- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 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: “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.

• Tuesday readings at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW, unless otherwise noted. All at 7:30 p.m., all pay-what-you-can: “The Crucible,” March 25; “The Creation of the World” (at The Theatre Lab, 733 Eighth St. NW), April 1; “Playing for Time,” April 8.

• 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.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202/483-7600, www.carnegieendowment.org

• Lecture: “The Great Influence of the Ancient Greeks on the American Founding Fathers.” Carl Richard, University of Louisiana. Sponsored by The Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage (SPGH). Choate Room B. 7 p.m. March 26. $5-$12. Reception follows. Information, reserved tickets at 202/363-4337. See www.spghworld.org

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

• “Tir Saile and the Spirit of Place: Emerging Land Sculpture and Architecture in the Landscapes of Mayo.” Travis Price, adjunct professor, architecture; and Peter Hynes, architect, Mayo County Council, Ireland. March 31.

• “Ruthless Optimism.” Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles. April 14.

Environmental Film Festival

The 16th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Forty-six venues — movie houses, libraries, embassies, museums and universities. Some 115 documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from 30 countries; 55 films with Washington, U.S. or world premieres. More than 110 filmmakers talk about their work. Through March 22. For complete schedule, see www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

Folger Shakespeare Library

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

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

• Poetry conversation: The Natural World: Galway Kinnell and Mark Doty. Moderated by poet Grace Cavalieri. 7:30 p.m. March 24. $12.

• Lecture and discussion: From the Stage: “Macbeth” Psychoanalytic Discussion. Samuel T. Goldberg, MD, of the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. March 29 immediately following the 2 p.m. performance. Free with ticket to performance.

• Words on Will: Shakespeare + Manga. Writer/adapter Adam Sexton and the manga artists behind four new editions of “Macbeth,” “Hamlet,” “Julius Caesar” and “Romeo and Juliet,” discuss their work. 7:30 p.m. March 31. $12.

• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: The Three Kings: Stephen King, Tabitha King and Owen King read from their works and discuss their lives as a writing family. Introduced by Matthew Klam. Reception and book signing follow. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 8 p.m. April 4. $30.

Goethe-Institut of Washington

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

• Film series: Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation. “Time of the Wolf” (“Wolfzeit”), 2003. In French with English subtitles. Showing at La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. 7 p.m. March 20. $5, $8. 202/ 944-6195.

• Film series: Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation. “Variation,” 1983. In German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m. March 24. $4.75-$6.75. 202/289-1200.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

801 K St. NW. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; Kiplinger Research Library 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Women’s History Month programs. All at 801 K St. unless otherwise noted. All events free but registration encouraged through 202/383-1850 or [email protected] 202/383-1850, www.historydc.org

• Film: “A Litany for Survival: The life and work of Audre Lorde.” Screening of Ada Gay Griffin’s 1995 documentary on the teacher, cancer survivor and activist/poet. With co-director Michelle Parkerson and moderator Shellee M. Haynesworth. 4 p.m. March 22.

• Panel Discussion: “John Wilson: The People”s Choice.” Friends, former colleagues and citizens share stories and memories of the former chairman of the D.C. City Council. Room 120, John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 6 p.m. March 26. Photo ID required; enter on D Street.

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

Concert Hall, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600, kennedy-center.org

• Americans for the Arts’ 21st Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. Daniel Pink, expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work and author of “A Whole New Mind.” 7:30 p.m. March 31. Free, but tickets required through www.artsusa.org/events/2008/aad/005.asp.

The Library of Congress

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

• Poetry at Noon series: “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” Open-mike event featuring poetry readings by anyone who can show a published poem (not his or her own) at the door to the theater. Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon April 17. Free; no tickets required.

• Poetry at Noon series: “Shakespeare’s Birthday.” Professional actors read sonnets or passages from the Bard’s work, followed by audience members reading brief excerpts from Shakespeare. Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon April 22. Free; no tickets required.

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.

• “Apollo 13, a Slide Rule and an Ill-Fated Trip to the Moon.” Ask an Expert series with Paul Ceruzzi. Gallery 100. Noon-12:15 p.m. March 26. 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

• Film program: “In Glorious Technicolor.” Recently restored prints from two major film archives. “I’ve Always Loved You” (Frank Borzage, 1946), 2 p.m. March 29; “Leave Her to Heaven” with Gene Tierney (John M. Stahl, 1945), 4:30 p.m. March 29; “The Barefoot Contessa” with Ava Gardner (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1954), 4:30 p.m. March 30.

National Geographic Society

Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202/857-7588, www.nationalgeographic.com

• “A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel.” National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt talks about her 30-year career, the current exhibit of her work, and her new book. 7:30 p.m. March 31. $9-$18.

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.

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 “Funny Lady” April 14, “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’s 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: Poet and translator Peter Cole on the theme of his book, “The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492.” 7:30 p.m. March 25. $6, $8. Information at 202/ 777-3251; tickets www.nextbook.org

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