Newsletter for September 20 to September 26, 2019 Newsletter for September 20 to September 26, 2019

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None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

This exhibit at the National Postal Museum highlights the U.S. Diplomatic Courier Service, which carries sensitive materials, equipment and information to nations where U.S. diplomats work. The U.S. Diplomatic Courier Service traces its origins to the U.S. Army courier detachment, established at the U.S. Embassy in Paris in 1918 and serves in times of peace and war. Developed by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Diplomatic Security Service, this exhibit is on display through January 26, 2020.


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Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is a historic art museum located between 7th, 9th, F, and G Streets in northwest DC. Founded in 1962 and opened to the public in 1968, it is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Its collections focus on images of people who have contributed to the history, development and culture of the U.S. In October, portraits by finalists in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition will be on exhibit in "The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today." Click here for more information on the exhibit.

Friday, September 20

Exhibit - 6 @ 35: Fabricating Culture
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW  

Concert - Dhrupad Sisters Trio
Gandhi Memorial Center

Exhibit - More is More: Multiples
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event - Free Folger Friday: Chimes at Midnight
Folger Shakespeare Library

Saturday, September 21

Tour - Embassy Row
Washington Walks

Event - Saturday Garden Tour
Franciscan Monastery

Exhibit - Gardens Across America
U.S. Botanic Garden

Tour - Civil War History
Congressional Cemetery

Event - Opera Night with Nicole Butler
Dupont Underground

Sunday, September 22

Tour - Weekend Civil War 
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Exhibit - Starting from the Island: Contemporary Art from Taiwan
IA&A at Hillyer

Event - Sunday Strolls
Congressional Cemetery

Exhibit - Rafael Soriano: Cabezas
Art Museum of the Americas

Monday, September 23

Exhibit - Newly Connected.
Korean Cultural Center

Event - Sepharadic Tango Concert
Embassy of Argentina

Event - Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Event - 100 Years of Cartoons in El Universal
The Mexican Cultural Institute

Tuesday, September 24

Event - Free Landmark Lecture: Unhappy Separations
Tudor Place

Exhibit - Smart Policies for a Changing Climate
American Society of Landscape Architects

Exhibit - Hoops
National Building Museum

Wednesday, September 25

Exhibit - Animals in Japanese Outsider Art
The Japan Information & Culture Center

Event - Secret Door Tour: Be A Super Sleuth! 
The Mansion on O Street

Theater - 1 Henry IV
Folger Shakespeare Theatre

Thursday, September 26

Exhibit - Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination
Smithsonian Renwick Gallery

Event - Beyond Basics: Pasta Making
Hill Center

Exhibit - Lullaby by Georgia Saxelby
Embassy of Australia

Exhibit - Deep Time
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Newsletter for September 20 to September 26, 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

Mi Casa Es Su Casa: Flight Fest

Visit the College Park Aviation Museum for a celebration of birds and flight with films, exhibits, activities on Saturday, September 21. Celebrate long distance bird flights at the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Designed to teach kids how birds migrate to Central America, this event is free to the public. The event features guest speakers, bird watching, a glider pilot, special exhibits, crafts, and the Oriole Bird!

The Prize-Winning Cartoons of Darrin Bell

Darrin Bell is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American editorial cartoonist and comic strip creator. His syndicated comics strips include Candorville and Rudy Park. An editorial cartoonist, Bell is the first African-American to have two comic strips syndicated nationally. Bell's work draws upon issues such as civil rights, pop culture, family, and nihilist philosophy. See his Pultizer prize winning cartoon exhibit on display at the Newseum.  

Pop-Up Exhibition: Music for Machiavelli

On Wednesday, September 25, celebrate the Folger Consort's 2019/20 season with this special talk and pop-up exhibition honoring 16th century diplomat and writer, Niccolo Machiavelli. Hear Folger Library Director Mike Witmore and Dr. Christopher Celenza in a discussion on Machiavelli and his treatise, The Prince. After the talk, then get a guided tour of rare materials from the Folger collection, including an early manuscript of The Prince. Arrive early for a champagne toast to the start of the Folger Consort season. Get tickets for this event here.

September 28
Capitol Hill Day
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

October 1 
Arts and Crafts: Omani Doors
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

October 4
An Enchanted Evening: Fairy-Tale Operas
Russian Chamber Art Society

October 5
College Park Day
College Park Aviation Museum

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