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Events for February 9, 2016
Program/Time/Room/Speaker Status
Paris: The Musical Magnet of the 19th Century
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Running as scheduled
Interpreting Paintings in Stained-Glass Mosaics
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Running as scheduled
Painting is for Everyone
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Running as scheduled
Contemporary Mosaics
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Running as scheduled
Continued Drawing
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Running as scheduled
Joy of Photography
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Running as scheduled


Wall Writers: Graffiti’s Genesis
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.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Real Science (and Scientist) Behind The X-Files
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.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 5:00 PM
Putting on the Ring: Wagner’s Monumental Cycle Comes to Washington National Opera
Washington National Opera’s director Francesca Zambello, music director Philippe Auguin, and designers and leading singers join opera expert Fred Plotkin for a day-long exploration of how the company will tackle the musical, dramatic, and technical challenges of bringing Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen to the Kennedy Center this season.
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Sing Out! The Smithsonian Chorale
9 Weekly Rehearsals Plus Performance
Spend Thursdays in song and in good company as singers meet for weekly rehearsals under the direction of conductor Paul Edson. The sessions culminate in a concert performance.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:30 AM
The Shanghai Quartet with Guest Artist Wu Man, pipa
Two-time Grammy-nominated artist Wu Man performs music for solo Chinese lute (pipa) when she joins the renowned ensemble for an all-Chinese program in a special Smithsonian appearance. Co-presented by the Freer and Sackler Galleries and Smithsonian Associates
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 7:30 PM
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