. Tickets are $20 to $40; for information, visit www.aticc.org.

XX Bldg

814 20th St., NW

 

Through June 21

The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff

This acclaimed comedy production takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting," all seven "Harry Potter" books into 75 madcap minutes, aided by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre

   

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