September 2017

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Cover Story

Taiwan Finds Itself Between Territorial
China and Bellicose Trump

a5.cover.taiwan.kao.homeManaging the fraught relationship between China and Taiwan, which Beijing views as a renegade province, is an intricate dance, as Donald Trump found out when he stepped on China's toes early in his presidency. But Stanley Kao, Taipei's representative to the U.S., insists that Washington — and the world — can have strong ties with China while still engaging his democratic, dynamic island of nearly 24 million people. Read More

People of World Influence

Burns Reflects on Russia,
NATO, North Korea and Trump

a1.powi.burns.harvard.homeHaving worked with six presidents over his 27-year career, Nicholas Burns's opinions still carry weight in this polarized political landscape. And the former ambassador — who was inspired to enter the Foreign Service by the Vietnam War — remains vocal about a range of threats, from Russia to the hollowing out of the State Department. Read More


ISIS Déjà Vu

Obama's Strategy to Defeat Terrorist
Group Lives on Under Trump

a2.isis.mcgurk.homeIn January, President Trump gave his defense secretary 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat the Islamic State. As far as anyone outside of the White House can tell, that plan has yet to materialize. In fact, the billionaire's rhetorical flourishes aside, Trump has largely stuck to his predecessor's script of working with locals to dislodge the terrorist group from its sanctuaries in Iraq and Syria. Read More


Obstructionists or Idealists?

House Freedom Caucus Set to Roil in
Already-Tense Autumn on Capitol Hill

a3.caucus.white.house.homeCapitol Hill Republicans face a contentious autumn as they grapple with a backlog of daunting fiscal issues, relatively narrow majorities, virtually united Democratic opposition and an erratic president. But there is another unknown in this combustible mix: the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about three dozen combative conservatives ready to defy and derail their leadership's plans. Read More


U.N. Progress Report

U.N.'s Guterres Manages
Crises, Conflicting Interests

a4.gutteres.un.homeThis month, the U.N. General Assembly meets for its first session with António Guterres at the helm. The secretary-general has already begun to leave his mark on the sprawling bureaucracy, responding to humanitarian crises while managing a U.S. president who has repeatedly questioned the usefulness of the world body. Read More


AUMF Blank Check

No U.S. President Has Wanted a New
AUMF. Congress Might Disagree.

a6.aumf.911.memorial.homeCalls to re-examine and update the "Authorization for Use of Military Force," or AUMF, have grown louder in the wake of President Trump's August announcement that he would boost troop levels in Afghanistan. The further the 9/11 attacks recede into history, the more slippery the slope becomes for presidents relying on the AUMF to combat an ever-evolving array of terrorist threats. Read More


Cuban Shuffle

U.S.-Cuba Ties Backtrack Amid
Travel, Embassy Issues

a7.cuba.cruise.ship.homeIn late June, President Trump announced he would roll back what he called the Obama administration's "one-sided" opening to Cuba — a move widely expected to hurt Cuba's economy in the long run while depriving nascent private businesses, especially in Havana, of an increasingly lucrative source of income: U.S. visitors. Read More


An Undiplomatic President

Off the Cuff and Gruff, Trump
Tosses Out Protocol Playbook

a8.protocol.trump.macron.homePartisanship aside, we should all be able to agree that Donald Trump takes a nontraditional approach to the presidency. This is particularly evident in his communication style. To some, it's a breath of fresh air. To others, especially foreign leaders accustomed to their counterparts strictly adhering to protocol, it, well, stinks. Read More


Medical

Can a Blood Test Detect a Range
Of Cancers Before They Become Fatal?

a9.medical.blood.tests.homeA new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests. The test scans blood for DNA fragments released by cancerous tumors, explained lead researcher Dr. Victor Velculescu. Read More


   

Burns Reflects on Russia, NATO, North Korea and Trump

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Obama’s Strategy to Defeat Terrorist Group Lives on Under Trump

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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House Freedom Caucus to Inject Contention into Tense Autumn on Capitol Hill

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By John Shaw

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U.N. Secretary-General Guterres Navigates World Crises and Skeptical White House

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By Ryan Migeed

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Taiwan Finds Itself Between Territorial China and Bellicose Trump

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By Larry Luxner

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No U.S. President Has Wanted a New AUMF. Congress Is Starting to Disagree.

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Havana’s Ties with U.S. Backtrack Amid Trump Travel Crackdown, Embassy Expulsions

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By Larry Luxner

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From Unrestrained Tweets to Unconventional Language, Trump Tosses Out Protocol Playbook

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Before They Become Fatal?

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By Dennis Thompson

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WiSci Summer Camp Brings Girls to Malawi to Break Down Barriers

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By Teri West

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JET Program Celebrates 30 Years of Cross-Cultural Exchange

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By Morgan Caplan

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Ai Weiwei’s Lego Portraits of Human Rights Activists Lack Dignity or Soul

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Hillwood Showcases Marjorie Merriweather Post’s ‘Spectacular Gems and Jewelry’

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dancers Give Life to ‘Face of Battle’

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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‘Face of Battle’ Examines Human Side of War on Terrorism

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Halcyon Stage Aims to Make Capital a Hub of Creativity

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Films - September 2017

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By Cari

Languages

English

Mandarin


French

Turkish


Hungarian

 

Korean

 

 

FILM HIGHLIGHT

AFI Latin American Film Festival

Now in its 28th year, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and, with the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections.

This year's selection of films will once again include numerous international film festival favorites, award winners, local box office hits and debut works by promising new talents.

Highlights include the North American premiere of Cannes-debuted Colombian drama "The Dragon Defense"; "The Queen of Spain," Fernando Trueba's Spanish answer to "Hail, Caesar!" starring Penélope Cruz; Argentina's acclaimed 2016 Oscar selection "The Distinguished Citizen"; "The Untamed," the latest from Cannes prize-winning Mexican director Amat Escalante; the U.S. premiere of the Portuguese colonial drama "Joaquim"; and the Sundance-debuted Dominican prison romance "Woodpeckers" with lead actor Jean Jean in attendance.

The festival runs Sept. 14 to Oct. 4 at AFI Silver Theatre. For information, visit AFI.com/Silver.

 

English


The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Directed by Ted Kotcheff

(Canada, 1974, 120 min.)

Richard Dreyfuss stars as Duddy Kravitz, the younger son of a working-class Montreal Jewish family and a man of serious ambition in this dark comedy.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Sept. 4, 1:10 p.m.


Atomic Blonde

Directed by David Leitch

(U.S., 2017, 115 min.)

An undercover MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Baby Driver

Directed by Edgar Wright

(U.K./U.S., 2017, 113 min.)

In this stylish, action-packed crime drama, a talented young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams, Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema


Battle of the Sexes

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

(U.K./U.S., 2017, 121 min.)

This true story follows the 1973 tennis match between world number-one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Sept. 22


The Big Sick

Directed by Michael Showalter

(U.S., 2017, 119 min.)

Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail connects with grad student Emily after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents (English and Urdu).

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema


Birth of the Dragon

Directed by George Nolfi

(China/Canada/U.S., 2017, 103 min.)

Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, "Birth of the Dragon" is a modern take on the classic movies for which Bruce Lee was known, including the legendary showdown between Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack (English and Mandarin).

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Sept. 1


Columbus

Directed by Kogonada

(U.S., 2017, 100 min.)

A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his estranged architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.

Landmark's E Street Cinema


Dolores

Directed by Peter Bratt

(U.S., 2017, 95 min.)

Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in the fight for racial, class and gender equality in American history. She was an equal partner co-founding the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez, but her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Sept. 15


Dunkirk

Directed by Christopher Nolan

(U.S./U.K./France/Netherlands, 2017, 106 min.)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

AFI Silver Theatre

Angelika Mosaic

Angelika Pop-Up

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Gook

Directed by Justin Chon

(U.S., 2017, 94 min.)

Two Korean American brothers run their late father's shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles, where they strike up a unique friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl in the buildup to the "infamous" L.A. riots (English and Korean).

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 1


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk

(U.S., 2017, 98 min.)

A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Cameras follow former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

West End Cinema


Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Directed by Matthew Vaughn

(U.K./U.S., 2017)

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the U.S. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Sept. 22


Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

Directed by Michael Roberts

(U.K., 2017, 89 min.)

"Manolo" is the in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become the world's most famous luxury shoemaker. Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family's garden. After opening his first store in London in 1973 and coming of age in fashion capitals such as Paris and New York, Manolo now has shops and department store concessions in over 20 countries and still creates every shoe.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Sept. 29


Maudie

Directed by Aisling Walsh

(Ireland/Canada, 2017, 115 min.)

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., Sept. 1


Menashe

Directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein

(U.S., 2017, 82 min.)

Set within the New York Hasidic community in Brooklyn, "Menashe" follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy's strict, married uncle, but Menashe's Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea's memorial, giving the father a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent (English and Yiddish).

Angelika Pop-Up

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


School Life

Directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane

(Ireland/Spain, 2017, 99 min.)

This observational documentary follows a year in the lives of two inspirational teachers at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. For nearly half a century, this husband and wife have shaped thousands of minds, but now the unthinkable looms: what would retirement mean?

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., Sept. 15


Step

Directed by Amanda Lipitz

(U.S., 2017, 83 min.)

"Step" is the true-life story of a girls' high school step team set against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive — on and off the stage — even when the world seems to work against them.

AFI Silver Theatre

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

West End Cinema

 

The Trip to Spain

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

(U.K., 2017, 110 min.)

After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country's gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Landmark's E Street Cinema


Tulip Fever

Directed by Justin Chadwick

(U.S./U.K., 2017, 107 min.)

In 17th-century Amsterdam, a married woman (Alicia Vikander) begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait during the height of "tulip mania." The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together.

Angelika Mosaic

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 1


Viceroy's House

Directed by Gurinder Chadha

(U.K./India/Sweden, 2017, 106 min.)

In this lavish, sweeping historical epic, Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey") stars as the last Viceroy of India. He and his wife (Gillian Anderson) arrive at Delhi's palatial Viceroy's House in 1947 to oversee handing the country back to its people, negotiating with Hindu, Sikh and Muslim leaders as conflict erupts and two independent nations are carved out of the subcontinent.

West End Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 8


Victoria and Abdul

Directed by Stephen Frears

(U.K./U.S., 2017, 112 min.)

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., Sept. 29


Zuzana: Music Is Life

Directed by Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels

(Czech Republic/U.S., 2017, 83 min.)

This is the triumphant story told by Zuzana Ruzickova, 90, and how she became a world-famous harpsichordist and interpreter of Bach in Czechoslovakia, despite three years in concentration camps and forty years of communist persecution.

Edlavitch DCJCC

Wed., Sept. 13, 8:30 p.m.

 

French

After Love
(L'économie du couple)

Directed by Joachim Lafosse

(France/Belgium, 2017, 100 min.)

After 15 years together, Marie and Boris have decided to separate. However, Boris refuses to move out of the family home that Marie shares with their 8-year old twin daughters. Both sides refuse to budge in this painfully intimate, intensely fascinating drama about the emotional and financial complexities of a separation and the end of a long love story.

The Avalon Theatre

Wed., Sept. 20, 8 p.m.


The Decline of the American Empire
(Le déclin de l'empire Américain)

Directed by Denys Arcand

(Canada, 1986, 101 min.)

When University of Montreal academic Rémy and his wife gather with friends at a country retreat, conversational topics quickly turn to sex. While the male contingent prepares dinner, trading stories of sexual escapades and infidelity, their female counterparts tell their own tales at a nearby gym.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Sept. 3, 1 p.m.


The Demons
(Les demons)

Directed by Philippe Lesage

(Canada, 2015, 118 min.)

While 1980s suburban Montreal is blighted by a series of kidnappings targeting young boys, 9-year-old Felix is busy finishing his school year. As the peripheral knowledge of these abductions begins to permeate Felix's fragile consciousness, his imagined demons slowly start to mirror an increasingly nightmarish reality around him.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.

I Killed My Mother
(J'ai tué ma mere)

Directed by Xavier Dolan

(Canada, 2009, 96 min.)

Wunderkind Xavier Dolan burst onto the world stage at age 20 with this daring semi-autobiographical feature about an angry young man growing up, coming out and navigating a near-matricidal relationship with his single mother.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., Sept. 11, 7 p.m.


It's Only the End of the Word
(Juste la fin du monde)

Directed by Xavier Dolan

(Canada/France, 2016, 99 min.)

A terminally ill playwright returns from Paris to his family in small-town France after a 12-year absence, his very presence unleashing old family tensions.

AFI Silver Theatre

Wed., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.


Mollenard

Directed by Robert Siodmak

(France, 1938, 105 min.)

Salty gun-running sea captain Mollenard dives into dizzying intrigues, bar battles, and confrontations with nemesis Bonnerot, yet cherishes the camaraderie of his crew and loves the allure of the East.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Sept. 2, 4 p.m.


My Uncle Antoine
(Mon oncle Antoine)

Directed by Claude Jutra

(Canada, 1971, 104 min.)

Claude Jutra's evocative portrait of a boy's coming of age in wintry 1940s rural Québec has been consistently cited by critics and scholars as the greatest Canadian film of all time.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., Sept. 9, 12:30 p.m.


Pièges

(Personal Column)

Directed by Robert Siodmak

(France, 1939, 111 min.)

This commanding pulp-fiction piece directed by Robert Siodmak (who belonged to a German-exile community in 1930s Paris) foreshadows his later Hollywood film noirs. After several young women answer a personal column and vanish without a trace, the flics recruit taxi-dancer Adrienne Charpentier to go undercover and respond to the ad.

National Gallery of Art

Sat., Sept. 2, 1:30 p.m.


Polina

Directed by Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj

(France, 2016, 112 min.)

Polina is a dedicated young ballet student in Russia, rigorously trained from an early age by a perfectionist instructor. After being accepted into the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet, she decides that she wants something different, impulsively following her free-spirited French boyfriend to the south of France to join a dance company led by a brilliant choreographer (Juliette Binoche) who is creating challenging new works (French and Russian).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Opens Fri., Sept. 1

Hungarian

1945

Directed by Ferenc Török

(Hungary, 2017, 91 min.)

It's August 1945 − the war is over, and an uneasy, humid stillness pervades a small Hungarian village longing for a return to normalcy. But when two Holocaust survivors arrive, the town eyes them with suspicion. Are they here to reclaim stolen land? To open a competing pharmacy? Will they expose the villagers' wartime crimes and complicit silence?

Edlavitch DCJCC

Wed., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.

 

Korean

The Handmaiden

Directed by Park Chan-wook

(South Korea, 2016, 145 min.)

A crook-turned-servant falls for the heiress she had originally schemed to swindle in this audacious, visually sumptuous and highly erotic period piece (Korean and Japanese).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., Sept. 1, 12:30 and 9:45 p.m.,

Sun., Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m.

 

Mandarin

I Am Not Madame Bovary
(Wo bu hi pan jin lian)

Directed by Dajun Zhang

(China, 2016, 128 min.)

After being conned by her ex-husband, Li Xuelian is immersed in a long legal battle and is ready for retribution in this coldly comic revenge thriller.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., Sept. 10, 5:20 p.m.,

Wed., Sept. 13, 9:05 p.m.

Turkish

Cat
(Kedi)

Directed by Ceyda Torun

(Turkey/U.S., 2016, 79 min.)

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich (screens with "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul").

Goethe-Institut

Thu., Sept. 28, 6 p.m.


Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Directed by Fatih Akin

(Germany/Turkey, 2005, 90 min.)

Award-winning director Fatih Akin and bassist Alexander Hacke take viewers on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenge familiar notions of East and West (Turkish, German, Kurdish and English; screens with "Cat").

Goethe-Institut

Thu., Sept. 28, 7:45 p.m.

   

Events - September 2017

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EVENT CATEGORIES

Art

Music

Dance

Theater

Discussions

Festivals

 

 

ART 

Sept. 2 to Jan. 7

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse

Textile and apparel manufacturing is one of the most polluting industries in the world. This exhibition explores the work of innovative designers taking a lead in sustainability and reducing waste in the design process.

The George Washington University Textile Museum

 

Sept. 3 to Jan. 28

Edvard Munch: Color in Context

In the second half of the 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in this exhibition of 21 prints that considers the choice, combinations and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Sept. 4

David Molander – Invisible Cities

If home is a place where we ought to feel safe, how is this feeling visualized in our collective home — i.e., the city? This question inspired David Molander to create scenes where small and large conflicts play out among different interests and processes. While we can choose to care about or ignore them, all of them play an important role in shaping the invincible cities that we call home.

House of Sweden

 

Through Sept. 4

Linda Lasson – Black Thread, Images from Northern Sweden

Exploring the lives of the Sami, Sweden's indigenous people. Linda Lasson tells the stories of an exploited Northland and a displaced indigenous population through work that is archetypal contemporary poetry expressed as embroidery. The threads resemble drawings, and the graphic feel, mixed with the textile structure, exudes a sculptural aesthetic.

House of Sweden

 

Sept. 5 to Dec. 17

Between Two Rounds of Fire, The Exile of the Sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation

This exhibit showcases a diverse selection of works, grouped around the theme of technologies in conflict. The works come from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent United Arab Emirates-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit Arab art.

American University Museum

 

Sept. 5 to Dec. 17

I Am: An East-West Arts Initiative Organized by Caravan

"I Am" spotlights the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront issues of culture, religion and social reality in a rapidly changing world both in the Middle East and West.

American University Museum

 

Sept. 5 to Dec. 29

Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art

This display of 60 works examines how Southern California-based Chicano and Latino artists worked tirelessly in an effort to shed light on the economic, political and social injustices faced over the past four decades. Concentrating on various themes and ideas, the exhibition highlights the diverse approaches taken by these artists to communicate their individual and community needs.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Thu., Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m.

Tragedy and Hope of Lidice

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Lidice tragedy, the Delegation of the European Union, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, presents the exhibition "Tragedy and Hope of Lidice." As retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, the village of Lidice was razed to the ground and 340 villagers were murdered. The exhibition presents an overview of this tragedy as well as a selection of recent winning artwork from the International Children's Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice commemorating the child victims. To register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Delegation of the European Union

 

Sept. 7 to Dec. 10

Witnesses by Anna U Davis

Anna U Davis is known for her bold, colorful, graphic mixed-media work, where she explores her fascination with gender relations. This exhibit examines the notion of personality traits that are often classified as either good or bad — from curiosity, passion and jealousy to maturity, independence and insecurity — delving into where these features stem from.

House of Sweden

 

Sept. 7 to March 4

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects

Spanning 1985 through present day, this survey comprises more than 20 of the Kabakovs' maquettes, whimsical models, for projects realized and unrealized, including monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures and commissioned outdoor works. Opening nearly 30 years after the Hirshhorn hosted Ilya Kabakov's first major U.S. exhibition, these intricate creations invite the viewer into their surreal world in miniature and offer a rare glimpse into the duo's artistic process.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Sept. 8 to 29

Evolving

Five American artists from The Drawing Room collective use a variety of creative media to reflect on their early youth in Korea, through the evolving lens of their present lives settled in the United States. Using fabric, sculpture, collage and visual art that blends Korean and Western materials, "Evolving" exudes the liveliness of these artists' childhood memories as well as their individual struggles and progress since, evolving from immigrant to American in different environments. Like a majority of Korean Americans, who number nearly 2 million today, Dong Kyu Kim, Sueim Koo, Stephanie S. Lee, Jin Cho, and Jayoung Yoon were born in Korea and later transitioned to life in the United States. Each takes a unique approach to their art, drawing on familiar tensions between joy and hardship, tradition and modernity, in equal measure.

Korean Cultural Center

 

Sept. 8 to Oct. 28

Brilliant Dilletantes (Geniale Dilletanten)

"Geniale Dilletanten" was the deliberately misspelled title of a concert that took place at Berlin's Tempodrom in 1981. But over the years since then, it has come to represent an artistic scene in West and East Germany during the mid-1980's, an era of upheaval in which people in all the arts experimented with new ways of expression. Rather than persisting with the cause of world revolution, energies were channeled into achieving alternative ways of life. By adopting German rather than English as the language for song lyrics and band names, the protagonists of this new scene set themselves apart from the mainstream, giving credence to the movement's claim to be representing a radical new departure.

Goethe-Institut

 

Through Sept. 10

Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History

Offering unparalleled insight into the German artist's pioneering early practice, "Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History" showcases more than 30 paintings from Lüpertz's formative years in the 1960s and '70s, as he challenged the limits of painting and forged his own style amidst the unrest of postwar Germany.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Sept. 10

Revival

Contemporary sculpture, photography and video by women artists explores how arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter can spur the viewer into a transcendent encounter with a work of art. Rousing the spirit rather than simply tantalizing the eye, the 16 artists in this exhibition harness scale, technique and effect in photography and sculpture to reanimate deep-rooted emotions related to the human experience.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Sept. 15 to Oct. 14

Home + Discordance + US

Solas Nua, in collaboration with New York University, Washington, DC, presents this exhibition that explores the idea of the U.S. as a place of "home." Typically, the word home conjures up an image of warmth, welcome and a place of safety. However, for some that image does not fully hold true; some are less welcome than others, some are less equal and some are less safe.

NYU Washington DC

 

Through Sept. 17

Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington and the World

The Hirshhorn celebrates the 10th anniversary of Yoko Ono's iconic "Wish Tree for Washington, D.C.," a living tree that invites visitors to tie a handwritten wish to its branches, with a summer of the Ono's emotionally charged installations and performances. Starting June 17, visitors can make a wish at the Wish Tree, leave memories of their mother at the U.S. debut of "My Mommy is Beautiful," a 40-foot participatory artwork that becomes a communal tribute to motherhood, and watch the newly restaged Sky TV for Washington, D.C., a 24-hour live feed of the sky outside, created in 1966 when Ono was living in a windowless apartment and longed for a glimpse of nature.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Sept. 17 to Jan. 28

Posing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel

A selection of some 60 photographs in the National Gallery's collection made possible by Robert B. Menschel are on view in an exhibition that examines how the act of posing for a portrait changed with the invention of the medium. Featured works come from the early 1840s — just after photography was invented — through the 1990s.

National Gallery of Art

 

Sept. 21 to Oct. 29

Spain's Eleven & Estrada Design Kitchen

This double exhibition on design and food by Spanish designer Manuel Estrada serves as a framework for the "Eat Spain Up!" program about the gastronomy of Spain. "Spain's Eleven" is a photogrphaic journey across Spain's geography through its most relevant foods, from cheese and wine to olive oil, its fish preserves or its coveted ham. "Estrada Design Kitchen" explores the Spanish designer's conceptual work at pulling apart the everyday elements of food we take for granted, transforming them into works of art.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

Through Sept. 23

Markus Lüpertz

"Markus Lüpertz" explores the entirety of the prolific German artist's five-decade career with a survey of his earliest works along with more recent paintings. Lüpertz, who began painting in a postwar Germany dominated by American Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, has exhibited a preoccupation with the relationship between figuration and abstraction over the course of his career. Demonstrating this relationship through nearly 50 paintings, the exhibition at the Phillips includes important examples from Lüpertz's "dithyrambic" pictures and provocative paintings of German motifs.

The Phillips Collection

Through Sept. 30

From Sinbad to the Shabab Oman: A Seafaring Legacy

Sail the high seas alongside some of history's most famous explorers and navigators — Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Ahmad Ibn Majid — and visit different Omani ports of call. Each leg of this journey will explore Omani history, Omani mariners and the Omani vessels they sailed. By interweaving the stories of these explorers with items from Omani ships and shipbuilding, this exhibit explores the history of Omani seafaring over the last millennia.

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

 

Through Oct. 29

Equilibrium: Fanny Sanín

This spotlight exhibition, featuring five paintings and more than 30 preliminary drawings by Fanny Sanín, invites viewers into the artist's meticulous, intuitive process, as she creates compositions of geometric forms with precisely defined fields of color.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Nov. 17

Wonder Women!

From the Guerrilla Girls righting the wrongs of the art world to painter Edna Reindel's tough World War II riveters, to vintage feminist comic books — it's the celebration of the Wonder Women! Explore images of the powerful woman, real and fictional, in a wide-ranging selection drawn from the special collections and artists' archives of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Dec. 10

Stories of Migration – Sweden Beyond the Headlines

Migration is old news. It has helped shape countries and the world. But the current situation is unprecedented: More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes. Migration is also an integral part of the history of Sweden; in today's population, one in six was born in another country. Since the 1930s Sweden has been characterized by more immigration than emigration, including offering refuge to people fleeing war and political unrest. This exhibition aims to add new perspectives to the story of Sweden and migration and give insights into the current situation in the country. Beyond headlines of chaos and collapse, beyond politics and public authorities, there are people who try to build a life in a new country.

House of Sweden

 

Through Dec. 13

Matthias Mansen: Configurations

German-born artist Matthias Mansen creates large-scale woodcuts that explore abstraction and figuration. He advances the tradition of woodblock printing by transforming pieces of scavenged wood—discarded floorboards or fragments of abandoned furniture—into printing blocks, which he progressively carves and recarves.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through Jan. 1

Spectacular Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection

For centuries, extraordinary gemstones have been the centerpieces of stunning jewelry made to adorn royalty, aristocracy, high society and Hollywood stars. Over 50 pieces that once belonged heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the greatest jewelry collectors of the 20th century, will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed.

Hillwood Esttae, Museum and Gardens

 

Through Jan. 15

Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

Established by Congress in 1855 as the Government Hospital for the Insane, St. Elizabeths is widely considered a pioneering psychiatric facility. The hospital is a prime example of the "Kirkbride Plan" for mental health hospitals, which promised to help patients with a specialized architecture and landscape. This exhibition traces St. Elizabeths' evolution over time, reflecting shifting theories about how to care for the mentally ill, as well as the later reconfiguration of the campus as a federal workplace and a mixed-use urban development.

National Building Museum

 

Through Jan. 28

The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in multiple wars, varying in intensity, locale and consequence. After fifteen years, this warfare has become normalized into our social and cultural landscape; it is ongoing, yet somehow out of sight, invisible. These 56 portraits by six artists explore the human costs of ongoing wars through portraiture. The exhibition title is drawn from John Keegan's classic military history, which reorients our view of war from questions of strategy and tactics to its personal and individual toll.

National Portrait Gallery

 

Through Feb. 17

Painting Shakespeare

Discover the paintings collection at the Folger — its stories, its glories and Shakespeare's power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents kids and adults alike, with a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through June 24, 2018

Jim Chuchu's Invocations

The museum is the first institution to acquire and display Kenyan multimedia artist Jim Chuchu's mesmerizing suite of video projections, in which two distinct videos loop in succession and follow the structure of initiation rituals. Surrounded by Chuchu's pulsing house beats and evocative imagery, viewers are invited to contemplate the separations and releases that shape our individual and collective identities.

National Museum of African Art

 

DANCE

Sat., Sept. 2, 8 p.m.

BOLO (Bridge of Togetherness)

KanKouran's 2017 production, Bolo, will take audiences on an unbeliebably breathtaking journey into the influence that African dance and culture has had on contemporary dance styles, and how today's choreographers are now reaching back to bring an African influence into their work. Tickets are $20 to $25.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Wed., Sept. 13, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Daybreaker: Take Back Your Morning. Wake Up and Dance

Daybreaker is an early morning dance movement in 16 cities around the world. The event at the House of Sweden (i.e. Swedish Embassy) in Georgetown starts with a one-hour yoga + fitness experience on the rooftop, then guests dance with reckless abandon for two hours before work in Alfred Nobel Hall. Live performance and secret surprises are also included. For tickets, visit www.daybreaker.com/city/dc/.

House of Sweden

 

Sat., Sept. 16, 8 p.m.

Gipsy Kings Featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo

The Grammy-winning band behind "Bamboleo" celebrate over 25 years of flamenco, salsa and pop fusion perfection in the party-starting spirit of the south of France. Tickets are $40 to $65.

Wolf Trap

 

Sat., Sept. 16, 8 p.m.

Tango Opera – Maria de Buenos Aires

PASO performs Maria de Buenos Aires - Astor Piazzolla's genre-bending tango opera with its hauntingly beautiful music and surrealistic lyrics. Tickets are $45.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

DISCUSSIONS

Thu., Sept. 7, 6 p.m.

The Eagle and the Trident: U.S.-Ukraine Relations in Turbulent Times

Ukraine has struggled to establish itself as a democratic state since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Since then Ukraine has encountered multiple conflicts within the country, including the annexation of Crimea by Russia. What methods can Ukraine utilize to recover from its current conflict? How effective is the support from the U.S. in stabilizing Ukraine? The World Affairs Council-Washington, DC presents Ambassador Steven Pifer for a conversation on his book "The Eagle and the Trident." For information, visit www.worldaffairsdc.org.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 

Thu., Sept. 7, 6:45 p.m.

The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalization, 1565-1815

Centuries before London and New York rose to international prominence, a trading route was established between Spanish America and China that ushered in a new era of globalization. The Ruta de la Plata, or Silver Way, began with Andrés de Urdaneta's discovery in 1565 of the tornaviaje ("return route"), between the Philippines and Acapulco. It soon catalyzed economic and cultural exchange, integrated world financial markets, engendered the first global currency in the Spanish milled dollar, led to the rise of the first "world city" in Mexico and established Manila as the primary Asian hub. In collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Embassy of the Philippines, Spain arts + culture hosts a presentation by Peter Gordon, co-author of "The Silver Way," along with Margaret Myersof of the China and Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue and Tatiana Seijas of Pennsylvania State University. To register, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

Wed., Sept. 13, 7 p.m.

How Did Ordinary Citizens Become Murderers?

In the Holocaust era, countless ordinary people acted in ways that aided the persecution and murder of Jews and other targeted groups within Nazi Germany and across Europe. The museum's current special exhibition, "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust," examines one vexing question: What prompted average people to commit extraordinary crimes in support of the Nazi cause? To register, visit www.ushmm.org.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

Wed., Sept. 13, 6 p.m.

The Vienna Philharmonic 1942-2017: 175 Years of Political, Social and Music History

In 2017 the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorates its 175th anniversary. This lecture examines the distinctive structures of the orchestra, its relations with the most famous composers and conductors of their times, the role of its musicians and its affiliations with the different political regimes between the Habsburg Empire, National Socialism and the Republic of Austria. To register, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

FESTIVALS

Mon., Sept. 4, 12 to 8 p.m.

Carifesta

This free Caribbean music and arts festival celebrating Caribbean-American heritage highlights 28 nations and is the largest presentation of English-, Spanish-, French- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean culture on the East Coast. The festival will feature live bands, cultural dances, an international food court, craft village, beer garden and more. For information, visit www.carifesta.com.

Ronald Reagan Building

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

 

Fri., Sept. 8, 3 to 9 p.m.

Awesome Sommerfest – Chill Out @GoetheDC

Learn about the work of the Goethe-Institut, participate in activities and end the day with some of D.C.'s rad punk bands. Activities include German speed courses, the "Brilliant Dilletantes" exhibition, karaoke, button and bag upcycling stations, a photo booth with 80s costumes, short films and a scavenger hunt.

Goethe-Institut

 

Sept. 12 to Nov. 2

Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017

The 2017 Mutual Inspirations Festival pays tribute to Gregor Mendel, the father of modern-day genetics, his scientific achievements, and the vibrancy of his homeland by bringing science and the arts alive through over 20 events in the nation's capital. Festival highlights include the symposium "Mendel's Peas and Today's Genes" at Georgetown University on the ethical issues and possibilities of modern genetics; lectures by Director of the Mendel Museum in Brno Ondrej Dostal, Villanova University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Edward Guinan, and renowned geneticist and holocaust survivor Renata Laxova; a garden concert in the U.S. Botanic Garden with U.S. Mandolin Champion Radim Zenkl; a performance of the Libor Smoldas Organ Trio mixing jazz, blues, soul and funk at the Kennedy Center; the U.S. premiere of Lenka Lichtenberg's album "Masarykinspired" inspired by the folk music of Moravia; a "Great Experimenters" film series at the National Gallery of Art showcasing the early works of Czech filmmakers; and the exhibition opening of "Czech Scientists and Their Inventions" at the Czech Embassy. For more information, visit www.mutualinspirations.org.

Various locations

 

Sept. 21 to Oct. 29

Eat Spain Up!

This month-long program of activities explores Spain and its regions through its foods, its traditional cuisine and its new gastronomic innovation. The cultural initiative includes exhibitions, discussions, screenings, lectures and much more, accompanied by tastings of regional foods and wines, iconic and avant-garde Spanish dishes. For information, visit visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

MUSIC

Tue., Sept. 5, 6:45 p.m.

Ulises Eliseo Piano Recital

The Mexican Cultural Institute hosts Mexican musician and composer Ulises Eliseo for an evening of contemporary piano compositions, with songs from his album "Opus 1." To register, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Tue., Sept. 5, 7 p.m.

Swedish Quintet Jaerv

The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv presents extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members have created a homogeneous, vivid sound that has established Jaerv on the folk music scene as well as in many other forums. To register, visit http://www.swedenabroad.com/en-GB/Embassies/Washington/Current-affairs/Events/.

House of Sweden

 

Wed., Sept. 13, 6:45 p.m.

Homage to Eva Ybarra

The Mexican Cultural Institute honors Mexican-American accordionist Eva Ybarra for her receipt of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Ybarra, the "Queen of the Accordion," is one of only a few professional women accordionists in conjunto music. Conjunto originated in the late 19th century in working-class communities along Texas-Mexico border and is distinct to that region. To register, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Tue., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam

The Embassy Series presents three outstanding artists in an exciting trio of clarinet, violin and piano from the Netherland's most renowned orchestra — the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra based in Amsterdam — in the elegant Residence of the Netherlands ambassador. Tickets are $195, including buffet, wine and valet parking (black-tie optional); for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Netherlands Residence

 

THEATER

Sept. 1 to 24

Julius Caesar

This classic tragedy will be modernized by Scena Theatre's modern interpretation, drawing parallels between the political turmoil of ancient Rome to that in present-day Washington, D.C., and featuring an international cast. Tickets are $40 to $45.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

 

Through Sept. 2

Big Fish

Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest, boasts incredible, larger-than-life stories that thrill everyone around him — most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father's epic tales in this production by the Keegan Theatre based on Daniel Wallace's acclaimed novel. Tickets are $55.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

 

Sept. 5 to Oct. 8

The Arsonists

The world may be starting to burn, but our Everyman has it all under control. He's a respected member of his community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely the arsonists will spare him. As an upstanding citizen, he's even happy to do his civic duty by opening his home to two new guests, but when they start filling his attic with drums of gasoline, will the fire hit too close to home? Written by Swiss playwright Max Frisch as a reflection on the rise of both Nazism and Communism, "The Arsonists" has uncanny new relevance today in light of the rise of populist nationalism around the globe. Tickets start at $34.

Woolly Mammoth Theater Company

 

Sept. 7 to Oct. 1

Don Juan Tenorio

In this contemporary adaptation of Don Juan Tenorio, the legendary lover pursues his vampiric impulses until he is redeemed by love. Remaining true to the language of José Zorilla, Nando López has distilled the story to its essence. He has combined characters and made them more complex, with the women, in particular, being stronger and more multifaceted, and the young Doña Ines is ultimately Don Juan's salvation. Tickets are $45.

GALA Hispanic Theatre

 

Wed., Sept. 13, 6:45 p.m.

Lorca: The Endless Light

This show celebrates Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garciá Lorca with jazz compositions, exploring the tensions between love and death, desire and repression, with Lorca's female characters taking center stage. To register, visit www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/.

Former Residence of the Spanish Ambassador

 

Sept. 15 to Oct. 22

Native Gardens

Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, move next door to Virginia and Frank, a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone's notions of race, privilege and where to draw the line on good taste. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

 

Sept. 22 to Oct. 22

Death of a Salesman

Willy Loman's career is over. During a pivotal 24 hours, he reflects on his life as a father, husband and traveling salesman. Truth and lies intermingle as Willy tries to reconcile the optimism of his youth with his unfulfilled dreams. As the full force of reality crashes down on him, he places his last hope of success in his two sons in Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Tickets are $20 to $64.

Ford's Theatre

 

Sept. 26 to Oct. 29

The Lover & The Collection

STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn returns to Harold Pinter's gripping realm of doubt and disquiet to direct a double bill of short plays, considering how we construct our own realities, which truths we tell and which lies we choose to believe. In "The Collection," a jealous husband confronts a rival, whom his wife may or may not have met. In "The Lover," a married couple calmly plans for their scheduled infidelities. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Through Oct. 8

A Little Night Music

In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs. Winner of four Tony Awards, Stephen Sondheim's glorious musical masterpiece returns to the Signature stage in a brand new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring award-winning DC actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre

   

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