- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 24, 2008

Alden Theatre

1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. All events 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets at door at 7 p.m. Limit four per person. Information at 703/324-8428, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or www.mcleancenter.org

• Discussion: Conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel talk about their new book, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America. May 6.

Arthur Miller Festival

Arena Stage and Theater J’s tribute to a giant of American dramatic literature. Anchoring the festival are three of Mr. Miller’s plays: “The Price” at Theater J and Arena’s repertory performances of “Death of a Salesman” and “A View From the Bridge.” (See Theater listings.) Rounding it out are film screenings, discussions and readings listed here. Various venues. Through May 19. Free unless otherwise noted. www.arenastage.org, www.theaterj.org

• Arena film: “Miller, Kazan and the Black List: None Without Sin.” This 2003 PBS documentary chronicles Arthur Miller’s and Elia Kazan’s experiences with the House Un-American Activities Committee and discusses the emergence of “Death of a Salesman” and “A View From the Bridge.” AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 7 p.m. May 5. Reservations through Arena Stage sales office, 202/488-3300.

• Arena panel: “The Political Impact of Arthur Miller on 21st Century American Theater.” Playwright Emily Mann, artistic director of the McCarter Theatre; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Henry Hwang; Ari Roth, playwright and artistic director of Theater J. Arena Stage senior dramaturg Mark Bly, moderator. Gonda Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 7 p.m. May 12. Reservations through 202/687-ARTS or performingarts.georgetown.edu.

• Arena reading: Selected Arthur Miller Prose Works. Readings from Mr. Miller’s autobiography, essays, letters and books examine the playwright’s art, politics and personal life. Directed by Georgetown University Theater Program Director Derek Goldman. Georgetown University Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. 7 p.m. May 19. Reservations through 202/687-ARTS or performingarts.georgetown.edu.

Coffeehouse Film Series

New, unreleased (or limited-release) award-winning independent and international films screened monthly in Alexandria coffeehouses and bistros. Admission free. Reservations encouraged. Sponsored by Friends of the Duncan Library. 703/548-7200, duncanfilms.blogspot.com

• “August the First” (2007). The surprise guest at a New Jersey family graduation party sparks long-buried recriminations. FireFlies Restaurant & Coffee Bar, 1501 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 8 p.m. April 26.

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

2300 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202/328-2500, www.china-embassy.org/eng. Program ticket and photo ID required to be admitted to the embassy.

• Lecture: “Inside the Rings: The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.” A program in the Smithsonian Resident Associates’ series China: An Incomparable Journey. Lecturer Lisa Delpy Neirotti, a longtime student of the Olympic movement, focuses on China’s emerging athletes and the training and preparation for this summer’s Games. Reception follows. 7 p.m. May 8. $40, $50. Tickets and information at 202/633-3030, www.smithsonianassociates.org

Filmfest DC

The Washington, D.C., International Film Festival. Various venues. www.filmfestdc.org, www.tickets.com

• Seventy-five independent films from around the world at eight metro locations. Focus this year on New Latin American Cinema and Politics and Film. April 24-May 4. Individual films $10; 10-ticket package $80; four-ticket weekday package $30. Packages through tickets.com by phone and on line only. Complete schedule at Web site.

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 East Capitol St. NE. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu

• Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House. Costumed storytelling, a Shakespeare portrait contest, sonnet recitations, Elizabethan games and fortune-telling, on-stage performances and Renaissance music, song, and dance. Noon-4 p.m. April 27. Birthday cake cutting, presided over by a mock Queen Elizabeth I, at 3:30 p.m. Free.

Goethe-Institut of Washington

812 Seventh St. NW unless otherwise noted. 202/289-1200, www.goethe.de/washington

• Film series: “Coming to America: Hopes and Challenges of a ‘Promised Land.’ ” “Avalon” (1990; directed by Barry Levinson), 6:30 p.m. April 28. $4, $6.

Sidney Harman Hall

The Forum, 610 F St. NW. 202/547-1122, www.shakespearetheatre.org/harmancenter

• Windows Discussion: “The Roman Repertory.” An introduction to “Julius Caesar” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” With literary associate Akiva Fox and Michael Olmert, documentary writer and lecturer in English at the University of Maryland. 5 p.m. May 4. Free, but reservations required online or through 202/547-1122 and press 4.

• “Shakespeare, When in Rome”: A Roman Repertory Symposium. All-day discussion of Shakespeare’s “Roman repertory,” tied to the Shakespeare Theatre performances of “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Julius Caesar.” With Artistic Director Michael Kahn and other experts. Sponsored by The Aspen Institute. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 10. $15, $20. Reserve online or by calling the box office.

• “Classics In Context: A Roman’s Part.” Literary associate Akiva Fox; Josiah Osgood, assistant professor of Classics, Georgetown University; Aubrey Deeker, actor. 5 p.m. June 21. Free, but reservations required online or through 202/547-1122 and press 4.

• Theological Discussion Series: “Julius Caesar: Mastering Fate.” The Rev. Roger A. Ferlo, director of the Center for Lifetime Theological Education at Virginia Theological Seminary, leads the discussion. 5 p.m. July 1. Free. Information at 202/547-1122, press 4, and on the Web site.

International Spy Museum

800 F St. NW. Unless otherwise noted, advance registration required; tickets do not include admission to the museum. Tickets through Ticketmaster at 800/551-SEAT, online at ticketmaster.com, in person at the museum or through 202/393-7798. www.spymuseum.org.

• “Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA.” Author Jefferson Morley traces the career of Cold War spymaster Winston Mackinley Scott, who kept track of Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Noon-1 p.m. May 1. Free. No registration required.

• “Getting the Ultimate Intelligence Document into the President’s Hands.” John Hedley, formerly of the CIA, tells the story of the President’s Daily Briefing and looks to its future. 6:30 p.m. May 6. $16, $20.

Library of Congress

Various venues. 202/707-4604, 202/707-5664, www.loc.gov.

• Book discussion and signing: Becton: A Soldier and Public Servant. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Julius W. Becton Jr., on his autobiography. Room LJ 119, first floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Noon April 29. Free and open to the public. 202/707-5221.

• Book discussion and signing: American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau. Writer, activist and editor Bill McKibben talks about this anthology, which he edited. Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 6 p.m. April 29. Free and open to the public; no tickets required. 202/707-5221.

• Lecture: Internet: The Private Mind? Second in a series exploring the technological world of “digital natives,” the generation born and raised with computers. Steven Berlin Johnson is the author of Everything Bad Is Good for You. Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 4 p.m. May 12. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations needed. 202/707-2692.

• Lecture: The Anthropology of YouTube. Third in a series exploring the technological world of “digital natives,” the generation born and raised with computers. Michael Wesch is assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 4 p.m. June 23. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations needed. 202/707-2692.

• Lecture: Screenology. Fourth and last in a series exploring the technological world of “digital natives,” the generation born and raised with computers. Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Playing the Future: What We Can Learn From Digital Kids. Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 4 p.m. June 30. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations needed. 202/707-2692.

The Lyceum

201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. 703/838-4994, www.alexandriahistory.org

• “The Cold War: A Son”s Perspective.” Francis Gary Powers Jr., son of the U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, discusses the nearly half-century of stalemate between the United States and the Soviet Union. 7:30 p.m. May 28. Free. Information: 703/683-2636, www.alexandriahistorical.org

National Academy of Sciences

2100 C St. NW. 202/334-2436, www.nasonline.org

• Book discussion and signing: Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, on his new book “Einstein: His Life and Universe.” Biography based on Einstein’s newly released personal letters. 11 a.m.-noon April 27. Free and open to the public. Photo ID required.

National Gallery of Art

East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Events free. First come, first seated. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov

• The 57th A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts 2008: “Bosch and Bruegel: Parallel Worlds.” Joseph Leo Koerner, professor of history of art and architecture, Harvard University. “ ’Self’ Portraiture,” April 27; “Epiphanies of Human Making,” May 4; “In Pursuit of the Ordinary,” May 11. Free; tickets and registration not required.

• “Max Ophuls in Hollywood.” Films by an exile from Nazi Germany and occupied France who arrived in Hollywood in 1941: “Caught” (1949), 4:30 p.m. April 27.

Donald W. Reynolds Center

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery’s American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series. Each of four well-known figures in American contemporary culture deconstructs a single image to illustrate how works of art reveal American identity. Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 4:30 p.m. Saturdays; doors 4 p.m. Free. First-come first-served tickets 3:30 p.m. at G Street lobby information desk; limit two tickets per person. 202/633-1000, americanart.si.edu/reynolds_center

• Historian Garry Wills on Thomas Eakins’ painting “William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River.” April 26.

• Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith on Ruth Orkin’s photograph “Member of the Wedding, Opening Night, Ethel Waters, Carson McCullers, and Julie Harris, New York City, 1950.” May 10.

S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Resident Associates’ series China: An Incomparable Journey at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Through late June. 202/633-1000, www.si.edu/visit/whatsnew/Ripley.asp. For tickets and information, 202/633-3030, www.smithsonianassociates.org

• All-day seminar: “Beijing: Ancient City, Modern Outlook.” Looking beyond the Olympics to the richness and complexity of one of the world’s great cities, with Robert Daly, director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs, University of Maryland. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 14. $85, $131.

Signature Theatre

Kander & Ebb Celebration: Signature’s four-month salute to the Broadway songwriting partners John Kander and Fred Ebb. All events at 2800 S. Stafford St., Arlington. 703/820-9771, www.sig-online.org

• Film: “Kander & Ebb at the Movies.” Screenings of “Cabaret” June 2 and “Chicago” June 16. Max Theatre, all at 7:30 p.m. Free.

• Conversation: “One on One With John Kander,” the songwriter’s talk with Signature Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. 7 p.m. May 12. $50. Seating limited.

Washington DC Jewish Community Center

1529 16th St. NW. 202/518-9400, washingtondcjcc.org

• Nextbook Series: Amy Bloom, author of “Away,” about a 22-year-old immigrant from Lithuania who arrives in the Lower East Side in New York. 7:30 p.m. May 20. $6, $8. Information at 202/777-3251; tickets www.nextbook.org

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