November 2019

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Cover Story

Colombian Envoy Says Government
Is Sticking by FARC Peace Deal

a4.colombia.calderon.portrait.home"We inherited a mess," says Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos Calderón about the peace deal that the previous government negotiated with FARC rebels. But Santos, a journalist who was kidnapped by drug traffickers, says that while he would've been tougher on the former rebels, his government is committed to implementing the accord that ended Latin America's longest-running armed conflict. Read More

People of World Influence

Architect of Bush's Iraq Surge Reflects
On Shifting Middle East Landscape

a1.powi.osullivan.iraq.vest.homeAs the architect of the Bush administration's surge in Iraq, Meghan O'Sullivan left a huge footprint in the war-torn country. But as many U.S. policymakers learn, in the volatile and shifting sands of the Middle East, footprints often get left behind in the dust. Read More


Truth-Tellers

New Book Explores Whistleblowing
In Government, Corporate America

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A single whistleblower may do more to bring down Donald Trump's presidency than several years' worth of exhaustive, damning reports about his conduct, but why do people risk their reputations to expose the truth, and what have been the repercussions? Read More


Diplomatic Dangers

Retired Envoys Say Post-Benghazi
Fears Are Holding U.S. Diplomats Back

a3.risk.cretz.misurata.libya.home"Diplomacy is a hazardous business," says Richard Olson, the former U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan who joined other former ambassadors in calling on Congress to put aside post-Benghazi fears and let diplomats out of "fortress embassies" so they can do their job. Read More


China, Then and Now

Experts Reflect on China's Trajectory,
From Fledgling State to Global Giant

a5.china.shanghai.great.wall.homeChina's remarkable transformation from a struggling communist state to a major global player has also made it some enemies, or, at the least, frenemies. That includes the United States, which under Donald Trump considers China a geostrategic competitor. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Sweeping New FARA
Enforcement Threatens Foreign Firms

a6.manafort.trump.putin.homeThe Department of Justice's Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) enforcement unit was until recently a fairly sleepy outpost. The multiple convictions of Paul Manafort changed all that — along with a fear that Russia had gained undue influence over U.S. electioneering and policymaking. Read More


Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Operation Desert Storm Offers
Lessons on U.S. Global Leadership

a7.desert.oped.holliday.jets.homeNearly 30 years after the end of Operation Desert Storm to drive Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait following Iraq's invasion of the oil-rich emirate, it is worthwhile to reflect on lessons learned that may be relevant today. Read More


   

Architect of Bush’s Iraq Surge Reflects on Ever-Shifting Middle East Landscape

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By Ryan R. Migeed and Anna Gawel

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‘Crisis of Conscience’ Explores Whistleblowing in Government and Corporate America

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett and Anna Gawel

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Retired Envoys Say Post-Benghazi Fears Are Holding U.S. Diplomats Back

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Envoy Says Government Is Sticking by FARC Peace Deal — and Venezuelan Refugees

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By Anna Gawel

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Experts Reflect on China’s Trajectory, from Fledgling State to Global Giant

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Op-Ed: Sweeping New FARA Enforcement Threatens Foreign Firms

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By Richard Levick

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Op-Ed: Operation Desert Storm Offers Enduring Lessons on U.S. Global Leadership

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By Stuart Holliday

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Digital Literacy Teaches Students How to Tell Fact from Fiction Online

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By Deryl Davis

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Feminist Icon Tackles the Taboo of Mortality and Extinction in ‘The End’

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By Mackenzie Weigner

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Tennis Player-Turned-Ambassador and Wife Come to U.S. from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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By Gail Scott

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Contemporary Women Artists in Africa Capture Full Breadth of Feminism

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By Kate Oczypok

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‘For Better or For Worse’ Draws on Canadian Cartoonist’s Relatable Life Experiences

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By Jonas Meuleman and Anna Gawel

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Kids Euro Festival Aims to Introduce Europe to Children of All Backgrounds

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By Hannah Vandegrift

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Films - November 2019

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By Cari

Languages

Amharic

French

Korean

Spanish


Arabic

German

Mandarin

Swedish


Czech

Hebrew

Portuguese

Tibetan

English

Japanese

Silent

Turkish

Amharic

Fig Tree
Directed by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
(Ethiopia/France/German/Israel, 2018, 93 min.)

Sixteen-year-old Mina is poised to flee war-torn Ethiopia with her grandmother to be reunited with her mother in Israel; however, she is reluctant to leave her Christian boyfriend Eli, who lives in the woods in order to avoid forcible conscription by the military.

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
Nov. 1 to 14

 

Arabic

10 Days Before the Wedding

Directed by Amr Gamal
(Yemen, 2018, 122 min.)

It's almost miraculous that this was made at all. The first Yemeni movie to be released commercially in over 40 years, it was filmed in Aden, a city still bearing the scars of the civil war that reduced much of it to rubble. Appropriately, the film's story is one of perseverance. Everything starts to go wrong for a young couple with 10 days to go before their long-delayed nuptials. Will our young hero and heroine continue to believe that love conquers all?

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

 

The Cave

Directed by Feras Fayyad
(Syria/Denmark/Germany/Qatar/U.S., 2019, 95 min.)

For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above (Arabic and English).

West End Cinema

 

For Sama

Directed by Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts
(U.K./Syria, 2019, 100 min.)

A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, this film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab's life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 8

 

Sofia

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

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca, Morocco. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification papers belonging to the father of the child before informing the authorities (Arabic and French).

The Avalon Theatre
Wed., Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

 

Czech

Beauty and the Beast

Directed by Juraj Herz
(Czechoslovakia, 1978, 84 min.)

A tale you'll know well — innocent girl presents herself as sacrifice to a cursed, freakish beast living in isolation, and learns to live with and love her captor — is turned into something very different in Juraj Herz's morbid imagining.

AFI Silver Theatre
Nov. 8 to 14

 

Caught by Night

Directed by Juraj Herz
(Czechoslovakia, 1986, 130 min.)

Born to Jewish parents in Kežmarok in modern-day Slovakia, Juraj Herz spent part of his youth in Ravensbrück labor camp, an experience of horror that may have obliquely informed much of his work, and that is directly reflected in this film, a nauseously stylized version of hell on earth.

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

 

Ferat Vampire

Directed by Juraj Herz
(Czechoslovakia, 1982, 93 min.)

In this satire on consumerism and piece of anti-automobile propaganda, Marek is upset to lose his ambulance driver to a job working as a rally driver for foreign car manufacturer Ferat, and even more upset when he hears whispers that Ferat cars use human blood for their fuel.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Nov. 16, 10:45 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 21, 9:30 p.m.

 

Morgiana

Directed by Juraj Herz
(Czechoslovakia, 1972, 106 min.)

Juraj Herz crafts a Gothic drama about two sisters, Klára and Viktoria — both played by Iva Janžurová, in an amazing double-role performance — put at loggerheads when the sweet, vapid Klára receives the better part of their father's sprawling estate and the love of the man that Viktoria adores, leading the spurned sibling to venomous thoughts of murder.

AFI Silver Theatre
Nov. 3 to 7

 

Oil Lamps

Directed by Juraj Herz
(Czechoslovakia, 1971, 101 min.)

Iva Janžurová and Petr Čepek are peerless as miserably married cousins in Juraj Herz's early-20th-century period piece, set in a provincial town that's riven by repressed desire and smoldering secrets.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Nov. 11, 9:30 p.m.,
Wed., Nov. 13, 9:30 p.m.

 

Sign of Cancer

Directed by Juraj Herz
(Czechoslovakia, 1967, 87 min.)

A warped detective story that begins with a murder in a hospital, the investigation of which reveals rampant incompetence, alcoholism, graft and highly unprofessional goings-on between staff and patients, this film's implicitly critical depiction of a public service sector overloaded with underqualified communist party stooges would land Juraj Herz in trouble with censors for what was not to be the last time.

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Nov. 15, 10 p.m.,
Tue., Nov. 19, 9:30 p.m.

 

English

Back to the Fatherland

Directed by Kat Rohrer and Gil Levanon
(Austria/Germany/Israel, 2017, 77 min.)

In this documentary, Gil and Kat have been friends since college. Gil is from Israel, Kat from Austria; Gil is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Kat the granddaughter of a Nazi officer. Through them we meet other young men and women whose grandparents were murdered or persecuted during the war. What's interesting is that many have decided to move back to the Fatherland, a choice that their families disagree with (English, Hebrew and German).

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
Sun., Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.,
Mon., Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

 

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
The Avalon Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Frankie

Directed by Ira Sachs
(France/Portugal, 2019, 98 min.)

Three generations grapple with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces (English, French and Portuguese).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., Nov. 1

 

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.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Gift

Directed by Robin McKenna
(Canada, 2019, 90 min.)

This richly cinematic film interweaves multiple character-driven stories, from a young indigenous artist and carver following a family tradition, to a derelict sausage factory in Rome occupied by migrant families that is transformed into a living museum (English and Italian).

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

 

Harriet

Directed by Kasi Lemmons
(U.S., 2019, 125 min.)

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes.

Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., Nov. 1

 

Heroes

Directed by Köken Ergun

(Turkey/Australia, 2019, 88 min.)

Every year, hordes of tourists from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand travel to Gallipoli, or Çanakkale, as the peninsula is called in Turkish. They go there to commemorate the soldiers who died during one of the largest battles of World War I. To Turkish visitors, it's a pilgrimage; to Australians, a holiday. Video artist Köken Ergun, whose work is often about the role of ritual in communities, spent two years among the many tourists, interviewing people at the monuments and cemeteries and riding the tour buses on which guides tell their stories (English and Turkish).

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m.

 

The Irishman

Directed by Martin Scorsese
(U.S., 2019, 209 min.)

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century.

AFI Silver Theatre

 

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.

West End Cinema

 

Jojo Rabbit

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

This World War II satire follows a lonely German boy named Jojo whose 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
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

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.

The Avalon Theatre
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The King

Directed by David Michod
(U.K./Hungary/Australia, 2019, 140 min.)

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind and the emotional strings of his past life.

West End Cinema

 

The Lighthouse

Directed by Robert Eggers
(U.S./Brazil, 2019, 109 min.)

This is the hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Landmark's E Street Cinema

 

The Song of Names

Directed by François Girard
(Canada/Hungary/U.K., 2019, 85 min.)

Constructed like a grand detective mystery, the film opens the night of the much-anticipated first public performance by Dovidl Rapoport, a Polish musical prodigy. When he fails to show up, his best friend Martin is forced to tell the packed theater that the performance will not go on. Decades later, an adult Martin, serving as a judge in a musical competition, watches a young student prepare to play in Dovidl's unique style. This moment sends Martin, over the strident objections of his wife Helen, on a transcontinental search.

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
Tue., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

 

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.

West End Cinema

French

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 E Street Cinema

 

Synonyms

Directed by Nadav Lapid
(France/Germany/Israel, 2019, 123 min.)

Young Israeli ex-soldier Yoav escapes his country and past to take up residence in Paris. Armed with a pocket-sized French dictionary, Yoav refuses to speak his native Hebrew as he desperately tries to immerse himself in French society. Living on only a few francs a day, he bounces from job to job on a wildly erratic journey, attempting to assimilate into a seemingly impenetrable culture (French and Hebrew).

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
Nov. 29 to Dec. 5
Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 15

 

German

25 KM/H

Directed by Markus Goller
(Germany, 2018, 116 min.)

After 30 years, estranged brothers Georg and Christian reunite at their father's funeral. Each has very little to say to the other. But following a carousing night of table tennis and drinking, they reconnect, determined to live out the plan they dreamed up at 16: a cross-country moped-trip through Germany (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Fri., Nov. 15, 9:30 p.m.

 

All I Never Wanted

Directed by Leonie Stade and Annika Blendl
(Germany/Italy, 2019, 89 min.)

Leonie and Annika are aspiring documentarians. When a wealthy man with questionable motives offers them money to finance their project, they set out to follow the lives of two very different women, hoping to capture their success stories. Nina, a 17-year-old model from the suburbs of Stuttgart, leaves for Milan to pursue her career. Meanwhile, 42-year-old television star Mareile must reassess her career after her character is killed off and replaced with a younger actress. But the success stories don't turn out as the filmmakers had hoped (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 17, 12 p.m.

 

All About Me

Directed by Caroline Link
(Germany, 2018, 100 min.)

West Germany's Ruhr region, 1972: Chubby, bubbly 9-year-old Hans-Peter grows up enveloped by the warmth and security of his large and eccentric family. In various zany costumes and characters, he demonstrates a knack for making others laugh. Always seizing the opportunity to entertain and cheer up those around him, Hans-Peter's antics help his family through some of their most trying times. However, when his mother plunges into depression after an operation, a shadow is cast over the boy's daily life (opening-night film of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

 

Berlin Bouncer

Directed by David Dietl
(Germany, 2019, 87 min.)

This film chronicles an exciting piece of Berlin's cultural history — from the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall up to the pulsating present — through the biographies of three legendary bouncers (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 16, 7:45 p.m.

 

The Goldfish

Directed by Alireza Golafshan
(Germany, 2019, 112 min.)

Banker and portfolio manager Oliver lives life in the fast lane — the very lane that brings life as he knows it to an abrupt end after a crash paralyzes him from the waist down. One day, Oliver happens upon an apartment shared by four roommates with disabilities known as "the Goldfish." When Oliver's friend is caught hiding a stash of dirty money in Switzerland, Oliver — who has a stash of his own — quickly hatches a plan with his Goldfish friends (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

 

Gundermann

Directed by Andreas Dresen
(Germany, 2018, 127 min.)

A poet, a clown and an idealist, Gerhard Gundermann dreams and hopes and loves and fights. He is a family man, a rebel, a spy, spied-upon, a threat to the state. A do-gooder who doesn't know any better, this coal-digger is all of these things at once (closing-night film of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

 

Happiness Sucks

Directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu
(Germany, 2018, 95 min.)

Jessica is often mistaken for a boy and must constantly fight against her many strange tics. Her sister Sabrina is seriously ill. Jessica would love to trade with Sabrina, who is pretty and seems to have her life in control in spite of her illness. But the more Sabrina's health deteriorates, the worse Jessica's tics get, so the girls must devise a plan to transfer Sabrina's illness to someone else, and fast (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 16, 2 p.m.

 

The Miracle Method

Directed by Michael Kreihsl
(Austria, 2018, 96 min.)

It was love at first sight, back when they dived together into the warm, clear waters of the Red Sea. Now, many years of marriage later, Joana and Valentin Dorek continue to poison each other with their toxic relationship, and a session with a couple's therapist seems to be the last rescue for their relationship (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., Nov. 16, 6 p.m.

 

System Crasher

Directed by Nora Fingscheidt
(Germany, 2019, 120 min.)

Benni, delicate-looking girl with unbridled energy, is a "system crasher," a term used to describe children who break every rule and gradually fall through the cracks in Germany's child and welfare services. But that's exactly she wants because all she wants is to live with her mother again, a woman who is totally unable to cope with her daughter's incalculable behavior (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., Nov. 17, 4:15 p.m.

 

Zwingli

Directed by Stefan Haupt
(Switzerland, 2019, 128 min.)

In 1519, on the cusp of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, young widow Anna lives a miserable life between her fear of the ever-powerful Catholic Church and her worries over her three children. Then, the arrival of a young priest sparks heated discussions with his sermons that condemn the Church's abuses of power, excesses and hypocrisies (part of the Film|Neu Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Fri., Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

 

Hebrew

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Directed by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
(France/Germany/Israel, 2015, 115 min.)

Israel's Foreign Language Oscar submission, this dramatic adaptation recounts a harrowing true story set in a Mizrahi Orthodox enclave in Israel. The eponymous heroine has spent five years in a stalemate fighting for a divorce that, according to religious law, requires her husband's full consent. As he continues to refuse, Viviane fears that her life may never proceed freely, and the courtroom struggles grow increasingly surreal (Hebrew and French).

Edlavitch Jewish Community Center
Sun., Nov. 10, 3 p.m.

 

Japanese

Godzilla

Directed by Ishiro Honda
(Japan, 1954, 96 min.)

Sixty-five years ago this month, the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies arrived on screens, and though he is now retirement age, Godzilla continues to stomp around in our hearts. His debut is a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attacks and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost 30 sequels.

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

 

Korean

Fujuoka

Directed by Zhang Lu
(South Korea, 2019, 86 min.)

Back in college, best friends Jea-moon and Hae-hyo parted ways when they both fell in love with the same woman. Nearly three decades later, Jea-moon runs a used bookstore in Seoul. So-dam, the young woman who lives next door, convinces him to take her along on a surprise visit to Hae-hyo, who now owns a bar in Fukuoka, Japan. As the two old pals bicker, drink, and reminisce, the enigmatic So-dam mysteriously and hauntingly flits in and out of their story (Korean, Mandarin and Japanese).

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

 

Parasite

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

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

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

 

Mandarin

A Touch of Zen

Directed by King Hu

(Taiwan, 1971, 180 min.)

King Hu's martial arts masterpiece depicts the journey of Yang, a fugitive noblewoman in disguise who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village.

Freer Gallery of Art
Thu., Nov. 7, 2 p.m.

 

White Snake

Directed by Amp Wong and Ji Zhao
(China/U.S., 2019, 99 min.)

In this visually stunning new take on a classic legend, from Light Chaser Animation, one of China's premiere animation studios, a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a poor snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, but learns she has magical powers. Together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, meeting many adventures, and developing deeper feelings for one another along the way.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 29

 

Portuguese

Black Orpheus

Directed by Marcel Camus
(Brazil/France/Italy, 1959, 107 min.)

With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Marcel Camus brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the 20th-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

AFI Silver Theatre
Nov. 24 to 27

 

Silent

The City Without Jews

Directed by Hans Karl Breslauer
(Austria, 1924)

This film adapts Hugo Bettauer's 1922 satiric novel in which he described the expulsion of all Jews from Vienna, considered an inconceivable idea at the time. Disturbingly prophetic, it shows the cultural and economic impoverishment of a city following the expulsion of its Jewish population. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Nikolaus Wostry, managing director of the Filmarchiv Austria, and Ilya Tovbis, director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. For ticket information, visit acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Shiraz: A Romance of India

Directed by Franz Osten
(U.K./Germany/India, 1928, 105 min.)

An astonishing treasure of the silent cinema, "Shiraz" was shot on location in India. Ambitious and elegant, the film takes creative license with the story of the life and death of Mumtaz Mahal, the 17th-century Mughal empress whose early demise inspired her husband, Shiraz, to construct the Taj Mahal.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 24, 2 p.m.

 

Song of the Scarlett Flower

Directed by Mauritz Stiller
(Sweden, 1919, 101 min.)

The first and most famous of several screen adaptations of the 1900 novel by Finnish writer Johannes Linnankoski, this touchstone film of the silent era's golden age in Sweden showcases stunning outdoor scenery during the season of the midnight sun; the folk customs of the farmers and foresters of the rugged northlands; and young star Lars Hanson, in top form as a callow, heartbreaking youth who learns some hard truths about life and love.

AFI Silver Theatre
Nov. 23 to 27

 

Spanish

Ana by Day

Directed by Andrea Jaurrieta
(Spain, 2018, 110 min.)

What would you do if one day you realize that a doppelganger has taken your place in life and nobody even suspects that she is not you? If all your obligations, all your duties, are being made by that "other you," would you fight to recover your lost identity? Or, on the contrary, would you try to find your own being far from all that was supposed to be your "normal" life? (part of the "Mujeres de Cine" film series.)

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
Tue., Nov. 12, 6:45 p.m.

 

End of the Century

Directed by Lucio Castro

(Argentina, 2019, 84 min.)

In this sun-soaked European travelogue and an epic, decades-spanning romance, Ocho, a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi, a Spaniard from Berlin, from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city or are they part of each other's histories?

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., Nov. 8

 

Journey to a Mother's Room

Directed by Celia Rico Clavellino
(Spain, 2018, 90 min.)

It's time to leave home, but Leonor doesn't know whether to go or stay. She is not capable of leaving her mother Estrella alone. Estrella doesn't want her to go but she can't force her daughter to stay either. So, the two women embark ona journey around their rooms to stop being just a mother and a daughter and discover who they both are separately from one another (Spanish and English; part of the "Mujeres de Cine" film series).

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Wed., Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.

 

Pain & Glory

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

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

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

 

The Wild Season

Directed by Anxos Fazáns
(Spain, 2017, 68 min.)

(Spanish and Gallegan; part of the "Mujeres de Cine" film series).

Life isn't harmless. It can be exhausting and frustrating. Manuel would like to be a writer but instead he is trapped in his routine, unable to confront his emotions. But summer and the unexpected reunion with the best friends from his youth will make all his impulses explode.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
Tue., Nov. 19, 6:45 p.m.

 

Visa al Paraíso

Directed by Lillian Lieberman
(Mexico, 2010, 108 min.)

This film recounts the life of Gilberto Bosques, Mexico's general consul to France between 1939 and 1942 who saved tens of thousands of Spanish republicans, Jews, socialists, communists and other people persecuted by fascist Nazis. A special post-film Q&A will be held via Skype with the director.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Swedish

Goliath

Directed by Peter Grönlund
(Sweden, 2019, 88 min.)

In a small Swedish industrial town in Sweden, when Roland is sentenced to prison, his17-year-old son is expected to provide for the family by taking over his dad's criminal business. The film depicts the boy's brutal entry into adult life and examines patriarchal structures at a time when the welfare is declining and Sweden is changing.

House of Sweden
Sun., Nov. 10, 2 p.m.

 

My So-Called Father

Directed by Ulf Malmros
(Sweden, 2014, 127 min.)

A pregnant daughter with nowhere to go helps her estranged father who's lost his memory.

House of Sweden
Sun., Nov. 24, 2 p.m.

 

Tibetan

Jinpa

Directed by Pema Tseden
(China, 2018, 86 min.)

On a lonely road on China's barren Kekexili Plateau, a truck driver named Jinpa picks up a hitchhiker who shares his name, carries a scary knife, and claims to be on the way to kill the man who murdered his father 10 years earlier. After dropping him off, the driver becomes curious and decides to seek him out, setting in motion a metaphysical plot in which dreams and reality mix.

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

 

Turkish

The Announcement

Directed by Mahmut Fazil Coşkun
(Turkey/Bulgaria, 2018, 94 min.)

Based on an actual 1963 coup attempt, Mahmut Fazil Coşkun's deadpan comedy follows four retired colonels who are under orders to take over an Istanbul radio station and announce what they believe is a successful coup. What begins as a tense political drama soon becomes a comedy of errors when nothing goes according to plan.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 16, 3:30 p.m.

 

Commitment

Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu
(Turkey, 2019, 135 min.)

Turkey's official Oscar entry stars Kübra Kip in an intense, nuanced performance as Aslı, a woman confronting the dilemma of being a working mother. After hiring a babysitter for her infant so she can resume her career as a bank executive, Aslı is forced to confront secrets she has been keeping even from herself.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

 

Dead Horse Nebula

Directed by Tarik Aktaş
(Turkey, 2018, 73 min.)

In the opening scene of Tarik Aktaş's debut feature, seven-year-old Hay comes across a dead horse in a field. His curiosity awakened, he studies the corpse and the tremendous effort it takes to remove it. This childhood memory haunts the rest of the film, permeating the adult life of Hay through a succession of encounters with the natural and animal worlds.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m.

 

Noah Land

Directed by Cenk Ertuk
(Germany/Turkey/United States, 2019, 109 min.)

Ibrahim, an old man dying of a terminal disease, asks his son to drive him to the town where he grew up so he can arrange to be buried beneath a tree he planted as a child. When the two men arrive, they are surprised to learn that the tree is now a pilgrimage site, with the villagers claiming the biblical Noah himself planted it.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Nov. 16, 1 p.m.

 

Something Useful

Directed by Pelin Esmer
(Turkey/France/Netherlands/Germany, 2017, 108 min.)

Leyla is a lawyer and a poet who has decided to attend her high school reunion after 25 years of neglecting previous invitations. Canan is a young nurse in training who dreams of one day becoming an actress. The two women meet on the train and quickly form a relationship as each sees something of herself in the other women who are making their own way in a sometimes hostile world.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m.

 

Turkish Ice Cream

Directed by Can Ulkay
(Turkey, 2019, 123 min.)

Two Turkish immigrants are making a peaceful living in the year 1915 by operating a popular ice cream cart in an Australian outpost. Meanwhile, the Great War rages abroad, and the Allies turn their attention to Turkey. Lives and livelihood threatened, the two entrepreneurs attempt a return home to Turkey, but authorities block the way.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Nov. 15, 7 p.m.

   

Events - November 2019

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ART

 

Fri., Nov. 1, 6 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk

Join the Embassy of Argentina for its First Friday tour where it celebrates the opening of José Andrés Basbus's exhibit "From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary-Panoramic Photography" Guests can also explore "Expiation" by Ana Rendich and the permanent collection. In Andrés Basbus's exhibition "the viewers try to figure out what they're looking at, the place and the angle the shot was taken," according to the artist. That is what propels Basbus every time he snaps the shutter button on his camera. He achieves this, in part, through the composition of his panoramic landscape postcards with an infrared effect. Meanwhile, in "Expiation," Ana Rendich's resins and oil wall sculptures are drawn from a lifetime of observations and experiences of humanity and nature.

Embassy of Argentina

 

Nov. 1 to 29

Resonance: Works by 2019 Artist of the Year Jubee Lee

This solo exhibition of dreamlike glass installation and sculpture works focuses on Jubee Lee, the Korean Cultural Institute's 2019 artist of the year. Lee explores her personal memories and perception by creating immersive art spaces that integrate interactive sound, light and visual elements. Growing up in a seaside city, she is particularly inspired by the natural element of water and creates innovative, large-scale installations, sculptures, drawing and paintings that reflect this influential setting primarily through layered, image-embedded glass.

Korean Cultural Institute

 

Nov. 9 to Oct. 12, 2020

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through 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 Walter: 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

Ann-Sofi Sidén – After the Fact

Ann-Sofi Sidén is one of Sweden's most internationally renowned contemporary artists. She puts herself in the center of her projects, often with provoking statements about society and the human condition. The works presented in House of Sweden include three ways of looking at the female body. They independently carve out their own narrative space and yet converge by depicting an experience either happening in the periphery or in the hidden, challenging preconceived ideas of what a woman is or should be.

House of Sweden

 

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 Jan. 5

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

Everything is Palpitating: Rodolfo Abularach

From 1957, when the Art Museum of the Americas' (AMA) founding director José Gómez Sicre acquired several pieces by Guatemalan master Abularach for its collection, the artist has been prominently interwoven within the institution's history, as well as that of Guatemalan and Latin American art in a broader sense. This exhibition is an opportunity to gather one of the larger samplings of Abularach's works representing 60 years of his output. It surveys not only the artist's impact on the direction of art of the hemisphere in the 1950s to the 1970s, but also the role that AMA has played in its development.

Art Museum of the Americas

 

Through 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 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

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 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.

 

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

The National Postal Museum

 

Through Feb. 17

Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain

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

National Gallery of Art

 

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 May 1

Women: A Century of Change

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

National Geographic Museum

 

Through July 5

I Am... Contemporary Women Artists of Africa

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

National Museum of African Art

 

Through Sept. 7, 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

 

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

Nov. 23 to Dec. 29

The Nutcracker

Set to Tchaikovsky's magical score, this celebrated production is set in historic 1882 Georgetown with George Washington, King George III and other historical figures coming to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from The Washington School of Ballet. It has become the signature Nutcracker of the nation's capital. Please call for ticket information.

THEARC (Nov. 23-24)

Warner Theatre (Nov. 30-Dec. 29)

 

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

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa: Ukraine's 'Swan Lake'

This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on German legend, follows a heroic young prince working to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. Please call for ticket information.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

 

DISCUSSIONS

Sun., Nov. 3, 3 p.m.

A Diversity of Flavors: How Foreign-Born Chefs Are Redefining American Cuisine

Generations of immigrants have long made their mark on how Americans eat, both at home and when dining out. Cookbood editor Gabrielle Langholtz joins local chefs Bin Lu (Pineapple and Pearls), Carlos Delgado (China Chilcano), Pichet Ong (Brothers and Sisters), Diego Galicia (Mixtli in San Antonio, TX), Erik Bruner-Yang (Brothers and Sisters, Maketto, Spoken English, and &pizza) and Daniela Moriera (Timber Pizza) as they discuss their own experiences as food professionals and the impact that talented immigrants have made on the local and national dining scenes. Tickets are $30. For information visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Sat., Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mongolia: From Genghis Khan to Khubilai Khan

A little over 800 years ago, an ambitious and forward-thinking warrior named Temujin united the disparate tribes inhabiting the Mongolian steppe into a supra-tribal confederation. In doing so, he became known as Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, the "Oceanic" or "Universal" ruler of a vast world empire. In this day-long program, George Mason University historian Michael Chang traces the historical evolution of the Mongol empire from its emergence on the steppe to the conquest of China. Tickets are $140. For information visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

Mon., Nov. 18, 6:45 p.m.

Lidia Bastianich: An Italian Classic

Lidia Bastianich opened the doors to Felidia on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1981. Since then, it has been revered as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. Get some behind-the-scenes glimpses of Felidia's storied history as Bastianich joins The Washington Post's Mary Beth Albright for a lively conversation about her close-knit family, her professional ascent, and the dedication and passion for food that led to multiple restaurants, many best-selling cookbooks and 20 years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. Tickets are $60. For information visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

Sat., Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Day of the Dead Celebration

Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for its most popular annual celebration, the Day of the Dead. This well-known community event is part of a unique Mexican tradition. This year's special rendition of the Day of the Dead altar was prepared by Enrique Quiroz, a Mexican artist based in Washington, D.C., and will honor the victims of the El Paso shooting that happened in August as well remember prominent Mexican figures who passed away in 2019: artist Francisco Toledo, humanitarian Miguel León Portilla and singer José José.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

GALAS

Fri., Nov. 8, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Twilight in Argentina Gala

The Twilight in Argentina gala and silent auction will benefit THIS for Diplomats and Cimientos, an Argentinian nonprofit that promotes equal education opportunities. Co-hosted by Argentine Ambassador Fernando Oris de Roa and his wife Maria Mercedes de Campos, the evening will feature tango performances, live music, wine and hors d'oeuvres. THIS for Diplomats helps diplomatic families feel "at home" in the U.S. by offering cultural exchange programs, tours, educational sessions and special events. Tickets are $155. For information, visit THISforDiplomats.org.

Embassy of Argentina

 

MUSIC

Nov. 1 to 2

World Stages: The Manganiyar Seduction

Conceived and directed by Roysten Abel, "The Manganiyar Seduction" brings together more than 40 singers and instrumentalists from the Rajasthani deserts performing traditional Manganiyar music in an astonishing audio-visual feast. Tickets are $19 to $69.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater

 

Thu., Nov. 7, 8 p.m.

The Quebe Sisters

Combining the musical stylings of the Mills Brothers, Ray Price, Count Basie and Willie Nelson, the Quebe Sisters bring their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmonies to concert halls and festivals all over the world. Tickets are $27.

Wolf Trap

 

Tue., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Richard Lin, Violin
Chih-Yi Chen, Piano

The Embassy Series and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) present accomplished Taiwanese-American violinist Richard Lin, the newly crowned Gold Medalist of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis who has had recitals in Dallas, New York, Washington, D.C., Poland and China and is set to have a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut in June 2020, along with a tour through Vietnam with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $125, including buffet reception, wine and valet parking. For information, visit embassyseries.org.

Anderson House

 

Fri., Nov. 15, 8 p.m..
Sat., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

The Silkroad Ensemble

The Silkroad Ensemble, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, creates music that is contemporary and ancient, familiar and foreign, traditional and innovative, and draws on styles from around the world to create a new musical language. Tickets start at $62.

Wolf Trap

 

Fri., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

Taipei Symphony Orchestra

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Taipei Symphony has grown from an ensemble of modest scale to a forceful musical presence known for its breadth of programming, extensive international appearances and commitment to cultural diplomacy. The program's centerpiece, Gordon Shi-Wen Chin's poetic "Double Concerto,"features the prodigious talent of two Taiwan-born, U.S.-based virtuosi: Paul Huang and Felix Fan. Please call for ticket information.

The Music Center at Strathmore

 

Sat., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.

Amjad Ali Khan

Having established himself as the world's preeminent sarod player over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than six decades, Amjad Ali Khan brings his expressive sound to the intimate confines of Sixth & I for a family affair with his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. Please call for ticket information.

Sixth & I

 

Sun., Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

Zoltán Fejérvári

A protégé of Sir András Schiff, Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári equally thrives performing major concerti with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, chamber music with the Musicians of Marlboro, and recitals from major venues across Europe to Carnegie Hall.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Fri., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Elham Fanoos, Piano

This Kabul native, who is only 22, has been playing music from the age of 5 when he began to study the tabla. In the seventh grade, he enrolled in the Afghan National Institute of Music, where he learned to play the piano. Since then, Elham Fanoos has performed in Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Germany, where in 2012, he was awarded the third position at the Golden Key Piano Competition in Frankfurt and where he recorded a CD. As a member of the Afghan Youth Orchestra, Fanoos has also performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Tickets are $125, including Afghan buffet and valet parking. For information, visit embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Afghanistan

 

THEATER

Nov. 2 to 23

Washington National Opera: The Magic Flute

This great adventure starts with an unexpected pair: Tamino, a handsome young prince, and Papageno, his silly bird-catcher sidekick. When the mysterious Queen of the Night enlists the duo to rescue her kidnapped daughter Pamina, a fantastic journey follows. Tickets are $25 to $299.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

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

 

Nov. 5 to 17

Protest & Vaněk Unleashed

The Alliance for New Music-Theatre will open the double bill of Václav Havel's seminal play "Protest" and New Music-Theatre's "Vaněk Unleashed." In "Protest," Vaněk pays a visit to the lavish home of former colleague Staněk, who has invited the renowned activist to help him secure the release of a jailed radical musician, the fiancé to his daughter. But Vaněk also seeks a favor: the influential man's signature in a far-reaching protest. "Vaněk Unleashed" is a uniquely American response to the same beloved central character of Vaněk, with playwrights Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard paying tribute to Havel by making Vaněk a universal character, adding music, clowning and silent film tropes in the genre of the theater of absurd. For ticket information, visit newmusictheatre.org/the-havel-project.

Dupont Underground

 

Nov. 5 to Dec. 22

Amadeus

Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-century Vienna when an impulsive and eccentric prodigy outshines an envious, God-fearing composer consumed by bitterness. Theatrical fireworks emerge as mediocre Salieri will do everything in his power to destroy his musical rival Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tickets are $27 to $85.

Folger Theatre

 

Nov. 6 to Dec. 8

White Pearl

A leaked ad for skin-whitening cream is going viral for all the wrong reasons and someone's definitely getting fired in this twisted corporate comedy about selling whiteness and the ugliness of the beauty industry. Please call for ticket information.

The Studio Theatre

 

Nov. 7 to 24

Sea by Jon Fosse

Scena Theatre opens its 33rd season with the U.S. premiere of "Sea" Norway's acclaimed writer, Jon Fosse. In this harrowing story of a shipmaster who guides a bizarre band of travelers through a modern-day Hades, "Sea" is an episodic tale of lost love in the otherworld that unfolds as past relationships meet present realities. Tickets are $15 to $35.

District of Columbia Arts Center

 

Nov. 7 to Dec. 8

Occupant

Edward Albee's "Occupant" imagines an interview with sculptor Lousie Nevelson from beyond the grave and digs into the icon's turmoil and triumphs as she transforms from a young Jewish girl immigrating from Russia to a master at the height of her creative powers. Through her ups and downs, her contradictions and evasions, the audience witnesses the complicated evolution of one of the 20th century's greatest artistic minds. Tickets are $39 to $69.

Edlavitch DCJCC Theater J

 

Through 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 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 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

 

Mon., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

Spotlight on Contemporary Spanish Theater: Women Dramatists

As part of a new series showcasing works by contemporary Spanish female playwrights, Spain arts + culture presents Yolanda García Serrano's "Iceberg," a raucous and humorous four-character play that takes place on the last night of the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic. It is a comedy of errors, full of hilarious plot and character twists, that intertwines mischief, shady business, indulgence, and deceit. "Spotlight on Contemporary Spanish Theater" is a new initiative organized by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, in collaboration with Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays and AENY – Spanish Artists in New York to provide a platform for unheard stories to D.C. audiences. For information, visit spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain

 

Nov. 20 to Dec. 22

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor's dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone, a self-described "mathematician with some behavioral problems. Tickets are $32 to $68.

Round House Theatre

 

Nov. 29 to Dec. 29

A Christmas Carol

It's the 10th Anniversary of Olney's favorite Christmas tradition, as Paul Morella's captivating solo performance of the Dickens classic keeps audiences coming back season and after season. Tickets are $40 to $84.

Olney Theatre Center

 

Through Jan. 4

A Chorus Line

Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, overflowing with sensational ballet, tap and jazz dance numbers, this nonstop showcase with one of the largest casts in Signature history is the one singular sensation for the holiday season. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

   

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