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March 2012


Ex-Miss Chile Now Mrs. Peru and Happy-at-Home Mom

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By Gail Scott

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Iceland's Busted Economy
Slowly Puts Back the Pieces

a5.iceland.homeIceland's economic meltdown was a harbinger of things to come in Europe, but the volcanic island nation is bucking standard prescriptions for recovery and coming in from the cold — on its own terms. Read More

People of World Influence

Cha Praises U.S. Pivot, But Urges
To Prep for Pyongyang Implosion

a1.powi.cha.homeVictor Cha thinks America's pivot toward Asia makes perfect sense given China's rise, but he warns that the U.S. shouldn't take its eyes off something just as pivotal: North Korea. Read More

International Affairs

Iran: Has the Drumbeat of Debate
Led to Inevitable March to War?

a2.iran.planes.homeThe possibility of military conflict with Iran is becoming very real, but is the endless Beltway debate over what to do about Tehran needlessly pounding the drumbeat for war? Read More


U.S. Digs Deeper For Ways
To Support Arab Spring

a3.marshall.aid.homeThe U.S. just doesn't have the money to do some kind of Marshall Plan for the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring, but that doesn't mean America is empty-handed. Read More

International Relations

Cuba Welcomes Pope, As U.S.
Slams Door on Easing Embargo

a4.cuba.tourists.homeAs Cuba celebrates a milestone with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, but another important milestone won't exactly be toasted: the 50th anniversary of the U.S. embargo. Read More


Tax Haven Next Door: Delaware
Exposes Corporate Secrecy

a6.delaware.coins.homeWhat can you do in five minutes? Drink coffee. Check email. Apparently you can also start your own corporation from the comfort — and anonymity — of your own keyboard. Read More

Also See: Shell, Shelf and Other Jargon


Stem Cells, Genetic Therapy
Take Aim at Vision Loss

a7.medical.eye.homeStem cell research, advances in genetic therapy and "personalized" medicine all herald a new frontier in fighting and even reversing vision loss. Read More


Cha Praises U.S. Pivot, But Urges Preparation for Pyongyang Implosion

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By Michael Coleman

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Iran: Has the Drumbeat of Debate Led to Inevitable March to War?

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By Dave Seminara

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Short on Money, U.S. Digs Deeper To Find Ways to Support Arab Spring

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By Patrick Corcoran and Anna Gawel

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Cuba Welcomes Pope, As U.S. Slams Door on Easing Embargo

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By Larry Luxner

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Iceland’s Busted Economy Slowly Puts Back the Pieces

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By Larry Luxner

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Tax Haven Next Door: Delaware Exposes Corporate Secrecy

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By Veronika Oleksyn

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Stem Cells, Genetic Therapy Take Aim at Vision Loss

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By Gina Shaw

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Two of D.C.’s Most Established Neighborhoods Also Its Most Eclectic

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By Dave Seminara

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Festival Celebrates 100th Year of Bridge-Building Pink Blossoms

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Images from Civil War, Afghanistan Evoke Universal Battle

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By Gary Tischler

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Colaizzo’s ‘Really Really’ Self-Absorbed Generation Goes Viral

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Introspective Indian Artist Meditates on Religion and Beyond

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By Michael Coleman

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New Chef Rejuvenates Casual But Creative Bistro

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Eye-for-Eye Blood Feud Imprisons Family in ‘Forgiveness’

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Environmental Film Fest Links Our Well Being to Planet’s

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Films -March 2012

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*EFF = Environmental Film Festival

*FCF = Francophonie Cultural Festival


All for the Good of the World and Nosovice
(Vse Pro Dobro Sveta a Nosovic)

Directed by Vít Klusák
(Czech Republic, 2010, 82 min.)
In the small Czech village of Nošovice, a UFO has landed in the form of a kilometer-long factory: a Korean Hyundai automobile plant. (EFF)
Embassy of the Czech Republic

Thu., March 22, 7 p.m.

Mamas & Papas
Directed by Alice Nellis
(Czech Republic, 2010, 110 min.)
The fates of four couples intertwine in a critical moment of their lives, as they deal with questions of planned, unplanned, desired or thwarted parenthood in parallel stories.
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 14, 8 p.m.


Directed by Whit Stillman
(U.S., 1994, 101 min.)
Taylor Nichols is an innocent abroad, posted to the Barcelona office of his Chicago manufacturing firm, when his cousin, a Navy Lieutenant, comes to town to scout for trouble ahead of the Sixth Fleet's upcoming shore leave. (English and Spanish)
AFI Silver Theatre

March 25 to 27

Directed by Lucy Walker

(U.K., 2006, 104 min.)
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, "Blindsight" follows the gripping adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers who set out to climb the north side of Mount Everest. (EFF)
AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., March 19, 7:45 p.m.

Cane Toads: The Conquest
Directed by Mark Lewis
(Australia, 2010, 85 min.)
Shot against the harsh landscape of northern Australia, this is a comic account of Australia's most notorious environmental blunder, the introduction of cane toads from Hawaii to control the beetles decimating Queensland's sugar cane crops. (EFF)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., March 21, 6 and 8 p.m.

Charlotte Rampling: The Look
Directed by Angelina Maccarone
(Germany/France, 2011, 98 min.)
This fascinating biographical study of legendary actress Charlotte Rampling is told through her own conversations with artist friends and collaborators. (English, French and German)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., March 2

Chandani: Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer
Directed by Arne Birkenstock
(Germany/Sri Lanka, 2010, 88 min.)
The profession of mahout (elephant whisperer) in Sri Lanka has traditionally been reserved for men, so when young Chandani becomes determined to follow in her father's footsteps, she has to show extraordinary dedication to prove herself. (EFF; in English and Sinhala)
National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 17, 10:30 a.m.

Directed by Ralph Fiennes
(U.K., 2011, 122 min.)
A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.
Theater TBA

Opens Fri., Feb. 17

Dreams of Dust
Directed by Laurent Salgues
(Burkina Faso/France/Canada, 2006, 86 min.)
A Nigerian peasant journeys to a dusty gold-mining village in Burkina Faso, where he hopes to forget his past — encountering a mother struggling to raise her daughter after her own tragedy. (FCF)
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., March 14, 7 p.m.

The Hunter
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
(Australia, 2011, 100 min.)
A mercenary scientist is sent into the wilds of Australia by a mysterious European biotech company to search for the last Tasmanian tiger in this psychological drama. (EFF)
AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Last Dogs of Winter
Directed by Costa Botes
(New Zealand, 2011, 97 min.)
For the past 40 years, in a harshly beautiful corner of northern Manitoba, Brian Ladoon has devoted his life to preserving and breeding an endangered species: the Qimmiq, Canada's indigenous Eskimo dog. (EFF)
AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 17, 1 p.m.

Play Time
Directed by Jacques Tati
(France/Italy, 1967, 120 min.)
Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture that is filled with the latest technical gadgets. (English, French and German)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 3, 1:20 p.m.,
Sun., March 4, 1 p.m.

Radioactive Wolves
Directed by Klaus Feichtenberger
(Austria, 2011, 50 min.)
After the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in 1986, around 340,000 people were displaced from the exclusion zone. In the absence of humans, a profusion of wild species has taken over, and at the top of this ecosystem is the wolf. (EFF)
Embassy of Austria
Thu., March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Return to Aeolian Islands
Directed by Giovanna Taviani
(Italy, 2011, 82 min.)
Giovanna Taviani looks at the stunning Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily, which have inspired generations of legendary Italian filmmakers. (EFF)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Wed., March 14, 7 p.m.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Directed by Lasse Hallström
(U.K., 2011, 107 min.)
In this inspirational romance, a British fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's ambitious vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., March 9

Silent Show: The Invisible Poisoning of the World
Directed by Jan van den Berg
(The Netherlands, 2010, 71 min.)
The Arctic plains are an eminent example of nature's untouched beauty, but chemical residues from all over the world accumulate here invisibly, poisoning both humans and animals. (EFF)
Royal Netherlands Embassy

Thu., March 15, 6:30 p.m.

Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican: A Cape Verdean American Story
Directed by Claire Andrade-Watkins
(Cape Verde/U.S., 2006, 83 min.)
This indie documentary portrays the fate of the Cape Verdean community from the Providence neighborhood of Fox Point after being displaced by urban renewal projects in the 1950s. (FCF)
S. Dillon Ripley Center
Wed., March 28, 7 p.m.

The Trial
Directed by Orson Welles
(France/Italy/W. Germany, 1962, 118 min.)
Orson Welles renders Franz Kafka's unfinished novel into a satisfying cinematic whole, adding a bookended parable that finds the fractured fairy tale within.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 10, 1 p.m.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
Directed by Lucy Walker
(U.K., 2011, 40 min.)
Oscar- nominated director Lucy Walker set out to make "a visual haiku about cherry blossoms" in Japan but changed her plans radically following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011. (EFF)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 17, 7:45 p.m.

Turtle: The Incredible Journey
Directed by Nick Stringer
(U.K./Austria/Germany, 2009, 81 min.)
This is the story of a loggerhead turtle as she follows the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. (EFF)
Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC)

Tue., March 20, 10:30 a.m.

Waste Land
Directed by Lucy Walker
(U.K./Brazil, 2010, 99 min.)
Renowned artist Vik Muniz travels from Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, where he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" — self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. (EFF)
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., March 19, 3 p.m.

Wild Scandinavia: Finland
Directed by Oliver Goetzl and Ivo Nörenber
(Germany, 2011, 52 min.)
This film shows animal behavior never filmed before from various species in Finland, home to rare animals such as bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines and Siberian Flying squirrel. (EFF)
Embassy of Finland

Thu., March 22, 6 p.m.

You've Been Trumped
Directed by Anthony Baxter
(U.K., 2011, 95 min.)
In this David and Goliath story for the 21st century, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump as he buys up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort. (EFF)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Tue., March 13, 7 p.m.


Moomins and the Comet Chase
(Muumi Ja Punainen Pyrstötähti)
Directed by Maria Lindberg
(Finland, 2010, 75 min.)
In this animated adventure, Moomintroll notices that something strange has happened in the Moomin Valley: Everything is grey — not just the sky and the river, but the trees, the ground, and even the Moominhouse, too! (EFF)
The Avalon Theatre

Sat., March 24, 10:30 a.m.


Les Anges du Péché
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1943, 100 min.)
A novice in the Sisters of Bethany convent has to confront her own bourgeois background and immature moral character when she takes on the rehabilitation of a delinquent woman imprisoned for crimes committed by a lover.
National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 3, 2 p.m.

Crazy Horse
Directed by Frederick Wiseman
(U.S./France, 2011, 134 min.)
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman goes inside Paris's Crazy Horse cabaret, the most famous nude dance show in the world.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1945, 90 min.)
Hélène, doubting her lover's devotion, plots a bitter revenge by enticing him into a relationship with a prostitute, taking pains to disguise the true occupation of her innocent decoy.
National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 10, 4:30 p.m.

The Devil, Probably
(Le Diable Probablement)
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1977, 90 min.)
Anxious over the world's problems and growing greed, a student begins in protest to plan his own death.
National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 24, 2 p.m.

Diary of a Country Priest
(Journal d'un Curé de Campagne)
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1950, 114 min.)
A naive priest, settling into his first assignment after seminary, dedicates himself to his local parishioners who, in turn, often mock him and fail to appreciate his work.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., March 11, 4:30 p.m.

The Field of Enchantment
(La Clé des Champs)
Directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou

(France, 2011, 81 min.)
As two lonely children silently prowl around a pond, creating a small kingdom of dreaming and playing, the filmmakers depict their passion for nature by closely observing plant and animal life and then adding a charming story with human characters. (EFF)
AMC Loews Georgetown

Tue., March 20, 6:30 p.m.

Four Nights of a Dreamer
(Quatre Nuits d'un Rêveur)
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1972, 91 min.)
An artist who dreams of finding an idyllic love discovers a young woman who has just lost her lover in this reimaging of Dostoyevsky's 1948 "White Nights."
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 17, 4:30 p.m.

The Kid with a Bike
(Le Gamin au Velo)
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
(Belgium/France/Italy, 2011, 87 min.)
A 12-year-old has only one plan: find the father who temporarily left him in a children's home. Along the way, he meets a hair salon owner who calms his rage. (FCF)
Letelier Theatre
Thu., March 8, 7 p.m.

Lancelot du Lac
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1974, 95 min.)
The knights return to King Arthur's court after their failed quest for the Holy Grail, their fellowship in decline in this deconstruction of the legend.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 31, 4 p.m.

A Man Escaped
(Le vent)
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1956, 95 min.)
A French Resistance activist is imprisoned by the Nazis and devotes his waking hours to planning an elaborate escape. (French and German)
National Gallery of Art
Sun., March 25, 4:30 p.m.

Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1959, 75 min.)
The all but lost art of the pickpocket — an occupation dependent on a perpetrator's economy of gesture and expressionless face — was the subject of one of Robert Bresson's most memorable works.
National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 3, 4:15 p.m.

Directed by Zep
(Switzerland/Belgium, 2011, 87 min.)
Based on Europe's bestselling comic character, "Titeuf, the film" is the feature debut of Swiss comic book artist Zep, chronicling a boy whose childlike view of the adult world is equal parts naiveté and early-teen rebelliousness. (FCF)
The Avalon Theatre
Sat., March 17, 10 a.m.

The Trial of Joan of Arc
(Procès de Jeanne d'Arc)
Directed by Robert Bresson
(France, 1962, 65 min.)
Court transcripts from Joan of Arc's 15th-century heresy trial are presented without pretext or emotion in this direct, unadorned recreation. (French and English)
National Gallery of Art
Sat., March 31, 2:30 p.m.


The Fatherless
(Die Veterlosen)
Directed by Marie Kreutzer
(Austria, 2011, 104 min.)
When the charismatic former leader of a sexually liberated commune in the Austrian countryside dies, his four adult children reunite for his funeral and thrash out their complicated feelings about their childhood. (FCF)
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 21, 8 p.m.


My Sweet Canary
Directed by Roy Sher
(Israel/Greece/France/Germany, 2011, 89 min.)
In this documentary, three young musicians embark on a musical journey to tell the story of Roza Eskenazi, Greece's beloved rebetiko singer. (Multiple languages)
The Avalon Theatre

Wed., March 7, 8 p.m.


(Hearat Shulayim)
Directed by Joseph Cedar
(Israel, 2011, 105 min.)
A father and son are rival professors in the Talmudic studies department of Hebrew University, a rivalry that escalates when the father is chosen for a prestigious national award.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 16


Directed by Yuri Nomura
(Japan, 2009, 80 min.)
This contemporary Japanese food culture documentary explores our connection to food and to each other, both as an interaction among people and between people and nature. (EFF)
Japan Information and Culture Center
Wed., March 14, 6:30 p.m.

The Secret World of Arrietty
(Kari-gurashi no Arietti)
Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Gary Rydstrom
(Japan, 2010, 95 min.)
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, but life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (Japanese and English)
Theater TBA

Opens Fri., Feb. 17


Anyang, Paradise City
(Dasi taeernago sipfiryo, Anyangae)
Directed by Park Chan-kyong
(South Korea, 2011, 102 min.)
This blend of documentary and fiction journeys through the history that has shaped the city of Anyang, South Korea, from a tragic fire that killed 22 female workers during the 1988 Olympics to the painstaking excavation of a 1,000-year-old temple. (EFF)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 16, 7 p.m.

Cyrano Agency
Directed by Kim Hyun-seok
(South Korea, 2010, 117 min.)
A troupe of poor actors takes inspiration from "Cyrano de Bergerac" and starts a business to help the lovelorn via meticulous surveillance, extreme makeovers and elaborately stage-managed "chance meetings."
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 18, 2 p.m.

My Dear Desperado
(Nae Kkangpae Gateun Aein)
Directed by Kim Kwang-sik
(South Korea, 2010, 105 min.)
She's a recent college graduate; he's a grouchy gangster. As she struggles to find work and he considers getting out of the crime game, these neighbors in a crummy Seoul apartment building become an adorably odd couple.
Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., March 25, 2 p.m.

Foxy Festival
Directed by Lee Hae-young

(South Korea, 2010, 110 min.)
When the police announce a campaign to rid their precinct of sleaze, they run into a problem: It seems every citizen has a skeleton in the closet — or, more accurately, a blowup doll or set of handcuffs.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 11, 2 p.m.


Happy Together
(Chun gwong cha sit)
Directed by Wong Kar-wai

(Hong Kong, 1997, 96 min.)
Male lovers Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Leslie Cheung leave Hong Kong for Buenos Aires to seek a fresh start, but instead break up and become roommates, but can the former lovers be friends?
AFI Silver Theatre
March 2 to 7


In Darkness
(W Ciemnosci)
Directed by Agnieszka Holland
(Poland/Germany/France/Canada, 2011, 145 min.)
A sewer worker and petty thief in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov hides a group of Jews for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewer system, but what starts out as a cynical business arrangement turns into something unexpected. (Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish and German)
Landmark's E Street Cinema


5X Favela, Now By Ourselves
(Agora Por Nós Mesmos)
Multiple directors

(Brazil, 2010, 103 min.)
The culmination of a years-long project to cultivate talented young filmmakers from the hillside favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, "5X Favela's" five short episodes offer a rare glimpse of the vigorous culture emerging from these communities. (EFF)
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., March 15, 7 p.m.


Directed by Cyril Tuschi

(Germany, 2011, 112 min.)
This documentary chronicles the true rags-to-riches-to-rags story of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oil oligarch who spoke out against state corruption, only to be arrested and convicted on tax and embezzlement charges. (Russian, English and German)
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Chico & Rita
Directed by Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando
(Spain/U.K., 2010, 94 min.)
This epic animated story of love and heartbreak celebrates the music and culture of Cuba as a gifted songwriter and beautiful singer chase their dreams — and each other — across the globe in the 1940s and '50s.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., March 16

Rebellion at Dawn
(Awka Liwen)
Directed by Mariano Aiello and Kristina Hille

(Argentina, 2010, 77 min.)
This film tells of the massacres against the indigenous peoples of northern Argentina at the turn of the 20th century in the eternal fight for land and distribution of wealth. (EFF)
Embassy of Argentina
Fri., March 16, 6:30 p.m.

The War for Other Media
(La Guerra por Otros Medios)
Directed by Emilio Cartoy Díaz and Cristian Jure
(Argentina, 2010, 74 min.)
Thanks to laptops, speakers, radios, newspapers, video cameras, cell phones, etc., indigenous people have been integrating mass media to strengthen their claims and the recognition of their rights. (EFF)
Embassy of Venezuela
Sat., March 24, 6:30 p.m.


Weather Grazers
Directed by Thomas Horat

(Switzerland, 2010, 98 min.)
In central Switzerland, the spry old men who live in the mountains are famous for predicting the weather using the ancient signs of animal behavior, plant growth, winds and clouds — participating in a competition where they are judged by both the accuracy of their forecast and the flourishes in their prose. (EFF)
Embassy of Switzerland
Mon., March 19, 7 p.m.


Events - March 2012

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Art Dance






Event Highlight

Embassy Chefs 
Dial Up the Heat

World-class chefs from Washington's own embassy community serve up a sizzling plate of competition in the fourth edition of Cultural Tourism DC's Embassy Chef Challenge.

The annual competition has evolved into a popular local showcase of the city's international culinary talent, benefiting the free programs and events provided by Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts and culture of Washington, D.C.

A panel of celebrity judges and more than 400 guests will judge dishes from chefs at the embassies of the Bahamas, China, Georgia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Korea, Morocco, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka and other nations.

Among the judges this year are Tim Carman, food reporter for the Washington Post; chef Carla Hall, co-host "The Chew, Top Chef All-Stars Finalist"; and Warren Brown, founder of CakeLove.

The public will get a chance to pick its favorites on March 8 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, where guests can sample hors d'oeuvres by embassy chefs and bid on a silent auction featuring items steeped in international flavor, including a trip to the Bahamas and tea with ambassadors.

Chef Lars Beese of the Danish Embassy took top honors at last year's Embassy Chef Challenge, hosting a private cook-off for this year's contestants on Feb. 12. The preliminary "Top Chef"-style competition challenged each chef to create a main course in two hours with an ingredient revealed in advance — beets — plus a basket of surprise components drawn from Danish cuisine. Scores from the cook-off will be combined with the second round of judging at the Ronald Reagan Building to determine the Judge's Choice Award winner. Guests at the benefit vote for the People's Choice Award.

Tickets are $250; for information, visit www.CulturalTourismDC.org.


March 1 to May 5
A Thousand and One Faces of Mexico: Masks from the Ruth D. Lechuga Collection
Masks have always been an integral part of a society's rituals and ceremonies. This exhibit displays more than 140 masks from the expansive collection of Ruth D. Lechuga (1920-2004), who traveled around Mexico for 50 years collecting more than 10,000 pieces, including 1,200 masks, which constitute one of the most important folk art collections in Mexico.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through March 4
Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
This international exhibit features more than 148 objects used in a range of ritual contexts, with genres as varied and complex as the vast region of Central Nigeria, that demonstrate how the history of the area can be "unmasked" through the dynamic interrelationships of its peoples and their arts.
National Museum of African Art

Through March 4
Harry Callahan at 100
Celebrate the centenary of the birth of Harry Callahan (1912–99), one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century, with some 100 photographs that explore all facets of Callahan's art.
National Gallery of Art

March 5 to June 1
Contemporary Uruguayan Artists
To honor Uruguay and the city of Montevideo, site of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, 13 artists specializing in painting, print, sculpture, mixed media and photography offer a panorama of contemporary Uruguayan creativity, revisiting history and changes that have transformed the nation's culture, environment and traditions.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

March 10 to July 8
Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples
Kano Kazunobu's (1816–1863) phantasmagoric paintings reflect a popular theme in Edo art: the lives and deeds of the Buddha's legendary 500 disciples.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through March 11
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet?
In the first U.S. exhibition of Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro — and the third exhibition in the "NOW at the Corcoran" series showcasing emerging and mid-career artists — a gallery-transforming installation draws on American history, literature, pop culture, current affairs and the Corcoran's architecture to explore the symbolism of space exploration and the paradoxes of food consumption.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through March 16
Chronicles of a Portraitist
Gérard Rondeau has photographed hundreds of celebrities from all walks of life, ranging from Carla Bruni to Léo Castelli, often for the French newspaper Le Monde. This exhibit features 100 of those portraits depicting such notables as Jean Baudrillard, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jacques Derrida, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Patrick Modiano, Jean-Jacques Sempé, Richard Serra, Philippe Starck, and George Steiner. Viewings are by appointment only and can be made by calling (202) 944-6400.
La Maison Française

Through March 23
Natural Archive: Object and Photography
Lima-born Cecilia Paredes constructs her art using mostly discarded natural elements and transforming them into casts and weavings with completely new meaning.
Embassy of Peru

Through March 24
The Wild Horses of Sable Island
Photographer Roberto Dutesco reveals the fascinating beauty of a fragile sliver of sand more than 100 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. Sable Island, known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," is the site of more than 475 shipwrecks since the 17th century. Yet the barren, windswept island is also home to more than 400 wild horses, abandoned there by sailors long ago — a feral herd that has managed to thrive in an unforgiving environment.
Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

March 24 to June 17
Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji
The most acclaimed print series by Japan's most famous artist, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) contains images of worldwide renown, including "The Great Wave."\
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through April 8
Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
This exhibition is the first in the United States devoted to the Mantuan sculptor and goldsmith Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi (c. 1455–1528), known as Antico for his expertise in classical antiquity.
National Gallery of Art

Through April 13
Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes
More than 60 works by 12 Australian artists offer a contemporary take on traditional landscape traditions. "Images of Australian landscapes have long been celebrated internationally," said Ambassador Kim Beazley. "However these artists re-examine the conventions of the genre to suggest the complex histories that persist beneath picturesque images of gumtrees and golden pastures."
Embassy of Australia

Through April 15
Anil Revri: Faith and Liberation through Abstraction
Anil Revri constructs his paintings on a grid, and the repetition of finely detailed geometric elements offers viewers numerous optical rewards. But these are also contemporary spiritual paintings analogous in their functions to tantric art, and its distant relation the Byzantine icon.
American University Museum Katzen Arts Center

Through April 15
Gabarrón's Roots
In his first D.C. exhibit, Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón's vibrantly colored sculptures are larger than life, but human in scale and effect, while his painted tondos (circular works of art) evoke archaeological and zoological mysteries.
American University Museum Katzen Arts Center

Through April 15
Duva Diva: DuvTeatern's Glorious Carmen and Photographs by Stefan Bremer
These two exhibitions feature beautiful photographs by Stefan Bremer of actors and dancers with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities who performed in an unusual performance of Bizet's "Carmen" last year with the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (supported by the Embassy of Finland).
Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art

Through April 15
Realized in cooperation with the art collective bäckerstrasse 4 – plattform für junge kunst curated, this exhibit featuring four artists focuses on the challenges of migration and its structural conditions as a result of redistribution of power and property.
Austrian Cultural Forum

Through April 27
gute aussichten: young german photography 2011/2012
Photography by seven winners of "gute aussichten 2011/2012," the eighth annual German competition for graduate photography students, reflect highly diverse aesthetic, formal and conceptual approaches that provide insights into the multifaceted themes that form the focus of young artists' interests today.

Through May 6
Picasso's Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition
Through some 55 works, this exhibition presents the dazzling development of Pablo Picasso's drawings over a 30-year period, from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage.
National Gallery of Art

Through May 6
Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell
Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — one of the first conflicts to be extensively documented by photography — this focused collection developed in recent years by Washington collector Julia Norrell captures a wide range of images, from soldiers and officers at rest, to the death and destruction of battle.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through May 6
Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard
Approximately 200 snapshots made by renowned post-impressionist artists like Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard using the new technology of the Kodak handheld camera, most previously unpublished, are displayed with 70 paintings and works on paper that the snapshots inspired, revealing fascinating parallels in cropping, lighting and vantage point.
The Phillips Collection

Through May 6
Tim Hetherington: Sleeping Soldiers
Between 2007 and 2008, photographer Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) was embedded with U.S. Army soldiers in a remote and dangerous post in northeastern Afghanistan. This exhibition includes photographs and a video installation that juxtaposes chaotic scenes of combat with still images of soldiers at rest.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through May 13
Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space
"Suprasensorial" is the first exhibition to re-evaluate the evolution of the international Light and Space movement through the work of five pivotal Latin American artists. Coinciding with the show, a 360-degree projection by Doug Aitken will illuminate, animate and transform the Hirshhorn's entire façade.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through May 20
Ñew York
Works by outstanding young Latin American and Spanish artists residing in New York City pay tribute to a long-lost artistic exchange and revive innovative communication channels between Latin and Spanish plastic and visual artists, reflecting on mobility in an era of widespread displacement where both global and local barriers are broken down.
Organization of American States
Art Museum of the Americas

Through May 20
Shakespeare's Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500-1700
This exhibition explores those women who were writing during Shakespeare's time, reimagining the "conversations" of these early women writers — with each other as members of families or groups, with the Bible, with spiritual and secular ideas, and with male writers of the time — in hopes of expanding their overshadowed voices.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through June 2
The Style that Ruled the Empires: Russia, Napoleon, and 1812
Paintings, porcelain, glassware, metal ware, attire, Napoleonic armor and other items commemorate the bicentennial of Russia's triumph over the French army in 1812, which dealt an arresting blow to Napoleon and his pursuit of European conquest while also igniting a collective Russian pride and production of decorative arts that persists today.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through July 6
Alberto Schommer: Portraits and Scenarios
Alberto Schommer, one of Spain's most prominent photographers, has pioneered a path challenging conventional forms, including a series of psychological portraits, always guided under the influence of the oeuvre of Irving Penn and William Klein. Part of the "Spain arts & culture" series (www.spainculture.us).
Embassy of Spain

Through July 8
The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) was perhaps the most complex and far-reaching interpreter of the baroque, the naturalistic style that dominated 17th-century European art.
National Gallery of Art

Through July 29
From the Library: The Fleeting Structures of Early Modern Europe
In early modern Europe, state visits, coronations and weddings were among the occasions that gave cities a chance to stage lavish productions in which artists and architects designed elaborate structures and decorations, allowing them to experiment with new ideas or encourage city officials to consider new uses of public space.
National Gallery of Art

Through July 29
Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections
The National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary with the first exhibition to explore the life and work of women artists in the time of the French Revolution with more than 75 rarely seen works by 35 artists.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Jan. 6
Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep
In the Spirit of the East Asian calendar's Year of the Dragon, this exhibition highlights objects drawn from cultures as diverse as the ancient Mediterranean world, imperial China and contemporary South America, portraying dragons as everything from fire-breathing beasts to beneficent water gods.
The Textile Museum


Fri., March 2, 8 p.m.
Compañía Olga Pericet
Part of Flamenco Festival 2012, Olga Pericet is one of flamenco's most exciting new talents — a young, diminutive yet powerful dancer whose work spans traditional flamenco to contemporary and Spanish classical dance. Tickets are $35 to $65.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Sat., March 3, 8 p.m.
Ballet Folklórico de Antioquia
Embarking on its first U.S. tour, Ballet Folklórico de Antioquia shares the richness and diversity of Colombian culture through authentic music, ritualistic dance and physical theater accented with scintillating costumes. Tickets are $23 to $46.
George Mason University
Center for the Arts

Sat., March 3, 8 p.m.
Compañía Manuela Carrasco
Known as the "Queen of Gypsy Flamenco," the highly acclaimed dance performs "Suspiro Flamenco," a show that offers flamenco in its purest, simplest and most powerful form. Tickets are $35 to $65.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Wed., March 7, 8 p.m.
Compañía Rafaela Carrasco
Seville's Rafaela Carrasco, one of the most important flamenco choreographers of the younger generation, infuses new energy into a selection of popular Spanish songs originally recorded by Federico Garcia Lorca in 1931. Tickets are $35 to $55.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Sun., March 18, 4 p.m.
Tao: The Art of the Drum
In this new production, athletic bodies, vibrant costumes, explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography combine to create a breathtaking theater experience. Tickets are $24 to $48.
George Mason University
 Center for the Arts


Tue., March 6, 7 p.m.
Amazonian Odyssey
Ed Smith, Smithsonian staff biologist at the Amazonia department of the National Zoo, leads a virtual tour from the high Andean headwaters downstream over 4,000 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. Tickets are $40; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., March 8, 7 p.m.
International Women's Day with Dr. Domnica Radulescu
Celebrate International Women's Day with Domnica Radulescu, chair of the women's and gender studies program at Washington and Lee University, as she discusses her books "Train to Trieste" and "Black Sea Twilight" (supported by the Embassy of Romania).
Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library

Tue., March 13, 5:30 p.m.
Occupy Rousseau: Inequality and Social Justice
Genevan philosopher and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau believed government should be for and by the people, a concept that sparked the American and French Revolutions. To celebrate this iconic thinker on his 300th birthday, the Embassy of Switzerland presents an international panel to discuss how his principles from the Age of Enlightenment can be applied to contemporary social issues. On March 12, the embassy also screens "La Faute à Rousseau (Blame it on Rousseau!)," a collection of short films, documentaries, video essays and animation. For information, visit www.francophoniedc.org.
Library of Congress
Jefferson Building

Thu., March 15, 6:45 p.m.
The Treasure Below: Excavating at the Ancient Port of Constantinople
Ufuk Kocabas, director of Istanbul University's Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project, tells the amazing story of a construction project to create Istanbul's most important transportation hub that turned into a major archaeological treasure trove of 40,000 artifacts. Tickets are $20; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., March 29, 6 p.m.
For a Global Equality
The second debate of the French-American Global Forum addresses the new model of social contract for the 21st century and how American, French, and European populations will react to new economic constraints. The discussion also celebrates the release of the magazine Le Monde Diplomatique in the U.S. with "Le Monde Diplomatique from 1954 to 2012," an exhibition of front pages over the past 58 years. For information, visit www.francedc.org.
Alliance Française in Penn Quarter


Sun., March 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Persian New Year
Visitors can dance, play and feast their way into the Persian New Year at the Freer and Sackler galleries' fourth annual Nowruz celebration, offering free entertainment and activities for all ages as well as traditional food, all centered around newly installed galleries devoted to the art of ancient Iran.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

March 6 to April 15
Francophonie 2012 Cultural Festival
This annual celebration of the French-speaking world ushers in a slew of events, from literary salons, culinary tastings and concerts, to exhibitions, film and theater. March highlights include: the Grande Fête de la Francophonie kickoff extravaganza featuring more than 35 embassies showcasing their culture and cuisine (March 23); literary salons by Congo-Brazzaville-born author Alain Mabanckou (March 9) and French writer Sylvie Germain (March 20); a concert by Maria de Barros of Cape Verde combining the sounds of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, France and Spain (March 22); as well as the exhibit "Promenade" by Croatian-French painter Davor Vrankic at the French Embassy (March 21-April 15). For complete details, visit www.francophoniedc.org.
Various locations

March 20 to April 27
National Cherry Blossom Festival
A century after Japan's 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C., the National Cherry Blossom Festival presents an unprecedented citywide celebration of this enduring sign of friendship on its 100th anniversary, with five weeks of events ranging from workshops and exhibits to seminars and parties. For information, visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
Various locations

Thu., March 22, 6 p.m.
Thomas Edison First International Night
Thomas Edision High School holds its first International Night featuring dance performances, food tastings and dress demonstrations from various cultures around the world. For information, call Amy Johnson at (301) 962-5994 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Thomas Edison High School

Through March 29
The Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna
Through concerts, theater and lectures, the Kennedy Center, under the guidance of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, explores the current of classical and romantic music and culture that sprang from the cities of Budapest, Prague and Vienna, with performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Vienna Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonia and others.
The Kennedy Center


Fri., March 9, 7 p.m.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation 18th Annual Spring Gala
The theme for this year's Prevent Cancer Foundation Spring Gala is "Modern+Majestic=Switzerland," featuring honored patrons, Manuel Sager, the Swiss ambassador, and his wife Christine. This renowned event attracts more than 900 guests and was named among the top 31 charitable benefits by BizBash Magazine, having raising more than $18.5 million over the years to support cancer research and direct service programs to medically underserved communities. Tickets are $500 or $1,000 for priority seating; for information, call (703) 519-2103 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
National Building Museum

Fri., March 16, 6:30 p.m.
THIS for Diplomat Spring 2012 Soiree
Travel the globe in an evening with THIS for Diplomat, the hospitality and information service for the diplomatic community, with the group's annual spring soiree, featuring acclaimed jazz singer Lena Seikaly performing with the Burnett Thompson Trio, international hors d'oeuvres and drinks, as well as a silent auction. For information, call (202) 232-3002 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Meridian International Center


Sun., March 11, 4 p.m.
Vienna Boys Choir
The world's pre-eminent children's choir has enchanted audiences with its purity of tone, distinct charm and diverse repertoire of Austrian folk songs, waltzes, pop songs and medieval chants. Tickets are $23 to $46.
George Mason University
Center for the Arts

Fri., March 16, 8 p.m.
The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney
Founded by Paddy Moloney in 1962, the six-time Grammy-winning group the Chieftains is recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Tickets are $28 to $65.
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Fri., March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Bella Hristova, Violin
Ieva Jokubaviciute, Piano
The Embassy Series presents a concert of Schumann, Tower, Janáček and Brahms by Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova, the first prize winner in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Tickets are $100, including Bulgarian buffet dinner and wine. For information, visit www.embassyseries.org.
Embassy of Bulgaria

Sat., March 24, 8 p.m.
Angelique Kidjo
A Grammy-winning vocalist deemed "Africa's premier diva" by Time magazine, Angelique Kidjo is known for her dynamic and uplifting music. Tickets are $25 to $45.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Sat., March 31, 8 p.m.
Schubert Uncorked
Join PostClassical Ensemble and the virtuosic bass trombonist David Taylor for a startling re-contextualization of a revered composer, Franz Schubert, who defied categorization, with two newly commissioned world premieres that seize on the harrowing existential content of his music. Tickets are $25.
Georgetown University Gaston Hall


Through March 4
Ana en el trópico / Anna in the Tropics
Dormant passions are revived with the arrival of a lector who reads chapters of "Anna Karenina" at a 1920s cigar factory in Ybor City, Florida, where cigars are still rolled by hand. Tickets are $34 or $38 (in Spanish with English surtitles).
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through March 4
The Gaming Table
The thrills of the gaming table stylishly play out against the eccentricities of English manners in Susanna Centlivre's comedy as an independent widow with a penchant for gambling leads a nightly card game, which bankrupts some and entertains all. Tickets are $30 to $65.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through March 4
Genesis Reboot
An angel and a demon retell the story of creation from their perspectives in this farcical new play. Tickets are $30.
Synetic Theater at Crystal City

Through March 4
At the height of his career, Mark Rothko is struggling with a series of grand-scale paintings for the elite Four Seasons restaurant, and when his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons. Please call for ticket information.
Arena Stage

Through March 4
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
In perhaps Shakespeare's earliest play, lifelong friends Valentine and Proteus are unexpectedly thrust into the rivalries and complications of adolescence when they both fall in love with the Duke of Milan's daughter, Silvia. Tickets are $37 to $90.
The Shakespeare Theatre

March 6 to April 15
Brother Russia
In a desolate Siberian potato field, a comically fourth-rate Russian theater troupe sets up its ratty tents and wows the local farmers with rock-fueled adaptations of great Russian figures, focusing one night on the hypnotic mystic Rasputin. Tickets start at $63.
Signature Theatre

Through March 11
Astro Boy and the God of Comics
Onstage drawing meets the 1960s dream of the future in this story of Japanese cartoonist Osamu Tezuka and his most famous creation: Astro Boy, a crime-fighting robot. Tickets are $38 to $43.
The Studio Theatre

Through March 11
Civilization (all you can eat)
This wicked satire follows a group of six ambitious Americans on a quest for success at the dawn of the Obama age — and the price they must pay to achieve it. Tickets start at $30.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through March 15
Washington National Opera: Così fan tutte
In Mozart's game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted — and to prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves. Tickets are $55 to $300.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Through March 18
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang is brought to life in this family-friendly musical, directed and choreographed by Stephen Nachamie. Tickets start at $26.
Olney Theatre Center

Through March 25
Really Really
When the party of the year ends in the regret of a lifetime, one person will stop at nothing to salvage a future that is slipping away — and it is every man for himself in this contemporary drama that embraces the harsh realities of the "me" generation. Tickets are $56 to $80.
Signature Theatre

March 27 to April 29
Strange Interlude
Heartbroken over her adored fiancé's death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before marrying a man she does not love. Months later, pregnant with her husband's child, she learns a horrifying secret about his family, setting off a chain of events that spans two decades (part of the Eugene O'Neill Festival). Tickets are $20 to $100.
The Shakespeare Theatre

Through April 1
New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656
With cerebral language and wry humor, acclaimed playwright David Ives gives young philosopher Baruch de Spinoza — who faces excommunication from the Jewish community for his subversive new ideas — a chance to defend himself in a courtroom clash between religion and rationalism. Tickets are $25 to $60.
Washington DCJCC Theater J

Through April 8
Sucker Punch
In 1980s London, two black teenagers try to box their way into fame, fortune and a better life, but will they become champions or sell-outs? Tickets are $35 to $60.
The Studio Theatre


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