Newsletter for August 17 to August 23, 2018 Newsletter for August 17 to August 23, 2018


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The U.S. Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth's fragile ecosystems. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1820, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Since 1934, it has been administered through the Architect of the Capitol. The Garden has been recognized as a museum and offers a range of programs from lectures, workshops, special tours to concerts, cooking demonstrations and more. There's something for everyone from children through adults at the U.S. Botanic Garden!


Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

The narwhal has inspired legend in Inuit society and fascinated people across cultures for centuries. This exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History dives deep into the narwhal's Arctic world to explore what makes this animal and its changing ecosystem important. Visitors can explore hands-on activities with volunteers, and engage with experts on the Arctic, narwhals, and Inuit communities. This exhibit will be on display through 2019.

DC World Reggae Festival

Attend the first World Reggae Festival at RFK Stadium on Sunday, August 19. Doors open at noon, with a last performance scheduled at 9:30 pm. The Caribbean cultured event aims to promote diversity and unity through music among the relatable diasporas. The event's debut theme ‘The Wise Men' covers topics of love, unity, and health awareness. Enjoy music styles including roots reggae, ska, calypso and kompa.

Beyond Practice: Watercolors
by David Cox

Enjoy a watercolor exhibit on display at the District Architecture Center through August 31. David Cox, FAIA is a Founding Principal of cox graae + spack architects and recipient of the 2009 Centennial Award, the highgest honor given by the American Institute of Architects, DC Chapter. Early in his education, Mr. Cox developed an interest in watercolor painting. In retirement, he expanded his watercolor skill set by collaborating with his gardener wife, Mary Jane. The watercolor works are a study in transparency and luminosity. On Monday evening on August 27, Mr. Cox will discuss his painting techniques from his early architectural travel sketches to the floral still lifes and landscapes. Register for the discussion here.

World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts
Across the Indian Ocean

Located at the crossroads of Africa and the Indian Ocean, the Swahili coast has been an arena of global cultural convergence. For centuries, peoples from the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, Africa, and Europe have journeyed across the Indian Ocean with some settling on the east African coast. This confluence of peoples gave rise to diverse communities often called "Swahili" - after the Arabic word meaning "edge" or "coast." World on the Horizon explores Swahili arts. This exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art closes on September 3.


Friday, August 17
Tour - Tragic Tales of Georgetown 
DC by Foot

Tour - Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre

Theater - Dave
Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage

Tour - Women of Civil War Alexandria
National Women's History Museum

Concert - Voodoo Threauxdown Featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 
Filene Center at Wolf Trap  

Concert - Jazz in the Garden
National Gallery of Art

Exhibit - Bringing the War to Our Doorsteps
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

Saturday, August 18

Event - Living History Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Smithsonian Postal Museum 

Event - Film and Director Q&A with Theo  Anthony
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

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

Exhibit - Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collection
DAR Museum

Exhibit - Zenith Comes of Age: 24 Years on Seventh Street 
Zenith at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 

Sunday, August 19

Tour - Hirshhorn Museum Highlights
Hirshhorn Museum

Exhibit - Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project
National Building Museum 

Exhibit - Journey to Yuki's World
Touchstone Gallery

Tour - Explore Buddhist Art

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

Monday, August 20

Exhibit - Diggers and Doughboys: The Art of Allies 100 Years On
Embassy of Australia

Exhibit - Remembering Vietnam 
National Archives

Concert - Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson of Heart
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Exhibit - Titanic the Untold Story
National Geographic Museum

Event - Stories from the Frontline: Fighting Zika 
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, August 21

Exhibit - Playball
National Museum of the U.S. Navy 

Tour - Art Across Cultures

Exhibit - 1968: A Time of Uproar in Europe and the U.S. 
Goethe-Institut Washington

Exhibit - Form & Function: The Genius of the Book
Folger Shakespeare Library 

Exhibit - Fun House
National Building Museum

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

Wednesday, August 22

Event - Underground Silent Disco Yoga
Dupont Underground

Exhibit - Your Community, Your Story
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Exhibit - Making Room: Housing for a Changing America
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton
George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

Event - Downtown DC Get Social Happy Hour with DCBX
Downtown DC BID

Exhibit - Currents: Water in African Art
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Exhibit - The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers 
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Thursday, August 23

Concert - Dawes with Shovels & Rope and Joseph 
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Film - Bard in the Park: Kiss Me Kate
Folger Shakespeare Library 

Exhibit - Expanding Spacetime
Korean Cultural Center

Film - Mata Hari Agent H21
International Spy Museum

Newsletter for August 17 to August 23, 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

WalkingTown DC is Cultural Tourism DC's longest running program. It is a nine-day festival of lunchtime, happy hour, and extended tours of DC's neighborhoods. The 2018 edition will run from Saturday, September 15 through Sunday, September 23 and will include more than 50 top quality tours.

Do you want to volunteer and be part of WalkingTown DC? Click here for volunteer information.


August 26

Jazz in the Basement with Brian Settles and Anthony Priog 
Goethe-Institut Washington

August 27-28

Digital Summit Washington DC 
Washington Convention Center

August 29

I Love Botswana: A Cultural Exposition
Embassy of Botswana

September 6

Conference with Musicologist Dr. Alonso Minutti
Mexican Cultural Institute



Vintage DC Wines

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Autographed Posters by Dana Ellyn

Cultural Tourism DC is pleased to offer selected paintings from Dana Ellyn's Heritage Trail project as autographed prints. The posters are 11'' x 17'' on glossy poster paper and sell for $30 each. Order your posters today!

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