Newsletter for March 6 to March 12, 2020 Newsletter for March 6 to March 12, 2020


Discover the World of Orchids

Explore the world of orchids at the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), the oldest continuously operating botanic garden in the nation. The orchid show features 600 orchid plants from around the world. A natural Manila hemp rope sculpture by artist Susan Beallor-Snyder is part of the display at the Garden Court. See orchid blooms throughout the Conservatory to showcase the USBG and Smithsonian Gardens' plant collection. This exhibit runs through May.


True Confessions—our audio tours of Civil War to Civil Rights, the Downtown DC Heritage Trail, and City within a City, the Greater U Street Heritage Trail were offline for a couple of months this winter. They are up and available now though. The tours are really well-produced and provide vivid images of once-upon-a-time Washington. NPR broadcaster Korva Coleman narrates. Created about ten years ago, time has taken some of the landmarks called out in the audio tours and property owners re-purposed other sites. We're sure though that there is sufficient substance to make it worth your while to take a walk along these two heritage trails, earbuds secure. Plus you'll become a real insider and trivia maven when you can cite the former uses of buildings and names of places within the District.

Downtown DC BID

The Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID) is a tax-funded nonprofit that covers a 138-block neighborhood from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. It is the first and largest of the eleven BIDS in the District of Columbia. To help keep the community vibrant, Downtown DC plans and offers events thoughout the year, including yoga at Freedom Plaza. Starting in April, its pop-up book sale Capital Book Fest returns to the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Friday, March 6

Event - The Art of Thom Wheeler: rebirth, transformation, healing
The Mansion on O Street

Exhibit - Carl Alexander: The Last Washington Color School Painter
Zenith Gallery at 1429 Iris Street, NW

Event - Milonga del Festival
Embassy of Argentina

Event - Artist Talk with Composer Gabriela Ortiz
Mexican Cultural Institute

Saturday, March 7

Tour - Lincoln's Assassination
DC by Foot

Event - Inside and Outside the Spectacular U.S. Institute of Peace Building
Washington Photo Safari

Exhibit - Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Sunday, March 8

Event - International Women's Day
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Event - Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Concert - Music at the Monastery: Brass of Peace
Franciscan Monastery

Event - Portrait Explorers Women Making History: Angela Davis
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Monday, March 9

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

Tour - Open House
Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

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

Tuesday, March 10

Event - Dress in the Age of Jane Austen
DAR Museum

Event - Tomes & Tombs Book Club
Congressional Cemetery

Event - Order In: Chinese with Chef Easton
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Wednesday, March 11

Event - Tango Lessons for Beginners
Embassy of Uruguay

Tour - Great Upper Church & Chapels
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Exhibit - Systems at Work
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Concert - Enter the Haggis
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Thursday, March 12

Tour - Historic House
Octagon Museum

Event - Cub Corner
College Park Aviation Museum

Exhibit - Deep Time
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit - Covert Action
International Spy Museum


Newsletter for March 6 to March 12, 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


The Three Fountains: Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio

This event is a musical performance of the work of Italian poets Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, a talented trio known as Italy's Three Fountains. Composers in 14th century Italy were inspired to set the trio's poetry into motion with vocals and instrumental music. Hear the Folger Consort perform these works and welcome the premiere of mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek as she sings Questa Gentilissima Donna, a text by Dante. The Three Fountains concert is this weekend, Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8. Get your tickets here.

Dupont Circle Spring Fling

Join the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets for its 11th Annual Spring Fling featuring a full buffet dinner and dessert. A fundraiser, the event includes a live auction of items from Dupont Circle restaurants, hotels, and shops. Enjoy live music all night long. Tickets are $25 in advance; $50 at the door. The Spring Fling is Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Jefferson Ballroom of the Washington Hilton. Visit this site to learn more.

Tudor Nights: Tales and Treasures

Hear Tudor Place Executive Director Mark Hudson share the stories of some of his favorite Tudor Place artifacts and heirlooms. Take the opportunity to see and learn about rarely displayed objects from the historic Tudor Place collection. The relics include objects that belonged to George and Martha Washington. Afterwards, enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Dower House. The event is on Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 pm. Get tickets here

Age Old Cities: A Virtual Journey From Palmyra to Mosul

At the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art, see an exhibit that uses digital techniques to reanimate Middle East sites that are threatened or destroyed. Travel to three cities, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, in a virtual exhibit organized by the Arab World Institute, Paris, and created in collaboration with UNESCO. Journey through time and space to witness the cities' history, destruction, and possible reconstruction. See this exhibit through October.

March 13
Surveillance 101 with Eric O'Neill
International Spy Museum


March 14 
Sarod and Tabla Concert with Soumya Chakraverty and
Debu Nayak

Gandhi Memorial Center


March 18
Screening and Discussion: Earth
Austrian Cultural Forum

March 20
Pink Tie Party
National Cherry
Blossom Festival


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