February 2020

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Albania Progresses Since Communism,
But Now Journeys Past the Earthquake

a4.albania.flags.alps.homeIn 1979, the last time a major earthquake struck Albania, it was ruled by a paranoid Marxist dictatorship that considered the U.S. its greatest enemy. Today, after a recent temblor killed over 50 people, Albanian Ambassador Floreta Faber says her country will "do whatever it takes" to overcome a legacy of communism and corruption so it can not only rebuild stronger, but also continue to grow closer to the U.S. and EU. Read More

China Rebuke

Taiwan Sends Clear Message to China:
Don't Interfere with Our Sovereignty

a1.taiwan.market.economy.china.homeOn Jan. 11, voters in Taiwan overwhelmingly re-elected its independence-leaning president in what was seen as a rebuke to China's attempts to assert greater control over the self-ruled island, particularly in the wake of Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong. Read More


Messy Divorce

Northern Ireland Among Messy
Details of Britain's EU Divorce

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While the U.K. has finally exited the European Union, beginning a year of tough negotiations on a future trade deal with the bloc, the future of post-Brexit Northern Ireland is anything but resolved. Read More


5G Geopolitics

Special Report: 5G Race Heats Up
As U.S. Struggles to Catch China

a3.5G.huawei.expo.berlin.detail.home5G, the fastest internet speed achieved to date, is set to revolutionize our lives — and the world as we know it — so the development and deployment of this fifth-generation of super-fast connectivity has become a hotly contested geopolitical race between China and the U.S. Read More


Time to Celebrate

The Washington Diplomat Toasts
25 Years of Delivering Real News

c1.anniversary.diplomat.colombia.homeHundreds gathered at the residence of Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Washington Diplomat and ring in the holidays. Read More


 

   

Taiwan Voters Send Strong Message to China Not to Interfere with Island’s Sovereignty

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By Deryl Davis

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With Irish Backstop Gone, How Will Northern Ireland Move Forward After Brexit Breakup?

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By Jonas Meuleman and Anna Gawel

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U.S. Hammers Huawei, But Struggles to Catch Up to China in ‘Race’ to Dominate 5G

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By Ryan R. Migeed and Anna Gawel

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Albania Has Come Far Since Communism, But Now Begins Long Post-Quake Journey

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By Larry Luxner

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Hundreds Celebrated the 25th Anniversry of The Washington Diplomat

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By Anna Gawel

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Over 60 Embassies, 5,000 Visitors on Hand for Eighth Edition of Winternational

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By Jonas Meuleman

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Organization for Foreign Affairs Professionals Worries About State of U.S. Diplomacy

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By Larry Luxner

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Chiura Obata Broadened Our View of America, Capturing Both Its Wonder and Shame

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By Mackenzie Weigner

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From Damascus to D.C., Syrian-Born Clarinetist and Composer Knocks Down Borders

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By Nicholas Morgan

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Films - February 2020

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Languages

Czech

German

Korean


English

Hindi

Russian


Farsi

Italian

Spanish

French

Japanese

Turkish

Czech

Women on the Run
Directed by Martin Horsky
(Czech Republic, 2019, 93 min.)

A woman is determined to fulfill the last wish of her husband: running a marathon. The spirited mother of three never even ran a mile in her life, but she believes she can accomplish her goal. Together with her daughters, she will divide the route into four parts to overcome the 26.2-mile run as a family relay.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 12, 8 p.m.

 

English

1917
Directed by Sam Mendes
(U.K./U.S., 2020, 119 min.)

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap (English, French and German).

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Assistant
Directed by Kitty Green
(U.S., 2020, 85 min.)

In this searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive, as Jane follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 7

 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Directed by Marielle Heller
(China/U.S., 2019)

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

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

 

Bombshell

Directed by Jay Roach
(Canada/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

A group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Certified Copy
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(France/Italy/Belgium/Iran, 2010, 106 min.)

British intellectual James (meets French shopkeeper Elle (Juliette Binoche) after he gives a reading in a Tuscan town. Walking and talking their way through the beautiful surroundings, the pair begin to playact as lovers, a charade they carry to surprisingly great lengths (English, French and Italian).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Feb. 23, 7 p.m.,
Tue., Feb. 25, 7:15 p.m.

 

Citizen K
Directed by Alex Gibney
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 126 min.)

This intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia is seen from the perspective of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin's two-decade stranglehold on power (English and Russian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Color Out of Space

Directed by Richard Stanley
(Portugal/U.S./Malaysia, 2020, 111 min.)

After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Emma

Directed by Autumn de Wilde
(U.K., 2020)

Handsome, clever and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

 

Dark Waters

Directed by Todd Haynes
(U.S., 2019, 126 min.)

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world's largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything — his future, his family and his own life — to expose the truth.

West End Cinema

 

Downhill
Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
(U.S., 2020, 86 min.)

Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

The Gentlemen
Directed by Guy Ritchie
(U.S., 2020, 113 min.)

This star-studded sophisticated action comedy follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business forever, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Gholam
Directed by Mitra Tabrizian
(UK/Iran, 2018, color, 94 min.)

Set in Londo''s Iranian exile community during the 2011 Arab Spring, a taxi driver with a mysterious past is drawn into Iran's political turmoil, no matter how hard he tries to resist (English and Farsi).

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Feb. 4, 7 p.m.

 

A Hidden Life
Directed by Terrence Malick
(Germany/U.S., 2019, 173 min.)

Based on real events, Franz Jägerstätter refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife and children that keeps his spirit alive (English, German and Italian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Jojo Rabbit
Directed by Taika Waititi
(Germany/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

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

 

Just Mercy
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
(U.S., 2020, 137 min.)

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
The Avalon Theatre

 

Knives Out
Directed by Rian Johnson
(U.S., 2019, 130 min.)

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate (English and Spanish).

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Little Women
Directed by Greta Gerwig
(U.S., 2019, 134 min.)

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
The Avalon Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Ordinary Love
Directed by Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn
(U.K., 2020, 92 min.)

Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship that only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love that expresses itself through tenderness and humor in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 21

 

Seberg
Directed by Benedict Andrews
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Inspired by real events, in the late 1960s, Hoover's FBI targets French New Wave icon Jean Seberg because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (English and French).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

 

Uncut Gems
Directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
(U.S., 2019, 135 min.)

A charismatic New York City jeweler, always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

Directed by Rob Garver
(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

The New Yorker's film critic Pauline Kael (1919-2001), often considered the most influential of all time, battled to make her mark — fueled by brilliance, unshakable self-confidence, a complicated past and a deep love of the arts.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
Directed by Alison Reid
(Canada, 2020; 83 min.)

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild, becoming one of the first people to ever observe and report on animal behavior.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

Farsi

24 Frames
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 2017, 114 min.)

Setting out to reconstruct the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, Abbas Kiarostami selected 24 still images — most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife — and digitally animated each one into its own subtly evolving four-and-a-half-minute vignette, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception and time.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 23, 1 p.m.

 

And Life Goes On aka Life, And Nothing More
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1992, 95 min.)

In 1990, the Koker region where Abbas Kiarostami filmed a 1987 movie was devastated by a massive earthquake. In this meta-fictional investigation of truth and representation, actors playing Kiarostami and his son return to Koker to track down the boys who starred in the previous film.

AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 9 to 11

 

Close-up
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1990, 98 min.)

This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event — the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf — as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation and existence.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m.

 

Homework
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1989, 86 min.)

In Abbas Kiarostami's second documentary feature about education, the filmmaker interviews a succession of invariably cute first- and second-graders about their home situations and the schoolwork they must do there. It emerges that numerous parents are illiterate. Tellingly, many kids can define punishment (the corporal variety seems common) but not encouragement.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m.

 

Just 6.5
Directed by Saeed Roustayi
(Iran, 2019, 135 min.)

Payman Maadi plays a detective determined to nab a notorious drug kingpin in a caper that dominated Iran's box office and won the audience award at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran. It's easy to see why: "Just 6.5" is a nonstop thrill ride with a sincere social message at its heart.

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m.

 

Like Someone in Love
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Japan/France, 2012, 109 min.)

With this simple story of the growing bond between a young student and part-time call girl and a grandfatherly client, Abbas Kiarostami constructs an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Feb. 24, 7:15 p.m.,
Wed., Feb. 26, 7:15 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m.

 

Shirin
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 2008, 92 min.)

Set entirely in a movie theater showing an adaptation of a 12-century poem by Nezami Ganjavi — never actually glimpsed but heard throughout — "Shirin" surveys in a succession of close-ups the reactions of those raptly watching the tragic love story, an audience made up of more than 110 actresses, including Juliette Binoche.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m.

 

Taste of Cherry
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1997, 95 min.)

Mr. Badii, a middle-age man, drives through a barren landscape, looking for someone to agree to bury him after he commits suicide the following morning. Badii is eerily calm about his decision to end his life, despite the entreaties of each of the three candidates he tries to persuade. Their conversations become an evolving philosophical argument about the value of life in the face of death.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., Feb. 18, 7:15 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 20, 7:15 p.m.

 

Ten
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 2002, 94 min.)

As she roams the streets of Tehran in her car, a recently divorced woman chauffeurs a rotating cast of passengers, from her combative young son to a heartbroken wife abandoned by her husband to a defiant young sex worker going about her job.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m.

 

Through the Olive Trees
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(France/Iran, 1994, 103 min.)

An actor, playing director Abbas Kiarostami, is looking for amateur actors to star in a film. The couple he chooses, however, has a history that repeatedly and humorously thwarts the filmmaker's ambitions: The woman recently spurned the man's marriage proposal and is forbidden by family and tradition from speaking to him, except within the fictional world of the film.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Feb. 17, 7:15 p.m.,
Wed., Feb. 19, 7:15 p.m.

 

Where Is the Friend's House?
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran, 1987, 83 min.)

Ahmed, a young boy, is on a mission to return a notebook to his classmate after he takes it home by mistake. The students' fiery teacher has decreed that homework must always be done in the same book, and Ahmed is desperate to save his friend from being expelled.

AFI Silver Theatre
Feb. 8 to 12

 

The Wind Will Carry Us
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
(Iran/France, 1999, 118 min.)

A journalist posing as an engineer travels to a remote Kurdish village with a secret aim: to record an ancient mourning ritual for a dying, century-old woman. When the woman stubbornly refuses to die, the "engineer" is forced to slow down and interact with the town's inhabitants (Farsi and Kurdish).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

 

French

Les Misérables
Directed by Ladj Ly
(France, 2019, 102 min.)

A cop from the provinces moves Paris to join the Anti-Crime Brigade of Montfermeil, discovering an underworld where the tensions between different groups mark the rhythm (in French and Bambara).

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

 

Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Directed by Céline Sciamma
(France, 2020, 121 min.)

In 18th-century France, a young painter, Marianne, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Therefore, Marianne must observe her model by day to paint her portrait at night. Day by day, the two women become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom before the impending wedding (in French and Italian).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 14

 

Sagan
Directed by Dianne Kurys
(France, 2008, 117 min.)

In 1958, renowned French author Françoise Sagan was 28 years when her debut novel "Bonjour Tristesse" made her rich and famous. Starting from the writer's road to fame, the movie explores Sagan's hedonistic lifestyle, from her drug use and alcoholism to her gambling and complex love affairs.

La Maison Française – Embassy of France
Tue., Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

 

Séraphine
Directed by Martin Provost
(France/Belgium, 2008, 125 min.)

Winner of the 2009 César Award for Best Film, "Séraphine" by Martin Provost dips in and out in the chaotic life of the little-known yet incredibly brilliant French painter, Séraphine Louis (1864-1942), who is masterfully interpreted by Yolande Moreau.

La Maison Française – Embassy of France
Tue., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

German

Balloon
Directed by Michael Herbig
(Germany, 2020, 125 min.)

This thriller is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War. In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each (German and English).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Feb. 28

 

Hindi

Sholay
Directed by G.P. Shippy
(India, 1975, 204 min.)

Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra star as a pair of criminals hired by a retired cop to capture a ruthless bandit. This landmark film injected themes from Hollywood westerns and action movies into Bollywood's already irresistible mix of over-the-top drama, infectious songs and spectacular dance numbers.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 15, 2 p.m.

 

Italian

The Traitor
Directed by Marco Bellocchio
(Italy/France/Germany/Brazil, 2020, 145 min.)

"The Traitor" chronicles the real life of Tommaso Buscetta, the so-called "boss of the two worlds" and the first mafia informant in 1980s Sicily (Italian, Sicilian, Portuguese and English).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Feb. 7

 

Japanese

Kuroneko
Directed by Kaneto Shindo
(Japan, 1968, 99 min.)

In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle with his own personal demons as well.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., Feb. 5, 2 p.m.

 

Korean

Parasite
Directed by Joon-ho Bong
(South Korea, 2019, 132 min.)

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. But when a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out.

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

 

Russian

Beanpole
Directed by Kantemir Balagov
(Russia, 2020, 130 min.)

In 1945 Leningrad, World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and spiritually. Although the siege — one of the worst in history — is finally over, life and death continue their battle in the wreckage that remains. Two women, intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Feb. 21

The Color of Pomegranates
Directed by Sergei Parajanov
(Soviet Union, 1969, 75 min.)

Mingling tableaux, ritual, metaphor, music and poetry, the film attempts to recount the inner life of 18th-century Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat Nova while following his story from childhood through death. Preceding the feature is the American premiere of "Kiev Frescoes" (1966, 13 minutes), a restored short film by Parajanov is composed of outtakes from an uncompleted film project. (Special thanks go to PostClassical Ensemble and the Embassy of Armenia.)

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Feb. 29, 1 p.m.

 

Spanish

Pain & Glory
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
(Spain, 2019, 113 min.)

Antonio Banderas plays Salvador Mallo, a film director in physical decline who reflects on his past as his present comes crashing down around him.

West End Cinema

 

Turkish

Honeyland
Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov
(North Macedonia, 2019, 86 min.)

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice (Turkish, Macedonian and Serbo-Croatian).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Feb. 5, 8 p

   

Events - February 2020

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Art

Music

Dance

Theater

Discussions

Festivals

ART

 

Feb. 2 to May 3

True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780-1870

An integral part of art education in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, painting en plein air was a core practice for avant-garde artists in Europe. Intrepid artists — highly skilled at quickly capturing effects of light and atmosphere — made sometimes arduous journeys to paint their landscapes in person at breathtaking sites, ranging from the Baltic coast and Swiss Alps to the streets of Paris and ruins of Rome. Drawing on new scholarship, this exhibition of some 100 oil sketches made outdoors across Europe during that time includes several recently discovered works and explores issues such as attribution, chronology and technique.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Feb. 7

In Between and Beyond

In this comprehensive suite of works by Jorge Caligiuri, the artist explores dramatic and engaging compositions, detaching the image from the two-dimensional aspect of the wooden panel to create three-dimensional assemblages that draw the viewer into his world. That world is filled with expressive fearlessness, taking mediums to the edge to change our perspectives on subject, line, color and ideas.

Embassy of Argentina Art Gallery

 

Feb. 7 to 25

The Moment: Nature, Life, and Re-creation

The year's first exhibition for the Korean Cultural Center and the first drawn from the center's 2020 Open Call for Artists, "The Moment" showcases more than 25 works by three contemporary Korean artists who reflect on the inherent connection between creation and destruction in the natural world: Leeah Joo, Youn-kyung Cho and Kyoung-Hye Han. Employing diverse artistic media and stylistic approaches — including oil painting, fiber craft and traditional ink brushwork on Korean Hanji paper — Joo, Cho and Han bring their unique stories and ideas to the central themes of regeneration, life as a cycle, and the perspective shifts that understanding these ongoing processes can bring about.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Feb. 16 to June 14

Raphael and His Circle

Raphael (1483-1520) was one of the greatest artistic figures working in the Western classical tradition. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of his death, the gallery presents 25 prints and drawings in an intimate installation that illustrates how the combination of artistic traditions, wide range and immediate influence of Raphael's art shaped the standard of aesthetic excellence for later artists.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Feb. 17

Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain

This is the first major exhibition held outside Spain to celebrate the expressive art of the most important sculptor active on the Iberian Peninsula during the first half of the 16th century, Alonso Berruguete, featuring an impressive range of more than 40 works from across his career, including examples of his earliest paintings from his time in Italy, where he trained.

National Gallery of Art

 

Feb. 28 to May 25

Graciela Iturbide's Mexico

For the past 50 years, Graciela Iturbide has produced majestic, powerful and sometimes visceral photographs. She is considered one of the greatest contemporary photographers in Latin America. This monumental survey of photographs of Mexico spans Iturbide's career with images from 1969 through 2007. It encompasses compelling portrayals of indigenous and urban women, explorations of symbolism in nature and rituals, and haunting photographs of personal items left after the death of Frida Kahlo.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Feb. 29 to May 24

Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition

This exhibition presents works by African American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries together with examples by the early 20th-century European artists with whom they engaged. European modernist art has been an important, yet complicated influence on black artists for more than a century. The powerful push and pull of this relationship constitutes a distinct tradition for many African American artists who have mined the narratives of art history, whether to find inspiration, mount a critique or claim their own space.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through March 8

Visual Memory: Home + Place

This mid-career survey of multimedia artists Scherezade García and Iliana Emilia García explores how each artist reflects upon constructed notions of human geography and history in a creative multidisciplinary approach. Generating a provocative and incisive rethinking about the possibilities of visual memory, they engage with timeless universal concerns about global migration, settlement and the spaces we occupy.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through March 15

Heroes & Losers: The Edification of Luis Lorenzana

Luis Lorenzana (b. 1979) is a self-taught Filipino artist whose background in politics has infused his work with a cynicism that belies his longing for a kinder, more equitable world. The exhibition thus touches on the themes of a desperate kind of selfless heroism — and the all-too familiar failure of a democratic political system. These are works that will have relevance to the current American landscape; indeed, to anywhere in the world.

American University Museum

 

Thorugh March 15

Landscape in an Eroded Field: Carol Barsha, Heather Theresa Clark, Artemis Herber

Depicting nature and the environment is one of the most ancient and elemental expressions of art. From cave painting to Dutch still lifes to social practice incorporating life forms, artists have always been attentive and responsive to the world around them. This exhibition spans landscape painting that takes no social or political stance to multimedia painting and sculpture but puts climate change at the center of its meaning.

American University Museum

 

Through April 19

Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

Multimedia artist Delita Martin (b. 1972) makes large-scale prints onto which she draws, sews, collages and paints. Martin's meticulous, multilayered works create a powerful presence for her subjects: black women and men depicted on a monumental scale. Through her imagery, Martin forges a new iconography that is rooted in African tradition, personal recollections and physical materials.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through April 26

Dialog: Landscape and Abstraction – Freya Grand and AMA's Permanent Collection

This exhibition pairs important 20th-century abstract works by artists in the OAS Art Museum of the Americas's permanent collection with works by contemporary landscape painter Freya Grand. The pairings of Grand and artists living and working in the Americas (1960-73) convey a common dialogue through their shared forms, textures, symbols, color and composition. Here, Grand's immersive landscapes derived from her experiences in remote regions of Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands intermingle with those of such stalwarts of the OAS AMA's art collection as Maria Luisa Pacheco (Bolivia), Angel Hurtado (Venezuela) and Anibal Villacis (Ecuador).

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through May 1

Women: A Century of Change

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the U.S. constitutional amendment confirming women's right to vote, this powerful new exhibition and book from National Geographic showcases iconic women around the world. The exhibition's stunning photographs, drawn from National Geographic's unparalleled image collection, span nine decades and feature a myriad of countries.

National Geographic Museum

 

Through May 24

Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See

"Robert Franklin Gates: Paint What You See" showcases an adventurous artist who greatly influenced the course of Washington art from his arrival from Detroit in 1930, at the age of 24, until his death in 1982 as an AU Professor Emeritus. He was a muralist, painter, printmaker, draftsman, and professor at the Phillips Gallery School and then American University for over 40 years.

American University Museum

 

Through May 24

Volkmar Wentzel

Volkmar Kurt Wentzel (b. Dresden, 1915-2006) arrived in Washington, D.C., in the early 1930s. When the Great Depression led to prohibitive housing costs in D.C., he moved to West Virginia to join a community with Robert Gates and several other artists who had become close friends. In 1937, back in Washington, purchased a new camera and began photographing the series "Washington by Night." First lady Eleanor Roosevelt, out for a stroll one evening, encountered Volkmar and purchased several of his pictures. Volkmar completed his Washington photographs and brought them to National Geographic. The event led to his 48-year photographic career as a National Geographic photographer.

American University Museum

 

Through May 25

Chiura Obata: American Modern

Chiura Obata (1885-1975) ranks among the most significant Japanese American cultural artists and figures of the 20th century. Best known for his majestic views of the American West, Obata brought a distinctive trans-Pacific style to the arts community of California as an artist and teacher. This major traveling retrospective presents the most comprehensive survey to date of his acclaimed and varied body of work, from bold landscape paintings of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park to intimate drawings of his experiences of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through July 5

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

 

Through Sept. 7

Pat Steir: Color Wheel

The Hirshhorn will host the largest painting installation to date by the acclaimed abstract painter Pat Steir. The exhibition is an expansive new suite of paintings by the artist, spanning the entire perimeter of the Museum's second-floor inner-circle galleries, extending nearly 400 linear feet.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 13

Lee Ufan: Open Dimension

"Lee Ufan: Open Dimension" is an ambitious site-specific commission by the celebrated Korean artist Lee Ufan. The expansive installation, featuring 10 new sculptures from the artist's signature and continuing "Relatum" series, marks Lee Ufan's largest single outdoor sculpture project in the US, the first exhibition of his work in the nation's capital, and the first time in the Hirshhorn's 45-year history that its 4.3-acre outdoor plaza has been devoted, almost in its entirety, to the work of a single artist.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Oct. 12, 2020

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

Featuring the recent gift of over 50 major historical works, including more than 35 seminal works by Marcel Duchamp, this exhibition comprises an unparalleled selection of art, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp's career. This is the first stage of a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Duchamp. The second stage, opening spring 2020, will examine Duchamp's lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn's permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Oct. 12

Portraits of the World: Denmark

"Portraits of the World: Denmark" will feature the painting "Kunstdommere (Art Judges)" by Michael Ancher (1849-1927), on loan from the Museum of National History in Hillerød, Denmark. The monumental group portrait pays tribute to a tightly knit artists' community in northern Denmark, which served as the incubator for the Modern Breakthrough in Danish painting. A complementary display of American portraits will highlight the proliferation of artists' communities in New York City during the first half of the 20th century, which likewise accelerated the development of modern art in the United States.

National Portrait Museum

 

DANCE

Through Feb. 2

The National Ballet of Canada

Canada's esteemed ballet company returns with two programs: On Jan. 28 and 29, experience two works by William Forsythe: Jiří Kylián's "Petite Mort" and Alexei Ratmansky's "Piano Concerto #1." Then on Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, "The Sleeping Beauty" is the romantic tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, danced to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music. Tickets are $29 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Thu., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Bereishit Dance Company

Bereishit Dance Company is a groundbreaking Seoul-based company that approaches Korean traditional culture from a contemporary view. "Judo" and "Balance & Imbalance," two of the company's acclaimed works, are stunning examples of their style that merges the control and full-body excitement of break dance with sleek artistry and urban cool. Tickets are $35 to $75.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

Feb. 11 to 16

American Ballet Theatre: Giselle

An exciting new generation of ABT's international stars comes to D.C. for one of the world's most cherished ballets. Considered a quintessential tale of unrequited love, heartbreaking loss, and triumphant forgiveness, "Giselle" remains a timeless favorite. Tickets are $49 to $295.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Feb. 19 to 23

Balanchine + Ashton

From a lively and jazzy Broadway production to divine elegance, witness bellwether ballets by 20th-century dance titans George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton presented by The Washington Ballet. Tickets are $25 to $170.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Tue., Feb. 25, 8 p.m.,

Wed., Feb. 26, 8 p.m.

Cherish The Ladies

Irish-American super-group Cherish The Ladies creates an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. Tickets start at $27.

Wolf Trap

 

 

DISCUSSIONS

Tue., Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with Scribner, presents the book launch and discussion of "When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains," with author Ariana Neumann. Of 34 Neumann family members taken by the Nazis in World War II, 25 were murdered. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who went on to build an industrial empire in Venezuela, although he never spoke of his past to his daughter Ariana. When he died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries and other memorabilia, launching her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined. To RSVP, visit https://whentimestopped.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Tue., Feb. 4, 6:45 p.m.

A Clear Distinction: Muslim Cultures and the Islamic Faith

For many non-Muslims, it can be difficult to distinguish Islamic religious practices from cultural practices in Muslim-majority countries. Farhana N. Shah of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring will examine the differences between the faith of Islam and the cultures found in the Muslim world. Tickets are $30; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Feb. 4 and 5

Boundless: Africa

As part of the 2019-20 "World Stages" season, the Kennedy Center presents the literary mini-series "Boundless: Africa," a program that combines performances, panel discussions and readings, with most events held at the REACH at the Kennedy Center. Featuring playwrights, poets and writers of African heritage living in Africa and the diaspora, including the U.S., the series brings to the forefront relevant issues that inform the boundaries separating genres, art forms, geography and time. While highlighting visionary artists at the forefront of international discourse, each performance dives into topical themes — such as forgiveness, survival, identity and community — revealing a vision of the world like you may never have seen.

Kennedy Center / George Mason University

 

Fri., Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Golden Age of Spanish Art

Spanish art's golden age — as exemplified by the works of artists such as El Greco and Velázquez — reflects a complex set of forces that combined humanist ideas originating in Renaissance Italy with an emphasis on spirituality rooted in the middle ages and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine provides an overview of the era and the enduring achievements of Spanish artists who shaped its visual culture. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Ancient Egypt Through Its Art, Architecture and Archaeology

The secret to understanding the daily life and culture of ancient Egypt under its great rulers and pharaohs is right before our eyes: in its art and architecture. Using evidence from the most recent archaeological discoveries, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson surveys the social and historical realities of this civilization from its early pyramids through the art created under King Akhenaten, who upended centuries of tradition to created new artistic conventions. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Religious Crises in the Western World: Triumphs and Traumas

When the fabric of religion is altered, or a new religion begins to grow, the social, cultural and political consequences are often significant. Ori Z. Soltes, professor of Jewish civilization at Georgetown University, examines some of the key transitional moments in the religious history of the West such as the rise of Christianity, the Muslim golden age, the crises of the papacy and the onset of the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation, concluding with a look at the diaspora of Jews and Judaism. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Mon., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Reading: Defending Democracy

After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the victory parade of democracy seemed unstoppable. Twenty years later, the initial euphoria of basic democratic thinking has given way to disillusionment. Globalization, rising unemployment, retrenchment in social programs, marginalization of large societal groups and the bank and sovereign debt crisis of 2008 have all led to shrinking trust in democracy and its institutions. To discuss these trends, Gregorij H. von Leïtis and Michael Lahr from the New York-based nonprofit Elysium - Between Two Continents/The Lahr von Leitis Academy & Archive will present the program "Defending Democracy. A Meditation on Basic Democratic Values in Times of Political and Economic Insecurity," a literary collage with texts by Mahatma Gandhi, Robert F. Kennedy, Hermynia zur Mühlen, Erich Mühsam, Alfred Polgar, Carl von Ossietzky and others. Admission is free but registration is required; for information, visit https://acfdc.org/events-2020/reading-defending-democracy.

Embassy of Austria

 

FESTIVALS

Fri., Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Inka Road Food Fiesta

Visitors can explore the foods found in communities that live along the Inka Road of South America. Freddie Bitsoie, executive chef of the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe, and other guest chefs will share the stories and food traditions that sustained and continue to support the diverse peoples of the intricate road system. Visitors can enjoy Andean music between tastings and take part in cultural interpreters' tours of the museum's "The Great Inka Road" exhibition.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

MUSIC

Fri., Feb. 7, 8 p.m.

Drum Tao

"DRUM TAO 2020" is the latest production from TAO, internationally-acclaimed percussion artists. TAO's modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, TAO creates an energetic and unforgettable experience. Tickets are $29 to $69.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

Tue., Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

Trio Artio

Trio Artrio is a young and dynamic classical music ensemble founded in Vienna in 2017 by Austrian violinist Judith Fliedl, Austrian pianist Johanna Estermann and German cellist Christine Roider. Each member of the trio already had an extensive list of chamber music experience, and thanks to joint concerts in New York, Berlin and Graz, they decided to embark on a musical future together in the form of a piano trio. Admission is free but registration is required; for information, visit https://acfdc.org/events-2020/concert-trio-artio.

Embassy of Austria

 

Fri., Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Michal Hrůza and his band Hrůzy

For Valentine's Day, bring a friend, a loved one or rock it solo for an unforgettable evening of music with pop singer/songwriter Michal Hrůza and his band Hrůzy, making their D.C. debut. Hrůza wrote the song "Za100let (In 100 Years)," which has 17 million views on YouTube, as well as songs for popular Czech films. Come dance the night away with Hrůza and his band at the Czech Embassy. Admission free; to RSVP, visit https://michalhruza.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Sat., Feb. 29, 8 p.m.

Kiran Ahluwalia

Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the vocal traditions of India and Pakistan whose original compositions embody Indian, West African blues, contemporary jazz, rock and R&B influences. She has collaborated with the legendary Malian group Tinariwen as well as fiddler Natalie McMasters and renowned fado masters. Tickets start at $24.

Wolf Trap

 

THEATER

Through Feb. 1

World Stages – Grey Rock

A Palestinian man decides to build a rocket to the moon in a shed. "This show is about people, about relationships between a father and a daughter, a mentor and an apprentice, a woman and her suitors," says writer and director Amir Nizar Zuabi. Tickets are $15 to $35.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Feb. 6 to March 8

The 39 Steps

One evening in 1930s London, Richard Hannay attends a vaudeville performance at the London Palladium when a fight breaks out in the theater and shots are fired. In the ensuing panic, a frightened young woman named Annabella persuades Hannay to take her back to his flat. There, she claims to be a spy who has uncovered a plot to steal British military secrets implemented by a mysterious espionage organization known as "The 39 Steps." The next morning, Hannay wakes up to find Annabella stabbed to death. Now a suspect in her murder, Hannay must careen across Europe to evade the police and expose the killer's true identity in this fast-paced and riotously funny adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller film presented by Constellation Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 to $45.

Source at 1835 14th St., NW

 

Feb. 10 to March 8

Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017

A group of well-meaning liberals gather at a farmhouse in upstate New York for a relaxing weekend. A son adopted from Kenya struggles to feel connected to his new family and country. And the 45th U.S. president sends a history-altering dinner invitation. There is plenty of blame to spare as snow piles high, mountains crumble and the wounds of the 2016 election break open. The mythology of America is rewritten in real time as we are forced to grapple with the legend of a frightening New York man made from gold. Tickets start at $34.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Feb. 11 to March 15

The Amen Corner

Margaret, a zealous church pastor of a storefront church in Harlem, must confront the past she left behind when her estranged husband Luke returns. Trying to find his own identity outside of the confines of the church, their son David bonds with his ailing father over their shared love of jazz music. Margaret's misguided but fervent beliefs cause further disunity both within their fragile family union and in her congregation as her past comes to light. Tickets are $35 to $120.

The Shakespeare Theatre

 

Feb. 11 to 16

The King's Speech

King George VI (Bertie) is thrust onto the world stage after the abdication of his older brother, Edward. Shy, fragile and afflicted with a profound stammer, Bertie is ill-equipped to lead a nation on the brink of world war. When traditional medical interventions fail, Bertie's wife Elizabeth convinces her husband to seek help from an unconventional Harley Street speech therapist. Please call for ticket information.

National Theatre

 

Feb. 13 to 15

The Clemency of Titus

After stand-out performances at the Kennedy Center's Artes de Cuba Festival in 2018, the multi-award-winning Havana Lyceum Orchestra and one of Latin America's most cutting-edge theater directors Carlos Diaz join forces for a Cuban adaptation of Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito." Tickets are $39 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Feb. 15, 22 and 29

Hear Me Say My Name

"I am not your mascot, and I don't live in a tipi. See me for who I am, hear me say my name." This original multimedia play, created in collaboration with Smithsonian Associates Discovery Theater, tackles America's assumptions about American Indians and starts a conversation with audiences reclaiming rich history, challenges, hopes and dreams.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Through Feb. 16

Pipeline

Nya is a single mom and dedicated teacher at a high-poverty city school, determined to give her teenaged son Omari opportunities that her students will never have. When an altercation with a teacher at his private school threatens Omari's future, Nya has to fight a system that's against him in any environment. A searing, eloquent, and deeply compassionate look at a broken education system, the moments we are pushed to our limits, and the ferocity of one parent's love. Tickets are $60 to $90.

Studio Theatre

 

Feb. 19 to March 15

The Wanderers

Esther and Schmuli are Satmar Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn't be more different. The play explores the hidden connections between these seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love. Tickets are $39 to $69.

Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J

 

Through Feb. 23

Gun & Powder

Inspired by a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. To help their mother settle a sharecropper debt, Mary and Martha Clarke — light-skinned African American twins — pass themselves as White to seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men, one black, the other white. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

 

Through Feb. 23

Silent Sky

A decade before women gained the right to vote, Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow women "computers" transformed the science of astronomy. In the Harvard Observatory, Leavitt found 2,400 new variable stars and made important discoveries about their fluctuating brightness, enabling fellow scientists to map the Milky Way and beyond. This inspiring drama explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our understanding of the cosmos. Tickets are $22 to $72.

Ford's Theatre

 

Feb. 28 to April 12

Celia and Fidel

Can one woman change the mind of a man and the fate of a nation? Fidel Castro's most trusted confidant and political partner, Celia Sánchez, is never far from his side as he grapples with how to move his country forward. It's 1980 and a failing economy has led 10,000 Cuban citizens to seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba. Castro must decide what kind of a leader he wants to be: merciful or mighty. Imbued with magical realism, "Celia and Fidel" is the dynamic story of radical change in Cuba featuring the country's most notorious political figure and Cuba's most influential female revolutionary. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Through March 1

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The boisterous Falstaff hatches a dubious plan to woo the wealthy wives of Windsor, pilfer their fortunes and make their husbands green with jealousy. The scheming plot is met with fun-filled retaliation when the ladies devise a plot to teach Falstaff a lesson he won't soon forget. Tickets are $42 to $85.

Folger Theatre

 

Through March 1

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Set in 1992 in war-torn Afghanistan, this gripping story centers around a friendship that develops between two Afghan women following a tragedy. While facing insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life, the two form an unlikely bond in a heart-rending fight for survival. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

   

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