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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Spend Wednesday mornings in song and in good company. The Encore Chorale, made up of singers 55 and older, begins a new series of 15 weekly rehearsals leading to a performance.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Spend Wednesday evenings in song and in good company. The Encore Chorale, made up of singers 55 and older, begins a new series of 15 weekly rehearsals leading to a performance.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The Atomic Spies, Cambridge Five, and Red Wasp Network seized on periods of international political unrest to unleash their espionage operations. Experts and former intelligence officers share the inside story of these spy rings, including never-before-seen documents, rare images, and little-known details. 

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Inspired by the cry of "God wills it," thousands of European nobles and commoners made a solemn vow at the end of the 11th century to reclaim the Holy Land and return it to Christian rule. Historian Richard Abels explores the history, meaning, and legacy of the ensuing centuries of holy wars.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Operetta, that seductive little sister of grand opera, has always been much more than risqué couplets, flowing champagne, and romantic intrigues. Popular Smithsonian Associates music lecturer Saul Lilienstein traces the history of a genre that mixes gorgeous music, enduring melodies, comedy, romantic yearnings, and satire in an irresistible theatrical package.

Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, in a spirited series of lectures and informal dialogues that explore works by A.S. Byatt, John Banville, Julian Barnes, and Hilary Mantel that have been honored by the Man Booker Prize.

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