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National Park Service implemented metered parking around the National Mall on June 12, 2017. Please visit the National Parks Service website for more information.
Peruvian Cooking: The Ultimate Melting Pot

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.

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
How Virtual Reality Is Changing Medicine

Although virtual reality can seem like something out of science fiction, the possibilities are virtually limitless in its applications to medicine and health care. Susan Persky of the National Institutes of Health explores how new technologies are opening new worlds—sometimes literally— for doctors, researchers, clinicians, and patients.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Adrenaline Rush: How To Write Suspense Fiction

Nothing quickens the pulse like a good thriller. Award-winning author John Gilstrap presents an informative, entertaining day-long program on the crafting of intelligent suspense fiction. Through lively lectures and writing exercises, students get a peek at the skeleton that gives structure to the stories that keep us reading long into the night.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy

This fall, as the temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and holiday pressures and head colds come on, The Second City has the fix! Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater presents “The Cure for The Common Comedy.” You’ll be laughing your way into the New Year!

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
The Great Migration

From World War I up through the Civil Rights era, more than 6 million African Americans left the Jim Crow agrarian south for the industrial urban North in a movement known as the Great Migration. Spencer Crew, the former director of the American History Museum and a professor of history at George Mason University, takes an in-depth look at this pivotal movement in America’s history.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.