September 2013


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Ex-CIA, NSA Chief Defends U.S. Intelligence Gathering

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By Michael Coleman

Michael Hayden, former director of both the NSA and CIA, retired from high-profile government work in 2009 to take a lucrative private sector job, but Edward Snowden's National Security Agency leaks quickly thrust him back into the spotlight.

After Snowden leaked classified information in June about the PRISM program that mines electronic surveillance — including metadata about Americans' phone calls — Hayden became the mainstream media's go-to guy for answers about government eavesdropping. Not surprisingly, the retired general used appearances on "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation" and elsewhere to defend the NSA's tactics while conceding that if the public was better informed about the issue, the programs might have more political support.

A retired four-star Air Force general who ran the NSA from 1999 to 2005 and the CIA from 2006 to 2009, Hayden presided over government intelligence before, during and after Sept. 11, 2001, giving him a singularly unique perspective on U.S. counterterrorism strategies.

Michael Hayden

He recently sat down for a more expansive interview with The Washington Diplomat. During the nearly hour-long talk, the former spy chief echoed his general defense of the NSA but also elaborated on the future of cyber-espionage, concerns that America is becoming a police state, the NSA's controversial sharing of data with the DEA to nab suspected drug offenders in the U.S., his qualified support for waterboarding terror suspects, and privacy in an age of technology.

Today, Hayden is a principal at the Chertoff Group, founded by his former Bush administration colleague Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security secretary from 2005 to 2009. We met Hayden in his spacious, immaculately organized corner office at the firm's offices, a block from the White House. Despite his role as a keeper of America's darkest secrets, Hayden projects a sunny, congenial demeanor. But he quickly made clear he doesn't have much patience for NSA critics, especially in Congress.

"America's political elite feels free to criticize the intelligence [community] for not doing enough when they feel afraid; then they feel free to pontificate about our doing too much when they feel safe again," said Hayden, who was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces.

He used the case of accused Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as examples of how the public, and by extension Congress, holds the NSA to two different standards.

"He's in Boston but he's visiting jihadist websites and it's, 'Well, why didn't you catch that?'" a visibly exasperated Hayden said. "But over here, we've got your phone bills and it's, 'Oh my God, you've got my phone bills!' To be able to track [the Tsarnaev brothers] going to a website is incredibly more invasive of Americans than anything you're doing over here with telephone metadata! C'mon guys."

Hayden had some equally harsh words for Snowden, who's been called a heroic whistleblower by his supporters, and traitor by his detractors. Hayden has stopped short of calling the former Booz Allen security contractor a traitor, reasoning that his action might not fit the strict legal definition of the word. Instead, he called him an "ex-patriot," a denunciatory play on the more benign "expatriate." He also called Snowden, who's been granted temporary asylum in Russia, a defector.

"That's the word I'm going to start using," Hayden told us. "Just like Guy Burgess and a whole bunch of other people who stole and disclosed American secrets and ended up in Russia. He's a defector."

Hayden argued that the 30-year-old fugitive did more damage to the United States than did Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, or Aldrich Ames, who compromised the identities of American intelligence officers in Russia, 10 of whom were executed.

"Snowden's different," Hayden argued. "I'm sorry that we lost our agents in the Soviet Union, I really am, but they were rather singular. The damage was clear; it was great but somewhat limited — in a lane. Those guys leaked buckets of water. Snowden's telling the world how the plumbing works. Snowden's effect will be long lasting."

The effects are already being felt. In a speech in mid-August, President Obama addressed public concern over the NSA's surveillance activities. While he made no assurances that the surveillance would stop, he did concede the public should be better informed about it and suggested some modest changes, including greater transparency and a review of the section of the Patriot Act dealing with phone records.

He also said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) might need to be altered. The law established a secret court to grant warrants for foreign surveillance, similar to a judge who considers police search warrants. Critics of the court say it's little more than rubberstamp, citing the fact that last year, it didn't reject a single one of the more 1,850 applications that the government submitted.

Obama suggested creating an independent attorney to challenge government prosecutors in the court — an idea long embraced by FISA critics, including Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

In late July, Wyden and Udall introduced two bills to level the FISA playing field: The FISA Court Reform Act of 2013 would create a special advocate in the court to argue on behalf of American civil liberties. The second bill, the FISA Judge Selection Reform Act, would reform how judges are appointed to the court to ensure that it is geographically and ideologically diverse (the current court is overwhelmingly stacked with conservatives).

Hayden scoffed at the proposals.

"Let me tell you something really weird about the FISA court — we actually go to a court," he said. "No other Western democracy goes to a court to conduct foreign intelligence. People say, 'I don't like it — it's a secret court.' Well, that was the deal! You can't have a court, which I repeat is weird, for foreign intelligence without it being secret. You want an advocate? Does poor Tony Soprano [the fictional mobster in the HBO television series] have an advocate when the FBI goes to a court to get a warrant for that poor besieged citizen of New Jersey?"

Asked if he thinks there should be any reforms to the FISA court, Hayden was unequivocally opposed — then softened his stance slightly.

"No, of course I don't," he said. "Now, would I give? Sure, if it's the cost of doing business. You want a full-time public defender down there? Go ahead, be my guest. But don't get in the way and don't slow this stuff down. It's probably going to be a little more tedious and it will slow it down. You'll be more confident about what we're doing. You're going to be a little less safe, but you'll be more comfortable. That's the tradeoff."

But civil liberty advocates say that tradeoff is a false one. Unlike in the immediate post-9/11 landscape, when privacy concerns took a backseat to security, a growing number of Americans are uncomfortable with the thought of the NSA potentially sifting through the calls they make or websites they visit — especially without hard evidence that such domestic spying has thwarted any actual attacks.

That the NSA taps into Internet servers to monitor foreign communications hasn't sparked a major backlash domestically. Obama has made no secret of the fact that the U.S., like all governments, snoops on other countries. Speaking to The Diplomat about the NSA spy scandal for an article in the August issue, Hayden himself joked that "yes, indeed, the United States does conduct espionage," noting that "the Fourth Amendment that protects American privacy isn't an international treaty and therefore doesn't innately protect the privacy of non-Americans."

But Americans are increasingly worried about their privacy, as a steady drip of leaks this summer exposed the surprising extent of the NSA's reach into their personal lives. In addition to collecting and storing the phone records of millions of Americans, the NSA also reportedly scours the emails and text messages that travel in and out of the country for links to suspected terrorists abroad.

"While it has long been known that the agency conducts extensive computer searches of data it vacuums up overseas, that it is systematically searching — without warrants — through the contents of Americans' communications that cross the border reveals more about the scale of its secret operations," wrote Charlie Savage of the New York Times, detailing how Americans' electronic communications can be swept up in the NSA dragnet if, for example, they mention a foreign target or keyword.

And an Aug. 15 report in the Washington Post, based on Snowden's leaks, shows that the NSA broke its own privacy rules thousands of times each year since Congress gave the agency broader surveillance powers in 2008, gathering unauthorized information on Americans, often while not disclosing the violations to Congress or the FISA court.

Further piling on the revelations, the Wall Street Journal reported that the NSA has built a network that taps into roughly 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic in its hunt for foreign intelligence.

Also in August, Reuters detailed how the DEA's super-secret Special Operations Division uses vast troves of data on foreigners collected by the NSA, CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies to target American citizens for ordinary drug crimes. Law enforcement agencies are taught to conceal these sources of information by creating something called a "parallel construction," or a manufactured trail of evidence (like saying the investigation began with a traffic violation instead of a tip). It's a common tactic used by police enforcement to protect informants, but the problem, critics say, is that the origin of the case is untraceable by defendants, or even prosecutors and judges.

Asked about reports that the NSA is sharing data with the DEA for domestic drug prosecutions, Hayden asserted that NSA is collecting its evidence legally. As for what the DEA is doing with it, he declined to comment.

"I will make no case with regard to how DEA does or doesn't use the information," Hayden told The Diplomat. "All I can tell you is what we have is legitimately collected foreign intelligence."

Hayden did say that drugs are part of the foreign intelligence matrix. "I had a counter-narcotics center at the CIA and at the NSA, and so we all recognize that it is a legitimate foreign intelligence activity. We also know it has a tremendous law enforcement nexus. We would go out there and collect legitimate foreign intelligence. Now, how that is shared within the government becomes, frankly, a pretty complicated question because it's easier to get running room to collect foreign intelligence than it is for a law enforcement agency to get running room to gather data," he said.

"Honest men may differ about the reconstruction [of case history]," Hayden continued. "I'm not a lawyer, but I have read that it is not uncommon in a variety of cases when you want to protect a sensitive source, like a snitch. I'll let that be fought out in the courts, but that should not affect your judgment about collecting legitimate intelligence."

But Hayden's critics say a good deal of the intelligence gathered by the U.S. government in the wake of 9/11 was gained through illegitimate means. Hayden, though, was unapologetic about the use of waterboarding — an interrogation tactic that simulates drowning — after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The strategy was widely condemned as torture and President Obama banned the practice in 2009. While Hayden conceded the controversial nature of the tactic, he also claimed it worked.

"What I can't stand is somebody who says, 'I don't want you doing that and by the way it just didn't work,'" Hayden told us. "It worked for this class of prisoner — the al-Qaeda-I'd-rather-die-than-live-if-I-can-hurt-you prisoner. For this class of prisoner it worked. I don't make the claim that it's universally applicable and I don't make the claim that we should use it in all circumstances. I would make the claim that we found ourselves in unusual circumstances in 2001, 2002 and 2003."

The CIA confirmed that it waterboarded three high-profile al-Qaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003. Hayden also asserted that the final use of waterboarding by the U.S. government occurred in March 2003, three years before he became CIA director. Critics doubt that claim. Hayden seems unfazed.

"Let me tell you a sentence I never heard in either the [NSA or CIA] job: 'Michael, whatever you do, don't overreact,'" he said. "I never got that."

That kind of blunt talk has gotten Hayden a lot of media exposure, but it's also earned him flak from some quarters — including Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian reporter who worked with Snowden to divulge his secrets to the world.

In an Aug. 12 Guardian article, Greenwald recalled how three federal judges ruled that an earlier incarnation of the NSA surveillance program under former President George W. Bush was illegal because it spied on Americans without a warrant.

"The person who secretly implemented that illegal domestic spying program was retired Gen. Michael Hayden, then Bush's NSA director. That's the very same Michael Hayden who is now frequently presented by US television outlets as the authority and expert on the current NSA controversy — all without ever mentioning the central role he played in overseeing that illegal warrantless eavesdropping program," Greenwald wrote.

But Hayden is proud of his legacy at the NSA, where he is widely credited (or blamed) for ushering in an era of cyber-savvy. He said that when he arrived at the agency in 1999, he deliberately shook it up.

He believed the NSA needed to evolve from the old-school spy games of the Cold War and adapt to a globalized world in which "the volume, variety and velocity of human communications make our mission more difficult each day," as he put it in congressional testimony in 2002.

Hayden told us that the exponential growth of the NSA is a natural outgrowth of the technological age.

"We anticipated this back at the turn of the century before 9/11," he recalled. "I was the director and we realized as an article of faith that if we do this half right, this is going to be the golden age of intelligence. Just think, even in the year 2000, how much of our stuff we were putting out there in ones and zeros that used to be on paper inside a safe.

"In this digital universe, we've got a lot of ways to steal other countries' information — human intelligence, imagery intelligence," he added. "Hell, if you're going to put it all out there in digits, then we'll go get it. What's happened at NSA is just a natural and predictable consequence of so much human information being put into digital form."

Hayden says technology's power to change society can no longer be contained, whether in Syria or the United States.

"The web is so complicated that it's kind of self-healing. If you knock down your big [communications] nodes then anyone with a satellite phone can plug into the web and once plugged in you work outwards from there. I think they can slow the flow of information, but we're beyond the era where it can be stopped."

That's because technology will outrace the ability of governments to suppress digital information.

"It already has," he said. "The Chinese would love to have that great firewall but they don't. Now, on a military basis, can I deny the enemy digital access to specific locations at a specific time? Sure. But that's tactical and transient, not permanent."

And in a world where cyber-warfare can emanate from governments, terrorists or lone hackers, Hayden said an international treaty would be a "hopeless effort" but that "developing international norms is a good idea and we need to do that."

"There is a biological weapons treaty, but it's unenforceable because you can do this in your garage," he said. "Nations don't have biological weapons not because we have a treaty and we can catch them. Nations don't have biological weapons because there is a general norm our there that if you've got bugs, you're just bad.

"I think we can develop something like that in the cyber domain where if this is happening in your cyber domain, we don't care why you're doing it or if you're doing it — if it's coming from your domain you're bad," Hayden said.

As the interview drew to a close, Hayden addressed persistent complaints from civil libertarians that people like him and Chertoff, as government officials, ushered in a climate of fear that led to dramatically greater police and surveillance powers, and that now they're simply cashing in on the fear-mongering as members of the private sector. Many of the Chertoff Group's clients undoubtedly benefit from the enormous security apparatus that sprang up in the wake of 9/11.

Hayden dismisses the criticism, saying it overlooks the digital reality all around us. "To simply say it's just these guys who want to keep all the money flowing by drumming up this terrorist threat — nah."

He pointed out that surveillance is not just the realm of the government — and that most of us are willing players in an interconnected world where some privacy is sacrificed for both security and convenience. He recalled finishing a meeting near Tysons Corner in Virginia recently at about 6 p.m. He checked his phone and Groupon, the website that offers discounts at restaurants and retailers, sent him a coupon to a bistro across the street.

"Groupon knew where I was, what time of day it was," Hayden recalled with some amusement in his eyes. "It isn't just post-9/11 — it's what's happened in the last 15 to 20 years. It's not just the response to terrorism, although that's important and I don't want to minimize it. It's the whole question of what constitutes privacy in an age in which all of us are nodes.

"It's an era in which everything is connected and big data is the only kind of data that seems to be out there," he said. "It exists in all of its dimensions and all numbers of categories and we're dealing with it."

About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.


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Films - September 2013

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Film Highlight Director Heads to D.C.

The Czech Embassy presents a weeklong series of events from Sept. 13 to 17 with Oscar-winning Czech director Jiří Menzel, including an evening with Menzel at the Czech Embassy, screenings and discussions of his film classics at the National Gallery of Art, an informal screening at the Czech restaurant Bistro Bohem, as well as the local premiere of his new film "Don Juans (Donšajni)" at the AFI Silver Theatre. The special series marks the year of Menzel's 75th birth. See film listings for details.



















Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
(Saudi Arabia/Germany, 2012, 98 min.)
An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 27


The Grandmaster
(Yi dai zong shi)
Directed by Wong Kar Wai
(Hong Kong/China, 2013, 109 min.)
This epic action feature inspired by the life of legendary kung fu master Ip Man spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
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Closely Watched Trains
(Ostre sledované vlaky)
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czechoslovakia, 1966, 91 min.)
A young man develops a crush on a young conductor while working in a train station in German-occupied Czechoslovakia during World War II in this coming-of-age black comedy (Menzel appears in person as part of "A Day with Jiří Menzel).
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 14, 2 p.m.

Cutting It Short
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czechoslovakia, 1981, 93 min.)
Share a brew with the director himself, watching his humorous tale based on the writing of Bohumil Hrabal and his childhood in Nymburk's brewery in the 1920s.
Bistro Bohem
Tue., Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Don Juans
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czech Republic, 2013, 100 min.)
When a small-town opera company mounts a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," passions run high both on stage and behind the scenes in the latest film from the Czech New Wave director (Menzel in person).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 15, 5 p.m.

Larks on a String
(Skrivánci na niti)
Directed by Jiří Menzel
(Czechoslovakia, 1969, 96 min.)
Set on the scrapheap of Czech culture in the early 1950s following the Communist takeover, a group of "bourgeois," including a saxophonist and professor, are sent to work at an industrial junkyard in order to be "rehabilitated" (Menzel appears in person as part of "A Day with Jiří Menzel).
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 14, 4 p.m.


Directed by Michael Noer
(Denmark, 2013, 91 min.)
A teenager leaves his low-paying local burglary jobs for a more connected gangster to help care for his mom and younger siblings.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Sept. 10, 7 p.m.,
Thu., Sept. 12, 9:20 p.m.

Directed by Tobias Lindholm
(Denmark, 2010, 99 min.)
After being sentenced to two years behind bars, two inmates initiate an in-house drug smuggling operation, earning them a place in the prisoner hierarchy and the enmity of their rivals (Danish and Arabic).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Sept. 9, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 11, 7 p.m.


The Act of Killing
Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark/Norway/U.K., 2012, 116 min.)
In this chilling and inventive documentary, the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love (English and Indonesian).
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Sept. 4, 8 p.m.

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
(U.S., 1929, 80 min.)
Torch-singer Helen Morgan is cast as a blowsy, washed-up, burlesque queen who forfeits everything for her daughter.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 28, 2 p.m.

Directed by Jerusha Hess
(U.K./U.S., 2013, 96 min.)
A single young woman with an unhealthy obsession with all things Jane Austen desperately seeks her own Mr. Darcy, so she sinks her life savings into a trip to England to stay at an Austen theme manor where actors court the lady visitors.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
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Blood and Sand
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
(U.S., 1941, 123 min.)
Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 29, 4 p.m.

BMX Bandits
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia, 1983, 88 min.)
Fun-loving teens stumble upon a cache of police walkie-talkies and make a quick buck selling them to the kids in their neighborhood. But the walkie-talkies were stolen property, and the gang of bank robbers who stashed them fail to appreciate the irony of some snot-nosed kids stealing them.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 7, 11:05 a.m. and 9:15 p.m.,
Sun., Sept. 8, 11:05 a.m.

Closed Circuit
Directed by John Crowley
(U.K./U.S., 2013, 96 min.)
A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team — testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their
lives in jeopardy.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Cutie and the Boxer
Directed by Zachary Heinzerling
(U.S., 2013, 82 min.)
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko, who is anxious to establish her own identity (English and Japanese).
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Dead End Drive-In
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith
(Australia, 1986, 92 min.)
Following the collapse of the world economy, crime waves sweep Australia, reducing the country to a police state. Drive-ins lure unemployed young people with the promise of a world free of adult supervision, with plenty of junk food, drugs and bad movies — becoming gated teenage concentration camps.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 6, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Sept. 7, 7:15 p.m.,
Mon., Sept. 9, 7:10 p.m.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
(U.S., 2011, 100 min.)
The story of a mechanic and Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver has a romantic fatalism and workaday criminal portrayal that aligns with other Nordic noir films, even if it has migrated to sunnier climes and taken on a neon glow.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.,
Mon., Sept. 16, 9:15 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 18, 9:15 p.m.

The Family
Directed by Luc Besson
(U.S./France, 2013)
A notorious mafia clan is relocated to France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 13

I Give It a Year
Directed by Dan Mazer
(U.K., 2013, 97 min.)
Starting where other romantic comedies finish, "I Give It a Year" lifts the veil on the realities of the first year of a marriage between a high-flyer and struggling novelist that no one thinks will last.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Inequality for All
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
(U.S., 2013)
This documentary follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 27

Lilya 4-Ever
(Lilja 4-ever)
Directed by Lukas Moodysson
(Sweden/Denmark, 2002, 109 min.)
Estonian teen Lilya had to scrape by in the early years of post-Soviet independence, and grew up fast after her mother leaves for the U.S., turning to prostitution. When she's offered the chance for a new life in Sweden, she happily leaps at the chance. But things quickly go from bad to worse, with Lilya soon denied her very personhood (English, Russian, Swedish and Polish).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Sept. 17, 9:15 p.m.

Love Me Tonight
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
(U.S., 1932, 96 min.)
A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 28, 4 p.m.

Museum Hours
Directed by Jem Cohen
(Austria/U.S., 2012, 106 min.)
In the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, a philosophical museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor who has never been to Vienna before gradually become friends as he helps her with translation, muses on the artwork, and introduces her to some of the sights.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Road Games
Directed by Richard Franklin
(Australia, 1981, 101 min.)
On long hauls through the outback, trucker Pat Quid talks to himself and to his pet dingo and invents "road games" to pass the time. But after he catches a highway serial killer in the act, Quid is framed for the murder.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 1, 8:15 p.m.,
Mon., Sept. 2, 9:45 p.m.

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Directed by Lewis John Carlino
(U.S./U.K., 1976, 105 min.)
Kris Kristofferson stars as a sailor who falls in love with a widow, whose troubled 13-year-old son has taken to spying on her through a peephole between their bedrooms, enthralled by a psychopathic classmate's half-baked Nietzschean philosophy of rebelling against phony adults through acts of cruelty.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 27, 7 p.m.

Smilla's Sense of Snow
Directed by Bille August
(Denmark/Germany/Sweden, 1997, 121 min.)
A lonely Copenhagener suspects foul play after the death of her neighbor, a neglected Inuit boy (English and Inuktitut).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 1 to Sept. 5


Eight Deadly Shots
(Kahdeksan surmanluotia)
Directed by Mikko Niskanen
(Finland, 1972, 336 min.)
Based on true events, a poor tenant farmer, his way of life rapidly vanishing amid Finland's postwar industrial modernization, shoots four policemen sent to his house to investigate a drunken domestic disturbance.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 8, 1 p.m.

Directed by Tapio Piirainen
(Finland, 2003, 128 min.)
Kai Lehtinen returns to Finland to discover that his ex-girlfriend has been killed in a suspicious fire, while an inspector investigates the seemingly unrelated murder of a protestor at Helsinki's World Bank meeting.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Sept. 7, 11 a.m.
Mon., Sept. 9, 7 p.m.


Le Joli Mai
Directed by Chris Marker and Pierre L'homme
(France, 1963, 163 min.)
As the war with Algeria was coming to an end, the filmmakers took to the streets of Paris, capturing more than 50 hours of interviews with passersby on the "meaning of happiness."
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.

Mademoiselle Chambon
Directed by Stéphane Brizé
(France, 2009)
A man with a loving wife and son volunteers as to work with his son's homeroom teacher Madamoiselle Chambon and starts to fall for her delicate and elegant charm.
Angelika Film Center Mosaic
Opens Fri., Sept. 27

Le Petit Soldat
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France, 1963, 88 min.)
During the Algerian war for independence from France, a French deserter-turned-photographer living in Geneva falls for a young woman mixed up with the Algerian liberationists, though each may have different political loyalties.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Sept. 7, 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Régis Roinsard
(France, 2012, 111 min.)
In 1958, 21-year-old Rose seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife, until she becomes a secretary for a charismatic insurance agency boss who aims to turn her into the fastest typist in the world (French, English and German).
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 13

Rust and Bone
(De rouille et d'os)
Directed by Jacques Audiard
(France/Belgium, 2012, 115 min.)
A whale trainer who loses her legs in a tragic accident meets an itinerant father with little time for pity who helps her find the courage to go on living.
La Maison Française
Tue., Sept. 10, 7 p.m.

(Thérèse Desqueyroux)
Directed by Claude Miller
(France, 2012, 110 min.)
The final film of director Claude Miller is set in the beautiful pinewoods of southwest France, where a well-off woman in the 1920s marries her neighbor to join their estates and finds herself suffocating in her provincial marriage.


(Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland)
Directed by Yasemin Samdereli
(Germany, 2010, 101 min.)
One evening, the grandfather of a Turkish family living in Germany surprises his loved ones with the news that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants to take everyone back "home" with him, sparking a journey full of memories, arguments and reconciliations (German and Turkish).
Thu., Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Hannah Arendt
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 2012, 113 min.)
Barbara Sukowa stars in this new biopic of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist whose reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann introduced her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil."
Mon., Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.

Marianne and Juliane
(Die bleierne Zeit)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 1981, 107 min.)
Born during World War II in Germany, sisters Marianne and Juliane grew up during the "leaden times" of the 1950s, both fighting for social change during the 1960s, but by different means.
Mon., Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Rosa Luxemburg
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 1985, 123 min.)
Barbara Sukowa stars in this poignant dramatization of the personal and political struggles of Spartacist leader Rosa Luxemburg, whose passionate pursuit of justice caused her to be imprisoned in Germany and Poland throughout her life and murdered in 1919.
Mon., Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m.

(Vision – Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta
(Germany, 2009, 111 min.)
Twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard von Bingen was a Christian mystic, author, counselor, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, poet, visionary, composer and polymath who has only slowly emerged from the shadows of history as an extraordinary agent of faith and change.
Mon., Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Emanuele Crialese
(Italy/France, 2011, 88 min.)
On a seemingly idyllic Sicilian island, 20-year-old Filippo lives with his mother and grandfather, an old-time fisherman who clings to traditional ways. One day the two men encounter a raft of desperate illegal immigrants and save a drowning pregnant woman and her son, creating a moral dilemma for the family who must decide whether to hide the survivors or turn them in. (Italian, Sicilian and Amharic).
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Sept. 6


The Makioka Sisters
Directed by Kon Ichikawa
(Japan, 1983, 140 min.)
Four adult sisters face their tradition-bound family's uncertain future in the years leading up to World War II.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 22, 2 p.m.

Sound of the Mountain
(Yama no oto)
Directed by Mikio Naruse
(Japan, 1954, 96 min.)
The patriarch of a lower middle-class Tokyo family whose son is openly cheating on his dutiful, long-suffering wife goes to increasingly greater lengths to tear his son away from his longtime mistress.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.

Woman in the Dunes
(Suna no onna)
Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara
(Japan, 1964, 123 min.)
In this existential allegory, an amateur entomologist exploring a remote village is offered shelter in a woman's home at the bottom of a vast sandpit. In the morning, he must join the woman in the Sisyphean task of clearing the sand that falls into the pit every day to prevent the village from being buried.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Sept. 8, 2 p.m.


They'll Come Back
(Eles Voltam)
Directed by Marcelo Lordello
(Brazil, 2013, 100 min.)
This modern fable about independence and identity is set in rugged northwestern Brazil.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9


A Page of Madness
(Kurutta ippêji)
Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa
(Japan, 1926, 59 min.)
Ostensibly the story of a man who takes a job as a janitor in a mental hospital to look after his insane wife, this avant-garde silent film marshals all manner of radical techniques to render the world of the mentally ill in clashing, hallucinatory images.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.


Directed by Alfredo Soderguit
(Uruguay/Colombia, 2013, 80 min.)
A young girl with a triple palindrome name must endure a weeklong suspension after a schoolyard fight, and ultimately learn a lesson in friendship and acceptance.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Body
(El cuerpo)
Directed by Oriol Paulo
(Spain, 2012, 108 min.)
Detectives search for a body that has gone missing from the morgue.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Omar Forero
(Peru, 2013, 75 min.)
In this charming story, a fresh-faced elementary school teacher is sent to a remote school in the Andes mountains.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Cleaner
(El limpiador)
Directed by Adrian Saba
(Peru, 2013, 95 min.)
A forensic cleaner reluctantly takes in a young orphan in the midst of a deadly epidemic in this gentle apocalyptic drama.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Dead Man and Being Happy
(El muerto y ser feliz)
Directed by Javier Rebollo
(Spain/France/Argentina, 2013, 92 min.)
This screwball road movie follows a cancer-stricken hitman.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón
(Germany/Guatemala/Spain/Chile, 2012, 80 min.)
A couple makes a documentary in a village of indigenous people in Guatemala's back country, chronicling the villagers' recollections of the conflict and subsequent disappearances of their family members in 1982.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Edificio Royale
Directed by Iván Wild
(Colombia, 2013, 90 min.)
This black comedy centers on a decaying building in Colombia and its Tom Cruise-obsessed residents.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Future
(Il futuro)
Directed by Alicia Scherson
(Italy/Chile/Germany/Spain, 2013, 94 min.)
In Rome, two teen siblings, newly orphaned, discover the dangers of sudden adulthood.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

A Gun in Each Hand
(Una pistola en cada mano)
Directed by Cesc Gay
(Spain, 2012, 95 min.)
A series of comedic, interconnected vignettes trace the misadventures of a group of 40-something men.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Eduard Cortés
(Spain/Argentina, 2012, 111 min.)
This rollicking caper details the stranger-than-fiction staged robbery of Eva Perón's jewels in 1950s Madrid.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Carlos Lechuga
(Cuba/France/Panama, 2013, 80 min.)
A young couple struggles to get by when their village sugar mill is shut down.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

No Autumn, No Spring
(Sin otoño, sin primavera)
Directed by Iván Mora Manzano
(Ecuador/Colombia/France, 2013, 115 min.)
A punk ballad, this kaleidoscopic film explores the lives, loves and losses of Guayaquil City youths.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Once Upon a Time in Bolivia
(Erase una vez en Bolivia)
Directed by Patrick Cordova
(Bolivia, 2012, 81 min.)
This micro-budget road movie is set against the backdrop of the 2003 Bolivian gas conflict.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury
(Rio 2096: Uma História de Amor e Fúria)
Directed by Luiz Bolognesi
(Brazil, 2013, 98 min.)
This striking, visionary animated film explores 600 years of Brazilian history through the eyes of a single character reincarnated across the
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

So Much Water
(Tanta agua)
Directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge
(Uruguay/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany, 2013, 102 min.)
A 14-year old is forced to spend time with her family when a rainstorm ruins their vacation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Sofia and the Stubborn Man
(Sofía y el Terco)
Directed by Andrés Burgos
(Colombia, 2012, 75 min.)
A long-suffering married woman decides to strike out on her own and have an adventure.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

The Swimming Pool
(La piscina)
Directed by Carlos Quintela
(Cuba/Spain/Venezuela, 2013, 65 min.)
In this day in the life of a public swimming pool in Cuba, five disabled teens take swimming lessons.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Thesis on a Homicide
(Tesis sobre un homicidio)
Directed by Hernán Goldfrid
(Argentina/Spain, 2013, 106 min.)
A criminal law specialist believes one of his students committed a brutal murder and begins an investigation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9

Directed by Matías Piñeiro
(Argentina/U.S., 2013, 65 min.)
This spritely adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" is set among contemporary Buenos Aires hipsters.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sept. 19 to Oct. 9


Directed by Axel Petersén
(Sweden, 2011, 79 min.)
A 60-year-old party promoter has high hopes pinned to the opening of the new nightclub Avalon, but after an accidental death occurs on the property, he becomes embroiled in the cover-up.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Sept. 5, 7 p.m.

Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret's Lake
(Kim Novak badade aldrig i Genesarets sjö)
Directed by Martin Asphaug
(Sweden, 2005, 95 min.)
In 1960s small-town Sweden, a pretty substitute teacher comes to school — nicknamed Kim Novak by the boys — and a 14-year-old boy's world brightens considerably... until a horrible murder occurs.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Sept. 1, 1:20 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 4, 7 p.m.

The Last Contract
(Sista kontraktet)
Directed by Kjell Sundvall
(Sweden/Norway/Finland, 1998, 115 min.)
The still-unsolved case of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme's murder — gunned down on the streets of Stockholm, as he and his wife walked side by side — is the chilling subject of this speculative crime fiction, a conspiracy theory thriller reminiscent of Oliver Stone's "JFK" (Swedish and English).
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Sept. 3, 7 p.m.

Slim Susie
Directed by Ulf Malmros
(Sweden, 2003, 97 min.)
A man returns home after his sister goes missing and finds his hometown not the sleepy country village of his youth.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Sept. 16, 7 p.m.,
Wed., Sept. 18, 7 p.m.


Events - September 2013

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Sept. 1 to Jan. 5
Northern Mannerist Prints from the Kainen Collection
Some 50 works embody the sophisticated imagery, extraordinary stylization and virtuoso technique of the printmaking industry that flourished in the northern Netherlands and at the imperial court of Prague in the late 16th century.
National Gallery of Art

Sept. 1 to Jan. 5
Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press
Featuring 125 working proofs and edition prints produced between 1972 and 2010 at Crown Point Press in San Francisco, one of the most influential printmaking studios of the last half century, "Yes, No, Maybe" goes beyond celebrating the flash of inspiration to examine the artistic process as a sequence of decisions.
National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 1
Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945
Featuring 44 sumptuous canvases, the exhibition charts French cubist master Georges Braque's (1882-1963) work in the still-life genre — from depictions of intimate interiors in the late 1920s, to vibrant, large-scale canvases in the 1930s, to darker and more personal spaces in the 1940s.
The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 2
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music
More than 130 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs and posters reveal how the Ballets Russes — the most innovative dance company of the 20th century — propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers and fashion designers.
National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 2
Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing's Phoenix Project
Chinese artist Xu Bing spent more than two years creating his newest work, "Phoenix Project," a massive installation that comprises two birds fabricated entirely from materials found at construction sites in Beijing.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sept. 4 to Oct. 18
Brazil, My Brazil: Contrasts of Modernity
Brazilian artist Marília Bulhões offers a contemporary view of her country's people, natural beauty, modernity and troubles through the prism of both progress, such as aerospace technology and the futuristic architecture of Niemeyer, and ongoing challenges such as slums and deforestation.
Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

Through Sept. 6
Living Water Paintings
Buenos Aires-born painter Dolores Gomez-Bustillo learned from leading artists across the Americas, including Argentina, Peru and the United States, taking as her inspiration the beauty of simple landscapes and the human form.
Embassy of Argentina

Through Sept. 8
Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present
Butterfly wings, glass shards, doll parts, crumpled automotive metal, jigsaw puzzle pieces, clothing, straight pins, furniture, and colored sand — these are just some of the materials in "Over, Under, Next," an exhibition of approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, primarily drawn from the Hirshhorn's collection.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 13
Seven Points (Part Two)
"Seven Points" is a series of exhibitions that showcase the work of seven Australian contemporary artists: Daniel Boyd, Marley Dawson, Newell Harry, Anna Kristensen, Angelica Mesiti, Kate Mitchell and Tim Silver. Informed by periods of residency internationally, these artists' works offer alternative points of entry into the diverse conditions of Australian culture.
Embassy of Australia

Sept. 13 to Oct. 22
Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds
One of Italy's greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex on the Flight of Birds," created circa 1505, shows da Vinci's interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. It includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight that predate the invention of the airplane by 400 years.
National Air and Space Museum

Sept. 20 to Oct. 19
Comparisons in Jugendstil and Spanish Mission Private Residences
This exhibit compares two influential residences that share a common artistic impact on their respective cities: the Jugendstil house in Riga, a former artistic residence that is now home to the Riga Art Nouveau Museum, and the historic Alice Pike Barney Studio House, the current home of the Embassy of Latvia in D.C. built by Barney, a patron of the Washington arts scene in the early 20th century.
Latvian Embassy Art Space

Through Sept. 22
Fusion: Tracing Asian Migration to the Americas
Through the permanent collection of the Art Museum of the Americas, one of the most vital sources of contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art in the United States, this exhibition explores the migration of artists or their families to the Americas from Asia during the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.
Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 22
Bice Lazzari: Signature Line
In collaboration with the Italian Embassy, this exhibit features 25 paintings and drawings by Lazzari (1900-81), one of Italy's most revered modern artists. Discouraged from studying the figure in art school in the 1910s because of her gender, she became a prominent decorative arts designer who became for her later poetic abstract paintings.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 27
The Marvelous Real: Colombia Through the Vision of its Artists
This visual tour of 36 pieces by 24 artists highlights the complexities, challenges and singularities of Colombia through the eyes of several of its most important artists, including Edgar Negret, Fanny Sanín and David Manzur.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Through Sept. 29
A Book Behind Bars: The Robben Island Shakespeare
Nelson Mandela signed his name next to a passage from "Julius Caesar" in Shakespeare's "Complete Works" on Dec. 16, 1977, while serving 18 years as a political prisoner at Robben Island. More than 30 of Mandela's fellow prisoners also signed their names next to passages, documenting a part of their experience through their shared knowledge of Shakespeare. Accompanying the Robben Island Shakespeare book — on display for the first time in the United States — is a series of sketches Mandela made in the early 2000s, reflecting on his prison life.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Sept. 29
The Folgers Our Founders
During renovation of the Folger Great Hall, the Folger Shakespeare Library offers a special exhibition in the Founders' Room celebrating the collecting history of its founders, Henry and Emily Folger.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Sept. 29
WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath
This landmark exhibition revolutionizes our understanding of war, immersing viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians through images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations that span conflicts from the past 165 years — from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Sept. 29 to Jan. 5
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
The first retrospective exhibition in the United States, and the only scholarly catalogue on the renowned 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville (1813-79), presents recent groundbreaking discoveries informing his art and biography, including the versatility of his photographic talents and his true identity, background and family life.
National Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 30
Cardboard City
Three artists from three countries — Germany, the United States and Russia — present their aesthetic representations of the city as memorial and as a form of life. Their art — made using cardboard, a raw, industrial material that is available everywhere in the world — raises questions about that which surrounds and influences us.

Through Oct. 6
NOW at the Corcoran – Ellen Harvey: The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.
Ellen Harvey's new project is a glimpse into the world of the distant future. Human civilization having long since come to an end, the earth is populated now only by ruins, ripe for archeological interpretation by visitors from another planet. Attempting to make sense of what they find, Harvey's aliens immediately mine the potential of one of the greatest neo-classical cities — Washington, D.C. — as a tourist destination.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 6
Peter Coffin: Here & There
Nature, science, pseudoscience, psychological displacement, urban happenstance and what-if brainstorms are among the myriad departure points for the works of New York-based artist Peter Coffin.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Oct. 13
Out of Southeast Asia: Art that Sustains
The last exhibition presented in the Textile Museum's historic location before the museum's 2014 reopening promises to be a beautiful pairing of tradition and innovation, demonstrating how four artists are reinventing traditional Southeast Asian textile techniques, designs and ideology in new and meaningful ways.
The Textile Museum

Through Oct. 15:
Guerrero: 7 Regions of Art and Tradition
The southwest Mexican state of Guerrero is a richly diverse blend of geography and ethnicity that's home to four major ethnic groups and seven regions, each with their own distinctive artistic culture. These regions celebrate material and immaterial heritage at once both communal and unique, inherent in their archeological sites, churches, parks and plazas. From these shared spaces come the crafts, clothing and artwork that help to underwrite Guerrero's larger identity.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Nov. 10
American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s
Faith Ringgold is well known for originating the African American story quilt revival in the late 1970s. In the previous decade, she created bold, provocative paintings in direct response to the civil rights and feminist movements. Ringgold's unprecedented exploration of race and gender in America is examined in this comprehensive survey of 49 rarely exhibited paintings.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Nov. 10
Awake in a Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger
The first major museum exhibition of visual artist and author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" reveals a mysterious, strange and whimsical world, both real and imagined, through 239 paintings, drawings, prints and book art.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Dec. 31
S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom
As part of the SPAIN arts & culture program (, "S.O.S. Spanish Office Showroom" presents the most avant-garde pieces of Spanish design conceived for modern working environments, highlighting how the creativity of contemporary Spanish designers adapts to any office space and how Spanish design companies are successfully competing in international markets, such as the United States.
Former Spanish Residence

Through Jan. 5
A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
More than 100 photographs selected from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the museum's photography collection, examine photography's evolution in the United States from a documentary medium to a full-fledged artistic genre, and showcase the numerous ways in which it has captured the American experience.
American Art Museum

Through Jan. 5
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Some 100 exceptional works of art from the late 18th to 21st centuries come together for the first major exhibition and scholarly endeavor to comprehensively examine the rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live, work and frame their days.
National Museum of African Art

Through Jan. 12
Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post
From the glamour of Palm Beach, to the rustic whimsy of the Adirondacks, to the distinguished social scene of Washington, D.C., heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post brought to her multiple residences a flawless style of living and entertaining that was made possible only through the gracious management of loyal staff.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Jan. 25
A Night at the Opera
The grandeur of opera — its unforgettable music, stellar performers, and lavish scenery and costumes — has transfixed audiences for more than 400 years. This 50-item display will feature manuscripts, printed scores, librettos, photographs, correspondence and set designs dating from the late 18th century through the beginning of the 20th century.
Library of Congress James Madison Building

Through Feb. 9
Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen
This exhibit considers the 40-year-plus career of Roger Ballen, one of the more recognized photographic artists working today, through a new approach: an examination of line and drawing in his photographs.
National Museum of African Art

Through June 8, 2014
Perspectives: Rina Banerjee
Born in India and based in New York City, artist Rina Banerjee draws on her background as a scientist and her experience as an immigrant in her richly textured works that complicate the role of objects as representations of cultures and invite viewers to share her fascination in materials.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Sept. 12 to 13
Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS
Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara and KARAS present the work "Mirror and Music," which explores the simultaneously tangible and intangible nature of music and the reflection we see when we look into the mirror. Tickets are $19 to $45.
Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Sept. 20 to 22
Utsav: A Celebration of India's Maestros of Music & Dance
Sivam, Inc. — whose mission is to promote the education and advancement of Indian classical dance as a traditional art form — presents "Utsav," a three-day celebration of traditional Indian music and dance performances by renowned Indian artists. Tickets are $35.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Wed., Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Donna DeCesare: The Unsettling Impact of War and Its Aftermath
How does the mayhem of war effect children? What turns suffering from cruelty toward resistance or resilience? Photographer-educator Donna DeCesare explores the ways she has grappled with these questions in her own work. Tickets are $10.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Tue., Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
An Evening with Alexandra Avakian
Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian will share photographs from her years covering conflict, its aftermath, life and death. Tickets are $10.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Sun., Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
The Washington Ballet Open House
The Washington Ballet opens its studios located at 3515 Wisconsin Ave., NW, to let visitors view performances, rehearsals and classes, participate in a Q&A with Artistic Director Septime Webre, and enjoy free refreshments and family friendly events and activities.
The Washington Ballet


Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Nyumbani 20th Annual Benefit
Nyumbani — which is home to Kenya's first and largest facility for HIV+ orphans and provides community outreach, medical care and other services to help Kenya's orphans thrive — is celebrating its 20th annual benefit in Washington with the theme "Kwa Uzima: Swahili for Life." Longtime supporter Kathleen Matthews will be the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, which includes cocktails, silent auction and dinner. Tickets are $350; for information,
Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC


Fri., Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Nyumbani 20th Annual Benefit
Nyumbani — which is home to Kenya's first and largest facility for HIV+ orphans and provides community outreach, medical care and other services to help Kenya's orphans thrive — is celebrating its 20th annual benefit in Washington with the theme "Kwa Uzima: Swahili for Life." Longtime supporter Kathleen Matthews will be the mistress of ceremonies for the evening, which includes cocktails, silent auction and dinner. Tickets are $350; for information,
Ritz-Carlton, Washington DC


Mon., Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Rudresh Mahanthappa, Alto Saxophone
Matt Mitchell, Pianist
The Embassy Series opens its 20th anniversary season with saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, who fuses progressive jazz and south Indian classical music into a harmonious composition that reflects his experience growing up as a second-generation Indian-American. Tickets are $160, including buffet dinner reception and valet parking; for information, visit
Indian Residence

Sun., Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
National Symphony Orchestra Season-Opening Ball Concert
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach officially opens the NSO's new season with a program featuring superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Tchaikovsky's "Rococo Variations," as well as Saint-Saëns's "Organ Symphony" finale with young organist Cameron Carpenter. Tickets are $50 to $250.
Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Sept. 4 to Oct. 20
Saint Joan and Hamlet
Bedlam Theatre takes on two literary greats in rotating repertory: Shakespeare's penultimate tragedy about revenge and madness, as well as George Bernard Shaw's portrayal of Joan of Arc not as a saint, a witch or a madwoman, but as a French farm girl who is anything but simple. Tickets are $32.50 to $65.
Olney Theatre Center

Through Sept. 8
A Chorus Line
Featuring hit Broadway songs, "A Chorus Line" follows 17 dancers competing for eight coveted spots in the chorus of a Broadway musical. Throughout the audition, they bare their souls while sharing stories of their childhood, ambitions, fears and experiences in show business. Tickets are $32.50 to $65.
Olney Theatre Center

Sept. 8 to 22
Abduction from the Seraglio
The In Series kicks off its new season with "Abduction from the Seraglio," transplanting Mozart's opera about two men rescuing their sweethearts to the American Wild West. Tickets are $40.
Source Theatre

Sept. 9 to Oct. 6
Lisa D'Amour's award-winning comedy "Detroit" is an incendiary take on suburbs, neighbors and the rapidly crumbling economic ladder that inaugurates Woolly's 34th season, "America's Tell-Tale Heart," which exposes the complex soul inside America's sunny exterior. Tickets start at $35.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Sept. 12 to Oct. 27
Measure for Measure
Director Jonathan Munby places Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" in a fascist, late-1930s Europe steeped in cabaret culture, reflecting on the dual nature of humanity as both tragic and comic through the story of a novice nun who must decide whether to sacrifice her virginity to save her brother's life. Tickets are $40 to $100.
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Lansburgh Theatre

Through Sept. 15
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Maureen, a lonely spinster in her 40s, lives with her diabolically manipulative mother Mag in an isolated cottage in the west of Ireland. When Maureen is offered a last chance at love, she sees a chance to escape, but Mag has other ideas, setting in motion a chain of deceptions, secrets and betrayals that are both heartbreaking and hilarious. Tickets are $10 to $45.
Round House Theatre Bethesda

Sept. 15 to 27
Washington National Opera: Tristan and Isolde
In Wagner's retelling of the beloved Celtic myth and its star-crossed lovers, Deborah Voigt — one of the finest Wagnerian sopranos of our time — brings her alluring portrayal of Isolde to a stunning production featuring an impressive international cast. Tickets are $25 to $300.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Sat., Sept. 21, 8 p.m.
Im Hussein Jubilee Show
The "Im Hussein Jubilee Show" celebrates 25 years of comedy staged by the Ajyal Theatrical Group, the first Arab-American theatrical group in North America — and the first to take the show around the world — featuring the one and only Im Hussein. Tickets are $45 to $85.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Through Sept. 22
Miss Saigon
Created by the acclaimed writers of "Les Misérables," this modern, rock-infused adaptation of Puccini's 1904 opera "Madame Butterfly" explores the ongoing impact of love, loss and the collision of cultures during the Vietnam War. Please call for ticket information.
Signature Theatre

Sept. 26 to Nov. 3
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Synetic Theater reinvents Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" in a unique fusion of visual and verbal poetry that explores Wilde's only novel, which many consider his most personal work — a timelessly supernatural story of man's endless conflict with the nature of mortality. Tickets start at $35.
Synetic Theater


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