October 2019

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Cover Story

Dominican Republic Engulfed by
Media Frenzy After U.S. Deaths

a5.dominican.republic.beach.homeIt wasn't the 185 mile-an-hour winds of Hurricane Dorian that recently pummeled the Dominican Republic. But a barrage of grim headlines following a spate of American deaths that tarnished the country's all-important tourism industry and caught many Dominicans off guard, including the country's ambassador to the U.S., José Tomás Pérez. Read More

Special Report

Palestinian Cause Falls Victim to
Israeli-Gulf Alliance Against Iran

a1.israel.shrine.jerusalem.homeShared enmity of Iran has created an unlikely coalition between Israel and the Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, but this proxy war has come at the expense of the Palestinians, whose cause is no longer seen as a priority among many Arab governments. Read More


Scary Reality

Post-Brexit Britain Is Unlikely to
'Take Back' Much Control from EU

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For all the Brexit drama, even if the Brits crash out of the European Union on Halloween, the morning of Nov. 1 will still see Europe as the U.K.'s largest trading partner, meaning it will still have to comply with EU rules and regulations, although post-Brexit, the U.K. will have no input as to how those rules are made. Read More


China Celebrates

Under Fire by West, China Touts
70 Years of Unriveled Progress

a3.china.zedong.currency.homeSeventy years ago, on Oct. 1, 1949, communist revolutionary Mao Zedong declared the birth of what would become the world's most populous communist nation and its longest-lasting. But much has changed in China over those seven decades of dramatic transformation. Read More


USMCA Haggle

Trump Works With Democrats to Try
To Get Updated NAFTA Passed

a4.usmca.trump.pelosi.homeThe Trump administration has given in to House Democrats' demands — some of them at least — in the hope of making the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, palatable to them. Whether the changes the administration proposed will be enough to satisfy Democrats remains to be seen. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Op-ed: Will Tillerson Go Down as
One of Worst Secretaries of State?

a6.oped.tillerson.jett.trump.homeWhen future historians consider the Trump era, there is one debate they are sure to have. The argument will be whether Rex Tillerson was just among the worst secretaries of state or wins the gold medal for ineptitude. Read More


Medical

Cases of Vaping-Linked Lung Illness
Rise to 530 Across 38 States: CDC

a7.medical.vaping.homeThe number of confirmed or suspected severe lung illnesses linked to vaping has leapt to 530 cases across 38 states and the Virgin Islands, U.S. health officials reported on Sept. 19. There have also been seven confirmed deaths in six states. Read More


   

Palestinian Cause Falls Victim to Israeli-Gulf Alliance Against Iran

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By Paige Aarhus and Anna Gawel

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Post-Brexit Britain Is Unlikely to ‘Take Back’ Much Control from EU

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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While China Comes Under Fire by West, Its Leadership Touts 70 Years of Progress

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By Deryl Davis

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Administration Tries to Assuage Democrats’ Concerns to Ratify Updated NAFTA Trade Deal

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By John Brinkley

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Caribbean Hotspot of Dominican Republic Engulfed by Media Frenzy After U.S. Deaths

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By Anna Gawel

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Op-ed: Will Rex Tillerson Go Down as One of the Worst Secretaries of State?

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By Dennis Jett

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Cases of Vaping-Linked Lung Illness Rise to 530 Across 38 States: CDC

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By Dennis Thompson

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D.C.’s Carlos Rosario School Partners with El Salvador as Part of Sister City Agreement

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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A Haven of History, Georgetown Fights to Compete with City’s Newer Neighborhoods

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Six Women Photographers Capture More Nuanced Picture of Their Homeland

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By Mackenzie Weigner

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Peruvian Ambassador and His Ambassador Wife Pull Double-Duty Diplomacy

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By Gail Scott

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‘Moves Like Walter’ Marks First Exhibit of Defunct Museum’s Artwork

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By Kate Oczypok

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‘1 Henry IV’ Depicts Journey of Young Hal from Bar to Throne to Battlefield

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By Deryl Davis

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Century of Mexican Cartoons Shows How Humor Can Advance Political Awareness

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By Hannah Vandegrift

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Films - October 2019

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Languages

Arabic

Hebrew

Lithuanian

Thai


English

Italian

Portuguese


French

Japanese

Spanish

German

Korean

Swedish

Arabic

Adam

Directed by Maryam Touzani

(Morocco/France, 2019, 98 min.)

Samia, pregnant and living on the street and going door-to-door begging for work, encounters Abla, a single mother deeply traumatized by her husband's recent death. Abla supports herself and her daughter by running a small bakery connected to their house. Though at first she shoos Samia away, Abla eventually has second thoughts (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 20, 5:15 p.m.,

Fri., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.

 

Baghdad in My Shadow

Directed by Samir

(Switzerland/Germany/U.K./Iraq, 2019, 105 min.)

In his latest thriller-drama, award-winning filmmaker Samir's ambitious feature elevates discussions surrounding women's rights, the plague of extremism ensnaring young lost Muslim men in Europe and other controversial issues. The ensemble film revolves around a group of Iraqi immigrants and once idealistic socialists who regularly meet and work at London's Café Abu Nawas (Arabic and English; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 19, 6:15 p.m.,

Fri., Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m.

 

Diamond Dust

Directed by Marwan Hamed

(Egypt, 2018, 154 min.)

This Cairo-set vigilante story follows Taha, a pharmacist who leads a dreary life with his wheelchair-bound father. When he returns home one day, he finds his father dead on the ground. After reading his father's diary, he discovers a dark past of racism, corruption, political oppression and abuse of power (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 19, 3:15 p.m.

 

The Guest

Directed by Hadi El Bagoury

(Egypt, 2018, 99 min.)

Dr. Yehia Al Tigany is a writer and thinker who lives a stable family life with his wife Mimi and his daughter Farida. But his views against religious extremism and his ambitious ideas to renew religious discourse bring him accusations of blasphemy and make him a target for contempt by radicals (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 26, 2 p.m.

 

Midnight Traveler

Directed by Hassan Fazili

(Qatar/U.K./Canada/U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

When filmmaker Hassan Fazili made a documentary for Afghan television about a Taliban commander seeking peace, the Taliban killed his subject and put a bounty on Hassan's head, forcing him to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. They recorded the harrowing trek across numerous borders on three iPhones, capturing the story from the inside with an immediacy and emotional power that grips the viewer.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 18

 

Rashid & Rajab

Directed by Mohammed Saeed Harib

(UAE, 2019, 105 min.)

This witty and engaging farce puts a fresh spin on the body swap comedy formula as Rashid a high-powered Emirati business executive, and Rajab an easygoing Egyptian deliveryman, find themselves learning to walk in each other's shoes (literally) following a freak accident (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 26, 4:15 p.m.

 

Tel Aviv on Fire

Directed by Sameh Zoabi

(Luxembourg/Belgium/Israel/France, 2019, 100 min.)

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

West End Cinema

 

English

Ad Astra

Directed by James Gray

(China/Brazil/U.S., 2019, 123 min.)

Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Directed by Mads Brügger

(Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Belgium, 2019, 128 min.)

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

West End Cinema

 

The Cotton Club Encore

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

(U.S., 2019, 127 min.)

Originally released in 1984, writer/director Francis Ford Coppola's glittering spectacle presents Prohibition, gangsters and virtuoso tap dancing in a lavish ode to the music and drama of Harlem's famed hot spot, the Cotton Club (English and Italian).

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 11

 

The Current War

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

(U.S., 2019, 107 min.)

This is the dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 25

 

Downton Abbey

Directed by Michael Engler

(U.K./U.S., 2019, 122 min.)

The story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century, picks up after the popular TV show ended.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

The Farewell

Directed by Lulu Wang

(U.S., 2019, 98 min.)

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

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Gemini Man

Directed by Ang Lee

(China/U.S., 2019, 117 min.)

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 11

 

Hustlers

Directed by Lorene Scafaria

(U.S., 2019, 110 min.)

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, "Hustlers" follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Angelika Mosaic

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

It Must Be Heaven

Directed by Elia Suleiman

(France/Qatar/Germany/Canada/Palestine, 2019, 97 min.)

In a series of comic vignettes shot in international locales, famed Palestinian director Elia Suleiman investigates the meanings of nationalism, normality, identity and exile. A church in Nazareth with a door that won't open. A deserted Paris. A New York supermarket with as many guns as fresh produce. Suleiman embellishes small details in each vignette, his style edging ever closer to the surreal in an attempt to capture the experience of a perpetual outsider and to suggest that normality is often absurd (English, French and Arabic; opening night of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.

 

Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Directed by Bill Haney

(U.S., 2019, 90 min.)

This is the astounding true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man's visionary quest to find a cure for cancer. The film traces Allison's remarkable life from his school-boy days in Texas all the way to Stockholm where, in December of 2018, he accepted the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the immune system's role in defeating cancer.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Jojo Rabbit

Directed by Taika Waititi

(Germany/U.S., 2019, 108 min.)

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

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 25

 

Judy

Directed by Rupert Goold

(U.K., 2019, 118 min.)

Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

(U.K./Italy, 1987, 160 min.)

Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated. It follows the life of Emperor Pu Yi, who at age three took the throne of the Qing dynasty in 1908. Decades of cultural and political upheaval, within and without the walls of the Forbidden City, followed (English, Mandarin and Japanese).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 13, 1 p.m.

 

Lucy in the Sky

Directed by Noah Hawley

(U.S., 2019, 124 min.)

Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Monos

Directed by Alejandro Landes

(Multiple countries, 2019, 102 min.)

Teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force know only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate.

West End Cinema

 

Ms. Purple

Directed by Justin Chon

(U.S., 2019, 87 min.)

A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in L.A.'s Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father's life.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Official Secrets

Directed by Gavin Hood

(U.K./U.S., 2019, 112 min.)

Kiera Knightley stars in the true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the U.N. Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Directed by Janice Engel

(U.S., 2019, 93 min.)

This is the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

Where's My Roy Cohn?

Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

(U.S., 2019, 97 min.)

One of the most controversial and influential American men of the 20th Century, Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker whose 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

French

Arab Blues

Directed by Manele Labidi

(France, 2019, 88 min.)

After 10 years of living in Paris, Selma has returned to Tunis in an incisive comedy about coming home, breaking taboos and building community (French and Arabic; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 27, 8:15 p.m.

 

By the Grace of God

Directed by François Ozon

(France/Belgium, 2019, 137 min.)

In this urgent and heartfelt the story, three adult men band together to expose the stifling code of silence that continues to enable a priest who abused them as boys.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Oct. 25

 

Escape from Raqqa

Directed by Emmanuel Hamon

(France, 2019, 102 min.)

This contemporary thriller set partially inside the Islamic State is based on the true story of a French woman who voluntarily took her child to Syria and wound up a prisoner in the titular ISIS stronghold. Unbeknownst to her husband Sylvain, Faustine leaves Paris with her 5-year-old son to join ISIS in Syria. But when she realizes she has been made false promises, she reaches out for help. Sylvain quickly understands that the French authorities are hardly empathetic with his wife's sudden change of heart and must plan a high-risk exfiltration to save them (French, English and Arabic; part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Fri., Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 27, 6:15 p.m.

 

New Biz in the Hood!

Directed by Mohamed Hamidi

(France, 2019, 90 min.)

Frederic, a high-strung, smooth-talking, 40-something Parisian marketing exec, lands a big new client for his company but the hitch is that French authorities have caught on to a tax scheme he ran for years, and after a heated audit, Frederic is given an ultimatum: pay off a $2 million debt or transfer his company to the an impoverished community in dire need of employment (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sat., Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m.,

Sun., Oct. 27, 2 p.m.

 

German

What Have We Done to Deserve This?

Directed by Eva Spreitzhofer

(Austria, 2018, 92 min.)

For Vienna resident Wanda, an adamant atheist and feminist, her worst nightmare has come true when her teenage daughter Nina converts to Islam, asks to be addressed as Fatima and announces her desire to wear a veil. To top it all off, her ex-husband has to pick this very moment to become a father again (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.,

Sat., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.

 

Hebrew

Advocate

Directed by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche

(Israel/Canada/Switzerland, 2019, 108 min.)

Lea Tsemel calls herself a losing lawyer, because every case she has taken was lost. She has spent nearly 50 years representing Palestinians in an increasingly conservative Israel, earning the sobriquet "the devil's advocate" in her native Israel for her decades of work championing Palestinians accused of resisting the occupation (part of the Arabian Sights Film Festival).

AMC Mazza Gallerie

Sun., Oct. 27, 4 p.m.

 

Italian

Loro

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

(Italy, 2019, 151 min.)

Sex, drugs, power, and vice: welcome to the mid-2000s Italy of Silvio Berlusconi, the egomaniac billionaire prime minister who presides over an empire of scandal and corruption.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Japanese

First Love

Directed by Takashi Miike

(Japan/U.K., 2019, 108 min.)

In this noir-tinged yakuza thriller that blends genres, Leo, a promising but aimless young boxer, discovers something to fight for when he encounters Yuri, a beautiful young woman on the run, and on impulse rescues her.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Kwaidan

Directed by Masaki Kobayahi

(Japan, 1965, 183 min.)

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. These haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., Oct. 9, 2 p.m.

 

Woman in the Dunes

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

(Japan, 1964, 123 min.)

A Tokyo entomologist exploring a small seaside settlement for new insect species accidentally misses his bus back to the city and ends up staying the night with a young widow in her fragile shack at the base of a dune. In return for room and board, the man must continually shovel sand to keep the rickety house from collapsing—and also, as it turns out, to help the local economy.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 20, 1 p.m.

 

Korean

Parasite

Directed by Joon-ho Bong

(South Korea, 2019, 132 min.)

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 18

 

Lithuanian

Woman and the Glacier

Directed by Audrius Stonys

(Lithuania/Estonia, 2017, 56 min.)

For decades, Lithuanian scientist Aušra Revutaite has been living 11,000 feet above sea level on the Tuyuksu Glacier of Central Asia bordering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the autonomous Chinese region of Xinjiang. Alone with a dog and cat, she turned a Soviet-era research station into a home and lab for recording local gradations of global warming.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., Oct. 20, 4 p.m.

 

Portuguese

Lisbon Beat

Directed by Rita Maia and Vasco Viana

(Portugal, 2019, 65 min.)

On the outskirts of Lisbon, an underground electronic music scene is exploding, as contemporary Afro-Portuguese sounds draw from myriad influences, giving traditional roots a modern twist (Portuguese, English and Creole).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m.

 

Spanish

The Cordillera of Dreams

Directed by Patricio Guzmán

(Chile/France, 2019, 85 min.)

When the sun rises in Chile, it has to scale hills and walls of rock before it reaches the peaks of the mountains. Because the Andes are everywhere, and yet they remain unknown territory to most of the country's inhabitants, Patricio Guzmán sets out on a journey through the mountains, his somber narration accompanying elegant aerial shots of their stunning topography.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., Oct. 1, 5:20 p.m.

 

Days of Light

Multiple directors

(Panama/Costa Rica/El Salvador/Honduras/Guatemala/Nicaragua, 2019, 87 min.)

This beautifully integrated, multi-threaded narrative seamlessly interweaves six stories set in radically different locations across Central America, ranging from the tropical forests of Guatemala to the skyscrapers of Panama City.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

 

De Lo Mio

Directed by Diana Peralta

(U.S., 2019, 74 min.)

Two high-spirited sisters raised in New York travel to the Dominican Republic to reunite with their estranged brother and to clean out their grandparents' old home before it is sold. As they rifle through the remnants of their family's legacy, shared joys, pains and traumas resurface that they must confront once and for all (Spanish and English).

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 5:20 p.m.

 

The Longest Night

Directed by Gabriela Calvache

(Ecuador/Mexico, 2019, 94 min.)

Sex worker Dana pours all of her earnings into the costly, life-saving treatments that sustain her critically-ill daughter in Colombia. Increasingly in debt to her contemptible ex-lover and current pimp, Dana is also wrestling with opioid addition. When she sees a glimmer of hope in a client with whom she forges a strong bond, she decides to plan an escape.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 9 p.m.

 

Midnight Family

Directed by Luke Lorentzen

(Mexico/U.S., 2019, 81 min.)

With 9 million residents and only 45 government-provided ambulances, Mexico City's population must rely on a cutthroat industry of private, for-profit paramedics. This immersive documentary transports you into the Ochoa Family Ambulance — and into the heart of the frenzied action.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Oct. 2, 7:05 p.m.

 

Pain & Glory

Directed by Pedro Almodovar

(Spain, 2019, 113 min.)

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Oct. 11

 

Swedish

Britt-Marie Was Here

Directed by Tuva Novotny

(Sweden, 2019, 94 min.)

Britt-Marie, whose 40-year-old marriage has just broken up because she learned her husband was unfaithful, is faced with making a new start in life in the small town of Borg. Told she is a nagging passive-aggressive aunt, the only job she can find is quite challenging: to coach the town's youth soccer team (Swedish and German).

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Oct. 4

 

Thai

Folklore: Pob

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaurang

(Thailand, 2018, 56 min.)

HBO Asia's miniseries "Folklore" presented tales of the supernatural from six Asian countries. One standout was Thailand's entry about the myth of the pob, a ghost known for devouring human intestines. When an American corporate executive is found murdered, a photojournalist covers the story, only to find himself meeting the pob who committed the crime and now wants to tell its side of the story.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 8, 7 p.m.

 

Krasue: Inhuman Kiss

Directed by Sittisiri Mongkolsiri

(Thailand, 2019, 122 min.)

One of the most terrifying of Thai ghosts – and one that has appeared on film countless times – is the krasue. By day she lives as a normal human woman, but at night her head detaches from her body and floats around, trailing viscera and feasting on flesh – human and animal alike.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., Oct. 25, 7 p.m.

   

Events - October 2019

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Theater

Dance

Discussions

Music

ART

 

Oct. 4 to 21

Minhwa: The Beauty of Korean Folk Paintings

This exhibition of works by 19 living artists follows in the footsteps of an iconic art tradition, in partnership with the Korean Minhwa Center at Keimyung University. It introduces minhwa, Korea's traditional folk paintings that depicted people's tangible hopes and dreams through unconventional yet artistic expressions. Popularized during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897), minhwa are known for their bright colors, humorous depictions, and various virtues embedded symbolically within the imagery.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Oct. 10 to Jan. 12

Intersections: Los Carpinteros – Cuba Va!

Los Carpinteros (Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez) is an internationally acclaimed Cuban artist collective best known for merging architecture, sculpture, design, and drawing. From the outset in the early 1990s, Los Carpinteros's work has reflected on social transformations in post-revolutionary, socialist Cuba, offering critical commentary of dominant ideologies and power structures with humor and artistry.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through Oct. 12

Reconciling City and Nature

Architect Mario Schjetnan and his Mexico-based team Grupo de Diseño Urbano present the possibility to conceive — through science, art and design — a different form of constructing our human habitat, establishing new paradigms for the present and future of our cities. For over 42 years, he has constructed or transformed sites based on the concept of "design with nature." Through extensive large-format photographs, models, sketches and original drawings, this exhibit showcases iconic projects executed in Mexico and the U.S., such as Xochimilco Ecological Park, the rehabilitation of Chapultepec Park and the public garden "Small Tribute to Immigrant Workers" in California.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Oct. 13 to Feb. 17, 2020

Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Oct. 18

Lullaby by Georgia Saxelby

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

Gallery @ Embassy of Australia

 

Through Oct. 20

Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism

This exhibition features painting by Grace Hartigan (1922-2008) and Helene Herzbrun (1922-1984), painters of the second Abstract Expressionist generation who lived and worked as influential artists and teachers in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., region for many decades.

American University Museum

 

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

 

Oct. 24 to Sept. 7, 2020

Pat Steir: Color Wheel

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Oct. 26 to Jan. 26

Bonnard to Vuillard: The Intimate Poetry of Everyday Life

This exhibition presents over 60 exquisite, rarely seen works by a leading group of European Post-Impressionist artists who ushered in a new form of artistic expression in the 1890s. Assuming the name "Nabis" (from the Hebrew navi, meaning "prophet"), its members shared a belief in art's intimate connection to everyday life.

The Phillips Collection

 

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 Oct. 30

100 Years of Cartoons in El Universal

The exhibit showcases a sampling of the thousands of cartoons published over the last 100 years in the widely known Mexican newspaper, El Universal, which has published work from almost all Mexican cartoonists of the 20th century. The cartoons read as a history of Mexico shaped by art, humor and a critical eye.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

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 Dec. 14

Moves Like Water: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection

This exhibition contains select paintings and photographs from the collection of 9,000 artworks the AU Museum received as a gift from the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Following the closure of the Corcoran, more than 19,456 works from the collection were distrubted to museums and institutions in Washington, D.C. This is the first in-depth exhibition at AU Museum of work from the collection and is inspired by Walter Hopps, briefly the director of the Corcoran and an American curator of contemporary art.

American University Museum

 

Through Dec. 15

Fast Fashion/Slow Art

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

GW Art Galleries

 

Through Dec. 15

Swedish Dads by Johan Bävman

The photo exhibition portraits 45 fathers who belong to the relatively small percentage of fathers in Sweden who choose to stay at home with their children for at least six months. Swedish photographer Johan Bävman examines why these fathers have chosen to stay at home with their children and how their relationship with their partners and their children has changed as a result. The exhibition aims to show the effects of gender equality on parenting, both for an individual and for society.

House of Sweden

 

Through 2019

Urban Challenges

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

House of Sweden

 

Through Jan. 5, 2020

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

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

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 5

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

A Monument to Shakespeare

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

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through Jan. 12

Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt

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

Hillwood Museum, Estate & Gardens

 

Through Jan. 20

Live Dangerously

"Live Dangerously" reveals the bold and dynamic ways in which female bodies inhabit and activate the natural world. Twelve groundbreaking photographers use humor, drama, ambiguity and innovative storytelling to illuminate the landscape as means of self-empowerment and personal expression. A major section of the exhibition showcases the performative and fantastical works of Janaina Tschäpe. For the first time, NMWA will exhibit all 100 large-scale photographs in the series "100 Little Deaths" (1996-2002), in which the artist stages her own body within sites from her travels around the world.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Jan. 26

None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

Learn more about the U.S. Diplomatic Courier Service, which in wartime and peacetime carries the sensitive materials, equipment and information that make diplomacy possible. Today, the State Department's 100 badged diplomatic couriers travel the globe safeguarding our nation's most sensitive information and materials. They constantly trouble-shoot and innovate to ensure secure logistic supply chains while supervising the delivery of classified equipment and documents, as well as secure construction materials to nearly every nation where U.S. diplomats work.

The National Postal Museum

 

Through Jan. 26

The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art

Featuring approximately 70 exquisite examples drawn entirely from the permanent collection, "The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art" traces the history of pastel from the Renaissance to the 21st century and examines the many techniques that artists have developed to work with this colorful and versatile medium.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through March 8

Visual Memory: Home + Place

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

Art Museum of the Americas

Through Spring 2020

Animals, Collected

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

National Building Museum

 

Through July 5, 2020

I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

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

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Sept. 13, 2020

Lee Ufan: Open Dimension

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

DANCE

Oct. 3 to 5

Merce Cunningham at 100

To open its contemporary dance season, the Kennedy Center joins the global centennial celebration of one of the most important figures in modern dance, Merce Cunningham, with two masterworks, "Beach Birds" and "BIPED." Tickets are $25 to $79.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29

Fall Tango Lessons at the Embassy of Argentina

The Embassy of Argentina invites you to immerse yourself in the world of tango dance with four lessons for beginners with Argentine instructor Luis Angel. When registering, you are signing in for all four tango classes. Space is limited. To register, visit https://falltangoclasses.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Oct. 8 to 13

Mariinsky Ballet: Paquita

Most famous for its Act III "Grand Pas" wedding scene, Paquita is a glittering showcase of classical technique, dazzling tutus, and non-stop virtuosic turns. This 19th-century treasure is rarely performed in its entirety and, after treating our audiences to the Grand Pas in 2016, the company now brings the U.S. premiere of its lavish new full production. Tickets are $39 to $150.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Oct. 23 to 27

NEXTsteps

Championing the relevance and advancement of dance in the 21st century, The Washington Ballet continues its commitment to the creative process with its season opener, "NEXTsteps," a program debuting new, never-before-seen ballets by emerging and acclaimed choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, John Heginbotham, and Jessica Lang. Tickets start at $25.

Sidney Harman Hall

 

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Oct. 3, 6 p.m.

The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968: The Russian Perspective

Josef Pazderka presents his book, an edited collection that is the first attempt to take a more coherent look at the Russian perception of the Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact occupation of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. Admission is free but RSVP is required: https://sovietinvasion1968.eventbrite.com.

Delegation of the European Union

 

Thu., Oct. 3, 6:45 p.m.

Donald Trump: The Great Disruptor and the 2020 Election

The third anniversary of Donald Trump's upset victory in the 2016 election is upon us, and the first presidential caucuses and primaries of the 2020 campaign are just around the corner. It's a perfect time to join Ken Walsh, White House correspondent and political analyst for U.S. News & World Report, as he takes the measure of the Trump presidency and assesses where he has succeeded, where he has failed, and what his prospects are for winning a second term next year. Tickets are $45. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Workshop: Exploring Issues of Oppression through Music, Art and Literature

Creator and director of The Jüdische Kulturbund Project Gail Prensky and associate producer Mark Haney will lead the workshop stressing the use of art as a tool for dealing with oppression. This day marks the anniversary of the birth of former Czech President Václav Havel, who through his leadership, helped to peacefully overthrow the communist regime. Admission is free but RSVP is required: https://exploringoppression.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Oct. 16 to Nov. 20

Sogetsu Ikebana: Modern Japanese Flower Arranging

The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists for more than 500 years. Today, ikebana is evolving into a three-dimensional art form that adorns the interiors of Western homes and public spaces. In this six-session evening course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn some of the basic styles and variations of ikebana as taught by Japan's Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Tickets are $250. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The French Revolution and the Birth of Modernity

The French Revolution was one of the most significant upheavals in world history. Starting in the summer of 1789, revolutionary fervor spread across France, then Europe and beyond, questioning existing institutions and traditions and championing new ideas about government, liberty, and citizenship. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze examines this pivotal moment that continues to serve as an inspiration of the finest principles of modern democracy, as well as a warning of what can happen when idealism goes wrong. Tickets are $140. . For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Tue., Oct. 22, 6:45 p.m.

La Cocina: The Power of Food

Can a food truck be a symbol of social justice? What happens when natural entrepreneurs are provided the right resources and hands-on technical assistance? The answers can be found in the successes of La Cocina, a nonprofit small-business incubator in the Mission District of San Francisco that is turning home cooks into business women. Chef Heena Patel and La Cocina's executive director Caleb Zigas join Joe Yonan, Washington Post food and dining editor, to discuss their experiences with the incubator program, the important opportunities it provides to participants and La Cocina's new cookbook. Tickets are $45. For information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

MUSIC

Oct. 3 to 5

National Symphony Orchestra: Carmina Burana

The towering first movement of "Carmina Burana" rolls in like thunder, announcing a celebration of spring, the humor of life in the tavern, and the joys and sorrows of love. Although the words were written by medieval monks, Orff's outrageous cantata is an unstoppable force brimming with decadent debauchery. Tickets are $15 to $99.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Tue., Oct. 8, 7 p.m.

Garage & Tony Ducháček

The legendary Czech rock band Garage & Tony Ducháček reunites for a special performance. Savor a cold brew while enjoying the riffs of this dissident rock band, browse an impromptu "garage" sale and witness a band that defied a regime – embodying the statement "anyone can play whatever they want." Jam with the band as they gear up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, paying tribute to FREEDOM – Na zdraví (cheers)! Admission is free but RSVP is required: https://garagetonyduchacek.eventbrite.com.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

Thu., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.

25th Anniversary of the Independence of South Africa

For several generations, stories from Africa have traditionally been passed down by word of mouth. Often, after a hard day's work, the adults would gather the children together by moonlight, around a village fire and tell stories. This was traditionally called "tales by moonlight" Usually, the stories are meant to prepare young people for life, and so each taught a lesson or moral. Come and hear a night where South Africa celebrates its 25th year of independence since apartheid with "tales of moonlight" in a concert setting with music written by world renowned South African composers, performed by top America's musicians. Tickets are $125, including pre-concert reception. For information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of South Africa

 

Sat., Oct. 12, 8 p.m.

Flamenco Legends

Created by 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last 10 years of his career. Tickets start at $52.

Wolf Trap

 

Sun., Oct. 13, 8 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Pink Martini with Special Guest Meow Meow

How do you say "Wow!" in 25 languages? The members of the globe-trotting "little orchestra" Pink Martini surely know, based on their multilingual songbook infused with Argentinean tango, Brazilian samba, Japanese pop, good old American swing and more. Featuring a dozen musicians with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras all across the globe. Tickets are $35 to $85.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Wed., Oct. 16, 8 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Melbourne Symphony

From its first performance in 1906 the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has offered the very best in orchestral music and collaborates with guest artists and arts organizations from across the world. Tickets are $40 to $100.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

 

Sat., Oct. 19, 2 p.m.

Lakota Music Project with the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Ensemble

The Lakota Music Project is the flagship community engagement program of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO). In performing Native and non-Native music, the project seeks to create an environment of openness that treats both cultures with dignity and respect.

National Museum of the American Indian

 

Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Formosa Quartet Special Concert - Taiwan

Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Formosa Quartet is "one of the very best quartets of their generation" (David Soyer, Guarneri Quartet). Please call (202) 625-2361 or visit www.embassyseries.org for ticket information.

The Twin Oaks Estate

 

THEATER

Oct. 1 to 6

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

In an evening of off-the-cuff comedy, this critically acclaimed Chicago-based ensemble creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes, based on a single audience member's suggestion for the title of a show that's never been written before... until now. Tickets are $39 to $49.

Kennedy Center Family Theater

 

Through Oct. 6

Cats

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, "Memory." Tickets are $49 to $149.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Oct. 6

Doubt: A Parable

The Bronx, 1964: Suspicions surface at a parochial school about a charismatic young priest's interest in a Catholic school's first and only black student. Absent hard proof, Sister Aloysius, the school's starched and self-assured principal, tries to protect the innocent — but is she doing God's work or is her certitude actually pride?

Tickets are $60 to $90

Studio Theatre

 

Through Oct. 6

Fairview

Beverly insists the celebration for grandma's birthday be perfect. But her husband is useless, her sister is into the wine and her daughter's secrets are threatening to derail the day. Meanwhile a group of spectators has put them all under surveillance. Soon the voyeurs launch an invasion on the festivities, forcing the family to battle for their very identities in this original work about race that both challenges and entertains us. Tickets start at $34.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Oct. 11 to Nov. 10

The Right to Be Forgotten

The Internet never forgets. A young man's mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren't going down without a fight. Tickets are $40 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Through Oct. 13

Henry IV

The young Prince Hal spends his days carousing in seedy taverns with criminals and lowly commoners, much to the dismay of his father. Winding from the Boar's Head Tavern to the shadows of Gad's Hill, Hal's path to the throne may be unusual, but it eventually leads him to the one place where questions of honor and reputation come to a head: the battlefield. Tickets are $42 to $85.

Folger Theatre

 

Through Oct. 13

Life Is a Dream (La Vida es Sueño)

Set in Poland in the 17th century when its influence and power in Europe had waned, "Life Is a Dream!" explores tyranny, fate and free will. Weaving together the stories of Segismundo, who was imprisoned at birth by his father King Basilio to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy, and Rosaura, who acts to restore her honor and control her destiny, this famous Spanish Golden Age drama addresses the universal question "Who is the master of one's fate?" Tickets are $45 to $48.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Oct. 15 to Nov. 17

Everybody

Everybody — a role assigned each night from a small cast of actors by lottery live on stage — is a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling and Everybody must go on the journey of a lifetime. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Oct. 16 to 20

From Gumbo to Mumbo

A dreadlock-rocking Southeast D.C. video game geek meets up with a New Orleanian science teacher who uses comedy to contemplate his place in Trump's America. Together, they conjure a dynamic cauldron of hip hop, poetry and theater to colorfully redefine masculinity, question social and political issues, and celebrate love and the search for home. For ticket information, visit www.keegantheatre.com.

Downtown Cultural Arts Center in Baltimore, Md.

 

Through Oct. 20

Jitney

August Wilson's "Jitney" opens Arena Stage's season-long festival celebrating the Pulitzer Prize-winning giant with Ruben Santiago-Hudson directing his 2017 Broadway production. The dramatic story of a Pittsburgh jitney station, a symbol of stability, struggles against an oppressive lack of opportunity and unnerving neighborhood gentrification that threatens the way they live and work. The drivers resist powerful forces while coming to grips with their pasts to fulfill their own hopes and dreams for the future. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

 

Through Oct. 20

The Tempest

When the magical and powerful Prospero creates a sea storm, he gets more than he bargained for as romantic drama, deception and quests for vengeance emerge from the depths. Synetic's legendary, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" returns, with the famed water-filled stage and visual poetry that made the original production an unforgettable sensation when it premiered in 2013. Tickets start at $20.

Synetic Theater

 

Oct. 20 to 27

Stormy Weather

The InSeries reimagines Shakespeare's "The Tempest," a work plagued with the prejudices and injustices of his time, which have stretched into our own. Here, however, Sycorax reclaims her agency and takes charge of the narrative of her life and her people, while the play's other enslaved African characters, Ariel and Caliban, are played by a female-impersonating chanteuse Nigel Rowe and D.C. native Jabari Exum. Tickets are $46.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

Oct. 26 to Nov. 16

Washington National Opera: Otello

Verdi's epic retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy traces the collapse of a great hero. As Iago manipulates Otello, the general will confront his deadliest enemy: his jealous heart.

Tickets are $45 to $299.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through Oct. 27

Fences

Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. A towering figure facing thwarted aspirations, Troy attempts to assert control in his life through his relationships with his wife and son. But even as he takes responsibility for their safety and well-being, he betrays them each in ways that will forever alter their lives. Tickets are $15 to $70.

Ford's Theatre

 

Mon., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

The Border (La Frontera) &

The Lost Children (Los Ninos Perdidos)

"The Border" (2004) is a haunting two-character play that puts the spotlight on the intergenerational conflicts between two exiles: the ghost of a Spanish Republican grandfather exiled in Mexico and his rebellious grandson itching to cross the southern border into the U.S. without documentation. Meanwhile, "The Lost Children" takes place in an abandoned and dilapidated Catholic orphanage in Spain. Through a poignant combination of realism, fantasy, black humor and a heavy dose of the macabre, this four-character tragicomedy weaves in and out of a painful present and an even darker past. Admission is free but RSVP is required and can be made at www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/spotlight-on-contemporary-spanish-theater-women-dramatists/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Wed., Oct. 30, 6 p.m.

Daddy Is Hero

The renowned puppet theatre company LokVar will perform "Daddy Is Hero," a humorous, immersive story about a family: love between parents and a brother and sister who stick together even though they fight. Love helps them to overcome dragons, illnesses and more.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

Through Nov. 3

Escaped Alone

In a serene British garden three old friends are joined by a neighbor to engage in amiable chitchat — with a side of apocalyptic horror. The women's talk of grandchildren and TV shows breezily intersperses with tales of terror in a quietly teetering world where all is not what it seems. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

   

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