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David Eagleman on the Secrets of the Brain
Kevin Costner Draws Us into The Explorer's Guild: Old-Fashioned Storytelling with a New Twist
Fifty Years of Excellence
Jancis Robinson on Wine's Intriguing New Directions


Travels with Casanova: An Artistic Itinerary
Art historian C. D. Dickerson highlights the sweep of Casanova’s life by setting it against the visual backdrop of his world, which extended beyond his native Venice to major cultural centers from Madrid to Moscow. How can the art of his day illuminate our understanding of this serial seducer?
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 6:45 PM
Breakfast at the Zoo: 50 Animals for 50 Years
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) 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 19, 2015 - 8:00 AM
Haunted: Remembering Edgar Allan Poe
On the 166th anniversary of his death, the original “man in black” gets a literary toast from writer Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar. Raise your glass along with them.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 6:45 PM
The Shadowy History of Film Noir
As the AFI Silver Theater hosts the annual Noir City festival, film scholar Eddie Mueller digs into the detectives, the dames, and the dark doings that make film noir an enduring American genre.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 5:00 PM
Kevin Costner Draws Us into The Explorer’s Guild: Old-Fashioned Storytelling with a New Twist
Hear Academy-award winning director, producer, and actor Kevin Costner talk about a new role: co-creator of The Explorer’s Guild, a new series of illustrated novels that are a throwback to the golden age of adventure stories.
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 6:45 PM
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