Upcoming Events February/March 2014
· Ongoing at the National Museum of Natural History’s IMAX theater : the movie “Jerusalem”: Explore for the first time in IMAX this crossroads of civilization and faith. Jerusalem is an historic media initiative that comprises a spectacular giant screen film and a multi-year, multi component public education program. The film will convey the story of Jerusalem in all its beauty and diversity, illuminating global public opinion and understanding about Jerusalem on a vast scale. We seek to present an exceptional vision of Jerusalem – as a city of universal historical, spiritual, cultural and archaeological importance – and to promote, with unprecedented impact, tolerance and goodwill between Jews, Christians and Muslims.
· Ongoing at the National Museum of American History: “Camilla’s Purse”: After the death of Holocaust survivor Camilla Gottlieb, her family uncovered a trove of documents in one of her purses. Those papers are on display, chronicling her harrowing story, not to mention a happy ending, when she was reunited with family in the United Sates after the war. For more information: www.americanhistory.si.edu
· Through February 23, 2014 at Theater J at the DCJCC: “Yellow Face”: The lines between truth and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang’s unreliable memoir. Fresh off his Tony Award win for M. Butterfly, Hwang leads a community protest against the casting of a famous white actor as the Eurasian pimp in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, condemning the practice as "yellowface." His position soon comes back to haunt him when he mistakes a Caucasian actor for mixed-race, and casts him in the lead Asian role of his own new play. When Hwang discovers the truth, he tries to conceal his blunder by passing the actor off as a "Siberian Jew." As Hwang struggles to ‘save face’ amidst family politics, international intrigue and government investigations, he explores timeless questions surrounding cultural identity, dual loyalty and responsibility. For more information: www.theaterj.org
· February 6-13, 2014: Greater DC Disabilities Film Festival – various venues, including the DCJCC and the JCC of Greater Washington. For more information: www.greaterdc.reelabilities.org
· February 27-March 9, 2014: Washington Jewish Film Festival – various venues. Highlights include Woody Allen’s “Fading Gigolo”. For more information: www.wjff.org
· March 20 - April 6, 2014 at Theater J: “The Admission”: An Israeli homage to All My Sons set in Haifa during the first Intifada. Giora is a young professor engaged to Neta but in love with Samia, the Palestinian daughter of a family friend who becomes troubled when Giora's father's company begins building on the site of a battle that took place 40 years ago. Giora struggles to find the truth about his father's war-time secrets, confronting the causes of his brother's death and how Giora came to incur his own war-time injuries in Lebanon. As Giora's family presses him to look forward, not back, the play asks how we can move forward toward peace while still wrestling with the ghosts of war. A Workshop Presentationproduced in collaboration with the Cameri Theatre and the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa. For more information: www.theaterj.org