March 2018

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Cover Story

Haitian Ambassador Paul Altidor:
Come Visit Our 'Shithole' Country

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The last time Ambassador Paul Altidor graced our cover in 2012, Haiti was digging out from one of the worst earthquakes in modern history and Barack Obama was in the White House. Fast-forward to 2018. Haiti is still recovering from that earthquake and Donald Trump is cursing up a storm in the White House. But this time, Altidor says his country won't remain silent in the face of slurs. Read More
Also See: End of Protected Status Could Devastate Remittance-Dependent Nations


Local-Federal Divide

U.S. Mayors Diverge with Trump
On Immigration, Climate Change

a1.mayors.chicago.homeThe Trump administration's absent approach on climate and aggressive stance on immigration have ramped up the political gridlock in Washington. Stuck in the middle are U.S. cities that have found themselves picking up the slack on environmental issues while watching the contentious immigration debate play out on their doorsteps. Read More


Continent of Neglect

Experts Urge U.S. Engagement
In Africa as China Fills the Void

a2.china.africa.lightrail.homeWhile President Donald Trump's recent "shithole" comment degrading Haiti and African countries roiled politics at home and abroad, some argue that it was also a statement emblematic of the West's historical neglect of the 54 countries on the African continent. Read More


Presidential Profanities

When Trump Swears
Rest of World Says WTF

a3.trump.speak.solberg.homePresident Trump's penchant for profanities has outraged parts of the world and further polarized a divided America, although his base seems to be eating up his vulgar vernacular. Read More


Benefits of Leave

U.S. Playing Catch-Up With
Rest of World on Paternity Leave

a5.parental.leave.crib.homeThe U.S. government is inching toward joining the rest of the developed world in allowing fathers to take time off from work upon the birth or adoption of their children without a loss of income — a policy that would benefit families as well as the economy as a whole. Read More


Nordic Vantage Point

On International Women's Day,
Strides Made but Gaps Persist

a6.norway.quote.aas.homeIn his own words, Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas discusses the highlights pertaining to the rights of women and girls all over the world in celebration of International Women's Day March 8. Read More


Medical

Your Attitude About Getting Older
Might Affect Your Odds for Dementia

a7.medical.aging.attitude.homeResearchers found that people with positive beliefs about aging had a nearly 44 percent lower risk of developing dementia over the next four years than those with a dimmer outlook. The protective link was seen even among people who carried a gene variant which raises the risk for dementia. Read More


   

U.S. Mayors Diverge with Trump on Immigration, Climate Change

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Experts Urge Increased U.S. Engagement in Africa as China Fills the Void

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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When the U.S. President Swears, the Rest of the World Says WTF

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By Karin Zeitvogel

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Haitian Ambassador Paul Altidor: Come Visit Our ‘Shithole’ Country

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By Larry Luxner

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End of Protected Status Could Devastate Remittance-Dependent Nations

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By Larry Luxner

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U.S. Stands Alone Among Developed Nations in Not Offering Paid Leave for New Mothers and Fathers

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By John Brinkley

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On International Women’s Day, Strides Have Been Made but Equality Gaps Persist

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By Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

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Your Attitude About Getting Older Might Affect Your Odds for Dementia

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By Amy Norton

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In Today’s Digital World, There Really Is an App for That — And Everything Else

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By Stephanie Kanowitz

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Hirshhorn Looks Back at Iconic Decade When Art Became a Marketable Commodity

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By Kate Oczypok

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Trump’s Gaffe Spotlighted Relatively Unknown Nation of Namibia

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By Gail Scott

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Mark Bradford Confronts Bloody Legacy of the Civil War at Hirshhorn

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By Brendan L. Smith

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Phillips Reflects on Swiss-Born Paul Klee’s Influence on 10 American Artists

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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Zimbabwean Immigrant Family Torn Between Tradition and Notion of Home

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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National Gallery of Art Unearths Enigmatic Estonian Court Painter

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By Kate Oczypok

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Films - March 2018

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By Cari

Languages

Afrikaans

Farsi

Japanese

Thai


Arabic

French

Khmer

Xhosa


Bahasa Indonesian

Georgian

Mandarin

English

Hebrew

Spanish

*EFF = Environmental Film Festival
**FF = Francophonie Festival
***NAFF = New African Film Festival
****CIFF = Capital Irish Film Festival

Afrikaans

High Fantasy

Directed by Jenna Cato Bass

(South Africa/Luxembourg, 2017, 71 min.)

Lexi and her friends Xoli, Tatiana and Thami head to her family's isolated Northern Cape farm for an overnight camping trip, capturing the excursion on their cell phones. When they awake the next morning to discover they've all swapped bodies, the friends are forced to examine each other's identities (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 10, 10 p.m.,

Tue., March 13, 9:45 p.m.

 

Arabic

Beauty and the Dogs

Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania

(Tunisia/France, 2017, 100 min.)

At a student party, Mariam, a young Tunisian woman, catches the eye of Youssef. A few hours later, she wanders the streets in a state of shock. It's the beginning of a long night during which she will have to fight for her rights and dignity to be respected. But how can justice be done when the perpetrators themselves are the arbiters of justice? (FF)

Embassy of France

Tue., March 6, 7 p.m.

 

Dallas

Directed by Mohamed Ali El Mejboud

(Morocco, 2016, 94 min.)

This popular Moroccan film follows the hilarious misadventures of a financially challenged film director nicknamed Dallas. The director's desperate need for cash leads him to join forces with a wealthy businessman in making a film about the man's grandfather. As shooting begins, the production hits a snag: The lead actor dies of a heart attack. Dallas is left with no choice but to continue shooting — with the actor's dead body (FF).

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Wed., March 14, 6:45 p.m.

 

The Insult

(L'insulte)

Directed by Ziad Doueiri

(Lebanon/Belgium/Cyprus/France/U.S., 2017, 112 min.)

In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion escalates, resulting in Tony, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. A media circus quickly begins to grow around the high-profile case, which exacerbates the already-high tensions between the Muslim and Christian groups in Lebanon's Arab community.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Until the Birds Return

Directed by Karim Moussaoui

(Algeria/France/Germany, 2017, 113 min.)

In contemporary Algeria, past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings, and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment (NAFF; Arabic and French).

AFI Silver Theatre

Thu., March 15, 7:15 p.m.

Bahasa Indonesian

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Directed by Mouly Surya

(Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand, 2017, 95 min.)

Set in the beautifully rugged landscape of Indonesia's Simba Island, the film's eponymous heroine, a widow living alone in the remote countryside, is assaulted and robbed of her cattle by a gang of bandits. After dispatching her attackers with some poison soup, she sets off on a journey of redemption.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., March 23, 7 p.m.

 

English

The 15:17 to Paris

Directed by Clint Eastwood
(U.S., 2018, 94 min.)

Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France. he film follows the course of the friends' lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.

Angelika Mosaic 

 

Albatross

Directed by Chris Jordan
(U.S., 2018, 98 min.)

On one of the remotest islands on Earth, tens of thousands of albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Chris Jordan and his film crew witnessed cycles of birth, life, and death of these magnificent creatures as a multilayered metaphor for our times (EFF).

National Geographic
Sat., March 24, 4 p.m.

 

Ama-San

Directed by Cláudia Varejão
(Portugal, 2016, 112 min.)

For over 2,000 years, the Ama-San dived in Japan. Bound by sisterhood, women are the primary source of income and essential to their families having carved out a rare space of respect for themselves by diving in the Pacific Ocean with no aid from air tanks for underwater breathing (EFF; English and Japanese).

Japan Information and Culture Center
Fri., March 16, 6:30 p.m.

 

Anote’s Ark

Directed by Matthieu Rytz
(Canada, 2018, 77 min.)

The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati faces a daunting challenge: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. As Anote Tong, Kiribati’s president, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many Kiribati are already seeking safe harbor overseas (EFF).

National Geographic
Mon., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Annihilation

Directed by Alex Garland
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 115 min.)

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling “Southern Reach Trilogy,” “Annihilation” stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. 

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler
(U.S., 2018)

T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Blue

Directed by Karina Holden
(Australia, 2017, 75 min.)

Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. “Blue” takes us on a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing a critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Tue., March 20, 7 p.m.

 

The Breadwinner

Directed by Nora Twomey
(Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg, 2017, 94 min.)

Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to provide for her family (CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 3, 12:30 p.m.

 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Directed by Alexandra Dean
(U.S., 2018, 90 min.)

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known as the world's most beautiful woman — Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her incredible beauty stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work eventually helped revolutionize modern communication. An Austrian Jewish émigré, she wanted to help defeat the Nazis. She invented a covert “frequency hopping” communications system to make Allied torpedoes unstoppable, and then patriotically gave her 1942 patent to the Navy, who ignored it and told her to sell kisses for war bonds instead.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., March 2

 

Breathe in the Roots

Directed by Indrias G. Kassaye
(Ethiopia/U.S., 2017, 75 min.)

This is the story of Ty Christen Joseph, a young African-American English teacher from Brooklyn who goes on a spiritual journey to discover more about his African ancestral heritage (NAFF; English and Amharic). 

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 9, 7:15 p.m.

 

Cacú: Un Cambio Por La Vida

Directed by Marvin del Cid
(Dominican Republic, 2017, 79 min.)

This feature-length environmentally-focused documentary film tells the story of five fishermen from Manresa, a poor neighborhood to the West of Santo Domingo’s Distrito Nacional, and how they transitioned from sea turtle nest predators to conservationists of the species (EFF).

Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Mon., March 19, 7 p.m.

 

Call Me By Your Name

Directed by Luca Guadagnino
(Italy/France/Brazil/U.S., 2017, 132 min.)

In Northern Italy in 1983, 17-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage and the beguiling Italian landscape (English, Italian, French and German).

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

 

The China Hustle

Directed by Jed Rothstein
(U.S., 2018, 82 min.)

This unsettling and eye-opening documentary follows a Wall Street web of fraud revolving Chinese companies, the American stock market, the 2008 financial crash and the opportunistic greed behind the biggest heist you've never heard of. 

Landmark’s Theatres
Opens Fri., March 30

 

The Chocolate Case

Directed by Benthe Forrer
(Netherlands, 2016, 90 min.)

“The Chocolate Case” follows the incredible journey of three Dutch journalists, who tried to persuade large corporations to end the use of child labor in the chocolate industry, but when rebuffed, decide to take matters into their own hands by creating the world’s first slave-free chocolate bar (EFF).

Royal Netherlands Embassy
Thu., March 22, 6 p.m.

 

The Cured

Directed by David Freyne
(Ireland, 2018, 95 min.)

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a plague that turned the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure has been at last found. The wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins, but the ex-zombies are hated, feared and distrusted by the general population.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., March 9

 

Darkest Hour

Directed by Joe Wright
(U.K., 2017, 125 min.)

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

AFI Silver Theatre
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

 

A Date for Mad Mary

Directed by Darren Thornton
(Ireland, 2016, 82 min.)

When “Mad” Mary McArdle returns to her small Irish hometown after a short spell in prison — for something she'd rather forget — everything and everyone seems different (CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 4, 2:30 p.m.

 

Donkeyote

Directed by Chico Pereira
(U.S., 2017, 86 min.)

Manolo leads a simple life in the south of Spain. He has two loves: his animals, in particular his donkey, and taking long wanders through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last walk by re-tracing the Trail of Tears, a brutal forced 2200-mile trek through the Native American Cherokee Nation (EFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 18, 7 p.m.

 

The Farthest

Directed by Emer Reynolds
(Ireland, 2017, 121 min.)

Irish documentarian Emer Reynolds tackles the captivating tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration: NASA’s Voyager mission, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in August, 2017 (EFF and CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 4, 4:30 p.m.
Carnegie Institution for Science
Fri., March 23, 7 p.m.

 

Game Changers

Directed by Louie Psihoyos
(U.S., 2018, 88 min.)

James Wilks — elite special forces trainer and winner of the Ultimate Fighter — as he travels the world on a quest for the truth behind the world’s most dangerous myth: that meat is necessary for protein, strength and optimal health (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Sat., March 24, 7 p.m.

 

Her Broken Shadow

Directed by Dilman Dila
(Uganda, 2016, 75 min.)

In Uganda’s first sci-fi film, two lonely writers struggle with their novels in different dimensions. When the boundary between their worlds collapses, the two women discover that each is the creation of the other — that they are both protagonists in the novel the other is striving to complete (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 16, 9:45 p.m.

 

Human Flow

Directed by Ai WeiWei
(Germany, 2017, 145 min.)

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact (EFF).

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Sat., March 17, 2 p.m.

 

I Am Not a Witch

Directed by Rungano Nyoni
(Zambia/U.K./France/Germany, 2017, 92 min.)

Accused of witchcraft, 9-year-old Shula is banished from her village in Zambia and sent to a “witch camp” to live alongside other exiled women. As Shula navigates her new life, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., March 8, 7:15 p.m.

 

I, Tonya

Directed by Craig Gillespie
(U.S., 2017, 119 min.)

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Landmark’s E Street Cinema

 

It Tolls for Free

Directed by Andrew Gallimore
(Ireland, 2016, 74 min.)

Through an intriguing conspiracy of circumstance and courage, Irishwoman Mary Elmes found herself center stage in two of the major theaters of warfare in the 20th century (CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 4, 12:30 p.m.

 

Jane

Directed by Brett Morgen
(U.S., 2017, 90 min.)

Director Brett Morgen uses a trove of never-before-seen 16-mm footage unearthed after 50 years from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on trailblazing conservationist Jane Goodall (EFF).

National Geographic
Mon., March 19, 7 p.m.

 

Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu

Directed by Mandla Dube
(South Africa, 2017, 107 min.)

After being brutally beaten by apartheid police during the 1976 Soweto uprisings, Solomon Mahlangu goes into exile and joins the liberation movement, enrolling in military training in Angola. En route to Johannesburg, his fellow soldier accidentally provokes a shooting on the streets, killing two innocent civilians and sending the men to trial. Although Mahlangu did not commit the shooting, the state seeks the highest punishment from the court: death by hanging (NAFF; English, Afrikaans and Tsotsi-taal).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

 

The Last Animals

Directed by Kate Brooks
(U.S./U.K., 2017, 92 min.)

“The Last Animals” is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and transnational trafficking syndicates to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction (EFF).

National Geographic
Thu., March 15, 7 p.m.

 

Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy

Directed by Thomas Riedelsheimer
(U.K./Germany, 2018, 93 min.)

This documentary follows renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy on his exploration of the world and himself through ephemeral and permanent workings on the landscape, cities and with his own body (English, Portuguese and French).

Landmark’s Theatres
Opens Fri., March 16

 

The Leisure Seeker

Directed by Paolo Virzi
(Italy/France, 2018, 112 min.)

A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., March 9

 

Liyana

Directed by Aaron and Amanda Kopp
(Swaziland/Qatar/U.S., 2017, 77 min.)

In this beautifully animated documentary-hybrid, a Swazi girl named Liyana embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 10, 1:30 p.m.,
Wed., March 14, 5:30 p.m.

 

Love and Bananas

Directed by Ashley Bell
(U.S., 2018, 76 min.)

Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers, led by world-renowned elephant conversationalist Lek Chailert, embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a captive Asian elephant from a trekking camp and set her free (EFF).

Naval Heritage Center
Fri., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Maudie

Directed by Aisling Walsh
(Ireland/Canada, 2017, 115 min.)

Exploring Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis’s life in all of its heartbreak and triumph, Aisling Walsh captures the trajectory of her incredible rise to artistic fame alongside her unlikely romance with a reclusive fishmonger who initially hires her to be his housekeeper (CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 3, 6:45 p.m.

 

Maze

Directed by Stephen Burke
(Ireland/U.K./Sweden/Germany, 2017, 92 min.)

Based on the true story of the 1983 mass break-out of 38 IRA prisoners from the then-newly built HM Prison Maze in Northern Ireland, “Maze” follows the relationship between two men on opposite sides of the prison bars (CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Fri., March 2, 7:45 p.m.

 

Molly’s Game

Directed by Aaron Sorkin
(China/U.S., 2018, 140 min.)

Molly Bloom, a beautiful young Olympic-class skier, ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob.

West End Cinema

 

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation

Directed by Charles Burnett
(Namibia, 2007, 161 min.)

Charles Burnett’s 2007 epic tells the story of the first president of Namibia, Sam Nujoma, charting his political awakening and his part in his country’s fight for its freedom from occupation by South Africa (NAFF; English and Afrikaans).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 18, 4:30 p.m.

 

Nostalgia

Directed by Mark Pellington
(U.S., 2018, 114 min.)

A mosaic of stories about love and loss, “Nostalgia” explores our relationships to the objects, artifacts and memories that shape our lives. 

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema

 

Oh Lucy!

Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi
(Japan/U.S., 2018, 96 min.)

Setsuko is a lonely, chain-smoking, past-her-prime office worker in Tokyo who is browbeaten into enrolling in an unorthodox English class, where she meets a handsome young American instructor, John. He requires her to wear a curly blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named “Lucy.” Setsuko finds her new identity liberating, and quickly develops romantic feelings for John — to the degree that when he suddenly disappears without explanation she wants to track him down (English and Japanese).

Landmark’s Theatres
Opens Fri., March 9

 

Open Land

Directed by Arno Oehri
(U.S./Liechtenstein, 90 min.)

The Embassy of Liechtenstein will be hosting a free screening of the newly released jazz documentary “open land,” which offers an intimate portrait of its protagonist, jazz legend John Abercrombie, who died in August 2017. This reflection is as poetic and atmospherically dense as Abercrombie’s music. Screenings will include a discussion with the film’s director, Arno Oehri, who will be visiting from Liechtenstein.

Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets
Wed., March 28, 6 p.m.

Goethe-Institut

Thu., March 29, 6:30 p.m.

 

The Party

Directed by Sally Potter
(U.K., 2018, 71 min.)

To celebrate her long-awaited prestigious post as a shadow minister for health and, hopefully, the stepping stone to party leadership, the newly appointed British opposition politician, Janet, is throwing a party for friends at her London flat. But once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.

Angelika Mosaic
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark’s E Street Cinema

 

Phantom Thread

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
(U.S., 2017, 130 min.)

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a much young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark’s E Street Cinema 

 

Pilgrimage

Directed by Brendan Muldowney
(Ireland/Belgium/U.S., 2017, 96 min.)

A small band of Catholic monks keeps to a solemn routine on a remote Irish coast. Then a stranger arrives. He comes wearing the white robes of the Cistercian order, bearing papers and demanding the unthinkable (CIFF; English, Irish, French and Latin).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 3, 9:15 p.m.

 

Poc Na Ngael

Directed by Éamonn Ó Cualáin
(Ireland, 2017, 50 min.)

In Éamonn Ó Cualáin’s fascinating documentary, Irish hurling legend Ger Loughnane reveals the little-known origin story behind the Canadian obsession that is ice hockey (CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 3, 4:45 p.m.

 

The Post

Directed by Steven Spielberg
(U.S., 2018, 115 min.)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. presidents pushed the countrys first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

AFI Silver Theatre
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema

 

Red Sparrow

Directed by Francis Lawrence
(U.S., 2018, 140 min.)

Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to Sparrow School, a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

Angelika Mosaic
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema
Opens Fri., March 2

 

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Directed by Ishaya Bako
(Nigeria, 2017, 90 min.)

In this sprightly Nollywood romantic comedy, Ope is struggling to make it as a chef in London. She dreams of opening her own Afro-fusion restaurant, but after some setbacks decides to head home to Lagos to reinvigorate her family’s hotel (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 10, 7:45 p.m.,
Mon., March 12, 9:20 p.m.

 

The Secret Scripture

Directed by Jim Sheridan
(Ireland, 2016, 108 min.)

An elderly patient in a psychiatric hospital recounts the story of how, as a young woman, she met and fell in love with Michael McNulty, arousing the jealousy of the local priest, whose obsessive love for her led to her ruination (CIFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 3, 2:30 p.m.

 

The Shape of Water

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
(U.S., 2017, 123 min.)

This otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, takes place in the hidden high-security government laboratory where lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

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

 

Thank You for the Rain

Directed by Julia Dahr
(Kenya/Norway/U.K., 2017, 87 min.)

Five years ago, Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya started using his camera to capture the life of his family and his village, and the impact that climate change is having on both. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together, we see him transform from father to community leader to activist on the global stage (EFF and NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 18, 2:30 p.m.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Thu., March 22, 7 p.m.

 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Directed by Martin McDonagh
(U.K./U.S., 2017, 115 min.)

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

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

 

Untamed Romania

Directed by Tom Barton-Humphreys
(U.K., 2018, 88 min.)

This feature-length film celebrates Romania’s astounding natural beauty and sheer diversity of wild animals (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Sun., March 18, 7 p.m.

 

Waithira

Directed by Eva Munyiri
(Kenya/South Africa, 2017, 72 min.)

In this autobiographical portrait of family, migration and assimilation, the director’s journey to discover more about her paternal grandmother, Waithira, leads her to Germany, Wales and Kenya, where her two cousins and eldest sister — all named Waithira — live (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., March 10, 11:45 a.m.,
Tue., March 13, 5:30 p.m.

 

WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

Directed by Anna Chai
(U.S., 2017, 90 min.)

Every year 80 percent of the world’s water, 40 percent of the world’s land and 10 percent of the world’s energy is dedicated to growing the food we eat, yet in the same year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown out. “WASTED” sheds light on the pressing issue of food waste (EFF).

Carnegie Institution for Science
Sat., March 17, 7 p.m.

 

Winnie

Directed by Pascale Lamche
(South Africa/France/Netherlands/Finland, 2017, 84 min.)

Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most supremely controversial, misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., March 11, 5:30 p.m.

 

Farsi

Tehran Taboo

Directed by Ali Soozandeh

(Austria/Germany, 2017, 90 min.)

Employing a rich color palette and beautiful animation, German-based Iranian expatriate Ali Soozandeh conjures a vision of Tehran's underbelly that would be impossible to achieve by more traditional means. Weaving together the stories of a sex worker, a musician and a party girl engaged to a violent brute, Soozandeh reveals the resourcefulness with which Tehranis seek out illicit pleasures.

AFI Silver Theatre

Tue., March 6, 7:15 p.m.

 

When God Sleeps

Directed by Till Schauder

(U.S./Germany, 2017, 88 min.)

Unfolding against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks in the Bataclan concert venue and European right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees, this film deftly weaves the journey of exiled Iranian musician Shahin Najafi ("the Salman Rushdie of rap") with historical context and intimate biographical detail.

AFI Silver Theatre

Mon., March 5, 7:15 p.m.

 

French

The African Storm

Directed by Sylvestre Amoussou

(Benin/France, 2017, 89 min.)

Set in a fictitious, diamond-rich African nation called Tangara, the film charts the fallout after the nation's president decides to nationalize all means of production built on its territory by non-Tangarans. Seeing their business interests slipping away, the Western corporations that have been mining the land for decades will resort to any available means to reclaim their mines (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Fri., March 16, 5:15 p.m.

 

Bagages

Directed by Paul Tom

(Canada, 2017)

"Bagages" enables adolescent immigrants to describe their recent arrival to Montreal in their own words. Through drama class workshops, they reveal the tale of their migration and integration (FF; to register, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Embassy of Canada

Wed., March 21, 7 p.m.

 

Borders

Directed by Apolline Traoré

(Burkina Faso/France, 2017, 90 min.)

The paths of four very different women converge in this free spirited, at times gritty, road movie set across western Africa (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 11, 7:20 p.m.

 

Chasse-Galerie

Directed by Jean-Philippe Duval

(Quebec, 2016, 109 min.)

In 1863, a group of snow-bound travelers invokes the devil, who gives them a flying canoe for them to go home. When one of them finds his wife about to die in labor, he makes a pact with the devil to save her and his newborn daughter Liza. He then cheats the devil of his prize by sacrificing himself. Twenty-five years later, Liza wants to marry her beloved, but the devil is determined to ruin her happiness (FF).

Alliance Française de Washington

Thu., March 8, 7 p.m.

 

Chateau

Directed by Modi Barry and Cédric Ido

(France, 2017, 81 min.)

Dapperly dressed Charles, nicknamed the Prince, is the charismatic leader of a group of hustlers that cajole potential clients into the hair salons around Paris's Chateau d'Eau metro station (NAFF).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 17, 7 p.m.

 

Félicité

Directed by Alain Gomis

(Senegal/France/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon, 2017, 123 min.)

Félicité is a proud, fiercely independent single mother who works as a singer in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son suffers a terrible — and expensive — traffic accident, Félicité's life is thrown into turmoil (NAFF; French and Lingala).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 11, 2:45 p.m.

 

Makala

Directed by Emmanuel Gras

(France, 2017, 97 min.)

A young man from a village in the Congo hopes to offer his family a better future. His only resources are his own two hands, the surrounding bush and an iron will (EFF; French and Swahili).

Embassy of France

Fri., March 16, 7 p.m.

 

Mountain

Directed by Jennifer Peedom

(Australia, 2017, 74 min.)

A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, "Mountain" is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains (EFF).

National Geographic

Sat., March 17, 4 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 25, 4:30 p.m.

 

Paris: A Wild Story

Directed by Frédéric Fougea

(U.S., 2016, 90 min.)

Paris is known throughout the world for the beauty of its architecture and the wealth of its heritage. But what of the 500,000 trees and the 2,900 wild species of fauna and flora that inhabit the City of Light? (EFF).

Embassy of France

Tue., March 20, 7 p.m.

 

Ranger and Leopard

Directed by Fathollah Amiri

(Iran, 2017, 53 min.)

A hard-working ranger hears about the presence of a Persian Leopard in area under his protection in Isfahan, Iran, but nobody has spotted any Persian Leopard there for about forty years (EFF).

National Geographic

Sun., March 18, 4 p.m.

 

Silas

Directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman

(Canada, 2017, 80 min.)

Liberian activist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader, fighting to crush corruption and environmental destruction in the country he loves (EFF).

National Geographic

Thu., March 22, 7 p.m.

 

Wallay

Directed by Berni Goldblat

(Burkina Faso/France, 2017, 84 min.)

Following the death of his French mother, 13-year-old Ady lives alone with his father in Lyon. Edging toward delinquency, Ady is sent to his father's hometown in Burkina Faso. Once there, he is entrusted to the guardianship of his uncle, a fisherman and disciplinarian who intends to put the boy back on the right track (NAFF; French and Dioula).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sat., March 17, 5 p.m.

 

Wulu

Directed by Daouda Coulibaly

(France/Senegal/Mali, 2016, 95 min.)

When Ladji, a twenty-year-old minibus driver in Bamako, is unfairly passed over for a promotion, the young man turns to smuggling drugs between Mali and neighboring countries to provide for himself and save his sister from prostitution (FF).

Embassy of France

Tue., March 27, 7 p.m.


Georgian

City of the Sun

Directed by Rati Oneli

(Georgia, 2017, 100 min.)

The lives, dreams and destinies of extraordinary characters unfold amidst the ruins of a semi- abandoned mining town in Georgia (EFF).

National Gallery of Art

Sat., March 17, 2 p.m.

 


Hebrew

Foxtrot

Directed by Samuel Maoz

(Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France, 2017, 108 min.)

A troubled family face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post.

Angelika Mosaic

Opens Fri., March 16


Japanese

A Beautiful Star

Directed by Daihachi Yoshida

(Japan, 2017, 127 min.)

In this sci-fi dark comedy, members of a seemingly normal Tokyo family discover that they are aliens from different planets at war over Earth's fate. Since humans have so badly botched Earth's management, some of the aliens want to exterminate them, while others want to help save the planet (EFF).

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., March 18, 2 p.m.

 

Onibaba

Directed by Kaneto Shindo

(Japan, 1064, 103 min.)

Deep within the windswept marshes of war-torn medieval Japan, an impoverished mother and her daughter-in-law eke out a lonely, desperate existence — dorced to murder lost samurai and sell their belongings for grain.

Freer Gallery of Art

Wed., March 7, 2 p.m.

 

Ramen Heads

Directed by Koki Shigeno

(Japan, 2018, 93 min.)

Ramen — the perfectly slurpable combination of broth and noodles — is considered an edible embrace, comforting ephemera and an art form by master chefs and legions of fans. Japan's reigning king of ramen, Osamu Tomita, takes us into his kitchen and deep into his world, revealing the secrets of every step of his obsessive process, sharing recipes, trade secrets and flavor philosophies.

Landmark's Theatres

Opens Fri., March 23

 

Tokyo Idols

Directed by Kyoko Miyake

(Canada/U.K./Japan, 2017, 88 min.)

A pop culture big business in Japan since the 1990s, "idols" are teenage female singers who perform sugary tunes for legions of fanatical fans. Kyoko Miyake's documentary looks behind the scenes of this phenomenon, focusing on Rio Hiirago who, at nineteen, will soon age out of idol-dom.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., March 16, 7 p.m.


Khmer

Diamond Island

Directed by Davy Chou

(France, 2016, 103 min.)

Like many boys from the Cambodian countryside, Bora leaves his native village to find work in Phnom Penh. He gets a job in construction on Diamond Island, a downtown island being turned into a luxury residence. Working by day and chasing girls at night, Bora runs into his long-lost older brother Solei, who is enjoying a suspiciously lavish lifestyle and introduces his brother to his world of high-end nightclubs and pie-in-the-sky dreams (FF).

Embassy of France

Tue., March 13, 7 p.m.

 


Mandarin

Angels Wear White

Directed by Vivian Qu

(China/France, 2017, 107 min.)

When a teenage beach resort employee captures footage of a powerful politician coercing two 12-year-old girls into his room, she becomes the unwilling center of a potentially explosive scandal that becomes a searing indictment of political corruption and the treatment of women in today's China.

Freer Gallery of Art

Fri., March 2, 7 p.m.

 

Have a Nice Day

Directed by Jian Liu

(China, 2018, 77 min.)

A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draw several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict.

Angelika Pop-Up

Opens Fri., March 2


Spanish

A Fantastic Woman

(Una Mujer Fantástica)

Directed by Sebastián Lelio

(Chile/Germany/Spain/U.S., 2018, 104 min.)

Daniela Vega shines in a wonderful performance as a transgender nightclub singer, Marina, in love with Orlando, a successful businessman 20 years her senior. He has left his disapproving family to be with her, and they are planning a happy future together when Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, leaving Marina stunned and bereft. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is attacked and excluded.

West End Cinema


Thai

By the Time It Gets Dark

Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong

(Thailand, 2016, 105 min.)

Moving languidly between narrative layers, this film is both a poetic exploration of the filmmaking process and an attempt to address how a violent incident from Thailand's past influences its present.

Freer Gallery of Art

Sun., March 4, 2 p.m.

 

Xhosa

Five Fingers for Marseilles

Directed by Michael Matthews

(South Africa, 2017, 120 min.)

Near the colonial town of Marseilles in the rugged Eastern Cape of South Africa, a group of rebellious friends dubbed the Five Fingers uses well-placed eggs and slingshots to drive off the oppressive police force. But when the cops seize quick-tempered Tau's childhood love, he goes from throwing eggs to shooting bullets (NAFF; Xhosa and Southern Sotho).

AFI Silver Theatre

Sun., March 11, 9:15 p.m.,

Thu., March 15, 9:15 p.m.

   

Events - March 2018

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Music

Dance

Theater

Discussions

Festivals

 

 

ART 

Through March 2

Bled

From the vision of red twilight to the enigma of the blue fall, Buenos Aires-born artist Daniela Ramsfelder's cicular paintings are a landscape of events, movements and vibrations. Here, imaginary time is based on a meticulous repetition of gestures, portraying a distant past and a continuous present.

Embassy of Argentina

 

March 2 to April 1

'Marie Antoinette' by Meg Schaap

An installation of an intimate portrait of France's iconic queen "Marie Antoinette," swallowed up by her environment, metamorphosing, rebelling and breaking free through "wallpaper" customs and norms of her time period.

Touchstone Gallery

 

Through 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

 

March 4 to May 28

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

For more than 40 years, Sally Mann has made experimental, elegiac and hauntingly beautiful photographs that span a broad body of work including figure studies, still lifes and landscapes. "Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings" explores how her relationship with the South has shaped her work.

National Gallery of Art

 

Tue., March 6, 5 p.m.

Fashioning the Future: Argentine Designers on the Edge of Tomorrow

"Fashioning the Future" is an experiential journey through contemporary Argentine fashion that merges science, technology and creativity. As part of the 2018 Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Investment Corporation Board of Governors Annual Meeting, this exhibition celebrates the richness of Argentina's creative and scientific contributions as well as their leadership at the forefront of innovative thinking in the region. By viewing these potential combinations of the industrial, digital and biological worlds through contemporary Argentine fashion, we can imagine how creativity and science can work in unison to positively transform our lives in the future. For information, visit www.iadb.org/en/exhibitions.

Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center

 

March 9 to May 28

Women House

Questions about a woman's "place" resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas persist about the house as a feminine space. This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project "Womanhouse," developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, contemporary artists in "Women House" recast conventional ideas about women and the home with acuity and wit, creating provocative photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through March 11

ERIK THOR SANDBERG: Out of reach...there is hope

This overview of the artist's work from 2005 to the present brings together some 40 works, mostly paintings and several drawings, which oscillate in scale between small and full-body size.

American University Museum

 

Through March 11

Kateřina Vincourová: Arteria

This exhibition focuses on the fragile nuances of interpersonal relations while at the same time abstracting these notions into an examination of time and space. Kateřina Vincourová's work thus becomes a holistic system — a large-scale spatial drawing rather than a collection of individual pieces.

American University Museum

 

Through March 11

Words

Artist Brian Dailey's multiscreen video installation investigates the relationship between language, culture, national identity and the challenges of communicating key concepts across linguistic boundaries and national borders in the age of globalization. His virtual Tower of Babel is a contemporary turn on the Biblical story explaining the worldwide diversity of languages, a tale with parallels in ancient Sumerian and Assyrian myths.

American University Museum

 

Through March 12

Wixárika

This exhibition of native artisans is presented by the Hermes Music Foundation. The Wixárika, also known as the Huichol, are a native people of pre-Colombian origin from Mexico's western Sierra Madre region. For centuries, the Huichol have employed an intricate and painstakingly beautiful beading technique, called nearika, to record their history and spiritual traditions through artwork. This exhibit will present musical instruments decorated in this style by Huichol artisans.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through March 13

Phenomenon Masaryk

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Czech independence, this exhibition focuses on Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the founding father and first president of Czechoslovakia. The project depicts his many roles as professor of philosophy, sociologist, writer, politician, journalist, visionary, democrat, father and husband. A combination of display panels and projections portrays Masaryk's worldly inspiration and broad influence as well as his critical thinking and courage to oppose the majority while defending justice and human values.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

March 16 to Aug. 5

Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

Korean-born Do Ho Suh (b. 1962) is internationally renowned for his immersive, architectural fabric sculptures that explore the global nature of contemporary identity. "Do Ho Suh: Almost Home" will transform the museum's galleries through Suh's captivating installations, which recreate to scale several of his former homes from around the world. Through these works, Suh investigates the nature of home and memory and the impact of migration and displacement on an individual's sense of self.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Through March 18

Tamayo: The New York Years

Rufino Tamayo's lushly colored paintings portraying modern Mexican subjects earned him widespread acclaim as an artist who balanced universal themes with a local sensibility. Tamayo (1899-1991) was drawn to New York City in the early 20th century at a time when unparalleled transatlantic and hemispheric cross-cultural exchange was taking place. "Tamayo: The New York Years" is the first exhibition to explore the influences between this major Mexican modernist and the American art world with 41 of his finest artworks.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

 

Opening March 24

Swedish Footprints: Shaping the Future

With "Swedish Footprints: Shaping the Future" as the 2018 public diplomacy theme program, the embassy will highlight Sweden's contributions to the strong economic, cultural, political and interpersonal ties between Sweden and the United States through a year of seminars, exhibitions, music and art. The series of events will tell the story not only of our shared past, but also some of the most vibrant areas of cooperation for the future. We will be following the stories of notable Swedes and Swedish-Americans in the United States, from the companies they've founded and the innovations that shape our everyday lives, to legendary films that contribute to our shared cultural heritage and pop music that creates the soundtracks of our lives. The embassy showcase will also include insights on jobs created in the United States by Swedish companies, innovative Swedish technologies that are shaping our future and the uniquely Swedish approach to international relations and security that will be in the spotlight as Sweden chairs the U.N. Security Council.

House of Sweden

 

Through March 25

Palimpsestus: Image and Memory

The 70 artworks on display, produced between 1900 and 2014, include more than 30 artists from 10 different countries drawn from Colección Memoria, as well as a selection of iconic modern and contemporary pieces from OAS permanent art collection. The exhibit surveys the main artistic trends and visual cultures that have developed in Latin America in the second half of the 20th eentury. The term Palimpsest, a capitalistic practice stemming from the scarcity of paper as a good for 15 centuries, is appropriated by the curator to conceptualize the relativity and interrelation of art narratives and aesthetic discourses.

OAS Art Museum of the Americas

 

March 25 to July 1

Cézanne Portraits

Bringing together some 60 examples drawn from collections around the world, this is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist's portraits. The revelatory exhibition provides the first full visual account of Paul Cézanne's portrait practice, exploring the pictorial and thematic characteristics of his works in the genre, the chronological development of his style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through April 27

Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Artists

Fogo Island Arts (FIA) is a residency-based contemporary art venue for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought some of the most exciting emerging and renowned artists of today to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, to take part in residencies and to present solo exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery. "Belonging to a Place" features works by a selection of international artists who are alumni or forthcoming participants of the residency program. The exhibition departs from a consideration of the concept of "place," seeking to examine where we come from and how we relate to multiple notions of belonging. Presenting sculpture, installation, video, painting and works on paper, the exhibition takes on a diverse, experimental and critical approach to contemporary art, its presentation and discussion.

Embassy of Canada Art Gallery

 

Through Spring 2018

Syria: Please Don't Forget Us

The Syrian conflict has raged for almost seven years and claimed the lives of more than 500,000 of the country's citizens. Eleven million people, one-half of Syria's pre-war population, have fled their homes. The Assad regime is detaining more than 100,000 of its people in secret detention centers where they are starved, tortured, and killed. This exhibition is a powerful testament to not only what the Syrian people have endured, but also their quest to document the crimes, tell their stories and hold their perpetrators accountable.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

Through May 5

A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall

This collaborative installation by Perla Krauze and Barbara Liotta, artists from both sides of the Mexico-United States border, incorporates material and metaphorical qualities of stone to evoke landscape and classical sculpture. The title of the exhibit is drawn from the poem "Dry Rain" by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, which begins: "At times the poem is a collapse/ a slow and painful landslide/ a dark and scandalous rockfall." Given the current state of U.S.-Mexico relations, this exhibition presents a healing gesture, recognizing our shared history.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Through May 6

Ten Americans: After Paul Klee

This exhibit explores the seminal role of Swiss-born artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) in the development of mid-20th century American art. "Ten Americans" sheds new light on important figures in American Abstract Expressionist and Color Field painting who adapted aspects of Klee's art and ideology into their own artistic development. It showcases more than 60 paintings, prints and drawings from collections in the U.S. and Switzerland.

The Phillips Collection

 

Through May 13

Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s

It's the '80s as you've never seen it before. Explore the iconic decade when artwork became a commodity and the artist a brand. Razor-sharp, witty, satirical and deeply subversive, these nearly 150 works examine the origins and rise of a new generation of artists in 1980s New York who blurred the lines between art, entertainment and commerce, a shift that continues to define contemporary art today.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through May 13

Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe

Undoubtedly the greatest Renaissance artist from Estonia, Michel Sittow (c. 1469–1525) was born in Reval (now Tallinn), likely studied in Bruges with Hans Memling and worked at the courts of renowned European royals such as King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. Through some 20 works representing most of Sittow's small oeuvre, the exhibition will offer an opportunity to examine his art in a broader context.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through May 13

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

Some 300 works explore three distinct periods in American history when mainstream and outlier artists intersected, ushering in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration and assimilation.

National Gallery of Art

 

Through June 3

Beyond Words: Book Illustration in the Age of Shakespeare

With visually interesting illustrated books and single sheet prints that have been rarely or never before displayed, this exhibition explores the production of the images in books in early modern Europe. Featuring more than 80 illustrated rare books and prints from the 15th to the 18th century from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the images include woodcuts, produced from carved woodblocks, and engravings and etchings, printed from copper plates.

Folger Shakespeare Library

 

Through June 24

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

 

Through July 8

Hung Liu in Print

This spotlight exhibition features 16 prints and a tapestry by painter and printmaker Hung Liu that invites viewers to explore the relationship between Liu's multi-layered paintings and the palpable, physical qualities of her works on paper. Her multifaceted body of work probes the human condition and confronts issues of culture, identity and personal and national history.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

 

Through Aug. 5

The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar Iran

In our age of social media and selfies, it may be difficult to grasp the importance of painted portraits and studio photographs in 19th-century Iran. During this time, known as the Qajar era, rulers such as Fath-Ali Shah, a contemporary of Napoleon, and Nasir al-Din Shah, a contemporary of Queen Victoria, used portraiture to convey monarchical power and dynastic grandeur. Through a selection of about thirty works from the Freer and Sackler collections, this exhibition explores how Persian artists transformed modes of representing royalty and nobility.

Freer Gallery of Art

 

Through Aug. 15

Tomb of Christ

Be virtually transported to Jerusalem and discover the fascinating history of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in an immersive 3-D experience unlike anything you've seen in a museum before. Groups will be able to virtually visit the church and learn about its storied history and enduring mysteries.

National Geographic

 

Through Nov. 12

Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge

For his first solo exhibition in D.C., acclaimed artist Mark Bradford debuts a monumental site-specific commission inspired by Paul Philippoteaux's 1883 cyclorama depicting the Battle of Gettysburg. Covering the curved walls of the Hirshhorn's Third Level Inner Circle, "Pickett's Charge" presents 360 degrees of abstracted historical narrative.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Through Dec. 25

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts

More than 300 works of art from the museum's permanent collection are on view within this exhibition. Working in media as diverse as wood, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and video, these works of art reflect the visionary ideas and styles developed by men and women from more than half of Africa's 55 nations. The installation is organized around seven viewpoints, each of which serve to frame and affect the manner in which African art is experienced.

National Museum of African Art

 

DANCE

Mon., March 12, 7:30 p.m.

"S" by Circa

Lauded by critics worldwide for their creativity and talent, Australia's Circa ensemble has combined death-defying acrobatics and bold storytelling in performances that have been leaving audiences spellbound since 2006. "S" combines the daring acrobatics that Circa is known for with a dazzling pre-recorded score by the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet for a performance that has been lauded as "stunning" and "sublime" (Le Devoir). Tickets are $27 to $68.

Music Center at Strathmrore

 

March 27 to April 1

New York City Ballet: Two Programs

New York City Ballet returns with two sensational repertory programs for its annual appearance, including a program to celebrate the centennials of Jerome Robbins, one of the most influential dance-makers in the company's history, and legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. It also presents three works by NYCB's George Balanchine and Peter Martins's "Zakouski," while Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck offers the Kennedy Center premiere of a brand new piece. Tickets are $29 to $99.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

DISCUSSIONS

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

Talk with Bestselling Author Lars Kepler

Solid State Books and the Embassy of Sweden present an evening with Lars Kepler for "The Sandman - A Joona Linna Novel," the number-one internationally bestselling thriller that tells the chilling story of a manipulative serial killer and the two brilliant police agents who must try to beat him at his own game.

Solid State Books: The Apollo

 

Tue., March 27, 6:45 p.m.

The Juedischer Kulturbund: Keeping the Arts Alive in Nazi Germany

Though under severe Nazi government restrictions, in the 1930s, many Jewish artists expelled from German institutions found an outlet to reach Jewish audiences through the Kulturbund, the Culture League of German Jews. Historian Michael Brennner examines the Kulturbund's achievements and the opportunities and dilemmas it brought for a persecuted minority under an authoritarian regime. Tickets are $45; for information, visit www.smithsonianassociates.org.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

 

FESTIVALS

March 1 to 27

D.C. Francophonie Cultural Festival

The D.C. Francophonie Cultural Festival celebrates the diversity and richness of the French language and Francophone communities around the world through a series of cultural events and outreach programs presented every spring in the capital of the United States. Since 2001, more than 40 embassies and partners (including the Alliance Française de Washington DC and the Smithsonian Associates) have collaborated each year to present an array of experiences all rooted in the Francophone culture — from Africa, to the Americas, to the Middle East — through concerts, cuisine, films, literary salons and lectures for all ages. Highlights include: tours in French at the National Museum of African Art; Yannick Nézet-Séguin directing the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Strathmore Music Center (March 6); dinner at Supra, D.C.'s first Georgian restaurant (March 5); a night of poetry at the Alliance Française (March 9); various films; and La Grande Fête de la Francophonie party at the French Embassy (March 23). For a complete schedule, visit www.francophonie-dc.org.

Various locations

 

March 5 to 19

DIRECT CURRENT

Modern masterpieces, cutting-edge composition, dance, drag, film, jazz, hip hop, video games, electronica, ecology and activism all converge at the inaugural season of "DIRECT CURRENT," a new two-week celebration of contemporary culture. Focusing on works new to Washington, on interdisciplinary creations in which artistic worlds collide, and on innovative responses to topical concerns, this new spring immersion showcases some of the most potent, provocative and original voices in American arts today. For information, visit www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/series/DCT.

Kennedy Center

 

Thu., March 8

Beauty Power – Time Corridor of Taiwan Women Fashion, 1888-2018

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of Twin Oaks, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S. is hosting the fashion show, "Beauty Power – Time Corridor of Taiwan Women Fashion, 1888-2018" to showcases Taiwanese women's fashion trends with more than 20 outfits. This show will present how diversified traditional clothes have evolved into modern smart clothes in Taiwan.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

 

March 20 to April 15

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in D.C., the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring 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. Highlights include: Pink Tie Kickoff Party (March 15); opening concert ceremony at the historic Warner Theatre (March 24); the Blossom Kite Festival (March 31); Petalpalooza presented by FreshDirect concert and fireworks show (April 7); and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade (April 14). For information, visit

Various locations

 

Wed., March 21, 6:30 p.m.

Literature Festival: Zeitgeist

On the occasion of the annual Zeitgeist literature festival, the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Embassy of Switzerland invite three leading novelists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to America's capital. This year's theme, ‟Insiders – Outsiders," will highlight three compelling new works in German that deal with multiculturalism, migration and xenophobia. Join us in welcoming Philipp Winkler from Germany with "Hooligan," Nava Ebrahimi from Austria with "Sechzehn Wörter (Sixteen Words)"and Meral Kureyshi from Switzerland with "Elefanten im Garten (Elephants in the Garden)." Admission is free; for information, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sat., March 24, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt and Decorating

Register your little ones for an Easter egg decorating workshop and an egg hunt at 12 p.m. on the embassy's spacious grounds. Or sign up your older ones (ages 6 to 15) for a special egg decoration workshop (11 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.) under the direction of folk art master Marie Švirgová and folk artist Dagmar Benešová, who founded the Folk Art Academy in Břeclav, Czech Republic. RSVP required and can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; please bring your own basket and white hard-boiled eggs for decorating.

Embassy of the Czech Republic

 

MUSIC

Thu., March 1, 6:45 p.m.

Dr. Dieter Hennings and the University of Kentucky Guitar Quartet

As part of its 2018 Music Series, "La Música de México," the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to present a concert by Dr. Dieter Hennings and the University of Kentucky Guitar Quartet. Hennings is a proponent of new music, particularly that of Latin America. Along with Jeremy Andrew Bass, Mario Ortiz and Andrew Rhinehart, Hennings will play a program centered around the guitar music of the Mexican composer and conductor Juan Trigos (b. 1965). Following the influence and passion Manuel M. Ponce had for the classical guitar, since 1989 Trigos has created a remarkable body of works of great scope and beauty that are becoming staples of the Mexican new music repertoire for guitar. To RSVP, visit www.instituteofmexicodc.org.

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Thu., March 1, 7:30 p.m.

Oscar Peñas in Concert

In his hometown of Barcelona, Spain, Oscar Peñas trained in classical guitar before exploring the world of jazz. Today, tuitarist and composer Peñas embodies a new wave of talented artists who make up New York's flourishing music scene. His compositions are eclectic, transcending, and merge different genres, cultures and styles with fluidity, grace and power. Tickets are $30.

Music Center at Strathmore

 

Sun., March 4, 3 p.m.

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra: Manuel Barrueco, Guitar

The Mediterranean spirit of Spain and Italy comes to life in this afternoon of memorable symphonic music. Catalan music champion Xavier Montsalvatge's "Sortilegis" opens the concert, and world-renowned guitarist Barrueco brings new energy and poignancy to Joaquín Rodrigo's famous "Concierto de Aranjuez." Tickets are $10 to $30.

The Music Center at Strathmore

 

Wed., March 7, 8 p.m.

The Chieftans

The Chieftains' name has been synonymous with the finest Irish music for over 55 years. Formed in 1962 and led by founding member Paddy Moloney, the band has spread Ireland's indigenous sounds and styles across the globe. Tickets are $35 to $90.

The Music Center at Strathmore

 

Thu., March 8, 7:30 p.m.

Bella Hristova, Violin

Amy Yang, Piano

Acclaimed for her passionate performances, beautiful sound and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career whom The Washington Post noted that is "a player of impressive power and control." The evening commemorates the 75th anniversary of the historic rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust. Tickets are $90, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Bulgaria

 

Fri., March 9, 6:30 p.m.

Lukas Lauermann Concert

The young Austrian cellist Lukas Lauermann creates new ways of playing this centuries-old musical instrument. His music, full with joy in experimenting, oscillates between the tradition of classical concert halls and the directness of pop music. Admission is free; for information, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Sun., March 11, 7:30

Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy

Dmitri Shostakovich dreamed of creating an opera based on Chekhov's mystical tale, "The Black Monk." Decades of suffering under political attacks within an oppressive Soviet regime wreaked havoc on the composer's life, leaving the work ultimately unfinished. In a bold intersection of chamber music and theater, witness the trials and redemption of one man's obsession as the Emerson String Quartet and a cast of actors tell this story through the eyes of Shostakovich himself. Tickets are $60.

Wolf Trap

 

Mon., March 12, 6 p.m.

PunjabTronix

Technology meets tradition as cutting-edge live electronica and digital technologies combine with the traditional sounds of Punjabi folk. Produced and commissioned by U.K.-based Asian Arts Agency, "PunjabTronix" is an exciting new international collaboration between award-winning British-Indian electronic music producer DJ Swami and traditional Punjabi folk stars.

Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

 

Tue., March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Washington Women in Jazz Featuring Bassist Judith Ferstl

From March 10 to 18, 2018, the 8th annual Washington Women in Jazz Festival (WWJF) is taking place in and around D.C., staging and celebrating female jazz artists. As part of the festival, the Austrian Cultural Forum presents the young Austrian bassist Judith Ferstl, who will perform together with Sarah Hughes (saxophone), Shana Tucker (cello), Amy K. Bormet (piano) and Ana Barreiro (drums), as part of the Washington Women in Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free; for information, visit http://acfdc.org.

Embassy of Austria

 

Thu., March 15, 7 p.m.

Versos Olvidados by Angelita Montoya

Flamenco vocalist Angelita Montoya presents "Versos Olvidados," a tribute to the women poets of the "Generation of 1927" who have long been forgotten.

Soulful vocalist Montoya, daughter of dancer Antonio Montoya and singer Antonia Rodríguez, belongs to one of the most well-known Flamenco linages, the Montoyas, and make her debut at the age of 9. With music by Alejandro Cruz Benavides, she is accompanied by Benavides on piano and Fran Cortés on guitar. Admission is free but RSVP is required.

NYU Washington D.C.

 

Fri., March 16, 8 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

One of the world's foremost masters of the pipa (a Chinese lute), Wu Man is well-known to U.S. audiences for her collaborations with Kronos Quartet and the Silk Road Ensemble. In this joyous multimedia program, she joins China's Huayin Shadow Puppet Band — superstars in their home country — for an evening of traditional music and shadow puppetry. Tickets are $25 to $45.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

Sat., March 24, 2 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Roman Rabinovich, Piano

From winning the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition to being tapped by Sir András Schiff for his young pianists' series to stepping in for Murray Perahia in recital at Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Roman Rabinovich has garnered accolades and the attention of the international piano community. Tickets are $45.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

 

Thu., March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Narek Arutyunian, Clarinet

Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who "reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity" (The Washington Post) who has performed with the Copland Clarinet Concerto, the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Alice Tully Hall as well as Artie Shaw's Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops. Tickets are $90, including buffet and wine; for information, visit www.embassyseries.org.

Embassy of Armenia

 

Sat., March 31, 8 p.m.

The English Beat

Scoring five top 10 U.K. hits while crisscrossing the line between soul, ska, reggae, pop and punk, these rockers have kept people all over the world dancing since 1979. Tickets are $30 to $35.

Wolf Trap


THEATER

March 3 to 17

Washington National Opera: Verdi's Don Carlo

Family ties fray and unravel in Verdi's spectacle of forbidden passion, political intrigue, and shattering betrayal set at the height of the Spanish Empire. More than 20 years have passed since WNO last staged this grand masterpiece in four acts, and now a solid-gold cast heralds its return in this stunning new production. Tickets are $45 to $300.

Kennedy Center Opera House

 

Through March 4

Hamlet

In the wake of his father's abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could—his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father's ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide: submit or resist. Accept or avenge. Live or die. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

 

Through March 4

The Wolves

Winter indoor soccer. Saturdays. Over quad stretches and squats, a team of young women prepares to defend the Wolves' undefeated record, their banter spilling from tampons to genocide to the pressures of preparing for their adult lives. With an ear for the bravado and empathy of the teenage years, "The Wolves" explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a pack of 16-year-old girls who turn into warriors on the field. Tickets are $20 to $85.

The Studio Theatre

 

Mon., March 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Moors

An eerie manor in a bleak, windswept landscape; shadowy corners and surreptitious staircases; secrets, mysteries, and melodramatic revelations. This is the gothic novel, the world of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights — but in Jen Silverman's new adaptation, that world is populated by millennials. Admission is free

Shakespeare Theatre Lansburgh Theatre

 

March 9 to May 12

The Wiz

In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum's magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. Ease on down the road and rediscover this imaginative story celebrating community, courage, heart, brains and friendship. Please call for ticket information.

Ford's Theatre

 

March 10 To April 7

Chicago

"Chicago" is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate Velma Kelly by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids. Tickets are $45 to $55.

Andrew Keegan Theatre

 

Through March 11

Familiar

It's winter in Minnesota, and an immigrant Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter. But when the bride insists on observing roora, a traditional bride-price ceremony, it opens a deep rift in the household. Rowdy and affectionate, "Familiar" pitches tradition against assimilation among the members of one devoted family. Which will prove stronger: the customs they keep or the secrets they've kept buried? Tickets start at $49.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Through March 11

The Great Society

Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning play "All the Way" set the stage for President Lyndon Baines Johnson's sudden ascent to the White House. In its D.C. premiere, "The Great Society" brings the second half of Schenkkan's epic story to its harrowing conclusion. As America is divided by civil rights protests and the anguish of the Vietnam War, LBJ struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., keep his political opponents in check and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects. Tickets are $50 to $99.

Arena Stage

 

Mon., March 12, 6:30 p.m.

Sorin: A Notre Dame Story

This new, one-person play about the dawn of the University of Notre Dame is told by the intrepid Holy Cross priest who founded it, Rev. Edward Sorin. Directed by Patrick Vassel —associate director of Broadway's smash hit, "Hamilton" — and written by celebrated playwright Christina Telesca Gorman, "Sorin" stars Matthew Goodrich as Father Sorin in a transformational performance that carries the audience through a sweeping journey of faith, character and resolve. Admission is free.

GW Lisner Auditorium

 

March 13 to April 22

The Winter's Tale

Transporting audiences from Sicilia to Bohemia and safely home once more, Shakespeare's spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy and redemption celebrates the magic of storytelling and the power of forgiveness. Directed by six-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner. Tickets are $35 to $79.

Folger Theatre

 

Through March 18

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Two formidable talents of the D.C. theater scene, Naomi Jacobson and Holly Twyford, join forces to bring to life the story of renowned sex therapist and media personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer. This biographical drama, starring Jacobson and directed by Twyford, tells the inspirational and unlikely story of how Karola Siegel, born in Germany in 1928, grew up to become America's favorite sex therapist. Tickets are $39 to $69.

Edlavitch DCJCC

 

March 21 to April 22

Translations

Treasured Irish playwright Brian Friel captures the frustrations and foibles of communication in his poignant masterwork, "Translations." Set during a time of great change as the British National Ordnance Survey comes to small-town Ireland to map the island and standardize its names into English, Friel builds a funny, complex and ultimately tragic exploration of culture, identity and language. Tickets are $20 to $69.

The Studio Theatre

 

March 30 to April 29

Two Trains Running

Confronted with a rapidly changing world in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the looming demolition of Memphis Lee's diner as a result of Pittsburgh's renovation project, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride in August Wilson's quintessential epic drama. Tickets are $50 to $99.

Arena Stage

 

Through April 8

Hold These Truths

Jeanne Sakata's one-man drama tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied an unjust court order when America placed its own citizens in internment camps during World War II. Midway through Arena Stage's 2017/18 season, "Hold These Truths" brings an untold story to the stage that represents the diversity of our country and examines what it means to be an American. Tickets are $40 to $90.

Arena Stage

   

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