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Events - April 2019

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April 5 to 26

Breaking Boundaries

This new group exhibition showcases genre-defying abstract installations, sculptures and painting by four contemporary Korean artists whose work transcends the traditional boundaries — mental, physical, spatial — that define human life and how we experience it. Yunkyung Kim, Jisook Kim, Hyo Jin Yook and Kwang Bum Jang each express contradictory phenomena in their art and subvert familiar concepts such as life and death, time and space, or real and ideal, by combining a variety techniques and media.

Korean Cultural Center

April 5 to 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

April 6 to Aug. 11

Forward Press: 21st-Century Printmaking

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

American University Museum

April 6 to May 26

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo

This expansive exhibition of works by Eduardo Carrillo — a painter, teacher and social activist known for advancing recognition of Chicano art and culture in California — features more than 60 paintings and watercolors spanning nearly four decades of the artist's production, from the late 1950s through the late 1990s. The work reflects on the artist's relationship to his native California as well as to his Mexican heritage, his early religious upbringing, and the European tradition of art.

American University Museum

April 13 to 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 April 14

Ambreen Butt – Mark My Words

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

April 14 to July 21

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

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

National Gallery of Art

April 14 to Sept. 15

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

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

National Gallery of Art

Through April 22

The Culture of Time and Space

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

Korean Cultural Center

Through April 28

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

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

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through April 28

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

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

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through May 3

On the Move

When people travel, their private and public spaces overlap. Paths cross and people with different destinations and motivations see their lives intertwined in ways clear as well as subtle, for times periods both extensive and brief. This exhibition explores the connective bonds between individual and collective experiences. Photographs by Juana Barreto Yampey, Helena Giestas and Olivia Vivanco invite visitors to reflect on the continuous movement of people from place to place, walking a blurred line where private and public spaces and experiences overlap.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through May 19

PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes

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

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through May 19

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

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

The Phillips Collection

Through May 27

In Peak Bloom

Highlighting the fragile beauty and ephemeral nature of the cherry blossoms, "In Peak Bloom" features digital art installations by women artists and female-led art collectives. The works take their inspiration from both the cherry blossoms' iconic form as well as its traditional symbolism and mythology, calling attention to the passing of time, momentary exchanges and the impermanence that characterizes all life on earth.

Artechouse

Through May 29

Underlying Borders

This exhibition brings together the work of five artists and their experiences of migration between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations. The artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender or nationality. Through their work, they pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Through June 9

A Gaze through the CINTAS Fellowship Program

This exhibition illustrates the efforts of the CINTAS Foundation in promoting the arts of Cubans and descendants of Cubans beyond the island for more than 55 years. It juxtaposes works from the foundation with those of the Art Museum of the Americas collection, showcases artists of the Cuban vanguard such as Hugo Consuegra and Mario Carreño, as well as artists who emerged later in the 20th century such as Andrés Serrano and Ana Mendieta.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Through June 30

Siri Berg: Statements

Since the 1960s, Swedish painter and multimedia artist Siri Berg has worked with a geometric abstraction, one both strictly reduced and rich in variation and the visually unexpected. This retrospective provides an exclusive access to a selection of Berg's vintage and new paintings, offering a different investigative look at the varied interests and aesthetic experimentations of Berg's career. One exhibition gallery closes on May 12 while the other closes June 30. 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 July 7

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

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

National Gallery of Art

Through July 28

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Through Sept. 29, 2019

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

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

National Museum of African Art

Through September 2019

Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran

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

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Oct. 20

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

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

National Museum of African Art

Through Nov. 17, 2019

Portraits of the World: Korea

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

National Portrait Gallery

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

 

DANCE

April 3 to 7

Three World Premieres

The Washington Ballet will present three never before seen works featuring choreography by former San Francisco Ballet soloist Dana Genshaft, American Ballet Theatre star Ethan Stiefel, and world renowned ballet choreographer Trey McIntyre. Tickets are $25 to $100.

Sidney Harman Hall

Tue., April 9, 16, 23, 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn to Dance Tango!

Learn to dance the tango at the Embassy of Argentina as part of the Pan-American Symphony Orchestra's (PASO) 13th D.C. Tango Festival. Taught by Arnaud Lucas and Corinne Merzeraud, these classes are for beginners but should be taken in order since they build progressively on the class before it. Instruction is in English. Appropriate tango dancing shoes are required (leather, suede or hard plastic soles; no rubber soles). Couples only. Tickets are $5 per person per class and available only as a four-class package and must be paid in advance. For information, visit www.panamsymphony.org.

Embassy of Argentina

April 9 to 14

Mariinsky Ballet: Le Corsaire

For more than two and a half centuries, the Mariinsky Ballet has been a crown jewel of the art form, celebrated for its dancers of unmatched skill and majesty. For its annual engagement, the legendary company presents Marius Petipa's captivating story of bold pirates, passionate maidens, shocking betrayal, and a dramatic shipwreck rescue. Tickets are $49 to $209.

Kennedy Center Opera House

April 17 to 21

Falun Dafa Association of D.C.: Shen Yun

Shen Yun's unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity's greatest treasures — the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. Tickets are $80 to $250.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., April 4, 6:45 p.m.

Denmark's Defiance: Protecting a Nation's Jews in WWII

In 1943, most of occupied Europe was hunkered down against the Nazis. The people of Denmark — led by their king — dared to stand up for their Jewish countrymen in what is considered to be one of the largest actions of collective resistance to aggression in the countries occupied by Nazi Germany. Join historian Ralph Nurnberger as he recounts this extraordinary act of courage on the part of an entire nation under severe duress. Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Sat., April 6, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

We can easily remember them: "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived." We think we understand them: Catherine of Aragon was a dedicated wife, Anne Boleyn was a home wrecker, Jane Seymour was a doormat, Anne of Cleves was ugly, Catherine Howard was a whore and Katherine Parr was a saint. But who were these women who had the misfortune of being married to one of the most difficult husbands in history? Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger considers each of Henry's queens, examining their personalities, motivations, influence and strengths. Tickets are $140; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Mon., April 8, 6:45 p.m.

Conversation and Book Presentation: Enrique Olvera on Mexican Home Cooking

Enrique Olvera, widely considered Mexico's best chef, is a leading culinary authority who has been praised for his brilliant reinvention of traditional Mexican cuisine and that has influenced a generation of chefs. Here, Olvera discusses his second English-language book, "Tu Casa Mi Casa (Phaidon)," where he focuses on authentic Mexican recipes meant to be prepared with ease at home. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Thu., April 11, 7 p.m.

France and the American Revolution

"The American Revolution: A World War," an exhibition at the National Museum of American History and a companion book of the same name, highlights the degree to which the American Revolution became a global war, in which the Americans relied heavily on support from other nations, most notably France and Spain. The war was fought across five continents and three oceans, with over 200,000 French and Spanish fighting against Britain, almost as many as the Americans. Over 90 percent of all the arms used by the Americans came from overseas, as well as $30 billion in foreign aid. Four scholars will discuss how the American alliance with France shaped both the conduct of the war, as well as the complex peace negotiations that ultimately ended it. For information, visit http://frenchculture.org/events/9603-france-and-american-revolution.

Embassy of France

Wed., April 24, 6:45 p.m.

The World of 'Poldark'

In the wildly popular British series "Poldark" seen on PBS, the fantasies of Georgian England and its historical realities are, surprisingly, not far apart. Aristocrat Ross Poldark returns after three years of fighting the American War of Independence to discover his Cornwall estate in ruins and his first love engaged to his cousin. He reopens his copper mines for income, moves to a modest farm, marries his kitchen servant and works to help the indigent. Julie Taddeo of the University of Maryland examines the topics the show encompasses: economics, religion, marriage, medicine, social customs, fashions, and the details of daily life in Cornwall and London. Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Tue., April 30, 6:45 p.m.

The CIA and the Presidents: An Ever-Changing Relationship

The sprawling Central Intelligence Agency has thousands of eyes and ears, but only one client: the president of the United States. The man who occupies that office shapes the substance and style of a relationship that extends for four or eight years. Some chief executives want intense briefings, others more charts and pictures. Some can't get enough of the CIA, others remain at arm's length. The CIA's chief historian David Robarge discusses the agency's changing role throughout administrations, and how presidents' experience with intelligence and their foreign policy agendas have affected that relationship. Tickets are $45; for information, visit smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

Sat., April 6, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Easter Workshop and Egg Hunt

Sign up your elder ones (ages 6-12) for a special egg decoration workshop (11 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.-1:30 pm). The workshop will utilize folk artisan skills on various materials under the direction of a diplomat. Children under 6 years old will decorate eggs at a come and go pace with Miss Czech and Slovak Queens 2018/2019 Jane Buckley and Emma Carlin. The egg hunt (ages 1-10) at 12 p.m. in the embassy's spacious garden will feature Czech candies and sweets. Live baby farm animals such as bunnies, lambs, and alpacas from the Frederick County Sheep Breeders Association, Blue Rock Farm and Whispering Meadows Farm will also be on site for cuddles and selfies. Registration is required by April 2 and can be made by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Embassy of the Czech Republic

Through April 14

National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C., and celebrates the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. Today's festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public. For information, visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

Various locations

 

GALAS

Fri., April 12, 6:30 p.m.

National Museum of Women in the Arts Gala

Join co-chairs Marcy Cohen, Kristen Lund and Sara O'Keefe for a special night at the National Museum of Women in the Arts's largest annual fundraising event. The evening features dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio and Micaela Varricchio will serve as honorary chairs, while artist Ursula von Rydingsvard will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Arts. For reservations, call (202) 266-2815 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

MUSIC

Thu., April 4, 6:45 p.m.

Tribute to Álvaro Carrillo by Alma de Cuerdas Ensemble

The Mexican Cultural Institute welcomes Oaxacan musical group Alma de Cuerdas for a tribute to Álvaro Carrillo on the 100th anniversary of his birth. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Mon., April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Bruno Monteiro, Violin

Nuno Marques, Piano

Heralded by the daily Público as "one of Portugal´s premier violinists" and by the weekly Expresso as "one of today's most renowned Portuguese musicians," Bruno Monteiro is internationally recognized as a distinguished violinist of his generation. A versatile musician, he is equally comfortable playing solo, chamber music or collaborating artistically with other forms of expression. Along with pianist Nuno Marques, he will perform a program of Brahms, Franck, Branco, Barbosa and Saint-Saëns. Tickets are $125, including Portuguese buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Portuguese Residence

Thu., April 11, 7 p.m.

Levin Music Concert

The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington is delighted to host Levine Music's exceptionally dedicated Honors Program students as they perform a recital filled with chamber music. To register, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Jesús Rodolfo Rodriguez, Viola

Edvinas Minkstimas, Piano

Viola perfomer Jesús Rodolfo Rodriguez studied at Oviedo Conservatory in Spain, Yale University, Juilliard School in New York, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Stony Brook University; pianist Edvinas Minkstimas received his doctorate of musical arts from the Juilliard School, where he was recipient of the C.V. Starr Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Together, they perform a program of Liszt, Ciurlionis and Rachmaninov. Tickets are $95, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Lithuania

Fri., April 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Mighty Five and Friends

For season finale of the Russian Chamber Art Society, soprano Zhanna Alkhazova, mezzo-soprano Anastasiia Sidorova, bass Grigory Soloviov and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern will perform works by the "Mighty Five" group of composers. Also known as the "Mighty Handful," Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and their colleagues transformed classical music in Russia, using colors and rhythms to express the soul of the people and setting historical narratives and folk tales in their songs and operas. Tickets are $55, including post-concert reception; for information, visit thercas.com.

Embassy of France

Sat., April 13, 2 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Dénes Várjon, Piano

A onetime protégé of Sir András Schiff and Alfred Brendel and a regular collaborator of the likes of Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon boasts prodigious technique and a balance of inventiveness and sensitivity in his interpretations of both standard and lesser-known repertoire. Tickets are $45.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Tue., April 16, 7:30 p.m.

Fazil Say

Pianist and composer Fazıl Say will perform a piano recital in the first half of the concert, while vocalist Serenad Bağcan will join him on stage in the second half to present extraordinary examples from Turkish classical and literature fusion songs from the İlk Şarkılar and Yeni Şarkılar albums. Tickets are $40 to $100.

GWU Lisner Auditorium

 

SHOWCASES

Tue., April 2, 6:30 p.m.

Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge

The 11th annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA celebrates culinary diplomacy and provides a uniquely D.C. opportunity to taste authentic food and drinks from embassy chefs representing all regions of the world. An array of international performances including musicians and dancers provide entertainment throughout the evening, while guests visit each regional pavilion to sample the sips and bites, and be part of the excitement to see which chefs win the Judge's Choice and People's Choice Awards. Cultural diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of this culinary competition. Attendees should bring an empty stomach, open mind and be prepared to take a journey around the world. Tickets are $160 in advance or $200 the day of the event. For information, visit www.eventsdcembassychefchallenge.com.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Tue., April 2, 6:45 p.m.

Agave Tasting: The Souls of the Spirit

Explore the emblematic spirits of Mexico with three of the most respected authorities in the world of agave culture. This interactive panel discussion will cover Mexican spirits from historical, cultural and sustainable perspectives. Tickets are $25.

Mexican Cultural Institute

Tue., April 9, 10:30 a.m.

AAFSW's Glamour and Diplomacy Fashion Show

Associates of the American Foreign Service Service Worldwide (AAFSW) — in collaboration with Jan Du Plain Global Enterprises and Indira Gumarova, wife of the Czech ambassador — celebrate contemporary designers from around the world in this one-of-a-kind fashion show, which will feature women ambassadors and ambassadorial spouses from various continents presenting a designer dress from their respective nations. For information, please call Sheila Switzer at (703) 623-6695 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

State Department Dean Acheson Auditorium

 

THEATER

Mon., April 1, 6:30 p.m.

Reading and Dialogue: Zeitgeist Literature Festival @LaPop Cultural Salon

From the housing projects of Berlin, to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, with foray through the streets of Bucharest, the 2019 edition of the annual Zeitgeist Literature Festival brings you the best in contemporary German-language literature. Join the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington and the Embassy of Switzerland in welcoming three leading German-language novelists to the nation's capital, where they will present their latest work in a reading and conversation with three prominent local writers. To register, visit http://acfdc.org.

La Pop Cultural Salon

April 1 to 20

The Peculiar Patriot

Betsy LaQuanda Ross is a self-proclaimed "Peculiar Patriot," who makes regular visits to penitentiaries in order to boost the morale of her loved ones. When she is not sharing neighborhood updates and gossip, Betsy illuminates the country's cruel and unjust criminal justice system and its impact not only on the 2.3 million people behind bars, but also their family and friends. Tickets start at $46.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through April 7

Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

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

Signature Theatre

Through April 7

Queen of Basel

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

Studio Theatre

Tue., April 9, 8 p.m.

Konstantin Raikin: Heaven Above the Chaos

Legendary Russian film and theater actor and award-winning director Konstantin Raikin presents his captivating one-man show, a nostalgic and humorous tale told through music and poetry told in Raikin's irrepressible performance style. Tickets are $45 to $75.

GWU Lisner Auditorium

Through April 14

Aaron Posner's JQA

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

Arena Stage

April 21 to 22

Opera Lafayette: Alessandro Stradella's 'La Susanna'

Two judges desire the beautiful Susanna. When she rejects their advances, they exploit their power in an attempt to destroy her. Taken from the timely story of Susanna and the Elders from the Book of Daniel, this is the Bible's iconic story of sexual harassment and the perversion of justice. Tickets are $25 to $135.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

April 26 to June 2

Jubilee

Inspired by the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, Tazewell Thompson's inspirational a cappella new work chronicles the bold African American ensemble as they travel the world, captivating kings, queens and audiences with hymns and spiritual songs supported by their rich voices. Tickets are $41 to $95.

Arena Stage

April 30 to June 9

Love's Labor Lost

A young king and his three confidants renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her three companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows — or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Tickets are $42 to $85.

Folger Theatre

Through May 22

Into the Woods

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

Ford's Theatre