News: Cultural Events in D.C., Berlin, Tel Aviv, Dallas

All around the world, cities are shrugging off summer’s ease and getting “cool” with a season of festivals, museum blockbusters, and architectural happenings. Here are some highlights:

photo by Wang de Gang

Chinese Treasures In D.C.
The incredibly popular Terra Cotta Warriors American tour concludes at D.C.’s National Geographic Museum, arriving on November 19 and staying through March. Chinese national treasures, the figures have captured the imagination of people around the world since their discovery in 1974, and until recently have never been seen outside of China (they visited the British Museum in 2007). As many as 7,000 figures are thought to be entombed, but only some 1,000 have been excavated. This tour features a mere 20, consisting of a dozen warriors plus assorted musicians, acrobats, court officials, and five horses. They’re accompanied by other cultural relics such as bronze, jade articles, and pottery. Tiny sampling or not, expect crowds and buy your tickets way in advance. Information:

New Performing Arts Center in Dallas
With star-chitect pedigree in the form of a theater by Rem Koolhaas and an opera house by Foster + Partners, the $345 million AT&T Performing Arts Center marks its grand opening on Oct. 12, and proceeds with a weeklong celebration featuring a variety of free indoor and outdoor performances, concerts (including one with David Sanborn) and architecture forums (both Koolhaas and Foster are scheduled to show up). It’s the latest addition to the Dallas Arts District, which already includes a symphony hall by I.M. Pei and Renzo Piano’s Nasher Sculpture Center. Information:

photo courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism

Dancing In Tel Aviv
The third Tel Aviv International Dance Festival will take place at the Suzanne Dellal Center, and the Israeli Opera at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, October 16 to November 17. The month-long festival showcases 34 performances by 16 companies from Asia, the U.S. and Europe, including the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Barak Marshall, and the National Ballet of Spain. Information: and

Observing History in Berlin
From Oct. 13 – 25, Berlin observes its annual Festival of Lights. The city’s most recognized historical sights and locations will be enlivened by colorful lights, projections, and fireworks. This year promises to be extra-special, coming in the midst of a year-long observation of the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of the reviled Berlin Wall. Complementing the festival: events, all focusing on the topic of “light,” such as “lightseeing tours” offered by bus, boat, or bicycle, and the Night of Open Doors on the first Saturday of the festival, when many of the illuminated buildings host special events until midnight. Information: