Spotlight on Tuesday, April 30: 'Inside Photography: The Role of Art in Diplomacy,' David E. Sanger at the Hill Center, 'Other Desert Cities' at Arena Stage

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PORTRAIT DIPLOMACY

We have an awesome lunchtime event for you that we're hoping you'll be able to sneak out of your office for. The National Gallery of Art, in coordination with the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, or FAPE for short, is hosting a panel discussion Tuesday afternoon titled "Inside Photography: The Role of Art in Diplomacy." If you didn't know, FAPE is one of the leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing works of art to U.S. embassies worldwide through the means of various art initiatives, art preservation projects and original print collections.

The panel discussion will include renowned artist Tina Barney, art historian and author Clifford Ross and Robert Storr, chairman of FAPE's Professional Fine Arts Committee. Head over to the National Gallery's East Building Large Auditorium (Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW) at 1 p.m.

AMERICAN WAR

David E. Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, will be visiting the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) on Tuesday evening to talk about his most recent book, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power." For you political junkies, the book covers a slew of hard-hitting topics such as the critical movements in the war against Iran, the struggles with Pakistan and its growing nuclear arsenal and the tensions with the American military over Afghanistan.

Sanger is no stranger to the Obama beat. This is his second book in three and a half years that centers on the president's political agenda. Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, will be joining the conversation. The event starts at 7 p.m., and we're happy to announce that it's free.

DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

For some reason, family dysfunction is pretty darn entertaining to watch (we're big fans of "Arrested Development" over here). So we were excited to hear of yet another dysfunctional family in a play penned by Pulitzer finalist Jon Robin Baitz. The Wyeth clan will provide plenty of shocks and uncomfortable laughs at Arena Stage (1101 Sixth St. SW) in "Other Desert Cities." Old family wounds are opened, childhood memories are tested, and the family learns that some secrets just can't stay secret for long. As uncomfortable as some parts are, it's full of surprisingly touching moments that somehow bring this dysfunctional family together.

Baitz garnered a Tony nomination for the play, and it continues to get rave reviews wherever it's featured. The play runs through May 26. Get your tickets at arenastage.org.

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