- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 27, 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: Marjane Satrapi, author of the graphic novel “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood,” now a film, talks about growing up through the Islamic revolution in Iran in the 1970s. April 2.

• 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 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: “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.

• Tuesday readings at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW, unless otherwise noted. All at 7:30 p.m., all pay-what-you-can: “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: “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’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 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.

Busboys and Poets

2021 14th St. NW. 202/387-7638, www.busboysandpoets.com

• Discussion and signing: “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food” by Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary of Watkins Glen, N.Y., the nation’s leading farm-animal protection organization. 6-8 p.m. April 8. Free and open to the public. See www.genebaur.org

• Jody Rosen, music historian, on Jewish dialect songs and novelty hits performed by vaudeville’s “Hebrew comedians.” Part of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Nextbook series. 7:30 p.m. April 17. $6, $8.

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.

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. For tickets and information, 202/633-3030, www.smithsonianassociates.org

Folger Shakespeare Library

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

• Lecture and discussion: From the Stage: “Macbeth” Psychoanalytic Discussion. Dr. Samuel T. Goldberg 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.

• Poetry conversation: Under a Spell — Jazz and Blues in Poetry: Quincy Troupe and Tyehimba Jess. Moderated by poet E. Ethelbert Miller, with music by bassist Herman Burney and harmonica player Frederic Yonnet. 7:30 p.m. April 7. $12.

George Washington University

Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E St. NW. 202/994-6240, www.gwu.edu/~elliott

• Brubeck Festival Seminar: “Cultural Diplomacy and Dave Brubeck.” David Grier and Hugh Agnew of the Elliott School; Ambassador Karl Inderfurth and Marc Lynch of GWU. 6-7:15 p.m. April 8. Free, but seating limited. Reservations through [email protected]

George Washington University

Student Conference Center, Lisner Hall, 2023 G St. NW.

• Discussion and signing: “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food” by Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary of Watkins Glen, N.Y., the nation’s leading farm-animal protection organization. 6-8 p.m. April 8. Free and open to the public. See www.genebaur.org

Goethe-Institut of Washington

Film series: “Coming to America: Hopes and Challenges of a ‘Promised Land.’ ” 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.’ ” “Germans in America I: Into the Promised Land / The Price of Freedom.” The television series, in English. 6:30 p.m. April 7. $4, $6.

• Shorts-Courts-Kurz. An afternoon of new short films from France and Germany, from the 2008 Clermont-Ferrand and the 2007 Dresden festivals. English subtitles. 2-5 p.m. April 12. $7, $10.

• Film series: “Coming to America: Hopes and Challenges of a ‘Promised Land.’ ” “Germans in America II: Little Germanies / A People Disappears.” The television series, in English. 6:30 p.m. April 14. $4, $6.

Hispano-American Poetry Marathon

Teatro de la Luna and more than 15 poets from Central and South America and Europe in “La Puma y la Palabra” or “The Pen and the Word,” in the theater’s 16th annual marathon. Various venues. All readings in Spanish. Admission free. 202/882-6227, 703/548-3092, www.teatrodelaluna.org

• The Library of Congress. Readings in the Mary Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Independence Avenue and First Street SE. 2-4 p.m. April 11.

• Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 2-8 p.m. April 12.

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.

• “Spy vs. Spy: FBI and KGB Secrets From the Cold War.” Oleg Kalugin, former KGB acting Washington station chief, and David Major, FBI director of counterintelligence, on how their careers intersected. 6:30 p.m. April 16. $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.

Library of Congress

Various venues. Great Hall, exhibitions and sales shop in the Jefferson Building closed and all public tours canceled April 3-11 to prepare for the opening of the new Library of Congress Experience. 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.

Meridian International Center

Brubeck Festival discussions and concert. Scholars, public diplomacy experts and jazz enthusiasts share their knowledge of the State Department tours and examine the implications of these efforts for the present. Tickets required through 202/993-5543 or e-mail [email protected] Crescent Place, NW. 202/667-6800, www.meridian.org

• Panel: The future of jazz musicians as cultural diplomats. 3 p.m. April 11.

• Panel: Looking back at jazz in cultural diplomacy. 4:45 p.m. April 11.

• Jazz concert: The Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio from Poland with special guest Dave Brubeck. 6:30 p.m. April 11.

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.

• “Louis Armstrong, the Great Satchmo.” Lecture by John Hasse. Noon April 2.

• “The Mormon Nauvoo Temple Sunstone.” Lecture by Roger Launius, Space History Division. Noon April 9.

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.

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

• Discussion: “U.S. and China Relations: Looking Ahead.” Panel moderated by Walter L. Cutler, former U.S. ambassador to China, and including China’s current ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong, discusses everything from trade and finance to regional and global security. 6:45 p.m. April 3. $18, $28.

• Illustrated lecture: “Wildlife of China: Endangered Treasures.” William McShea, wildlife ecologist and research scientist for the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, talks about his experiences in the Sichuan reserves, with a focus on the giant panda. 6:45 p.m. April 17. $10-$20.

• 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 “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.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

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

• Discussion and signing: “Best Girlfriends’ Getaway Worldwide,” by Marybeth Bond. 7 p.m. March 31. $6.

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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