November 2017

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Cover Story

From Digital Realm to Physical
Terrain, Estonia Keeps Eye on Russia

a5.cover.estonia.envoy.homeLong before talk of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election surfaced, Estonians knew all about fake news and the dangers posed by Russian hackers. After suffering a massive cyber attack in 2007, the tiny, high-tech Baltic country became a leader in preparing for cyber warfare, while also turning to NATO to fortify its physical borders against a Russian threat that has plagued the country for nearly a century. Read More

People of World Influence

Carlos Alzugaray: Trump's Policies
Play into the Hands of Hardliners

a1.powi.cuba.alzugaray.homeRetired Cuban Ambassador Carlos Alzugaray says the expulsion of two-thirds of the embassy's staff in Washington — taken after a series of mysterious "sonic attacks" that have left some two dozen Americans posted to Havana with brain injury and other cognitive issues — pretty much devastates the bilateral ties that had finally begun to flourish under Obama after half a century of hostilities. Read More


Kim's Fait Accompli

Experts: Focus Should be on Slowing
Pyongyang's Nuclear Program

a2.north.korea.nuclear.homeAs the war of words between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un grows louder and Pyongyang continues its relentless barrage of weapons tests, some say it's time to face the reality of a nuclear-armed North Korea and shift the focus to containing and deterring the threat. Read More


Rising Waters

Climate Change-Fueled Rise in
Sea Levels Set to Hit Asia Hard

a3.asia.climate.cambodia.homeWhile flooding in Houston and hurricanes in the Caribbean have sounded the alarm about climate change, the global rise is sea levels is a quieter, but no less deadly, catastrophe that is set to hit the emerging nations of Southeast Asia the hardest. Read More


Streamlining State

Tillerson Wants to Whittle Down
Number of Special Envoys

a4.specia.envoys.tillerson.homeAs part of its effort to streamline the State Department, the Trump administration wants to eliminate special envoys for issues such as climate change and Burma, saying the work is outdated or overlaps with existing bureaus, but critics worry these issues may now slip through the cracks. Read More

Sidebar: Who's In and Who's Out


Global Vantage Point

Op-ed: In World of Grim News,
Peacebuilding Offers Ray of Hope

a6.common.ground.women.homeAs leaders with Search for Common Ground, one of the world's largest dedicated peacebuilding organizations, we've seen ordinary citizens and civil society groups step in to fill the void left by governments and international organizations that struggle to ensure peace and stability. Read More


   

Carlos Alzugaray: Trump’s Policies Play into the Hands of Hardliners

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By Larry Luxner

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Experts Say Focus Should be on Slowing, Not Stopping, Pyongyang’s Nuclear Program

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Climate Change-Fueled Rise in Sea Levels Set to Hit Asia Hard

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Tillerson Wants to Whittle Down Number of Special Envoys

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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SIDEBAR: Who’s In and Who’s Out

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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From Digital Realm to Physical Terrain, Estonia Keeps Wary Eye on Russia

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By Larry Luxner

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Op-ed: In World of Grim News, Peacebuilding Offers Ray of Hope

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By Shamil Idriss and Mike Jobbins

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New Study Shows Economic Benefits of Later School Start Times

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Air, Water, Other Types of Pollution Tied to 9 Million Deaths Worldwide in 2015

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By HealthDay News

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Obesity Linked to 13 Types of Cancer; Losing Weight May Lower Risk

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By HealthDay News

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Phillips Steps into Renoir’s World with ‘‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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‘Before the 45’ Tackles Traditions and Tragedies of Chicano Culture

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By Brendan L. Smith

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America’s Oldest Museum of Latin American, Caribbean Art Raises Its Profile

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By Teri West

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Designers Look to Rehab Fashion Industry’s Bad Rap for Waste Through Recycling

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By Sarah Alaoui

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Early Netherlandish Drawings Demand Closer Inspection

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Films - November 2017

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Languages

English

Korean


French

Russian


German

Spanish

Japanese

Swedish

 

English

The Breadwinner

Directed by Nora Twomey
(Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017, 93 min.)

This animated film tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the harsh rule of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. With her family facing starvation, Parvana cuts her hair and dresses as a boy to go out and look for work, risking discovery to try to find out if her father is still alive.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 24


Breathe

Directed by Andy Serkis
(U.K., 2017, 117 min.)

When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Chavela

Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
(U.S./Mexico/Spain, 2017, 93 min.)

This documentary showcases legendary performer Chavela Vargas, who led a life of passion, scandal, despair and triumph. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, she refused to conform to her family's idea of gender norms and ran away from home at 14 to Mexico City to sing in the streets. She soon became a singing sensation of ranchera-style ballads, famed for raw passion and a unique voice, dressing in men's clothes (English and Spanish).

West End Cinema


God's Own Country

Directed by Francis Lee
(U.K., 2017, 104 min.)

In rural Yorkshire, isolated young sheep farmer Johnny numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 10


Goodbye Christopher Robin

Directed by Simon Curtis
(U.K., 2017, 107 min.)

"Goodbye Christopher Robin" offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema


Human Flow

Directed by Ai Weiwei
(Germany, 2017, 145 min.)

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. "Human Flow," a documentary journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico and Turkey.

Landmark's E Street Cinema


Jane

Directed by Brett Morgen
(U.S., 2017, 90 min.)

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of British primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, considered the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.

Landmark's E Street Cinema


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
(U.K./Ireland, 2017, 116 min.)

Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife and their two exemplary children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family's life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Last Flag Flying

Directed by Richard Linklater
(U.S., 2017, 124 min.)

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Nov. 10


The Man Who Invented Christmas

Directed by Bharat Nalluri
(Ireland/Canada, 2017)

This film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real-life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up the timeless tale of "A Christmas Carol."

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Wed., Nov. 22


Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Directed by Peter Landesman
(U.S., 2017, 103 min.)

Liam Neeson stars as "Deep Throat," the pseudonym given to the notorious whistleblower for one of the greatest scandals of all time: Watergate.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
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.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Nov. 10


The Nine Muses

Directed by John Akomfrah
(Ghana/U.K., 2011, 94 min.)

Part documentary, part personal essay, this experimental film combines archive imagery with the striking wintry landscapes of Alaska to tell the story of immigrant experience coming into the U.K. from 1960 onwards.

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m.


Novitiate

Directed by Margaret Betts
(U.S., 2017, 123 min.)

Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-1960s, "Novitiate" is about a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 3


Okja

Directed by Bong Jooh-ho
(South Korea/U.S., 2017, 120 min.)

In the guise of a family movie, this madcap anti-corporate satire follows a young girl and her "super-pig," Okja, as they fight against a villainous corporation — led by the ever-superb Tilda Swinton, who plays both a hypocrite CEO and her scheming twin sister (English and Korean).

AFI Silver Theatre
Nov. 11 to 16
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.


The Square

Directed by Ruben Östlund
(Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2017, 142 min.)

Christian is the handsome, sophisticated and somewhat smug curator of a contemporary art museum. His next show is "The Square," an installation that invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian's foolish over-reaction to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations (English, Swedish and Danish).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 3


The Stuart Hall Project

Directed by John Akomfrah
(U.K., 2013, 103 min.)

Combining archival imagery, home movies, and found footage with new material and a uniquely crafted soundtrack, this film spotlights Jamaica-born sociologist and theorist Stuart Hall (1932-2014), the founding father of cultural studies, the popular interdisciplinary field that has reworked the way in which cultural patterns are studied within societies.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 18, 4 p.m.


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.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Nov. 17


Victoria and Abdul

Directed by Stephen Frear
(U.K./U.S., 2017, 112 min.)

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.

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


Welcome

Directed by Philippe Lioret
(France, 2009, 110 min.)

Kurdish teen Bilal has traveled all the way to the north of France in the hope of reuniting with his girlfriend in England. To get around a legal technicality, he decides to swim across the English Channel — even though he's unable to swim. Simon Calmat, the local swimming instructor who is struggling with his own impending divorce, agrees to train Bilal for his grueling journey (part of "Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration").

Embassy of France
Tue., Nov. 28, 7 p.m.

 

French

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Directed by Robin Campillo
(France, 2017, 144 min.)

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 17


Django

Directed by Etienne Comar
(France, 2017, 117 min.)

In 1943, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt delights Parisian audiences with his witty, life-affirming "gypsy swing" music. While many other Romani people find themselves the target of racist persecution, Django believes himself to be safe due to his popularity — until agents of the Nazi propaganda machine demand that he goes on tour to Germany in order to counteract the influence of "negro music" from the U.S. (French, German, English and Romani).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.


Faces Places

Directed by JR and Agnès Varda
(France, 2017, 90 min.)

Part documentary and part road movie, this enchanting film teams 89-year old Agnès Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR's photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Fanfan la Tulipe

Directed by Christian-Jaque
(Italy/France, 1953, 102 min.)

"Fanfan la Tulipe" features the fabled Gérard Philipe playing a warrior figure and rogue who meets his match in Gina Lollobrigida's gypsy.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m.


Farewell, My Queen

Directed by Benoît Jacquot
(France/Spain, 2012, 100 min.)

In July 1789, the French Revolution is rumbling. At Versailles, panic sets in and most of the aristocrats and servants desert the sinking ship, leaving the royal family, including Queen Marie-Antoinette, practically alone. But the queen's reader, a young woman entirely devoted to her mistress, will not give her up under any circumstances (French, English, German and Italian).

National Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 26, 4 p.m.


Hope

Directed by Boris Lojkine
(France, 2014, 86 min.)

Deep in the Sahara Desert, as they try to get to Europe, a young man from Cameroon rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one's own people, these two try to find their way together, and to love each other (part of "Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration").

Embassy of France
Tue., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.


The Paris Opera

Directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron
(Switzerland/France, 2017, 110 min.)

Autumn 2015, at the Paris Opera, Stéphane Lissner is putting the finishing touches to his first press conference as director. Backstage, artists and crew prepare to raise the curtain on a new season. But the announcement of a strike and arrival of a bull in a supporting role complicate matters. As the season progresses, more and more characters appear, playing out the human comedy in the manner of a documentary, but this comedy is set against a tragic backdrop when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into mourning.

Landmark's E Street Cinema


La Pirogue

Directed by Moussa Touré
(France/Senegal/Germany, 2012, 87 min.)

Family man and expert seafarer Baye Laye is the captain of a pirogue — a brightly painted, wooden fishing vessel. Like many of his Senegalese compatriots, he sometimes dreams of new horizons, where he can earn a better living for his family. When he is offered the chance to lead one of the many pirogues that head to Europe via the Canary Islands, he reluctantly accepts, knowing the dangers that lie ahead (French, Wolof and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 13, 7:15 p.m.

German

Beuys

Directed Andres Veiel
(Germany, 2017, 107 min.)

Another world, mostly in rough black-and-white esthetics, captivates the viewer with the vividness of its protagonist: Joseph Beuys, who proves to be one of the most remarkable and visionary German artists and still seems — today, 31 years after his death — as ahead of our time as he was before (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Fri., Nov. 3, 9:15 p.m.


The Divine Order

Directed by Petra Volpe
(Switzerland, 2017, 96 min.)

Doing laundry, vacuuming, cooking and caring for her husband and two sons. That's the submissive routine that Nora, a 45-year-old housewife from a Swiss village in the early '70s, is stuck in. But when her husband refuses to allow her to work — a privilege granted to him by Swiss law — the quiet and well-liked Nora starts campaigning for equality and the right to vote (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.


Hanna's Sleeping Dogs
(Hannas schlafende Hunde)

Directed by Andreas Gruber
(Austria/Germany, 2016, 120 min.)

Living with her mother and grandmother in the provincial Austrian town of Wels in the late 1960s, Johanna discovers a family secret: They are Jewish. This simple fact — in a time during which Nazi sympathy may have disappeared from the streets but not from peoples' minds — throws her life into turmoil (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 12 p.m.


LOMO – The Language of Many Others

Directed by Julia Langhof
(Germany, 2017, 101 min.)
(part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Simply put, Karl is the black sheep in his family. About to finish high school, he is already disillusioned and couldn't differ more from his ambitious sister and his liberal parents. When he falls in love with Doro, he becomes convinced that everything is random and starts playing a dangerous game by uploading a sensitive video of Doro and himself online and letting his blog followers decide on his actions (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Fri., Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.


Marija

Directed by Michael Koch
(Germany, 2016, 100 min.)

(part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Marija is a young Ukrainian woman who has a simple dream: to one day have her own hair salon. Earning her living as a cleaning woman, she carefully puts away money each month to build her future life. But when she gets fired without notice, she is forced to look for alternatives (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 4:45 p.m.


Night of a 1000 Hours
(Die Nacht der 1000 Stunden)

Directed by Virgil Widrich
(Austria/Luxembourg/Netherlands, 2016, 92 min.)

Philip, the ambitious heir of the Ullich family business, is confronted with very peculiar incidents when the family members gather at their palace in Vienna: His deceased ancestors suddenly re-appear from the dead and entrap Philip in a series of unforeseen events (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 4, 9 p.m.


In Times of Fading Light
(In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts)

Directed by Matti Geschonneck
(Germany, 2017, 100 min.)

In the early fall of 1989, the days of communist Germany are numbered, but in the living room of the Powileits, time stands still: It's Wilhelm's 90th birthday, and the former resistance fighter and exile is an unapologetically hardline communist veteran (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m.


The Young Karl Marx
(Der junge Karl Marx)

Directed by Raoul Peck
(France/Germany/Belgium, 2017, 112 min.)

In 1844, 26-year-old Karl Marx and his wife Jenny are living in exile in Paris. Indebted and troubled by an existential crisis, he meets the slightly younger Friedrich Engels, son of a factory owner, and the two inspire each other to write texts that lay the theoretical foundation for a revolution which, in their eyes, is inevitable (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.


Welcome to Germany
(Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Directed by Simon Verhoeven
(Germany, 2016, 116 min.)

Angela and Richard Hartmann and their two adult children are a well-off Munich family with everything in its proper order. Or so it seems. Until Angelika, a retired teacher, decides — against the will of her skeptical husband — to take in a young Nigerian refugee (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.


Western

Directed by Valeska Grisebach
(Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, 2017, 120 min.)

In Bulgaria near the Greek border, a group of German construction workers arrives in the remote, mountainous and almost desert-like hinterland to install a water supply works for the local village. The foreign countryside awakens the sense of adventure in the German workers, but they are also forced to confront their own prejudices and mistrust as they deal with language barriers and cultural differences (part of the "Film|Neu" festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 4, 4 p.m.

 

Japanese

Blade of the Immortal
(Mugen no junin)

Directed by Takashi Miike
(Japan/U.K., 2017, 141 min.)

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen, in a mission that will change Manji in ways he could never imagine.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 3

 

Korean

Asura: The City of Madness

Directed by Kim Sung-su
(South Korea, 2016, 136 min.)

Bold, bloody, and chock-full of riveting performances and thrilling action scenes "Asura: The City of Madness" was inspired by several corruption cases that have made headlines in South Korea recently.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 5, 2 p.m.


Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno

Directed by Jung Yoon-suk
(South Korea, 2017, 120 min.)

Jung Yoon-suk's appropriately irreverent documentary follows the anarchic exploits of the Bamseom Pirates, a politically outspoken, gleefully nonconformist two-man punk band.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.


Bluebeard

Directed by Lee Soo-yeon
(South Korea, 2017, 117 min.)

When a doctor hears a convincing murder confession from a sedated patient, he finds himself in the middle of an unsolved serial killer case in which dismembered bodies start appearing close to home.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Nov. 19, 9:20 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 22, 7 p.m.


Come Together

Directed by Shin Dong-il
(South Korea, 2016, 122 min.)

Shin Dong-il's engaging, passionate film illustrates the toll Korea's hyper-competitive society can take on an ordinary family. When middle manager Beom-gu is summarily fired from his job after 18 years, it throws his family into turmoil thanks to his increasingly violent rages, while his wife, now the sole breadwinner, starts cutting ethical corners in her job selling credit cards.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

The Merciless

Directed by Byun Sung-hyun
(South Korea, 2017, 117 min.)

This sleek, noir-tinged crime thriller tells the story of a seasoned gangster who meets an ambitious newbie in prison. After being released, the pair team up in a bid to take over an organized crime ring, but their relationship is shaken when they begin to discover what lies beneath their trust.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 20, 9:20 p.m.,
Tue., Nov. 21, 9:20 p.m.

The Truth Beneath

Directed by Lee Kyoung-mi
(South Korea, 2016, 102 min.)

When the young daughter of a news anchor-turned-politician goes missing on the eve of a close election, he decides to wait to report it to the police — mainly because his campaign promise is to "protect our children." His wife has other ideas and launches her own desperate investigation, in the process unearthing a web of corruption and deceit that upends her formerly placid life.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 12, 2 p.m.

The Villainess

Directed by Jung Byung-gil
(South Korea, 2017, 129 min.)

Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after 10 years of service — and she jumps at the chance for a normal life. But soon, secrets from her past threaten to destroy everything she's worked for.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 17, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Nov. 18, 10 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 22, 9:25 p.m.

Russian

Battleship Potemkin

Directed by Sergei Eisenstein
(U.S.S.R., 1925, 75 min.)

Focusing on one episode of the country's revolutionary years, this agitprop spectacular is the story of a mutiny on a military ship anchored off the port of Odessa. Mistreated by the officers, sailors of "Potemkin" decide to fight, supported by sympathizers ashore.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Nov. 8, 7:45 p.m.


The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West

Directed by Lev Kuleshov
(U.S.S.R., 1924, 94 min.)

Mr. John West comes to Soviet Moscow on a mission, accompanied by his loyal sidekick, cowboy Jeddie. Right off the train, the clueless duo are warmly welcomed by a local gang of petty thieves, and hilarity ensues. Jokes targeting American ignorance about the young Bolshevik state comingle with the unintentional humor of the filmmaker's own stereotypical ideas of Americans.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.


Outskirts

Directed by Boris Barnet
(U.S.S.R., 1933, 98 min.)

The unhurried life of a remote worker town in the Russian Empire is spun off its axis when the First World War breaks out. Men are drafted to fight, and soon, German prisoners of war are brought in. While considered arch-foes by many locals, others are able to see the enemy soldiers as fellow victims of war.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 20, 7:15 p.m.

 

Spanish

Brimstone & Glory

Directed by Viktor Jakovleski
(U.S./Mexico, 2017, 67 min.)

The National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico is a site of festivity unlike any other in the world. In celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers, conflagrant revelry engulfs the town for ten days. Plunging headlong into the fire with spectacularly beautiful cinematography, "Brimstone & Glory" honors the spirit of Tultepec's community and celebrates celebration itself.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 10

Swedish

Pelle the Conqueror
(Pelle erobreren)

Directed by Bille August

(Denmark/Sweden, 1987, 157 min.)

This Oscar-winning drama follows a Swedish father and son escaping their impoverished life to make a new start in Denmark, where their loving relationship that sustains them through a difficult year on a new farm (Swedish and Danish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Nov. 11, 12 p.m.

   

Events - November 2017

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Dance

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Festivals

 

 

ART 

Nov. 3 to Dec. 17

Immigration in Ibero-America at FotoWeekDC

The Iberoamerican Cultural Attachés Association contributes to Fotoweek DC with this exhibition of photographers who depict how Ibero-American countries have opened themselves up to foreign people, celebrating the diversity that led to today's merged cultures. The exhibit includes "Miguel de Moreno" by Spanish photographer Javier Hirschfeld, who reflects on the contribution of immigration to Spanish society, celebrating the achievements on social rights at the same time.

Hillyer Art Space


Nov. 3 to 26

World Press Photo Exhibition

For more than 60 years the World Press Photo Exhibition has been honoring the best in photojournalism, with the winning images viewed by millions of people each year. Last year alone, 4 million people visited the exhibition in 100 cities around the globe. The WPP has made a custom exhibition for D.C. using 22 projectors and large-sized prints to fit the unique Dupont Underground space. Partners such as NPR, National Geographic, The Washington Post and others will hold events throughout the city to tell the stories behind the photographs. And the Inter-American Development Bank will host a partner exhibition by photographers from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dupont Underground


Nov. 8 to 15

After the Face / Borderless Captivity

The Delegation of the European Union, in collaboration with Embassy of Sweden and ArtWorks for Freedom, presents three different vantage points on contemporary slavery: Ann-Sofi Sidén is one of Sweden's foremost contemporary artists, whose work to document the stories of women trafficked along the borders of Western Europe led to a series of video installations and photogravures. Kay Chernush is an award-winning American photographer who captured powerful images of victims on assignment in Africa, Asia and Latin America and was moved to devote her life to raising awareness of this issue. Prum Vannak, a Cambodian survivor of modern day slavery, shares his story in vivid drawings.

House of Sweden


Nov. 8 to 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


Through Nov. 17

Wonder Women!

From the Guerrilla Girls righting the wrongs of the art world to painter Edna Reindel's tough World War II riveters, to vintage feminist comic books — it's the celebration of the Wonder Women! Explore images of the powerful woman, real and fictional, in a wide-ranging selection drawn from the special collections and artists' archives of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Nov. 26

Human Landscapes: Paisajes Humanos

"Human Landscapes," organized in conjunction with the Argentine Embassy, presents a multifaceted approach to the diverse and idiosyncratic aspects of Argentina's geography, through the eyes of contemporary photographers. Images depict the human footprints left on the land from the urban centers of Buenos Aires and Salta as well as islands along the Paraná River, interactions between indigenous and other Argentina people and tourists, as well as the artists' personal lives.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through Nov. 29

Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia

Encounter Buddhist art through the lens of spiritual practice and the perspectives of practitioners. Drawing on the Freer|Sackler's collections from across Asia, this exhibition expands the understanding of Buddhism in Asian art through both beautiful objects and immersive spaces.

Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Through Dec. 3

Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures

Combining art, fashion, science, and conservation, this revelatory exhibition brings together — for the first time — some 14 of the paintings known as the fantasy figures by Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806). He is considered among the most characteristic and important French painters of his era, and the fantasy figure series — several rapidly executed, brightly colored paintings of lavishly costumed individuals — are some of his most beloved works.

National Gallery of Art


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 Dec. 10

Witnesses by Anna U Davis

Anna U Davis is known for her bold, colorful, graphic mixed-media work, where she explores her fascination with gender relations. This exhibit examines the notion of personality traits that are often classified as either good or bad — from curiosity, passion and jealousy to maturity, independence and insecurity — delving into where these features stem from.

House of Sweden


Through 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 Dec. 17

Between Two Rounds of Fire, The Exile of the Sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation

This exhibit showcases a diverse selection of works, grouped around the theme of technologies in conflict. The works come from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent United Arab Emirates-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit Arab art.

American University Museum


Through Dec. 17

I Am: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by Caravan

"I Am" spotlights the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront issues of culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world both in the Middle East and West.

American University Museum


Through Dec. 29

Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art

This display of 60 works examines how Southern California-based Chicano and Latino artists worked tirelessly in an effort to shed light on the economic, political and social injustices faced over the past four decades. Concentrating on various themes and ideas, the exhibition highlights the diverse approaches taken by these artists to communicate their individual and community needs.

Mexican Cultural Institute


Through Dec. 31

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. 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. 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

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. 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. 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. 28

Edvard Munch: Color in Context

In the second half of the 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in this exhibition of 21 prints that considers the choice, combinations and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles.

National Gallery of Art


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


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 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 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

 

DANCE

Nov. 3 to 12

Fuego Flamenco XIII

GALA Hispanic Theatre continues continues its 42st season with the 13th international Fuego Flamenco Festival that brings leading flamenco artists from Spain and the United States to Washington audiences. Recognized for the presentation of stellar artists in an intimate tablao setting, the festival is an exploration of traditional flamenco and its breadth and diversity through contemporary expressions. This year's program includes the world premiere of "Flamenco Extranjero/Foreign Flamenco" by Edwin Aparicio and Aleksey Kulikov featuring the Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company and several international guest artists, and the U.S. premiere of "Binomio" choreographed by Francisco Hidalgo. Tickets are $45 to $55.

GALA Hispanic Theatre


Nov. 20 to Dec. 24

The Nutcracker

The Washington Ballet's critically acclaimed production of "The Nutcracker" transports audiences to a historic D.C. era and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker, along with waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other enchanting adaptations by Septime Webre. Tickets start at $33.

Warner Theatre


Nov. 22 to 26

Kansas City Ballet: The Nutcracker

From the moment we meet toymaker Drosselmeier in his workshop, elaborate sets, sparkling costumes and impressive choreography grab the audience's attention. Plenty of inventive twists also abound, from a toy bear that comes to life and a grandfather with hip hop moves to a line of giant Russian nesting dolls. Tickets are $59 to $175.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., Nov. 1, 6:45 p.m.

Written Out of History

In the earliest days of America, a handful of unsung heroes — including women, slaves and an Iroquois chief — pioneered the ideas that led to the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers and the eventual abolition of slavery. Their largely forgotten stories are given a deserved airing by Utah Sen. Mike Lee. Tickets are $30; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Fri., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

Scott Kelly: A Year in Space

The veteran of four space flights, astronaut Scott Kelly discusses the dangers, achievements and physical and emotional challenges he encountered during his record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station. Tickets are $35; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

GW Lisner Auditorium


Sat., Nov. 4, 2 to 5 p.m.

International Forum in Washington

Academic and artist partners the Phillips Collection and University of Maryland present the International Forum in Washington, which includes this year's Duncan Phillips Lecture featuring artist Sanford Biggers, recipient of a 2017 Rome Prize. Following his lecture, Biggers will participate in a conversation with artist-scholar Curlee Holton focusing on the rise, role and impact of "artists of conscience" in society. Tickets are $12.

The Phillips Collection


Sat., Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Traditional Roots of Modern China: How an Ancient World View Drives Contemporary Policies

In a timely daylong program, China scholar Robert Daly traces China's 21st-century drive for wealth, power and status to the beliefs, geographic influences and social and cultural practices rooted in the earliest dynasties. Tickets are $140; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Sat., Nov. 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Black Sea: Civilizations at the Crossroads of Europe and Asia

From antiquity to our own day, the Black Sea has been a crossroads of civilizations and is still a bridge between Europe and the Middle East and between the cultures of Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Islam. Tickets are $140; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Tue., Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m.

The Czech Republic in the World Economy

The 18th annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture is presented this year by Columbia University professor Jan Svejnar, who researches the effects of government policies on firms, labor and capital markets; corporate, national and global governance; and entrepreneurship. To RSVP, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Wilson Center


Tue., Nov. 7, 6:45 p.m.

The Future of Spices

The global culinary movement has made even the most exotic spices an essential part of many kitchens today. Lior Lev Sercarz, a chef and spice blender, discusses how the demand for spices and ethnic food are challenging producers today, and looks at new applications for spices that move beyond cooking. Tickets are $45; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Wed., Nov. 8, 6:45 p.m.

The Fate of Rome: Nature's Triumph Over Human Ambition

The centuries-long dissolution of the Roman Empire was shaped not just by emperors, soldiers and barbarians, but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability and devastating viruses and bacteria. Classicist Kyle Harper traces how a seemingly invincible empire fell victim to forces far stronger than its armies: the environment. Tickets are $30; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Mon., Nov. 13, 6:45 p.m.

The Norman Invasion: William's Unlikely Conquest

The 1066 invasion and occupation of England led by Duke William II of Normandy changed the course of history. But the Norman Conquest never should have succeeded. Historian Jennifer Paxton sets the scene for this unlikely triumph for France, and how its after-effects echo through the centuries. Tickets are $45; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Tue., Nov. 14, 6:45 p.m.

The Lafayette Escadrille: Legends with a Cause

The brash young Americans who volunteered to fly with French fighter pilots during the early days of World War I became the nucleus of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille. Paul Glenshaw, an aviation expert and filmmaker, tells the story of the "founding fathers of American combat aviation." Tickets are $45; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Wed., Nov. 15, 6 p.m.

Cajal's Neuronal Forest: Science and Art

Professor Javier DeFelipe presents his book "Cajal's Neuronal Forest," an homage to father-of-modern-neuroscience Santiago Ramón y Cajal that shows the beauty of science as seen through the artist's eye. Admission is free; to register, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/cajals-neuronal-forest-science-and-art/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain


Wed., Nov. 15, 6:45 p.m.

Code Girls: The Women Who Decrypted World War II

In 1942, more than 10,000 young women were recruited for a top-secret project in which they served as codebreakers for the U.S. Army and Navy. Their wartime achievements saved countless lives and aided the Allied victory — but were nearly erased from history. Tickets are $30; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Wed., Nov. 15, 6:45 p.m.

La Cucina vs. La Cuisine: A Gastronomic Faceoff

Italian and French food fans seem destined to be at perpetual odds in the "which-is-the best?" argument. Fred Plotkin, author of six books on Italian culinary traditions, examines how la cucina and la cuisine are not so much rivals as great influences and inspirations on one another — followed by a buffet of both cuisines. Tickets are $85; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Sat., Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Protestant Reformation

Oct. 31, 2017 — Reformation Day — marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation that began with Martin Luther's 95 Theses. John M. Freymann of the U.S. Naval Academy reviews the emergence and development of the 16th-century reformations from the late Middle Ages into the early modern period. Tickets are $140; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Tue., Nov. 28, 6:45 p.m.

Secret Selves: Charlotte and Emily Brontë

Charlotte and Emily Brontë lived a small, isolated family home in an English village, far from literary circles. Author John Pfordresher examines the forces of creative imagination and personality that nonetheless allowed them to cast a critical eye on the issues of their time through passionate female characters. Tickets are $45; for information visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

Sat., Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Czech Christmas Market

The Embassy of the Czech Republic presents a traditional Czech Christmas Market featuring stands filled with handcrafted ornaments; Czech crystal and glass products, jewelry and toys; mulled wine eggnog, an assortment of Christmas cookies, baked goods and savory cuisine. Children will adore the array of live animals from the Nativity scene, handled by shepherds. The children's choir of Sokol Washington will perform Czech Christmas carols at 11:30 am. Admission is free; no RSVP required; for information, visit www.mzv.cz/washington/en/culture_events/culture/czech_christmas_market.html.

Embassy of the Czech Republic


Sat., Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Slovak Christmas Market

The Embassy of Slovakia presents its annual Christmas Market featuring handmade glass ornaments; jewelry with Swarovski crystals; Slovak mulled wine and mead; traditional Christmas cookies and soup; and carols by the children's choir Sokolik. Free admission; no RSVP required.

Embassy of Slovakia


Through Nov. 5

Kids Euro Festival

Now in its 10th year, Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe's most talented children's entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic and cinema. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. For more information, visit http://events.euintheus.org/landing_page/kids-euro-fest/.

Various locations


Nov. 7 to 9

Second Annual Korean Culture Week

The Korean Cultural Center in D.C. presents this three-day event that takes audiences on a journey across the cutting edge of Korean performance art, where ancient folk culture roots intersect with the dynamic energy of modern Korea and infuse Western classics with innovative twists. The week opens on Nov. 7 with the acclaimed Bereishit Dance Company performing "Balance and Imbalance," which pairs vigorous contemporary dance with drummers and singers of the traditional Korean vocal storytelling genre pansori. An encore performance will be held at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills, Md., on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Sound and harmony dominate Nov. 8 as the World Music Ensemble E-do blends the traditional with the modern, including Korean and Western instruments and rhythms. Finally, the Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater graces the Terrace Theater for a closing performance of their modern reimagining of classical ballet. For information, visit www.KoreaCultureDC.org.

Kennedy Center


Nov. 11 to 19

FotoWeekDC 2017

The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain and the Mexican Cultural Institute are the central venues for this year's FotoWeekDC, the largest visual arts festival in Washington. The tenth edition of the FotoWeekDC, presented in partnership with SPAIN arts & culture, hosts two different photo exhibits at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain: "Magnum: 70 at 70," an exhibition of 70 photographic icons celebrating the 70 years of Magnum Photos, and "CISLANDERUS," a project by Thenesoya Martín de la Nuez and Aníbal Martel. Other festival highlights include "The White House News Photographers 2017 'Eyes of History' Travel Exhibition"; "Finding Home," which documents three families in the heart of Europe's refugee crisis; Susan Meiselas's exhibition on human rights in Latin America; and Michael Nichols's images of wildlife around the globe at the National Geographic. For information, visit www.fotodc.org/events-fotoweekdc-2017.

Various locations

 

MUSIC

Wed., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Nikolai Lugansky, Piano

A pianist applauded for his serene approach to some of the most demanding pieces of piano literature, Nikolai Lugansky is well known for his stunning performances as an orchestral soloist. In his first D.C.-area recital in more than a decade, the Russian pianist explores the rich textural tapestry of Schumann, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $65.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Nov. 4 to 19

Jacques Brel: Songs From His World

Known for his devastatingly personal lyrics as well as scathing depiction of society, Jacques Brel and his songs swept the pop music world of the '50s and '60s. The In Series offers a unique opportunity for audiences to journey through the Belgian master's inner world with interpretations of his favorite works in their original French (with English supertitles). Tickets are $20 to $43.

Source Theatre


Tue., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.

Lara Bello: Sikame

New York-based singer and composer Lara Bello presents her new album "Sikame," produced by acclaimed composer Gil Goldstein. Bello was born in Granada, Spain, and through her work as a songwriter and singer, she investigates the cultural roots of her homeland and its connections with other musical cultures. Tickets are $15; for information, visit https://urevento.com/event/lara-bello-en-washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain


Tue., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Paisajes Sonoros: Paulina Derbez, Violin; Araceli Salazar, Piano

This dynamic Mexican duo performs a wide-ranging program of Mexican and European composers from the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring composers such as Revueltas, Cesar Franck, Manuel Ponce and others. Tickets are $90, including Mexican delicacies, wine and beer; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute


Fri., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Verona Quartet

Winners of the 2015 Concert Artist Guild Competition and fresh off a two-year stint as the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, these musicians may be young, but they play with a clarity and conviction well beyond their years. Tickets are $40.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Sun., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: The Mariinsky Orchestra

Washington Performing Arts opens its Concert Hall season with the renowned Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of music director Valery Gergiev.

Tickets are $45 to $115.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Sat., Nov. 18, 3 p.m.

The Choral Arts Society of Washington: Monteverdi's 'Vespers of 1610'

Choral Arts opens its 2017-18 Kennedy Center concert season with a performance of Claudio Monteverdi's choral masterpiece "Vespers of 1610." Tickets are $15 to $69.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Thu., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Farah Siraj

Renowned Jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe and the Middle East. In 2014, Farah released her latest album, "Dunya," meaning "world" in Arabic and Hindi, and she currently leads an ethnically diverse quintet of Arabian Flamenco Jazz. Tickets are $90, including Middle Eastern buffet and drinks; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Jordan


Thu., Nov. 30, 8 p.m.

Renée Fleming Voices: Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse musical influences and creativity, whom Time magazine called "Africa's premier diva." Tickets are $29 to $79.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

THEATER

Nov. 4 to Dec. 2

Top Girls

The Keegan Theatre presents Caryl Churchill's Obie Award-winning play "Top Girls," which reveals a world of women's experience at a pivotal moment in British history: the beginning of the Thatcher years. Tickets are $45.

Andrew Keegan Theatre


Nov. 4 to 19

Washington National Opera: Alcina

Welcome to the island of illusions, where a sorceress skilled in the art of seduction is about to fall prey to the enchantment of love. This new production is WNO's first-ever staging of Handel's masterful baroque opera, with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every role. Tickets are $69 to $195.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Nov. 14 to Dec. 20

Twelfth Night

Stranded on the coast of Illyria, the quick-witted Viola assumes the disguise of a page boy for Duke Orsino and finds herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall


Nov. 16 to Dec. 31

A Christmas Carol

Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to Ford's Theatre to play Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol"—a production heralded as a "rich visual and vocal treat" (TheaterMania) and "infectiously jolly" (The Washington Post). Please call for ticket information.

Ford's Theatre


Through Nov. 19

Antony and Cleopatra

Julius Caesar is no more, and Mark Antony, at the peak of his political power, is ensconced in Egypt at the side of the irresistible Cleopatra. Torn between his military duty toward Rome and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself engaged in both war and romance. Shakespeare's classic encompasses politics and power, love and jealousy, alliance and misalliance. Tickets are $35 to $79.

Folger Shakespeare Theatre


Through Nov. 19

The Book of Mormon

The nine-time Tony-winning musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing-room-only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, "The Book of Mormon" has become an international sensation. Tickets are $59 to $229.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Through Dec. 24

The Pajama Game

Winner of the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical, "The Pajama Game" follows Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams in a battle of the sexes romance that soars with seductive dance numbers like "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway." Tickets are $50 to $99.

Arena Stage

   

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