Newsletter for July 26 to August 1, 2019 Newsletter for July 26 to August 1, 2019

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Spider Press Demonstrations

In addition to exhibits on America's mail history, the Smithsonian National Postal Museums offers live demonstrations on an antique printing press. The museum's spider press is the same type of machine that made stamps in the late 19th and early 20th century. Until 1880, the only way to print a stamp was to use a hand-roller printing press like the spider press. On Tuesdays and Fridays, visitors can see how the spider press works and take home a unique souvenir from the museum.

Spanish Steps - Photo © Barrett Doherty
The Cultural Landscape Foundation


Do you remember the expression, 'I know it when I see it.'? Cultural tourism is a lot like that. Hard to define. Our executive director thinks that cultural tourism is the physical movement of people to another place at which they experience and engage with the built or natural environment and its inhabitants. Others think of it as lite lifelong learning through experience. However you think of it, we hope you'll do it often because you don't have to travel far to be a cultural tourist. Look to the right and look down on this screen to learn what opportunities you may be missing this weekend if you don't get up and go.

Pitch Pipe Foundation

Founded in 2017, the Pitch Pipe Foundation links great artists to communities in great need, uplifting spirits through music. The foundation organizes cultural events to empower disadvantaged populations through music. Initially focused on trafficking in persons in South Asia and Veterans in the USA, Pitch Pipe Foundation has expanded its efforts to the Middle East, South and Central Asia. In July of this year, members of the nonprofit toured in Nepal and Tajikistan. 

Friday, July 26

Event - Factor or Fiction Fridays
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center  

Exhibit - M. Alexander Gray: Woodcuts and Engravings
Hill Center

Tour - The Gardens
Tudor Place

Event - Turkish Movie Night: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Yunus Emre Institute

Event - Friday ARTnights: Working From the Figure
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Saturday, July 27

Exhibit - Seriously Funny: From the Desk of The Daily Show with John Stewart

Exhibit - Organic Works by Nancy Frankel & Anne Marchand
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Event - 2019 Swiss National Day Celebration
Embassy of Switzerland

Event - Disney Pixar's Coco: In Concert Live to Film
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Sunday, July 28

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Exhibit - Secret Door Tour: Be A Super Sleuth!
The Mansion on O Street

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit - Animals Collected
National Building Museum

Monday, July 29

Exhibit - Lullaby by Georgia Saxelby
Embassy of Australia

Exhibit - A Monument to Shakespeare
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit - It's Hip To Be Square: The Mint Family
U.S. Botanic Garden

Exhibit - Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, July 30

Exhibit - Open Site: Works by Tae Eun Ahn
Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit - The Life of Animals in Japanese Art
National Gallery of Art

Exhibit - Wanjin Kim: Blooming
Hill Center

Concert - Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington
Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Wednesday, July 31

Exhibit - A Piece of Her Mind
DAR Museum

Exhibit - Smart Policies for a Changing Climate
American Society of Landscape Architects

Exhibit - Portraits of the World: Korea (Works by Yun Suknam)
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Event -  Summer Movie Series: Spiderman Homecoming
Events DC

Thursday, August 1

Exhibit - Deep Time
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Event - The Role of Ibadi Islam in Omani History
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Exhibit - CODAworx Awards
Octagon Museum

Newsletter for July 26 to August 1, 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

Otakon 2019

Otakon is an annual convention held to celebrate Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc) and its fandom. The family friendly event runs from Friday to Sunday and is packed with events, including for-sale artworks, cosplay contests, live music, panel discussions. Otakon is held at the Washington Convention Center, on July 26 to July 28. Single day admission and full weekend tickets can be obtained online here.

Kaypi Peru 2019

The Embassy of Peru presents Kaypi Peru 2019, a festival of art and culture, from July 26 to July 28. The festival highlights the cultural heritage and the traditional arts of Peru. It will feature a handicraft market and live musical and dance performances. Children can enjoy hands-on activities for children, as well as films of the Andean world. This free event is at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Bootleg Shakespeare: Richard III

The Folger Shakespeare Theatre welcomes the return of The Taffety Punk Theatre Company on Saturday, July 27, for a bootleg performance of Richard III. The play depicts the rise to power of King Richard III of England and the actors arrive with only their lines prepared, nothing more. The show goes on, ready or not, which is what makes Bootleg Shakespeare an exciting event. Tickets are free and available at 6:00 pm on the day of the show; two tickets per person and first come, first serve.

August 2-4
2019 Asian American Literature Festival
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

August 10
The Bungalow Music and Arts Festival
Events DC

August 14
Magical Path of the Piano with Eric Valdes
Mexican Cultural Institute

August 14
Film - Neko Atsume House
Japan Information and Culture Center

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