April 2018

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Cover Story

With Trump's Jerusalem Recognition,
U.S. Is on the Wrong Side of History

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In May, President Trump will make history when he inaugurates the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, cementing America's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But the ribbon-cutting, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence, will be nothing less than "catastrophic," warns Husam Zomlot, Palestine's man in Washington. Read More
Also See: Former U.S. Treasury Official Sees Gulf States Warming to Israel


Trump's Tariffs

Trump's Aluminum, Steel Tariffs
Spark Fears of Global Trade War

a1.tariffs.trump.homePresident Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports as part of his "America First" agenda has ignited a worldwide firestorm of anger, frustration and confusion — and fears of a tit-for-tat trade war. Read More


Votes to Watch

Latin America Has Big Votes This
Year. Here's Why They Matter.

a2.latin.america.elections.mexico.homeAgainst the backdrop of high-profile corruption scandals, a series of unpredictable elections and transitions will take place this year, notably in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Cuba. In total, nearly two-thirds of Latin Americans will elect a new president in 2018, possibly transforming the region's politics for years to come. Read More


Cuba in Transition

Cuba's Raúl Castro to Step Down as
Its Relations with Washington Worsen

a3.cuba.fidel.homeCome April 19, Cuba — for the first time in nearly six decades — will be led by a man whose last name isn't Castro. But that doesn't mean relations with Washington will get any better. Read More


Nordic Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Security Cooperation
Must Be Mutually Beneficial

a5.norway.marines.homeThe meeting on March 20 between U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke-Jensen confirmed the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Norway. It also confirmed that our security cooperation is a two-way street. Read More


Medical

Why Does the U.S. Spend More on
Health Care Than Other Countries?

a6.medical.healthcare.costs.homeIt's well known that the United States spends a lot more for its health care than other industrialized nations do. But a new study claims that some of the purported explanations for why America's health care bill is so huge simply do not wash. Read More


   

President Cracks Down on Steel and Aluminum Imports, Sparking Fears of Trade War

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By John Brinkley

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Latin America Has Big Votes This Year. Here’s Why They Matter.

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Cuba’s Raúl Castro to Step Down as Island’s Relations with Washington Worsen

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By Larry Luxner

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PLO’s Husam Zomlot: With Trump’s Jerusalem Recognition, U.S. Is on Wrong Side of History

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By Larry Luxner

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Former U.S. Treasury Official Sees Gulf States Warming to Israel

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By Larry Luxner

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Op-Ed: Security Cooperation Must Be Mutually Beneficial, with Tangible Contributions

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By Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

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Why Does the U.S. Spend More on Health Care Than Other Countries?

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By Dennis Thompson

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Area Luxury Real Estate Market Continues to Grow, Though Picture Is Mixed

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Washington — And Its Hotels — Usher in Warm Weather with Plenty to Do

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Technology Transports Washingtonians to Jerusalem and Jesus’s Final Resting Place

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By Austin Mistretta

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Montenegrin Diplomat, Pharmacist Wife Represent Young Nation with Long History

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By Gail Scott

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‘Syria: Please Don’t Forget Us’ Offers Poignant Story of War’s Missing Victims

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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“Women House” Puts Clever Twist on Deconstructing Domestic Stereotypes

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By Kate Oczypok

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‘Prince and Shah’ Offers Portrait of 19th-Century Iranian Royalty in Qajar Dynasty

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By Nicole Schaller

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Films - April 2018

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By Cari

Languages

Arabic

German

Italian


Czech

Hebrew

Japanese


English

Hindi

Mandarin

French

Hungarian

Spanish

 

Arabic

Beauty and the Dogs

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
(Tunisia/France/Sweden/Norway/Lebanon/Qatar/Switzerland, 2017, 100 min.)

Mariam, an attractive young Tunisian woman, starts off the evening in carefree spirits at a student party with her girlfriends, where she meets a handsome young man and goes for a walk with him on the beach in the moonlight. In the next scene, she is seen disheveled, running through the streets at night, flinching at every passing car, with her male companion trailing behind. She has been raped by police officers. But her harrowing ordeal has just begun

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., April 6

 

Czech

Barefoot
(Po strnisti bos)

Directed by Jan Svěrák
(Czech Republic, 2017, 111 min.)

Set in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation, a young boy opens up a world of trouble when he inadvertently reveals that his father has been listening to resistance broadcasts from London. As a result, the Nazi requisition their apartment, and they are forced into exile in the countryside. Shot from the perspective of the 8-year-old boy, he finds his own adventures and discovers a new crop of friends during the extraordinary times (post-screening Q&A with the director).

The Avalon Theatre
Thu., April 12, 8 p.m.

Ice Mother
(Baba z ledu)

Directed by Bohdan Sláma
(Czech Republic, 2017, 106 min.)

It is long overdue for Hannah to jump into the water and see where the current leads. One day, after picking up her grandson at school, she stops alongside the river to watch some ice swimmers. When a man named Brona waves in distress, she rushes into the water to help. Brona offers Hannah a breath of fresh air and a taste of romance when he encourages her to try ice swimming.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., April 11, 8 p.m.


The Quartette

(Kvarteto)

Directed by Miroslav Krobot
(Czech Republic, 2017, 93 min.)

Gathering around one table every evening like a family, the members of a string quartet rehearse for another concert. The somewhat incongruous foursome consists of the attractive cello player, her "mommy-dependent" boyfriend, the show-off and an aging history expert. But an awkward misunderstanding and sexual tensions put the fate of the quartet at risk.

The Avalon Theatre
Thu., April 12, 5:15 p.m.

English

7 Days in Entebbe

Directed by José Padilha
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages.

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

Annihilation

Directed by Alex Garland
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 115 min.)

Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling "Southern Reach Trilogy," "Annihilation" stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler
(U.S., 2018)

T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Call Me By Your Name

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

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

West End Cinema

The China Hustle

Directed by Jed Rothstein
(U.S., 2018, 84 min.)

This unsettling and eye-opening documentary follows a Wall Street web of fraud revolving Chinese companies, the American stock market, the 2008 financial crash and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you've never heard of.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Darjeeling Limited

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S., 2007, 91 min.)

Having not spoken since the death of their father, three brothers set off on a train ride across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 13 to 19

The Death of Stalin

Directed by Armando Iannucci
(U.K./Canada/France/Belgium, 2018, 107 min.)

Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire.

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

The Final Portrait

Directed by Stanley Tucci
(U.K., 2018, 90 min.)

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process (English, French and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic

Finding Your Feet

Directed by Richard Loncraine
(U.K., 2018, 111 min.)

On the eve of her retirement, a middle-class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., April 6

Ghost Stories

Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
(U.K., 2018, 98 min.)

Arch skeptic professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable "hauntings."

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 27

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S./Germany, 2014, 100 min.)

An aged Zero Moustafa recounts the glory days of the now-faded Grand Budapest Hotel, and his tutelage under the legendary concierge Monsieur Gustave H. during the Interwar Years.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 20 to 26

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S./Germany, 2018, 101 min.)

This animated adventure follows Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog.

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

Itzhak

Directed by Alison Chernick
(Israel/U.S., 2018, 82 min.)

Hailed as the world's greatest living violinist, Itzhak Perlman is presented in a highly personal light in this film, revealing his appealing personality and deep passion for music.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 6

Journey's End

Directed by Saul Dibb
(U.K., 2018, 107 min.)

This suspenseful, immersive war drama is set in March of 1918, as C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France, led by war-weary Captain Stanhope. With a German offensive imminently approaching, the officers and their cook use food and the memories of their lives before the war to distract themselves, while Stanhope soaks his fear in whisky, unable to deal with the dread of the inevitable.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Lean on Pete

Directed by Andrew Haigh
(U.K., 2018, 121 min.)

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., April 13

Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
(U.K./Germany, 2018, 93 min.)

This documentary follows renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy on his exploration of the world and himself through ephemeral and permanent workings on the landscape, cities and with his own body (English, Portuguese and French).

West End Cinema

The Leisure Seeker

Directed by Paolo Virzi
(Italy/France, 2018, 112 min.)

A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

New Chefs on the Block

Directed by Dustin Harrison-Atlas
(U.S., 2017, 96 min.)

This intimate, multi-year documentary portrait of two chefs and their staffs in Washington, D.C. — Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly...Pizza! — who struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Wed., April 4, 7 p.m.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
(U.S./China, 2018, 111 min.)

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat (English and Mandarin).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Shape of Water

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

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

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

Sweet Country

Directed by Warwick Thornton
(Australia, 2018, 113 min.)

In this Australian Western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., April 20

Tomb Raider

Directed by Roar Uthaug
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 118 min.)

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan (English and Cantonese).

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

The Watermelon Woman

Directed by Cheryl Dunye
(U.S., 1997, 90 min.)

Cheryl Dunye's trailblazing debut — the first feature film directed by and about an African American lesbian — centers on the protagonist's search for information about the fictional Fae Richards, a black actress from 1930s Hollywood.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 7, 2 p.m.

Women in Love

Directed by Ken Russell
(U.K., 1969, 131 min.)

Ken Russell's film adaptation of the celebrated D.H. Lawrence novel features Glenda Jackson in an Oscar-winning performance in the story of passionate relationships among a well-to-do social set in a post-World War I roaring '20s Midlands mining town.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., April 6, 7:10 p.m.,
Sun., April 8, 11:15 a.m.

A Wrinkle in Time

Directed by Ava DuVernay
(U.S., 2018, 109 min.)

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

You Were Never Here

Directed by Lynne Ramsay
(U.K./France/U.S., 2018, 90 min.)

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., April 13

 

French

Belle de Jour

Directed by Luis Buñuel
(France/Italy, 1968, 100 min.)

Catherine Deneuve's porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress's most iconic roles: Séverine, a seemingly virginal Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a high-class bordello, before returning home to her new husband (French, Spanish and Mongolian).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 13

The Crime of Monsieur Lange

Directed by Jean Renoir
(France, 1936, 83 min.)

Jean Renoir's breezy romantic comedy contains surprising depths of anti-fascist political awareness, as a greedy and grasping boss of a low-rent pulp publishing house, always dodging creditors and abusing his staff, disappears and is presumed dead. In his absence, the employees reorganize as a collective and love blooms, but is the boss really dead?

AFI Silver Theatre
April 20 to 26

Port of Shadows

Directed by Marcel Carné
(France, 1938, 91 min.)

Jean Gabin stars as an army deserter who's hitchhiked to Le Havre intending to get on a boat and flee the country. But once there, he becomes entangled in a dispute between two disreputable locals and ends up falling for one of their mistresses.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 7, 12 p.m.,
Tue., April 10, 7:15 p.m.

Séraphine

Directed by Martin Provost
(France/Belgium, 2008, 125 min.)

"Séraphine" focuses on the true story of Séraphine Louis, a middle-aged domestic living in the nineteenth century, whose deep love of and connection to the French countryside motivated her colorful paintings of flora and fauna. As her paintings garner admiration, Séraphine's mental decline and eventual institutionalization lead to the cessation of her art until she is reunited with her beloved nature (French, German and Latin).

National Gallery of Art
Sat., April 14, 2:30 p.m.

That Most Important Thing: Love

Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
(France/Italy/W. Germany, 1975, 109 min.)

This story of amour fou centers on a love triangle between Nadine, an actress employed in low-budget soft-core films; photographer-turned-producer Servais, who, infatuated with Nadine, plans to cast her in a production of "Richard III"; and Nadine's husband Jacques, who's not about to give up on his wife.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 9 to 12

German

Die Andere Heimat
(Home From Home)

Directed by Edgar Reitz
(Germany, 2014, 230 min.)

When, in the middle of the 19th century, famine, poverty and despotism oppressed the people of Europe, hundreds of thousands immigrated to distant South America. Against the background of this unforgotten drama, Edgar Reitz chronologically unfolds the story of longing in his new feature film.

Goethe-Institut
Fri., April 27, 6:30 p.m.

When Paul Came Over the Sea

Directed by Jakob Preuss
(Germany, 2017, 93 min.)

Paul Nkamani is a migrant from Cameroon. He has made his way across the Sahara to the Moroccan coast where he lives in a forest, waiting for the right moment to cross the Mediterranean Sea. This is where he meets Jakob, a filmmaker from Berlin, who is researching a film about Europe's borders (German, French, Spanish and English).

Goethe-Institut
Wed., April 11, 6:30 p.m.

 

Hebrew

Foxtrot

Directed by Samuel Maoz
(Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017, 108 min.)

Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son. While his sedated wife rests, Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. He spirals into a whirlwind of anger, only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists — a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Hindi

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
(India, 2017, 123 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

In a small town in in Uttar Pradesh, Bitti, a free spirit and a bit of a bohemian misfit, works at the electricity board, is a casual smoker, watches English movies and loves to breakdance — none of which are helping her parents to find her a suitable groom. Feeling pressured to change her lifestyle and start thinking about marriage, Bitti resolves to skip town completely, but when she stumbles upon a novel at the train station, she's surprised to find that the female protagonist is exactly like her.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 7, 3 p.m.

Ittefaq

Directed by Abhay Chopra
(India, 2017, 105 min.)

Inspired by the eponymous 1969 film, "Ittefaq" is a gripping modern whodunit. A police officer investigates a double murder case with only two witnesses — both of whom are also prime suspects and both of whose stories seem true.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 8, 8:30 p.m.

Mukkabaaz

Directed by Anurag Kashyap
(India, 2017, 153 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Vital, insightful and thoroughly cinematic, Anurag Kashyap's "The Brawler" follows in the tradition of the all-time great boxing films, with a boldly Indian spin.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April l5, 2 p.m.

Newton

Directed by Amit Masurkar
(India, 2017, 106 min.)

As India, the world's largest democracy, braces itself for another general election — with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters and a budget of $5 billion — rookie government clerk Newton Kumar is entrusted with a deceptively simple task: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 7, 8 p.m.

Pad Man

Directed by R. Balki
(India, 2018, 140 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Inspired by the life of Indian entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionized the manufacture of the low-cost sanitary napkin in India, this film akes a socially conscious approach to the traditional Bollywood comedy, with hilarious and thought-provoking results.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 14, 8:15 p.m.

Secret Superstar

Directed by Advait Chandan
(India, 2017, 150 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Fourteen-year-old Insia dreams of becoming a singer, but her conservative and overbearing father doesn't see this as an apt aspiration for a young Muslim woman. When Insia's mother surreptitiously buys her a laptop, the budding composer begins secretly recording and posting her songs online, gaining overnight internet fame.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 8, 2:30 p.m.

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Directed by R.S. Prasanna
(India, 2017, 119 min.)

Mudit is a sweet young man with a stable job who feels like he's struck gold when he meets the no-nonsense Sugandha and they instantly hit it off. They're soon engaged, but when a premarital rendezvous reveals that Mudit suffers from erectile dysfunction, word gets out, and the entire wedding party is spun into a panic.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., April 15, 8 p.m.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Directed by Shree Narayan Singh
(India, 2017, 155 min. plus 15-minute intermission)

Go-getter Keshav woos liberal thinker Jaya, a woman from his neighboring village in Uttar Pradesh. They marry, but once the newlyweds cross the threshold, Jaya discovers that Keshav does not have a toilet in his home. Keshav, who submits to cultural norms, suggests that his new bride can just defecate outside when the time comes — which leads the modern-minded Jaya to file for a divorce. Fearing he will lose her, Keshav desperately sets out on a mission to win back his love.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., April 14, 2:30 p.m.


Hungarian

1945

Directed by Ferenc Török
(Hungary, 2017, 91 min.)

In Hungary on a sweltering day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back (Hungarian and Russian).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., April 6


Italian

Il Boom

Directed by Vittorio De Sica
(Italy, 1963, 85 min.)

Italy's postwar economy is booming, but Giovanni is drowning in debt and overspending to maintain his beloved wife Silvia's high standard of living. Approached by the imperious Signora Bausetti with a lucrative but unusual offer, Giovanni can't see how he can turn it down.

AFI Silver Theatre
April 17 to 19


Japanese

The Eagle and the Hawk

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1957, 115 min.)

In Umetsugu Inoue's follow-up to "The Winner," Yujiro Ishihara plays a seaman who joins the crew of a rusty cargo ship to avenge himself on his father's enemy. Also on board is another new hand with a secret, played by a buff, shirtless Rentaro Mikuni.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 13, 7 p.m.

The Green Music Box

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1955, 90 min.)

The first feature-length theatrical film shot in Konicolor, The Green Music Box is based on the eponymous novel by Makoto Hojo. A musical action film for children, the movie typifies Umetsugu Inoue's creative use of color. It also marked the debut of fourteen-year-old Ruriko Asaoka, whose character becomes entangled with a spy trying to steal her father's secrets.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 15, 2 p.m.

Lady Snowblood

Directed by Toshiya Fujita
(Japan, 1973, 97 min.)

A major inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" saga, this endlessly inventive film, set in late 19th-century Japan, charts the path of vengeance taken by a young woman whose parents were the victims of brutal criminals.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., April 4, 2 p.m.

Ramen Heads

Directed by Koki Shigeno
(Japan, 2018, 93 min.)

Ramen — the perfectly slurpable combination of broth and noodles — is considered an edible embrace, comforting ephemera and an art form by master chefs and legions of fans. Japan's reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita, takes us into his kitchen and deep into his world, revealing the secrets of every step of his obsessive process, sharing recipes, trade secrets and flavor philosophies.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Stormy Man a.k.a. The Guy Who Started a Storm

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1957, 101 min.)

A young drummer employs both his hands and his fists in the Ginza jazz world. His younger brother supports his ambitions and helps find him a manager in Fukushima Miyako, who is as sassy and smart as she is gorgeous. Their mother, however, is stubbornly opposed to his choice of careers — a constant source of pain for him and of annoyance for the audience.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 6, 7:30 p.m.

The Winner

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Japan, 1957, 98 min.)

A punk kid tries boxing as a lark, gets the tar punched out of him and starts training for real. His manager is a former contender who sees the punk as way to realize a championship dream that he himself could never fulfill.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 8, 2 p.m.


Mandarin

Hong Kong Nocturne

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Hong Kong, 1967, 128 min.)

Hong Kong's mighty Shaw Brothers studio lent a new sheen to the territory's musicals in the mid-1960s when it brought in director Umetsugu Inoue from Japan. Three sisters, the backup troupe for their musician father on Hong Kong's nightclub circuit, become fed up with dad siphoning away their salaries and leave home to pursue ballet, screen stardom or marriage. The trio eventually overcome personal obstacles, band together and aim to hit the big time in the televised Hong Kong Music Lovers a-go-go stage show.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.

King Drummer

Directed by Umetsugu Inoue
(Hong Kong, 1967, 103 min.)

Riding on the success of "Hong Kong Nocturne," Umetsugu Inoue created this remake of his most successful Japanese film, "The Stormy Man." He updated its setting from Japan's flashy 1950s to Hong Kong's swinging '60s, a colorful world of glamorous nightclubs and sequin-clad jazz combos. Its plot concerns the competition between a successful but egotistical drummer and a poor hero from the sticks who threatens to take his place.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., April 22, 2 p.m.


Spanish

A Fantastic Woman
(Una Mujer Fantástica)

Directed by Sebastián Lelio
(Chile/Germany/Spain/U.S., 2018, 104 min.)

Daniela Vega shines in a wonderful performance as a transgender nightclub singer, Marina, in love with Orlando, a successful businessman 20 years her senior. He has left his disapproving family to be with her, and they are planning a happy future together when Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, leaving Marina stunned and bereft. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is attacked and excluded.

West End Cinema

   

Events - April 2018

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ART 

April 1 to Aug. 5

Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze

Inspired by the acquisition of the important William A. Clark maiolica (glazed Italian ceramics) collection from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, this exhibition brings together some 90 objects to highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes, the two media most dramatically influenced by the new technology of image replication.

National Gallery of Art

 

April 3 to May 27

Toledo Múltiple

As Mexico's most prolific and influential graphic artist, Francisco Toledo has been exploring the fantastical and expanding the expressive range of his printmaking over more than 50 years. This exhibition encompasses a wide range of Toledo's work, revealing the progression and creative process evidenced in his printmaking. The exhibition also includes 21 works by both Mexican and foreign printmakers as part of Toledo's collection for the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca.

American University Museum

 

Wed., April 4, 5:30 p.m.

For Your Freedom and Ours

This photography exhibit reveals protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 within the struggle for freedom in the communist states of Europe. Adam Hradilek, a historian from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, will open the exhibition followed by a talk with special guest Pavel Litvinov, grandson of Maxim Litvinov, Stalin's foreign minister during the 1930s, at the EU Delegation. To RSVP, visit goo.gl/nftA3d.

Delegation of the European Union

 

Through April 27

Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Artists

Fogo Island Arts (FIA) is a residency-based contemporary art venue for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought some of the most exciting emerging and renowned artists of today to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, to take part in residencies and to present solo exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery. "Belonging to a Place" features works by a selection of international artists who are alumni or forthcoming participants of the residency program. The exhibition departs from a consideration of the concept of "place," seeking to examine where we come from and how we relate to multiple notions of belonging. Presenting sculpture, installation, video, painting and works on paper, the exhibition takes on a diverse, experimental and critical approach to contemporary art, its presentation and discussion.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

 

Through April 30

Did You See What I Heard?

Ignacio Alperin is an international artist based in Buenos Aires who grew up in Australia and several other countries. His art is influenced by the ideas, movement and visual interpretations of musical compositions, from jazz, soul, Motown and the American songbook, to tango and the classics. The end result is a visual idiom that borrows from the inventive and spontaneous style of jazz. His paintings show an improvisational rhythm, always based on a well-thought-out idea, while his robust use of an extended palette extracts unusual shades and gradations that have become characteristic of his bold, powerful style.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Through May 5

A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall

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

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through May 6

Ten Americans: After Paul Klee

This exhibit explores the seminal role of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) in the development of mid-20th century American art. "Ten Americans" sheds new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Klee's art and ideology into their own artistic development. It showcases more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings from collections in the U.S. and Switzerland.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 13

Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s

It's the '80s as you've never seen it before. Explore the iconic decade when artwork became a commodity and the artist a brand. Razor-sharp, witty, satirical and deeply subversive, these nearly 150 works examine the origins and rise of a new generation of artists in 1980s New York who blurred the lines between art, entertainment and commerce, a shift that continues to define contemporary art today.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through May 13

Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 13

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 25

Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan

This exhibition of captivating works by modern artist Yuki Ideguchi — alongside rarely-seen masterpieces of traditional Japanese paintings from the Japanese Embassy collection — takes visitors through a history of ever-evolving paintings, dating from the 6th century to the present time, whose common threads lie in the use of traditional and unique pigments, materials and techniques.

Japan Information and Culture Center

 

Through May 28

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

For more than 40 years, Sally Mann has made experimental, elegiac and hauntingly beautiful photographs that span a broad body of work including figure studies, still lifes and landscapes. "Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings" explores how her relationship with the South has shaped her work.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 28

Women House

Questions about a woman's "place" resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas persist about the house as a feminine space. This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project "Womanhouse," developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, contemporary artists in "Women House" recast conventional ideas about women and the home with acuity and wit, creating provocative photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through June 1

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Artist Patrizio Travagli invites audiences to turn our attention to the disturbing singularity of the mirror. How many times have mirrors deceived us? How many times, even if for a few moments, have we believed that the reflected image was a window or a door, an entrance not to Wonderland, as it was for Lewis Carroll's "Alice," but to our own common, everyday world? In the exhibition, Travagli asks you, the viewer, to become the piece of art. Your reflection in the mirror is the launching point for questions about identity, illusion and reality. For information, visit https://iicwashington.esteri.it/iic_washington/it.

Embassy of Italy

 

Through June 3

Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare

With visually interesting illustrated books and single sheet prints that have been rarely or never before displayed, this exhibition explores the production of the images in books in early modern Europe. Featuring more than 80 illustrated rare books and prints from the 15th to the 18th century from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the images include woodcuts, produced from carved woodblocks, and engravings and etchings, printed from copper plates.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through June 24

Jim Chuchu's Invocations

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

National Museum of African Art

 

Through June 24

The Creative Nation: Swedish Music and Innovation

Sweden has long been ranked as one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world, with accolades for its contributions to music, design and technology. This exhibit explores the connection between Sweden's many technological innovations and the nation's commercial musical prowess. From video games to communication tools, a slew of innovative products has followed in the tracks of Ericsson and Skype. And given Sweden's long history of musical excellence, it's hardly surprising that tech companies in Sweden also excel in the world of music. Sweden offers universal music education and is among the top nations per capita both in number of choirs and number of global stars, from dancing queens to house mafias.

House of Sweden

 

Through June 24

Ingmar Bergman Moods: Costumes and Images

Director Ingmar Bergman's imagery continues to inspire artists of all genres today. During the 2018 Bergman Centennial Year, many new films inspired by Bergman's legacy are being released by contemporary filmmakers. The costumes presented at House of Sweden represent a mix of new and old, including examples from Tomas Alfredsson's newly released film as well as original Nina Sandström works used in Bergman productions and other reinterpretations. The costumes are paired with large-scale photos reimagining iconic Bergman roles as well as the milieus that shaped Bergman as a storyteller.

House of Sweden

 

Through June 24

Still Life by Karin Broos

Karin Broos is one of the most widely recognized Swedish artists of our time, and this is the second presentation of her work in an exhibition outside of Sweden. With her photorealistic portrayals of apparently everyday scenes, she expresses ambiguous sentiments and universal feelings of melancholia and gloom. The subjects in her atmospheric works are mainly from her home in Östra Ämtervik, the Värmland countryside, the Fryken lakes and her own close family. Her work also often explores different kinds of interiors and self-portraits, referring to 17th-century Dutch paintings and symbolism as well as to contemporary art.

House of Sweden

 

Through July 1

Cézanne Portraits

Bringing together some 60 examples drawn from collections around the world, this is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist's portraits. The revelatory exhibition provides the first full visual account of Paul Cézanne's portrait practice, exploring the pictorial and thematic characteristics of his works in the genre, the chronological development of his style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 8

Hung Liu in Print

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through July 9

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum's collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization.

The George Washington University Textile Museum

 

Through July 29

To Dye for: Ikats from Central Asia

With their brilliant designs, ikats are among the most distinct fabrics produced in Central Asia. Not surprisingly, ikats caught the attention of contemporary designers, most notably Oscar de la Renta. This exhibition brings together about 30 of the finest historical Central Asian ikat hangings and coats from the Freer|Sackler collections, as well as seven of Oscar de la Renta's iconic creations, to explore the original use and function of these dazzling fabrics and the enduring appeal of their extraordinary designs.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 5

Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

Korean-born Do Ho Suh (b. 1962) is internationally renowned for his immersive, architectural fabric sculptures that explore the global nature of contemporary identity. "Do Ho Suh: Almost Home" will transform the museum's galleries through Suh's captivating installations, which recreate to scale several of his former homes from around the world. Through these works, Suh investigates the nature of home and memory and the impact of migration and displacement on an individual's sense of self.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through Aug. 5

The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran

In our age of social media and selfies, it may be difficult to grasp the importance of painted portraits and studio photographs in 19th-century Iran. During this time, known as the Qajar era, rulers such as Fath-Ali Shah, a contemporary of Napoleon, and Nasir al-Din Shah, a contemporary of Queen Victoria, used portraiture to convey monarchical power and dynastic grandeur. Through a selection of about thirty works from the Freer and Sackler collections, this exhibition explores how Persian artists transformed modes of representing royalty and nobility.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 15

Tomb of Christ

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

National Geographic

 

Through Nov. 12

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 Dec. 25

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts

More than 300 works of art from the museum's permanent collection are on view within this exhibition. Working in media as diverse as wood, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and video, these works of art reflect the visionary ideas and styles developed by men and women from more than half of Africa's 55 nations. The installation is organized around seven viewpoints, each of which serve to frame and affect the manner in which African art is experienced.

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Jan. 21, 2019

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Each year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. Cutting-edge artwork created at Burning Man, the annual desert gathering that is one of the most influential events in contemporary art and culture, will be exhibited in the nation's capital for the first time this spring.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

DANCE

April 4 to 6

Nederlands Dans Theater

Known for pushing boundaries with its bold repertory and distinct virtuosity, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) is prominently imprinted with an avant-garde aesthetic. Based in The Hague, this pioneering Dutch company's non-conformist, progressive productions have put its collective of astonishingly talented dancers on the international map. Tickets are $19 to $69.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

April 11 to 15

The Washington Ballet Presents Mixed Masters

The Washington Ballet closes its Kennedy Center season with a program of ballets that includes George Balanchine's "Serenade," Frederick Ashton's "Symphonic Variations" and Jerome Robbins's "The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody)." Tickets are $25 to $140.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

April 26 to 28

Andersson Dance and Scottish Ensemble: Goldberg Variations – tenary patterns for insomnia

Art forms merge and surge with sublime synergy as Stockholm-based Andersson Dance and Glasgow-based Scottish Ensemble become true partners, interacting onstage in a seamless display of talent. Tickets are $29 to $89.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., April 4, 7 p.m.

The Citizen Artist, Between Practice and Advocacy

Spanish musician Cristina Pato — a master of the Galician bagpipes (gaita), a classical pianist and a passionate educator at numerous universities — will be joined by Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, to talk about her practice and the importance of arts advocacy. To RSVP, visit https://www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Wed., April 4, 6:45 p.m.

Lidia Bastianich's American Dream

For cookbook author, television personality and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich, her story begins with an upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime. She enjoyed a childhood surrounded by love and security—despite the family's poverty — and learned everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. Drawing on her new book, "My American Dream," Bastianich shares the vivid story of the fulfillment of that dream. Tickets are $55 (includes a copy of the book); for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Thu., April 5, 6:45 p.m.

The Fox Trot and the Mexican Canción with Dr. Leonora Saaverdra

In the early 20th century, the fox trot and other similar dances derived from African American music made a large impact on the young people of Mexico, as they did in many other parts of the world. During these years, Mexican composers, journalists, music publishers, popular musicians, the Mexican Ministry of Education and music lovers debated among themselves n the question of what the true music of Mexico could and should be. As part of its 2018 Music Series, the Mexican Cultural Institute presents a lecture by Dr. Leonora Saavedra discussing the topic. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Tue., April 10, 6 p.m.

The Prague Spring Music Festival

The Prague Spring Music Festival was founded shortly after World War II. As part of its "Conversations in Culture at the EU Delegation," Festival Director Roman Bělor will speak about the relationship between music and politics, especially "normalization," the dark period following the Soviet occupation. Bělor will also address how music was used and misused by the communist regime

Delegation of the European Union

 

Thu., April 12, 6:45 p.m.

Bridal Traditions and Wedding Feasts of India: A Regional Exploration

India's rich beauty and diversity is especially evident in its wedding celebrations. Each of the country's 29 states has its own signature wedding garments, jewelry, makeup, decorations and foods. Writer and cookbook author Monica Bhide showcases the distinctive traditions of 10 Indian states. Tickets are $90; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., April 12, 7 p.m.

Silent Movies and Music: Women's Suffrage and the Early Age of Filmmaking with Gerhard Gruber

On Nov. 12, 1918, the Austrian Provisional National Assembly passed a law that included the right to vote for women. As part of its year-long commemoration program, the Austrian Embassy honors and addresses this landmark decision from 100 years ago in an entertaining and artistic way, namely with a selection of silent movies about the women's suffrage movement in the 1910s. The Austrian silent movie pianist Gerhard Gruber will present these movies, accompanying them with the piano himself. To RSVP, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Mon., April 16, 6:45 p.m.

La Dolce Vita: Italy's Desserts

Forget about milk and cookies: Italians love to end their meal with cookies and special dessert wines. Join Francine Segan, author of "Dolci: Italy's Sweets," as she introduces you to la dolce vita — the way the dessert course is enjoyed in Italy. Tickets are $55; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., April 19, 7 p.m.

'Hate Is a Failure of Imagination' with Gregorij H. von Leïtis and Michael Lahr

The year 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the "Anschluss," the annexation of Austria to Nazi-Germany. In the wake of the destructive Nazi-regime and World War II, 6 million Jews became victims of the Holocaust and were detained and killed in concentration camps. In commemoration, the Austrian Cultural Forum hosts a literature reading program presented by the Elysium - Between Two Continents, a nonprofit dedicated to artistic and creative dialogue and mutual friendship between the United States and Europe. To RSVP, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

FESTIVALS

Through April 15

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in D.C., the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public. Highlights include: the Blossom Kite Festival (March 31); Petalpalooza presented by FreshDirect concert and fireworks show (April 7); and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 14). For information, visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Various locations

 

MUSIC

Wed., April 4, 8 p.m.

Ana Moura

A collaborator of both The Rolling Stones and Prince, this Portuguese fadista's "melancholic intimacy dominates the moment it sashays out of the speakers...setting a mood of mesmerizing sorrow" (BBC). Tickets are $50 to $60.

Wolf Trap

 

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

House of Music: New Tide Orquesta

New Tide Orquesta is one of the most renowned live acts in Sweden and has been touring internationally for more than 20 years. New Tide Orquesta's intense, genre-bending performances create a unique sound and style — an eclectic mix of modern chamber music, minimalism, baroque, free improvisation and a hint of new tango. To RSVP, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/house-of-music-new-tide-orquesta-tickets-44494651701.

House of Sweden

 

Thu., April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Pascal Salomon, Piano

Israeli-French pianist Pascal Salomon has performed intensively in France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Israel, China and the U.S., both in recitals and chamber music. "This pianist touches to all of the styles with an exceptional ease, either in chamber music or with symphonic orchestras," according to France's City Theater of Sens. Tickets are $70, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Hungary

 

Thu., April 19, 8 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Kronos Quartet

Experience a fascinating and moving perspective on Chinese cultural history as Grammy-winners Kronos and pipa virtuoso Wu Man tell the story of Yin Yu Tang, an elegant, 300-year-old house from a southeastern Chinese village, dismantled piece-by-piece in 2003 and rebuilt at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Tickets are $30 to $50.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Fri., April 20, 8 p.m.

King's Singers

In 1968, the original six King's Singers came together through their shared love of singing and quickly became renowned for their mesmerizing performances and the unique diversity of their music. In 2018, the group looks back over the last 50 years with a celebratory world tour featuring works from Renaissance polyphony to brand new commissions. Tickets are $30 to $50.

George Mason University Center for the Arts

 

April 22 to 28

Maria and Cecilia: Zarzuela a la Cubana

The InSeries presents a double bill of Cuba's most famous zarzuelas: Lecuona's "María la O" and Roig's "Cecilia Valdés." In these works, iconic characters inhabit stories of forbidden interracial romance and inevitable betrayal and tragedy. Music director and acclaimed pianist Carlos César Rodríguez brings the duality of soaring melodies and irresistible rhythms to full life with the assistance of Ivan Navas on percussion. Tickets are $22 to $45.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Tue., April 24, 6 p.m.

Musical Bridge: Brno/Philadelphia

Cellist Štěpán Filípek and pianist Katelyn Bouska will perform the concert "Musical Bridge: Brno/Philadelphia," featuring the works of Czech and American masters, including Leoš Janáček's "Pohádka (Fairy Tale)" and "Po zarostlém chodníčku (On an Overgrown Path)," Antonín Dvořák's "Klid lesa (Silent Woods)," Miloslav Ištvan's "Cello Sonata," as well as Samuel Barber's "Cello Sonata No. 2" and Jeremy Gill's "Dos sonetos de amor (Two Love Sonnets)." To RSVP, visit https://musicalbridge.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Wed., April 25, 8 p.m.

Ana Popovic

The "Serbian Scorcher" practically singes the stage when she shreds on the guitar. No wonder she's shared the stage with blues luminaries like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr. and Joe Bonamassa. Tickets are $30 to $35.

Wolf Trap

 

Wed., April 25, 7 p.m.

Ziyad al Harbi, Oudist, and Friends

Ziyad al Harbi is an oud player, composer and singer from the Sultanate of Oman who started his music career at the age of 6 as a keyboard player, later becoming one of the lead oud players in Oman. Al Harbi has contributed in representing Omani culture and music with over 20 international shows, including the U.S. (Kennedy Center), Australia, the Netherlands, China, India, South Korea and various Arab and Gulf countries. Tickets are $65, including Middle Eastern buffet and drinks; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Oman

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

 

Thu., April 26, 6:45 p.m.

Heegan Lee Shzen, Piano

Heegan Lee Shzen is an extraordinarily talented Singaporean pianist. At only 5 years old, he was able to play back any song he heard by ear. Without any piano lessons or exposure to classical music, at the age of 14, Heegan heard Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1" for the first time and immediately began playing it on the piano. This was the start of Heegan's path into the world of classical music. Tickets are $80, including heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Singapore

 

Fri., April 27, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening of Tango from Argentina

Praised by The New York Times as "outstanding" for her 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall, mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen has performed the roles of Mercedes (Carmen), Musico (Manon Lescaut), Zweite Magd (Elektra) and Myrtale (Thaïs) at the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Dayen is a Spanish music and tango specialist, performing this repertoire with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. She is joined by pianist David Rosenmeyer. Tickets are $90, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Argentina


THEATER

April 3 to 29

Roz and Ray

Ray is a devoted single father desperately trying to keep his hemophiliac twins alive. Roz is a brilliant doctor who offers a life-changing new pharmaceutical treatment for Ray's boys. The two form a close bond until the miracle goes wrong, forcing impossible choices in this gripping medical drama about intimacy, trust, and sacrifice at the onset of the AIDS crisis. Tickets are $39 to $69.

Theater J

 

April 4 to 29

Underground Railroad Game

At Hanover Middle School, two teachers get shockingly graphic with a lesson about race, sex and power. The quick-witted duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history in a far-reaching, unfiltered and unflinching comedy. Tickets are $20 to $69.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

April 5 to 8

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

In an evening of off-the-cuff comedy, this critically acclaimed Chicago-based ensemble creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes, based on a single audience member's suggestion for the title of a show that's never been written before ... until now. Tickets are $29 to $49.

Kennedy Center Family Theater

 

Through April 7

Chicago

"Chicago" is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate Velma Kelly by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids. Tickets are $45 to $55.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

 

Through April 8

Hold These Truths

Jeanne Sakata's one-man drama tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied an unjust court order when America placed its own citizens in internment camps during World War II. Midway through Arena Stage's 2017/18 season, "Hold These Truths" brings an untold story to the stage that represents the diversity of our country and examines what it means to be an American. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

April 13 to May 20

Snow Child

Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, "Snow Child" follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

April 17 to June 10

Girlfriend

Set in small-town Nebraska in 1993, college-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. This examination of first-time love is set to the songs of Mathew Sweet's iconic alternative-rock album "Girlfriend." Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

April 17 to May 20

Waiting for Godot

Lingering by the side of the road, killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

April 19 to 22

After the Rehearsal & Persona: Bergman 100 Celebration

Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are brilliantly reimagined for the stage by celebrated director Ivo van Hove. This theatrical double-bill delving into the messy lives of theater artists features searing performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman's texts. Tickets are $29 to $59.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Sat., April 21, 2 p.m.

The Washington Chorus: Carmen in Concert

Experience the story of "Carmen" as you never have before – through the eyes of her killer's mother. In a wickedly smart narration, Don José's mother recounts the famous opéra comique. Tickets are $18 to $72.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Through April 22

Translations

Treasured Irish playwright Brian Friel captures the frustrations and foibles of communication in his poignant masterwork, "Translations." Set during a time of great change as the British National Ordnance Survey comes to small-town Ireland to map the island and standardize its names into English, Friel builds a funny, complex and ultimately tragic exploration of culture, identity and language. Tickets are $20 to $69.

The Studio Theatre

 

Through April 22

The Winter's Tale

Transporting audiences from Sicilia to Bohemia and safely home once more, Shakespeare's spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy and redemption celebrates the magic of storytelling and the power of forgiveness. Directed by six-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner. Tickets are $35 to $79.

Folger Theatre

 

April 25 to May 27

Titus Andronicus

"Titus Andronicus," from Synetic Theater's visionary founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili, is lucky number 13 in the "Wordless Shakespeare" series. Tsikurishvili will sink his teeth into this revenge-driven tragedy and tell the bloody tale of Titus and Tamora with all of the fiery passion, energy and vengeance only Synetic can deliver. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

April 28 to May 19

Washington National Opera: The Barber of Seville

Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy — one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure. Tickets are $45 to $150.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through April 29

Two Trains Running

Confronted with a rapidly changing world in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the looming demolition of Memphis Lee's diner as a result of Pittsburgh's renovation project, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride in August Wilson's quintessential epic drama. Tickets are $50 to $99.

Arena Stage

 

Through May 12

The Wiz

In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum's magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. Ease on down the road and rediscover this imaginative story celebrating community, courage, heart, brains and friendship. Please call for ticket information.

Ford's Theatre

   

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