Culture Communiqué: March 22 to March 28 Culture Communiqué: March 22 to March 28



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The American Art Museum Celebrates Japanese Culture Cherry Blossoms

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is featuring Japanese culture March 23 through March 29 at its main building and in its Renwick Gallery site. The programs are in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and start Saturday, March 23, on the F Street NW plaza before moving inside to the Kogod Courtyard. Enjoy a taiko drumming performance, Japanese dancing, face painting, cherry blossom-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt and more! Saturday's event is from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.


Join us for Passport DC!

The 12th annual Passport DC is this May 1-31 in Washington, DC! Join thousands of participants at this festival spotlighting 'International Cultural Awareness Month' and offering a vast array of cultural activities at embassies, street festivals and performing arts organizations throughout DC.

Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available for Passport DC and/or Around the World Embassy Tour.

Sign-up now or, for more information, contact Cultural Tourism DC at 202-355-4280 and

Message from the Executive Director

March 17 has been a favorite day for me since I reached adulthood. While most think of it a St. Patrick's Day, folks in Suffolk County, Massachusetts in which Boston is located recognize it as Evacuation Day, a public holiday commemorating the British departing that city in 1776. Here at Cultural Tourism DC, we remember it as the day in 1999 when DC Heritage Tourism Coalition incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization. Founded by Kathryn Schneider Smith, she wrote that it focused on "creating strategic and replicable approaches that link cultural assets to economic benefits for the city and its diverse neighborhoods. At the same time, it is encouraging the preservation and interpretation of little-recognized historical attractions."

We salute the visionaries who started our organization and nurtured it through its formative years. We continue to help people learn about the District's neighborhoods and stimulate economic vitality within them.

Enjoy a memorable day!
Steve Shulman

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. (NCBF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the beauty of nature and international friendship through programs, events, and educational initiatives. NCBF's annual festival commemorates the 1912 gift of cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. Over four weeks, the festival celebrates the friendship between the people of the United States and Japan with programs on traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.

Friday, March 22

Concert - VeVe & tha Rebels
Dupont Underground

Event - The Second City: It's Not You, It's Me
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Event - Guided Garden Tours
Tudor Place

Event - Pink Tie Party
National Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, March 23

Event - One Destiny
Ford's Theatre

Tour - Open House
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Exhibit - Inside Today's FBI

Tour - Museum Highlights
Hirshhorn Museum

Sunday, March 24

Exhibit - Celebrating China and the Year of the Pig!
Madame Tussauds

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Concert - Sitkovetsky Trio with Sean Lee
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Exhibit - Hill Center Galleries
Hill Center

Monday, March 25

Exhibit - The Way We Wear
Embassy of Australia

Theater - Into the Woods
Ford's Theatre

Concert - An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Tuesday, March 26

Tour - Open House
The L. Ron Hubbard House Museum

Event - Free Landmark Lecture: The Power of Family
Tudor Place

Exhibit - John Lennon: The Green Album
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit - Voice Array
Mexican Cultural Institution

Wednesday, March 27

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

Event - Early Music Seminar: Tastes of the Mediterranean
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit - Flickering Treasures
National Building Museum

Film - Red Cow
Embassy of Israel

Thursday, March 28

Event - Cub Corner: Flying Fish
College Park Aviation Museum

Event - Clara Barton at Andersonville
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Film - Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds
Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit - One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery


Newsletter for March 22 to March 28, 2019. 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



Women's History Day

This Saturday, March 23, celebrate Women's History Month at the DAR Museum and learn about American women who left their mark on history! You may also discover some new heroines as you engage in activities, crafts, games, and see a performance of 19: The Musical. Seating is first-come, first-served. Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors may earn a badge by attending this Women's History Month event.

AWET Early Decisions!

Thanks to you Passport DC's Around the World Embassy Tour keeps getting better and better. We expect that the 2019 version will include old favorites as well as first-time participants. Here are the countries that will participate on May 4 with more to come:

Tale of Genji

Follow Japan's Tale of Genji in an original interpretation for violin, keyboard, and traditional Japanese instruments, led by violinist and composer Ikuko Kawai. Written by a woman in the Japanese royal court, Tale of Genji recounts the life of Hikaru Genji and has often been called the world's first novel. Japanese artworks depicting scenes from the story are on display in the Freer. Violinist Kawai will perform in the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler March 24, at 2 pm; tickets are $6 in advance. 

Improv with the Unified Scene Theater

The Dupont Underground and The Unified Scene Theater, an improv comedy theater in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of DC, have joined to bring laughter to Dupont Underground. The area's most talented improv troupes perform monthly using only the suggestions given to them at the top of the show. Doors open for this ticketed event on March 27 at 7:15 pm. The comedy performances start at 8:00 pm.

March 30

Talk and Pop-up: Tastes of the Mediterranean

Folger Shakespeare Library

April 1

Zeitgeist Literature Festival

Austrian Cultural Forum

April 9

Artists in Conversation: Ambreen Butt

National Museum of Women in the Arts

April 9

Museum Lecture: Candidates and Celebrities in Quilts

DAR Museum


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