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Star Trek’s Never-ending Voyage: How TV Future Became Real-Life Present

The original Star Trek series did far more than expand the boundaries of outer space. For Margaret Weitekamp of the Air and Space Museum, the 1960s show propelled social, cultural, and technological changes in life on planet Earth.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
The Battle of Cedar Creek: Crossroads in the Fight for the Shenandoah Valley

Warren Perry, a former writer at the National Portrait Gallery, recounts the story of the bloody encounter in which nearly 50,000 men fought for control of the “breadbasket of the Confederacy.” He also discusses several objects in Smithsonian collections with connections to the battle.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Shonda Rhimes: TV's Ultimate Show Runner

Shonda Rhimes, the creative force behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, knows how to put together hit shows that become national obsessions. She shares a few of the secrets of how she does it, and talks about why she’s made it a priority to cast some of the most diverse shows on TV.

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Breakfast at the Zoo: Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh, Baby!

For Resident Promoter members or below; Smithsonian staff; and eligible Friends of the Smithsonian members: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 8:00 A.M.
Synthesizing Art and Science Through the Senses: Exploring the Aesthetics of DNA

A panel of artists, scholars, and scientists comes together for a fascinating conversation on how arts and popular culture can provide unique insights into the narrative of human history told through our DNA. Afterward, raise a glass to the science and the art of winemaking in a special tasting.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Downsizing with Style: Living Large in Compact Spaces

Designer Lauri Ward knows that less square footage doesn’t have to lessen comfort, function, or elegance in a downsized home. She shares some great decorating strategies for getting the most out of smaller spaces.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:00 A.M.
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