June 2019

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Cover Story

European Union's New Envoy Says
Bloc Will Weather Transatlantic Storm

a5.eu.us.money.homeIn an exclusive interview, Stavros Lambrinidis, the European Union's new ambassador, talks about everything from trade, China, Iran and NATO to human rights, climate change and populism. While he admits that the EU and U.S. don't see eye to eye on many of these issues, he insists that transatlantic relations have finally turned the corner. Read More

People of World Influence

Trump's Fight with China Eclipses
Other Consequential Trade Agreements

a1.powi.froman.obama.home2China has become the frontline in President Trump's trade wars, but former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman talks about two other consequential trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership that he helped craft and NAFTA's replacement, neither of which are done deals. Read More


Extremist Infiltration

With Its Territory Gone, Islamic State
Makes Inroads in Southeast Asia

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The Sri Lanka Easter attacks demonstrated again that violent Islamic extremism is a growing threat in South and Southeast Asia, as the Islamic State shifts its strategy to focus on rebuilding and recruiting in new regions. Read More


Palestinian Squeeze

U.S. Cuts to UNRWA Compound
Dire Situation in Mideast Tinderbox

a3.palestine.unrwa.doctor.homeIn a controversial move last August, President Trump announced that he was ending U.S. funding for UNRWA — a cut of some $360 million a year, or 25 percent to 30 percent of the agency's total budget. Read More


Rich Breeding Ground

Affluent Terrorists Challenge Idea
That Poverty Drives Extremism

a4.terrorists.young.surrender.homeThe Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people sent shockwaves around the world. But the bombers weren't impoverished, uneducated or clearly disenfranchised in any particular way. Rather, they were affluent, well-educated and, in some cases, even extremely wealthy. Read More


Book Review

Burns: U.S. Diplomacy Is Sometimes
Thankless but Always Critical Job

a6.book.review.burns.toyko.home"The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal" is thoughtful, balanced and witty as well as strikingly free from self-aggrandizement or score-settling. It is honest, informative and deeply interesting. It is also timely. Read More


In Memoriam

Remembering Richard Lugar and
The Lost Art of Statesmanship

memoriam.lugar.portrait.homeOn April 28, Richard G. Lugar, a six-term Republican senator from Indiana, passed away at the age of 87. Washington Diplomat contributor John T. Shaw, who wrote "Richard G. Lugar, Statesman of the Senate: Crafting Foreign Policy from Capitol Hill," offers his reflections on Lugar's legacy. Read More


Diplomat Events

Hundreds Toast Journalism
At WHCD Pre-Party Event

whcd.main.homeOver 800 people attended the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner Pre-Party hosted by Qatari Ambassador Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani and The Washington Diplomat at the U.S. Institute of Peace — a fitting venue to emphasize the critical role that today's media plays in supporting a peaceful world. Read More


   

Trump’s Fight with China Overshadows Other Consequential Trade Developments

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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With Its Territory Gone, Islamic State Makes Inroads in South and Southeast Asia

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By Paige Aarhus

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U.S. Cuts to UNRWA Compound Dire Situation in Mideast Tinderbox

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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Affluent Terrorists Challenge Narrative that Poverty Drives Extremism

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By Deryl Davis

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European Union’s New Envoy Says Bloc Will Weather Transatlantic Storm

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By Anna Gawel

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Burns: U.S. Diplomacy Is Sometimes Thankless but Always Critical Job

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By John Shaw

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Remembering Richard Lugar and the Lost Art of Statesmanship

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By John Shaw

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Over 800 Celebrated the Importance of Journalism at WHCD Pre-Party

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By Anna Gawel

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Embassies Embrace Fashion as Public Diplomacy Tool

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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‘Queens of Egypt’ Takes New Look at Ancient Civilization Through Eyes of Women

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Well-Versed in Diplomacy, Slovenian Wife Also Enjoys Lighter Side of Life

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By Gail Scott

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Michael Kahn’s Farewell Does Justice to Ancient Greek Trilogy and to a Storied Career

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By Deryl Davis

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Folger Finds Direction and Folly in Shakespeare’s Over-the-Top ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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By The People Is Back to Explore Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Citywide Festival, Now in Its 15th Year, Sings Jazz’s Praises on the World Stage

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By Kate Oczypok

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Films - June 2019

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By Cari

 

Languages

Czech

Haitian Creole

Mandarin


Dutch

Hindi

Spanish


English

Japanese

Vietnamese

French

Korean

Czech

Dukla 61

Directed by David Ondříček

(Czech Republic, 2018, 150 min.)

In this gripping drama based on true events, college student Petr brings home his pregnant girlfriend Jana, deciding to abandon his studies and become a miner like his father. But failure to comply with safety protocol and the pressure to produce results results in one of the country's greatest mining tragedies.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., June 12, 8 p.m.

 

Dutch

IYamada

Directed by Sharelly Emanuelson

(Curaçao, 2018, 85 min.)

Curaçao's Grupo Serenada was formed in 1977, when a local youth rock band merged with a church choir, drawing its repertoire from the African, European and regional Caribbean influences that have shaped the country's music. Over the years, the group has explored the boundaries of local music and experimented with voice harmonization, rhythms and musical styles (Dutch, Papiamentu and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 10, 7 p.m.

 

English

All Is True

Directed by Kenneth Branagh

(U.K., 2019, 101 min.)

The year is 1613 and William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

American Woman

Directed by Jake Scott

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

In a small, blue-collar town in Pennsylvania, a 32-year-old woman's teen daughter goes missing and she is left to raise her infant grandson alone. The story is told over the course of 11 years, from the time her daughter vanishes, through the the trials-and-tribulations of subsequent years looking for closure, leading up the long-awaited discovery of the truth.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 14

Babylon

Directed by Franco Rosso

(U.K., 1980, 95 min.)

Raw and smoldering, this film follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police and the National Front (English and Jamaican).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 9:30 p.m.

Being Blacker

Directed by Molly Dineen

(Jamaica/U.K., 2018, 90 min.)

This documentary tells the story of Blacker Dread, a renowned Jamaican-born reggae producer and record shop owner from Brixton, the traditional home of London's Jamaican migrants.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 10, 9 p.m.

The Biggest Little Farm

Directed by John Chester

(U.S., 2018, 91 min.)

This documentary chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester's unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Booksmart

Directed by Olivia Wilde

(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

AFI Silver Theatre

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Bruk Out! A Dancehall Queen Documentary

Directed by Cori Wapnowska

(U.S., 2017, 69 min.)

"BRUK OUT!" looks deep inside the raw, energetic world of Jamaican dancehall culture through the eyes of the powerful women at its heart — dancehall queens.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., June 7, 10 p.m.

Hall

Directed by Rommel Hall

(Barbados, 2017, 95 min.)

On Dec. 16, 1984, the small island of Barbados is rocked by the news of the bloody murder of a white plantation owner. The four men involved were rounded up and sent to be tried in court. But what followed were tales of daring escapes and police chases as one of the men consistently remained one step ahead of the law.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 3:45 p.m.

Halston

Directed by Frédéric Frowick

(U.S., 2019, 105 min.)

Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., June 7

Hero – Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross

Directed by Frances-Anne Solomon

(Trinidad and Tobago/Canada/Ghana/U.K., 2018, 110 min.)

"Hero" is the story of Ulric Cross, who in 1941 left his small island home in Trinidad to seek his fortune and become the British Royal Air Force's most decorated West Indian airman. His life took a dramatically different course when he followed the call of history and joined the independence movements sweeping Africa in the 1950s and '60s.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., June 6, 7:15 p.m.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Directed by Chad Stahelski

(U.S., 2019, 130 min.)

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, skilled assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail (English, Russian, Japanes and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Late Night

Directed by Nisha Ganatra

(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is a pioneer on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she's accused of being a "woman who hates women," she puts affirmative action in action and presto, Molly (Mindy Kaling) is hired as the one woman in Katherine's all-male writers' room.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 7

Long Shot

Directed by Jonathan Levine

(U.S., 2019, 125 min.)

Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly (English, French and Russian).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Meeting Gorbachev

Directed by Werner Herzog and Andre Singer

(U.K./U.S./Germany, 2019, 90 min.)

This riveting documentary chronicles the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the visionary last leader of the Soviet Union, who tried to make the world a safer place (English, Russian, German and Polish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Pavarotti

Directed by Ron Howard

(U.K./U.S., 2019)

Ron Howard directs this look at the life and work of opera icon Luciano Pavarotti.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 7

Red Joan

Directed by Trevor Nunn

(U.K., 2018, 101 min.)

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information — including details on the building of the atomic bomb — to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical; and the devastation of World War II.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

The Reggae Boyz

Directed by Till Schauder

(Jamaica/Germany, 2018, 75 min.)

Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world, but on November 16, 1997, when Jamaica's national soccer team — a.k.a. the Reggae Boyz — qualified for the 1998 World Cup, not a single bullet was fired in the country. As the Reggae Boyz embark on their 2014 World Cup campaign, a steel factory worker dreams of playing on the national team, competing in his local amateur league by night and refusing to give up his dream.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 1:30 p.m.

Rocketman

Directed by Dexter Fletcher

(U.K/U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

This musical fantasy follows the journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

Directed by Nicolas Jack Davies

(U.K., 2018, 86 min.)

Combining archival footage, dramatic reconstructions and interviews with legendary artists, RUDEBOY places the story of London label Trojan Records, which, during the late 1960s and early '70s, became one of the most influential Jamaican record companies in history.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 7:30 p.m.,

Tue., June 11, 9:20 p.m.

The Souvenir

Directed by Joanna Hogg

(U.K./U.S., 2019, 119 min.)

A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Sprinter

Directed by Storm Saulter

(Jamaica/U.S., 2018, 114 min.)

"Sprinter" follows Akeem Sharp, a talented young athlete who is set to be Jamaica's next big track-and-field sensation. But Akeem's rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem's career.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 8 p.m.

The Tomorrow Man

Directed by Noble Jones

(U.S., 2019, 94 min.)

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other's stuff.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Unfinished Sentences

Directed by Mariel Brown

(Trinidad and Tobago, 2018, 95 min.)

In the wake of Trinidadian writer Wayne Brown's death in 2009, his filmmaker daughter Mariel examines his legacy and the nature of family, love, loss and art.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., June 12, 7 p.m.

Van Gogh & Japan

Directed by David Bickerstaff

(Netherlands, 2019, 85 min.)

In this little known story of Van Gogh's art, we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

The Avalon Theatre

Sun., June 9, 10:30 a.m.,

Tue., June 11, 10:30 a.m.

Walking on Water

Directed by Andrey Paounov

(Italy/U.S./Germany/UAE, 2019, 105 min.)

Seven years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, renowned environmental artist Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. We follow his visionary quest to install a wide golden walkway floating across the scenic Italian alpine Lake Iseo, looking like a heavenly dream but sturdy enough to support hundreds of thousands of people.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Wild Nights with Emily

Directed by Madeleine Olnek

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

In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson, the iconic poet thought to have been a reclusive, is writing prolifically, is baking gingerbread and enjoying a passionate, lifelong romantic relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan.

West End Cinema

Wild Rose

Directed by Tom Harper

(U.K., 2019, 100 min.)

Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., June 28

Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation

Directed by Barak Goodman and Jamila Ephron

(U.S., 2019, 106 min.)

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the legendary event, this film tells the fascinating story of how the three-day Woodstock concert was conceived and, against all obstacles, put together and delivered.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., June 14

Yuli

Directed by Icíar Bollaín

(Cuba/Spain/UK/Germany, 2018, 115 min.)

Based on the autobiography of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, "Yuli" recounts the dancer's upbringing in Cuba, his path to Cuba's National Ballet School, his move to the Royal Ballet in London and his relationship with his father, his family and his country (English and Spanish).

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., June 11, 7 p.m.

 

French

César and Rosalie

Directed by Claude Sautet

(France, 1972, 110 min.)

Romy Schneider plays a recent divorcee who splits her time between family and the wealthy César (Yves Montand). When David (Sami Frey), an old flame of Rosalie's, appears, the two men vie for her affections.

La Maison Française

Tue., June 11, 7 p.m.

Hiroshima Mon Amour

Directed by Alain Resnais

(France, 1959, 91 min.)

In Alain Resnais's groundbreaking work of the New Wave, Emmanuelle Riva portrays a French actress researching a role in post-war Hiroshima. She enters into an affair with a Japanese architect while experiencing flashbacks of a doomed wartime tryst with a German soldier.

La Maison Française

Tue., June 25, 7 p.m.

My Son

Directed by Christian Carion

(France/Belgium, 2019, 84 min.)

After years of putting his career above his family, Julien has found himself with a failed marriage. One day he receives a distressing message from his ex-wife that their 7-year-old son has disappeared while at camp. When authorities provide little help, Julien takes matters into his own hands and begins the treacherous search alone.

West End Cinema

Non-Fiction

Directed by Olivier Assayas

(France, 2019, 108 min.)

Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, "Non-Fiction" traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs — including a passionate fling with an actress (Juliette Binoche) who happens to be married to his editor — as fodder for his explosive new novel.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Haitian Creole

Douvan Jou Ka Leve

Directed by Gessica Généus

(Haiti/France, 2018, 51 min.)

In this textured and surprising personal documentary, Haitian filmmaker and actress Gessica Généus undertakes a journey to understand what she calls Haiti's "illness of the soul" — the country's fraught religious divide between Vodou and Christianity.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 12 p.m.

 

Hindi

Photograph

Directed by Ritesh Batra

(Germany/India/U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

A struggling street photographer in Mumbai, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develop a connection that transforms them in ways they could not expect (Hindi, Gujarati and English).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Japanese

Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance

Directed by Toshiya Fujita

(Japan, 1974, 89 min.)

Our furious heroine is captured by the authorities and sentenced to death for the various killings she has committed. However, she is offered a chance to escape—if she carries out dangerous orders for the government.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., June 5, 2 p.m.

 

Korean

1987: When the Day Comes

Directed by Jang Joon-hwan

(South Korea, 2017, 129 min.)

This political thriller tells the true story of a student activist's death and its subsequent cover-up, which sparked the 1987 June democracy movement that eventually ousted Chun Doo-hwan's military dictatorship and brought democracy to South Korea.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., June 9, 2 p.m.

The Fortress

Directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk

(South Korea, 2017, 139 min.)

Set in 1636, this sweeping historical epic tells the story of China's invasion of Korea and the stalwart soldiers who waged a last-ditch defense of a mountain fortification.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., June 16, 2 p.m.

Grass

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

(South Korea, 2018, 66 min.)

in a pleasant Seoul café, a woman named A-reum sits alone, typing on her laptop and eavesdropping on other customers. But we soon become aware that nothing is as straightforward as it appears. Scenes are out of order, and we begin to wonder whether A-reum is simply recording the events around her or creating the very fiction we are watching.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 24, 7:15 p.m.,

Wed., June 26, 7:15 p.m.

Hit the Night

Directed by Jeong Ga-young

(South Korea, 2017, 85 min.)

Playing an independent filmmaker much like herself, director Jeong Ga-young invites a handsome young actor out for drinks under the pretense of interviewing him for her latest project — but her real goal is to get him into bed.

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., June 13, 7:15 p.m.

Hotel by the River

Directed by Hong Sang-soo

(South Korea, 2018, 96 min.)

Two interconnected storylines are set in and around a quiet hotel in winter. In one, an aging poet is visited by his estranged adult sons. In the other, a young woman, with an unexplained wound on her hand, holes up with a friend to recover from a bad breakup.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., June 24, 8:45 p.m.,

Tue., June 25, 7:15 p.m.

Little Forest

Directed by Yim Soon-rye

(South Korea, 2018, 103 min.)

The latest film from pioneering female director Yim Soon-rye is the heartwarming story of a young woman who abandons city life for her remote childhood home. There, she rediscovers the simple pleasures of growing and cooking her own food while reconnecting with childhood friends — and her troubled, single mother.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., June 4, 7:15 p.m.

Microhabitat

Directed by Jeon Go-woon

(South Korea, 2017, 106 min.)

A musician turned cleaning woman has pared down her life to the bare essentials — whiskey, cigarettes and a roof over her head — in an attempt to drop out of Korea's high-pressure society. But when she loses her apartment, she is forced to depend on the kindness of old friends, causing her to question whether her personal code of honor is sustainable.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., June 19, 7:15 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., June 14, 7 p.m.

The Running Actress

Directed by Moon So-ri

(South Korea, 2017, 71 min.)

Award-winning star Moon So-ri has been one of Korea's most famous actresses for years. Recently, she turned her talents to directing. The result is a semi-fictional self-portrait in three parts. In the first, a chance meeting with a famous producer highlights the sexism still present in the Korean film industry. The second depicts a typical week in Moon's life. Finally, another director's funeral becomes an occasion for arguments and reflections by Moon and two fellow actresses.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., June 7, 7 p.m.

 

Mandarin

Shadow

Directed by Zhang Yimou

(China/Hong Kong, 2018, 116 min.)

In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a "shadow," a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the king himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the king does not want.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Spanish

1950: The Nationalist Uprising

Directed by José Manuel Dávila Marichal

(Puerto Rico, 2017, 105 min.)

Electrifying, revealing and timely, this documentary revisits a seminal event in Puerto Rico's history: the 10 days in October 1950 when 100 people, members of the island's Nationalist Party, took up arms to overthrow the rule of the United States and establish Puerto Rican sovereignty.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 1:15 p.m.

Broken Island

Directed by Félix Germán

(Dominican Republic, 2018, 104 min.)

When Guy, a young Haitian boy fleeing poverty, witnesses the murder of his parents at the Dominican border, he is taken in and adopted by a Haitian couple. Guy grows up working in the country's sugar cane fields, all the while planning to avenge his parents' murders. But the October 1937 military massacre of more than 30,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent forces Guy and his newfound love Meuda to escape Haiti in search of a new life (Spanish and Haitian Creole).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 11 a.m.

Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

Directed by Cynthia Biestek

(Cuba/Mexico, 2018, 100 min.)

He became known the world over in the late '90s as an original member of legendary Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club, but Eliades Ochoa's passion for his country's musical heritage led him to pursue a life dedicated to music much earlier than that.

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., June 7, 7:15 p.m.

The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia

Directed by Arturo Infante

(Cuba/Germany, 2018, 92 min.)

Celeste, a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher, enjoys her work as a guide at Havana's planetarium, but is stuck in a rut of humdrum routine. When the government reveals that Cuba has been secretly hosting a delegation of aliens from planet Gryok, and that ordinary Cubans have been invited to apply to visit the aliens' homeland in return, Celeste discovers that her eccentric "Russian" neighbor is in fact a Gryokite, and receives a personal invitation.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 5:30 p.m.

Massacre River

Directed by Suzan Beraza

(U.S./Haiti, 2019, 79 min.)

In 2013, a ruling from the Dominican Republic's constitutional court effectively rescinded citizenship rights for more than 200,000 Dominican-born residents of Haitian descent. A rise in populist politics also saw violent mobs springing up nationwide, committed to seeing the destruction of black Dominicans who were already living under the constant threat of deportation. acing against the clock, 23-year-old Pikilina must scramble to gather the documentation necessary to prove her birthright and secure citizenship for her two children (Spanish, English and Haitian Creole).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., June 9, 6:15 p.m.

Miriam Lies

Directed by Natalia Cabral, Oriol Estrad

(Dominican Republic/Spain, 2018, 90 min.)

The politics of race and class in the Dominican Republic are explored with subtlety and nuance in this powerful coming-of-age drama as 14-year-old biracial teen Miriam is deep into extravagant preparations for her quinceañera with her hyper-wealthy white best friend Jennifer, when she discovers that her online boyfriend, who she plans to invite, is black.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., June 8, 3:30 p.m.

 

Vietnamese

The Third Wife

Directed by Ash Mayfair

(Vietnam, 2019, 96 min.)

In late 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband, wealthy landowner Hung. A lowly newcomer in the insular household, she soon learns she will only gain status if she can produce a male child. Finding herself pregnant, she awaits the birth, but her path towards security is fraught with danger when May starts to feel a forbidden attraction for the second wife.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., June 28

   

Events - June 2019

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ART


Through June 9

A Gaze through the CINTAS Fellowship Program

This exhibition illustrates the efforts of the CINTAS Foundation in promoting the arts of Cubans and descendants of Cubans beyond the island for more than 55 years. It juxtaposes works from the foundation with those of the Art Museum of the Americas collection, showcases artists of the Cuban vanguard such as Hugo Consuegra and Mario Carreño, as well as artists who emerged later in the 20th century such as Andrés Serrano and Ana Mendieta.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

June 14 to Aug. 19

Escape Velocity

Abstract paintings on canvas by Singapore-born artist Chee-Keong Kung are influenced by the artist's formal education in art and architecture as well as his upbringing in multiethnic Singapore. Kung embraces influences from traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, the pace and intensity of the digital age, as well as images of buildings under construction (or destruction).

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art

June 15 to Aug. 11

Being Here as ME- New Media Art Exhibition of Women Artists from Taiwan

This exhibit features new media art, with augmented reality, animation and digital images, to explore how Taiwanese women artists surpass discussions of gender equality and express broader concerns. The emerging popularity of new media technology provides these artists new tools of creation and new topics of concern, helping them reveal their anxieties and opinions about the ecology of society, science, technology and the environment.

American University Museum

June 15 to Aug. 11

Burying Teeth: Maia Cruz Palileo

There is a mystery in the act of burying and even more so in uncovering throughout the works of contemporary artist Maia Cruz Palileo. Created from 2016 to 2019, they depict historical narratives from the colonial past of the Philippines, Maia's country of origin, as well as stories and moments about her own life as a Filipina American growing up in the United States. Her paintings and drawings replicate figures from old family photographs, as well as photos from American textbooks depicting anthropological documentation of Filipinos during the American colonization. While her work evokes nostalgia and romanticism, it is imbued with a critical undertone of America's colonization of the Philippines.

American University Museum

June 15 to Aug. 11

Passages: Keith Morrison, 1998-2019

A magician of color and space and a teller of tales, fanciful and real, Jamaican-born Keith Morrison focuses on the tangible and spiritual components of culture. His acrylic and oil paintings on canvas and transparent watercolors on paper encompass Afro-Caribbean and Meso-American art and architecture, along with the somber history of the Middle Passage.

American University Museum

Through June 20

National Geographic Photo Camp

World-class National Geographic photographers and magazine editors provide students with a personalized, immersive learning experience, inspiring the next generation of photojournalists. Then, through intimate presentations in their own communities and public exhibitions that reach millions of viewers, National Geographic Photo Camp showcases the students' perspectives on issues that are important to all of us

Kennedy Center Hall of Nations

Through June 29

Topographies by Bosco Sodi

Spanning the Mexican Cultural Institute's first-floor galleries, the presentation brings together Bosco Sodi's first series of paintings realized in black and white with four of the artist's timber columns and an installation comprised of ceramic glazed volcanic rocks. Sodi's multivalent practice employs quotidian materials such as sawdust, pigment and clay, in pursuit of authenticity that draws upon the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Organized in conjunction with The Phillips Collection, "Topographies" marks Sodi's first exhibition in this historic cultural building.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through June 21

Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today

This exhibition pairs traditional and modern Korean craft arts to evoke both classical sensibilities and clean, contemporary style. Divided into three parts, "Korean Craft" sheds light on the distinct lines and colors embedded in a variety of Korean handicrafts. Complementary aesthetics emerge from bringing together these diverse forms, such as handmade wooden furniture, vibrant costumes and textiles, and elegant household ceramics. This unique exhibition brings together rare historical artifacts from the collection of the Sookmyung Women's University Museum, including items used in the daily lives of the Sadaebu, the ruling elite class who dominated Korean political and cultural life during the evocative Joseon Dynasty period from the 15th to the 20th centuries, as well as reconstructed and reimagined works by modern craft artists.

Korean Cultural Center

Through June 23

The Soul of Rurality

In keeping with its commitment and work for the empowerment of women and girls, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has mounted a traveling photo exhibition that includes 27 photographs by renowned Brazilian photographer Cecilia Duarte. The project is the product of an unprecedented partnership with Vogue Magazine and portrays the reality of women who work the land in Jujuy, Argentina; Pará, Brazil; Antigua; Guatemala; and Treasure Beach, Jamaica.

Organization of American States

Through June 30

Siri Berg: Statements

Since the 1960s, Swedish painter and multimedia artist Siri Berg has worked with a geometric abstraction, one both strictly reduced and rich in variation and the visually unexpected. This retrospective provides an exclusive access to a selection of Berg's vintage and new paintings, offering a different investigative look at the varied interests and aesthetic experimentations of Berg's career. One exhibition gallery closes on May 12 while the other closes June 30. Part of the Swedish Embassy's 2019 thematic programming "Smart Societies – Creative & Inclusive"; for information, visit www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/usa-washington/current/calendar/.

House of Sweden

Through July 5

Ruth Maier: The Austrian-Norwegian Anne Frank

Through photographs and diary extracts, this exhibition tells the story of the Ruth Maier, born in Vienna in 1920. Ruth began keeping a diary when she turned 13, recording her everyday life and the increasing persecution of Jews in Austria following the Anschluss in 1938. After witnessing the violent anti-Semitism of the Kristallnacht Pogrom, Ruth found refuge in Norway while the rest of her family escaped to Great Britain. She completed her education and continued to write in her newly acquired language, Norwegian. However, her newfound safety did not last: In 1942, Ruth was arrested and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where she was murdered on arrival.

Her friend, the Norwegian poet Gunvor Hofmo preserved her writings. Since 2014, the diaries of Ruth Maier have been part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, secured at the Norwegian Centre for Holocaust and Minority Studies.

Embassy of Austria Atrium

Through July 7

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto (1518/1519–1594), the National Gallery of Art and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia presents this major exhibition on the Venetian master. As the first retrospective of the artist in North America, the exhibition will include many significant international loans traveling to the U.S. for the first time. The exhibition will feature nearly 50 paintings and more than a dozen works on paper spanning the artist's entire career and ranging from regal portraits of Venetian aristocracy to religious and mythological narrative scenes. The exhibit is accompanied by "Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice" focusing on his work as a draftsman (through June 9) and "Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto" featuring some 40 prints from the second half of the 16th century (through June 9).

National Gallery of Art

Through July 21

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819-1900), the most influential art critic of the Victorian era, the National Gallery will present more than 90 paintings, watercolors, and drawings created by American artists who were profoundly influenced by Ruskin's call for a revolutionary change in the practice of art.

National Gallery of Art

Through July 23

Rirkrit Tiravanija (who's afraid of red, yellow, and green)

Using food as his main medium, Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija creates art from real-time experiences and exchanges, upending the traditional relationship between object and spectator. The Hirshhorn will present its first-ever exhibition of works by the conceptual artist, which that will transform the museum's galleries into a communal dining space in which visitors will be served curry and invited to share the meal together.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through July 28

Helen Zughaib: Migrations

Inspired by Jacob Lawrence's 1941 seminal "Migration Series," Lebanese-born artist Helen Zughaib's "Syrian Migration Series" allows for an exploration of the contemporary consequences of the post-World War II peace through the lens of the current Syrian conflict and the mass migration it has triggered, focusing In particular on the experiences of refugee women and children. This exhibition is presented to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.

Woodrow Wilson House

Through July 28

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

This major exhibition celebrating one of the most influential sculptors working today marks the most ambitious Ursula von Rydingsvard exhibition to date in the United States and her first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C. Featuring 30 sculptures, a wall installation and 10 works on paper, the exhibition focuses on the artist's signature works — monumental, organic-shaped sculptures made from carved cedar wood — as well as other pieces that are on view in this project for the first time.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Aug. 11

Forward Press: 21st-Century Printmaking

Ten innovative print artists from across the United States employ the finest examples of hand-printed and digital techniques, creating works that reinterpret centuries-old printmaking techniques in the digital age, exploring themes of culture, identity, religion, environment, memory, and art history.

American University Museum

Through Aug. 11

Glacier

The Icelandic chairmanship in the Arctic Council will emphasize the Arctic marine environment; climate and green energy solutions; people in the Arctic and welfare issues; as well as a stronger Arctic Council. In conjunction with the chairmanship, the Embassy of Iceland will host a photo exhibition at the House of Sweden by Ragnar Axelsson (RAX), one of Iceland's most prominent photographers. He has chronicled life in the Arctic through his lens for many decades having traveled on multiple occasions to all the Arctic countries to document life and nature in the high north. His new book and exhibition "Glacier" focuses on the awesome beauty of the northern glaciers and their magnificence.

House of Sweden

Through Aug. 23

Queer as German Folk

This innovative punk, activism and DIY-inspired project synthesizes local and German narratives on the constant crusade for queer equality and achieving queer civil rights throughout the last half century.

Goethe-Institut Washington

Through Sept. 8

Roots of Peace: Carlos Páez Vilaró Works and Writings

This retrospective looks at the work of Carlos Páez Vilaró, a Uruguayan painter, potter, sculptor, muralist, writer, composer and builder. Specifically, it showcases paintings, books and other archival materials examining the history of the "Roots of Peace" mural, painted in 1960. Spanning over 530 feet in a tunnel linking the OAS main building in D.C. and the Art Museum of the Americas building, "Roots of Peace" is one of the longest murals in the world. Its goal is to serve as a graphic statement of continental peace and harmony throughout the Western Hemisphere, highlighting the spiritual unity that bonds peoples of the Americas while respecting their unique differences.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 15

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

American painter, printmaker, and sculptor Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935) has created a complex body of work which masterfully weaves together visual influences ranging from the Renaissance to modernism with principles of rhythm and improvisation drawn from his study of African cultures and American jazz.

National Gallery of Art

Through 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

Through Oct. 20

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

More than 225 works of art — including blades and currencies in myriad shapes and sizes, wood sculptures studded with iron, musical instruments and elaborate body adornments — reveal the histories of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth's most fundamental natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, artistry and spiritual potency.

National Museum of African Art

Through Oct. 27

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

This exhibition explores how the French king's officers understood the American Revolution and their role in the achievement of American independence, and how they remembered the war in the years that followed—years of revolutionary upheaval in France that included the execution of the king and many of their brothers-in-arms.

American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

Through Nov. 17

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

Through 2019

Urban Challenges

According to the U.N., 2.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050. This will force cities to find new ways to handle the increased demands on natural resources, housing and infrastructure. This exhibition presents some of the social, economic and technological solutions proposed by Sweden to absorb the impact of our rapidly growing urban environment while leaving the environmental legacy next generations deserve. Come and find out more about Guerilla Crafts, Democratic Architecture and the mixed reality Block Builder application in large-scale environments. Part of the Swedish Embassy's 2019 thematic programming "Smart Societies – Creative & Inclusive"; for information, visit www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/usa-washington/current/calendar/.

House of Sweden

Through Jan. 5, 2020

A Monument to Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare Library is throwing back the curtains on its origins and exciting future in an exhibition where visitors are invited to play, lounge, be curious and see more of the Folger Shakespeare Library than ever before. Among the treats: rummage through Henry Folger's desk and read the correspondences that brought the Folger to the nation's capital; explore large scale reproductions of Cret's detailed architectural drawings, newly digitized for this exhibition; and visit the first complete edition of Shakespeare's plays published in 1623.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

DANCE

Through June 2

Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet

The fifth "Ballet Across America" series returns, featuring full engagements from renowned companies Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet plus a spectacular shared celebration program. Tickets are $29 to $119.

Kennedy Center Opera House

June 4, 11, 18 and 25

Tango Lessons at the Embassy

Dive in the world of tango dance with four lessons for beginners at the Embassy of Argentina with instructor Luis Angel, a performer, choreographer and social dancer who specializes in the fundamental principles and techniques of tango. In these four classes, you will be taking the first steps in tango dancing, learning technical skills and motivational tools for improvisation. Admission is free; couples only; to register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Embassy of Argentina

Wed., June 12, 8 p.m.

Caracalla Dance Theatre: One Thousand and One Nights

The "king of the musical theater world in the Middle East" (The Washington Post) makes its debut at Wolf Trap with a grand musical and balletic trilogy. "One Thousand and One Nights" takes audiences on a majestic journey to a far away and magical land where they will encounter a doomed king, a dazzling bazaar, a mystical sorcerer and more. Featuring music from Rimsky-Korsakov's acclaimed "Scheherazade" and Ravel's timeless "Boléro." Tickets start at $25.

Wolf Trap Filene Center

Thu., June 27, 10:30 a.m.

Taratibu Youth Association: Unspoken Stories

An ensemble of talented young dancers performs hip-hop, modern, and traditional African dance to powerful music including contemporary gospel, spirituals and native Zulu and Kiswahili vocals. Tickets are $10.

Wolf Trap

Sat., June 29, 10:30 a.m.

Maru Montero Dance Company

Though its roots are in Mexican folk dance, Maru Montero Dance Company performs modern Latin dances, including mambo, cha cha and salsa. Tickets are $10.

Wolf Trap

 

DISCUSSIONS

Mon., June 3, 6:45 p.m.

Secrets of the Cuban Revolution

Most people are familiar with the basics of the Cuban Revolution of 1956 to 1959: It was led by two of the 20th century's most charismatic figures, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; it successfully overthrew the island nation's U.S.-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista; and it quickly went awry under Castro's rule. But less is remembered about the amateur nature of the upstart movement, or the lives of its players. To mark the 60th anniversary of the revolution, Smithsonian magazine writer Tony Perrottet surveys how a scruffy handful of self-taught subversives, many of whom were just out of college, young lawyers, literature majors, and art students — including a number of extraordinary women — defeated 40,000 professional soldiers. Tickets are $30; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., June 12, 6:45 p.m.

The Ten Caesars of the Roman Empire

To many people, the word Caesar might seem to refer to one or two specific men who reigned over the Roman Empire—with Julius Caesar being the most famous of all. But in fact, there were many Caesars, spanning more than 300 years, from Augustus to Constantine, who shaped the size, shape, and fortune of the Roman empire—including its demise. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Thu., June 13

Executive Forum Washington, D.C.

The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce and the Embassy of Sweden in D.C. arrange this annual event, the Executive Forum, which this year will analyze the business opportunities arising from rapidly evolving technologies such as AI, 5G, blockchain and advanced manufacturing. The current U.S. trade policies and the upcoming 2020 election will also be discussed by trade experts, governments representatives and elected officials. For information, visit www.sacc-usa.org.

House of Sweden

Sat., June 15, 9:30 am. To 4:15 p.m.

Experiencing the Divine: Religions of India

India is the birthplace of numerous religious traditions. In this exploration of India's religious history, professor Graham Schweig discusses the evolution of religious ideas over millennia, from the impact of Sanskrit hymns on Hinduism to early yoga beliefs manifested in early Buddhism and Jainism, to the Bhakti movements that evolved into Sikhism, and religious movements into and out of India. Tickets are $140; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., June 19, 6:45 p.m.

Discovering Satsuma Shochu: The Most Popular Japanese Spirit You've Never Heard Of

You might be surprised to learn that sake doesn't top the list of the most popular spirits in Japan. That distinction goes to shochu, a distilled spirit made from grains and vegetables. Join several experts as they cover the history of Satsuma shochu and the region with which it is so closely connected; shochu's traditions; manufacturing process; place in contemporary cocktail culture; and how to best enjoy this distinctive spirit. This evening and tasting, held in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy and Daikaya restaurant, also includes an overview of the local Japanese dining scene. Tickets are $50; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

Through June 3

Whitman 200 Festival

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America's most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, D.C., for 10 years during and after the Civil War. Over the course of 12 days, this citywide celebration will emphasize the poet's continuing influence on American culture and the city's culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet's heart: unity, democracy and healing. With events in all of D.C.'s eight wards, the festival includes multiple opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman's legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits and more. For information, visit www.walt200.org.

Various locations

Through Sept. 27

Fair Water: A Right of All

Inspired by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Embassy of Spain — in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Water and Sanitation Cooperation Fund from the Spanish Cooperation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and other institutions — presents a series of events dedicated to the right to safe drinking water and sanitation in the fields of diplomacy, human rights, sustainable development, and arts and culture. The events will include panels regarding efforts by key partners striving to make the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation a reality for all, bringing together their different experiences in a variety of fields. The program will also focus on the relationship between art, the right to water and sustainability issues featuring public installation art, film screenings, video art projections and art workshops. As part of the program, on the joint front lawn of the Spanish and Mexican cultural institutes on 16th Street, NW, Spain-based art collective Luzinterruptus will display "La Cascada," a 13-foot high and 30-foot long art installation made with almost a thousand recycled plastic buckets. For information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/fair-water-a-right-of-all/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

MUSIC

Mon., June 24, 6 p.m.

Los Cenzontles

Like the multivoiced mockingbird, Los Cenzontles presents music and dance from various regions of Mexico. These include canciones rancheras, corridos, boleros, pirekuas of Indigenous Michoacan, and sones jarochos from Southern Veracruz.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Tue., June 25, 6 p.m.

The Eurasia Festival is a sponsored project of Kyrgyz American Foundation, with the mission to preserve and promote the multicultural heritage of Eurasia within the United States. This concert presents the festival's emerging and young artists from around the globe in an eclectic fusion of classical, traditional, folk, jazz, and operatic musical traditions from Eurasian countries.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Wed., June 26, 6 p.m.

Astrid Kuljanic: Croatian Farewells

A musical exploration of Croatian culture presented by acclaimed vocalist Astrid Kuljanic, this program features jazz, world, and original music, as well as traditional song and dance performed by Hrvatska Ruža folklore ensemble.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Thu., June 27, 6 p.m.

Kiran Deol

Kiran Deol presents "Be Yourself Less." Deol comes to the Kennedy Center by way of the United Kingdom, Florida, India, Nepal, Massachusetts and most recently California. She has been all over and has learned that while it's good to do you...sometimes the better option is to be yourself...less.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

THEATER

Through June 2

The Children

In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple's equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. Please call for ticket information.

Studio Theatre

Through June 2

Jubilee

Inspired by the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, Tazewell Thompson's inspirational a cappella new work chronicles the bold African American ensemble as they travel the world, captivating kings, queens and audiences with hymns and spiritual songs supported by their rich voices. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

Through June 2

The Orchestra

Through 10 years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon's return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, "The Oresteia" chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

June 7 to July 7

Byhalia, Mississippi

Jim and Laurel are broke, young and deeply in love. They are also about to become new parents. When Laurel gives birth to their overdue child, the biracial baby is a surprise to everyone, especially her husband Jim, igniting a firestorm in their small southern town. Tickets are $49 to $89.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Through June 9

Fame the Musical

Based on the 1980 musical film of the same name, "Fame the Musical" follows the highs and lows of the final class of New York City's illustrious High School for the Performing Arts from their freshman year to their graduation. Touching on complex issues such as racial prejudice, drug abuse and sexual exploitation, it tells the story of several of the students, depicting their struggles, triumphs and tempestuous relationships as they explore the realities of striving for a career in showbusiness (in English and Spanish). Tickets are $65.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through June 9

Love's Labor Lost

A young king and his three confidants renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her three companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows — or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Tickets are $42 to $85.

Folger Theatre

June 11 to 23

Falsettos

"Falsettos" revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin along with his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It's a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family. Tickets are $49 to $139.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

June 15 to July 14

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Arturo Ui is a tale of the meteoric rise of a small-time Brooklyn hoodlum who takes over the Cauliflower racket in 1930s Chicago. Ui ruthlessly disposes of his competitors to enrich himself and gain power. Both entertaining and provocative, this play — produced by Scena Theatre — is a powerful parable of Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany. It also elicits comparisons to members of our own government who aim to seize more power and control over us. Tickets are $15 to $45.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

June 15 to July 6

Ripcord

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship. Please call for ticket information.

The Keegan Theatre

Through June 16

Richard III

Paata Tsikurishvil's "Richard III" will examine the collision of the physical and cyber worlds, and the destruction of human life as the world grows more automated and less personal. Highlighting the terrifying extremes made possible through the abuse of modern technology the movement-driven production will explore King Richard III's rise to power in an action-packed display of stunning physicality and powerful visuals. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

June 18 to July 14

Blackbeard

After learning he's a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

Sat., June 22, 8 p.m.

L'Heure Espagnole

Torquemada is the most respected watchmaker in town, and by extension a very busy man. His wife, Concepcion, has found a number of ways to deal with her husband's absences...most notably (and romantically) in the company of the poet Gonsalve, who is to arrive at any moment. But when strong and handsome Ramiro comes to the shop with a broken watch and decides to wait for Torquemada's return, things get complicated. Tickets are $20.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Through June 23

Describe the Night

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

   

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