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ART

 Through Sept. 2
gute aussichten: young German photography 2010/2011
Works by eight winners of gute aussichten, the seventh annual German competition for graduate photography students, come to Washington on the exhibition's worldwide tour.
The Goethe-Institut

Through Sept. 3
Fame, Fortune, and Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio
This exhibition traces the global history of Shakespeare's First Folio, the first published collection of the Bard's plays, depicting the ways in which this single book influenced the industries of conservation and book-collecting from the 1620s through the 21st century, eventually becoming a cause for idolatry in itself.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Sept. 2 to 30
Solomon Wondimu: SKIN – America in Black and White
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Solomon Wondimu has been working on Human Skin Color Project for the past five years, using a palette of 3,000 different colors he has collected from skin-color swatches to question the distinct classifications of people as black or white.
Hillyer Art Space

Sept. 3 to Dec. 14
Elusive Pioneer of American Documentary Photography
This exhibition examines the work Louise Rosskam, an elusive pioneer of American documentary photography in the 1930 and '40s, including her compelling photographs of Southwest D.C. neighborhoods before their destruction for urban renewal as well as her images of Puerto Rico as it developed from an impoverished U.S. possession to an industrialized commonwealth.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Sept. 3 to Dec. 14
Inner Piece: Works from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection
This selection of works comes from the private collection of Tony and Heather Podesta, widely known for their respective lobbying firms but are equally well known for being among the country's most prominent contemporary art collectors.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Sept. 3 to Dec. 14
Wayne Barrar: An Expanding Subterra
New Zealand photographer Wayne Barrar traveled through America, New Zealand, Australia and France seeking the subterranean places in which people live, work, and play — depicting hidden the underground worksites of mines and universities to the surreal domestic world of the subterranean homes in an opal mining town in South Australia.
American University Katzen Arts Center

Through Sept. 4
Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border
After a visit to his native Moscow, Vasily Kandinsky recorded his "extremely powerful impressions" in his 1913 masterpiece, "Painting with White Border," which, for this exhibition, is reunited with more than 12 preparatory studies from international collections, including the Phillips's oil sketch, and compared with other closely related works.
The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 4
Stella Sounds: The Scarlatti K Series
For the first time in a museum exhibition, the Phillips Collection presents recent works from Frank Stella's "K "series inspired by the 18th-century composer Domenico Scarlatti's harpsichord sonatas.
The Phillips Collection

Sept. 8 to Nov. 4
Left Behind (Zurückgelassen)
Photographer Friederike Brandenburg visualizes the paradoxical relationship between beauty and decay as he ventures into isolated places of nature otherwise presumed to be untouched by man, where he finds objects — some aesthetic, some absurd — discarded by human civilization.
The Goethe-Institut

Sept. 14 to March 4
Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley
This international exhibit features more than 148 objects used in a range of ritual contexts, with genres as varied and complex as the vast region of Central Nigeria, that demonstrate how the history of the area can be "unmasked" through the dynamic interrelationships of its peoples and their arts.
National Museum of African Art

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15
YAS: Young Architects of Spain, a Window to the Unknown
Spanish architecture has become a global point of reference over the last quarter of the 20th century, but this exhibition shows that architectural excellence can also be found in the unknown work carried out in the studios of a new generation of inspirational architects under 40.
American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Sept. 18 to Jan. 8
The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries
The Pastrana Tapestries — among the finest surviving Gothic tapestries — will be on view together for the first time in the United States.
National Gallery of Art

Sept. 23 to Dec. 30
Urban_Landscapes
Art from Europe and the United States imagines urban areas with great potential for diversification and transformation, playing with known architecture and structures and how the ideas behind them are often obscured by the viewer's angle.
Embassy of Austria

Sept. 23 to Jan. 15
Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible
Marking its 400th anniversary this year, the 1611 King James Bible still echoes in books, movies, songs, speeches and sermons today. But who translated it? The Folger Shakespeare Library and University of Oxford draw on their deep resources to uncover the little-known story of one of the most widely read books in the history of the English language.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Sept. 24 to Jan. 29
Power/Play: China's Empress Dowager
Following China's disastrous Boxer Rebellion, the Grand Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) used photographic portraiture to rehabilitate her public image, allowing a young aristocratic photographer to take elaborately staged shots of her and her court. As the only photographic series taken of the supreme leader of China for more than 45 years, these images represents a unique convergence of Qing court pictorial traditions, modern photography and Western standards of artistic portraiture.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sept. 25 to Jan. 2
Warhol: Headlines
Andy Warhol had a lifelong obsession with the sensational side of contemporary news media, and his source materials for his artwork — headlines from the tabloid news — will be presented for comparison, revealing Warhol's role as both editor and author.
National Gallery of Art

Sept. 25 to Jan. 15
Andy Warhol: Shadows
Created in the last decade of Andy Warhol's life, "Shadows" comprises 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases featuring distorted photographs of shadows generated in the artist's studio — forms that at once suggest and mock the bravura brushwork of the abstract expressionists.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Sept. 29
The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures from the History of Poland, 1980-81
"The Phenomenon of Solidarity" commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the movement, highlighting formative moments in its history such as the strikes of August 1980 and the enforcement of martial law in 1981, as well as the Solidarity Trade Union's relations with the communist regime and the prevailing social sentiment toward the movement.
Woodrow Wilson Center

Through Sept. 30
Democratic Principles
This exhibit of 22 portraits by Elizabeth McClancy represent contemporary progressive political leaders in ways that reveal the magnitude of the challenges they face and the leadership they must assume. A special panel discussion on June 8 at 7 p.m. features Howard Dean and will discuss
the next of the arts in democratic development. For information, visit www.democraticwoman.org.
The Woman's National Democratic Club

Through Oct. 2
The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back
The Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous artist-activists, critique the sexism and racism pervading contemporary culture through their populist art production, which includes posters, books and live performances in which they wear gorilla masks.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Oct. 2
Pressing Ideas: Fifty Years of Women's Lithographs from Tamarind
Featuring 75 works by 42 artists including Elaine de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, Margo Humphrey, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Kiki Smith, "Pressing Ideas" explores the breadth of experimentation in lithography and women's contributions to a workshop that stretches creative boundaries.
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Oct. 2
Left Behind: Selected Gifts from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection
Featuring photographs of unpopulated spaces in which a human presence is not evident but implied, this exhibition celebrates recent gifts from the Podestas to the Phillips.
The Phillips Collection

Through Oct. 2
In the Tower: Nam June Paik
A new exhibition featuring 20 works by groundbreaking contemporary artist Nam June Paik (1923–2006) is the third in a series of shows installed in the Tower Gallery that centers on developments in art since the midcentury.
National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 9
NASA / ART: 50 Years of Exploration
More than 70 pieces of art — from the illustrative to the abstract — offer a look at the works commissioned by the NASA Art Program, which was established soon after the inception of the U.S. space program in 1958 as a way to communicate the accomplishments, setbacks and sheer excitement of space exploration over the past five decades to the public.
National Air and Space Museum

Through Oct. 21
Latin American Artists of Italian Descent
This selection of artwork by Latin artists of Italian descent offers a symbolic yet significant exploration of the Italian cultural influence in Latin America, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification.
Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

Through Oct. 22
Mexico Through the Lens of National Geographic
With more than 150 articles, no country has seen more coverage in National Geographic magazine than Mexico, generating a stunning archive of visual imagery documenting the country's culture, history and physical beauty — a slice of which can be seen in this selection of 132 photographs drawn from the National Geographic's archives.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Oct. 23
Chris Martin: Painting Big
Chris Martin's large-scale abstract paintings are tactile and stitched-together, incorporating found objects and collage into their abstract geometries and rhythmic patterns and relating as much to the physical world as to his own memories and experiences.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 28
Publishing Modernism: The Bauhaus in Print
How is it that an art school that was open for a mere 14 years — during which time it suffered chronic financial shortfalls, survived a turbulent political situation, claimed just 33 faculty members, and graduated only about 1,250 students — came to have such a lasting impression on modern design and art education? Despite these difficulties, the Bauhaus did precisely that.
National Gallery of Art

Through Nov. 6
Perspectives: Hale Tiger
Multimedia artist Hale Tenger, born in Izmir, Turkey, creates videos and installations that examine the tangible and intangible traces of events, filming the façade of the St. George Hotel in Beirut — the site of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon — while it was being renovated from 2005 to 2007.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Nov. 27
The Gothic Spirit of John Taylor Arms
John Taylor Arms (1887–1953), an American printmaker, believed in the uplifting quality of Gothic art and the power of close observation, skillfully transcribed. This exhibition presents selected examples from the artist's entire career, from his early New York works to his finest images of European cathedrals.
National Gallery of Art

Through Nov. 27
Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection: 1525-1835
The splendors of Italian draftsmanship from the late Renaissance to the height of the neoclassical movement are showcased in an exhibition of 65 superb drawings assembled by the European private collector Wolfgang Ratjen (1943–97).
National Gallery of Art

DANCE

Sat., Sept. 3, 8 p.m.
KanKouran: Legends
A local institution based in D.C., the KanKouran West African Dance Company celebrates the legacy and artistry of dance's living legends, Melvin Deal and Chuck Davis. Tickets are $30.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Sat., Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Sayat Nova: Journey Through Time
Boston's Sayat Nova Dance Company takes its name from the famous 18th-century troubadour, Sayat Nova, whose beautiful music and poetry captures the essence of the Armenian soul and spirit. Tickets are $35 or $45.
GW Lisner Auditorium

DISCUSSIONS

Fri., Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
Deciphering the Art of the Ancient Maya and the Year 2012
Art historian and archaeologist David Stuart, the foremost expert on Mayan hieroglyphs, discusses Mayan predictions about the end of the world and his most recent book, "The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012."
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building

Tue., Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Embassy Night
With a 23-year history of connecting the area's leading firms to top international markets, the World Trade Center Institute's annual Embassy Night brings together the region's key decision makers, executives, ambassadors and senior embassy representatives spanning more than two dozen countries. Among the business connections highlighted at this year's Embassy Night are Brazil and ARINC; Indonesia and Jhpiego; South Africa and Emergent BioSolutions; Britain and BWI; and Uruguay and the University of Maryland. Tickets are $200; for information, visit www.wtci.org/embassy_night_2011.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

MUSIC

Sun., Sept. 4, 7 p.m.
Satinder Sartaaj
Satinder Sartaaj (Sartaj) is a Punjabi folk singer known for his distinct voice, poetic couplets and raging stage personality. Tickets are $35 to $80.
GW Lisner Auditorium

Fri., Sept. 9, 7 p.m.
Pianist Roberto Hidalgo
Praised as a pianist of great technical skill and interpretive warmth, Roberto Hidalgo performs works by Carlos Chávez, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Manuel de la Falla and Frederic Chopin. Admission is free but reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Mexican Cultural Institute

Sept. 9 to 11
A Call to Compassion
The Washington National Cathedral presents a three-day commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with events such as "A Concert to Honor" on Sept. 9 featuring Brahms Requiem performed by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and U.S. Navy Band; "A Concert for Hope" with Denyce Graves, Alan Jackson and Patti LaBelle on Sept. 11; as well as an interfaith vigil on the morning of Sept. 11 when the cathedral tolls its 12-ton funeral bell to mark the moments when airplanes struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania. For information, visit www.calltocompassion.com.
Washington National Cathedral

Fri., Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.,
Sat., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Arpas de América Latin American Harp Festival
Teatro de la Luna presents Hildo Aguirre of Colombia, Pedro Gaona of Paraguay and Angel Tolosa of Venezuela, three masters of the Latin American harp. Tickets are $30.
Gunston Arts Center

THEATER

Through Sept. 4
Julius Caesar
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual "Free For All," a much-loved Washington tradition that has offered free performances to the public for the past 20 years, kicks off the company's 25th anniversary season with a revival of its acclaimed production of "Julius Caesar" and his famed life-and-death struggle for power in Rome.
Sidney Harman

Sept. 7 to Oct. 9
Fahrenheit 451
Based on the Ray Bradbury novel, Fahrenheit 451 shows a future without books in which firemen in a futuristic world burn books and hunt down anyone who risks reading them. Free-thought and intellectualism are discouraged, questioning authority is dangerous, and the masses are spoon-fed a diet of interactive reality shows on their huge TVs. For information or to purchase to tickets, visit, www.roundhousetheater.org.
The Round House Theatre

Sept. 7 to Oct. 16
The Habit of Art
Deep in the bowels of London's National Theatre, Benjamin Britten is having trouble with his latest opera and seeks out his collaborator, poet W. H. Auden, after a 25-year separation — as both aging artists wrestle with their desires, jealousies, the ephemeral connection between creativity and inspiration, and all the reasons their friendship fell apart. Tickets are $35 to $69.
The Studio Theatre

Sept. 9 to Oct. 23
Trouble in Mind
Battle lines are drawn within a newly integrated theater company on Broadway in 1957 as it prepares to open a misguided race play on the Great White Way. Please call for ticket details.
Arena Stage

Sept. 10 to 24
Tosca
The Washington National Opera's 2011-12 season begins with Puccini's "Tosca" starring American soprano Patricia Racette as Floria Tosca, who tries to save the life of her artist lover in 19th-century Rome against the backdrop of Napoleon's invasion. An opening night gala will be held Sept. 10, and a free opera screening will be held Sept. 22 in the outfield at Nationals Park. Tickets start at $55. Reservations for the opening night gala start at $1,000.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Sept. 13 to Oct. 9
FELA!
Winner of three Tony Awards, "FELA!" is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation and whose civil rights struggle defied a corrupt and oppressive military regime. Tickets are $25 to $130.
The Shakespeare Theatre Harman Hall

Sept. 14 to Oct. 2
Macbeth
Synetic performs its wordless production of Shakespeare's story of murder, madness and self-destruction, driven by the outsize ambitions of a husband and wife, as part of its Silent Shakespeare Festival. Please call for ticket details.
Synetic Theater at Crystal City

Sept. 15 to Oct. 9
¡Ay, Carmela!
When a vaudeville comedy duo accidentally fall into the hands of Franco's fascists troops during the Spanish Civil War, they witness an execution and are forced to perform for other captives in this heartbreaking portrayal of love, loss and the inhumanity of war by José Sanchis Sinisterra, one of Spain's most acclaimed contemporary playwrights. Tickets are $34 or $38.
GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sept. 23 to Oct. 30
Parade
Ostracized for his faith and Northern heritage, Jewish factory manager Leo Frank is accused of murdering a teenage factory girl in this Tony-winning musical drama based on the true story of Frank's trial and lynching in early 20th-century Atlanta. Tickets are $
Ford's Theatre

Sept. 28 to Oct. 16
Lungs
A couple negotiates sex, parenthood, and responsibilities large and small in Duncan Macmillan's intimate drama about chance, change and consequence. Tickets are $20.
The Studio Theatre

Sept. 28 to Oct. 30
Les Misérables
Cameron Mackintosh presents a new, fully staged 25th-anniversary production of Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical "Les Misérables," featuring re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo that brings this enduring story about the survival of the human spirit to life. Tickets start at $39.
Kennedy Center Opera House

Through Oct. 2
Oklahoma!
The best-selling show in Arena Stage's 60-year history is back for 12 weeks. Inspired by the toughness of the prairie, Artistic Director Molly Smith sets her production in the robust world of territory life filled with a cast as rich and complex as the great tapestry of America itself, set against the backdrop of Rodgers and Hammerstein's timeless music. Please call for ticket details.
Arena Stage

Through Oct. 16
The Boy Detective Fails
In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, a Billy the "boy detective" faces a mystery he can't comprehend: the shocking death of his young sister and crime-solving partner Caroline. Ten years later, a 30-year-old Billy returns to his quiet New Jersey town after an extended stay at St. Vitus' Hospital for the mentally ill determined to right old wrongs. Call for ticket information.
Signature Theatre

TOURS / SHOWCASES

 Sun., Sept. 18, 12 p.m.
27th Anniversary Kalorama House and Embassy Tour
This annual tour hosted by the Woodrow Wilson House opens the doors to the embassies and ambassadorial residences that reside in the Kalorama neighborhood. This year's tour features the residence of the European Union ambassador, a magnificent home built in 1926; the temporary residence of the Cypriot ambassador, which, despite its imposing limestone façade, is only one room deep, the result of the oddly shaped lot on which it sits; the residence of Colombian ambassador, inspired by Chateau Balleroy, located in Normandy, France; and the Slovenian Embassy, an aluminum and glass chancery built in the 1960s that has undergone a complete remodeling to showcase Slovenian design. Tickets are $40; a pre-brunch tour package is available for $75. For information, visit www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org.
The Woodrow Wilson House

Sat., Oct. 1, 12 p.m.,
Sun., Oct. 2, 12 p.m.
Russian Bazaar
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist presents two days of Russian culture, food, folk music, handicrafts and children's activities. For information, visit www.russianbazaar.org.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Last Edited on September 1, 2011