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Halloween Changes Its Disguise: Has the Witching Season Grown Up?
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Dr. Livingstone’s Lost Diary: Technology Opens a Window on History

Written in berry juice on newspapers, the contents of the 1871 field diary on which legendary explorer David Livingstone recorded his observations on the African slave trade faded to near-invisibility in just a few years. A team of scholars, scientists, and spectral imaging experts have revealed his words again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
All About Horses
All-Day Tour

Explore the horse as a living history, symbol, and spectacular athlete in a day that begins in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge and ends in an evening at one of the nation’s leading equestrian events.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 9:00 A.M.
Smithsonian Craft2Wear Advance Chance Party

Enjoy the best of Craft2Wear shopping, wine and light buffet, modeling, and more.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 5:30 P.M.
Emerson String Quartet 2014-2015 Concert Series (35th Season)

The Emerson String Quartet returns for its 35th year at the Smithsonian with a five-concert series that displays the range and unparalleled musicianship of an ensemble that has been hailed as “the one indispensable quartet” by Newsweek. This program will feature music by Bach, Brahms, and Saint-Saëns. This is part of a five-concert series.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 6:00 P.M.
Halloween Changes Its Disguise: Has the Witching Season Grown Up?

Nobody—except maybe zombies—thinks of Halloween as a romantic holiday. Daniel Gifford, a holiday scholar, illustrates how a century ago buxom witches and swooning cupids were part of the day’s iconography—and reflected the changing social climate in America.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 6:45 P.M.
Bill Nye: Why Evolution Is Undeniable

After his controversial and widely watched debate with a creationist, scientist educator and television host Bill Nye set off to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives. He discusses his new book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation, part of that campaign.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
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