April 2017

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Cover Story

Italy Tries to Avoid Being Swept Up
In Europe's Populist Tidal Wave

a4.cover.italy.ambassador.homePolitical volatility and paralysis are about as Italian as al dente pasta and a good glass of chianti. But like so many of its European counterparts, Italians are confronting a populist tsunami that has upended the conventional landscape. Even by Italian standards, transatlantic politics has become downright scary. Yet Armando Varricchio, Rome's polished ambassador, says we have nothing to fear from democracy — or the populist tidal wave it may produce. Read More

Forgotten Conflicts

World Turns Blind Eye to Yemen,
Myanmar's Rohingya, South Sudan

a1.crises.yemen.homeWith world headlines focused on North Korea's nuclear tests, Russia's ties to the Trump administration and landmark elections in France, it's easy to forget about three ethnic conflicts that show no sign of abating in 2017. Read More


Human Rights Under Attack

Veteran Diplomat Undeterred as
Human Rights Takes Backseat

a2.human.right.council.man.homeHuman rights have long been sidelined in favor of geopolitical, economic and security interests. Even President Obama was criticized for ramping up drone strikes and failing to intervene in Syria's bloody civil war. But under President Trump's "America first" agenda, the promotion of human rights and democracy appears to be at the bottom of the totem pole. Read More


Trump vs. the Pentagon

Are the White House and Defense,
Intelligence Establishments at Odds?

a3.trump.dissonance.north.korea.homeStrains between President Trump and leading figures in the defense establishment and intelligence community have been laid bare in his first two months in office as the two sides hold sharply diverging views on what constitutes top threats to American safety. Read More


Asia Pivot 2.0?

After U.S. Withdrawal from
Trans-Pacific Partnership, Now What?

a5.tpp.trump.rice.japan.homePresident Donald Trump made good on a campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by signing an executive action to end U.S. involvement in the trade deal. The sweeping accord included 12 Pacific-Rim nations that together represented around 40 percent of the global economy and a third of world trade. Where will TPP go without U.S. involvement? Read More


Book Review

'Why Presidents Fail': It Comes Down
To Too Much Talk and Too Little Action

a6.book.karmack.fail.homeThere is now an all-purpose explanation that is often cited by journalists and political analysts when an American president falters: He has lost control over the "narrative" and is unable to communicate his "message." Elaine C. Kamarck, author of "Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again" takes a very different view. Read More


Medical

Bad Diets Tied to 400,000
U.S. Deaths in 2015

a7.medical.bad.diet.burger.homeUnhealthy diets may have contributed to as many as 400,000 premature deaths from heart disease and strokes in 2015, a new study estimates. And it's not just the things you should be avoiding that are contributing to these deaths. The excess deaths may also be caused by what's missing in your diet, the researchers said. Read More


   

World Turns Blind Eye to Yemen’s Civil War, Rohingya Refugees and South Sudan’s Famine

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By Larry Luxner

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Veteran U.N. Diplomat Undeterred as Human Rights Takes Backseat Under Trump

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Are the White House and Defense, Intelligence Establishments at Odds?

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By Ryan Migeed

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Italy Fears Becoming Latest Victim of Populist Uprising Sweeping Europe

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By Anna Gawel

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After U.S. Withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership, Now What?

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By Ryan Migeed

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‘Why Presidents Fail’: Too Much Talk and Too Little Action According to Kamarck

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By John Shaw

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Bad Diets Tied to 400,000 U.S. Deaths in 2015

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By HealthDay News

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Obliterating the Self in the Infinity Mirrors of Yayoi Kusama

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Hillwood Chronicles Life of an American Diplomat in 1820s Russia

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Arena’s Take on Plame Affair and Political Retribution Hits Close to Home

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Renowned African American Artist Captures Haiti’s Revolutionary Hero

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By Joseph Hammond

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Jami Porter Lara Crosses Porous Borders on Maps and in Minds

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Hotels Promote Rooftops, Patios, Pools to Help Locals Soak Up Spring

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Nantucket Evolves from Hardscrabble Outpost to Posh Getaway

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By Anna Gawel

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Kalorama Draws Obamas, Trumps, Ambassadors and Well-Heeled Washingtonians

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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St. Gregory, Ritz-Carlton Additions Mirror Pulsating D.C. Dining Scene

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By Michael Coleman

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Films - April 2017

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Languages

Czech

German

Spanish


English

Japanese

Turkish


Farsi

Romanian

 

French

Slovak

 

 

Czech

The Devil's Mistress

(Lída Baarová)

Directed by Filip Renč

(Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2016, 106 min.)

Beautiful Czech actress Lída Baarová takes Germany's silver screen by storm and in the process steals the heart of one of the Third Reich's most powerful men — Joseph Goebbels, the minister of propaganda. Baarová rejects offers from Hollywood to enter into a passionate affair with one of Hitler's closest followers, but at what price? (Czech and German).

The Avalon Theatre

Thu., April 13, 8 p.m.

 

Tiger Theory

(Teorie tygra)

Directed by Radek Bajgar

(Czech Republic, 2016, 101 min.)

Veterinarian Jan feels he's losing his grip on life, which is controlled by his wife Olga, and yearns for the call of the wild. An unconventional patient gives him an idea, setting him on a journey of self-discovery that just might change his life for the better, even though it might lead him to the nuthouse along the way (Q&A with director in attendance).

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., April 12, 8 p.m.

 

English

Alive and Kicking

Directed by Susan Glatzer

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

Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., April 7

 

Beauty and the Beast

Directed by Bill Condon

(U.S., 2017, 129 min.)

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's 1991 animated classic, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Blackcoat's Daughter

Directed by Oz Perkins

(U.S./Canada, 2017, 93 min.)

Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

 

Colossal

Directed by Nacho Vigalondo

(Canada/Spain, 2017, 110 min.)

A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., April 14

 

Enter the Dragon

Directed by Robert Clouse

(Hong Kong/U.S., 1973, 103 min.)

The last movie Bruce Lee made before his untimely death is one of the most popular kung fu films of all time. Lee plays a martial arts expert who infiltrates a competition on a wealthy drug dealer's private island in order to avenge his sister's death.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

Finding Oscar

Directed by Ryan Suffern

(U.S./Canada/Guatemala, 2017, 100 min.)

In a forgotten massacre during Guatemala's decades-long civil war, a young boy was spared, only to be raised by one of the very soldiers who killed his family. Nearly 30 years after the tragedy, it will take a dedicated team—from a forensic scientist to a young Guatemalan prosecutor—to uncover the truth and bring justice to those responsible — by finding the missing boy named Oscar (English and Spanish).

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., April 28

 

Ghost in the Shell

Directed by Rupert Sanders

(U.S., 2017, 120 min.)

Directed by Rupert Sanders

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. As she prepares to face a new enemy, however, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen.

Angelika Mosaic

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

I Am Not Your Negro

Directed by Raoul Peck

(France/U.S., 2017, 95 min.)

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, which was to be a revolutionary, personal account of three assassinated leaders who were also his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

I Called Him Morgan

Directed by Kasper Collin

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

On a snowy night in February 1972, legendary jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was shot dead by his common-law wife, Helen, during a gig at a club in New York City. The murder sent shockwaves through the jazz community, and the memory of the event still haunts the people who knew the Morgans. Part true-crime tale, part love story, and an all-out musical treat, I Called Him Morgan is a chronicle of the dramatic destinies of two unique personalities and the music that brought them together.

West End Cinema

 

In Search of Israeli Food

Directed by Roger Sherman

(U.S., 2016, 120 min.)

A portrait of the Israeli people told through food, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" profiles chefs, home cooks, vintners and cheese-makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures — Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze — found in a nation only the size of New Jersey.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., April 21

 

Life

Directed by Daniel Espinosa

(U.S., 2017, 103 min.)

This sci-fi thriller tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars (English, Japanese and Chinese).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Lion

Directed by Garth Davis

(Australia, 2016, 120 min.)

A 5-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents' feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother for 25 years. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning (English, Bengali and Hindi).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Norman

Directed by Joseph Cedar

(Israel/U.S., 2017, 117 min.)

Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman's life dramatically changes for better and worse (English and Hebrew).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., April 21

 

Personal Shopper

Directed by Olivier Assayas

(France/Germany, 2017, 105 min.)

Olivier Assayas returns with this ethereal and mysterious ghost story starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Paris home, determined to make contact with him.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Sense of an Ending

Directed by Ritesh Batra

(U.K., 2017, 108 min.)

Jim Broadbent shines as fusty curmudgeon, exploring the longing and mystery, curiosity and regret of his past, when he is bequeathed a letter that stirs up old memories. It refers to a diary that might explain what really happened years ago between his first girlfriend Veronica and his best friend Adrian, but Veronica has intercepted the diary and refuses to give it up.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

 

T2 Trainspotting

Directed by Danny Boyle

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

First there was an opportunity — then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by since the events of "Trainspotting." Much has changed but just as much remains the same as Mark (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home, where his friends and a litany of emotions are waiting for him (English and Bulgarian).

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

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.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., April 14

 

Voice from the Stone

Directed by Eric D. Howell

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

Set in 1950s Tuscany, "Voice from the Stone" is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

Opens Fri., April 28

 

We Are Jews from Breslau

Directed by Karin Kaper and Dirk Szuszies

(Germany, 2016, 108 min.)

They were young, looking forward to the future with great expectations; they felt at home in Breslau, the city with the third biggest Jewish community in Germany at that time. Then, Hitler came to power. From this time forward, these young people were connected by the common fate of being persecuted as Jews — 14 of whom are the protagonists of this documentary.

Edlavitch DCJCC

Mon., April 24, 7 p.m.

 

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.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Farsi

The Salesman

(Forushande)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

(Iran/France, 2017, 125 min.)

A young couple living in Tehran act together in an amateur production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." When their flat becomes damaged, they are forced to move into a new apartment, where an intruder attacks the wife, prompting her husband to become an amateur detective in an attempt to find the assailant and soothe his wife's addled nerves.

Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

French

Frantz

Directed by François Ozon

(France/Germany, 2017, 113 min.)

In this intense romantic drama set in the aftermath of World War I, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers. While other townsfolk revile him as a murderer of Germans, the dead soldier's parents, at first suspicious, welcome him into their home and treasure his stories about their son. But there are hidden secrets that eventually surface as the relationship deepens.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., April 7

 

Raw

(Grave)

Directed by Julia Ducournau

(France/Belgium, 2017, 99 min.)

At 16, Justine is a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school, where she encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she participates in a hazing ritual where she is forced to eat raw meat for the first time. Once tasted, Justine's appetite for meat grows, and as her true self begins to emerge, she must face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her newfound passion.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

German

I Was Nineteen

(Ich war neunzehn)

Directed by Konrad Wolf

(Germany, 1967, 119 min.)

More than 10 years have passed since protagonist Gregor Hecker and his family fled from Germany to Moscow. In April 1945, at the age of 19, Gregor returns to Germany as a lieutenant in the Red Army. He feels like a stranger on German soil, and just like his Russian comrades, he is ashamed of the German people. Nevertheless, he realizes that he is different from his comrades in arms, for this defeated land is his home.

Goethe-Institut

Tue., April 11, 6:30 p.m.

 

Westwind

Directed by Robert Thalheim

(Germany, 2011, 90 min.)

Summer 1988: As promising young athletes in the GDR, the twins Isa and Doreen are allowed to attend a training camp at Lake Balaton in Hungary. There, they meet Arne and Nico from Hamburg. What begins as a holiday romance develops for Doreen and Arne into a serious love affair, for which the girl from the Saxon province is willing to risk everything.

Goethe-Institut

Fri., April 28, 6:30 p.m.

 

Japanese

After the Storm

(Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

(Japan, 2017, 117 min.)

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay his child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

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).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., April 7

 

Romanian

Graduation

(Bacalaureat)

Directed by Cristian Mungiu

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

Romeo is a seemingly honest doctor who regrets having settled in his native Romania, a country still teeming with corruption and back dealings. He channels his ambitions for a better life into his teenage daughter, Eliza, who's just one exam away from securing a scholarship to a prestigious British university. But when Eliza is attacked on the eve of her test, endangering her ability to pass, Romeo takes matters into his own hands to ensure her success. Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., April 14

 

Slovak

The Teacher

(Ucitelka)

Directed by Jan Hrebejk

(Slovak Republic, 2016, 102 min.)

Set in the early 1980s in Czechoslovakia, an elementary school principal calls an urgent meeting for parents. There are allegations that a seemingly kind teacher is using her students to manipulate their parents into providing a host of perks. Will the teacher's cozy connections with the Communist Party keep the parents silent or will they stand up against the corruption?

The Avalon Theatre

Thu., April 13, 5:15 p.m.

 

Spanish

All About My Mother

(Todo sobre mi madre)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 1999, 101 min.)

In Pedro Almodóvar's Oscar-winning homage to women — and all men who want to become women — single mother Manuela watches her only son die on his 17th birthday while running to get a stage actress's autograph. As the heartbroken mother embarks on her quest to find the boy's transsexual father, she befriends a richly diverse assortment of women, including the actress her son died pursuing (Spanish and Catalan).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., April 9, 7 p.m.,

Tue., April 11, 7:15 p.m.

 

Bad Education

(La mala educación)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2004, 106 min.)

Enrique is a young film director. Actor Ignacio turns up looking for work and identifies himself as a childhood friend. Enrique doesn't recognize the man, but his reaction to the name Ignacio signals a deeply intertwined past and unexpected twists.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., April 14, 7:30 p.m.,

Sat., April 15, 7:45 p.m.,

Sun., April 16, 7:45 p.m.

 

Broken Embraces

(Los abrazos rotos)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2009, 127 min.)

News of the death of a powerful Madrilenian businessman forces Harry, a blind man who was once a filmmaker, to confront his tragic past in this film-within-a-film, which brings together love, obsession, voyeurism and melancholy in a moving meditation on filmmaking and cinema.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., April 16, 5:20 p.m.,

Tue., April 18, 7:15 p.m.

 

I'm So Excited

(Los amantes pasajeros)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2013, 90 min.)

Something has gone wrong with the landing gear of a plane en route from Madrid to Mexico City. Is drugging the passengers and entertaining them with music and dance the best way to maintain calm?

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., April 23, 8:45 p.m.

 

Julieta

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2016, 99 min.)

Pedro Almodóvar's 20th feature film weaves three Alice Munro short stories into a Hitchcockian melodrama about mothers and daughters, passion and grief and the hard changes one undergoes in a lifetime.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., April 25, 7 p.m.,

Thu., April 27, 7 p.m.

 

The Skin I Live In

(La piel que habito)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2011, 120 min.)

Plastic surgeon Robert (Antonio Banderas) turns his mansion into an underground operating room where he unscrupulously seeks to create a synthetic skin that could have saved his deceased wife, who was badly burned in an accident.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., April 22, 10 p.m.,

Tue., April 25, 9:05 p.m.

 

Talk to Her

(Hable con ella)

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2002, 112 min.)

Two men forge a relationship as they use the intricacies of the spoken word — however improbably — to communicate with the comatose women they love.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., April 7, 7 p.m.,

Mon., April 10, 7:15 p.m.

 

Truman

Directed by Cesc Gay

(Spain/Argentina, 2015, 108 min.)

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián has decided to forgo treatment, and spend his final days tying up loose ends. When childhood friend Tomás pays his ailing friend an unexpected visit, the two friends set out to finalize Julián's funeral arrangements, settle his accounts and, most importantly, find a home for his beloved dog, Truman, in this heartfelt and surprisingly humorous film (Spanish and English).

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., April 14

 

Volver

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

(Spain, 2006, 121 min.)

Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) and Sole (Lola Dueñas) are sisters in a working-class neighborhood south of Madrid, whose parents died a few years prior in a tragic fire. One day, their dead mother returns as a ghost to resolve issues with Raimunda, who is busy dealing with her husband's death and calming her daughter.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., April 15, 5:15 p.m.,

Sun., April 16, 8 p.m.

 

Turkish

Kedi

Directed by Ceyda Torun

(Turkey/U.S., 2017, 79 min.)

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

   

Events - April 2017

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April 1 to 30

Kung Fu Wildstyle

To celebrate the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Sackler presents a month-long exhibition and program series highlighting connections between African American and East Asian art, music and film. The exhibition, "Kung Fu Wildstyle," explores pop culture through contemporary street art, featuring works by legendary street artist and hip-hop impresario Fab 5 Freddy and Hong Kong graffiti and hip-hop pioneer MC Yan. They examine how Bruce Lee and kung fu affected New York City's street culture and emerging hip-hop scene in the 1970s.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

April 1 to May 28

Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna

Cuban artist Carlos Luna's exhibit features more than 65 works, with some created in new media the artist has been experimenting with during the past four years, including Jacquard tapestries, works on metal sheets with patina and aluminum leaf, and layers of natural materials rubbed into strong, thick, dense, smooth and un-sized French paper.

American University Museum

 

April 1 to 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

 

April 4 to May 5

Forgotten Corners with Artist Iurro

"Forgotten Corners" is about the places that we pass every day, but rarely stop and take time to look at them. These can be, for example, alleys in downtown D.C. and New York City or small villages we pass through to larger towns and cities in the Czech Republic. Often, these places are not even interesting during the day. However, at night, they become romantic, even mysterious.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

April 6 to 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

 

April 6 to 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

 

April 7 to 28

Space

A new exhibition of photography and installation works by four contemporary Korean artists embraces the real, virtual, and imagined spaces crowding our lives in a modern, technology-infused society. From the ubiquitous computer screen bursting with overlapping windows and tabs, to image-editing software and augmented reality games, many of the spaces we inhabit in our daily lives are a blend of real, virtual and imagined. Each artist featured in "Space" experiments with these layers of reality, incorporating photography and painting, mixed media installation, transparent overlays, casting and ultraviolet filters to express their own unique perspective on the co-existence of past and present, real and imaginary.

Korean Cultural Center

 

April 8 to 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

 

April 9 to 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 April 23

Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L'Ouverture

Featuring a series of 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1986 and 1997, this exhibition portrays the life of Toussaint L'Ouverture (1742-1803), the former slave turned leader of Haiti's independence movement.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through April 30

500 Years of Treasures from Oxford

Founded 500 years ago in 1517, the library of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, is a repository of extraordinary treasures, few of which have ever been seen by the public. To mark the 500th anniversary, a selection of 50 manuscripts and early printed books, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through April 30

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

Through his lithographs and posters, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec captured the heart of Parisian nightlife in dynamic cabaret and café-concert scenes inspired by the city's burgeoning entertainment district. This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the artist's prints and posters. Nearly 100 examples of incomparable quality and color celebrate daily life and the premier performers of the belle époque — Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, Cha-U-Kao and others — cleverly caricatured through Toulouse-Lautrec's perceptive skills of observation and transformation.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 13

Bordes/Borders

This contemporary video exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda features nine short films with borders as their main concept. The works were among a number of films submitted by international artists to the Bienal de las Fronteras, an artistic initiative that offers a platform to emerging artists of diverse backgrounds. This selection questions the boundaries of the biennial itself, including participating artists that establish an alternative view of the border, this time "from the inside out."

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through May 14

Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara

While visiting a remote area along the U.S.–Mexico border, Albuquerque-based artist Jami Porter Lara found the remains of ancient pottery as well as plastic bottles discarded by migrants moving through the region. Intrigued by this juxtaposition, she began to reconceptualize the plastic bottle.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through May 14

New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin

Contemporaries and friends, potter Maria Martinez (ca. 1887–1980) and photographer Laura Gilpin (1891–1979) brought the American Southwest into focus as a culturally rich region that fostered artistic expression. Martinez's bold adaptation of an ancient black-on-black pottery design technique reflected Pueblo artistic traditions and also appealed to the modernist sensibility. Gilpin was one of the first women to capture the landscape and peoples of the American West on film.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through May 14

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

"Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" is a celebration of the legendary Japanese artist's 65-year career and promises to be one of 2017's essential art experiences. Visitors will have the unprecedented opportunity to discover six of Kusama's captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms alongside a selection of her other key works, including a number of paintings from her most recent series "My Eternal Soul" that have never been shown in the U.S.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through May 26

Designing Paraguay: Emerging Artists from the Heart of South America

"Designing Paraguay" highlights emerging talent that is lighting the way for future innovations in the creative industries. As Paraguay looks ahead, it is moving away from an agricultural and industrial economy toward a more competitive global, knowledge-based economy. One such area of growth is the cultural and creative industries, which drive innovation and contribute to economic diversification. This exhibit showcases Paraguayan innovation across a variety of disciplines, which represent a shift away from traditional craft, but also a recognition of the importance of local knowledge and culture.

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

 

Through May 31

El Vuelo y su Semilla

This exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Bestabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963) is comprised of installation pieces and reflects on the identity and culture that Mexican immigrants carry with them. Romero's works explore these phenomena through symbolic objects, such as papel picado and tires, and culinary components, like bread and corn, underscoring the role that eating and cooking play in the formation and transformation of Mexican identity. The result is a body of work that places Mexican culture as a fundamental part of the migrant journey from Mexico to the U.S.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through June 2

From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir

Consider the influence and intellect of feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir in an interpretation of her Paris studio alcove. This installation invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir's impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy and popular culture.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

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 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

 

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

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. 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 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. 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

Sat., April 8, 7 p.m.

Bhangra Blowout 24

Bhangra Blowout is a national intercollegiate dance competition that showcases traditional bhangra dance originating in Punjab. Bhangra Blowout is in its 24th year and features eight teams competing to be the collegiate champions.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

April 17 to 23

Ballet Across America – Curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck

The Kennedy Center's celebration of innovation and diversity in American ballet returns, with this season curated by stars Justin Peck and Misty Copeland, who will explore ideas central to the John F. Kennedy centennial with several companies across multiple programs. The week begins with a spectacular opening night celebration spotlighting two world premiere commissions among the performances along with several special guests. Tickets are $29 to $119.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

DISCUSSIONS

Through April 17

The Brazil Initiative at GWU

Growing numbers of policymakers and scholars now appreciate the global importance of Brazil, but few understand vibrant, democratic nation-state's mix of old world alongside the post-modern, its exceptional and comparable dimensions, and its national drive toward a modern economy that is both sustainable and socially inclusive. The Brazil Initiative of the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs was established in 2013 to promote the study of Brazil and deepen an understanding of its development and role in the world today. Upcoming events include: "The Odebrecht Effect" with Monica Arruda and Bruce Zagaris (March 30 at 12 p.m.); "Driving Sustainable Growth: A Seminar on Capital Market Development in Brazil" (April 5 at 2 p.m.); and "Saving Multilateralism: A Seminar on the Future of Brazilian Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump" (April 17 at 2 p.m.). For information, visit https://brazil.elliott.gwu.edu.

The George Washington University

 

MUSIC

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

Concert: Dorothy Khadem-Missagh

Austrian pianist Dorothy Khadem-Missagh has embarked on a promising musical career, performing on international stages and renowned festivals such as the "Wiener Konzerthaus" the "Styriarte Graz" the Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival and the Kyoto International Festival. Admission is free; to register, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sat., April 8, 3 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts Presents Anne-Sopie Mutter, Violin, and Lambert Orkis, Piano

World-acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to the Concert Hall, in recital with her longtime duet partner, National Symphony Orchestra keyboardist Lambert Orkis. Tickets are $30 to $95.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Sun., April 9, 4 p.m.

Víkingur Ólafsson, Piano

"Iceland's rising star of a pianist" (Sunday Times), Víkingur Ólafsson has been described as "born to play piano" (New York Sun) and praised for his "perfect continuity of thought" (Giornale della musica). Tickets are $110, including wine and reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Icelandic Ambassador's Residence

 

Wed., April 19, 8 p.m.

Tinariwen

The winner of the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Tinariwen is "a brilliant live band who have deservedly built up an international following for their infectious, pounding fusion of desert blues and the styles of the nomadic Tuareg people of the Sahara" (The Guardian). Tickets are $38.

Wolf Trap

 

Fri., April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Lebhardt, Piano

Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt, 23, has impressed audiences and critics alike with his thoughtful interpretations and outstanding virtuosity. Tickets are $100, including buffet reception and drinks; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Hungary

 

Mon., April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Songs Commemorating the Holocaust

Baritone Jerome Barry and Lithuanian pianist Edvinas Minkstimas replicate one of the most interesting and meaningful song recitals, highlighting Jewish music from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Hungary and many others in commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. Tickets are $90, including buffet reception and drinks; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Lithuania

 

Wed., April 26, 8 p.m.

Idan Raichel

Performing mainly in a fusion of Hebrew, Arabic and Ethiopian dialects, Idan Raichel acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Tickets are $45 to $55.

Wolf Trap

 

Thu., April 27, 7 p.m.

Zofo Duet

Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi-Zofo have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. Tickets are $110, including reception and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Residence of the Swiss Ambassador

 

Fri., April 28, 7 p.m.

Karim Nagi – Egyptian Multi-Instrumentalist and Friends

Karim Nagi has been an active performer of Arab music and dance in the United States for the past two decades. He has represented Egypt at regional Arab festivals in Michigan, Milwaukee, Virginia, Massachusetts and California, and has also performed at over 400 public school assemblies since 2001, introducing young audiences to Arab cultural arts in a campaign against stereotyping and racism. Tickets are $30, including reception; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

International Student House

 

THEATER

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

The Displaced

Four Moroccans cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat bound for Spain. A Mexican village is left empty of men who have fled to the United States in search of economic opportunity. A new mother is trapped on the wrong side of the India-Pakistan border. Authors Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea and Shobha Rao speak to lives that are never stationary and to communities that have been uprooted. They'll come together on-stage to read from their work, and discuss what it means to be a citizen in our volatile world. Tickets are $15

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through April 9

Intelligence

Jacqueline E. Lawton's new political thriller explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power. "Intelligence" is a fictionalized account inspired by true events of a covert operative who, tasked with protecting the national security of the United States post-9/11, is racing to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. With her country at war, her cover is blown and the lives of her assets are put in jeopardy. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Through April 9

The Night Alive

Playwright Conor McPherson's touching drama explores lost souls and the hope of redemption, with an ample dose of Irish wit. Tommy is a disheartened schemer, estranged from his family. One night, he saves a young prostitute, Aimee, and begins to feel that his life may indeed have a purpose. Yet, all of that may end, as an ominous and unwelcome man from her past appears. Tickets are $35 to $40.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

April 14 to May 21

Smart People

Four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race — search for love, acceptance and identity set against the backdrop of Barack Obama's 2008 election. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Through April 23

Pike St.

On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter's respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters — a decorated war veteran, her ne'er-do-well father and her octogenarian downstairs neighbor — bring new meaning to the phrase "it takes a village" in this rich slice of Puerto Rican immigrant life by playwright Nilaja Sun. Tickets start at $20.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

April 25 to May 28

Macbeth

At a time when equivocation and the perils of power dominate the news and divide the nation, Liesl Tommy's up-to-the-minute production will explore political themes that reverberate here in America and around the world. Though not always thought of as a political play, Shakespeare's study of power and its abuses and insecurities is as relevant today as when it was written in response to the Gunpowder Plot in 1606. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Wed., April 26, 6:30 p.m.,

Thu., April 27, 6:30 p.m.

The Stand In (Záskok)

This brilliant comedy, set in 1910, tells the story of a small Czech theater company that, having lost some company members, recruits the renowned Czech actor Karel Infeld Prácheňský as "the stand-in" for the premiere of the new play "Vlasta" by Jára Cimrman. As Karel is unable to remember his lines, or the names of the other characters and even the play in which he is performing, chaos inevitably ensues. The play is an authentic, hilarious translation of a Czech comedy classic. Admission is free but tickets are required and can be ordered at www.nyu.edu/washington-dc/nyu-washington--dc-events/the-stand-in.html.

NYU Washington, DC

 

April 26 to 30

Maly Drama Theatre: Three Sisters

Lev Dodin, regarded as one of the world's finest directors, and Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, one of Russia's premier theater companies, present this luminous and emotionally raw retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece about three sisters who are forced to leave Moscow for life in a provincial town. Tickets are $19 to $49.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Through May 7

A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" follows the Younger family yearning for a better life far from the cramped confines of their Chicago tenement. Hope arrives in the form of an unexpected financial windfall, but when they realize they have differing definitions of the American dream, which dreams get realized and which deferred? Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Through May 20

Ragtime

Based on E.L. Doctorow's celebrated 1975 novel, the Tony Award-winning musical "Ragtime" confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect, their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed. Tickets are $20 to $73.

Ford's Theatre

   

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