December 2016

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EXCLUSIVE: Cover Story

Havana Basks in Renewed Ties with
D.C., But Will Honeymoon Last?

a4.cuba.store.homeCuban Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, in his first-ever exclusive interview with any U.S. media outlet, talks about President Obama's historic détente with America's former Cold War adversary — and whether Donald Trump will put a chill on Washington's warming relations with Havana. Read More

 


SPECIAL REPORT

As Trump Takes Office, Obama's
Legacy is on Chopping Block

a1.obama.regulations.homeAs the 44th president packs up his belongings to start a new life, Barack Obama is not only leaving behind the cushy confines of the White House, he's also leaving behind a historic — yet highly vulnerable — legacy. The big question now is: How much of it will Donald Trump undo? Read More


Verdict Still Out

U.S. Officials Fear Law That
Opens Saudi Arabia to 9/11 Lawsuits

a2.saudi.911.lawsuit.memorial.homeIn a case of good intentions versus smart foreign policy, the jury is still out on whether a controversial law allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia will invite retaliatory action abroad and open the door for other nations to haul American troops and diplomats into their courts. Read More


Nuclear Limbo

What Will Trump Do to
Historic Accord with Iran?

a3.iran.nuclear.kerry.homeDuring his vitriolic campaign for president, Donald Trump promised to make many bold moves which makes one wonder what fate has in store for Obama's biggest foreign policy achievement of all: a nuclear agreement with Iran that Trump scorned as "disastrous" and "the worst deal ever negotiated in the history of the United States." Read More


Lame Duck Checklist

Congress Has Two Weeks to Wrap
Up Agenda Before Trump Takes Over

a5.lame.duck.congress.senate.homeWith just two weeks of legislating left this year, preventing a government shutdown, imposing Iran sanctions and speeding up biomedical research are at the top of the short list to finish off the 114th Congress. Read More


Poland's Draconian Law

Abortion Law Tests Limits of
Poland's Conservative Government

a6.poland.abortions.homeIn October, tens of thousands of Polish women donned black outfits and took to the streets of Warsaw and other cities to protest a draft law initially supported by the right-wing government that would have banned virtually all abortions in the country. Their passionate public display of solidarity worked. Read More


Bold Fashion Statement

'Diplomacy By Design' Examines
What Clothes Say About Us

a7.fashion.diplomacy1.home"Fashion is everywhere," said U.S. Protocol Chief Peter Selfridge, whose office co-hosted a first-ever "Diplomacy by Design" event with Elle magazine to showcase the universal power of fashion to transcend borders and politics. Read More


   

As Trump Takes Office, Obama’s Legacy is on Chopping Block

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By Anna Gawel

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U.S. Officials Fear Ramifications of Law That Opens Saudi Arabia to 9/11 Lawsuits

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By Brendan L. Smith

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What Will Trump Do to Historic Accord with Iran?

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By Larry Luxner

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Havana Basks in Renewed Ties with Washington, But Will Honeymoon Last?

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By Larry Luxner

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Controversial Abortion Law Tests Limits of Poland’s Conservative Government

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Congress Has Two Weeks to Wrap Up Agenda Before Trump Takes Over

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By James Cullum

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‘Diplomacy By Design’ Examines What Clothes Say About Us

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By Anna Gawel

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From Priceless to Practical, 2016 Gift Guide Offers Stocking Stuffers for Everyone

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

 

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Melancholy Merges with Happiness in Hirshhorn Survey of Icelandic Artist

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Ex-Military Wife from Ghana Takes Service, Volunteering to Heart

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By Gail Scott

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‘Notes from Desert’ Gets Up Close and Personal with Women from Marginalized Community

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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African American Narratives Intersect in ‘Migration’ and ‘Kin Series’

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By Gary Tischler

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‘Delimitations’ Documents Shifting Boundaries Between U.S., Mexico

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By Kate Oczypok and Anna Gawel

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Preparatory Drawings Complement Paintings in ‘Age of Rembrandt’

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By Gary Tischler

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Pop-Ups Give Washingtonians Chance to Sample Culinary Experimentation

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - December 2016

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By Cari

Languages

Bulgarian

English

French

Japanese

Polish


Croatian

Estonian

German

Kazakh

Romanian


Danish

Finnish

Greek

Korean

Slovak

Dutch

Flemish

Italian

Latvian

Swedish

Bulgarian

Glory

(Slava)

Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

(Bulgaria/Greece, 2016, 101 min.)

When a reclusive railway worker stumbles upon a pile of cash on the tracks, he turns it over to the police and is hailed as a model citizen by the propaganda-hungry Ministry of Transport, rewarded with a new wristwatch and promptly thrust into the national spotlight.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Dec. 6, 5 p.m.,

Thu., Dec. 8, 9:45 p.m.

Croatian

On the Other Side

(S One Strane)

Directed by Zrinko Ogresta

(Croatia/Serbia, 2016, color, 85 min.)

After 20 years' estrangement, a Zagreb nurse receives a phone call out of the blue from her war-criminal husband in Belgrade, saying that he wants to see her and the kids again after all these years.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Dec. 4, 12:30 p.m.,

Wed., Dec. 7, 5:15 p.m.,

Thu., Dec. 8, 5:15 p.m.

Danish

Land of Mine

(Under Sandet)

Directed by Martin Zandvliet

(Denmark/Germany, 2016, 101 min.)

Spring 1945: After five years of Nazi occupation, Denmark is now liberated. A group of German POWS — recent conscripts from a desperate country, barely teenagers — are given a dangerous assignment by their Danish overseers: comb a local beach and remove the 45,000 mines planted by the Germans (Danish and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

 

Dutch

Cafard

Directed by Jan Bultheel

(Belgium/France/Netherlands, 2015, 92 min.)

Belgium 1914: When world champion boxer Jean Mordant returns from a tournament to discover his daughter has been brutally assaulted by German soldiers, he signs up for the war effort in a bid to fight back against his daughter's aggressors.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m.

 

English

Allied

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

(U.S., 2016, 124 min.)

"Allied" is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

Angelika Pop-Up

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Arrival

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

(U.S., 2016, 116 min.)

A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications (English, Russian and Mandarin).

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Bulgarian Rhapsody

Directed by Ivan Nichev

(Bulgaria/Israel, 2014, 108 min.)

In 1943, the Jews of Greater Bulgaria are forced to adhere to Germany's rule. The friendship of teenagers Moni (a Jewish kid from Sofia) and Giogio (the son of the Commissar for Jewish Affairs' chauffeur) is tested when they both fall in love with Shelly, a beautiful 17-year-old Jewish girl from Greece (Bulgarian, German and Ladino).

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Certain Women

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

(U.S., 2016, 107 min.)

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

West End Cinema

Denial

Directed by Mick Jackson

(U.S./U.K., 2016, 119 min.)

The whole world knows the Holocaust happened. Now she needs to prove it. Based on the acclaimed book, "Denial" recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

The Eyes of My Mother

Directed by

(U.S., 2016, 76 min.)

This bizarre and disturbing story begins peacefully enough: In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter Francisca to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca's family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities (English and Portuguese).

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Dec. 2

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Directed by

(133 min.)

In this all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling (the "Harry Potter" series), Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures and finds himself in 1926 New York, where some of Newt's fantastic beasts have escaped.

Angelica Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Germans & Jews

Directed by Janina Quint and Tal Recanati

(U.S., 2016, 76 min.)

Through personal stories, "Germans & Jews" explores Germany's transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m. (reception; screening at 7:30 p.m.)

Gozo

Directed by Miranda Bowen

(U.K./Malta, 2015, 84 min.)

When Lucille and Joe move to the beautiful Maltese island of Gozo hoping to escape the past, their new life proves too good to be true.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Dec. 5, 5 p.m.,

Tue., Dec. 6, 9:45 p.m.

Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by Mel Gibson

(Australia/U.S., 2016, 139 min.)

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first man in American history to win the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Angelika Mosaic

Handsome Devil

Directed by Bertrand Bonello and John Butler

(Ireland, 2016, 95 min.)

Irish novelist-turned-director John Butler's sweet and hilarious coming-of-age comedy follows a rebellious music-loving outcast forced to share a room with mysterious star athlete.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.,

Fri., Dec. 16, 7:10 p.m.

I, Daniel Blake

Directed by Ken Loach

(U.K./France/Belgium, 2016, 100 min.)

An aging Newcastle carpenter is denied benefits formerly afforded to him and subjected to the nightmarish, Kafkaesque bureaucracy of the British welfare system.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 10, 5:20 p.m.,

Wed., Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Jackie

Directed by Pablo Larraín

(U.S./Chile/France, 2016, 99 min.)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children and define her husband's historic legacy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Dec. 9

Lion

Directed by Garth Davis

(Australia, 2016, 120 min.)

A 5-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family (English, Bengali and Hindi).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Dec. 9

Manchester by the Sea

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan

(U.S., 2016, 137 min.)

This story of a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street 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 Bethesda Row Cinema

Stagecoach

Directed by John Ford

(U.S., 1939, 96 min.)

A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process (preceded by "L'Avventura").

National Gallery of Art

Wed., Dec. 28, 12:30 p.m.

A Street Cat Named Bob

Directed by Roger Spottiswoode

(U.K., 2016, 103 min.)

When a recovering drug addict found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. Christening him Bob, he slowly nursed the cat back to health and then sent him on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

West End Cinema

Estonian

Mother

(Ema)

Directed by Kadri Kõusaar

(Estonia, 2016, 89 min.)

In this pitch-black crime comedy set in a small-town, Elsa is a quietly resentful woman taking care of her adult son after a shooting leaves him comatose. No one, including the bumbling village policeman, knows who the assailant might be, or why the son withdrew a large sum of money before the attack.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 10, 12 p.m.,

Thu., Dec. 15, 9:10 p.m.

Finnish

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen

(Finland/Sweden/Germany, 2016, 92 min.)

Finnish boxer Olli Mäki earns a title fight with American featherweight champ Davey Moore in the summer of 1962. The first world title fight held in Helsinki, the event is the subject of relentless hype, but Olli's heart is consumed by a girl from his hometown.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 10, 1:15 p.m.,

Mon., Dec. 12, 7:20 p.m.

Flemish

The Ardennes

(D'Ardennen)

Directed by Robin Pront

(Belgium, 2015, 93 min.)

When a home invasion goes wrong, Kenny is left behind to take the rap, while his accomplices — his girlfriend and his brother — escape. Four years later, Kenny gets out of prison to find that his former partners-in-crime have gone straight (Flemish and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Dec. 6, 7:15 p.m.,

Wed., Dec. 7, 9:45 p.m.

French

After Love

(L'Économie du Couple)

Directed by Joachim Lafosse

(Belgium/France, 2016, 100 min.)

Belgian auteur Joachim Lafosse takes an intimate and absorbing look at the dismantling of a 15-year marriage over the course of several months.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 10, 3:15 p.m.,

Sun., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

The Brand New Testament

Directed by Jaco Van Dormael

(Belgium/France/Luxembourg, 2015, 112 min.)

God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world, which leaves God angry, powerless and adamant to get his power back.

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Dec. 16

Elle

Directed by Paul Verhoeven

(France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, 131 min.)

A rich and powerful woman, who is the head of her own successful video game company that specializes in violent erotic games, brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. But she is forced to face her own powerlessness when she is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, changing her life forever.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Frantz

Directed by François Ozon

(France/Germany, 2016, 113 min.)

French veteran Adrien visits the grave of a German soldier killed in the war. The fallen man's parents and former fiancée assume Adrien must be a friend from the soldier's days studying music in Paris, a misconception that the fragile-nerved Adrien allows them to believe (French and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Directed by Chantal Akerman

(Belgium/France, 1976, 201 min.)

Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman's early tour de force — an examination of a woman's ritualized behavior inside her bourgeois Brussels flat, recorded as a sequence of domestic tableaux in real time — gradually reaches the point of pure tragedy.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Dec. 24, 1 p.m.

Louise by the Shore

(Louise en Hiver)

Directed by Jean-François Laguionie

(France/Canada, 2016, 75 min.)

Both sweet and melancholy, the story revolves around Louise, an unassuming old lady who becomes stranded alone in a seaside town during winter, and decides to stay put and make do until summer rolls around.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m.,

Sun., Dec. 18, 4:10 p.m.

Seasons

Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud

(France/Germany, 2016, 97 min.)

Four years in the making, "Seasons" presents some of the most amazing, breathtaking and gorgeous widescreen nature footage ever seen, so close that you feel part of the action. Filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud traveled to the lush green forests that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age to chronicle the history of the seasons for human and animal.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Things to Come

(L'Avenir)

Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

(France/Germany, 2016, 100 min.)

What happens when the life you've worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job and dealing with a husband who is leaving her for another woman (French, English and German).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m.,

Sun., Dec. 4, 3:30 p.m.

Landmark's Cinema

Opens Fri., Dec. 9

Upstream

(En Amont du Fleuve)

Directed by Marion Hänsel

(Belgium/Netherlands/Croatia, 2016, 90 min.)

The death of a father brings two half-brothers together in this intimate adventure film through the Croatian countryside.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m.,

Tue., Dec. 13, 5 p.m.

 

German

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

Directed by Maria Schrader

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

German author Stefan Zweig's story of exile and despair following Hitler's rise to power is told through five discrete vignettes ranging from the Brazilian countryside to Buenos Aires to New York City (multiple languages).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Dec. 11, 9:05 p.m.,

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

 

Greek

Beloved Days

Directed by Constantinos Patsalides

(Cyprus/Italy/U.K., 2015, 75 min.)

In 1970, a Cypriot village participated in its first film shooting, "The Beloved" starring movie icon Raquel Welch, and became a film destination — a future that was terminated abruptly by the Turkish invasion of 1974 and the changes that followed (Greek, English and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Dec. 13, 7:15 p.m.

Chevalier

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari

(Greece, 2015, 105 min.)

Six middle-aged men venture out to sea on a luxury yacht, an annual tradition where they compete in an Olympiad of bizarre games of ridiculous one-upmanship.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

 

Italian

Bella e perduta

(Lost and Beautiful)

Directed by Pietro Marcello

(Italy/France, 2015, 87 min.)

The foolish servant Pulcinella is sent from the depths of Mt. Vesuvius to present-day Campania to honor the last wishes of the poor shepherd Tommaso: his mission is to save a young buffalo called Sarchiapone.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m.

Fire at Sea

(Fuocoammare)

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

(Italy/France, 2016, 108 min.)

This atmospheric exploration documents the island of Lampedusa, home to a small population of fishing families, an overworked coast guard station and thousands of newly arrived immigrants from Africa and the Middle East.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Dec. 2, 2:45 p.m.,

Wed., Dec. 7, 7:15 p.m.

Io, Arlecchino

Directed by Giorgio Pasotti and Matteo Bini

(Italy, 2015, 90 min.)

When Paolo, a well-known TV host in Rome, returns to his hometown near Bergamo to visit his ailing father (an actor who plays an enigmatic character Harlequin in the local theater troupe), he manages to rekindle his own love for the theater and the pleasant rituals of his past.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m.

L'Avventure

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

(Italy/France, 1961, 143 min.)

Though ostensibly a mystery involving a missing woman, the film is more a psychological play that builds tension through impressions of space and time, and particularly landscape — from the Tyrrhenian Sea and Aeolian Islands to the Sicilian port town of Milazzo (Italian, English and Greek; followed by "Stagecoach").

National Gallery of Art

Wed., Dec. 28, 12:30 p.m.

Like Crazy

(La Pazza Gioia)

Directed by Paolo Virzì

(Italy/France, 2016, 118 min.)

Beatrice is a strong-willed though undeniably delusional mental patient at a facility in Tuscany, where she tells herself that she's just there for a rest and treats the staff and fellow patients as if they are servants (opening night of the European Union Film Showcase).

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. (with reception)

Thu., Dec. 8, 7:15 p.m.

Pericle

(Pericle il Nero)

Directed by Stefano Mordini

(Italy/Belgium/France, 2015, 104 min.)

Pericle has served his low-level Belgian mob boss faithfully for years, beginning in his youth as a luckless orphan in the Belgian Neapolitan community. When Pericle causes the accidental death of a member of a rival clan, he flees to France where, ironically, he discovers a truer sense of his own identity (Italian and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Dec. 13, 9:15 p.m.,

Fri., Dec. 16, 9:20 p.m.

Sweet Dreams

(Fai Bei Sogni)

Directed by Marco Bellocchio

(Italy, 2016, 134 min.)

Journalist Massimo writes a high-profile advice column, though ironically, this perennial moper would seem a good candidate for professional help himself, having never gotten over the loss of his beloved mother at a young age.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Dec. 11, 4:20 p.m.,

Mon., Dec. 12, 2:45 p.m.

 

Japanese

The Face of Another

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

(Japan, 1966, 124 min.)

In this "staggering work of existential science fiction" (Criterion Collection), the great Tatsuya Nakadai plays a disfigured man who agrees to undergo a radical procedure: a face transplant. But his new identity brings with it the temptation to give in to his darkest impulses.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sat., Dec. 10, 4 p.m.

 

Kazakh

The Eagle Huntress

Directed by Otto Bell

(U.K./Mongolia/U.S., 2016, 87 min.)

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Korean

The Handmaiden

(Ah-ga-ssi)

Directed by Chan-wook Park

(South Korea, 2016, 144 min.)

In this gripping and sensual tale of two women, a young Japanese lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance (Korean and Japanese).

West End Cinema

 

Latvian

Dawn

(Ausma)

Directed by Laila Pakalniņa and Szabolcs Hajdu

(Latvia/Estonia/Poland, 2015, 96 min.)

In a collective farm in Latvia, a young hero named Janis reports his brutish father's anti-Soviet leanings to the farm's leadership.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Dec. 14, 5:15 p.m.,

Fri., Dec. 16, 5:05 p.m.

 

Polish

United States of Love

(Zjednoczone Stany Milosci)

Directed by Tomasz Wasilewski

(Poland/Sweden, 2016, 106 min.)

Set in a nondescript Polish town in 1990, just as the Communist bloc has begun to crumble, this film explores the intertwined love lives of four women residing in a housing complex.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Dec. 14, 9:05 p.m.,

Sat., Dec. 17, 1:45 p.m.

 

Romanian

Dogs

(Caini)

Directed by Bogdan Mirică

(Romania/France/Bulgaria/Qatar, 2016, 104 min.)

City boy Roman (Dragoș Bucur) inherits a large piece of undeveloped land from his grandfather. Beginning with the discovery on the property of a severed foot still in its shoe, and followed by various hints dropped by the local police chief, the criminal past of Roman's grandfather comes to light.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Dec. 10, 9:45 p.m.,

Thu., Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m.

Graduation

(Bacalaureat)

Directed by Cristian Mungiu

(Romania/France/Belgium, 2016, 128 min.)

Following a random street crime that left his daughter somewhat shaken, a doctor becomes concerned that she might not perform well on her upcoming finals in this story on the larger ramifications of corruption.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Dec. 4, 5:45 p.m.,

Mon., Dec. 5, 6:45 p.m.

 

Slovak

The Teacher

(Ucitelka)

Directed by Jan Hřebejk

(Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2016, 102 min.)

In this sharp and funny takedown of totalitarianism, the arrival of a new teacher at a Bratislava school in 1983 sparks a moral dilemma.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Dec. 9, 5:05 p.m.,

Sat., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

 

Swedish

A Serious Game

(Den Allvarsamma Leken)

Directed by Pernilla August

(Sweden, 2016, 115 min.)

When an aspiring artist meets a budding journalist, the attraction is immediate, but the penniless and ambitious pair both move on to more lucrative matches. Years later, time has not dimmed their passion and they embark on an affair that threatens to destroy the lives of everyone it touches.

AFI Silver Theater

Thu., Dec. 15, 3:15 p.m.,

Sun., Dec. 18, 1:45 p.m.

   

Events - December 2016

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Theater

Dance

Festivals

Music

ART 

Through Dec. 2

Expressions: Photographs by Natalia Terry

Natalia Terry freezes fleeting moments — fading sunsets, unrepeatable trips, things "dancing" in the wind — to reveal the essence of people and places in a beautiful game that transforms movement, landscapes, smiles and acrobatics into timeless images (part of FotoWeekDC).

Embassy of Argentina

 

Through Dec. 11

Gender Equality: We've come a long way - haven't we?

Sweden's achievements in gender equality are hailed as inspiring examples. Focusing on four sub-goals of gender equality set up by the Swedish government — equal division of power and influence; economic equality; equal distribution of unpaid housework and provision of care; and men's violence against women — this exhibition aims to inspire and reflect as well as discuss the changes that have been made and to initiate the changes still needed.

House of Sweden

 

Through 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

 

Through Dec. 11

Sweden's Freedom of the Press Unfolded

The freedom to express oneself in speech and writing is one of the basic human rights according to the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. Sweden's Freedom of the Press Act was passed almost 200 years earlier, in 1766. This unique timeline exhibition reveals how Sweden's freedom of the press came about and focuses on some of the advances and setbacks that have shaped it.

House of Sweden

 

Through 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

 

Through Dec. 11

Wingårdhs

The House of Sweden turns 10 years this fall. The architects behind the beautiful building tell us what motivated the design of this stunning example of contemporary Scandinavian architecture.

House of Sweden

 

Through 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

 

Through Dec. 16

A Myriad of Voices

SPAIN arts & culture presents "A Myriad of Voices," showcasing a small sample of the work done by former winners of the prestigious Revelation Award by PHotoEspaña, Madrid's international photography and visual arts festival. The body of work presented in this exhibition reflects the incredible richness, diversity and creativity in modern photography as part of FotoWeekDC 2016.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

Through Dec. 18

Alex Katz: Black and White

This exhibit showcases renowned American realist artist Alex Katz's lifelong interest in stripping color out of his prints and replacing sensual pleasure with intellectual design. Design versus color is an artistic debate that goes back to the Renaissance.

American University Museum

 

Through Dec. 18

Challenging Adversity – IberoAmerica Copes with Climate Change

This exhibition examines how populations of Ibero-American countries have managed to face the vicissitudes caused by climate change through small ventures with varying degrees of technological influence. The resulting images not only focus on the aesthetic aspects of photography itself, but also aim to show how imagination, hope and sustainable projects have emerged as a means of survival.

Hillyer Art Space

 

Through Dec. 18

The High Stakes of Macedonia's 'Colorful Revolution'

Several years ago, the Macedonian government embarked on a highly controversial and hugely expensive "urban renewal" of the capital city, Skopje. Most of this renewal consisted of large monuments of "historic figures" and new, quasi-classical facades over old buildings. This year, these monuments and buildings came under attack by various groups of citizens of this multi-ethnic country who rose together in street protests. This exhibition of photographs tells the story of the "Colorful Revolution" through the work of photographers Robert Atanasovski, Kire Galevski and Vancho Dzambaski.

American University Museum

 

Through Dec. 18

Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace

"Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace" highlights Wilson's four decades creating innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations and invasions of other people's personae.

American University Museum

 

Through Dec. 18

Melissa Ichiuji: Make You Love Me

The doll reminds us of the first objects that comforted us in childhood. For Melissa Ichiuji, it helped to renew the creative energies within the family space. The doll, with its suggestive and "rudimentary" shape, gives free rein to everyone's imagination.

American University Museum

 

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 January 2017

Resilience: Reclaiming History and the Dominican Diaspora

Resilience is defined as the human ability to cope with difficult times and bounce back from personal trauma. The Inter-American Development Bank, with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, examine how artists create a space for society's healing and growth. Today, the Dominican Republic is one of the most dynamic economies in the Caribbean. Nevertheless, the advances in reducing poverty and inequality have not kept pace with GDP growth. Looking toward the future, the country needs to improve the quality of education, health care infrastructure and services, diversify exports and boost productivity, while also adapting to climate change and promoting innovation.

IDB Cultural Center

 

Through Jan. 2

Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt

Dutch landscapes, still lifes, and scenes of daily life possess a remarkable immediacy and authenticity, giving the impression that Dutch artists painted them from life. However, artists actually executed these works — as well as biblical and mythological subjects—in studios, often using drawings as points of departure. Over 90 drawings and 25 paintings by renowned Golden Age masters reveals the many ways Dutch artists used preliminary drawings in the painting process.

National Gallery of Art

 

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. 5

North Is Freedom

This photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada. In the years before the American Civil War, approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the "North Star" to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes that became known as the "Underground Railroad." Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the "Underground Railroad" and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. This exhibit honors the contributions of once-enslaved African Americans and their descendants to Canada and celebrates the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

 

Through Jan. 7

The Overflow of Productivity Logic

"The Overflow of Productivity Logic," with works by artists Cristina Lucas, Irving Penn, Abraham Cruzvillegas and more, features a selection of pieces that, through gestures, evocations or representations, displace the conceptual pillars of the prevailing economic model. Through three thematic axes, the exhibit calls into question production processes and economic exchange, reflects on the role that the economy plays in the constitution of an individual and challenges the logic of "productivity" within the capitalistic economic model.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through 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

 

Through Jan. 8

People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series

The Phillips Collection reunites all 60 panels of "The Migration Series," Jacob Lawrence's seminal masterwork depicting the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between the World Wars. Shaped by an interdisciplinary team of scholars, this exhibition explores the historical, literary, socio-cultural, aesthetic and contemporary manifestations of migration that underlie Lawrence's powerful visual narrative. The presentation is complemented by a new interactive website, featuring the artist's first-hand accounts as well as contemporary responses to migration.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Jan. 8

Ragnar Kjartansson

"Ragnar Kjartansson" is the first major survey of the work of the internationally acclaimed Icelandic artist and his prodigious output since his debut in Reykjavík in 2000. It features the artist's most celebrated works, including many never before seen in the U.S., and encompasses the entirety of his practice — live endurance performance, large-scale video installations, drawings, photography and painting.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Jan. 8

Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series & Related Works

The work of internationally recognized Bronx-born artist Whitfield Lovell powerfully examines "the markings that the past has made — and continues to make—on who we are." In his exquisitely crafted Kin series and related tableaux, Lovell combines freely drawn Conté crayon figures of anonymous African Americans with time worn objects from everyday life, such as a brooch, clock or flag.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Jan. 13

Light from the Other Side: Shadowgraphs by Tim Otto Roth

Shadows underscore the beauty of nature and escape the captivity of their surfaces in the shadowgraphs created by German conceptual artist Tim Otto Roth. Usually referred to as photograms, these highly differentiated shadow records on light-sensitive surfaces are created in a process similar to an X-ray, with Roth dedicating 15 years of research and development into this medium.

Goethe-Institut

 

Through Jan. 27

Sertão Cerrado by José Diniz

Sertão refers to backland region located inside Brazil, far from the coast, while Cerrado occupies much of the interior. In addition to providing water that feeds aquifers and basins to major cities, the region is home to a cycle of fire and water, after periods of drought and fire, that gives birth to lush flowers rising from the ashes — an elemental process of earth, water, fire and air documented by Brazilian photographer José Diniz.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through 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

 

Through 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

 

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

 

Through Jan. 30

Bingata! Only in Okinawa

The first major American exhibition of Okinawa's textile treasures — brightly colored fabrics known as bingata — introduces U.S. audiences to the history and culture of Japan's southernmost administrative district through dozens of bingata textiles, ranging from 18th- and 19th-century court robes to contemporary works by Okinawan artists and fashion designers.

The George Washington University Museum / Textile Museum

 

Through Feb. 7

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting

"No Boundaries" showcases the work of nine Aboriginal artists from remote northwest Australia, revered as community leaders and the custodians of ceremonial knowledge. They took up painting late in their lives, but quickly established themselves at the forefront of Australian contemporary art. The paintings of these nine men cannot be understood outside of the rich cultural traditions that inform them. At the same time, these artists are innovators of the highest order.

Embassy of Australia Art Gallery

 

Through 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 Feb. 20

The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

In recognition of one of the world's extraordinary collections of Qur'ans, the Freer|Sackler is hosting a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States, featuring some 50 of the most sumptuous manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts — which range in date from the early 8th to the 17th century — are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur'ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Feb. 26

Evolving Elections; Comparing the 1916 and 2016 Presidential Campaigns

"Evolving Elections" attempts to make sense of presidential politics then and now, exploring the political campaign season of 100 years ago vs. the current election. The modern day complaints about primary fights, the importance of party unity, a bitterly divided party, the grueling length of campaigns and outsiders seeking nomination would have been familiar to the voter during the contentious election of 1916. More contentious than 2016? You decide.

Woodrow Wilson House

 

Through 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 March 5

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

As one of the most important American modernists, Stuart Davis (1892–1964) blurred distinctions between text and image, high and low art, and abstraction and figuration, crafting a distinct style that continues to influence art being made today.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 26

The Great Swindle: Works by Santiago Montoya

Colombian artist Santiago Montoya uses paper currency as the base for his work, re-contextualizing one of our most basic and intimate relationships: the relationship with money. Comprised of works that Montoya has made over the last 10 years, "The Great Swindle" represents a sustained examination of the complicated, fluid relationships we have with financial systems, as well as a journey through the artist's forays into the materiality of paper bills — raising questions and taking positions on our place within the financial system.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Aug. 6, 2017

José Gómez-Sicre's Eye

A half-century ago, Cuban-born curator José Gómez-Sicre took the reins of the OAS's art program, thrusting himself into the rapidly expanding Latin American art world and bringing young, emerging talent to the OAS's budding exhibition space. Impassioned by the arts, Gómez-Sicre planted the seeds of what is today considered among world's finest collections of modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art. The OAS will be celebrating the centennial of Gómez-Sicre's birth throughout 2016, honoring his contribution to the legacy of the hemisphere's art.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

DANCE

Dec. 1 to 24

The Nutcracker

This perennial favorite returns as the Washington Ballet's celebrated production brings to life the classic tale with a twist, transplanting it to historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures, all set to the iconic score by Tchaikovsky. Special events include a behind-the-scenes family day (Dec. 4), military appreciation night (Dec. 6) and post-performance tea party (Dec. 11). Please call for ticket information.

Warner Theatre

 

Tue., Dec. 13 and 20, 6:30 p.m.

Tango Lessons

The Embassy of Argentina invites you to an immersion in the world of tango dance in four lessons for beginners taught by Argentine instructor Jorge Pereyra. Admission is free; register before Dec. 9 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Embassy of Argentina

 

FESTIVALS

Sat., Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Christmas Market

The German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA invites guests to its first annual Christmas Market featuring music by the Alpine Singers along with vendors selling a variety of Christmas favorites and other unique crafts, delectable treats and drinks. Tickets are $20; for information, visit gahmuse.org.

German-American Heritage Museum

 

Dec. 6 to 8

Borges, Eternal Fictions from Argentina

The Argentine Embassy brings together artists and intellectuals to pay tribute to a great 20th century author Jorge Luis Borges. Events include a film screening of "The Books and the Night," followed by an expert discussion and wine reception (Dec. 6); a conversation with María Kodama (Dec. 7 at the Library of Congress); and performances by Argentine actress Muriel Santa Ana and Hugo Medrano of GALA Hispanic Theatre following by tango music and dancing (Dec. 8). For more information or to RSVP, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Embassy of Argentina

 

MUSIC

Thu., Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Itamar Zorman, Violin

Amy Lang, Piano

Violinist Itamar Zorman, joint winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is joined by pianist Amy Lang for a program of Ben-Haim, Granados, Schubert and Ravel, co-sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. Tickets are $75, including wine reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Venue TBA

 

Tue., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Christian Gerhaher, Baritone

Gerold Huber, Piano

Vocal Arts DC is delighted to welcome back to D.C. the formidable team of baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber, whose long and close cooperation, be it in music of the classical or romantic periods or in contemporary music, has enabled them to achieve a superlative level of interaction, giving their music penetrating interpretations and meaning. Tickets are $50.

University of the District of Columbia

Theatre of the Arts

 

Thu., Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

Virgil Boutellis-Taft, Violin

Angela Draghicescu, Piano

Violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft's concerts as a soloist and chamber musician have led him through Europe and the United States, while pianist Angela Draghicescu, a native of Romania, has toured globally as a duo and chamber music pianist in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Mahidon Auditorium in Thailand. Tickets are $95, including buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Romania

 

Dec. 10 to 18

The Christmas Revels

The Washington Revels's flagship production is an annual festive celebration of the winter solstice and the wonders of Nordic winter traditions, with haunting melodies, breathtaking dance, epic folk legends and joyful carols get you into the holiday spirit. Please call for ticket information.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Dec. 15 to 18

National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's 'Messiah'

Get in the holiday spirit with Handel's epic masterpiece, performed each year with a fresh perspective by the National Symphony Orchestra. This year, Laurence Cummings conducts four gifted singers and the University of Maryland Concert Choir in this NSO tradition. Tickets are $15 to $89.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Dec. 11, 17, 20, 21 and 22

The Washington Chorus: Candlelight Christmas

Each year, the Washington Chorus delights D.C. audiences with its Candlelight Christmas concerts — resplendent affairs comprising a candlelight processional, brass, organ and audience sing-alongs. This year's concerts will feature star tenor and D.C. native Carl Tanner as soloist, along with guest conductor Andrew Clark, director of choral activities at Harvard University, and the Northwest High School Chamber Singers and the H-B Woodlawn Chamber Singers as part of the Side-by-Side program, a 24-year-old program that supports music programs in area high schools. Tickets are $18 to $72.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Music Center at Strathmore (Dec. 19)

 

Sun., Dec. 18, 4 p.m.

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

Celebrate the holidays with these extraordinarily talented young Austrian choristers in concert as they perform sacred hymns, holiday pop favorites and Christmas carols. Tickets are $33 to $55.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

 

THEATER

Through Dec. 3

A View from the Bridge

Internationally renowned Belgian director Ivo van Hove presents a limited engagement of Arthur Miller's masterwork, winner of two 2016 Tony Awards including Best Director and Best Revival of a Play. Join tragic protagonist Eddie Carbone in this dark and passionate tale of family, love and duplicity. Tickets are $45 to $149.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Dec. 6 to Jan. 8

Into the Woods

Venture into the woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater's production that became New York's surprise hit of the season. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention of Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical classic is staged like you've never seen it before. Tickets are $45 to $175.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Dec. 7 to 18

Goyescas by Enrique Granados

This year marks the centennial of the 1916 war-time world premiere of Enrique Granados's opera "Goyescas" in New York. To mark the occasion, the In Series presents a new framing of this renowned Spanish classic — inspired by the dramatic paintings of Francisco de Goya and infused with Spanish dance — which explores the tensions of romantic betrayal, the omnipresent class system and the reflections of a composer torn between New York and his beloved Spain back in war-torn Europe. Tickets are $46; in Spanish in surtitles.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Dec. 7 to Jan. 8

Sleeping Beauty

Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant, wordless adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Dec. 9 to 31

The Second City's 'Twist Your Dickens'

The Second City parodies Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" for an interactive experience that Scrooge will never forget as the legendary comedy troupe brings its improvisational skills and sketch comedy mastery to "the night before Christmas." Tickets are $39 to $79.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab

 

Dec. 14 to Jan. 8

Wicked

Back by popular demand: From its first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, "Wicked" — the untold true story of the Witches of Oz — transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is "a complete triumph!" Tickets are $99 to $359.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Dec. 21

The Second Shepherds' Play

This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season, featuring the Folger Consort, the award-winning early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performing festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of this engaging mystery play. Tickets are $40 to $60.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through Dec. 24

Carousel

Named the best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine, "Carousel" follows Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan through their journey of love, loss and redemption and soars with unforgettable songs including "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Tickets are $50 to $99.

Arena Stage

 

Through Dec. 24

Moby Dick

Set sail on an epic adventure this holiday season with a dramatically reimagined production of "Moby Dick," which uses bold trapeze and acrobatic work to bring to life Captain Ahab's harrowing quest for the legendary great while whale. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Through Dec. 31

A Christmas Carol

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption in this production that captures the magic and joy of Charles Dickens's Yuletide classic with abundant caroling, spooky stage tricks and cheerful dancing for the holiday season. Please call for ticket information.

Ford's Theatre

 

Through Dec. 31

The Secret Garden

When 10-year-old Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera epidemic in the British Raj of India, she travels to England to stay with her remote and morose uncle, still grieving the death of his wife 10 years ago. Terrified of every nook and cranny of the haunted Craven Manor on the Yorkshire Moors, Mary seeks refuge in her late aunt's mysterious walled garden, where she discovers amazing secrets. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Harman Hall

 

Through Jan. 1

The Second City's Black Side of the Moon

The Second City renews its long-running, hugely-successful partnership with Woolly Mammoth by shining the light of satire on a nation eclipsed by its own divisiveness. In "Black Side of the Moon," a cast of Chicago's funniest and most audacious African American sketch and stand-up artists deconstructs and reconstructs blackness through comedy, illuminating the challenges of the past and promises of the future. Tickets start at $20.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

   

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