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Events – November 2018












Through Nov. 2

Jose Gurvich Artworks

The Uruguayan Embassy presents the first solo show of Jose Gurvich in its art space in Washington, D.C. Gurvich, one of the best-known Uruguayan artists, was born in a small village in Lithuania in 1927 to a Jewish family. In the early 1930s, his moved and settled in Montevideo. During Gurvich’s formative years, he painted hundreds of still lives, portraits, landscapes and works based on the style of constructive universalism. But from 1964 until his death in 1974, he developed his own artistic language and maturity. The exhibition consists of 160 works on paper and several oil paintings that illustrate the many facets of his repertoire, including his focus on cityscapes, landscapes, couples, Israel, Europe and New York.

Embassy of Uruguay


Through Nov. 4

Día de Muertos: Cultural Perspectives

A new generation of Latinx artists explore the Day of the Dead through a new context as they discern, contemplate, mourn and remember in order to process, heal and express their truth. “Día de Muertos” creates a space for viewers to contemplate and share their relationship with death and dying, taboo in America but freely embraced in Latin American cultures. The exhibition simultaneously provides a platform for 12 artists to engage in their own social anthropology, stripping away the commercialism and appropriation that dilutes the significance of the holiday.

Music Center at Strathmore


Nov. 4 to Feb. 18

Gordon Parks: New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950

During the 1940s American photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught photographer making portraits and documenting everyday life in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional shooting for Ebony, Vogue, Fortune and Life. For the first time, the formative decade of Parks’s 60-year career is the focus of an exhibition, which brings together 150 photographs and ephemera.

National Gallery of Art


Through Nov. 9

Parallel Universes: Paintings by Nora Cherñajovsky

Argentinean artist Nora Cherñajovsky contrasts her paintings with elements of the neoclassical architecture of the Embassy of Argentina’s art gallery space, with its oval shape and decorative boiserie on the walls. She investigates the polarities and contradictions between the order of the architecture and the chaos of the organic. The result is seven pictorial universes that break classical order with fragmented, geometric forms.

Embassy of Argentina


Nov. 10 to Dec. 16

Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World

This display highlights a selection of artists published in Tribe, a magazine founded in Dubai that covers developments in photography and new media from the Arab world. By expanding our appreciation and understanding of the variety of photographic practices creatively deployed by artists from throughout the Arab world, Tribe aims to place these accomplished artists on a global stage within the larger sphere of contemporary photography.

American University Museum


Nov. 10 to Feb. 10


The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, are featured in the first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The display explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys’ work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion. Spanning the first 13 years of Rodarte, nearly 100 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, will highlight selections from their most pivotal collections.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Nov. 13

Fernando de Szyszlo: A Memory

This exhibition features works by Peruvian master Fernando de Szyszlo from the AMA’s permanent collection and archival papers and clippings documenting Szyszlo’s longtime relationship with the museum. It marks the one-year anniversary of the artist’s death. However, rather than being a tribute assembled “in memory” of him, this exhibit’s focus is “a memory” — that of Szyszlo as documented and illuminated by his work, which paved the way for the next generation of artists looking to re-energize modern art in Peru.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through Nov. 18

Recovered Memories: Spain and the Support for the American Revolution

“Recovered Memories” showcases Spain’s support for the American colonies prior to and during the Revolutionary War, and also highlights notable Spanish figures whose lives impacted the emerging new country. The exhibit takes the visitor on a chronological journey of Spanish-American relations beginning with Spain’s own Age of Enlightenment during the reign of Charles III, through the times of European and American revolutions, and ending with the technological advancements at the turn of the 20th century.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain


Through Nov. 25

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career

Curator Emerita Krystyna Wasserman assembled NMWA’s collection of more than 1,000 artists’ books over a 30-year period. This focus exhibition celebrates her vision and features 20 notable artists’ books from the museum’s expansive collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Nov. 25

Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch rose to greatness from the riches of the sea. During the 17th century, water was central to their economic and naval successes, but was also a source of pleasure and enjoyment. This exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea’s bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power.

National Gallery of Art


Through Dec. 16

Studio 54 Forever

Studio 54 was and arguably remains the world’s most iconic discotheque. It opened in 1977 in New York City as disco music was reaching its peak. The establishment attracted celebrities, politicians, artists and the cultural avant garde. On the Studio 54 dance floor, everyone was a star. Take a journey back in time through the lens of acclaimed Swedish photographer Hasse Persson, whose images provide an intimate, sometimes provocative look at the cultural moment that would become the stuff of legend.

House of Sweden


Through Dec. 16

Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity

Artist Jim Sanborn provides a critique of the contemporary art market that sells stolen or forged antiquities. The artist’s imagined world, which would make complete sense to an ancient Roman, is one wherein the skilled artist-craftsmen of contemporary Cambodia (who we now call forgers and who muddle the art market) would be understood to be what they are: gifted copyists. Their works would be bought for what they are — copies — and valued for what they offer: powerful evocations of the artistic genius of Khmer art of the distant past.

American University Museum


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 Dec. 31

Corot: Women

Camille Corot is best known as the great master of landscape painting in the 19th century. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller, less well-known portion of his oeuvre, but arguably are of equal importance to the history of art. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or stretched nude on a grassy plain, Corot’s women read, dream, and gaze, conveying a mysterious sense of inner life. His sophisticated use of color and his deft, delicate touch applied to the female form resulted in pictures of quiet majesty.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 6

Churchill’s Shakespeare

A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. Compelling materials from Cambridge’s Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill’s home Chartwell, and the Folger collection show the man himself and trace Shakespeare’s influence on his speeches and ideas.

Folger Shakespeare Library


Through Jan. 6

Sense of Humor

Humor may be fundamental to human experience, but its expression in painting and sculpture has been limited. Instead, prints, as the most widely distributed medium, and drawings, as the most private, have been the natural vehicles for comic content. Drawn from the National Gallery of Art’s collection, this exhibition celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 6

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen

Trevor Paglen is an award-winning artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world. This is the first exhibition to present Paglen’s early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects and new work with artificial intelligence.

Smithsonian American Art Museum


Through Jan. 13

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


Through Jan. 13

Nordic Impressions

“Nordic Impressions” is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe and Greenland. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition.

The Phillips Collection


Through Jan. 13

Rachel Whiteread

As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist’s 30-year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects and several new works on view for the first time. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 20

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy

Chiaroscuro woodcuts — color prints made from the successive printing of multiple blocks — flourished in 16th-century Italy, interpreting designs by leading masters such as Raphael, Parmigianino and Titian, while boasting extraordinary craft and their own often striking palette.

National Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection

Celebrating the Freer|Sackler’s recent acquisition of a major Japanese photography collection, this exhibition features a selection of works by groundbreaking 20th-century photographers. Whether capturing evocative landscapes or the gritty realities of postwar Japan, this presentation focuses on Japanese artists’ search for a sense of place in a rapidly changing country. The images highlight destinations both rural and urban, in styles ranging from powerful social documentary to intensely personal.

Freer Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography

When photography arrived in Japan in the mid-19th century, traditional woodblock printmakers were forced to adapt their craft to keep pace with the new medium. This exhibition explores Japanese artists’ reactions to the challenges of modernity, examining the collapse of the traditional woodblock-printmaking industry in the face of the printing press and photography, and then tracing the medium’s resurrection as an art form, through which printmakers recorded scenes of their changing country in striking new ways.

Freer Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 21

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 Jan. 29

Vested Values

“Vested Values,” a selection comprising more than 40 works of various Mexican contemporary artists, explores the representation of nature and its sociocultural environment. Each of the works reveals how particular methods of production, implementation and execution of contemporary art can offer a complex impression of the diverse elements that define a society, which in turn promotes a continuous dialogue on both experience and perception. Each of the works originates through an arrangement with Mexico’s Tax Administration Service that allows Mexican artists to pay their taxes with their artwork. Today, artists can pay their income tax using media that ranges from digital art to photography.

Mexican Cultural Institute


Through Feb. 3

Sean Scully: Landline

Sean Scully’s “Landline” series, which first captivated international audiences at the 56th Venice Biennale, will make its museum debut at the Hirshhorn, featuring never-before-seen artworks from the renowned series. With thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color, the works look toward the land, sea, and sky (and the indistinct lines between them) to navigate the elemental relationships that compose our world.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Through Feb. 8

Roberto Fernandez Ibañez: Visions and Reflections

Curated by Fabián Goncalves Borrega, this exhibition features four of Uruguayan artist Roberto Fernandez Ibañez’s photographic series addressing the human impact on the environment: Earthy Resilience, Melting Point, The Hand and Rara Avis. His photographic material not only changes when it is exposed to light, but it can also be transformed, tuned and textured by techniques and laboratory processes. Fernandez Ibañez says he harnesses the environment’s capabilities to transform to shape his own artwork.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas F Street Gallery


Through May 20, 2020


The Hirshhorn presents the largest site-specific exhibition to date by the acclaimed abstract painter Pat Steir. An expansive new suite of the artist’s signature “Waterfall” paintings spans the entire perimeter of the museum’s second-floor inner-circle galleries, extending nearly 400 linear feet. The 28 large-scale paintings, when presented together as a group, will create an immense color wheel that shifts hues with each painting, with the pours on each canvas often appearing in the complementary hue of the monochrome background.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Through Sept. 29, 2019

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

In the cities of the West African nation of Senegal, stylish women have often used jewelry as part of an overall strategy of exhibiting their elegance and prestige. Rooted in the Wolof concept of sañse (dressing up, looking and feeling good), “Good as Gold” examines the production, display, and circulation of gold in Senegal as it celebrates a significant gift of gold jewelry to the National Museum of African Art’s collection.

National Museum of African Art


Through September 2019

Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran

Potters in ancient Iran were fascinated by the long-beaked waterfowl and rams with curled horns around them. This exhibition of ceramics produced in northwestern Iran highlights animal-shaped vessels as well as jars and bowls decorated with animal figures.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery



Nov. 2 to 3

Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water

Acclaimed as one of the diaspora’s leading Bharatanatyam ensembles, Ragamala Dance Company returns to the Kennedy Center with its latest work, “Written in Water,” a large-scale multi-disciplinary work with dance, music, text and painting that provides an allegory of human’s constant search for transcendence. Tickets are $39.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Through Nov. 4

Contemporary Masters

The Washington Ballet will showcase its range of ability and depth of versatility in a program that pays tribute to the 20th century’s most accomplished American modern choreographers: Mark Morris, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor. Tickets are $25 to $125.

Harman Center for the Arts


Fri., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

The New Chinese Acrobats

Get ready for stunning feats of strength and flexibility from this amazing company, created in collaboration with the world-famous Cirque Eloize. Representing the evolution of Chinese acrobats, this group mixes new techniques and ancient Chinese folk art traditions for one awe-inspiring act after another. Tickets are $24 to $54.

Music Center at Strathmore


Nov. 9 to 10

Malavika Sarukkai: Thari – The Loom

Last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2013, Malavika Sarukkai presents her latest production, which delves into the history and legacy of the sari, the hand-woven “unstitched garment” from India. Tickets are $49.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater



Sat., Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Magnificent Cities of Russia

Four great cities — Kiev, Novgorod, Moscow and St. Petersburg — have given the country that became Russia much of its character. Historian George E. Munro explores their history, culture and signature sites. Tickets are $140; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Nov. 7 to Dec. 5

The Art of India: From the Indus Valley to Independence

From its origins in the ancient civilization along the Indus River to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. In four sessions, Robert DeCaroli of George Mason University highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. Tickets are $140; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Thu., Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

Zlin Animation

Animation is a game packed with fantasy that should not only be entertaining to the viewer, but also to its author. Lukáš Gregor, head of the Department of Animation at Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic, presents a look inside the animator’s studio and animation methods. He will showcase a colorful selection of student animation exercises and work. Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made at https://zlinanimation.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic


Thu., Nov. 29, 6:45 p.m.

Magical Prague: The Crown of Bohemia

Lose yourself in Prague, city of a hundred spires, as cultural historian Ursula Wolfman takes you on a virtual tour along its medieval cobblestone lanes and dark passageways, past its many churches and synagogues, into the heart of a city dominated by the magnificent Hradcany, the 1,100-year-old castle complex. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center



Through Nov. 4

Kids Euro Festival

Now in its 11th year, the Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe’s most talented children’s entertainers to the D.C. metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic and cinema. “Over more than 80 fun kids’ activities will be presented by the member states of the European Union, together with more than 20 local and national cultural institutions,” says EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan. Highlights this year include the 60th anniversary celebration of the Smurfs presented by Belgium; “United in Music,” a performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage by a Latvian youth choir composed of both students with and without hearing impairments; a performance of “Angelina, a Contemporary Cinderella,” with Italian opera singers at the Shakespeare Theatre; and KEEN Day featuring a full day of events for children with disabilities. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 D.C.-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. For information, visit www.kidseurofestival.org.

Various locations


Oct. 31 to Nov. 4

Superfine! Art Fair

Fun, approachable and chock full of art by local and global emerging artists, Superfine! DC descends on the capital for a fall art spectacular the likes of which the District has never before seen. The art fair that’s built its chops in New York and Miami by serving up a clear, transparent new art market friendly to both longtime collectors and newbies is bringing its unique formula to D.C. with over 300 visual artists, who will present new contemporary artwork throughout 74 curated booths, and with price points beginning below $100 and 75 percent of works available below $5,000. Tickets are $12 to $55; for information visit https://superfine.world/.

Union Market Dock 5


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

Czech Christmas Market

The Embassy of the Czech Republic presents a traditional Czech Christmas Market featuring beautiful handcrafted ornaments, renowned Czech crystal and glass products, and exquisite jewelry. Enjoy the taste and smell of mulled wine and eggnog as well as an assortment of Christmas cookies, baked goods and savory cuisine. Children will be treated to an array of live animals from the Nativity scene. The children’s choir of Sokol Washington will also perform Czech Christmas carols at 11 am. Admission is free.

Embassy of the Czech Republic



Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Ricardo Cobo, Classical Colombian Guitarist

Colombia guitarist Ricardo Cobo’s versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of classical and children’s music, as well as his orchestral and crossover recordings in collaboration with jazz and classical musicians. His “Guitar Lullaby,” currently on its third printing, was awarded the American Library Association’s highest recognition for children’s music and is widely regarded as one of the finest classical guitar audio experiences on CD. Tickets are $150, including buffet reception and valet parking; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Colombian Ambassador’s Residence


Mon., Nov. 12, 8 p.m.

Danish String Quartet

Already well-known as masters of traditional classical repertoire — as a rapt Washington Performing Arts audience experienced in an unforgettable 2017 performance — the Danish String Quartet are passionately committed to sharing folk music from their home country, as heard on two highly popular albums of old Nordic melodies and dances, “Wood Works” and “Last Leaf.” Tickets are $35.

Sixth & I


Thu., Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Yi-Yang Chen, Piano

Taiwanese pianist Yi-Yang Chen, the 2017 winner of the Washington International Piano Competition, will perform a program of Haydn, Villa Lobos, Chopin, Granados, Dehn, Alwyn and Hsiao at the Arts Club of Washington, a national treasure that is the former home of President James Monroe. Tickets are $65, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Arts Club of Washington


Sun., Nov. 18, 2 p.m.

The Washington Chorus: Brahm and Britten

The Washington Chorus begins its 58th season with Johannes Brahms’s magnificent “A German Requiem, Op. 45” and Benjamin Britten’s “Ballad of Heroes.” Tickets are $18 to $72.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Mon., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Miriam Rodriguez Brüllová, Guitar
Dalibor Karvay, Violin

Guitarist Miriam Rodriguez Brüllová and violinist Dalibor Karvay — 2009 winner of the Slovak Minister of Culture prize for his international interpretation of Slovak interpretative arts — have both performed with orchestras in countries around the world. Tickets are $95, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Slovakia


Thu., Nov. 29, 8 p.m.

Malta Philharmonic Orchestra

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will be embarking on its first U.S. tour, the MPO Valletta 2018 Tour, celebrating both its 50th anniversary and the World Heritage UNESCO site of Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018. The MPO will be led by the famous conductor Sergey Smbatyan, and the concert opens with a performance of “Rebbieħa,” a symphonic poem penned by Gozitan composer Joseph Vella. The MPO will also perform the work of famous modern American-Maltese composer Alexey Shor, with Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder, before wrapping up with Dmitri Shostakovich’s famous Fifth Symphony. Tickets are $55 to $85.

The Music Center at Strathmore


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

Elham Fanoos, Piano

Elham Fanoos is 21 years old and a native of Kabul. He has been playing music from the age of 5, when he began to study the tabla. In seventh grade, he enrolled in the Afghan National Institute of Music, where he learned to play the piano. Fanoos is also an aspiring composer and has composed five pieces of his own, including four preludes and a sonata, which he and his teachers have performed internationally. Now he’s studying piano performance at Hunter College. Tickets are $125, including an Afghan buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Afghan Ambassador’s Residence



Nov. 2 to Dec. 23

Anything Goes

Cole Porter’s madcap seafaring musical features some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, such as “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title song, “Anything Goes.” Tickets are $51 to $105.

Arena Stage


Through Nov. 4

The Fever

Performed in complete collaboration with the audience, “The Fever” begins as a simple story about an ordinary party and evolves into a spellbinding examination of how we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us. Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Through Nov. 4

Sleepy Hollow

Synetic Theater’s adaptation of “Sleepy Hollow” pulls together all the elements that made Synetic famous: Gothic horror, iconic characters and imagery, an emphasis on surreal, wordless storytelling that transcends spoken language and makes our productions something akin to live-action dreams (or nightmares, depending on the story). Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater


Nov. 5 to 25

A Woman of No Importance

Scena’s Theatre’s take on Oscar Wilde’s classic battle of the sexes includes an all-female cast. This timeless power struggle between men and women is set against the backdrop of 1930s Hollywood — when Tinsel Town was both American and British. Tickets are $35 to $45.

Atlas Performing Arts Center


Nov. 10 to 25

Washington National Opera: Silent Night

As Christmas Eve falls on a World War I battlefield, enemy soldiers step into no-man’s land for one miraculous night of peace. Based on the true story and 2005 film, “Silent Night” features Pulitzer Prize-winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war. Tickets are $35 to $199.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Nov. 14 to Dec. 16

Cry It Out

Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm. Lina is a community-college dropout and born-and-bred Long Islander. They don’t seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship. Tickets are $20 to $80.

The Studio Theatre


Through Nov. 18


This provocative new play that explores the timely subject of sexual consent between young people. Tom, a black first-year Princeton student, and Amber, a Jewish first-year Princeton student, seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren’t. What begins as a casual hook up turns into a Title IX hearing in which both students have everything to lose. Tickets are $34 to $64.

Theater J


Through Nov. 18


Brilliantly brought to life by the legendary musical duo behind “The Lion King,” “Aida” is a timeless story of star-crossed lovers set in ancient Egypt. The handsome but arrogant Radames and his soldiers return to Egypt following a successful conquest of the nation’s longtime enemy, Nubia. Having unwittingly captured the Nubian princess Aida, they force her into slavery in the royal palace. Though Radames is reluctantly engaged to the Pharaoh’s vain and materialistic daughter, he and Aida find themselves passionately drawn to each other. As their forbidden love intensifies, Aida must choose between her heart’s desire and her responsibility to her people in this production presented by Constellation Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 to $55.

Source Theater


Through Nov. 18

The Fall

As the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town, seven students wrote “The Fall,” charting their experiences as activists who brought down a statue and then grappled with decolonizing what was left standing in its wake: the legacies of race, class, gender, history and power 24 years after the official end of Apartheid. Please call for ticket information.

Studio Theatre


Through Nov. 18

Sing to Me Now

Calliope is the last surviving Muse. Drowning in the demands of a world desperate for inspiration, she resorts to what any self-respecting Greek Goddess would do: She hires an intern. Soon it becomes clear that Calliope is burying a deeper pain, and the fate of the universe may lie in this human intern’s unlikely ability to save her. Tickets are $30.

Atlas Performing Arts Center


Nov. 20 to Dec. 23

An Inspector Calls

Winner of 19 major accolades, the award-winning production of J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller “An Inspector Calls” will kick off a four-city U.S. tour at Shakespeare Theatre Company. Set simultaneously in 1912, post-war society and modern day at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, the story follows a festive celebration that is suddenly punctured by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As questions multiply and guilt mounts, the Birlings’s entanglement in the affair shatters the foundations of their comfortable lives. Please call for ticket information.

The Shakespeare Theatre


Nov. 23 to Dec. 30


Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama “The God of Vengeance,” and the controversy that surrounded its themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Vogel explores the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform this piece of theater under the most challenging circumstances. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage


Through Nov. 25


Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical “Anastasia” finally comes to Washington. From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic “Ragtime,” this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s. Tickets are $49 to $175.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Nov. 28 to Dec. 1

World Stages: Barber Shop Chronicles

Set in barbershops in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London, “Barber Shop Chronicles” welcomes you into this unique, intimate community where African men gather to discuss the world and their lives. Tickets are $29 to $99.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Through Dec. 2

King John

Secret deals. Threats of mass destruction. Shifting loyalties. Folger Theatre follows its sold-out run of “Macbeth” with “King John,” Shakespeare’s rarely performed history play chronicling King John’s turbulent reign from 1199 to 1216. Tickets are $30 to $85.

Folger Theatre


Through Jan. 6

Billy Elliot the Musical

Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, all 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. Initially facing opposition from society and his father, Billy’s passion instead unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre