A Month of International Events A Month of International Events

Programs During Passport DC 2017

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.

Gateways/Portales
May 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The stories and experiences of Latino migrants and immigrants in four U.S. metro areas (DC, Baltimore, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina) are on display in this new exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020
Metro: Naylor Metro Road
Admission: Free
http://anacostia.si.edu

 

From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir
May 1 – June 2, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Consider the influence and intellect of writer Simone de Beauvoir in an interpretation of her Paris studio alcove. This installation invites visitors to reflect on Beauvoir's impact, not only in her time and not only as a feminist, but in our own time and in the areas of literature, philosophy, and popular culture.
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Metro: Metro Center
Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for visitors 65 and over and students, and free for NMWA members and youths 18 and under
https://nmwa.org

Bordes/Borders
May 1 – May 13
Bordes/Borders is a contemporary video exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda featuring nine short films with borders as their main concept.
Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Metro: Columbia Heights
Admission: Free
http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org

El vuelo y su semilla
May 1 – May 20
El vuelo y su semilla is an exhibition of works by renowned Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963). Comprised of installation pieces, the exhibit reflects on the identity and culture that Mexican immigrants carry with them.
Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Metro: Columbia Heights
Admission: Free
http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org

Meet Netsuke! Storytellers of Japan
May 1 – May 15, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Artful sculptures of everything from comical creatures to honored elements of nature, frightening mythological figures, and scenes from everyday life, each netsuke piece has a unique story to share about Japan.
The Japan Information Culture Center (JICC), 1150 18th St NW #100, Washington, DC 20036
Metro: Farragut West
Admission: Registration is free and required
http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/

Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered
May 1 – July 9
Depicting the themes of snow, moon, and flowers, this triptych was last shown in Japan in 1879. Nearly 140 years later, the Freer|Sackler is the only location at which all three original pieces will be on view.
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC, 20013
Metro: Smithsonian Station
Admission: Free
http://www.asia.si.edu/

Exhibition Opening: FORTY out of ONE MILLION
May 1 – June 16, Monday–Thursday: 10 am–6:30 pm; Friday: 10 am–3:30 pm
For "FORTY out of ONE MILLION", Kai Wiedenhöfer took portraits of forty Syrian war-wounded in towns, villages and refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon between spring 2014 and 2015. By showing the aftermath of this war, Wiedenhöfer seeks to raise support for people who are in need.
Goethe-Institut, 1990 K Street NW (entrance off 20th Street)
Metro: Farragut North/West and Foggy Bottom
Admission: Free
https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=20951848

European Month of Culture
May 1-31
Multiple Venues
Admission: Most events are free
EUintheUS.org/EUMC

Tonality of Culture
May 3, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
As part of the multidisciplinary concert "Tonality of Culture" two Estonian-born artist Valev Laube and Diina Tamm present various dance and musical interpretations of old Estonian archive recordings dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.
National Gallery of Art (East Building Auditorium), 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20565
Metro: Archives – Navy Mem'l – Penn Quarter
Admission: Free
http://www.nga.gov

Human Rights Educational World Tour and Presidential Service Awards Presentation
May 3, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
What does human rights education have to do with the billion dollar industry of human trafficking? Find out from those on the front lines of grassroots education, advocacy and undercover work. Hear about this year's world tour to India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Taiwan and the USA, including regional summits in India, Mexico and Taiwan, to educate and catalyze youth to become advocates for human rights. Presidential Volunteer Service Awards will be presented to outstanding youth from around the USA. Boxed Lunch included
Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20003
Metro: Capitol South and Federal Center SW
Admission: Free on Eventbrite
http://www.youthforhumanrights.org

Library of Congress Lecture & Film: "Disco's Influence on European Dance Music"
May 3, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Music curator James Wintle lectures on the influence of disco on European dance music and hosts a screening of ABBA: The Movie (1977) – 95 min., directed by Lasse Hallström. Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building (Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor),101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20540
Metro: Capitol South
Admission: Free on Eventbrite
http://events.euintheus.org

Symposium - France in the White House: A Conversation on Historical Perspectives
May 4, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The White House Historical Association, together with the Embassy of France, is highlighting this remarkable historic relationship between France and the United States by organizing a full-day symposium, culinary experience, and cultural event.
White House Historical Association, 748 Jackson Place, NW, Washington DC 20006
Metro: Farragut West/ McPherson Square
Admission: $50
https://www.whitehousehistory.org

Maifest
May 4, 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Phillips after 5. Guten tag!. Come celebrate Maifest, the German tradition celebrating the arrival of spring.
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW, Washington DC 20009
Metro: DuPont Circle
Admission: $12; $10 for visitors 62 and over and students
http://www.phillipscollection.org

Family Program: It's Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Children are invited to visit the museum on this traditional Mexican holiday celebration. They will receive a tour of the current exhibition Gateways/Portales, participate in a gallery scavenger hunt, and then break open a traditional piñata outside on the grassy picnic area adjacent to the museum.
Anacostia Community Museum. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020
Metro: Naylor Metro Road
Admission: Free
http://anacostia.si.edu

"Art Buchwald and his French Connection" presented by Joel Buchwald
May 5, 7:00 pm
Joel Buchwald will talk about his father's amazing life focusing on the years in Paris where Art Buchwald became the principle contact for every American visiting the city; from Lauren Bacall to Elvis Presley.
Alliance Francaise of DC, 2142 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Metro: DuPont Circle
Admission: AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $10 + Processing Fees +$10 additional for post event reception. General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees +$10 additional for post event reception.
http://francedc.org/

TALK: Water's Edge
May 9, 5:30 pm
Learn from the Inuits, who still use ancient practices to hunt on the ice in Greenland; the First Nations people, who are protecting sacred headwaters in British Columbia; and marginalized Hawaiians, who are embracing traditions like Polynesian wayfinding to navigate the seas and rebuild pride among their people.
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Metro: Various
Admission: $25
http://www.nationalgeographic.org/dc

Hill Center Concert Series: Feifei Yang and Jiaju Shen
May 10, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Erhu soloist Feifei Yang and Pipa soloist Jiaju Shen are celebrated traditional Chinese instrumentalists who share a keen interest in forging new paths on the world music scene. Between them, they have performed separately or jointly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the United Nations, Beijing Olympics, Shanghai World Expo, and have released CD's that showcase the broad reach of their musical interests.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
Metro: Eastern market
Admission: $15 in Advance; $20 Day of Performance
http://www.hillcenterdc.org

Family Workshop: Indonesian Mask Making
May 13, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Discover Indonesia and its traditional wooden masks with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and Rumah Indonesia. Learn how to decorate your own masks by mixing textiles and paint. This program is designed for children ages 6–12 and adults to enjoy together.
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC, 20013
Metro: Smithsonian Station
Admission: Free registration before April 15 at 12 pm
http://www.asia.si.edu/

The Muslim Women's Association (MWA) Annual International Bazaar
May 13, 10 am - 4 pm
Islamic Center
2551 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Admission: Free
mwawashingtondc.org

Multicultural Open House
May 13, 3 pm - 6 pm
Hostelling International - Washington, DC
1009 11th Street NW Washington, DC
Join Hosteling International-Washington, DC for a multicultural open house. Explore diverse cultures through fun activities, dance, food, and live music. Highlights include: live music performance by local musician Vanny , Latin music performance by famous Dominican musician Raul Morel and his band, henna tattoos by a professional artist, brief yoga session, tea-leaf readings, international food samples, and natural West African ginger juice.
Admission: Free but RSVP i
s required

Conversation, Love and Philosophy: 18th century Fêtes galantes
May 17, 7:00 pm
A discussion with art historian Vanessa Badré on the fête galante – an outdoor courtship party that was popularized in 18thCentury French paintings.
Alliance Francaise of DC, 2142 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Metro: DuPont Circle
Admission: AFDC Member & Culture Pass: $ 10 + processing fees. General Admission: $15 + processing fees.
http://francedc.org/

Giro d'Italia: Puglia
May 18, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Follow the Giro to Puglia!
Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy's "boot," is known for its whitewashed hill towns and centuries-old farmland. Chef Mark Haskell's career has taken him to kitchens in Europe, Asia, South America and the US.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
Metro: Eastern market
Admission: $65, includes wine and beer
http://www.hillcenterdc.org

Film: "Grave Decisions (WER FRÜHER STIRBT IST LÄNGER TOT)"
May 19, 6:30 pm
An eleven year old search for immortality. Splendidly cheeky and incredibly Bavarian. A little prankster tale, a typical Bavarian Lausbubengeschichte, set in 2006. A wonderful blend of depth and heartfelt emotion with an authentic sense for the little things that are important in life.
Goethe-Institut, 1990 K Street NW, Suite 03 (Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level) Washington, DC 20006
Metro: Various
Admission: Free
https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/wsh.html

Chocolate and Caramel Master Class and Tasting with Chouquette
May 19, 7:00 pm
Treat yourself to something way better than a box of chocolates — instead, indulge in a tasting of darkchocolate-covered, infused caramels.Alliance Francaise of DC, 2142 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Metro: DuPont Circle
Admission: AFDC Member / Culture Pass: $40 + Processing Fees. General Admission: $45 + Processing Fees
http://francedc.org/

The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival
May 20-21, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Thompsons Boat Center
2900 Virginia Avenue, NW
Admission: Free
DragonBoatDC.com

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music
May 20, 1:00pm and 4:00 pm 
Quraishi, Rubab; Chetram Sohni, dohl; Heward Wardak, tabla
Enjoy music from Afghanistan while surrounded by Afhan arts and craft as Quraishi performs within the Turquoise Mountain galleries. Quraishi is a specialist in the rubab, a traditional lute that is Afghanistans's national instrument.
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Instituion 1050 Independance Ave SW Washington, DC, 20013

African in Reel Time Oggun: An Eternal Presence
May 20, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dive into Afro-Cuban culture and join the National Museum of African Art for a screening of Oggun: An Eternal Presence! The film (dir. Gloria Rolando, 1992, Cuba, 52 min., Spanish with English subtitles) is narrated by Lázaro Ros, apwong (Yoruba praise singer) and advocate for the preservation of Afro-Cuban culture for future generations. Screened as a compliment the museum's exhibition Currents, Ros tells a parable of Oggun, the banished warrior deity who only Oshun, deity of the river and fresh water, can lure back to civilization for the good of humanity.
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560
Metro: Smithsonian Station
Admission: Free
https://africa.si.edu/

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
May 21 – August 20, 4:00 pm
America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting is the first survey of American taste for French painting of the period. Presenting 68 of the finest examples found in American museums today, the exhibition tells the story of the collectors, curators, museum directors, and dealers responsible for bringing the paintings across the Atlantic and into the collections they now call home West Building of the National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565
Metro: Archives – Navy Mem'l – Penn Quarter Station
Admission: Free
http://www.nga.gov

Crossing Borders: North Vietnamese Cuisine
May 24, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
In Chef Evans's cooking classes, we will explore North Vietnamese food, known for its freshness, clarity and balance of flavor, and influenced by French occupation and its proximity to the Chinese border.
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20003
Metro: Eastern market
Admission: $85, includes wine and beer
http://www.hillcenterdc.org

First U.S. Exhibition of Artist's Early Years: "Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History" at the Hirshhorn Presents Rarely Shown Paintings
May 24
One of Europe's most prolific postwar painters, Lüpertz rose to prominence in the 1980s as a leading figure of neo-expressionism, and he has worked across a wide range of media for more than 50 years. This exhibition will offer visitors insight into a groundbreaking but lesser-known time in his career, and it provides context to a provocative use of military images in the years following World War II.
The Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Metro: Smithsonian Archives and L'Enfant Plaza
Admission: Free
https://hirshhorn.si.edu

Film: "Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution"
May 25, 12:00 pm
In 1973, American fashion designers Anne Klein, Bill Blass, and others pit their ready-to-wear clothing lines against the lions of French haute couture in a historic runway rumble.
The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
Metro: Foggy Bottom
Admission: Free
https://museum.gwu.edu/

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