Newsletter for February 1 to February 7, 2019 Newsletter for February 1 to February 7, 2019


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Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago

The Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Washington, DC is the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States. The Ministry aims to expand and intensify the country's relations through bilateral and multilateral initiatives by seeking environments that are conducive to trade, tourism and investment for Trinidad and Tobago. The Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in DC also works locally to introduce its culture and cuisine to visitors, opening its doors to the public during Around the World Embassy Tour. Learn more about Trinidad and Tobago here.


Dupont Circle Groundhog Day 

Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog, will make an appearance and offer weather and political predictions on February 2 at the Dupont Circle fountain. Phil will inform visitors on whether to expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Live accordion music, polka dancers, a puppet show, VIP celebrities and more will be present. Potomac Phil will emerge at approximately 8:30 AM.

New Displays at Madame Tussauds

In honor of the Chinese New Year, Madame Tussauds DC is displaying the wax figures of two Chinese icons, Carina Lau and Liu Xiang, for a limited time. Lau, who hails from Hong Kong, is an actress with more than 60 starring roles to her name. She has won Best Actress awards at Hong Kong Film Award and Mainland China's Golden Rooster Awards. Xiang is one of China's most successful athletes, becoming the only male to have accomplished a "triple crown" in 110-meter hurdles. This figures will be on display though March 31.

What Absence Is Made Of

This exhibit mines the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum's collection to show how artists surmount the limits of the material world. Spanning more than seventy works, the exhibition explores the ways artists express absence. Tracing parallel developments in art from the 1960s to today, the exhibition draws on themes that chart the appeal of immateriality, including "The Dematerialization of the Art Object," "The Body in Pieces," "Close to Nothing," "Memento," and "The Posthuman Body." This exhibit is on view through August.



Friday, February 1

Concert - St. Lawrence String Quartet
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Event - Free Folger Friday: Cooking in the Archives
Folger Shakespeare Library

Theater - Twelve Angry Men
Ford's Theatre

Saturday, February 2

Event - Family Fun Day
National Law Enforcement Museum 

Concert - The Dustbowl Revival & Hot Club of Cowtown with The Great Divide
The Barns at Wolf Trap

Exhibit - Museum Studies II: Honoring the Female Perspective
Zenith Gallery at 1429 Iris St NW

Exhibit - Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor 
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sunday, February 3

Event - Thank A Mail Carrier
College Park Aviation Museum

Exhibit - Secret Door Tour
The Mansion on O & O St Museum

Exhibit - Ambreen Butt: Mark My Words
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Monday, February 4

Exhibit - Tradition Transformed: Bojagi
Korean Cultural Center 

Event - Monday Mingle: Martinis & Magic
The Mansion on O & O St Museum

Event - Israel's Theatrical Scene with Roy Horovitz
The Embassy of Israel

Tuesday, February 5
Exhibit - Nengajo: 2019 Year of the Boar
Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC)

Tour - Halls of the Senate 
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Exhibit - One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey 
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, February 6

Exhibit - Flickering Treasures
National Building Museum 

Exhibit - First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas 
Folger Shakespeare Library

Thursday, February 7

Event - Predictive Policing: Forecasting Crime with Big Data
National Law Enforcement Museum

Event - Charles C. Eldredge Prize Lecture
Smithsonian American Art Museum


Get Ready For 
Passport DC 2019!


Cultural Tourism DC will produce the 12th anniversary of Passport DC this spring. The annual festival that commemorates 'International Cultural Awareness Month' in the District of Columbia runs from May 1-31 and offers a wide array of cultural activities presented at embassy open houses, street festivals, and performing arts organizations throughout DC.

A signature event during Passport DC is the Around the World Embassy Tour (AWET). On Saturday, May 4, from 10 am to 4 pm, embassies will host open houses and share their culture, cuisine and more. Check out this photo slideshow from last year here.

The Embassy of the State of Qatar will participate in the May 2019 AWET event. Qatar is a peninsular Arab nation with desert terrain and a shoreline of beaches and dunes. Its capital city Doha is located on the coast.

Events DC is the presenting sponsor of Passport DC 2019. Other sponsors include Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington DC Economic Partnership and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for 2019's Passport DC and/or Around the World Embassy Tour. Please review the sponsor benefits and contact Cultural Tourism DC to get a package that meets your organization's goals. Call 202-661-7581 or visit

Newsletter for February 1 to February 7, 2019. 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



February 8

Scholar Spotlight: Architectual Innovations
Japan Information Culture Center (JICC)

February 8-9 

The Food of Love: Romantic Music of the Renaissance
Folger Shakespeare Library

February 16

Engineering 101: Balloon Cars
College Park Aviation Museum

February 19

Art Tour
Washington Convention Center



Sponsor Passport DC

Celebrate the 12th Anniversary of Passport DC this May with a sponsorship that puts your brand in front of thousands of DC residents and tourists taking part in embassy open houses, street festivals, and more! Learn more here.

Autographed Posters by Dana Ellyn

Cultural Tourism DC is pleased to offer selected paintings from Dana Ellyn's Heritage Trail project as autographed prints. The posters are 11'' x 17'' on glossy poster paper and sell for $30 each. Order your posters today!

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