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Apr
25
Thu
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Apr 25 all-day

Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.
The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

Ichiro Nodaira, piano, in Concert @ Kennedy Center
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, an event in honor of Tokyo’s gift of cherry trees in 1912, is the largest celebration of the Japan-U.S. friendship in the United States. As the Grand Finale to this year’s festival, the Embassy of Japan invites you to join them for this rare opportunity to see acclaimed Japanese pianist and composer Ichiro Nodaira in concert. Coming from Japan for this special performance, Mr. Nodaira will perform original compositions as well as pieces that celebrate Spring. Distinguished violinist Sumire Hirotsuru will join him for the second half of the program.

Mr. Nodaira has composed over 80 works for orchestra, opera, chamber ensemble, and solo instruments. He is a professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts as well as Artistic Director of the AOI Concert Hall in Shizuoka City.

Performance Timing: Part One – 50 min.; Intermission – 15 min.; Part Two – 50 min.

This event will be held at The Kennedy Center in the Terrace Theater. For questions related to the event as well as registration, please see The Kennedy Center’s website.

Apr
26
Fri
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Apr 26 all-day

Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.
The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

Homeschool Day: Nurturing Nature in the City @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Apr 26 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Jump into our garden and discover the plants, bugs and animals that live at Tudor Place. With our plentiful historic plants, array of animals and bountiful bugs, there are countless chances to spot something amazing. Join in the City Nature Challenge with a homeschool day at Tudor Place and help D.C. win the global challenge!

Choose from:

Become a nature photographer and record your observations for the City Nature Challenge. (Bring your own phone or camera)
Try your hand at botanical art just like scientists throughout history.
Be the architect of your own garden by creating the design of your dreams.
Make a bug out of recycled materials to take home.
Compare and contrast wild and cultivated plants and find out what you can do to help stop invasive species in your neighborhood.

This Day in History Program @ U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

It’s Arbor Day! Learn how Julius Sterling Morton began Arbor Day in April 1872 in the state of Nebraska, where he encouraged citizens to plant trees. Then, make a tree-inspired art activity. Meet at the Julius Sterling Morton statue, near the entrance on the upper level.

Napping Princess @ Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa often dozes off, entering a dream-world called Heartland full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But when her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is kidnapped for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, uncovering a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family.

Apr
27
Sat
Volunteer Capitol Hill @ Hill Center
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

It’s never been easier to meet a pool of potential volunteers than at Volunteer Capitol Hill! This year, we’ll open our doors to hundreds of interested community members on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10 am-1 pm. You’ll have the chance to talk to folks directly, learn about their interests, and match them to your programs accordingly. Volunteer Capitol Hill 2018 was a great success, with 35 organizations and over 300 community members participating.

So what is Volunteer Capitol Hill?
Established in 2013, Volunteer Capitol Hill is an annual fair designed to showcase a wide variety of opportunities for volunteer service. It benefits Capitol Hill­-based nonprofit organizations by helping them recruit volunteers and network with other organizations, and it benefits members of the community by helping them match their skills and interests to the needs of participating organizations.

Check out the volunteer opportunities on Saturday, May 4 during the Passport DC Around the World Embassy Tour: www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/passport-dc/volunteer.

Apr
28
Sun
Pancake Fly-In @ College Park Aviation Museum
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Fly in or drive in for breakfast on the historic College Park Airfield! Enjoy pancakes, bacon, orange juice, coffee and lawn games to get your day started. This is a rain or shine event.

Advance reservations strongly encouraged.

All ages

Fee: $10 suggested donation

Fourth Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic @ Tudor Place
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on our grounds, and celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Tudor Place! Spend an afternoon experiencing our historic gardens. Bring your own picnic and blanket. See you rain or shine!

The Plant Sale features heirloom and native sun to shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants for your garden, as well as tropicals and houseplants. Your purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place.

New this year: help DC rise to the top of the City Nature Challenge by using the iNaturalist app to log pictures of the wildlife you see in the garden! No experience necessary, instructions provided at the event.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, “Your Hometown Barbeque Since 1990!” 10% of all Rocklands purchases will benefit Tudor Place.

Fourth Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to enjoy a picnic on our grounds, and celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Tudor Place! Spend an afternoon experiencing our historic gardens. Bring your own picnic and blanket. See you rain or shine!

The Plant Sale features heirloom and native sun to shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants for your garden, as well as tropicals and houseplants. Your purchases at the Plant Sale support conservation and education at Tudor Place.

New this year: help DC rise to the top of the City Nature Challenge by using the iNaturalist app to log pictures of the wildlife you see in the garden! No experience necessary, instructions provided at the event.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, “Your Hometown Barbeque Since 1990!” 10% of all Rocklands purchases will benefit Tudor Place.

Sunday Strolls @ Historic Congressional Cemetery
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
For years, Congressional Cemetery’s Dozen Decent Docents have consistently offered free Saturday tours of Congressional Cemetery. Now, due to the breadth of expertise and knowledge of our volunteer docents, we’re happy to add Sunday tours on a trial basis this April through October. Our Sunday tours will begin at 1 pm, and will be a more informal look at the history of Congressional Cemetery. Please be aware that the cemetery is open to dogs on Sundays, so please only visit if you’re comfortable with off-leash pups. Docents may pick their favorite stories or give a specialized tour, rather than giving a standard broad look at the cemetery’s history. Join us for a grab bag of history and lore as we try adding weekly Sunday tours to the docket!

Both Saturday and Sunday tours continue to be free, and no reservations are required. Sunday tours begin at 1 pm, and comfortable attire is strongly encouraged. Visitors may meet docents at the front gate.
Apr
29
Mon
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Apr 29 all-day

Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.
The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

Apr
30
Tue
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
Apr 30 all-day

Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.
The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

May
1
Wed
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
May 1 all-day

Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.
The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

May
2
Thu
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
May 2 all-day

Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.
The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

May
3
Fri
Underlying Borders @ Mexican Cultural Institute
May 3 all-day

Underlying Borders brings together the work of artists with their own migrant experience between Mexico and the United States. They work from perspectives that seek to reconfigure and blur borders and boundaries, in a game of tension between locations and relocations.
The participating artists explore concepts related to institutionalized notions such as identity, gender, or nationality. Through their work, the artists pretend that these limits or boundaries, manifested as geographic distances or through the act of inhabiting the body or memory, are understood as zones of transition.

May
7
Tue
Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande @ Solid State Books
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM

Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande   Discussion

The winner of a 2007 American Book Award, Across a Hundred Mountains tells the story of a girl who journeys from her hometown in Mexico to the United States in search of her father. She finds strength in meeting other immigrants during her trek and is courageous in dire circumstances that vividly portray contemporary immigration issues. Grande is an award-winning author, speaker, and educator. As a girl, she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles.

Washington Performing Arts and Solid State Books, 600-F H Street NE

http://www.washingtonperformingarts.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=4033&utm_source=washingtonorg

May
8
Wed
Photography: Mexico Between Life And Death @ Mexican Cultural Institute
May 8 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Photography: Mexico Between Life And Death    Wednesday, May 8          6:45 pm
The Mexican Cultural Institute and Art Exchange invite you to an evening with world renowned photographer Harvey Stein, who will show and discuss images from his latest book. During 14 trips between 1993 and 2010, Stein photographed primarily in small towns and villages and mostly during festivals (e.g., Day of the Dead, Easter, Semana Santa, Independence Day) to highlight Mexico’s unique relationship to death, myth, ritual, and religion. This book is the definitive expression of Stein’s intimate relationship with the people and culture of Mexico.

May
9
Thu
Tudor Nights: Here Come the Royals @ Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a unique look at objects in the Tudor Place archives and collection inspired by British royalty. Come wearing your hat or fascinator in honor of British traditions and Royal Ascot! The special exhibition is followed by light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Victorian-style, Dower House.

Tudor Place Members: FREE | Non-Members: $15

  • For ages 21+
  • Free for Members. Members receive 20% discount in the Museum Shop during this program.
May
11
Sat
Train Day: The Golden Spike Anniversary Family Festival @ National Postal Museum
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, May 11, 10 am – 4 pm

Train Day: The Golden Spike Anniversary Family Festival

Every year in May, the Smithsonian Postal Museum celebrates the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad (May 10, 1869) at the Postal Museum. This year is special as it is the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad and they are celebrating the new Golden Spike stamp and history with curator tours and more. Learn from interactive carts about the hidden voices and stories of Chinese American Railroad workers and their contributions in the building of our nation. The Transcontinental Railroad’s train tracks connected East and West, allowing the Post Office to quickly move mail by trains across the entire country, and trains have played important role in getting the mail delivered and keeping our country connected.