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Senate Gridlock: The Surge of the Factions

Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry

If you’re in a pickle about how to preserve your favorite seasonal produce and local foods, Cathy Barrow, a D.C.-based food writer, can help. Barrow covers kitchen skills including canning, smoking, brining, fermenting, and dehydrating, and shows that all is within the everyday cook’s grasp.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
The Enigma of Alan Turing: A Biographer’s Portrait

In his acclaimed biography of British mathematician Alan Turing, Andrew Hodges tells how this brilliant man’s concept of a universal machine laid the foundation for the modern computer, and how Turing played a leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra: Suite Ellington

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s (SJMO) artists bring the legacy of jazz to life, spotlighting the sounds of the greatest composers and performers of the past and present. Enjoy Billy Strayhorn’s imaginative rearrangement of music from The Nutcracker, as well as the rarely performed Queen’s Suite by Duke Ellington and Strayhorn, written as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30 P.M.
Holiday Decorating, White House Style

Spend an afternoon with professional holiday decorator Coleen Christian Burke as she covers the traditions of White House holiday decorating, brings you behind the scenes as the seasonal transformation takes place, and shares some practical tips on how you can make your own holiday home reflect the sparkle of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 2:00 P.M.
Rasputin: The Man Who Wouldn’t Die

It took cyanide, bullets, and the freezing waters of the Neva River to end the life of Rasputin on December 29, 1916. What hasn’t ended are the controversies over who actually carried out the murder—and the reasons behind it. Ralph Nurnberger examines if new research finally provides the answers.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.
Perspectives on Seven World Religions
6-Session Evening Course

Religious traditions play fundamental roles in shaping both cultures and individual lives. Guided by specialists, gain insights into the distinctions—and some of the similarities—that define seven major systems of belief.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:45 P.M.