October 2018

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Cover Story

Jamaica Hosts Initiative to Make
Caribbean First Climate-Smart Zone

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With record-shattering heatwaves and hurricanes, extreme weather patterns threaten the Caribbean’s very survival. So island leaders, joined by partners such as Virgin's Richard Branson, launched a major initiative to make the Caribbean the world's first "climate-smart" zone, a sign that the region has entered "fighting-back mode," says Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks. Read More


Unheeded Warnings

Ex-U.S. Envoy to Kenya Laments
Failure to Stop Embassy Bombings

a1.powi.bushnell.book.homePrudence Bushnell understands the curse of Cassandra. The former U.S. ambassador reflects on how her dire warnings about the Rwandan genocide and American vulnerability in Kenya went unheeded in her new book, "Terrorism, Betrayal and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings." Read More

Power of Energy

After Years of War, Reconstruction
Faces Rocky Road in Ravaged Syria

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After seven years of bombing, shelling, gunfire and killing, Syria is a shell of its former self. Which is why reconstruction has become the latest battleground as the war's power players jostle for position in what may be the final act of this long-running tragedy. Read More


Pakistan's New Puppet?

Army Casts Shadow Over Pakistan's
New Prime Minister Imran Khan

a3.pakistan.pompeo.khan.homePakistan's new prime minister, Imran Khan, gave an inaugural speech in which he had plenty to say about corruption but almost nothing about foreign policy. Why? The army controls that. Read More


Securing the Vote

States Race to Prevent Hacking
Ahead of U.S. Midterm Elections

a4.election.voters.stickers.homeThe 2018 midterm elections are only weeks away but experts remain split — or at least cautiously optimistic — over the question of whether states are fully prepared to keep their election systems secure. Read More


Meridian's New Mission

Stuart Holliday Discusses Meridian
Center's Focus on Global Leadership

a6.meridian.holliday.summit.homeAs the Meridian International Center prepares for its 50th anniversary ball, Ambassador Stuart Holliday reflects on leadership in the 21st century — and in an era of bitter partisan divisions. Read More


Nordic Vantage Point

Op-Ed: World Must Strengthen, Not
Abandon, Multilateral Trading System

a7.aas.nordic.wto.argentina.homeThe multilateral trading system is a result of countless small steps and careful compromise. Safeguarding and strengthening that system, which has ushered in economic growth and other benefits throughout the world, should therefore be our top priority. Read More


Medical

Cutting Out Too Many Carbs
May Increase Odds of Early Death

a8.medical.carbs.pasta.homeUsing data on nearly 25,000 Americans, researchers found that the one-quarter who ate the fewest carbohydrates each day also had a higher risk of dying over the next six years. Specifically, they had higher death rates from heart disease, stroke and cancer. Read More


   

Ex-U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Laments Failure to Prevent 1998 Embassy Bombings

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By Paige Aarhus

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After Years of Fighting, Reconstruction Faces Rocky Road in War-Torn Nation

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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Experts Wonder If Imran Khan Will Steer Islamabad’s Foreign Policy, or Follow Army’s Orders

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By John Brinkley

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U.S. States Race to Protect Voting Machines from Hacking Ahead of Midterm Elections

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Jamaica Hosts Launch of Initiative to Make Caribbean World’s First Climate-Smart Zone

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By Anna Gawel

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Stuart Holliday Talks About Meridian Center’s Focus on Global Leadership

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Op-Ed: World Must Strengthen, Not Abandon, Multilateral Trading System

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By Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

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Cutting Out Too Many Carbohydrates May Increase Your Odds of Early Death

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By Amy Norton

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World’s Largest Museum, Education and Research Complex Holds Hidden Gems

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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The Meridian Is the Invisible Line That Runs Through Washington

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By Molly McCluskey

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National Gallery Looks at Lesser-Known Side of French Landscape Icon Corot

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By Mike Crowley

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‘Like Water for Chocolate’ at GALA Reaches Boiling Point of Emotions

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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After 40 Years in Hospitality Industry, Hector Torres Pursues His Other Passion: Art

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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‘Without Provenance’ Shows the Benefits and Mastery of High-End Reproductions

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By Kate Oczypok and Anna Gawel

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Films - October 2018

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Languages

Arabic

Dutch

Japanese

Spanish


Croatian

English

Mandarin


Czech

French

Polish

Danish

Hebrew

Portuguese

 

Arabic

3,000 People

Directed by Mai Masri

(Palestine/France/Jordan/Lebanon, 2015, 103 min.)

This first narrative by Mai Masri, a veteran documentarian, focuses on the plight of a newly married Palestinian woman who lands in an Israeli prison after being wrongly accused of aiding a terrorist. After finding that she is pregnant, she fights to keep the child rather than put him up for adoption, ultimately forming a family with her fellow inmates.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 14, 1 p.m.

 

On Borrowed Time

Directed by Yasir Al Yasiri

(UAE, 2018, 93 min.)

Even with Dubai's towering Burj Khalifa dominating the skyline outside their windows, life in a retirement home isn't very exciting for the "Four Musketeers": ex-soldier Fares, upbeat astrologer Hasan, retired pharmacist Abdullah and wheelchair-bound Hamad. This quartet of variously afflicted grumpy old men waste away their days, until Fares receives a nearly $14 million windfall (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Thu., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

 

A Civilized People

Directed by Randa Chahal Sabbagh

(Lebanon, 1999, 97 min.)

During Lebanon's civil war, some wealthy citizens fled to Europe, leaving behind large apartments, luxurious mansions, and Sri Lankan, Filipino and Egyptian servants — the stars of this black comedy.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

 

El Gusto

Directed by Safinez Bousbia

(Algeria/France, 2011, 88 min.)

It all started during director Safinez Bousbia's 2003 visit to Algiers, when she came across photographs of a music class from the 1940s. Eager to learn more, she set out to track down the classmates: Muslim and Jewish, between the ages of 70 and 100, and residing in Algeria and abroad.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m.

 

Heaven Without People

Directed by Lucien Bourjeily

(Lebanon, 2017, 91 min.)

Josephine, the matriarch of a sprawling family, is delighted to gather everyone together for Easter lunch for the first time in years. However, bit-by-bit the facade of the happy family gathering begins to fall away after an unexpected event changes their joyful mood and lives (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 26, 6 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m.

 

In the Last Days of the City

Directed by Tamer El Said

(Egypt/Germany/U.K./UAE, 2016, 118 min.)

Set in the bustling and chaotic city of Cairo days before the 2011 revolution, this film expresses the faded beauty of a once-great city that lingers even after decades of steep economic decline. A quasi-documentary mixed with improvised acting, the film follows a filmmaker grappling with writer's block, a departing lover and an ailing mother.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

 

Induced Labor

Directed by Khaled Diab

(Egypt, 2017, 90 min.)

Many go to great lengths to obtain an American visa. Some enter lotteries, others get married, but in this bold and entertaining satire, an Egyptian couple expecting twins come up with what they believe to be the perfect plan: hijack the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to give birth on U.S. territory, granting their children American citizenship in the process (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

 

The Man Who Stole Banksy

Directed by Marco Proserpio

(Italy, 2018, 91 min.)

In 2007, world-renowned street artist Banksy traveled to Palestine and painted a number of politically charged works on walls and buildings. One specific piece depicting an Israeli soldier checking a donkey's ID created substantial controversy. So a bodybuilder and local taxi driver came up with an entrepreneurial plan: cut out the entire cement wall containing the art and sell it off to the highest bidder (Arabic, English and Italian; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 21, 5 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 27, 4 p.m.

 

The Mummy

Directed by Shadi Abdel Salam

(Egypt, 1969, 103 min.)

This highly regarded classic of Egyptian cinema focuses on Wanis, who seeks an archaeologist's help after learning that his tribe has participated for centuries in the common practice of grave-robbing.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

 

Volubilis

Directed by Faouzi Bensaïdi

(Morocco/France/Qatar, 2017, 106 min.)

In the Moroccan city of Meknes, recently married Abdelkader, a security guard in a shopping center, and Malika, a housekeeper, struggle to make ends meet. They dream of moving in together and starting a life of their own, but one day at work, Abdelkader experiences a violent and humiliating incident that will turn their lives upside down (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 20, 4:15 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 21, 2:45 p.m.

 

Wajd: Songs of Separation

Directed by Amar Chebib

(Canada, 2018, 89 min.)

In 2010, Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib headed to Syria, just months before chaos broke out, to film a short documentary about traditional Sufi music. Five years later, the friends he encountered on his trip are dispersed around Europe and have become refugees like so many others who were forced to flee Aleppo (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 27, 6 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m.

 

Croatian

The Ghost in the Swamp

Directed by Branko Ištvančić

(Croatia, 2006, 90 min.)

Brother and sister Miron and Melita go to visit a friend in a northeastern Croatian town for the winter holidays. One night, they are awoken by the shouting of villagers who have rescued a half-frozen boy found near the village swamp, delirious after being attacked by a ghost. The doctors cannot help him, so the children decide to take matters into their own hands and the adventure begins (Croatian and Hungarian; part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 28, 11 a.m.

 

Czech

Family Friend

(Rodinný přítel)

Directed by Jan Hřebejk

(Czech Republic, 2017, 130 min.)

Set in the early 40s during German occupation, three brothers covertly working for the Czech resistance are discovered and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Their wives and children await their return, residing together in one house. A family friend watches over them and falls in love with one of the women.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 10, 8 p.m.

 

Danish

The Guilty

(Den skyldige)

Directed by Gustav Möller

(Denmark, 2018, 85 min.)

Disgraced former street cop Asger is manning the emergency call center, where he expects a sleepy beat. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a woman kidnapped by her troubled ex-husband. The woman disconnects abruptly, but Asger springs into action. Confined to the call center, forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear, he uses every bit of his intuition and skill to try to find and save her.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 19

 

The Shamer's Daughter

Directed by Kenneth Kainz

(Denmark/Norway/Czech Republic/Iceland/Sweden, 2015, color, 96 min.)

The Shamer's daughter, Dina, has unwillingly inherited her mother's supernatural ability. She can look straight into a person's soul and make them feel ashamed of their wrongdoings. When the sole heir to the throne of Dunark is wrongfully accused of the horrible murders of his family, Dina seeks uncover the truth behind the murders, but soon she finds herself whirled into a dangerous power struggle with her own life at risk (part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 27, 11 a.m.

Dutch

Cloudboy

Directed by Meikeminne Clinckspoor

(Belgium/Sweden/Norway/Netherlands, 2017, 77 min.)

Twelve-year-old city boy Niilas has been living with his father for as long as he can remember and barely knows his mother. This summer, Niilas has to travel to Swedish Lapland — much against his will — where his mother and her new family live amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people (Dutch, Swedish and Sami; part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Oct. 21, 11 a.m.

English

The Bookshop

Directed by Isabel Coixet

(U.K./Spain/Germany, 2018, 113 min.)

In 1959 England, free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Colette

Directed by Wash Westmoreland

(U.K./Hungary/U.S., 2019, 111 min.)

After marrying a successful Parisian writer Willy, Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. Colette's fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Crazy Rich Asians

Directed by Jon M. Chu

(U.S., 2018, 120 min.)

New Yorker Rachel accompanies her longtime boyfriend Nick to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors (English, Mandarin and Cantonese).

Angelika Mosaic

Angelika Pop-Up

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Fahrenheit 11/9

Directed by Michael Moore

(U.S., 2018, 128 min.)

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald J. Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Happy Prince

Directed by Rupert Everett

(U.K./Belgium/Italy/Germany, 2018, 105 min.)

On his death bed in a cheap Parisian hotel, Oscar Wilde observes his own failures with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 19

 

Juliet, Naked

Directed by Jesse Peretz

(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

"Juliet, Naked" is the story of Annie (the long-suffering girlfriend of Duncan) and her unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe, who also happens to be the subject of Duncan's musical obsession.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Lizzie

Directed by Craig William Macneill

(U.S., 2018, 105 min.)

This psychological thriller is based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Love, Gilda

Directed by Lisa Dapolito

(Canada/U.S., 2018, 88 min.)

In her own words, comedian Gilda Radner reflects on her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and, ultimately, her struggle with cancer.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

Directed by Steve Loveridge

(U.K./U.S., 2018, 96 min.)

She began as Matangi — daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka's armed Tamil resistance, hiding from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the U.K., she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A., a star who blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.

AFI Silver Theatre

Oct. 5 to 11

 

Most Beautiful Island

Directed by Ana Asensio

(Spain/U.S., 2017, 80 min.)

In this psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City, Luciana inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Tue., Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.

 

The Old Man & the Gun

Directed by David Lowery

(U.S., 2018, 93 min.)

Based on a true story, Forrest Tucker makes his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 and goes onto an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 5

 

Operation Finale

Directed by Chris Weitz

(U.S., 2018, 123 min.)

The thrilling true story "Operation Finale" follows the 1960 covert mission of legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin as he infiltrates Argentina and captures Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps (English and Spanish).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Paddington 2

Directed by Paul King

(U.K., 2017, 103 min.)

The sequel to the 2014 film finds the beloved bear now very much a part of the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, and a popular member of the local community. But when he's framed for the theft of a beautiful old pop-up book from Mr. Gruber's antique shop, Paddington and the Browns must work extra hard to clear the bear's good name (part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.

 

Private Life

Directed by Tamara Jenkins

(U.S., 2018, 127 min.)

Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, they reconsider.

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 5

 

Science Fair

Directed by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster

(U.S., 2018, 90 min.)

Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair.

West End Cinema

 

The Sisters Brothers

Directed by Jacques Audiard

(France/Spain/Romania/U.S., 2018, 121 min.)

In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters Brothers.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Studio 54

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

(U.S., 2018, 98 min.)

Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism — a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club's hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 26

 

Tea with the Dames

Directed by Roger Michell

(U.K., 2018, 84 min.)

Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theater.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 5

 

Three Identical Strangers

Directed by Tim Wardle

(U.K., 2018, 96 min.)

New York, 1980: Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

West End Cinema

 

The Wife

Directed by Björn Runge

(Sweden/U.S./U.K., 2018, 100 min.)

After nearly 40 years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize, this film interweaves the story of the couple's youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, 30-plus years later, filled with shared compromises, secrets, betrayals and mutual love.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

French

Lola Pater

Directed by Nadir Mokneche

(France, 2017, 95 min.)

In this tenderhearted dramedy of a very unconventional family reunion, Zino (Tewfik Jallab) leaves Paris and embarks on a search for his missing father, Farid, after the unexpected death of his mother. Unbeknownst to Zino, Farid transitioned into Lola 25 years ago, which not surprisingly complicates his search (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 20, 8:15 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 21, 7 p.m.

 

Orchestra Class

Directed by Rachid Hami

(France, 2016, 102 min.)

Distinguished but disillusioned violinist Simon ekes out a living teaching a rowdy orchestra class at a Parisian middle school. One young student, Arnold, is painfully shy, but finds that he has a natural talent for the violin. Inspired by Arnold's raw talent and warm enthusiasm of the class, Simon regains his joie de vivre (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m.,

Fri., Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.

 

School of Life

(L'école buissonniere)

Directed by Nicolas Vanier

(France, 2018, 116 min.)

In 1930 Paris, Paul has only ever had one and the same horizon: the high walls of the orphanage, an austere building in the Parisian working class suburbs. When he is entrusted to Célestine and Borel, a joyful country woman and her husband, the stubborn child from the city arrives in a mysterious and wild region.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 17, 8 p.m.

 

Sofia

Directed by Meryem Benm'Barek

(France/Qatar, 2018, 80 min.)

A pregnant 20-year-old single Moroccan girl faces the tough local laws on sex outside of marriage when she suddenly gives birth. She is forced to move quickly and make contact with the child's father or else risk arrest (French and Arabic; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Hebrew

The Testament

Directed by Amichai Greenberg

(Austria/Israel, 2018, 88 min.)

Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of World War II. He suspects that an influential family of industrialists on whose land the murder took place is trying to conceal the past. While investigating, Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and to his surprise, he finds testimony given by his mother that reveals a substantial secret (Hebrew, German, English and Yiddish).

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Oct. 24, 8 p.m.

Japanese

Woman in the Dunes

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

(Japan, 1964, 147 min.)

An amateur entomologist has left Tokyo to study an unclassified species of beetle that resides in a remote, vast desert. When he misses his bus back to civilization, he is persuaded to spend the night with a young widow in her hut next to a sand dune. What results is one of cinema's most bristling, unnerving and palpably erotic battles of the sexes.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., Oct. 3, 2 p.m.

Mandarin

Guangzhou Dream Factory

Directed by Christiane Badgley

(U.S., 2018, 65 min.)

Guangzhou is southern China's centuries-old trading port. Today, the booming metropolis of 14 million is a mecca of mass consumption, its vast international trading centers crammed with every "Made in China" good imaginable. Every year, more than half a million Africans travel to Guangzhou, where they buy goods to resell in Africa. Some have chosen to stay, and for these Africans, China looks like the new land of opportunity, a place where anything is possible. But is it? The Freer|Sackler teams up with the National Museum of African Art to present this new documentary exploring the evolving relationship between China and Africa. Following the film, director Christiane Badgley holds a discussion with members of the local African and Asian diasporas.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed. Oct. 3, 7 p.m.

Polish

Lullaby Killer

(Ach spij kochanie)

Directed by Krzysztof Lang

(Poland, 2017, 97 min.)

This crime drama is based on the true story of the notorious Polish serial killer Wladyslaw Mazurkiewicz. The handsome, elegant murderer terrorized Kracow in the 1950s. Mazurkiewicz went free for a very long time until he met his match in the young police detective Karski.

The Avalon Theatre

Tue., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.

Portuguese

Gabriel and the Mountain

Directed by Felipe Barbosa

(Brazil/France, 2017, 127 min.)

This richly textured road movie retraces the final days of Gabriel, an idealistic, open-hearted young man determined to discover the world with nothing more than his backpack and $2 a day (English, Portuguese, Swahili, Chichewa and French; part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 3, 9:20 p.m.

Spanish

Away from Meaning

Directed by Olivia Luengas

(Mexico, 2018, 90 min.)

After contacting a virus at the age of 3, Liliana was later diagnosed with mental illness and has lived most of her life with borderline personally disorder. But she finds solace in her family and her only friend Carlos, who is living with schizophrenia (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

 

Cocote

Directed by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias

(Dominican Republic/Argentina/Germany/Qatar, 2018, 106 min.)

This rapturous crime fable set in the Dominican Republic follows Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returning home to attend his father's funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father's death, Alberto realizes that he's been summoned by his family to avenge the murder (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 7:05 p.m.

 

Retablo

Directed by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio

(Peru/Germany/Norway, 2017, color, 95 min.)

Fourteen-year-old Segundo is set to follow in his father footsteps as a master crafter of retablos, colorful and richly detailed story-boxes that fetch high prices at their local marketplace and are in high demand in the family's isolated Quechua village in Peru. But while on his way to a celebration in the Andes, Segundo accidentally discovers his troubled father's secret (Spanish and Quechua; part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 3, 5:15 p.m.

 

Ruben Blades Is Not My Name

Directed by Abner Benaim

Panama/Argentina/Colombia, 2018, color, 84 min.)

Latin American icon Rubén Blades was at the center of the New York Salsa revolution in the 1970s. His socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms brought Salsa music to an international audience. This revealing portrait details Ruben's incredible 50-year career and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy (Spanish and English; part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.

 

Silence of the Wind

Directed by Álvaro Aponte Centeno

(Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/France, 2018, 85 min.)

Rafael has no time to mourn the death of his sister. He is part of a human trafficking network that brings an endless stream of migrants from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. Balancing caring for his mother and daughter with his illicit activities, Rafael begins to reach a crisis point (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 5:15 p.m.

 

The Snatch Thief

Directed by Agustín Toscano

(Argentina/Uruguay, 2018, 93 min.)

Petty thief Miguel supports himself by stealing purses from the elderly, but when his latest victim, Elena, suffers an amnesia-causing blow to the head, he becomes plagued by guilt and plans to help her heal (part of the AFI Latin American Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 2, 9:15 p.m.

   

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ART

Oct. 5 to 31

Interface: A Cross-Genre Exploration

Mixed-media works by Korean artists Gene Kim, Seung Yun Shin and Seungjo Jeong parse our everyday digital media frontier where communications — between users and systems, objects and images, or memories and mechanics — are increasingly complex. Showcasing about 20 diverse works that mix genres and experiment with new forms, Kim, Shin and Jeong attempt to break down the traditional artistic expression framework. Each confronts familiar challenges of modern life, often stemming from the onslaught of technological change: distinguishing what is real from copies or images from actual objects, translating one's memories into digital formats, or simply recognizing the function of specialized devices and their components. These artists try to engage with viewers on these issues by reminding us of easy-to-overlook core principles that remain constant, such as environment, nature and the individual.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Oct. 6 to Jan. 6

Churchill's Shakespeare

A towering leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill was also a lifelong admirer of Shakespeare. Compelling materials from Cambridge's Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill's home Chartwell, and the Folger collection show the man himself and trace Shakespeare's influence on his speeches and ideas.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Oct. 14 to Jan. 13

Nordic Impressions

"Nordic Impressions" is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe and Greenland. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Oct. 14

Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas

The OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas announces the second in a series of exhibitions accompanying "Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, curated by Adriana Ospina. Initiated five years ago, the project aims to rethink the study of the historical and cultural legacy of the Art Museum of the Americas, beginning with a comprehensive catalogue of the permanent collection. The catalogue highlights key pieces of the AMA art collection, representing fundamental artistic trends that have developed in Latin America, including new figuration, geometric and lyrical abstraction, conceptual art, optical and kinetic art. Over the years, the museum has provided valuable support in the expansion of the academic field of modern and contemporary art of Latin America and the Caribbean in the United States.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Oct. 14 to Jan. 20

The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy

Chiaroscuro woodcuts — color prints made from the successive printing of multiple blocks — flourished in 16th-century Italy, interpreting designs by leading masters such as Raphael, Parmigianino and Titian, while boasting extraordinary craft and their own often striking palette.

National Gallery of Art

 

Oct. 24 to Sept. 29

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

In the cities of the West African nation of Senegal, stylish women have often used jewelry as part of an overall strategy of exhibiting their elegance and prestige. Rooted in the Wolof concept of sañse (dressing up, looking and feeling good), "Good as Gold" examines the production, display, and circulation of gold in Senegal as it celebrates a significant gift of gold jewelry to the National Museum of African Art's collection.

National Museum of African Art

 

Oct. 24 to May 20, 2020

Waterfall

The Hirshhorn presents the largest site-specific exhibition to date by the acclaimed abstract painter Pat Steir. An expansive new suite of the artist's signature "Waterfall" paintings spans the entire perimeter of the museum's second-floor inner-circle galleries, extending nearly 400 linear feet. The 28 large-scale paintings, when presented together as a group, will create an immense color wheel that shifts hues with each painting, with the pours on each canvas often appearing in the complementary hue of the monochrome background.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

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 Nov. 18

Recovered Memories: Spain and the Support for the American Revolution

"Recovered Memories" showcases Spain's support for the American colonies prior to and during the Revolutionary War, and also highlights notable Spanish figures whose lives impacted the emerging new country. The exhibit takes the visitor on a chronological journey of Spanish-American relations beginning with Spain's own Age of Enlightenment during the reign of Charles III, through the times of European and American revolutions, and ending with the technological advancements at the turn of the 20th century.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Through Nov. 25

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career

Curator Emerita Krystyna Wasserman assembled NMWA's collection of more than 1,000 artists' books over a 30-year period. This focus exhibition celebrates her vision and features 20 notable artists' books from the museum's expansive collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Nov. 25

Water, Wind, and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch rose to greatness from the riches of the sea. During the 17th century, water was central to their economic and naval successes, but was also a source of pleasure and enjoyment. This exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship the Dutch had with the water, including their gratitude for the sea's bounty and their fear of its sometimes destructive power.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Dec. 16

Studio 54 Forever

Studio 54 was and arguably remains the world's most iconic discotheque. It opened in 1977 in New York City as disco music was reaching its peak. The establishment attracted celebrities, politicians, artists, and the cultural avant garde. On the Studio 54 dance floor, everyone was a star. Take a journey back in time through the lens of acclaimed Swedish photographer Hasse Persson, whose images provide an intimate, sometimes provocative look at the cultural moment that would become the stuff of legend.

House of Sweden

 

Through Dec. 16

Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity

Artist Jim Sanborn provides a critique of the contemporary art market that sells stolen or forged antiquities. The artist's imagined world, which would make complete sense to an ancient Roman, is one wherein the skilled artist-craftsmen of contemporary Cambodia (who we now call forgers and who muddle the art market) would be understood to be what they are: gifted copyists. Their works would be bought for what they are — copies — and valued for what they offer: powerful evocations of the artistic genius of Khmer art of the distant past.

American University Museum

 

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 Dec. 31

Corot: Women

Camille Corot is best known as the great master of landscape painting in the 19th century. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller, less well-known portion of his oeuvre, but arguably are of equal importance to the history of art. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or stretched nude on a grassy plain, Corot's women read, dream, and gaze, conveying a mysterious sense of inner life. His sophisticated use of color and his deft, delicate touch applied to the female form resulted in pictures of quiet majesty.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Sense of Humor

Humor may be fundamental to human experience, but its expression in painting and sculpture has been limited. Instead, prints, as the most widely distributed medium, and drawings, as the most private, have been the natural vehicles for comic content. Drawn from the National Gallery of Art's collection, this exhibition celebrates this incredibly rich though easily overlooked tradition through works including Renaissance caricatures, biting English satires, and 20th-century comics.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 6, 2019

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen

Trevor Paglen is an award-winning artist whose work blurs the lines between art, science and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world. This is the first exhibition to present Paglen's early photographic series alongside his recent sculptural objects and new work with artificial intelligence.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through Jan. 13

Fabergé Rediscovered

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the captivating stories that surround them. The fascination with Fabergé continues to uncover new discoveries about the storied jeweler to the tsars and his remarkable creations. This exhibit unveils recent research and explore how the 2014 discovery of a long-lost imperial Easter egg prompted new findings about Hillwood's own collection.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

 

Through Jan. 13

Rachel Whiteread

As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist's 30-year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects and several new works on view for the first time. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection

Celebrating the Freer|Sackler's recent acquisition of a major Japanese photography collection, this exhibition features a selection of works by groundbreaking 20th-century photographers. Whether capturing evocative landscapes or the gritty realities of postwar Japan, this presentation focuses on Japanese artists' search for a sense of place in a rapidly changing country. The images highlight destinations both rural and urban, in styles ranging from powerful social documentary to intensely personal.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 21

Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography

When photography arrived in Japan in the mid-19th century, traditional woodblock printmakers were forced to adapt their craft to keep pace with the new medium. This exhibition explores Japanese artists' reactions to the challenges of modernity, examining the collapse of the traditional woodblock-printmaking industry in the face of the printing press and photography, and then tracing the medium's resurrection as an art form, through which printmakers recorded scenes of their changing country in striking new ways.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 21

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 Jan. 29

Vested Values

"Vested Values," a selection comprising more than 40 works of various Mexican contemporary artists, explores the representation of nature and its sociocultural environment. Each of the works reveals how particular methods of production, implementation and execution of contemporary art can offer a complex impression of the diverse elements that define a society, which in turn promotes a continuous dialogue on both experience and perception. Each of the works originates through an arrangement with Mexico's Tax Administration Service that allows Mexican artists to pay their taxes with their artwork. Today, artists can pay their income tax using media that ranges from digital art to photography.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through Feb. 3

Sean Scully: Landline

Sean Scully's "Landline" series, which first captivated international audiences at the 56th Venice Biennale, will make its museum debut at the Hirshhorn, featuring never-before-seen artworks from the renowned series. With thick, gestural brushstrokes and loose bands of color, the works look toward the land, sea, and sky (and the indistinct lines between them) to navigate the elemental relationships that compose our world.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through September 2019

Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran

Potters in ancient Iran were fascinated by the long-beaked waterfowl and rams with curled horns around them. This exhibition of ceramics produced in northwestern Iran highlights animal-shaped vessels as well as jars and bowls decorated with animal figures.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

DANCE

Oct. 18 to 20

Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker: Dog without Feathers (Cão Sem Plumas)

Since founding her own company in 1994, Brazilian director/choreographer Deborah Colker has been inspired by her experiences as an athlete to combine physically daring feats with visually striking designs — and redefine the rules for what can and can't be done in the world of dance. Tickets are $29 to $79.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

DISCUSSIONS

Wed., Oct. 3, 12 p.m.

A Quiet American: Edward Lansdale in the Philippines and Vietnam

Historian and author Max Boot discusses his new book "The Road Not Taken," which chronicles how Edward Lansdale, a U.S. Army officer and advisor to Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay, pioneered a successful "hearts and mind" strategy to combat the Huk insurgency in post-World War II Philippines and Vietnam. For information, visit www.usphsociety.org/category/events/.

Georgetown University Intercultural Center

 

Thu., Oct. 4, 4 p.m.

Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence

The Czech and Slovak Embassies jointly commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia with the opening of this exhibition and lecture with historians Kevin McNamara and Michal Kšinan. Delve into period photographs and newspaper clippings, accompanied by historical analysis, to fully understand the enormous scale of the quest for independence. Reservations are required; visit www.mutualinspirations.org or additional details.

Woodrow Wilson Center

 

Thu., Oct. 11, 6 p.m.

New Direction: Italian Contemporary Art in the United States

Italy is synonymous with history. We visit Rome and Naples and see remnants of an ancient civilization. But Italy has a modern side, too, that comprises exceptional contemporary artists that art lovers should have on their radar. Curator Ilaria Bernardi, artist Massimo Bartolini and Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, co-founders of Magazzino Italian Art, will discuss contemporary Italian art, focusing on complex new ideas, specifically within the context of the United States. For registration information, visit https://iicwashington.esteri.it/iic_washington/en.

Embassy of Italy

 

Fri., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Frontaliers Disaster: An Evening of Swiss-Italian Comedy and Conversation

A hugely popular comedy series from Italian-speaking Switzerland, "Frontaliers" is a lighthearted tale of culture, identity and unexpected friendships. Bussenghi is an Italian mechanic who is always late to his job in Switzerland because of his bickering with the Swiss border guard Bernasconi. Through the daily squabbles of this odd pair, we learn about the cultural traditions of Italy and of Switzerland, two countries that are connected by language and geography, although they sometimes seem like two different worlds. The Embassy of Switzerland and the Italian Cultural Institute host a screening of favorite "Frontaliers" webisodes, as well as selected scenes from the feature film "Frontaliers Disaster" accompanied by a panel discussion. For registration information, visit https://iicwashington.esteri.it/iic_washington/en.

Embassy of Switzerland

 

GALAS

 Tue., Oct. 2, 6 p.m.

40th Annual Ambassadors Ball

The annual National MS Society Ambassadors Ball, a premier event in the D.C. fall social season for the past 39 years, has raised more than $20 million to support the National MS Society. The 40th Ambassadors Ball is co-chaired by Japanese Ambassador Shinsuke J. Sugiyama and welcomes congressional members, ambassadors, business and philanthropic leaders and their spouses to honor the diplomatic corps for their charitable activities and humanitarian endeavors. Tickets start at $600; for information, visit www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/MDM/Fundraising-Events/Ambassadors-Ball-(1).

The Anthem

 

Fri., Oct., 12, 6:30 p.m.

50th Annual Meridian Ball

Now in its 50th year, the Meridian Ball brings together members of the public and private sector to celebrate Meridian's ongoing efforts to prepare leaders for a complex global future. Guests have the option of choosing between an intimate ambassador-hosted dinner or the White-Meyer dinner on Meridian's campus. Following the dinners, guests from both the ambassador-hosted dinners and White-Meyer dinner gather for dancing, dessert and conversation at Meridian House. For ticket information, visit www.meridian.org/programs/ball/.

Meridian International Center

 

Fri., Oct. 16, 8 p.m.

Synetic Theater's 12th Annual Vampire's Ball

This year, the Vampire's Ball will follow a performance of Synetic's adaptation of Washington Irving's classic American ghost story "Sleepy Hollow." At this year's party, guests will dance the night away (music courtesy of Resident Composer and Halloween DJ, Konstantine Lortkipanidze), enjoy a special Halloween cocktail at the open bar, munch on light appetizers and enjoy the annual costume contest. Tickets are $60 to $75.

Synetic Theater

 

MUSIC

Tue., Oct. 2, 6 p.m.

Italian Color: Duo Emy Bernecoli and Elia Andrea Corazza

"Italian Color" is a musical journey across time, presenting rare and refined compositions that defined the history of Italian classical music for piano and violin, from the baroque to present day. The program will be performed by violinist Emi Bernecoli and pianist Elia Andrea Corazza and include Antonio Vitali's "Ciaccona," a famous masterpiece for violin; an unpublished "Sarabanda" (1897) by Ottorino Respighi; and "Un diavolo sentimentale" (A Sentimental Devil, 1969), an eccentric and sparkling piece. For ticket information, visit https://iicwashington.esteri.it/iic_washington/en.

Embassy of Italy

 

Thu., Oct. 4, 7 p.m.

Concert and Reading from 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents a performance of "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" with Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek as a closing event to her Kennedy Center show. Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" tells the true and inspiring story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist whose dream of making her concert debut at the storied Musikverein concert hall is dashed by the onset of World War II. Admission is free; for information, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Mon., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.

De Maeyer-Kende Duo

Praised for interpretive sensitivity and precision, prize-winning Belgian duo Jolente De Maeyer (violin) and Nikolaas Kende (piano) joined forces in 2002 and continue to triumph at home and abroad. Tickets are $150, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Belgian Ambassador's Residence

 

Mon., Oct. 8, 6 p.m.

El Septeto Santiago

Founded in Santiago de Cuba's famed Casa de la Trova in 1995 by Tres guitar virtuoso Fernando Dewer, El Septeto Santiago has since earned its designation as Cuba's foremost son music ensemble.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

Thu., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Hanzhi Wang

Prepare to have your expectations defied and your ears delighted by the sound, technique, texture and repertoire of the accordion, in a performance by young Chinese accordionist Hanzhi Wang. Tickets are $45.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Fri., Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Andrzej Wiercinski, Piano

Andrzej Wierciński was born in Poland in 1995 and started his musical adventure on the piano at the age of six. First prize at the National Competition for Young Pianists in Warsaw along with a slew of other awards have since expanded his following. He performs a program of Chopin, Liszt, Paderewski and Prokofiev. Tickets are $150, including buffet, wine and valet parking; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Polish Ambassador's Residence

 

Mon., Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Jazz Shift: Martina Fišerová

Prague-born jazz singer Martina Fišerová introduces her original songs in the concert "Jazz Shift," meshing harmonic sophistication with unpretentious and personal expression.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

Fri., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Myriam Avalos, Piano

Passion and power, expression and sensitivity — words used over and over again in praise of Myriam Avalos. Her performances and master classes throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia have earned her critical acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician and pedagogue. In 2004, she was conferred the title of cultural ambassador of Peru. Tickets are $150, including buffet, wine and pisco sours; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Peruvian Ambassador's Residence

 

Sat., Oct. 27, 8 p.m.

Vusi Mahlasela

A national treasure in his homeland of South Africa — where he is known simply and definitively as "The Voice" — Vusi Mahlasela was a powerful, rallying figure in the struggle against Apartheid and continues to serve as a worldwide messenger of peace, dignity and compassion. Tickets are $40; for information, visit www.washingtonperformingarts.org.

Sixth & I

 

Mon., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

The Czech Philharmonic, the Czech Republic's premier orchestra, returns to D.C. under its new music director, Semyon Bychkov, for a signature program featuring Antonín Dvořák's triumphant "Seventh Symphony" and a rarely heard work by the 20th-century composer Luboš Fišer. For ticket information, visit goo.gl/mxTU2Y.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Tue., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Czech Republic Centennial Concert: Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir

The Prague Philharmonic Children's Choir, one of the most prestigious choirs in the Czech Republic, performs a special selection of Czech and international classics in celebration of 100 years of Czech independence at the Washington National Cathedral. The choir will cover such beloved songs as Dvořák's "Ave Maria," Schubert's "Psalm XXII" and Bernstein's "Gloria Tibi." For ticket information, visit https://goo.gl/xY9v5f.

Washington National Cathedral

 

Tue., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.

Renée Fleming Voices: Youssou Ndour

The Senegalese singer, percussionist, and humanitarian — dubbed "perhaps the most famous singer alive" by Rolling Stone — brings his stratospheric vocals, visionary African rhythms and powerful messages of social activism and tolerance to D.C. Tickets are $29 to $89.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

THEATER

Oct. 3 to Nov. 4

Sleepy Hollow

Synetic Theater's adaptation of "Sleepy Hollow" pulls together all the elements that made Synetic famous: Gothic horror, iconic characters and imagery, an emphasis on surreal, wordless storytelling that transcends spoken language and makes our productions something akin to live-action dreams (or nightmares, depending on the story). Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Oct. 3 to Dec. 2

King John

Secret deals. Threats of mass destruction. Shifting loyalties. Folger Theatre follows its sold-out run of "Macbeth" with "King John," Shakespeare's rarely performed history play chronicling King John's turbulent reign from 1199 to 1216. Tickets are $30 to $85.

Folger Theatre

 

Oct. 6 to 21

Washington National Opera: La Traviata

As a courtesan, the beautiful Violetta is the life of every party, toasting to high-class pleasures alongside wealthy men. But Violetta holds a devastating secret: she is sick and dying. When the affluent Alfredo confesses his love, happily-ever-after finally seems within reach — until his father condemns his lover's low social status. Tickets are $25 to $300.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Oct. 7

Like Water for Chocolate

Tita, the youngest of three sisters, falls in love with Pedro, but her mother forbids Tita to marry him. When Pedro marries the oldest sister, Rosaura, the three of them must live in the same house. To avoid temptation, Tita turns to cooking. Soon her delicacies provoke tears, laughter, burning desire and more to those who partake (Spanish with English surtitles). Tickets are $48.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Oct. 10 to 13

World Stages: Measure for Measure

Through a series of "swiftly changing spectacular scenes" (Russia's Teatral), Shakespeare's classic play becomes a mirror of modern society in a dexterously crafted adaption from director Declan Donnellan. Tickets are $19 to $75.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Oct. 11 to Nov. 18

Aida

Brilliantly brought to life by the legendary musical duo behind "The Lion King," "Aida" is a timeless story of star-crossed lovers set in ancient Egypt. The handsome but arrogant Radames and his soldiers return to Egypt following a successful conquest of the nation's longtime enemy, Nubia. Having unwittingly captured the Nubian princess Aida, they force her into slavery in the royal palace. Though Radames is reluctantly engaged to the Pharaoh's vain and materialistic daughter, he and Aida find themselves passionately drawn to each other. As their forbidden love intensifies, Aida must choose between her heart's desire and her responsibility to her people in this production presented by Constellation Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 to $55.

Source Theater

 

Through Oct. 14

If I Forget

This observant, political-but-personal family drama set in 2000 centers on the dynamics of a modern Jewish family in D.C.'s Tenleytown neighborhood. Brought together by their elderly father's 75th birthday, the adult children of the Fischer family squabble over what to do with their long-held and now lucrative 14th Street property, igniting debates on religion, politics and history. Tickets are $29 to $90.

Studio Theatre

 

Oct. 14 to Nov. 18

The Fall

As the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town, seven students wrote "The Fall," charting their experiences as activists who brought down a statue and then grappled with decolonizing what was left standing in its wake: the legacies of race, class, gender, history and power 24 years after the official end of Apartheid. Please call for ticket information.

Studio Theatre

 

Oct. 17 to Nov. 18

Actually

This provocative new play that explores the timely subject of sexual consent between young people. Tom, a black first-year Princeton student, and Amber, a Jewish first-year Princeton student, seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren't. What begins as a casual hook up turns into a Title IX hearing in which both students have everything to lose. Tickets are $34 to $64.

Theater J

 

Oct. 19 to Nov. 18

Sing to Me Now

Calliope is the last surviving Muse. Drowning in the demands of a world desperate for inspiration, she resorts to what any self-respecting Greek Goddess would do: She hires an intern. Soon it becomes clear that Calliope is burying a deeper pain, and the fate of the universe may lie in this human intern's unlikely ability to save her. Tickets are $30.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

Through Oct. 21

Born Yesterday

In this sharp-edged satire, opportunistic tycoon Harry Brock arrives in Washington with his naive girlfriend, Billie Dawn, to game the political system. With the help of an idealistic reporter, Billie wises up and fights back to end the corruption. Political satire meets romantic comedy in a story that shows truth and justice can win the day. Tickets are $17 to $64.

Ford's Theatre

 

Through Oct. 21

Turn Me Loose

This intimate and no-holds barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory's rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Oct. 23 to Nov. 4

The Fever

Performed in complete collaboration with the audience, "The Fever" begins as a simple story about an ordinary party and evolves into a spellbinding examination of how we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us. Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Through Oct. 28

The Comedy of Errors

Two sets of twins, each with the same name — what could go wrong? Everything, apparently. Leave logic behind and delight in the confusion of Shakespeare's beloved comedy, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands and sons forget their fathers. Call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

   

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