Newsletter for August 7 to August 13, 2020 Newsletter for August 7 to August 13, 2020


Love: Surrender - Scenes from La bohème

Wolf Trap Opera presents La bohème, an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini. La bohème is a tragic love story of Mimí and Rodolfo, set in Paris around 1830. The story shows the Bohemian lifestyle of a poor seamstress and her artist friends. La bohème contains some of opera's best-loved music. Each character has their own ‘leitmotif' (a signature tune) which often announces their arrival. Enjoy the music of Puccini online starting Sunday, August 9. Subtitles in English will be available. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.


Early this week Cultural Tourism DC staff met with some prospective WalkingTown DC tour guides to discuss moving the 2020 version of WalkingTown DC from DC's streets to cyberspace due to the pandemic. We'll provide WalkingTown in a new format at the same old price—free. On opening day, Saturday, September 12, we plan to salute the Guild of Professional Tour Guides of Washington, DC and its members. Our longest running program will continue through Sunday, September 20. We promise a high-quality experience that will provide participants with extraordinary information about the District of Columbia, its sites, neighborhoods, and the people who make it special. We'll have more information for you in the next few weeks, including instructions for registering and obtaining a password to join a tour.


Friday, August 7
Film -- Bento Harassment
Japan Information and Culture Center

Exhibit -- Documenting Crossroads: The New Normal
National Building Museum 

Event -- Respect Her Crank! The Politics of Go-Go
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum

Saturday, August 8
Exhibit -- Portrait of an Agency: Stories in Miniature 
U.S. Department of the Interior

Exhibit -- Dream Worlds
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Event -- Secret Door Tour
Mansion on O Street

Sunday, August 9
Event -- Sunday Serenity Yoga

Dumbarton House

Exhibit -- Doorways: Artistic Reflections of Place

Exhibit -- Landscape as Metaphor by Elaine Florimonte
Touchstone Gallery

Monday, August 10
Exhibit -- Mail Call
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit -- A New Moon Rises
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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

Tuesday, August 11
Exhibit -- Degas at the Opéra
National Gallery of Art

Tour -- Online: Jefferson Building
Library of Congress

Tour -- Online: Virtual Self-Guided
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Wednesday, August 12
Concert -- Walter Parks
Library of Congress

Exhibit -- Byzantine Coins
Dumbarton Oaks

Exhibit -- Congress and the World Wars
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursday, August 13

Event -- Searchable Online Databases with Terry Reimer
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Tour -- Ford's Theatre and Civil War Washington
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit -- Churchill's Shakespeare
Folger Theatre

Newsletter for August 7 to August 13, 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 National Museum of Women in the Arts opened in 1987 and is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts. The museum features works from the 16th century to the present including collections of 18th-century silver tableware, botanical prints, and artists' books. The work of more than 1,000 artists, including Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, Chakaia Booker, and Nan Goldin, are in display in the museum's galleries and digital archives. As the museum reopens, its website encourages visitors to purchase timed entry tickets in advance. Click here to buy tickets online. 

Beginner Indoor Portraiture

On Saturday, August 8 at 9:00 am, attend a three-hour, hands-on portrait photography workshop with Washington Photo Safari that provides the background to achieve simple portraits using window light and studio lighting equipment. The event is at 4614 Linmar Court, Alexandria. Instructor Joseph Tessmer has been published in national and international magazines, and his work is on display at Dulles International Airport. Purchase tickets for this class here

DC Dog Days

District Bridges is partnering with DC Shop Small to take the MidCity Dog Days sidewalk sale online and expand the DC neighborhoods participating in the event. The virtual festival is on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9. It includes a variety of District merchants offering weekend special prices, discounted merchandise and services, and gifts with purchases. Food and beverage, retail outlets, fitness and health centers, online brands will participate. Participation is free; to register, click here.

Artomatic 2.0 Presents: Hip Hop Beginner Dance

Sunday, August 9 at 3:00 pm, learn choreography and explore Hip Hop dance technique with native Washingtonian Natasha Hawkins. Hawkins began dancing at the RJV School of Dance in Washington, DC and has trained with both local and national talent in hip hop, ballet, and modern. Dancers and participants will work on coordination, energy, musicality, and style. Register for this free event here.

Artists Doing the Right Thing!

Zenith Gallery strives to represent the work of diverse voices responding to racial injustices against black people. An opening reception for the exhibit Artists Doing the Right Thing! is Wednesday, August 12 beginning at 5:00 pm. Some art responds to current conversations and other pieces celebrate African American lives. This exhibit includes work by 18 artists. Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art. RSVP and register here to attend.

Curator's Corner Virtual Program

On Thursday, August 13, at noon, join the International Spy Museum online to learn about the role of providing analysis to foreign policy decision makers at the U.S. State Department, White House, and Congress. Discover how regional and functional intelligence experts use analytic, language, and social science skills to help make informed foreign policy choices. International Spy Museum Historian and Curator, Vince Houghton, will moderate the discussion. This event is free; RSVP here.

August 15
Park Pop-Ups

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


August 19
From Foraging to Farming: How our Skeletons Changed
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


August 20
Story Circle: Islands on the Edge
Smithsonian Folklife Festival


August 21
The Art of Looking
National Gallery of Art



Bartholdi Park

                              Constitution Gardens

Dumbarton House

                                         Tudor Place

Victura Park at REACH

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