Newsletter for February 21 to February 27, 2020 Newsletter for February 21 to February 27, 2020


2020 Mother Tongue Film Festival

The Smithsonian's 2020 Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity with four days of film screenings and filmmakers from around the world. The festival uses digital storytelling to amplify the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future. The opening ceremony is Thursday, February 20, at 6:00 pm and features a presentation by Uptown Boyz.  Other special events include a Directors Panel and Zombie Happy Hour.  This is the 5th Mother Tongue festival. It continues through Sunday, February 23, across four venues, including the National Museum of Natural History.


If winter never arrived, how can we be sure that it is over? There are some telltale observations that spring starts a month from today. It's not just the budding of some early cherry blossoms but also the request from The National Cherry Blossom Festival to provide a Passport DC preview at the Tidal Basin Stage on a Friday afternoon this spring. It's knowing that, in a week, more than 50 volunteers registered to help us present Around the World Embassy Tour on May 2 and several offered to work Rhode Island Avenue Main Street PorchFest on April 11. Early spring is also when we start our annual Passport DC fundraising campaign, a great opportunity for those who want to support our activities and their impact as participatns  rather than volunteers.

DC by Foot

DC by Foot offers free walking and bus tours of the National Mall and Tidal Basin as well as walking tours on Capitol Hill and Embassy Row. The tours are performances of history that draw on jokes, stories, anecdotes, trivia competitions and facts and figures. At the end of the tour, based on your experience, you decide how much it was worth and that is what you pay. This full-service tour company can also customize private tours for students and other groups. 

Friday, February 21

Event - Brews and Banter: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Folger Theatre

Event - Artist Gallery Talk: Delita Martin
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event - Sippin' at Citydance
Tenleytown Main Street

Event - Seen on Screen
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Saturday, February 22

Exhibit - The Outwin 2019: American Portaiture Today
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Event - Black History Celebration with Ni Dembaya Drum & Dance Ensemble
Hostelling International DC

Theater - Silent Sky
Ford's Theatre 

Event - Artist Talk with Suzy Kopf
IA&A at Hillyer

Sunday, February 23

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

Tour - Historic House & Garden
Tudor Place

Theater - The Merry Wives of Windsor
Folger Theatre

Monday, February 24

Exhibit - The Moment: Nature, Life, and Re-creation
Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit - Airmail in America
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit - U.S. Botanic Garden at 200: Deeply Rooted, Branching Outward
U.S. Botanic Garden

Tuesday, February 25

Exhibit - Hokusai: Mad about Painting
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Tour - Lincoln Assassination
DC by Foot

Tour - Open House
Old Korean Legation Museum

Wednesday, February 26

Event - The Unexpected Spy with Tracy Walder
International Spy Museum

Event - 150 Years of Wildlife Conservation History in 10 Artifacts
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

Exhibit - Cultural Icons
Madame Tussauds

Exhibit - Challenging the Face of Science: The Bearded Lady Project
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Thursday, February 27

Event - Cub Corner
College Park Aviation Museum

Film - Intimate Strangers
Korean Cultural Center

Tour - Open House
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Event - Botanical Brainiacs Trivia Night
U.S. Botanic Garden


Newsletter for February 21 to February 27, 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


Anatolian Evening with the Secret Trio

The Yunus Emre Institute invitues you to a concert with The Secret Trio, three musicians who create a new type of chamber music by combining Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma sounds. Be audibly transported back to the time of the Ottoman Empire. Instruments including the oud, the kanun, and the clarinet create a unique harmony for the trio's musical aesthetic. By inventing new ways to play on melodic instruments, the ensemble never sounds like only three instruments. This event is Friday, February 21, at 6:00 pm; admission is $15.

Carved in Stone | Painted with Light

See featured artists David Therriault, and Carolyn Goodridge and Hubert Jackson on display at the Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Inspired by Japanese landscapes, Therriault's sculptures use stone from residential and commercial properties. Goodridge's abstract landscapes are inspired from music and color. Her paintings are colored with pigments including beeswax in the process of encaustic. Jackson creates abstract and historical works, many now in private collections. This exhibit is on display through April 4.

Cherish the Ladies

An American female super group that plays Celtic music, these ladies create an evening that includes a blend of instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and step dancing. Cherish the Ladies is one of the world's top Celtic groups with an ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and deliver an immensely entertaining show. Get tickets to see the group at The Barns at Wolf Trap on February 25 and February 26 at 8:00 pm.

The Wanderers

Esther and Schmuli are shy, Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. Anna Ziegler's funny and witty drama explores the hidden connections and relationships between seemingly disparate people, drawing audiences into a look at modern love. Full of clever dialogue, The Wanderers continues through March 15 at Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center.

February 28
The Wonderland
Japan Information Culture Center


February 28 
Emma Tago Trio in Concert
Embassy of Argentina


February 28-March 1
Women's Film Festival
Embassy of India

March 10
March Book Club: Furious Hours
Congressional Cemetery

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