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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Peruvian CookingPeruvian Cooking: The Ultimate Melting Pot
Monday, August 7, 6:45 p.m.

Peruvian cuisine—which reflects Chinese, Japanese, African, Spanish, and traditional South American influences—offers some of the most deliciously eclectic dishes you’ll ever taste. Carlos Delgado, head chef at China Chilcano, sheds light on its history and flavors in a conversation with Joe Yonan, the Washington Post’s food and dining editor. Buy tickets>>


OITNBOrange Is the New Black: Why We Love Going Behind Bars
Wednesday, August 9, 6:45 p.m.

The Netflix series set in fictional Litchfield Penitentiary has become a pop-culture phenomenon as it takes on issues like race, class, sexuality, identity, and the criminal justice system. Stef Woods of American University examines the impact of OITNB and why after five seasons viewers are still making time for the women serving time at Litchfield. Buy tickets>>


Tiki TimeTiki Time! Exotic Cocktails and the Cult of the Tiki Bar
Thursday, August 24, 6:45 p.m.

In countless restaurants and bars, rum drinks topped with paper umbrellas, "exotic" foods, and fantasy Polynesian décor offered mid-century America’s favorite tropical escape. Martin and Rebecca Cate, founders of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, lead a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki culture and its modern revival, and offer samples of their bar’s original cocktail recipes. Buy tickets>>


YouTubeHow YouTube Remade Media
Thursday, September 7, 6:45 p.m.

Over the past 10 years, the internet video platform YouTube has changed media and entertainment profoundly. Find out how an upstart company become a modern pop culture juggernaut—and how the new rules of entertainment are being written as the media landscape undergoes radical change. Buy tickets>>


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