September 2016

diplomat.cover.greece.digital.sept16

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Cover Story

Overwhelmed Greece Pleads for Help
Ahead of U.N. Refugee Summit

a5.greece.lesbos.camp.homeAs world leaders converge on New York to debate the refugee crisis, Greece finds itself on the frontlines of the mass exodus of people washing up on Europe's shores. Haris Lalacos, Greece's new envoy, tells us why the refugee crisis is a global problem that "requires an international approach to a long-term solution — and this has not happened yet." Read More

 


People of World Influence

Chamber of Commerce Head
Brings U.S., Arab World Together

a1.powi.hamod.homeDespite reports that often portray an Arab landscape in chaos, David Hamod, president and CEO of the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, says business between the U.S. and Arab world is brisk. In fact, the Iowa-born businessman who is of Lebanese, Irish and Norwegian descent described economic ties as stronger than ever. Read More


New Boss at U.N.

Women, Eastern Europeans Among
Diplomats Vying for Secretary-General

a2.united.nations.overview.homeWhat do Portugal, Argentina, New Zealand and Costa Rica have in common with eight Eastern European countries — five of which used to form part of Yugoslavia? Not much, really, except that all are fielding candidates to replace United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when his term expires on Dec. 31. Read More


Never-Ending Misery

South Sudan Envoy Denies Atrocities,
Says 2018 Elections Likely Postponed

a3.south.sudan.akuong.homeSouth Sudan will likely postpone its 2018 presidential elections because of recent violence, according to Ambassador Garang Diing Akuong, although he insists his government doesn't want to go back to war and that his boss isn't at fault for this latest bout of bloodshed. Read More


The Next London

Post-Brexit, EU Cities Vie
To Become Next Financial Hub

a4.london.leadenhall.homeLondon is considered the unofficial financial capital of Europe and the startup capital of the EU. In the days before and immediately following the unexpected vote to leave the bloc, financial bigwigs were threatening to pull thousands of workers out of London and relocate them elsewhere in Europe. Read More

 


Heartland Angst

Anger, Unease Grip American
Heartland as Election Nears

a6.heartland.rodeo.wyoming.homePolls have consistently shown that about two-thirds of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. The extent of the American public's frustration, even fury, at its political leadership has been well chronicled and frequently discussed. But a weeklong research and reporting trip to Kansas confirmed in spades how deep the discontent is in the American heartland. Read More


Subsidizing Pollution

The Burning Debate Over
Fossil Fuel Subsidies

a7.fossil.fuels.oil.venezuela.homeFor the past seven years, the world's economic powerhouses have repeatedly promised but failed to deliver a deadline to eliminate the staggering costs of fossil fuel subsidies that increase carbon emissions and the potentially devastating effects of climate change. Read More


Modern-Day Odyssey

As Greece Reels Under Economic,
Refugee Crises, Citizens Step Up

a8.greek.refugees.ferry.homeMore than a million refugees streamed into Europe in 2015, the vast majority of them — 885,000 — via Greece's Dodecanese islands near Turkey, or what the European Union's external border agency, Frontex, calls the Eastern Mediterranean route. Read More


Medical

Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses
Continue to Fall in United States

a9.medical.prostate.homeMore than a million refugees streamed into Europe in 2015, the vast majority of them — 885,000 — via Greece's Dodecanese islands near Turkey, or what the European Union's external border agency, Frontex, calls the Eastern Mediterranean route. Read More


   

Chamber of Commerce Head Brings U.S., Arab World Together

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Michael Coleman

Read more: Chamber of Commerce Head Brings U.S., Arab World Together
   

Women, Eastern Europeans Among Diplomats Vying for Secretary-General

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Larry Luxner

Read more: Women, Eastern Europeans Among Diplomats Vying for Secretary-General
   

South Sudan Envoy Denies Atrocities, Says 2018 Elections Likely Postponed

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By James Cullum

Read more: South Sudan Envoy Denies Atrocities, Says 2018 Elections Likely Postponed
   

Post-Brexit, EU Cities Vie to Become Next Financial Hub

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Karin Zeitvogel

Read more: Post-Brexit, EU Cities Vie to Become Next Financial Hub
   

Overwhelmed Greece Pleads for Help Ahead of U.N. Refugee Summit

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Larry Luxner

Read more: Overwhelmed Greece Pleads for Help Ahead of U.N. Refugee Summit
   

Anger, Unease Grip American Heartland as Election Nears

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By John Shaw

Read more: Anger, Unease Grip American Heartland as Election Nears
   

The Burning Debate Over Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Brendan L. Smith

Read more: The Burning Debate Over Fossil Fuel Subsidies
   

As Greece Reels Under Economic, Refugee Crises, Citizens Step Up

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Karin Zeitvogel

Read more: As Greece Reels Under Economic, Refugee Crises, Citizens Step Up
   

Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Steven Reinberg

Read more: Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.
   

Minority Students Underrepresented in Gifted Programs

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Carolyn Cosmos

Read more: Minority Students Underrepresented in Gifted Programs
   

Embassies of Monaco, Norway Proudly Celebrate Milestones

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By James Cullum

Read more: Embassies of Monaco, Norway Proudly Celebrate Milestones
   

World Doesn’t Stay Still at National Museum of African Art

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Mackenzie Weinger

Read more: World Doesn’t Stay Still at National Museum of African Art
   

Well-Traveled Architect Wife of EU Envoy Supervises Residence Renovation

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Gail Scott

Read more: Well-Traveled Architect Wife of EU Envoy Supervises Residence Renovation
   

Tiny Canadian Town Welcomes Thousands of Stranded 9/11 Passengers

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Kate Oczypok

Read more: Tiny Canadian Town Welcomes Thousands of Stranded 9/11 Passengers
   

Japanese Venues Showcase Tranquil World of the Bonsai

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Brendan L. Smith

Read more: Japanese Venues Showcase Tranquil World of the Bonsai
   

Literary Giants Shakespeare, Austen Inspire ‘Cult of Celebrity’

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Gary Tischler

Read more: Literary Giants Shakespeare, Austen Inspire ‘Cult of Celebrity’
   

‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ Is Sizzling Way to End Summer

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Lisa Troshinsky

Read more: ‘Jelly’s Last Jam’ Is Sizzling Way to End Summer
   

Films - September 2016

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

By Cari

Languages

Dutch

Hebrew

Spanish


English

Italian

Vanuatu


French

Norwegian

German

Polish

FILM HIGHLIGHT

Latin American Film Festival

Now in its 27th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival (Sept. 15 to Oct. 5) showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections. This year's selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents.

Highlights include "The Apostate" about a young man who takes on the byzantine Catholic Church to get his name removed from the baptismal record; "The Companion" about an unlikely friendship in a Cuban AIDS sanatorium in the 1980s; "Sr. Pig" about an elderly farmer who sets off on a road trip through Mexico to find a home for his prized pig; "Oscuro Animal" about three brave women who escape from the paramilitary-controlled jungles of Colombia; and "Una Noche de Amor," a Woody Allen-esque comedy of familial neurosis.

For more information, visit www.afi.com/silver/laff/#.

Dutch

Ants on a Shrimp

Directed by Maurice Dekkers

(Netherlands, 2016, 88 min.)

What happens when the world's most acclaimed restaurant picks up and moves halfway across the world? Find out when chef René Redzepi of the esteemed Copenhagen foodie destination Noma and his team relocate to Japan to set up a five-week pop-up in Tokyo (Dutch, English and Japanese).

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Sept. 7, 8 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.

West End Cinema

Anthropoid

Directed by Sean Ellis

(Czech Republic/U.K./France, 2016, 120 min.)

This World War II thriller is based on the extraordinary true story of "Operation Anthropoid," the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives' mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

Directed by Ron Howard

(U.K./U.S., 2016, 99 min.)

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, this documentary tells the story of the Beatles' exceptional touring years from 1962 to 1966, examining the impact of touring on each of the Beatles' relationships, musical evolution and lifestyle.

The Avalon Theatre

Buena Vista Social Club

Directed by Wim Wenders

(Germany/U.S./U.K./France/Cuba, 1999, 105 min.)

Over the course of several months, Wim Wenders observed and accompanied the Cuba-based band Buena Vista Social Club — first at home in Havana; then, weeks later, in April 1998 on their trip to Amsterdam for the first public performance of the band (which had never played together outside a studio); then, in July 1998, to their triumphal concert at New York's Carnegie Hall (English and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m.

Complete Unknown

Directed by Joshua Marston

(U.S., 2016, 90 min.)

Rachel Weisz gives a tour-de-force performance as a mysterious woman compulsively reinventing herself over and over again in this unsettling psychological exploration of identity.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 2

The Dressmaker

Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse

(Australia, 2016, 118 min.)

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 23

Equity

Directed by Meera Menon

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

Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of deception and office politics. Forced to reexamine the rules of the cutthroat world she has always loved, she finds herself in a fight for her very survival.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Florence Foster Jenkins

Directed by Stephen Frears

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

Meryl Streep stars as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreams of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Indignation

Directed by James Schamus

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

In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War (English and Hebrew).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

Jason Bourne

Directed by Paul Greengrass

(U.S., 2016, 123 min.)

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne in the next chapter of the Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Light Between Oceans

Directed by Derek Cianfrance

(U.S./New Zealand/U.K.

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat, making a choice with devastating consequences in this heartbreaking drama about fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths to which one couple will go to see their dreams realized.

Angelika Mosaic

The Avalon Theatre

Opens Fri., Sept. 2

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Directed by Werner Herzog

(U.S., 2016, 98 min.)

Oscar-nominated Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon and the Sahara. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of our personal relationships.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

London Road

Directed by Rufus Norris

(U.K., 2015, 91 min.)

London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicenter of this tragedy.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Sept. 16

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.

West End Cinema

Queen of Katwe

Directed by Mira Nair

(South Africa/U.S., 2016, 124 min.)

"Queen of Katwe" is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life.

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 30

Snowden

Directed by Oliver Stone

(U.S./Germany/France, 2016, 134 min.)

NSA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Sept. 16

Starving the Beast

Directed by Steve Mims

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

As college tuition skyrockets and student debt explodes, this powerful new documentary reveals a nationwide fight for control of the heart, soul and finances of America's public universities. The film reveals a historic philosophical shift that reframes public higher education as a "value proposition" to be borne by the student as a consumer, rather than an investment in citizens as a "public good."

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 2

French

Les Cowboys

Directed by Thomas Bidegain

(France, 2015, 115 min.)

In this inventive update on "The Searchers," an old West enthusiast in modern-day France embarks on a 16-year odyssey to track down his daughter who has eloped and converted to Islam (French, English and Urdu).

The Avalon Theatre

Opens Wed., Sept. 21

Disorder

Directed by Alice Winocour

(France/Belgium, 2016, 98 min.)

Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, is hired to ensure the safety of the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman in the South of France. While he feels a strange fascination for the woman he must protect, Vincent is prone to anxiety and hallucinations.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Sept. 2

 

German

Until the End of the World

(Bi sans ende der welt)

Directed by Wim Wenders

(Germany/France/Australia/U.S., 1991, 295 min.)

This is "the ultimate road movie," a journey around the globe, a modern-day Odyssey — and it certainly bears similarities to Homer's saga. However, the aim of this journey is the spiritual reconciliation between an obsessed father and his lost son, and in this futuristic Odyssey, Penelope decides to set out in pursuit of Odysseus (German, English and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Sept. 5, 1 p.m.

Wings of Desire

Directed by Wim Wenders

(W. Germany/France, 1987, 128 min.)

After an eternity of looking after mortal beings, observing their lives, their loves, their passions and pains, intrigued angel Bruno Ganz decides to join them, crossing over to live life as they do. He discovers love with circus acrobat Solveig Dommartin and something like an old friend (German, English, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Japanese and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Sept. 2, 9:45 p.m.,

Mon., Sept. 5, 9:05 p.m.,

Wed., Sept. 7, 9:05 p.m.

 

Hebrew

Encirclements

Directed by Lee Gilat

(Israel, 2015, 98 min.)

Thirteen-year-old Aharon, the only child of parents who are unable to conceive again, is determined to win the honor of carrying the Torah scrolls on Simhat Torah to elevate his status in the neighborhood and win his distant father's approval and love. But after Aharon wins the honor, his achievement brings ancient tensions to the surface.

The Avalon Theatre

Opens Wed., Sept. 28

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Directed by Natalie Portman

(Israel, 2016, 95 min.)

Natalie Portman stars in and directs this drama based on the memoir of Amos Oz, a writer, journalist and advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unhappy in her marriage and intellectually stifled, she would make up stories of adventures (like treks across the desert) to cheer herself up and entertain her 10-year-old son. He became so enraptured when she read him poetry and explained about words and language, that it would become an influence on his writing for the rest of his life.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Italian

Mia Madre

Directed by Nanni Moretti

(Italy/France/Germany, 2016, 106 min.)

A harried film director tries to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal crisis as her beloved mother's illness progresses, while her teenage daughter grows ever more distant (Italian, English and French).

The Avalon Theatre

 

 

Norwegian

In Order of Disappearance

(Kraftidoten)

Directed by Hans Petter Moland

(Norway/Sweden, 2016, 116 min.)

Mild-mannered Nils ploughs snow in the wild winter mountains of Norway, but when his son is mistakenly murdered, Nils takes action, igniting a war between the vegan gangster "the Count" and the Serbian mafia boss Papa (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, Serbian and German).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 2

 

Polish

Demon

Directed by Pawel Maslona and Marcin Wrona

(Poland/Israel, 2016, 94 min.)

Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancée, Peter has been given a gift of her family's ramshackle country house in rural Poland. During the wild wedding reception, Peter begins to come undone, and a dybbuk, the iconic ancient figure from Jewish folklore, takes a toehold in this present-day celebration (Polish, English and Yiddish).

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 16

Gods

(Bogowie)

Directed by Lukasz Palkowski

(Poland, 2014, 120 min.)

Despite the harsh realities of Communist Poland, cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa successfully leads a team of doctors to the country's first human heart transplant in the 1980s.

The Avalon Theatre

 

Spanish

África 185

Directed by Pilar Monsell

(Spain, 2014, 66 min.)

Going in depth into her father's photo archive and diaries about his military service in the Sahara Spanish colony in 1964, Pilar spots the lost paradise where he always would try to come back.

Former Residence of Spanish Ambassador

Tue., Sept. 20, 6:45 p.m.

Family Tour

Directed by Liliana Torres

(Spain, 2013, 82 min.)

After years out of the country, Lilly comes back home, where her mother, a person of exceptional eccentric simplicity, forces her to visit her relatives on a family tour of the abandoned landscape of her childhood — an experience that forces her to confront her own boundaries and frustrations.

Spectrum Theatre

Thu., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Ixcanul

Directed by Jayro Bustamante

(Guatemala/France, 2015, 93 min.)

The brilliant debut by Guatemalan writer/director Jayro Bustamante is a hypnotically beautiful fusion of fact and fable, depicting a tradition-bound indigenous Mayan family living on the slopes of an active volcano, where they earn a meager living as coffee-pickers. Maria is a beautiful 17-year-old girl with dreams of seeing the larger world. Her parents arrange an advantageous marriage for her with the coffee plantation foreman, but Maria prefers her own choice: Pepe, a handsome young coffee cutter who plans to migrate to the United States. Maria seduces Pepe to run away with him, but after promises and clandestine meetings, Pepe takes off, leaving her pregnant, alone and in disgrace (Spanish and Maya).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Marsella

Directed by Belén Macías

(Spain, 2014, 98 min.)

Sara — a biological mother — and Virginia — a foster mother — share a 9-year old daughter, Claire. During the summer holidays, Sara and Claire travel to Marseille in search of the biological father, whom Sara has not seen since she became pregnant.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

Tue., Sept. 27, 6:45 p.m.

Traces of Sandalwood

(Rastros de Sándalo)

Directed by Maria Ripoll

(Spain, 2014, 95 min.)

Mina, a successful Hindi actress, can't forget her baby sister Sita, from whom she was separated after her mother's death. Thirty years later, she finds out that Sita is alive and well, living in Barcelona as a biologist with no memory of her past.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Sun., Sept. 25, 3 p.m.

 

Vanuatu

Tanna

Directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean

(Australia/Vanuatu, 2016, 100 min.)

In the South Pacific, Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief's grandson. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them.

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 30

   

Events - September 2016

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

EVENT CATEGORIES

Art

Theater

Dance

Discussions

Music

EVENTS HIGHLIGHT

Czech Grand Slam

This year's Mutual Inspirations Festival, hosted by the Czech Embassy, honors a living sports legend: Martina Navrátilová. The Czech-American tennis great took women's tennis to another level and inspired the world with her unsurpassed record of 59 Grand Slam titles, including nine Wimbledon singles championships. She remains the oldest winner of a Grand Slam title, male or female.

Beyond her victories on the court, Navrátilová has become an inspirational leader to rising stars, athletes, women, breast cancer patients and minorities, and she is an outspoken advocate for human rights and healthy living.

The annual festival, now in its seventh year, celebrates the mutual influence between Czech and American cultures and the enormous personalities who have shaped this connection. Previous festivals showcased figures such as filmmaker Miloš Forman, Czech President Václav Havel and writer Franz Kafka.

This year's festival, which runs Sept. 8 to Nov. 20, features a Grand Slam party of '80s and '90s music with DJ Tom from Prague at the Czech Embassy on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Other highlights include: an exclusive sit-down interview with Navrátilová and the Washington Posts Petula Dvorak (Sept 12); the exhibition "Love Yourself," an intimate photography and documentary project that examines the personal philosophies and values of various women living in different social environments and life situations (opens Sept. 22); a walk against breast cancer (Oct. 2); a discussion and workout with top local fitness pioneers (Oct. 4); the play "Protest," which exposes life under a totalitarian regime (Sept. 28); and a variety of film and documentary screenings throughout the area.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.mutualinspirations.org.

ART 

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. 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

Sept. 6 to Oct. 23

It Takes a Nation: Art for Social Justice with Emory Douglas and the Black Panther Party, AFRICOBRA, and Contemporary Washington Artists

This wide-ranging exhibit of political and visual content provides a cross-generational conversation of social justice in America. On display for the first time in D.C. is the art of Emory Douglas, the renowned radical sociopolitical artist who served as Minister of Culture and the primary artist and illustrator for the original Black Panther Party of the 1960s and 1970s.

American University Museum at

Katzen Arts Center

Sept. 6 to Oct. 23

Todas las Manos

This interdisciplinary public art project celebrates human rights and global justice, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the murders of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and co-worker Ronni Karpen Moffitt in D.C. on Sept. 21, 1976. Letelier and Karpen Moffitt were killed by a car bomb explosion. Muralist Francisco Letelier, son of Orlando Letelier, worked in collaboration with youth participants from the Latin American Youth Center to create a large-scale mural in the museum's sculpture garden.

American University Museum at

Katzen Arts Center

Sept. 7 to 27

Heritage in Danger: The Centro Scavi Torino and the Requalification of Iraqi Cultural Heritage

The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino (CRAST), present a conference on Sept. 7 (6 p.m.) on CRAST's work to preserve Iraq's cultural heritage over the last 50 years, including its assistance in reopening the looted Iraq Museum in Baghdad in 2015. A related exhibition examines Italian efforts to rehabilitate works in the Iraq Museum to offer a window into the past of Mesopotamia and human history.

Embassy of Italy

Through Sept. 9

Bonsai: Celebrating 40 Years of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

This summer the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), in partnership with the U.S. National Arboretum and the National Bonsai Foundation, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Japan's gift of 53 bonsai trees to the United States. These bonsai trees are housed in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, which is on the U.S. National Arboretum grounds. To mark the occasion, the Japanese Embassy is hosting a magnificently detailed bonsai photography by Stephen Voss.

Japan Information and Culture Center

Sept. 9 to 26

The Prismatic

The Prismatic is an artist/designer collective that aims to exhibit the diversity of human conditions, like a prism refracting a single ray of light into different colors. There are largely two schools of practice within the group. Nina Cho, a sculptor and furniture/product designer; Yunjung Kang, an installation artist; Jin Kim, an object collector; and June Lee, a mixed media artist, embrace the human condition with their visual language of counterbalance, intimacy, subtlety and accumulation. On the other hand, graphic designer Hwan Jahng, ceramist Yunwook Mun and multimedia sculptor Yeonhee Kim make up the group of struggling loners, who mainly use the language of opposition.

Korean Cultural Institute

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

Sept. 14 to Nov. 4

2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity

This exhibition aims to contribute to our ongoing conversation about walls, borders and people. Until recently, the idea of separating territories and peoples via manmade borders seemed an outdated relic from the past. Recent political developments, however, including the creation of new barriers at the European Union's borders, have made such barriers a topic of heated debate. Germany's own past in this regard serves as inspiration for two German artists, Daniel Schwarz and Stefan Falke, who take a close look at the geography and the cultural and social commonalities on the two sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.

Goethe-Institut

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

Sept. 17 to Dec. 11

Spirit of the Wild: Through the Eyes of Mattias Klum

All life on earth is interconnected. Cities, societies and nations depend on healthy natural ecosystems to survive and prosper. Mattias Klum, one of the most important natural history photographer of our time, shares the stories of his journeys; from deep in the Artic to wild places like the Borneo rainforest, to the savannahs of Tanzania and the life under the sea.

House of Sweden

Sept. 17 to Dec. 11

Viktigt by Ingegerd Raman

With love of craftsmanship and simplicity at the heart of it all, Viktigt pieces do their job in silence. Ingegerd Råman, the House of Sweden's own designer, explores the craftsmanship behind her IKEA collection of glass, ceramic, bamboo and natural fibers.

House of Sweden

Sept. 17 to Dec. 11

Woodland Sweden

Nature is prevalent everywhere in Sweden and there is a long tradition of using nature's raw materials in the country's built environment. Wooden architecture and design, in fact, are becoming a new Swedish export item. This exhibition shows the rapid development of Swedish innovative contemporary architecture and examines different aspects of construction work with wood.

House of Sweden

Sept. 17 to Feb. 12

Notes from the Desert: Photographs by Gauri Gill

Since the late 1990s, Gauri Gill (born 1970) has been photographing marginalized communities in western Rajasthan, India. Featuring 57 of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill's work in the remote desert region and draws on her extensive archive.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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

Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color

Karel Appel (1921-2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the 20th century and one of founding members of the avant-garde COBRA group. Marking the 10th anniversary of the artist's death, this survey of 22 paintings and sculptures provides a fresh look at an oeuvre that goes beyond the 1950s, spanning more than 60 years.

The Phillips Collection

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

Sept. 28 to Jan. 28

DeLIMITations

This exhibit chronicles a 2,400 mile-long, site-specific installation that traces the border between Mexico and the United States as it existed in 1821. In marking the short-lived historic boundary with a series of monuments that mimic those installed along the contemporary border, artists Marchos Ramírez Erre and David Taylor question the permanence of borders while recognizing the shared history and common interests between the two neighboring countries.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Sept. 30 to Jan. 8

NO MAN'S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection

Born in 16 countries across five continents, 37 contemporary artists use their aesthetically diverse work to address varied political and intellectual themes. This exhibition centers on the process of making as well as on images of the female body — both topics that extend from the feminist art movement of the 1970s.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Sept. 30 to Jan. 29

Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971

The remarkable career of gallerist and patron Virginia Dwan will be featured front and center for the first time in an exhibition of some 100 works, featuring highlights from Dwan's promised gift of her extraordinary personal collection to the National Gallery of Art.

National Gallery of Art

Sept. 30 to March 5

Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker

The collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker brings together works of critically important artists who have changed the course of photography through their experimentation and conceptual scope. Especially rich in holdings of work by photographers of the famed Düsseldorf School, among them Struth, Candida Höfer, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff, the collection also includes examples by photographers exploring the nature of the medium itself, such as Demand, Cindy Sherman and Vik Muniz.

National Gallery of Art

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 Oct. 9

Muchedumbre: Photography by Jorge Brantmayer (Chile)

"Muchedumbre" is a photographic project that investigates Chile's post-dictatorship era, its transition to democracy, its economic boom and Chile's current state of paradox. As the Chilean society begins to question an economic system centered on open markets and a growing disparity in wealth, more citizens are demanding a more equitable and just nation. This exhibit documents that process beginning in 2006 through 2015, and chronicles different public demonstrations including marches for free education, gender equality and sexual diversity, as well as protests against environmental degradation, among others.

Art Museum of the Americas

Through Nov. 6

Will & Jane

Merchandising, parodies and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first-name basis with the world. Explore the stories of "Will" and "Jane" and the nature of literary celebrity. How does today's Cult of Jane resemble the first wave of Bardolatry 200 years ago?

Folger Shakespeare Library

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

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

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. 7

#Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890-1955

An exhibition opening next month at the Library of Congress will showcase photographs of early opera stars from a collection assembled by the late authority on opera Charles Jahant, in a format that will explore how Jahant might have used an Instagram account had he lived today.

Library of Congress

James Madison Building

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

Sat., Sept. 3, 8 p.m.

Diamono (Roots)

Diamono celebrates the people and cultures of the Casamance region in the West African nation of Senegal. Tickets are $25.

GW Lisner Auditorium

Fri., Sept. 30, 8 p.m.

The Washington Ballet Presents A Special Evening: 40th Anniversary Celebration

For one night only, the Washington Ballet presents a special evening of works by Choo San Goh, Septime Webre as well as other favorites from TWB's repertoire. Narrated by newly installed Artistic Director Julie Kent, the evening includes an emotional and inspirational look back at the people and creative works that have come to define the company throughout its 40-year history. Tickets are $40 to $500.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

Step Afrika!

Washington Performing Arts presents Step Afrika!, the D.C.-based global ambassador of traditional stepping, which debuts a new and expanded production of its signature work, "The Migration," based on American painter Jacob Lawrence's iconic series (displayed at the Phillips Collection and at MoMA in New York). Please call for ticket information.

University of District of Columbia

Theater of the Arts

 

 

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Spanish Fever: Authors in Conversation

SPAIN arts & culture presents Spanish graphic novelists Santiago García, Javier Olivares, David Rubín, Ana Galvañ and José Domingo, some of the artists featured in "Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists." This anthology showcases the talents of a contemporary wave of Spanish comic authors and the quality of graphic novels emerging from a country with one of the strongest cartoon traditions in Europe. The Sept. 15-18 book tour will stop at SPX 2016 in Bethesda, Md., in addition to venues in D.C., Baltimore and New York.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

Wed., Sept. 21, 12 p.m.

I Juana Live in America: An Immigrant's (Creative) Journey

Award-winning illustrator Juana Medina will discuss her work and her artistic journey as a Colombian artist living in the United States. Medina is an illustrator and author for children's books, as well as a teacher at George Washington University.

Library of Congress

James Madison Building

 

MUSIC

Tue., Sept. 6, 6:45 p.m.

Tribute to Cervantes and Granados: Spanish Music by Duo Belcorde

The Spanish Duo Belcorde — violinist Manuel Briega and guitarist Adrián Fernández — pays tribute to Cervantes and Granados with a concert program of works and masterpieces composed between the 17th and 20th centuries.

Former Residence of Spanish Ambassador

Fri., Sept. 9, 8 p.m.

Laylo Rikhsieva, Piano

Laylo Rikhsieva, who was born in Uzbekistan and has performed in places ranging from Italy to Ohio to Germany, opens the Embassy Series 2016-17 season with a program of Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $25, including reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

International Student House

Fri., Sept. 16, 12 p.m.

Maestro Soler: An Homage to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Maestro Soler wil present a guitar recital in honor of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson Building

 

THEATER

Sept. 2 to 25

Report to an Academy

Scena Theatre opens the company's 30th anniversary season with Franz Kafka's acclaimed "Report to an Academy," an emotionally powerful drama that features Scena founder and Artistic Director Robert McNamara in a one-man play lasting 65 minutes. In the story, an African ape is captured and shipped abroad. To survive, "Red Peter" learns to imitate his captors and evolves to behave like a human. Ultimately, Peter presents his fascinating tale of transformation — and the horrid details of his former ape life — to a top scientific academy. Tickets are $30 and $35.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Sept. 8 to Oct. 2

Cervantes: The Last Quixote

GALA Hispanic Theatre enters its fifth decade by commemorating 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra with this world premiere. In this new play of mystery and intrigue, Cervantes has died in the street. A drunk insists that the man who killed him is the renowned poet Lope de Vega. In Casanova's tale, the same man recounts the secrets Cervantes shared with him, revealing the most tempestuous period in the great writer's life and the unbridled creativity of his final years. Tickets are $40 and $45.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sept. 8 to Oct. 1

I Call My Brothers

A car has exploded and a city has been crippled by fear, reeling from an act of terrorism. Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. But what is normal behavior? And who is a potential perpetrator? Over 24 hours, Jonas Hassen Kemiri's fierce, funny and explosive play — written in response to the Stockholm terrorist attacks of 2010 — explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur. Tickets start at $30.

Silver Spring Black Box Theater

Through Sept. 11

Jelly's Last Jam

Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton. Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with "he who drinks from the vine of syncopation" in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

Sept. 12 to Oct. 9

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops

Five different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex and the "thea-tah" in award-winning playwright Jen Silverman's absurdist romantic comedy that is at once hysterical, inspired and boldly uncompromising. Tickets start at $35.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Sept. 13 to Nov. 6

Romeo & Juliet

The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare's early poetic masterworks, "Romeo & Juliet" follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Company Lansburgh Theatre

Sept. 13 to Oct. 30

Sense and Sensibility

Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen's beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Tickets are $30 to $75.

Folger Theatre

Through Sept. 18

Hand to God

In a church basement in a small Texas town, the teens of a Christian puppetry ministry gather to bring the Word to the Flock. But one puppet takes on a foul-mouthed, demonic life of its own — unleashing

the community's barely repressed lust and rage. Tickets are $20 to $70.

Studio Theatre

Sept. 22 to Oct. 2

The Marriage of Figaro

One of opera's most enduring and beloved classics, Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" tells an upstairs/downstairs story of love, lust, seduction, infidelity and, ultimately, forgiveness, all set to some of the most sublime and memorable music ever written. Tickets are $25 to $315.

Kennedy Center Opera House

Sept. 23 to Oct. 30

The Little Foxes

There are people who eat and there are those who get eaten. This fall, Arena Stage serves up Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes," a delicious drama about family greed and betrayal. Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Marg Helgenberger stars as Regina Giddens, clawing her way to wealth with her equally calculating brothers. When their plan to control the local cotton mill is thwarted, they'll turn to ever more devious schemes, even as it further divides their family. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

Sept. 28 to Oct. 30

Dante's Inferno

A lost traveler must navigate a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. This revitalized, wordless version of Synetic's emotionally charged production promises to be a wicked whirlwind of stunning visuals, hauntingly vivid original music, and powerful physicality. Tickets start at $35 (recommended for ages 16 and up for violence and partial nudity).

Synetic Theater

   

Classifieds - September 2016

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

diplomat.classifieds1.sept16

diplomat.classifieds2.september2016

   

Real Estate Classifieds - September 2016

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

diplomat.re.classifieds1.sept16

diplomat.re.classifieds2.sept16

   

Follow The Diplomat: icon-facebook icon-twitter icon-linkedin icon-rss instagram