Newsletter for April 3 to April 9, 2020 Newsletter for April 3 to April 9, 2020


Spy School 101

While the building is closed, you can still join the staff at the International Spy Museum for online programs and activities. On Friday, April 3 at noon, find out if your family has what it takes to be spies by testing your skills during a 45-minute online presentation. Designed for kids, grade 4 and above, Spy School 101 explores the shadow-world of espionage through the stories, artifacts, and tradecraft that only the Spy Museum can uncover. The program is part of the free classroom lessons, resources, and activities the museum offers families and educators. The lesson plans include primary documents and step-by-step instructions for implementing activities; all plans follow traditional school curricula. Spy School 101 is free, but registration is required.


We received a reminder from the Royal Thai Embassy that the wai may be among the safest ways to greet people in contemporary coronavirus society. According to the Embassy, Thai culture views the slight bow and palms pressed together prayer-style as the safest, as well as the most charming alternative to handshakes or greetings involving physical contact. It appears that Prince Charles of the United Kingdom and President Emmanuel Macron of France use the wai. You may prefer the namaste, a similar, traditional Hindu greeting used in India and Nepal. Wai-style greetings are also used in Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. Likewise, the sembah is a greeting that one finds in Indonesia among the residents of Java. Malaysians and people in Brunei use the gesture as a sign of thanks. Whichever South Asian society to which you want to attribute it, pressed hands and a slight bow are safer than a handshake or a hug.

This week we are featuring all of Cultural Tourism DC's Affiliates. No matter where you are located, whether you are open or closed, essential or non-essential, we are here to support you and your audience. Let us know if you have online programs, lesson plans, reading lists or other activities that can help people of all ages stay occupied and engaged as we learn to live, work and play inside our homes! We will post a compilation of these activities on a special page on the CTDC website and here in the newsletter. Send your online activities to This opportunity is available to Affiliates and prospective Affiliates -- join us!

Friday, April 3
Play: Macbeth
Folger Theatre 

Exhibit: Women on Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Saturday, April 4
Event: Yoga from the Garden

U.S. Botanic Garden

Film: CAN I KICK IT? presents 'The Street Fighter'
Shaolin Jazz

Sunday, April 5
Play: Hansel and Gretel
Synetic Theater

Exhibit: Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Monday, April 6
Play: Richard 3.0 (2019)
Synetic Theater

Tuesday, April 7
Play: Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes
Signature Theatre

Wednesdays, April 8
Concert: 123 Andrés
DC Language Immersion Projec

Thursday, April 9
Exhibit: Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Museum 

Exhibit: A Piece of Her Mind
DAR Museum



Newsletter for April 3 to April 9, 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


Congressional Cemetery

Take an audible tour of the Historic Congressional Cemetery and be transported back into history. Learn about the resting place of Marine Band Leader John Philip Sousa, the March King, along with individuals who helped form the nation and city of Washington, DC. Founded before the Civil War, the cemetery houses the remains of photographer Matthew Brady and FBI Director John Edgar Hoover. The Congressional Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. It is located at 1801 E Street in southeast DC.

DC by the Book

Visit DC By the Book to see how Washington has been depicted in fiction throughout the years, neighborhood by neighborhood. Select a book to read or explore the city through an interactive map linked to book excerpts that describe selected locations in DC. Founded by two DC librarians in 2012, DC By the Book materials focus on identifying literature set in DC that illuminates the city's social and geographic history. Check out the site and enjoy seeing the city through the eyes of your favorite local and nationally known authors.

Cultural Tourism DC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails continue to be a great choice for solitary walks and gentle exercise. These self-guided walks are the official walking trails of the District of Columbia and are one- to two-mile treks. Punctuated by large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps, the trails bring DC history to life. Select one of the 17 heritage trails and get some fresh air, or relax and enjoy reading a Heritage Trail guidebook or listening to an audio tour!

Greater H Street, NE

Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail invites you to follow the tracks of history through the neighborhoods around Washington's Union Station. See the Beaux-Arts grandeur of Union Station and the National Postal Museum, then wind your way through streets of row houses that sheltered railroad porters and engineers, community leaders, and entrepreneurs. The Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail consists of 18 illustrated signs that share stories about yesterday's baseball stadiums, breweries, and convents. The trail is 3.2 miles long and offers approximately two hours of exercise. 

Mount Pleasant

Discover a neighborhood celebrated for its diversity and streets when you follow Village in the City: Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail. This self-guided tour loops through the Mount Pleasant Historic District and ends at Mount Pleasant and Kenyon Streets, NW. With its main street, town square, and distinct boundaries, Mount Pleasant still has a village ambiance. Find the first of 17 trail signs at the corner of 16th and Harvard Streets, NW.


April 18
Live Stream - Ashleigh Chevalier Band
Pearl Street Warehouse 


May 4
Call for Art Deadline - Outbound
IA&A at Hillyer



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