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.

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Chicha! A Peruvian Dance Party

Presented in collaboration with the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Perú: Pachamama program

Fri., June 19, 8–11 p.m.

Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC

What’s chicha? It’s an urban music genre originating in Peru that combines a variety of global sounds like South American cumbias and psychedelic surf guitars with local Andean melodies. Experience it all at a Peruvian-style celebration at DC’s Blind Whino. Special VIP Features available.

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Chicha: A Peruvian Dance Party


Steven PetrowA Civil Evening with Steven Petrow
Wednesday, June 3, 6:45 p.m.

Navigating with civility (and common sense) in our rapidly changing social and digital lives can be bewildering. The Washington and USA Today columnist and author of five books on modern etiquette is ready to politely take on your manners quandaries. Buy tickets>>


ScrabbleInside the World of Scrabble: In Quest of the "X" Factor
Tuesday, June 23, 6:45 p.m.

John D. Williams, former executive director of the National Scrabble Association, knows the score (and all the right words) when it comes describing the colorful, fascinating, and often downright odd subculture of the competitive Scrabble scene. Buy tickets>>


Dinner LabDinner Lab at the Smithsonian:
Surprising Dining in Surprising Spaces

Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m.

Dinner Lab’s pop-up events have delighted local foodies with inventive cuisine from on-the-rise chefs and offbeat locations that remain a secret to diners until the day before the meal. Smithsonian settings provide the backdrops for a series of sure-to-be-memorable (and delicious) summer evenings. Buy tickets>>


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