May 2019

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Massacre of Muslim Worshippers
Prompts Strong, Swift Response shooting rampage by an avowed white supremacist that killed 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand stunned the otherwise tranquil island nation but prompted a decisive and defiant response — and a pledge that the tragedy will not change the values that New Zealanders pride themselves on, according to the country's ambassador, Rosemary Banks. Read More

People of World Influence

Arms Control Expert Warns of Potential
New Arms Race Between U.S., Russia

a1.powi.countryman.portrait.homeThomas Countryman of the Arms Control Association warns that one of the landmark treaties constraining Russian and American nuclear ambitions is unraveling, signaling a possible return to the Cold War-era arms buildup that had the world on edge. Read More

Sins of the Father

Families and Children of Islamic
State Fighters Face Dire Future


Caught between strategic power plays, politics and security fears, the children of Islamic State fighters were born into brutality and now face a bleak, uncertain future. Read More

NATO's Cheerleaders

Security Bloc's First Post-Soviet
Members Laser-Focused on  Russia

a3.nato.bulgaria.koren.homeAs the Czech, Hungarian and Polish foreign ministers were marking the 20th anniversary of their membership into NATO as well as the security alliance's 70th anniversary, they also backed Trump's calls for increased defense spending - albeit with caution. Read More

Northern Triangle Tangle

In Wake of Migration Surge, Trump
Takes Aim at Northern Triangle

a4.triangle.homeland.border.patrol.homePresident Trump's decision to eliminate assistance to the Northern Triangle is still reverberating across Washington — and in Central America, where, instead of curbing migration, cuts in aid could have the opposite effect by driving more desperate migrants to the U.S. border. Read More

Islam's Soft Power

Report Analyzes the Intersection
Of Religion, Statecraft in Middle East and politics have a long, complicated history around the world, but in the Middle East, religion continues to play a crucial — and at times corrosive role — in the region's dynamics. Read More


New 'Cancer Vaccine' Could
Destroy Tumors from Within

a7.medical.cancer.tcell.homeA new method of brewing a cancer vaccine inside a patient's tumor could harness the power of the immune system to destroy the disease, researchers reported. Read More


Arms Control Expert Warns of Potential New Arms Race Between U.S., Russia

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By Aileen Torres-Bennett

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Families and Children of Islamic State Fighters Face Dire Future

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By Jonathan Gorvett

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Security Bloc’s First Post-Soviet Members Remain Focused on a Resurgent Russia

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By Jason Overdorf

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Former Soviet Republic’s Fragile Democracy Tested by Geopolitics Abroad, Corruption at Home

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By Larry Luxner

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In Wake of Migration Surge, Trump Wants to Cut Aid to Central American Countries

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By Eric Ham and Anna Gawel

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Massacre of Muslim Worshippers Prompts Strong, Swift Response

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By Anna Gawel

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Report Analyzes the Intersection of Religion and Statecraft in Middle East

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By Ryan R. Migeed and Anna Gawel

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New ‘Cancer Vaccine’ Could Destroy Tumors from Within

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By Dennis Thompson

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Letter to the Editor

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By Cari

Re: "African Staying Power: Continent's Longest-Serving Leaders Stay Put While Lining Their Pockets"

April 2019 Issue of The Washington Diplomat

diplomat.cover.moldova.digitalThe article on long-standing corrupt African dictators was fabulous — well researched, written and courageous. "Courageous" because the article touched on a multiplicity of issues regarded as taboo subjects in diplomatic cycles — longevity in office, corruption, flagrant human rights violations, rigged elections, among others. For example, "government," as you and I know it, does not exist in many African countries. What exists is a criminal enterprise or what I call a vampire state. Government has been turned into a vehicle for self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement.

For the past 30 years, it has been a taboo to describe a government in Africa as such. I can testify to this because of my own frustration in pushing this narrative. Few editors would touch this subject because it is not politically correct; nor does one want to portray Africa in a negative light.

I am writing this, not because I am delighted to have been quoted, but for the more fundamental reason that the truth about Africa is ugly but you cannot solve the problems in Africa without talking honestly about them.

The ugly truth is that true freedom never came to much of Africa after independence in the 1960s. All we did was to trade one set of masters (white colonialists) for another set of masters (black neocolonialists) and the exploitation and repression of the African people continued unabated. Sixty years after independence, only 17 of the 54 African countries are democratic and fewer than 10 may be classified as economic success stories. Africa is poor because she is not free.

Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has been toppled. Incongruously, he was a Western ally in the war against terrorism. The Arab Spring caught the West flat-footed. Let's hope the West has learned some hard lessons. Toppling a dictator is only the first step in establishing a free society. The second step is dismantling the dictatorship itself. In many countries, the second step was botched, which led to the revolution being reversed (as in Egypt, with the military back in charge) or hijacked by a crocodile liberator far worse than the ousted dictator (Liberia in 1991, Ethiopia in 1991, the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996).

Once again, kudos for the article. I hope it encourages others to do so too.

— George B.N. Ayittey, Ph.D.
Washington, D.C.


U.S. Universities Become Ground Zero for Cyber Influence from China and Others

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By Ryan R. Migeed

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Monumental Sculptures Reveal the Elusive Inner Workings of an Artist

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By Deryl Davis

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Mozambican Wife, a Former Diplomat, Enters World of High Fashion

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By Gail Scott

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Exhibit Documents French Impressions of America’s War for Independence

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By Mackenzie Weinger

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‘Into the Woods’ Mish-Mashes Fairytales to Create Not-So-Happy Endings

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By Lisa Troshinsky

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‘Underlying Borders’ Breaks Down the Walls We Build in and Around Us

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By Anna Gawel and Kate Oczypok

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Quilts Weave Together History and Art in ‘Sense of Community’

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By Clara Longo de Freitas

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Films - May 2019

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Directed by Ondref Trojan
(Czech Republic, 2018, 144 min.)

This fascinating historical drama revolves around the real-life figure of Zdeněk Toman, a controversial and singular character in modern Czech politics. He was an unscrupulous careerist and an unsavory politician, blackmailing, exploiting, and intimidating his way to the top of the communist food chain. But he has another unlikely other role in the history books — as a savior of Jews (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 19, 7:15 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Tue., May 21, 7:50 p.m.




Directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade
(Brazil, 2019, 85 min.)

In this delectable charmer fresh from Sundance, 12-year-old Brooklynite Abe navigates the complicated identity issues that arise from having a Jewish-Israeli mother and a Muslim-Palestinian father (English, Arabic and Portuguese; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 18, 1:45 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 26, 3 p.m.

All Is True

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
(U.K., 2019, 101 min.)

An all-star casts looks at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

AFI Silver Theatre
Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., May 17

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Directed by Pamela B. Green
(U.S., 2018, 103 min.)

Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning, in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché's career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten.

AFI Silver Theatre
Opens Fri., May 10

The Chaperone

Directed by Michael Engler
(Australia/U.K./U.S., 2019, 103 min.)

A slice of pre-Hollywood history comes to light in this coming-of-age story centering on the relationship between the young, free-spirited and soon-to-be international screen starlet Louise Brooks and her tee-totalling chaperone. On their journey from the conservative confines of Wichita, Kansas, to the flash and sizzle of New York City, both women are driven by a kindred desire for self-discovery and liberation from the past.

West End Cinema


Directed by Laura Steinel
(U.S., 2019, 85 min.)

Kate Stone, a career-focused, self-absorbed workaholic. She's not good with kids. She's not good in most social situations. When her estranged brother tracks her down to watch her awkward and bullied 12-year-old niece Maddie, Kate thinks babysitting for the week can't get any worse — until Maddie tries to run away from home.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

Flower Drum Song

Directed by Henry Coster
(U.S., 1961, 132 min.)

Based on a novel by Chinese American author Chin Yang Lee, this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is a lighthearted look at young Chinese Americans and their tradition-bound parents in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Freer Gallery of Art
Mon., May 6, 1 p.m.

From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza

Directed by Michelle Paymar
(Canada/Egypt/France/Israel/U.S., 2018, 92 min.)

In 1896, Solomon Schechter entered the sacred storeroom of an ancient synagogue in Cairo and discovered a vast treasure trove of manuscripts that revolutionized our understanding of Jewish history and illuminated 1,000 years of vibrant Jewish life in the heart of the Islamic world (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 11, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 11, 8 p.m.

Gloria Bell

Directed by Sebastián Lelio
(Chile/U.S., 2019, 102 min.)

Gloria (Julianne Moore) is a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straight-laced office job and her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema
West End Cinema

Hail Satan?

Directed by Penny Lane
(U.S., 2019, 95 min.)

When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.

AFI Silver Theatre
West End Cinema

Hotel Mumbai

Directed by Anthony Maras
(Australia/U.S., 2019, 125 min.)

Based on the true story of the 2008 terrorist attack on the famed Taj Hotel in Mumbai, hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families (multiple languages).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema

High Life

Directed by Claire Denis
(Germany/France/U.K./Poland/U.S., 2018, 110 min.)

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where a group of criminals have become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment.

AFI Silver Theatre
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
(U.S., 2015, 54 min.)

Filmed in India's spectacular 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, this rare documentary captures Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's collaboration with Israeli singer Shye Ben Tzur and Indian ensemble Rajasthan Express (English, Hebrew, Hindi and Urdu).

Freer Gallery of Art
Mon., May 20, 1 p.m.

King Bibi

Directed by Dan Shadur
(Israel/U.S., 2018, 87 min.)

This documentary explores Benjamin Netanyahu's rise to power using archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of social media (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Mon., May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Tue., May 14, 6:15 p.m.

Knock Down the House

Directed by Rachel Lears
(U.S., 2019, 86 min.)

Four exceptional women mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in "Knock Down the House," an inspiring look at the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Opens Fri., May 1

Little Woods

Directed by Nia DaCosta
(U.S., 2019, 105 min.)

In a North Dakota fracking boomtown well beyond its prime, Ollie is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after serving jail time for smuggling prescription pills over the Canadian border. But when her mother dies, she is thrust back into the life of her estranged sister Deb, who is facing her own crisis with an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Lost & Found

Directed by Liam O'Mochain
(Ireland, 2019, 96 min.)

Come celebrate the resilient spirit of Ireland, with this delightful dramatic comedy of seven interconnecting stories set in and around the lost & found office of a train station in a small Irish town, where everyone knows everyone else's business.

West End Cinema
Opens Fri., May 3

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Directed by Nick Broomfield
(U.S., 2019, 97 min.)

Renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield's most personal and romantic film to date captures the beautiful, yet tragic, love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen (English and Norwegian; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., May 16, 7:15 p.m.

Meeting Gorbachev

Directed by Werner Herzog and Andre Singer
(U.K./U.S./Germany, 2019, 90 min.)

This riveting documentary chronicles the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the visionary last leader of the Soviet Union, who tried to make the world a safer place (English, Russian, German and Polish).

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 24

The Mustang

Directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
(France/U.S., 2019, 96 min.)

Roman Coleman, a violent convict, is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Paris Song

Directed by Jeff Vespa
(Kazakhstan/Latvia/U.S., 2018, 90 min.)

A small-town vocalist travels from Soviet-ruled Kazakhstan to the 1925 Paris Expo to compete in an international singing competition, where he develops an unlikely friendship with Jewish-American songwriter George Gershwin and photographer Lee Abbott (English, Hebrew, French and Arabic; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sat., May 18, 3:45 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 25, 1:45 p.m.

The Passengers

Directed by Ryan Porush
(Ethiopia/Israel/U.S., 2019, 70 min.)

"The Passengers" tells the story of the Ethiopian Jews and the struggle for a final, abandoned community to immigrate to Israel. The film follows the unlikely journey of two young men on a fateful trip to America as representatives of a grassroots advocacy campaign (English, Hebrew and Amharic; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 11, 6:15 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Tue., May 14, 6:30 p.m.

Red Joan

Directed by Trevor Nunn
(U.K., 2018, 101 min.)

Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information — including details on the building of the atomic bomb — to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical; and the devastation of World War II.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Luis Ismael
(Portugal, 2018, 100 min.)

A sweeping epic that covers Jewish history in Portugal from the times of the Crypto Jews in 1496, through to the Nazi regime to modern times, "Sefarad" centers on the life of army captain Arturo de Barros Basto, founder of the Oporto Jewish Community (English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Portuguese; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 12, 5:45 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Mon., May 20, 8:15 p.m.

Song of Lahore

Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocke
(U.S., 2015, 82 min.)

"Song of Lahore" follows Sachal Studios musicians from their hometown in Pakistan to New York City (English, Urdu and Punjabi).

Freer Gallery of Art
Mon., May 13, 1 p.m.

The Souvenir

Directed by Joanna Hogg
(U.K./U.S., 2019, 119 min.)

A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., May 24

Sustainable Nation

Directed by Micah Smith
(Israel, 2019, 70 min.)

"Sustainable Nation" follows three extraordinary individuals doing their part to bring sustainable water access to an increasingly thirsty planet using solutions developed in water-poor Israel (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 11, 3:45 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., May 22, 6:30 p.m.

Teen Spirit

Directed by Max Minghella
(U.K./U.S., 2018, 93 min.)

Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Landmark's E Street Cinema


Directed by Dome Karukoski
(U.S., 2019, 112 min.)

"Tolkien" explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., May 10

Walking on Water

Directed by Andrey Paounov
(Italy/U.S./Germany/UAE, 2019, 105 min.)

Seven years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, renowned environmental artist Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. We follow his visionary quest to install a wide golden walkway floating across the scenic Italian alpine Lake Iseo, looking like a heavenly dream but sturdy enough to support hundreds of thousands of people.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 31

The White Crow

Directed by Ralph Fiennes
(U.K./France, 2019, 127 min.)

This is the story of the defection of Rudolf Nureyev, a top Soviet ballet and contemporary dancer and choreographer, to the West (English, Russian and French).

Angelika Mosaic
Opens Fri., May 3



My Polish Honeymoon

Directed by Elise Otzenberger
(France, 2019, 88 min.)

Fresh off their wedding ceremony, a Jewish couple from Paris travels to Poland for a memorial service. The eye-opening trip awkwardly doubles as their honeymoon in this delightful romantic comedy (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 11, 8:45 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 19, 3:30 p.m.



Anna's War

Directed by Aleksey Fedorchenko
(Russia, 2018, 75 min.)

Ukraine, 1941: A Jewish girl regains consciousness under a thick layer of black earth. Close-ups of milky-white body parts surrounding her reveal she is in a mass grave. The image is startling and haunting, but it's Anna's resolve to persevere that's truly indelible (German, Russian and Ukrainian; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 11, 4 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Wed,. May 22, 8:30 p.m.

A Fortunate Man

Directed by Bille August
(Denmark, 2018, 168 min.)

A gifted but self-destructive young man leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing in the country for the metropolitan Copenhagen of the 1880s. An engineer with progressive ideas, he is welcomed by a wealthy Jewish family and assimilates himself into their opulent milieu, embarking on a journey of personal and professional ambition that teeters on the razor's edge between triumph and catastrophe (German and Danish; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., May 9, 7:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., May 16, 8 p.m.

The Mover

Directed by Davis Simanis
(Latvia, 2018, 87 min.)

This beautifully rendered testament to the heroism of blue-collar family turned righteous saviors looks at Žanis and Johanna Lipke, who would become Latvia's Schindlers (German, Yiddish and Latvian; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., May 9, 6:15 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 19, 3:15 p.m.



Directed by Yehonatan Indursky
(Israel, 2018, 210 min.)

Broide is a smuggler in Israel who makes his living sneaking minor contraband between the two secular and ultra-orthodox regions of Jerusalem. One day, he receives a life-changing proposal to kidnap a little girl at the heart of a custody battle between two families that live in the opposite regions (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 12, 1:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., May 16, 6:30 p.m.

Back to Maracana

Directed by Jorge Gurvich
(Brazil/Germany/Israel, 2018, 90 min.)

Middle-aged divorcee Roberto and his septuagenarian father—Brazilian expats living in Israel—are soccer fanatics, boiling over with excitement for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. That is, until Roberto's ex-wife informs him that she's off on a business trip (to Rio, no less!), saddling him with sole care of their spoiled teenage son (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Thu., May 9, 8:15 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 19, 7:20 p.m.

The Dive

Directed by Yona Rozenkeir
(Israel, 2018, 91 min.)

After learning of his father's death, prodigal son Yoav returns to the sparsely populated kibbutz where he was raised alongside his brothers Itai and Avishai, who is about to ship off for military service in Lebanon (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sat., May 11, 7:45 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 18, 8:30 p.m.

Family in Transition

Directed by Ofir Trainin
(Israel, 2018, 70 min.)

In this deeply affecting paean to the true meaning of family, love and parenthood, Amit is a father raising four children in the traditional Israeli town of Nahariya. When he confides to his wife Galit that he is a transgender woman planning to transition, she's remarkably supportive. But as Amit's transformation takes shape, this harmony begins fraying at the edges, and not in ways that were entirely expected (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Wed., May 15, 8:45 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Mon., May 20, 6:30 p.m.


Directed by Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
(Israel, 2018, 104 min.)

Menachem is a middle-age single father struggling to finance his 6-year-old daughter's medical treatment with his meager income as a grocery clerk. He had fronted a rock 'n' roll band until the adoption of a devoted Hasidic practice that set him apart from his old friends. Playing music promises to be more lucrative than stocking shelves, but would a return to singing be compatible with a life of worship? (Opening night of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.)

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., May 8, 6:45 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Tue., May 21, 8:15 p.m.

Shooting Life

Directed by David Kreiner
(Israel, 2018, 87 min.)

Igal Gazit, an unemployed film director from Tel Aviv, moves to Sderot and takes up a teaching job at the local high school. His first meeting with the students doesn't go well: they make fun of the 'enlightenment' he brings from Tel Aviv. But the road to fulfilling that promise is one that the students will never forget (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Sun., May 12, 8:45 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Wed., May 22, 6:30 p.m.

Working Woman
(Isha Ovedet)

Directed by Michal Aviad
(Israel, 2019, 93 min.)

Orna is the attractive mother of three young children, with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family, Orna returns to the workplace, landing a plum job with a former army superior. She is ambitious and good at her job, soon earning promotion and bonuses. Working closely with her boss, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from him, a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 17




Directed by Matteo Garrone
(Italy/France, 2019, 103 min.)

Marcello is a small and gentle dog groomer in a rundown seaside resort town who wants two things: to look after his dogs and take his daughter on exotic holidays. But to fund this lifestyle he gets into a side business that has a more unsavory clientele, and he soon finds himself being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, a huge, violent ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood.

Landmark's Theatres
Opens Fri., May 10




Directed by Akira Kurosawa
(Japan, 1950, 88 min.)

The murder of a man and the rape of his wife in a forest grove are seen from several different perspectives. Akira Kurosawa's meditation on the nature of truth transformed narrative cinema as we know it, and birthed the term "Rashômon effect."

AFI Silver Theatre
Thu., May 2, 5:15 p.m.




Directed by Lee Chang-dong
(South Korea, 2018, 148 min.)

In the most acclaimed Korean film to hit American shores in years, Lee Chang-dong brilliantly blends two love tales into a riveting cinematic experience that continues to haunt the viewer long after the lights come up.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., May 18, 2 p.m.


Directed by Hong Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2018, 66 min.)

In a pleasant Seoul café, a woman sits alone pecking at her laptop and eavesdropping on other customers, whose conversations range from relationship troubles to artistic ambitions, but soon we become aware that nothing is as straightforward as it appears.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 12, 1:30 p.m.

Hit by the Night

Directed by Jeong Ga-young
(South Korea, 2017, 85 min.)

Playing an independent filmmaker much like herself, Jeong Ga-young invites a handsome young actor out for drinks under the pretense of interviewing him for her latest project. But her real goal is to get him into bed. As the liquor flows and her questions range from provocative to explicit, the results are flustering (for him), hilarious (for the audience), and, in their frank treatment of female desire, utterly unique in Korean cinema.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., May 31, 7 p.m.

Hotel by the River

Directed by Hong Sang-soo
(South Korea, 2018, 96 min.)

The latest feature from award-winning auteur Hong Sang-soo follows two interconnected storylines set in and around a quiet hotel in winter. In one, an aging poet is visited by his estranged adult sons. In the other, a young woman with an unexplained hand wound holes up with a friend to recover from a bad breakup.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sun., May 12, 3:30 p.m.

Little Forest

Directed by Yim Soon-rye
(South Korea, 2018, 103 min.)

The latest film from pioneering female director Yim Soon-rye is the heartwarming story of a young woman who abandons city life for her remote childhood home. There, she rediscovers the simple pleasures of growing and cooking her own food while reconnecting with childhood friends and her troubled single mother.

Freer Gallery of Art
Fri., May 10, 7 p.m.



The Story of Yanxi Palace

Multiple directors
(China, 2018, 90 min.)

Set in the Qing dynasty during the Qianlong emperor's reign and full of gorgeous costumes and sets, this show reveals the world of the 18th-century Chinese court, complete with love, betrayal and palace intrigue.

Freer Gallery of Art
Sat., May 11, 3:30 p.m.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Directed by Bi Gan
(China/France, 2018, 130 min.)

In this noir-tinged stunner that has become China's biggest art house hit of all time, a lost soul on a quest to find a missing woman from his past. Following leads across Guizhou province, he crosses paths with a series of colorful characters, among them a prickly hairdresser played by Taiwanese superstar Sylvia Chang. When the search leads him to a dingy movie theater, the film launches into an hour-long, single-take, gravity-defying climactic sequence that plunges its protagonist into a labyrinthine cityscape.

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Opens Fri., May 3



The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

Directed by Zack Bernbaum
(Canada, 2018, 102 min.)

On a cold winter night, estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron Cotler arrive at an empty train station in Dombrova, Poland. With their only available ride being a determinedly silent driver, they embark on a quest to fulfill their dying grandmother's wish — to find, dig up and bring home the bones of her favorite childhood dog, Peter (Polish and English; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 19, 7:30 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Thu., May 23, 8:30 p.m.

Dolce Fine Giornata

Directed by Jaceck Borcuch
(Poland, 2018, 90 min.)

After a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria refuses to succumb to the hysterical fear and anti-immigrant sentiment that quickly emerges, deciding in her acceptance speech of a local honor to boldly decry Europe's eroding democracy — but she is unprepared for the backlash (Polish, Italian and French; part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sat., May 11, 3:40 p.m.

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema
Sun., May 19, 5:15 p.m.



Everybody Knows

Directed by Asghar Farhadi
(Spain/France/Italy, 2019, 132 min.)

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open (Spanish, English and Catalan).

Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema


Directed by Isaac Cherem
(Mexico, 2018, 95 min.)

A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her conservative family and forbidden love with a non-Jewish man (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema

Tue., May 14, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Wed., May 15, 8 p.m.



Brussels Transit

Directed by Samy Szlingerbaum
(Belgium, 1980, 80 min.)

In 1980, visionary director Samy Szlingerbaum mined the childhood memories of his parents' immigration to the "promised land" of Belgium to produce the first feature-length Yiddish film in 30 years (part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival).

Landmark's E Street Cinema
Tue., May 14, 8:30 p.m.

AFI Silver Theatre
Sun., May 19, 12:30 p.m.


Events - May 2019

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Wed., May 1, 6 p.m.

Benes and Beyond

The Czech Embassy in collaboration with the National Museum of the Czech Republic presents this reception honoring the late Czechoslovak President Edvard Benes and first lady Hana Benesova, during which time the National Museum will receive significant historical items from the first family that will be on the display at the embassy. The program also includes a presentation on the recently released book "Bohemia on Records: Early Czech Sound Recordings in the United States" by Filip Sir.

Embassy of the Czech Republic


May 3 to June 21

Korean Craft: Yesterday and Today

This exhibition pairs traditional and modern Korean craft arts to evoke both classical sensibilities and clean, contemporary style. Divided into three parts, "Korean Craft" sheds light on the distinct lines and colors embedded in a variety of Korean handicrafts. Complementary aesthetics emerge from bringing together these diverse forms, such as handmade wooden furniture, vibrant costumes and textiles, and elegant household ceramics. This unique exhibition brings together rare historical artifacts from the collection of the Sookmyung Women's University Museum, including items used in the daily lives of the Sadaebu, the ruling elite class who dominated Korean political and cultural life during the evocative Joseon Dynasty period from the 15th to the 20th centuries, as well as reconstructed and reimagined works by modern craft artists.

Korean Cultural Center


Through May 3

On the Move

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

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through May 19

PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes

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

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through May 19

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

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

The Phillips Collection


May 23 to July 28

Helen Zughaib: Migrations

Inspired by Jacob Lawrence's 1941 seminal "Migration Series," Lebanese-born artist Helen Zughaib's "Syrian Migration Series" allows for an exploration of the contemporary consequences of the post-World War II peace through the lens of the current Syrian conflict and the mass migration it has triggered, focusing In particular on the experiences of refugee women and children. This exhibition is presented to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.

Woodrow Wilson House


Through May 26

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo

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

American University Museum


Through May 27

In Peak Bloom

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



Through May 29

Underlying Borders

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

Mexican Cultural Institute


Through May 31

Close to the Edge

A vehement insistence on leaving the frame and pushing the limits of the canvas runs through the works of Andrea Fried, Guigui Kohon and Luciana Levington. There is no specific plan, sketch or starting point here but rather an idea that courses through the canvas, overflowing at the margins. As a result, "Close to the Edge" leads us to reflect on this playful roaming and exploring of borders that serve as both a locus of beauty and of agitation.

Embassy of Argentina


Through June 9

A Gaze through the CINTAS Fellowship Program

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

OAS Art Museum of the Americas


Through June 20

National Geographic Photo Camp

World-class National Geographic photographers and magazine editors provide students with a personalized, immersive learning experience, inspiring the next generation of photojournalists. Then, through intimate presentations in their own communities and public exhibitions that reach millions of viewers, National Geographic Photo Camp showcases the students' perspectives on issues that are important to all of us

Kennedy Center Hall of Nations


Through June 30

Siri Berg: Statements

Since the 1960s, Swedish painter and multimedia artist Siri Berg has worked with a geometric abstraction, one both strictly reduced and rich in variation and the visually unexpected. This retrospective provides an exclusive access to a selection of Berg's vintage and new paintings, offering a different investigative look at the varied interests and aesthetic experimentations of Berg's career. One exhibition gallery closes on May 12 while the other closes June 30. Part of the Swedish Embassy's 2019 thematic programming "Smart Societies – Creative & Inclusive"; for information, visit

House of Sweden


Through July 7

Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

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

National Gallery of Art


Through July 21

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists

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

National Gallery of Art


Through July 28

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts


Through Aug. 11

Forward Press: 21st-Century Printmaking

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

American University Museum


Through Sept. 15

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings

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

National Gallery of Art


Through Sept. 29

Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women

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

National Museum of African Art


Through Oct. 20

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

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

National Museum of African Art


Through Oct. 27

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

This exhibition explores how the French king's officers understood the American Revolution and their role in the achievement of American independence, and how they remembered the war in the years that followed—years of revolutionary upheaval in France that included the execution of the king and many of their brothers-in-arms.

American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati


Through Nov. 17

Portraits of the World: Korea

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

National Portrait Gallery


Through 2019

Urban Challenges

According to the U.N., 2.5 billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050. This will force cities to find new ways to handle the increased demands on natural resources, housing and infrastructure. This exhibition presents some of the social, economic and technological solutions proposed by Sweden to absorb the impact of our rapidly growing urban environment while leaving the environmental legacy next generations deserve. Come and find out more about Guerilla Crafts, Democratic Architecture and the mixed reality Block Builder application in large-scale environments. Part of the Swedish Embassy's 2019 thematic programming "Smart Societies – Creative & Inclusive"; for information, visit

House of Sweden


Through Jan. 5, 2020

A Monument to Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare Library is throwing back the curtains on its origins and exciting future in an exhibition where visitors are invited to play, lounge, be curious and see more of the Folger Shakespeare Library than ever before. Among the treats: rummage through Henry Folger's desk and read the correspondences that brought the Folger to the nation's capital; explore large scale reproductions of Cret's detailed architectural drawings, newly digitized for this exhibition; and visit the first complete edition of Shakespeare's plays published in 1623.

Folger Shakespeare Library



May 28 to June 2

Ballet Across America with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet

The fifth "Ballet Across America" series returns, featuring full engagements from renowned companies Dance Theatre of Harlem and Miami City Ballet plus a spectacular shared celebration program. Tickets are $29 to $119.

Kennedy Center Opera House



Sat., May 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art and Architecture in Medieval Siena: Reverence and Rivalry in the City of the Virgin

The Tuscan city of Siena was one of the most important in medieval Europe, as well as the main political, economic, and artistic rival of its neighboring city of Florence. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines the religious and civic art and architecture in Siena in order to understand the city's unique beauty and its competitive relationship with Florence. Tickets are $140; for information, visit

S. Dillon Ripley Center


Mon., May 13, 6:45 p.m.

Hiking the Jordan Trail

Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed all walked parts of the same path, a zigzagging trail that meanders the full length of Jordan from Syria to Saudi Arabia. Packed with famous historical sites like the ruins of Petra and the preserved Roman works of Jerash, the path unveils timeless customs and dream-like scenes such as Bedouin herds and distant camel caravans. Explorer and author Andrew Evans is one of the first Americans to hike the complete new Jordan Trail. With video, vivid images and compelling personal stories, Evans shares the experience his 40-day walk across the country. Tickets are $45; for information, visit

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Tue., May 14, 6:45 p.m.

Here It Comes: The Future Is Asian

If the 19th century featured the Europeanization of the world, and the 20th century its Americanization, then the 21st century is the time of Asianization. From investment portfolios to trade wars, Hollywood movies to holiday travels, the influence of Asia on our lives continues to grow. Asian economic and technological self-sufficiency is exploding. Drawing on his new book "The Future Is Asian: Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century," global strategy advisor Parag Khanna examines why the Asian century is a phenomenon larger than we thought. Tickets are $140; for information, visit

Location TBA



May 1 to 31

Passport DC

This month-long journey around the world highlights D.C.'s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and some of D.C.'s very best cultural institutions. In 2018, more than 250,000 people enjoyed the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions, workshops and more. Highlights include the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 4, Flower Mart at the Washington National Cathedral on May 3 and 4, and the Fiesta Asia! Street Festival on May 18. For information, visit

Various locations


Sat., May 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

European Union Open House

In the popular annual open house, visitors will get a rare glimpse inside the embassies of the 28 EU member states where they can experience European national traditions and interact with diplomats. Visitors can pick up an EU "passport" and make their way across the city, receiving stamps at embassies while enjoying a vast array of European dance, song, culture, food and much more. This annual tradition is in celebration of Europe Day, which marks the founding of the European Union as we know it today. For information, visit

Various locations


May 16 to Sept. 9

Fair Water: A Right of All

Inspired by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Embassy of Spain – in collaboration with the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Water and Sanitation Cooperation Fund from the Spanish Cooperation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and other institutions – presents a series of events dedicated to the right to safe drinking water and sanitation in the fields of diplomacy, human rights, sustainable development, and arts and culture. The events will include panels regarding efforts by key partners striving to make the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation a reality for all, bringing together their different experiences in a variety of fields. The program will also focus on the relation between art, the right to water and sustainability issues featuring public installation art, film screenings, video art projections and art workshops. For information, visit

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain



Fri., May 10

The Phillips Collection Annual Gala

The 2019 Phillips Collection Annual Gala, "Mexico: A Land of Beauty," celebrates the art and culture of Mexico. This summer, the Phillips Collection will present "The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement," which features the work of 60 artists including many from Mexico. Following dinner at the museum, the Phillips will hosts its Contemporaries Bash, "Maravillas de México," inspired by Mexico's vibrancy and beauty. This sensational evening brings together the art and culture of Mexico, stunning in its unique diversity, in one night of creative cocktails, fantastic food, magnetizing music and dazzling dancing. All proceeds go to the Phillips Collection's education and community engagement programs. For information, visit

The Phillips Collection


Fri., May 10

The Washington Ballet Annual Gala

The Washington Ballet hosts its annual spring gala at The Anthem concert venue at The Wharf with the theme of "Illuminate and Ignite," which will spotlight the talents of the company's dancers. For ticket information, visit

The Anthem


Sat., May 18, 6 p.m.

Christine Goerke, Soloman Howard & More: 2019 WNO Opera Gala Concert

Grammy-winning Christine Goerke, bass Soloman Howard and soprano Latonia Moore join this year's grand finale to the Washington National Opera season with a spectacular concert celebrating WNO Trustee John J. Pohanka, hosted by Tony Award-winning actress Christine Ebersole. Tickets are $45 to $250.

Kennedy Center Opera House



Sat., May 4, 8 p.m.

The Philharmonix Golden Rule: Anything Goes, As Long As It's Fun

The members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras will leave their tuxedos and all inhibitions behind when they take the Sixth & I stage as the Philharmonix — a rip-roaring, seriously swinging chamber ensemble with repertoire ranging from Satie to Sting, from Brahms's "Hungarian Dances" to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" — with plenty of jazz, klezmer, Latin music and more mixed in for good measure. Tickets are $40.

Sixth & I


Sun., May 5, 4 p.m.

Silkroad Ensemble: Heroes Take Their Stands

"Heroes Take Their Stands" is an evening-length, multimedia work in five parts — a cycle of stories that spans time, space and human experience. Tickets are $25 to $75.

Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater


Wed., May 8, 7:30 p.m.

Czech Boys' Choir Boni Peuri

Founded in 1982, the Czech boys' choir Boni Pueri is one of Europe's leading ensembles, carrying on the tradition of a choir that has been active in the Metropolitan Chapter of St. Vitus in Prague since 1252. The present choir, which has 200 members ranging in age from 4 to 19, has performed more than 3,000 concerts throughout the world. This concert includes Czech and Slovak folk songs, works by classical masters such as Antonin Dvorak and a Hollywood medley featuring music from such films as "Star Wars," "The Mission" and "Skyfall." Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at

Washington D.C. Temple Visitor's Center

Thu., May 9, 7:30 p.m.

Washington Performing Arts: Weilerstein, Barnatan, Khachatryan & Currie – Transfigured Nights

Four transcendent musicians — each an in-demand soloist on the international scene — explore a fascinating program anchored by works that have been "transfigured" through the act of transcription. Tickets are $65 to $75.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Sun., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Pan American Symphony Orchestra: Eternal Tango

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra presents its signature show, thrilling audiences with the seductive combination of passion and elegance of Argentine tango. Tickets are $55 to $65.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Tue., May 14, 7 p.m.

Hanna Bachmann and Isabel Pfefferkorn

These two musicians from Austria will present "Desert Scream/Wüstenschrei," which is Isabel Pfefferkorn's own composition, and will highlight Austria's new and contemporary music. The second music piece will be their interpretation of "Winter Journey/Winterreise" from well-known composer Franz Schubert. Admission is free but registration is required and can be made at

Embassy of Austria


Sun., May 19, 5 p.m.

The Choral Arts Society of Washington: Gabriel Faure – Requiem

Be transported by Fauré's transcendent Requiem performed alongside Psalm settings by Florent Schmitt and Lili Boulanger. Tickets are $15 to $69.

Kennedy Center Concert Hall


Tue., May 21, 7:30 p.m.

Unexpected Italy: Mario Bondi

With a trademark deep voice reminiscent of Barry White, Isaac Hayes and Lou Rawls, singer and composer Mario Biondi makes music passionately, while at the same time lighthearted and ironic. Biondi puts a new spin on jazz — his Italian heritage and love of soul music shaping his unique style. Tickets are $25.

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Thu., May 23, 7:30 p.m.

Fortas Chamber Music: Russian Renaissance

With classic Russian instruments, "Russian Renaissance" dexterously melds traditional folk music with an infusion of modernity. Their program reflects this diversity with its broad range of works by classical composers to jazz favorites. Tickets are $29

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater


Fri., May 24, 7 p.m.

I-Jung Huang, Violin

Taiwanese violinist I-Jung Huang is the top prizewinner of 2017 Ima Hogg Concerto Competition and 2016 Hudson Valley String Competition; the Laureate of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition; the top prizewinner of TSO "The Young Talent" competition; and was the youngest musician selected at the Young Artist Taiwan Bank in 2011. She performs a program of Vitali, Schubert and Franck, preceded by a lecture. Tickets are $90, including reception and valet parking; for information, visit

Anderson House



May 1 to June 2

The Children

In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple's equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. Please call for ticket information.

Studio Theatre


May 7 to 9, 7:30 p.m.

The Chibok Girls: Our Story

The U.S. premiere of Wole Oguntokun and the Renegade Theatre's searing work of testimonial theater chronicles the abduction of 276 girls from their school in the Nigerian town of Chibok by the Boko Haram in 2014, and the enduring reverberations of their story. Please visit for ticket information.

The Davis Performing Arts Center


May 9 to June 9

Fame the Musical

Based on the 1980 musical film of the same name, "Fame the Musical" follows the highs and lows of the final class of New York City's illustrious High School for the Performing Arts from their freshman year to their graduation. Touching on complex issues such as racial prejudice, drug abuse and sexual exploitation, it tells the story of several of the students, depicting their struggles, triumphs and tempestuous relationships as they explore the realities of striving for a career in showbusiness (in English and Spanish). Tickets are $65.

GALA Hispanic Theatre


May 11 to 25

Washington National Opera: Tosca

Love gets political in Puccini's striking drama set against 18th-century Rome. Passionate singer Tosca takes matters into her own hands when dreaded chief of police Scarpia hunts for her lover. But no one is guaranteed to get out alive. Tickets are $35 to $300.

Kennedy Center Opera House


Through May 15

Richard III

Highlighting the terrifying extremes made possible through the abuse of modern technology, the 14th installment in Paata Tsikurishvili's Wordless Shakespeare Series will explore King Richard III's rise to power in an all-new movement-driven, futuristic adaptation. Tickets start at $35.

Synetic Theater


Through May 19

Grand Hotel

It is 1928 and Berlin is at the center of a razzle-dazzle world between two wars. At the bustling Grand Hotel, a series of eclectic guests and staff, including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist and an ailing bookkeeper, collide in a non-stop musical toast to the high life. Please call for ticket information.

Signature Theatre


Through May 22

Into the Woods

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

Ford's Theatre


Through May 26

The White Snake

Constellation Theatre presents this radiant retelling of one of China's oldest and most beloved legends. Forsaking their lonely mountaintop for just one day, enlightened animal spirits White Snake and Green Snake magically transform into beautiful women to experience the human world. There, White Snake meets and falls passionately in love with the humble pharmacist's assistant Xu Xian, but the secret of her true identity soon comes back to haunt her. Please call for ticket information.

Constellation Theatre Company


May 27 to June 23

Describe the Night

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? Please call for ticket information.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company


Through June 2

Ellen McLaughlin's The Orchestra

Through 10 years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon's return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, "The Oresteia" chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Please call for ticket information.

Shakespeare Theatre Company


Through June 2


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

Arena Stage


Through June 9

Love's Labor Lost

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

Folger Theatre


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