August 2017

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Cover Story

Veteran Envoy Carlos Gianelli:
Uruguay Way Ahead of Its Time

a5.cover.uruguay.gianelli.homeTiny Uruguay, wedged between relative giants Brazil and Argentina, has been punching way above its weight for years. The small country took on big tobacco — and won — while at the same time legalizing marijuana use, same-sex marriage and abortion, firmly establishing itself as a beacon of liberalism on a continent where some countries only recently allowed divorce. Read More

People of World Influence

James Dobbins Recalls Life of Foreign
Service, from Afghanistan to Vietnam

a1.powi.dobbins.main.homeWhen James Dobbins joined the Foreign Service in 1967, the Vietnam War was in full swing. When he retired in 2014, U.S. troops were bogged down in Afghanistan. In between those two conflicts, Dobbins played a leading if behind-the-scenes role in some of the world's nastiest trouble spots, from Haiti to Bosnia to Somalia. Read More


Prodded by Trump, Canada, Mexico,
U.S. Prepare to Renegotiate Trade Deal

a2.nafta.trump.canada.homeThis month, the U.S., Canada and Mexico can formally begin to renegotiate NAFTA, the landmark trade pact that President Trump has called a disaster. Despite Trump's disdain for NAFTA, negotiators are likely to modernize, rather than abandon, a deal that has integrated the North American market. Read More

Shoring Up Walls

Foreigners Wonder How Extreme
Trump's Extreme Vetting Will Be

a3.vetting.counter.homeAs a candidate, Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to implement more "extreme vetting" of foreigners coming to the United States but was vague about what exactly that would entail. In a series of measures over the last several months, however, the president has made real his promise to increase government scrutiny of travelers to the U.S. Read More

East Africa Votes

Ethnic Fault Lines Simmer Below
Surface of Rwanda, Kenya Elections are two elections in August that will decide the next presidents of two critical East African countries — Rwanda and Kenya, whose politics have long been plagued by ethnic rivalry and division. Read More

Defining Crazy

Old Rule Keeps Psychiatrists from
Diagnosing Trump's Mental Fitness nearly one in five persons in the U.S. experiences mental illness, then more than 100 members of our federally elected government suffer from a clinical mental condition at any given time. So why aren't psychiatrists allowed to speculate widely in the media on the mental stability of President Donald Trump? Read More

Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: America's Waterways Would
Become Less Great Under Trump's water, water everywhere in the U.S., but environmentalists say Republicans are washing away years of progress with bad policies. America's waterways are under threat from funding cuts, deregulation and science-deniers, including President Donald Trump. Read More

AIS: Ethiopia Today

Ambassador Girma Birru Talks About
State of Ethiopia and U.S. Ties

a8.ais.ethiopia1.homeEthiopia, once synonymous with poverty and famine, is still desperately poor. Yet it also boasts one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. Ambassador Girma Birru, speaking at his embassy on June 27 for The Washington Diplomat's latest Ambassador Insider Series (AIS), discusses the country's struggles with social and political unrest. Read More


James Dobbins Recalls Life of Foreign Service, from Afghanistan to Vietnam

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By Larry Luxner

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Prodded by Trump, U.S., Canada and Mexico Prepare to Renegotiate Trade Deal

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Foreigners Wonder How Extreme Trump’s Extreme Vetting Will Be

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By Ryan Migeed

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Ethnic Fault Lines Simmer Below Surface of Rwanda and Kenya’s Elections

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Veteran Ambassador Carlos Gianelli: Uruguay Way Ahead of Its Time

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By Larry Luxner

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Goldwater Rule Keeps Psychiatrists from Commenting on Trump’s Mental Fitness

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By Whitney McKnight

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Op-ed: America’s Great Waterways Would Become Less Great Under Trump

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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At AIS, Girma Birru Talks About State of Emergency, Economy, Famines and U.S. Ties

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By Dennis Jett

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Senator McCain Faces Aggressive Brain Cancer Foe in Glioblastoma

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By Dennis Thompson

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With Medical Background, Wife Aims to Educate Americans on Her Country, Not the State

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By Gail Scott

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NMWA Evokes Range of Emotion in Showcase of Female Contemporary Art

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By Brendan L. Smith

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From HIV/AIDS Research to Fiction Writing, Indian Couple Defies Convention

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By Gail Scott

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North Korea, Cuba Photographs Offer Rare Glimpse Inside Closed Societies

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By Teri West

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Indigenous Canadian Artist Speaks to Tradition with Modern Twist

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By Morgan Caplan

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Mexican Artists Use Clay to Build Bridges with Past and Present

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By Kate Oczypok

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Films - August 2017

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Beast Cops

Directed by Gordon Chan and Dante Lam
(Hong Kong, 1998, 110 min.)

Famed for its bloody final fight scene, gritty performances and the armloads of prizes it won at the Hong Kong Film Awards, "Beast Cops" is credited with breathing new life into the cops versus triads genre (Cantonese and Mandarin).

National Museum of American History
Sun., Aug. 6, 1 p.m.

Kung Fu Hustle

Directed by Stephen Chow
(Hong Kong, 2004, 99 min.)

Featuring a cast of legendary Hong Kong action stars, this film pits the ragtag denizens of a rundown slum against the dapper and ruthless Axe Gang. A nonstop series of action sequences is fueled by some of the most outrageous special effects ever devised (Cantonese and Mandarin).

National Museum of American History
Fri., Aug. 4, 7 p.m.

Made in Hong Kong

Directed by Fruit Chan
(Hong Kong, 1997, 109 min.)

The first independent Hong Kong film made after the 1997 British handover to China, this "intoxicating drama about teenage alienation" (Tom Dawson, BBC) depicts a rarely seen view of the city. Far from the skyscrapers and expensive suits that populate most Hong Kong crime films, it depicts high school dropout Autumn Moon, who lives in a tenement with his single mother and collects debts for a low-level gangster. He falls for the daughter of one of his victims, and he gets even deeper into the crime world to raise money to treat her kidney disease.

National Museum of American History
Sun., Aug. 6, 3:30 p.m.



The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street
(Vlk z Kralovskych Vinohrad)

Directed by Jan Nemec
(Czech Republic/Slovakia/France, 2016, 68 min.)

"Our life zips by faster than our recollections of it," said internationally celebrated Czech director Jan Němec (1936-2016). In his last film, Němec loosely adapts his collection of short, real-life stories spanning the '60s to the present, experienced through the director's alter ego in his direct-to-camera narratives about fame, glory and women.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 9, 8 p.m.


Atomic Blonde

Directed by David Leitch
(U.S., 2017, 115 min.)

An undercover MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Baby Driver

Directed by Edgar Wright
(U.K./U.S., 2017, 113 min.)

In this stylish, action-packed crime drama, a talented young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Beatriz at Dinner

Directed by Miguel Arteta
(U.S., 2017, 83 min.)

At an elegant dinner party, conversation between Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a self-effacing and spiritual immigrant from Mexico, and a hard-nosed businessman explodes into a bitter clash of cultures.

West End Cinema

The Beguiled

Directed by Sofia Coppola
(U.S., 2017, 94 min.)

At a girls' school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries and an unexpected turn of events.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Big Sick

Directed by Michael Showalter
(U.S., 2017, 119 min.)

Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents (English and Urdu).

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Confessional

Directed by Robert Lepage
(Canada/U.K./France, 1995, 100 min.)

Two stories separated by three decades play out in Québec city. In 1989, following his father's death, Pierre embarks on a quest to unravel the identity of his adopted brother's biological father. The search leads him back to 1952, just as Alfred Hitchcock arrives in Québec City to film a movie and a pregnant, unmarried young woman makes her own decisive and fateful confession (English and French).

Aug. 26, 1:45 p.m.


Directed by Christopher Nolan
(U.S./U.K./France/Netherlands, 2017, 106 min.)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Cinema

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

Directed by Jay Baruchel
(Canada, 2017, 101 min.)

This sequel to the 2011 cult hockey comedy "Goon" revisits Doug "The Thug" Glatt and his team, the Halifax Highlanders, during a pro hockey lockout.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Aug. 8, 7:10 p.m.


Directed by Michael Almereyda
(U.S., 2017, 89 min.)

This documentary explores the life of Hampton Fancher, a flamenco dancer, actor and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic "Blade Runner."

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 4

The Exception

Directed by David Leveaux
(U.K./U.S., 2017, 107 min.)

This riveting World War II thriller follows German soldier Stefan as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II who lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands. As Stefan begins to infiltrate the Kaiser's life, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with one of the Kaiser's maids whom he soon discovers is secretly Jewish.

The Avalon Theatre

A Ghost Story

Directed by David Lowery
(U.S., 2017, 87 min.)

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

Landmark's Bethesda Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
(U.S., 2017, 98 min.)

A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Cameras follow former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 4

Koneline: Our Land Beautiful

Directed by Nettie Wild
(Canada, 2016, 96 min.)

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild creates a visually stunning celebration of an extraordinary part of the world, as well as a politically charged examination of the agents of "progress" increasingly encroaching on the pristine landscapes of northern British Columbia.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Aug. 9, 7:20 p.m.

Lady Macbeth

Directed by William Oldroyd
(U.K., 2017, 89 min.)

Set in rural England in 1865, this austere, riveting drama centers around a young woman stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Cinem
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The Little Hours

Directed by Jeff Baena
(Canada/U.S., 2017, 90 min.)

In this irreverent comedy, a group of medieval nuns spend their days chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, a virile young servant is introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation but soon struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse and wicked revelry.

AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Lost in Paris

Directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon
(France/Belgium, 2017, 83 min.)

Librarian Fiona visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving an affable but annoying tramp who has yet to have an emotion or thought he was afraid of expressing (English and French).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Aisling Walsh
(Ireland/Canada, 2017, 115 min.)

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community — and with the hardened reclusive bachelor for whom she works.

The Avalon Theatre

My Winnipeg

Directed by Guy Maddin
(Canada, 2007, 80 min.)

Visionary super-auteur Guy Maddin's "docu-fantasia" melds fact, memory, myth and metafiction to paint a loving portrait of his hometown and the reasons the film's narrator, a character named Guy Maddin, is trying desperately to leave it.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Aug. 16, 9:30 p.m.



Directed by Anne Emond
(Canada, 2016, 101 min.)

Based on the life and electrifying writings of former sex worker-turned-bestselling novelist Nelly Arcan, acclaimed director/writer Anne Émond's third feature is a powerhouse drama of sexuality and solitude (English and French).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.


Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

Directed by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana
(U.S., 2017, 103 min.)

This documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history — featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time — exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and influenced popular culture.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 25



Directed by David Cronenberg
(Canada, 1975, 87 min.)

In a Montreal high-rise, an unorthodox scientist accidentally releases a culture of parasites. Transmitted via sexual contact, the organisms infect the building's residents one by one, creating a sex-crazed horde who will stop at nothing to satisfy their primal lust and pass the pathogen to the next victim.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 25, 11:55 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 26, 11:55 p.m.


Directed by Amanda Lipitz
(U.S., 2017, 83 min.)

"Step" is the true-life story of a girls' high school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive — on and off the stage — even when the world seems to work against them.

AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 4


Stories We Tell

Directed by Sarah Polley
(Canada, 2013, 108 min.)

Actor and director Sarah Polley addresses the complicated mystery of her mother's life in this rousing mix of memoir, interview, reconnaissance and copious Super-8 home-movie footage, both real and staged.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Directed by Luc Besson
(France, 2017, 137 min.)

In the 28th century, a duo of special operatives is charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema



The Fencer

Directed by Klaus Härö
(Finland/Estonia/Germany, 2017, 99 min.)

Endel, an Estonian fencing master on the run from the Soviet secret police, leaves Leningrad and hides out in a small Estonian town as sports master at the elementary school. Despite hostility from the principal and lack of equipment, he decides to teach fencing to the enthusiastic young students. But when the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, Endel must make a choice.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 11



Café de Flore

Directed by Jean Marc Vallée
(Canada/France, 2011, 120 min.)

In present-day Montreal, successful DJ Antoine balances his career with his responsibilities to his new love, his daughters and his ex-wife. Meanwhile, in 1969 Paris, Jacqueline, a fiercely devoted mother of a young boy with Down syndrome, defies the doctors and her husband to fight for her son.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Aug. 28, 9:10 p.m.


From the Land of the Moon
(Mal de pierres)

Directed by Nicole Garcia
(France/Belgium/Canada, 2017, 116 min.)

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones (French, Spanish and German).

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 4



Directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon
(Canada, 1992, 107 min.)

This dark and outrageously original coming-of-age fantasy tells the story of Léo, a boy living in a Montreal tenement with his mentally unstable family. His only escape is a rich fantasy world in which he is Léolo Lozone, an Italian boy conceived when his mother fell into a cart of semen-covered Sicilian tomatoes.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 13, 12:30 p.m.


Marie Curie

Directed by Marie Noelle
(Poland/Germany/France, 2017, 100 min.)

A sweeping biographical film about the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, "Marie Curie" is as much an intimate portrayal of the struggles of the scientist's private world as of her legendary public accomplishments, chronicling her battles against the male academic establishment, as well as her blissful marriage to her scientific partner, Pierre. Her world falls apart when her husband perishes in a tragic accident, and despite near scandal, Curie perseveres and triumphs once more (French, German, English and Polish).

The Avalon Theatre

The Midwife

Directed by Martin Provost
(France, 2017, 117 min.)

Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire's late father.

The Avalon Theatre
West End Cinema


A Woman's Life
(Une vie)

Directed by Stéphane Brizé
(France/Belgium, 2016, 119 min.)

Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne marries a local viscount, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne's rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away in this tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 16, 8 p.m.




Directed by Ori Sivan
(Israel, 2016, 97 min.)

Abraham, the conductor of the Jerusalem Philharmonic, and his wife Sarah, the orchestra's harpist, cannot have children. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves between the two women. Hagar, feeling Sarah's pain from not having children, offers to have a baby for her from Abraham, but as the child grows older and becomes a renowned pianist in his own right, an emotional clash develops between the two women.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 23, 8 p.m.




Directed by Zacharias Kunuk
(Canada, 2016, 94 min.)

Nunavut, circa 1913: When Kuanana returns from hunting caribou to find his wife and daughter kidnapped and his home ransacked, he sets off across the barren Arctic with his band of maliglutit (followers) and his father's spirit helper.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m.



In This Corner of the World
(Kono sekai no katasumi ni)

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi
(Japan, 2016, 129 min.)

In this animated film set in Hiroshima during World War II, an 18-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the daily loss of life's amenities, she still has to maintain the will to live.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug. 18



Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(Japan, 1950, 88 min.)

The murder of a man and the rape of his wife in a forest grove are seen from several different perspectives in Akira Kurosawa's meditation on the nature of truth that transformed narrative cinema.

AFI Silver Theatre
Aug. 11 to 17



The Battleship Island

Directed by Ryoo Seung-wan
(South Korea, 2017, 132 min.)

To whet your appetite for the Freer|Sackler's Korean film festival this fall, the museum presents an exclusive prerelease screening of the newest movie from Ryoo Seung-wan. During World War II, some four hundred Korean civilians were conscripted by the Japanese as slave labor to work in the coal mines of Hashima Island, nicknamed "Battleship Island" due to its resemblance to a war vessel. Based on actual events, this film is the action-packed, moving story of the conscripts' uprising against their oppressors in the waning months of the Pacific War (Korean and Japanese).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., Aug. 3, 7 p.m.



Endless Poetry
(Poesía sin fin)

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsk
(Chile/France, 2016, 128 min.)

Through the intensely personal lens of writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky comes the story of his years spent as an aspiring poet in Chile in the 1940s — replete with Jodorowsky's wonderfully imaginative, surreal and psychedelic imagery. Against the wishes of his authoritarian father, 20-year-old Alejandro (played appealingly by real life son Adan Jodorowsky) leaves home to pursue his dream of becoming a poet, and is introduced into the eccentric bohemian and artistic inner circle of Santiago.

Landmark's E Street Cinema


Events - August 2017

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Aug. 4 to 31

From Nature

What is the value of nature? Or rather, what values does nature exhibit? This exhibition features six Korean artists who explore what it means to espouse the values found in nature — form, flow, utilization of resources — in their art and life. Bukang Kim, Hyang Yeon Lee, Hyun Jeung, Jung Woo, Soo il Choi and Yurim Seong utilize a variety of expressive artistic media including painting, sculpture, print and installation to reflect the contrasting harmony of realism and abstraction found at different levels of nature. Each artist's work varies in material and technique as they draw connections between their unique personal style of expression and fundamental principles of the natural world.

Korean Cultural Center

Through Aug. 6


What do D.C., Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Baltimore, Md., all have in common? They are all urban areas, are all on the East Coast and all have experienced rapid growth in their "Latinx" populations, most with spurts beginning in the 1980s. "Gateways/Portales" explores the triumphs and struggles of Latinx migrants and immigrants through the lenses of rights and justice, representation and celebration.

Anacostia Community Museum

Through Aug. 6

José Gómez-Sicre's Eye

A half-century ago, Cuban-born curator José Gómez-Sicre took the reins of the OAS's art program, thrusting himself into the rapidly expanding Latin American art world and bringing young, emerging talent to the OAS's budding exhibition space. Impassioned by the arts, Gómez-Sicre planted the seeds of what is today considered among world's finest collections of modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art. The OAS will be celebrating the centennial of Gómez-Sicre's birth throughout 2016, honoring his contribution to the legacy of the hemisphere's art.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

hrough Aug. 6

The Urban Scene: 1920-1950

American artists of the early 20th century sought to interpret the beauty, power and anxiety of the modern age in diverse ways. Through depictions of bustling city crowds and breathtaking metropolitan vistas, 25 black-and-white prints in this exhibition explore the spectacle of urban modernity.

National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 13

Escape: Foon Sham

"Escape" showcases Foon Sham's mastery of wood sculpture. To be within one of his vessel sculptures is to experience the palpable space of a woodland creature's habitat, or the place of concealment. At the American University Museum, Sham has built one horizontal tunnel measuring 62 feet long and one vertical tunnel towering 36 feet high. "Escape" is one of a series of participatory sculptures, begun in the 1990s, meant to be experienced with all the body's senses and to resonate socially.

American University Museum

Through Aug. 13

States of Being: Photographs of Cuba and North Korea by Carl De Keyzer

An exhibition of prints by Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer of scenes in North Korea and Cuba consists of 60 large-scale photos. The Cuba photos were taken shortly after former President Obama's 2014 speech inviting the relaxation of the communist island's 56-year embargo. De Keyzer's North Korean prints also were shot in 2015. The British-run Koryo Group, which organizes travel tours in North Korea, arranged for De Keyzer to spend more than 40 nights in North Korea, during which time the globally renowned photographer traveled to every single one of the country's provinces.

American University Museum

Through Aug. 19

Tierras Ambulantes (Clay in Transit)

Curated by Mexican artist Paloma Torres, "Tierras Ambulantes (Clay in Transit)" explores the work of seven sculptors who use clay as a means of returning to cultural roots and origins. The artists whose work is presented here build bridges between the past and present by creating contemporary pieces with such an ancient medium.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Aug. 20

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting

When Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, arrived in the United States in 1815, he brought with him his exquisite collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. Put on public view, the works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born. T his exhibition brings together 68 paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of French art of that era held by American museums and tells their stories on a national stage.

National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 25

Love is in the Air: Magical Realism and the Art of Emotion

Felipe Giménez and Antonia Guzmán portray humans with all their frailties and foibles in a few strokes of a brush. Pared down to essentials, the most minimalist of figures in both artists' work conveys elation, anxiety, and the breathtaking willingness to take a chance on love. Giménez worked for many years as a child psychologist before becoming a full-time artist. This early training permeates his art, which shows a rich sense of humor as it radiantly captures the essence of human relationships. Meanwhile, Guzmán's dreamlike tableaux are comprised of lushly colored geometric shapes, hieroglyphs and stick-like anthropoid figures.

Embassy of Argentina

Through Sept. 3

David Molander – Invisible Cities

If home is a place where we ought to feel safe, how is this feeling visualized in our collective home — i.e., the city? This question inspired David Molander to create scenes where small and large conflicts play out among different interests and processes. While we can choose to care about or ignore them, all of them play an important role in shaping the invincible cities that we call home.

House of Sweden

Through Sept. 3

Linda Lasson – Black Thread, Images from Northern Sweden

Exploring the lives of the Sami, Sweden's indigenous people. Linda Lasson tells the stories of an exploited Northland and a displaced indigenous population through work that is archetypal contemporary poetry expressed as embroidery. The threads resemble drawings, and the graphic feel, mixed with the textile structure, exudes a sculptural aesthetic.

House of Sweden

Through Sept. 10

Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History

Offering unparalleled insight into the German artist's pioneering early practice, "Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History" showcases more than 30 paintings from Lüpertz's formative years in the 1960s and '70s, as he challenged the limits of painting and forged his own style amidst the unrest of postwar Germany.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 10


Contemporary sculpture, photography and video by women artists explores how arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter can spur the viewer into a transcendent encounter with a work of art. Rousing the spirit rather than simply tantalizing the eye, the 16 artists in this exhibition harness scale, technique and effect in photography and sculpture to reanimate deep-rooted emotions related to the human experience.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 17

Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington and the World

The Hirshhorn celebrates the 10th anniversary of Yoko Ono's iconic "Wish Tree for Washington, D.C.," a living tree that invites visitors to tie a handwritten wish to its branches, with a summer of the Ono's emotionally charged installations and performances. Starting June 17, visitors can make a wish at the Wish Tree, leave memories of their mother at the U.S. debut of "My Mommy is Beautiful," a 40-foot participatory artwork that becomes a communal tribute to motherhood, and watch the newly restaged Sky TV for Washington, D.C., a 24-hour live feed of the sky outside, created in 1966 when Ono was living in a windowless apartment and longed for a glimpse of nature.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 23

Markus Lüpertz

"Markus Lüpertz" explores the entirety of the prolific German artist's five-decade career with a survey of his earliest works along with more recent paintings. Lüpertz, who began painting in a postwar Germany dominated by American Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, has exhibited a preoccupation with the relationship between figuration and abstraction over the course of his career. Demonstrating this relationship through nearly 50 paintings, the exhibition at the Phillips includes important examples from Lüpertz's "dithyrambic" pictures and provocative paintings of German motifs.

The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 30

From Sinbad to the Shabab Oman: A Seafaring Legacy

Sail the high seas alongside some of history's most famous explorers and navigators — Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Ahmad Ibn Majid — and visit different Omani ports of call. Each leg of this journey will explore Omani history, Omani mariners and the Omani vessels they sailed. By interweaving the stories of these explorers with items from Omani ships and shipbuilding, this exhibit explores the history of Omani seafaring over the last millennia.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Through Oct. 29

Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín

This spotlight exhibition, featuring five paintings and more than 30 preliminary drawings by Fanny Sanín, invites viewers into the artist's meticulous, intuitive process, as she creates compositions of geometric forms with precisely defined fields of color.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Nov. 17

Wonder Women!

From the Guerrilla Girls righting the wrongs of the art world to painter Edna Reindel's tough World War II riveters, to vintage feminist comic books — it's the celebration of the Wonder Women! Explore images of the powerful woman, real and fictional, in a wide-ranging selection drawn from the special collections and artists' archives of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Dec. 10

Stories of Migration – Sweden Beyond the Headlines

Migration is old news. It has helped shape countries and the world. But the current situation is unprecedented: More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes. Migration is also an integral part of the history of Sweden; in today's population, one in six was born in another country. Since the 1930s Sweden has been characterized by more immigration than emigration, including offering refuge to people fleeing war and political unrest. This exhibition aims to add new perspectives to the story of Sweden and migration and give insights into the current situation in the country. Beyond headlines of chaos and collapse, beyond politics and public authorities, there are people who try to build a life in a new country.

House of Sweden

Through Dec. 13

Matthias Mansen: Configurations

German-born artist Matthias Mansen creates large-scale woodcuts that explore abstraction and figuration. He advances the tradition of woodblock printing by transforming pieces of scavenged wood—discarded floorboards or fragments of abandoned furniture—into printing blocks, which he progressively carves and recarves.

National Gallery of Art

Through Jan. 1

Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection

For centuries, extraordinary gemstones have been the centerpieces of stunning jewelry made to adorn royalty, aristocracy, high society and Hollywood stars. Over 50 pieces that once belonged heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the 20th century, will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.

Hillwood Esttae, Museum and Gardens

Through Jan. 15

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

Established by Congress in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane, St. Elizabeths is widely considered a pioneering psychiatric facility. The hospital is a prime example of the "Kirkbride Plan" for mental health hospitals, which promised to help patients with a specialized architecture and landscape. This exhibition traces St. Elizabeths' evolution over time, reflecting shifting theories about how to care for the mentally ill, as well as the later reconfiguration of the campus as a federal workplace and a mixed-use urban development.

National Building Museum

Through Jan. 28

The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in multiple wars, varying in intensity, locale and consequence. After fifteen years, this warfare has become normalized into our social and cultural landscape; it is ongoing, yet somehow out of sight, invisible. These 56 portraits by six artists explore the human costs of ongoing wars through portraiture. The exhibition title is drawn from John Keegan's classic military history, which reorients our view of war from questions of strategy and tactics to its personal and individual toll.

National Portrait Gallery

Through Feb. 17

Painting Shakespeare

Discover the paintings collection at the Folger — its stories, its glories and Shakespeare's power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents kids and adults alike, with a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through June 24, 2018

Jim Chuchu's Invocations

The museum is the first institution to acquire and display Kenyan multimedia artist Jim Chuchu's mesmerizing suite of video projections, in which two distinct videos loop in succession and follow the structure of initiation rituals. Surrounded by Chuchu's pulsing house beats and evocative imagery, viewers are invited to contemplate the separations and releases that shape our individual and collective identities.

National Museum of African Art



Fri., Aug. 25, 7 p.m.

Sweden in the Park: Nordic Dancers of Washington, D.C.

The Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with Glen Echo Park and the local folkdance community are offering free Swedish/Nordic folk dance lessons and social dances this summer. Classes take place at 7 p.m. and social dances begin at 8 p.m. Registration is recommended but not mandatory.

Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion



Fri., Aug. 4, 8 p.m.

Daymé Arocena

Cuban singer and composer Daymé Arocena combines contemporary Cuban music and Santerian chants with fluid jazz styling, synthesizing elements of her homeland and world music into an enrapturing musical fusion. Her live performances are equally captivating, immersing fragments of rumba rhythms and outbursts of scatting into her songs. Tickets are $25 to $35.

AMP by Strathmore

Sat., Aug. 5, 7 and 9:45 p.m.

Ari Shapiro: Homeward

As a journalist, NPR's "All Things Considered" host Ari Shapiro has witnessed wars and revolutions. Now, inspired by his experiences around the world, he takes the stage in "Homeward," his first solo cabaret performance. Shapiro sings songs of upheaval, patriotism and hope from places that are less far away than they seem. Tickets are $14

AMP by Strathmore

Fri., Aug. 11, 8 p.m.

Youssou N'Dour

Youssou N'Dour from Senegal is one of the major stars of African pop. He and his band are internationally known for their thoughtful lyrics and joyous performances. Tickets are $55 to $75.

GW Lisner Auditorium

Sat., Aug. 19, 8 p.m.

Rastak Music Group

An ensemble of virtuoso musicians presenting a fusion of Persian music, Rastak Group seeks to collect, record and interpret traditional Persian folk music for a global audience, incorporating language, culture and history while also merging traditional instruments with contemporary rhythms. Tickets are $40 to $100.

GW Lisner Auditorium

Wed., Aug. 23, 8 p.m.

War and Los Lonely Boys

One of the most sampled and popular funk groups of the '70s whose hits including "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends," WAR shares the stage with Los Lonely Boys, a band of brothers bringing bluesy Texican rock to the mainstream with chart-toppers like "Heaven." Tickets are $30 to $65.

Wolf Trap

Sat., Aug. 26, 6 p.m.

Kyrgyz American Foundation Gala

The Kyrgyz American Foundation in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents a gala concert featuring classical and traditional music from Kyrgyzstan at the Millennium Stage. The gala will feature world-class concert pianists Aza Sydykov and Jonathan Levin; soprano Nikoleta Rallis; cellist Nurmira Greenberg; and special guests Perizat Kopobaeva and renowned jazz pianist Joel Martin, who will demonstrate their mastery of improvisation on the komuz (Kyrgyz traditional instrument) and piano in a spectacular duo. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan is a young sovereign country located in the heart of Central Asia, but its traditions stretch back to the ancient Silk Road civilizations of Eurasia.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage



Aug. 5 to Sept. 2

Big Fish

Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest, boasts incredible, larger-than-life stories that thrill everyone around him — most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales in this production by the Keegan Theatre based on Daniel Wallace's acclaimed novel. Tickets are $55.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

Through Aug. 6


Step into the infamous Kit Kat Klub and leave your troubles outside. As part of its 50th anniversary, the renowned Roundabout Theatre Company presents "Cabaret," the scintillating Tony winner about following your heart while the world loses its way. Tickets are $59 to $149.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

Through Aug. 6

An Octoroon

A plantation on the brink of foreclosure. A young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate's owner. An evil swindler plotting to buy her for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are trying to keep things drama-free, because everybody else is acting crazy. "An Octoroon," by Obie-winning Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, riffs on a 19th century melodrama that helped shape the debate of the abolition of slavery. Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through Aug. 13

The Mark of Cain

Synetic Theater's newly devised work is a neo-surrealist distillation of human history, seen through the eyes of Cain, the world's first criminal. As Cain makes his bloody "mark" in every corner of the world, we see that the conflict between progress and morality are ever present — a function of humanity's need to create civilization through uncivilized means and attempt to touch the face of God. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

Through Aug. 13

The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand

Who better to comment on the state of our nation than the comedians who mock it best? The Second City returns for another summer of uproarious irreverence on America's divided political climate. Tickets are $49 to $65.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab


Aug. 15 to Oct. 8

A Little Night Music

In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs. Winner of four Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim's glorious musical masterpiece returns to the Signature stage in a brand new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring award-winning DC actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre


Aug. 15 to 27


Ron Daniels' "enrichingly nuanced" (The Washington Post) production of "Othello" returns for the 27th annual Free For All, a beloved Washington tradition. Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello turns on his new bride Desdemona and his loyal lieutenant Cassio, and rapidly spirals from hero to murderer in one of Shakespeare's most haunting tragedies.

Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall


Through Aug. 20

Rodger's & Hammerstein's 'The King and I'

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Tickets are $49 to $159

Kennedy Center Opera House


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