Newsletter April 17 to April 23 Newsletter April 17 to April 23


2020 Architecture & Design Film Festival: DC

The National Building Museum invites you to the DC stop of the Architecture & Design Film Festival 2020 Tour, now available online as ADFF: ONLINE. Experience four curated films and live chats with the design industry and the community at large. Learn about architecture, design and the global issues around how humans live and build their environment. Hear from Australia's most famous living architect, California artist and architect James Hubble and industry trailblazers. The films will be presented Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 19, at 8:00 pm EST. There is a $0.99 fee for each program. Click here to learn more.


We've been amazed and inspired by the online activities and programs offered by our Affiliates, humanities, and arts and culture organizations in DC, including our local library system. In honor of National Library Week, April 19 to April 25, we looked at the DC Public Library and its goDigital resources. Join the library staff for Twitter chats about books being read by their book clubs, download audiobooks and indie films, or watch a tutorial for making your own face mask or archiving your personal papers. Celebrate National Library Week by re-discovering one of DC's 25 local branches.

The mission of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is to provide a welcoming and educational environment for visitors to learn about the U.S. House and the Senate and the legislative process as well as the history of the U.S. Capitol. The United States Capitol Visitor Center is an addition to the U.S. Capitol complex, and is a tourist gathering point. The Visitor Center is currently closed, but the webpage offers a range of resources, such as classroom research projects, lesson plans, virtual exhibits, and activity sheets.

Friday, April 17
Exhibit: Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 

Exhibit: Ford's Theatre Virtual Tour
Ford's Theatre

Saturday, April 18
Event: Epiphytic Orchid Mounts
U.S. Botanic Garden

Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Synetic Theater

Sunday, April 19
Tour: Virtual and Walking Tours
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Exhibit: Stories and Secrets from
the O 

O Street Museum

Monday, April 20
Exhibit: Stories in Miniature
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

Theater: Recordings of Shakespeare Plays
Folger Shakespeare Library

Tuesday, April 21
Exhibit: Digital Concert Hall
Austrian Cultural Forum

Exhibit: Scavenger Hunt: #5womenartists
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Wednesdays, April 22
Exhibit: Explore the Garden
Dumbarton Oaks

Exhibit: Education at Home
Tudor Place

Thursday, April 23
Event: Digital Stage
The Kennedy Center 

Exhibit: Outdoor Adventures
National Women's History Museum



Newsletter for April 17 to April 23, 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

Cherry Blossoms Movie Discussion

The Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art celebrates spring season with an online discussion of Japanese films related to cherry blossoms. Review and discuss with the museum film curator four Japanese films that exemplify themes of the beauty and fragility of life, the cycle of the seasons, and the value of the emotional bonds. The films are part of a streaming library of classic Japanese films available from Criterion Channel. Join film curator Tom Vick in a live discussion about the films on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 pm. 

The Makioka Sisters © Janus Films 

The Real DC

DC is more than bureaucracy and press briefings. It's cultural, creative, vibrant and engaging. Watch Destination DC's The Real DC for a look at the musical roots of U Street, a neighborhood of spirited distillers, and a thriving Ethiopian community. Mural artist Aniekan Udofia shares where he finds his inspiration, and Anacostia Riverkeeper biologist Trey Sherard talks about a DC hidden gem -- the Anacostia River. Watch these videos and discoverThe Real DC from the comfort of your home.

Cultural Tourism DC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails are a great choice for solitary walks and outdoor exercise. These self-guided tours are the official walking trails of the District of Columbia and are dotted by large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps, that bring DC history to life. Enjoy walking along one of the 17 heritage trails, or relax and read a Heritage Trail guidebook or listen to an audio tour!


Follow the signs on this neighborhood heritage trail to learn about Shaw, a community just north of downtown DC. Midcity at the Crossroads: Shaw Heritage Trail offers insight into a place that has been home to the powerful seeking a convenient location, immigrants and migrants just starting out, laborers in need of affordable housing, and men and women of God. The first sign is located at Seventh Street and Mt. Vernon Place, NW, in front of the Washington Convention Center. The two-hour self-guided tour then proceeds north up Ninth Street, down Seventh Street, and east along M Street.

Barracks Row

The U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy gave this southeast DC community its unique flavor. Here, Washington DC's oldest and largest industrial plant, the Navy Yard, attracted laborers, sailors, and civilians for a century. Residents developed businesses, churches, synagogues, and institutions that support today's community. Follow the signs on this heritage trail to learn about the rich military and political history of Capitol Hill's Barracks Row. Tour of Duty: Barracks Row Heritage Trail's comprises 16 poster-sized, illustrated signs share this neighborhood's history.


May 12
Colonial Virginia Portraits: Old Pictures, New Perspectives
DAR Museum


May 30
This is My Prayer
Ghandi Memorial Center


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