May 2016

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Cover Story

Ambassadors of Five Nordic Nations
Prepare for White House Summit

a4.nordic.group.homeAmericans often associate Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden with a utopian bastion filled with healthy, educated and generally happy people. But the Nordic region is also grappling with a litany of problems from radicalism to refugees to Russian saber-rattling. The envoys of the five Nordic nations talk about these and other issues ahead of a major White House summit this month. Read More

 


People of World Influence

Expert Surveys Post-9/11
Terrorism Landscape

a1.powi.daniel.benjamin.homeDaniel Benjamin, one of America's leading counterterrorism experts, says the U.S. shored up its defenses following 9/11, while Europe has yet to absorb the lessons of recent terrorist attacks. Read More


Middle East

Obscure Young Prince Catapults
To Power in Saudi Arabia

a2.saudi.mbs.homeWhen Saudi Arabia's King Salman named Mohammed bin Salman the country's deputy crown prince, with an expansive portfolio that transformed him from an obscure 29-year-old royal to arguably the nation's leading powerbroker overnight, longtime Saudi watchers were stunned. A year later, they're still trying to figure him out. Read More


No Way Out

Under Intense Pressure, Balkan
Nations Shut Door on Refugees

a3.balkan.migration.homeAmid increasingly chaotic scenes of Syrian refugees fleeing violence at home and Balkan nations hastily throwing up fences to keep out the never-ending influx, the D.C.-based ambassadors of four European countries recently debated what the European Union and U.S. should do about the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II. Read More

 


Sykes-Picot at 100

Secret Deal That Carved Up
Middle East Still Fuels Resentment

a5.sykes.picot.ottoman.soldiers.homeIn May 1916, European powers ratified the Asia Minor Agreement, better known as the Sykes-Picot Agreement, to partition the collapsing Ottoman Empire between British, French and Russian spheres of influence. One hundred years later, the borders drawn by this secret agreement continue to influence state and regional affairs. Read More


Art of Gift-Giving

U.S. President, Officials Showered
With Swag They Cannot Keep

a6.diplomatic.gifts.homeEach year, the first couple (and U.S. government officials) receives millions of dollars of swag, all of which they can accept on behalf of the country, but not of themselves. The main reason for this is to avoid the possibility of bribery, a notion so objectionable, that America's founding fathers even wrote it into the Constitution. Read More


Observing, From Afar

U.K.-Based Outfit Attempts to Fill
Black Hole of Information in Syria

a7.syrian.observatory.screen.homeInformation about the Syrian civil war remains elusive. Even the death count is a mystery. The figure that has been quoted is 250,000, though a Syrian research center announced that the death toll has likely surpassed 470,000. With data so hard to come by, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has proved an invaluable tool for the media and Syria experts. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Lawsuits Force Foreign Governments
To Navigate U.S. Court System

a8.lawsuits.courtroom.homeThe majority of lawsuits in the U.S. are filed against American companies and nationals, but each year a significant number is filed in U.S courts against foreign governments, their ministries and their state-owned companies. Read More

 


   

Terrorism Expert Breaks Down Differences In U.S., European Approaches to Extremism

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By Michael Coleman

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Saudi Watchers Stunned, Mystified as Obscure Prince Catapults to Power

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By Dave Seminara

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Balkan Envoys Ponder Wider Implications of EU Refugee Crisis

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By Larry Luxner

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Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden Prepare for Upcoming White House Summit

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By Anna Gawel

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Secret Deal That Carved Up Middle East Still Fuels Resentment

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By Justin Salhani

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U.S. President, Officials Showered With Swag They Cannot Keep

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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U.K.-Based Outfit Attempts to Fill Black Hole of Information in Syria

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By Justin Salhani

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Lawsuits Force Foreign Governments To Navigate U.S. Court System

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By John B. Bellinger III

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Educating Military Members Forms Backbone of UMUC’s Global Rise

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Organizations Step Up to Help Scholars Fleeing War, Threats

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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U.S. Health Experts Debate Advice To Women Once Zika Virus Arrives

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By HealthDay News

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Arab, Iranian Women Defy Stereotypes in Provocative Works

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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For Thai Couple, Honeymoon With Washington Isn’t Over

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By Gail Scott

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Cultural Tourism DC Pulls Off Herculean Passport DC with Little Help from Friends

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Kennedy Center Toasts Century of Irish Arts and Culture

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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‘Symbolic Cities’ Captures Changing Landscapes of Riyadh, Mecca

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By Karin Sun

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Uruguayan Artist Takes Morbidly Inventive Approach to Habitat Loss

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By Kate Oczypok

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Poetic Tragedy of Rigid Social Mores Elevates GALA’s 40th Season

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Once-Blighted Complex Transforms Into Culinary Market Smorgasbord

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - May 2016

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Languages

Danish

French

Korean


Dutch

Hindi

Mandarin


English

Italian

Spanish

Farsi

Japanese

Danish

Men & Chicken

Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen

(Denmark/Germany, 2016, 100 min.)

A pair of socially challenged siblings discover they are adopted half­ brothers in their late father's will. Their journey in search of their true father takes them to a small, insular Danish island, where they stumble upon three additional half­brothers—each also sporting hereditary harelips and lunatic tendencies.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 6

 

Dutch

Ben Ali Libi, Magician

Directed by Dirk Jan Roeleven

(Netherlands, 2015, 54 min.)

Trace the larger story of the Holocaust through this heartfelt search for magician Ben Ali Libi, the main character in an iconic poem of the Dutch poet Willem Wilmink.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., May 24, 7:30 p.m.

 

English

The 33

Directed by Patricia Riggen

(U.S./Chile, 2015, 127 min.)

I n 2010, 33 Chilean miners were buried alive by the catastrophic explosion and collapse of a century-old gold and copper mine. Over the next 69 days, an international team worked around the clock in a desperate attempt to rescue the trapped men as their families and friends, and millions around the world, watched anxiously for any sign of hope. Two hundred stories beneath the surface, in the suffocating heat and with tensions rising, provisions — and time — were quickly running out (English and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., May 2, 7 p.m.

 

A Bigger Splash

Directed by Luca Guadagnino

(Italy/France, 2016, 124 min.)

The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 13

 

Dark Horse

Directed by Louise Osmond

(U.K., 2016, 85 min.)

Set in a former mining village in Wales, "Dark Horse" is the inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite "sport of kings" and breed themselves a racehorse.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 13

 

Dough

Directed by John Goldschmidt

(U.K./Hungary, 2016, 94 min.)

An old Jewish baker takes on a young Muslim apprentice to save his failing London kosher bakery. When his apprentice's marijuana stash accidentally falls in the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Eye in the Sky

Directed by Gavin Hood

(U.K., 2016, 102 min.)

Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone and triggers an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

Angelika Mosaic

 

High-Rise

Directed by Ben Wheatley

(U.K./Ireland/Belgium, 2016, 119 min.)

Dr. Robert Laing is the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 13

 

A Hologram for the King

Directed by Tom Tykwer

(U.K./France/Germany/U.S., 2016, 97 min.)

In recession-ravaged 2010, an American businessman, depressed and freshly divorced, arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to sell a state-of-the-art holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government. After a rough start, cultural barriers break down and he begins to contemplate the possibility of a fresh start in a land where tradition and modernity meet in perplexing ways.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

(Ireland/U.K./Greece/France/Netherlands/U.S., 2016, 118 min.)

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 13

 

Love & Friendship

Directed by Whit Stillman

(Ireland/Netherlands/France/U.S., 2016, 92 min.)

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., May 20

 

The Man Who Knew Infinity

Directed by Matt Brown

(U.K., 2016, 108 min.)

Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy (English and Tamil).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 6

 

The Meddler

Directed by Lorene Scafaria

(U.S., 2016, 100 min.)

After the death of her husband, Marnie (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when Lori draws strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Presenting Princess Shaw

Directed by Ido Haar

(Israel, 2015, 80 min.)

By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans's toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Across the globe in Israel, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur Youtube performers. These two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song (English and Hebrew).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., May 31, 7:30 p.m.

 

Rio, I Love You

Multiple directors

(Brazil/U.S., 2014, 110 min.)

The third episode of the "Cities of Love" franchise, following "New York, I Love You" and "Paris, Je T'aime," is an anthology of love stories created by ten visionary directors from across the globe. The storyline of each segment focuses on an encounter of love in a different neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, demonstrating the distinctive qualities and character of that location (English, Portuguese, French and Spanish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Sembene!

Directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman

(Senegal/U.S., 2015, 86 min.)

In fable-like fashion, "Sembène!" traces the course of pivotal Senegalese filmmaker Ousman Sembène's life from his youth on the shores of the rural Casamance River, to his years as a manual laborer and then as celebrated novelist and filmmaker. At the same time, it tells the story of Samba Gadjigo (one of the movie's directors) who was motivated by Sembène's work.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., May 8, 4 p.m.

 

Sherpa

Directed by Jennifer Peedom

(Australia/U.K., 2015, 96 min.)

Mount Everest inspires numerous stories that put foreign climbers at the peak of attention. "Sherpa" shifts the focus to the Himalayan locals who do most of the heavy lifting on the mountain they call Chomolungma (English and Nepali).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., May 9, 7:15 p.m.

 

Sing Street

Directed by John Carney

(Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2016, 106 min.)

Dublin in the 1980s is seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. Trying to impress a beautiful classmate, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Suffragette

Directed by Sarah Gavron

(U.K., 2015, 106 min.)

In the story of London laundry worker Maud "Suffragette" reveals the working women whose actions for social justice were the foundation for the early feminist movement. Having seen peaceful protest achieve nothing, the workers were radicalized and turned to violence in their quest for voting rights.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., May 4, 7 p.m.

 

Farsi

Fireworks Wednesday

(Chaharshanbe-soori)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

(Iran, 2016, 104 min.)

A betrothed woman who works for a local housekeeping agency accepts an assignment cleaning the home of an affluent married couple about to leave on vacation. Soon, this newcomer to the household is sucked into a virulent nuptial conflict of deceit, treachery, and vitriol that challenges all of her presuppositions about the nature of married life.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

French

Xala

Directed by Ousman Sembène

(Senegal, 1977, 123 min.)

A scathing look at the pretentions of the upper classes in post-colonial Africa, "Xala" tells the tale a nouveau-riche official abruptly afflicted with the curse of "xala" (impotence) when he takes his third wife (French and Wolof).

National Gallery of Art

Sun., May 15, 4 p.m.

 

Hindi

Haider

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj

(India, 2014, 162 min.)

The final and most ambitious of Vishal Bhardwaj's Shakespeare adaptations sets "Hamlet" against the backdrop of the 1995 insurgency in Kashmir, the volatile border region between India and Pakistan (Hindi and Urdu).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., May 21, 1:30 p.m.

 

Maqbool

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj

(India, 2003, 132 min.)

The "Scottish Play" moves to Mumbai in this reimagining of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," set in India's criminal underworld. When Maqbool begins an affair with the boss's mistress, she eggs him into a plot to take over the gang, while two corrupt, wisecracking cops replace the famous three witches of the play (Hindi and Urdu).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., May 8, 3:30 p.m.

 

Omkara

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj

(India, 2006, 155 min.)

"Omkara" sets Shakespeare's "Othello" amid the seedy, intertwined worlds of organized crime and politics in Vishal Bhardwaj's native Uttar Pradesh. Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgan plays the title role — a violent gang enforcer who becomes increasingly convinced that his wife is cheating on him (Hindi and Khariboli).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., May 15, 1:30 p.m.

 

Italian

The Working Class Goes to Heaven

(La Classe Operaia va in Paradiso)

Directed by Elio Petri

(Italy, 1971, 126 min.)

An overachieving auto worker is a superstar on the factory floor, the darling of his employers and the envy of his fellow workers due to the ease of his production. But after he loses a finger in a work accident, he begins to question what it's all about and begins a strange journey.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., May 22, 3:15 p.m.

 

Japanese

Late Spring

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

(Japan, 1949, 108 min.)

One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu's family portraits, "Late Spring" tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter.

Avalon Theatre

Tue., May 17, 10:30 a.m.

 

Korean

Gangnam Blues

Directed by Yoo Ha

(South Korea, 2015, 135 min.)

Immortalized by K-pop star Psy's song "Gangnam Style," Seoul's most exclusive neighborhood was nothing but farmland a few short decades ago. Set in 1970, this epic drama tells the story of how this millionaire's playground was built by politicians, gangsters and the armies of ruffians they hired to do their dirty work, implicitly implying that Korea's economic miracle has its roots in corruption and thuggery.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., May 19, 7:15 p.m.

Cinema Arts Theatres

Thu., May 26, 7 p.m.

 

My Love, Don't Cross the River

Directed by Jin Mo-young

(South Korea, 2014, 85 min.)

This tender, tremendously moving documentary became the highest-grossing independent movie in Korean history. Beautifully filmed over the changing seasons in the countryside, it follows a husband and wife, who have been married for 76 years and are clearly as in love as they were when they married. Their joy in each other's company is tempered by the bittersweet knowledge that their time on earth is growing shorter.

National Museum of American History

Sun., May 22, 3:30 p.m.

 

Right Now, Wrong Then

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

(South Korea, 2015, 121 min.)

A respected filmmaker who travels to the town of Suwon, where he meets a female artist. During a long drinking bout, a relationship rises and falls. Then, the film begins again, with variations that show what might have been.

National Museum of American History

Sun., May 22, 1 p.m.

Mandarin

Dragon Inn

Directed by King Hu

(Taiwan, 1967, 111 min.)

During the Ming dynasty, the emperor's minister of defense is framed by a powerful court eunuch and executed, and his family is pursued by secret police. In the ensuing chase, a mysterious band of strangers begins to gather at the remote Dragon Gate Inn, where paths (and swords) will cross.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 20

Spanish

A Monster with a Thousand Heads

(Un monstruo de mil cabezas)

Directed by Rodrigo Plá

(Mexico, 2016, 74 min.)

When Sonia receives the news that her husband's cancer has progressed to a terminal stage, she races to secure the insurance company approval for the care that can help him. Met with indifference and negligence at every turn, Sonia's desperation triggers a primal survival instinct as a series of increasingly violent confrontations unfold.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 27

 

Redes

Directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann

(Mexico, 1936, 65 min.)

In this vivid, documentary-like dramatization of the daily grind of men struggling to make a living by fishing in the Gulf of Mexico (mostly played by real-life fishermen), one worker's terrible loss instigates a political awakening among his fellow laborers.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., May 14, 3:30 p.m.

 

Viva

Directed by Paddy Breathnach

(Ireland/Cuba, 2016, 100 min.)

A young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, he finally gets his chance to take the stage, but when his estranged father abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., May 20

   

Events - May 2016

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EVENT CATEGORIES

Art

Galas

Dance

Music

Discussions

Theater

Festivals

 

EVENTS HIGHLIGHT

We're Busy This Month!

The Washington Diplomat is hosting a trio of events this month for the local international, government and business communities. Our 12th annual Embassy Golf Tournament on May 6 is co-hosted by Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Yousef Al Otaiba. The popular annual event — the only one of its kind in the city — regularly attracts more than 150 ambassadors and diplomats, as well as members of Congress and officials from the U.S. government, multilateral agencies and the corporate world.

Participants enjoy a casual, relaxed day of golf and networking in addition to lunch, post-tournament dinner reception and awards presentation. Among the past prizes are iPads, high-definition televisions, local hotel excursions and airline tickets.

The tournament starts at noon at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Maryland, a U.S. Open Qualifying site with accolades ranging from "Best Courses You Can Play" by Golfweek to "Middle Atlantic's 50 Best Courses" by GolfStyles. All levels of golfers are welcome.

Also this month, The Washington Diplomat presents two of its Ambassador Insider Series discussions, an exclusive program that allows guests to meet and mingle with the city's foreign envoys and learn about their nations in an intimate setting at some of D.C.'s top venues.

On May 4, enjoy authentic Bajan rum and top-quality Nicaraguan cigars while learning about two of the most interesting, yet lesser-known, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean: Barbados and Nicaragua. The event is also an opportunity to bid farewell to John Beale, Bridgetown's longtime ambassador in Washington, who is returning to his beloved Barbados after seven years in the United States.

Following the discussion at the Westin Georgetown hotel's Promenade Room, participants will move to the outdoor terrace to enjoy a networking reception with plenty to eat, drink and smoke (a veteran cigar roller will be on hand to craft authentic Nicaraguan cigars on the spot).

Then on May 19, European Union Ambassador David O'Sullivan discusses the array of pressing challenges facing the EU — from radical Islamic extremists to the unprecedented influx of refugees from war-torn nations — at the Willard InterContinental Washington hotel.

O'Sullivan, who appeared on the July 2015 cover of The Washington Diplomat, will examine issues such as terrorism, the migrant crisis, the euro crisis, NATO and the possibility of a so-called "Brexit" that has triggered alarm bells on both sides of the Atlantic.

For more information, visit www.washdiplomat.com/DiplomatEvents/.

 

ART 

May 3 to 20

Half-Lives and Half-Truths in the Radioactive Shadowlands

In "Shadowlands," Robert Knoth (photographer) and Antoinette de Jong (interviewer) visited the Fukushima region with Greenpeace in 2011 to witness the effects wrought on the region by the nuclear fallout from the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. In "Chernobyl Revisited: Half-Lives & Half-Truths," the "worst environmental catastrophe" is captured through the everyday lives of the people of Ukraine and Belarus by D.C.-based award-winning documentary photographer and multimedia artist Gabriela Bulisova.

Goethe-Institut

 

May 6 to 31

Migration and Identity

This exhibition of textile and installation artwork by TeaYoun Kim-Kassor explores the inextricable connection between "Who am I?" and "Where am I?" that defines us as individuals. An associate professor at Georgia College, Kim-Kassor has dedicated much of her diverse artistic career to the nature of identity, and the profound impact of migration on that fundamental personal question. Here, she presents two of her signature collections. In "Migration Series," a traditional Korean sewing technique, nubi, provides the basis for delicately layered textiles which — like one's identity, built up from countless experiences, places and people — are dimensionless, boundless and defy perfect description. In "Tension," she takes this complexity of self a step further, physically and visually illustrating the constant push and pull on the fabric that constitutes our lives: Our homeland can pull us back, while our destination pushes us forward.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Through May 8

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

This major exhibition exploring the evolution of American and European landscape painting features 39 masterpieces, spanning five centuries, on loan from the collection of philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen. "Seeing Nature" showcases the development of landscape painting from intimate views of the world to artists' personal experiences with their surroundings.

The Phillips Collection

 

May 8 to Sept. 18

In Celebration of Paul Mellon

Paul Mellon was one of America's greatest art collectors and remains one of the gallery's leading benefactors. Timed to coincide with the gallery's 75th anniversary, a special exhibition features 80 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books selected from his donations.

National Gallery of Art

 

May 11 to 27

Wolfgang Sagmeister: Indisputable Evidence?

This exhibition presents works by Wolfgang Sagmeister and Krista Kim. Sagmeister was born 1963 in Vienna and received his doctorate in historical and cultural studies from the University of Vienna in 2006. Kim is a Techism artist whose work is a response to our constant exposure to LED lights through our devices. Her work expresses digital consciousness and questions our current aesthetic principles, examining digital technology's revolutionary effects on human perception, media, social structures and communication. For information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Through May 15

Louise Bourgeois: No Exit

Louise Bourgeois's ties to surrealism and existentialism will be explored through 17 works on paper and four sculptures.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 18

South Arabia Revisited: The Work of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen

Archaeologists have always been fascinated by the impressive remains of monumental architecture, sculptures and artifacts of South Arabia's past. This exhibit of archival documents, photographs, notebooks and drawings highlight stories from the field and collaborative efforts, showcasing important archaeological sites such as Barāqish and Tamna. The Italian Archaeological Mission in Yemen was launched in 1980 with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On view by appointment only; for information, visit www.iicwashington.esteri.it/iic_washington/en/.

Embassy of Italy

 

May 18 to Jan. 2

Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa

This exhibition features six internationally recognized African artists and examines how time is experienced and produced by the body. Bodies stand, climb, dance and dissolve in seven works of video and film art by Sammy Baloji, Theo Eshetu, Moataz Nasr, Berni Searle, Yinka Shonibare and Sue Williamson, all of whom repeat, resist and reverse the expectation that time must move relentlessly forward.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through May 22

Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection

Presenting works at the salon — an exhibition sponsored by the Royal Academy of Art in Paris — marked success for artists in 18th-century France. The famed artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun was among the first women to exhibit at the event, yet she was by no means the only one. Drawn from the museum's rich collection, this focus exhibition visualizes the world of the art salon and reveals how French women artists inspired each other as well as male artists who noted their great success.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

May 23 to June 12

Math You Can Touch

Mathematics, sometimes an abstract science, is brought to life via more than 160 experiments at the Mathematikum in Giessen, Germany, the first interactive mathematics museum in the world.

Goethe-Institut

 

Through May 29

Rimer Cardillo: A Journey to Ombú Bellaumbra

This exhibition features a diverse body of Uruguayan artist Rimer Cardillo's work, including prints, photography, sculpture and installations. In addition to creating site-specific pieces that he refers to as cupí (the Guaraní word for anthill) and his collaborations in the fields of entomology and archaeology, Cardillo is also noted for his journalistic explorations of the Amazonian interior, rural estancias of northern Uruguay and southern Paraguay, and other remote regions of the South American continent.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

May 29 to Jan. 2

Intersections: Photographs and Videos from the National Gallery of Art and Corcoran Gallery of Art

Nearly 700 photographs from Eadweard Muybridge's groundbreaking publication "Animal Locomotion," acquired by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1887, became the foundation for the institution's early interest in photography. The Key Set of more than 1,600 works by Alfred Stieglitz, donated by Georgia O'Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate, launched the photography collection at the National Gallery of Art in 1949. Inspired by these two seminal artists, Muybridge and Stieglitz, the exhibition brings together highlights of the recently merged collections of the Corcoran and the National Gallery of Art by a range of artists from the 1840s to today.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 30

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

As part of "Peacock Room REMIX," this exhibition reconstructs how Whistler's unrealized quest for "the perfection of art" intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through May 31

Explore Canada: Manulife Art Collection

A selection of works from the Manulife art collection explores Canada through pieces from various regions, genres and artistic talents from across the country. The exhibit provides a unique view into the dynamic artistic pieces that were produced in Canada over the last 165 years. Manulife is a Canadian-based international financial services company with operations in the United States, Asia and Canada. In the United States, Manulife operates as John Hancock, which has been serving Americans for more than 150 years.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

 

Through June 3

In the Library: The Intersection of Commerce and Instruction in Art

The art we experience often depends as much upon the materials available to the artists who make it as it depends on the artists themselves. This exhibition looks at a variety of literature surrounding artists' materials and instruction, and charts the ways in which the increasing commercialization of their production may have affected the practice of artists, especially following the industrial revolution.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through June 5

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East, particularly Egypt, where she is based.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through June 12

Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter

With Hillwood's "A Boyar Wedding Feast" as the centerpiece, this exhibit offers a new perspective on Konstantin Makovsky's work and its popularity in Gilded Age America, where it satisfied the appetite for dramatic historical stories, exotic settings and costumes, and admiration of European art and culture. In a dramatically lit setting, exquisite objects and details from the painting will be brought to life through groupings of 17th-century objects of boyar life, such as intricately embroidered garments and pearl-studded kokoshniki (women's headdresses).

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through June 26

Spanish Illustrators: The Color of Optimism

This show highlights outstanding works of contemporary illustrators in Spain that are creating new trends. Curated by journalist Mario Suárez, the exhibition showcases a generation of talented creators who frequently contribute to national and international publications, galleries, museums and popular brands.

Former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain

 

Through July 24

America's Shakespeare

"America's Shakespeare" reveals how Americans have made Shakespeare our own using a fascinating selection of rare letters, costumes, books and more.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through July 24

Three Centuries of American Prints from the National Gallery of Art

Since opening in 1941, the gallery has amassed an outstanding collection of American prints representing the history of American art from the early 18th century to the present. Timed to coincide with the gallery's 75th anniversary, this first comprehensive exhibition of American prints to encompass three centuries will highlight some 160 works from the gallery's collection

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 29

Caribbean in Motion: Improving Lives through Artistry and Animation

This video-based exhibit by Caribbean artists pays tribute to the Bahamas, host of the 2016 annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank Board of Governors. "Caribbean in Motion" explores the multifaceted social and economic benefits generated by the animation industry, underscoring the importance of nurturing a vibrant creative economy. Animation, the art of illustrating video sequences, has huge potential as both a business and an art form that supports sustainable social and economic development in the Caribbean.

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

 

Through July 31

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discover of Pasargadae

Located in southwestern Iran, Pasargadae was the first capital of the ancient Achaemenid Persian Empire (circa 540 B.C.) and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Impressed with its ruins, German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld (1879–1948) briefly surveyed the site for the first time in 1905, returning to conduct more extensive excavations. Featuring selections from the Freer|Sackler Archives' rich holdings of Herzfeld's drawings, notes and photographs, this exhibition illuminates one of the most important sites of the ancient world.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through July 31

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

This landmark exhibition of more than 80 photographs and a video installation challenges stereotypes surrounding the people, landscapes and cultures of Iran and the Arab world.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Sept. 4

Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora

In this juried and invitational exhibition, 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration — from historic events that scattered communities across continents to today's accounts of migrants and refugees adapting to a new homeland. The artists explore: historic events that scattered people and cultures across continents; today's accounts of migrants from Syria, Latin America and Africa adapting to new homes; and personal experiences of family members. The exhibition will feature works by artists such as fashion designer Hussein Chalayan, Mexican-American fiber artist Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, French-Togolese artist William Adjété Wilson and American artists Faith Ringgold and Penny Mateer.

The George Washington University Museum

Textile Museum

 

Through Sept. 18

Symbolic Cities: The World of Ahmed Mater

Born in 1979 in southern Saudi Arabia and trained as a medical doctor, Ahmed Mater has been a practicing artist since the early 1990s, creating works that offer an unparalleled perspective on contemporary Saudi Arabia. Now based in Jeddah, Mater has focused primarily on photography and video since 2010. From abandoned desert cities to the extraordinary transformation of Mecca, "Symbolic Cities" presents his visual and aural journeys observing economic and urban change in Saudi Arabia.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Jan. 29

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Decades of civil unrest nearly destroyed Afghanistan's vital artistic heritage. Over the past decade, Turquoise Mountain, an organization founded in 2006 at the request of the prince of Wales and the president of Afghanistan, has transformed the Murad Khani district of Old Kabul from slum conditions into a vibrant cultural and economic center.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

DANCE

May 4 to 15

Bowie & Queen: A Ballet Rock Tribute

The Washington Ballet presents a full-throttle evening of entertainment that combines the artistry and beauty of dance with the power of the world's most innovative popular rock icons who defined an epoch and became fixtures in American pop culture: David Bowie and Queen. The performance features two company premieres: Trey McIntyre's "Mercury Half-Life" and Edwaard Liang's "Dancing in the Street," and includes a live electric violin performance by S&R Foundation's Artist-in-Residence Machiko Ozawa. Tickets are $32.25 to $130.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., May 5, 12:30 p.m.

How's It Going, Germany? Germany's Brand

Germany has been enjoying a golden age in terms of its image in the U.S. This is closely associated with the success of German industry and trade. How resilient is the brand, and how can faith in the brand be restored if it is damaged? Jake Jones of Daimler, Thomas Zielke of the Representative of German Industry and Trade and the Washington Post's Charles Lane discuss the issue.

Goethe-Institut

 

Fri., May 20, 6:30 p.m.

The Botstiber Foundation: The Politics of Migration in America and Austria

The Botstiber Foundation presents a panel discussion on migration issues (including related issues of racism, nationalism and terrorism) confronting both Austria and the United States from the perspective of three leading academics who will compare and contrast the issues that afflict both countries. The issue dominates the 2016 campaign for the American presidency, where a Republican candidate would deport all illegal immigrants, refuse entry to all Muslims and build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. Austrians are polarized by the surge of Middle Eastern immigrants coming across their border, first from Hungary and later from Slovenia. Nearly 100,000 people have applied for asylum in Austria over the past year, raising fears of joblessness, terrorism and cultural collapse.

Embassy of Austria

 

FESTIVALS

May 1 to 31

Passport DC

Cultural Tourism DC hosts this month-long journey around the world highlighting D.C.'s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and more than 40 of the city's very best cultural institutions. In 2015, more than 250,000 people enjoyed the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions, workshops and more. For information, visit www.culturaltourismdc.org.

Various locations

 

May 13 to 15

SerbFest DC Spring 2016 Festival

Presented by the Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, Md., the epicenter of Serbian culture in and around D.C., this three-day festival spans an entire weekend to showcase authentic Serbian cuisine, customs and culture. SerbFest DC Spring 2016 has something for everyone, including traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance, music performances, gifts and boutique items and family-friendly activities.  In addition, admission and parking are free, an indoor setup has been arranged in case of inclement weather and all a la carte food item proceeds benefit Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church. For more information, visit serbfestdc.com.

Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church

 

Sun., May 15, 12 to 5 p.m.

Fiesta Paraguaya

The Embassy of Paraguay hosts this free, open-air festival to celebrate 205 years of independence as well as Paraguayan Mother's Day. The event with feature an array of Paraguayan culture and entertainment, including dance; live music by local and special guest artists from Paraguay; food stands with traditional dishes; arts and crafts; children's games; a mini-soccer tournament; prizes and more. Follow "Fiesta Paraguaya" on Facebook.

Bretton Woods Recreation Center

Germantown, Md.

 

GALAS

Fri., May 13

The Phillips Collection Annual Gala: Arabesque: Patterns of Beauty East–West, A Salute to Qatar

The Phillips Collection's annual gala partners with the Embassy of Qatar this year to pay homage to the impact of the arabesque on modern art, and celebrate artistic exchange and cultural diplomacy between Qatar and the United States. The glittering gala attracts 500 cultural, political, diplomatic and business leaders to dine among the Phillips's masterworks. With the support of many local and national partners, the black-tie event includes a cocktail reception and dinner followed by live music, dessert and champagne. The evening coincides with "Contemporaries Bash: Dreaming of Doha" — a dazzling night of cocktails, music, food, fashion, and dancing at Dock 5 at Union Market that attracts more than 700 of the city's young professionals. For information, visit www.phillipscollection.org/support/annual-gala.

The Phillips Collection

 

Sat., May 21

Opera Ball

The Washington National Opera (WNO) hosts its annual Opera Ball at the iconic headquarters of the Organization of American States this year. Under the joint chairmanship of Jane and Calvin Cafritz and Samia and A. Huda Farouki — and in celebration of WNO's 60th Diamond Anniversary Season — the evening will feature intimate pre-ball dinners hosted by various ambassadors at their elegant residences and embassies throughout D.C., concluding at the OAS, where guests will experience a memorable evening of dessert, music and dancing. To receive more information, contact the Kennedy Center Special Events Office at (202) 416-8496

Organization of American States

 

MUSIC

Thu., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Edgar Moreau, Cello

Jessica Osborne, Piano

"The rising star of the French cello," 21-year-old cellist Edgar Moreau consistently captivates audiences with his effortless virtuosity and dynamic performances (Le Figaro Magazine). He performs a program of Bach, Franck, Schnittke and Chopin. Tickets are $150, including valet parking; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Belmont Mansion

 

Tue., May 10, 7 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Itzhak Perlman, Violin, and Emanuel Ax, Piano

With numerous awards and honors between them, these celebrated statesmen of the classical music world prove their wit and charm are ever present, performing sonatas by Mozart, Fauré, Strauss and other selections to be announced from the stage. Tickets are $55 to $135.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Thu., May 19, 7:30 p.m.

Mozart in Vienna: Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart in Vienna presents the composer's opera "Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)," which debuted in Vienna on May 1, 1786. Mozart's comic masterpiece about love and marriage in the "upstairs-downstairs" castle of the Count and Countess Almaviva thrills with his magnificent melodies, glorious arias, comic fun and the timeless message of love, fidelity and forgiveness. This special performance celebrates the 230th anniversary debut of Mozart's greatest opera and shines with internationally acclaimed singers, costumes and chamber ensemble in Italian with English narration. For ticket information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sat., May 21, 7:30 p.m.

Laufey Sigurðardóttir, Violin

Beth Levin, Piano

Reykjavik native Laufey Sigurðardóttir studied in Iceland, the U.S., Belgium and Italy, and has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician in all of the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Spain and Russia She performs a program of Schubert, Grieg and Beethoven. Tickets are $110, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Icelandic Ambassador's Residence

 

Sat., May 21, 6:30 p.m.

Opera Camerata of Washington D.C. Spring Gala

Under the patronage of Greek Ambassador Christos P. Panagopoulos, the Opera Camerata of Washington D.C. hosts a dinner and performance of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" at Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies. Opera Camerata offers both first-time and long-time fans of all ages a unique, intimate opera experience that combines world-class performances and orchestras with lavish receptions held in exclusive salon settings. Tickets start at $225; for information, visit www.operacamerata.org.

Center for Hellenic Studies

 

Sun., May 22, 4 p.m.

The Children's Chorus of Washington: Around the World in 20 Years

A grand finale for D.C.'s premier children's chorus founder, Joan Gregoryk, this concert features music from around the world performed by the Children's Chorus of Washington's ensembles, its alumni chorus and special guests. Call for ticket information.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Tue., May 24, 7:30 p.m.

Juan Vasle, Bass-Baritone

George Peachey, Piano

Juan Vasle, a Slovenian citizen, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received his diploma as a singer at the Superior Institute of Arte of the Teatro Colón. Since 1990, he is a member of the solo ensemble of the SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, where he has performed a long line of important bass roles. He performs a program of operatic arias, Lieder, tangos and South American and Slovenian folksongs. Tickets are $90, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Slovenia

 

Fri., May 27, 7:30 p.m.

Kauder Trio

Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms? Famous names are rarely found on the programs of the Hugo Kauder Trio; however, great music definitely is. The three musicians are convinced that the jewels of sound can be found at eye level with the creations of the great masters, written by Kahn, Klughardt or Kauder. In addition to the qualities of the music itself, the unexpected spectrum of timbres in the rare combination of oboe, viola and piano plays a vital role in the success of this trio as well. They perform a program of Kauder, Dvořák, Kupkovič, Tchaikovsky and Scharwenka. Tickets are $80, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Slovakia

 

THEATER

May 2 to 18

Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle – The Valkyrie

In the "Ring" second chapter, the offspring of Wotan, king of the gods, boldly test his will. Siegmund is attracted to his sister Sieglinde, while Brünnhilde is torn between obeying orders and preventing Siegmund's demise. Tickets are $75 to $525.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

May 4 to 20

Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle – Siegfried

The third opera in the "Ring Cycle" is a coming-of-age story at heart. Raised in the wilderness, Wotan's grandchild Siegfried sets out to escape his wicked caretaker, slay a fearsome dragon and rescue the beautiful Brünnhilde. Tickets are $75 to $525.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

May 6 to 22

Washington National Opera: Ring Cycle – Twilight of the Gods

The "Ring" reaches its supreme climax in this final saga of betrayal and sacrifice, destruction and renewal. Siegfried is tricked into abandoning Brünnhilde, who makes one final, shocking choice to restore the universe to its natural order. Tickets are $75 to $525.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through May 8

All the Way

It's not personal, it's politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama about President Lyndon Baines Johnson's impassioned struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

Through May 8

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Crónica de una muerte anunciada)

Based on a true story, this tightly woven tale of a small town in Colombia unfolds against a conspiracy of silence, revenge and strict moral codes that lead to tragedy. After marrying against her will, Angela is returned to her mother when the angry new husband discovers she is not a virgin. Forced to name who deflowered her, Angela's brothers embark on a murderous mission. Tickets are $38 to $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through May 8

C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

For the first time, Max McLean takes audiences on a fascinating theatrical adventure as C.S. Lewis, tracing his journey from atheism to belief. Tickets are $36 to $96.

The Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre

 

Through May 8

The Reduced Shakespeare Company: William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England, an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play by none other than the young William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, the three comic actors throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of physical finesse, witty wordplay, and plentiful (pitiful) punning. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

May 11 to June 19

The Man in the Iron Mask

In Synetic Theater's follow-up to "The Three Musketeers," our hero D'Artagnan finds himself alone in the service of King Louis XIV after his comrades have retired. Unbeknownst to D'Artagnan, his old friends plan to remove the corrupt king and replace him with his good twin, held captive in the Bastille. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

May 17 to June 26

The Taming of the Shrew

Stage and screen actors Maulik Pancholy ("Weeds," "30 Rock") and Peter Gadiot ("Once Upon a Time in Wonderland") will be seen playing Katherina and Petruchio respectively in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar's bold new interpretation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Spilling from the stage into the lobbies and the street, this production will use an all-male cast to examine the fluidity of identity, the authenticity of self-performance and the economics of love in one of Shakespeare's most notorious texts. Call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall

 

Through May 29

Disgraced

The son of South Asian immigrants, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream — complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts. But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity raze all that he's worked so hard to achieve? Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

May 31 to July 3

District Merchants

Love and litigation, deep passions and predatory lending are taken to a new level in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America. Set among the black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place — simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War D.C., and today— "District Merchants" is a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy brought to the stage by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Folger Shakespeare Theatre

   

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