May 2018

Despite Diplomatic Freeze with U.S., Cuban Culture Sizzles at Kennedy Center

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Organization of Women of the Americas Leaves Mark on Washington and World

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Cover Story

Denmark's First-Ever Ambassador
To Silicon Valley Tackles Big Tech

Casper Klynge, the world's first tech ambassador, says his mission is more relevant than ever as big tech faces a growing "techlash" amid  controversies ranging from foreign meddling, fake news and widespread privacy breaches to accusations that the social media platforms meant to unite us are actually destroying our ability to connect as human beings. Read More

People of World Influence

Singapore's 'Undiplomatic
'Diplomat' Speaks His Mind

a1.powi.singapore.kausikan.homeThe prosperous city-state of Singapore isn't like most other nations, and Bilahari Kausikan isn't like most other diplomats. A former permanent secretary of foreign affairs, Kausikan talks candidly about President Trump, China, trade and "Western delusions" about democracy. Read More

In or Out?

Iran Nuclear Deal Reaches Pivotal
Moment as Trump May Ditch the Pact Trump must decide by May 12 whether to stay in the Iran nuclear agreement or scrap it, and his choice of John Bolton as national security adviser and Mike Pompeo as secretary of state increase the likelihood that he will abandon the landmark accord. But what happens next? Read More

Bolton of Lightening

Shrewd Operator, Controversial
Adviser Takes Reins at NSA

a3.bolton.speaking.acu.homeJohn Bolton's resume is as long as it is polarizing. As the fiery former ambassador to the U.N. takes the reins of the National Security Agency, observers wonder whether Bolton will reinforce President Trump's hawkish impulses on Iran and North Korea, or if the savvy bureaucratic operator will succeed where H.R. McMaster failed. Read More

Iraq's Unstable Peace

Parliamentary Elections Will Test
War-Torn Iraq’s Democratic Progress

a4.iraq.terrorism.trump.abadi.homeThere are myriad forces, both internal and external, preventing Iraq from achieving stability. It's not an impossible goal, but it will require savvy political management to keep the various factions of society from turning on one another, plus continued support from other countries. Read More

The Revolution Marches On

Tunisia's Democratic Experiment
Enters New Phase with Local Elections

a6.tunisia.spices.homeThe early optimism of the Arab Spring has since dimmed, as the revolutionary protests led to chronic instability in places like Yemen and Libya, the rise of a new authoritarian regime in Egypt and a bloodbath in Syria. Except in Tunisia. The country has clung to its initial hopes to enact reforms. Read More

Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: U.S. Must Build on Its Diverse
Cultures, Including Puerto Rico

a7.puerto.rico.protesters.homeThe U.S. national agenda calls for a discussion on the changing composition and nature of its population. Today, minority groups make up 35 percent of the entire population. If current growth patterns of minorities continue, the U.S. will be made up entirely of minorities by 2050. Read More


Whether on Trump, China or ‘Western Delusions,’ Singapore’s Bilahari Kausikan Tells It Like It Is

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By Larry Luxner

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Iran Nuclear Deal Reaches Pivotal Moment as Trump May Finally Ditch the Pact

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By John Brinkley

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Shrewd Operator and Controversial Adviser Takes the Reins at National Security Agency

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Parliamentary Elections Will Test War-Torn Nation’s Democratic Progress

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Denmark’s First-Ever Ambassador to Silicon Valley Tackles Promise and Pitfalls of Big Tech

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By Anna Gawel

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Tunisia’s Democratic Experiment Enters New Phase with Local Elections

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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U.S. Must Build on Its Diverse Mosaic of Cultures — And That Includes Puerto Rico

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By Pedro Rosselló

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Women Ambassadors Advise Students on Getting Ahead ‘In Man’s World’

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By Austin Mistretta

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Sports Diplomacy: Is It Just ‘War Minus the Shooting’ or More?

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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New Drugs May Be Big Advance in Lung Cancer Care

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By Alan Mozes

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‘Burning Man’ Blazes Experimental Art Trail from Nevada Desert to D.C.

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Bahraini Wife and Mother of Five Touts Tiny Island’s Transformation

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By Gail Scott

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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘LUZIA’ Creates Surreal Mexican Dreamscape

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By Michael Coleman

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Korean-Born, Atlanta-Based Artist Mixes Familiar with Foreign in Asian-Western Fusion

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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‘The Wiz’ Has More Shticks Than a Barrel of Flying Monkeys

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Films - May 2018

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*WJFF = Washington Jewish Film Festival


An Act of Defiance
Directed by Jean van de Velde
(Netherlands, 2018, 123 min.)

In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists, including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of black and Jewish supporters, face looming death sentences after they are caught up in a raid by the apartheid South African government. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men (WJFF; Afrikaans and English).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., May 3, 8:45 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Tue., May 8, 8:15 p.m.



Golden Kingdom
Directed by Brian Perkins
(Germany/U.S./Myanmar, 2015, 101 min.)

At their monastery nestled in the jungle hills of Myanmar, life cycles peacefully for four very young Buddhist monks. One day, the head abbot departs on a journey through the mountain pass. Alone and exposed, the four young boys must now fend for themselves (director in person).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., May 4, 7 p.m.


Summer 1993
Directed by Carla Simón
(Spain, 2018, 97 min.)

After her mother's death, 6-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle's family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 25



The Hero
Directed by Menno Meyjes
(Netherlands, 2016, 95 min.)

Sara Silverstein is looking forward to returning to the Netherlands with her family after many years living as an expat in L.A. But her happiness about reuniting with her elderly parents and sister is overshadowed almost immediately by a series of anti-Semitic violent assaults, which reveal a dark family secret (WJFF).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sat., May 12, 2:15 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 13, 3:30 p.m.


Honeygiver among the Dogs
Directed by Dechen Roder
(Bhutan, 2016, 132 min.)

When a woman goes missing from a small village, policeman Kinley is put on the case, and his prime suspect is sexy Choden. But the missing woman is the abbess of a Buddhist nunnery, and there are some unexpected forces at work in this feminist twist on film noir.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 13, 2 p.m.



Back to the Fatherland
Directed by Kat Rohrer and Gil Levanon
(Austria/Germany/Israel, 2017, 77 min.)

Gil and Kat have been friends since college. Gil is from Israel, Kat from Austria; Gil is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Kat the granddaughter of a Nazi officer. Through them we meet Dan and Guy, who have decided to move to Austria and Germany respectively, decisions that gravely affect their relationships with their families (WJFF; English, Hebrew and German).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Mon., May 7, 6:15 p.m.

Edlavitch DCJCC
Wed., May 9, 6:15 p.m.


Directed by Brad Anderson
(U.S., 2018)

A U.S. diplomat flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by a CIA operative to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Bye Bye Germany

Directed by Sam Garbarski
(Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium, 2018, 102 min.)

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and a few Jewish friends have, against all odds, survived the murderous Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for a new life in America. But how will they get the money in these tough postwar times — and can they overcome David's shady past? (English and German)

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 18

The Cakemaker

Directed by Ofir Raul Graizer
(Germany/Israel, 2017, 105 min.)

German baker Tomas's affair with Israeli businessman Oren ends abruptly when Oren dies. Without time to process, Tomas travels to Jerusalem and finds work in a cafe run by his lover's widow, Anat, but keeps his identity a secret (WJFF; English, Hebrew and German).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Tue., May 8, 7:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 12, 4:30 p.m.

The Death of Stalin

Directed by Armando Iannucci
(U.K./Canada/France/Belgium, 2018, 107 min.)

Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire.

AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Sebastián Lelio
(Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2018, 114 min.)

Disobedience. Rachel Weisz stars as a woman who returns to the orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for decades earlier because of her attraction to a childhood friend (Rachel McAdams). Once back, passions between the two women reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., May 4

Find Me

Directed by Tom Huang
(U.S., 2018, 102 min.)

Joe is an accountant who is on a downward spiral after a painful divorce. His only solace is his co-worker and "office wife" Amelia, who tries to get Joe to get out again and live life, which he can't yet bring himself to do. It's only when Amelia mysteriously disappears for weeks that he finally gets himself out of his shell to try to find her through clues she leaves for him in National Parks across the West (part of the Asian Pacific American Film Festival).

U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre
Sun., May 13, 4 p.m.

Finding Your Feet

Directed by Richard Loncraine
(U.K., 2018, 111 min.)

On the eve of her retirement, a middle-class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Ghost Stories

Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman
(U.K., 2018, 97 min.)

Paranormal skeptic professor Phillip Goodman embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable "hauntings," each of which seems to have a connection to Goodman's life.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Godard Mon Amour

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
(France/Myanmar/Italy, 2018, 107 min.)

Actress Anne Wiazemsky finds herself juggling political protests and artistic challenges in her married life with the much older renowned filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. As 1960s France undergoes enormous cultural change, so too does Anne's dynamic with her husband (English, French and Italian).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 11

Hannah Senesh: Blessed Is the Match

Directed by Roberta Grossman
(U.S., 2008, 86 min.)

In 1944, 22-year-old Hannah Senesh parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe with a small group of Jewish volunteers from Palestine. Theirs was the only military rescue mission for Jews that occurred in World War II (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 6, 5:45 p.m.

Isle of Dogs

Directed by Wes Anderson
(U.S./Germany, 2018, 101 min.)

This animated adventure follows Atari Kobayashi, a 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

The Judge

Directed by Erika Cohn
(U.S., 2018, 76 min.)

When she was a young lawyer, Kholoud Al-Faqih walked into the office of Palestine's Chief Justice and announced she wanted to join the bench. He laughed at her. But just a few years later, Kholoud became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East's religious courts.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., May 4

Lean on Pete

Directed by Andrew Haigh
(U.K., 2018, 121 min.)

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson arrives in Oregon with his single father Ray, both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

The Legend of King Solomon

Directed by Albert Hanan Kaminski
(Hungary/Israel, 2017, 80 min.)

In this animated family adaptation of the Biblical story, the young Solomon must save the kingdom of Jerusalem from the evil devil Asmodeus (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., May 6, 10:30 a.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 13, 10:15 a.m.

Love After Love

Directed by Russell Harbaugh
(U.S., 2018, 91 min.)

What happens when you lose the foundation of your family? In the wake of a husband and father's death, the family members he leaves behind find themselves adrift — and in danger of drifting apart — as they each try to find meaning in a world without the man who held them together.

West End Cinema

My Dear Children

Directed by LeeAnn Dance and Cliff Hackel
(U.S., 2018, 70 min.)

The pogroms that followed on the heels of the Russian Revolution killed tens of thousands of Jews. Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, wrote about those years in a rare first-hand account. Decades later, her granddaughter set out from South Africa to explore the family's roots in Ukraine, where dhe finds a world virtually stripped of its Jewish past (WJFF).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sat., May 5, 6:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 6, 4:15 p.m.

My Son Tenzin

Directed by Tsultrim Dorjee and Tashi Wangchuk
(U.S., 2017, 70 min.)

In this warm-hearted, clear-eyed look at life in exile for a new generation of Tibetans separated from their homeland, a monk arrives in the United States to search for his grown son, Tenzin, who had been sent away to get an education.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 6, 1 p.m.

An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines

Directed by Noel Izon
(U.S., 2018)

"An Open Door" is a feature-length documentary on the uplifting story of how a small Asian nation was able to save over 1,300 Jews as they fled the pogroms of Nazi Germany (opening night film of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival).

U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre
Fri., May 11, 5 p.m.


Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West
(U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now.

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

The Seagull

Directed by Michael Mayer
(U.S., 2018, 98 min.)

An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Boris, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris. As he lightly consumes and rejects Nina, so the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., May 25

Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema

Directed by Danny Ben-Moshe
(Australia/India, 2017, 100 min.)

A celebration of the all-singing, all-dancing history of the world's largest film industry, "Shalom Bollywood" reveals the unlikely story of the 2,000-year-old Indian-Jewish community and its formative place in shaping Indian cinema (WJFF).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Mon., May 7, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 12, 12:15 p.m.


Directed by Laura Fairrie
(U.S., 2017, 79 min.)

Anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, and physical and verbal assaults against Jews are on the rise throughout Europe, particularly in France. Director Laura Fairrie presents an alarming look at the impact of this free reign of hatred on the lives of ordinary people (WJFF; English and French).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., May 3, 8:15 p.m.

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sat., May 12, 4:30 p.m.

The Strangest Stranger

Directed by Magnus Bärtus
(Japan/Sweden, 2017, 73 min.)

The charismatic and talkative Waka is a true chameleon in Tokyo — a self-proclaimed outsider, a homosexual, the center of any party, and a descendant from an age-old Jewish lineage, if you believe his claims (WJFF; English, Japanese and French).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 5, 12:15 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., May 6, 8:15 p.m.

Summer in the Forest

Directed by Randall Wright
(U.K./France/Palestine, 2018, 108 min.)

Like countless others, Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled "idiots," locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release. Together they created a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris and a quiet revolution was born.

West End Cinema


Les amants réguliers

Directed by Philippe Garrel
(France, 2005, 178 min.)

A participant observer in the events of May '68, Philippe Garrel used his son Louis as his leading actor and the classically trained Parisian cinematographer William Lubtchansky to shoot this poetic evocation of the era (preceded by "Actua 1" (France, 1968, 8 min.)).

National Gallery of Art
Sat., May 19, 2:30 p.m.


Directed by Serge Bard
(France, 1968, 75 min.)

A student of sociology, Serge Bard was dissatisfied with his university life and decided to drop out. In the process, he began experimenting with a movie camera. Foreshadowing the growing spirit of revolt, Bard cast in this early film the artist and activist Alain Jouffroy who plays a professor lecturing to a nearly empty classroom on the necessity of revolution.

National Gallery of Art
Sat., May 12, 2:30 p.m.

A Memoir of War
(La douleur)

Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel
(Belgium/France, 2017, 127 min.)

Marguerite Duras and her husband, writer Robert Antelme, were members of the Resistance living in Nazi-occupied Paris. Desperate for news of Robert, who has been arrested and sent to Dachau, Marguerite enters into a high-risk game of psychological intrigue with French Nazi collaborator Rabier (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., May 3, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 5, 1 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Adelman

Directed by Nicolas Bedos
(France, 2017, 120 min.)

A French couple is consumed with and defined by each other in life and work: he, an accomplished writer; she, his editor and occasional muse (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 5, 3:40 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Wed., May 9, 8:15 p.m.

Racer and the Jailbird

Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
(Belgium/France/Netherlands, 2018, 131 min.)

Keeping his identity as a member of a notorious Brussels gang renowned for their expertly executed robberies a deep secret, Gigi tends to his front, a luxury automobile import-export business, in his downtime. Sparks fly when he meets glamorous and affluent race car driver Bibi, and despite their wildly different backgrounds, the pair fall instantly and tragically in love (French and Dutch).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 11

The Starry Sky Above Me

Directed by Ilan Klipper
(France, 2017, 76 min.)

Laurent Poitrenaux delivers a tour-de-force performance as the neurotic and wounded Bruno in the charmingly odd film that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Mon., May 7, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 12, 8:50 p.m.

The Two of Us
(Le vieil homme et l'enfant)

Directed by Claude Berri
(France, 1967, 86 min.)

When an 8-year-old Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied France is sent by his parents to live in the country with the Catholic parents of their friends, he is faced with a culture clash both religious and generational (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 5, 11 a.m.


The Invisibles

Directed by Claus Räfle
(Germany, 2017, 110 min.)

In June 1943, Germany infamously declared Berlin "judenfrei" — "free of Jews." But at that moment there were still 7,000 Jews living in the Nazi capital: hiding in attics, basements, and warehouses, protected by courageous Berliners while desperately trying to avoid deportation. Only 1,700 lived to liberation. "The Invisibles" tells the stories of four survivors (WJFF closing night film).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sun., May 13, 7 p.m.

The Last Supper

Directed by Florian Frerichs
(Germany, 2018, 83 min.)

On the day Hitler assumes power, an affluent German-Jewish family comes together for dinner. Most of them—like many Germans at the time—do not take the Nazis seriously. When Leah announces her plans to emigrate to Palestine, her family talks her down. But when Michael indicates he's actually an admirer of the National Socialist Movement, the family is on the brink of being torn apart (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 5, 4:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 6, 2:45 p.m.


The Cousin

Directed by Tzahi Grad
(Israel, 2017, 92 min.)

Naftali, an open-minded Israeli, begins to question his liberal convictions when the Palestinian day laborer he hires is accused of a heinous crime against a local teenage girl (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 5, 6:30 p.m.

Edlavitch DCJCC
Thu., May 10, 8:30 p.m.

Don't Forget Me

Directed by Ram Nehari
(France/Germany/Israel, 2017, 87 min.)

Tom dreams of being a model and suffers from an eating disorder. Neil is a tuba player who plans for his European tour while being treated at a psychiatric clinic. Recognizing themselves in each other, they forge a tender and desperate bond in this clever, satirical, incisive film (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 5, 12:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 6, 7:30 p.m.

(Lifney Hazikaron)

Directed by Yehonatan Indursky
(Israel, 2018, 90 min.)

In this intimate exploration of lives at the fringes of Bnei Brak's ultra-Orthodox community, Nahman drives beggars to affluent homes and coaches them to spin tall tales that inspire generosity, enjoying a cut of the take. But when his wife suddenly leaves, Nahman is faced with the responsibility of taking care of his 9-year-old daughter alone (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Edlavitch DCJCC
Thu., May 10, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Samuel Maoz
(Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017, 108 min.)

Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son. While his sedated wife rests, Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. He spirals into a whirlwind of anger, only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists — a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Directed by Seth Kramer, Jeremy Newberger, Daniel Miller
(Israel/Japan/South Korea/U.S., 2018, 91 min.)

"Heading Home" follows an underdog Israeli national baseball team that qualifies—for the first time ever—for the World Baseball Classic (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 6, 12:30 p.m.

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sun., May 13, 4:30 p.m.

In Her Footsteps

Directed by Rana Abu-Fraiha
(Israel, 2017, 70 min.)

In the middle of the night, Rana's parents left the house her father had built in their Bedouin village and moved to Omer, a bourgeois Jewish town located only three miles away. After 10 years of dealing with breast cancer, her mother's only wish was to be buried in Omer, but the town never dealt with the issue of where to bury its Arab residents (WJFF; Hebrew and Arabic).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sun., May 6, 1 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Tue., May 8, 8:45 p.m.


Directed by Savi Gabizon
(Israel, 2017, 104 min.)

In this achingly funny and bittersweet tragicomedy, a contented, well-off bachelor whose comfortable life is thrown into disarray when he learns that he is a father — and has been for nearly two decades (WJFF).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Mon., May 7, 6:15 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., May 9, 7:15 p.m.


Directed by Oded Raz
(Israel, 2017, 105 min.)

Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon play chummy partners in crime in this hilarious, politically incorrect caper comedy, which they also wrote (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 5, 8:30 p.m.

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sat., May 12, 12 p.m.

The New Black

Directed by Eliran Malka and Daniel Paran
(Israel, 2018, 85 min.)

The latest hit Israeli TV comedy centers on four misfit Haredi students studying at a yeshiva in Jerusalem (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 6, 8:15 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., May 10, 8:15 p.m.


Directed by Asaf Saban
(Israel, 2018, 80 min.)

Tel Aviv inhabitants Gili and Yaara decide to leave the city for a fresh start in the countryside of the Galilee. As house construction progresses around them, family, professional, and money troubles gnaw at their union's very foundations (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 5, 12:30 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., May 10, 6:20 p.m.

The Promised Band

Directed by Jen Heck
(U.S., 2016, 89 min.)

This is the story of a fake rock band comprised of Israeli and Palestinian women who decide that — despite their limited artistic ability — a music group offers them a useful cover under which to meet and interact (WJFF; Hebrew, Arabic and English).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 5, 8:45 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Tue., May 8, 6:15 p.m.

Saving Neta

Directed by Nir Bergman
(Israel, 2016, 90 min.)

In a series of affecting vignettes, four women at fragile stages in their lives have chance encounters with a drifter named Neta. A lesbian musician struggles with pregnancy; a single mother can't get through to her teenage daughter; a wife finds her seemingly idyllic marriage fraying; and a successful businesswoman reckons with her sister's mental disability (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., May 10, 6:15 p.m.

Eldavitch DCJCC
Sun., May 13, 2:15 p.m.


Directed by Matan Yair
(Israel/Poland, 2017, 90 min.)

While his strict and demanding father sees him as a natural successor to the family's scaffolding business, Asher finds a different sort of role model in Rami — a teacher whose class assignments inspire him to forge a new identity. When an unexpected tragedy occurs, however, Asher crosses a line of no return (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 6, 5:15 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., May 9, 8:30 p.m.


Directed by Eran Riklis
(Israel, 2018, 93 min.)

Naomi is a Mossad agent sent to Germany to protect Mona, a Lebanese informant. Together for two weeks in a quiet Hamburg apartment, the two women develop a tense relationship that is by turns complicated, dangerous and alluring (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., May 10, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 12, 2:30 p.m.

The Testament

Directed by Amichai Greenberg
(Austria/Israel, 2017, 96 min.)

Holocaust researcher Yoel is in a legal battle with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a World War II massacre of Jews in the village of Lensdorf (WJFF; Hebrew, English, German and Yiddish).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Tue., May 8, 6:20 p.m.

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sat., May 12, 6:30 p.m.



Shree 420

Directed by Raj Kapoor
(India, 1955, 177 min.)

One of the masterpieces of 1950s Bombay cinema, Raj Kapoor directs and stars as an honest country youth who comes to Bombay in search of work and quickly discovers that honesty is not much of an asset in the big city (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 12, 2:15 p.m.


Budapest Noir

Directed by Éva Gárdos
(Hungary, 2017, 94 min.)

Set in the politically fraught autumn of 1936, this mystery follows hard-boiled reporter Zsigmond Gordon as he probes the murder of a young prostitute (WJFF; Hungarian and English).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 5, 4:15 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 12, 6:45 p.m.



Directed by Juzo Itami
(Japan, 1985, 114 min.)

An enigmatic band of ramen ronin guide a noodle shop owner's widow on her quest for the perfect recipe.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., May 2, 2 p.m.

Zen for Nothing

Directed by Werner Penzel
(Germany/Japan, 2016, 100 min.)

Provocatively titled, this film is a masterly immersion into life at a Japanese Zen monastery over three seasons. Swiss novice Sabine arrives at Antaiji and, after a brief welcome, she begins to learn the monastery rules. But there's more to life there than meditation, farming and maintenance — there are picnics, music and Wi-Fi. And after the last snow has melted away, the nuns and monks travel to Osaka, where they recite sutras in front of subway entrances as they solicit offerings in their traditional monk's robes (Japanese, German and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., May 11, 7 p.m.


The Dead Nation

Directed by Radu Jude
(Romania, 2017, 83 min.)

Radu Jude investigates the roots of the Romanian Holocaust through a Jewish doctor's diary, stills from a rural photo studio and chilling patriotic anthems (WJFF).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Wed., May 9, 6:15 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 13, 5:30 p.m.



Directed by Kantemir Balagov
(Russia, 2017, 118 min.)

In this controversial Cannes award-winner set in the small Russian town of Nalchik, a Jewish family's ties fray when son David and his fiancé Lea are kidnapped (WJFF).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 5, 8:40 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., May 8, 7:15 p.m.

Tevye's Daughters

Directed by Vladimir Lert
(Ukraine, 2017, 120 min.)

Filmed on the actual locations which inspired Sholem Aleichem's famous folk tale, this uproariously funny and buoyant cinematic sendup centers on a downtrodden milkman (WJFF).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Sat., May 5, 4 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Tue., May 8, 8:35 p.m.


Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Directed by Judy Kreith and Robin Truesdale
(U.S., 2017, 45 min.)

After allowing in a wave of Jewish refugees in the 1920s and '30s, Cuba shut its doors to immigrants, most notably to the Jews aboard the St. Louis in 1939. In 1940, Cuba changed course and took in 6,000 Jewish refugees, including hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters who turned the tropical island into one of the world's major diamond-polishing centers (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 5, 6:10 p.m.

The Last Suit
(El ultimo traje)

Directed by Pablo Solarz
(Argentina/Spain, 2017, 92 min.)

Abraham Burszte's kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence and planted him a retirement home. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land and isn't about to fade away so quietly. Instead, he's planned a one-way trip to the other side of the world to find the man who years earlier saved him from certain death (WJFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 6, 8 p.m.

The Third Place

Directed by Nejemye Tenenbaum
(Mexico, 2017, 88 min.)

One hundred years after the establishment of the Syrian-Jewish community in Mexico City, its history is relived through a number of compelling and touching stories (WJFF).

Edlavitch DCJCC
Thu., May 3, 8:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 6, 1:45 p.m.


The Three Marks of Existence

Directed by Gunparwitt Phuwadolwisid
(Thailand, 2012, 114 min.)

A young Thai man, M, goes on the classic Buddhist pilgrimage tour in India and Nepal. As any good road movie requires, M meets interesting people along the way and slowly begins to understand the secret of pilgrimage (Thai and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 6, 3 p.m.


The Dybbuk

Directed by Michael Waszynski
(Poland, 1937, 123 min.)

In this tale of star-crossed lovers, ill-fated vows, and supernatural possession, two friends tempt fate by betrothing their unborn children. Years later when the pledge is broken and the couple's love is thwarted, Channon turns to the mystical Kabbalah to win back his love (WJFF).

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


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Through May 5

A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall

This collaborative installation by Perla Krauze and Barbara Liotta, artists from both sides of the Mexico-United States border, incorporates material and metaphorical qualities of stone to evoke landscape and classical sculpture. The title of the exhibit is drawn from the poem "Dry Rain" by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, which begins: "At times the poem is a collapse/ a slow and painful landslide/ a dark and scandalous rockfall." Given the current state of U.S.-Mexico relations, this exhibition presents a healing gesture, recognizing our shared history.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through May 6

Ten Americans: After Paul Klee

This exhibit explores the seminal role of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) in the development of mid-20th century American art. "Ten Americans" sheds new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Klee's art and ideology into their own artistic development. It showcases more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings from collections in the U.S. and Switzerland.

The Phillips Collection

May 7 to Aug. 24

In the Library: The Richter Archive at 75

In celebration of the 1943 arrival of the George M. Richter Archive of Illustrations on Art — the founding collection of 60,000 photographs that formed the nucleus of the department of image collections — this installation presents the history and development of the photographic archives of the National Gallery of Art.

National Gallery of Art

Through May 13

Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s

It's the '80s as you've never seen it before. Explore the iconic decade when artwork became a commodity and the artist a brand. Razor-sharp, witty, satirical and deeply subversive, these nearly 150 works examine the origins and rise of a new generation of artists in 1980s New York who blurred the lines between art, entertainment and commerce, a shift that continues to define contemporary art today.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through May 13

Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe

Undoubtedly the greatest Renaissance artist from Estonia, Michel Sittow (c. 1469–1525) was born in Reval (now Tallinn), likely studied in Bruges with Hans Memling and worked at the courts of renowned European royals such as King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. Through some 20 works representing most of Sittow's small oeuvre, the exhibition will offer an opportunity to examine his art in a broader context.

National Gallery of Art

Through May 13

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Some 300 works explore three distinct periods in American history when mainstream and outlier artists intersected, ushering in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration and assimilation.

National Gallery of Art

Through May 25

Evolving Traditions: Paintings of Wonder from Japan

This exhibition of captivating works by modern artist Yuki Ideguchi — alongside rarely-seen masterpieces of traditional Japanese paintings from the Japanese Embassy collection — takes visitors through a history of ever-evolving paintings, dating from the 6th century to the present time, whose common threads lie in the use of traditional and unique pigments, materials and techniques.

Japan Information and Culture Center

Through May 27

Toledo Múltiple

As Mexico's most prolific and influential graphic artist, Francisco Toledo has been exploring the fantastical and expanding the expressive range of his printmaking over more than 50 years. This exhibition encompasses a wide range of Toledo's work, revealing the progression and creative process evidenced in his printmaking. The exhibition also includes 21 works by both Mexican and foreign printmakers as part of Toledo's collection for the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca.

American University Museum

Through May 28

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

For more than 40 years, Sally Mann has made experimental, elegiac and hauntingly beautiful photographs that span a broad body of work including figure studies, still lifes and landscapes. "Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings" explores how her relationship with the South has shaped her work.

National Gallery of Art

Through May 28

Women House

Questions about a woman's "place" resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas persist about the house as a feminine space. This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project "Womanhouse," developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, contemporary artists in "Women House" recast conventional ideas about women and the home with acuity and wit, creating provocative photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through June 1

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Artist Patrizio Travagli invites audiences to turn our attention to the disturbing singularity of the mirror. How many times have mirrors deceived us? How many times, even if for a few moments, have we believed that the reflected image was a window or a door, an entrance not to Wonderland, as it was for Lewis Carroll's "Alice," but to our own common, everyday world? In the exhibition, Travagli asks you, the viewer, to become the piece of art. Your reflection in the mirror is the launching point for questions about identity, illusion and reality. For information, visit

Embassy of Italy

Through June 3

Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare

With visually interesting illustrated books and single sheet prints that have been rarely or never before displayed, this exhibition explores the production of the images in books in early modern Europe. Featuring more than 80 illustrated rare books and prints from the 15th to the 18th century from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the images include woodcuts, produced from carved woodblocks, and engravings and etchings, printed from copper plates.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Through June 8

Whispering Glass

A new photographic exhibit by Fiona Lake shares stories from Australia's outback cattle stations through images that capture life on outback cattle stations located across Australia's vast rangelands, stretching more than 3,000 kilometers east to west and 2,000 kilometers north to south.

Embassy of Australia Art Gallery

Through June 24

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

Through June 24

The Creative Nation: Swedish Music and Innovation

Sweden has long been ranked as one of the most creative and innovative countries in the world, with accolades for its contributions to music, design and technology. This exhibit explores the connection between Sweden's many technological innovations and the nation's commercial musical prowess. From video games to communication tools, a slew of innovative products has followed in the tracks of Ericsson and Skype. And given Sweden's long history of musical excellence, it's hardly surprising that tech companies in Sweden also excel in the world of music. Sweden offers universal music education and is among the top nations per capita both in number of choirs and number of global stars, from dancing queens to house mafias.

House of Sweden

Through June 24

Ingmar Bergman Moods: Costumes and Images

Director Ingmar Bergman's imagery continues to inspire artists of all genres today. During the 2018 Bergman Centennial Year, many new films inspired by Bergman's legacy are being released by contemporary filmmakers. The costumes presented at House of Sweden represent a mix of new and old, including examples from Tomas Alfredsson's newly released film as well as original Nina Sandström works used in Bergman productions and other reinterpretations. The costumes are paired with large-scale photos reimagining iconic Bergman roles as well as the milieus that shaped Bergman as a storyteller.

House of Sweden

Through June 24

Still Life by Karin Broos

Karin Broos is one of the most widely recognized Swedish artists of our time, and this is the second presentation of her work in an exhibition outside of Sweden. With her photorealistic portrayals of apparently everyday scenes, she expresses ambiguous sentiments and universal feelings of melancholia and gloom. The subjects in her atmospheric works are mainly from her home in Östra Ämtervik, the Värmland countryside, the Fryken lakes and her own close family. Her work also often explores different kinds of interiors and self-portraits, referring to 17th-century Dutch paintings and symbolism as well as to contemporary art.

House of Sweden

Through July 1

Cézanne Portraits

Bringing together some 60 examples drawn from collections around the world, this is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist's portraits. The revelatory exhibition provides the first full visual account of Paul Cézanne's portrait practice, exploring the pictorial and thematic characteristics of his works in the genre, the chronological development of his style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 8

Hung Liu in Print

This spotlight exhibition features 16 prints and a tapestry by painter and printmaker Hung Liu that invites viewers to explore the relationship between Liu's multi-layered paintings and the palpable, physical qualities of her works on paper. Her multifaceted body of work probes the human condition and confronts issues of culture, identity and personal and national history.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through July 8

Transformers: New Contemporary Latin American Sculpture by Darío Escobar and Patrick Hamilton

The conceptual sculptures on display in this exhibition explore similar themes through each artist's distinct aesthetic and thought process. Separately and together, Darío Escobar of Guatemala and Patrick Hamilton of Chile share a penchant for using common materials such as rubber tires, metal fencing, spackling knives and soccer balls. Lightly treated and often simply rearranged or reordered, Escobar and Hamilton's found objects are transformed from commercial products into newly aestheticized artworks that also provide ideological critiques of globalization and its effects.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through July 9

Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China

For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories for community celebrations. Dazzling festival costumes new to the museum's collections explore traditions now endangered by modernization.

The George Washington University Textile Museum

Through July 29

To Dye for: Ikats from Central Asia

With their brilliant designs, ikats are among the most distinct fabrics produced in Central Asia. Not surprisingly, ikats caught the attention of contemporary designers, most notably Oscar de la Renta. This exhibition brings together about 30 of the finest historical Central Asian ikat hangings and coats from the Freer|Sackler collections, as well as seven of Oscar de la Renta's iconic creations, to explore the original use and function of these dazzling fabrics and the enduring appeal of their extraordinary designs.

Freer Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 5

Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

Korean-born Do Ho Suh (b. 1962) is internationally renowned for his immersive, architectural fabric sculptures that explore the global nature of contemporary identity. "Do Ho Suh: Almost Home" will transform the museum's galleries through Suh's captivating installations, which recreate to scale several of his former homes from around the world. Through these works, Suh investigates the nature of home and memory and the impact of migration and displacement on an individual's sense of self.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Through Aug. 5

The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran

In our age of social media and selfies, it may be difficult to grasp the importance of painted portraits and studio photographs in 19th-century Iran. During this time, known as the Qajar era, rulers such as Fath-Ali Shah, a contemporary of Napoleon, and Nasir al-Din Shah, a contemporary of Queen Victoria, used portraiture to convey monarchical power and dynastic grandeur. Through a selection of about thirty works from the Freer and Sackler collections, this exhibition explores how Persian artists transformed modes of representing royalty and nobility.

Freer Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 5

Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints into Maiolica and Bronze

Inspired by the acquisition of the important William A. Clark maiolica (glazed Italian ceramics) collection from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, this exhibition brings together some 90 objects to highlight the impact of Renaissance prints on maiolica and bronze plaquettes, the two media most dramatically influenced by the new technology of image replication.

National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 15

Tomb of Christ

Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you've seen in a museum before. Groups will be able to virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries.

National Geographic

Through Aug. 31

Constructing Mexico68

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Latin American Olympic games, this exhibit takes audiences through a simple and concrete exploration of the sporting venues built for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics and their constant connection to design and urban art. The development of competition sites for the Olympics' diverse sporting disciplines required not only the adaptation of existing structures, but also the rapid construction of new, modern and functional facilities. In these new spaces, it was possible to implement the use of an applied architecture that met both the needs of the audience and the functional requirements of each sporting event that occupied it.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Nov. 12

Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge

For his first solo exhibition in D.C., acclaimed artist Mark Bradford debuts a monumental site-specific commission inspired by Paul Philippoteaux's 1883 cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg. Covering the curved walls of the Hirshhorn's Third Level Inner Circle, "Pickett's Charge" presents 360 degrees of abstracted historical narrative.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Dec. 25

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts

More than 300 works of art from the museum's permanent collection are on view within this exhibition. Working in media as diverse as wood, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and video, these works of art reflect the visionary ideas and styles developed by men and women from more than half of Africa's 55 nations. The installation is organized around seven viewpoints, each of which serve to frame and affect the manner in which African art is experienced.

National Museum of African Art

Through Jan. 21, 2019

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

Each year in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. Cutting-edge artwork created at Burning Man, the annual desert gathering that is one of the most influential events in contemporary art and culture, will be exhibited in the nation's capital for the first time this spring.

Renwick Gallery

Through April 20, 2020

A Right to the City

After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, D.C., and similar urban centers around the country have been witnessing a "return to the city," with rapidly growing populations, rising rents and home prices, but also deepening inequality. "A Right to the City" explores the history of neighborhood change in the nation's capital, and its rich history of neighborhood organizing and civic engagement that transformed the city in the face of tremendous odds.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum



Fri., May 25, 8 p.m.

The Washington Ballet: Giselle

A beloved Romantic ballet. Love, betrayal and forgiveness are paired with coveted virtuoso roles. This haunting and tender classic tells the story of the promise and tragedy of young love. Tickets are $25 to $75.

Wolf Trap



Thu., May 3, 7 p.m.

Salongespräch – Freedom of the Press: Still the Fourth Estate?

On the occasion of the International Day of the Freedom of the Press, the Austrian Press and Information Service and the Austrian Cultural Forum in D.C. present a discussion examining the state of the press on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly in light of the perceived partisan erosion of trust in and credibility of the media. Admission is free; to RSVP visit

Embassy of Austria

Thu., May 24, 6 p.m.

After Hours: Gallery Talks & Mixer – Science and Fashion

Streaming from Buenos Aires, the Cultural Center for Science of the Argentine Ministry of Science will host an interdisciplinary discussion on the intersection of science and fashion. The "After Hours" series of gallery talks and mixers takes place inside the current IDB Cultural Center exhibition "Fashioning the Future: Argentine Designers on the Edge of Tomorrow," an experiential journey through contemporary Argentine fashion that merges science, technology and creativity.

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center



May 1 to 31

Passport DC

This month-long journey around the world hosted by Cultural Tourism DC highlights thriving international community in the nation's capital. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC features 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and some of DC's very best cultural institutions. In 2017, more than 200,000 people enjoyed the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions, workshops and more. Highlights include the Around the World Embassy Tour (May 5); European Union Embassies' Open House (May 12); Embassy Chef Challenge (May 17); Flower Mart at National Cathedral (May 4-5); and Fiesta Asia Street Festival (May 19). For information,

Various locations

May 2 to 10

Eurobeats: European Music Festival

This new festival celebrates the variety and richness of European music and talent at various venues in D.C. Supported by European Embassies the festival will present music across all genres and screen films about European music. Highlights include "French Waves: 30 Years of French Electronic Music" at Dupont Underground (May 10); "Just Another Foundry" jazz concert at the Goethe-Institut (May 6); Original Quartet at NYU DC (May 8); "Soniqua Sequence" film and music performance at the House of Sweden (May 2); and "Vinyl Generation" screening at the House of Sweden (May 6). For more information, visit or #eurobeatsDC.

Various locations

May 8 to 20

Artes de Cuba: From the Island to the World

This unprecedented gathering of Cuban and Cuban-American artists represents some of the world's greatest from the island and the Diaspora. Featuring some of Cuba's finest artists and leading Cuban American creators, "Artes de Cuba" will inspire with more than 50 events over two weeks, featuring music, dance, theater, film, fashion, design and more. The festival also extends beyond the Kennedy Center's performance spaces and spills out into its halls and terraces with free exhibitions, and to the Millennium Stage with 12 free performances that will be streamed online.

Kennedy Center

May 18 to 20

SerbFest DC

Presented by Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, Md. — the epicenter of Serbian culture in the area — this three-day festival showcases traditional Serbian dishes and beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items, as well as family-friendly activities. For information, visit

Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church



Thu., May 3, 6:45 p.m.

Music from Mexico and Italy for Voice and Piano

As part of its 2018 music series "La Música de México," the Mexican Cultural Institute presents soprano Daniela D'Ingiullo and pianist Roberto Hidalgo for a concert of music from Mexico and Italy. This concert features works by Mexican and Italian composers from the early 20th century to today, including the world premiere of "Tres canciones de A. Machado" (1996) by Jesús Villaseñor and "Four Poems by Ezra Pound" (2017) by Juan Trigos. Admission is free; to RSVP, visit

Mexican Cultural Institute

Sun., May 6, 7 p.m.

Zakir Hussain's 'Crosscurrents'

Famed both as instrumental virtuosos and as stylistic adventurers, Indian tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and bassist Dave Holland forge new and exciting connections between Indian classical music and jazz — two styles rooted in improvisation and rhythmic dynamism. They are joined by an all-star band including saxophonist Chris Potter and renowned Bollywood playback vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. Tickets are $30 to $50.

GW Lisner Auditorium

Tue., May 8, 7 p.m.

Original Quartet

Original Quartet explores the roots of Andalusian music with a repertoire that includes old poems and songs from Iraq, Sephardi compositions and Indian traditional pieces, as well as modern compositions created specifically for this project. Admission is free; to RSVP visit

NYU Washington DC

Tue., May 15, 7:30 p.m.

Gwhyneth Chen, Piano

Gwhyneth Chen is a Taiwanese-American pianist who in 1993, won the biggest cash prize in the history of piano competitions — $100,000. Then a young woman of 23, she was the youngest contestant at the Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competition and was immediately recognized as one of the foremost pianists of her generation. Tickets are $110, including buffet and wine; for information, visit

Twin Oaks Estate

Wed., May 16, 8 p.m.

Evgeny Kissin, Piano

Evgeny Kissin's "arm-blurring bursts of octaves, spiraling flights of finger-twisting passagework" (The New York Times) will fill the Kennedy Center Concert Hall after a two-year hiatus as the musician tackles Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $50 to $150.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Fri., May 25, 7 p.m.

Schoenberg, Schubert and the Odyssey of Exile

Presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum of D.C. and PostClassical Ensemble, in conjunction with the exhibition "Arnold Schoenberg: Through the Lens of Richard Fish," this unique concert explores the condition of exile in the music of four composers, ranging from the existential estrangement of Franz Schubert's "Wanderer" to Hanns Eisler's wartime exile in Los Angeles. Admission is free; to RSVP visit

Embassy of Austria


May 2 to 6

Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet

The legendary company brings the North American premiere of its riveting, contemporary take on the Bard's searing tragedy to the Kennedy Center, following an acclaimed U.K. run in 2016. Tickets are $39 to $129.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


May 5 to 26

Washington National Opera: Candide

In Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through an effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "Make Our Garden Grow" and "Glitter and Be Gay." Tickets are $45 to $275.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Through May 6

Two Trains Running

Confronted with a rapidly changing world in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the looming demolition of Memphis Lee's diner as a result of Pittsburgh's renovation project, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride in August Wilson's quintessential epic drama. Tickets are $50 to $99.

Arena Stage


Through May 12

The Wiz

In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum's magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. Ease on down the road and rediscover this imaginative story celebrating community, courage, heart, brains and friendship. Please call for ticket information.

Ford's Theatre


May 12 to June 10

Saint Joan

Joan of Arc, from peasant stock, fights for her country and defeats the English at Orleans. She is captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, brought before a church court, tried as a heretic, and burned at the stake — all before the age of 19. Depicted as neither witch, saint, nor madwoman in George Bernard Shaw's retelling, Joan is but an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Tickets are $30 to $79.

Folger Theatre


Through May 13

In the Time of the Butterflies
(En el tiempo de las Mariposas)

In this fictionalized story, the courageous Mirabal sisters challenge the oppressive dictatorship of Gen. Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic using the code name "butterflies" to inspire resistance cells throughout the country until their brutal murder by the regime in 1960. Tickets are $45.

GALA Hispanic Theatre


Through May 19

Washington National Opera: The Barber of Seville

Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor? A stellar cast joins this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy — one of the most beloved opera masterpieces of all time, boasting uproarious laughs and sensational music in equal measure. Tickets are $45 to $150.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Through May 20

Snow Child

Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, "Snow Child" follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage


Through May 20


In this high-octane comedy, Vietnamese-American playwright Qui Nguyen recreates (and kind of makes up) his parents' reluctant courtship: Fresh from Saigon, they meet in an Arkansas refugee relocation camp in 1975. "Vietgone" follows these new Americans through a bewildering land in a story full of lust and heartache, cowboys and motorcycles. Tickets are $20 to $57.

Studio Theatre


Through May 20

Waiting for Godot

Lingering by the side of the road, killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company


Through May 27

Titus Andronicus

"Titus Andronicus," from Synetic Theater's visionary founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili, is lucky number 13 in the "Wordless Shakespeare" series. Tsikurishvili will sink his teeth into this revenge-driven tragedy and tell the bloody tale of Titus and Tamora with all of the fiery passion, energy and vengeance only Synetic can deliver. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater


Through May 27


Scena Theatre presents "1984," the acclaimed stage version of George Orwell's dystopian vision of the future that shows us a world where individualism is crushed, and challenging authority leads to torture, prison and death. Tickets are $35 to $45.

Atlas Performing Arts Center


Through June 10


Set in small-town Nebraska in 1993, college-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. This examination of first-time love is set to the songs of Mathew Sweet's iconic alternative-rock album "Girlfriend." Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre


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