January 2018

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Cover Story

Mexico's Gutiérrez: Break Down
Bilateral Walls, Don't Build Them

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Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández may have the toughest job on Embassy Row. After all, what training prepares any ambassador to represent a country. But Gutiérrez takes pains to differentiate Donald Trump, the man, from the American people who voted him into office, saying that the "average American just wants a respectful, mutually beneficial relationship with Mexico." Read More


United Nations

Trump's U.N. Ambassador Survives
Brutal First Year Relatively Unscathed

a1.nikki.haley.homeIn an administration characterized by a tumultuous, chaotic foreign policy, one figure has received reasonably favorable reviews from experts: Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Read More


Putting 'T' in Temporary

TPS Ends for Haiti, Nicaragua.
Are Honduras, El Salvador Next?

a2.tps.honduras.homeAs President Trump works to curb immigration to the U.S., his administration is shaking up the the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program that has allowed about 300,000 people from countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras to set up lives in the U.S. Read More


Franco-German Alliance

Macron, Merkel Navigate Populism,
Russia and the U.S. to Unify Europe

a3.german.franco.macron.merkel.homePresident Trump's global isolation has brought French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel closer together, creating a Franco-German alliance that seeks to project a united European front in the face of growing populist forces. Read More


Inclusive Peace

Afghanistan Takes Tentative Steps
To Include Women in Peace Process

a5.afghanistan.women.computers.homeAchieving peace between the Afghan government and Taliban has been elusive, fruitless goal. But some experts say a third party is missing in the country's moribund peace talks: Afghanistan's women. Read More


Op-Ed: New Nation Branding

In Age of Trump's Twitter Diplomacy,
Nations Need to Go Beyond Beltway

a6.levick.nation.branding.flags.homeThere's no mistaking that Trump's Twitter diplomacy allows him to bypass the media and make a direct appeal to his base. If countries want to effectively navigate Trump's impetuous nature, they need to build a rapport directly with the American public. Read More


Medical

Will Artificial Intelligence Be
Part of Your Health Care Team?

a7.medical.artificial.intelligence.homeArtificial intelligence is assuming a greater role in many walks of life, with research suggesting it may even help doctors diagnose disease. One new study is the latest to delve into the idea of using artificial intelligence to improve medical diagnoses. Read More


   

Trump’s U.N. Ambassador Survives Brutal First Year Relatively Unscathed

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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TPS Ends for Haiti, Nicaragua; El Salvador, Honduras Still in Question

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

 

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Macron, Merkel Navigate Populism, Russia, Unpredictable U.S. to Unify Europe

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By Ryan R. Migeed and Anna Gawel

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Mexico’s Gerónimo Gutiérrez: Break Down Bilateral Walls, Don’t Build Them

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By Larry Luxner

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Afghanistan Takes Tentative Steps to Include Women in Peace Process

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Op-ed: In Age of Trump’s Twitter Diplomacy, Nations Need to Go Beyond Beltway

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By Richard Levick

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Will Artificial Intelligence Be Part of Your Health Care Team?

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By Amy Norton

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‘Divine Felines’ Shows How Cats Played Everyday, Otherworldly Role in Ancient Egypt

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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International Students in U.S. Surge to Over 1 Million for Second Year in a Row

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By Anna Gawel

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Area Teems with Activities to Escape Winter Doldrums

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By Kate Oczypok

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‘Magnetic Fields’ Offers Rare Look at Wide-Ranging Work of Black Female Artists

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By Brendan L. Smith

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PostClassical Becomes Ensemble-in-Residence at Washington National Cathedral

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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‘Influence and Rivalry’ Looks at Relationship Between Vermeer and Contemporaries

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Tap Dancing and Gershwin Makes for Feel-Good Combo at Signature

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Films - January 2018

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Languages

English

Japanese


Farsi

Kurdish


Finnish

French

 

English

Call Me By Your Name

Directed by Luca Guadagnino
(Italy/France/Brazil/U.S., 2017, 132 min.)

In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage and the beguiling Italian landscape (English, Italian, French and German).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Darkest Hour

Directed by Joe Wright
(U.K., 2017, 125 min.)

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Downsizing

Directed by Alexander Payne
(Norway/U.S., 2017, 135 min.)

In this social satire, a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself (English and Spanish).

Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Directed by Paul McGuigan
(U.K., 2017, 105 min.)

In 1978 Liverpool, eccentric actress Gloria Grahame enters into an affair with Turner, a much younger man. Quickly it grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Jan. 12


I, Tonya

Directed by Craig Gillespie
(U.S., 2017, 119 min.)

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema


King: A Filmed Record. Montgomery to Memphis

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Sidney Lumet
(U.S., 1970, 185 min.)

This is a riveting compilation of documentary footage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from the Montgomery bus boycott to the "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, from the dogs of Selma to the Nobel Prize and the fateful motel balcony in Memphis.

AFI Silver Theatre
Opens Mon., Jan. 15


Loving Vincent

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman
(U.K./Poland, 2017, 94 min.)

In a story depicted in oil-painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's last letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

West End Cinema


Murder on the Orient Express

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
(Malta/U.S., 2017)

A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish and suspenseful mystery in this story based on the Agatha Christie novel that follows 13 stranded strangers and one man's race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Phantom Thread

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
(U.S., 2017, 130 min.)

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a much young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Jan. 12


Pollock

Directed by Ed Harris
(U.S., 2001, 122 min.)

A passion project for actor-director Ed Harris, "Pollock" required a decade of concentrated research and labor on Harris's part. One of the more credible artist biopics of recent years, the film owes its success in large part to persuasive performances from Harris as the artist himself; Marcia Gay Harden as his partner Lee Krasner; and Amy Madigan as friend, dealer, and ardent champion Peggy Guggenheim.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m.


The Post

Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S., 2018, 115 min.)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


The Shape of Water

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
(U.S., 2017, 123 min.)

This otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, takes place in the hidden high-security government laboratory where lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Directed by Martin McDonagh
(U.K./U.S., 2017, 115 min.)

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


The Young Karl Marx

Directed by Raoul Peck
(France, 2017, 118 min.)

Haitian-born director Raoul Peck tackles the early days of the friendship between Karl Marx (August Diehl) and Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske) as they struggle to establish the Communist Party and complete the Communist Manifesto (English, German and French).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Tue., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

 

Farsi

AVA

Directed by Sadaf Foroughi
(Iran/Canada/Qatar, 2017, 102 min.)

The film's titular character is a musically talented teenager who rebels when her mother takes her to an ob-gyn to confirm her virginity. The rift that develops in a once-close family reveals secrets that the parents have hidden from their only daughter. While rooted in the particulars of Iranian society, the film's themes of family secrets and teenage rebellion are universal.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 21, 3 p.m.


Blockage

Directed by Mohsen Gharaie
(Iran, 2017, 82 min.)

This fast-paced, intense social drama races through a few stressful days in the life of a scheming Tehran municipal officer. Tired of shaking down illegal street vendors for kickbacks, Qasem is hoping to use his wife's inheritance to start a trucking business. But she would rather use it to buy a house and is on the verge of leaving him. When Qasem is accused of assault by one of the peddlers under his charge, he faces the prospect of losing his marriage and his job on the same day, and he resorts to desperate measures.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Jan. 12, 7 p.m.


Breath

Directed by Narges Abyar
(Iran, 2016, 112 min.)

Iran's official 2018 Oscar entry is the bittersweet tale of a book-loving girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution and the subsequent Iran-Iraq War. Set in the culturally rich Yazd region, this plucky young heroine spins the travails of her working-class family into the folktales and legends that she loves.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 14, 2 p.m.


Disappearance

Directed by Ali Asgari
(Iran/Qatar, 2017, 89 min.)

This Tehran nocturne begins with a young woman entering a hospital, claiming to have been raped and asking to see a doctor. Soon her boyfriend, posing as her brother, appears, and it immediately becomes clear that something else is afoot. Thus begins a journey through the night, from hospital to hospital, as the young couple tries to circumvent Iran's restrictive treatment of premarital sex and women's health, in search of a doctor to end her unwanted pregnancy.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.


Simulation

Directed by Abed Abest
(Iran, 2017, 85 min.)

Abed Abest's film unfolds in reverse chronological order, in a completely black space decorated only with bright-green furniture. Using this Brechtian deliberate artifice, "Simulation" examines what went wrong when three drunk young men showed up at an enigmatic older acquaintance's home unannounced.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 21, 1 p.m.

Finnish

The Other Side of Hope

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
(Finland/Germany, 2017, 100 min.)

Middle-age shirt salesman Wikström abruptly leaves his prickly wife and unfulfilling job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable seafood restaurant, which he tries to turn into a success with a hilarious series of culinary re-inventions. After displaced Syrian Khaled is denied asylum, he decides not to return to Aleppo, staying on illegally in Helsinki — and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously, with unexpected results (Finnish, Arabic, English and Swedish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tom of Finland

Directed by Dome Karukoski
(Multiple countries, 2017, 115 min.)

This stirring biopic follows the life of the artist Touko Laaksonen, known to the world as Tom of Finland, whose proudly erotic drawings shaped the fantasies of a generation of gay men, influencing art and fashion before crossing over into the wider cultural consciousness (Finnish, German and English).

West End Cinema

 

French

Au Hasard Balthazar

Directed by Robert Bresson
(France/Sweden, 1966, 95 min.)

Robert Bresson cast 18-year-old Anne Wiazemsky as the young heroine Marie in what is arguably the French director's most admired work. From modest rural origins, Marie comes of age and is fatefully separated from her donkey companion, Balthazar, although the two follow separate but parallel fortunes.

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 28, 4 p.m.

 

Japanese

Ugetsu

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(Japan, 1953, 97 min.)

"Quite simply one of the greatest of filmmakers," said Jean-Luc Godard of Kenji Mizoguchi. And "Ugetsu," a ghost story like no other, is surely the Japanese director's supreme achievement. Derived from stories by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant, this haunting tale of love and loss — with its exquisite blending of the otherworldly and the real — is one of the most beautiful films ever made.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Jan. 3, 2 p.m.

 

Kurdish

Peshmerga and The Battle of Mosul

Directed by Bernard-Henri Lévy
(France/Iraq, 2016/2017, 92 min./53 min.)

Renowned French philosopher, activist, writer and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Lévy offers a special presentation of his two most recent documentaries, "Peshmerga" and "The Battle of Mosul." In "Peshmerga," the Kurdish fighters he encounters in Mosul and the Sinjar Mountains demonstrate heroic resolve in their fight against jihadi fundamentalism, and relay unforgettable and harrowing stories that give human dimension to a conflict with immense global implications. "The Battle of Mosul" opens on Oct. 17, 2016, the first day of the battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State. It ends in mid-January 2017 with the complete liberation of the eastern half of the city, including the spot on the Tigris where the Prophet Jonah is buried, a place of significance for the three Abrahamic religions. In between the screenings, Lévy discuss the Kurdish will for a state and national independence; the current status of ISIS following the liberation of Mosul; and the role of foreign nations in this conflict (Kurdish, Arabic, English and French).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Tue., Jan. 23, 6:15 p.m.

   

Events - January 2018

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Theater

Dance

 

Festivals

Music

 

 

ART 

Through Jan. 5

El Tendedero / The Clothesline Project

Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer transforms the clothesline, a traditionally feminine object, into a tool designed to engage the community and facilitate a dialogue around women's experience with violence, including topics such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, and trafficking.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Jan. 7

84th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature

Strathmore's Mansion bursts with an enormous collection of more than 750 miniature artworks for the 84th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. This annual showcase of tiny treasures, some as small as a fingernail, features 292 artists from 11 countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Malta and Australia.

Music Center at Strathmore


Through Jan. 7

Bosch to Bloemaert: Early Netherlandish Drawings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Founded in the 19th century, Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen possesses one of the world's finest collections of 15th- and 16th-century Netherlandish drawings. "Bosch to Bloemaert" offers American audiences an exceptional opportunity to see a selection of 100 master drawings from this collection. The exhibition presents a beautiful and remarkably comprehensive overview of the period, encompassing nearly all media and types of drawings of the time.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 7

GLOW

Nine local, regional and international artists, including Joachim Sługocki and Katarzyna Malejka from Poland, will show commissioned light-artworks juxtaposed against the backdrop of Georgetown's historic environs during the fourth edition of the Georgetown "GLOW" exhibition. For information, visit www.georgetownglowdc.com.

Washington Harbour


Through Jan. 7

Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party

This special exhibition will focus on The Phillips Collection's celebrated "Luncheon of the Boating Party" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and the diverse circle of friends who inspired it. The first exhibition to focus on this singular masterwork in more than 20 years, it is comprised of more than 40 carefully chosen works — paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors and photographs from public and private collections around the world — that reveal the story of "Luncheon of the Boating Party" and the artists and patrons who were instrumental in its creator's success.

The Phillips Collection


Through Jan. 7

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse

Textile and apparel manufacturing is one of the most polluting industries in the world. This exhibition explores the work of innovative designers taking a lead in sustainability and reducing waste in the design process.

The George Washington University Textile Museum


Through Jan. 12

Changing Landscapes: Janelle Lynch and Pedro David

Landscapes are constantly shifting, marking points across the lengthy timeline of evolutionary changes and, more recently, changes caused by human-induced technological and economic impact. Today, these landscapes inform our subjectivities, reflecting our present through the past's mirror, as evoked by photographs by Janelle Lynch and Pedro David. The notion of the "settler" and the concept of the landscape as a romantic convention are present in Lynch's photographic series made in México City, where the "settler" becomes a corpse dumped into a mass grave. Meanwhile, for the last 13 years, David has been photographing transgenic eucalyptus that are replacing natural forests throughout Latin America.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


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 Jan. 15

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

Cats' personalities have made them internet stars today. In ancient Egypt, cats were associated with divinities, as revealed in "Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt." Cat coffins and representations of the cat-headed goddess Bastet are among the extraordinary objects that reveal felines' critical role in ancient Egyptian religious, social and political life.

Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Through Jan. 15

Imaginary World of The Nutcracker

ARTECHOUSE reimagines the all-time favorite winter tradition, "The Nutcracker," with projections, interactive experiences and augmented reality elements — inspired by the original story and powered by the latest digital technology.

ARTECHOUSE


Jan. 19 to July 8

Hung Liu in Print

This spotlight exhibition features 16 prints and a tapestry by painter and printmaker Hung Liu that invites viewers to explore the relationship between Liu's multi-layered paintings and the palpable, physical qualities of her works on paper. Her multifaceted body of work probes the human condition and confronts issues of culture, identity and personal and national history.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Jan. 21

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today

This landmark exhibition of abstract paintings, sculptures and works on paper by 21 black women artists places the visual vocabularies of these artists in context with one another and within the larger history of abstraction. This exhibition celebrates those under-recognized artists who have been marginalized, and argues for their continuing contribution to the history and iconography of abstraction in the United States.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Jan. 21

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

This landmark exhibition examines the artistic exchanges among Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery of depictions of domestic life. The exhibition brings together some 65 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters of the Dutch Golden Age, including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher and Jan Steen. Juxtaposing paintings related by theme, composition, and technique, the exhibition explores how these artists inspired, rivaled, surpassed and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 24

Two Reflections: Korean and American Artists Confront Humanity and Nature

"Two Reflections" draws thematic connections and contrasts between the visual languages of artists Don Kimes and Suh Yongsun, each of whom portrays a common sense of anguish brought about by different fundamental and inescapable forces in life: nature and humanity. While Kimes's work reflects on recovering his creative life in the wake of a natural disaster, Suh explores the universal struggle of individuals to live in just harmony with society.

Korean Cultural Institute


Jan. 25 to May 5

A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall

This collaborative installation by Perla Krauze and Barbara Liotta, artists from both sides of the Mexico-United States border, incorporates material and metaphorical qualities of stone to evoke landscape and classical sculpture. The title of the exhibit is drawn from the poem "Dry Rain" by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, which begins: "At times the poem is a collapse/ a slow and painful landslide/ a dark and scandalous rockfall." Given the current state of U.S.-Mexico relations, this exhibition presents a healing gesture, recognizing our shared history.

Mexican Cultural Institute


Through Jan. 26

Canadians by Bryan Adams

in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, the Embassy of Canada displays a collection of photographs by Grammy-winning music legend Bryan Adams. The exhibition features 29 portraits of Canadian icons, including: Céline Dion, KD Lang, Michael J. Fox, Margaret Atwood, Robbie Robertson, The Weeknd, Wayne Gretzky, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

Embassy of Canada


Through Jan. 26

German Jazz

Very few music genres have been – and continue to be – formed through such a turbulent history as that of jazz. Deeply rooted in the Afro-American blues and ragtime scene of New Orleans, jazz transformed and redefined itself in the 1920s, spreading like musical wildfire worldwide as a messenger of a new esthetic. It quickly gained a foothold in Germany, where it became the soundtrack for the roaring '20s Berlin.

Goethe-Institut


Through Jan. 28

Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

This fascinating exhibition explores the surprising intersection between craft and forensic science. Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962) crafted her extraordinary "Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" — exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes — to train homicide investigators to "convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell." These dollhouse-sized dioramas, created in the first half of the 20th century and still used in forensic training today, were the equivalent of virtual reality in their time and helped to revolutionize the emerging field of forensic science. They also tell the story of how a woman co-opted traditionally feminine crafts to advance a male-dominated field and establish herself as one of its leading voices.

Renwick Gallery


Through Jan. 28

Posing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel

A selection of some 60 photographs in the National Gallery's collection made possible by Robert B. Menschel are on view in an exhibition that examines how the act of posing for a portrait changed with the invention of the medium. Featured works come from the early 1840s — just after photography was invented — through the 1990s.

National Gallery of Art


Jan. 28 to May 13

Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe

Undoubtedly the greatest Renaissance artist from Estonia, Michel Sittow (c. 1469–1525) was born in Reval (now Tallinn), likely studied in Bruges with Hans Memling and worked at the courts of renowned European royals such as King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. Through some 20 works representing most of Sittow's small oeuvre, the exhibition will offer an opportunity to examine his art in a broader context.

National Gallery of Art


Jan. 28 to May 13

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Some 300 works explore three distinct periods in American history when mainstream and outlier artists intersected, ushering in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration and assimilation.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 29

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

This exhibition explores contemporary fiber artworks commissioned through a challenge to international artists and features pieces by 36 acclaimed international artists, including Richard Tuttle, Cynthia Schira, Gerhardt Knodel, Helena Hernmarck and Gyöngy Laky, among others. It showcases a diverse collection of works that reflect the artists' creative and ingenious use of fiber to create new works of art.

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum


Through Jan. 31

DIS/PLACE: Notions of Home in Latin American Photojournalism

"DIS\PLACE" is an invitation to reflect on notions of home through the lens of displacement. Topics include migration, violence, and humanity's impact on the environment as a direct consequence of displacement. The aim is to "displace" viewers and their senses as they look out at the world as well as inward toward their own perceptions of place and home.

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center


Through Feb. 1

Double Look: The Other Latin American Photography

Is it possible to talk about a Latin American documentary photography? Curators Carla Möller and Jose Pablo Concha propose a widening of documentary language exploring the path of active photographers who have achieved critical autonomy to observe their own historical time.

Embassy of Chile


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 March 4

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects

Spanning 1985 through present day, this survey comprises more than 20 of the Kabakovs' maquettes, whimsical models, for projects realized and unrealized, including monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures and commissioned outdoor works. Opening nearly 30 years after the Hirshhorn hosted Ilya Kabakov's first major U.S. exhibition, these intricate creations invite the viewer into their surreal world in miniature and offer a rare glimpse into the duo's artistic process.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Through March 18

Tamayo: The New York Years

Rufino Tamayo's lushly colored paintings portraying modern Mexican subjects earned him widespread acclaim as an artist who balanced universal themes with a local sensibility. Tamayo (1899-1991) was drawn to New York City in the early 20th century at a time when unparalleled transatlantic and hemispheric cross-cultural exchange was taking place. "Tamayo: The New York Years" is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world with 41 of his finest artworks.

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Through March 25

Palimpsestus: Image and Memory

The 70 artworks on display, produced between 1900 and 2014, include more than 30 artists from 10 different countries drawn from Colección Memoria, as well as a selection of iconic modern and contemporary pieces from OAS permanent art collection. The exhibit surveys the main artistic trends and visual cultures that have developed in Latin America in the second half of the 20th eentury. The term Palimpsest, a capitalistic practice stemming from the scarcity of paper as a good for 15 centuries, is appropriated by the curator to conceptualize the relativity and interrelation of art narratives and aesthetic discourses.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through Spring 2018

Syria: Please Don't Forget Us

The Syrian conflict has raged for almost seven years and claimed the lives of more than 500,000 of the country's citizens. Eleven million people, one-half of Syria's pre-war population, have fled their homes. The Assad regime is detaining more than 100,000 of its people in secret detention centers where they are starved, tortured, and killed. This exhibition is a powerful testament to not only what the Syrian people have endured, but also their quest to document the crimes, tell their stories and hold their perpetrators accountable.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum


Through June 24

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


Through Aug. 15

Tomb of Christ

Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you've seen in a museum before. Groups will be able to virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries.

National Geographic


Through Nov. 12, 2018

Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge

For his first solo exhibition in D.C., acclaimed artist Mark Bradford debuts a monumental site-specific commission inspired by Paul Philippoteaux's 1883 cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg. Covering the curved walls of the Hirshhorn's Third Level Inner Circle, "Pickett's Charge" presents 360 degrees of abstracted historical narrative.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

DANCE

Sun., Jan. 14, 2 p.m.

Dancer of Japan: Grand Master Onoe Kikunojyo

Japanese classical dancer and choreographer Onoe Kikunojyo III returns to the U.S. as the Grand Master (lemoto) of Japan's prestigious Onoe School of Dance. Tickets are $25 to $100.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Jan. 30 to Feb. 4

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream – Works by Ratmansky, Millepied and Wheeldon

American Ballet Theatre's starry roster of dancers is just one of many assets fueling its ever-growing fan base. The company performs a stunning lineup of works, including the D.C. premiere of Ratmansky's full-length story ballet "Whipped Cream." Tickets are $49 to $249.

Kennedy Center Opera House

FESTIVALS

Jan. 15 to Feb. 15

2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival

In its landmark effort to stage a paradigm shift in American theater, the Women's Voices Theater Festival announces nearly 30 productions, penned by women playwrights and women-led collectives, for the festival's second iteration. The festival is a unified effort by theaters across Washington, D.C., to highlight the scope of plays being written by women and the range of professional theater being produced in the capital region. For information, visit www.womensvoicestheaterfestival.org.

Various locations

 

MUSIC

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

Un Viaje por México with Trio Nova Mundi

"Un Viaje por México (A Trip through Mexico)" features works by three storied Mexican composers — Manuel M. Ponce, Juan Ramírez and María Grever — by Trio Nova Mundi, a dynamic all-women ensemble spanning the Americas in musical training and heritage. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute


Wed., Jan. 10, 6 p.m.

Latvian Radio Big Band

The Latvian Radio Big Band will deliver a one-night-only performance where they will bring some of the best Latvian jazz from the past decades, as well as some of their latest projects such as jazz arrangements of Latvian folk songs.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage


Thu., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Joel Fan, Piano

Joel Fan is celebrated for his exuberant virtuosity and repertoire that embraces piano classics and inspired discoveries of contemporary and world music. A member of Silk Road Ensemble featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Fan's latest album focuses on the intersection  of music and dance. Tickets are $30.

Music Center at Strathmore


Sun., Jan. 28, 5 p.m.

Kings Singers

In 1968, the original six King's Singers came together through their shared love of singing and quickly became renowned for their performances and diversity of their music. In 2018, the group looks back over the last 50 years with a program of works from Renaissance polyphony and international folk songs to new commissions. Tickets are $40.

St. John's Episcopal Church


Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 8 p.m.

International Guitar Night

Four global guitar masters come together to create two exhilarating evenings of entertainment. Germany's gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt returns along with Canadian contemporary sensation Calum Graham, Poland's innovative classical composer/performer Marek Pasieczny and award-winning American guitarist Michael Chapdelaine. Tickets are $27 to $30.

Wolf Trap

 

THEATER

Through Jan. 7

An American in Paris

"An American in Paris" is the new Tony–winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Please call for ticket information.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Jan. 9 to Feb. 11

The Way of the World

Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage: a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, both women become the object of scandal — but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. Tickets are $35 to $79.

Folger Theatre


Jan. 11 to Feb. 4

Guilt

This world premiere by Australian playwright John Shand produced by Scena Theatre draws on the trial of the priest Urbain Grandier for witchcraft in France in 1633-34. It is Shand's response to witch hunts of all eras (including our own), when scores are settled and innocence becomes no defense. The play also explores the nexus between sexual and religious rapture. Tickets are $30 and $35.

Atlas Performing Arts Center


Jan. 12 to Feb. 18

Sovereignty

Based on the stories of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle's Cherokee grandfathers, this world premiere spans 1830s Cherokee Nation (now present-day Georgia) and Andrew Jackson's presidency to the Cherokee Nation in present-day Oklahoma. It follows a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her nation's jurisdiction and defend the constitutionality of the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage


Jan. 16 to Feb. 25

Hamlet

In the wake of his father's abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could — his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father's ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide: submit or resist. Accept or avenge. Live or die. Please call for ticket information.

The Shakespeare Theatre


Jan. 17 to Feb. 18

The Trial

A 30-year-old man is going about his day when suddenly, without cause or warning, he is arrested while at work. Two unidentified agents from an unknown agency arrest this man for an unspecified crime. In its retelling of Franz Kafka's "The Trial," Synetic Theater will explore the struggles of "K" and his encounters with the invisible Law and the untouchable Court. Ticket start at $35.

Synetic Theater


Jan. 17 to March 4

The Wolves

Winter indoor soccer. Saturdays. Over quad stretches and squats, a team of young women prepares to defend the Wolves' undefeated record, their banter spilling from tampons to genocide to the pressures of preparing for their adult lives. With an ear for the bravado and empathy of the teenage years, "The Wolves" explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a pack of 16-year-old girls who turn into warriors on the field. Tickets are $20 to $85.

The Studio Theatre

   

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