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Through June 2018

Month of Portugal

The Portuguese government is highlighting its many connections to the United States throughout the month of June with a series of events spanning 55 cities and 11 states across the U.S. (also see this month’s cover profile).

Those connections include geography (the countries are linked by the Atlantic, with the Azores being the first European port in the North Atlantic), history (Portugal was the first neutral country to recognize a newly independent America) and culture (over 1.5 million Americans identify themselves as having Portuguese roots). The government is also touting its economic links, including investments in infrastructure, technological innovation and the sciences.

“Portugal and the United States face each other across the Atlantic, united by shared values, enduring alliance bonds and strong people-to-people friendship,” Prime Minister António Costa said in a statement.

Over a dozen events will be held in the D.C. area. Among them: “Sustainable Azores – Commitment Toward the Future,” an exhibition on the archipelago of the Azores, the closest European territory to the U.S. (through June 30 at the Portuguese Embassy). Other highlights include: concert featuring internationally acclaimed fado interpreters Camané and Nathalie Pires (June 13 at the Kennedy Center) and Portuguese soul singer Áurea (June 3 at the Kennedy Center); the film “Disobedience – The Sousa Mendes Story” (June 21 at the Avalon Theatre; the seminar “Enduring Alliances” featuring the Portuguese foreign affairs minister (June 22 at Georgetown University); and the Inaugural Portuguese-American National Conference (June 23 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center).

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MONTHOFPORTUGAL/.

— Anna Gawel


June 2 to Sept. 9

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia

Approximately 60 works, drawn from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl, spotlight nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists. The artists are from remote Aboriginal communities across Australia, and the subjects of their art are broad, yet each work is an attempt to grapple with fundamental questions of existence, asking us to slow down and pay attention to the natural world.

The Phillips Collection


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 8

Whispering Glass

A new photographic exhibit by Fiona Lake shares stories from Australia’s outback cattle stations through images that capture life on outback cattle stations located across Australia’s vast rangelands, stretching more than 3,000 kilometers east to west and 2,000 kilometers north to south.

Embassy of Australia Art Gallery


June 9 to Jan. 13, 2019

Fabergé Rediscovered

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the captivating stories that surround them. The fascination with Fabergé continues to uncover new discoveries about the storied jeweler to the tsars and his remarkable creations. This exhibit unveils recent research and explore how the 2014 discovery of a long-lost imperial Easter egg prompted new findings about Hillwood’s own collection.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens


June 16 to Aug. 12

Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective

Celebrating the career of one of Britain’s most important graphic artists of the last 50 years, this collection of more than 100 original artworks will take viewers on a journey through Ralph Steadman’s wide-ranging career, from sketches created in the 1950s, to book illustrations, to present-day work. Steadman is famous for his long collaboration with the writer Hunter S. Thompson, most notably providing the illustrations for “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” and helping to create what has since become known as “Gonzo” journalism.

American University Museum


June 16 to Sept. 23

Form and Function: The Genius of the Book

Dive deep into one of the world’s greatest technologies: the book. Discover a history beyond what’s printed on the page, seen in the structure, craftsmanship and beauty of this often-overlooked marvel.

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


June 28 to Sept. 16

Heavy Metal – Women to Watch 2018

Over 50 works made from silver, copper, bronze, pewter, aluminum and more highlight contemporary women artists working with a variety of metals and techniques to create pieces such as wall-size installations, exquisite jewelry and reinventions of familiar objects.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through June 30

Inaugural Day of Light – Naked Eyes

The latest immersive exhibition opening at ARTECHOUSE, by a world-renowned artist studio NONOTAK, is the ultimate celebration of light. Comprised of four unique installations, with each piece very site specific, the exhibit is a completely immersive and other-worldly experience of sound and vision.



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 8

Transformers: New Contemporary Latin American Sculpture by Darío Escobar and Patrick Hamilton

The conceptual sculptures on display in this exhibition explore similar themes through each artist’s distinct aesthetic and thought process. Separately and together, Darío Escobar of Guatemala and Patrick Hamilton of Chile share a penchant for using common materials such as rubber tires, metal fencing, spackling knives and soccer balls. Lightly treated and often simply rearranged or reordered, Escobar and Hamilton’s found objects are transformed from commercial products into newly aestheticized artworks that also provide ideological critiques of globalization and its effects.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


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 13


Franco Lippi and Luis Falduti use photography to temporally expose the enigmatic layers of Lippi’s paintings to disclose its hidden messages. The aim of these two artists is to re-enact the complete chain of events in which a painter and a photographer collaborate, creating two separate bodies of work, each from his own point of view, that still allows both to reveal the essence of the other.

Embassy of Argentina


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. 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


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 Aug. 24

In the Library: The Richter Archive at 75

In celebration of the 1943 arrival of the George M. Richter Archive of Illustrations on Art — the founding collection of 60,000 photographs that formed the nucleus of the department of image collections — this installation presents the history and development of the photographic archives of the National Gallery of Art.

National Gallery of Art


Through Aug. 31

Constructing Mexico68

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Latin American Olympic games, this exhibit takes audiences through a simple and concrete exploration of the sporting venues built for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics and their constant connection to design and urban art. The development of competition sites for the Olympics’ diverse sporting disciplines required not only the adaptation of existing structures, but also the rapid construction of new, modern and functional facilities. In these new spaces, it was possible to implement the use of an applied architecture that met both the needs of the audience and the functional requirements of each sporting event that occupied it.

Mexican Cultural Institute


Through Sept. 3

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

The first major traveling exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili coast reveals the diverse interchanges that break down barriers between Africa and Asia in a space that physically connects the Smithsonian’s African and Asian art museums. The Swahili coast, where East Africa meets the Indian Ocean, has long been a significant cultural, diplomatic and commercial intersection for Africa, Asia and Europe for millennia. “World on the Horizon” offers audiences an unprecedented opportunity to view over 160 artworks brought together from public and private collections from four continents.

National Museum of African Art


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.

Renwick Gallery


Through April 20, 2020

A Right to the City

After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, D.C., and similar urban centers around the country have been witnessing a “return to the city,” with rapidly growing populations, rising rents and home prices, but also deepening inequality. “A Right to the City” explores the history of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital, and its rich history of neighborhood organizing and civic engagement that transformed the city in the face of tremendous odds.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum



Through June 3

Ballet Nacional de Cuba: Giselle

Admired for its beautiful footwork, strong dancers, and impeccable technique, the company has embraced a tradition of romantic and classical excellence since Alicia Alonso, Fernando Alonso and Alberto Alonso (the first professional dancer in Cuba) founded it in 1948. Tickets are $29 to $129.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Fri., June 8, 6:30 p.m.

Contemporary Dance from Spain: Joaquín Collado

Contemporary choreographer and dancer Joaquín Collado, founder of Antes Collado Company, offers a performance with students from the Company E Summer Dance Intensive. Admission is free; to register, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain


June 15 to 16

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company: Portraits

The company presents three new dances created at the National Portrait Gallery during Burgess’s residency as the Smithsonian Institution’s first official choreographer. The dances, “I am Vertical,” “After 1001 Nights” and “Confluence,” exemplify Burgess’ sublime choreography which poetically delves into the emotional terrain of our shared humanity. Tickets are $30 to $75.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater



 June 1 to 2

Rebirth of Europe

The Wilsonian Club and Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) present a conference on the “Rebirth of Europe” that celebrates the creation of new national states in Europe — Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania and Yugoslavia. Through the event, participants will discuss political and logistical challenges associated with new state creation and celebrate historical personalities that participated in the process, exploring yesterday’s creations and tomorrow’s challenges. For information, visit www.wilsonianclub.org/events-lectures.

Embassy of Slovakia


Thu., June 7, 5 p.m.

Mexican Fashion Designer Carla Fernández at Phillips After 5

As part of its after-hours museum opening, the Phillips Collection will host a talk by Mexican fashion designer Carla Fernández, who creates work preserving the rich textile heritage of Mexico’s indigenous communities. The evening will also feature a papel picado workshop and a performance by Los Gallos Negros, a mariachi-style band promoting Mexican and Latin American jazz culture. Admission is $12.

The Phillips Collection


Thu., June 14, 6:45 p.m.

In the French Kitchen: Where Joie de Vivre Begins

After living in France for a quarter century, Susan Herrmann Loomis knows the essential secret of the country’s home cooks: a philosophy that combines a love of food with the pleasure of sharing it with family and friends. Join her as she serves up tips and techniques for creating simple but elegant meals in the Gallic culinary tradition. Tickets are $90; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Tue., June 19, 6:45 p.m.

Become a More Curious Traveler

Travel expert Christine van Blokland, the Emmy-winning host of PBS’s “Curious Traveler” series, offers strategies to help you approach a new city exactly as she does when producing her show: as a mystery to be solved. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Wed., June 20, 6:45 p.m.

U.S.-China Relations: Looking Ahead

S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW

A panel moderated by Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, examines a relationship between nations that has transitioned from an era of engagement to one of mutual suspicion and testing as they vie to shape global practices to suit contrasting social and political systems. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Thu., June 21, 6:45 p.m.

Istanbul Unveiled

It is a city of mystery, a city of wonders and a city whose history is unlike any other. Serif Yenen, a travel specialist, highlights some iconic places to visit as well as those waiting to be discovered in this storied city. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


June 24 to 26

African Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS)

ATIGS is a prestigious biennial business conference and exhibition designed to promote and facilitate international trade between Americas, Asia, Caribbean, the European Union and the UAE with Africa and provide a platform for businesses to expand into new markets. The 2018 ATIGS will gather key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers and international investors. For information, visit http://atigs2018.com/delegate-registration/.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


Mon., June 25, 6:45 p.m.

Germany’s Path from Despotism to Democracy

Charles Ingrao, professor emeritus of history at Purdue University, traces Germany’s governmental evolution. His starting point is the 18th century, a period in which authoritarianism and militarism coexisted with constitutional government, the rule of law, and a full spectrum of Enlightenment-era values—concepts that continued to mark Germany’s path to the present. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Thu., June 28, 6:45 p.m.

What Diplomats Know: An Insider’s Look at a Unique Profession

In this two-part lectures series, Nicholas Kralev, executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, examines the wide range of specialized knowledge and skills that diplomats — both seasoned and new — must call on in their daily lives. This session focuses on U.S. diplomacy overseas. Tickets are $35; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center



Sat., June 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Sun., June 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

35th Annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend

Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, the Phillips Collection and the President Woodrow Wilson House, along with a variety of exhibits and special programming. For information, visit www.dkmuseums.com.

Various locations


June 21 to 24

By the People Festival

“By The People” is a new, inclusive, international arts and innovation festival that facilitates connection and celebrates creativity. Organized by Halcyon, the Smithsonian, Destination DC and dozens of cultural groups, it will take place in every quadrant of the city, bringing people together around the themes of life, liberty and happiness. Dozens of artists, speakers and performers will present events to promote empathy and spark civil discourse, building bridges across the cultural divide. Curated discussions feature experts with opposing views on issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, whether true human connection can be found online and the importance of exploring our universe versus protecting our home planet. Other highlights include: a Pokémon Go-style art hunt in D.C. developed by ARTECHOUSE; pop-up activities such as Bridgman|Packer Dance, which will perform a nontraditional dance inside a 17-foot U-Haul truck; and “Solstice Saturday,” a Smithsonian celebration of the summer’s longest day held in conjunction with the festival. By combining those far-reaching dialogues with art installations and performances, “By The People” invites visitors to open their minds and engage with one another on a deeper level. For information, visit https://halcyonhouse.org/by-the-people.

Various locations



Sat., June 2, 8 p.m.

National Philharmonic: 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence

The National Philharmonic ends its 2017-18 season with the musical celebration “100th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence.” Conducted by world-renowned Polish Maestro Mirosław Jacek Baszczyk, the concert will feature music composed by Poland’s greatest musicians, performed by some of today’s leading vocalists and musicians, including Brian Ganz on the piano. In November 1918, after more than a century of invasion, partition and subjugation by the Austro-Hungarian, German and Russian empires, Poland regained its independence as a sovereign country. Throughout its long history, Poland maintained a strong nationalist spirit as well as pride in its cultural and artistic traditions. The concert, which represents almost two centuries of Polish music, pays tribute to this spirit. Tickets are $23 to $76.

Music Center at Strathmore


Mon., June 4, 8 and 10 p.m.

Emil Viklický Trio

Czech jazz pianist Emil Viklický brings his jazz trio to the heart of the nation’s capital. Viklický, a key player on the Czech jazz scene, is renowned for his unique synthesis of the melodicism and tonalities of Moravian folk songs combined with modern jazz. Tickets are $25; use code CZECH for half-priced admission to the shows.

Blues Alley


Thu., June 7, 6:45 p.m.

Talk and Performance with Artist and Ethnomusicologist Cornelio García

As part of its 2018 music series “La Música de México,” the Mexican Cultural Institute presents a talk and performance on the traditional Sones of Jalisco with artist and ethnomusicologist Cornelio García. A fascinating, entertaining and informed conversationalist, García will share his passion for music and will sing a number of canciones jalisciences with his quixotic tenor voice, accompanied by his faithful quinta de golpe. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute


Thu., June 14, 7 p.m.

In Sides by Javier Moreno

As part of DC Jazz Festival, bassist Javier Moreno presents “In Sides,” a new project of contemporary Jazz and improvisation that reflects roots, longings, ruptures and hopes. Admission is free; to register, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain


Thu., June 21, 6 p.m.

Modern Czech Composers

Czech violinist Jana Kubánková will perform the works of contemporary composers Ervín Schulhoff, Karel Sklenička, Klement Slavický, Martin Hybler and Jaroslav Ježek. Savor an evening of extraordinary Czech modern works for solo violin with stories about the authors and music itself. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit https://czechmoderncomposers.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic


Sun., June 24, 6:30 p.m.

Nordic Jazz 2018

The Nordic Embassies are proud to present the 12th annual Nordic Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C. Internationally acclaimed performers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will present the modern sound of Nordic Jazz. On June 24, two bands will perform in the spectacular setting of House of Sweden. Enjoy a first hour of cocktails on the rooftop followed by two full sets of contemporary jazz by Sigurdur Flosason Quartet (from Iceland and Sweden) and Trail of Souls (from Norway). Tickets are $25; for information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/music-nordic-jazz-2018-tickets-46080289386#tickets.

House of Sweden


June 25 to July 2

Classical Movements: 8th Annual Serenade! Choral Festival

In collaboration with the Kennedy Center, Classical Movements announces a joint partnership to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of South African revolutionary, politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela. The festival features a dozen professional vocal ensembles hailing from 14 nations such as Australia, India, the Netherlands, Indonesia and Venezuela. Sharing Mandela’s prized notions of hope, justice and unity, the groups will perform collaborative concerts and exchange cultures through shared workshops and side-by-side rehearsals with select community choral groups and youth choirs alike, all while participating in outreach and service projects across the Washington region.

Kennedy Center


Thu., June 28, 7 p.m.


Cobario is a one-of-a-kind world music trio from Vienna that performs an eclectic mix of dreamy and melancholy tunes, energetic and compelling sound installations, as well as virtuosic solos. Admission is free; to register, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria


Through June 10


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


Through June 10

Saint Joan

Joan of Arc, from peasant stock, fights for her country and defeats the English at Orleans. She is captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, brought before a church court, tried as a heretic, and burned at the stake — all before the age of 19. Depicted as neither witch, saint, nor madwoman in George Bernard Shaw’s retelling, Joan is but an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Tickets are $30 to $79.

Folger Theatre


June 16 to 24

The Emperor of Atlantis

Written and rehearsed in the “model” concentration camp Terezien but censored by the Nazi regime before its performance, “The Emperor of Atlantis: Death Goes On Strike” (1943) is the work of Czech composer Viktor Ullmann and fellow camp inmate Peter Kien, a poet and visual artist. The piece, which is paired with Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” satirizes dictatorship and militarism with commedia dell’ arte type characters. Tickets are $23 to $47.

Atlas Performing Arts Center


Through June 17

The Remains

Ken Urban’s timely, funny and human play reunites artistic director David Muse with longtime friend, Maulik Pancholy playing Kevin, one half of a same-sex couple whose seemingly perfect but deeply fraught relationship unravels during a family dinner party. Tickets are $20 to $85.

The Studio Theatre


Through June 24

Botticelli in the Fire

Sandro Botticelli is devoted to beauty, sensuality and pleasure. While painting “The Birth of Venus,” however, the limits of his dedication are put to the test by the arrival of a conservative priest leading a populist revolution in Lorenzo de Medici’s Florence. When his full-throttle, decadent ways catch up to him, will the famed artist sacrifice his work or the life of his young apprentice, Leonardo Da Vinci? Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Through July 1

Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot

Amid mystical forests and grand castles, “Camelot” tells a strikingly familiar tale of a leader’s integrity, courage and empathy — a chronicle of the struggle for civilization and goodness in a world accustomed to violence and hate. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Compan