November 2015

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Ambassador Valeriy Chaly:
Ukraine Still in 'State of War'

a6.cover.ukraine.chaly.bastille.homeThe guns may have fallen silent but Ukraine's new envoy warns his homeland is still in a "state of war" as he fights to keep the world's attention on his embattled country. Read More 

People of World Influence

Ex-U.N. Peacekeeping Chief:
Do Less, Do It Better

a1.powi.jeanmarie.guehenno.homeJean-Marie Guéhenno led the largest expansion of U.N. peacekeeping in the organization's history. He also learned some hard lessons about conflict and compromise — and the mismatch between lofty aspirations and on-the-ground realities. Read More

Intel Black Hole

Gaps in Intelligence Complicate
Battle Against Islamic State

a2.islamic.state.jets.homePeople have assigned various labels and theories for the radical group that calls itself the Islamic State, but the only thing that's clear is that our knowledge of the group is riddled with gaps. Read More

U.S.- China Mil to Mil

Jaded U.S.-China Military Ties
Fray in Wake of Recent Tensions


Some U.S. defense officials are questioning the utility of engaging China's army as allegations of hacking and expansionism in the Pacific fuel bilateral mil-to-mil mistrust. Read More

Who Broke Greece?

Plenty of Blame to Go Around
For Greece's Economic Drama

a4.greek.crisis.tsipras.homeThere are two competing narratives about the Greek financial crisis — one that puts the onus on Athens, and the other that blames its creditors. But as in any rhetorical tug of war, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Read More

Diaspora Connections

From Palestine to Peru, D.C. Embassies
Reach Out to Respective Diasporas

a5.diaspora.cameroon.homeFrom Peru to Palestine, embassies are realizing the value of their diaspora communities and reaching out to pump up investment back home. Read More

Inside Azerbaijan

Diplomat's Ambassador Insider Series
Debuts with Azerbaijan's Suleymanov

a7.azerbaijan2.homeAzerbaijan took the spotlight Oct. 6 as the focus of The Washington Diplomat's inaugural Ambassador Insider Series discussion. Read More

Muslims in Europe

Muslims Coming to Europe,
Long Before Migrant Crisis

a8.muslims.europe.france.homeThe migrant crisis has shone a spotlight on the influx of Muslims fleeing war-torn nations for Europe's safe shores, but Islam is hardly a new presence on the Christian-dominated continent. Read More

Digital Diplomacy Forum

LinkedIn Disengages From
Diplomats in Digital Sphere Facebook and Twitter dominate the digital diplomacy discussion, LinkedIn has been largely left out of the loop.  Read More


Ex-U.N. Peacekeeping Chief: Do Less, Do It Better

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By Michael Coleman

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Gaps in Intelligence Complicate Battle Against Islamic State

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By Justin Salhani

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Jaded U.S.-China Military Ties Fray in Wake of Recent Tensions

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Plenty of Blame to Go Around For Greece’s Economic Drama

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From Palestine to Peru, D.C. Embassies Reach Out to Respective Diasporas

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By Larry Luxner

To say Bryan Lukano is excited about Biogen Kenya would be an understatement.

His company collects used cooking oil from hotels and restaurants, converts it into biodiesel and sells it at a steep discount for use in trucks, electric generators or anything with a diesel engine — with the goal of producing a sustainable alternative to traditional fuel.

“There’s an amazing market for this,” the Nairobi businessman told us one recent morning. “I come in, I collect waste vegetable oil from your kitchen, I clean it up and sell it back to you at a price you’ll never find at the pump.”

Photos: Larry Luxner
Bridget Mbeng, president of Mbeng Adio Mushroom Farm of Cameroon, displays her company's mushroom-based products Sept. 16 at the African Diaspora Marketplace Business Expo in Silver Spring, Md.

Biogen Kenya’s B100 refined biodiesel sells for the equivalent of 56 cents a liter, compared to 81 cents a liter on the streets of Nairobi. Lukano says his potential market exceeds 330 hotels; at the moment, he’s working with InterContinental, Hilton and PrideInn — and trying to bring more clients aboard.

Lukano was one of 35 entrepreneurs exhibiting their products and services at the African Diaspora Marketplace Business Expo. The two-day conference, held in Silver Spring, Md., was co-sponsored by USAID, Western Union, Deloitte and various other business entities.

Not far from Lukano’s booth at the Sept. 15-16 event were Delaware resident Bridget Mbeng, president of Mbeng Adio Mushroom Farm of Cameroon, and Fetlework Tefferi, owner of Brundo Ethiopian Spices in Oakland, Calif.

Both women won technical assistance packages and round-trip tickets to Africa courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines, along with companies from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. In addition, seven African entities — ranging from NextGen Solar of Cape Verde to Nigeria’s First Atlantic Semiconductors and Microelectronics — took home the full award package of $50,000 in venture capital, technical assistance and airfare.

Liesl Riddle, an associate professor of international business at the George Washington University, has spent much of her career studying diaspora communities around the world. She helped create the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM), which first took place in 2010 and again in 2012; last month’s event was billed as ADM III.

“This is basically a business plan competition for African Americans and African migrants in the United States to have business partnerships with local companies in sub-Sahara Africa,” said Riddle, noting that this year’s 35 finalists were chosen from among more than 400 applicants. “These businesses provide a variety of development benefits including employment, technology transfer and empowerment.”

Twelve African ambassadors attended this year’s event, a prelude to Global Diaspora Week 2015 in October.

At the Oct. 9 opening of that event, Secretary of State John Kerry pointed out that “we live in a world where the number of people living outside their country of origin has nearly tripled to more than 230 million. The United States has the largest number of diaspora members of any country; more than 60 million Americans are first or second-generation immigrants.”

Kerry said that these diaspora communities are often the first to respond to major crises, whether a natural disaster or terrorist attack. He noted that Filipinos in the U.S. mobilized after the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, while West African communities rallied in the wake of the Ebola outbreak last year.

“When you look down the list of challenges that we face … from natural disasters to promoting economic growth to the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, one thing is absolutely clear: Diaspora communities are helping to meet each and every one of those challenges,” he said. “Immigrants built America. And immigrants continue to make America what it is today.”

Recognizing that immigrants who still have strong sentimental and family ties with their countries of origin can be agents of development and investment, about a dozen countries have created entire ministries of diaspora affairs since 1995.

“The possible size of diasporas varies, from under 50,000 from the Caribbean nation of Dominica to over 30 million from China,” according to an article on the website of the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI). “The number of countries with diaspora institutions has increased especially in the last 10 years, and they span multiple continents.”

In 2004, India established the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to deal with the nearly 10 million Indians who live outside the motherland. Likewise, Bangladesh has set up a Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment to assist the 4.9 million Bengalis residing abroad.

In a similar vein, Peru’s Undersecretary for Peruvians Abroad — a unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — assists with consular paperwork and documentation, and offers legal and humanitarian assistance, according to MPI. It has also published a “Guide for the Peruvian Migrant” that discusses key issues encountered in host countries.

El Salvador, which has some 2.5 million of its people living in the United States (out of a population of about 6.3 million), established a Vice Ministry for Salvadorans Abroad in 2004. Some of the nation’s biggest communities of salvadoreños are concentrated in the D.C. metro area. More than 25 percent of the 16,200 residents of suburban Langley Park, Md., are from El Salvador, followed by Seven Corners, Va., and Adelphi, Md. As with Peru, the ministry’s mission is to defend the rights of migrant workers, improve their opportunities and safeguard their interests.

Riddle said that in Africa’s case, some immigrants go back and live there, while others run their businesses from the United States, making only periodic trips to Africa.

“The U.S. has seen a real upsurge in African migrants of late, particularly in main gateway cities, so it’s easier to reach them as diaspora communities in order to mobilize them,” said the George Washington professor. “The diaspora businesses can be some of our best information brokers in helping American businesses enter these markets. When it comes to distribution channels and forging relationships, it’s very important to utilize this insider diaspora knowledge.”

Fetlework Tefferi, owner of Brundo Ethiopian Spices in Oakland, Calif. attends the African Diaspora Marketplace Expo in Silver Spring, Md.

That knowledge, in turn, can be used to break down business barriers — the impetus behind the African Diaspora Marketplace Expo.

“I’ve done surveys of all the participants who have applied since 2009, and the number-one perceived obstacle to diaspora investment [in Africa] is government bureaucracy and red tape,” Riddle said. “It’s a concern of doing business in any country, but this is by far more of an obstacle than corruption or access to energy. In fact, corruption does not even hit the top five, because the truth of the matter is, corruption is a known quantity. But it’s uncertainty that adds to the cost of doing business in a volatile way — not knowing how long something is going to take.”

Barbara Span is vice president of global public affairs at Western Union, which operates in 200 countries and last year completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worth $85 billion. The financial services company is a leading money transfer provider for millions of people sending remittances to Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

“One of the most important roles of an embassy is to develop investment in, and business for, their country,” said Span. However, embassies aren’t always as responsive as they should be, she said. “We hear from our diaspora that they’d like more contact with their embassies. They need more information and guidance to invest in the country, but it’s often hard to access embassies on that level.”

Among the more interesting diaspora communities in the United States is that of the Palestinians, who began streaming to this country in the 1880s as merchants, adventurers and economic immigrants. Predominantly Christian rather than Muslim, this Palestinian exodus picked up steam in the late 1930s and spiked once again after the establishment of Israel in 1948.

Subsequent waves of Palestinian immigration followed the Six-Day War of 1967, which resulted in Israel occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as East Jerusalem. That triggered the departure of some 350,000 new refugees, many of which fled to neighboring Jordan.

The Palestinian American National Research Project, undertaken at the request of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Delegation in Washington, is aimed at providing a better understanding and analysis of the demography of Palestinian-Americans living in the United States.

The project’s author is Randa Serhan, an assistant sociology professor at American University and the director of its Arab World Studies program. Serhan, who studied at the American School of Kuwait, American University of Beirut, Canada’s University of Windsor and New York’s Columbia University, has researched a variety of Middle Eastern topics ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder after Lebanon’s civil war to Palestinian weddings in New Jersey and police surveillance of Arab-Americans.

Citing statistics from the Arab American Institute, Serhan said that the U.S. Census Bureau has undercounted Americans of Arab origin by as much as 60 percent.

Palestinian-Americans have largely remained invisible, she said, partly because — like all Arabs — they are listed as “white” on census forms and therefore have been numerically impossible to identify.

“Secondly, Palestinian-Americans have not formed any enclaves and are widely dispersed across the 50 states, further making their presence less evident,” Serhan said. “Finally, some Palestinian-Americans have consciously decided to maintain a low profile given the designation of the PLO as a terrorist organization until quite recently and the overwhelming support for Israel in public opinion polls.”

Interestingly, only 12 percent of all Palestinian-Americans are not U.S. citizens.

“Reasons for this include a desire to have a passport and citizenship other than the one they entered the U.S. with, and to benefit from the access an American passport secures to the West Bank and other Palestinian areas,” Serhan wrote.

The percentage of Palestinian-Americans with college and post-graduate degrees (48 percent) is higher than for the general U.S. population (34 percent); likewise, 6 percent have doctoral degrees, compared to 2 percent for everyone else. In 2010, average household median income for American families of Palestinian origin was $55,950.

Maen Rashid Areikat is the PLO’s chief representative in the United States and as such, the closest Palestine has to an ambassador in Washington.

“It’s obviously important, for our work here as a de facto embassy, to know how many Palestinians are there, how are they distributed and what their demographic composition is,” he told The Diplomat. “For quite some time, we’ve felt there’s something missing here. We are growing in number, we’re becoming more and more scattered across the United States, and I’ve always wanted to get an idea about the nature of this Palestinian-American community. We’ve managed to turn this idea into a demographic analysis.”

More than 60 percent of the world’s estimated 12 million Palestinians live outside the historic borders of pre-1948 Palestine. That includes between 400,000 and 500,000 Palestinians in the United States alone, even though official U.S. Census Bureau figures suggest a number closer to 215,000. The largest communities are in Chicago (home to nearly 70,000), Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Houston and Jacksonville, Fla.

Photo: PLO Mission
PLO Representative Maen Rashid Areikat, above, speaks to a Palestinian-American diaspora community at a town hall meeting.

“We seek a different type of investment than other diaspora communities, which are fortunate that their countries are sovereign and independent, and that they can invest in the economy without having to worry that political instability might undermine their investments,” Areikat explained. “Palestinians in the diaspora send a lot of money back to their families. They also invest in real estate, building family homes even though they live here.”

Some do far more than that. Zahi Khouri, a Palestinian Christian businessman who was born in Jaffa, left his Florida home more than 10 years ago and moved to the West Bank, where his company, the Palestinian National Beverage Co., operates Coca-Cola bottling plants in Ramallah, Jericho and Tulkarm. In November 2014, Khouri announced he’d spend $20 million to build the first Coke factory in Gaza with permission from Israeli authorities. That facility will become operational later this year, with the investment ultimately creating 200 direct jobs.

“Many investors chose to return after the 1993 Oslo Accords,” said Areikat. “One way or another, they continue to strengthen the Palestinian community.”

Like the Palestinian territories, the former Soviet republic of Georgia has a surprisingly large diaspora community.

Nina Matiashvili, a top government adviser on diaspora issues, said about 1.5 million Georgians live outside their country, a remarkably high number considering the country’s total population is 4 million. Just under half of all Georgians abroad reside in Russia — with which Georgia fought a brief war in 2008 — while large numbers also live in Greece, Italy and Spain.

The United States is home to about 150,000 Georgians, with big communities flourishing in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Miami and Atlanta (capital of the other Georgia). Many of these transplants are academics, doctors, engineers and other professionals who, like their brethren in Europe, send money back to the homeland. Some 26 Georgian diaspora organizations are now active throughout the United States.

“The Georgian diaspora is one of our country’s key assets, and it has been playing an important role in the social and economic development of Georgia for many years,” said Matiashvili, noting that last year, Georgians abroad contributed $1.424 billion in remittances — or 12 percent of the country’s total GDP.

That’s a lot, but not nearly as much as the figure for other former Soviet republics such as Armenia (26 percent) or Uzbekistan (58 percent). Matiashvili said remittances will likely drop by as much as 20 percent this year due to falling world prices for oil, a mainstay of the Russian economy, and the impact of European Union sanctions on Russia.

Albania, which 25 years ago emerged from Marxist isolation and still ranks as one of Europe’s poorest countries, has come to depend heavily on its U.S. diaspora — with key Albanian-American communities in New York and Boston.

“That diaspora has different characteristics, with some very old Albanian families having come here 100 years ago, and a newer generation which managed to escape between 1945 and 1990,” said Floreta Luli-Faber, Albania’s new ambassador to the United States. “I’m so happy to see Albanians here in Washington with many great positions and high-level jobs.”

Luli-Faber, who spent 15 years as executive director of the Albanian-American Chamber of Commerce in Tirana before coming to Washington, said the embassy is collaborating with Harvard University on a project that specifically looks at how overseas Albanians can help the land they left behind.

“We are exploring how far we can take this economic potential,” she said.

For years, European countries, large and small, have been doing just that — looking to their diaspora communities in the United States as a source of both pride and potential investment. The Netherlands, for example, has a relationship with the United States that is more than 400 years old.

“Dutch history and American history are intertwined and visible in the vast number of Dutch family names and geographical references in America. Names such as Roosevelt, Harlem and Brooklyn harken to the Dutch roots firmly planted here,” said Henne Schuwer, the country’s new ambassador to the United States. He noted that the 4.5 million Americans of Dutch descent represent the largest such diaspora outside of Holland.

“We maintain ties with this vibrant community in several ways: through our network of embassy and consulate general offices, and by working with Dutch-American business and education groups like the Netherland-America Foundation and the Netherlands-American Business Council,” Schuwer told us. “On a personal level, we engage with many Dutch cultural groups like DC Dutch. And of course, our social media platforms, website and toll-free information line provide the Dutch living here with immediate information and access to the Dutch government.”

In June, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima toured the United States, spending a total of five days in Washington, D.C., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Chicago to get a firsthand look at their distant countrymen.

“That visit presented the perfect opportunity to see the Dutch diaspora in full force,” said Schuwer. “In Grand Rapids and Chicago, the royal couple was met by people dressed in a sea of orange, all proud to show their Dutch heritage.”

About the Author

Larry Luxner is news editor of The Washington Diplomat.


Ambassador Valeriy Chaly: Ukraine Still in ‘State of War’

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Muslims Coming to Europe, Long Before Migrant Crisis

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French International School Says Oui To 60 Years of Multicultural Immersion

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Techno-Centric Diplomacy Arrives in Washington

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Antibiotic Resistance Could Threaten Surgery, Chemo Patients

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Modern Masterworks Echo Duncan Phillips’s Collecting Habits

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Man’s Best Friend Brings Turkish Couple Together

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New Approach Weaves Traditional Textiles with Socialist Realism Art

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Alice’s World is More Gothic Underworld than Fairy Wonderland

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Hidden Ethnic Gems Offer Taste of Exotic Next Door

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Films - November 2015

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Directed by Ask Hasselbalch

(Denmark, 2014, 77 min.)

When 12-year-old Pelle is accidentally bitten by a genetically modified ant, he develops unimaginable superpowers, amazing strength and sticky hands.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Nov. 7, 11:15 a.m.


Antboy: Revenge of the Red Fury

Directed by Ask Hasselbalch

(Denmark/Germany, 2014, 80 min.)

Antboy returns in this explosive sequel to the original crime-fighting blockbuster movie! Picking up where he left off, Antboy soon finds his world thrust back into the realm of danger when a menacing new band of supervillains arise.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Nov. 8, 11:10 a.m.


Beasts of No Nation

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga

(U.S., 2015, 133 min.)

Idris Elba stars in the gripping tale of a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

Landmark's E Street Cinema



Directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

(Ethiopia/U.S., 2014, 99 min.)

From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama "Difret," based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country's advancement of equal rights.

AFI Silver Theatre



Directed by John Goldschmidt

(U.K./Hungary, 2014, 94 min.)

Curmudgeonly widower Nat obstinately clings to his livelihood as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London's East End. With a dwindling clientele, he reluctantly enlists the help of Ayyash, a teenage refugee from Darfur. When Ayyash accidentally adds a not-so-Kosher ingredient to the leavening process, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice.

Washington DCJCC

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


Frame by Frame

Directed by Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli

(U.S., 2015, 85 min.)

Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, "Frame by Frame" follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape—reframing the country for the world and for themselves (English, Pashto and Dari).

Freer Gallery of Art

Thu., Nov. 12, 7 p.m.


He Named Me Malala

Directed by Davis Guggenheim

(U.S., 2015, 87 min.)

This film examines the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on the young Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema


Kandahar Journals

Directed by Louie Palu and Devin Gallagher

(Canada/U.S./Afghanistan, 2015, 76 min.)

A photojournalist's firsthand reflections while covering war, "Kandahar Journals" follows Louie Palu's experiences with several Canadian and American regiments for five years.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Nov. 7, 3 p.m.


A Monster in Paris

(Un monster a Paris)

Directed by Bibo Bergeron

(France, 2011, 90 min.)

(English and French).

After a shy movie projectionist and a wacky part-time inventor accidentally unleash a mysterious monster from an eccentric scientist's greenhouse, all of Paris is in a panicked uproar! But the monster — a giant flea named Francoeur — is actually not only quite harmless, he's also a talented singer, guitar player and stylish dresser.

Alliance Française

Wed., Nov. 4, 4 p.m.



Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

(Ireland/Canada, 2015, 118 min.)

Escaping from the captivity in which they have been held for half a decade, a young woman and her 5-year-old son struggle to adjust to the strange, terrifying and wondrous world outside their one-room prison.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema



Directed by Sarah Gavron

(U.K./France, 2015, 106 min.)

In 1912, the U.K. is seeing an increased public presence of the Suffragettes, whose rallying cry is "Votes for Women!" Their efforts at resistance over the years have been passive, but as the women face increasingly aggressive police action, they engage in public acts of civil disobedience endangering property — but never human life.

AFI Silver Theatre

Opens Fri., Nov. 6


Jane B par Agnès V

Directed by Agnès Varda

(France, 1988, 97 min.)

The many faces of actress Jane Birkin are revealed in Jane B par Agnès V, a collaboration between two great talents (Agnès Varda and Birkin) and a study of their long friendship.

National Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 22, 4 p.m.


La Pointe Courte

Directed by Agnès Varda

(France, 1955, 86 min.)

In this luminous early tour de force, Agnès Varda documents the lives of local waterman and the daily rhythms of a village near her childhood home on the Mediterranean coast — as she concurrently develops a fictionalized portrait of a young city couple who go there.

American University McKinley Building

Wed., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.


Burden of Dreams

(Die Last der Träume)

Directed by Les Blank

(U.S., 1981, 95 min.)

This documentary, with rare footage of Mick Jagger and Jason Robards, captures the chaos of creating the film "Fitzcarraldo" in the jungles of Peru and Ecuador (German, Spanish and English).


Mon., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Directed by Robert Weine

(Germany, 1920, 75 min.)

In the ultimate German expressionist movie, Caligari, a pretentious fairground huckster, arrives in a new town with the mysterious Cesare, a somnambulist who carries out unspeakable crimes.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.


From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

(Von Caligari zu Hitler. Das Deutsches Kino im Zeitalter der Massen)

Directed by Rüdiger Suchsland

(Germany, 2014, 118 min.)

The clip's the thing in this exciting feature-length documentary adaptation of Siegfried Kracauer's pioneering and still essential 1947 critical history "From Caligari to Hitler."

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 9, 9 p.m.


Dora or the Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

(Dora oder die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern)

Directed by Stina Werenfels

(Switzerland/Germany, 2015, 90 min.)

Shortly after her 18th birthday, the intellectually disabled Dora is taken off heavy medication and promptly makes borderline-explicit life choices that raise many troubling questions.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 11, 8:30 p.m.


The Drift


Directed by Karim Patwa

(Switzerland, 2015, 93 min.)

Young car enthusiast Robert is out of prison after unintentionally killing a child during a street race involving an extreme driving technique known as drifting. He develops an intense relationship with Alice, but a revelation will forever change both of their lives.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sun., Nov. 8, 8:30 p.m.,

Wed., Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.


Go Trabi Go

Directed by Peter Timm

(Germany, 1991, 92 min.)

After reunification, a Trabi becomes a convertible on a family road trip to Naples full of incidents.


Mon., Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m.


Kebab Connection

Directed by Anno Saul

(Germany, 2005, 96 min.)

Hamburg-born Ibo aspires to make the first German kung-fu movie — until his German girlfriend gets pregnant (German, Greek and Turkish).


Mon., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.


The King's Surrender

(Wir waren Könige)

Directed by Philipp Leinemann

(Germany, 2014, color, 104 min.)

In the less desirable sections of an unnamed, graffiti-strewn metropolis, an efficient, perpetually underfunded SWAT team is having a run of bad luck in this sweeping criminal character study.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 5 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 8, 12 p.m.


Late Bloomers

(Die Herbstzeitlosen)

Directed by Bettina Oberli

(Switzerland, 2006, 90 min.)

After her husband passes away, Martha decides to transform their grocery store into a saucy lingerie shop (German and Swiss-German).


Mon., Nov. 16, 6:30 p.m.


Ma Folie

Directed by Andrina Mračnikar

(Austria, 2015, 100 min.)

On vacation in Paris, a child therapist meets fellow an Austrian but ends the relationship due to his jealousy and manipulation. As her own life sinks into paranoia and fear, however, she begins to question her decision.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 3 p.m.,

Mon., Nov. 9, 7 p.m.


The Misplaced World

(Die abhandene Welt)

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

(Germany, 2015, 100 min.)

After German lounge singer Sophie loses her mother, father Paul discovers that New York opera singer Caterina could have been her identical twin (German, English and Italian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 1:15 p.m.,

Sun., Nov. 8, 4:15 p.m.


Wacken 3D

Directed by Norbert Heitker

(Germany, 2014, 95 min.)

Maybe you've heard of Wacken Open Air, the world's largest heavy metal festival, now in its 25th year. No? Well, you'll certainly hear it during this special 3D screening (German and English).


Sat., Nov. 7, 2:30 p.m.


We are Young. We are Strong.

(Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark.)

Directed by Burhan Qurbani

(Germany, 2014, 127 min.)

In August 1992, three years after the wall came down and Germany reunified, anti-immigration rioting jolted the former East German port city of Rostock. This timely drama recreates an event that helped push a calcified society into the modern, multicultural Germany of today.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tue., Nov. 10, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.


Who Am I: No System is Safe

(Who Am I—Kein System ist sicher)

Directed by Baran bo Odar

(Germany, 2014, 105 min.)

A garden-variety contemporary nerd, Benjamin has no friends at school and few social skills, but there's one thing he understands: computers. Before long, he's part of an anonymous hacking collective.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Fri., Nov. 6, 7 and 9:30 p.m.,

Sat., Nov. 7, 10 p.m.


The Whole Shebang

(Alles Inklusive)

Directed by Doris Dörrie

(Germany, 2014, 124 min.)

In this warm, humorous film, lovelorn Apple, with French pug Dr. Freud in tow, follows her mother to the Spanish beach of her counter-culture childhood.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Thu., Nov. 12, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.



Directed by Sebastian Schipper

(Germany, 2015, 138 min.)

Photographed in a single, uninterrupted take on 22 locations with actors improvising dialogue from the framework of the story arc, this thriller set in Berlin's Mitte district features genial young Madrid-based waitress Victoria ensnared as an accomplice in a desperate deed.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sat., Nov. 7, 7 p.m.


Gangs of Wasseypur 1

Directed by Anurag Kashyap

(India, 2013, 159 min.)

This ambitious and extraordinary blood- and bullets-fueled crime saga has been called Indian cinema's answer to Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather." It charts 70 years in the lives — and spectacular deaths — of two organized-crime families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.


Gangs of Wasseypur 2

Directed by Anurag Kashyap

(India, 2013, 158 min.)

Familiarity with part one of Anurag Kashyap's gangland epic is encouraged but not required to enjoy its thrilling second half, in which crime boss Sardar Khan's son Faizal takes over the family's operation. Faizal reluctantly evolves from a listless stoner into a ruthless yet vulnerable kingpin of a fragile empire.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.


Capone Cries A Lot

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1985, 128 min.)

In this surreal comic confection, a traditional naniwa-bushi singer moves to Prohibition-era San Francisco. He goes in search of Al Capone, whom he mistakenly believes is president, hoping to impress the gangster with his singing and popularize the art form in the States.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 22, 2 p.m.


Carmen from Kawachi

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1966, 89 min.)

A 1960s riff on the opera "Carmen," this picaresque tale sends its heroine from the countryside to Osaka and Tokyo in search of success as a singer. Her journey is fraught with exploitation and abuse at the hands of nefarious men — until Carmen seeks revenge.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 20, 7 p.m.


Eight Hours of Fear

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1957, 77 min.)

When their train is trapped by a landslide, passengers — including a murderer escorted by police officers — pile into a bus to proceed through the rugged countryside. Meanwhile, two bank robbers are loose in the vicinity. As the travelers' journey continues, the danger mounts and tempers begin to fray.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m.


Passport to Darkness

(Ankoku no Ryoken)

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1959, 88 min.)

In this stylish film noir, a trombonist goes on an all-night bender after his wife disappears during their honeymoon. When he returns home to find her corpse in their apartment, he sets off on a frantic quest to find her killer by piecing together a night he can't remember.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 1, 1 p.m.


The Sleeping Beast Within

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1960, 86 min.)

A businessman vanishes upon his return from an overseas trip, and his daughter hires a reporter to help find him. When the father reappears, the reporter becomes suspicious and starts digging deeper, uncovering a secret world of heroin smuggling and murder.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 15, 1 p.m.


Smashing the O-Line

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1960, 83 min.)

This crime thriller features one of the most nihilist characters in Seijun Suzuki's early films: Katiri, a reporter so ambitiously amoral that he'll sell out anyone — including his partner and the drug dealer he's sleeping with — to get a scoop. But what happens when an even more ruthless female gang boss kidnaps his sister?

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Nov. 15, 3 p.m.


A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness

Directed by Seijun Suzuki

(Japan, 1977, 93 min.)

Nearly a decade after being fired by Nikkatsu Studios, Seijun Suzuki returned to the director's chair with this titillating tale of a model who is groomed to become a professional golfer as a publicity stunt. When she turns out to be good at the sport, her success leads a deranged fan to hatch a blackmail scheme.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.


The Assassin

Directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

(Taiwan/China/Hong Kong/France, 2015, 107 min.)

In 9th-century China, a young woman is abducted as a child from a decorated general and raised by a nun who trained her in the martial arts. After 13 years of exile, she is returned to the land of her birth as an exceptional assassin, with orders to kill her betrothed husband-to-be. She must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings in a choice to sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

AFI Silver Theatre


I Am Cuba

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov

(Cuba/Soviet Union, 1964, 143 min.)

The dazzling, black-and-white "I Am Cuba" was a gesture of Soviet-Cuban friendship in the early 1960s. Constructed as a sequence of painterly tableaux, the film conveys views of Yankee imperialism, a passionate Cuban revolutionary spirit and the devotion of farmers and students to the cause (Spanish and English).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Nov. 28, 2 p.m.


Tango Glories

Directed by Oliver Kolker and Hernán Findling

(Argentina, 2014, 117 min.)

Committed to an institution decades ago, and suffering from PTSD and depression, Fermin breaks out of his isolation with the help of an ambitious young doctor, who connects to Fermin through the language of the Argentinean tango.

Washington DCJCC

Tue., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.


Events - November 2015

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Through Nov. 1

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists

This dramatic multimedia exhibition reveals the ongoing global relevance of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic as part of a shared intellectual heritage and includes original commissions and renowned works of art by approximately 40 of the most dynamic contemporary artists from 19 African nations and the diaspora.

National Museum of African Art


Nov. 1 to March 13

Celebrating Photography at the National Gallery of Art: Recent Gifts

Marking the culmination of a year-long celebration of photography at the museum, this installation brings together an exquisite group of gifts, ranging from innovative photographs made in the earliest years of the medium's history to key works by important 20th-century artists and contemporary pieces that examine the ways in which photography continues to shape our experience of the modern world.

National Gallery of Art


Through Nov. 6

OJJDP's Missing Children's Day Poster Contest

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) hosts this exhibition of winning entries from the National Missing Children's Day Art Contest. With an annual theme of "Bring Our Missing Children Home," the missing children's day poster contest provides teachers with tools to educate children and parents about safety and initiate conversations regarding prevention.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through Nov. 15


Finland is extremely dark, extremely bright and everything in between. Polar nights and the midnight sun add a unique touch to everything Finns do. Light, and the lack of it, colors their lives. "9 SEASONS" showcases work by nine artists from the Arabia Art Department Society in Finland that reflects the diversity of Finnish nature and seasons. The Sami people of Lapland are said to have divided the year into eight different seasons: fall-winter, winter, spring-winter, spring, spring-summer, summer, fall-summer, and the fall. The Arabia Art Department Society discovers one more season to add to the list: art. This exhibit transforms the embassy's Finlandia Hall to a dreamlike world where different horizons become visible (open Saturdays and Sundays).

Embassy of Finland


Nov. 15 to May 15

Louise Bourgeois: No Exit

Louise Bourgeois's ties to surrealism and existentialism will be explored through 17 works on paper and four sculptures.

National Gallery of Art


Through Nov. 28

Under ART

In Latvian Artist Edīte Gornova-Rasmusena's "Four Seasons," each of the 12 months is represented in paintings that reflect the various seasons and the dramatic changes as experienced by the artist in the northern European country of Latvia (open Fridays and Saturdays).

Embassy of Latvia


Through Dec. 6

Rymd – A Swedish Space Odyssey

Sweden has been a member of the world space elite ever since the first space rocket left Earth. For more than half a century Swedish space research, technology and innovations have been at the cutting edge of space exploration and discovery. See the smallest space rocket engine in the world, find out about a unique and sustainable propulsion system and learn how Sweden awakened comet chaser Rosetta from her solar slumber. You can even help plan a mission to search for alien life on the icy moons of Jupiter. The digital stations in this exhibit offer videos, interviews and in-depth facts. And don't miss out on the chance to win a space adventure in Abisko, Sweden, north of the Arctic Circle. For information, visit

House of Sweden


Through Dec. 31

Ingénue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion

The first exhibition at Hillwood to present Marjorie Post's full range of style, "Ingénue to Icon" will examine how Post's lifelong passion for objects that were exceptionally beautiful and impeccably constructed extended to her taste for clothing.

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens


Through Jan. 2

Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre

"Peacock Room REMIX" centers on "Filthy Lucre," an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston who reinterprets James McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin, an aesthetic space that is literally overburdened by its own excesses — of materials, history, and creativity. Like "Filthy Lucre" and the original Peacock Room, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the complex relationships among art, money and the passage of time.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Through Jan. 3

Age of Lawyers: The Roots of American Law in Shakespeare's Britain

In the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carta, "Age of Lawyers" offers a close-up look at the rapid increase of lawyers and legal actions in Shakespeare's Britain, from the law's impact on daily life to major political and legal disputes — some invoking the Magna Carta — that still influence American politics and government.

Folger Shakespeare Library


Through Jan. 3

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

The modern term Rinpa (Rimpa) describes a remarkable group of Japanese artists who created striking images for paintings, ceramics, textiles and lacquerware.

Freer Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 3

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626-1705)

Born a prince of the Ming imperial house, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) lived a storied life, remaking himself as a secluded Buddhist monk and, later, as a professional painter and calligrapher. Featured in this exhibition are examples of his most daring and idiosyncratic works, demonstrating his unique visual vocabulary.

Freer Gallery of Art


Through Jan. 3

Le Onde: Waves of Italian Influence (1914-1971)

This exhibition of nearly 20 works from the museum's collection follows Italian contributions to the transnational evolution of abstraction, through movements and tendencies such as futurism, spatialism, op art and kinetic art.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Through Jan. 10

Gauguin to Picasso: Masterworks from Switzerland, The Staechelin and Im Obersteg Collections

This exhibition pays tribute to two pioneering supporters of the arts, Rudolf Staechelin (1881-1946) and Karl Im Obersteg (1883-1969), both from Basel, who championed the work of impressionist, post-impressionist and School of Paris artists, providing a platform to distinguish collecting philosophies and situate them within the history and reception of modern art. The exhibition features more than 60 celebrated paintings — masterpieces created during the mid-19th and 20th centuries by 22 world-famous artists.

The Phillips Collection


Through Jan. 17

Esther Bubley Up Front

Esther Bubley (1921-98) was a photojournalist renowned for her revealing profiles of the United States and its people in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Bubley's talent for creating probing and gently humorous images of Americans contributed to her success in photojournalism.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Jan. 31

Sōtatsu: Making Waves

Tawaraya Sōtatsu (act. ca. 1600–40), a fountainhead of Japanese painting and design, is one of the most influential yet elusive figures in Japanese culture. Sōtatsu's work is instantly recognized by its bold, abstracted style, lavish swaths of gold and silver and rich jewel tones. Much of the artist's life, however, remains a mystery. How a working-class owner of a Kyoto fan shop transformed into a sophisticated designer with a network of aristocratic collaborators is still an enigma — and the focus of this in-depth examination of masterpieces.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Through Jan. 31

Streams of Being

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Art Museum of the Americas, "Streams of Beings" brings to light a multiplicity of ideas and identities emerging within contemporary Latin American art. Featuring 22 artists from 12 countries across the Americas, this exhibition explores the permeable boundaries and dimensions of life through interrelated themes of scale and place, human and animal bodies. Throughout four intersecting "streams" — Bestiary, Cosmos, Topologies and Bodies in Exile — the display stages movement and displacement, dwelling on crossings both serendipitous and transgressive.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through Feb. 3

Hidden Identities: Paintings and Drawings by Jorge Tacla

With the earliest works in the series dating to 2005, "Hidden Identities" by Chilean artist Jorge Tacla is composed of a rich series of paintings and drawings that explore central themes of mutability of identity, collective memory, the physical and psychological fallout of trauma, and the omnipresent yet latent potential for change. The inspiration for this body of work comes from the social, political and historical events of the artist's life during the chaos of the Chilean coup d'état.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through Feb. 28

Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today

This exhibition presents dynamic women designers and artists from the mid-20th century and today making groundbreaking commercial and industrial designs, maintaining craft traditions and incorporating new aesthetics into fine art.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through June 5

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East, particularly Egypt, where she is based.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery



Fri., Nov. 6, 8 p.m.

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel: Flamenco Fire

Celebrate the art of flamenco with this explosion of vibrant color, passionate rhythm, and enchanting movement by José Porcel, along with his troupe and orchestra. This breathtaking extravaganza represents the golden age of flamenco and showcases the purity and authenticity of this traditional art form. Tickets are $29 to $48.

George Mason University Center for the Arts


Sat., Nov. 21, 8 p.m.

Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India: The Spirit of India

Experience a veritable feast for the eyes, ears and soul when these dynamic artists present a captivating evening of Indian music and dance. The legendary Indian musician Rahis Bharti brings his spectacular vision of authentic Indian music to the George Mason stage accompanied by his talented ensemble of musicians and dancers. Tickets are $29 to $48.

George Mason University Center for the Arts


Nov. 25 to 29

The Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Robert Joffrey's awe-inspiring staging of the perennial classic boasts larger-than-life Victorian America scenery and costumes, entrancing storytelling, Tchaikovsky's beloved score, and invigorating dancing that could only be found in a dream. Tickets are $55 to $195.

Kennedy Center Opera House



Tue., Nov. 3, 4:30 p.m.

Global Challenges for a Sustainable Economic Development

The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute, invites you to a symposium and discussion on the challenges facing a sustainable global economic development that will require a data revolution, global environmental protection, policy issues as well as ethical and technical concerns — featuring professor Enrico Giovannini of the University of Rome and Ruth Greenspan Bell of the Wilson Center. For information, visit or call (202) 733-3826.

Georgetown University Intercultural Center Auditorium



Through Nov. 8

Kids Euro Festival 2015

The eighth edition of the Kids Euro Festival offers children a trip to Europe — without the passport. This two-week long festival of European arts and culture presents more than 125 free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families, including performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling and more — all brought to you by the 28 European Union member states. Among the November highlights: "Animals" puppet theater from Spain (Nov. 7-10), which explores some of the 8.74 million species of animals that live on Earth; traditional Irish dance and music with the Shannon Dunne Dance Company (Nov. 7); "KeeKee's Big Adventures in Athens, Greece" storytelling and book signing at the Greek Embassy (Nov. 7); "Baba Marta's Yarn," traditional Bulgarian folktales told with puppets and props made of yarn (Nov. 4-6); and "White Lullaby," which uses dance and a little bunny who travels to a dream world to explore Lithuanian fairytales, some of the oldest in Europe (Nov. 1). For information and reservations, visit

Various locations



Tue., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Tehorah: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of German-Israeli Diplomatic Relations

Fresh from a performance at Carnegie, singer Adrienne Haan, along with the Israeli String Quartet and pianist Heinz-Walter Florin, present a program of meaningful and deeply felt music. "Tehorah," which means "pure" in Hebrew, features music of 1920s Weimar, Berlin, klezmer and contemporary Hebrew songs sung in German, Yiddish and Hebrew. A collaboration of German and Israeli artists, this concert carries a message of hope and forgiveness with music as an ambassador of peace. Tickets are $60, including reception; for information, visit

Embassy of Austria


Fri., Nov. 6, 7 p.m.

Yoruba Andabo

The Adinkra Group and Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation in partnership with the Yoruba Cuba Association present Afro Cuban legendary band and Rumba masters Yoruba Andabo — live and direct from Cuba for the first time in D.C. Tickets are $35 to $55.

GW Lisner Auditorium


Sat., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Central American Marimbas

Mesoamerica vibrates with the sounds of marimbas. These traditional instruments — patriotic symbols of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua — are the pride of peoples and eras in Central America. A variety of performers from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras take the stage to celebrate this musical tradition as part of Teatro de la Luna's 25th anniversary season. Tickets are $35; for information, visit

Rosslyn Spectrum Theater


Sun., Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Amit Peled and Noreen Polera - Homage to Pablo Casals

Celebrating the centenary of Pablo Casals's 1915 U.S. tour and performing on Casals's own cello, renowned performer and pedagogue Amit Peled affectionately recreates the legend's program of cello favorites. Tickets are $50.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Mon., Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Tomer Gewirtzman, Piano: Daniel Pearl Memorial Concert

Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, this Embassy Series concert features pianist Tomer Gewirtzman, who has won first prizes in the Chopin competition for young pianists in Tel-Aviv, the Rig'ey See piano competition in Ashdod, the Pnina Zaltzman Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Kfar-Sava, and the Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses concerto competition. Tickets are $70, including reception; for information, visit

Venue TBA


Fri., Nov. 13, 9 p.m.

A Family Affair: Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars

Showcasing the rhythmic, virtuosic intricacies of the Django Reinhardt guitar style of "hot jazz," the Django Festival All-Stars return to the Kennedy Center by popular demand, featuring superstar Dorado Schmitt on lead guitar and violin. Tickets are $30.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Sat., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.


The mariachi is a serenade, a message of love with the sounds of the heart and the soul, as well as an international symbol of Mexico. This event by Teatro de la Luna spotlights the mariachi group Son de America, with a special appearance by the Maru Montero Dance Company. Tickets are $35; for information, visit

Rosslyn Spectrum Theater


Sun., Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40

Two landmarks in Latin jazz, the band Irakere and its iconic bandleader, Cuban-born Chucho Valdés, take the stage in this performance that celebrates Irakere's indelible legacy, a bold fusion of Afro-Cuban ritual music, popular Afro-Cuban styles, jazz and rock that marked a turning point in Latin jazz. Leading a 10-piece ensemble, Latin Grammy-winning composer and bandleader Valdés offers a vivid retrospective of his work the past four decades. Tickets are $28 to $58.

Music Center at Strathmore


Sun., Nov. 15, 4 p.m.

Johannes Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem

The Choral Arts Society of Washington opens its 2015-16 season with Johannes Brahms's "Ein deutsches Requiem," constructed to move from words of comfort to those who remain behind, to comfort for those who have passed on. Inspired by Brahms's own loves and losses, and his longest choral work, "A German Requiem" was written to appeal to the masses — the religious and secular, the young and old. Tickets are $15 to $69.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Sun., Nov. 15, 6 p.m.

10th Annual Korea Art & Soul: An Evening of Opera and Choral Music

Presented by the Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation, this special concert of master artists from South Korea along with Korean American performance artists will include a fashion show of traditional and modern dress, Korean and American opera vocalists, and two choirs. Tickets are $45 to $75.

GW Lisner Auditorium


Tue., Nov. 17, 8 p.m.

Madeleine Peyroux

"A masterful interpreter of classic songs" and modern tunes alike, this jazzy singer/songwriter infuses her compositions with "rich tone, emotional depth and expressive storytelling" (The Associated Press). Don't miss the Wolf Trap debut of this critically acclaimed artist. Tickets are $42 to $45.

The Barns at Wolf Trap


Tue., Nov. 17, 8 p.m.

Youssou N'Dour

The high-energy concerts by Youssou N'Dour, Senegal's most beloved musician, showcase the mbalax, reggae and internationally influenced music that he developed over his 40-year career. Tickets are $35 to $75.

GW Lisner Auditorium


Wed., Nov. 18, 8 p.m.

Paco Pena

Paco Pena embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor, he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form. Tickets are $30 to $50.

GW Lisner Auditorium


Fri., Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Mariko Furukawa, Pianist

Japanese pianist Mariko Furukawa is an active chamber musician and won the Mannes Chamber Music Competition in 2004, resulting in a performance with the Orion String Quartet. She has also performed at numerous major halls throughout New York and Japan, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Steinway Salon, Yamaha Salon, Union Club, Goethe Institute and the German and French consulates. Tickets are $150, including cocktails and buffet dinner; for information, visit

Japanese Ambassador's Residence


Sun., Nov. 22, 6 p.m.

Gioachino Rossini's 'Semiramide'

The Washington Concert Opera debut of "Semiramide" features dazzling virtuostic arias, spectacular chorus and orchestral writing, and is Rossini's most monumental work. This lush tale of murder, power and revenge brings ancient Babylon to life as Queen Semiramide pays the price of her deceitful crimes with the heartbreak from an impossible love. Tickets are $40 to $110.

GW Lisner Auditorium


Sat., Nov. 28, 8 p.m.

Chanticleer: A Chanticleer Christmas

This Grammy Award-winning ensemble presents a glorious performance of ancient hymns, venerated sacred songs, contemporary classics, gospel spirituals, and treasured American and European carols all performed with its well-known lush harmonies and impeccable technique. Tickets are $32 to $54.

George Mason University Center for the Arts


Through Nov. 8

Alice in Wonderland

Alice's story takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. The Tsikurishvilis combine their signature cinematic style with a script by recent Helen Hayes Award nominee Lloyd Rose that promises to be a fresh take on Lewis Carroll's fairy tale of the absurd. Tickets are $35 to $65.

Synetic Theater


Through Nov. 8


In this new work, internationally acclaimed adaptor-director Yaël Farber reworks Oscar Wilde's play with ancient Arabic and Hebraic texts. The result is an urgently relevant exploration of the woman's voice in history, oppressed people's power over their own bodies and the explosive connections between religious and political uprising.

Shakespeare Theatre Company


Nov. 13 to Dec. 20

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production of Pericles

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets sail on an extraordinary journey through the decades and is blown from the coasts of Phoenicia to Greece and to Turkey. Chased by the wicked King of Antioch, Pericles finds his true love in Thaisa and loses her and their daughter Marina on the rough seas. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Folger Shakespeare Library


Nov. 14 to 22


The Washington National Opera continues its 60th anniversary season with the world premiere of a newly revised version of "Appomattox," which marks 50 years since the Voting Rights Act and 150 years since the end of the Civil War. As the brutal American Civil War is drawing to a close, a determined Ulysses S. Grant has just ordered the final assault on Richmond and issued President Abraham Lincoln's terms of surrender to Robert E. Lee. The two generals meet in a small Virginia courthouse and change the course of a nation forever. Flash forward a century later — an emboldened Martin Luther King, Jr. struggles to negotiate voting rights with President Lyndon B. Johnson. As these legendary leaders battle to end racial inequality and bloodshed, their stoic fronts belie profound humanity, from their own personal regrets to discussions with their deeply concerned wives. Tickets start at $25.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Through Nov. 15


Legendary record producer Daniella Espere is searching for her next international sensation. She discovers it in her long-lost niece, Tina, who dreams of being a world-famous pop star. Despite warning signs that all may not be as it seems, the two eagerly forge a mother/daughter bond and Daniella transforms Tina's image, voice and talent into star quality — but not by the usual means. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre


Through Nov. 15

Smartphones: A Pocket-Size Farce

This modern surreal play by Spanish playwright and director Emilio Williams, presented by Ambassador Theater, deconstructs relations between four egocentric individuals addicted to social media and self-gratification. Two couples and their precarious worlds get too close for comfort stuck in the house of their elusive friend, who may never arrive. While waiting for him and pestering their smartphones to "death," the group begins to lose their cool. Lies are exposed, masks dropped and secret desires revealed in this fast-paced comedy too ridiculous to be true, or is it? Tickets are $20 to $35.

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint


Nov. 17 to Jan. 3

Kiss Me, Kate

As they try to stage a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," sparks fly on and off stage between the show's director and his leading lady — and ex-wife. Add to the mix passionate young lovers, plus a few musically inclined gangsters' heavies, and the result is a sharp and witty night with some of Cole Porter's most immortal songs. Tickets are $20 to $118.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Sidney Harman Hall


Through Nov. 22

Cake Off

It's the 50th annual Millberry Cake Off. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl — and only one can remain standing when the timer dings. Visit for ticket information.

Signature Theatre


Through Nov. 29

The Cripple of Inishmaan

Scena Theatre presents Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's dark comedy set in 1934 on the island of Inishmaan, where residents are excited to learn that a Hollywood film crew has arrived in nearby Inishmore to make a documentary on island life. Many of the locals clamor for their once-in-a-lifetime shot at stardom in desperate efforts to escape poverty, boredom and gossip. A young outcast vies for a role against all odds — and to everyone's surprise the outcast gets his shot, or so some think. Tickets are $25 to $45.

Atlas Performing Arts Center


Through Dec. 13

Sorry and Regular Singing

The final plays in Richard Nelson's "The Apple Family Cycle" quartet explore the immediate present and evolving future of the United States. Over meals at the family homestead, the tensions and compromises, affections and resentments of the Apple family's lives play out against a rapidly changing America. Tickets are $49 to $96.

The Studio Theatre


Through Jan. 3


Charles Dickens's unforgettable characters burst to life in the Tony Award-winning musical that blends the chaotic worlds of Victorian London with 2015 London to infuse a modern edge to the classic story about an innocent orphan living amongst double-dealing thieves and conmen. Please call for ticket information.

Arena Stage


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