Newsletter for August 14 to August 20, 2020 Newsletter for August 14 to August 20, 2020


Light of Hope: The Corrie ten Boom Story

See a special display about Corrie ten Boom at the Museum of the Bible. Corrie and her family supported the Dutch resistance during World War II. Following the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, the family helped Jews and other refugees escape arrest. Corrie and her sister Betsie eventually were arrested and sent to a concentration camp. Corrie survived the war and was recognized by the Yad Vashem Remembrance Authority for her work helping 800 people escape Nazi persecution. Included in the display is the Bible whose teaching she followed until her death in 1983. The Light of Hope exhibit continues through September 20. Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Bible.


What comes first, curiosity or creativity? Creativity expresses itself in the arts. It is art. During the past 22 weeks, the art of curiosity exploded with fresh ideas about how to stay in business, capture an audience, attract funding, and just do business. Any question that starts with "How . . .?" triggers the curious person – and the answer is generally the outcome of creativity. We all are figuring out how to and seeing the results in museums and performing arts centers. We're adapting and advancing as creativity makes more activities available to us each week. Gardens are opening. Museums are using timed entry. Performances are taking place in person and online. Creativity wins! Visit our webpage to learn some of what's reopened. Be curious. Be safe. Enjoy. 


Friday, August 14
Exhibit -- Portrait of an Agency: Secretarial Portraits at the U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

Event -- Meditation and Mindfulness
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art 

Event -- Secret Door Tour
Mansion on O Street

Saturday, August 15
Event -- Yousef Shami Drums 
Artomatic 2.0

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

Sunday, August 16
Exhibit -- Shall Not be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Library of Congress

Exhibit -- Doorways: Artistic Reflections of Place

Exhibit -- Byzantine Coins
Dumbarton Oaks

Monday, August 17
Exhibit -- American Art on Postage Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit -- Hawaii by Air
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Exhibit -- Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Tuesday, August 18
Event -- Instagram Live: A Discussion on Women's Suffrage with Kate Clarke Lemay and Lara Vapnek
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit -- Parks

Tour -- Online and Self-Guided
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Wednesday, August 19
Concert -- Homegrown: Carmen Agra Deedy
Library of Congress

Exhibit -- Women Sculptors Bringing Balance with Humor
Zenith Gallery

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

Thursday, August 20

Event -- Young Learners Program: Meet Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The U.S. National Archives

Event -- Virtual Spy Chat with Chris Costa
International Spy Museum

Concert -- Mozart's Idomeneo
Wolf Trap Opera UNTRAPPED

Newsletter for August 14 to August 20, 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

Ford's Theatre celebrates President Abraham Lincoln's legacy and the American experience through theater and education. A historic site, Ford's offers inspiring theatrical productions, museum exhibits and engaging education programs. On August 20 at 4:00 pm, watch an online reading of Richard Hellesen's play Necessary Sacrifices. As part of the theater's Virtual Play Reading Series, actors David Selby and Craig Wallace reprise their 2012 roles of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. You can view the reading on Ford's Theatre website, Facebook Live or YouTube.

The Gugak Remix Series

The Korean Cultural Center is sharing recorded video performances online to introduce famous Korean music groups. Starting on Tuesday, August 18, hear music by Black String: Exhale-Puri. The quartet's folk music combines the complex and the catchy and triggers both mental and physical reactions from listeners. Experience a world in which epochs and styles intertwine. From every perspective, this album is a captivating listen. 

Park Up DC

Park Up DC is a drive-in experience for family that brings 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 for Thursday, August 13, through Sunday, August 16, include Selena, Get Out, Despicable Me 3, and Jumanji: The Next Level. Purchase tickets here.

Suffragette Celebration

The Dumbarton House is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment! On Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm, go online for an event that will offer space for conversation and creative expression. Participants can join other individuals in creating suffrage inspired art as they listen to stories from the movement. Topics related to women's suffrage also will be shared. Purchase tickets here.

Story Circle: Islands on the Edge

Communities in North Carolina's islands on the edge or barrier islands, have weathered hurricanes and challenges both natural and man-made. At noon, Thursday, August 20, join participants from Harkers Island, Ocracoke, and Hatteras online as they continue discussions begun during the 2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival's Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Martime Communities program. Learn how these island communities weather the storms to come out stronger.

Cooking with the Cook Sisters

This Thursday, August 20 at noon, join the Cook sisters, nutritionist Danielle Cook and writer Adrienne Cook, at the U.S. Botanic Garden for recipes and cooking demonstrations. The sisters use locally grown fruits and vegetables of the season. View how-to videos with cooking tips, and get some ideas on what you might grow at your own home for cooking. This event is free; RSVP here.

August 21
Visit the DAC Galleries


August 21
Open Studio
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery


August 23
Orpheus Project
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


August 27
Lunch & Learn: Politics on the Platform
The U.S. National Archives


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