Newsletter for January 24 to January 30, 2020 Newsletter for January 24 to January 30, 2020


Lunar New Year 2020

Ring in the Year of the Rat at the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler on Sunday, January 26, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with performances and art highlighting New Year celebrations in China, Korea, and Mongolia. Experience art demonstrations, live music, magic, and food for sale. Guests may also visit the Sackler exhibitions and see the collection of Asian art in the Freer. This celebration is free and open to the public.


During conversations with leaders of Cultural Tourism DC's Affiliates, I have learned that lots of them depend upon social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like  to help them fill their auditoriums and attract an audience to their activities. Decades ago, we used radio advertising to generate a last minute push to sell tickets. Today, we use our social media connections as well as the weekly Communiqué to transmit last minute changes and one-time events. We also use our social media to keep you aware of lots of things to do in DC every week. Click into our networks to broaden your connections and the way in which you learn about upcoming activities. With all there is to do around town, our social media will help you make great choices!

Wolf Trap Foundation for the
Performing Arts

Located at America's only national park for the performing arts, Wolf Trap provides the Washington metropolitan area with several venues for world-class entertainment. The nonprofit Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts manages the performance and educational programs that happen in these venues. The outdoor Filene Center offers shows from May to September. The Barns at Wolf Trap hosts events throughout the year. Tickets are now available for a February 5 show with country artists Tanya Tucker and Brandy Clark.

Friday, January 24

Theater - Free Folger Friday: The Bardy Bunch
Folger Theatre

Film - Millennium Actress
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)

Exhibit - Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Saturday, January 25

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Film - Israel Presents 2020
Embassy of Israel

Exhibit - None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Sunday, January 26

Event - Swing Dancing with Gottaswing
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Theater - The Merry Wives of Windsor
Folger Theatre 

Exhibit - Patrick Dougherty's O Say Can You See
U.S. Botanic Garden

Event - Big Stage Magic Show
Mansion on O Street

Monday, January 27

Exhibit - Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit - Oman: A Vision of Modernity
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Event - Hostel Dinner Night
Hostelling International

Tuesday, January 28

Tour - National Mall
DC by Foot

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

Event - Paulo Werneck: A Brazilian Muralist, A Modernist Designer
District Architecture Center

Event - Hometown History Orientation: Performing Arts Collections
Historical Society of Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 29

Tour - Garden & Museum
Tudor Place

Event - Gallery Talk: Collection Sampler
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event - Natural History on the Big Screen: Polar Extremes
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Thursday, January 30

Event - Hostel Pub Crawl
Hostelling International

Event - DC Teacher's Night
U.S. Botanic Garden

Tour - Monuments and Memorials
Washington Photo Safari



Newsletter for January 24 to January 30, 2020. 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

Silent Sky

The play Silent Sky shares the tale of the woman who helped map thousands of distant stars and came to a closer understanding of her place in the universe. Written by Lauren Gunderson, Silent Sky focuses on Henrietta Swan Leavitt, an astronomer in the 1900s who did a great deal of work for which she received no credit. It is an inspiring and poignant story of Henrietta's dedication to the pursuit of science and its impact on her family and relationships. The drama runs from January 24 to February 23 at Ford's Theatre.

DC Chinese New Year Parade

Bundle up and head to downtown DC for the annual Chinese New Year parade on Sunday, January 26, at 2:00 pm. One of DC's signature Chinese New Year celebrations, the parade includes Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, firecrackers, and kung fu demonstrations. See floats with lions and dragons, and plenty of pomp and pageantry as the procession winds through Chinatown, ending with an exciting firecracker finale. The parade starts at 6th and Eye Streets, NW. This free event is sponsored by Downtown DC BID.

Living the Dream... Singing the Dream

Celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Washington Performing Arts' Gospel Choirs and the Choral Arts Society's Chorus. On Sunday, January 26 at 7:00 pm, enjoy the choirs' 32nd annual concert. This event is a tribute of the power of music and the human spirit. This concert is at the Kennedy Center. Tickets are $25 to $75 each; purchase them here.

Neil Forrest, Noel Kassewitz and Tessa Click

Visit IA&A at Hillyer to see three art displays in Dupont Circle's largest gallery. Based in symbolic language, Tessa Click's show Search Party for Two uses props, whimsical characters and colors to connect to the real world. Neil Forrest's work The Washingtonian Service examines historical and national identities, using porcelain and stoneware as storytelling elements. In Rococo Remastered, artist Noel Kassewitz examines how a painter copes with a changing landscape, creating thought-provoking work on environmental art. This exhibit is on display through February 2.

January 31
Art Reception for Gallery Artist MK Bailey
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop


January 31 
Turkish Movie Night:
Love Likes Coincidences

Yunus Emre Institute


February 7 - 8
Palestrina's Perfect Art with Stile Antico
Folger Shakespeare Library

February 9
Love The Run You're With 5K
Congressional Cemetery

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