November 8, 2010
Monday, November 8: It’s cold outside — take in a movie.
It’s a good day to take in an IMAX movie—and your entertainment options are plentiful. Theaters are located in the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum and the Udvar-Hazy Center. In addition to short films—like “Dinosaurs” and “Legends of Flight”—you can catch a screening of the full-length feature “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest.” Check out this site for a full film schedule and to buy tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased at the IMAX box office at the museums.
Tuesday, November 9: Smithsonian’s Haiti Cultural Recovery Project
In the wake of the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, the Smithsonian Institution is working with the Haitian government to recover and restore the island nation’s cultural heritage. In this discussion moderated by the Smithsonian undersecretary for history, art, and culture Richard Kurin, enjoy presentations by: Hugh Shockey, conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Corine Wegener, president of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield; Stephanie Hornbeck, principal of Caryatid Conservation Services, Inc.; Dr. Diana N’Diaye, cultural heritage specialist/curator, Smithsonian Institution; and Mike Bellamy, director, Smithsonian’s Office of Engineering, Design, and Construction. Free. American Art Museum, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 10: A History of Pop-up and Movable Books: 700 Years of Paper Engineering
In this event sponsored by Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Ellen Rubin, also known as the “Pop-up Lady,” discusses 700 years of pop-up books. And while you’re here, be sure to check out the companion exhibit Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn. Free. American History Museum, 12:00 PM
Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day Celebration
Photojournalist Steven Clevenger spent three years documenting the experiences of Native American soldiers in the Iraq War, resulting in the book America’s First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq. Come listen to Clevenger discuss his work and stay after the discussion for a book signing. Free. American Indian Museum, 2:00-3:30 PM.
Friday, November 12: Perspectives on Portraiture
Explore dynamic relationships between portraits, artists, subjects and viewers in docent-led tours at both the Sackler Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. At the Sackler, experience Fiona Tan’s integration of portraiture, moving image and sound installations that stimulate dialogue about memory and identity. At the National Portrait Gallery, view contemporary portraiture and discover individuals influencing modern American culture in the exhibition Americans Now. Meet in the lobby at the 8th and F Street NW entrance. Visit npg.si.edu for more information. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 2:00 PM.
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