Newsletter for May 11 to May 17 Newsletter for May 11 to May 17


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Woodrow Wilson House

The President Woodrow Wilson House has been owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1961 and operated as a museum since 1963. President and Mrs. Wilson retired to the house after leaving the White House in 1921. The museum promotes a greater awareness of Wilson's public life and ideals through guided tours, exhibition and educational programs. 

The Wilson House will host a Spring and Swing, Wednesday, May 16. Swing to the sounds of saxophonist Davey Yarborough and the Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers, play a vintage board game, or compete in a popular hat contest. Prizes will be awarded in the categories: Jazzy Hat, Hats of History and Cocktail Hour. Tickets are $35 to $55.


Embassy Chef Challenge

Enjoy food, drink, culture and music from across the world at this special 10th anniversary Embassy Chef Challenge, hosted by Events DC at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on May 17. Chefs from 30 embassies will serve up their best bites and sips in hopes of winning the event's prestigious awards. Sample authentic dishes representing Africa, The Americas, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, all prepared by an embassy chef. Enjoy a variety of culturally diverse musical performances throughout the evening. Come early, stay late! Click here for tickets. Embassy Chef Challenge is a signature event of Passport DC.


Saint Joan

George Bernard Shaw's powerful telling of the story of Joan of Arc continues to attract audiences and rave reviews during its run at Folger Theatre. Acclaimed theater company Bedlam handles the production, which depicts Joan's incredible life in detail, from her days as a naïve farm girl to her defeat of the English at Orléans to her trial and eventual death. Four actors take on more than 25 roles in this high-spirited production of Saint Joan. The production runs through June 10.


Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS)
House & Garden Tour 

The CHRS 61st annual House & Garden Tour takes place Mother's Day weekend, Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Proceeds from the tour fund CHRS's activities including advice for home owners, walking tours, and community forums. Thirteen sites are on the tour and feature some of the best homes and gardens of Capitol Hill. The American Legion Kenneth Nash Post 8 at 224 D Street SE will serve as a refreshment stop and ticket outlet on both May 12 and 13. Purchase tickets here.


Friday, May 11
Film - Animezing: Ocean Waves
Japan Information & Culture Center

Event - Historic Georgetown
DC by Foot

Theater - Snow Child
Arena Stage

Exhibit - 50 Years After Whitney M. Young Jr.
Octagon Museum  

Exhibit - Susi Cora's Highwire
Touchstone Gallery 

Saturday, May 12

Exhibit - 1968: Civil Rights at 50 

Exhibit - Constructing MEXICO68 
Mexican Cultural Institute

Exhibit - Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Exhibit - The Plane of Tomorrow, Today!
College Park Aviation Museum

Sunday, May 13

Event - Workshop: Learn Javanese Dance

Exhibit - Your Community, Your Story
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum 

Exhibit - Wall Flowers: Botanical Murals
U.S. Botanic Garden 

Exhibit - Evicted
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Viewfinders  
Hill Center

Monday, May 14

Exhibit - Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings 
National Gallery of Art

Exhibit - Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts 
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Exhibit - No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Smithsonian Renwick Galley

Exhibit - The Pilot District Project
National Building Museum

Theater - One Destiny
Ford's Theatre

Tuesday, May 15
Theater - Waitress
National Theatre

Event - Adams Morgan Movie Night: Pixar Shorts
Adams Morgan BID

Exhibit - Marx in the Study: An Interactive Installation
Goethe-Institut Washington

Exhibit - reBirth: Washington, DC 50 Years After 1968
District Architecture Center 

Exhibit - The Marines and Tet 

Event - Curators in Conversation: Kasper  König and Gianni Jetzer
Hirshhorn Museum

Exhibit - Curtis Woody: A Sketch of Slavery in the District of Columbia 
Dumbarton House

Wednesday, May 16 

Tour - Converstion Pieces
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Exhibit - Remembering Vietnam
National Archives

Film - After the Storm
Japan Information & Culture Center

Event - In Conversation: Peter Marks and Eric Tucker
Folger Theatre

Tour - Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre

Thursday, May 17

Event - Take 5! Afro Bop Alliance
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Event - Urban Salon: Gallaudet University 6th Street Gateway
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Whispering Grass
Embassy of Australia

Event - Peacock Room Shutters Open


Newsletter for May 11 to May 17, 2018. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

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May 18

Live It Learn It
Kreeger Museum

May 19

Fiesta Asia Street Fair
Asia Heritage Foundation

May 19

Multicultural Open House
Hosteling International-Washington, DC

May 21

Stand Up and Be Heard
Ford's Theatre



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Embassy Chef Challenge

Taste the World at the 10th annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA on May 17. Thirty-plus embassies showcase authentic food, drinks, music and performances. Taste everything and YOU vote for the winner! Use the promo code CTDC for a 10% discount. Register today at

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