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Mar
20
Wed
The Migrant Sooty Falcons in Oman @ Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The global population of Sooty Falcons is declining. One tenth of the total population of these migratory birds nest and brood amidst the island cliffs of the Sultanate of Oman. This documentary film follows these majestic flyers as they migrate across spectacular panorama views of Oman’s al-Hajar mountains andRub al-Khali desert. The intrepid birds continue to fly south along the African coast to Madagascar where they winter. It is a journey the Omani-appointed research team also endured as they raced to film and study this elusive falcon in order to learn ways to protect and preserve this special population of Sooty Falcons in Oman.

LOCATION
1100 16th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20036

DATE AND TIME
03/20/19 6:00pm – 03/20/19 7:00pm

Free popcorn.

RSVP HERE

Film and Talk – The Green Lie @ Austrian Cultural Forum
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The ACF Washington is excited to partner with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and present the Austrian documentary The Green Lie by filmmaker Werner Boote at this year’s festival, which will take place from March 14 to 24, 2019. The ACF Washington will present the film, followed by a panel discussion, on March 20, 2019.

“They tell me I can save the world… the orang-utans, the dolphins, the oceans, the rain forest, and even humankind – all I have to do is buy sustainable and fair products. But that’s a lie.” – Werner Boote, Director, The Green Lie

The documentary The Green Lie searches for the truth behind the omnipresent buzz word “sustainability”, looking critically at the business of and with “organic” food, so-called “green products”, and how this label is utilized by some big cooperation for their own profit. The film addresses questions like the profiteering with “organic” products, food security and globalization, which will be further discussed by award-winning filmmaker Werner Boote, the Austrian organic food pioneer in Washington, DC, Nora Pouillon, and food and water program director for Food & Water Watch, Patty Lovera. The discussion will be moderated by Julian Lampietti, Manager for Global Agriculture at the World Bank.

The debate will be followed by a Q&A session and a wine reception.

Mar
21
Thu
Spring Fling: Dinner & Auction @ Washington Hilton
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to the Spring Fling for an all-you-can-eat dinner, including New York strip steak, pasta bar, salad, and dessert.  There will also be a silent auction with gifts from Dupont Circle restaurants, services, and shops to make for lively bidding.  And live jazz all night!

The Spring Fling will be Thursday, March 21 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Ballroom of the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  Tickets are $20 in advance; $30 at the door.
http://www.springflingdupont.org/

Mar
22
Fri
VeVe & tha Rebels @ Dupont Underground
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and Dupont Underground present an evening of music and shopping, featuring some of Southeast D.C.’s finest performers, artists, and small businesses. VeVe & tha Rebels, fresh off their Kennedy Center debut, headline the evening with an eclectic and intimate set of Afro-folk music that interprets the contemporary African-American experience in Washington, D.C.

 VeVe & tha Rebels is a Washington, D.C.-based Afro-folk band that uniquely “blends traditional folk with elements of Afro-beat, R&B and hip hop—crafting a sound that pays homage to roots rock but feels decidedly fresh and original” (The Deli). Led  by singer-songwriter VeVe Marley, the band recently recorded songs that address issues of love, community, race, criminal justice, and much more. They have performed regularly throughout the DMV area, with recent appearances at the Library of Congress, Anacostia River Festival, and Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. During the 2018/19 season VeVe & tha Rebels appears at venues such as Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, The LINE DC, and Dupont Underground, as part of their Mars Urban Arts Initiative residency with Washington Performing Arts.

Mar
23
Sat
Women’s History Celebration @ DAR Museum
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Celebrate Women’s History Month at the DAR Museum! Join us to recognize powerful American women who left their mark on history. Come learn about your favorite heroines and discover some new faces as well. Activities, crafts, games, and more with FREE admission!

Mar
27
Wed
Early Music Seminar: Tastes of the Mediterranean @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Led by Robert Eisenstein, this lively seminar offers a sneak peek at the upcoming concert Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy. Wine reception included.

Red Cow @ Avalon Theatre
Mar 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Benny’s hair is as red as the fur of her devout father’s treasured calf – which he believes will bring salvation. But the 17-year-old feels as lonely and trapped as the calf in its enclosure. Benny’s mother died giving birth to her, and she grew up alone with her caring yet patriarchal father. He is a figure of authority and a mentor for many people in their religious community in Jerusalem. Benny becomes increasingly critical of her father’s religious, utopian nationalism. Avigayil Koevary powerfully portrays the defiance and desire of a young woman in Tsivia Barkai Yacov’s debut feature film.

Mar
28
Thu
Cub Corner @ College Park Aviation Museum
Mar 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Come to the Cub Corner story time for pre-school fun! Ideal for little learners up to five years old, enjoy a flight themed story and hands-on craft activity. To schedule a group larger than 10, please call the museum to make a private group reservation.

http://collegeparkaviationmuseum.com/calendar.aspx?EID=4267

Mar
29
Fri
Mountain Man @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“Harmony-drenched” folk trio featuring Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath with Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig (Pitchfork)

Mar
30
Sat
Talk and Pop-Up Exhibition: Tastes of the Mediterranean @ Folger Shakespeare Library
Mar 30 @ 2:28 am – 3:28 am

Join Before ‘Farm to Table’ Digital Research Fellow Elisa Tersigni in exploring rare materials related to the Folger Consort’s Tastes of the Mediterranean: Music of 16th-Century Spain and Italy. Enhance your Consort experience with this pre-show pop-up event and get a behind-the-scenes look at items from the Folger vault.

This program is in association with the Folger exhibition and the institution-wide project Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

Join us for the evening’s performance of Tastes of the Mediterranean following the pop-up. Purchase tickets online or call the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077.

Apr
1
Mon
Zeitgeist Literature Festival @ La Pop Cultural Salon
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

From the housing projects of Berlin, to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, with foray through the streets of Bucharest, the 2019 edition of the annual Zeitgeist Literature Festival brings you the best in contemporary German-language literature. Please join the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington, and the Embassy of Switzerland in welcoming three leading German-language novelists to the nation’s capital – where they will present their latest work in a reading and conversation with three prominent local writers.

This year’s overarching theme, “The New Nostalgia,“ highlights compelling new works by Stefanie de Velasco from Germany (Tigermilch / Tiger Milk), Daniela Emminger from Austria (Kafka mit Flügeln / Kafka with Wings), and Dana Grigorcea from Switzerland (Das primäre Gefühl der Schuldlosigkeit /An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence) that explore self-discovery, memory, multicultural identity and friendship, and the relationships between past and present. The writers will be joined on stage by prominent Washington, D.C. authors E. Ethelbert Miller, Melissa Scholes Young, and Josh Weiner for discussion and reading (in English).

Doors open at 5:30 at LaPop Cultural Salon in Adams Morgan, D.C. Guests are invited to enjoy beverage and food offerings (cash bar) at this unique underground space before the event, and will also have the opportunity to engage with the writers both before and after the reading. A reception will take place afterwards. The English-language conversation will be moderated by poet and translator Suzanne Zweizig.

Apr
3
Wed
Rigs to Reef: Decommissioning Oil and Gas Platforms into Artificial Reefs @ U.S. Department of the Interior
Apr 3 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Douglas Peter, Artificial Reef Coordinator for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will explore the process and history of “Rigs to Reef” in the Gulf of Mexico which has resulted in the successful conversion of over 500 no longer useful oil and gas platforms into enduring artificial reefs.

Special Assistance – For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum staff at (202) 208-4743 in advance of the program. Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.

Building Access – All adults must present a valid photo ID to enter the building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.

Location – The Rachel Carson Room is located next to the basement cafeteria of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240. The Sidney R Yates Auditorium is located inside the C Street Lobby.

Apr
9
Tue
Museum Lecture: Candidates and Celebrities in 19th century Quilts @ DAR Museum
Apr 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Nineteenth century quilts often reflect women’s interests in popular culture, literature, and even politics (despite not yet having the vote!).  Find out how these topics show up in American quilts of the 19th and early 20th century based on examples in the current exhibit “A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts.”

Speaker: Alden O’Brien, Curator of Costume and Textiles, DAR Museum

Artists in Conversation: Ambreen Butt @ National Museum of Women in the Arts
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy a night of food, drink, and conversation with artist Ambreen Butt!

Pakistani-American artist Ambreen Butt (b. 1969) shares her story and discusses the artwork featured in Ambreen Butt Mark My Words during this in-gallery program. Trained in traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting, an art form used in illustrated manuscripts, Butt reimagines the genre to feature contemporary female protagonists and political subject matter.

Following the in-gallery talk, guests will have time to explore the galleries, speak with the artist, and enjoy food and beverages.

RESERVATIONS:
Reservations required. $25 general; $15 members, seniors, students.

Apr
11
Thu
Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

On April 11 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, join exhibition specialist and curator Jill Newmark as she discusses her research on Contraband Hospital.

The story of African American medical personnel who served during the Civil War is an often overlooked and neglected part of Civil War history. This presentation will explore one hospital in Washington, D.C. that treated black soldiers and civilians and reveal the stories of the African American nurses and surgeons who served there.

The presentation begins at 6 PM on April 11 at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. The presentation will be pay-what-you-please.

Jill L. Newmark is an exhibition specialist and curator at the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health.  She has worked in the History of Medicine Division of NLM for the past 15 years where she is conducting research on African American medical personnel that served during the American Civil War.  She has curated several exhibitions including Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries:  African Americans in Civil War Medicine and has authored several articles that have appeared in Prologue magazine, the quarterly publication of the National Archives, Traces, a publication of the Indiana Historical Society, and several online publications and blogs.  She is currently working on a book on African American Civil War Surgeons.

Robyn Hitchcock @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring singer-songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist, and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures. Hit hits include “Balloon Man” and “The Yip Song.”
Apr
19
Fri
The Secret Sisters @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The chillingly perfect harmonies of The Secret Sisters haunt audiences long after their songs end. Produced by Brandi Carlile, the real-life siblings’ recent album You Don’t Own Me Anymore (2017) earned a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.
Apr
23
Tue
Free Landmark Lecture: A Remarkable Friendship @ Tudor Place HIstoric House & Garden
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Martha Custis Williams Carter, A Remarkable Friendship, presented by Alexandra Deutsch, Vice-President of Collections & Interpretation, Maryland Historical Society

Although the story of Elizabeth Bonaparte’s marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte’s youngest brother has long been celebrated, her end-of-life friendship with Martha Custis Williams Carter, longtime resident of Tudor Place, is rarely noted. Between 1875 and 1879, Bonaparte and Carter formed a unique relationship which is well documented in the pocket-sized diaries Carter maintained.

Filled with remarkable details about Elizabeth Bonaparte’s life, Carter’s diaries proved to be one of the most important sources used by Alexandra Deutsch for her book, A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.

Join us to explore the story of this unique friendship between these highly educated, intuitive, and intriguing women whose lives provide a fascinating window into the nineteenth century.

Alexandra Deutsch is the Vice-President of Collections & Interpretation at the Maryland Historical Society. Her book on Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte is the culmination of her research and presentation of the nationally acclaimed exhibit at MHS-“Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy.” The exhibit is ongoing at the museum in Baltimore.

May
18
Sat
James A. Garfield and the First Decoration Day – May 30, 1868 @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
May 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

James A. Garfield and the First Decoration Day – May 30, 1868

On Saturday May 18 at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, join the Site Manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site Todd Arrington as he discusses the first Memorial Day.

The holiday we now call Memorial Day was founded after the Civil War and known initially as Decoration Day. The first national Decoration Day ceremony took place in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868. The keynote speaker that day was a young Ohio congressman and former Union general named James A. Garfield. In the shadow of the home once inhabited by Robert E. Lee, Garfield memorialized the Northern war dead but also reminded everyone what the war had truly been about, discussing slavery, freedom, civil rights, and more. This presentation will explore the origins of Decoration Day but also the themes on which future President James A. Garfield spoke on that first Decoration Day and their lasting importance.

The presentation begins at 11 AM on May 18 at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. The presentation will be pay-what-you-please.

Todd Arrington is the Site Manager of James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio. As a career National Park Service historian and park ranger, he has also worked at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska and Gettysburg National Historic Site & Eisenhower National Historic Site, both in Pennsylvania. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Arrington has been published many times on subjects related to the American Civil War and westward expansion. His essay “Industry and Economy during the Civil War” was published in The Civil War Remembered, the National Park Service’s official handbook commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. He writes and edits for the popular history blogs We’re History and Emerging Civil War, and his book ‘The Triumphs of Liberty and Law’: The Presidential Election of 1880 will be published later this year by the University Press of Kansas. In discussing relevant history and National Park Service news and events, he has spoken at dozens of academic conferences and appeared on PBS, C-SPAN, numerous television and radio news programs, Radio Free Europe, and National Public Radio. He appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary Murder of a President about James A. Garfield in 2016.

Arrington has taught history and humanities courses at several northeast Ohio colleges, including Lake Erie College, John Carroll University, Lorain County Community College, and Lakeland Community College. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians and the Northeast Ohio Civil War Round Table.

Jun
13
Thu
The Wound Dresser – Walt Whitman and the Civil War @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Oh Captain, my Captain”–Walt Whitman’s words about President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to echo in our ears and in our pop culture. On Thursday June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, discover the man behind the poetry, as Garrett Peck introduces us to Walt Whitman the poet, the nurse, the brother, the lover, the clerk, the myth, and the man.

Garrett Peck is the author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and earned his M.A. at the George Washington University. He leads local tours, including the Walt Whitman Tour and Alexandria’s Historic Breweries Tours.

The pay-what-you-please program begins on June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

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