June 2017

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Costa Rica's Ambassador Stands at
Intersection of Science and Diplomacy

a5.cover.costa.rica.macaya.homeBoth Donald Trump and Costa Rican Ambassador Román Macaya went to the Wharton School and both ran for president, but that is where the similarities end. At the White House, Trump has all but declared a war on science while at the nearby Costa Rican Embassy, "science diplomacy" has become a mantra — no surprise given that Macaya was a biochemist long before he became a diplomat. Read More

People of World Influence

Shifter's Inter-American Dialogue
Shines Light on Forgotten Hemisphere

a1.powi.shifter.home"Latin America has traditionally been taken for granted because it doesn't pose a real threat. It's sort of a stepchild of U.S. foreign policy," says Michael Shifter, longtime president of the Inter-American Dialogue. But that's exactly why shining a light on the Western Hemisphere is so important for his D.C.-based think tank. Read More


Help Wanted

Trump Slow in Filling Hundreds
Of Vacancies Across U.S. Government

a2.vacancies.tillerman.homeWith thousands of vacancies yet to be filled, Trump's administration has been operating with a bare-bones staff. A combination of obstructionism, paranoia, micromanaging, inexperience and ambivalence seems to be at the heart of the problem, but one thing is certain: The longer Trump takes to fill out the government, the fewer allies he'll have to implement — and defend — his battered agenda. Read More


Populist Reprieve

Once Victory Fades, Can Macron
Push Through EU, French Reforms?

a3.france.eu.macron.homeBetween Brexit and Donald Trump, Paris and Brussels feared that France would become the next populist casualty. But a centrist former investment banker and political neophyte eased those fears by handily winning the French presidency over a far-right nationalist firebrand, offering Europe a temporary reprieve. Now, the hard work begins for Emmanuel Macron and the EU. Read More


After Paris

Whatever Trump Decides on Climate
Pact, Rest of World to Move Forward

a4.paris.trump.kimoon.homeDonald Trump made it clear on the campaign trail that he would not honor the commitment made by the U.S. in the Paris Agreement. The pact is the world's first legally binding global deal to combat climate change. Now that Trump occupies the White House, he hasn't been so quick to pull the trigger on Paris.Will he stay or will he go? And whatever he decides, what will be the effect on other countries? Read More


Art as Social Protest

From Refugees to Russia, Local Artists
Wade into Politically Charged Debates

a6.social.protest.sonnentag.homeThe faces of refugees are emerging from the statistics through the work of artists in the D.C. area and across the world who are protesting injustice on numerous fronts. In a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams, artists are battling war and politics with creativity, joining a long tradition of protest art that has galvanized social movements and at times helped topple governments. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Ambassador Op-ed: Finland Celebrates
Her 100th Birthday on National Mall

a7.finland.centennial.kauppi.homeThe year 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of Finland. In honor of 100 years of independence, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi and the Embassy of Finland will organize a free celebratory event on Sat., June 17 at the National Mall and are inviting everyone to join them celebrating their small Nordic nation. Read More


Medical

Are Smartphones Helping or
Harming Children's Mental Health?

a8.medical.screens.kids.homeParents worry — often rightly so — about how much time their kids are spending in front of screens. Now, new research suggests that when children at risk of mental health problems spend a lot of time on smartphones or other digital technology, they're more at risk of attention and disruptive behavior issues. But the news isn't all bad. Read More


   

Shifter’s Inter-American Dialogue Shines Light on Latin America, Caribbean

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By Larry Luxner

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Trump Slow in Filling Hundreds of Vacancies Across U.S. Government

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By Ryan R. Migeed and Anna Gawel

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Once Glow of Victory Fades, Can Macron Push Through EU, French Reforms?

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By Karin Zeitvogel and Anna Gawel

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Whatever Trump Decides on Climate Pact, Rest of World Likely to Move Forward

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Costa Rica’s Ambassador Stands at Intersection of Science and Diplomacy

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By Larry Luxner

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From Refugees to Russia, Local Artists Wade into Politically Charged Debates

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Ambassador Op-ed: Finland Celebrates Her 100th Birthday on National Mall

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By Kirsti Kauppi

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Are Smartphones Helping or Harming Children’s Mental Health?

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Jewelers Weed Out Conflict Diamonds So Consumers Can Buy Bling in Good Conscience

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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High-End Home Sales in Washington Area Register Strong Growth in Early 2017

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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National Gallery of Art Shines Rare Spotlight on Frédéric Bazille

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Austrian Wife, on Leave from Parliament Job, Shares Love of Arts with Husband

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By Gail Scott

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Theaster Gates Explores Urban Decay and Lost Art of Craftsmanship

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By Brendan L. Smith

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‘Protest’ Inaugurates New Dupont Subterranean Space for Creative Expression

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Sackler Reunites Famed Japanese Triptych Not Seen Together in Nearly 140 Years

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By Kate Oczypok

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Authentic Newcomer Joins Cuba Libre, Rosario Ups Ante in Adams Morgan and Ritz Debuts Pricey Vault

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - June 2017

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By Cari

Languages

Czech

German

Romanian


Danish

Hebrew

Russian


English

Japanese

Silent

French

Polish

Spanish

 

Czech

How to Shake Off a Bride

(Jak se zbavit nevesty)

Directed by Tomás Svoboda

(Czech Republic, 2016, 89 min.)

Eva owns a pastry shop, raises her son and takes care of her quirky, formidable mother. She gets on beautifully with her ex-husband, until she discovers his love for another woman — a beautiful, likeable and sophisticated pianist named Linda. To top it all off, they want Eva to make the wedding cake for their upcoming nuptials.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., June 14, 8 p.m.

 

Danish

The Commune

(Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands, 2017, 111 min.)

Personal desires, solidarity and tolerance clash in a Danish commune in the 1970s.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

English

Abacus: Small Enough to Fail

Directed by Steve James

(U.S., 2017, 88 min.)

Accused of mortgage fraud, Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank's legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., June 23

 

Alien: Covenant

Directed by Ridley Scott

(U.S./U.K./Australia/New Zealand/Canada, 2017, 122 min.)

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing

 

Beatriz at Dinner

Directed by Miguel Arteta

(U.S., 2017, 83 min.)

A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 16

 

The Beguiled

Directed by Sofia Coppola

(U.S., 2017, 94 min.)

At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries and an unexpected turn of events.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 30

 

The Big Sick

Directed by Michael Showalter

(U.S., 2017, 119 min.)

A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. (English and Urdu).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 30

 

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios

Directed by Lucy Walker

(Cuba/U.S., 2017, 109 min.)

The musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club exposed the world to Cuba's vibrant culture with their landmark 1997 album and Academy Award-nominated documentary "Buena Vista Social Club." Now, against the backdrop of Cuba's captivating musical history, hear the band's story as they reflect on their remarkable careers and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together (English and Spanish).

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Churchill

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky

(U.K., 2017, 98 min.)

Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944. Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign.

The Avalon Theatre

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., June 2

 

Citizen Jane

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

(U.S., 2017, 92 min.)

Writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs fights to save historic New York City during the ruthless redevelopment era of urban planner Robert Moses in the 1960s.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Dream of Shahrazad

Directed by François Verster

(Multiple countries, 2015, 107 min.)

Drawing on the stories known collectively as "The Arabian Nights," "The Dream of Shahrazad" contextualizes recent upheavals across the Middle East within a broader historical and cultural legacy.

The Jerusalem Fund

Sun., June 11, 2 p.m.

 

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Directed by Sebastian Junger

(U.S., 2017, 99 min.)

In the National Geographic documentary "Hell on Earth," best-selling author Sebastian Junger and his Emmy-winning filmmaking partner Nick Quested chronicle Syria's descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State, better known as ISIS. Pulling from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly visceral footage — from that of a family living under ISIS control that finally fled to Turkey, to Kurdish fighters in Sinjar and Shia militias in Iraq — Junger and Quested cover the ISIS catastrophe from multiple angles and feature interviews with top experts from around the world (English, French, Arabic and Kurdish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tue., June 6, 7 p.m.

 

I, Daniel Blake

Directed by Ken Loach

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

Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel is a widowed woodworker who's never owned a computer and lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., June 2

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Directed by Guy Ritchie

(U.S., 2017, 126 min.)

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Lost City of Z

Directed by James Gray

(U.S., 2017, 141 min.)

In this incredible true story, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, he returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925 (English, Spanish, Portuguese and German).

West End Cinema

 

Manifesto

Directed by Julian Rosefeldt

(Germany/Australia, 2017, 95 min.)

"Manifesto" features two-time Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett in 13 astonishing roles that span the gamut of humanity — from punk rocker to anchorwoman, from homeless man to mother delivering Sunday grace before family dinner, from puppeteer to factory worker.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., June 9

 

Maudie

Directed by Aisling Walsh

(Ireland/Canada, 2017, 115 min.)

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 16

 

Megan Leavey

Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

(U.S., 2017, 116 min.)

Based on a true life story, a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saves many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 9

 

My Cousin Rachel

Directed by Roger Michell

(U.S./U.K., 2017, 106 min.)

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 9

 

Paris Can Wait

(Bonjour Anne)

Directed by Eleanor Coppola

(U.S., 2016, 92 min.)

Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions that reawaken her lust for life.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Past Life

Directed by Avi Nesher

(Israel/Poland, 2017, 109 min.)

Inspired by true events, "Past Life" tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters — one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor (English, German, Polish and Hebrew).

The Avalon Theatre

 

A Quiet Passion

Directed by Terence Davies

(U.K./Belgium, 2017, 125 min.)

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death.

The Avalon Theatre

 

Their Finest

Directed by Lone Scherfig

(U.K., 2017, 117 min.)

A British film crew attempts to boost morale during World War II by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.

The Avalon Theatre

 

The Zookeeper's Wife

Directed by Niki Caro

(U.S., 2017, 124 min.)

The keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, help save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion of World War II.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

French

Yoshiwara

Directed by Max Ophuls

(France, 1937, 102 min.)

Considered something of a curiosity in French filmmaker Max Ophuls's oeuvre, "Yoshiwara" is the story of a love triangle between a geisha, a Russian military officer and a family servant, offering an intriguing example of France's fascination with Japanese culture in the early 20th century.

Embassy of France

Thu., June 22, 7 p.m.

 

German

As We Were Dreaming

(Als wir träumten)

Directed by Andreas Dresen

(Germany, 2013-15, 117 min.)

Just a few years previously, Dani, Rico, Paul and Mark had still been schoolchildren in the GDR, subject to ideological constraints, but also secure in their manageable daily lives. After German reunification, there no longer seem to be any rules, as the friends enjoy their private anarchy, stealing cars, taking drugs and engaging in acts of vandalism.

Goethe-Institut

Fri., June 16, 6:30 p.m.

 

Hebrew

The Wedding Plan

(Laavor et hakir)

Directed by Rama Burshtein

(Israel, 2016, 110 min.)

Exhausted by single life at 32, spirited bride-to-be Michal is eager for the comfort and companionship of marriage. Then, her fiancé dumps her one month before their wedding. Devastated but undeterred, Michal, an Orthodox Jew, decides to keep her wedding date, leaving it to God to provide a suitable groom.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Japanese

Your Name

(Kimi no na wa)

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

(Japan, 2017, 106 min.)

Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She's a straightforward high school girl who has no qualms about letting it be known that she's uninterested in Shinto rituals or helping her father's electoral campaign. Instead she dreams of leaving the boring town and trying her luck in Tokyo. Taki is a high school boy in Tokyo who works part-time in an Italian restaurant and every night has a strange dream where he becomes ... a high school girl in a small mountain town (Japanese and Mandarin).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Polish

Kamper

Directed by Lukasz Grzegorzek

(Poland, 2016, 89 min.)

Thirty-something Kamper is the eternal boy who has it all: a beautiful wife he loves, a large apartment, a super car, and a dream job. When it turns out that his wife is unfaithful, everything gets turned on its head. His perfect job as head of a video game development team no longer has meaning, and his personal life is a shambles.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., May 31, 8 p.m.

 

Romanian

Box

Directed by Florin Șerban

(Romania/France/Germany, 2015, 93 min.)

In a gritty gym in the city of Sibiu, 19-year-old Roma boxer Rafael trains for a big fight. Elsewhere, in a more picturesque part of the Transylvanian town, thirty-something actress Cristina rehearses for a new Hungarian-language play for a demanding director. After a chance passing in the street, Rafael begins following the alluring Cristina around town on a daily basis, seemingly content just to watch her (Romanian and Hungarian).

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., June 1, 7 p.m.

 

Police, Adjective

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

(Romania, 2009, 115 min.)

A young cop assigned to trail a schoolboy suspected of using drugs spends long hours in surveillance and longer nights writing reports. The officer questions the morality and even necessity of his situation and, soon, his own police terminology starts to sound ambiguous.

National Gallery of Art

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

 

Stuff and Dough

(Marfa si banii)

Directed by Cristi Puiu

(Romania, 2001, 90 min.)

In this delightfully deadpan road movie that inaugurated the Romanian New Wave, 20-something slacker Ovidiu decides to launch a snack-selling business, taking a dubious transporter job from a local crime boss in order to earn startup cash. Hitting the road with his girlfriend and best friend, Ovidiu has no idea what he's gotten into.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., June 7, 7 p.m.

 

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

(Romania/France, 2013, 89 min.)

With two weeks left before wrapping on his latest project, Paul is falling apart, complaining about his supposed "ulcer" and insisting that an actress with a small role in the film (with whom he has been romantically engaged throughout shooting) do a nude scene in this contemplative dry-humored tale of a narcissistic director on edge.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., June 14, 7 p.m.

 

Russian

Moscow Never Sleeps

Directed by Johnny O'Reilly

(Russia/Ireland, 2017, 100 min.)

This multi-narrative drama dives headlong into the volatile intersections of contemporary Moscow and the intimate lives of five people, including an entrepreneur whose business comes under siege by bureaucrats and a teenage girl mired in the misery of a broken home.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., June 30

 

Silent

Crossroads (aka Crossways)

Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa

(Japan, 1928, 87 min.)

"Crossroads" centers on a brother and sister living amid the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters of old Edo. Filmed entirely at night, Kinugasa's film creates a menacing, chiaroscuro vision of the Yoshiwara at odds with traditional cinematic representations of the era, launching a new form of visually and emotionally nuanced silent cinema.

National Museum of American History

Sun., June 4, 2 p.m.

 

Spanish

The Bar

Directed by Álex de la Iglesia

(Spain, 2017, 102 min.)

In this dark comedy, after a customer leaves the bar and is shot by an unseen gunman, the group left inside is stunned. When one brave soul ventures out to help the downed man, he promptly receives a bullet himself. The remaining patrons are glued to the spot, trying to determine why they're being targeted, and slowly eyeing one another for answers.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., June 2, 10 p.m.,

Sat., June 3, 10 p.m.

 

Dreaming of Wine

(Priorat)

Directed by David Fernández de Castro

(Spain, 2016, 68 min.)

The viticultural roots of Priorat, Catalonia, run centuries deep, but by the late 1970s, wine production in the area was on the brink of extinction. In the early 1980s, however, a handful of pioneers came to the area with high hopes of reviving the fading industry (Spanish and Catalan).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 3, 3:30 p.m.

 

The Fury of a Patient Man

(Tarde para la ira)

Directed by Raúl Arévalo

(Spain, 2016, 92 min.)

In Madrid, small-time crook Curro is arrested as the getaway driver in a jewelry store hold-up that left a sales clerk dead. Fast-forward eight years, and Curro is preparing to leave jail, ready to pick up life with his girlfriend Ana and their young son. In the meantime, however, Ana has befriended an unassuming, solitary man who frequents the local bar in which she and her brother work.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 3, 5:30 p.m.

 

Isla Bonita

Directed by Fernando Colomo

(Spain, 2015, 101 min.)

When an aging filmmaker arrives in picturesque Menorca looking for work, he shacks up with an artist and her daughter under the guise of making a documentary with the help of his old pal.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 4, 3:15 p.m.

 

Maria (And Everybody Else)

Directed by Nely Reguera

(Spain, 2016, 90 min.)

A struggling writer afraid to let anyone read her first novel, María is at a crossroads. After 20 years of caring for her father and siblings following the death of her mother when she was 15, María must look inward and re-evaluate her own life.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., June 2, 7:30 p.m.,

Sun., June 4, 5:30 p.m.

 

Romantic Exiles

(Los exiliados romanticos)

Directed by Jonás Trueba

(Spain, 2015, 70 min.)

A group of 30-somehting friends hit the road traveling from Spain to Paris in their vintage burnt-orange VW Vanagon, setting out to capture that ephemeral sense of vitality and idyllic passion that they all once possessed.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 4, 7:30 p.m.

 

Smoke and Mirrors

(El hombre de las mil caras)

Directed by Alberto Rodríguez

(Spain, 2016, 123 min.)

This smart spy thriller tells the mind-boggling true story of Francisco Paesa, an ex-secret agent framed by the Spanish government and forced to leave his homeland following an operation against the Basque terrorist group ETA (Spanish and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 3, 7:30 p.m.

   

Events - June 2017

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Art

Music

Dance

Theater

Discussions

 

Festivals

 

 

ART 

June 2 to July 2

Veiled Consciousness

A new series of Lionel Daniel's large and small figurative paintings explores the double consciousness and veil worn by African Americans from past and present as expressed in W.E.B Dubois' "Souls of Black Folk."

Touchstone Gallery

 

Through June 4

Alternativas/Alternatives: The Thirteenth Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (XIII Beau)

"Alternativas/Alternatives" features 22 jury-selected projects completed between Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2015 by contemporary Spanish architects. The installation, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, presents large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

Through June 4

Export: Spanish Architecture Abroad

"Export" covers Spanish architecture abroad from an open perspective that takes into account practices organized by profiles (Insiders, Young Achievers, Producers, Scholars, Healers and Outsiders), as well as the role of other agents (Soft Power, Giants of Construction, Publishing and Retail Empire), which help us gain a richer and more plural vision of the sector and serve as the structure for the exhibition discourse.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

Through June 4

Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence

Luca della Robbia, a master sculptor in marble and bronze, invented a glazing technique for terracotta sculpture that positioned him as one of the most innovative artists of the 15th century. Today, the sculptures created by Luca and his family workshop retain their brilliant opaque whites, deep cerulean blues, and botanical greens, purples and yellows over modeling that makes them powerful and engaging examples of Italian Renaissance art.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through June 4

Where the Children Sleep

More than 2 million children have been forced from their homes by the war in Syria. Refugee children in neighboring countries or making journeys through Europe await an uncertain future. A few offered to show where they sleep now, when everything that once was, no longer exists, in this internationally acclaimed exhibition that features a moving series of photographs by award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman.

House of Sweden

 

Through June 9

Canada Remembers the Battle of Vimy Ridge

The Embassy of Canada commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which began on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. Regiments from coast to coast saw action together in a distinctly Canadian triumph, helping create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity and earning the nation a signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War. The exhibit is composed of several parts, including "Souterrain Impressions," featuring full-scale, 3D reproductions of carvings and images created by Canadian soldiers who were sheltered in underground chalk caves in France while awaiting orders to join the Battle of Vimy Ridge; "From Vimy to Juno," which tells the personal stories of the men and women who experienced firsthand this nation-defining moment in Canadian history; and an interactive 3D Vimy Ridge map that uses trench maps, unit war diaries and other documentation to create an immersive, computerized model of the battlefield.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

 

June 9 to 30

Invisible Things

This exhibition of painting, installation and sculpture works by Korean artists Gyeongja Lee and Hyemin Lee gives form to the powerful inner thoughts, emotions and memories that occupy our everyday lives. Taking a cue from the great impressionists, the artists apply the principles of light, motion and the purity of one's personal recollection, rather than visual accuracy, across distinct artistic media. Such trivial recollections are all too easy to overlook, but Gyeongja and Hyemin remind audiences of the value of these everyday sentiments that define our invisible, inner lives.

Korean Cultural Center

 

June 10 to Jan. 1

Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection

For centuries, extraordinary gemstones have been the centerpieces of stunning jewelry made to adorn royalty, aristocracy, high society and Hollywood stars. Over 50 pieces that once belonged heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the 20th century, will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.

Hillwood Esttae, Museum and Gardens

 

Through June 11

Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia

Focusing on 45 portraits from an album assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton, this exhibition paints a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early 19th-century St. Petersburg. The intimate portraits, along with selected objects, images and publications, offer an exploration into a number of themes, including Middleton's posting in St. Petersburg and the historical events surrounding his time there, the family's social life in Russia, the artistic traditions of the period, and the elaborate fashions and hairstyles of the day.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

June 17 to Aug. 13

States of Being: Photographs of Cuba and North Korea by Carl De Keyzer

An exhibition of prints by Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer of scenes in North Korea and Cuba consists of 60 large-scale photos. The Cuba photos were taken shortly after former President Obama's 2014 speech inviting the relaxation of the communist island's 56-year embargo. De Keyzer's North Korean prints also were shot in 2015. The British-run Koryo Group, which organizes travel tours in North Korea, arranged for De Keyzer to spend more than 40 nights in North Korea, during which time the globally renowned photographer traveled to every single one of the country's provinces.

American University Museum

 

June 23 to Sept. 10

Revival

Contemporary sculpture, photography and video by women artists explores how arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter can spur the viewer into a transcendent encounter with a work of art. Rousing the spirit rather than simply tantalizing the eye, the 16 artists in this exhibition harness scale, technique and effect in photography and sculpture to reanimate deep-rooted emotions related to the human experience.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

June 28 to Jan. 1

Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn

This presentation marks the East Coast debut of Ai Weiwei's "Trace," one of the Chinese artist's most significant U.S. installations in recent years, and features the addition of two graphic wallpapers to accompany the work, one never before seen. Together, the massive installation will span 700 feet around the entirety of the museum's second-floor galleries, responding to the building's unique circular architecture.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through June 29

Matta Wagnest: The Sound of Art

"The Sound of Art" explores how music and creativity can be found everywhere and affects every form of communication, whether in private, in politics, locally or globally. One of the featured works, "Sculpture.Europe," emphasizes unity in diversity ahead of the Austrian EU presidency in 2018.

Embassy of Austria

 

Through July 9

Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism

Frédéric Bazille (1841-70) created paintings inspired by contemporary life that challenged the aesthetic conventions of his day and helped to lay the groundwork of impressionism. In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the artist's birth, this exhibit brings together some 75 paintings that examine Bazille as a central figure of impressionism.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 9

Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered

In 2014, the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan, made an announcement that startled the art world. The new arts center revealed it had discovered a long-lost painting by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), a legendary but mysterious Japanese artist. Titled "Snow at Fukagawa," the immense work is one of three paintings by Utamaro that idealize famous pleasure districts in Edo (now Tokyo). For the first time in nearly 140 years, these paintings reunite in Inventing Utamaro at the Freer|Sackler, the only location to show all three original pieces.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through July 24

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Flair

For 50 years, the Ebony Fashion Fair shaped a new vision of black America through contemporary fashion. Founded by Eunice Walker Johnson in 1958, the traveling fashion show broke the color barrier to bring the pinnacle of global fashion to communities that were eager to celebrate black accomplishment, aspiration and success. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum present the story of the Ebony Fashion Fair and its cultural impact with 40 garments, including stunning gowns, feathered coats and statement designs by Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood and burgeoning designer Naeem Khan, who would go on to dress first lady Michelle Obama.

The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum

 

Through Aug. 6

Gateways/Portales

What do D.C., Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Baltimore, Md., all have in common? They are all urban areas, are all on the East Coast and all have experienced rapid growth in their "Latinx" populations, most with spurts beginning in the 1980s. "Gateways/Portales" explores the triumphs and struggles of Latinx migrants and immigrants through the lenses of rights and justice, representation and celebration.

Anacostia Community Museum

 

Through Aug. 6

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

 

Through Aug. 6

The Urban Scene: 1920-1950

American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints in this exhibition explore the spectacle of urban modernity.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 13

Escape: Foon Sham

"Escape" showcases Foon Sham's mastery of wood sculpture. To be within one of his vessel sculptures is to experience the palpable space of a woodland creature's habitat, or the place of concealment. At the American University Museum, Sham has built one horizontal tunnel measuring 62 feet long and one vertical tunnel towering 36 feet high. "Escape" is one of a series of participatory sculptures, begun in the 1990s, meant to be experienced with all the body's senses and to resonate socially.

American University Museum

 

Through Aug. 20

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting

When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. T his exhibition brings together 68 paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of French art of that era held by American museums and tells their stories on a national stage.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 3

David Molander – Invisible Cities

If home is a place where we ought to feel safe, how is this feeling visualized in our collective home — i.e., the city? This question inspired David Molander to create scenes where small and large conflicts play out among different interests and processes. While we can choose to care about or ignore them, all of them play an important role in shaping the invincible cities that we call home.

House of Sweden

 

Through Sept. 3

Linda Lasson – Black Thread, Images from Northern Sweden

Exploring the lives of the Sami, Sweden's indigenous people. Linda Lasson tells the stories of an exploited Northland and a displaced indigenous population through work that is archetypal contemporary poetry expressed as embroidery. The threads resemble drawings, and the graphic feel, mixed with the textile structure, exudes a sculptural aesthetic.

House of Sweden

 

Through Sept. 10

Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History

Offering unparalleled insight into the German artist's pioneering early practice, "Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History" showcases more than 30 paintings from Lüpertz's formative years in the 1960s and '70s, as he challenged the limits of painting and forged his own style amidst the unrest of postwar Germany.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 23

Markus Lüpertz

"Markus Lüpertz" explores the entirety of the prolific German artist's five-decade career with a survey of his earliest works along with more recent paintings. Lüpertz, who began painting in a postwar Germany dominated by American Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, has exhibited a preoccupation with the relationship between figuration and abstraction over the course of his career. Demonstrating this relationship through nearly 50 paintings, the exhibition at the Phillips includes important examples from Lüpertz's "dithyrambic" pictures and provocative paintings of German motifs.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Dec. 10

Stories of Migration – Sweden Beyond the Headlines

Migration is old news. It has helped shape countries and the world. But the current situation is unprecedented: More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes. Migration is also an integral part of the history of Sweden; in today's population, one in six was born in another country. Since the 1930s Sweden has been characterized by more immigration than emigration, including offering refuge to people fleeing war and political unrest. This exhibition aims to add new perspectives to the story of Sweden and migration and give insights into the current situation in the country. Beyond headlines of chaos and collapse, beyond politics and public authorities, there are people who try to build a life in a new country.

House of Sweden

 

Through Feb. 17

Painting Shakespeare

Discover the paintings collection at the Folger — its stories, its glories and Shakespeare's power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents kids and adults alike, with a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through Jan. 15, 2018

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

Established by Congress in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane, St. Elizabeths is widely considered a pioneering psychiatric facility. The hospital is a prime example of the "Kirkbride Plan" for mental health hospitals, which promised to help patients with a specialized architecture and landscape. This exhibition traces St. Elizabeths' evolution over time, reflecting shifting theories about how to care for the mentally ill, as well as the later reconfiguration of the campus as a federal workplace and a mixed-use urban development.

National Building Museum

 

DANCE

June 6 to 11

New York City Ballet

The acclaimed company's annual visit brings two programs featuring works by today's hottest choreographers — Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky — along with George Balanchine's "Square Dance," "Tarantella" and" The Four Temperaments." Tickets are $29 to $109.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Wed., June 14, 6 p.m.

An Evening with Luz San Miguel

Madrid-born ballet dancer Luz San Miguel presents works from her Chamber Dance Project's repertoire with partner Gian Carlo Perez and the company's string quartet and guest musicians. Known for her gorgeous line, emotional rendering of roles, versatility and wit, San Miguel will also converse with the audience about her upbringing in Spain. The evening concludes with a reception featuring her old family recipe for sangria and discussing her love of cooking Spanish food. Tickets are $15; for information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

DISCUSSIONS

Fri., June 2, 12 p.m.

Babel Through Latin-American Jewish Eyes

Artist Mirta Kupferminc and psychoanalyst Tova Shvartzman will discuss art, Judaism and psychoanalysis in conversations with University of Maryland professor Saul Sosnowski.

Library of Congress Madison Building

 

Mon., June 5, 6:30 p.m.

EuroAsia Shorts – Short Films from Germany and China: What Is Truth?

Two films each from Germany and China mark the beginning of the 12th EuroAsia Shorts film showcase, which continues at various venues through June 9. Using the theme "What is Truth?" the films address the individual relationships to truth in our lives. How true are we with others in our daily lives? Does censorship foster truth, or hinder it? And when we fail to live up to the truth — through infidelity, lies or being untrue to our own self — what do we do? Brief discussions following each evening's screenings will compare and contrast the films and the topics with several panelists.

Goethe-Institut

 

Wed., June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

From Oxus to Euphrates: The Sasanian Empire

This free symposium surveys the Sasanians who ruled a large empire in Central and Western Asia, stretching from the Oxus River to the Euphrates and from the Hindukush to Eastern Arabia, for over 400 years (224-651 CE). Known as Iranshahr (the domain of Iran), it was a powerful empire that engendered much of what came to be known as the Iranian culture in the medieval and modern periods.

Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building

 

FESTIVALS

Fri., June 9, 6:30 p.m.

Noche Iberoamericana!

The Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association presents a night of food, music, art and more. Taste authentic cuisine from Cuba, Paraguay and Spain while sipping on Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan wine, Peruvian pisco sours, a signature drink from El Salvador capped off with Portuguese Porto and chocolate and Uchuvas from Colombia. The program also includes a live musical presentation by Sound Impact courtesy of the Embassy of Costa Rica and tango music from Argentina and Uruguay. Tickets are $85 to $125; for information, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

MUSIC

Thu., June 1, 7:30 p.m.

Martin Babjak, Baritone

Daniel Buranovsky, Piano

Baritone Martin Babjak, one of Slovakia's finest singers, has portrayed roles ranging from Count Almaviva in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" to Iago in Verdi's "Otello." Joined by pianist Daniel Buranovsky, he performs a program of arias, songs and piano solos. Tickets are $80 and include buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Slovakia

 

Sat., June 3, 7:30 p.m.

Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Vladimir Spivakov, one of the world's most prominent violinists and conductors, has lead the Moscow Virtuosi since 1979, setting the gold standard for chamber music performance. Moscow Virtuosi is joined by soprano Hibla Gerzmava, along with cellist Danielle Akta, for the program of international opera hits, famous arias and classical favorites. Tickets are $45 to $95.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Wed., June 7, 7:30 p.m.

Eclipse Chamber Orchestra

Through world-class performances and recordings, the musicians of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra — members of major symphony orchestras — share their love of classical music with a repertoire that embraces the familiar and the new. Tickets are $110 and include buffet reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Portuguese Residence

 

Sat., June 11, 8 p.m.

Rosana 2017 U.S. Tour

Born in Lanzarote, Spanish singer and composer Rosana, who has sold more than 10 million albums, performs from her latest album, "En la memoria de la piel." Tickets start at $35.

Howard Theatre

 

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

Emmanuel Ceysson, Harp

With his powerful playing, Emmanuel Ceysson sweeps away all the clichés associated with his instrument with an infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy that reveal the harp in all its sparkling splendor. Tickets are $195 and include buffet and drinks; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Belmont Mansion

 

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

Violine en Face by Gabriele Proy and Elena Denisova

"Violine En Face" features compositions by Gabriele Proy as well as Fritz Kreisler, Eugène-Auguste Ysaye and Johann Sebastian Bach played by the Russian violinist Elena Denisova. Admission is free; to register, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Tue., June 20, 8 p.m.

Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels

Multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman presents their captivating new show, "Voices of Angels." Fusing fresh music, dance and cultural tradition, this inspiring live concert experience features all new stage designs, stunning wardrobes, superb choreography and arrangements of timeless Irish traditional and contemporary standards. Tickets are $30 to $85.

Wolf Trap Filene Center

 

Sat., June 24, 7 p.m.

Ani Choying Live in Concert

Internationally acclaimed for her simply stunning interpretations of Buddhist mantras and songs, Ani Choying returns to Lisner this summer. Tickets are $25 to $100.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

June 28 to July 3

2017 Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival

The 2017 Serenade! Washington D.C. Choral Festival celebrates the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy and the Peace Corps with six days of free choral music performances co-presented by Classical Movements and the Kennedy Center. Participating ensembles hail from India, Ireland, Panama, Germany, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Latvia, Mongolia, Canada, China, Kenya, Ghana and elsewhere.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

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

Dr. Didi: In Effigie

Dr. Didi, founded in 2006, combines three strikingly different artistic personalities — Peter Androsch (guitar), Didi Bruckmayr (vocals) and Bernd Preinfalk (double bass). Together, they construct a fascinating world fusing death metal and a skeletal operetta version of classical blues. Admission is free; to register, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

THEATER

Fri., June 2, 8 p.m.,

Sat., June 3, 8 p.m.

Silenced Within Me (Callado Conmigo)

Based on interviews of survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, Latinas and Latinos from the local community use music and movement to reveal the stories of these survivors and how the abuse affected their lives and their families. Tickets are $15.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through June 4

Fear Eats the Soul

Scena Theatre presents "Fear Eats the Soul" by eccentric German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, an emotionally powerful drama that centers around timely topics such as race, immigration and class as Emmi, a cleaning woman and widow in 1970s Germany, falls for a younger Moroccan immigrant. Tickets are $35 and $45.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

Through June 11

Timon of Athens

Robert Richmond directs Shakespeare's tragic satire about a wealthy aristocrat who loses his fortune and his friends due to his over-generosity. An exploration of materialism, money and friendship, "Timon of Athens" features Helen Hayes Award-winner Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Folger Shakespeare Theatre

 

June 13 to July 16

The Sound of Music

The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical will thrill once again with its Tony, Grammy, and Oscar-winning score in this brand new production, directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien. Tickets are $39 to $169.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Sat., June 17, 8:30 p.m.

The Fall of the House of Usher

Roderick Usher, the reclusive heir to the Usher fortune, resides with his ill twin sister in their decaying ancestral home. When Roderick's old friend visits, relationships are tested and secrets are unearthed in this co-production between Wolf Trap Opera and Halcyon Stage. Tickets are $40.

Dock 5 at Union Market

 

June 17 to Aug. 13

The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand

Who better to comment on the state of our nation than the comedians who mock it best? The Second City returns for another summer of uproarious irreverence on America's divided political climate. Tickets are $49 to $65.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab

 

Through June 18

The Father

André is 80 and a man of his own mind. He's quick with a joke, especially one with an edge, and used to dominating conversations and relationships. But things are getting strange: His daughter's stories don't quite add up, his furniture is disappearing and there are strangers at his table. Internationally acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller's unnerving "tragic farce" asks who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear. Tickets are $20 to $85.

Studio Theatre

 

June 23 to July 1

Rossini: The Touchstone

In this sparkling Rossini comedy, a wealthy man devises a test to separate his true friends from those who love him only for his money. Tickets are $32 to $88.

The Barns at Wolf Trap

 

Through July 2

Jesus Christ Superstar

Experience Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's stunning award-winning rock opera in a sleek, modern, environmental production. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Through July 2

The School for Lies

"The School for Lies" transforms Molière's 17th-century classic "The Misanthrope" into a modern satire crafted in vicious couplets and outrageous gags, creating a baroque comedy of manners brimming with contemporary slang. Please call for ticket information.

The Shakespeare Theatre

   

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