January 2019


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Cover Story

Despite Growing Economy, Peru
Remains Mired in Corruption

a5.peru.pareja.profile.homePeru is famous for its ancient history and modern-day economic transformation. But the country has become infamous for something else entirely: corruption. Ambassador Carlos Pareja admits that the wave of corruption scandals has shaken his country to the core, but insists Peru is finally turning the corner. Read More

People of World Influence

U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon
Retires After 35-Year Career

a1.powi.shannon.profile.homeVenerated U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon retired in February 2018 after an almost 35-year career — a huge blow to a demoralized State Department. But the career ambassador who served under six presidents is confident U.S. diplomacy can thrive if we nurture the next generation of diplomats. Read More

Fresh Faces on Capitol Hill

New Committee Chairs in the House
Set to Shake Up U.S. Foreign Policy


One major consequence of the 2018 midterms that saw Democrats take over the House will be the newfound power Congress has to dictate, to an extent, U.S. foreign policy — and provide a check on President Trump's agenda. Read More

Moscow's Meddling

Russia's Election Interference Playbook
May Be Playing Out in the Balkans

a3.balkans.russia.putin.storyRussia's successful blueprint for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election has been duplicated throughout Europe, most recently in the Balkans, an ethnic tinderbox where experts fear the tug of war between Moscow and the West could explode into a very real conflict. Read More

U.S. MIA on World Stage?

White House Struggles to Fill
Key Ambassadorships Abroad

a4.vacancies.pompeo.homeThe diplomatic rupture with Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi shed light on a more basic problem plaguing President Trump's foreign policy strategy: the dearth of U.S. ambassadors in key posts across the globe. Read More

Christian Contradiction?

White Evangelicals Strongly Support
Trump's Cuts to Refugee Admissions

a6.christians.syria.church.homeThe United States admits more Christian refugees than Muslim ones every year, yet most white evangelical Christians are opposed to letting them into the country. The Trump administration has made the plight of persecuted Christians overseas a key plank of its religious freedom agenda. Read More

Book Review

U.S. Historians Frame Challenges
Posed by Trump into Broader Context

a7.books.trump.main.homeWhile it is too early for fair-minded historians to fully assess Trump's presidency, several of the nation's most celebrated historians are delving into America's past to place the challenges posed by Trump into historical context. We review three books that are clear responses to the rise of Trump. Read More

Nordic Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Women's Health, Education
Are Key to Global Development

a8.nordic.girls.syria.vaccinate.homeAny country should see its spending on health and education, particularly for women and children, as an investment, not a burden. This is particularly true for the poorest countries in the world. Such investments are the basis for growth and economic stability, ultimately contributing to global security. Read More


Newer Tallies Put Autism Cases
Among U.S. Children at One in 40

a9.medical.autism.child.homeA federal study reported that one in 40 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with a second study arriving at the same conclusion. Previously, it was estimated that one in 59 children have autism. Read More


U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon Retires After 35-Year Career

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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New Committee Chairs Bring Check on Trump Foreign Policy in House, Support in Senate

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Russia’s 2016 U.S. Election Interference Playbook May Be Playing Out in the Balkans

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Key Ambassadorships Sit Empty Under Trump, Although Backlog Slowly Easing

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By Anna Gawel and Eric Ham

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Despite Growing Economy, Peru Remains Mired in Cesspool of Corruption

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By Larry Luxner

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White Evangelicals Overwhelmingly Support Trump’s Cuts to Refugee Admissions

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By John Brinkley

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U.S. Historians Frame Challenges Posed by Trump Presidency into Broader Context

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By John T. Shaw

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Op-ed: Health and Education for Women and Girls Are Key to Global Development

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By Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

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Newer Tallies Put Autism Cases Among American Children at One in 40

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By Steven Reinberg

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Lockdown Drills Challenge the Psyches of Students, Parents and Educators

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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‘Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women’ Makes a Bold Statement

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Embassies Score by Using Sports to Promote National Pride, Friendly Competition

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By Kate Oczypok and Anna Gawel

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Canadian Embassy Takes Facemasks Off with ‘The 100 Greatest NHL Players’

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By Kate Oczypok and Anna Gawel

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‘Vested Values’ Shows How Mexicans Can Pay Their Taxes with Art

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By John Lennon

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Films - January 2019

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Directed by James Wan
(Australia/U.S., 2018, 143 min.)

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


On the Basis of Sex

Directed by Mimi Leder
(U.S., 2018, 120 min.)

This is the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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


If Beale Street Could Talk

Directed by Barry Jenkins
(U.S., 2018, 119 min.)

A newly engaged Harlem woman races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child.

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


Bird Box

Directed by Susanne Bier
(U.S., 2018, 124 min.)

In the wake of an unknown global terror, a mother must find the strength to flee with her children down a treacherous river in search of safety, but due to unseen deadly forces, the perilous journey must be made blindly.

West End Cinema


Bohemian Rhapsody

Directed by Bryan Singer
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 134 min.)

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Directed by Marielle Heller
(U.S., 2018, 106 min.)

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer who finds herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, so she turns her art form to deception.

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


At Eternity's Gate

Directed by Julian Schnabel
(Switzerland/U.K./France/U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

"At Eternity's Gate" is a journey inside the world of a man who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. It is based on Vincent van Gogh's (Willem Dafoe) personal letters and common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay and moments that are just plain invented.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Directed by David Yates
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 134 min.)

The second of five all-new adventures in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World finds the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings (English and French).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
(Ireland/U.K./U.S., 2018, 119 min.)

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. But when a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

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


Free Solo

Directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
(U.S., 2018, 100 min.)

Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

West End Cinema


Green Book

Directed by Peter Farrelly
(U.S., 2-18, 130 min.)

When Tony, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime (English, Italian, Russian and German).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Directed by Oren Rudavsky
(U.S., 2018, 84 min.)

Joseph Pulitzer spoke of "fake news" over 100 years ago and fought the dangers that the suppression of news augured for democracy long before our present threats to press freedom. Oren Rudavsky's riveting account traces Pulitzer's unlikely rise from a penniless Jewish immigrant to a baron of the press.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.


Maria by Callas

Directed by Tom Wolf
(France, 2018, 113 min.)

This intimate look at the life and work of Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas is told in her own words (English, French and Italian).

Angelika Pop-Up


Mary Queen of Scots

Directed by Josie Rourke
(U.K., 2018, 124 min.)

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Queen of Scots defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

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


The Mule

Directed by Clint Eastwood
(U.S., 2018, 116 min.)

A 90-year-old horticulturist and World War II veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Angelika Mosaic


Stan & Ollie

Directed by Jon S. Baird
(U.K./Canada/U.S., 2018, 97 min.)

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly bring their brilliant comedic chops to bear as legendary comedy duo Stan "Laurel" and Ollie "Hardy" in this hilarious road movie recounting the pair's famed 1953 "farewell" tour of Britain and Ireland.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Jan. 18



Directed by Adam McKay
(U.S., 2018, 132 min.)

"Vice" explores how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as vice president to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways still felt today.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic


Vox Lux

Directed by Brady Corbet
(U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

"Vox Lux" follows the rise of Celeste from the ashes of a major national tragedy to pop super stardom. The film spans 18 years and traces important cultural moments through her eyes, starting in 1999 and concluding in 2017.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema



The Graveless

Directed by Mostafa Sayari
(Iran, 2018, 73 min.)

Fulfilling their recently deceased father's final wishes, four adult siblings transport his body across the harsh Iranian desert to the remote village where he wanted to be buried. As the temperature rises, the body begins to decompose, and tempers flare as old family secrets and resentments boil to the surface.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.


A Man of Integrity

Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof
(Iran, 2017, 117 min.)

With an as-yet-unexecuted prison sentence hanging over his head, Mohammad Rasoulof secretly filmed this movie in rural northern Iran. Its title character, Reza, is a Tehrani who moves to the country to live a peaceful, principled life running a goldfish farm. Instead, he finds himself in a corrupt town run by a mysterious company that has designs on his property.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 27, 2 p.m.



Directed by Kamal Tabrizi
(Iran, 2018, 90 min.)

This political spoof is a hilarious takedown of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a religious hard-liner who ruled for eight years before running afoul of the country's top clergy. Kamal Tabrizi's film portrays Ahmadinejad as a malapropism-prone buffoon who lucks into office by accidentally saving hundreds of people from a bomb at a rock concert, and remains in power only as long as his handlers deem him useful.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.




Directed by Nabil Ayouch
(Belgium/France/Morocco, 2017, 119 min.)

In this heartfelt and mesmerizing drama, five Moroccans from different social and religious strata are pushed to the fringes by their government and social circumstances. We encounter the stunning Salima, who refuses the traditional stereotypes of wife, mother and woman; a Jewish café owner caught between honoring his past and his desires; the troubled bourgeois teen Inès; and part-time singer and full-time Freddie Mercury fan Hakim (French and Arabic).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.



Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine
(Japan, 2019, 100 min.)

Goku and Vegeta encounter Broly, a Saiyan warrior unlike any fighter they've faced before.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Wed., Jan. 16



Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
(Japan, 2018, 121 min.)

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them.

The Avalon Theatre


Street of Shame

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi
(Japan, 1956, 85 min.)

Kenji Mizoguchi brought a lifetime of experience to his final film, the heartbreaking tale of a brothel full of women whose dreams are constantly shattered by their socioeconomic realities. Set in Tokyo's red-light district (the literal translation of the film's Japanese title), "Street of Shame" was deeply cutting and hugely popular. In fact, when an anti-prostitution law was passed in Japan a few months after its release, some said the film had been a catalyst.

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


The Quake

Directed by John Andreas Andersen
(Norway, 2018, 106 min.)

Two years ago, geologist Kristian Eikjord warned everyone about the potential for a catastrophic tsunami in the breathtaking disaster thriller "The Wave." Now he's back with another warning even more terrifying: that a massive earthquake is about to strike Oslo, with its vulnerable urban infrastructure and large population. But no one will listen to his frantic warnings. As the quake strikes, Kristian desperately attempts to rescue his scattered family members, braving collapsing skyscrapers and creaking elevator shafts.

West End Cinema



I Was Born, But...

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1932, 90 min.)

Join pianist Andrew E. Simpson as he accompanies one of Yasujiro Ozu's most popular films. This charming comedy is a blithe portrait of one family's toils from the rascally perspective of stubborn little boys. Before the screening, Simpson will demonstrate his process for creating live scores for classic silent movies.

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




Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
(Mexico/U.S., 2018, 135 min.)

The most personal project to date from Academy Award-winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma" follows a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.

Landmark's E Street Cinema


Events - January 2019

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Through 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


Through Jan. 6

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

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

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 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. 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


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. 27

Roberto Huarcaya: Amazogramas

Just over two years ago, Lima-born artist Roberto Huarcaya began a project that took him to a national park in the Amazon jungle in southeastern Peru. Throughout the first year, Huarcaya found it impossible to "depict" the vast web of emotions that the Peruvian jungle inspired. To solve this dilemma, Huarcaya discarded the sophisticated cameras he used on his initial journeys and chose to go back 175 years, resurrecting one of the first procedures used in photography: the photogram — a technique that, without a lens or a camera, allows for accurate reproductions of objects. The result are large-scale photo-based installations that demonstrate the landscape´s superiority over those trying to capture it.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


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. 1

Joy in Colors

The selection of paintings in Alexandra Arata's "Joy in Colors" comes after more than two years of studies on the latest research into the psychology of color and the impact that its use has on our way of living and feeling. Arata taps into her creative energy to discover the "aesthetics of happiness" and how to surround ourselves with shapes and colors that increase our motivation and creativity.

Embassy of Argentina


Through Feb. 8

Roberto Fernandez Ibañez: Visions and Reflections

Curated by Fabián Goncalves Borrega, this exhibition features four of Uruguayan artist Roberto Fernandez Ibañez's photographic series addressing the human impact on the environment: Earthy Resilience, Melting Point, The Hand and Rara Avis. His photographic material not only changes when it is exposed to light, but it can also be transformed, tuned and textured by techniques and laboratory processes. Fernandez Ibañez says he harnesses the environment's capabilities to transform to shape his own artwork.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas F Street Gallery


Through Feb. 10


The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, are featured in the first fashion exhibition organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The display explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys' work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion. Spanning the first 13 years of Rodarte, nearly 100 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, will highlight selections from their most pivotal collections.

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Feb. 18

Gordon Parks: New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950

During the 1940s American photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught photographer making portraits and documenting everyday life in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional shooting for Ebony, Vogue, Fortune and Life. For the first time, the formative decade of Parks's 60-year career is the focus of an exhibition, which brings together 150 photographs and ephemera.

National Gallery of Art


Through March 1

Shane Pickett: Djinon Djina Boodja Look at the Land I Have Travelled

During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957-2010) was one of Western Australia's most significant contemporary Aboriginal artists. "Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)" features works from the most radical and significant phase of his career. Balancing innovation with tradition, modernity with an ancient spirituality, they are complex visual metaphors for the persistence of Nyoongar culture against the colonizing tide of modernity.

Embassy of Australia Art Gallery


Through April 14

Ambreen Butt – Mark My Words

This is the first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C., for Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt (born 1969). Featuring 13 mixed-media works on paper, "Mark My Words" reveals the connection between the artist's global consciousness and the physical mark-making techniques that she uses to create her works.

National Musuem of Women in the Arts


Through April 28

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

Innovative Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer brings the largest interactive technology exhibition to the Hirshhorn. "Pulse" takes up the entire second level, with three major installations using heart-rate sensors to create audiovisual experiences from visitors' biometric data. Together, the biometric signatures will create spellbinding sequences of soundscapes, lights and animations.

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


Through Sept. 29, 2019

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


Through Nov. 17, 2019

Portraits of the World: Korea

Pioneering feminist artist Yun Suknam (born 1939) uses portraiture to gain insights into the lives of women, past and present. A wood assemblage portrait of her mother is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which includes portraits of American artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Marisol, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero.

National Portrait Gallery



Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m.

Evening of Indian Dance

Enjoy a rich and innovative program from IDEA (Indian Dance Educators Association) showcasing a variety of dazzling Indian dance. Tickets are $25 to $27.

Wolf Trap



Sat., Jan. 5, 6 p.m.

Orquesta Akokán

Straight out of Havana comes Orquesta Akokán, a mambo ensemble reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and the Banda Gigante of the 1940s and 1950s. Their original songs were recorded at the Estudios Areito with Cuba's finest players, led by singer José "Pepito" Gómez.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage


Tue., Jan. 8, 6 p.m.

Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness

South African seven-piece band Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness has mesmerized audiences worldwide with its indigenous funk and high-energy performances. These artistic heirs to Philip "Malombo" Tabane and Batsumi give a contemporary voice to ancestral traditions.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage


Mon., Jan. 14, 6 p.m.

Cante Alentejano

Cante Alentejano is a genre of traditional two-part singing performed by amateur choral groups in southern Portugal, characterized by distinctive melodies, lyrics and vocal styles, and performed without instrumentation.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage


Sun., Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Pan American Symphony Orchestra Presents Passion and Fire: The Music of Spain

Pan American Symphony Orchestra brings you a thrilling evening of evocative and passionate music by Spain's foremost composers — Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla, and Joaquin Turina — music infused with the rhythms of Spanish folk dances, and reflecting the traditions of the Gypsy, Jewish, Arab, African and Greek peoples. Tickets are $50 to $65.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Wed., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience

PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) explores the traditional percussive ensemble music of Indonesia known as gamelan, which has by far been the non-Western musical genre that has most impacted the Western classical music tradition. The concert surveys gamelan's influence on classical music across 120 years, beginning with the 1889 Paris Exposition, where Claude Debussy first experienced the allure of Indonesian music and dance — an introduction that transformed Western music via Debussy and countless other composers. From there, PCE explores other celebrated composers who have incorporated the sound and spirit of gamelan into their work. The immersive concert will transform the Washington National Cathedral with dancers, archival films and more, with a gamelan and accompanying musicians assembled in the middle of the nave and the audience seated around it for a 360-degree viewing experience. Tickets are $45 to $65; for information, visit www.postclassical.com.

Washington National Cathedral



Jan. 5 to 20

From U Street to the Cotton Club

In commemoration of the seminal events of 1968, the In Series honors the community where it resides with a revival of the acclaimed 2009 production "From U Street to the Cotton Club," along with an array of unique audience experiences meant to deepen the impact. This original work, written by local playwright Sybil Williams and directed by KenYatta Rogers, uses D.C. music from gospel to jazz (Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller) to tell the story of the rich cultural heritage and the importance of music in the life of Black Broadway, and of D.C.'s role in shaping the sound and soul of the Harlem Renaissance. Tickets are $45.

Cultural DC's Source Theatre


Through Jan. 6

Billy Elliot the Musical

Based on the powerful and acclaimed film, all 11-year-old Billy wants to do is dance. Initially facing opposition from society and his father, Billy's passion instead unites the community and changes his life in extraordinary ways. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre


Through Jan. 6


Representative Sydney Millsap rode a Blue Wave into D.C. She arrives armed with her ideals and sense of duty, and refuses to play by the rules of special interests. Kate's a lobbyist who backs winners. So when she crosses paths with Millsap, she dismisses her as a one-term neophyte, but ends up hearing a call to conscience she thought she'd left outside of the Beltway. Please call for ticket information.

The Studio Theatre


Through Jan. 6

My Father's Dragon

Synetic's wordless Family Theater Production presents the adventures of a young child who stows away to Wild Island with a new cat companion in an attempt to rescue a captive baby dragon. Tickets are $20.

Synetic Theater


Through Jan. 6

The Panties, the Partner and the Profit: Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Class

David Ives returns to the Shakespeare Theatre Company to collaborate with artistic director Michael Kahn during his final season at STC for this tale inspired by the epic pre-World War I trilogy of German playwright Carl Sternheim. Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary to devise this contemporary version that transports the audience from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, filling the evening with panties falling, dueling pistols going off, brunch being eaten and other signs of near-apocalypse. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company


Through Jan. 6

The Play That Goes Wrong

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get Broadway and London's award-winning smash comedy that is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania. Tickets are $49 to $149.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Through Jan. 6

She the People

An all-female, all-star team of The Second City's most fearless, tuned-in sketch comics roasts the patriarchy and reclaims at least two hours of absolutely hilarious time. Tickets start at $51.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Jan. 11 to 13

American Opera Initiative Festival

The Washington National Opera presents the seventh season of its acclaimed American Opera Initiative with four world premieres, including "Taking Up Serpents," based on faith, family and patriarchy in the deep South. A comprehensive commissioning program that originates and develops new works, the American Opera Initiative provides rare opportunities for emerging composers and librettists to partner and write for the opera stage. Tickets are $19 to $45.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Through Jan. 13

Miss Saigon

In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, a young Vietnamese woman named Kim meets an American G.I. in an encounter that will change their lives forever in this stunning musical. Tickets are $49 to $175.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Jan. 15 to 20

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures: Cinderella

Set in London during World War II, a chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz. Matthew Bourne's vivid storytelling has never been more heart-stopping. Tickets are $29 to $129.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Jan. 18 to Feb. 24


Inspired by the power struggle between the richest of the oligarchs and an ambitious Vladimir Putin after the collapse of the Soviet Union, this timely cautionary tale of capitalism run amok by Kenneth Lin ("House of Cards") explores U.S.-Russia relations, then and now. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage


Jan. 25 to 27

CPAA Productions Presents Image China: Xuanzang's Pilgrimage

China's first traditional concert drama performed by the China National Traditional Orchestra tells the story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang (602-664) who traveled the length of the Silk Road across China on a pilgrimage to India. Xuanzang documented his experiences of the differences within Buddhism that he encountered along the way. Tickets are $70 to $200.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Jan. 29 to March 10

Nell Gwynn

A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell's spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Tickets are $42 to $79.

Folger Theatre


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