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Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Contractor and television personality Mike Holmes is the go-to guy for practical guidance when it comes to your home, and he’s collected plenty of tips in his newest book, The Holmes Manual.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

A new documentary from the Smithsonian Channel looks at the maritime tragedy in which nearly 2,000 lives were lost and that set the United States on the path to enter World War I. Join British historian Diana Preston, whose book Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy provided material for the documentary, for a discussion of the Lusitania’s legacy.

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Whether the joke is by Aristophanes or Woody Allen, we know when something tickles our funny bone. Television and film writer (and recovered stand-up comic) David Misch offers an appropriately irreverent history of comedy as he explores why it does.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Relive crucial events of the Civil War as you explore some of the battles nearest to the Federal District with historian Ed Bearss.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Norwegian solar physicist Pål Brekke has captured the myth and the science behind the Aurora Borealis in a new documentary, The Northern Lights: A Magic Experience. Join him for a screening, followed by a discussion of this dazzling phenomenon.

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Physicist Paul Halpern tells the little-known story of Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger’s search for a theory that transcended existing quantum mechanics. Though they ultimately failed, Halpern draws on newly released correspondence between the scientists to illustrate how their shared obsession drove the progress of modern physics.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Join us in a new innovative series that will look behind headlines and amplify sound bites. The newsworthy topic and featured spearker(s) will be announced the Monday before the program's date.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Imagine your pantry shelves filled with jars of home-made delights made from fresh seasonal produce. Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, is ready to teach you all the canning and preserving tricks you need to make that a reality. This is the first session of a 4-session program.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Navigating with civility (and common sense) in our rapidly changing social and digital lives can be bewildering. The Washington Post and USA Today columnist and author of five books on modern etiquette is ready to politely take on your manners quandaries.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Dinner Lab’s pop-up events have delighted local foodies with inventive cuisine from on-the-rise chefs and offbeat locations that remain a secret to diners until the day before the meal. Smithsonian settings provide the backdrops for a series of sure-to-be-memorable (and delicious) summer evenings.

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Get a close-up look at some innovative area sites that reflect a growing eco-conscious trend when you spend a day several stories above street level with Bill Keene, a lecturer in history, urban studies, and architecture.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Artist and art historian Joseph Cassar leads a fascinating journey through the landscape of the imagination as reflected in the distinctive work of artists including Ernst, Arp, Miro, Magritte, and Dali. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM

The SJMO’s big band pays tribute to the orchestra leaders, musicians, and composers who created the style that set America and the world swinging the 1930s and 40s.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Noted author and curator David P. Silverman discusses the latest findings on Tutankhamun and how they add to our fascination with an ancient monarch whose afterlife is one that he never could have imagined.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Our creative muscles, like physical ones, need training in order to perform at their peak. Gerard Puccio of the International Center for Studies in Creativity offers practical tools to bring enhanced creative thinking and problem-solving skills into your everyday life.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Their scandals and shenanigans became the stuff of legends, but this royal family also opened the New World and new worlds of English power. Scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger of the Folger Shakespeare Library leads a look behind the Tudors’ carefully contrived image of monarchy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:45 PM

John D. Williams, former executive director of the National Scrabble Association, knows the score (and all the right words) when it comes describing the colorful, fascinating, and often downright odd subculture of the competitive Scrabble scene.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

As part of the series Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them, high-altitude mountaineer and author David Roberts looks at the notable climbers who faced the challenge of the world’s highest peak—and triumphed.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Join us in a new innovative series that will look behind headlines and amplify sound bites. The newsworthy topic and featured spearker(s) will be announced the Monday before the program's date.

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Distinctive Chesapeake Bay history and traditions are woven into the daily life of Tilghman’s Island and charming St. Michaels. Local historian Hayden Matthews provides a guide to them during a summer day spent near—and on—the water.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Marcus Jones, history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, tells the story of the ambitious Allied offensive in which nearly 26,000 lives were lost, but that turned the tide against Japan in the South Pacific.

Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the Natural History Museum, participate in hands-on crafts projects, and view an IMAX film. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Imagine your pantry shelves filled with jars of home-made delights made from fresh seasonal produce. Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, is ready to teach you all the canning and preserving tricks you need to make that a reality. This is the second session of a 4-session program.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Distinctive Chesapeake Bay history and traditions are woven into the daily life of Tilghman’s Island and charming St. Michaels. Local historian Hayden Matthews provides a guide to them during a summer day spent near—and on—the water.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Dinner Lab’s pop-up events have delighted local foodies with inventive cuisine from on-the-rise chefs and offbeat locations that remain a secret to diners until the day before the meal. Smithsonian settings provide the backdrops for a series of sure-to-be-memorable (and delicious) summer evenings.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Dinner Lab’s pop-up events have delighted local foodies with inventive cuisine from on-the-rise chefs and offbeat locations that remain a secret to diners until the day before the meal. Smithsonian settings provide the backdrops for a series of sure-to-be-memorable (and delicious) summer evenings.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 8 to 12) Go on an interactive exploration of the American History Museum. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Imagine your pantry shelves filled with jars of home-made delights made from fresh seasonal produce. Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, is ready to teach you all the canning and preserving tricks you need to make that a reality. This is the third session of a 4-session program.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Imagine your pantry shelves filled with jars of home-made delights made from fresh seasonal produce. Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, is ready to teach you all the canning and preserving tricks you need to make that a reality. This is the final session of a 4-session program.

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