July 2019

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Cover Story

Finns Remain Low-Key About World,
Issues as They Assume EU Presidency

a4.finland.helsinki.slyline.homeFinns consistently rank among the happiest people on the planet, but even the happiest people have their problems. Whether it's differences with the U.S. on the Arctic, maintaining a relationship with Russia or keeping the European Union on a steady course as they assume its presidency this month. Read More

Libya's Proxy War

Internal Grievances, Outside Interests
Fuel Libya's Descent into Civil War

a1.libya.bouri.oil.field.homeWith fighting continuing to rage in the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya's current civil war shows no signs of abating, as a lethal combination of outside interests and internal grievances fuels further destruction. Read More


USMCA Countdown

Amid Tariffs, Elections, Ratification
Of New NAFTA Is Ever-Moving Target

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Amid the tariff battle with Mexico over the border and looming elections in the U.S. and Canada, NAFTA's replacement has been relegated to the sidelines, but the clock is ticking on the deal as Democrats go toe to toe with Trump on its ratification. Read More


CEE Kinship

Some European Nations Find Kindred
Spirit in Nationalist U.S. President

a3.cee.visegrad.group.homeDogged by concerns about democratic backsliding, Central and Eastern Europe has found an ideological cheerleader in President Trump, who was undertaken a vigorous re-engagement with allies such as Hungary and Poland. Read More


Pipeline Showdown

U.S. Aims to Derail Nord Stream 2
Pipeline Between Germany, Russia

a5.nord.stream2.last.pipe.sweden.homeThe United States and Russia are locked in an economic and geopolitical power struggle over which of them will be Western Europe's principal supplier of natural gas. Russia is winning. Read More


Money for Everyone?

Op-Ed: Why Universal Basic Income
Is a Bad Idea Economically, Politically

a6.income.money.homeOne should always be wary of simple solutions to complex problems, and universal basic income (UBI) is no exception. The fact that it has not been met with enthusiasm indicates a breakdown in democratic politics and civic life. Read More


Taking on Tehran

Op-Ed: Between War or Regime
Change Lies Option Three: JCPOA 2.0

a7.tehran.khamenei.china.homeSince President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal in 2015, options for dealing with Iran include a costly war or an unlikely regime change. But there is a third possibility, one that would require Trump to explore diplomacy. Read More


   

Internal Grievances and Outside Interests Fuel Libya’s Descent into Civil War

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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Amid Tariffs and Elections, Ratification of New NAFTA Is Ever-Moving Target

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By Jason Overdorf

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Central and Eastern Europe Find Kindred Spirit in Nationalist U.S. President

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By Andrew MacDowall

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Finns Take Low-Key Approach to Arctic, Russia, Other Issues as They Assume EU Presidency

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By Anna Gawel

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Sidebar: From Sports to Saunas: Finland, U.S. Mark 100 Years of Ties

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By Anna Gawel

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U.S. Ratchets Up Pressure to Derail Nord Stream 2 Between Germany and Russia

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By John Brinkley

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Op-Ed: Why Universal Basic Income Is a Bad Idea Economically and Politically

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By Daron Acemoglu

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Op-Ed: Between War or Regime Change Lies a Third Optionf for Iran: JCPOA 2.0

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By Richard N. Haass

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Heading to Europe This Summer? Get Your Measles Shot

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By Amy Norton

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Many Advanced Metastatic Colon Cancers Were ‘Born’ Ready to Spread

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By Amy Norton

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First-of-Its-Kind Exhibit Looks at Vietnam War Through Lens of American Artists

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Future Massage Therapist Touts Botswana’s History of Tolerance, Progressivism

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By Gail Scott

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Hirshhorn Transforms into Communal Dining Table, With Dash of Protest Art

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Swedish Embassy Re-Imagines City Life in ‘Urban Challenges’

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By Deryl Davis

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Icelandic Embassy Showcases Magnificent but Diminishing Arctic Glaciers

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By Anna Gawel and Kate Oczypok

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Films - July 2019

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Languages

Arabic

French

Japanese

Vietnamese


Cantonese

German

Mandarin

Wolof


English

Hebrew

Polish

Farsi

Italian

Russian

Arabic

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

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

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

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., July 12

 

Cantonese

Integrity

Directed by Alan Mak
(Hong Kong, 2019, 114 min.)

Sean Lau stars as King, chief investigator for Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption. When two important witnesses fail to appear in a court case he is leading, his search leads him deeper and deeper into a web of cryptocurrency, high-stakes tobacco smuggling, and a vast network of corruption that even reaches back to his own childhood.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 26, 7 p.m.

 

Men on the Dragon

Directed by Sunny Chan
(Hong Kong, 2018, 92 min.)

In this feel-good indie hit, four corporate employees join the company's dragon boat racing team to avoid falling victim to a round of layoffs, only to find that becoming middle-age athletes improves their troubled personal lives as well.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 28, 2 p.m.

 

Still Human

Directed by Oliver Siu Kuen Chan
(Hong Kong, 2019, 111 min.)

This moving dramedy about a grumpy wheelchair-bound pensioner and the live-in maid hired to take care of him touches on a number of important issues, from the precarious financial situation of many of Hong Kong's elderly residents, to the prejudice faced by the city's scores of Filipino guest workers.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., July 19, 7 p.m.

 

English

All Is True

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
(U.K., 2019, 101 min.)

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

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Directed by Pamela B. Green
(U.S., 2018, 103 min.)

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning — in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché's career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green's energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation (English and French).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed. July 17, 8 p.m.

 

The Biggest Little Farm

Directed by John Chester
(U.S., 2018, 91 min.)

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

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Booksmart

Directed by Olivia Wilde
(U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

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

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

The Dead Don't Die

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
(Sweden/U.S., 2019, 104 min.)

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Farewell

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

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., July 19

 

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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

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

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Late Night

Directed by Nisha Ganatra

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

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

The Avalon Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Maiden

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

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

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 5

 

Midsommar

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

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

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Thu., July 3

 

Pavarotti

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

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

West End Cinema

 

The Quiet One

Directed by Oliver Murray
(U.K., 2019, 98 min.)

Throughout his three-decade career as a founding member of and bassist for The Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman was known to the world as the "quiet one" in the band. Now at long last, the famously private music legend speaks out about his extraordinary life and experiences as part of "the greatest rock and roll band in the world."

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., July 5

 

Rocketman

Directed by Dexter Fletcher
(U.K/U.S., 2019, 121 min.)

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

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Souvenir

Directed by Joanna Hogg
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 119 min.)

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

West End Cinema

 

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Directed by Jon Watts
(U.S., 2019, 129 min.)

Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Tue., July 2

 

The Spy Behind Home Plate

Directed by Aviva Kempner
(U.S., 2019, 101 min.)

A major league catcher for 15 years during baseball's Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s, Morris "Moe" Berg was known as the "brainiest guy in baseball," speaking numerous languages and earning a law degree while playing professional ball. But very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a vital role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during World War II.

The Avalon Theatre
West End Cinema

 

Tony Morrison: The Pieces I Am

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

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

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

 

Wild Rose

Directed by Tom Harper
(U.K., 2019, 100 min.)

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

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

 

Yesterday

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

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

The Avalon Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Farsi

Brick and Mirror

Directed by Ebrahim Golestan
(Iran, 1964, 126 min.)

Iranian cinema's first true modern masterpiece, "Brick and Mirror" explores fear and responsibility in the aftermath of the 1953 coup d'état. With its title alluding to a poem by Attar, Ebrahim Golestan's first feature mixes dream and reality, responding to the changing climate of Iranian society, the failure of intellectuals and corruption in all walks of life.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 6, 12 p.m.,
Mon., July 8, 7 p.m.

 

French

Contempt

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France/Italy, 1963, 103 min.)

One of Jean-Luc Godard's greatest and most glorious films features French screenwriter Michel Piccoli who signs on to write an adaptation of Homer's "Odyssey" for crass American producer Jack Palance, to be directed by legendary German director Fritz Lang (playing himself). But with every concession and deferral Piccoli makes to the overbearing American, his wife Brigitte Bardot loses a little more respect for him.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., July 6, 2:30 p.m.,
Sun., July 7, 2:30 p.m.

 

Non-Fiction

Directed by Olivier Assayas
(France, 2019, 108 min.)

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

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Le Sauvage aka Lovers Like Us

Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
(France, 1975, 91 min.)

When Nelly (Catherine Deneuve) gets cold feet about marrying Vittorio (Luigi Vannucchi), and then can't collect on a debt owed to her by former employer, she steals a valuable painting and hides out on the secluded island of semi-hermit Frenchman Martin (Yves Montand) in Caracas, Venezuela. Further hijinks ensue in this fast-paced comic romp.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., July 14, 7 p.m.,
Tue., July 16, 7:10 p.m.

 

German

Three Peaks

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

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

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., July 26

 

Hebrew

Redemption

Directed by Yossi Madmoni and Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov
(Israel, 2018, 104 min.)

A former frontman for a rock band is now a religious a father to a 6-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments, so he reunites his band for one last tour.

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., July 24, 8 p.m.

 

Italian

Rocco and His Brothers

Directed by Luchino Visconti
(Italy, 1960, 177 min.)

Looking for opportunity, five brothers move north with their mother to Milan. There, Simone and Rocco find fame in the boxing ring, and love in the same woman — Nadia. Jealousy mounts, blood is shed and a striving family faces self-destruction in this incisive, sensuous, emotionally bruising masterwork.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., July 5, 1 p.m.,
Tue., July 9, 7:15 p.m.

 

Japanese

Early Summer

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
(Japan, 1951, 125 min.)

The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own. Noriko impulsively chooses her childhood friend, at once fulfilling her family's desires and tearing them apart.

Freer Gallery of Art
Wed., July 3, 2 p.m.

 

Mandarin

The Thousand Faces of Dunjia

Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
(China, 2017, 113 min.)

This big-screen extravaganza — loaded with all the over-the-top CGI effects, goofy humor and spectacular fight scenes — stars pop singer Aarif Rahman and is set in a mythical version of ancient China, where a clan of supernatural heroes battles shape-shifting aliens to retrieve a magical orb that will restore peace to the kingdom.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., July 21, 2 p.m.

 

Polish

Warsaw 44

Directed by Jan Komasa
(Poland, 2014, 130 min.)

We meet the film's main characters — Stefan, Biedronka and Kama — shortly before fighting breaks out in the summer of 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising. Young Poles see their involvement in the underground movement as both patriotic duty and adventure under the brutal Nazi German occupation. They witness not only sacrifice and heroism, but also cruelty, betrayal and murder — as history teaches them a bloody and brutal lesson in growing up (Polish and German).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., July 31, 8 p.m.

 

Russian

Underground

Directed by Emir Kusturica
(Yugoslavia/France/Germany/Bulgaria/Czech Republic/Hungary/U.K./U.S., 1995, 170 min.)

In this sprawling, tragicomic, satirical epic that chronicles a parallel "underground" history of Yugoslavia, from World War II to the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, ne'er-do-well friends Blacky and Marko are separated by war and the ensuing communist era in the most outrageous of ways: Marko becomes a high-ranking official under Tito, while Blacky and a group of partisans hide below ground in a secret cellar, where they spend the next 20 years (in Russia, English, Serbian, German and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., July 15, 7:30 p.m.,
Wed., July 17, 7:30 p.m.

 

Vietnamese

The Third Wife

Directed by Ash Mayfair
(Vietnam, 2019, 96 min.)

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

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Wolof

Hyenas

Directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
(Senegal/France/Switzerland/U.K., 1992, 110 min.)

A now-rich woman returns to her poor desert hometown to propose a deal to the populace: her fortune, in exchange for the death of the man who years earlier abandoned her and left her with his child. Per its title, "Hyenas" is a film of sinister, mocking laughter and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by Western materialism (Wolof, French and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., July 1, 7:10 p.m.,
Tue., July 2, 9 p.m

   

Events - July 2019

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ART


Through July 5

Ruth Maier: The Austrian-Norwegian Anne Frank

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

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

Embassy of Austria Atrium

 

Through July 7

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 12

Del Sur, retratos de Punta Arenas y Valparaíso

Chilean photographer Vicente González Mimica presents black-and-white portraits of two cities in the south of Chile. Like in the Charles Dickens novel "A Tale of Two Cities," one city (London) is described as law-abiding and orderly, analogous to how the artist presents Punta Arenas, and is contrasted with a largely politically agitated city (Paris), which is how González sees Valparaíso.

Art Museum of the Americas
F Street Gallery

 

Through July 21

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through July 23

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

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through July 27

Sacal: Un Mexicano Universal

This exhibit featuring the works of Mexican-born artist José Sacal comprises two series: "The Paraphrase" series, inspired by some of the most distinguished artists throughout time like Michelangelo, Frida Kahlo and Picasso, as well as the "Characters of Impact" series, in which Sacal recreates unmistakable historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, the Aztec ruler Cuauhtémoc and others. In his works, Sacal finds the essence of each character or work. It can be a detail or an object, such as Louis Armstrong's trumpet or Marcel Marceau's mask, but the rest is something deeper, like the anguish of Edvard Munch's "The Scream." By recreating them, Sacal gives them a new meaning and establishes an artistic dialogue at a higher level.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through July 27

Topographies by Bosco Sodi

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

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through July 28

Helen Zughaib: Migrations

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

Woodrow Wilson House

 

Through July 28

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Aug. 11

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

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

American University Museum

 

Through Aug. 11

Burying Teeth: Maia Cruz Palileo

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

American University Museum

 

Through Aug. 11

Forward Press: 21st-Century Printmaking

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

American University Museum

 

Through Aug. 11

Glacier

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

House of Sweden

 

Through Aug. 11

Passages: Keith Morrison, 1998-2019

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

American University Museum

 

Through Aug. 18

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 19

Escape Velocity

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

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 23

Queer as German Folk

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

Goethe-Institut Washington

 

Through Sept. 2

Infinite Space: A Retrospective by Refik Anadol

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

ARTECHOUSE

 

Through Sept. 8

The Evidence Room

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 8

Roots of Peace: Carlos Páez Vilaró Works and Writings

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

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Sept. 15

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 22

The Warmth of Other Suns

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

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Sept. 29

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

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

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Sept. 30

Rafael Soriano: Cabezas (Heads)

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

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through Oct. 20

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

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

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Oct. 27

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

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

American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

 

Through Nov. 17

Portraits of the World: Korea

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

National Portrait Gallery

 

Through 2019

Urban Challenges

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

House of Sweden

 

Through Jan. 5, 2020

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination

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

Renwick Gallery

 

Through Jan. 5, 2020

A Monument to Shakespeare

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

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through July 5, 2020

I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

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

National Museum of African Art

 

DANCE

Tue., July 2, 10:30 a.m.

Nomad Dancers and Raqs Habibi: Dancing from Cairo to Samarkand

A magic carpet ride across the Middle East from Cairo to Samarkand, this cultural adventure features colorful authentic costumes, veiled Persian princesses, and dances from the oasis and the caravansary Tickets are $10.

Wolf Trap

 

July 11 to 13

American Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake

This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation and ultimate forgiveness set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score inspires awe and wonder. Tickets start at $25.

Wolf Trap

 

DISCUSSIONS

Tue., July 16, 6:45 p.m.

The Timeless Allure of Venice

Food historian Francine Segan leads a virtual tour that examines the unique enchantment this city holds for visitors, focusing on its vibrant heritage of art, architecture and cuisine. Tickets are $55; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Wed., July 17, 6:45 p.m.

Shakespeare's Women: Claiming Center Stage

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger explores the scope of the female characters in Shakespeare's plays, examining the ways in which their author reinforced and challenged Elizabethan society's norms and those in which his female characters continue to shape our perceptions today. Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Thu., July 18, 2 p.m.

Native American Brass Bands and Beyond

Native American jazz, classical and popular musicians have experienced artistic and commercial success since well before the turn of the 20th century. Many were first exposed to this music at boarding schools, where the regimented discipline of marching bands was a key component of the program of forced assimilation. Erin Fehr and John Troutman will discuss the social, historical and artistic experiences of Native American musicians. Additionally, there will be a screening of "Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum," which celebrates the continuing popularity of marching bands in Native American communities.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Thu., July 25, 6:45 p.m.

Secrets of the Mediterranean Kitchen

Join cookbook author, culinary tour leader, and Mediterranean lifestyle expert Amy Riolo for a journey that winds through the markets, kitchens, and tables of France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon, and Egypt. She examines how the foodways of this diverse range of countries reflect the shared heritage of the Mediterranean region in highly distinctive and delicious ways. Tickets are $90, including book signing and reception; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

July 27 to 28, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Kaypi Peru Festival

"Kaypi Peru" — which means "This Is Peru" in the Quechua language — highlights Peru's rich and diverse cultural heritage and traditional arts. The festival will include an art market, music and dance performances, hands-on activities for children, documentary screenings and Peruvian cuisine. The festival is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Peru.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Through Sept. 27

Fair Water: A Right of All

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

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

MUSIC

Fri., July 5, 6:45 p.m.

Túumben Paax Choir – The Human Journey: Music Migration and Identity

Túumben Paax (meaning "new music" in Mayan) is a female vocal sextet and pioneering ensemble from Mexico established in 2006 by Lucía Olmos and formed by young singers from the top conservatories in Mexico. The choir performs a repertorie that includes pre-Hispanic music, modern arrangements of traditional folk song and contemporary pieces that reflect Mexico's past and present. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Mon., July 8, 6 p.m.

Classical Movements 2019 Serenade! Grand Finale Concert

Classical Movements' ninth annual Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival — featuring the theme of "The Human Journey: Migration, Music & Identity" — concludes on the Concert Hall stage with a truly grand finale: individual performances by ensembles from Iran, Mongolia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, France and Germany, as well the Serenade! mass choir, led by the 2019 recipient of the Robert Shaw Lifetime Achievement Award, Doreen Rao. Please call to reserve tickets.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

THEATER

Through July 6

Ripcord

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

The Keegan Theatre

 

Through July 7

Byhalia, Mississippi

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

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

July 9 to 27

Amelia

This production by Scena Theatre, part of the Capital Fringe Festival, deals with the life, mystery and disappearance of the famed American aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, on her famous around-the-world flight in 1937. It poses critical questions as to what really happened to Amelia on that last flight when she attempted to be the first woman to fly around the world. Among them: Was her disappearance due to pilot error? Or was she a spy for the U.S. government? Please call for ticket information.

St. Augustine's Episcopal Church

 

July 10 to 21

Hamlet

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's Free For All, one of the capital's cherished annual traditions, returns with free performances of the company's acclaimed production of "Hamlet." Set in a surveillance state Denmark, the characters tap cellphones and spy on each other with cameras, in their most intimate and vulnerable moments of grief, agony and despair.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Thu., July 11, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Reading of the Mueller Report, Volume II

Arena Stage, in association with activist and actress Jjana Valentiner, will hold a public, nonpartisan 11-hour marathon reading of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, with up to 200 participants reading through the second volume. Scheduled volunteer readers for July 11 include a range of activists, artists and community leaders: Charles Allen, Charlotte Clymer, Maria Manuela Goyanes, David Grosso, Michael Kahn, Peter and Judy Kovler, Jim Moran, David Muse, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ryan Rilette, Chase Rynd, Mark Walsh and more.

Arena Stage

 

July 11 to Aug. 11

Ann

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

Arena Stage

 

Through July 14

Blackbeard

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

Signature Theatre

 

Through July 14

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

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

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

July 18 to Aug. 4

Earthrise

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

Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery

 

July 18 to Sept. 7

Disney's Aladdin

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

Kennedy Center Opera House

   

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