Newsletter for July 17 to July 23, 2020 Newsletter for July 17 to July 23, 2020


Made in Hong Kong Film Festival

The 25th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival, co-presented by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, is streaming online! This year's film festival features films include the romantic crime Better Days, the action thriller Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy and the drama Twilight's Kiss. The film festival also has live events with Hong Kong cinema pioneer Ray Yeung and director Andrew Fung, as well as a special performance by DC hip-hop pioneers Shaolin Jazz. View some of the most talked-about recent films out of Hong Kong. Subtitles in English are available.


The Cultural Tourism DC staff, like many of you, has been working remotely for weeks. I visited our office above Macy's at Metro Center earlier this week to pick up mail. We launched a special sale for Affiliate memberships, and I wanted to make sure we are ready to welcome new members. The sidewalks were barren, our shared office space was silent, and most of the people I saw wore face coverings. Have you become nostalgic for the hustle and bustle of daily downtown life in 18 weeks? Please support the restaurants, retailers, and museums that have reopened. They are passionate to welcome you safely. Enjoy the innovative, virtual programs of our Affiliates from the comfort of your home as well. We'll have news about our fall programs soon.    


Friday, July 17
Exhibit -- Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit -- Picture Books of the Past
Museum of the Bible 

Exhibit -- Virtual Tudor Tots: Neighborhood
Tudor Place

Saturday, July 18
Exhibit -- Virtual Rug Morning: From Ottoman Court Prayer Rugs to the Transylvanian Group and Beyond 
George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum 

Exhibit -- A Piece of Her Mind 
DAR Museum

Exhibit -- John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Sunday, July 19
Film -- Better Days

Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Event -- Sunday Serenity Yoga
Dumbarton House

Event -- Perfect Octave: The Special Je Ne Sais Quoi of French Piano Music
Hill Center

Monday, July 20
Event -- Artomatic 2.0 Virtual Event

Event -- Byzantine Seals
Dumbarton Oaks

Exhibit -- Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Tuesday, July 21
Exhibit -- Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit -- Trieste 60th Anniversary
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Exhibit -- Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Wednesday, July 22
Event -- Virtual Spy Trivia
International Spy Museum

Event -- Emma Björling and Petrus Johansson: Traditional Songs from Sweden
Library of Congress

Exhibit -- Congess and the Progressive Era
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursday, July 23

Exhibit -- Doorways: Artistic Reflections of Place

Tour -- Monuments and Memorials Travel Photography
Washington Photo Safari

Theater -- Macbeth
Folger Theatre

Newsletter for July 17 to July 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

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Dinner and A Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

On Friday, July 17, visit Congressional Cemetery for an exclusive evening picnic at this Washington landmark. Congressional Cemetery and the Folger Shakespeare Library present Shakespeare Reimagined, featuring movies based on Shakespeare's plays. Before the film, Folger Library staff will talk about the play on which the movie is based. The movie will begin at sunset, around 8:30 pm. Gates open at 6:30 pm. Tickets range from $30 to $50. Watch the website for information on rain delays.

Silent Sky

Watch a reading of Lauren Gunderson's play, Silent Sky, July 22 at noon. A production on the glory and work of science, and a story about family, the event features the original cast from the 2020 Ford's Theatre production. Silent Sky will stream on the theater's website, Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter. The play is a work of historical fiction, based on the life and career of Henrietta Leavitt and her fellow female scientists at the Harvard Observatory during the 1910s.

Secret Door Tour

Get tickets for a self-guided tour and explore the hidden doors, exhibits, and legendary themed rooms of the O Street Museum. Enjoy an immersive experience through a multitude of achitectual styles. See rooms and galleries full of sport and entertainment memorabilia, and try to locate some of the 70 doors which lead through over 100 rooms. Located on the African American Heritage Trail and designated as a 20th Century Civil Rights site, no visit to the O Street Museum is ever the same.  

K-Cinema - The Witch: Subversion

Ten years ago, young Ja-yoon (Kim Da-mi) escaped from a mysterious facility and was taken in by a old couple. Now a high school student, Ja-yoon makes a televised public appearance that leads strange figures to enter her life. Her world is turned upside down as interlopers wreak havoc and she discovers her own dark powers. Director Park Hoon-jung's action thriller opened to wide acclaim in 2018. This film is viewable for one week, from Monday, July 20 until midnight on Sunday, July 26. Screenings are free, but advance registration is required.

Park Up DC

Park Up DC is a drive-in experience for the whole family that will bring community together for great movie entertainment. This drive-in movie series is hosted by Events DC at the historic RFK Campus, Lot 5. Park Up DC features a 45-foot HD digital screen, and sound streaming through each car's FM stereo. Featured films include Sonic the Hedgehog, Jurassic Park, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, and Friday. Movies will show July 17 to July 19 and July 23 to July 26. Events will go on rain or shine. Tickets begin at $29.

July 25
Liz and the Blue Bird
Japan Information Culture Center (JICC)


July 28
Virtual Family Game Night
President Lincoln's Cottage


July 30
Career Dives Live: Marine Science with Captain Woody Lee
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 


August 7
The Art of Looking
National Gallery of Art


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