July 2017

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Cover Story

Envoy: Islamabad Wants to Continue
'Exceptional Relationship' with U.S.

a5.cover.pakistan.chaudhry.homeDonald Trump has vacillated between calling Pakistan a nation of "betrayal and disrespect" to a "fantastic place of fantastic people." The president's malleable foreign policy views aside, Islamabad's envoy to the U.S., Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, is steadfast in his belief that despite their many differences, Pakistan and the U.S. can maintain their "exceptional relationship" and even bring stability to the conflict-prone region. Read More

People of World Influence

Professor Wonders If Allies Should
Continue to Trust U.S. Under Trump

a1.powi.toft.homeProfessor Monica Duffy Toft, director of the newly established Center for Strategic Studies at Tufts University, says Donald Trump's many foreign policy flip-flops and his "America first" agenda have left allies from Europe to Asia wondering where they fit into the president's hierarchy of priorities. Read More


Russia's Reluctant Star

Russian Ambassador Thrust into
Political Scandal Akin to Watergate

a2.russia.kislyak.homeRussian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak has been a fiercely unapologetic, if affable, voice for the Kremlin's policies in the U.S. since 2008, but the low-key diplomat now finds himself thrust into the center of one of the worst political scandals to hit D.C. since Watergate. Read More


The Pentagon's Power

The Pros and Cons of Trump Giving
The Defense Department More Power

a3.pentagon.trump.heros.homePresident Trump holds his generals in high esteem and has shown it by giving the Defense Department wide latitude over decision making, which has far-reaching implications for U.S. foreign policy in places ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen. Read More


All Roads Lead to Beijing

Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative
Is Ambitious, Maybe Too Ambitious

a4.china.belt.road.train.homeIn 2013, China introduced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a grand vision of regional connectivity through infrastructure projects with global reach. BRI is President Xi Jinping's signature foreign policy vision, aimed at increasing China's stature as a world leader. But it is also an ambitious undertaking with enormous risks and rewards. Read More


Voice for the Vulnerable

Refugees International's Schwartz To
Aim Focus Back on Humanitarianism

a6.refugee.schwartz.congo.homeIn June, Refugees International — an independent advocacy group whose board has boasted the likes of George Soros and Queen Noor of Jordan — announced the appointment of its new president, Eric Schwartz, a seasoned diplomat with a three-decade career and a passion to put humanitarianism back on the world's radar. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Choices Made in War Can
Lead to Lifetime of Invisible Wounds

a7.hoopers.war.bunker.hill.home"My guilt will never go away," former Marine and now veteran advocate Matthew Hoh explained. Somewhere in that sentence I found the voice of Lt. Nate Hooper, the main character in my new book, "Hooper's War: A Novel of World War II Japan." He was going to teach me about moral injury in war. Read More


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Global Vantage Point

Op-ed: (Satirical) Advice for Tillerson
As He Reorganizes State Department

a9.oped.tillerson.qatar.homeYou have to feel sorry for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. When God told him to accept the job, there was no explanation of what it entailed. Having no experience in government, and his time in uniform having ended after he made Eagle Scout, he is only able to draw on his experience in the energy business. Read More


Medical

Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults
Suffer from Mental Illness

a8.medical.mental.illness.homeNearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report. Despite the growing number of Americans with mental health problems, about a third of those who need help aren't getting it, said researcher Dr. Beth Han. Read More


   

Professor Wonders Whether Allies Should Continue to Trust U.S. Under Trump

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By Whitney McKnight and Anna Gawel

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Ambassador Sergey Kislyak Thrust into Worst Political Scandal Since Watergate

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By Larry Luxner

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The Pros and Cons of Trump Giving the Defense Department More Power

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative Is Ambitious, Maybe Too Ambitious

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Envoy Says Islamabad Wants to Continue ‘Exceptional Relationship’ with U.S.

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By Larry Luxner

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Refugees International’s New President Aims to Put Humanitarianism Back on Radar

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By Sarah Alaoui

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Op-Ed: Choices Made in War Can Lead to Lifetime of Invisible Wounds

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By Peter Van Buren

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Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer from Mental Illness

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Op-ed: (Satirical) Advice for Tillerson as He Seeks to Reorganize State Department

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By Dennis Jett

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From Micro Rooms to Trump’s Huge Mark, D.C.’s Hotel Scene Continues to Evolve

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Sidebar: Breaking Visitor Records

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Hirshhorn, Phillips Host Groundbreaking Exhibits of Under-Recognized German Artist

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By Brendan L. Smith

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With Medical Background, Wife Aims to Educate Americans on Her Country, Not the State

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By Gail Scott

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New ARTECHOUSE Space Offers Interactive Exploration of Art and Technology

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By Brendan L. Smith

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‘Inspiring Beauty’ Shows How Ebony Fashion Fairs Broke Color Barriers

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By Brittany Azzouz

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Contemporary American Theater Festival Explores How to ‘Make America Think Again’

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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‘Punctured Landscape’ Surveys Highs and Lows of 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation

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By Kate Oczypok

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Mexican Artists Use Clay to Build Bridges with Past and Present

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By Kate Oczypok

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Slew of Restaurants, Projects Aim to Transform Blighted Neighborhood

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - July 2017

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By Cari

Languages

Cantonese

Hebrew

Russian


English

Inuktitut

Spanish


French

Italian

Swedish

German

Mandarin

Thai

 

Cantonese


Mad World

Directed by Wong Chun

(Hong Kong, 2016, 101 min.)

A former stockbroker is released into the custody of his father after being institutionalized for bipolar disorder in this moving, award-winning drama that explores the many issues facing Hong Kongers today, from the harsh living conditions of the poor to the immense pressure to succeed in business.

National Museum of American History

Fri., July 14, 7 p.m.

 

Mrs. K

Directed by Ho Yuhang

(Malaysia/Hong Kong, 2016, 97 min.)

Kara Wai plays a retired assassin now living comfortably as a housewife. When her past comes back to haunt her in the form of a former criminal associate, Mrs. K must dust off her martial arts skills to dispatch a parade of baddies (Cantonese, Mandarin and Malay).

National Museum of American History

Sun., July 23, 3:30 p.m.

 

Three

Directed by Johnnie To

(Hong Kong, 2016, 98 min.)

The latest thriller from action master Johnnie To takes place almost entirely in a hospital, where a neurosurgeon must treat a gangster with a bullet lodged in his head. The hospitalized criminal may have incriminating information on the ruthless cop who brought him in.

National Museum of American History

Sun., July 23, 1 p.m.

 

Trivisa

Directed by Jevons Au, Vicky Wong Kai-Kit, ] Frank Hui

(Hong Kong, 2016, 97 min.)

Loosely based on the lives of actual Hong Kong gangsters, the film weaves together three tales of criminal derring-do played out against the backdrop of the 1997 British handover of Hong Kong to China.

National Museum of American History

Sun., July 16, 1 p.m.

 

Vampire Cleanup Department

Directed by Hang Chiu and Anthony Yan

(Hong Kong, 2017, 93 min.)

After surviving a vampire attack, mild-mannered millennial Tim discovers that he is part of a centuries-old organization of vampire hunters, now working undercover as trash collectors. But what happens when he falls in love with a particularly cute bloodsucker named Summer?

National Museum of American History

Sun., July 16, 3:30 p.m.

 

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 E Street Cinema

 

Atomic Blonde

Directed by David Leitch

(U.S., 2017, 115 min.)

An undercover MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., July 28

 

Baby Driver

Directed by Edgar Wright

(U.K./U.S., 2017, 113 min.)

In this stylish, action-packed crime drama, a talented young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Beatriz at Dinner

Directed by Miguel Arteta

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

At an elegant dinner party, conversation between Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a self-effacing and spiritual immigrant from Mexico, and a hard-nosed businessman explodes into a bitter clash of cultures.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

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.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Big Sick

Directed by Michael Showalter

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

Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents (English and Urdu).

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Casablanca

Directed by Michael Curtiz

(U.S., 1942, 102 min.)

Why is he in Casablanca? "I was misinformed," explains nightclub owner/war refugee Humphrey Bogart, who won't "stick his neck out for nobody" — until Ingrid Bergman walks in.

AFI Silver Theatre

June 30 to July 6

 

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.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Dunkirk

Directed by Christopher Nolan

(U.S./U.K./France/Netherlands, 2017, 107 min.)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., July 21

 

The Exception

Directed by David Leveaux

(U.K./U.S., 2017, 107 min.)

This riveting World War II thriller follows German soldier Stefan as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II who lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands. As Stefan begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with one of the Kaiser's maids whom he soon discovers is secretly Jewish.

The Avalon Theatre

 

A Ghost Story

Directed by David Lowery

(U.S., 2017, 87 min.)

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., July 14

 

Lady Macbeth

Directed by William Oldroyd

(U.K., 2017, 89 min.)

Set in 19th-century rural England, young bride who has been sold into marriage to a middle-aged man discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., July 21

 

The Lady from Shanghai

Directed by Orson Welles

(U.S., 1947, 87 min.)

Footloose Irish sailor Orson Welles gets mixed up in a murder with crooked lawyer Everett Sloane and his sultry wife, Rita Hayworth (then Mrs. Welles). Byzantine plot twists and hypnotic spectacles ensue, including would-be lovers discussing a murder plot as an aquarium's shark swims behind them.

AFI Silver Theatre

July 2 to 6

 

The Little Hours

Directed by Jeff Baena

(Canada/U.S., 2017, 90 min.)

In this irreverent comedy, a group of medieval nuns spend their days chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, a virile young servant is introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation but soon struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse and wicked revelry.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., July 7

 

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 E Street Cinema

 

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 — and with the hardened reclusive bachelor for whom she works.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

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.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

 

Stories We Tell

Directed by Sarah Polley

(Canada, 2013, 108 min.)

Actor and director Sarah Polley addresses the complicated mystery of her mother's life in this rousing mix of memoir, interview, reconnaissance and copious Super-8 home-movie footage, both real and staged.

National Gallery of Art

Tue., July 4, 3 p.m.

 

Wonder Woman

Directed by Patty Jenkins

(U.S./China/Hong Kong, 2017, 141 min.)

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny (English and German).

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

French

Fanny's Journey

Directed by Lola Doillon

(Belgium/France, 2016, 94 min.)

In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to a foster home for Jewish children in Italy. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these 11 children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive.

Edlavitch DCJCC

Tue., July 11, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Midwife

Directed by Martin Provost

(France, 2017, 117 min.)

Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father.

The Avalon Theatre

Opens Fri., July 21

 

Moka

Directed by Frédéric Mermoud

(Switzerland/France, 2016, 89 min.)

This tightly-paced, suspenseful psychological thriller stars Emmanuelle Devos as Diane, a grieving, obsessed woman who tracks down the hit-and-run driver of the Mercedes she thinks killed her son and devastated her life. In order to get closer to her suspects, Diane pretends to be a potential buyer for the car with the owner, and separately strikes up a seeming friendship with his partner, Marlene.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., July 7

 

German


Lessons of a Dream
(Der ganz grosse Traum)

Directed by Sebastian Grobler

(Germany, 2011, 113 min.)

Based on the true story of the teacher and football pioneer Konrad Koch, "Lessons of a Dream" relates the story of the beginnings of football in Germany, and of a school class that develops into a real team when they are infected with their new teacher's football fever.

Goethe-Institut

Fri., July 28, 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

 

The Women's Balcony

Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon

(Israel, 2017, 96 min.)

When the women's balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi's wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. A charismatic young rabbi appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women's friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community's women and men.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Inuktitut


Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

(Canada, 2001, 172 min.)

Written and spoken entirely in Inuit, the narrative is a mix of drama, myth, and oral tradition that, in its sense of verisimilitude, resembles a documentary, yet is a fictional tale (employing amateur actors) about an ancient evil disrupting a remote settlement in the Arctic.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., July 8, 2 p.m.

 

Italian

Like Crazy
(La pazza gioia)

Directed by Paolo Virzi

(Italy/France, 2016,

Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she's on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. The two women form an unlikely friendship as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the outside world.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., July 5, 8 p.m.

 

Mandarin

Soul Mate

Directed by Derek Tsang

(China, 2016, 110 min.)

Young actresses Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun deliver intense, emotionally raw performances as high school friends whose relationship is strained when they both fall in love with the handsome Jiaming. Years later, old wounds are reopened when one of them publishes a novel based on their lives.

National Museum of American History

Sun., July 30, 2 p.m.

 

Russian

Moscow Never Sleeps

Directed by Johnny O'Reilly

(Russia/Ireland, 2017, 100 min.)

Irish writer/director Johnny O'Reilly, who lived in Moscow for twelve years, has made a compelling Russian drama telling the story of five interlocking characters on a single day, the Moscow City Day holiday, celebrated with parades and fireworks. Like a Russian "Crash," the film dives headlong into the volatile intersections and 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

 

Spanish

Endless Poetry
(Poesía sin fin)

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky

(Chile/France, 2016, 128 min.)

Through the intensely personal lens of writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky comes the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940s — replete with Jodorowsky's wonderfully imaginative, surreal and psychedelic imagery.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., July 28

 

Swedish

Sami Blood

Directed by Amanda Kernell

(Sweden/Norway/Denmark, 2017,

In this emotionally-charged drama, primarily set in the 1930s, 14-year-old Elle, a reindeer-breeding girl from the Sami (Lapp) community in northern Sweden, is forcibly sent to a boarding school by the state in order to learn the Swedish language and culture. Taken from the untamed wilderness to an urban world, trying to fit in, she is exposed to racism and humiliating race biology examinations. Despite the prejudice of many, the compassion of a few shines through, offering Elle a sense of hope in her otherwise bleak world (Swedish and Sami).

West End Cinema

 

Thai

Pop Aye

Directed by Kirsten Tan

(Thailand/Singapore, 2017, 102 min.)

On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect bumps into his long-lost elephant from his childhood on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand, in search of the farm where they grew up together.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., July 21

   

Events - July 2017

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ART 

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

 

July 10 to 12

Survibe

Joan Tarragó, Sabek and Elliot Alcalde are traveling 4,139 miles on a painting roadtrip, a hand-drawn route that crosses half of the country, from Texas to New York to D.C. Their Survibe Project is a living documentary in which they will get to know as many people and places as possible while painting huge walls, engaging in art collaborations and creating pop-up exhibitions as well as 360-degree photographic and video content, 24/7.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

July 14 to Oct. 29

Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín

This spotlight exhibition, featuring five paintings and more than 30 preliminary drawings by Fanny Sanín, invites viewers into the artist's meticulous, intuitive process, as she creates compositions of geometric forms with precisely defined fields of color.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

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. 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

 

Through Aug. 19

Tierras Ambulantes (Clay in Transit)

Curated by Mexican artist Paloma Torres, "Tierras Ambulantes (Clay in Transit)" explores the work of seven sculptors who use clay as a means of returning to cultural roots and origins. The artists whose work is presented here build bridges between the past and present by creating contemporary pieces with such an ancient medium.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

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. 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

 

Through Sept. 17

Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington and the World

The Hirshhorn celebrates the 10th anniversary of Yoko Ono's iconic "Wish Tree for Washington, D.C.," a living tree that invites visitors to tie a handwritten wish to its branches, with a summer of the Ono's emotionally charged installations and performances. Starting June 17, visitors can make a wish at the Wish Tree, leave memories of their mother at the U.S. debut of "My Mommy is Beautiful," a 40-foot participatory artwork that becomes a communal tribute to motherhood, and watch the newly restaged Sky TV for Washington, D.C., a 24-hour live feed of the sky outside, created in 1966 when Ono was living in a windowless apartment and longed for a glimpse of nature.

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 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 Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through Jan. 15

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

 

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 June 24, 2018

Jim Chuchu's Invocations

The museum is the first institution to acquire and display Kenyan multimedia artist Jim Chuchu's mesmerizing suite of video projections, in which two distinct videos loop in succession and follow the structure of initiation rituals. Surrounded by Chuchu's pulsing house beats and evocative imagery, viewers are invited to contemplate the separations and releases that shape our individual and collective identities.

National Museum of African Art

 

DISCUSSIONS

Tue., July 25, 6:30 p.m.

Goethe Book Club: Alina Bronsky's Broken Glass Park (Scherbenpark)

Read and discuss works by contemporary German authors in this series hosted by the Goethe-Institut. All books can be read in recent English translation or in the German original; discussion will be in English. "Broken Glass Park" centers around a teenage girl living under extraordinary circumstances — her family migrates to Germany, where a pattern of violence ends with the murder of her mother at the hands of her stepfather.

Goethe-Institut

 

MUSIC

Through July 4

Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration

Featuring 16 choirs from 12 countries, this annual festival, not in its seventh year, is part of the centennial celebration of John F. Kennedy's birth. Each choir selected for this year's annual festival comes from a country served by one of Kennedy's enduring initiatives, the Peace Corps. Choirs from India, Northern Ireland, Panama, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Bulgaria, Latvia, Mongolia, Canada, Spain, China, and the United States give free performances throughout the D.C. area, including five concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and a grand finale concert in the Concert Hall. For information, visit www.classicalmovements.com/dc.htm.

Kennedy Center

 

Fri., July 7, 12 p.m.

Mark Damisch

Mark Damisch is an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of 4, performed his first piano concert at 7 and as a teenager in 1974, toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir. Admission is free; to register, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sat., July 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sound Scene X: Dissonance

"Sound Scene X" unites local audio artists and contributors from across the globe to transform the Hirshhorn into a sonic wonderland highlighting the unique sounds of D.C., centered on the theme of "dissonance." Visitors will have the rare opportunity to: listen to the solar system in real time; play a veggie keyboard; build wind chimes from recycled materials; compose melodies based on body temperature; and construct a wall of silence.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

THEATER

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

 

July 7 to 30

The Originalist

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and distinguished D.C. actor Edward Gero reprises his role as Justice Antonin Scalia, in a "lively performance" that "lands the laughs, delivers the gravitas and at every turn makes you believe this tantalizing man" (The Washington Post). He is joined by former D.C. resident Jade Wheeler as a young, liberal law clerk who becomes a sparring partner for the conservative Justice, and Brett Mack as an eager Scalia devotee. Post-show conversations include journalists Nina Totenberg and Jess Bravin and actor Gero and playwright John Strand on July 19, as well as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Artistic Director Molly Smith on July 22. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

July 7 to 9

Salomé – National Theatre Live

An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. Tickets are $20.

The Shakespeare Theatre

 

Through July 8

When We Were Young and Unafraid

This powerful play takes you inside a shelter for women on the run in the early 1970s. Penned by "House of Cards" writer Sarah Treem, the drama transports you to a time before Roe vs. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act and before women had anywhere to turn in times of distress as it tells the story of Agnes, a single parent who has turned her quiet B&B into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge. Tickets are $35 to $45.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

 

Through July 9

Broken Glass

Theater J stages "Broken Glass," one of the only plays by Arthur Miller to directly incorporate Jewish characters and history. In Miller's riveting drama, Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down. Neither her husband, a self-denying Jew, nor her doctor can figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this play confronts our assumptions about being American, being married and coming to terms with one's own identity. Tickets start at $37.

Edlavitch DCJCC

 

Through July 9

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

 

July 11 to Aug. 6

Cabaret

Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents "Cabaret," the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way. Tickets are $59 to $149.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Through 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

 

July 18 to Aug. 20

Rodger's & Hammerstein's 'The King and I'

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Tickets are $49 to $159

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

July 19 to Aug. 13

The Mark of Cain

Synetic Theater's newly devised work is a neo-surrealist distillation of human history, seen through the eyes of Cain, the world's first criminal. As Cain makes his bloody "mark" in every corner of the world, we see that the conflict between progress and morality are ever present — a function of humanity's need to create civilization through uncivilized means and attempt to touch the face of God. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

July 23 to Dec. 13

Matthias Mansen: Configurations

German-born artist Matthias Mansen creates large-scale woodcuts that explore abstraction and figuration. He advances the tradition of woodblock printing by transforming pieces of scavenged wood—discarded floorboards or fragments of abandoned furniture—into printing blocks, which he progressively carves and recarves.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through 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

 

Sun., July 30, 7 p.m.

Esther, Sweet Esther

Based on the well-loved Biblical story, "Esther, Sweet Esther," is a light and witty, two-act operatic musical about the heroic and faithful Jewish maiden who, after becoming the Queen of Persia, risks her life to save her people. The Broadway and Hollywood theatrical team of Jeremiah and Wendy Ginsberg bring the romantic biblical story to the stage, featuring the first Syrian opera singer, Lubana Al-Quntar, as Esther in the cast of 11 talented performers. Tickets are $90 or $175; for information, visit www.esthersweetesther.eventbrite.com.

National Press Club

   

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