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June 2011


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Cardinal Still Preaches to Faithful, And to Choir of Religious Skeptics

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By Michael Coleman

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Pakistan: Marriage of Convenience Or Is U.S. Sleeping With an Enemy?

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By Seth McLaughlin

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Will the Responsibility to Protect Usher in New Global Paradigm?

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By Luke Jerod Kummer

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Japan’s Ichiro Fujisaki: Managing the Nightmare

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By Larry Luxner

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Quake-Ravaged Countries Share Challenges, Lessons of Rebuilding

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By Larry Luxner

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Morocco Tries to Reform, While Preserving Stability

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By Larry Luxner

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Foreign ‘Transplants’ Fuel U.S. Car Manufacturing

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By Lois Kapila

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Patriotic Spaces: Reception Rooms At State Department House History

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By Anna Gawel

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Saying Goodbye to Gluten If You Can’t Stomach It

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By Gina Shaw

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Tale of Two Circles: Dupont and Logan Become Centerpieces of D.C. Change

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By Jacob Comenetz

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Latin ‘Labyrinth’ : Artists Survey Complex Landscape, Legacy

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By Jacob Comenetz

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Model Den Mom: Kazakh Wife Nurtures Embassy Family

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Metsu Shined in Depicting Dutch Life, But Faded in Afterlife

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By Gary Tischler

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Illuminating ‘Corridor’: Baltimore, D.C. Find Common Creative Ground

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By Jacob Comenetz

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Shackleford Wins Preakness, Pavilion Wins Over Dignitaries

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Seasons 52 Satisfies With Fresh, Affordable, Filling Food

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Coogan, Brydon Take Hilarious ‘Trip’ on Road to Nowhere

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Silverdocs Honors Hegedus and Pennebaker

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Films - June 2011

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 Art Nouveau Prague
(Praha secesní lé ta 1895-1914)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1974, 30 min.)
This short documentary is a sumptuous survey of the art and architecture of Prague at the turn of the 20th century. (Screens with "Glass Skies" and "Sentiment")
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 7 p.m.,
Wed., June 29, 7 p.m.

Glass Skies
(Sklenená oblaka)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1958, 18 min.)
A young boy and an old man share dreams of flight in this poetic and visually dazzling short film. (Screens with "Sentiment" and "Art Nouveau Prague")
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 7 p.m.,
Wed., June 29, 7 p.m.

Identity Card
(Občanský průkaz)
Directed by Ondřej Trojan
(Czech Republic, 2010,137 min.)
The lives of four boys in the 1970s and their friends, first loves and parents are tracked from the age of 15, when they receive their state identity cards, to age 18, when they try everything possible to get out of military service.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., June 8, 8 p.m.

Directed by Tomas Hejtmanek
(Czech Republic, 2003, 76 min.)
This tribute to director František Vláčil is based on interviews taped with him before he died, which are reenacted and intercut with footage of locations used in some of his films. (Screens with "Glass Skies" and "Art Nouveau Prague")
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 7 p.m.,
Wed., June 29, 7 p.m.

Serpent's Poison
(Hadí jed)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1981, 80 min.)
Her mother dead, 18-year-old Vladka travels to a remote village in the dead of winter to find the father she has never met — and is disappointed when she finds that this hardworking man is an alcoholic.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 3 p.m.,
Tue., June 7, 7 p.m.

The Shadow of the Fern
(Stín kapradiny)
Directed by František Vláčil
(Czechoslovakia, 1984, 90 min.)
Caught poaching a deer, two callow teenagers shoot the gamekeeper and flee into the forest — imagining a life of escape and adventure for themselves outside the law in this hallucinatory nightmare of pursuit and persecution.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 18, 2:45 p.m.,
Sun., June 19, 7:45 p.m.


Ava & Gabriel: A Love Story
(Ava & Gabriel: Un Historia di Amor)
Directed by Félix de Rooy
(Netherlands/Curacao/France, 1990, 100 min.)
Formally trained artist Gabriel courts controversy when he chooses the local Antillean beauty Ava, who is engaged to a white police officer, to model for his portrait of the Virgin Mary in the town's church. (Dutch and Papamientu)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 7:20 p.m.

Bride Flight
Directed by Ben Sombogaart
(Netherlands/Luxembourg, 2008, 130 min.)
Three women leave post-war Holland to join their fiancés New Zealand. On the immigration flight (the "Bride Flight"), the three form a bond of friendship, along with an attractive Dutchman, that over the next 50 years leads to adultery, betrayal, near tragedy and ultimately reunion. (Dutch and English)
The Avalon Theatre
Opens in June


'70: Remembering a Revolution
Directed by Alex de Tereuil and Elizabeth Topp

(Trinidad and Tobago, 2010, color, 112 min.)
This documentary explores the impact of the 1970 Black Power revolution in the streets of Trinidad and Tobago 40 years after afros have given way to grey beards and the Che berets have been stored away.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 3, 7 p.m.

Directed by Mike Mills
(U.S., 2010, 104 min.)
A new love floods a man with memories of his father who — following 44 years of marriage — came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 10

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Directed by Wener Herzog
(U.S./Canada/Germany/France/U.K., 2011, 90 min)
Werner Herzog filmed this documentary inside the Chauvet caves of southern France, capturing the oldest-known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. (English and German)
AFI Silver Theatre

Dial M For Murder
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1954, 105 min.)
An ex-tennis pro and jealous husband carries out a plot to murder his wife, and when things go wrong, he improvises with a brilliant plan B.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 17 to 19

Double Take
Directed by Johan Grimonprez
(Netherlands/Belgium/Germany, 2009, 80 min.)
In this documentary disguised as a hallucinatory thriller begins with an anecdote told by Alfred Hitchcock (lookalike actor Ron Burrage) about an encounter with his dopplegänger. His advice if you should ever meet your double: kill him. But what begins like one of Hitchcock's droll television intros proceeds to chronicle the battle of images during the Cold War.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 28 to 30

The First Grader
Directed by Justin Chadwick
(U.K./U.S./Kenya, 2010, 103 min.)
In this dramatization of a true story, an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau veteran now fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

House of Bamboo
Directed by Samuel Fuller
(U.S., 1955, 102 min.)
In occupied Japan, American military cop Robert Stack infiltrates a gang of criminals — all dishonorably discharged GIs — led by the urbane and unbalanced Robert Ryan. (English and Japanese)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 18, 2:30 p.m.

I Confess
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1953, 95 min.)
Refusing to give into police interrogators' suspicions, due to the seal of confession, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder in this religious thriller set in Quebec. (English, French, Italian and German)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat, June 4, 1 p.m.,
Mon., June 6, 9:15 p.m.,
Wed., June 8, 9:10 p.m.

Lift Up
Directed by Huguens Jean and Philip Knowlton
(U.S./Haiti, 2011, 86 min.)
This documentary follows Clifford and Huguens, two Haitian immigrant brothers who now call Maryland home, on an emotional journey back to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake that left the country ravaged. (English and Creole)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 5:30 p.m.

Mas Man
Directed by Dalton Narine
(U.S./Trinidad and Tobago, 2010, 57 min.)
This documentary portrays Caribbean carnival artist Peter Minshall and his exploration of themes about modern humanity through his "mobile street theater" mas bands during the Trinidadian Carnival. (Screens with "The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn")
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 7 p.m.

Midnight in Paris
Directed by Woody Allen
(Spain/U.S., 2011, 94 min.)
Traveling to the French capital for business with their family, a young engaged couple is forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Other Side of the Water: The Journey of a Haitian Rara Band in Brooklyn
Directed by Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
(U.S./Haiti, 2008, 52 min.)
This documentary follows the journey of DJARARA, a Haitian "rara" band made up of young immigrants who take this ancient music from the hills of Haiti to the streets of Brooklyn. (Screens with "Mas Man")
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 7 p.m.

Paris: The Luminous Years
Directed by Perry Miller Adato
(U.K./U.S., 2010, 120 min.)
One of America's most original cultural documentarians, Perry Miller Adato's latest effort portrays the city and its famed café society as a catalyst in the modernist movement, focusing on the many Americans who made Paris their home.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 11, 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Luciano Blotta
(Argentina, 2009, 88 min.)
Three Jamaican musicians fight for a place in an overcrowded reggae field in this documentary set in the dangerous streets, back alleys and crowded dance halls of Kingston, Jamaica. (English and Jamaican patois)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 9:25 p.m.

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae
Directed by Stascha Bader
(Switzerland/Canada, 2009, 98 min.)
The remaining great singers and musicians of rocksteady — the prevailing style during Jamaica's Golden Age of music in the late 1960s and precursor of reggae — come together after 40 years to perform and record a reunion concert in Kingston.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Jun 3, 9:30 p.m.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1948, 80 min.)
Two young men strangle their classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., June 1,8:30 p.m.,
Thu., June 2, 9:10 p.m.

Stage Fright
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1950, 110 min.)
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he's accused of murdering the husband of a high-society entertainer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 4:45 p.m..
Sun., June 5, 1 p.m.,
Thu., June 9, 9 p.m.

Strangers on a Train
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.S., 1951, 101 min.)
Tennis Champ Farley Granger meets mysterious, overly admiring Robert Walker on a train from New York and receives a startling proposal: Walker will kill Granger's unfaithful wife in return for Granger killing Walker's father.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., June 2, 7 p.m.

Directed by Richard Ayoade
(U.K./U.S., 2010, 97 min.)
Oliver Tate, 15, has two big ambitions: to save his parents' marriage via carefully plotted intervention in their love life, and to lose his virginity before his next birthday.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 10

The Tree of Life
Directed by Terrence Malick
(U.S., 2011, 138 min.)
This impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 3

The Trip
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
(U.K., 2010, 107 min.)
When a man is asked to tour the country's finest restaurants, he envisions it as the perfect getaway with his beautiful girlfriend, but when she backs out, he has no one to accompany him but his best friend and source of eternal aggravation.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 17

Under Capricorn
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1949, 117 min.)
In Hitchcock's least-seen film, an Irishman comes to Australia with his uncle, the new governor — and finds himself drawn into a dangerous love triangle with a married couple.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 11, 12:20 p.m.,
Sun., June 12, 12:20 p.m.


L'Amour Fou
Directed by Pierre Thoretton
(France, 2010, 98 min.)
The relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover is portrayed in this documentary that includes a tour of the couple's lavishly furnished houses in Paris, Normandy and Marrakech and their priceless art collection.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Boyfriends and Girlfriends
(L'Ami de Mon Amie)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1987, 103 min.)
Best friends Lea and Blanche get caught up in romantic game-playing after Lea takes a liking to Alexandre whom Blanche has a crush on, and decides that Blanche would be perfect for Lea's boyfriend, Fabien whom she has grown tired of.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 18, 4:45 p.m.,
Sun., June 19, 2:45 p.m.

Diary of Country Priest
(Journal d'un Curé de Campagne)
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1951, 115 min.)
In post-World War II France, rookie priest Claude takes on a tough assignment in a small village whose inhabitants seem as cold as the forbidding climate.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 10 to16

Le Doulos
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France, 1962, 109 min.)
Serge Reggiani gets out of the slammer and back into the game, settling an old score and joining a crew on a major heist. But the cops, seemingly tipped off, catch him in the act. Was there a squealer?
AFI Silver Theatre
June 28 to 30

Frantz Fanon, His Life, His Struggle, His Work
Directed by Cheikh Djemaï
(Martinique/France/Algeria/Tunisia, 2004, 52 min.)
This documentary reveals the short but intense life of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century: Frantz Fanon, a Martinique-born psychiatrist who became an unlikely spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism in the 1950s. (Screens with "Maestra")
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 4, 5 p.m.

Free Hands
(Les Mains Libres)
Directed by Brigitte Sy
(France, 2010, 100 mi.)
A filmmaker shooting interviews with long-term inmates in a Paris prison has an affair with one of the inmates, leading her to break the law.
La Maison Française
Tue., June 14, 7 p.m.

Full Moon in Paris
(Les Nuits de la Pleine Lune)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1984, 100 min.)
A beautiful interior decorator has a live-in boyfriend at her home in the country and enjoys a carefree single life when she stays at her apartment in Paris, but can she continue to have it both ways?
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 11, 2:45 p.m.,
Sun., June 12, 2:45 p.m.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
(Canada/France, 2011, 130 min.)
A mother's last wish sends her twins on a journey to their ancestral homeland in the Middle East in search of their tangled family roots, where they discover a mother very different from the one they knew. (French, Arabic and English)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Léon Morin, Priest
(Léon Morin, Prêtre)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France/Italy, 1961, 117 min.)
A jaded widow befriends a young priest and an extraordinary relationship between two spirited individuals — provocative, persuasive, even seductive — plays out against the treacherous backdrop of Nazi-occupied France.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 28 to 30

Pauline at the Beach
(Pauline à la Plage)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1983, 94 min.)
A teenager spends her summer in the company of her chic, recently divorced older cousin, and gets swept up in a whirlwind of parties and romantic intrigues before gaining a more clear-eyed perspective on the folly of it all.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 3:15 p.m.,
Tue., June 7, 8:45 p.m.,
Thu., June 9, 7 p.m.

(Le Rayon Vert)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
(France, 1986, 98 min.)
Parisian secretary Delphine, bored with summer plans that constantly don't pan out the way she'd like, finally and accidentally meets someone who seems to be totally made for her.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 28, 9:30 p.m.,
Thu., June 30, 7 p.m.


To the Limit
(Am Limit)
Directed by Pepe Danquart
(Austria/Germany, 2007, 100 min.)
Brothers Alexander and Thomas Huber, among the world's best sport and alpine climbers, set out to break the record in speed climbing at the wall of all walls: El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California.
Mon., June 27, 6:30 p.m.

The Robber
(Der Räuber)
Directed by Benjamin Heisenberg
(Germany/Austria, 2010, 97 min.)
This is the true story of Austria's most-wanted bank robber of the 1980s, a champion marathon runner who led a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between heists (and away from police cars) as many as three times a day.
Landmark's E Street Cinema


The Double Hour
(La doppia ora)
Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi
(Italy, 2009, 95 min.)
A penniless maid and a chilly ex-cop, each tormented by past mistakes and unable to move forward with their lives, meet during a schmaltzy speed dating event — as wary flirtation blooms into desperate passion.
Landmark's E Street Cinema


13 Assassins
(Jûsan-nin no shikaku)
Directed by Takashi Miike
(Japan/U.K., 2010, 126 min.)
In 1844 Japan, young lord rapes and kills with impunity by virtue of his political connections. Though the era of the samurai is fading, an honest government official covertly enlists 13 swordsmen to assassinate this sadistic lord before he can seize more power.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

An Autumn Afternoon
(Sanma no aji)
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1962, 112 min.)
An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter in postwar Japan but finds himself torn between happiness for her and sadness at her impending departure.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 24, 7 p.m.

High and Low
(Tengoku to jigoku)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(Japan, 1963, 143 min.)
A wealthy executive is drawn into a quandary when a kidnapper nabs his chauffeur's son by mistake but still demands a ransom large enough to ruin him financially.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 17, 7 p.m.

Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
(Japan, 1964, 161 min.)
Four traditional Japanese supernatural folktales come together in one film that employs stylized sets, bold colors, and haunting performances from the cast.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 26, 2 p.m.

Life of Oharu
(Saikaku ichidai onna)
Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(Japan, 1952, 136 min.)
A samurai's daughter suffers under 17th-century Japan's feudal patriarchy.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 19, 2 p.m.


Directed by E J-yong
(South Korea, 2009, 104 min.)
Six of South Korea's biggest female actresses star in this amusing behind-the-scenes show-biz exposé that also reveals the psychological stresses of the Korean star system.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 5, 5:15 p.m.,
Wed., June 8, 7 p.m.


Almacita, Soul of Desolato
(Almacita di Desolato)
Directed by Felix de Rooy
(Netherlands/Curacao, 1986, 100 min.)
This folktale epic from Curacao, complete with rain dances and benta music, focuses on the mythic adventures of Solem, a village priestess and "miracle worker," and little Lucio.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., June 6, 7 p.m.


City of Life and Death
(Nanjing! Nanjing!)
Directed by Lu Chuan
(China/Hong Kong, 2009, 132 min.)
The Imperial Japanese Army siege of the Chinese capital of Nanking, in which as many as 300,000 citizens were killed, is recreated through the eyes of both victims and occupiers. (Mandarin and English)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 10


Directed by Catherine Murphy
(U.S./Cuba, 2011, 33 min.)
This documentary tells the story of the Cuban Literacy Campaign in 1961 — one of the farthest-reaching and most successful literacy campaigns to date — through the eyes of the female literacy workers. (Screens with "Frantz Fanon, His Life, His Struggle, His Work")
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat,, June 4, 5 p.m.


Events - June 2011

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Art Discussions Galas Theater
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 Through June 3
Photographer Adam Golfer, the Jewish grandson of Holocaust survivors, offers a personal documentary that examines the connection between the German and Jewish people more than 60 years after the fall of the Third Reich.

June 4 to Aug. 14
E • CO
River degradation. Torrential rains in Brazil. The consequences of nuclear power in Eastern Europe. Environmental issues are captured by professional photographers from across Latin America and Europe in a body of work first shown in Spain in conjunction with "E • CO 2010," a meeting organized by the Spanish Ministry of Culture to highlight professional photographers' challenges and needs in the rapidly evolving digital media landscape.
American University Katzen Arts Center

June 4 to Aug. 14
Registro 02
Is a work of art defined by the artist's intent and methods, or do the people viewing it help define the work through their perceptions of it? Encompassing the works of four individual artists and one collective, this exhibit sets out to show that both the artistic process and the audience's perception help inform art's meaning.
American University Katzen Arts Center

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 June 5
In Small Things Remembered: The Early Years of U.S.-Afghan Relations
More than 100 reproductions of photographs and documents culled from private and public archives around the United States and Afghanistan — created for the State Department and U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the exhibit — offer an in-depth chronicle of the relationship between the two countries beginning with initial contacts in the early 20th century and continuing through the late 1970s.
Meridian International Center

June 9 to Sept. 3
gute aussichten: young German photography 2010/2011
Works by eight winners of gute aussichten, the seventh annual German competition for graduate photography students, come to Washington on the exhibition's worldwide tour.
The Goethe-Institut

June 11 to Sept. 4
Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border
After a visit to his native Moscow, Vasily Kandinsky recorded his "extremely powerful impressions" in his 1913 masterpiece, "Painting with White Border," which, for this exhibition, is reunited with more than 12 preparatory studies from international collections, including the Phillips's oil sketch, and compared with other closely related works.
The Phillips Collection

June 11 to Sept. 4

Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series
For the first time in a museum exhibition, the Phillips Collection presents recent works from Frank Stella's "K "series inspired by the 18th-century composer Domenico Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas.
The Phillips Collection

June 11 to Jan. 16
Family Matters: Portraits from the Qing Court
Lavish portraits — almost evenly divided between images of men and women, some nearly life-size — show Qing dynasty royal family members dressed in the elaborate formal robes required for attendance at court or more casual attire in moments of leisure, offering a fascinating look at imperial family life in the later half of China's Qing dynasty.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

June 17 to Oct. 2
The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back
The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous artist-activists, critique the sexism and racism pervading contemporary culture through their populist art production, which includes posters, books and live performances in which they wear gorilla masks.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

June 17 to Oct. 2
Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women's Lithographs from Tamarind
Featuring 75 works by 42 artists including Elaine de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Margo Humphrey, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Kiki Smith, "Pressing Ideas" explores the breadth of experimentation in lithography and women's contributions to a workshop that stretches creative boundaries.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through June 18
Beyond the Labyrinth: Latin American Art and the FEMSA Collection
This wide-ranging display features 50 works by some of the most renowned Latin American artists of the past century, including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Matta and Fernando Botero, from an internationally renowned collection that spans cubism, surrealism, landscape, abstractionism and contemporary art.
Mexican Cultural Institute

June 18 to Jan. 1
Wedding Belles: Bridal Fashions from the Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958
Sumptuous bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses belonging to heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her family, along with a royal veil and stunning Cartier bag carried by Post's daughter —actress Dina Merrill — tell the story of 20th-century wedding styles through the lens of one of America's most notable and fashionable families.
Hillwood Estate and Museum

Through June 24
This exhibit showcases the work of 12 established artists, six from Baltimore and six from Washington, D.C., linked by the I-95 corridor, flipping the conventional artist-curator relationship on its side with intriguing results.
Organization of American States
Art Museum of the Americas

June 25 to Aug. 14
Washington Color and Light
Artists associated with the Washington Color School and their contemporaries were united by an exploration of the language of abstraction, a desire to experiment with materials, and a love of color. This exhibition reveals the artistic innovations and individual approaches that shaped new directions in abstract painting and sculpture from the 1950s to the late 1970s.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through June 30
All Come in Color
Five local Argentine artists present abstract and figurative paintings to celebrate the month of the May Revolution in their home country. For information, call (202) 238-6464.
Embassy of Argentina

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 22
Contemporary Jamaican Artists
A selection of contemporary Jamaican artists were invited by the World Bank to exhibit their work in the Caribbean segment of "About Change," the hemispheric art survey organized by the World Bank Art Program in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, and the Caribbean Community Secretariat.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Through July 24
Gabriel Metsu 1629–1667
One of the most important Dutch genre painters of the mid-17th century, Gabriel Metsu captured ordinary moments of life with a freshness and spontaneity that was matched by his ability to depict materials with an unerring truth to nature.
National Gallery of Art

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 30
Tom Wesselmann Draws
This marks the most comprehensive exhibition of drawings by Tom Wesselmann, a brilliant colorist and innovator who in the 1960s was one of the key leaders in the pop art movement alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
The Kreeger 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 Aug. 12
Stefan Zweig – An Austrian from Europe
In 1992, the city of Salzburg honored well-known writer and political observer Stefan Zweig with an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death — a retrospective that now comes to Washington with more than 120 photographs and numerous reproductions and other documents on his life. Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at www.acfdc.org/events-registration.
Embassy of Austria

Through Aug. 13
The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photos from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Portrait photographs of the young men who fought and died in the American Civil War serve as a memorial to those who gave their lives during the devastating conflict, displaying the faces of 360 Union soldiers — one for every 1,000 who died — and 52 Confederate soldiers, one for every 5,000.
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building

Through Sept. 30
Democratic Principles
This exhibit of 22 portraits by Elizabeth McClancy represent contemporary progressive political leaders in ways that reveal the magnitude of the challenges they face and the leadership they must assume. A special panel discussion on June 8 at 7 p.m. features Howard Dean and will discuss the next of the arts in democratic development. For information, visit www.democraticwoman.org.
The Woman's National Democratic Club

Through 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 Oct. 9
NASA / ART: 50 Years of Exploration
More than 70 pieces of art — from the illustrative to the abstract — offer a look at the works commissioned by the NASA Art Program, which was established soon after the inception of the U.S. space program in 1958 as a way to communicate the accomplishments, setbacks and sheer excitement of space exploration over the past five decades to the public.
National Air and Space Museum

Through Nov. 27
Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection: 1525–1835
The splendors of Italian draftsmanship from the late Renaissance to the height of the neoclassical movement are showcased in an exhibition of 65 superb drawings assembled by the European private collector Wolfgang Ratjen.
National Gallery of Art

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


Through June 5
Ballet Nacional de Cuba
The Ballet Nacional de Cuba, founded by Alicia Alonso in 1948, presents "The Magic of Dance," a compilation of ballet highlights spanning the classical anthology from "Giselle" to "Swan Lake" (May 31-June 1), as well as their acclaimed version of "Don Quixote" (June 2-5). Tickets are $25 to $99.
Kennedy Center Opera House

June 7 to 12
The Royal Danish Ballet
The Royal Danish Ballet continues to command attention on the world stage with new productions of Bournonville's signature and enduring masterpiece "Napoli" and "A Folk Tale," both re-staged by new Artistic Director Nikolaj Hübbe. Tickets are $29 to $99.
Kennedy Center Opera House


Sat., June 4, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Armchair Egyptologist
If the pyramids could talk, what mysteries they would reveal about ancient Egypt? Egyptologist Bob Brier takes you to five major sites and monuments to see what they have to tell us. Tickets are $120. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Location on ticket

Tue., June 7 to 28, 6:45 p.m.
Cathedrals and Beyond: Art of the Medieval World
This course examines the art and architecture of the 1,000-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and its relationship to a society infused with faith and spirituality. Tickets for the five sessions are $131. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., June 8, 6:45 p.m.
Latin American Masters: The Modern Heritage of Latino Art
Art historian Abigail McEwen discusses how many of Latin America's leading avant-garde artists, from Wifredo Lam to Diego Rivera, traveled to the United States in the 1930s and '40s, creating monumental artworks and enriching the development of modern American art. Tickets are $40. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Location on ticket

Wed., June 15, 6:45 p.m.
Tigers to Honey Bees: Where in the World Did They Go?
What do coral, tigers, frogs, birds, and honeybees have in common? Catastrophic decline, which could lead to irreversible changes in the functioning of natural ecosystems and all the services they provide. A group of conservations experts discuss both efforts to preserve endangered species and the ecological implications of extinction. Tickets are $35. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Location on ticket

Wed., June 22, 6 p.m.
Literature Talk Between NPR's Diane Rehm and Eva Gabrielsson
NPR anchor Diane Rehm talks with Eva Gabrielsson, author of "There Are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me," about the life she shared with Swedish journalist and author Stieg Larsson. Tickets are $10. For information, visit www.houseofsweden.com or www.ticketweb.com.
House of Sweden

Thu., June 23, 7 p.m.
Le Studio: Wine Tasting 101
Every month, Le Studio focuses on a different wine region of France with some of its most famous vintners. This wine tasting features the Côte de Beaune and Maison Faiveley presenting an amazing journey in Burgundy through a historic estate, with author and critic James K. Finkel. Tickets are $65.
La Maison Française


June 13 to 27
Zeitgeist DC: Contemporary Literature
The Goethe-Institut, Embassy of Switzerland and the Embassy of Austria, under the banner of the Zeitgeist DC Literary Collaborative, present three of Europe's newest and edgiest plays by three of its most famous playwrights today, Marius von Mayenburg, Ewald Palmetshofer and Lukas Bärfuss. The Monday evening literature and play readings are performed by top local actors. For information, visit www.zeitgeistdc.org.
Various locations

June 21 to 26
Nordic Food Week
The embassies of the Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden — showcase the region's best and most creative chefs in the United States for the first time, introducing new Nordic food to the D.C. dining scene (participating restaurants include Masa 14, DC Coast, Birch & Barley, Vidalia and Marcel's) with exclusive culinary master classes, food demonstrations and other culinary-related happenings throughout the metropolitan area. For information, visit www.nordicinnovation.org/nordicfooddaysdc.
Various locations


Wed., June 8
Embassy Progressive Dinner
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Center for Global Development hosts an evening with three stops — the British ambassador's residence (for cocktails), the Embassy of Finland (for dinner), and the Norwegian ambassador's residence (for dessert) — celebrating individuals working on high-level policy in the development sphere, including ambassadors, members of the U.S. Congress, current and former heads of state, corporate executives, philanthropists and academics. The event also honors Donald Kaberuka's efforts and success in rebuilding the African Development Bank. Tickets start at $1,000. For information, visit www.cgdev.org/section/about/donate/embassy_dinner_event/evening_details.
Various locations

Sun., June 12, 2 p.m.
Ninth Annual Tea-Off to Good Health
The Jamaican Women of Washington Inc. and Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks, along with John Schriffen of NBC4, host the ninth annual Tea-Off to Good Health Reception and Auction to raise awareness of hypertension and stroke prevention. Tickets are $150 or $250. For information, visit www.jwow.org.
Four Seasons Hotel

Sat., June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Farewell to Ambassador and Mrs. Christian Prosl
Austrian Ambassador Christian Prosl and his wife Patricia Prosl- Hurni, in cooperation with the American-Austrian Cultural Society, present an evening filled with chamber music by cellist Earl Williams and pianist Raymond Wertheim, as well as an exhibition by Ingrid Dohm — with proceeds supporting Tibetan students living in India. Tickets are $40. For information, call Gerda Merwald at (703) 354-0796 or visit www.acfdc.org.
Austrian Ambassador's Residence

Sun., June 26, 5:30 p.m.
2011 RAMMYS: Carnevale da Cuisine
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington's annual awards gala, "the RAMMYS," now in its 29th year, toasts the many extraordinary professionals that comprise the D.C. dining scene and has become one of the area's most anticipated culinary events. Tickets are $300. For information, visit www.ramw.org/Rammy-s/2011/.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel


Fri., June 3, 7:30 p.m.
The Brass-A-Holics
A "go-go brass funk band," this eight-piece ensemble incorporates New Orleans brass elements with a full drum set, keyboards and an electric guitar to produce an invigorating sound. Tickets are $25. (Part of the DC Jazz Festival)
La Maison Française

June 12, 16 and 17, 7 p.m.
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir
Famous for its energetic showmanship and artistic diversity, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir is bringing its musical talent to France this July. To celebrate, it will perform three benefit shows at the French Embassy in Washington. Tickets are $25.
La Maison Française

Thu., June 16, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., June 17, 7:30 p.m.
Great Singers of Hungary and Poland
In honor of Hungarian independence on June 16, 1989, as well as Poland assuming the rotating presidency of the European Union, the Embassy Series presents two concerts by celebrated tenor Szabolcs Brickner, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór and pianist George Peachey. Tickets are $75 and include buffet reception. For information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Hungary (June 16)
Embassy of Poland (June 17)

Sat., June 18, 4 p.m.
Fête de la Musique
Each year on the summer solstice, the French gather in the streets to celebrate the change of seasons with La Fête de la Musique — a dynamic tapestry of both amateur and professional musicians. For the ninth consecutive year, the French Embassy in Washington (La Maison Française) recaptures this lively atmosphere with more than 50 bands and street performers dazzling audiences in its gardens. Admission is $8.
La Maison Française

Sun., June 19, 6 p.m.
Nordic Jazz 2011
Jazz bands from Iceland, Norway and Sweden play on the spectacular rooftop terrace of House of Sweden overlooking the Potomac River in the heart of Georgetown. The evening includes complimentary hors d'oeuvres by five of the world's best chefs — the Nordic Bocuse d'Or chefs — and a cash bar between 6 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For information, visit www.houseofsweden.com or www.ticketweb.com.
House of Sweden

Wed., June 22, 7 p.m.
Palestine Youth Cultural Choir
The Palestine Strings of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music teams up with the Danadeesh Dance Group of the First Ramallah Group for a performance showcasing young Palestinians, featuring 18 violinists and 16 modern and folkloric dancers. Tickets are $50.
George Mason University
Center for the Arts, Va.


June 2 to July 3
Don Quixote
Synetic Theater once again merges its unique physical theater style with text in its season closer, "Don Quixote," as the iconic character abandons his home and reality to become a wandering knight, lost in the mystical world of his books. Tickets are $40 to $50.
Synetic Theater at Chrystal City, Va.

Through June 5
In war-torn Congo, Mama Nadi keeps the peace between customers on both sides of the civil war as she protects and profits from the women under her charge in this widely acclaimed play that tells an uncommonly human story with humor and song. Please call for ticket information.
Arena Stage

June 8 to 26
Canto al Perú Negro...Celebrating Afro Peru!
Weaving together the music, poetry, history and contemporary experiences of Afro-Peruvians, "Canto al Perú Negro" revels in the rich cultural traditions and stories brought from Africa to Peru to the streets of D.C. Tickets are $34 and $38.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

June 9 to July 3
The Glass Menagerie
In a tenement apartment in 1930s St. Louis, the Wingfield family struggles to hang on to their dreams for the future in this fresh re-envisioning of Tennessee Williams's legendary masterpiece, his most autobiographical play, presented as part of Georgetown's Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival. Tickets start at $35.
Arena Stage

June 9 to July 3
Set in western Estonia in 1992, "Purge" by Sofi Oksanen, an award-winning author and playwright of Estonian-Finnish descent, is the story of two generations of women challenged by a male-dominated political structure a year after the Soviet Union's collapse and haunted by the memories of Soviet occupation in the 1950s. Tickets are $16 to $40. For information, visit www.scenatheater.org.
H Street Playhouse

Through June 11
Como si fuera esta noche (As If It Were Tonight)
Teatro de la Luna presents Spanish playwright Gracia Morales's vision of a magical world that, passing through all physical barriers, allows us to leap through two decades, offering a fleeting encounter between a mother and daughter that proves to be decisive for the latter. Tickets are $25 and $30.
Gunston Arts Center, Va.

Through June 12
Cyrano de Bergerac — ashamed of his large nose — uses his wit and poetry to help the handsome Christian woo Roxane in this compelling new adaptation of Edmond Rostand's classic play, set in the streets of 17th-century Paris. Tickets are $39 to $60.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through June 12
Side by Side by Sondheim
This award-winning musical revue celebrates the early works of America's leading composer with timeless Sondheim songs from some of Broadway's most memorable musicals including "West Side Story" and "Pacific Overtures." Tickets are $55 to $81.
Signature Theatre

June 17 to 19
Inside/Out...voices from the disability community
VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, presents an interview-based theater performance piece by Ping Chong & Company about culture and identity in America that weaves the cast members' individual stories with historical events. Tickets are $20.
Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md.

Through June 19
All of life's might-have-beens take center stage as two couple rehash past times and favorite songs amid the crumbling magnificence of their old theater in this winner of seven Tony Awards. Tickets start at $45.
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Through June 19
A Time to Kill
After an unspeakable crime is committed against his daughter, Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands in John Grisham's stunning first novel, which comes to the stage in this world premiere, pre-Broadway adaptation by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes. Tickets start at $55.
Arena Stage

June 21 to July 3
Reduced Shakespeare Company: Completely Hollywood (abridged)
America's "Bad Boys of Abridgement" are back, taking on 186 movies in 100 minutes with hilarious results. Tickets are $39 to $49.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

June 21 to July 24
The Merchant of Venice
Whether contemplating the contents of gilded chests or the darkest corners of human nature, "The Merchant of Venice" — which features some of Shakespeare's most complex and memorable characters — challenges audiences to look beyond misleading appearances to find the true measure of things Tickets are $20 to $98.
Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall

Through June 26
Robert O'Hara's kaleidoscope of sassy lessons in sex education speaks the truth about growing up gay and African American with outrageous humor and real heart, testing how we talk about our bodies at home, in church and on the corner. Tickets start at $35.
Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

Through July 3
Old Times
Memory and reality collide in British playwright Harold Pinter's "Old Times," as three friends recall their relationship from 20 years prior in a highly charged exploration of whether we can truly ever know another person, or even ourselves. Tickets start at $37.
The Shakespeare Theatre

Through July 3
Venus in Fur
David Ives's crackling exploration of desire and control pits actress against playwright in a seductive game of cat and mouse. Tickets are $44 to $65.
The Studio Theatre


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