Newsletter for December 21 to December 27, 2018 Newsletter for December 21 to December 27, 2018


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Capitol Visitor Center

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is the newest, largest and least noticed addition to the Capitol Complex. Almost two-thirds of the size of the U.S. Capitol, the Visitor Center offers a welcoming, safe environment to tourists and people doing business at the legislative branch. Without detracting from the historic Frederick Law Olmstead landscape design above, the Visitor Center provides an orientation to halls of government and exhibitions, tours, and educational information that are sure to capture the interests of the curious. It is a "must" stop on every visitor's itinerary and "should" stop on every Metro DC resident's to-do list.


Events DC Holiday Hoops Fest

The new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights hosts a college basketball double header this Saturday afternoon, December 22, beginning at 2:30. The University of Richmond has a matinee date with High Point University and hometown favorite Howard University meets Hampton University in the closer. An Events DC spectacle, there is more than just basketball planned for the day. The entire facility gets a workout with interactive games on the concourse, live performances, a deejay in the arena, and kids' games during half time.

Nativities of the World On Display

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America offers a special exhibit of Nativities this Christmas season. The exhibit presents more than 150 Nativities from across the globe providing a glimpse into how different cultures interpret their faith through the Crèche Collection of Roger and Marguerite Sullivan. You may view the exhibit through January 6, 2019. Look for other events and observances that the Monastery holds through New Year's Day.

Portraits of the World: Korea

Pioneering feminist artist Yun Suk Nam uses portraiture to gain insights into the lives of women, past and present. A wood assemblage portrait of her mother is the centerpiece of the exhibition, that includes portraits of American artists, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, and Marisol. The exhibition highlights shared themes and artistic approaches that have activated women artists from different parts of the globe. This exhibit is on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery through November 17, 2019.

The Last American Dinosaurs: 
Discovering A Lost World

It was 66 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period that the last dinosaurs roamed the western portion of North America. Visit the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History website in preparation for your in-person encounter with dinosaur fossils and the scientific findings that answer the questions about the demise of America's last dinosaurs. The exhibit is free and extends through 2019.


Friday, December 21

Event - The Playa's Ball
Dupont Underground

Theater - A Christmas Carol
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit - Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
National Portrait Gallery

Tour - Halls of the Senate
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Saturday, December 22

Exhibit - Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography

Exhibit - Traveling Full Circle
Zenith Gallery

Event - Downtown Holiday Market
Downtown DC BID

Sunday, December 23

Exhibit - Postmen of the Skies 
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit - 1968: Civil Rights at 50

Exhibit - Flickering Treasures
National Building Museum

Exhibit - Mark Bradford: Pickett's Charge
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Monday, December 24

Event - Discovery Cart: Santa and Four Forces of Flight 
College Park Aviation Museum

Event - Open House
The L. Ron Hubbard House

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

Event - Christmas Eve: Dessert Tour 
The Mansion on O Street

Tuesday, December 25
Exhibit - Season's Greenings: All Aboard!
U.S. Botanic Garden

Wednesday, December 26

Exhibit - Alec Dubro: Hearts in Atlantis
Hill Center 

Exhibit - Rodarte
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - Churchill's Shakespeare 
Folger Shakespeare Library 

Exhibit - Asian Identity
Korean Cultural Center

Thursday, December 27

Exhibit - Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Concert - Holiday Concert Series: Capital Accord Chorus 
U.S. Botanic Garden

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

Exhibit - The 2018 Awards Show  
District Architecture Center

Exhibit - Trevor Paglen Sites Unseen 
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Newsletter for December 21 to December 27, 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



January 1

New Year's Eve Masquerade Party
The Mansion on O Street

January 5

Family Afternoon: Capturing Light with House Lanterns
National Building Museum

January 6

Open Dance Rehearsal: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa 
Chamber Dance Project

January 9

Synagogue's Final Move!
Capital Jewish Museum



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