June 2014


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Brazil Hopes to Score Win
In Its World Cup Gamble

a5.brazil.viera.world.cup.homeOn June 12, Brazil toasts the start of the 2014 World Cup, but not everyone is celebrating the billions of dollars spent on soccer — instead of on improving the country's stagnant economy, violent crime and inadequate public services. Read More 

People of World Influence

OSCE Secretary-General Seeks
Middle Ground in Ukraine Crisis

a1.powi.osce.homeLamberto Zannier, secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, explains how the OSCE is playing a crucial mediating role in the Ukrainian political crisis. Read More

Perennial Conflict

Israeli-Palestinian Blame Game
Obscures Crux of the Conflict

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Tiananmen Silence

After 25 Years, China Still
Silent on Tiananmen Massacre

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Snowden's Shadow

One Year Later, World Takes Stock
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Debate Over Exports
Exposes Rift on Hill

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Sahara Stalemate

A Frozen Conflict in the Sahara
Still Enflames Morocco, Polisario

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Stability vs. Democracy

For Egyptian Entrepreneur,
Stability Comes Before Democracy

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Hospice: Better Care,
Lower Costs at End of Life

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OSCE Secretary-General Seeks Middle Ground in Ukraine Crisis

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By Michael Coleman

As world leaders anxiously monitor the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is quietly but effectively laying the groundwork for a possible resolution.

The trans-Atlantic security and rights group, which comprises 57 states in North America, Europe and Asia (including Russia), has been deeply involved in mediating the crisis and monitoring the country’s May 25 election. It is one of the few international bodies trusted by both the West and Russia to play a major role in trying to defuse the tensions that are threatening to tear Ukraine apart.

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Lamberto Zannier, secretary-general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, speaks at the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna in April 2014.

The OSCE’s overall mandate includes issues such as arms control, conflict prevention, and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections. It has 550 staff at its headquarters in Vienna and 2,300 field staff. The OSCE originated in Helsinki, Finland, in 1975 and had a budget of 144 million euro last year.

Lamberto Zannier, the OSCE’s secretary-general and a career Italian diplomat, recently sat down with The Washington Diplomat at a Foggy Bottom hotel to discuss the crisis and the group’s increasingly visible mediation role. To say he knows a few things about conflict prevention is an understatement. From 2008 to 2011, he was the U.N. special representative for Kosovo and head of the U.N. mission there. From 2002 to 2006, he was director of the OSCE’s Conflict Prevention Centre, and in the 1990s, he was head of disarmament, arms control and cooperative security at NATO.

“We offer a very unique approach to security — we call it a comprehensive approach,” Zannier said. “We do the political and military side, but we also work on economic security, human rights and strengthening democratic institutions, all of them being components of a broader approach to security.

“We are inclusive,” Zannier added. “Our approach is based on dialogue and engagement — soft security. And while we are a security organization, we are not a defense organization. We are very different than NATO.”

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An unidentified soldier stands watch at a checkpoint in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia following a referendum that played on the pro-Russian sentiment in eastern and southern Ukraine.

That’s a good thing, because NATO is lightening rod for controversy in Russia, whose president, Vladimir Putin, accuses the military bloc of encircling his country and steadily chipping away at its influence. That longstanding resentment boiled over when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power in February after he spurned a deal to establish closer relations with the European Union in favor of $15 billion in aid from Russia, sparking massive protests in Kiev. Many experts say the thought of losing Ukraine, a key buffer state with deep economic and historical ties to Russia, was a red line for Putin, who has seen the once vast Soviet empire shrink dramatically since the fall of communism.

Russia quickly responded to the political jockeying in Kiev, annexing the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea via a referendum that played on the pro-Russian sentiment in eastern and southern Ukraine. Since then, pro-Russian separatists in the east have tried to declare independence from Kiev, although so far Moscow has not moved to absorb those regions — which would surely trigger full-blown civil war.

Russia has also tentatively welcomed the May 25 presidential election that ushered Petro Poroshenko into office. A billionaire confection magnate, Poroshenko handily beat out his closest competitor, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The OSCE and other international observers generally deemed the election free and fair, although the security situation in the east kept many people there from voting.

One of the few neutral actors in this imbroglio has been the OSCE, whose officials have engaged in high-level diplomacy with all sides while aiming to address concerns about fundamental freedoms and human rights, as well as election monitoring, fact-finding and military visits.

Some of those visits, however, haven’t exactly received a warm welcome. In late April, separatists in eastern Ukraine detained a group of OSCE military monitors for more than a week before the EU negotiated their release. More recently, several other small groups of OSCE election monitors have been reported held or missing. Zannier says the dangerous conditions won’t keep the OSCE from its mission to resolve the conflict, which represents the worst flare-up of hostilities between the West and Russia since the Cold War.

“We seek an open and inclusive national dialogue in Ukraine,” he told us. “Dialogue is probably the best way for us to try to have the Ukrainians to engage in an agenda that will be defined by them and not imposed by the international community.

“We’re addressing the idea of constitutional reform, local government, fighting against corruption and other reforms, including justice and rule of law,” he added. “We hope through this to create a political space to bring the political discourse back from the streets and back to the parliament and the political environment where it belongs.”

As part of that effort, the OSCE in early May proposed a so-called “road map” to peace and stability that Russia and Ukraine could follow. The proposal focuses on four elements: nonviolence, disarmament, dialogue and elections.

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Armed forces man a checkpoint at the Armyansk crossing into Crimea.

“The road map recognizes we need to de-escalate and bring the political process back to where it belongs so we don’t see weapons around and so we can create the conditions for disarmament,” Zannier explained. “For all this we need the process of dialogue to start. We need to have proper investigation and where there have been crimes committed, the perpetrators must be brought to justice. It is basically a plan of de-escalation with a number of steps. One of the things we are doing is discussing with the Ukrainians now the sequencing of these steps. One of the other things we are dealing with is the fact that some of the counter-terror operations started by the Ukrainian government are still ongoing.”

Dozens, in fact, have died in clashes between pro-government troops and separatist forces that have only intensified since Poroshenko came to power. The newly elected president has vowed to crush the nascent rebellion in the east, where separatists had taken over a strategic airport and have occupied other key buildings for weeks.

“When there is still a use of force it is difficult to begin a dialogue, and some of these militias that have appeared in the east of the country are in fact a barrier to dialogue,” Zannier said. “I think we need to isolate them and encourage people not to get caught in this potential spiral of violence. That’s where we need to engage and to appeal.”

The interim government in Kiev has also floated its own roadmap, agreeing to discuss divisive issues such as the decentralization of power and protection of the Russian language with rebels who lay down their arms. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s parliament-appointed prime minister, told reporters in Brussels on May 13 that while Ukraine appreciated the OSCE’s proposals, Kiev would provide its own plan.

Zannier said the issue of who gets credit for coming up with a settlement isn’t important, so long as stability returns.

“What it means is they want to have strong ownership of this process. They welcome the efforts of the international community to assist them and point to some areas where we need to move, but on the other hand the Ukrainians want to make sure they are in the driver’s seat of this process,” he said. “They agree with most of what is there, but they are saying this has to be driven by them and I think that’s good. They are the ones who have to solve the problem.”

That can’t happen without the good-faith efforts of Russia, Zannier also pointed out.

“We want more engagement. I expected Russia to play a stronger role,” Zannier said. “I also see the role of media to be potentially destabilizing. It’s very polarized. I hear different stories if I watch Western or Russian media, which reaches most of the population of the east…. The interpretation is very different and that affects the population.”

Photo: OSCE
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier visits Kiev in December 2013 during the Euromaiden protests.

Zannier said it remains to be seen how the May 25 presidential election will play out across Ukraine and in Russia, whose president seems to have toned down his earlier confrontational rhetoric. Putin has called for dialogue among the warring factions and ordered the withdrawal of roughly 40,000 Russian troops deployed near the Ukrainian border.

The apparent softening of Putin’s position is seen as a hopeful sign that elections might begin to heal the fractured country. Some observers have speculated that Putin’s turnaround has a lot to do with the winner of those elections: Poroshenko, who has strong business links to Russia and has pledged to repair ties with the Kremlin

But Putin may have already let the nationalistic genie out of the bottle, as pro-Russian insurgents refuse to recognize the results of the May 25 ballot and wage pitched battles against Ukrainian armed forces.

“Those who are saying those things are these self-appointed leaders who represent themselves, but of course they influence the communities,” Zannier said, noting that there has been an atmosphere of intimidation in the east.

Russia could help tamp down that anxiety, he suggested.

“That’s where Russia can help,” Zannier said. “It is good to have statements from Moscow saying these elections are important and they should be supported.”

Asked about Russia’s previous efforts to dilute OSCE meddling in its own elections, Zannier, ever the diplomat, demurred.

“Election monitoring is a difficult job smile,” he said with a smile.

Zannier said Russia appears to be acting in good faith, but he could not rule out Western fears of further Russian aggression, especially if further bloodshed breaks out or Ukraine’s new president tries to take the country further into the EU’s orbit.

“I can’t speculate on what Moscow’s plans are,” Zannier said. “After Crimea there are obviously concerns. But at this point, these are speculations. I don’t think it is in Russia’s interest to have an open crisis or even a civil war right at its doorstep; it might create instability even inside Russia.

“I think we need to build on this and keep insisting that Russia is engaged and cooperate in this de-escalation process before this situation gets out of control for everybody,” Zannier added. “If this spreads and gets out of control even Moscow at some point could have trouble influencing processes, and this could turn into a nightmare for everybody. That should be a good basis for everybody, including Moscow, to try to address this particular juncture. It’s a key moment.”

About the Author

Michael Coleman is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat.


Israeli-Palestinian Blame Game Obscures Crux of the Conflict

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After 25 Years, China Still Silent on Tiananmen Massacre

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One Year Later, World Takes Stock Of Snowden’s Explosive Spy Leaks

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Brazil Hopes to Score Win In Its World Cup Gamble

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Brazil Beefs Up Security Ahead of World Cup

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Debate Over Exports Exposes Rift on Hill

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A Frozen Conflict in the Sahara Still Enflames Morocco, Polisario

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By Larry Luxner

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For Egyptian Entrepreneur, Stability Comes Before Democracy

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By Martin Austermuhle

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Hospice: Better Care, Lower Costs at End of Life

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By Gina Shaw

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New Book Chronicles Illustrious British Residence

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Canadian Embassy Marks 25 Years Of Being at Center of U.S. Relations

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‘Designing for Disaster’ Shows How People Can Protect Themselves

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Medicine Runs in Family for Lithuanian Mother of Four

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By Gail Scott

She was trained in Lithuania as a doctor — just like her mother, grandmother, grandfather and aunts were. “It’s a real dynasty,” said Lina Pavilioniene, wife of Lithuanian Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis.

Although she has taken a break from medicine while in Washington, Pavilioniene still gets plenty of practice with minor cuts and bruises as the mother of four boys.

In fact, Pavilioniene is busy rearing two different “batches” of boys. “Our youngest is 5, the next is 9, and the two older boys at McLean High School are 18-year-old Augustas and 16-year-old Dominykas.”


Photo: Lina Pavilioniene

But when it comes to parenting, this diplomatic posting is nothing compared to a stint the couple did in the beginning of her husband’s career. “When we went to Brussels, it turned our lives upside down. At the time, we had a 2- and a 4-year-old. It was our first time abroad, we didn’t speak French, had no help, and my husband’s position was not high,” Pavilioniene recalled.


Although having four sons of such varied ages seems “normal” now, she notes that, “In Soviet times, we were not used to large families. Four kids were not usual.”

In fact, the former Soviet Republic has a fairly progressive reputation when it comes to women occupying top positions of power. “Our president is a woman, so is the speaker of the parliament, many members of parliament, and cabinet members and even the minister of defense,” Pavilioniene said. “My mother is still working as a doctor in internal medicine.”

But Pavilioniene says she needed to take a break from practicing medicine. “My kids are still too small for me to start my own life. I’ve had to compromise now.”

With four boys in different grades going to all kinds of different events, she doesn’t have much time to herself and usually can’t leave the children in the evenings to attend diplomatic receptions. “I don’t have very much time to be involved with organizations either,” she admitted, “but I love my International Club. My time is always limited.”

On the weekends, she and her husband go to the C&O Canal, Great Falls or to Vienna, Va., for some Nordic walking. “That’s walking with poles,” Pavilioniene said. “Round trip on the Old Dominion Trail gives us three to four hours outside.”

For vacations, they enjoy long car trips to experience America. “We love your national parks,” she said, noting that the older boys are tremendously helpful with their younger brothers. “They are really friends.”

Photo: Lina Pavilioniene
Lina Pavilioniene and her husband, Lithuanian Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis, and their four sons visit the Grand Canyon.

She and her husband, in fact, belonged to the same group of friends as teenagers growing up in their hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. Their friendship matured by the time they were in Vilnius University, where she studied medicine while he pursued his master’s degree in philosophy and doctoral studies in international relations.


According to Pavilioniene, her husband’s fast rise in the Foreign Service is emblematic of their young country’s rapid evolution since it broke away from the Soviet Union in March 1990, a year before the formal collapse of the Iron Curtain. Three years after Lithuania’s independence, her husband joined the Foreign Service and was instrumental in securing the country’s eventual membership into NATO and the European Union. Pavilionis later served as undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; coordinator for the Lithuanian presidency of the Community of Democracies; and ambassador-at-large for the Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Policy Department.

Pavilioniene is proud that her Baltic country, in the same neighborhood as Latvia and Estonia, was the first Soviet Republic to break free from Moscow. Given the Baltics’ tortured history with their powerful neighbor and one-time occupier, Pavilioniene said she is concerned about the creeping Russian takeover of Ukraine.

“Personally, we don’t have any friends in the Ukraine,” she said, “but we are very worried. Ukrainians are our neighbors. They have always been very good in relationships of understanding.”

Lithuania, the southern most of the three Baltics, is also the largest and the most populated. With a population of 3.5 million and per-capita income of $22,600, the country enjoyed 3.4 percent economic growth last year as it steadily recovers from the 2008-08 financial slump.

Besides these statistics, it is interesting to note that the Lithuanian language is the oldest surviving Indo-European language in the world — one that 4 million people speak around the globe.

A wave of Lithuanians left the country starting in 1940, when it was occupied first by the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and then again by the Soviets.

Many fled to the United States, where Pavilioniene says the Lithuanian community is strong and vibrant. She notes that Lithuanians, wherever they live in the world, try to enroll their children in “Lithuanian school” on Saturdays. That way, the younger generation learns the language, geography, native songs, dances and stories of their homeland. Here, the Lithuania school is located in Rockville, Md.

Photo: Lina Pavilioniene
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, second from left, poses with Lithuanian Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis, his wife Lina Pavilioniene and their four sons during a D.C. visit. "Our president is a woman, so is the speaker of the parliament, many members of parliament, and cabinet members and even the minister of defense," Pavilioniene says.

In Lithuania, as in much of Europe, university is free or not expensive. As for boarding fees, Lithuanian university students usually live at home with their parents, grandparents and sometimes even their great grandparents.


“The family builds the house and they live in it for three to four generations,” Pavilioniene said, noting that she was shocked to learn how pricey school is in the United States, especially in comparison to home. “Here, preschool can be like the price of college,” she said, adding that working women in Lithuania also enjoy much longer maternity leaves than American women do.

Despite the cultural differences, Pavilioniene said the bonds between Lithuania and the United States run deep.

One point of pride is how Washington continued to diplomatically recognize Lithuania’s embassy long after the Soviets took control of the country. “From 1940 until 1990 it was like ‘ghost embassy,’” Pavilioniene said. Nevertheless, it remained a symbol of Lithuania’s longstanding aspirations for freedom — supported by the United States. “We celebrate this year 90 years of our embassy’s work,” Pavilioniene said with obvious pride. 

About the Author

Gail Scott is a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat and Diplomatic Pouch.


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Films - June 2014

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In the Mood for Love
(Fa yeung nin wa)
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
(Hong Kong, 2001, 98 min.)
Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung star as neighbors who suspect their spouses of cheating and find themselves falling in love with one another in this sumptuous visual tour-de-force.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 13, 7 p.m.


 The New Rijksmuseum
(Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum)
Directed by Oeke Hoogendijk
(The Netherlands, 2013, 228 min.)
This documentary follows the extensive and often contentious renovation of the fabled Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam — one of the world's great art institutions — exploring the many issues that had to be resolved, including placating the well-organized lobby of Dutch bicyclists who saw the new entrance as a threat.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., June 21, 1 p.m.


Background to Danger
Directed by Raoul Walsh
(U.S., 1943, 80 min.)
In World War II Turkey, an American undercover agent accidentally comes into possession of a packet of photos that a German spy ring wants to use as propaganda, claiming that Russia plans to invade neutral Turkey.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 11:05 a.m.,
Mon., June 16, 9:45 p.m.

Billy Elliot
Directed by Stephen Daldry
(U.K./France, 2000, 110 min.)
Eleven-year-old lad Billy Elliot blows off his boxing lessons to join the more fascinating ballet class down the hall, but when his hard-headed father and older brother find out about his new extracurricular activity, tensions rise in the already tense household.
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., June 16, 7:30 p.m.

Black and Cuba
Directed by Robin J. Hayes
(U.S./Cuba, 2013, 83 min.)
This edgy and artful documentary follows a group of predominantly black, street-smart students at Yale, who feel like outcasts at the elite Ivy League university, as they band together and go to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 9:40 p.m.

Castle in the Sky
(Tenkû no Shiro Rapyuta)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 1986, 124 min.)
When a girl mysteriously falls from the sky and directly into his arms, a boy becomes involved in a wild adventure involving a secret floating city, pirates, giant robots and amazing flying contraptions (English-dubbed version).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 1, 11 a.m.,
Mon., June 2, 5:15 p.m.

Come With It, Black Man: A Biography of Black Stalin's Consciousness
Directed by Tamara Tam-Cruickshank
(Trinidad and Tobago, 2012, 60 min.)
This independent feature-length documentary digs deep into the consciousness of the Black Man himself, legendary calypsonian Dr. Leroy Calliste, better known as Black Stalin.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 13, 9:30 p.m.

Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas
(U.S./Philippines, 2013, 89 min.)
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas travels around America, telling his story in solidarity with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country, connecting with his subjects through the similarities of their journeys, particularly those who, like Vargas, came to the United States as children.
West End Cinema

Directed by Rick Rosenthal
(U.S., 2013, 82 min.)
This taut military thriller explores the unique set of moral dilemmas that confront our military and our nation as the United States expands its use of robotic weapons to prosecute its wars.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., June 27

The Exiles
Directed by Kent MacKenzie
(U.S., 1961, 72 min.)
This penultimate cinematic depiction of Los Angeles at night chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of the city.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 6, 7 p.m.

Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution
Directed by Bruce Paddington
(Trinidad and Tobago/Grenada, 2013, 113 min.)
The invasion of Grenada by U.S. forces in 1983 echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics. This comprehensive, gripping and revealing documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 5 p.m.

The Great Dictator
Directed by Charles Chaplin
(U.S., 1940, 125 min.)
Charlie Chaplin's first all-talking picture presents a biting satire on dictatorship, with Chaplin as a Jewish barber mistaken for the dictator of Tomania.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 24 to 28

Howl's Moving Castle
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2004, 119 min.)
A teenager named Sophie has her life turned upside-down when she meets a dashing young wizard named Howl and becomes caught up in a magicians' feud.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 26 to 29

Kingston Paradise
Directed by Mary Wells
(Jamaica, 2013, 83 min.)
Life on the streets is about frantic survival for small-time hustler Rocksy, a taxi driver and part-time pimp, and Rosie, a prostitute, his roomie and business investment.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 9:20 p.m.

The Lodger
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
(U.K., 1926, 90 min.)
Based on a novel inspired by the exploits of Jack the Ripper, this thriller — which Alfred Hitchcock himself called "the first true 'Hitchcock' movie" — stars Ivor Novello as a mysterious stranger who takes a room in a London family's house.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 15, 1 p.m.

Poetry is an Island, Derek Walcott
Directed by Ida Does
(The Netherlands, 2014, 80 min.)
This rousing documentary reveals an intimate portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, playwright, painter and even filmmaker Derek Walcott, who has been hymning the Caribbean for more than 60 years.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 13, 7:15 p.m.

Porco Rosso
(Kurenai no Buta)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 1992, 94 min.)
A swashbuckling tough guy aviator who just happens to be a pig battles pirates and other evildoers in this eccentric adventure set in 1920s Italy (English-dubbed version).
AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., June 2, 2:45 p.m.,
Wed., June 4, 2:45 p.m.

Resilient Hearts
Directed by Claudine Oriol
(Haiti, 2013, 74 min.)
Directed by Haitian-American actress Claudine Oriol, this documentary unfolds through the eyes, lives and spirit of the Haitian people who were devastated by the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake that ravaged their country.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 7:30 p.m.

Spirited Away
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2002, 125 min.)
While out exploring, a young girl strays from her parents and stumbles into the spirit world and is conscripted into working in a fabulous bathhouse where all manner of magical creatures come to relax.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 24 to July 2

The Stuart Hall Project
Directed by John Akomfrah
(U.K., 2013, 103 min.)
Born and raised in Kingston, Stuart Hall is one of the most influential and esteemed cultural theorists of his generation.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 2:45 p.m.

Directed by Matt Wolf
(U.S./Germany, 2013, 77 min.)
Teenagers didn't always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tula: The Revolt
Directed by Jeroen Leinders
(Netherland Antilles/Netherlands, 2013, 100 min.)
Based on the true story of the slave uprising in 18th-century Curacao, this epic drama follows the enslaved Tula, who led his colleagues in revolt (English and Dutch).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 14, 5 p.m.

Uncertain Glory
Directed by Raoul Walsh
(U.S., 1944, 102 min.)
In Occupied France, a career criminal and escaped convict volunteers for a suicide mission: He will turn himself in to the Nazi authorities and confess to a recent act of sabotage by the Resistance, in exchange for the freedom of 100 innocent men taken prisoner by the Nazis to force the saboteur's surrender.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 13 to 17

Unknown Chaplin
Directed by Kevin Brownlow
(U.K., 1983, 156 min.)
Film archivists and historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill take a fascinating look at Charlie Chaplin's outtakes, revealing his meticulous working methods and working and re-working scenes and stunts to create the "effortless" magic on screen.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 3:15 p.m.

Whisper of the Heart
Directed by Yoshifumi Kondô
(Japan, 1995, 111 min.)
Perusing the eclectic selection of books she has checked out from the library, a young girl notices the name Seiji before hers on the checkout card of each one. Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she meets and establishes a connection to Seiji, who dreams of becoming a famous violinmaker in Italy.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 13 to 16

Womanish Ways: The Women's Suffrage Movement in the Bahamas 1948-1962
Directed by Marion Bethel
(Bahamas, 2012, 73 min.)
Exploring the riveting story of the women's suffrage movement in the Bahamas, this documentary focuses on five of the central figures in the movement.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 15, 1:10 p.m.

Words and Pictures
Directed by Fred Schepisi
(U.S., 2014, 116 min.)
A stoic art instructor and a flamboyant English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
Tue., June 3, 7 p.m.

Directed by Andrea E. Leland
(U.S./St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 2014, 50 min.)
This powerful documentary recounts the painful past of the Caribs on St. Vincent and the extermination of scores of their ancestors at the hands of the British, while building an intimate portrait of Garifuna culture in-transition today.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 2 p.m.


Two Men in Manhattan
(Deux homes dans Manhattan)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
(France, 1959, 84 min.)
A reporter is sent by a French press agency on a discreet mission to find the French delegate to the U.N., a known womanizer who has gone missing in the New York night (French and English).
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 1, 1 p.m.


Break Up Man
Directed by Matthias Schweighöfer
(Germany, 2013, 110 min.)
Paul, a professional "separator" who works for an agency in Berlin assisting couples in breaking up, encounters the extremely clingy Toto who, in one fell swoop, turns Paul's career plans and life upside down.
Mon., June 23, 6:30 p.m.

Kokowääh 2
Directed by Til Schweiger
(Germany, 2013, 123 min.)
In this sequel to the 2011 film "Kokowääh," two years have passed since Henry, Katharina, Tristan and Magdalena became a family. Just when it seems everything has become routine, chaos breaks loose.
Mon., June 30, 6:30 p.m.

Rhymers and Rivals
(Dichter und Kämpfer: Das Leben als Poetry Slammer in Deutschland)
Directed by Marion Hütter
(Germany, 2011, 88 min.)
This film follows four of Germany's leading slam poets — Julius Fischer, Theresa Hahl, Sebastian23 and Philipp Scharrenberg — during the course of a year as they participate in two German Slam Poetry Championships.
Mon., June 16, 6 p.m.


Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
(India, 2013, 155 min.)
In this lush, visually stunning Bollywood rendering of "Romeo and Juliet," charming vagabond Ram meets and instantly falls for the passionate Leela during a village Holi celebration.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 8, 2 p.m.


Il Sorpasso
Directed by Dino Risi
(Italy, 1962, 105 min.)
Roberto, a shy law student in Rome, meets Bruno, a 40-year-old exuberant, capricious man who takes him for a drive through the Roman and Tuscany countrysides in the summer of 1962.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., June 22, 4:30 p.m.


From Up On Poppy Hill
Directed by Gorō Miyazaki
(Japan, 2011, 91 min.)
In 1963, the sunny seaside town of Yokohama, a 16-year-old gril begins a budding romance with fellow student and editor of the high school newspaper.
AFI Silver Theatre
June 6 to 11

The Wind Rises
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Japan, 2013, 126 min.)
The swan song of animation master Hayao Miyazaki, this animated film is a fictionalized biographical portrait of Jiro Horikoshi, a gifted Japanese engineer whose greatest achievement was designing the Zero fighter planes used by Japan during World War II.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., June 27, 7:30 p.m.,
Sun., June 29, 9:15 p.m.


The Day He Arrives
(Book chon bang hyang)
Directed by Hong Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2011, 79 min.)
The nighttime streets of Seoul become conduits for nostalgia, painful reunions, and fortuitous chance encounters when a lapsed filmmaker returns from the countryside for a brief visit.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 1, 3 p.m.


Beijing Bicycle
Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai
(China, 2001, 113 min.)
In this portrait of emerging class divisions in China, a teenager moves to Beijing from the countryside and finds work as a bicycle messenger, but his bike is stolen and winds up in the hands of a schoolboy who steals money to buy it secondhand so he can impress a girl.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 29, 2 p.m.


Abo So
(Only You)
Directed by Juan Francisco Pardo
(Aruba, 2013, 72 min.)
In this musical, Tatiana, an intelligent, conservative young woman, meets a quirky young man of Latin origin who can't take Tatiana's diva attitude.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 3:15 p.m.


Blind Chance
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
(Poland, 1987, 120 min.)
A trilogy of stories follows three possible life paths for its main character: In the first he becomes a Communist Party member, in the second he joins a dissident movement, and in the third he decides not to be involved in either.
National Gallery of Art
Sun., June 8, 4:30 p.m.

(Barwy ochronne)
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
(Poland, 1977, 100 min.)
The shallowness and cynicism of the academic milieu becomes apparent through the relationship between a young linguistics professor and his diabolical senior colleague.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 1, 8:45 p.m.,
Mon., June 2, 9:30 p.m.

The Constant Factor
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
(Poland, 1980, 98 min.)
A naïve and sincere young man must come to terms with the reality of the world.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 8, 6 p.m.

The Illumination
Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
(Poland, 1973, 92 min.)
In this classic "bildungsroman," a young man from a provincial town comes to the capital to study physics, hoping that science can answer his questions as he explores the boundaries of knowledge while tackling universal life experiences — love, death, friendship, fatherhood and work.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 8, 8 p.m.,
Tue., June 10, 9:15 p.m.

To Kill This Love
(Trzeba zabić tę miłość)
Directed by Janusz Morgenstern
(Poland, 1972, 92 min.)
What was it like to be young at the turn of the 1970s in communist Poland? While Neil Armstrong lands on the moon, Magda and Andrzej discover love and life but have no means of reaching their goals without entering the mean, conformist reality surrounding them.
AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., June 17, 9:20 p.m.,
Mon., June 30, 7:30 p.m.

Man of Iron
(Człowiek z żelaza)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
(Poland, 1981, 153 min.)
A masterful story about the limitations of the press, coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Andrzej Wajda's film examines the events leading to one of the most crucial historical events of the 20th century.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 7:30 p.m.,
Sun., June 15, 6:15 p.m.

The Promised Land
(Ziemia Obiecana)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
(Poland, 1975, 179 min.)
Three friends — a Polish nobleman, a German and a Jew — shrink from nothing, including treachery and fraud to build their business empire (Polish, German, Yiddish and Russian).
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., June 29, 6 p.m.


Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa
(Japan, 1928, 80 min.)
Set in Edo-period Japan, this story of sexual obsession takes place in the decadent milieu of the Yoshiwara pleasure district, where a young man makes the mistake of becoming smitten with a woman tied to several ruthless, powerful men.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., June 15, 3:30 p.m.


Cristo Rey
Directed by Leticia Tonos
(Dominican Republic/Haiti/France, 2013, 96 min.)
The universal legend of Romeo and Juliet provides a compelling framework for Dominican director Leticia Tonos to explore the recent escalation in historic tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., June 14, 7:15 p.m.


Nairobi Half Life
Directed by David "Tosh" Gitonga
(Kenya, 2012, 96 min.)
A young man who leaves his village with the dream of pursuing an acting career in bustling Nairobi finds city life harsher than he imagined and becomes ensnared by a gang of thieves (Swahili and Kikuyu).
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., June 27, 7 p.m.


Events - June 2014

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Events Highlight

Scandinavians Make Jazz Cool

The Nordic embassies in D.C., along with Twins Jazz Club, present the eighth annual Nordic Jazz Festival from June 24 to 29, featuring internationally acclaimed performers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The artists will present their modern take on Nordic jazz over the course of six concerts to be held at the Finnish Embassy and House of Sweden, as well as Twins Jazz Club.

Nordic jazz emphasizes the natural elements of Scandinavian countries with a modern interpretation that is characterized by improvisation. While the music tends to be experimental, the sound is melodically strong and spacious, with open song structures.

For more information, visit http://usa.um.dk/nordicjazz2014.










June 4 to Aug. 29

Investing in Women and Girls: A Photography exhibit of winners of the Colors of Life photo contest

This exhibition of winning entries of the Colors of Life International Photo Contest, organized in conjunction with the World Bank Art Program, features international documentary and street photographers tackling issues such as women's rights and the international movement toward a more just and humane world.

Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

Through June 6


Six Australian contemporary artists working out of New York City and London were selected based on an empirical set of rules. In an act of sequestering the artists, each has adopted a system of constraint to structure their experiments, elucidating the vast complexities of lived experience with a remarkable economy of means.

Embassy of Australia Art Gallery

June 6 to Oct. 12

Total Art: Contemporary Video

The first museum exhibition to focus on women's impact on the field of video art highlights the inventive processes and compelling subjects that sustain women artists' position at the forefront of video.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

June 7 to Dec. 31

Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems

One of Cartier's most important and enduring clients, Marjorie Merriweather Post commissioned some of the most exquisite jewelry sets, fashionable accessories and finely crafted jeweled frames of any American collector.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through June 8

Garry Winogrand

A renowned photographer of New York City and American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s, Garry Winogrand worked with dazzling energy and a voracious appetite. In the first retrospective of his work in 25 years, some 180 photographs in the exhibition and more than 350 in the accompanying catalogue will reveal for the first time the full breadth of Winogrand's art.

National Gallery of Art

Through June 8

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

June 10 to July 31

Octavio Paz: De La Palabra a la Miranda

This display brings together Octavio Paz's artist books, capturing the Nobel Laureate's indelible word through the illustration of renowned artists from Mexico and abroad, including Rufino Tamayo, Juan Soriano, Vicente Rojo, Marcel Duchamp, Antoni Tàpies, Robert Motherwell, Balthus and Cy Twombly.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Thu., June 12, 6 p.m.

They Never Update the Lists

This solo photography show by Prague-born, Bethesda-based artist Michael Borek addresses themes of alienation and absurdity as it commemorates the 90th anniversary of death of Franz Kafka. To RSVP, visit www.mzv.cz/washington.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

June 14 to Aug. 17

Continental Drift

This survey of Washington artist Judy Byron invites the viewer to consider the visual and auditory environment that informs identity, acknowledging the artist's drifting of visual influences among three specific countries: Brazil, China and Ghana.

American University Katzen Arts Center

June 14 to Aug. 17

Passionate Collectors: The Washington Print Club at 50

With almost 150 prints selected from Washington collections, this exhibit reveals a diversity of techniques — from relief printing by celebrated masters Durer, van Dyck, Carracci, Pissarro, Picasso and Chuck Close to monoprints by contemporaries Richard Estes, Ventura Salimbeni, Thomas Frye, Adolphe Appian, Reinhard Hilker and Keiko Hara.

American University Katzen Arts Center

Through June 15

Gravity's Edge

One of a series of exhibitions drawn from the collection of the Hirshhorn in celebration of the museum's 40th anniversary, "Gravity's Edge" offers an expanded view of Color Field painting, which spanned from 1959 to 1978.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through June 15

Rineke Dijkstra: The Krazyhouse

"The Krazyhouse" is a four-channel video installation by Rineke Dijkstra created in 2009 at a popular dance club in Liverpool that presents a group of five young people in their teens and early 20s dancing and singing.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through June 15

Shakespeare's the Thing

Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, this exhibition presents a miscellany of treasures in the Folger collection from Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio to modern fine art prints, revealing the Bard's influence on performance, adaptation, scholarship, printing, fine art and even in mild obsession.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through June 20

A Vintage Tour of Italy

This exhibit details the history of Italy's travel posters from the beginning of the 1900s to their peak in the 1960s, considered the golden age of poster art (viewing appointments must be made by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Embassy of Italy

Through June 21

Light Touch

The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France, in partnership with Maryland Art Place (MAP), features the work of five artists who explore aspects of the physical world through the lens of light as both a medium and a resource of value to our natural environment.

BWI Airport

June 23 to July 3

Lily Garafulic: Centenary Celebration

Selected prints, drawings, watercolors, sculptures and a documentary examine the work of Lily Garafulic Yankovic (1914-2012), a Chilean sculptor who was among the 40 Generation artists who drew heavily from impressionism and Fauvism and remained largely removed from the more overtly political work being made at the time.

Art Museum of the Americas

June 28 to Sept. 28

American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley

Spanning a remarkable 50-year career, this first-ever retrospective surveys the art of Albert Paley, one of the world's most distinguished metalsmiths.

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through June 29

Marimekko: 50 Years of Unikko

Marimekko, a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colors, and the Finnish Embassy celebrate the 50th anniversary of the world-famous Unikko (poppy) pattern, which, since its introduction in 1964, has been seen in a huge range of different colorways and on a large variety of products, from tableware and bags to sneakers and the livery of a Finnair airplane.

Embassy of Finland

Through June 29

Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

Ruth Kainen's love of German expressionism, first displayed at the gallery in the 1985 exhibition "German Expressionist Prints from the Collection of Ruth and Jacob Kainen," will be celebrated with 123 works recently donated to the gallery through her bequest, as well as with a few of her earlier gifts.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 3

AppArtAward - App goes art // Art goes app

Artists have been quick to recognize the creative potential of apps, particularly as a new form of communication and participation in contemporary art.


Through July 3

Search for a New Sound. The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff

Blue Note Records celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Its roots lie in Berlin, where two teenagers, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, discovered a passion for swing music and a strong friendship. They both moved to New York in the 1930s, where Blue Note Records was born in 1939.


Through July 7

Territories and Subjectivities: Contemporary Art from Argentina

This exhibition featuring 33 innovative artists presents a vigorous panorama of fresh trends from various regions of the country, examining the very notion of territory not as an inherent condition of the world that we share, but as something that humans define for themselves through subjective means.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through July 13

Dancing the Dream

From the late 19th century to today, dance has captured this nation's culture in motion, as seen in photos that showcase generations of performers, choreographers and impresarios.

National Portrait Gallery

Through July 27

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

"Chigusa" tells the story of a 700-year-old ordinary tea jar that rose to become one of the most famous and revered objects in the Japanese "art of tea" — so much so that it was granted a name, luxurious accessories and a devoted following.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through July 27

Kiyochika: Master of the Night

On Sept. 3, 1868, the city called Edo ceased to exist. Renamed Tokyo by Japan's new rulers, the city became the primary experiment in a national drive toward modernization. Kobayashi Kiyochika, a self-trained artist, set out to record his views of Tokyo in an ambitious and auspicious series of 100 prints.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Aug. 1

American States in Yuan Xikun's Eyes: Preservation and Transformation

In this collaboration between China and OAS member countries, Yuan Xikun uses cross-disciplinary art and modern context to energize trans-Pacific dialogue.

Organization of American States Sculpture Garden

Through Aug. 17

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

American artist James McNeill Whistler arrived in London in 1859 and discovered in its neighborhoods and inhabitants an inexhaustible source of aesthetic inspiration. His images of the city created over the next two decades represent one of his most successful assaults on the contemporary art establishment.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Aug. 17

An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle

Jess Collins and his partner, the poet Robert Duncan, merged their personal and artistic lives by exploring their mutual interest in cultural mythologies, transformative narrative and the appropriation of images.

American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Aug. 17

Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone

The exhibition features some 70 artworks from the collection of William Siegmann (1943–2011) — a former curator of African art at the Brooklyn Museum who lived and worked in Liberia for more than two decades — that survey the traditional arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

National Museum of African Art

Through Aug. 24

Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon

"Africa ReViewed" showcases the African photography of celebrated Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon and explores the intricate relationships between his photographic archives and art collection at the National Museum of African Art. Elisofon's images had a huge impact in framing America's perceptions of Africa and its diverse cultures during the 20th century.

National Museum of African Art

Through Aug. 31

Made in the USA: American Masters from The Phillips Collection, 1850–1970

Following an acclaimed four-year world tour, the Phillips's renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum to tell the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century, when it became a significant global force after World War II.

The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 2

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed

This exhibition journeys through civilizations from 1250 B.C. to 1450, learning through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics and textiles created by the complex Andean civilizations in ancient Peru that rival anything made by the ancient Egyptians.

National Geographic Museum

Through Sept. 7

Small Guide to Homeownership: Photography by Alejandro Cartagena of Mexico

This selection from Alejandro Cartagena's "Mexicana Suburbia" series considers the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion.

Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 14

Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

This exhibition features a selection of prints, paintings, illustrated books and ceramics that depict the Japanese appreciation for the beauty and variety of fish and other species.

Freer Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 14

Meret Oppenheim: Tender Friendships

More than 20 artworks and archival papers by Swiss surrealist Meret Oppenheim (1913-85) explore friendship as a source of support and inspiration, as seen through two 18th-century poets, Bettina von Brentano and Karoline von Günderode.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 21

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

A community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has developed a new form of bead art — using black fabric as a canvas and different colored Czech glass beads as the medium of expression — to empower local women.

The Anacostia Community Museum

Through Sept. 30

Marco Paoli Photography

Marco Paoli presents large black-and-white photographs from his collection "Silenzio (Silence)" and from his forthcoming monograph on Ethiopia, using his travels as metaphors for an artistic exploration around the concepts of silence, memory, emotion and inner journey (viewing appointments must be made by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Embassy of Italy

Through Oct. 5


Although Edgar Degas's influence upon Mary Cassatt has long been acknowledged, the extent to which Cassatt shaped Degas's artistic production and prepared the way for his warm reception by American audiences is fully examined in this exhibition for the first time.

National Gallery of Art

Through Nov. 14

The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová (1894–1980) was a Czech graphic artist whose 1929 novel "Zmého dětství (From My Childhood)" is widely acknowledged to be the first wordless novel created by a woman.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Jan. 4

One Nation With News for All

Ethnic newspapers, radio, television and online publications have helped millions of immigrants to America become part of their new country while preserving their ties to their native lands. This exhibit tells the dramatic story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience.



June 5 to 22

Puro Tango 2

This dazzling musical revue featuring singers and dancers from Argentina and Uruguay, the birthplace of tango, is an homage to the creators and key figures of tango and to the groundbreaking role of women in tango music. Tickets are $38 or $42.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Tue., June 10, 7:30 p.m.

La Verbena de la Paloma

"La Verbena de la Paloma (The Festivity of the Virgin of the Dove)" is one of the most popular zarzuelas (Spanish operetta) of all times. Set in Madrid in the late 19th century, the story focuses on sweethearts Julian and Susana, whose love endures the amusing meddling of an old bachelor suitor. Tickets are $40 to $60.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sat., June 28, 5:30 p.m.

The XVI Saya Caporal Dance Competition

This year, the Pro Bolivia Committee presents the XVI Caporales Dance Competition celebrating this traditional Bolivian folkloric dance from La Paz that is very popular in national festivities, particularly during Carnival. Tickets are $20.

George Mason University Center for the Arts


Tue., June 3, 6:45 p.m.

Louisa Lim: Remembering the Legacy of Tiananmen Square

The image of the solitary figure facing down a column of tanks rolling through Beijing's Tiananmen Square has lost none of its power 25 years after the People's Army crushed unarmed protesters on June 4, 1989. Louisa Lim, NPR's China correspondent, offers an insider's account of this defining event of China's modern history, from the widespread official hypocrisy and obsession with silence to its impact on the nation's society and culture. Tickets are $25; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., June 4, 6:30 p.m.

'Carabanchel' Book Talk

This reception and artist talk marks the release of a new book with photographs and text by artist Mark Parascandola about the Carabanchel prison in Madrid, Spain. For information, visit www.spainculture.us.

Studio 1469

Sat., June 14, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Europe 1900: The Golden Ages of Vienna, Paris, and London

The year 1900 found three of Europe's greatest cities entering defining eras in their historical and cultural development. In a richly illustrated series of talks, Smithsonian lecturer George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Mon., June 16, 6:45 p.m.

A Tale of a City: A Bloomsday Celebration of James Joyce's Dublin

June 16 is the day on which the action of James Joyce's epic 1922 novel "Ulysses" unfolds, as well as the anniversary of Joyce's first date with his wife, Nora Barnacle. Coilin Owens of George Mason University offers insights into how the once-controversial novel offers rich and fascinating perspectives on Joyce, his writing and the city he loved. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Sat., June 21, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Glittering in the Sun: Sicily's Historic Treasures

At the crossroads of Mediterranean empires since antiquity, Sicily boasts a rich cultural heritage visible in its art and architecture. Tickets are $130; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Thu., June 5, 6:30 p.m.

Aca Seca Trio

With songs written by Juan Quintero and esteemed composers from Uruguay, Brazil and their native Argentina, the Aca Seca Trio's vocals blend and glide over Latin rhythms to create a thoroughly modern sound that echoes the spirit of their continent's rich heritage.

Inter-American Development Bank

Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

Fri., June 6, 7:30 p.m.

Bergthor Pálsson, Baritone

Since 1991, baritone Bergthor Pálsson has sung at the Icelandic Opera and also appeared as a soloist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Reykjavik. Tickets are $100 including buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Icelandic Residence

Thu., June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Avguste Antonov, Piano

Avguste Antonov has presented recitals in Bordeaux, France, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee, and he has performed extensively with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble and the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony. Tickets are $100 including buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Bulgarian Residence

Thu., June 12, 7:30 p.m.

Kevin Deas CD Launch Party

Bass baritone Kevin Deas joins PostClassical Ensemble's Joseph Horowitz on piano for the launch of his CD and the ensemble's announcement of its 2014-15 season. Admission is free but reservations are limited; for information, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

June 14 to 28

Verdi's La Traviata

The In Series closes its season by paying homage to the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth in producing one of his most beloved and most performed operas, "La Traviata," which recounts the tragic love story of the frail demi-mondaine Violetta and the well-born Alfredo. Tickets are $44 (a Directors Salon will be held June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Casa Italiana).

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through June 15

Jazz Samba Project

The Jazz Samba Project, a celebration of over 50 years of bossa nova in the United States, was inspired by the landmark 1962 Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd "Jazz Samba" album that led to the proliferation and popularization of this Brazilian sound in America, creating an indelible cultural shift in jazz and popular music. The festival includes more than 20 concerts, events, exhibitions, lectures and family activities that coincide with the World Cup in Brazil.

Music Center at Strathmore

Fri., June 20, 7:30 p.m.

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

The Embassy Series presents a musical evening at the recently renovated South African Residence to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela. Tickets are $150 including buffet dinner; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

South African Residence


Sat., June 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tango a la Turca Benefit

Guests can experience world-renowned Turkish tango instructor Metin Yazir and the Tangueros of the Greater Washington area, dance to the strings of the tango, and taste the delicacies of Turkish cuisine in this benefit for HasNa Inc., which for 15 years has been fostering peace by providing people with the tools to cross physical and psychological boundaries while promoting economic empowerment and sustained cooperation among culturally divided communities in Cyprus, Turkey and Armenia. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/tango-a-la-turca-celebrating-15-years-of-peace-building-programs-tickets-11571531763?aff=eac2.

Embassy of Turkey 


Mon., June 2, 6:15 p.m.

Life is a Dream (La Vida es Sueño)

In this special presentation at the elegant former residence of the Spanish ambassador, Calderón de la Barca's immortal philosophical masterpiece comes to life in this one-night-only staged reading. When a prophecy toys with the freedom of a Polish prince, and a princess takes on a disguise to find her true love, they begin to question the nature of reality itself. Tickets are $10; for information, visit www.spainculture.us.

Spanish Cultural Center

Through June 7

Henry IV, Part 1

A young prince must decide between tavern roughhousing and the burden of his father's legacy in the coming-of-age story of heroism, corruption and war, directed by Shakespeare Theatre Artistic Director Michael Kahn and starring Stacy Keach. Tickets start at $20.

Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall

June 7 to June 29

Healing Wars

Liz Lerman's newest theatrical piece, featuring Bill Pullman, combines dance and narrative to explore the healers tasked with treating the physical and psychic wounds of battle and how we as individuals and a community experience and recover from war. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

Through June 8

Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Stuffed with nearly 40 popular hits from the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues, this longest-running musical revue in Broadway history will prove that Smokey Joe's Café is the place to be. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage

Through June 8

Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the dog)

Still fresh and witty after more than a century, Jerome K. Jerome's delightful travelogue tells the story of three young men suffering from a severe case of "overwork" who take a boating holiday through the English countryside, getting into one satirically hilarious predicament after another. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

June 10 to 29


When a hotshot fighter pilot's unexpected pregnancy grounds her, she's reassigned to fly drones in Afghanistan from a trailer outside Las Vegas in this gripping solo show from London's Gate Theatre. Tickets are $39 to $49

Studio Theatre

June 14 to July 5

Happy Days

Scena Theater presents the absurdist classic "Happy Days" by the esteemed Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and directed by local acting veteran Nancy Robinette. Tickets are $20 to $40.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

June 17 to Aug. 17

Disney's The Lion King

Winner of six Tonys including Best Musical, "Disney's The Lion King" returns with direction and costumes by Julie Taymor and a score by Elton John and Tim Rice that brings the African Pridelands to life. Tickets are $40 to $190.

Kennedy Center Opera House

Through June 22


John breaks up with his long-term boyfriend. Two weeks later, he's grateful to be accepted back — and haunted by a passionate and unshakable encounter with a woman that detonates a love triangle of attraction, ambivalence and commitment. Please call for ticket information.

Studio Theatre

Through July 15

Noël Coward's Private Lives

Noël Coward's quick-witted comedy opens in a blissful hotel in France where divorcées Elyot and Amanda are on a honeymoon with their new spouses. When the ex-couple discover each other on neighboring balconies, they try to maintain a veneer of etiquette and respectability, but old feelings make matters complicated. Tickets are $40 to $100.

Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre 


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