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London to the World:
Let the Games Begin

a4.profile.ambassador.westmacott.homeBritish Ambassador Peter Westmacott's homeland is basking in the limelight, with all eyes on London for a royal wedding, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and now the 2012 Summer Olympics. Read More


People of World Influence

From Immigrants' Daughter
To Nation's Top Jobs Official

a1.powi.solis.homeAs labor secretary, Hilda L. Solis is reaching out to embassies to protect the rights of all workers in the U.S., while tackling the joblessness that's undercutting the economy. Read More


Environment

Diplomat Special Report:
Climate Change Heats Up

a2.climate.island.homeAlthough scientists caution against directly linking global warming with extreme weather events, they say climate change is clearly making such events far more frequent, likely and intense. Read More

Bangladesh: The Ground Zero of Climate Change

Equador: Eco-Ingenuity Helps Ecuador Forgo Oil Profits

Small Island Nations: Warn of Climate-Triggered Extinction

Central America: Weather Patterns Spell Grim Forecast


Diplomacy

Embassy Protests Make Noise,
But Do They Make a Difference?

a3.embassies.protest.homeEmbassies are a magnet for protests — from the political to the outlandish — but do these demonstrations actually do anything other than make noise? Read More


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Multilateral Summits Think Big,
But Produce Little More Than Talk

a5.summits.G20.homeThis summer has become summit season with a bevy of multilateral meetings recently, but does anything concrete ever come out of these international powwows? Read More


Diplomacy

U.S. Foreign Service Officer
Blacklisted for Scathing Exposé

a6.expose.book.iraq.homeAfter writing a tell-all on the State Department's Iraqi rebuilding effort and alienating his employers, Peter Van Buren is fighting to keep the job he's had for two dozen years. Read More


 

From Immigrants’ Daughter To Nation’s Top Jobs Official

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By Larry Luxner

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Letter to the editor

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By Cari

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Washington Diplomat Special Report: Climate Change Heats Up

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By Larry Luxner

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As Ground Zero of Climate Change, Bangladesh Braces for the Deluge

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Eco-Ingenuity: World Pays Ecuador to Forgo Oil Profits

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Small Island Nations Warn of Climate-Triggered Extinction

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By Larry Luxner

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Weather Patterns Spell Grim Forecast for Central America

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By Larry Luxner

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Embassy Protests Make Noise, But Do They Make a Difference?

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By Martin Austermuhle

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London to the World: Let the Games Begin

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By Larry Luxner

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Multilateral Summits Think Big, But Produce Little More Than Talk

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By Talha Aquil

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U.S. Foreign Service Officer Blacklisted for Scathing Exposé

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By Dave Seminara

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For Pregnant Women, 40, Not 37, Is Magic Number

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By by Gina Shaw

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‘Modern American Genius’ Showcased at Three Museums

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By Suzanne Kurtz

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Folger Surveys 200 Years of London Citywide Reinvention

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By Gary Tischler

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Heaven and Earth Collide in ‘African Cosmos’

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By Suzanne Kurtz

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Latin Artists Used Abstraction to Rebel Against Nationalism

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By Rachael Bade

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Aussie Abstraction - “Shifting Geometries”

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By Ryan Schuessler

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After Four Years of Fame, Volt Still Energizes Historic Frederick

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By Rachel G. Hunt

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Searching for Most Famous Unknown Rock Star Under Apartheid

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By Ky N. Nguyen

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Silverdocs Documentary Festival Honors 2012 Winners

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Films - August 2012

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Mandarin

French

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Arabic

5 Broken Cameras
Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
(Palestine/Israel/France/Netherlands, 2011, 90 min.)
When his fourth son is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera, filming his village's non-violent struggle against the Israeli construction of a separation barrier while at the same time recording the growth of his son.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

Cantonese

An Autumn's Tale
(Chou tin dik tong wah)
Directed by Mabel Cheung
(Hong Kong, 1987, 98 min.)
A naïve young woman from Hong Kong goes to study in New York, where her street-wise cabbie neighbor takes care of her in the big city. (Cantonese, English and Japanese)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 10, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 12, 2 p.m.

Rouge
(Yin ji kau)
Directed by Stanley Kwan
(Hong Kong, 1988, 96 min.)
Two journalists' repair their own relationship as they help the spirit of a 1930s prostitute who returned to 1980s Hong Kong to find the man who chickened out of their suicide pact. (Cantonese, English and Japanese)
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 3, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug 5, 2 p.m.

English

5 Fingers
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(U.S., 1952, 108 min.)
Based on a true story, a valet to Britain's ambassador to Turkey during World War II hatches a scheme along with a refugee countess from Poland to sell secrets to the Nazis.
AFI Silver Theater
Sun., Aug. 12, 6:15 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 16, 5:10 p.m.

13 Rue Madeleine
Directed by Henry Hathaway
(U.S., 1947, 95 min.)
In the run-up to D-Day, OSS man James Cagney identifies recruit Richard Conte as a German mole, but chooses to keep him in play, equipping him with disinformation to feed the Nazis.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 12, 4:15 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 13, 5:10 p.m.

Baraka
Directed by Ron Fricke
(U.S., 1992, 96 min.)
Ron Fricke's custom-built camera moved across 24 countries on six continents over a stretch of 14 months examining "man's relationship to the eternal."
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 3, 9:45 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 4, 10 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 5, 1:45 p.m.

Barry Lyndon
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.S./U.K., 1975, 184 min.)
The callow striver Redmond Barry, a reluctant conscript in the British army, leaves his Irish home in disgrace, deserts the army, then re-enlists on the victorious Prussian side.
AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., Aug. 24, 3:35 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 25, 6:15 p.m.

Bonjour Tristesse
Directed by Otto Preminger
(U.S., 1958, 94 min.)
Cecile is a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond, but when his old love interest comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile becomes afraid for her way of life. (Screens with "Breathless")
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

A Clockwork Orange
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.K., 1971, 136 min.)
Kubrick's most idiosyncratic work is an exceedingly artful evocation of a dystopian future and a hugely influential cult classic that remains right-of-passage viewing for adventurous film lovers.
AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., Aug. 16, 9:20 p.m.,
Fri., Aug. 17, 9:30 p.m.,
Sat., Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m.

Diamonds Are Forever
Directed by Guy Hamilton
(U.K., 1971, 120 min.)
James Bond tracks a diamond-smuggling operation from Amsterdam to Los Angeles to Las Vegas, discovering that the trail leads to an archenemy whose interest in the rocks is military, not monetary.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 25, 3:45 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.

The Deadly Affair
Directed by Sidney Lumet
(U.K., 1966, 115 min)
After receiving an anonymous poison pen letter alleging a British Foreign Office minister's communist sympathies, security agent James Mason investigates, clearing the man's name — but the next day, the minister is found dead.
AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., Aug. 22, 9:20 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 23, 9:20 p.m.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.K., 1964, 96 min.)
Kubrick's classic Cold War satire kicks in when the paranoid Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper initiates a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the Soviet Union because he suspects the communists are poising America's water supply.
AFI Silver Theatre
Aug. 10 to 16

Five Graves to Cairo
Directed by Billy Wilder
(U.S., 1943, 96 min.)
A British corporal, stranded by his army's hasty retreat from the victorious German Afrika Korps in 1942, holes up in a remote hotel on the border between Egypt and Libya, only to find the Germans arrive to use the hotel as their headquarters. (English and German)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 4, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 6, 5:10 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 7, 5:10 p.m.

Goldfinger
Directed by Guy Hamilton
(U.K., 1964, 110 min.)
One of the most iconic of the James Bond films, influencing future installments with its wickedly sardonic dialogue, "Goldfinger" features Sean Connery as the dashing British spy and Honor Blackman as aviatrix Pussy Galore.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 4, 3:30 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 7, 7:10 p.m.

The Imposter
Directed by Bart Layton
(U.K., 2012, 99 min.)
In this documentary, a young Frenchman convinces a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who went missing three years earlier.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 10

Khartoum
Directed by Basil Dearden
(U.S., 1966, 134 min.)
After British and Egyptian troops are massacred in the Sudanese desert in 1883 by an insurgent army led by a Muslim holy warrior, Prime Minister Gladstone dispatches maverick war hero General Charles Gordon to Khartoum to salvage what remains of British authority there.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 25, 1 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 28, 4:20 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 30, 4:20 p.m.

The Kremlin Letter
Directed by John Huston
(U.S., 1970, 120 min.)
A cadre of jaded American intelligence veterans recruits a brilliant young phenom possessing a photographic memory and mastery of eight languages for a dangerous mission in Moscow.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 26, 9 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.

Lolita
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
(U.S./U.K., 1962, 152 min.)
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a 14-year-old nymphet.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.

Lord Jim
Directed by Richard Brooks
(U.K./U.S., 1965, 154 min.)
Disgraced merchant seaman Peter O'Toole drifts aimlessly around Southeast Asia, until an offer of a dangerous mission rouses him to redemption.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 26, 1:20 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 27, 4 p.m.,
Wed., Aug. 29, 4 p.m.

The Man Who Never Was
Directed by Ronald Neame
(U.K., 1956, 103 min.)
Based on a true story, a cadaver is pressed into duty to play a drowned British naval officer and washed ashore in Spain with forged documents detailing plans for an Allied assault on Greece in 1943 — a red herring to distract from the real plans to land in Sicily.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 5, 11 a.m.,
Mon., Aug. 6, 9:20 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 7, 9:20 p.m.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Directed by Peter R. Hunt
(U.K., 1969, 142 min.)
Villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld plans to cripple the world's crop production by spreading the Virus Omega by means of the Angels of Death, 12 brainwashed women from around the globe.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 19, 7:45 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 21, 6:45 p.m.

Our Man in Havana
Directed by Carol Reed
(U.K., 1959, 111 min.)
The third and final of the Carol Reed-Graham Greene collaborations, this time in spoof mode: Havana vacuum cleaner salesman Alec Guinness is surprised to find himself recruited by Caribbean spymaster Noël Coward for service in MI6.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m.,
Wed. Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

Pickup on South Street
Directed by Samuel Fuller
(U.S., 1953, 80 min.)
A small-time criminal picks a pocket on the New York subway, but scores more than he bargained for: a strip of microfilm containing classified U.S. secrets, intended for delivery to a ring of communist spies.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 11, 11:05 a.m.,
Sun., Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 14, 5:10 p.m.

Searching for Sugar Man
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
(Sweden/U.K., 2012, 85 min.)
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller Rodriguez.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Directed by Martin Ritt
(U.K., 1965, 112 min.)
After a drunken binge, a stint in jail and an affair with communist Claire Bloom, British agent Richard Burton appears washed up with MI6 and perhaps defection material. But is it all a sham?
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 18, 6:45 p.m.,
Thu., Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines
Directed by Ken Annakin
(U.K., 1965, 138 min.)
In 1910, an intrepid bunch of pioneer pilots enters a London-to-Paris air race, an international field led by a barnstorming American, an Italian ace Alberto Sordi, Red Baron-esque Prussian, amorous Frenchman and a Japanese naval officer.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 11, 1 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m.

Thunderball
Directed by Terence Young
(U.K., 1965, 130 min.)
Armed with two stolen NATO nuclear warheads, SPECTRE holds the U.K. and U.S. hostage, threatening to blow up a major city of their ransom demand for £100 million in uncut diamonds is not met.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 11, 5:55 p.m.,
Tue., Aug. 14, 7 p.m.

Trishna
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
(U.K., 2011, 113 min.)
Set in contemporary Rajasthan, a young Indian woman falls in love with a wealthy British businessman, but despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society that is changing rapidly through urbanization and education.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

You Only Live Twice
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
(U.K., 1967, 117 min.)
After U.S. and Soviet space capsules mysteriously disappear from orbit, Sean Connery as James Bond follows the trail to Japan, where he uncovers a plot by SPECTRE to start World War II.
AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., Aug. 18, 4:15 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 20, 7 p.m.

French

Breathless
(À bout de soufflé)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
(France, 1960, 87 min.)
A young car thief kills a policeman and tries to persuade a girl to hide in Italy with him. (Screens with "Bonjour Tristesse")
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 18, 2 p.m.

Nobody Else But You
(Poupoupidou)
Directed by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu
(France, 2011, 102 min.)
A bestselling Parisian crime novelist investigates the murder of a young, attractive, and vibrant woman who thinks she is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 3

Unforgiveable
(Impardonnables)
Directed by André Téchiné
(France, 2011, 111 min.)
A crime writer living in Venice while working on his new novel meets and soon marries his real estate agent. They move to a remote house on Torcello Island, where his obsession with his wife's daily whereabouts takes a dark turn. (French and Italian)
Landmark's E Street Cinema

The War Is Over
(La guerre est finie)
Directed by Alain Resnais
(France/Sweden, 1966, 121 min.)
After a close call crossing the French border, anti-Franco operative Yves Montand begins to question the cause to which he has devoted nearly three decades of his life. (French and Spanish)
AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m.,
Mon., Aug. 27, 7 p.m.

The Well-Digger's Daughter
(La fille du puisatier)
Directed by Daniel Auteuil
(France, 2011, 107 min.)
In pre-World War II France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper.
Landmark's E Street Cinema

German

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(Die Höhle der vergessenen Träume)
Directed by Werner Herzog
(Multiple countries, 2010, 90 min.)
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet Pont d'Arc caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known paintings and drawings of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. (German, English and French)
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Aug. 27, 6:30

Three
(Drei)
Directed by Tom Tykwer
(Germany, 2010, 119 min.)
Hannah and Simon are a couple in their early 40s living together in Berlin, with a lot behind them but not much ahead — until they both fall in love with the same man.
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.

When We Leave
(Die Fremde)
Directed by Feo Aladag
(Germany, 2010, 119 min.)
Imprisoned in a loveless marriage in Istanbul, German-born Umay flees to Berlin to make a better life for herself and her 5-year-old son, but is distressed to discover her family sides with her husband. (German and Turkish)
Goethe-Institut
Mon., Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Italian

Le Amiche
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy, 1955, 100 min.)
Returning to her native Turin to open a salon on the heels of her Roman success, a fashion stylist painfully tries to bond with the local au courant crowd. (Screens with "Superstizione" (1949, 9 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 25, 2:30 p.m.

L'Avventura
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1960, 145 min.)
A woman disappears along a rocky stretch of beach and her friend and lover try to find her, developing an attraction for each other. (Screens with "Nettezza Urbana" (1948, 9 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 26, 4:30 p.m.

The Lady without Camelias
(La signora senza camelie)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy/France, 1953, 106 min.)
A Milanese shop girl vaults to movie stardom, but teeters between ceding to the demands of "art" films or descending to low-budget spear-and-sandal epics, while oscillating in her personal life between a domineering producer and a suave diplomat. (Screens with "L'Amorosa menzogna" (1949, 10 min.))
National Gallery of Art
Sun., Aug. 12, 4:30 p.m.

Story of a Love Affair
(Cronaca di un amore)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy, 1950, 98 min)
A former working-class girl's rich husband hires a detective to confirm his fears that her penniless old flame has returned, inadvertently reuniting the two former lovers in the process.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

I Vinti
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italy, 1952, 110 min.)
Three morality tales follow well-off youths who commit murders in this French-Italian-British examination of postwar youth.
National Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 11, 4:30 p.m.

Mandarin

Killer Clans
(Liu xing hu die jian)
Directed by Chor Yuen
(Hong Kong, 1976, 103 min.)
Rival assassins fall for the beautiful daughter they've been hired to kill in this breathtaking mix of swordplay, treachery, and titillation.
Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., Aug. 17, 7 p.m.,
Sun., Aug. 19, 2 p.m.

Swedish

Easy Money
(Snabba Cash)
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
(Sweden, 2010, 124 min.)
When JW becomes a drug runner to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge.
Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., Aug. 10

Urdu

Mughal-e-Azam
Directed by K. Asif
(India, 1960, 185 min.)
In this lavish Bollywood spectacle inspired by true events, a 16th-century prince falls in love with a court dancer and battles with his emperor father.
Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.

 

Events - August 2012

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Aug. 1 to Sept. 2
A Small Hope
Lukman Ahmad, a self-taught Kurdish artist from Syria, expresses his personal connection to the Kurdish land and its people — a history layered with tragedy, perseverance and aspirations — in works that are steeped in vivid colors and moving shapes.
The Foundry Gallery

Aug. 1 to Sept. 28
Outward Reach
This exhibit celebrates Jamaica's golden jubilee anniversary of independence with photography, new media and video by seven Jamaican artists living and working in the United States — a convergence of topical creativity and expression across national boundaries that fosters the OAS values of hemispheric cultural exchange, freedom of expression, and innovation.
OAS Art Museum of the Americas

Aug. 4 to Feb. 3
Citizens of the Republic: Portraits from the Dutch Golden Age
Stalwart Dutch citizens, distinguished for their contributions to the arts and the state, are sensitively rendered in a selection of 17th- and 18th-century engravings.
National Gallery of Art

Aug. 11 to Nov. 12
Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan
Recently conducted scientific excavations provide a fascinating look into the nomadic culture of the ancient peoples of Kazakhstan, with more than 150 spectacular finds from this vast Central Asian nation challenging traditional views of the nomadic societies that thrived thousands of years ago.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Aug. 12
Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape
Through some 120 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints from a career spanning almost a century, the exhibition reveals a politically engaged side to Joan Miró's work, including his passionate response to one of the most turbulent periods in European history as well as his sense of Spanish — specifically Catalonian — identity.
National Gallery of Art

Through Aug. 26
Tati Valle-Riestra: Bodies of Ink
A selection of 31 ink-wash figure drawings by Tati Valle-Riestra's in her first solo show in the United States render the human body in various poses, an achingly familiar topic to the Peruvian artist who is also a lifelong dancer.
Artspace 109
Alexandria, Va.

Through Aug. 31
Daniel Libeskind: Architecture for the Angel of History
Photographs depict the striking work of Daniel Libeskind, who designed several museums of national significance as well as living expressions of memory, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Military History Museum in Dresden.
Goethe-Institut

Through Sept. 9
Antony Gormley: Drawing Space
The Phillips presents the first major U.S. exhibition of works on paper by British artist Antony Gormley, internationally acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public projects that investigate the human body's relationship to space.
The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 9
Jasper Johns: Variations on a Theme
One of the most celebrated artists of the modern era, Jasper Johns revolutionized the field of printmaking. This exhibition features some 90 iconic examples of targets, flags, numbers and other subjects the artist explored from 1960 to today and celebrates his visionary response to lithography, intaglio, silkscreen and lead relief sculpture.
The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 14
Shifting Geometries
Ten contemporary artists from Australia offer their takes on the diverse traditions of abstraction.
Embassy of Australia

Through Sept. 14
United Colors of HIV
In conjunction with the XIX International AIDS Conference, Fabián H. Ríos Rubino (a.k.a. Blitiri) of Argentina uses art to ask what does living with HIV mean today after more than 25 years of its first fatal victims, focusing on the iconic 1991 photo of AIDS activist David Kirby taken by Therese Frare at the hospital, with his father, sister and niece at his bedside.
Embassy of Argentina

Through Sept. 15
Hina/Jaina: On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld (600-900 AD)
More than 50 "Jaina style" figurines discovered on the man-made island of Jaina off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula — an extremely important Mayan ritual and religious site in the classic period — depict various aspects of Mayan cosmology, religious beliefs and society, providing fascinating insight into one of Mexico's most intriguing ancient civilizations.
Mexican Cultural Institute

Through Sept. 16
Worlds Within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran
India's Mughal emperors, who reigned over a vast empire that extended from Kabul over most of the South Asian subcontinent between the 16th and the 19th centuries, were passionate about lavish manuscripts and paintings. The exhibit brings together 60 of the finest folios and paintings from the Freer|Sackler collection, one of the world's most important repositories of Mughal and Persian painting.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Through Sept. 23
Constellations: Constructivism, Internationalism and the Inter-American Avant-Garde
Drawn from the permanent collection and rich archival holdings of the Art Museum of the Americas, "Constellations" surveys the dynamic, inter-American history of geometric abstraction across the 20th century — a tribute to the curatorial vision of José Gómez Sicre, the founder and first director of the AMA.
Art Museum of the Americas

Through Sept. 23
Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series
A pivotal figure in the history of modern painting, Richard Diebenkorn (1922–93) was an innovator whose work inspired legions of artists and greatly advanced the lexicon of abstraction.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Sept. 26
To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress
The era of Armenian printing began in 1512, when Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner) opened an Armenian press in Venice. To mark the quincentenary of that event and UNESCO's designation of the Armenian capital of Yerevan as its Book Capital of the World 2012, the Library of Congress highlights the Armenian literary tradition from the era of manuscripts to contemporary publishing.
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building

Through Sept. 28
Ocean Fishes and Taxonomy
Working in the tradition of naturalists such as John James Audubon and Louis Agassiz Fuertes, James Prosek reminds us of the role visual representation plays in shaping our perceptions of the natural world with paintings, sculptures and taxidermy specimens exploring the nature of two-dimensional representation and the limitations of classification systems.
The National Academy of Sciences

Through Sept. 28
Painted_Interventions
The third in a series of exhibitions of Austrian contemporary art, which takes place in cooperation with "bäckerstrasse 4 – plattform für junge kunst," features works by Austrians Elisabeth Wedenig, Matthias Lautner and Markus Hofer, as well as an artist from D.C., who reflect on the importance of the pluralistic world of the media.
Embassy of Austria

Through Sept. 30
Open City: London 1500-1700
Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. "Open City" explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners' sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions: church, theater and market.
Folger Shakespeare Library

Through Oct. 8
George Bellows
This comprehensive exhibition, the first in more than three decades, looks back at the career of George Bellows, arguably the most important figure in the generation of artists who negotiated the transition from the Victorian to the modern era in American culture.
National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 14
Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aeist
Few artists were more skilled than Dutch still-life artist Willem van Aelst (1627–83) at depicting luscious fruits, luxurious fabrics, and spoils of the hunt — 28 examples of which are featured in this first exhibit devoted solely to the artist.
National Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 14
The Deep Element: Photography at the Beach
This exhibition brings together photographs of the beach from the late 19th century through the present day, revealing the many ways that artists have explored and been inspired by this rich subject.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 28
Charlotte Dumas: Anima
Dutch-born artist Charlotte Dumas travels the world making evocative portraits of animals, characterized by their utility, social function or by the way they relate to people. "Anima," her first one-person museum exhibition in the U.S., centers on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery that carry soldiers to their final resting place in traditional military funerals.
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Through Oct. 31
The Big Picture: A Photography Exhibition in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the IDB Cultural Center
Comprising 44 striking images from the Inter-American Development Bank's permanent collection, as well as pieces previously shown at other art events held by the D.C.-based international finance institution, "The Big Picture" highlights the cultural wealth and diversity of the Latin America and the Caribbean, as seen through the lens of 22 leading contemporary photographers from 13 countries.
Dulles International Airport Gateway Gallery

Through Dec. 9
African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
In the first major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts, some 100 objects consider how the sun, moon and stars and celestial phenomena such as lightning and rainbows serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art from ancient times to the present.
National Museum of African Art

Through Dec. 30
Growing up AFRO: Snapshots of Black Childhood from the Afro-American Newspapers
In honor of the 120th anniversary of the Afro-American Newspapers, this pictorial exhibition features 120 images from the AFRO's archive collections that demonstrate the vital role young people played in African American history.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, Md.

Through Dec. 30
Prêt-à-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave
A selection of iconic costumes and haute couture dresses — reflecting the rich history of fashion in European paintings and designs of the grand couturiers — are reinterpreted in trompe l'oeil paper masterpieces by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave.
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

Through Jan. 6
Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep
In the Spirit of the East Asian calendar's Year of the Dragon, this exhibition highlights objects drawn from cultures as diverse as the ancient Mediterranean world, imperial China and contemporary South America, portraying dragons as everything from fire-breathing beasts to beneficent water gods.
The Textile Museum

Through Jan. 13
Dark Matters
"Dark Matters" brings together works from the Hirshhorn's collection that draw upon the associations and implications of darkness and its notions of mortality, silence, solitude and loss.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Through Feb. 24
Lalla Essaydi: Revisions
Lalla Essaydi, a Moroccan-born, New York-based artist, pushes the boundaries of Arab, Muslim and African perceptions of women's identities with her art, which includes themes of feminism, gender, identity and the private inner lives of women while drawing on Arabic calligraphy for its decorative and communicative potential.
National Museum of African Art

CAMP

Aug. 6 to 10
Hallyu Camp 2012
The Korean Cultural Center presents a five-day immersion experience for fans of Korean pop culture, offered through the embassy's King Sejong Institute Washington D.C. Korean pop culture, including K-pop music, dramas and movies, has become a global phenomenon in recent years, growing a passionate fan community that spans cultures and languages worldwide. Students will experience this trend through a variety of interactive workshops, lessons, discussions and creative projects related to Korean traditional and pop culture. The fee is $230. For information, visit www.dynamic-korea.com or www.tinyurl.com/HallyuCamp.
Korean Cultural Center

DANCE

Thu., Aug. 2, 11 a.m.
Step Afrika!
The dazzling D.C.-based company Step Afrika! is a global ambassador for "stepping," the uniquely American genre that is descended from African song and dance rituals. Tickets are $15.
George Mason University
Hylton Performing Arts Center


DISCUSSIONS

Wed., Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
Julia Child's Bon Appetit for Life
What more is there to say about Julia Child, who changed America's attitude toward food? Quite a lot, actually. Biographer Bob Sptiz portrays her life as an adventure story: work for the OSS, spying in Ceylon with husband Paul Child, attending the Cordon Bleu in Paris, where the idea of adapting French cuisine for mainstream America began to stir, and a long career on public television. Tickets are $25. For information, call (202) 633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Thu., Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Monkey Around at the Sackler Gallery
Sip the evening's specialty cocktail, enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, and have more fun than a barrel of very artistic monkeys during this Asian-inspired Mingle in the usually serene spaces of the Sackler Gallery. Tickets are $35. For information, call (202) 633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sun., Aug. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814 
All-Day Tour
In the summer of 1814, British troops made a 50-mile march to capture the American capital, routing pitiful citizen militiamen, while President James Madison rode out of town. Historian Anthony S. Pitch leads a full-day exploration of sites associated with this monumental event. Tickets are $171. For information, call (202) 633-3030 or visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Departs from Holiday Inn Capitol, SW

THEATER

Aug. 1 to 26
Little Shop of Horrors. Little Shop of Horrors
In this musical romp, a hapless florist shop worker raises a mysterious plant that brings the florist attention from everyone, including his crush, but eventually he gives in to the plant's appetite for human flesh and blood. Tickets start at $26.
Olney Theatre Center

Sat., Aug. 4, 12 to 10 p.m.
Signature Theatre Open House
Virginia's Signature Theatre opens its doors for its annual open house, with free live performances on five stages as well as demonstrations, kids' activities, master classes, a dance-n-karaoke party, Signature Idol Competition and a "Concert on the Plaza" grand finale.
Signature Theatre

Through Aug. 5
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
By examining the human price we pay for our high-tech toys, Mike Daisey influenced drastic change in the corporate practices of Apple and its supplier in China. But he came under fire for fabricating parts of the story. So Woolly is restaging an all-new version of Daisey's play that addresses the controversy head on, using the struggle over fact and fiction to tell an even better story that pierces the heart of our human relationship with our labor. Tickets start at $40.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Through Aug. 5
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
This rowdy and irreverent musical imagines President Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson as a rock star, following young Jackson from his boyhood home to the spotlight of the White House and beyond. Tickets are $38 to $43.
The Studio Theatre

Thu., Aug. 16, 8 p.m.
Moizi & Schwab Rock the US Tour
Peter Moizi and Christian Schwab, two popular Austrian comedians known as the Comedy Hirten (Comedy Shepherds), present a cabaret/comedy program in English about major events that made it into Austria's and the international media. Tickets are $30; for information, call Karl Hofer at (914) 934-0111.
Embassy of Austria

Through Aug. 19
Mein Kampf
SCENA Theatre in-your-face dark comedy by George Tabori about down-and-out painter Adolf Hitler and his relationship with two Jews, Herzl and Lobkowitz, in a Viennese flophouse circa 1900s. Tickets are $25 to $35.
H Street Playhouse

Aug. 23 to Sept. 5
All's Well That Ends Well
The Shakespeare Theatre Company's annual "Free For All" returns with the Bard's story of adventure and romance, set in World War I, as Helena, the daughter of a physician, pursues the non-committal Count Bertram, who in turn tries to escape her advances through harsh words and disdainful actions.
Sidney Harman Hall

   

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