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Arab League Envoy Wonders What’s Next for His Beloved Egypt

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By Larry Luxner

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Women’s Rights Advocate Hasn’t Shied From Criticizing Islam

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Last Edited on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 By Michael Coleman Thursday, November 18, 2010

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America’s Foreign Affairs Budget Faces Congressional Chopping Block

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By Rachael Bade and Anna Gawel

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QDDR: Review and Revamp, But Save

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By Rachael Bade

Each penny America puts toward vaccinating poor children from malaria boosts morale. Every time a U.S. diplomat connects an American business to a new market in another country, it makes a new ally. Each U.S.-funded irrigation system installed in sub-Sahara Africa brings communities one step closer to stability.

And the U.S. military — already stretched thin — cannot do it all. Nor should American outreach to the world come in the form of a gun-toting soldier — it must have a civilian face.

That's the premise of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), a directive of goals set by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to "elevate American civilian power" by making diplomacy and development central pillars in U.S. foreign policy.

Modeled after the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review, the 200-page assessment, titled "Leading through Civilian Power," was released in December 2010. It calls for greater coordination and shared projects between the State Department and USAID, boosting resources, and improving the agencies' ability to resolve conflicts and promote peace — all with an eye on results, transparency and making the most of taxpayer money.

"The QDDR is a blueprint for how we can make the State Department and USAID more nimble, more effective, and more accountable, a blueprint for how our country can lead in a changing world through the use of what I call civilian power — the combined force of all of the civilians across the United States government who practice diplomacy, carry out development projects, and act to prevent and respond to crisis and conflict," Clinton said at a town hall meeting on the QDDR in December. "Many different agencies contribute to these efforts today. But their work can be more unified, more focused, and more efficient."

"It says up front that the first face of American power has to be our diplomats and our development professionals, supported by and often in partnership with our military, but nevertheless, the first face has to be civilian," explained Anne-Marie Slaughter, director of policy planning for the State Department, to students at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies — one in a series of events Slaughter and other State officials have held since rolling out the long-awaited review.

Among its goals, the QDDR — which took 18 months to develop — calls for increasing the number of Foreign Service personnel at both State and USAID, creating new bureaus dedicated to stabilizing conflicts, implementing counterterrorism initiatives and overseeing arms control.

It also proposes to beef up USAID, whose staff shrank nearly 40 percent from 1990 to 2007. Slaughter said the goals require giving the long-neglected development agency more responsibility over the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative and eventually the Global Health Initiative, as well as control over its own budget.

The report also pitches the idea of a new "Development Lab" at USAID that would contract 20 to 25 of the top development experts to brainstorm new approaches.

In addition, it calls for the designation of "chiefs of missions" to oversee U.S. programs in other countries. The diplomatic leaders would "act as CEO" of interagency actions not only between State and USAID, but also coordinate with the departments of Defense, Labor and Justice in an effort to decrease overlap and hold each agency accountable.

The ultimate aim is to also harness the breadth of civilian knowledge that's spread out over the U.S. government.

"For example, professionals at the Department of Agriculture know how to boost crop yields and irrigate fields in Kansas and in Kandahar. Justice Department experts are adept at strengthening rule of law in countries whose democracies are young and vulnerable," Clinton said. "To achieve our goals, such as tipping a fragile state away from conflict and towards stability, all elements of American civilian power must be prepared and empowered to work together."

The report makes a special mention of empowering girls and women in diplomacy, conflict prevention and conflict resolution — an issue Clinton has strived to highlight — by bringing them to negotiating tables where they're frequently missing.

It also, not coincidentally, emphasizes making improvements without spending a lot of money. "And in a time of tight budgets and greater scrutiny, that is one of my highest priorities," Clinton said, "so that we clearly can make the case for everything we do to any taxpayer in America."

— Rachael Bade


Belarus: Back to Square One With Europe’s Last Dictator

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By Larry Luxner

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Fighting Lukashenko: One Woman’s Story

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From Shoo-in Election to Gay-Bashing, Uganda Finds Itself on the Defensive

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Egyptian Revolution Resurrects Debate Over Islam vs. Democracy

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Tunisians Tell the World: Don’t Forget About Us

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Brewing National Emergency: Drug Shortage Puts Patients in Danger

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By Gina Shaw

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Consequential Caribbean

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By Gary Tischler

Contemporary Artists Wash Away Sunny Stereotypes

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Career Chameleon

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By Gail Scott

American Wife of Swiss Envoy Reinvents Herself for Each Posting

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Moscow Memories

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By Jacob Comenetz

Family Pictures Offer Snapshot of Mysterious World

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Convoluted ‘Cymbeline’

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By Lisa Troshinsky

Shakespeare's Magic Goes Awry in Mystifying Fairytale

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Serious Directing

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By Ky N. Nguyen

A 'Biutiful' Talk with Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Price of Impatience

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By Heather Mueller

With Values Steadily Plunging, Anxious Homeowners' Hopes Sink

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Market Mentality

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By Luke Jerod Kummer

Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights Prosper With Old-Fashioned Marketplace Community

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Masterful Governess

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By Ky N. Nguyen

'Jane Eyre': Brontë’s Classic Gets New Look

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Dim Sum Deliciousness

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By Rachel G. Hunt

Ping Pong's Little Parcels of Creativity Pack Big Flavor

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Holidays - March 2011

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March 8: Carnival
March 14: Constitution Day

March 8: Carnival
March 8: International Women's Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 26: Independence and National Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 9: Baron Bliss Day

March 5 to 8: Carnival

March 1: Independence Day

March 5 to 8: Carnival

March 3: National Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 27: Armed Forces Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 29: Anniversary of the Death of President B. Boganda

March 19: San José Day

March 7: Green Monday
March 25: Greek National Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 14: Native Language Day

March 2: Victory of Adwa Day

March 12: Renovation Day

March 13: Mother's Day

March 6: Independence Day

March 25: Greek Independence Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 15: National Day

March 20: Nowruz

March 17: St. Patrick's Day

March 21: Purim

March 9: Ash Wednesday

March 20: Vernal Equinox Day

March 8: International Women's Day
March 20: Nauryz

March 1: Independence Movement Day

March 8: International Women's Day
March 20: Nooruz













March 8: International Women's Day

March 11: Moshoeshoe's Day

March 12: Memorial Day
March 15: J.J. Robert's Birthday

March 19: St. Joseph's Day

March 11: Restoration of Independence of Lithuania

March 8: Carnival

March 29: Memorial Day

March 5: Martyrs' Day

March 19: St. Joseph's Day
March 31: Freedom Day

March 1: Memorial Day and Nuclear Victims' Remembrance Day

March 12: National Day

March 21: Birthday of President Benito Juárez

March 8: International Women's Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 21: Independence Day

March 23: Pakistan Day

March 15: Youth Day

March 8: Carnival

March 1: Heroes' Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 14: National Heroes' Day

March 21: Human Rights Day

March 8: Revolution Day


March 29: Youth Day

March 8: International Women's Day
March 20-22: Noruz

March 30: Spiritual Baptist Liberation Shouter Day

March 20: Independence Day
March 21: Youth Day

March 8: International Women's Day
March 20: Novruz Bairam

March 8: International Women's Day

March 8: International Women's Day

March 8: International Women's Day
March 20: Noruz

March 12: Youth Day



Films - March 2011

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Directed by Ousmane Sembene
(Burkina Faso, 2004, 124 min.)
After losing two daughters in childbirth due to her own botched circumcision, Collé has refused to allow her surviving daughter to be cut. So when four girls escape the circumcision ceremony, she is only too eager to provide them with moolaadé (protection). (Bambara and French)
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 16, 8 p.m.



Directed by Tomás Rehorek
(Czech Republic/Italy, 2009, 79 min.)
Four interconnected story lines portray the destinies of ordinary people: a wealthy couple dealing with their infertility; a disadvantaged mother of two small children; a middle-age asocial workaholic man; and an older woman, reflecting on her life in the hope of finding new meaning.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 9, 8 p.m.


Directed by Jaap van Heusden
(Netherlands, 2010)
A playful "nobody" at a famous investment bank becomes a successful trader overnight, but he feels increasingly alienated from himself and the world around him.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., March 25


Directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler
(Australia, 2009, 80 min.)
While the British and Australian governments were testing space rockets, members of the nomadic indigenous population in western Australia were still living off the land, unaware that modern society would eventually remove them from their homeland. (EFF)
Carnegie Institution for Science
Sun., March 27, 5 p.m.

The Eagle Hunter's Son
(Die Stimme des Adlers)
Directed by René Bo Hansen
(Germany/Sweden, 2009, 97 min.)
After startling his father's eagle at a festival, a restless 13-year-old nomad from western Mongolia and son of a Kazakh eagle hunter sets off on a quest to retrieve the beloved bird, discovering the importance of customs, loyalty and respect for nature along the way. (EFF)
National Geographic Society
Sat., March 26, 1 p.m.

Inside the Firestorm
Directed by Jacob Hickey
(Australia, 2010, 110 min.)
On Feb. 7, 2009, Australia suffered its worst peacetime disaster: The devastating fire known as "Black Saturday" claimed 173 lives and destroyed close to half a million hectares of Victorian bush land. One year later, "Inside the Firestorm" tells the story of what happened. (EFF)
Embassy of Australia
Mon., March 21, 7 p.m.

Jamaica Inn
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1939, 105 min.)
Eighteen-year-old Maureen O'Hara, having recently lost her mother in Ireland, travels to her stay with her aunt in Cornwall seeking refuge, but instead finds Gothic intrigue.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., March 22, 9:10 p.m.,
Wed., March 23, 9:10 p.m.

The Lady Vanishes
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1938, 97 min.)
Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood become embroiled in a mystery aboard a transcontinental train after Lockwood witnesses the strange disappearance of a fellow traveler.
AFI Silver Theatre
March 25 to 31

The Last Lions
Directed by Dereck Joubert
(U.S., 2011, 89 min.)
Fifty years ago there were close to 500,000 lions in Africa. Today there are around 20,000. To make matters worse, lions, unlike elephants, which are far more numerous, have virtually no protection under government mandates or international accords. This is the jumping-off point for a disturbing, well-researched and beautifully made cri de coeur from husband and wife Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Light Bulb Conspiracy
Directed by Cosima Dannoritzer
(Spain/France, 2010, 75 min.)
Does an everlasting light bulb really exist? Why are millions of computers being shipped around the world to be dumped, rather than repaired? "The Light Bulb Conspiracy" traces a century of planned obsolescence — or the deliberate shortening of a product's life span to ensure consumer demand. (EFF)
Edmund Burke School
Thu., March 17, 7 p.m.

Directed by Julian Schnabel
(France/Israel/Italy/India, 2010, 112 min.)
An orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war finds herself drawn into the conflict.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., March 25

No Place Like Home
Directed by Perry Henzell
(U.S./Jamaica, 2006)
When a New York film producer goes to Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial, she finds herself drifting further away from the world she knows and into the life of the island, a strange alternative reality that turns many of her previously held assumptions upside down.
Organization of American States
Wed., March 16, 6 p.m.

Oil Rocks – City Above the Sea
(La Citö du Pötrole)

Directed by Marc Wolfensberger
(Switzerland/ Azerbaijan, 2009, 52 min.)
Commissioned by Stalin in 1949, Oil Rocks is the first and largest offshore oil city ever built — and despite two-thirds of its infrastructure having been reclaimed by the sea, the city still stands as a vast, sprawling island of oil platforms. (EFF)
Embassy of Switzerland
Wed., March 16, 7 p.m.

Oka! Amerikee
Directed by Lavinia Currier
(U.S./Central African Republic, 2010, 106 min.)
Deep in the vast equatorial forest, one ancient tribe remains: the Bayaka pygmy people of Central Africa, among the last hunter-gatherers on earth. (EFF)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Tue., March 15, 7 p.m.

Directed by Greg Mottola
(Spain/France/U.K./U.S., 2011)
Two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.
Theater TBA
Opens Fri., March 18

The Pipe
Directed by Risteard Domhnaill
(Ireland, 2010, 83 min.)
An Irish community becomes tragically divided over a Shell oil pipeline that could bring economic prosperity or the destruction to a way of life shared for generations. (EFF)
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 25, 7:15 p.m.
Carnegie Institution for Science
Tue., March 15, 7 p.m.

Directed by Shelley Lee Davies and Or Shlomi
(U.K., 2010, 74 min.)
This U.S. Premiere tells the story of the scientists, farmers and chefs tackling one of the greatest problems of our age, the West's love affair with meat and dairy. (EFF)
Carnegie Institution for Science
Thu., March 24, 6:30 p.m.

Plastic Planet
Directed by Werner Boote
(Austria/Germany, 2009, 95 min.)
Documentary filmmaker Werner Boote examines the far-reaching effects of plastics — which are cheap and practical, but it takes up to 500 years for them to disintegrate and in doing so they release toxins that may harm our hormonal system. (EFF)
Embassy of Austria
Fri., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Polar Explorer
Directed by Mark Terry
(Canada, 2011, 60 min.)
Visiting the most remote and mysterious parts of our planet, this documentary presents a complete scientific profile of our rapidly changing polar regions. (EFF)
Embassy of Canada
Tue., March 15, 6 and 8 p.m.

The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island
Directed by Suzanne Raes
(Netherlands, 2009, 87 min.)
A group of Greenpeace pioneers now living on a small New Zealand island look back on their lives as environmental activists. (EFF)
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Thu., March 17, 6:30 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1936, 76 min.)
Suspecting London cinema operator Oscar Homolka of terrorist activity, Scotland Yard detective John Loder goes undercover, ingratiating himself with Homolka's American wife and her young brother, but not in time to uncover Homolka's latest plot.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 12, 1 p.m.,
Sun., March 13, 1 p.m.

Secret Agent
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1936, 86 min.)
A novelist-turned-soldier accepts a new identity and a spy mission to Switzerland, where he's teamed with a high-living assassin and the beautiful Madeleine Carroll, a fellow agent assigned cover as his wife.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 5, 1 p.m.,
Sun., March 6, 7 p.m.

Directed by Yao Ramesar
(Trinidad and Tobago, 2006, 72 min.)
Born to a white American soldier and a black Trinidadian woman, Mari is exposed to death at an early age, cheating it to eventually become a harbinger of death itself as a "messiah."
Organization of American States
Wed., March 9, 6 p.m.

When China Met Africa
Directed by Nick and Marc Francis
(U.K./France, 2010, 75 min.)
A historic gathering of more than 50 African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia, where the lives of three characters unfold. (EFF)
Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars
Wed., March 16, 12 p.m.

White Lion
Directed by Michael Swan
(South Africa, 2010, 88 min.)
According to the legend of the Shangaan people, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley, so when one is miraculously born, a young Shangaan finds himself destined to protect this rare and magnificent creature at all costs. (EFF)
The Avalon Theatre
Sat., March 19, 10:30 a.m.

Yasuni: Two Seconds of Life
Directed by Leonardo Wild
(Ecuador, 2010, 90 min.)
In 2007, Ecuador's government made an unprecedented proposal: to protect one of the world's most bio-diverse ecosystems by leaving the country's underground oil unexploited. But why did a nation like Ecuador, whose budget depends on oil exports, decide to take such a step? (EFF)
Embassy of Ecuador
Thu., March 24, 7 p.m.

Young and Innocent
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1937, 82 min.)
An aspiring screenwriter is wrongly accused of murdering an actress he was involved with, and goes on the lam in the English countryside until he can clear his name.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 21, 7:20 p.m.,
Tue., March 22, 7:20 p.m.


Backwood Philosopher
(Havukka-Ahon Ajattelija)
Directed by Kari Vâânânen
(Finland, 2009, 105 min.)
Two university biologists and an uneducated but smart lumberjack set out on a journey through the remote backwoods of eastern Finland to learn about science, history and human nature. (EFF)
Embassy of Finland
Wed., March 23, 6 p.m.


(The Heartbreaker)
Directed by Pascal Chaumeil
(France/Monaco, 2010, 105 min.)
Through elaborately constructed scenarios, Alex, a master of seduction, is hired to woo young women away from their unsuitable fiancés and make them realize they are not properly in love — until he meets a woman he wants to woo for himself.
Letelier Theater
Thu., March 10, 7 p.m.

Black Ocean
(Noir Ocean)
Directed by Marion Hânsel
(Belgium/France/Germany, 2010, 87 min.)
Three teenage sailors try to beat their solitude amid the daily routines aboard a French naval vessel in 1972, at an ominous time when France conducted extensive nuclear testing over the Pacific Ocean. (EFF)
Embassy of France
Mon., March 21, 7 p.m.

Directed by Raymond Vouillamoz
(Switzerland, 2010, 90 min.)
Lucy, a Swiss TV intern, discovers a mysterious double of herself in archival footage — a woman who turns out to be an infamous feminist and abortion activist, and possibly Lucy's real grandmother, exposing family secrets.
La Maison Française
Wed., March 8, 7 p.m.

Of Gods and Men
(Des hommes et des dieux)
Directed by Xavier Beauvois
(France, 2010, 120 min.)
Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery perched in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s, but when a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, the monks must decide whether to stay or leave.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 11

Directed by Nicholas Philibert
(France, 2010, 67 min.)
Born in 1969 in the forests of Borneo, Nénette the orangutan has just turned 40 and has been the undisputed star of the Paris zoo since 1972, spending more time there than any member of her staff.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Où vas-tu Moshé?
(Where Are You Going Moshé?)
Directed by Hassan Benjelloun
(Morocco/Canada, 2007, 90 min.)
In a dusty Moroccan hamlet, bar owner Mustapha has a problem: Faced with Islamic law that prohibits the drinking of alcohol by Muslims and the imminent departure of the town's Jewish residents (who are leaving for Israel in the wake of Morocco's independence), he'll soon be out of business. But if he can keep just one Jew in town, the law will not make him close his bar. (French and Arabic)
La Maison Française
Wed., March 30, 7 p.m.


Bodmers Journey
(Bodmers Reise)
Directed by Luke Gasser
(Switzerland, 2010, 94 min.)
In 1832, German ethnologist Prince Maximilian zu Wied and the young Swiss artist Karl Bodmer set out on a long and adventurous journey into the vast prairies of North America to explore and document the Native Americans. (EFF)
Embassy of Switzerland
Mon., March 21, 7 p.m.

Late Bloomers
(Die Herbstzeitlosen)
Directed by Bettina Oberli
(Germany, 2006, 90 min.)
By turning the traditional corner shop into a seductive lingerie store, a group of old gals bring chaos to a sleepy Swiss village.
Mon., March 7, 6:30 p.m.

Under the Sun
(Unter der Sonne)
Directed by Baran bo Odar
(Germany, 2006, 60 min.)
During a steamy summer in Germany in 1984, a young boy wrapped up in his own world is sent to his aunt for a weekend, but if he hadn't gone, perhaps the incident at the bridge would have never happened...
Mon., March 14, 6:30 p.m.

When We Leave
(Die Fremde)
Directed by Feo Aladag
(Germany, 2010, 115 min.)
A young woman of Turkish descent fights for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. (German and Turkish)
Landmark's E Street Cinema


The Four Seasons of the Law
(I earini synaxis ton agrofylakon)
Directed by Dimos Avdeliodis
(Greece, 1999, 178 min.)
In a small Greek village in the 1960s, when the local field watchman dies, the agronomist must assign a new field watchman to be responsible for the village, but as four different people take the job, each fails one after the other.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 2, 8 p.m.


The Matchmaker (Once I Was)
Directed by Avi Nesher
(Israel, 2010, 112 min.)
A teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968 discovers a new world — built on an old one — when he gets a job working for a mysterious Holocaust survivor, who has an office behind a movie theater run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 23, 8 p.m. 


1860 (I Mille di Garibaldi)
Directed by Alessandro Blasetti
(Italy, 1933, 73 min.)
A complex and fascinating plot relates the story of Garibaldi and Italy's liberation through the tale of an ordinary Sicilian villager, as his region stirs in revolt from a tyrannical Bourbon occupation.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 19, 4 p.m.

Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
(Italy, 1974, 111 min.)
In the post-Napoleonic period, a nobleman and ex-revolutionary decides to return to the comforts of his former family life but his comrades engage him again in a new insurrection.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 12, 2:30 p.m.

The House by the Medlar Tree
Directed by Pasquale Scimeca
(Italy, 2010, 94 min.)
This story of a Sicilian fisherman and his family is set against the cruel vagaries of the ocean from which they eke out a living, but which is also the source of continual tragedies and challenges. (EFF)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., March 17, 7 p.m.

The Leopard
(Il Gattopardo)
Directed by Luchino Visconti
(Italy/France, 1963, 186 min.)
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860s Sicily.
AFI Silver Theatre
March 19 to 24
National Gallery of Art
Sun., March 13, 4:30 p.m.


Directed by Kaneto Shindô
(Japan, 1968, 99 min.)
In war-torn medieval Japan, a demon is ripping out the throats of samurai in the grove beyond, so the governor sends a fearless war hero to confront the spirit, but what he finds are two beautiful women (who look just like his lost mother and wife.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 11

School Days with a Pig
(Buta ga ita kyôshitsu)
Directed by Tetsu Maeda
(Japan, 2008, 106 min.)
A new elementary school teacher who wants his students to learn "the real connection between life and food" has a proposal for his sixth-grade class: They will adopt a piglet and care for it over the course of a year, but at the end of the year, the pig will be eaten. (EFF)
Thu., March 24, 6:30 p.m.


I Saw the Devil
(Akmareul boatda)
Directed by Kim Jee-woon
(South Korea, 2010, 141 min.)
A dangerous psychopath kills the pregnant fiancée of an elite special agent, who, obsessed with revenge, decides to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 18


Directed by Huang Weikai
(China, 2009, 58 min.)
This one-of-a-kind news documentary captures the anarchy, violence, and seething anxiety animating China's major cities today as urbanization advances at a breakneck pace. (EFF)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 25, 7 p.m.

Empire of Silver
(Baiyin diguo)
Directed by Christina Yao
(China/Taiwan/Hong Kong, 2009, 112 min.)
In this sweeping epic set in 1899 China, a hedonistic young man reluctantly takes on the role of heir to a banking empire, where he must work for his unscrupulous father while pining for his beautiful young stepmother.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 11, 7 p.m.

Ghost Town
Directed by Zhao Dayong
(China, 2009, 169 min.)
A remote village in a rugged corner of Yunnan Province in China is haunted by traces of its cultural past as its residents, left behind by the country's boom, piece together their existence. (Mandarin, Nu and Lisu; EFF)
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 27, 2 p.m.


Black Orpheus
(Orfeu Negro)
Directed by Marcel Camus
(Brazil/France/Italy, 1959, 100 min.)
Marcel Camus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice amid the riotous color and sounds of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.
AFI Silver Theatre
March 4 to 9

Elite Squad 2
(Tropa de Elite 2)
Directed by José Padilha
(Brazil, 2010, 116 min.)
Nascimento, now a decade older, rises the ranks to become commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro's BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), but he soon comes to the sobering realization he's now aiding his true enemies: corrupt cops and dirty politicians with major electoral interests. (EFF)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., March 16, 7 p.m.


Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(India, 2001, 180 min.)
Renowned filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan was granted special access to a famous 16th-century Kutiyattam Sanskrit theater space to capture the essence of this fascinating form of cultural expression. (Sanskrit and Malayalam)
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., March 19, 1 p.m.


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1929, 85 min.)
The enormous success of the sound version of Hitchcock's "Blackmail" and the passing of the silent film era relegated the silent version to undeserved obscurity, and it was only recently rediscovered and restored.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 27, 3 p.m. 


Cochengo Miranda
Directed by Jorge Preloran
(Argentina, 1974/2003, 54 min.)
The reveries, pains and pleasures of a family in the Western Pampas of Argentina are revealed during a time of great change. (EFF)
Embassy of Argentina
Tue., March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Cry of the Andes
Directed by Carmen Henrãquez and Denis Paquette
(Canada, 2010, 90 min.)
In the heart of the Andes Mountains, Pascua Lama is poised to become the world's largest open pit mine, but for the indigenous people and farmers living in the valley below, it threatens their only source of water in one of the driest places on earth. (Spanish and English; EFF)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., March 19, 6 p.m.

The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer
(El delfín: La historia de un soñador)
Directed by Eduardo Schuldt
(Germany/Peru/Italy, 2009, 95 min.)
In this animated tale, Daniel Alexander Dolphin dreams of something more, beyond his familiar lagoon, so he tries to discover the purpose of his life by surfing the perfect wave, with help from Carl the Cuttlefish. (EFF)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Sat., March 19, 4 p.m.

Even the Rain
(También la lluvia)
Directed by Icíar Bollaín
(Spain/France/Mexico, 2010, 103 min.)
"Even the Rain" sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew who arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

El Muro
Directed by Greg Rainoff
(U.S./Mexico, 2010, 85 min.)
Migrants, deportees, minutemen, coyotes, environmentalists, writers and academics consider the human and environmental consequences of the newly constructed international border fence between San Diego and Tijuana. (Spanish and English; EFF)
Mexican Cultural Institute
Fri., March 18, 6:30 p.m.

Lira: An Enclave of Life on the Coast of Death
(Lira: Reserva de Vida na Costa da Morte)
Directed by Marcos Gallego Fernandez
(Spain, 2010, 57 min.)
For the fishing community of LIRA, located on Spain's "Costa da Morte," the spill from the Prestige oil tanker has spawned innovative approaches to the problems of overfishing and overall health of the sea. (EFF)
GALA Hispanic Theatre
Wed., March 16, 6:30 p.m.

Traces and Memory of Jorge Preloran
(Huellas y memoria de Jorge Preloran)
Directed by Fermin Alvarez Rivera and Emiliano Penelas
(Argentina, 2009, 79 min.)
Jorge Preloran documented Argentina on film as no one has done before him or since, shooting more than 60 ethno-biographic documentaries. This illuminating documentary is a wise combination of accuracy and sentiment, showing the director as a solitary man who turned to documentary as a way to channel his social communication skills. (EFF)
Embassy of Argentina
Thu., March 17, 6:30 p.m.


I Am God
(Naan Kadavul)
Directed by Bala
(India, 2009, 150 min.)
A 14-year-old boy abandoned by his father grows up amidst the madmen and mendicants in the holy city of Varanasi, where he falls in with a tantric sect and becomes an aghori, a ganja-devouring god in the flesh able to mete out divine justice.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 4, 7 p.m.

Directed by Ameer Sultan
(India, 2007, 150 min.)
An arid village on the outskirts of Madurai is the setting for this tortured love story between a brutal social misfit and the love-struck, masochistic woman determined to make him husband material.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 20, 2 p.m.

Directed by Selvaraghavan
(India, 2006, 168 min.)
Operatic in plot and expressionistic in visualization, Selvaraghavan's box-office smash follows the unlikely rise of a petty criminal who becomes a powerful gang lord in the slums of Chennai.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 6, 2 p.m.

Directed by G. Sasikumar
(India, 2008, 160 min.)
This low-budget film was hailed for its careful reconstruction of the 1980s, offering an unvarnished look at the friendship of five unemployed men squandering their days away on liquor and dodging the law in Madurai.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 18, 7 p.m.


Tropical Malady
(Sud Pralad)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
(Thailand/France/Germany/Italy, 2004, 118 min.)
This provocative diptych follows the burgeoning romance between farm boy Tong and soldier Keng, who also pursues a tiger at night in the jungle. (EFF)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 26, 7:30 p.m


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Through March 3
Germany for Beginners
From "A" for arbeit (work), to "F" for fußball (soccer), all the way to "Z" for zukunft (future), viewers will gain insight into the German way of life and German identity though oversize sculptures of letters that engage visitors and transmit information about history, politics and culture.

Through March 4
What's on Your Mind?
Technology becomes artistic media as 40 artists from Latin America and the Caribbean use videos, projections, interactive projects, music, computers and robotic installations to demonstrate how contemporary art relates to all of us.
World Bank MC Building

March 4 to April 4
Latvian Art in Exile: 1944-1950
Paintings and drawings by refugee artists from Latvia, done between 1944 and 1950 in post-World War II Germany, reflect the creativity that sprung during a time when Latvian refugees came to terms with their decision to flee their homeland, turning to artwork in difficult camp conditions, where art materials were scarce. For information, visit www.latvia-usa.org.
Embassy of Latvia

Through March 6
Washington Color and Light
Major works by the artists associated with the Washington Color School and their contemporaries are united by an exploration of the language of abstraction, a desire to experiment with materials, and a love of color. Complementing the show, "Family Festival 2011: D.C. Color Splash!" invites children and families for a day of interactive performances to discover the magic of color and to experiment with painting techniques used by Washington Color School artists (Sat., March 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Corcoran Gallery of Art

March 9 to April 29
Approximate Landscape (Ungefähre Landschaft - Superficies)
In Christoph Engel's photographs, golf courses in a barren, rocky landscape start to look like the palm of an outstretched hand — abstractions that visualize the grave consequences of human interventions into nature and the transformation of entire swaths of land pushed to the brink of ecological catastrophe.


Through March 10
Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions
Contemporary artists from 12 Caribbean countries working in a variety of media — including photography, video, painting, sculpture and installation — confront stereotypes about the Caribbean without denying their own surroundings, urging others to reconsider their ideas about the region by examining issues such as history, tourism, globalization, popular culture and gender.
Organization of American States   Click Here to Read the Story
Art Museum of the Americas

Through March 13
Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats
The most revered clothing in 19th-century Central Asia was the ikat — named for the difficult technique used to create the fabric — a traditional design of tremendous socio-cultural significance that has resurfaced today in trendy fashion and home décor.
The Textile Museum

Through March 13
The Dark and Humorous Mind of Heather Wilcoxon
About 50 cartoon-like yet politically charged images reflect on the absurdity and fear of modern society, including "Sludge Drawings" on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through March 13
Nicole Cohen: Driving in Circles
Large-scale drawings, video projections and prints center on Washington's traffic circles, including Ward, Dupont, Garfield, Washington and Observatory circles, as a commentary on the ways that people intersect on a daily basis.
American University Katzen Arts Center

March 13 to Oct. 2
In the Tower: Nam June Paik

A new exhibition featuring 20 works by groundbreaking contemporary artist Nam June Paik (1923–2006) is the third in a series of shows installed in the Tower Gallery that centers on developments in art since the midcentury.
National Gallery of Art

Through March 22
Festival des Artistes: Diplomacy through Art
Paintings, photography, jewelry and ceramics showcase the amateur and professional artistic talents of Washington's diplomatic community through a festival launched in 2004 by The Hospitality and Information Service for Diplomats (THIS) to explore the ways art can connect people while building international understanding. Diplomatic artists hail from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Djibouti, France, Germany, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Peru, Switzerland and Ukraine. For information, visit http://bsiw.stanford.edu/art_gallery/index.html.
Bing Stanford in Washington Art Gallery

Through March 27
Directions: Cyprien Gaillard and Mario Garcia Torres
Parisian-born Cyprien Gaillard and Mexican-born Mario Garcia Torres represent a new generation of conceptual artists who examine the architectural and artistic "ruins" of the recent past, investigating whether the convictions and achievements of today's artists, architects and theorists will prove any more enduring than those of previous generations.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through March 31
The Gulag Collection
A selection of paintings depicting the notorious Soviet penal system by former prisoner Nikolai Getman — provided by the Heritage Foundation — are part of "Democracy and Human Rights: Lessons from the Past for the Current Czech Foreign Policy," a series of events hosted by the Czech Embassy through June highlighting the country's totalitarian past and its current human rights priorities, including the promotion of women and children's rights. Getman (1917-2004) created an unparalleled visual record of the vast Gulag network of forced labor camps — which held more than 14 million people, most of whom died — used to repress political opposition and fuel the Soviet economy. For information, visit www.mzv.cz/washington.
Embassy of the Czech Republic

Through April 8
Trent Parke: Borderlands
Unsettling, sensual and brooding, more than 50 photographs created during a two-year, 55,000-mile journey through Australia demonstrate why Trent Parke — the first Australian to become a full member of the renowned Magnum Photo Agency — is one of the most innovative young photographers of his generation. (Photo ID required for entrance.)
Embassy of Australia Gallery

Through April 17
Shahnama: 1,000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings
This exhibition celebrates the millennium of the poet Firdawsi's "Shahnama (Book of Kings)," considered one of the greatest literary works ever written — composed in more than 50,000 couplets that retell the story of Iran from the beginning of time to the conquest of Islam in the seventh century.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through April 29
Canadian Impressions
To mark the 52nd Annual Meeting of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank in Calgary, Alberta, in March, the IDB Cultural Center pays tribute to Canada by showcasing 12 printmakers from different regions in Canada whose multicultural backgrounds exemplify the fascinating cultural spectrum of Canada today.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Through May 1
Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations
Cyprus, the eastern-most island in the Mediterranean Sea, situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, has been a meeting point for many of the world's great civilizations. Presented on the country's 50th anniversary of independence, "Crossroads" features more than 200 artifacts — covering nearly 11,000 years of history — from the earliest villages to masterpieces of medieval religious art.
National Museum of Natural History

Through May 14
Beyond Home Remedy: Women, Medicine, and Science
In this fascinating look at historic medicine concocted by women in Shakespeare's England, this exhibition highlights women at all levels of society — from the Countess of Kent to Mrs. Anne Coates — who were known to practice medicine.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through May 15
Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977
Though long celebrated throughout Europe, the influential postwar German-born painter Blinky Palermo has mostly escaped America's notice even though he continually expanded the definition of painting throughout his career. This exhibition marks the first comprehensive survey of his work in the United States.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through May 15
David Smith Invents
David Smith (1906-65), one of the country's most celebrated sculptors, was the first American sculptor to make welded steel sculpture, infusing this industrial material with a fluidity and imaginative creativity that is at once beautiful and muscular. The Phillips showcases pivotal moments in Smith's illustrious career, revealing the evolution of his personal aesthetic.
The Phillips Collection

Through May 15
Philip Guston, Roma
From the films of Federico Fellini to the vestiges of ancient Rome and the works of Italian masters, Philip Guston (1913-80) drew inspiration throughout his career from Italian art and culture. This exhibition of 39 paintings is the first to examine work Guston completed as an artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome in the early 1970s. (Part of "La Dolce DC," a citywide series of events celebrating Italy)
The Phillips Collection

Through May 22
Eye Wonder: Photography from the Bank of America Collection
By selecting offbeat subjects, shooting intense close-ups, or manipulating focus and color, the artists featured in "Eye Wonder" have created dreamy and often haunting photographic images from 1865 to today, sharing a universal understanding that photographs offer an illusion of reality that is as subjective a means of expression as other visual art forms.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

moscow.emlen.inside.mar11Through May 29
A Photographic Journey of the Ambassador's Daughter: Moscow, 1937-38
While life in 1930s Moscow was a mystery to the outside world, special diplomatic access was granted to Emlen Knight Davies, daughter of U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. Davies, whose large photographic prints — 30 of which are seen here — offer a rare insider's view of day-to-day life in the Soviet Union before the Cold War.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens      Click Here to Read the Story

Through May 30
Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals
Venice inspired a school of competitive painters whose achievements are among the most brilliant in 18th-century art. This exhibition celebrates the rich variety of these Venetian views, known as vedute, through some 20 masterworks by Canaletto and more than 30 by his rivals. (Part of "La Dolce DC," a citywide series of events celebrating Italy)
National Gallery of Art

Through June 5
Gauguin: Maker of Myth
Paul Gauguin's sumptuous, colorful images of Brittany and the islands of the South Seas are among nearly 120 works in the first major look at the artist's oeuvre in the United States since the blockbuster 1988 National Gallery of Art retrospective "The Art of Paul Gauguin."
National Gallery of Art

Through July 17
The Orchid in Chinese Painting
Coinciding with the National Museum of Natural History's annual orchid show, the Sackler presents 20 works related to orchids in Chinese painting, ranging in date from the 15th to the 19th century.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through July 24
Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Community through Language
Lorenzo Dow Turner's foundational work in the 1930s established that people of African heritage, despite slavery, had retained and passed on their cultural identity through words, music and story wherever they landed. Features of the exhibition include rare audio recordings, photographs and artifacts from Turner's linguistic explorations into the African Diaspora.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Through July 31
Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan
Majestic sixth-century Chinese Buddhist sculpture is combined with 3D imaging technology in this exploration of one of the most important groups of Buddhist devotional sites in early medieval China: the Buddhist cave temples of Xiangtangshan carved into the mountains of northern China — home to a magnificent array of sculptures, from monumental Buddhas and divine attendant figures to crouching monsters framed by floral motifs.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Dec. 4
Artists in Dialogue 2: Sandile Zulu and Henrique Oliveira
The second in a series of exhibitions in which two artists are invited to create new works — each inspired by, and in response to the other — this installment features Sandile Zulu, who lives in Johannesburg, and Henrique Oliveira, who lives in Sao Paolo, and their site-specific works composed of unlikely materials such as weathered wood and fire.
National Museum of African Art

Through December 2011
African Mosaic
A towering, striking sculpture of Haitian leader Toussaint Louverture by contemporary Senegalese artist Ousmane Sow is the centerpiece of this exhibition of important acquisitions over the last decade, including more than 100 traditional and contemporary works, some never before on display.
National Museum of African Art


Thu., March 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Annual GWU Bilingual Special Education Conference
Educators, grant participants, policymakers and administrators discuss best practices for meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse, exceptional learners in our schools. For information, visit http://gsehd.gwu.edu/bilingual.
The George Washington University Marvin Center

Thu., March 3, 4 p.m.
One Muslim is Enough!' — Evidence from a Field Experiment in France
David Laitin, a political science professor who has examined the causes of religious discrimination in France, discusses the rationales that sustain discrimination against Muslims in the French labor market.
Library of Congress – Room 119
Thomas Jefferson Building

March 8 to 10
CARE 2011 National Conference and Celebration
Humanitarian organization CARE celebrates the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day and the group's 65th anniversary during its annual conference, which unites hundreds of CARE advocates to learn about the group's work, including panels on social entrepreneurship, aid effectiveness and gender norms. Featured speakers include Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, former first lady Laura Bush and Judy Woodruff of PBS's " NewsHour," as well as overseas staff from nearly 40 CARE countries, from Egypt to Afghanistan. The three-day event kicks off with a diplomatic reception hosted by Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar. For information, visit www.carenationalconference.org.
Washington Hilton

Wed., March 9, 1:30 p.m.
The U.S. Constitution and National Security
This panel examines changes in the constitutional interpretations of national security, beginning with the Korean War, when U.S. presidents began to assert unilateral authority to embark on war by seeking "authority" from outside organizations (the U.N. Security Council and NATO members) or claiming an "inherent" authority to protect the nation, without effective checks from the legislative or judicial branches.
Library of Congress - Room LJ-119
Thomas Jefferson Building

Wed., March 16, 7 p.m.
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
Award-winning historian and author Timothy Snyder examines the history of the greatest calamity of our time: the killing policies of both Hitler and Stalin as applied to the peoples between Berlin and Moscow. Free but reservations are required and can be made by calling (202) 234-3800 ext. 2165 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Embassy of Poland

Wed., March 16, 6 p.m.
Masters and Masterpieces of Netherlandish and Dutch Art
Art historian Karin Alexis provides an overview of Dutch art, emphasizing great masters from the Northern Renaissance and the Golden Age of the 17th and 18th centuries, including Vermeer and Rembrandt. The lecture also features a tour of the stately early 20th-century art collection at the residence of Dutch Ambassador Renee Jones-Bos, followed by a reception. Tickets are $70. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Dutch Ambassador's Residence

Wed., March 23, 7 p.m.
La Nuit du Conte
(A Night of Storytelling)
Four Francophone storytellers recount tales from the Caribbean, West Africa, Louisiana and North Africa, reflecting a common Francophone heritage that has survived in written and oral legends, from the bawdy poems of the French Middle Ages to the tales of mythical Acadia to today's Cajun stories (in French). Tickets are $15.
Alliance Française de Washington

March 28 to 30
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 21st Annual Legislative Summit
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) hosts its 21st Annual Legislative Summit to provide Hispanic business owners, chamber leaders and corporate executives a forum to advocate for issues such as broadband access, green energy and financial services reform that impact their businesses and the Hispanic community. For information, visit www.ushcclegislative.com.
W Hotel


March 4 to 12
WAM2! (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
The In Series presents this double-bill mélange of imagination, movement and music that includes shortened versions of Mozart's opera masterpieces "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi fan tutte," in collaboration with the Washington Ballet Studio Company — bringing Mozart's immortal characters to life through a combination of ballet and song. Tickets are $39.
Atlas Performing Arts Center

March 25 to 27
Protégés III
Showcasing rising stars from some of the world's greatest ballet academies, "Protégés III" highlights the academies' different styles of training and offers a glimpse into the future of ballet with performances from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the Royal Danish Ballet School and the New National Theatre Tokyo's Ballet School. Tickets are $19 to $60.
Kennedy Center Opera House


March 1 to 20
Maximum India
India is home to a million art forms, traditional and modern — a healthy sampling of which will be on display in this massive showcase at the Kennedy Center of the country's diverse arts and culture, from dance to music to film to literature to theater. Highlights include bharatanatyam-style dancer Malavika Sarukkai (March 10), pop singer Kailash Kher (March 5), "Nati Binodini," which recounts the true story of a Bengali star born into prostitution (March 2-3), the "Portrayal of Indian Women in Film Series" (March 16-20), "A Taste of India" culinary lessons at the Roof Terrace Restaurant (March 5 and 12), as well as a large-scale exhibitions of contemporary Indian art. For full festival information, visit www.kennedy-center.org/india.
Kennedy Center

March 2 to April 15
Francophonie 2011 Cultural Festival
This annual extravaganza celebrating the cultural diversity of the Francophone (French-speaking) world features concerts, film, literary salons, seminars and other events. Highlights include Grammy-nominated international recording artists Les Nubians (March 17); art by Togo-born artist Bethel Aniaku at the French Embassy (March 2-24); jazz and poetry at the Swiss Embassy (March 31); Lebanese-born actress and filmmaker Darina al-Joundi's semi-autobiographical play "The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing" (March 24-25); Tunisian-born poet Hubert Haddad (March 11); the Balafon West African Dance Ensemble (March 9); Haitian writer Yanick Lahens (March 29); and the Grand Fête de la Francophonie, with more than 35 embassies and associations presenting the culinary specialties and traditions of the Francophonie countries (March 18). For information, visit http://francophoniedc.org or www.HouseofFranceDC.org.
Various locations

Sat., March 5
Lincoln Inauguration Celebration
A series of events celebrate the 150th anniversary of the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, starting with a public ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center at 10 a.m., when actor Sam Waterston reads from Lincoln's first inaugural address, followed by a reenactment inaugural luncheon at the Willard featuring Waterston, live music from the Civil War period, and a menu reminiscent of the luncheon served to President Lincoln, who stayed at Willard's Hotel with his family before the inauguration. Tickets for the luncheon are $75. For information, visit www.lincolninauguration2011.com.
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Willard InterContinental Washington

Through March 13
After its premiere last year, Intersections: A New America Arts Festival returns for nine days of multidisciplinary, curated performances celebrating art as an inspiration for conversation and connection. Participants include the Washington Ballet and InSeries, World Dance Theater, Step Afrika!, SpeakeasyDC, the Spilling Ink Project, Silk Road Dance Company, Nasar Abadey and Supernova, Furia Flamenca and much more. For information, visit http://intersectionsdc.org.
Atlas Performing Arts Center

March 26 to April 10

National Cherry Blossom Festival
To commemorate the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C., this widely anticipated festival offers a series of citywide events, from the popular family day at the National Building Museum to photo safaris around the Tidal Basin. For information, visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Various locations


Fri., March 4, 6:30 p.m.
THIS for Diplomats Spring Soiree
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, THIS for Diplomats presents a spring soiree featuring musical performers from China, Argentina and the Philippines, as well as an international buffet, libations and silent auction. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling (202) 232-3002 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Meridian International Center

Fri., March 11
The Prevent Cancer Foundation Spring Gala
The Prevent Cancer Foundation's 17th annual Spring Gala: The Enchanting Principality of Monaco attracts more than 800 guests and over the years has raised more than $15 million to support cancer research and direct service programs for medically underserved communities. This year's special guests include Foreign Minister José Badia of Monaco, as well as Ambassador of Monaco Gilles Noghes and his wife Ellen Noghes. Tickets are $500 or $1,000. For information, call (703) 519-2103 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
National Building Museum

Sat., March 19, 6:30 p.m.
Catholic Charities Building a Brighter Future Gala
Café Milano owner Franco Nuschese chairs the 2011 gala for the Catholic Charities Spanish Catholic Center that provides health, employment and other vital services to the Latino and larger immigrant community in D.C. For information, call Elizabeth Petrich at (202) 939-2437 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Organization of American States


Fri., March 4, 7:30 p.m.,
Sat., March 5, 8 p.m.
Sublime Confluence: The Music of Lou Harrison
The Post-Classical Ensemble celebrates Lou Harrison (1917-2003), an American composer who famously and influentially merged Indonesian gamelan music with Western concert traditions — producing a sublime catalogue of symphonic and chamber works applying the techniques and principles of Indonesian sounds. The gamelan concert at the Indonesian Embassy, with commentary and historic films, is free; tickets for the Lisner Auditorium performance are $15 to $55.
Embassy of Indonesia (March 4)
Lisner Auditorium (March 5)

Fri., March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Caroline Chéhadé, Violin
The winner of numerous solo competitions, including the Prix d'Europe, Egyptian violinist Caroline Chéhadé comes from Canada for this Washington black-tie engagement at the Egyptian ambassador's residence, joined by pianist Jennifer Jackson. Tickets are $150, including reception, and can be purchased through the Embassy Series at www.embassyseries.org.
Egyptian Residence

March 3 to 6
Tango Buenos Aires
Tango Buenos Aires, known as Argentina's most authentic representative of the tango, never fails to enrapture audiences with its diverse display of tango styles, marked by the company's signature dramatic flourishes and deep passion. Tickets are $23 to 46.
George Mason University
Center for the Arts (March 5-6)
Hylton Performing Arts Center (March 3)

Fri., March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello
Acclaimed young cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, joined here by pianist Noreen Polera, performs a program of Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $100, including reception, and can be purchased through the Embassy Series at www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Armenia

Sun., March 13, 4 p.m.
Missa Solemnis: Choral Fantasy
The Cathedral Choral Society presents two of Beethoven's finest compositions in one spectacular program — rarely performed works that stand as testaments to his creative genius, written near the end of his life and completed in total deafness. Tickets start at $25.
Washington National Cathedral

Tue., March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Béatrice Martin, Harpsichord
Highly respected for her skills as a continuo player, les Arts florissants harpsichordist Béatrice Martin dazzles with the exoticism of French music from the 18th century. Tickets are $20.
La Maison Française

Tue., March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Le Nouveau Trio Gitan
Since 1985, guitarist Christian Escoudé — recipient of the Golden Django prize — has been a symbol of European jazz, surroundeding himself with the most prestigious musicians of gypsy and romani music. Tickets are $20.
La Maison Française


March 3 to 26
From Uruguay with Laughter
(Del Uruguay con Humor)
Teatro de la Luna presents two of the most well-respected and well-known comedians from South America: From March 3 to 12, Graciela Rodríguez performs "Cómo Evitar Enamorarse del Hombre Equivocado (How to Avoid Falling in Love with the Wrong Man)" and from March 17 to 26, Petru Valenski stars in "A3vidos (Atrevidos / The 3 Rascals)." Tickets are $20 to $30. For information, visit www.teatrodelaluna.org.
Gunston Arts Center

March 4 and 5, 8 p.m.
Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers
Performance artist José Torres-Tama, an Ecuadorean who resides in New Orleans, performs a sci-fi Latino noir, multimedia solo that satirizes the status of Latino immigrants as "aliens" and explores the rise in hate crimes against Latinos across the United States. Tickets are $20.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through March 6
The Comedy of Errors
A shipwreck, one of Shakespeare's favorite launching devices, starts off this comedy of coincidence and confusion as Antipholus and his servant Dromio journey in search of their long-lost, identically named twin brothers. Tickets are $39 to $60.
Folger Shakespeare Library


Through March 6
For the first time in its history, the Shakespeare Theatre Company produces "Cymbeline," a play that combines romance, intrigue and drama through the fairytale-like story of Princess Imogen and the commoner Posthumus, whose secret marriage is threatened by the turmoil of war with Rome and a feuding family. Tickets start at $37.
The Shakespeare Theatre   Click Here to Read the Story

Through March 6
Oedipus el Rey
The "mother" of all tragedies and the ultimate story of forbidden love is transporting to the sizzling rhythms of central Los Angeles — the gang capital of America — where a juvenile delinquent rises to be a king, but his passion for one woman violates sacred law. Tickets start at $30.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

March 8 to 27
The Chosen
Theater J becomes Arena Stage's first local guest company in residence with its award-winning adaptation of the much-beloved story of two boys, two fathers, and two very different Jewish communities in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets are $35 to $60.
Arena Stage

March 8 to April 10
An Ideal Husband
In Oscar Wilde's witty social commentary, Sir Robert Chiltern, a well-regarded politician living in wedded bliss (or so he supposes) with his morally upstanding wife, finds his comfortable life challenged when a past crime comes to light and threatens his status as the "ideal husband." Tickets start at $37.
The Shakespeare Theatre

Through March 12
One Flea Spare
As the streets of 1665 London pile up with bodies during the Black Plague, a rough-spoken sailor and a precocious young girl find themselves quarantined for a month with the wealthy master and mistress of the house in this searing and bawdy Black Plague comedy. Tickets are $25.
Round House Theatre Silver Spring

March 15 to April 3
In Dublin playwright Enda Walsh's riff on Homer's "Odyssey," Penelope's surviving admirers tangle with prophecy and mortality as they contemplate the return of her husband — and the end of their lives. Tickets are $44 to $65.
The Studio Theatre

Through March 19
The Washington National Opera: Madama Butterfly
In this romantic production from San Francisco Opera, one of the world's most beloved operas returns to Washington, featuring Puccini's haunting, poignant music and the iconic protagonist, the innocent Butterfly who gives up everything for love. Tickets are $55 to $300.
Kennedy Center Opera House

March 21 to April 10
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Mike Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America's most mysterious technology icon with a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design, illuminating the high-tech war — from China to Silicon Valley — and the human price we pay for our toys. Tickets start at $40.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through April 10
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
As wickedly hilarious today as when it first shocked audiences, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is an ingeniously funny play that starts as a verbal sparring match between an older married couple at an impromptu cocktail party and devolves into a no-holds-barred battle of wits and wills. Tickets start at $40.
Arena Stage

Through April 24
Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo
In this meticulous and nuanced look at the lives of three New Yorkers, an everyday conversation between a husband and wife takes an unexpected turn into dangerously personal territory as American master Edward Albee offers a riveting new drama that expands on The Zoo Story, the one-act that launched his career 50 years ago. Tickets start at $40.
Arena Stage


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