October 18 to October 24 October 18 to October 24

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Royal Philatelic Society London's 150th Anniversary

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will host the official North American celebration of The Royal Philatelic Society London's (RPSL) 150th anniversary from October 17 to 19! The three-day event will feature some of the world's leading stamp collectors and historians, as well as exhibitions in the Postal Museum. The theme of the celebration is the 1939 state visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Washington, DC, which began at Union Station. It honors the only time two of the world's most famous stamp collectors – King George and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – met in person.


Congratulations to the Downtown DC BID, artist Charles Bergen, and historian Mara Cherkasky for telling the stories of nine prominent DC women with bronze relief portraits installed in formerly abandoned call boxes. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provided partial funding. Learn about Elizabeth Keckley, Katharine Graham, Josephine Butler, Elizabeth Hamilton, Mary Church Terrell, Julia Ward Howe, Alice Paul, Alma Thomas, and Flora Molton as you walk through downtown DC. Cultural Tourism DC initiated a program, Art on Call, many years ago that provided a creative medium within repurposed call boxes along with a small stipend to DC artists who could create resilient pieces. Although we curtailed the program a long time ago, it inspired people to find new uses for other call boxes throughout the District. Don't know what a call box is? Click here. 

Photo by Mia B Photography, _miab.photography.

Congressional Cemetery

Congressional Cemetery is a 35-acre historic yet active burial ground located on Capitol Hill in southeast DC. Initially known as the Washington Parish Burial Ground, the cemetery became the first national burial ground as Congress bought sites, buried noted civil servants, and funded the infrastructure. Among the thousands buried at Congressional are scores of noteworthy citizens. Find out more about their amazing stories by exploring the Cemetery's web site or joining a free Saturday tour. You're invited to attend the Boneyard Bash Halloween costume party in the cemetery. Get tickets here.

Friday, October 18

Exhibit - Delivering America: Airmail to Email 
College Park Aviation Museum

Tour - 6 @ 35: Fabricating Culture
Zenith Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

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

Event - Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog
Hill Center

Saturday, October 19

Tour - Embassy Row
Washington Walks

Event - August Wilson's Fences
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit - Cyanotype Printing Workshop
IA&A at Hillyer

Event - Yoga in the Great Hall
Folger Theatre

Event - Engineering 101: Parachutes
College Park Aviation Museum

Sunday, October 20

Exhibit - A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology 
DAR Museum

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

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

Exhibit - Hoops
National Building Museum

Monday, October 21

Exhibit - None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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

Event - Boos and Brews
National Building Museum

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

Tuesday, October 22

Event - Landmark Lecture: Houses Divided
Tudor Place

Exhibit - Objects of Wonder
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exhibit - First Ladies
Madame Tussauds

Wednesday, October 23

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

Exhibit - 100 Years of Cartoons in El Universal
Mexican Cultural Institute

Exhibit - A Monument to Shakespeare
Folger Theatre

Event - DC at Night by Smartphone
Washington Photo Safari

Thursday, October 24

Event - Wine and Design: Boo Decoupage with Postage Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Event - Get A Clue: A Murder Mystery Evening
DAR Museum

Film - New Trail
Korean Culture Center

Event - The Expert Is In: Candy Floss Asteroids and Other Planetary Bodies
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Newsletter for October 18 to October 24, 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

Ibero-American Photography

On Friday, October 18, attend the opening night of the AACIA's annual photo exhibit at the Dupont Underground. Stroll along the rail trail below Dupont Circle while experiencing the Urban Transformation photo exhibit. The Iberoamerican Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA), represents the countries in the Americas where Spanish or Portuguese are the dominant languages, and promotes shared cultures and traditions in the DC area. This photo exhibit is on display through October 27.


Celebrating 45 years of music-making, activism, and entertainment, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and versatility to audiences. Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner offer entertaining as well as moving shows. Terry and Greg first began playing music together in 1973. Get tickets to hear these musical historians at the Barns at Wolf Trap on Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 pm.

The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

On October 24, visit the Sultan of Qaboos Cultural Center for a dialogue between master calligraphers Nuria Garcia Masip and "Khalid" Pablo Casado. The artists will discuss their journey to learn the art of calligraphy, an artform that requires, discipline, patience and practice. In 1999, Nuria traveled to Morocco and developed an interest in Islamic Art and calligraphy. She began studying the craft in 2000 and has won prizes in calligraphy competitions since then. Khalid studied the art under Nuria, whom he feels "blessed to have had as a teacher." Register now to learn more about this ancient art and today's master practitioners.

October 26
Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival
Events DC

October 28 
I Put A Spell On You: Annie Finch and Kiki Petrosino
Folger Theatre

October 30 to Nov 2
3rd Annual Firebird Film Festival

University of the District of Columbia

November 1
After-Hours Party: Live Dangerously
National Museum of Women in the Arts


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