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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Invoke Your Pride:
A Night at the African Art Museum

In collaboration with the National Museum of African Art and the Capital Pride Festival

Fri., June 1, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC

Kick-off the annual Capital Pride Festival at this exclusive after-hours event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Get special access to spectacular exhibitions, including Jim Chuchu’s stunning Invocations, and enjoy curators’ talks, music by DJ Alkimist, dancing, cocktails, and more.

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Marvel Men: The Directors Behind the Avengers: Infinity War Phenomenon
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>>


O Brothers: How Mark and Jay Duplass Conquered Hollywood
Thursday, May 10, 6:45 p.m.

Mark and Jay Duplass are writers, directors, producers, and actors who’ve turned collaboration into a family affair. They made their moviemaking debut with a breakthrough short they produced on a $3 budget. Their next feature film provoked a distribution-rights bidding war at the Sundance Festival! Hear them describe their remarkable journey from the suburbs of New Orleans to success in Hollywood. 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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