Fall Museums Guide

Ai Weiwei: Separating the dissident from the art

(Matt McClain / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

  • Ai Weiwei: Separating the dissident from the art

    Ai Weiwei: Separating the dissident from the art

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  • Well-loved furniture finds a new home at National Gallery

    Well-loved furniture finds a new home at National Gallery

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  • A clean sweep at the Corcoran?

    A clean sweep at the Corcoran?

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  • A peek at what’s not on display

    A peek at what’s not on display

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Fall Arts Preview

Critics’ picks

Fall into theaters, museums, concert halls and more with our critics’ recommendations for the best autumn arts events for 2012.

HANDOUT: Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923 - 1997. 'Look Mickey,' 1961 oil on canvas, 121.9 x 175.3 cm (48 x 69 in.). Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein, Gift of the Artist, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Art: Lichtenstein returns

The National Gallery of Art hosts the first Roy Lichtenstein retrospective since his death, and more highlights for 2012-13.

HANDOUT: Richard Gere in ARBITRAGE, written and directed by Nicholas Jarecki. Photography By Myles Aronowitz

Film: ‘Arbitrage’ a promising debut

Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki makes a strikingly assured feature debut with the Wall Street thriller ‘Arbitrage,’ which owes a debt to his own family background in finance.

HANDOUT PHOTO: Image of the Dali Quartet (Photo by Vanessa Briceno-Scherzer) (Courtesy of the Artists)

Classical music: A fall full of firsts

The season includes a new work by David Lang and a very old one by Georges Bizet.

HANDOUT PHOTO: Photo of David McKay, Madeleine Worrall and Andrew Clark in the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.' (Photo by Drew Farrell) (Courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. Contact Lindsay Tolar for re-use: ltolar@shakespearetheatre.org)

Theater: Shakespeare in a bar

Washington theater has had some seismic firsts over the years but, perusing the schedules for this fall and winter, biggies are hard to find.

Performance of 'Sufi Kathak' by Manjari Chaturvedi.

Dance: Sufi storytelling, meditation

Manjari Chaturvedi claims to be the sole practitioner of “Sufi kathak,” which blends the gestural storytelling of Indian kathak dance with the spinning meditation of Sufism.