Events Highlights


Events -October 2008

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Oct. 3 to Nov. 29 The 2008 Kreeger Museum Artist Award Exhibition Ledelle Moe, winner of this year’s Kreeger Museum Artist Award, is a South African-born, Washington-area sculptor whose large-scale installations have both positively influenced her local community and reflect her African roots. Kreeger Museum

Oct. 4 to Jan. 4 Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur This groundbreaking exhibit focuses on recently rediscovered paintings from the royal court of Marwar-Jodhpur (in the modern state of Rajasthan) that vividly evoke the lush beauty of gardens or the sublime mystery of the cosmos. Arthur M. Sackler

Oct. 8 to Jan. 11 Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermes Collection Some 80 pieces of spectacular jewelry along with photographs from Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia offer a window into the richness of North African culture. National Museum of African Art

Through Oct. 11 Love, Brazil Photographer Almir Reis captures dynamic, dramatic shots of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches and other Brazilian landscapes. Fine Art and Artists Gallery 2920 M St., NW

Oct. 11 to Jan. 25 Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over the River More than 150 photographs, collages, drawings and maps chronicle Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s process as they prepare to assemble and suspend massive silvery fabric panels horizontally over the Arkansas River in Colorado. The Phillips Collection

Oct. 14 to 31 68/89: From the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution Images by 30 renowned Czech photographers capture history-making moments from the funeral of Jan Palach, to Soviet tanks in Liberec, to the resignation of the Communist Party politburo in Czechoslovakia. Embassy of the Czech Republic

Oct. 19 to March 22 Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples Some 150 works of sculpture, painting, mosaic and luxury arts dating to the first century B.C., including recent discoveries on view in the U.S. for the first time, reveal the breadth and richness of the picturesque Bay of Naples, which became a favorite retreat for vacationing emperors, senators and other prominent Romans in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 26 The Finishing Touch: Accessories from the Bolivian Highlands A charming group of belts, bags and other accessories made and used by the indigenous people of the Bolivian highlands illustrates the liveliness and diversity of the region’s woven and knitted textiles. The Textile Museum

Through Oct. 26 The Great American Epic: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series Told through vivid patterns and colors, this complete 60-panel series — rarely seen in its entirety — is the first ever produced on the great 20th-century exodus of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North. The Phillips Collection

Oct. 26 to Jan. 11 Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered One of the most fascinating and enigmatic Dutch artists of the 17th century, Jan Lievens was a daring and innovative painter, printmaker and draftsman, who memorable works from religious and allegorical subjects to landscapes and formal portraits. National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 31 Chilean Paintings of the ’60s Work by José Balmes, Guillermo Núñez, Federico Assler and others paint an avant-garde picture of the tension, conflict and despair that characterized Chile in the 1960s, when the country was immersed in a fast-paced period of reforms that led to an important, though conflictive, modernization. Embassy of Chile

Through Oct. 31 F!NK Fostering Design This retrospective looks at Robert Foster’s Canberra-based design group Fink & Co., which has used the versatility and potential of aluminum, one of Australia’s most important resources, to create unique products for the home environment that are at once utilitarian and beautiful. A complementary exhibit of Fink & Co. tableware will be on view at Apartment Zero at 406 7th St., NW. Embassy of Australia

Through Nov. 7 Inside and Out: Recent Trends in the Arts of the Dominican Republic “Inside and Out” examines recent developments in Dominican art, influenced by the synergy created by artists living abroad, as well as the international art market, through the work of eight artists, four of whom live in the Dominican Republic and the others from Paris, Madrid and New York. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Through Nov. 14 Harmony: Paintings by Samar Ghattas Samar Ghattas of Bethlehem explores the nature of human relationships and the complex meanings of love, reflecting the perceptions of a young Palestinian woman and artist. The Jerusalem Fund Gallery

Through Nov. 20 The World of Art Bead by Miho Kanaya Miho Kanaya, who was raised in Kamakura, the ancient capital of Japan, expresses her deep roots to this historic and spiritual city through intricate bead weaving, which is presented here for the first time outside of Japan. Japan Information and Culture Center

Through Nov. 30 Autumn Colors: Japanese Paintings of the Edo Period Paintings by six Japanese artists recall sites and subjects traditionally and poetically linked with fall, such as the red maple leaves of Mount Takao, withered grasses bending under a harvest moon and deer gathered in an autumn forest. The Walters Art Museum

Through Nov. 30 Voices in a Changing World The Swedish Embassy (House of Sweden) presents a series of displays, seminars, workshops, concerts and more exploring American and Swedish “Voices in a Changing World” and including the exhibitions “Voices – Contemporary Ceramic Art from Sweden” and the photography display “Sweden from Above.” For information, visit House of Sweden

Through Dec. 31 Fragile Persuasion: Russian Porcelain and the Fine Art of Propaganda In a true testament to “things aren’t always the way they seem,” this intimate look at nearly 80 figures, plates and vases made in Russia over two centuries reveals the surprising messages within these seemingly innocuous objects. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Jan. 3 Dig It! The Secrets of Soil There are more living creatures in a shovel-full of soil than human beings on the planet — one of many fascinating facts unearthed in this 5,000-square-foot exhibit on the complex world of soil and how this hidden ecosystem supports life on Earth. Natural History Museum

Through Jan. 4 George de Forest Brush: The Indian Paintings Combining extraordinary technical skills acquired in Paris with firsthand experience living among the Arapahoe, Shoshone and Crow tribes in the U.S., George de Forest Brush created an important series of paintings of American Indians much celebrated by his contemporaries but rarely seen since. National Gallery of Art

Through Jan. 9 Lost Futures: Journeys into the Jewish Diaspora During the past six years, Chrystie Sherman has been working on a unique photographic project to visually record Jewish communities that are in danger of disappearing, documenting Jewish communities in India, Ukraine, Cuba, North Africa, among others. Embassy of Austria

Through Jan 11 Space: A Journey to Our Future On the occasion of NASA’s 50th anniversary, this exhibit of advanced interactive displays, state-of-the-art projection and audio technology allow viewers to examine current projects in space exploration and glimpse into the future of space travel. National Air and Space Museum

Through Jan. 25 Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power The Corcoran presents the largest exhibition of Richard Avedon’s political portraits ever assembled — many never been seen or published before — featuring more than 200 portraits of government, media, activists, pop-culture icons and ordinary citizens caught up in national debates that span a five-decade photographic inquiry into politics and power by one of the country’s best-known artists. Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Jan. 25 Seascapes: Tryon & Sugimoto Pastels by American landscape painter Dwight William Tryon are juxtaposed with black-and-white photography by contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto to reflect on the contemplation and comparisons these different yet parallel seascapes encourage. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Jan. 31 Breaking News: Renaissance Journalism and the Birth of the Newspaper This exhibit traces the development of the newspaper in England, from news circulating in letters during Shakespeare’s time to the first daily newspaper in the early 1700s, as well as the stirrings of American journalism. Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Feb. 22 Guests of the Hills: Travelers and Recluses in Chinese Landscape Painting “Guests of the Hills” presents depictions of recluses and recreational travelers in Chinese landscape painting over a 700-year period, from the mid-11th to the mid-18th century. Freer Gallery of Art

Through June 2009 G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI’s First Century The controversial role of the FBI and its relationship with the media is examined in the Newseum’s first major exhibit, which features hundreds of items detailing some of the biggest cases in the FBI’s first 100 years, including the Unabomber’s wilderness cabin and John Dillinger’s death mask. Newseum


Fri. and Sat., Oct. 10 and 11, 8 p.m. Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa This colorful ensemble of singers, dancers and musicians brings the rich folkloric traditions of a diverse region that includes Togo, Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Mauritania — performing West African rhythms with a touch of Western influence. Tickets are to . George Mason University Center for the Arts

Oct. 11 to 18 Fall(en) Angels The InSeries and Washington Ballet team up for this breathtaking fusion of dance, German Romantic art-song and cabaret music from Germany between the two World Wars, including includes an unspoken tribute to German-born American actress Marlene Dietrich. Tickets are . Atlas Performing Arts Center

Sat., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Next CityDance Ensemble looks at what’s next in dance with a collection of works by today’s up-and-coming choreographers, including an encore of Sophie Maslow’s “Folksay.” Tickets are to . Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Fri. and Sat., Oct. 24 and 25, 8 p.m. Exploring the Hyphen The region’s premier contemporary dance troupe, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co., debuts “Hyphen,” which looks at a hyphenated America — Asian-American, Latin-American and other multi-racial Americans — to examine the struggles and commonalities of these hybrid identities. Tickets are . George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

Thu., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Second Annual Fundraising Tango Gala The Argentine Mission to the Organization of American States, the Hope Argentine Committee of Women and the Argentine Center for Students and Alumni in the U.S. present this fundraising dinner, show performance and two hours milonga to benefit rural schools in Argentina. Tickets are . Organization of American States

Oct. 31 to Nov. 1 Ballet Flamenco José Porcel Experience the passion and spectacle of flamenco with Spain’s pre-eminent company of dancers, musicians and singers led by Seville-born José Porcel, who began dancing flamenco in the Andalusian Cultural Houses of Valencia. Tickets are to . George Mason University Center for the Arts


Thu., Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Philippe Cousteau: The Right Choices for Our Planet Philippe Cousteau helps celebrate the opening of the Museum of Natural History’s new Sant Ocean Hall by talking about his family, his experiences and his mission. Tickets are . For information, visit National Museum of Natural History

Sat., Oct. 4. 9:30 a.m. American Foreign Policy: From Colony to Superpower This seminar offers an overview of our nation’s diplomacy, beginning with an exploration of America’s rise from colony to superpower, focusing on its distinctive approach to foreign policy and analyzing its success and failures. Tickets are . For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. America and the Multilateral World Former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Richard Williamson, foreign policy advisor to John McCain, and Magali Rheault of Gallup analyze how the next U.S. president can reshape the multilateral international institutions to address global crises from terrorism to climate change to organized crime. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 939-5543 or e-mail Meridian International Center

Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. In the Quagmire: America at War Colby Buzzell, Albert French, and Anthony Swofford — veterans of Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq — discuss writing about war. Tickets are . Folger Shakespeare Library

Tue., Oct. 14. 6:45 p.m. Black Death: The Plague that Changed Europe Stefan Zimmers of Georgetown University considers the plague as more than a virulent pandemic: It was also a catalyst for change in the society and culture of Europe. Tickets are . For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Oct. 15 to Nov. 5 The Muslim Political Heritage: Islamic States from Past to Present In this four-session history course, four scholars of Islamic history examine the evolution and development of major political systems in Muslim societies, focusing on the important characteristics of these systems in four historic eras. Tickets are 0. For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Fri., Oct. 17. 6:30 p.m. A Taste of Modern Mexico: A Culinary and Artistic Journey Grab a margarita, enjoy a private tour of the historical mansion that houses the Mexican Cultural Institute, and listen to Mexican cooking instructor Patricia Jinich as she prepares a sophisticated menu based on the modern twists that traditional Mexican food has experienced. Tickets are 0. For information, visit Cultural Institute of Mexico

Sat., Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. The Early Christian Church: The First 300 Years This seminar explores the tensions that beset the Church from its infancy and how the Church managed to develop a doctrine and liturgy that have endured for a staggering 2,000 years. Tickets are 0. For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Mon., Oct. 20. 6:45 p.m. Western Ireland, from Donegal to Kerry Take an armchair tour of glorious Western Ireland, the world of the thatched cottage and friendly village pub and the home of traditional music, dance, and song. Tickets are . For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Tue., Oct. 21. 6:45 p.m. Travels in the Italian Lake District Take an illustrated journey through this picture-perfect corner of Northern Italy, where lakes are lined with lavish Renaissance palazzi and neoclassical villas. Tickets are . For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., Oct. 22. 6:45 p.m. Catalhoyuk, Enigmatic City at the Dawn of Agriculture People living in the town of Catalhoyuk in central Turkey 9,000 years ago had plenty of space, yet packed themselves so densely into small mud-brick houses that they moved around on the rooftops. This is one of the enigmatic qualities of this extraordinary Neolithic settlement, which will be explored by archaeologist Ian Hodder. Tickets are . For information, visit Location TBA

Thu., Oct. 23. 6:45 p.m. Glin Castle Desmond FitzGerald, the 29th Knight of Glin, recounts the colorful history of Glin Castle, a storybook castle perched by the River Shannon in the county of Limerick in Ireland. Tickets are . For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., Oct. 23. 6:45 p.m. The Secret of Egypt’s Great Pyramid In this illustrated lecture, Egyptologist Bob Brier presents new evidence to support the astonishing theory that within the Great Pyramid of Giza is a ramp that was used to raise the blocks to the top — casting new light on an age-old mystery. Tickets are . For information, visit Location TBA

Fri., Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 25, 10 a.m. Poland: A Rich Tapestry This all-Poland program begins with a sampling of Polish food and drink at the elegant embassy on Friday evening, with cultural attaché Mariusz Brymora in attendance, followed by a Saturday discussion on Polish society, including the country’s history, travel and tourism destinations, and its development in the last 20 years as a political ally and business partner of the U.S. Tickets are 5. For information, visit Embassy of Poland (Oct. 24) S. Dillon Ripley Center (Oct. 25)

Sat., Oct. 25. 1 p.m. Oktoberfest at the Brickskeller Book your passage to Bavaria, fabled land of about 600 breweries packed into an area the size of West Virginia, with your tour guide, renowned brewer Horst Dornbusch. Tickets are . For information, visit Brickskeller Inn

Thu., Oct. 30. 6:45 p.m. William Butler Yeats: Poet of Western Ireland Nicholas Allen of the National University of Ireland considers the beauty and meaning of William Butler Yeats’s poetry and his abiding love of his native land. Tickets are . For information, visit S. Dillon Ripley Center

Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. America and the World: Picking Up the Pieces The Inaugural Paul and Nancy Ignatius Program features foreign policy analysts Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Ignatius in a lively dialogue on how America can connect with a changing world, and responses from global voices Haili Cao, Bishop Trevor Mwamba and Karim Sadjadpour. Register at Washington National Cathedral

Wed., Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. World Governance Former French Ambassador in Washington Jacques Andreani discusses French perceptions of the country’s role in history, its dedication to ideals and its ability to understand the world and interact with other peoples. Free admission but reservations are required and can be made by calling (202) 289-1200 ext.168 or e-mail Goethe-Institut


Thu., Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. Elizabeth Foundation Benefit and Gala Ambassadors from Angola, Benin and other African and Caribbean nations, along with local government and media representatives, come together for this gala dinner featuring silent auction and performances to benefit the Elizabeth Foundation in its efforts to help HIV/AIDS orphans and girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Tickets are or 0 for VIP passes. For information visit Camelot of Upper Marlboro, Md.

Fri., Oct. 3, 3 to 9 p.m. Vendanges French Wine Fest The Willard InterContinental Washington hotel’s Café du Parc celebrates Vendanges, the autumnal wine harvest festival in France, with this offering of French regional wines, authentic dishes, music by the French-North African band Gibraltar and grape-stomping in the colorful Willard courtyard. Visit for ticket information. Café du Parc

Oct. 9 to Nov. 9 Kids Euro Festival 2008 One of the country’s largest performing arts festival for children, the Kids Euro Festival will star talented European children’s entertainers performing throughout the city — including the 27 member embassies of the European Union — in more than 150 free events ranging between the traditional to cutting-edge contemporary, from bubble-blowing and improvisational storytelling to a virtual orchestra and acrobats. For information, visit Various locations

Sat., Oct. 18 International Gold Cup Races Riders from across Europe along with 35,000 spectators will gather at Great Meadow near The Plains, Va., to celebrate the 71st running of the International Gold Cup Races presented by Porsche. Tickets are in advance or the day of the race. For information, visit The Plains, Va.

Oct. 22 to 26 Beyond Dragons: An East-West Fusion of Interior Design The Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) hosts this five-day Asian-inspired interior design show featuring innovative room creations by some of Washington’s top young designers to benefit the NSO’s education programs, which introduce symphonic music to those who might not otherwise have the means to pursue their musical aspirations. For information, visit visit Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase


Thu., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Plastic People of the Universe An example of Prague’s underground culture from 1968 to 1989 in then-Czechoslovakia, the Plastics play avant-garde rock reminiscent of the Velvet Underground, the Doors, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart. Tickets are . Iota Club in Arlington, Va.

Sat., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 5, 3 p.m. Blockbusters: Beethoven’s Ninth Polish violinist Mariusz Patyra and others join the National Philharmonic conducted by Piotr Gajewski for a dazzling repertoire that includes Beethoven’s monumental “Choral Symphony.” Visit for ticket information. Music Center at Strathmore

Sun., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. Cesaria Evora Grammy Award winner Cesaria Evora presents her new album, “Rogamar” — recorded in Mindelo, Paris and Rio de Janeiro — a celebration of the sea that haunts the collective Cape Verdean imagination. Tickets are to . George Washington University Lisner Auditorium

Thu., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Patrick Bismuth, Baroque Violin Patrick Bismuth — a teacher of baroque violin who has played with major ensembles all over the world, including Africa, the Middle East and Africa — founded the ensemble La Tempesta to rediscover and reinterpret masterpieces of the past. Tickets are . La Maison Française

Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m. András Schiff, Piano Grammy Award-winning pianist András Schiff is widely admired for his interpretations of works by Bach, Beethoven — whom he focuses on for this performance — and Mozart. Tickets are to . Music Center at Strathmore

Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin Launching the new season of the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter — a powerhouse performer for three decades — joins Camerata Salzburg for this stellar concert. Tickets are to 7. Pre-concert reception seats start at 0. Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Sat., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. Berta Rojas and Carlos Barbosa-Lima South American guitarists Berta Rojas and Carlos Barbosa-Lima perform their musical collaboration “Alma y Corazon (Heart and Soul” featuring jazz, classic and other rhythms from Brazil and Paraguay. Tickets are . Dumbarton Church

Tue., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Jaromír Nohavica Czech songwriter and poet Jaromír Nohavica began his career writing lyrics for pop singers, eventually emerging as a performer in his own right in the 1980s with songs about ordinary people. Tickets are in advance or at the door. Embassy of the Czech Republic

Wed., Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. Martin Taylor Award-winning self-taught British guitarist Martin Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning four decades and several continents. Free; seating limited. Inter-American Development Bank Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

Fri., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Alexandre Tharaud Pianist Alexandre Tharaud is a baroque specialist whose received critical acclaim as both a soloist and chamber musician for his repertoire of Ravel, Bach and other masters. Tickets are . La Maison Française

Tue., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Janaki String Trio The Janaki String Trio — described by the New York Times as “magnificently polished” — performs Schubert, Schoenberg and Mozart. Tickets are . Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Tue., Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Jean-Guihen Queyras Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras joins the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for this program of Lully, Haydn and Rameau. Tickets are . La Maison Française

Wed., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. Maurizio Pollini, Piano A paragon of virtuosity and musical excellence, Maurizio Pollini has ranked among the world’s top instrumental soloists for nearly a generation. Tickets are to . Music Center at Strathmore

Wed., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. Rumi and the Whirling Dervishes Delight in mystical poetry, sacred music and prayerful movement with whirling dervishes and musicians from Rumi’s own Turkish Mevlevi Sufi Order. Tickets are . Washington National Cathedral

Thu., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Kronos Quartet: Black Angels The Kronos Quartet combines George Crumb’s 1970 “Black Angels” inspired by the Vietnam War with the latest work by Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov. Tickets are . Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Fri., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. Katarina Michaelli, Soprano The Embassy Series launches its 15th season with soprano Katarina Michaelli of Slovakia and pianist Monika Mockocaková presenting a program of arias and song. Tickets are . For information, visit Embassy of Slovakia


Oct. 1 to 3 The Grand Inquisitor British theater director Peter Brook probes faith and humanity in this story of Christ returning to the world during the Inquisition in 15th-century Spain. Tickets are . Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Through Oct. 5 Prelude 2008: Arts Across America Marking the 50th anniversary of the National Cultural Center Act signed by President Eisenhower, this year’s Prelude festival enlists talents from all 50 states — from the Blind Boys of Alabama jazz-gospel singers to Broadway and film legends — to highlight American artistic diversity. See for details. Kennedy Center

Through Oct. 7 The Pearl Fishers In Georges Bizet’s early opera, the prayers of virgin priestess Leila protect ancient Ceylon’s fishermen until Chief Zurga jealously condemns her and Nadir to death. Tickets are to 0. Kennedy Center Opera House

Oct. 7 to Nov. 15 11th International Festival of Hispanic Theater Teatro de la Luna presents this annual theatrical extravaganza of troupes from Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela, featuring honorary festival president Antonio “Taco” Larreta of Uruguay. Tickets are . For information, visit Gunston Arts Center Arlington, Va.

Oct. 8 to Nov. 16 1 Henry IV Comedy of the tavern and drama of the battlefield converge in Shakespeare’s great history play weighing honor and obligation. Tickets are to . Folger Shakespeare Library

Oct. 8 to Dec. 2 A Beautiful View Both a mysterious comedy and powerful love story, Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor follows two women through their tumultuous 20-year relationship. Tickets are . The Studio Theatre

Through Oct. 11 Pueblo The Heritage Theatre Company presents the factual story of the U.S.S. Pueblo, which was seized by North Korea exactly 40 years ago, with her crew held and tortured for nearly a year before being released in this historic Naval tragedy. Visit for ticket information. Randolph Road Theatre Silver Spring, Md.

Through Oct. 12 The Aging of the Plum (La Edad de la Ciruela) With humor and tenderness, two sisters reveal three generations of women who have liberated themselves from a world bound by traditions. Tickets are to . GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through Oct. 12 How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents In 1960, the four Garcia sisters are uprooted from their home in the Dominican Republic to embark on a new a life in New York City in this story of assimilation, family and America from a Hispanic perspective. Tickets are to . Round House Theatre Bethesda

Through Oct. 12 Romeo and Juliet The Shakespeare Theatre opens its 2008-09 season with an all-male production of the world’s greatest and most enduring love story featuring period costumes and music influenced by the Renaissance to explore theater traditions prevalent in Shakespeare’s day. Tickets are .50 to .75. Shakespeare Theatre

Through Oct. 19 The Road to Mecca When a reclusive artist finds her South African home threatened by repressive small-town attitudes, she turns to her only friend, a fiery Cape Town schoolteacher with a thirst for justice. Tickets are to . The Studio Theatre

Oct. 22 to Nov. 30 Honey Brown Eyes Theater J presents the world premiere of Stefanie Zadravec’s new play about the torn conscience of a soldier during the Bosnian war in 1992. Tickets are to . Washington DCJCC

Through Nov. 9 Host and Guest In response to the recent crisis in Georgia, Synetic Theater is remounted its acclaimed adaptation of the epic Georgian poem “Host and Guest” about two men — a Muslim and a Christian — who are punished for their cross-cultural friendship. Tickets are . Rosslyn Spectrum

Through Nov. 16 The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh’s viciously bloody comic satire on the hypocrisy of violence centers on an IRA enforcer’s quest for vengeance after his beloved cat has been killed. Tickets are to . Signature Theatre

Through Nov. 16 The Way of the World William Congreve’s delicious comedy of manners reflects on courtship and marriage in the grand tradition of “The Country Wife” and “The Beaux’ Stratagem.” Tickets are .50 to .75. The Shakespeare Theatre

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