August 2019

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Oman Spreads Global Message of Tolerance, Understanding and Coexistence

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By Anna Gawel

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Uzbekistan's Young Envoy: Country
Is Undoing 25 Years of Repression

a4.uzbekistan.vakhabov.portrait.homeJavlon Vakhabov, Tashkent's young new envoy in Washington, hopes to be the fresh face of a new Uzbekistan, as the former Soviet republic works to undo 25 years of repressive rule under the Karimov dictatorship and emerge from international isolation. Read More

Brotherhood Under Siege

With Its Leader Dead, Muslim
Brotherhood May Be on Its Last Legs

a1.brotherhood.egypt.protest.lion.homeWith the Trump administration considering designating it a terrorist organization, its leader dead and its members facing a wave of repression across the Arab world, Muslim Brotherhood — the world's oldest Islamist organization — may be on its last legs? Read More


Real Trade Victors

As U.S., China Duke It Out in Tariff
War, Other Nations Emerge Winners

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Several countries are reaping the rewards of the U.S.-China trade war, but the United States and China aren't among them, as manufacturers shift production to Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere to avoid the tariff fallout. Read More


Operation Jihadi Bride

Former British Soldier's Mission
Is to Save Women from Islamic State

a3.jihad.logo.homeFor 18 months, a former British soldier made repeated incursions into the most dangerous parts of Islamic State territory. His mission? To save the young women who wanted to escape the caliphate and return to the West. He talks about how and why he did it. Read More


Heartfelt Pain

Possible Links Discovered Between
Broken Heart Syndrome and Cancer

a5.medical.broken.heart.sunset.home"Broken heart syndrome" may harm more than just the heart, new research suggests. While the extreme stress of losing a loved one has been linked to heart troubles in prior research, a new study found that one in six people with broken heart syndrome also had cancer. Read More


   

Its Leader Dead, Muslim Brotherhood May Be on Its Last Legs

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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As U.S. and China Duke It Out in Tariff War, Other Nations Emerge as Winners

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By John Brinkley

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Former British Soldier Saves Women from Islamic State

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By Andrew MacDowall

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Uzbekistan’s Young Envoy: Country Gradually Undoing 25 Years of Repression

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By Larry Luxner

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Researchers Find Possible Links Between Broken Heart Syndrome and Cancer

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By Serena Gordon

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Chill Out and Relax at the Region’s Many Hotel Rooftops and Patios

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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High-Tech Taiwanese Women and Filipino Colonization Among Eclectic Summer Lineup

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By Kate Oczypok

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‘Fair Water’ Highlights Need to Share and Preserve a Finite Resource

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By Deryl Davis

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One-Woman Show Reminds Us That Politicians Can Be Outspoken and Classy

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By Jason Overdorf

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Amid Divisive Politics, Canadian Embassy Touts 150 Years of Friendship with U.S.

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By Virginia Sciolino

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Mural Beneath OAS Tells Fascinating History of the Americas, and its Uruguayan Creator

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By Jared Gans

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Films - August 2019

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Languages

Arabic

French

Japanese


Cantonese

German

Russian


Czech

Hebrew

English

Italian

Arabic

Tel Aviv on Fire

Directed by Sameh Zoabi
(Luxembourg/Belgium/Israel/France, 2019, 100 min.)

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise — until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. (Arabic and Hebrew).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Directed by Muaya Alayan
(Palestine/Germany/Netherlands, 2019, 127 min.)

Sarah, an Israeli café owner living in West Jerusalem, and Saleem, her Palestinian bread vendor and deliveryman who lives in East Jerusalem, have a clandestine affair. But their tryst takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time, leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages (Arabic, Hebrew and English).

West End Cinema

 

Cantonese

Full Contact

Directed by Ringo Lam
(Hong Kong, 1992, 104 min.)

Last year, Hong Kong lost one of its true cinematic pioneers. Ringo Lam was among the leaders of a freakishly talented generation of filmmakers that turned Hong Kong into an international cinema powerhouse through high-octane, action-packed gangster movies. We pay tribute to him by showing his ferociously over-the-top "Full Contact," in which Chow Yun Fat stars a criminal with a conscience who seeks vengeance on the gay libertine gangster who double-crossed him and left him for dead (Cantonese and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 16, 7 p.m.

 

The Leakers

Directed by Herman Yau
(Hong Kong/Malaysia, 2018, 103 min.)

When a contagious and deadly virus suddenly strikes Malaysia, a Hong Kong journalist is tipped off by a colleague that its release may not be accidental. That touches off an investigation that entangles journalists, cops, a corrupt pharmaceutical company run by a wealthy, feuding family and an international hacking group with shadowy motives (Cantonese, English, Malay, Tamil and Mandarin).

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 9, 7 p.m.

 

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
(Hong Kong/China, 2018, 107 min.)

"Master Z: Ip Man Legacy" is a spin-off of the popular franchise about the life of Bruce Lee's famous martial arts teacher. Max Zhang stars as a former challenger to Ip Man, who now lives a peaceful life as a single father running a store — until he runs afoul of local criminals and has to defend his turf from opium den proprietress (Cantonese and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

 

Police Story

Directed by Jackie Chan
(Hong Kong, 1985, 100 min.)

The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan's breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy, in which the director/star/one-man stunt machine plays a Hong Kong police inspector who goes rogue to bring down a drug kingpin and protect the case's star witness from retribution (Cantonese and English).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

 

Project Gutenberg

Directed by Felix Chong
(Hong Kong/China, 2018, 130 min.)

The winner of no less than seven Hong Kong Film Awards, this thriller follows the exploits of a gang of counterfeiters. The legendary Chow Yun-fat returns, with obvious enjoyment, to his smooth criminal roots as the suave, dapper and elusive head of the gang. He is being pursued by the Hong Kong police with the help of convicted counterfeiter, who has been extradited from Thailand to help them—but is his testimony reliable? (Cantonese and Mandarin).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 4, 2 p.m.

 

Czech

The Hastrman

Directed by Ondrej Havelka
(Czech Republic, 2018, 100 min.)

At the beginning of the 19th century, after years abroad, a mysterious nobleman returns to his deteriorating ancestral home in a small Bohemian village to revitalize his family's property. Despite looking human, his obsessive affinity for water shows he has a hidden side. In this romantic fantasy, a new love brings the Hastrman unexpected happiness and an agonizing dilemma: whether to remain a wild creature or cross the boundaries and get closer to becoming human.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.

 

English

After the Wedding

Directed by Bart Freundlich
(U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 16

 

Blinded by Light

Directed by Gurinder Chadha
(U.K., 2019, 117 min.)

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Aug. 16

 

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Directed by Mads Brügger
(Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium, 2019, 128 min.)

In 1961, U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed in what was then Northern Rhodesia, killing Hammarskjöld and 15 others. Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a crime far worse than killing the secretary-general of the United Nations (English, French, Swedish, Bemba and Danish).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 23

 

The Farewell

Directed by Lulu Wang
(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi reluctantly returns home to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai-Nai herself. As Billi navigates family expectations, she finds a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother's wondrous spirit and ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

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

 

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Directed by David Leitch
(U.S./U.K., 2019, 135 min.)

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

A Hard Day's Night

Directed by Richard Lester
(U.K., 1964, 87 min.)

In the band's screen debut, the Beatles's abundant charisma and American director Richard Lester's effervescent style — a by-now much-imitated amalgam of TV commercial-honed technique, French New Wave style and documentary-like immediacy — won over middle-aged film critics and the public alike, helping to dispel any lingering suspicions of the Fab Four's passing faddishness.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 2, 7:15 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 3, 2:45 p.m.

 

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Directed by Joe Talbot
(U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Landmark's E Street 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.

The Avalon Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Lion King

Directed by Jon Favreau
(U.S., 2019, 118 min.)

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Love, Antosha

Directed by Garret Price
(U.S., 2019)

This heartfelt documentary portrays the brief but rich life of Anton Yelchin. Best known for his role as Chekov in the rebooted "Star Trek" films, he had an amazingly prolific career in movies and television, while dealing with a dangerous health condition he concealed.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 30

 

Luce

Directed by Julius Onah
(U.S., 2019, 109 min.)

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

Maiden

Directed by Alex Holmes
(U.K., 2019, 97 min.)

This is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy's inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

 

The Manchurian Candidate

Directed by John Frankenheimer
(U.S., 1962, 126 min.)

John Frankenheimer's renowned take on McCarthyism and Cold War fanaticism stars Laurence Harvey as a U.S. soldier abducted during the Korean War. In Manchuria, a communist cell brainwashes him before returning him to the U.S. to serve as an unwitting political assassin.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 4, 9:20 p.m.
Thu., Aug. 8, 9:30 p.m.

 

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Directed by Nick Broomfield
(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

This film takes an in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen (English and Norwegian).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Midsommar

Directed by Ari Aster
(U.S., 2019, 140)

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. But what begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Mike Wallace Is Here

Directed by Avi Belkin
(U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

"Mike Wallace Is Here" offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century's biggest figures in his over fifty years on air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

One Child Nation

Directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
(U.S., 2019, 85 min.)

China's One Child Policy, the rigid population control measure in force for over 30 years that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. This film explores the ripple effect of this devastating social experiment, uncovering shocking human rights violations such as abandoned newborns, forced sterilizations and abortions, government abductions and a lucrative adoption-to-foreigners market (English and Mandarin).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 16

 

One, Two, Three

Directed by Billy Wilder
(U.S., 1961, 104 min.)

Billy Wilder's most frenetically paced comedy was both a throwback to 1930s screwball style and avant-garde for its anything-goes satire. Released as the Cold War was heating up in a divided Berlin (the Wall went up during production), this farce of capitalists, communists and "ex"-Nazis competing to rook each other struck some as tasteless, but its cult classic reputation has only grown with time.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 3, 12:30 p.m.
Tue., Aug. 6, 5:15 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 8, 5:15 p.m.

 

Paris Is Burning

Directed by Jennie Livingston
(U.S., 1990, 71 min.)

Where does "voguing" come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This groundbreaking documentary, seven years in the making, provides a still-vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City's African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

Pavarotti

Directed by Ron Howard
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 114 min.)

This riveting documentary that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people.

West End Cinema

 

The Pink Panther

Directed by Blake Edwards
(U.S., 1963, 113 min.)

It's the largest diamond in the world, containing the image of a panther. Claudia Cardinale owns it, and David Niven — playboy by day, legendary jewel thief "the Phantom" by night — is after it. It's also sought by Niven's nephew Robert Wagner, himself an aspiring jewel thief, who plans to cover his tracks by framing the Phantom — unaware that it's his uncle. Is it any wonder Peter Sellers's bumbling Inspector Clouseau is confused?

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 17, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 19, 5:15 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 21, 5:15 p.m.

 

Sea of Shadows

Directed by Richard Ladkani and Sean Bogle
(Austria, 2019, 104 min.)

When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, their deadly methods threaten virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the vaquita porpoise. A team of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice (English and Spanish).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

A Shot in the Dark

Directed by Blake Edwards
(U.S./U.K., 1964, 102 min.)

The first "return of the Pink Panther" finds bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) investigating a series of murders in which every clue points to the maid, bombshell Elke Sommer. Ever oblivious, Clouseau distrusts everyone except the obvious suspect, even notoriously accusing George Sanders of killing someone "in a rit of fealous jage."

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 18, 11 a.m.,
Tue., Aug. 20, 5:15 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 22, 5:15 p.m.

 

Them That Follow

Directed by Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage
(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, Them That Follow tells the story of a pastor's daughter who holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
(U.S., 2019, 119 min.)

This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Landmark's E Street 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.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Yesterday

Directed by Danny Boyle
(U.K., 2019, 116 min.)

Jack, a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town, finds his dreams of fame rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack's fame explodes, but he risks losing Ellie in the process.

The Avalon Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

French

In Safe Hands

Directed by Jeanne Herry
(France/Belgium 2018, 110 min.)

Abandoned at birth, baby Theo's uncertain future lies in the hands of the Child Welfare Services. Jean, who is no stranger to the foster system, is given the responsibility of temporarily looking after Theo. Meanwhile Alice, unable to have children of her own, has never stopped fighting to be a mother. Thanks to the dedicated members of social services, the paths of Alice and Theo will cross, blending the journey of Jean and the rest of the team along the way.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.

 

German

Three Peaks

Directed by Jan. Zabeil
(Italy/Germany, 2019, 94 min.)

On a seemingly idyllic summer vacation in the spectacular Italian Dolomites, a man courts the acceptance of his girlfriend's young son, trying to bond as a new family. But fatherhood, suspicion and resentment are a combustible formula in this tightly wound family drama turned harrowing survival thriller (German, French and English).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Hebrew

The Other Story

Directed by Avi Nesher and Jonathan Mordechay
(Israel, 2019, 112 min.)

"The Other Story" tells a suspenseful, poignant and humorous story through the eyes of two rebellious young women from two troubled families that tangle in the most unexpected ways in Jerusalem. As the characters' warring personal convictions and intimate anxieties clash, the secular and religious world views they hold dear also come to embody the struggle for identity reflecting present-day Israel.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 2

 

Italian

Piranhas

Directed by Claudio Giovannesi
(Italy, 2019, 105 min.)

Dreaming of a life lush with designer clothing and elite nightclubs, a group of naïve teenage boys join a local mafia gang and begin selling drugs — an entryway into the violent, power-hungry world of crime that becomes all-consuming, threatening their innocence, their relationships and the safety of their families.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Aug. 9

 

Japanese

High and Low

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

(Japan, 1963, 143 min.)

Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in this highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Aug. 7, 2 p.m.

 

Russian

Aquarela

Directed by Viktor Kossakovsky
(U.K./Germany/Denmark/U.S., 2019, 89 min.)

Water is the main protagonist here, seen in all its great and terrible beauty, as Viktor Kossakovsky travels the world, from the precarious frozen waters of Russia's Lake Baikal and Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, to Venezuela's mighty Angel Falls to paint a portrait of this fluid life force in all its glorious forms (Russian, English and Spanish).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Aug.

   

Events - August 2019

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ART


 Through Aug. 7

Open Site: Mixed Media Works by Korean Artist Tae Eun Ahn

This is the first U.S. solo exhibition of works by Korean artist Tae Eun Ahn, whose tactile and visceral art seeks to expand our perception of the world by examining the role of the body as a bridge between internal and external existence. "Open Site" works in a variety of media that attempt to capture traces of the body in motion, including six videos and installations, six photographic works, four paintings, one sculpture created primarily out of clay, and a live performance by the artist herself.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Aug. 8 to Dec. 15

Fast Fashion/Slow Art

"Fast Fashion/Slow Art" scrutinizes today's garment industry. A diverse group of emerging and established contemporary artists and filmmakers including Julia Brown, Cat Mazza, Hito Steyerl and Rosemarie Trockel explore issues of waste, consumerism and the human cost of mass production through 11 films and video installations.

GW Art Galleries

 

Through 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

 

Through 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

 

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. 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 Aug. 18

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

Artworks representing animals — real or imaginary, religious or secular — span the full breadth and splendor of Japanese artistic production. This first exhibition devoted to the subject features over 300 works that cover 17 centuries and a wide variety of media — sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textile and the woodblock print.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through 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

 

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 Aug. 30

Museum: A Haunted Medium

Photographers Paula Pedrosa (Brazil), Traer Scott (United States) and Andrés Wertheim (Argentina) create works where natural history museums, art museums, gallery spaces and theme parks all become mediums that encourage interactions. Scott captures the interaction between the ghostlike human reflection on the glass and the frozen motion of animals as part of ornate wildlife landscapes. Pedrosa depicts staged, cripplingly decorated interior jungle-like landscapes. Wertheim forges connections between the audiences in the museum and the portrayed characters in the same spaces' galleries. Interactions throughout, between the living and the dead, the past and the present, and natural and the artificial, reveal that it is perhaps we who are more truly ghosts in the museum.

Art Museum of the Americas

F Street Gallery

 

Through Sept. 2

Infinite Space: A Retrospective by Refik Anadol

In taking the data that flows around us as his primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as his collaborator, Refik Anadol creates radical visualizations of our digitized memories, expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative and the body in motion. The exhibition will take over ARTECHOUSE galleries featuring Anadol's infamous immersive installation titled "Infinity Room" seen by more than 1 million people around the world, including a half million during a tour in China alone last year, three infinity boxes and a selection of multimedia works spanning his variegated career.

ARTECHOUSE

 

Through Sept. 8

The Evidence Room

This installation gives visual testament to the atrocities of the Holocaust, drawing on architectural forensic evidence to focus attention on the architecture that made the Auschwitz concentration camp a systematic factory for mass murder.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

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. 22

The Warmth of Other Suns

Through installations, videos, paintings and documentary images, 75 historical and contemporary artists — from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, the U.K., Vietnam and more — pose urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Sept. 27

Animals in Japanese Outsider Art

This exhibition, held in tandem with "Life of Animals in Japanese Art" at the National Gallery of Art, features beautiful works of art created by those with intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses, who often depict animals with a rich color palette and a variety of unique patterns, interpreted from a truly distinctive point of view. The two exhibits could even be said to be the Olympics and Special Olympics of Japanese artwork.

Japan Information & Culture Center

 

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 Sept. 30

Rafael Soriano: Cabezas (Heads)

This exhibition features more than 20 significant artworks by Cuban-born painter Rafael Soriano (1920-2015), one of the major Latin American artists of his generation. Soriano stands apart from his peers who largely focused on formalism and gestural abstraction because he developed his own visual vocabulary informed by abstraction yet steeped in metaphysical meaning. Drawing on loans from the Rafael Soriano Foundation, this exhibit chronicles the development of Soriano's unique biomorphic style, which culminated in a specific body of work depicting the human head. This is the first exhibit devoted to Soriano's important series of paintings of heads, which are some of the artist's most figurative and introspective works.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Oct. 18

Lullaby by Georgia Saxelby

"Lullaby" explores the relationship between architecture, gender and ritual within the monumental landscape of Washington, D.C. This solo exhibition presents Australian-born, U.S.-based artist Georgia Saxelby's recent video installation that documents a series of performances staged at five of the monuments on Washington's National Mall. Collaborating with performers Viva Soudan and Bailey Nolan, the artist developed a series of imagined ritual gestures that repurpose the heroic forms and masculine iconography ubiquitous in the nation's capital. In doing so, Saxelby questions the symbolic spaces in which we perform our identities and value systems today.

Gallery @ Embassy of Australia

 

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

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Photography played a significant role both in preparing for the mission and in shaping the cultural consciousness of the event. An exhibition of some 50 works will include a selection of photographs from the unmanned Ranger, Surveyor, and Lunar Orbiter missions that led up to Apollo 11.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 5, 2020

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination

Imagine an apocalyptic landscape. It appears barren, devastated and hopeless. It is not. At the Renwick Gallery, internationally renowned artist Ginny Ruffner creates a seemingly bleak environment that suddenly evolves into a thriving floral oasis by combining traditional sculpture with augmented reality (AR) technology.

Renwick Gallery

 

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

 

Through Jan. 12, 2020

Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt

When he photographed her for the November 5, 1965 issue of Life magazine, Alfred Eisenstaedt cemented Marjorie Merriweather Post's place among the most notable people of the 20th century. Featuring nearly fifty Eisenstaedt photographs and ephemera from his career in photojournalism, focusing on his timeless images of life in the mid-20th-century and the era's most celebrated figures, this special exhibition will explore the relationship between Post and Eisenstaedt and the broader body of Eisenstaedt's work documenting life in the mid-twentieth century.

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens

 

Through Spring 2020

Animals, Collected

The National Building Museum is home to 320,000 objects related to the built environment. Many of these artifacts in the permanent collection have never been displayed. "Animals, Collected" is a chance to explore some of the museum's most unusual treasures — through the lens of the animal kingdom.

National Building Museum

 

Through July 5, 2020

I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

Taking its name from a 1970's feminist anthem, "I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa" draws upon a selection of artworks by women artists from the National Museum of African Art's permanent collection to reveal a more contemporary feminism that recognizes the contributions of women to the most pressing issues of their times. With experimental and sophisticated use of diverse media, the 27 featured artists offer insightful and visually stunning approaches to matters of community, faith, the environment, politics, colonial encounters, racism, identity and more.

National Museum of African Art

 

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Aug. 1, 6:45 p.m.

Travels with Darley: Inside Hong Kong and Macao

As melting pots of cuisine and culture, Hong Kong and Macao are two of the most exciting destinations on the planet, and they're separated by only an hour's ferry ride. Discover the myriad of attractions these Asian locales hold as you get insider's tips from television host, writer, and producer Darley Newman. Tickets are $45, including light reception. For information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., Aug. 15, 6:45 p.m.

Tiki Time! Exotic Cocktails and the Cult of the Tiki Bar

Discover the inventive and imaginative story of Polynesian Pop. The fantastical history of the tiki bar was shaped by (and inspired) a movement that included art, music, architecture, and more in mid-century America. Martin and Rebecca Cate, founders and owners of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, lead a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki: its birth as an escapist fantasy for Depression-era Americans; how exotic cocktails were invented, stolen, and re-invented; Hollywood starlets and scandals; and tiki's modern-day revival. Tickets are $65, including tastings. For information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Wed., Aug. 21, 6:45 p.m.

Overtourism: How to Avoid It

From Machu Picchu to Prague to Reykjavik, popular destinations everywhere are being overrun by hordes of tourists, turning a trip into a nightmare for many. But the problem isn't just an inconvenience for the traveler. There are real and severe implications for the destination in terms of safety, sustainability, economics, and protection of environmental and cultural resources. Join Washington Post travel writer Andrea Sachs, Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel and Kate Simpson of Academic Travel Abroad, as they discuss destinations to avoid, places to visit instead, and how to become a more responsible traveler today. Tickets are $45. For information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

Aug. 2 to 4

2019 Asian American Literature Festival

The Asian American Literature Festival s a new model of literary programming: literature meets the museum. It is a convening, engine and incubator. It is a community-generated cooperative space with dynamic, interactive programming for sharing and growing Asian American literature.

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

 

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

Fri., Aug. 9, 8 p.m.

Chopteeth Afrofund Big Band

This 13-piece Afrofunk orchestra explores the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin' West African beats and American popular music. At the core of Chopteeth's sound is Afrobeat — a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970s Nigeria that's a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Tickets are $22 to $29.

AMP by Strathmore

 

Tue., Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Lila Downs in Concert

Lila Downs is one of Latin America's most influential artists who is known for her charismatic performances. Her upbringing was split between Minnesota and Oaxaca, Mexico, a multicultural background that influences her musical compositions, which combine genres and rhythms ranging from Mexican rancheras, corridos and boleros to jazz standards, hip-hop, cumbia and popular American music. Her lyrics frequently focus on justice, immigration, and issues affecting women. Please call for ticket information.

The Birchmere Music Hall

 

Wed., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Over the past several centuries, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has emerged as a cultural leader whose musical impact can be felt across Asia and the rest of the world. Celebrate the orchestra's 140th anniversary by attending this rare U.S. performance. Tickets start at $25.

Wolf Trap

 

Aug. 16 to 21

Native American Inspirations: From Spillville to Pine Ridge

Around 1900, the "Indianists" movement attempted to fashion an American concert idiom inspired by Native American music and lore. Although forgotten today, it produced the closest thing to an American Bartok: the astonishing Arthur Farwell, who lived with Native Americans and reported out-of-body experiences. In recent decades, gifted Native American composers have begun to write for the concert hall — preeminently, Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate. Explore it all, with guest performers from South Dakota's visionary Lakota Music Project, via PostClassical Ensemble's "Native American Inspirations." Please visit postclassical.com for ticket information.

Washington National Cathedral

 

Wed., Aug. 28, 8 p.m.

Mames Babegenush

Klezmer, traditional eastern European Jewish music, is in turn buoyant, poignant, and able to convey feelings of joy and sorrow with equal conviction. Mames Babegenush harness this rich palette of emotion and merge it with their Scandinavian roots, artistry, and imagination, to present a vibrant interpretation of the genre. Tickets are $26 to $46.

AMP by Strathmore

 

THEATER

Aug. 3 to 25

Legally Blonde

Elle Woods is a Southern Californian co-ed cutie who is accustomed to getting what she wants. When her boyfriend, Warner, calls it off because she is not serious about her future, Elle turns her attention from fashion to the books and enrolls in Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle discovers her true potential and proves that kindness and compassion are always in style. Please call for ticket information.

The Kreeger Theatre

 

Through Aug. 4

The Band's Visit

In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that's way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue. Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways. Tickets are $45 to $149.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Through Aug. 4

Earthrise

While the world waits for the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969, three children of key NASA employees watch from different perspectives. By dreaming a collective dream of landing on the moon together, the kids learn to understand the historic mission — not fear it. Tickets are $20.

Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery

 

Aug. 6 to Sept. 8

Dear Evan Hansen

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. "Dear Evan Hansen" is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Tickets are $79 to $175.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Fri., Aug. 9, 8:15 p.m.

Rossini's The Barber of Seville

A wily barber aids the captivating Count Almaviva in wooing the vivacious Rosina right from under her cantankerous guardian's nose. Uproariously funny, "The Barber of Seville" brims with sensational music, high-flying vocal fireworks, and some of opera's most famous arias as its story twists and turns in the quest for love. Tickets start at $25.

Wolf Trap

 

Aug. 9 to 31

The War Boys

First produced in London in 1993, "The War Boys" is more relevant than ever. Set on the Texas/Mexico border, David, George and Greg, three childhood friends-turned-vigilante border patrol, spend their nights antagonizing both themselves and those they catch trying to cross the border. But these youths soon learn that even the most guarded borders are permeable in this production by Ally Theatre Company. Tickets are $25.

Joe's Movement Emporium

 

Through Aug. 11

Ann

This intimate, hilarious one-woman show — produced by Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor and starring Jayne Atkinson — is based on the colorful and complex life of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Aug. 11 to Sept. 29

Assassins

From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, nine would-be and successful presidential assassins inspire each other to pull the trigger and change their worlds in a perverse, wry and thrillingly entertaining vaudeville. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Through Aug. 18

Treasure Island

This classic coming-of-age tale follows Jane Hawkins, an orphan who longs for adventure, as she is swept up on a wild hunt for buried treasure with a ruthless band of buccaneers. Along the way, Jane's bravery, morality and sense of self are put to the test as she learns about her past and the path she wants to follow. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater

 

Through Sept. 7

Disney's Aladdin

From the producer of "The Lion King" comes the timeless story of "Aladdin" in a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. Tickets are $39 to $179.

Kennedy Center Opera House

   

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