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Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Astrobiologist David Grinspoon and Ka Chun Yu of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science team up with the House Band of the Universe for a digital voyage through the universe—set to funky jazz.

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Astrobiologist David Grinspoon and Ka Chun Yu of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science team up with the House Band of the Universe for a digital voyage through the universe—set to funky jazz.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Theoretical physicist Jim Gates follows the half-century quest to prove the existence of a particle that underlies the Standard Model of physics—and what its observation in 2012 means for our understanding of the universe.

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Lava flows in the Shenandoah? Ancient undersea avalanches in Great Falls? Some of our favorite places to explore nature in the region have a fascinating geological past. Geologist Callan Bentley provides a glimpse into the histories beneath our hiking boots.

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM

As a figure whose creative and public lives combined achievement, controversy, and fame, James McNeill Whistler created the modern model for artist as celebrity. Biographer Daniel E. Sutherland and director Karen Thomas, whose documentary on Whistler premieres on PBS in September, examine the complex creator behind the flamboyance and flair.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

NASA astronomer Sten Odenwald looks at the how the frontiers in astronomy and space science are being expanded and the tools that will help us further explore and understand the cosmos.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

In a lively, interactive Smithsonian Debate in which the audience plays a key role, specialists in early American history examine which seminal document more strongly shaped America’s history—and wields a more powerful influence on today’s national life.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The original Star Trek series did far more than expand the boundaries of outer space. For Margaret Weitekamp of the Air and Space Museum, the 1960s show propelled social, cultural, and technological changes in life on planet Earth.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The nearly 40-year friendship of Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt reflects a professional and personal connection between two strong and distinct artistic sensibilities. Aneta Georgievska-Shine traces the influence that relationship had on the painters—and on impressionist art.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

“White lightning” is shedding its less-than-savory backwoods reputation—or at least some of it. Matt Ostrom, the creator of Discovery’s Moonshiners, Tim Smith, a Virginia maker featured on the series, and Chuck Miller of Belmont Farm Distillery in Culpeper explain why today’s adventurous drinkers are taking a shine to moonshine.

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The legendary comedy troupe leads a hysterical history tour through more than a half-century of satire and improv, Chicago style.

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

The legendary comedy troupe leads a hysterical history tour through more than a half-century of satire and improv, Chicago style.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Ride the rails with historian Joe Nevin and the steam engine Mountain Thunder on a round-trip excursion on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. After the breathtaking trip between Frostburg and Cumberland, tour the Western Maryland Station, C&O Canal terminus, and the South Cumberland rail yards.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

With stops including Byzantium, the steppes of China’s frontier, and the Mongol empires of Eurasia, art historian Lawrence Butler follows the legendary Silk Road to illustrate cultural encounters through art, archaeology, and literature.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Author Kathryn Johnson and a panel of five novelists provide practical guidance for writers—both aspiring and active—in this booming genre.

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, September 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

How much are we defined as individuals—for better or worse—by what we know as personality traits? Todd Kashdan, a professor of psychology at George Mason University, suggests that there are deeper and more complex aspects of identity that can help guide our approach to life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Warren Perry, a writer at the National Portrait Gallery, recounts the story of the bloody encounter in which nearly 50,000 men fought for control of the “breadbasket of the Confederacy.” He also discusses several objects in Smithsonian collections with connections to the battle.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Once isolated by geography and history, this ancient city is the focus of renewed interest among travelers. Jessica Pociask opens up the archaeological wonders of western Jordan’s World Heritage Site.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Who says our town has no style? In this conversation about fashion, Washington, and how the two intersect on a hit series, hear from costume designers Jenny Gering (The Americans) and Tom Broecker (season one of House of Cards).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Storyteller extraordinaire Ken Follett discusses Edge of Eternity, the final installment of his epic Century Trilogy, which follows the saga of five intertwined who loved, hated, fought, and lived large against the backdrop of churning social, political, and economic turmoil.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Whether it’s savored from a candy box, sipped hot from a mug, or coating a single perfect strawberry (or these days, a single perfect piece of bacon), chocolate is something of which we can never get enough. Food historian and author Francine Segan gets to the delicious center of our love affair with it.

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

On Sept. 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers met death in the Maryland farmland of Antietam. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead a tour to sites connected with this bloodiest battle of the war.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

For Resident Promoter members or below; Smithsonian staff; and eligible Friends of the Smithsonian members: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals 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 20, 2014 at 8:00 AM

For Resident Advocate members and above: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals 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. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 8 to 9 a.m.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

For Resident Advocate members and above: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals 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. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 9 to 10 a.m.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The portraits, landscapes, and interior scenes that capture life in 17th-century Holland have a glow and intensity that instantly define a distinctive time and place. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine looks at the masters behind these painterly visions.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s personal and musical life was inextricably bound up in the city of Vienna. Musicologist Daniel Freeman traces the creative interplay of artist and place.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

For Resident Advocate members and above: Join us as we celebrate many cuddly baby animals 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. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 10 to 11 a.m.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The unprecedented scale of World War I’s devastation and loss redefined the concept of “total war.” Marcus Jones, a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, explores the origins and the legacy of the most consequential conflict of the 20th century. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Join Steve Kim, creator of KimKim Korean Hot Sauce, and chef Todd Johnson as they explore the heritage of Korean cooking and the ingredients that create its characteristic intensity. Then try your hand at some dishes to add to your at-home Korean repertoire.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Discover tapestries, period furniture, modern crystal, and a significant collection of Swedish art on a private visit to the home of Ambassador Bjorn Lyrvall. Karin Alexis, an art and architectural historian, sets the paintings and sculpture into an historical framework of Swedish culture.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Thomas Jefferson, an inveterate correspondent, left behind roughly 18,000 letters. J. Jefferson Looney, who served as editor (and sometimes, detective) on an edition of the documents of his final years, reveals the insights into Jefferson’s brilliant mind that these materials offer.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Lynn Sherr, a former ABC News reporter who covered the space program, discusses her new biography of the daring and brilliant woman who broke NASA’s “celestial ceiling.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Get a taste of the Shenandoah Valley’s history as you travel with geologist Callan Bentley to three Virginia vineyards to discover how their distinctive wines reflect the area’s ancient geological origins. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger looks the clash of the Yorks and Lancasters, exploring how family dysfunction played out on England’s national stage—and its history.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Author Ronald C. Rosbottom brings to life the grim and dangerous days of wartime Paris, evoking the detail of daily life in a city under military and civilian occupation and the brave people who fought against it.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Designer Lauri Ward knows that less square footage doesn’t have to lessen comfort, function, or elegance in a downsized home. She shares some great decorating strategies for getting the most out of smaller spaces.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

This lively program led by linguist Anne Curzan examines the details of conversational dynamics, and is filled with great practical tips for navigating everyday exchanges at work, home, out on the town, and online.

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Though Andy Warhol coined the phrase “famous for 15 minutes,” he’s never been out of the spotlight since he unveiled those now-iconic soup cans in the early 1960s. Biographer, pal, and confidant Bob Colacello offers a highly personal portrait of the artist as a new edition of his book, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, makes its appearance.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Historian Ken Hughes, a research specialist on the White House tapes, unravels how the Watergate cover-up connects to wider revelations of secrets and lies in the Nixon administration.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Singers Tricia Lepofsky and Alizon Reggioli serve up a fresh taste of Broadway as they tell a tale of reunited friends through standards including "Big Spender," "Matchmaker,” “I Feel Pretty,” and "You Could Drive a Person Crazy.” Cheers!

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

A new partnership between the Smithsonian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a rare chance to go behind the scenes at this center for cutting-edge energy science. This one-of-a-kind study tour brings you into the heart of Oak Ridge’s past and present, guided by the staff and the scientists who lead and conduct its research.         

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series offered on Saturdays.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of hearing two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular three-concert series offered on Sundays.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Schubert gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society celebrates its 38th season with musical masterpieces from the Elizabethan period to late 19th century. This is a six-concert series offered on Saturdays.

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The Smithsonian Chamber Music Society celebrates its 38th season with musical masterpieces from the Elizabethan period to late 19th century. This is a six-concert series offered on Sundays.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Copland gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM

A masterwork by Mozart gets the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Masterworks by Sondheim get the distinctive in-depth examination from composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow in the new season. Presented in partnership with Washington Performing Arts.

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