April 24 to April 30, 2020 April 24 to April 30, 2020


Alif Laila Presents Indian Classical Music

On Friday, April 24, at 11 am, visit the Gandhi Memorial Center online to watch a three-part workshop with international music star Alif Laila and Sitar Niketan music school. Laila has performed in venues around the world, including The Kennedy Center and the Bangladesh National Museum. In 2015, she opened the Sitar Niketan school in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she continues to teach Indian classical music such as raags and taals. In addition to the workshop, you also may watch videos of Sitar Niketan students here.

Since its founding by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. It received its first congressional charter in 1900 and continues to provide services to U.S. armed forces and their families as well as disaster relief stateside and around the world. During the current public health crisis, the Red Cross is requesting blood donations and other assistance. Located in northwest DC, the Red Cross building is a National Historic Landmark and home to three magnificent Tiffany windows, which you can see here.

Friday, April 24
Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Synetic Theater

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

Concert: Sarah Marie Hughes
City of Alexandria Office of the Arts

Saturday, April 25
Event: Saturday Family Jam Sessions: Discover Soul Music

Play: Macbeth
Folger Shakespeare Library

Sunday, April 26
Event: 123 Andr
DC Language Immersion Project

Tour: Building & Exhibits
Old Korean Legation Museum

Event: Flower Mart 2020
All Hallows Guild

Monday, April 27
Event: Let's Pause for a Breather
Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art

Theater: Acting Fundamentals with National Players Saira Grewal and Emma Stern
Olney Theatre Center

Tuesday, April 28
Exhibit: Digital Concert Hall
Austrian Cultural Forum

Exhibit: Fashioning Yourself
National Women's History Museum

Wednesdays, April 29
Event: The Shakespeare Hour: Hamlet and Measure for Measure
Shakespeare Theatre Company

Tour: Museum & Artifacts
President Woodow Wilson House

Thursday, April 30
Event: Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre
Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)

Exhibit: Digital Commemoration Program for Fahri Kaya
Yunus Emre Institute

Event: What Do Spy Historians Keep In Their Closets
International Spy Institute

Newsletter for April 24 to April 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

Portrait Gallery Podcast

Art, biography, history and identity collide in the second season of Portraits: Real People, Real Stories, from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The podcasts are a series of virtual visits to the gallery hosted by Gallery Director Kim Sajet. Join her as she chats with curators, historians, and thought leaders about their favorite portraits. Discover and learn about the people behind the artwork. New episodes premiere bi-weekly, on Tuesdays, through June.

Dumbaton Oaks Online

Dumbarton Oaks offers curated selections from its Rare Book Collection online, including fully digitized titles. Materials from the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives are witnesses to Byzantine art and architecture and attempts to uncover, preserve, and reconstruct the past. See the Dumbarton Oaks' museum, rare books, and library and archives, including ancient coins and seals. It has a variety of materials related to the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian cultures. You may also explore the online exhibit Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants.

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!

Civil War to Civil Rights

This walking tour is organized in three 45-minute loops that help you learn about Downtown, DC, just east of the White House. Walk in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Walt Whitman, and other Americans whose lives were intertwined with the history of the nation and its capital city. You may also listen to Civil War to Civil Rights audio tour, to hear the city's great stories in dramatic fashion.

River Farms to Urban Towers

Until the 1950s, Southwest was DC's largest working-class waterfront neighborhood. This heritage trail recalls Southwest's settlement and rebirth following urban renewall in the '60s. Visit locations important to the history and people of this neighborhood, such as some of Washington's oldest houses on 'Wheat Row' and Arena Stage. This self-guided walking tour also includes a stop near Fort McNair, DC's first military installation.


May 2
Asako I & 2
Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)


June 3
History and Tasting in the Garden
U.S. Botanic Garden


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