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Feb
24
Sun
Architecture & Design Film Festival: D.C. @ National Building Museum
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

View over 35 feature length and short films, including Leaning Out (2018), Barbara Stauffacher: Visions Not Previously Seen (2018), and the D.C. premiere of Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light (2018). Full schedule available to view at go.nbm.org/ADFF.

Feb
25
Mon
Book Talk: “Lipstick Brigade” @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

You’ve heard of Rosie the Riveter, but do you know about Washington’s Government Girls? Almost a quarter of a million adventurous young women swarmed the nation’s capital to help America fight World War II. Cindy Gueli will discuss the captivating, surprising, and moving first-person stories she collected for Lipstick Brigade, her book about how these incredible women triumphed over the challenges of war and the chaotic, frustrating, and often deadly capital boomtown.

This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four FreedomsIt is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. Free; no reservations required.

Book Talk: “Lipstick Brigade” @ George Washington University Museum
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

You’ve heard of Rosie the Riveter, but do you know about Washington’s Government Girls? Almost a quarter of a million adventurous young women swarmed the nation’s capital to help America fight World War II. Cindy Gueli will discuss the captivating, surprising, and moving first-person stories she collected for Lipstick Brigade, her book about how these incredible women triumphed over the challenges of war and the chaotic, frustrating, and often deadly capital boomtown.

This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. It is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. Free; no reservations required.

Feb
27
Wed
Lecture: Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy @ The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Samuel D. Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

How does a commitment to religious freedom impact U.S. foreign policy? Join us for a lecture by Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, on how this American value shapes relationships abroad. Before taking on his current role in February 2018, Ambassador Brownback previously served as a U.S. Senator (1996-2011), a U.S. Representative in the House of Representatives (1995-1996), and the Governor of Kansas (2011 to 2018). While a member of the Senate, he worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.

A collaboration with GW’s Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom. Free, but reservations are required. Register online or call 202-994-7395.

Feb
28
Thu
Andrea Salcedo with special guest Francisco “Yiyi” Orozco @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Feb 28 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

The MCI is proud to welcome Mexican flamenco guitarist, Andrea Salcedo with special guest, flamenco singer and percussionist, Francisco “Yiyi” Orozco on Thursday, February 28 at 6:45 pm at the Music Room of the Institute.

Program

The artists present a selection of works that showcases the great masters of the flamenco guitar such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlúcar, or Manuel Moreno “Moraito”, while also presenting some of the variety of styles of flamenco such as bulerías, granaina, and tangos, among others.

Mar
1
Fri
Viktor Frankl: Nevertheless Say ‘Yes’ to Life @ Austrian Cultural Forum Washington/Embassy of Austria
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The ACF Washington is honored to welcome back Gregorij H. von Leitis and Michael Lahr from the NY based non-profit organization Elysium – Between Two Continents, presenting the program „Nevertheless Say ‘Yes’ to Life“, a literary collage from the groundbreaking works of Viktor Frankl.

Viktor Frankl was born in Vienna in 1905 into a Jewish family. He studied medicine and later became a neurologist and psychiatrist. Frankl published more than 39 books which have been translated into 40 languages. He lectured all over the world, and several times was invited as a visiting professor to leading American universities. Viktor Frankl died in 1997.

Photo | (c) The Lahr von Leitis Archive
Photo | (c) The Lahr von Leitis Archive
Mar
2
Sat
Escape the Botanic Garden! A Plant-Based Mystery @ U.S. Botanic Garden
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Back by popular demand! You are being summoned to the U.S. Botanic Garden to solve a plant forensics case! As part of a team, you will be challenged to investigate the Conservatory after dark, using exploratory stations to discover clues and information that might be key to the case. Even while enjoying food and drink, your mission must not be shared with others in the building as the suspect might be among us.

Please note: This event is the same challenge as presented previously. It is intended for those 21 years of age and older. Small bites and beverages will be provided. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

DATE: Saturday, March 2, 2019
TIME: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Conservatory
FRIENDS: $35
NON-MEMBERS: $45
Pre-registration required. Register at https://learn.usbg.gov/calendar?productId=2844&eventCtlId=64979&venueId=0

This program sponsored by the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Mar
4
Mon
Lecture: Winston in Washington @ George Washington University Museum
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In early December 1900, a twenty-six-year-old British politician, newly elected to Parliament and in the midst of an extended tour of the United States, arrived by train in Washington, D.C. The visitor, Winston Spencer Churchill, was half-American, and his relationship with the country he called “The Great Republic” and its capital were critical to his career as Britain’s greatest Prime Minister. In sixty years in public life, he met presidents from William McKinley to John Kennedy, and developed deep relationships with some of the United States’ most famous leaders, including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. Churchill’s extended sojourns in the White House during the Second World War were legendary, and he was the first foreign leader to address Congress three times, most famously in December 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Join historian Lee Pollock, interim executive director of the International Churchill Society, as he explores the fascinating story of “Winston in Washington”.

This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. It is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. Free; no reservations required.

Mar
6
Wed
Share Conservation on the Go! @ U.S. Department of the Interior
Mar 6 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

From planes, to boats, to automobiles—objects representing different modes of transportation require conservators to be mobile as the objects themselves. Join National Park Service textile conservator Anne Ennes and wooden artifacts conservator Curtis Sullivan as they recount some recent conservation projects. Be amazed by the treatment challenges they have tackled both in the conservation lab and in their journeys throughout the country.

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.

Mar
9
Sat
Laura & Linda Benanti @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Mar 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and her mother, former Broadway star, Linda Benanti on a musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter. Laura’s stage credits include Broadway’s The Sound of MusicGypsy, and She Loves Me and television’s The DetourSupergirl, and Nashville. Linda last appeared on Broadway in the 1981 revival of Brigadoon.

Laura & Linda Benanti @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and her mother, former Broadway star, Linda Benanti on a musical journey through the special relationship between a mother and daughter. Laura’s stage credits include Broadway’s The Sound of MusicGypsy, and She Loves Me and television’s The DetourSupergirl, and Nashville. Linda last appeared on Broadway in the 1981 revival of Brigadoon.

Mar
11
Mon
Lecture: Enslaved Laborers at Georgetown University, 1792–1862 @ George Washington University Museum
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Elsa Mendoza examines slavery’s role in the operation of Georgetown University. In this talk, she will introduce some of her primary sources, including diaries, letters, Georgetown’s financial records, and the archives of the Maryland Jesuits, which demonstrate that the college was an active participant in the slave trade.

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. Free; no reservations required.

Mar
14
Thu
Attack on the USS Cole: Precursor to 9/11 @ National Law Enforcement Museum
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

In the early morning hours of October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was attacked by two suicide bombers in Yemen’s Aden harbor. The assault left 17 sailors dead and 39 injured. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) led a joint investigation into the bombing. Less than a year before the 11th of September attacks and following a failed attack on another US naval vessel also in the Aden harbor, this bombing was part of al-Qaeda’s repeated assault on the United States. Join our panelists for a discussion on the unique aspects of investigating this deadly bombing. Panelists:

  • Ambassador (ret.) Barbara Bodine, former Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen during the attack and subsequent NCIS-FBI investigation
  • Ms. Cathy Clements, former NCIS Special Agent and member of the Major Case Response Team that was first on the scene of the bombing
  • Mr. Robert McFadden, former NCIS Special Agent and co-case agent for the NCIS-FBI investigation of the USS Cole bombingTickets are $21.95 and include Museum admission
Mar
15
Fri
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams @ The Barns at Wolf Trap
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams (both of whom played in Levon Helm’s band) unite onstage for a performance filled with crackling, creative energy that only their brand of Americana music can provide.

Mar
16
Sat
Votes for Women Day @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and our partners for a day of activities in honor of Women’s History Month and the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

  • Explore the stories of Americans who used their voices as forces for change.
  • Cast your vote, make a mini-banner, go on a scavenger hunt, and more!

This event is FREE and open to visitors of all ages.

WHAT: Day of Activities
WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

ARE YOU A SCOUT LEADER?
Please contact education@visitthecapitol.gov to learn more about scout-related resources and activities.

For more information, please contact education@visitthecapitol.gov or call 202.593.6703. For information about visiting the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, go to www.visitthecapitol.gov. Please see the prohibited items list at www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/prohibited-items

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
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)

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
11
Thu
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.