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The Cultural Tourism DC program is offering 50 exhibits, tours, music, and film designed to warm body and soul at more than 30 organizations located across DC. Explore all the city's museums have to offer during this quiet, wintery time of year.

 

Film: Animation Celebration

When: February 1 – 28, daily screenings at 12:30 and 3:30 pm

Where: Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, SW

Metro: L’Enfant Plaza (Yellow, Green, Blue, and Orange lines) or Federal Center SW (Blue and Orange lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.AmericanIndian.si.edu

 

 

Enjoy delightful new animations from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

 

Exhibit – Josephine Baker: Image and Icon

When: February 1 – March 18, 2007, 11:30 am – 7 pm daily

Where: National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.npg.si.edu

 

Check out Josephine Baker: Image and Icon, an exhibition celebrating Baker’s life in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of her birth. Baker (1906 – 1975) became the toast of Paris in the 1920s, embodying le tumulte noir, the European passion for African art and African American music and dance. The exhibition encompasses Baker’s contributions to Jazz Age music and dance, the French Resistance during World War II, and civil rights around the world.

 

Museum Tour: The Italian Renaissance Collection

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 2:30 pm

Where: West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line), Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) or Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov

 

Take a trip to sunny Italy without leaving DC…Visit Leonardo’s Florence, Raphael’s Rome, and Titian’s Venice. Meet Medici princes, mythical goddesses, and ecclesiastical thinkers of Italy’s golden age with collections spanning five centuries of painting and sculpture.

 

Native Writers – Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony

When: Thursday, February 1, 6:30 pm

Where: Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, SW

Metro: L'Enfant Plaza (Yellow, Green, Blue, and Orange lines) or Federal Center SW (Blue and Orange lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.AmericanIndian.si.edu

 

Book publisher Penguin celebrates the paperback release of a special new edition of Ceremony. First published in 1977 to rave reviews, it remains the Native American novel most often included in college syllabi, and one of few works by Native authors to have received book-length critical assessments. Author Leslie Marmon Silko was born in Albuquerque of mixed Laguna Pueblo, Mexican, and white ancestry. She grew up on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation, where she learned traditional stories and legends from female relatives. Reception and book signing in the Potomac Atrium will follow the program.

 

Exhibit: The Red Terror

When: February 1 – 28, 10 am – 6 pm

Exception: The museum will open 9 am – 8 pm on Sunday, February 18 and Monday, February 19

Where: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

Admission: $16 adults; $15 seniors, military, and intelligence; $14 children 5 – 11; free children four and under

For more info: 202-654-0965 or http://www.spymuseum.org

 

Through books, graphics, and artifacts, The Red Terror explores the institutionalization of spying in the early years of the Soviet Union. The exhibit features some of the last surviving mementos from Sydney Reilly, the “Ace of Spies,” who may have served as Ian Fleming’s model for James Bond.

 

Museum Tour – Winter Warm Up: Washington’s Freemasons

When: February 1 – 28: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Saturday, February 3, 10 am – 3 pm

Saturday, February 10, 10 am – 3 pm

Where: Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1733 16th Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line) or U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green line)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-232-3579 or http://www.scottishrite.org

 

Explore the history of the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Learn the truth about the Freemasons and their involvement in the creation of Washington, DC.

 

Museum Tour: The Art and Architecture of the National Woman’s Party

When: Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22

Tours on the hour 11 am – 2 pm

Where: Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE

Metro: Union Station (Red line) or Capitol South (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-546-1210 or http://www.sewallbelmont.org

 

Join us every Thursday in February for a special tour to learn more about the fine arts of the historic National Woman’s Party collection.

 

Hot Topics: Density by Design

When: Thursday, February 1, 6:30 – 8 pm

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line)

Admission: $12 Museum members and students; $20 nonmembers (prepaid registration required)

For more info: 202-272-2448 or http://www.nbm.org

 

David Dixon, FAIA, principal-in-charge of planning & urban design at Goody Clancy, and Harriet Tregoning, executive director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute and director in the urban & economic development department at the EPA, will explore the heated topic of “density.” The discussion will consider the economic, social, environmental, and cultural benefits of higher density development, as well as the feared impacts of additional traffic, parking pressure, and soulless architecture.

 

Lecture: Summer on the Seine

When: February 1 and 8, 6:30 – 8 pm

Where: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: $20 members; $30 nonmembers

Registration required: programs@phillipscollection.org

For more info: 202-387-2151 or http://www.phillipscollection.org

 

Bask in the sunny afternoon of Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. This two-part art and literature seminar explores the vibrant group of artists and writers portrayed in the painting and their celebration of modern life.

 

Exhibition: RED

When: February 2 – July 8, 2007

Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 1 – 5 pm

Where: The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-667-0441 or http://www.textilemuseum.org

 

Warm up with the exhibition RED, which explores the uses and meanings of the color red in textiles across time and place. From the pre-Columbian high Andes to the 21st-century streets of New York, red textiles are a compelling symbol representing passion, power, status, and human emotion itself. The textiles on view will illustrate the complex usage of red – not only to denote prestige, but also to celebrate love and beauty, protect against evil, promote good fortune, and mark life cycle passages such as marriage and death.

 

Red: A Quilt Workshop

When: CANCELLED

Where: DAR Museum, 1776 D Street, NW

Metro: Farragut North (Red line) or Farragut West (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: $25; reservations required at 202-879-3240 or museum@dar.org

For more info: 202-879-3241 or http://www.dar.org/museum

 

Warm quilts for cold nights… In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, join the curator of costumes and textiles to explore the use of the color red in quilts. This program is being presented in conjunction with the Textile Museum’s RED exhibition.

 

Family: Art Dolls from Paper

When: Saturday, February 3, 10:30 am – 2 pm

Where: Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, SE

Metro: Anacostia (Green line) then W2 or W3 Metrobus

Admission: $10

To register, mail in a registration fee of $10 per person, your name, address, and daytime phone number by January 26. Make check or money order payable to Education Department; Anacostia Community Museum; 1901 Fort Place, SE; Washington, DC 20020. For reservation questions call 202-633-4844.

For more info: 202-633-4866 or http://www.anacostia.si.edu

 

Francine Haskins, doll artist and children’s book author and illustrator, will lead a workshop showing participants how to use paper to create art dolls. Participants are encouraged to bring buttons, lace, and other notions to inspire and enhance their creations. This program us appropriate for ages six and above.

 

Jacques Rivette Film Festival

When: February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 24

Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

Where: East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line), Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines), Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov

 

Paris when it sizzles…With his first feature film, Paris nous appartient (Paris Belongs to Us), French director Jacques Rivette became a central figure of the nouvelle vague, the revolutionary film movement of the 1960s. New prints of Paris nous appartient and Celine et Julie vont en bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating), the experimental 1974 narrative film that remains his best-known work, open a retrospective series of Rivette’s early films.

 

Out One: Spectre – Saturday, February 3, 2 pm

 

 

Duelle – Sunday, February 4, 4 pm

 

 

The Night Watchman – Saturday, February 10, 3 pm

 

 

Wuthering Heights – Sunday, February 11, 4 pm

 

The Gang of Four – Saturday, February 17, 2 pm

 

The Story of Marie and Julien – Saturday, February 24, 3:30 pm

 

Health Awareness Program and Health Fair – Warm Your Heart

When: Saturday, February 3, 11 am – 2 pm

Where: National Museum of Health and Medicine, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW

Metro: Takoma Park (Red line) then Metrobus 52 or 53 to Butternut Street

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-782-2200 or http://www.nmhm.washingtondc.museum

 

The National Museum of Health and Medicine will host a health fair to kick off American Heart Month. Activities will include free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat, and blood sugar and a special tour of the Healthy Heart exhibit with Brenda Kiessling, M.D. This exhibit presents an extraordinary full-color journey through the cardiovascular system using groundbreaking visual technology and includes an opportunity to handle a real “plastinated” heart.

 

On Stage with 21st Century Consort – Error of the Moon

When: Saturday, February 3; 4 pm lecture, 5 pm concert

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

Admission: Tickets are required and cost $16 to $22. To purchase tickets, contact the Smithsonian Associates at (202) 357-3030 or visit www.residentassociates.org.

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.americanart.si.edu

 

As part of Shakespeare in Washington, a citywide celebration of the Bard, Consort presents Susan Botti’s Talaio: Desdemona and works that celebrate Shakespeare and his female characters.

 

Family Film – The Little Polar Bear: The Mysterious Island

When: Saturday, February 3, 10:30 am; Sunday, February 4, 11:30 am

Where: East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line), Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines ) or Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov

 

Join polar bear Lars for an exciting adventure! Lars, along with his friends, Caruso the penguin and Robby the seal, are trapped on a train and unexpectedly swept away on a southbound journey. After boarding a ship, they arrive on the shores of the Galapagos Islands. Now all the friends have to do is somehow find their way back to the North Pole! An engaging tale, this animated film captivates with its sweet lessons on ecology, teamwork, and friendship.

 

Family First Saturdays: Radiant Red

When: Saturday, February 3, 2 – 4 pm

Where: The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-667-0441 or http://www.textilemuseum.org

 

Discover the uses and meanings of red in textiles across time and place. Learn how the color red can celebrate love and beauty, promote good fortune, and mark important life passages. Explore the exhibition RED with a self-guided tour, and create your own red Valentine’s Day card.

 

Gallery Talk and Tour: RED

When: Saturday, February 3, 11 am

Where: The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-667-0441 or http://www.textilemuseum.org

 

Join exhibition curator Rebecca A.T. Stevens for a tour of the exhibition RED, featuring 21 red textiles spanning the globe and millennia. Before the invention of synthetic dyes, achieving this highly evocative color in textiles was no easy task. The difficulty of its production heightened the importance and allure of red cloth, which became a prestige commodity in many societies. The textiles on view will illustrate the complex usage of red – not only to denote prestige, but also to celebrate love and beauty, protect against evil, promote good fortune, and mark life cycle passages such as marriage and death.

 

Guided Walk – Forged in Fire: Wrought Iron

When: Sunday, February 4, 1:30 pm

Where: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Metro: Tenleytown-AU (Red line) then the 30 series buses South

Admission: $5

For more info: 202-537-6200 or http://www.nationalcathedral.org

 

Samuel Yellin, premier American blacksmith of the early 20th century, called wrought iron the “salt and pepper of architecture.” Come see how the magic of wrought iron spices up the Cathedral. Let our docent introduce you to fantastic creatures and intricate flowers, each forged by hand.

 

Heiße Schokolade und Film / Hot Chocolate and Films

When: February 8, 12, and 26, 6 – 8 pm

Where: Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh Street, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

Admission: $6 nonmembers; $4 members, seniors, and students with ID

For more info: 202-289-1200 or http://www.goethe.de/washington

 

What’s hot in the German art scene? Works by some of today’s award-winning German directors are screening at the Goethe-Institut for three nights in February. Bring your friends for a cup of creamy, rich, heiße Schokolade (hot chocolate) at 6 pm; the screenings begin at 6:30 pm.

 

Ghetto-Kids – Thursday, February 8, 6:30 pm

 

 

The Policewoman – Monday, February 12, 6:30 pm

 

 

Gigantic – Monday, February 26, 6:30 pm

 

Valentine’s Party: The Power, Prestige, and Romance of Red

When: Wednesday, February 7, 6 – 8 pm

Where: The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: $8 members; $12 nonmembers; advanced registration required: 202-667-0441, ext. 65

For more info: 202-667-0441 or http://www.textilemuseum.org

 

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, celebrate the new exhibition RED at The Textile Museum. Learn about the history of this special color in an exhibition tour, enjoy music and refreshments, and make your own textile valentine. Meet internationally renowned artist Thomas Cronenberg, whose work TOMMY USA is included in the exhibition. Participants who wear red receive a special exhibition postcard to send to a friend! A portion of this evening’s proceeds will go to the Whitman-Walker Clinic, lender to the exhibition and event co-sponsor.

 

Talk: Ardent Artful Evening

When: Thursday, February 8, 6 and 7 pm

Where: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: Donation requested

For more info: 202-387-2151 or www.phillipscollection.org

 

Wile away the evening in The Phillips Collection’s cozy galleries and lose your winter blues! A gallery talk will explore the relationship between Duncan and Marjorie Phillips and how she influenced his interest in modern art. Stories of other amorous artists will get you fired up to explore the museum’s modern and contemporary art collection.

 

Museum Tour – In Search of the Orient: Renoir’s Odalisque

When: February 8, 11 am; February 9, 12, and 13, 12 noon

Where: West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line), Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) or Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov

 

Auguste Renoir’s voluptuous and exotic Odalisque of 1870 reflects the artist’s interest in a fictitious view of North Africa made famous by his fellow Frenchman Eugène Delacroix. Renoir shared this painter’s appreciation for the romantic images of sensuality and smoldering fantasy so often depicted in the fine and decorative arts in 19th-century France.

 

Exhibition: ARTiculate Gallery’s Warm Up with your Pup

When: Opening night: Thursday, February 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Exhibit runs February 8 – March 28, 2007

Regular gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm

Where: WVSA ARTiculate Gallery, 1100 16th Street, NW

Metro: Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-261-0233 or http://www.wvsarts.org

 

Meet the artists and enjoy live music, free food, and an open bar at the WVSA ARTiculate Gallery opening night reception of Every Dog Has Its Day: Celebrating Our Canine Companions. An exhibition for pet owners and dog lovers alike, the show comprises one-of-a-kind portraits of our furry friends created by WVSA ARTiculate artist apprentices. Presented by WVSA ARTs connection.

 

Concert: Red Hot Opera Arias and Love Songs

When: Thursday, February 8, 12:15 – 12:45 pm

Where: National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW

Metro: McPherson Square (Orange line)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-797-1030 or www.nationalcitycc.org

 

Opera for lunch, anyone? As part of National City Christian Church’s Music at Midday Concert Series, Washington Opera lyric soprano Alia Waheed will sing arias showcasing some of the opera world’s most fiery heroines, as well as songs about love. The program includes music from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and songs by Poulenc and Haan, among others.

 

Strange Weather: Paintings by Joy Garnett

When: Thursday, February 8, 6 - 8 pm

Where: Keck Center of the National Academies, Room 100, 500 Fifth Street, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines) or Judiciary Square (Red line)

Admission: Free; photo ID is required

For more info: 202-334-2415 or http://www.nationalacademies.org/arts

 

In an age of global warming, artist Joy Garnett uses unreal-seeming photographs of environmental catastrophes as the basis for paintings where geological, political, and social "weather" are inextricably intertwined. Enjoy hot chocolate while viewing the exhibition and listening to comments from the artist.

 

 

Inspirations in Film Series

When: Friday, February 9, 1 pm

Friday, February 16, 1 pm

Thursday, February 22, 1 pm

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.americanart.si.edu

 

A premier assemblagist who elevated the box to a major art form, Joseph Cornell also was an accomplished collagist and filmmaker – and one of America’s most innovative artists. Join us for a series of films that inspired Cornell, starring Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, and Carmen Miranda – three of the muses Cornell commemorated in his box constructions and collages.

 

 

 

Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not (1944) – Friday, February 9, 1 pm

 

 

Carmen Miranda in The Gang’s All Here (1943) – Friday, February 16, 1 pm

 

 

Greta Garbo in Queen Christina (1933) – Thursday, February 22, 1 pm

Family Program – February Fossil Fest: Dinosaurs and More

When: Saturday, February 10, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: National Museum of Natural History, Tenth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Federal Triangle (Orange and Blue lines) or Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.mnh.si.edu

 

Do you love fossils and dinosaurs? Spend a cozy, fun day in the Paleo exhibit halls! Paleontologists will chat with you about your favorite fossils, dinosaurs, and other hot topics. Excavate fossils from the “Big Dig,” bring in your fossil treasures to be identified, and go behind the scenes and tour the vast Fossil Collections. Other activities will include “Build-A-Fossil” and “Paint a Deep Time Mural.”

 

On Stage with Smithsonian Chamber Music Society

When: Saturday, February 10, lecture at 7 pm, concert at 8 pm

Sunday, February 11, lecture at 6:30 pm, concert at 7:30 pm

Where: Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street, NW

Metro: Farragut North (Red line) or Farragut West (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: Tickets are required and cost $23 to $31. To purchase tickets, contact the Smithsonian Associates at 202-357-3030 or visit www.residentassociates.org.

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.americanart.si.edu

 

Enjoy the renowned Axelrod Quartet performing works by Purcell, Debussy, and Schubert in the elegant Grand Salon. Join director Kenneth Slowik before the concert for an illustrated lecture on the musical period and life of the composers.

 

Family Program: Victorian Valentines

When: CANCELLED

Where: DAR Museum, 1776 D Street, NW

Metro: Farragut North (Red line) or Farragut West (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: $5; reservations required at 202-879-3240 or museum@dar.org

For More Info: 202-879-3241 or http://www.dar.org/museum

 

Enjoy a warm beverage and create your own Victorian-inspired valentines with stickers, paper, tissue, and lace. You’ll also see authentic 19th-century valentines from the collection. All materials will be provided. Appropriate for children ages 5 – 12.

 

Exhibit – Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art

When: February 11 – May 6, 2007

Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

Where: West Building, Ground Floor, National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line), Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) or Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov

 

Drawing upon the Gallery’s significant holdings in 19th- and early 20th-century photographs of Paris, this exhibition begins with early photographs made in the 1840s and 1850s by William Henry Fox Talbot, Henri Le Secq, and Gustave Le Gray, among others, and highlights the central role Paris played in the emergent French school of photography.

 

Talk – A Cure for the Broken Hearted: Artificial Hearts in America (An American Heart Month Event)

When: Wednesday, February 14, 12 noon

Where: National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue, SW

Metro: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) or L’Enfant Plaza (Green and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.americanhistory.si.edu

 

Associate Curator Judy Chelnick discusses the Liotta-Cooley artificial heart, currently on display in Treasures of American History at the National Air and Space Museum. It is the first total artificial heart implanted in a human. The device was developed by Domingo Liotta and implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley on April 4, 1969. The recipient, Haskell Karp, lived for 64 hours with the artificial heart until a human heart was available for transplant. Presented by the National Museum of American History.

 

Film – Love Thy Neighbor: the Disenchantment of the American Suburb

When: Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 – 9 pm

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 – 8:45 pm

Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 – 8:45 pm

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW

Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line)

Admission: Each film is $5 for members and students; $10 nonmembers. Prepaid registration is required. Walk-in registration based on availability. Special rate for members: $10 for all three films

For more info: 202-272-2448 or http://www.nbm.org

 

The American Dream, to own your own home with a lawn in the suburbs, is alive and well. But what happens when there is more than meets the eye? In this three-week film series, Ann Hornaday, film critic at The Washington Post, will introduce three films –American Beauty, Safe, and Poltergeist – that show another side of suburbia. Bring hot chocolate, grab some friends, snuggle up with your warm blanket, and enjoy these movies in the Great Hall.

 

 

 

American Beauty (directed by Sam Mendes, 1999, rated R, 122 minutes) – Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 – 9 pm

 

 

Safe (directed by Todd Haynes,1995, rated R, 119 minutes) – Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 – 8:45 pm

 

 

Poltergeist (directed by Toby Hopper and Stephen Spielberg, 1982, rated PG, 114 minutes) – Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 – 8:45 pm

 

Refract, Reflect, Project: Light Works from the Collection

When: February 15 – April 1, 2007

Where: Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street at Independence Avenue, SW

Metro: L’Enfant Plaza (Yellow and Green lines) or Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu

 

Take a break from the dull days of winter and bask in the glow of light works from the Hirshhorn collection. Experience artworks that use light or the idea of light to explore vision and perception. Let James Turrell’s installation wrap you in red fluorescent radiance, soak in Olafur Eliasson’s prisms of round rainbows, and feel the brilliance of Dan Flavin’s bright tubes of light.

 

Lecture – How DNA Explains Our Past

When: Wednesday, February 21, 6 – 8 pm

Where: Marian Koshland Science Museum, Sixth and E Streets, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines) or Judiciary Square (Red line)

Admission: $5, includes refreshments

For more info: 202-334-1201 or http://www.koshland-science.org

 

Find out how ancient DNA evidence gives researchers clues to understanding human evolution and life thousands – and often millions – of years ago. This lecture will highlight recent articles published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

A Valentine’s Day Romance at Tudor Place

When: Wednesday, February 14, 6 – 7:30 pm

Where: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line), Foggy Bottom-GWU (Orange and Blue lines) or D2 Metrobus

Admission: $15 per couple for members; $20 per couple for nonmembers

For more info: 202-965-0400 or http://www.tudorplace.org

 

Experience Tudor Place at twilight! Surprise your valentine with the perfect beginning to a romantic evening. Enjoy wine and chocolate in the Conservatory and musical entertainment as you stroll through the house. Antique valentines from the Tudor Place collection will be on display for this evening only.

 

Opening Reception For Hot Washington Artists

When: February 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-518-9400 or http://www.washingtondcjcc.org

 

The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery’s new exhibit, 5+ 5: five artists select five artists to watch, presents five Washington artists who each chose an up-and-coming hot artist to exhibit with. Established artists include Sam Gilliam, John Gossage, Martin Puryear, Renee Stout, Dan Steinhilber. Emerging artists are David Chung, Jae Ko, Otho Branson, Pia Calderon, and Mary Early.

 

 

 

Music: Take Five

When: Thursday, February 15, 5 – 6:30 pm

Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F Streets, NW

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.americanart.si.edu

 

Warm up after work with art, drinks, and jazz! The evening features live jazz by the Army Band's Capitol Messengers and a special tour of the museum's Luce Center. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

 

Film: Young Mr. Lincoln

When: Saturday, February 17, 12 noon – 1:30 pm

Where: National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Metro: Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-357-5000 or http://www.archives.gov

 

Abe Lincoln used his homespun stories and warm sense of humor to endear himself to friends, family, and the American people. Young Mr. Lincoln (100 minutes, 1993) follows a ten-year period early in Lincoln’s life. From his boyhood days in a Kentucky cabin to Springfield, IL, where Lincoln began to practice law, director John Ford tells the story of the man who would eventually become known as “The Great Emancipator.”

 

Program: President for a Day on President’s Day

When: Monday, February 19, 9 am – 3 pm

Where: White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Metro: Federal Triangle (Orange and Blue lines) or Metro Center (Red, Orange, and Blue lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-208-1631 or http://www.nps.gov/whho; TTY 800-877-8339

 

Visitors are warmly welcomed to the White House Visitor Center on President's Day! Pull up a chair to First Lady Dolley Madison's table and design your own White House china. Write a letter to the president with a quill pen, or chat with Abraham Lincoln about preserving the Union and what it was like to live in a log cabin. Be sure to check out the exhibit White House Horses, which explores how American presidents throughout history have appreciated the utility and admired the grandeur of the horse.

 

Talk: Sisters in Suffrage? Understanding the Relationship Between Black and White Women in the Woman Suffrage Movement

When: Wednesday, February 21, 6 pm

Where: Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Avenue, NE

Metro: Union Station (Red line) or Capitol South (Orange and Blue lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-546-1210 or http://www.sewallbelmont.org

 

This presentation explores the interactions between white and black women during the suffrage movement (1910 – 1920). It poses and answers the question: were black women welcomed as sisters in the fight for the vote or were they ostracized because of the color of their skin?

 

Film: The First Reality Shows

When: Thursday, February 22, 6 and 7 pm

Where: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line)

Admission: $12 adults; $10 students and visitors 62 and over; free members and visitors 18 and under

For more info: 202-387-2151 or http://www.phillipscollection.org

 

Reality shows are the hottest thing on television today. In the earliest years of cinema, “actualities” were like the first reality shows. This screening provides a rare opportunity to view a selection of these pioneering film shorts by Thomas Edison and American Mutoscope. Shown in conjunction with the exhibition Moving Pictures: American Art and Early Film.

 

Storytelling and Performing Arts: The Echo Project

When: Wednesday, February 21 and Thursday, February 22, 12 noon

Where: Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, SW

Metro: L'Enfant Plaza (Yellow, Green, Blue, and Orange lines) or Federal Center SW (Blue and Orange lines)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-1000 or http://www.AmericanIndian.si.edu

For reservations for student groups, please call 202-633-6644 or TTY 202-633-6751.

 

The ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) Project is aa performing arts collaboration among several institutions committed to celebrating the bonds of four cultural groups of the United States: the Wampanoag of Massachussetts, Native Hawaiians from Hawai‘i, the Yup’ik and Inupiat from Alaska, and the Choctaw of Mississippi. Each will share stories, music, dance, and drama from their respective cultures.

 

 

Exhibition: ¡Merengue! Visual Rhythms / Ritmos Visuales

When: February 23 – June 10, 2007

Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

Closed holidays and Good Friday (April 6)

Where: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW

Metro: Farragut North (Red line) or Farragut West (Orange and Blue lines), S1 or 80 Metrobus

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-458-6016 or http://www.museum.oas.org

 

This exhibition, organized by Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes in Santiago, Dominican Republic, explores the pictorial representation of merengue, the genre of music and dance that, interwoven throughout the nation’s history, has come to define Dominican culture and identity.

 

 

Mardi Gras Family Day – Art and Music Festival

When: Saturday, February 24, 10:00 am – 2 pm

Where: Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place, SE

Metro: Anacostia (Green line) then W2 or W3 Metrobus

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-633-4844 or http://www.anacostia.si.edu

 

Mardi Gras was Tuesday, but let’s keep the celebration going a bit longer. This program features several hours of story telling, music making, dressing in fine costumes, creating your own masks, seeing videos of Mardi Gras celebrations, and learning about the Black Mardi Gras Indians. This program is appropriate for ages six and above.

 

Art Enables: Together One Hundred and Eight

When: Opening reception: Saturday, February 24, 4 – 6:30 pm

Exhibit runs February 24 – March 24, 2007

Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: Art Enables, 411 New York Avenue, NE

Metro: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U (Red line)

Admission: Free

For more info: 202-554-9455 or http://www.art-enables.org

 

Art Enables, with special guest and centenarian, self-taught artist Abe Graber, warmly invite you to come in out of the cold for a birthday celebration! Abe Graber’s 103rd birthday, and Art Enables’ fifth birthday, means a party full of cake, food, hot beverages, and fun. And of course, viewing a group exhibition of the hottest outsider art inside the beltway.

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