A Month of International Events A Month of International Events

Programs During Passport DC 2018

Throughout the month on both weekdays and weekends, cultural and arts organizations present internationally themed programming—ranging from traditional to contemporary, from swinging music to scholarly pursuits, from classical to experimental. As you enjoy Passport DC, remember that many events are free thanks to contributions from individuals like you who financially support nonprofit cultural organizations.


Explore Buddhist Art
May 1-31

Delve into the art and practice of Buddhism across Asia in an hour-long, docent-led tour

Location: Freer Gallery of Art

Metro Stop: Smithsonian

Admission: Free


Japanese Classics: Tampopo
May 2, 2:00 pm

See this tale of an enigmatic band of ramen ronin who guide a noodle shop owner's widow on her quest for the perfect recipe. (Japan, 1985, 114 min., Japanese with English subtitles)

Location: Freer Gallery of Art

Metro Stop: Smithsonian Station - National Mall

Admission: Free


Crossing Borders: Sushi Rolling
May 2, 6:30 pm

Learn how to make hand rolls (temaki) and in-side-out rolls (uramaki) with Chef Wendi James. Bring an appetite, as there will be plenty of sushi to enjoy.

Location: Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Metro Stop: Eastern Market Station

Admission: $65, includes wine or beer


Faces in Japanese Art
May 3, 6:00 pm

Discover new ideas and research on a wide variety of disciplines and art objects from the ancient to the contemporary in this series focused on the fine arts of Japan.

Location: Japan Information Culture Center

Metro Stop: Farragut North Station

Admission: Free


May 4 – 27

Come see what borders are on the minds of Touchstone artists. Whether decorative or political, visible or invisible, thick or thin, artists show borders in mixed media works of watercolor and acrylic paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, collages, clay works and hand-pulled prints.

Location: Touchstone Gallery

Metro Stop: Metro Center



Film -- Golden Kingdom
May 4, 7:00 pm

Watch the lives of four very young Buddhist monks change from peaceful to chaotic once their head abbot leaves on a journey. (Myanmar, 2015, 101 min., Burmese with English subtitles)

Location: Freer Gallery of Art

Metro Stop: Smithsonian

Admission: Free


Anupama Bhagwat
May 5, 5:00 pm

Hear sitar musician Anupama Bhagwat play Indian Classical Music with a versatile and eclectic style characterized by scintillating fast taans, mastery of the meditative alaap, and brilliant fluency of melody (raaga-bhava), while remaining true to tradition.   

Location: Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation

Metro Stop:  Friendship Heights

Admission: $20


May 12, 7:00 pm

Join the House of Angklung for an exciting and unique concert of the Indonesian bamboo instrument, Angklung.

Location: Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University

730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

Metro Stop: Farragut North Station

Admission: $15 - $20


Asian American and Pacific Islander Family Day
May 12, 11:30 am

Celebrate Heritage Month during a day filled with art, performances from different regions of Asia, and a variety of crafting activities

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Metro Stop: Gallery Place-Chinatown

Admission: Free, Family Friendly


Russian Resurgence by Allan Topol
May 19, 1:00 pm

Visit the International Spy Museum for an in-store signing of the newest book by Allan author of 13 novels of international intrigue.

Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004

Metro Stop: Gallery Pl-Chinatown

Admission: Free


Art & Me: Solving Art Mysteries with Science
Through June 10

Explore the exhibition Secrets of the Lacquer Buddha and see how art and science collide to solve mysteries that can teach us about the past. Experiment with professional tools and make your own examination kit to practice your new skills at home! For ages 3-5, with adult companions.

Location: Sackler Gallery

Metro Stop: Smithsonian

Admission: Free


Do Ho Suh: Almost Home
Through August 5

See the large-scale installations of Do Ho Suh's brightly hued Hub sculptures -- intricately detailed, hand-sewn fabric recreations of homes where Suh has lived -- from around the world, along with several drawings and a series of semi-transparent replicas of household objects called Specimens.

Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Metro Stop: Gallery Place-Chinatown

Admission: Free, Family Friendly



Gioachino Rossini: Stabat Mater
May 19, 2018 to 3:00 PM

Join the Choral Arts Society of Washington and its Artistic Director Scott Tucker as they welcome acclaimed opera conductor Antony Walker for Rossini's Stabat Mater and a selection of iconic opera moments. Operatic sensations Sarah Coburn, Olivia Vote, Jack Swanson, and David Leigh will join them on stage.

Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Metro Stop:  Foggy Bottom-GWU

Admission: $15 - $69


Landmark Luncheon: Interior Life with Italian Designer Alessandra Branca
May 24, 11:00 am

Enjoy an elegant seated lunch with friends and a presentation by Alessandra Branca, "one of the top tastemakers" in design today!  Learn why Elle Decor calls her "a bravura decorator with a penchant for interiors that mix the refined with the relaxed".

Location: Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens

Metro Stop: Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom-GWU

Admission: Members: $75 | Non-Members: $85 | Non-Member Pair: $160


Remix: Swiss Beats
May 24, 5:30 pm

Celebrate Swiss and American cultural parallels through dance, art, music, and food. Experience "Confluence", a performance from the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland.

Location: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Metro Stop: Gallery Place-Chinatown

Admission: Free


Brewmaster Tour: Celebrating German Heritage
May 25, 5:00 pm

Enjoy a tour and tasting of local German-inspired craft beers from DC Brau, a local brewery that crafts award-winning beer utilizing a delicious and uniquely American blend of North American and European techniques and ingredients.

Location: Heurich House Museum

Metro Stop: Dupont Circle

Admission: $30. Reservations are required. Must be age 21 or older.


Learn Spanish
May 8 to July 10, 6:30 pm

Learn the basics of speaking Spanish in just 10 sessions!  We get it; you don't know anything more than "tacos" and "margarita". Spanish 1 is perfect for you if you're new to the language and you want to master the basics so that you can enjoy speaking conversational Spanish.

Location:  Fluent City

Metro Stop: Metro Center

Admission:  $399.00


Holocaust -- The Untold Story
May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 at Noon

Follow the coverage of Hitler's systematic extermination of six million Jews and the refusal of U.S.  media — including The New York Times — to publicize the story. 55 minutes

Location: Newseum

Metro Stop: Judiciary Square

Admission: $21.21


Chef's Table with Chef Gérard Pangaud
May 18, 7:00 pm

Settle in at Hill Center's 12-seat kitchen for an intimate, unique four-course dining experience featuring the haute cuisine of France and two-star Michelin chef Gérard Pangaud. He pairs each course with wines representing the premier regions of France.

Location: Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Metro Stop: Eastern Market

Admission: $135


Saint Joan
May 12 – June 10

Watch in awe as four actors perform more than 25 roles in this riveting, stripped-down production of the story of Joan of Arc. The New York Times declared the play "Irresistible!" and "a force of nature".

Location: Folger Shakespeare Library

Metro Stop: Capitol South

Admission: $25.00 – $49.00


Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
Through May 13

Celebrate the centennial of the Republic of Estonia by visiting the rare and masterful work of Michel Sittow, Estonia's greatest Renaissance artist.

Location: National Gallery of Art - West Building, Main Floor

Metro Stop: Gallery Place-Chinatown

Admission: Free



Gallery Talk: The Prince and the Shah
May 3, 1:00 pm

Gain insight into the exhibition The Prince and the Shah: Royal Portraits from Qajar, Iran, in this gallery talk by curator Simon Rettig.

Location:  Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Metro Stop:  Smithsonian

Admission: Free


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
May 4, 1:00 pm

Be transported to the time when Christ walked the earth as you participate in the Blessed Sacrament at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. The beauty of the main church and replicas of the most revered Christian shrines in the Holy Land surround visitors during the experience.

Location: Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

Metro Stop: Brookland-CUA

Admission: Free



Multicultural Open House
May 19, 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Join Hosteling International-Washington, DC for a multicultural open house. Explore diverse cultures through fun activities, dance, food, and live music.

Location: Hostelling International Washington DC

Metro Stop: Metro Center

Admission: Free, RSVP required

Kaveh Akbar & Kazim Ali: Silence and Breath
May 21, 7:30 pm

There is more that connects Kaveh Akbar and Kazim Ali than poetry and being practicing Muslims. Both explore the relationship between poetry and prayer, examining the silence and breath in each lyric. Both are authors of award-winning books of poetry and both teach creative writing.

Location: Folger Shakespeare Library

Metro Stop: Capitol South Metro Station

Admission: General admission: $15.00



FIRST THURSDAYS: La Música de México  
May 3, 6:45 pm

Participate in a program of concerts, conferences, and recitals with some of the most renowned composers, musicians, and academics of Mexico and the United States. Mexican musician and composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez curated the program.

Location: Mexican Cultural Institute

Metro Stop: Columbia Heights



Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Les Violons du Roy with Isabelle Faust
May 3, 7:30 pm

Join the acclaimed Canadian ensemble Les Violons du Roy and guest soloist Isabelle Faust for a stirring program of music by Bach.

Location:  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom-GWU

Admission: $45


Jewish American Heritage Month Lecture
May 17, 7:00 pm

Hear from former Glen Echo protesters and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ilana Trachtman as they talk about the 10-week protest at Glen Echo in 1960 that was spearheaded by black students from Howard University, white neighbors (many of them Jewish) from Maryland's Bannockburn community, and labor/civil rights leaders.

Location: National Archives

Metro Stop: Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter

Admission: Free. Advanced registration requested.


Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora
May 18, 2:30 pm

Hear directly from artists about their work depicting America's native flora. Part of a worldwide project Botanical art Worldwide offers simultaneous flora exhibits at cultural institutions in 25 countries on six continents.  Each exhibition features original contemporary artwork of its country's native plants portrayed by resident artists.  Participating countries include Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Southern Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Location: U.S. Botanic Garden

Metro Stop: Federal Center SW

Admission: $5 - $10 and pre-registration is required.


Through August 31

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Latin American Olympic Games through a simple and concrete exploration of the sporting venues built for the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics. Design was a fundamental part of MEXICO68. The development of competition sites for the Olympics' diverse sporting disciplines required not only the adaptation of existing structures, but also the rapid construction of new, modern and functional facilities. This exhibit examines the architectural innovation of the games and spotlights the urban art, like the Ruta de la Amistad, that played a fundamental role in the iconic MEXICO68 games.

Location: Mexican Cultural Institute

Metro Stop: Columbia Heights

Admission:  Free


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