- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2008

Arthur Miller Festival

Arena Stage and Theater J’s tribute to a giant of American dramatic literature. Anchoring the festival are three of 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

• Theater J post-matinee discussion: “Miller’s Evolving Politics: What’s He Saying in ‘The Price’?” Panel, moderated by Artistic Director Ari Roth and including Arena Stage Senior Dramaturg Mark Bly, looks at Miller’s hidden and overt political observations as they evolve from his earlier plays. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Following 3 p.m. performance of “The Price.” March 9.

• Theater J post-matinee discussion: “ ’The Price’ in the Pantheon: Arthur Miller and August Wilson — Comparing Their Greatest Works.” In a link to the Kennedy Center’s month-long August Wilson festival, a look at the legacies of the two American theater legends. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Following 3 p.m. performance of “The Price.” March 16.

• Tuesday readings at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW, all at 7:30 p.m., all pay-what-you-can: “The American Clock,” March 18; “The Crucible,” March 25; “Playing for Time,” April 8. A yet-to-be-determined play will be read at The Theatre Lab, 733 8th St. NW, at 7:30 p.m. April 1; pay-what-you-can.

• Theater J post-matinee discussion: “America’s Aging Crisis: Elder Care Abuse and the Politics of Neglect.” A discussion of care of the elderly that picks up on themes in “The Price.” Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Following 3 p.m. performance of “The Price.” March 23.

• Theater J post-matinee discussion: “Judging an Artist’s Work in the Wake of Stunning Revelations: Arthur, Woody, Pablo, Truman, and Others.” A discussion with Artistic Director Ari Roth on whether and how opinions of artists’ works are altered by revelations about their personal lives. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Following 3 p.m. performance of “The Price.” March 30.

• Arena salon: Conversation on Miller with Arena’s Artistic Director Molly Smith, “A View from the Bridge” director Daniel Aukin, “Death of a Salesman” director Timothy Bond and the audience. Arena Stage Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 7 p.m. March 31. $3 for the general public, free to Arena Stage subscribers and donors. Reservations through Arena Stage Sales Office, 202/488-3300.

• Theater J post-matinee discussion: “Siblings and the Aging Parent.” More on family relationships as reflected in “The Price.” With Dr. David Scharff of the Washington Psychoanalytic Society. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Following 3 p.m. performance of “The Price.” April 6.

• Theater J post-matinee discussion: “5x5: Playwrights Responding to the Work of Arthur Miller.” Five original, newly written five-minute plays reflecting on “The Price.” Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Following 3 p.m. performance of “The Price.” April 13.

• Arena film: “Miller, Kazan and the Black List: None Without Sin.” This 2003 PBS documentary chronicles Arthur Miller 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 Miller’s autobiography, essays, letters and books examine the playwright’s art, his politics and his 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.

Catholic University

Spring Architecture Lecture Series: “An Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage,” exploring Irish design in the city of Dublin, in County Mayo and in the United States. All events at Koubek Auditorium, Crough Center for Architectural Studies, 620 Michigan Ave. NE unless otherwise noted. All at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Through April 14. 202/319-5188, architecture.cua.edu

• Symposium: “James Hoban, Architect of the White House.” Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Irish-born architect. Scholars, authors, historians. Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St. NW. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13. Register through www.whitehousehistory.org/hoban.

Fifth Annual National Black History Month Film and Discussion Series

Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The Urban Film Series presents films with the theme of “The Black Hand Side” 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in February. $10-$15 per day; $25-$40 per series. 202/452-7672, www.landmarktheatres.com, www.urbanfilmseries.com

• The Back Hand: “68 Degrees and Clear” (12 min.); “A Loud Color” (7 min.); “Back To You” (36 min.); “Chocolate City”(45 min.). Feb. 28.

Folger Shakespeare Library

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

• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: Washington Writers: Beyond the Capitol. PEN/Faulkner finalist Edward P. Jones and writer Dinaw Mengestu, both Washington residents, read from their latest works. 8 p.m. Feb. 29. $15.

• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: An Irish American Evening: Alice McDermott, Frank McCourt, introduced by Richard McCann. 8 p.m. March 14. $15.

• Lectures: “Macbeth” Post-show Discussion. Informal discussion with the cast and crew of “Macbeth.” March 20, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance. Free.

George Washington University

Gelman Library, 2130 H St. NW. 202/994-6558, www.gwu.edu/gelman

• Discussion and signing: “Beautiful Boy.” Author David Sheff, with son Nic, reads from his book and takes questions on his struggle to help his son overcome methamphetamine addiction. 3-5 p.m. March 3. Free.

Goethe-Institut of Washington

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

• Film Series: “Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation.” In German with English subtitles. All films 6:30 p.m. $4.75-$6.75 through the Web site: “Fraulein” (1984/85), March 3; “The Rebellion” (1993), March 10; “Who Was Edgar Allan?” (1984), March 13; “Three Paths to the Lake” (1976), March 17.

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.

• “The Bomber Behind the Veil: Muslim Women and Violent Jihad.” Farhana Ali, an international policy analyst with the Rand Corp., discusses Muslim female fighters, their place in Islamic history and their psychological profile. 6:30 p.m. March 20. $20.

Kennedy Center

Terrace Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org

• Discussion: Voices of the 20th Century. In conjunction with the Kennedy Center’s celebration of “August Wilson’s 20th Century,” well-known figures discuss the black experience in America during the last century. With sports columnist Michael Wilbon, former football player Brig Owens, radio correspondent Juan Williams, opera star Denyce Graves, political commentator Donna Brazile. A Millennium Stage program. 6 p.m. March 3. Free.

The Library of Congress

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

• Black History Month film screenings: Clips from the library’s comedy collections, including performances by Moms Mabley, Chris Rock, Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 29. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5479.

• Book discussion: Former U.S. Rep. Mickey Edwards, Oklahoma Republican, author of “Reclaiming Conservatism: How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost — And How It Can Find Its Way Back.” Book sale and signing follows. Law Library Multimedia Room (Room 240), Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. 1 p.m. March 5. Free but seating limited and advance reservations required through [email protected] or 202/707-9838.

• Poetry reading: Matthew Thorburn and Monica Youn, winners of the 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowships. Introduction by Poet Laureate Charles Simic. Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 6:45 p.m. March 6. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5394.

• Books & Beyond discusion and signing: Critic Michael Dirda and his new book, “Classics for Pleasure,” a volume of short essays. Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE. Noon March 6. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5221.

Mexican Music Festival

“Two Faces of Mexican Music: Chavez and Revueltas Revisited.” Various venues. Exploring today’s changing evaluations of two giants of Mexican music, Carlos Chavez (1899-1978) and Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940). March 11-16. For information see the Mexican Cultural Institute at portal.sre.gob.mx/imw

• Opening event and lectures: Barbara Tenenbaum, Library of Congress, on “Mexico in New York, 1940”; Mary Kay Vaughan, University of Maryland, on “Music and the Making of the Mexican Nation, 1930-1940”; the Post-Classical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordonez, music director, in “Xochipilli (An Imagined Aztec Music)” by Carlos Chavez. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 7 p.m. March 11. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. 202/728-1647, 202/728-1628, portal.sre.gob.mx/imw

• All-day symposium on Chavez and Revueltas. The case for each presented by specialists from the Library of Congress, the Mexican Cultural Institute, the Mexican Ministry of Culture, universities and museums. Includes tour of the Library’s exhibit “The Early Americas.” Library of Congress, Room LJ 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. 202/707-4604, 202/707-5664, www.loc.gov

• Films: Two films with music by Revueltas: “Redes” (1935), “Vamonos con Pancho Villa!” (1936). Introduction by Margaret Parsons, National Gallery of Art; commentary by Angel Gil-Ordonez, Joseph Horowitz, Roberto Kolb, and James Krippner. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 4 p.m. March 16. Free; first come, first seated. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov

• Musical performances: See the Library of Congress in Classical Music listings.

Mount Olive Baptist Church

1601 S. 13th Road, Arlington. 703/920-7293 x221 or x238. www.mtolivebc.org

• “Speak Up, America.” Talk by Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore, marking Black History Month. 7 p.m. Feb. 28. Free.

National Air and Space Museum

Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: L’Enfant Plaza. 202/633-1000, www.nasm.si.edu. Imax theater schedule: 877/932-4629.

• Ask an Expert Lecture Series: “The First Female Thunderbird: Nicole Malachowski.” Women’s Heritage Month talk by Dorothy Cochrane. Noon-12:15 p.m. March 5. Free.

• Ask an Expert Lecture Series: “Katherine Stinson: The Flying Schoolgirl.” Women’s Heritage Month talk by Dominick A. Pisano. Noon-12:15 p.m. March 12. Free.

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

• “In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet.” Kimberly Jones and Sarah Kennel of the National Gallery on topics related to the current exhibit. 2 p.m. March 2.

• “Rembrandt: Study of Two Early Works, Rhetorically Speaking.” Rudolph Preimesberger, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. 2 p.m. March 9.

• “Images of Friendship from Renaissance Florence.” Dale Kent, University of California, Riverside. 2 p.m. March 16.

National Museum of the American Indian

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. All events in Rasmuson Theater unless otherwise noted. 202/633-1000, www.nmai.si.edu

• Community Discussion: Native Women in Documentary Filmmaking. With Velma Craig (Navajo), Yolanda Cruz (Chatin), Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), and Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). Resource Center, Third level. 3:30 p.m. March 15. Free.

• Vine Deloria Jr. Native Writers Series: Buffy Sainte-Marie. Reading, discussion and CD signing with the Cree musician, songwriter and visual artist. In celebration of Women’s History Month. Noon and 6:30 p.m. March 19. Free.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

600 I St. NW. 202/408-3100, www.sixthandi.org

• Discussion: Hollywood writer and producer Gary David Goldberg reflects on fame, fortune and roots. 7 p.m. March 13. $6. Advance tickets through 202/408-3100.

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