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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SMITHSONIAN at 8 and Francophonie DC present
Fri., March 18, 7–11 p.m.
La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC
Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe, and its closing celebration is always magnifique.
Wall Writers: Graffiti's Genesis
Wednesday, February 17, 6:45 p.m.
It took only about 5 years for the spray-painted art that exploded onto city walls in the late 1960s to move into galleries. Director Roger Gastman explores graffiti’s cultural invasion of the mainstream—and the art world—in a new documentary narrated by John Waters. Buy tickets>>
The Riddle of Umami: In Search of the Fifth Taste
Monday, February 29, 6:45 p.m.
We still can’t quite pin it down with an exact definition, but we definitely know it when we taste it. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John McQuaid explores the history, biology, and culinary art of the unique sensation of umami. Buy tickets>>
The Real Science (and Scientist) Behind The X-Files
Sunday, March 6, 5 p.m.
Meet University of Maryland virologist Anne Simon, the expert advisor who made sure that the popular series—and its upcoming reprise—was rooted in scientific fact, no matter how paranormally puzzling Mulder and Scully found the cases. Buy tickets>>
Juleps, Smashes, and Sangarees: Cocktails of the Civil War Era
Tuesday, April 12, 6:45 p.m.
Some of our favorite American cocktails date from the Civil War period and earlier. Sip your way through the era as cocktail historian Phillip Green looks at the popular drinks of the mid-19th century. Buy tickets>>
Superman: American Golem, The Jewish Origins of the Man of Steel
Tuesday, April 19, 6:45 p.m.
They’re an unlikely duo, but the hero of Metropolis shares some literary DNA with the legendary avenger of 16th-century Prague. Historian Ralph Nurnberger traces the connection between two super-powered figures who each were created at historical moments when Jews were shadowed by persecution. Buy tickets>>
Marvel Men: Directors Joe and Anthony Russo on Bringing Captain America to the Screen
Thursday, May 5, 6:45 p.m.
Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of two entries in the Captain America film franchise, discuss their experience in transporting the adventures of the iconic superhero from the page to the screen and screen clips from their newest, Captain America: Civil War. Buy tickets>>
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