Inspired by the world of the Smithsonian, the SMITHSONIAN at 8 event series offers one-of-a-kind experiences for guests 21+. With themes from the local to the global, these after-hours gatherings combine music, food and drink, and unique settings to create evenings that are smart, adventurous, and memorably entertaining. #SMITHSONIANat8 is a production of Smithsonian Associates.

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la grande fÊte

Fri., March 23, 7–11 p.m. (Doors will open at 7 p.m.)

La Maison Francaise at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. Sample food and drink from more than 30 embassies as you explore each nation’s unique attractions and traditions.

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La Grande Fete on Friday, March 23



Lidia Bastianich’s American Dream
Wednesday, April 4, 6:45 p.m.

When she was 12, cookbook author, television personality, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich fled Europe with her family to escape persecution. Drawing on her new book, My American Dream, Bastianich shares the vivid story of the fulfillment of that dream, beginning with her new life in New York and the dedication and passion for food that helped to build a successful career.. Buy tickets>>


Marvel Men: Joe and Anthony Russo on Bringing Avengers: Infinity War to the Screen
Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m.

Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo discuss their experiences in transporting the adventures of a whole galaxy of iconic Marvel superheroes from the page to the screen screen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Buy tickets>>


Mark and Jay Duplass: Like Brothers
Thursday, May 10, 6:45 p.m.

Producers, writers, directors, and actors Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass tell their story of a lifelong creative partnership based on a bond that’s resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. Buy tickets>>


Designing the World of Hamilton
Thursday, May 31, 6:45 p.m.

David Korin’s name may not be on the marquee, but his role in Hamilton is a major—and highly visible—one. The production designer for the show that has become a cultural phenomenon discusses the meticulous research, collaboration, and sheer hard work that went into creating and building every detail of the setting against which the musical plays out. Buy tickets>>


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