March 2019

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Battle for Venezuela:
Who's in Charge?

a4.venezuela.vecchio.profile.homeFrom a temporary office in D.C., Carlos Alfredo Vecchio, the U.S.-recognized envoy for Venezuela, is fighting to dismantle the dictatorship that has plunged what was once Latin America's wealthiest nation into abject misery — and help his friend and colleague, 35-year-old Interim President Juan Guaidó, bring democracy back to Venezuela. Read More

People of World Influence

Asia Expert Says North Korea's Kim
Outfoxing Trump With Long Game

a1.powi.jackson.korea.portrait.homePresident Trump's follow-up meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un is a chance for him to choose substance over style. Noted Asia expert Van Jackson, however, believes the former reality TV star will once again choose the latter over the former, allowing the North to continue building up its nuclear weapons program. Read More


Brexit's Dividing Line

Irish Backstop Threatens U.K.'s
Divorce From EU, Peace in Ireland

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Twenty years of peace followed three decades of violence known as "The Troubles" in Ireland and Northern Ireland, thanks to an internationally acclaimed peace accord. But now, the fear is that the shootings and bombings may return, and the reason why can be summed up in just one word: Brexit. Read More


So Much for the Swamp

Despite Vows to Clean Up Politics,
Corruption Rises in Trump's America

a3.corruption.trump.medal.homePresident Donald Trump may have promised to drain the swamp, but a recent survey on the top 20 "cleanest," or least-corrupt, countries in the world shows that the U.S. may be getting dirtier under his watch. Read More


Beneficial Exchange

Royce Promotes Power of Educational
Exchange to Further U.S. Interests

a5.royce.doors.main.homeMarie Royce, wife of recently retired Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), has carved out her own long career in business, academia and now government as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs. Read More


War Wounds

Kosovo's U.N. Envoy Fights for
Recognition Amid Feud with Serbia

a6.kosovo.sahatqua.homePRISTINA, Kosovo — Teuta Sahatqija, Kosovo's envoy to the U.N., lives every day with bitter memories of the war that ripped her country apart 20 years ago. These days, politics and the ghosts of the past pretty much define her life. Read More


Medical

Research Shows that Obesity-Linked
Cancers Rise Among Young Americans

a7.medical.scale.homeAs more young American adults struggle with extra weight, they are paying an even steeper price as the rates of obesity-related cancers rise in this age group though the overall rate is lower than among older adults, according to the report. Read More


   

Asia Expert Says North Korea’s Kim Is Outfoxing Trump by Playing Long Game

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By Eric Ham

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Irish Backstop Threatens U.K.’s Divorce from EU, and Northern Ireland’s Fragile Peace

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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Despite Vows to Clean Up Politics, Corruption Seems to be on the Rise in Trump’s America

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Exclusive: Venezuela’s U.S.-Recognized Envoy Insists Democracy Will Triumph Over Dictatorship

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By Larry Luxner

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Marie Royce Promotes Power of Educational Exchange to Further America’s Interests

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Kosovo’s U.N. Envoy Fights for Recognition Amid Ongoing Feud with Serbia

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By Larry Luxner

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Research Shows that Obesity-Linked Cancers Are On the Rise Among Young Americans

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By Steven Reinberg

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Luxury Home Prices in D.C. Area Hit Record Highs

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Immersive Exhibit Comes Alive by Channeling People’s Heart Rates, Biometric Data

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Motley Crew of Musicians Conducts Public Diplomacy at a Very High Volume

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By Shawn Dorman

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Synetic Relies on Silence and Verbal Gymnastics to Tell Story of ‘Cyrano’

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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Colombian-Born Artist Juxtaposes Carefree Color with Serious Subject Matter

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By Kate Oczypok

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Films - March 2019

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By Cari

 

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Film Festivals Galore

In addition to the D.C. Independent Film Festival and the Capital Irish Film Festival this month, two other major festivals are taking center stage in the nation's capital in March.

Given the current wave of climate-related headlines in recent months, this year's Environmental Film Festival (DCEFF) takes on added resonance as it fills up screens all over D.C. from March 14 to 24.

Founded in 1993, DCEFF has become the largest environmental film festival in the world, presenting over 100 films to audiences of more than 20,000 and collaborating with over 110 partners, including museums, embassies, universities and area theaters.

This year's opening night film is "The River and the Wall," which follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands. They travel 1,200 miles on horses, mountain bikes and canoes to document the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms.

Another local cinematic staple, the New African Film Festival, returns for its 15th year from March 7 to 17. Co-presented by AFI Silver Theatre, Africa World Now Project and afrikafé, the festival showcases the vibrancy of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent.

The opening night film, "The Burial of Kojo," marks the feature debut of Brooklyn-based Ghanaian musician Samuel "Blitz the Ambassador" Bazawule. It follows the story of Esi as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo, and her uncle, Kwabena. When both men embark on an illegal mining expedition together, Kojo goes missing, presumably trapped in the mineshaft. After the police are unable to find him, young Esi sets out on a magical adventure to find her father — but will she be too late?

For a complete list of films from both festivals, visit https://dceff.org and www.afi.com/silver/.

 

 

English

The Aftermath

Directed by James Kent
(U.K./U.S./Germany, 2019, 108 min.)

Following World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in the ruins of Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who previously owned the house. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 22

 

Alita: Battle Angel

Directed by Robert Rodriguez
(U.S., 2019, 122 min.)

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is (English and Spanish).

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Arctic

Directed by Joe Penna
(Iceland, 2019, 97 min.)

Stranded in the arctic after an airplane crash, a man must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in the hopes of making it out alive.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

On the Basis of Sex

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

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

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

 

If Beale Street Could Talk

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

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

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

 

The Brink

Directed by Alison Klayman
(U.S., 2019)

"The Brink" follows Steve Bannon through the 2018 midterm elections in the United States, shedding light on his efforts to mobilize and unify far-right parties in order to win seats in the May 2019 European Parliamentary elections. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself — as he has many times before — this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., March 29

 

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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

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

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
West End Cinema

 

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen

Directed by Kaspar Jancis
(Ireland/Estonia/Belgium/UK, 2018, 79 min.)

Created by talented animators from the west of Ireland, Estonia, Wales and Belgium, "Captain Morten" is Ireland's first stop-motion feature animation. Dreamy 10-year-old Morten whiles away his days building his toy ship and trying to avoid the ire of his reluctant guardian, Anna. After a chance meeting with the inept magician Senór Cucaracha, Morten is magically shrunken down to the size of an insect and trapped aboard the deck of his own toy ship (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 2, 1 p.m.

 

Curtiz

Directed by Yvan Topolánszky
(Hungary, 2018, 93 min.)

It's 1942 and America is on the edge of war. Hungarian-born film director Michael Curtiz, under government pressure, gets a chance to influence public opinion about war by directing a new propaganda film: "Casablanca." It does not come the best time though. Curtiz is working on helping his Jewish sister emigrate from Hungary before the Nazis get to her, his daughter appears on set with the purpose of getting answers why Curtiz had abandoned her as a child (English and Hungarian; part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival).

The Carnegie Institution for Science
Sun., March 10, 7:10 p.m.

 

Datsche

Directed by Lara Hewitt
(U.K., 2018, 93 min.)

Valentine Hermann is a young New York actor whose German grandfather had a datsche, a summer house, just outside of Berlin. Valentine goes to spend a summer in the garden house but discovers that someone is already there: Adam, a refugee trying to escape deportation (part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival).

The Miracle Theater
Sun., March 3, 6:40 p.m.

 

The Devil's Doorway

Directed by Aislinn Clarke
(U.K./Ireland, 2018, 77 min.)

Northern Ireland, 1960: Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton are dispatched by the Vatican to investigate reports of a miracle — a statue of the Virgin Mary weeping blood — at a remote Catholic asylum for "immoral" women. Armed with cameras to record their findings, the priests instead discover a depraved horror show of sadistic nuns, Satanism and demonic possession (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 1, 7:15 p.m.

 

Don't Leave Home

Directed by Michael Tully
(U.S., 2018, 86 min.)

After unveiling her new sculptural exhibit on Irish urban legends, artist Melanie Thomas is contacted by Father Alistair Burke, a reclusive Irish priest who, legend has it, once painted the portrait of a young girl who later disappeared on the very day her image vanished from the painting (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 2, 8:30 p.m.

 

Facing the Dragon

Directed by Sedika Mojadidi
(Afghanistan, 2018, 80 min.)

In this intimate documentary, Sedika Mojadidi follows two compelling Afghan women, within the government and the media, through the pivotal period after the international withdrawal from Afghanistan. We see Afghan women on the frontlines struggling to maintain their hard-won rights in a country where lawlessness, political instability and violence remains the standard way of life (part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival).

The Carnegie Institution for Science
Sat., March 9, 2 p.m.

 

The Favourite

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

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

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

 

Fighting with My Family

Directed by Stephen Merchant
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Float Like a Butterfly

Directed by Carmel Winters
(Ireland, 2018, 101 min.)

Encouraged from a tender age by her father's affection for Muhammad Ali, Frances has the fire and discipline to be a great fighter — if only people could see past their narrow notions regarding her gender (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 3, 2:30 p.m.

 

Free Solo

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

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

Angelika Pop-Up

 

Genesis 2.0

Directed by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev
(Switzerland/China/Russia/Korea/United States, 2018, 112 min.)

On the rugged, remote New Siberian Islands, "mammoth hunters" search the melting permafrost for the remains of these extinct beasts. Their finds, ranging from tusks to a perfectly preserved specimen with blood still in her veins, have attracted the interest of scientists who believe they can resurrect the species through the emerging discipline of synthetic biology (English and Russian).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., March 23, 2 p.m.

 

Gloria Bell

Directed by Sebastián Lelio
(Chile/U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 15

 

Grace & Goliath

Directed by Tony Mitchell
(U.K./Ireland, 2018, 93 min.)

When Hollywood big shot Josh Jenkins sweeps into Belfast to make a movie, it's not long before everything goes wrong and he's left stranded and penniless. Feeling sorry for the actor, a hotel cleaner invites him to stay with her crazy family — and gradually the people of this strange city manage to touch his heart (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 2, 3 p.m.

 

Greta

Directed by Neil Jordan
(Ireland/U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

A sweet, naïve young woman trying to make it on her own in New York City, Frances doesn't think twice about returning the handbag she finds on the subway to its rightful owner. That owner is Greta, an eccentric French piano teacher with a love for classical music and an aching loneliness. Having recently lost her mother, Frances quickly grows closer to widowed Greta — but Greta's maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta's life is what it seems in this suspense thriller.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 1

 

Hotel Mumbai

Directed by Anthony Maras
(Australia/U.S., 2019, 125 min.)

Based on the true story of the 2008 terrorist attack on the famed Taj Hotel in Mumbai, hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families (multiple languages).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 29

 

The Hummingbird Project

Directed by Kim Nguyen
(Belgium/Canada, 2019, 111 min.)

A pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., March 22

 

I, Dolours

Directed by Maurice Sweeney
(Ireland, 2018, 82 min.)

Dolours Price, the infamous IRA radical convicted of bombing England's Old Bailey in 1973, granted a series of revealing interviews in 2010 on the strict condition of their posthumous release. The interviews, brought to life through vividly cinematic reenactments, uncover the birth of her fierce commitment to Irish Republicanism (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 2, 5:45 p.m.

 

Lords of Chaos

Directed by Jonas Åkerlund
(U.K./Sweden, 2018, 118 min.)

In 1987 Oslo, 17-year-old Euronymous is determined to escape his traditional upbringing, and becomes fixated on creating "true Norwegian black metal" with his band Mayhem. He mounts shocking publicity stunts to put the band's name on the map, but the lines between show and reality begin to blur.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 8 to 14

 

Mapplethorpe

Directed by Ondi Timoner
(U.S., 2018, 102 min.)

Arguably one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Robert Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the '70s and '80s. Filmmaker Ondi Timoner explores Mapplethorpe's tumultuous life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea Hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., March 15

 

Metal Heart

Directed by High O'Conor
(Ireland, 2018, 90 min.)

On the cusp of adulthood, fraternal twin teen sisters Emma and Chantal are worlds apart. Emma is self-conscious and unsure of which path to take in life. Chantal, meanwhile, is beautiful, confident and knows exactly where her life is headed. When their parents go away for the summer, their simmering sibling rivalry threatens to boil over, especially when the mysterious boy next door moves back in (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 3, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Mustang

Directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
(France/U.S., 2019, 96 min.)

Roman Coleman, a violent convict, is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., March 29

 

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Directed by Milorad Krstic
(Hungary, 2019)

Ruben (whose name combines two famous artists, Rubens and Rembrandt) is a psychotherapist tormented by terrible nightmares in which he is attacked by people (and monsters) from famous paintings. Some of his criminal patients, including lovely kleptomaniac cat burglar Mimi, decide to steal the paintings to help cure him. Eventually, the mysterious "Collector" quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world, as gangsters and headhunters chase him while the reward for his capture grows astronomically (English and Hungarian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 1

 

The Silver Branch

Directed by Katrina Costello
(Ireland, 2017, 75 min.)

When farmer/poet Patrick McCormack and his rural community are drawn into a divisive battle with the government over a planned visitor center, he and a small group of friends take the fight to the Irish High Court in order to protect the fate of this iconic wilderness (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 3, 12:45 p.m.

 

Stan & Ollie

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

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

Angelika Pop-Up
The Avalon Theatre

 

Tito and the Birds

Directed by Gabriel Bitar
(Brazil, 2018, 73 min.)

In this animated adventure about a little boy and his journey to save the world, Tito, a shy 10-year-old boy, lives in a world on the brink of pandemic. Fear is crippling people, making them sick and transforming them. Tito realizes, based on his father's past research, that there may be a way to utilize the local pigeon population and their songs to create a cure for the disease.

AFI Silver Theatre
March 1 to 7

 

Transformistas

Directed by Chad Hahne
(Cuba/U.S., 2019, 79 min.)

This documentary tells the story of how a group of drag queens carved out a space for the LBGTQ community in Cuba, against all odds, at a time when performing in drag was illegal and homosexuality was denounced as a product of capitalism (part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival).

The Human Rights Campaign
Wed., March 6, 7:30 p.m.

 

They Should Not Grow Old

Directed by Peter Jackson
(U.K./New Zealand, 2019, 99 min.)

Through ground breaking computer restoration technology, filmmaker Peter Jackson's team creates a moving real-to-life depiction of the WWI, as never seen before in restored, vivid colorizing and retiming of the film frames, in order to honor those who fought and more accurately depict this historical moment in world history.

Angelika Mosaic
The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 13, 8 p.m.

 

Under the Clock

Directed by Colm Nicell
(Ireland, 2018, 76 min.)

"Under the Clock" explores the social history of Ireland through the heartwarming tales of ordinary people whose relationships began at one of Ireland's most famous meeting places (part of the Capital Irish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 3, 11 a.m.

 

Vice

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

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

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

French

Chantrapas

Directed by Otar Iosseliana
(France/Georgia, 2010, 122 min.)

Niko is determined to make his own films his own way, but as he butts heads with official censors and state-appointed producers, the artist finds that creative freedom is far more elusive than he imagined in this satirical comedy-drama (French and Georgian; part of the D.C. Francophonie Festival).

Embassy of Georgia
Tue., March 19, 7 p.m.

 

Climax

Directed by Gaspar Noé
(France/Belgium/U.S., 2019, 95 min.)

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Angelika Pop-Up
Opens Fri., March 8

 

Félicité

Directed by Alain Gomis
(France, 2017, 123 min.)

Living her life in the chaotically vibrant Congolese capital of Kinshasa with a proud defiance, Félicité doesn't need marriage, a man or even love to get by. But when her son is injured in a traffic accident, she must find a way to pay for his operation, and embarks on a double journey: through the punishing outer world of the city and the inner world of the soul (French and Lingala; part of the D.C. Francophonie Festival).

Embassy of France
Tue., March 12, 7 p.m.

 

Sofia

Directed by Meryem Benm'Barek
(France/Qatar, 2018, 80 min.)

When 20-year-old Sofia buckles over in pain during a family gathering, her cousin Lena whisks her off to a hospital, telling her family she is taking her to the pharmacy to seek relief from a stomach ache. In fact, Sofia has gone into labor without knowing she was pregnant. Lena must implore a doctor to allow her unmarried cousin to deliver at his facility, where Sofia is dismissed immediately after the birth and instructed to come back with the father or face prosecution. Holding her newborn daughter, Sofia leads her cousin to one of Casablanca's slums, in search of the father she barely knows (French and Arabic; part of the D.C. Francophonie Festival).

Embassy of France
Tue., March 26, 7 p.m.

 

German

The Invisibles

Directed by Claus Räfle
(Germany, 2017, 110 min.)

Berlin, February 1943: The Nazi regime declares the Reich's capital "free of Jews." But some 1,700 Jews managed to survive the war living in Berlin, hiding in plain sight: "invisible." Claus Räfle's gripping docudrama traces the desperate and ingenious adventures of four real-life survivors who seemed to be ordinary German youths trying to navigate the scarcities and prohibitions of Berlin at the height of World War II.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., March 22

 

Never Look Away

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
(Germany/Italy, 2018, 188 min.)

Young artist Kurt Barnert has fled to West Germany, but he continues to be tormented by the experiences of his youth in the Nazi years and during the GDR-regime. When he meets student Ellie, he is convinced that he has met the love of his life and begins to create paintings that mirror not only his own fate, but also the traumas of an entire generation (German and Russian).

Angelika Mosaic
The Avalon Theatre

 

Hebrew

Family in Transition

Directed by Ofir Trainin
(Israel, 2018, 60 min.)

This documentary tells the story of the only family in Nahariya, a small traditional town in Israel, whose lives change completely after their father announces that he's transitioning to become a woman. Their mother chooses to stay with her spouse through the whole process but just as it seems that life is back to normal, she takes a sharp turn and shakes everything up again.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., March 27, 8p.m.

 

Icelandic

Woman at War

Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson
(Iceland/France/Ukraine, 2019, 101 min.)

Hall is a 50-year-old independent woman with a quiet routine as a popular choir director in a small country town. But she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist, engaged in secret warfare against the giant power company that is (in her opinion) desecrating the countryside and hastening global warming (Icelandic, Spanish, English and Ukrainian).

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., March 8

 

Japanese

Kill

Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
(Japan, 1968, 114 min.)

Two down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty town and become involved in a local clan dispute in this pitch-black action comedy.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., March 6, 2 p.m.

 

Mori, the Artist's Habitat

Directed by Shuichi Okita
(Japan, 2018, 99 min.)

In the last 30 years of his long life, reclusive artist Morikazu Kumagai (1880-1977), a.k.a. Mori, almost never left his Ikebukuro home. Instead, he took pleasure in observing the cats, fish, birds, and insects living in his luxuriant garden, eventually rendering them in his distinctive paintings.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 17, 2 p.m.

 

Shoplifters

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

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

West End Cinema

 

Penguin Highway

Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida
(Japan, 2018, 118 min.)

Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist's office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure (part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival; includes an anime breakfast experience for children over 8).

The Miracle Theater
Sat., March 2, 10:45 a.m.

 

Korean

Burning

Directed by Lee Chang-dong
(South Korea, 2018, 148 min.)

In this searing examination of an alienated young man, a frustrated introvert's already difficult life is complicated by the appearance of two people into his orbit: a spirited woman who offers romantic possibility, and a wealthy and sophisticated young man she returns from a trip with.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 2, 11 a.m.,
Mon., March 4, 7 p.m.

 

Mandarin

Bitter Money

Directed by Wang Bing
(France/Hong Kong, 2016, 152 min.)

The Chinese city of Huzhou is home to 18,000 clothing factories employing some 300,000 laborers. This unobtrusive, empathetic documentary follows a handful of these workers through their daily routines, capturing their camaraderie and the precariousness of their lives.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., March 3, 2 p.m.

 

Dead Souls

Directed by Wang Bing
(France/Switzerland, 2018, 495 min.)

Over 10 years in the making, Wang Bing's latest project records testimony from survivors of a hard-labor camp in the Gobi Desert. The 495-minute documentary also surveys the harsh landscape, where the bones of those who didn't survive remain. It will be shown in three parts, each followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., March 9, 12 p.m. (Part 1)
Sat., March 9, 4 p.m. (Part 2)
Sun., March 10, 1 p.m. (Part 3)

 

Monster Hunt

Directed by Raman Hui
(China/Hong Kong, 2015, 118 min.)

Join students from D.C.'s Chinese language immersion schools to watch a 3-D adventure that broke box office records. Brush up on your Mandarin or simply relax and enjoy the fantastic tale of a time when humans battled monsters — until the birth of Wuba, a monster king who wants to end the war.

Freer Gallery of Art
Thu., March 14, 10:30 a.m.,

Fri., March 15, 1:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Fang

Directed by Wang Bing
(France/China/Germany, 2017, 102 min.)

This "unflinching, challenging, provocative film" (Jessica Kiang, Variety) presents the final days of a woman dying of Alzheimer's in a small fishing village.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., March 1, 7 p.m.

 

Polish

Cold War

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
(Poland/U.K./France, 2018, 89 min.)

"Cold War" is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of postwar Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in 1950s Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, it's the tale of a couple separated by politics, character flaws and unfortunate twists of fate — an impossible love story in impossible times (Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian and Croatian).

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

 

Spanish

Birds of Passage

Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra
(Colombia/Denmark/Mexico, 2019, 125 min.)

During the marijuana bonanza in 1970s, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his family, who belong to the Wayúu indigenous people, get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood (Spanish, Wayuu and English).

AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 1

 

Everybody Knows

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(Spain/France/Italy, 2019, 132 min.)

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open (Spanish, English and Catalan).

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

 

Roma

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

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

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Swedish

The Feminist

Directed by Hampus Linder
(Sweden, 2018, 91 min.)

In her native Sweden, everybody has an opinion about feminist trailblazer Gudrun Schyman. Some see her as a superhero, others as a villain — but most would agree that she's been one of the most influential politicians of the past decades. Gudrun Schyman has been through all the ups and downs of political life: from humble beginnings in a blue-collar family grappling with her father's alcoholism, becoming a social worker, rising to lead the Leftist party to record election results; publicly shamed for her struggles with addiction; overcoming her demons, and founding Europe's first feminist party (part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival; in association with the Swedish Embassy).

The Carnegie Institution for Science
Fri., March 8, 5 p.m.

   

Events - March 2019

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Art

Music

Dance

Theater

 

Discussions

Festivals

 

ART


Through March 17

The Gifts of Tony Podesta

The first major exhibition drawn from the museum's Corcoran Legacy Collection features photography and sculpture donated by Tony Podesta over the past decade to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which is now part of the American University Museum's holdings.

American University Museum

 

Through March 17

Jiří Kolář (1912-2002): Forms of Visual Poetry

During the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, modernist Czech poet and visual artist Jiří Kolář (1914-2002) encountered considerable challenges, including a prison sentence for the critical stance toward the system expressed in his poetry. Whether because "images" were less easily censurable than "words" or for other, personal reasons, from about 1959, he focused exclusively on visual arts. Yet most of his mixed-media works remained profoundly concerned with the word/image relationship, and can best be described as "visual" poetry.

American University Museum

 

Through March 17

Michael B. Platt + Carole A. Beane: Influences and Connections

Standing at the foot of Australia's sacred sandstone monolith known as Uluru, Michael B. Platt and Carol A. Beane envisioned a world invisible to many others. The world is at once primordial and imminent, spiritual and mortal. Inspired by the ancestral stories told by the indigenous keepers of Australia's most sacred grounds, Platt and Beane fuse poetic image with word.

American University Museum

 

March 22 to July 28

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through March 29

Open to Interpretation

Artist Claudia Samper focuses on birds as her subject matter, closely observing them and growing to appreciate their apparent freedom, inclination to explore, early rising habits, dedication to their young, lyrical songs and their colorful plumage. Using these avian metaphors, she creates paintings, drawings and transparencies to explore the perception of human communication.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Through March 31

First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas

Just like today, getting food from farm to table in the early modern British world was hard work. And just like today, most of that hard work went unrecognized. "First Chefs" tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of early modern food culture, and juxtaposes the extravagance of an increasingly cosmopolitan and wealthy upper class against the human cost of its pleasures: the millions of enslaved women, children, men, servants, gardeners, street criers and laborers who toiled to feed themselves and many others.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through April 14

Ambreen Butt – Mark My Words

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through April 22

The Culture of Time and Space

This exhibition of digital media art explores the convergence of Korean traditional beauty and contemporary technology, featuring works by Korean media artist HyeGyung Kim. Kim focuses on the convergence of digital media and Taoism through the medium of East Asian antiques. She experiments with connections between digital media and traditional Oriental art that represents Korean beauty through projection mapping and interactive media. Ultimately, Kim hopes to provide an experience beyond space and time through this artistic dialogue, while also introducing the vibrancy of Korean contemporary media art and the deep connections possible between traditional aesthetic values and today's digital technologies.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Through April 28

Dream of Reality: An Homage to Joy Laville from the Kimberly Collection

The Mexican Cultural Institute presents works from its Kimberly Collection showcasing the paintings of Joy Laville in dialogue with some of her contemporaries, who, like her, worked and lived in Mexico and shared similar thematic obsessions and traces of the plastic language.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through April 28

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through May 19

PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes

Through this series of interconnected works, Colombian-American artist Carolina Mayorga invites the audience to enter a PINK-mented reality and experience her bicultural interpretations of those living inside ranchos, cambuches, shelters and other ephemeral zip codes. This site-specific multimedia project is the result of a year of artistic investigation on issues of home and homelessness and the artist's fascination with the color pink. By applying the pigment to women and children (characters typically associated with home), memories of her native Colombia, 14 years of residency in D.C. and AMA's permanent collection, she has created a pleasing environment to contrast the experiences of those living in exile, displacement, dislocation, relocation and eviction.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through May 19

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

The Phillips presents the first museum retrospective of Cuban artist Zilia Sánchez. This long-overdue exhibition examines the artist's prolific yet largely unknown career that spans almost 70 years, featuring more than 60 works including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases and sculptural pieces, alongside illustrations, design sketches and ephemera. Many of Sánchez's works reference protagonists from ancient mythology (such as Trojans, Amazonians, and Antigone—all warriors and female heroines). Others have reoccurring motifs of lunar shapes, erotic topologies and tattoo drawings that map physical and psychological spaces.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through September 2019

Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran

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

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Through Sept. 29, 2019

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

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

National Museum of African Art

 

Through 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 Nov. 17, 2019

Portraits of the World: Korea

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

National Portrait Gallery

 

DANCE

Through March 3

The Washington Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

The romantic and timeless tale of a magical kiss and the beloved story of Princess Aurora, her handsome prince and the evil Carabosse. A quintessential classical ballet inspired by the fairy tale of true love's kiss and the triumph of good over evil. Tickets are $25 to $160.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

March 6 to 9

World Stages: Cirkus Cirkör – Limits

Sweden's Cirkus Cirkör has consistently explored and defied limits through performances and research projects, as well as through the interactions of circus and society, audiences and participants. In light of Europe's ever-tightening boundaries against the world beyond its borders, and the consequences that closed borders bring in their wake, Cirkus Cirkör's voice as an advocate for crossing boundaries has grown stronger. Tickets are $19 to $85.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Tue., March 19, 7:30 p.m.

Akiko Kitamura's Cross Transit

"Cross Transit" steps into the history of folk culture in Cambodia as captured by photographer Kim Hak and transformed into movement by international choreographer and dancer Akiko Kitamura. Tickets are $29 to $39.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

DISCUSSIONS

Fri., March 1, 6 p.m.

A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Eva Longoria Bastón

In this family-friendly event, Sotomayor will discuss her life story, from her birthplace in the South Bronx through her journey to become the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the Supreme Court. Tickets are $22.25.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Thu., March 7, 6 p.m.

Art and Urban Planning Policy

What is the relationship between urban planning policy and creativity? Our guest speakers will explore the intersections of art, innovation, and policy. Andres Blanco from the Inter-American Development Bank's Housing and Urban Development's Cities Lab will moderate a talk on the subject and provide insights on the role of creative platforms and innovation that transform sustainable urban development in the region. For information, visit www.iadb.org/en/exhibitions.

IDB Cultural Center

 

Thu., March 7, 6:45 p.m.

The Spanish Craze by Richard Kagan

"The Spanish Craze" is the compelling story of the centuries-long fascination with the history, literature, art, culture, and architecture of Spain in the United States. Professor Richard L. Kagan of the Library of Congress offers a revisionist understanding of the origins of hispanidad in America, tracing its origins from the Early Republic to the New Deal. Admission is free but RSVP is required; for information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Sat., March 9, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Churchill: The Man Behind the Myths

In a wide-ranging daylong examination, historian Kevin Matthews discusses Winston Churchill's tempestuous career as an army officer, war correspondent, member of Parliament, and minister in both Liberal and Conservative governments to reveal a man too often hidden by the post-World War II myths that surround him. Tickets are $160, including lunch; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Wed., March 13, 6:45 p.m.

Dubai: The Gulf's Emerald City

Dubai is all about dazzle: soaring skyscrapers, ultra-luxurious hotels and shopping developments. It has also been criticized as artificial city, and a place more hospitable to monied foreign visitors than its own residents — 85 percent of whom come from other countries. Urban scholar Yasser Elsheshtawy examines how members of the city's marginalized and invisible communities were able to carve out places in which they can feel at home. Tickets are $30; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., March 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Morocco's Royal Cities: An Artistic and Cultural Mosaic

The rich textures and monuments of Morocco's four royal cities — Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, and Rabat — reflect their positions on the crossroads of Northwest Africa's trade routes with the Western Mediterranean and the Islamic world. In this richly illustrated day-long program, art historian Lawrence Butler explores Morocco's great royal cities over time, through the lenses of art and architecture. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Wed., March 20, 6:30 p.m.

The Story of H by Marina Perezagua

Spanish writer Marina Perezagua presents her new book, "The Story of H," which describes a searing quest by a Japanese woman and an American soldier to find a girl who goes missing in the aftermath of Hiroshima, a journey that spans the globe and travels to the darkest corners of the human mind and memory. For information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Kramerbooks

 

FESTIVALS

March 3 to 29

Francophonie Festival

The D.C. Francophonie Cultural Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of the French language and Francophone communities around the world through a series of cultural events and outreach programs presented every spring in the capital of the United States. 2019 highlights include "The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Canadian Response and Global Context (Québec)" on March 11; a meet and greet with artist Jacqueline Ravelomanana at the Embassy of Madagascar on March 22; and La Grande Fête at the French Embassy on March 29. For information, visit www.francophonie-dc.org.

Various locations

 

MUSIC

Sun., March 3, 5:30 p.m.

Johannes Moser and Till Fellner

The "radiant playing" (The Baltimore Sun) of German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser unites with the refined artistry of Austrian pianist Till Fellner. Together, they juxtapose Beethoven's intimate Op. 102 sonatas, written in 1815, with a varied group of works from a century later. Tickets are $42; for information, visit http://acfdc.org.

Shriver Hall, Baltimore, Md.

 

Wed., March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Steven Isserlis, Cello

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. Tickets are $55.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Mon., March 11, 7 p.m.

Diego Guerrero

Spanish artist Diego Guerrero has always transcended Flamenco in his music. Guerrero is not only a singer, but also a multifaceted musical producer, arranger, composer and guitarist, and one of the top reference points when it comes to the fusion of Flamenco with other genres like Afro-Cuban rumba or jazz. Tickets are $15 to $25; for information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Tue., March 12, 7 p.m.

María Terremoto

Spanish artist María Terremoto comes from the Terremoto family musical legacy. She was the youngest artist to ever receive the Giraldillo Award for New Artist at the Seville Flamenco Biennial, and she just released her first album, "La huella de mi sentío," in which she presents the cantes (songs) that have been with her since childhood. Tickets are $15 to $25; for information, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Wed., March 13, 8 p.m.,

Thu., March 14, 8 p.m.

Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate

Habib Koité , "Mali's biggest pop star" (Rolling Stone), is joined by "the Hendrix of his instrument" (Uncut Magazine), Ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate for two collaborative performances bringing innovation and a sense of togetherness to The Barns. Tickets are $45 to $55.

Wolf Trap

 

Fri., March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Elham Fanoos, Piano

Elham Fanoos is a leading Afghan pianist of his generation. His life's work is to represent a positive face of Afghanistan's future and to provide hope to musicians and artists living under threats to their creative expression all around the world. Fanoos has performed as a soloist on State Department-sponsored appearances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He also performed at the Library of Congress for the 2017 Anne Frank Awards Ceremony, and he has played for members of the diplomatic corps of Australia, China, Germany, Italy and Korea. Tickets are $125, including Afghan buffet; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Afghanistan

 

Sun., March 24, 3 p.m.

Vienna to Hollywood: Chamber Music at the Barns

A number of Viennese composers successfully bridged the void between the concert hall and the movie theater: this performance explores the robust harmonies of two such composers, violinist Fritz Kreisler and Erich Korngold. Violinist Sean Lee and the Sitkovetsky Trio make their Barns debuts. Tickets are $40.

Wolf Trap

 

Tue., March 26, 7:30 p.m.

Lobkowicz Trio

All three members of the Lobkowicz Trio are renowned soloists and chamber players who have made a name for their ensemble both at home and abroad on the International Johannes Brahms Competition 2014 in Pörtschach, Austria, where they took home the top prizes. Tickets are $95, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Fri., March 29, 7:30 p.m.

A Night in Vienna:

Julian Schwarz, Cello

Marika Bournaki, Piano

Marika Bournaki is a Canadian pianist who has toured internationally as a soloist and recitalist, and was the subject of the award-winning documentary "I am Not a Rockstar," chronicling her development from age 12 to 20. Julian Schwarz is an Austrian-American cellist from Seattle who was the first-prize winner at the 2013 Inaugural Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong. Together, they will play a program of Beethoven, Shubert, Schumann and other classics. Tickets are $75, including reception with wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

THEATER

March 1 to April 14

Aaron Posner's JQA

"JQA" shines a spotlight with humor and care on an ineffectual presidency, the idea of government and how a society lives in relationship to it, and the American experiment as it continues to evolve. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Through March 3

BLKS

After a bad health scare, Octavia decides to put off her troubles and blow off some serious steam with her friends June and Imani. Will one last epic night on the town — a true test of their friendship full of outrageous, absurd encounters — lead to epiphany or disaster? Tickets start at $46.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Through March 3

The Master and Margarita

The Devil descends on 1930s Moscow, wreaking havoc on the city's corrupt literary and social elite. Meanwhile, a brilliant writer known as the Master is imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital by Soviet censors, and his devoted lover Margarita joins forces with the Devil and his demonic crew in a courageous effort to rescue the Master from his fate. What follows is a diabolical extravaganza complete with a satanic magic show, a fast-talking black cat, and a midnight ball hosted by the Devil himself. Tickets are $19 to $45; for information, visit www.constellationtheatre.org.

Source Theater

 

Through March 3

The Old Man, The Youth, and The Sea

(El Viejo, El Joben y El Mar)

Forced into exile for political reasons, Spain's renowned philosopher Miguel de Unamuno confronts a young fisherman, a general and a journalist about their beliefs regarding freedom, reason and faith while he plans his escape from the island of Fuerteventura. Tickets are $48.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

March 4 to 24

Confection

Using accounts of the extravagant banquets and sumptuous feasts held by the aristocracy of the late 17th-century as a springboard, "Confection" is a multisensory dance/theater performance that contemplates cultures of consumption and poses the questions: How much does sweetness cost, and what are we willing to devour to satisfy our appetites? In this 45-minute experience, audiences are granted exclusive access to the Folger's magnificent Paster and Sedgwick-Bond Reading Rooms, with a performance that winds its way through these massive and ornate spaces, and are invited to savor bite-sized delights designed by local pâtissiers. Tickets are $40 to $60.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

March 6 to April 7

Queen of Basel

It's Art Basel, Miami's weeklong party for the rich and famous, where socialite darling Julie reigns over the blowout her real estate mogul father is throwing at his South Beach hotel. But when her fiancé dumps her in front of the crowd, Julie hides from her humiliation — and her father — in the hotel's barely used storage kitchen. Her companions are Christine, a cocktail waitress who recently fled violence in Venezuela, and Christine's fiancé John, an Uber driver from the Miami slums. This explosive elixir of power, class, and race in Latinx communities is a bold and contemporary take on August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" by vibrant rising voice Hilary Bettis. Tickets are $20 to $90.

Studio Theatre

 

March 8 to May 22

Into the Woods

In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairytales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple's quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Tickets are $20 to $83.

Ford's Theatre

 

March 9 to 23

Picasso

GALita, a program of GALA geared toward families, presents the art and life of Pablo Picasso through his memories of family and friends and his love of bullfights, the circus and all types of performances. Using music, dance, and puppets, "Picasso" explores the artist's life and what inspired him. Tickets are $10 for children and $12 for adults.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through March 10

Cyrano

A brilliant poet and soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac apparently has it all — except the confidence to win the heart of his beloved Roxane. Lacking traditional good looks and the ability to truly "fit in," Cyrano partners with his handsome friend Christian, also in love with Roxane but lacking Cyrano's way with words. Synetic Theater will apply its unique physical storytelling and a stylistic twist to this commedia-inspired wordless adaptation of "Cyrano." Tickets are $20.

Synetic Theater

 

Through March 10

The Heiress

After growing up subjected to her father's disinterest and strong resentment, a young woman in the 1850s discovers what love is in her journey toward independence, growth and strength, without an impactful female role model in her life. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Through March 10

Nell Gwynn

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

Folger Theatre

 

Through March 10

Richard the Third

"Richard the Third" is the ultimate story of villainy, charting the rise of a tyrant who will stop at nothing to gain power. As he climbs ever higher, Richard bends the world to his will until even his mother can't bear to own him. A study of both character and society, the play comments sharply on how a nation allows itself to fall into line. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Tue., March 12, 7 p.m.

Reading: Yours, Lise – Exile Letters by Meitner, Physicist.

Austrian-Swedish physicist Lise Meitner is one of the most renowned women in science. In 1944, Otto Hahn won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the nuclear fission of uranium, the splitting of the atom — a research project Meitner and Hahn started together. In 1938, Meitner, who was Jewish, fled Nazi Germany but still contributed to the research and the breakthrough discovery. From her exile, Meitner corresponded with Hahn, thus the nuclear fission plays a major role in their letters. However, the loss of her work and friends weighed hard on her; her loneliness as well as her concern for the world in these dark times are addressed frequently in her letters, revealing an extremely sensitive, profound and eloquent person. Musician and producer Stefan Frankenberger has created an audiobook based on the letters from exile between Meitner and Hahn, a staged reading of which will be performed by local actors Jennifer Mendenhall and Michael Kramer. Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

March 12 to 13

Theater from the Middle East and North Africa: Jogging

A Lebanese woman follows a daily routine of jogging to keep herself safe from obesity, bone diseases and anxiety, creating a connection between her intimate personal space and the city. Tickets are $15.

Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery

 

March 14 to 16

World Stages: The Last Supper

Making its U.S. premiere, this darkly comedic satire highlights the harsh indifference of the bourgeoisie in Egypt and the hollow exchanges that masquerade as human connection. Tickets are $15 to $35.

Kennedy Center Family Theater

 

Fri., March 15, 8 p.m.,

Sat., March 16, 8 p.m.

Poetic Chicle – The Return of Loco Culebra

In "Poetic Chicle," Quique Avilés returns to the stage as Loco Culebra, defender of los cafecitos, whom God has sent to earth to check on the state of refugees and immigrants in the Trump era. Through Loco Culebra, we follow Chamba, a Salvadoran child vendor who travels over three decades and three borders to the United States, where he gets an education, marries and becomes a citizen. Chamba's American dream, however, is threatened when President Trump ends temporary protected status for his mother and thousands of others who now face deportation. Tickets are $20.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

March 16 to 30

Washington National Opera: Faust

A man who sells his soul for worldly gain finds a perfect home in the Beltway as Washington National Opera stages Charles Gounod's 1859 opera "Faust," performed in French with projected English titles. After a 25-year absence from its stage, WNO resurrects the French classic filled with depression, damnation and demons, in which the aging Dr. Faust exchanges heaven's rewards for earth's mortal pleasures, only to learn his salvation is tragically bound to others. Tickets start at $45.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

March 23 to 31

La Paloma at the Wall

The InSeries takes "La Verbena de la Paloma," Spain's most beloved zarzuela, and sets it at the U.S.-Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego, where a migrant woman from Central America, deported when seeking asylum in the U.S., waits for news of the daughter from whom she's been separated. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.inseries.org.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Through March 31

Vanity Fair

Becky Sharp never blushes. As the wily Becky and her gentle friend Amelia scale social ladders and hurdle the whims of fate, only one question matters: How do you get what you want in life? This new adaptation harnesses the frivolity of Thackeray's novel while recasting its (anti) heroines as complex, vibrant women, delivering "a gift to actors and a goody bag for its audience" (The New York Times). Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Through April 7

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

Three women — an art restorer, her nurse and their military captor — are trapped in a ravaged museum during a catastrophic hundred years' war. Tasked with restoring a damaged Rembrandt painting, the women find common shreds of humanity as they try to save a small symbol of beauty in their broken world. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

   

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