July 2016

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Cover Story

Venezuela's Envoy Insists
Embattled Country Won't Collapse

a5.cover.venezuela.bernardo.homeVenezuela is in free fall. Despite its vast oil wealth, basic goods from toilet paper to bread are scarce, inflation is sky-high, as is crime, and Hugo Chávez's socialist dream is in tatters. But Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, who has personally lived through the ups and downs of U.S.-Venezuela relations, insists that his embattled country will survive this latest bout of turbulence. Read More

People of World Influence

Smithsonian Chief
Sets Sight on World

a1.powi.david.skorton.homeDavid Skorton, the first physician to lead the Smithsonian, is working to expand the institution's already-sizeable international footprint, which extends to some 145 nations around the world. Read More


Caribbean

At Meridian Forum, Havana Envoy
Embraces Warming Ties with U.S.

a2.cuba.pair.cabanas.homeWith diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana already a fact of life, Cuban Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas says the urgency now is deepening that relationship through economic and cultural exchange — and ending the trade embargo that has defined U.S. policy toward the island for the last 55 years. Read More


Convention Craziness

U.S. Presidential Coronations
Can Devolve into Rowdy Circuses

a3.conventions.hillary.clinton.homeEvery four years, America's political parties gather their faithful in respective conventions to nominate a candidate for president. The Republicans will hold their convention in Cleveland, Ohio while the Democrats will host their convention in Philadelphia. And if history is any indicator, political observers may be treated to some high drama. Read More

Backlash at Ballot Box

Trump Inspires Surge in Muslim,
Hispanic Voter Registration

a4.immigrant.voting.trio.homeRepublican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has railed against an entire rainbow of minorities, from Muslims to Mexicans. While his heated rhetoric has struck a chord with conservatives, it's also inspired immigrants to sign up to vote and battle him at the ballot box. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Op-ed: Obama Not to Blame
For Mideast Region's Failures

a6.obama.middle.east.meeting.homePhilip Gordon, a former Middle East policy adviser in the White House, likes to say that President Barack Obama learned three lessons from the region's unending turmoil. From Iraq: all-out American intervention to engineer regime change in an Arab country results in disaster. From Libya: limited intervention results in disaster. And from Syria: no intervention results in disaster. Read More


Diplomacy Verbatim

Sister Cities International Marks
60 Years of Citizen Diplomacy

a7.sister.cities.group.homeThis Sept. 11 marks 60 years since President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched a citizen diplomacy campaign initially aimed at improving ties with Japan and Germany. The sister cities movement has since exploded as more governments recognize the importance of citizen diplomacy in an interconnected world. Read More


EU Candor

Despite Problems, EU Envoy Says
Members Better Off Inside Club

a8.ais.eu3.homeSteering clear of the two most contentious issues of the day — Brexit and Donald Trump's presidential candidacy — the European Union's top envoy here still found plenty to discuss during The Washington Diplomat's fourth Ambassador Insider Series (AIS). Read More


Medical

Painkiller That Killed Prince One
Of Dangerous New Synthetic Drugs

a9.medical.opiods.homeThe recent overdose death of rock legend Prince has brought renewed focus on the dangers posed by synthetic opioids, laboratory-created narcotics tweaked by chemists to produce potentially lethal highs while skirting U.S. drug laws. Read More


   

Smithsonian Secretary Touts Institution’s International Reach

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By Michael Coleman

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At Meridian Forum, Havana Envoy Embraces Warming Ties with U.S.

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By Larry Luxner

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U.S. Presidential Coronations Can Devolve into Rowdy Circuses

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Trump Inspires Surge in Muslim, Hispanic Voter Registration

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Venezuela’s Envoy Insists Embattled Country Won’t Collapse

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By Larry Luxner

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Op-ed: Obama Not to Blame for Region’s Failures

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By Thomas W. Lippman

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Sister Cities International Marks 60 Years of Citizen Diplomacy

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By Dave Seminara

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Despite Problems, EU Envoy Says Members Better Off Inside Club

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By Larry Luxner

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Painkiller That Killed Prince Part of Dangerous Wave of New Synthetic Drugs

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By Dennis Thompson

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D.C. Aims High with Rise of Hotel Rooftops

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, ‘The Greeks’ Has It All

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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American Wife of Afghan Envoy Works to Rebuild War-Torn Nation

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By Gail Scott

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New Generation of Cuban Artists Transcends Politics at OAS

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By Kate Oczypok

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CATF Gears Up for Its 26th Year of Staging Contemporary American Works

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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The Dabney Lives Up to Hype with Fierce Mid-Atlantic Focus

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - July 2016

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Languages

Cantonese

Korean


English

Mandarin


French

Spanish

Japanese

Tamil

Cantonese

Happiness

Directed by Andy Lo

(Hong Kong, 2016, 113 min.)

A woman suffering from Alzheimer's takes under her wing an aimless young man who has come to Hong Kong to look for the father who abandoned him. Together these wounded souls make a family of their own in this touching drama.

American History Museum

Fri., July 15, 7 p.m.

 

Ip Man 3

Directed by Wilson Yip

(Hong Kong, 2015, 105 min.)

In the third installment of this popular franchise, Donnie Yen reprises his role as the real-life kung fu master best known for having trained a young Bruce Lee. In this edition, Ip is settling into life as a family man, but he's soon called to protect Hong Kong from a ruthless American businessman (Mike Tyson) who is trying to make a land grab.

American History Museum

Sun., July 31, 2 p.m.

 

My Young Auntie

Directed by Lau Kar-Leung

(Hong Kong, 1981, 100 min.)

Kara Wai won her first Hong Kong Film Award for her effervescent performance in this delightful kung fu comedy in which she plays a young student who marries her dying teacher to keep his inheritance away from his untrustworthy relatives.

American History Museum

Sun., July 17, 2 p.m.

 

Office

Directed by Johnnie To

(Hong Kong/China, 2015, 117 min.)

"Office' depicts the ups and downs — romantic and financial — of a financial firm's staff during 2008's global economic turmoil (Cantonese and Mandarin).

American History Museum

Sat., July 30, 2 p.m.

 

Ten Years

Directed by Ng La-leung

(Hong Kong, 2015, 104 min.)

See the micro-budget sci-fi omnibus that beat "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the Hong Kong box office. Made for the equivalent of about $70,000, this collection of five short films, each by a different director, speculates darkly on what Hong Kong will look like in 2025.

American History Museum

Sun., July 24, 2 p.m.

 

English

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Directed by Mandie Fletcher

(U.K./U.S., 2016)

Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at a fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 22

 

Arabesque

Directed by Stanley Donen

(U.S., 1966, 105 min.)

Asked to crack a hieroglyphic code, American-at-Oxford professor Gregory Peck becomes embroiled, along with mystery woman Sophia Loren, in a plot to assassinate a Middle Eastern politician.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., July 3, 2 p.m.

 

A Bigger Splash

Directed by Luca Guadagnino

(Italy/France, 2016, 124 min.)

A sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock 'n' roll under the Mediterranean sun, "A Bigger Splash" stars Tilda Swinton as a rock legend who's recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul. When iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter and interrupts their holiday, he brings with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Birth

Directed by Jonathan Glazer

(U.S./U.K./Germany/France, 2004, 100 min.)

After a decade of grieving the death of her young husband Sean, Anna (Nicole Kidman) is ready to move on and marry her boyfriend. Then a mysterious boy arrives, also named Sean, claiming to be the reincarnation of her dead husband — and he knows things only Sean could know.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., July 3, 4:20 p.m.,

Wed., July 6, 9 p.m.

 

Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Directed by Thorsten Schütte

(France/Germany, 2016, 90 min.)

Iconoclastic composer and musician Frank Zappa was an unforgettable character, aggravating and fascinating, whose music never became "popular," but who had an enthusiastic worldwide following, including in Lithuania where fans erected a statue of him. This engaging, intimate portrait reveals a 20th-century musical genius.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 1

 

Genius

Directed by

(U.K./U.S., 2016, 104 min.)

"Genius" chronicles Max Perkins's time as the book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw works by Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Directed by Taika Waititi

(New Zealand, 2016, 93 min.)

Defiant city kid Ricky, raised on hip-hop and foster care, gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside, where he quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and his cantankerous Uncle Hec go on the run in the bush and a national manhunt ensues.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 1

 

Indignation

Directed by James Schamus

(U.S., 2016, 110 min.)

Amidst the conformity and political conservatism of 1950s America, a young Jewish man from New Jersey avoids the Korean War draft and joins a Christian college in Ohio instead, but finds himself at odds with everyone from classmates to the dean, especially in matters of religion, or lack of it.

Washington DCJCC

 

Les Cowboys

Directed by Thomas Bidegain

(France, 2015, 104 min.)

Country and Western enthusiast Alain is enjoying an outdoor gathering of fellow devotees with his wife and teenage children when his daughter abruptly vanishes. Learning that she's eloped with her Muslim boyfriend, he embarks on an increasingly obsessive quest to track her down. As the years pass and the trail grows cold, Alain sacrifices everything, while drafting his son into his efforts (English and French).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Lobster

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

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

In this highly imaginative, absurdist comedy, Colin Farrell stars as a man who has just been dumped by his wife. To make matters worse, he lives in a dystopian society where single people have 45 days to find true love, or else they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the woods.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Love & Friendship

Directed by Whit Stillman

(Ireland/Netherlands/France/U.S., 2016, 94 min.)

Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances and to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Music of Strangers

Directed by Morgan Neville

(U.S., 2016, 96 min.)

Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, the Silk Road Ensemble is an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, the documentary follows this group of diverse musicians as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Our Kind of Traitor

Directed by Susanna White

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

While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. When he asks for their help to deliver classified information to the British Secret Services, the couple gets caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics (English, Russian and French).

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 1

 

Seoul Searching

Directed by Benson Lee

(South Korea/China/U.S., 2016, 105 min.)

During the 1980s, the Korean government created a special summer camp for "gyopo" or foreign born teenagers where they could spend their summer in Seoul to learn about their motherland. While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were not (English, Korean and German).

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

Opens Fri., July 1

 

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.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Swiss Army Man

Directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan

(U.S., 2016, 95 min.)

Hank is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny washes up on shore and the two become friends.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Opens Fri., July 1

 

Tickled

Directed by David Farrier and Dylan Reeve

(New Zealand, 2016, 92 min.)

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper, he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

What We Do in the Shadows

Directed by Taiki Waititi

(New Zealand/U.S., 2015, 86 min.)

An endearingly unhip quartet of vampires (ranging in age from 183 to 8,000 years old) squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends, antagonize the local werewolves and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.

AFI Silver Theatre

July 1 to 3

 

Zero Days

Directed by Alex Gibney

(U.S., 2016, 114 min.)

For the first time, a film tells the alarming complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that was apparently unleashed by the U.S. and Israel to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target (English, Farsi, German and French).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 8

 

French

The Innocents

(Les innocents)

Directed by Anne Fontaine

(France/Poland, 2016, 115 min.)

In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of World War II German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. Fearing the shame of exposure, the hostility of the new anti-Catholic Communist government and facing an unprecedented crisis of faith, the nuns increasingly turn to the worker as their belief and traditions clash with harsh realities (French, Polish and Russian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 8

 

Microbe and Gasoline

(Microbe et Gasoil)

Directed by Michel Gondry

(France, 2015, 103 min.)

Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a likeminded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 15

 

Phantom Boy

Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol

(France/Belgium, 2016, 84 min.)

A super-powered boy helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin in this animated film.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 29

 

Pierrot Le Fou

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

(France/Italy, 1965, 110 min.)

An existentially conflicted husband and father, inspires the latter to run off with babysitter/former girlfriend/gangster Anna Karina on a road trip to the South of France, but murder and mayhem shadow their frolic.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., July 4, 7:15 p.m.

 

 

Japanese

Our Little Sister

(Umimachi Diary)

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

(Japan, 2015, 128 min.)

Three sisters live together in their late grandmother's house ever since their father left home for another woman. After the death of their father, the trio learn about the existence of a 13-year-old half-sister, who comes to live with them.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 15

 

Korean

My Love, Don't Cross That River

Directed by Mo-young Jin

(South Korea, 2014, 86 min.)

A couple who have lived together for 76 years faces the last moments of their marriage.

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

Opens Fri., July 8

 

Mandarin

The Mermaid

Directed by Stephen Chow

(China/Hong Kong, 2016, 94 min.)

When an island development threatens their habitat, a mermaid family sends one of its number to assassinate the greedy entrepreneur. But instead of using her sack of weaponized sea urchins to kill him, she falls in love.

American History Museum

Sat., July 23, 2 p.m.

 

 

Spanish

Academy of the Muses

(La academia de las musas)

Directed by José Luis Guerín

(Spain, 2016, 92 min.)

When he returns from teaching class, a professor of philology is interrogated by his wife, who distrusts his pedagogical approach, and his Academy of the Muses, which, inspired by classical references, is intended to regenerate the world through poetry (Spanish, Catalan and Italian).

National Gallery of Art

Sun., July 17, 4 p.m.

 

Tamil

Dheepan

Directed by Jacques Audiard

(France, 2016, 115 min.)

Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter who flees his native Sri Lanka when the civil war is reaching its end. At a refugee camp, he joins a woman and a little girl, both strangers, to pretend to be a family, hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim political asylum. Arriving in Paris, Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs, where he works to build a new life and a real home for his "wife" and his "daughter," but the daily violence he confronts in his new neighborhood quickly reopens his war wounds (Tamil, French and English).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

   

Events - July 2016

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EVENT CATEGORIES

Art

Theater

Dance

 

Festivals

 

Music

 

 

ART 

July 1 to 30

Flesh + Bone II

Hillyer Art Space presents its second bi-annual exhibition that focuses on contemporary figurative art, providing a fresh look at the familiar subject of the human figure from artists across North America. Also on view is a solo exhibition of new abstract paintings by local artist Kayla Plosz Antiel.

Hillyer Art Space

 

July 2 to Sept. 5

ICEBERGS

Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation opens as part of the annual "Summer Block Party" series. "ICEBERGS" is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. The 20-inch-high "water line" allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs.

National Building Museum

 

July 2 to July 9, 2017

Perspectives: Michael Joo

Inspired by the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes, Brooklyn-based artist Michael Joo has created a monumental installation specifically for the Freer|Sackler. The birds' movements are visualized as lines in space in this combination of painting, sculpture, photography, digital scanning and printmaking.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

July 3 to Jan. 2

Recent Acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Drawings

"Recent Acquisitions of Dutch and Flemish Drawings" encompasses landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes and history subjects that demonstrate the originality of Dutch and Flemish draftsmanship and its stylistic evolution.

National Gallery of Art

 

July 8 to Aug. 1

POP of Kolor

In this electric mashup of American pop art with Korean traditional art, Kwang Nyun Song and Kungjoo Park re-envision this iconic American art style with unique techniques and motifs to create an irresistible Korean twist on a signature genre. Park's "The Fantastic Play" expresses the complexity of human beings, who are each filled with different sides to their personality, simultaneously capturing the beautiful, precious side that we often want to reveal, as well as the immature, superficial nature we hide in our hearts. Meanwhile, Song inserts peony blossoms or butterflies — a central motif of Korean traditional folk paintings — into Korean embroidery techniques and infuses portraits of symbolic figures with the concepts of American pop art.

Korean Cultural Center

 

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 Aug. 6

Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection

Joseph Hirshhorn, whose 1966 gift to the nation of nearly 6,000 works led to the creation of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was a passionate and knowledgeable collector. Since its opening in 1974, the Hirshhorn has carried on its founder's legacy through an active and ambitious program of acquisitions. Its highly regarded collection charts the development of modern and contemporary art from the late 19th century to the present, across the world, and across media.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Aug. 7

(Art)Xiomas – CUBAAHORA: The Next Generation

This contemporary Cuban art exhibit, organized with SPAIN arts & culture, is also part of a larger cooperative effort to celebrate contemporary Cuban art and the centennial of the Art Museum of the Americas's founding director, José Gómez Sicre. The featured artists favor fresh aesthetics while recognizing historical contexts, whose discourses are more autobiographical than politically contextualized. Exhibition participants shy away neither from committing themselves to projects with cultural institutions nor to working independently. Thus they penetrate and overcome barriers that for too long have characterized the timeline of Cuban cultural cooperation.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Aug. 14

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

During the slave trade, 10 times more Africans were brought in bondage into Brazil than into the United States, and Northeast Brazil has the largest population of those of African descent outside Africa. This exhibit explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil.

American University Museum

Katzen Arts Center

 

Through Aug. 14

Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Socialist Realism

Does art exist in North Korea? For many, this has been an open question. This exhibit, the first of its kind in the United States, seeks to broaden understanding of North Korean art beyond stereotypes of propaganda and kitsch to show sophisticated and nuanced expressive achievements. It investigates previously unrevealed evidence of North Korean artistic experimentation, and the nation's particular evolution of socialist realism within its own culturally homogeneous context. Coinciding with the exhibition of North Korean art, the show "Examining Life Through Social Realities" documents and examines life and the social realities of people living on the Korean peninsula through the realist paintings of 10 South Korean contemporary artists.

American University Museum

Katzen Arts Center

 

Through Aug. 14

The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents this exhibit featuring the work of 10 artists who left Latin America for many different reasons over the last 60 years — primarily for safety, freedom and opportunity — and made their homes, and their artistic careers and contributions, in the Washington region.

American University Museum

Katzen Arts Center

 

Through Aug. 26

Inside Tracks

This photographic exhibition documents the extraordinary journey of Robyn Davidson, a 27-year-old Australian woman who set off to cross the desolate outback, accompanied only by four camels and a dog. Rick Smolan, the American photographer assigned by National Geographic to document her journey, had his own adventure tracking Robyn down in the desert. The outback of Australia, seen through Robyn's eyes and Rick's camera, is an ancient, awesome landscape swept by rain, heat and dust.

Embassy of Australia

 

Through Aug. 28

Mats Ek - A Dance Rebel on the Move for 40 Years

Theatrical and wild, with a robust, physical humor and a highly personal movement style — those are some landmarks of Swedish choreographer and director Mats Ek. Since his debut in 1976, his works have stirred and captivated audiences and his reworking's of ballet classics such as "Giselle" and "Swan Lake" have become classics themselves. This exhibition showcases the insight and sensitivity with which photographer Lesley Leslie-Spinks has captured Mats's highly personal and precisely delineated world.

House of Sweden

 

Through Aug. 31

Escape Routes

Currently, 60 million people worldwide are fleeing civil wars, persecution and poverty. Immigration and travel restrictions at the borders of wealthy European countries or on the U.S.-Mexican border, for instance, cannot stop the flow of refugees searching for a better life. In "Escape Routes," a project by the group REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT, digital drawings and pictures made from lace depict migration movements and their causes. The stylized narratives focus on the topic of mutual interdependence in a globalized world undergoing rapid transition.

Goethe-Institut Washington

 

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. 11

William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), a renowned figure in the international art circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a brilliant observer of contemporary life, an innovative painter and an influential teacher. Presented on the centennial of his death, this retrospective — the first in over three decades — will explore the interrelationships in Chase's work across subject and media, from portraits and figurative paintings, to urban park scenes, domestic interiors, still lifes and landscapes.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Sept. 16

Murals from a Great Canadian Train

In 1953, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) purchased 173 brand-new stainless steel rail cars from the Budd Company of Philadelphia. With the glass ceiling design in its Vista Dome cars, "The Canadian" became the quintessential cross-country train experience. To highlight the natural beauty along the route and to promote tourism, CPR decided that Canada's national and provincial parks should be the inspiration for the interior design of "The Canadian" rail cars. In 1954, the Royal Canadian Academy was asked to coordinate the selection of leading Canadian artists to paint murals for each of the 18 Vista Dome cars. The murals are of parks from every province and three are by members of Canada's famed "Group of Seven" artists: A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson and Edwin Holgate. The Embassy of the Canada is delighted to showcase these murals and the everlasting beauty of Canada's national and provincial parks.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

 

Through Sept. 17

The GM de Mexico Collection of Drawings and Graphic Art

General Motors de Mexico and the Embassy of Mexico present this exhibit of 100 works on paper that highlight the evolution of Mexico's artistic narrative during the 20th century through renowned Mexican and foreign-born artists, including Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Dr. Atl, Elizabeth Catlett, Pablo O'Higgins, Leonora Carrington, Roger Von Gunten and others. "The GM de Mexico Collection of Drawings and Graphic Art" was created in the late 1960s and provides a vast exploration of 20th-century Mexican art. Shown abroad for the first time since 1969, this exhibition is divided into five thematic segments that illuminate the evolution of Mexican art from muralism to modernity.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through 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

 

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 Oct. 2

Alison Saar in Print

Alison Saar uses dynamic printmaking techniques to explore themes of feminine, racial and cultural identity. The artist's hand-wrought woodcuts combine strong color and bold forms, while her central figures hold evocative objects — snakes, knives, fry pans, plants or bottles — that allude to a range of myth, lore and legend.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Oct. 2

Hubert Robert, 1733-1808

One of the most prominent artists of his era, Hubert Robert loved and depicted ruined structures of all types, whether real or imagined, and not just those of ancient Rome (he lived in Italy for eleven years). He also drew inspiration from scenes he encountered in his native France, including urban renewal projects, Gallo-Roman antiquities and natural disasters. At the core of his success was his brilliance as a master of the architectural capriccio, in which random monuments from different locales were artfully brought together to create new, completely imaginary landscapes.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Dec. 31

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945

The style that came to be known as art deco, which flourished from the 1920s to 1940s, was a vivid reflection of the modern era and the vitality of the machine age. Between the wars, as normalcy returned to politics, jazz music blossomed and the flapper redefined the modern woman, art deco left its mark on every form of visual art. This exhibit explores how the Japanese interpreted the style and transformed it through their own rich art and craft traditions.

Hillwood Museum, Estate and Gardens

 

Through 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 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 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

Tue., July 5, 10:30 a.m.

Serendibdance Company: A Single Cycle of the Sun

Celebrate the heritage of Sri Lanka with SerendibDance Company as they present intricate movements, rhythmic sounds and exquisite costumes to tell the story, "A Single Cycle of the Sun," a folktale about community, culture and harmony. Tickets are $8.

Wolf Trap

 

July 14 to 16

American Ballet Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

A masterful interpretation of Shakespeare's enduring romantic tragedy comes to dramatic life in a production by America's National Ballet Company, whose work has been hailed as "the most spectacular dancing in the world" (The New York Times). Tickets are $20 to $95.

Wolf Trap

 

FESTIVALS

June 29 to July 4; July 7 to 10

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held every summer on the National Mall, celebrates U.S. and foreign cultures each year with music, crafts, food and demonstrations of local traditions. This year the Folklife Festival celebrates resilient communities around the world. Discover how the Basque region in Spain and southwestern France sustains its culture, drawing on traditions to innovate in a rapidly changing world. Learn renowned cooking techniques and phrases in the Euskara language. Experience bertsolaritza poetry competitions and stone-lifting matches. And drink a refreshing glass of cider or rioja wine while meeting master artisans.

National Mall

 

MUSIC

Fri., July 15, 7:30 p.m.

Evermay Chamber Featuring Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore

Music Center at Strathmore

Led by S&R Washington Award Grand Prize winner and violinist, Tamaki Kawakubo, Evermay Chamber is an ensemble of world class musicians renowned for their exceptional artistry. In this debut collaboration, Evermay Chamber soloists partner with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore in Beethoven's majestic Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56. Mozart's Divertimento in D Major, K.136, and Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K.449 form an invigorating first half program.

 

Fri., July 29, 7:30 p.m.

Trio Alba

Youthful vigor, passion on stage and compelling playfulness, all based on a profound knowledge of sound perception and chamber music structures — this is how critics have described the musical trinity that has been known since 2008 as the Trio Alba. To reserve a ticket, visit http://acfdc.org.

Austrian Cultural Forum

 

THEATER

Through 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

 

Fri., July 8, 8 p.m.

Salvatrucans Once Again

GALA Hispanic Theatre celebrates "Verano en GALA," a series of summer presentations of local and international artists that kicks off with "Salvatrucans Once Again." In this evening of mixed media, which includes an art exhibit, handmade books, poetry, live performance and a dance party, Quique Avilés brings together a group of Salvadoran artists to honor the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Mount Pleasant Riots. Tickets are $10; cash bar.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through July 10

Kinky Boots

With songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this Tony-winning musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Tickets are $49 to $199.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

July 11 to Aug. 9

Twelfth Night

Set in the roaring 20s, Synetic's "Twelfth Night" tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his services. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

July 13 to Aug. 20

The Phantom of the Opera

Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" comes to D.C. as part of a brand-new North American tour, with critics raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before." Tickets are $25 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Fri., July 15, 8 p.m.,

Sat., July 16, 8 p.m.

Miss Cuarenta

In "Miss Cuarenta," a woman celebrates her 40th birthday by recalling her many failed dates, romances and marriages. Colombian actress Paula Arcila's sharp and insightful delivery will have audiences laughing from beginning to end as she explores society's obsession with beauty and aging through a hilarious look at certain moments in a woman's life. Tickets are $30.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through July 17

The Bridges of Madison County

Winner of two Tony Awards including Best Score by Jason Robert Brown, this "gorgeous, powerful, and rapturous" (New York Magazine) new Broadway musical based on the best-selling novel centers around an Iowa housewife and her life-changing romance with a traveling photographer. Tickets are $49 to $129.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

July 27 to 30

Shakespeare's Globe on Tour: The Merchant of Venice

Starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, one of the most memorable outsiders in all of theater, this new production of Shakespeare's play dramatizes competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy. Tickets are $69 to $120.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

   

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