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 curates your fun!

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Alan AldaAlan Alda: The Science and Art of Communicating
Thursday, June 8, 6:45 p.m.

Interviewing a wide range of guests as host of "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS propelled Alan Alda to investigate new ways to communicate complex ideas more effectively. He digs into the heart of what it means to be a true and empathetic communicator as he shares techniques, which also draw on the actor’s arts of storytelling and improvisation, that can be incorporated into everyday communications. Buy tickets>>


Wine TastingThe Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions Grand Tasting
Saturday, June 10, 4:30 p.m.

The concluding event in a 2-day exploration of the origins of wine civilizations, the Grand Tasting offers opportunities to meet winemakers from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus and to sample products from their vineyards. Buy tickets>>


Game of ThronesCreating the Visual World of Game of Thrones
Tuesday, June 13, 6:45 p.m.

Devoted followers of HBO’s Game of Thrones have production designer Deborah Riley to thank for the highly detailed environment against which the saga of power, family, revenge, and romance plays out. Riley talks about how she and a small army of craftsmen give the series its distinctive visual style, which draws on an imaginative mix of historical periods, styles, and cultural traditions. Buy tickets>>


Captain AmericaCaptain America’s Super-Soldier Serum: 1940s Fantasy Meets Modern Biotechnology
Friday, June 16, 6:45 p.m.

In the original Marvel Comics story, puny Steve Rodgers morphed into a shield-slinging avenger thanks to Professor Erskine’s mysterious chemical compound and a dose of "vita rays." Eric Spana of Duke University explains how the mighty powers of biotechnology might make such a transformation possible today. Buy tickets>>


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Friday, July 7
Arts and Industries Building, in collaboration with the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrating Circus Arts

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