Inspired by the world of the Smithsonian, the SMITHSONIAN at 8 event series offers one-of-a-kind experiences for guests 21+. With themes from the local to the global, these after-hours gatherings combine music, food and drink, and unique settings to create evenings that are smart, adventurous, and memorably entertaining. #SMITHSONIANat8 curates your fun!
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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:45 p.m.
Vodka is the toast of the town—and America’s favorite spirit. Victorino Matus, author of Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America, examines the national vodka phenomenon from its humble origins in the Depression-era Smirnoff plant through its transformation into a top-shelf status symbol. Buy tickets>>
Mario Batali on Regional American Cooking
Saturday, Jan. 28, 3:00 p.m.
Mario Batali, best known for Italian cuisine, headed into new territory to prepare his latest cookbook: all corners of America. In a conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of the Washington Post, he discusses what the dishes served at state fairs, church socials, BBQ joints, and family dinners reveal about our food culture and traditions. Buy tickets>>
Connie Britton: Actress as Advocate
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:45 p.m.
She’s created attention-getting characters on “Friday Night Lights” and “Nashville,” but Connie Britton plays an equally notable role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In a conversation with NPR’s Linda Holmes, she discusses her television experiences and her work as an advocate for poverty eradication and women’s empowerment. Buy tickets>>
Science as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:00 p.m.
In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration. Buy tickets>>
Are the Cards Collapsing?: A “House of Cards” Season 5 Preview
Wednesday, Mar. 15, 6:45 p.m.
As fans eagerly look forward to marathon-watching the fifth season of the Netflix hit “House of Cards,” Stef Woods of American University looks at what might lie ahead for Frank and Claire Underwood.Buy tickets>>
Capital Cheers: A DC Brew Tour
Friday, Mar. 24, 10:00 a.m.
Washington has always been a thirsty town, with a brewing tradition stretching back centuries. Spend a day tracing its past and sampling its present as local historian Garrett Peck leads a bus tour of brew-related sites. Buy tickets>>
Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine
Saturday, Mar. 25, 9:30 a.m.
In a day-long program, experts in the field of contemporary yoga therapy discuss their research, professional and personal experiences, and guide demonstrations of evidence-informed practices including postures, breath work, and meditation techniques for physical and emotional wellbeing.Buy tickets>>
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