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Rum: From Cane to Cask
Americans have been raising toasts with rum since before there officially was an America. Now rum is the latest drink to be caught in the craft-beverage boom. Get an overview of the spirit’s history in American, and try samples of rum-based cocktails, in an evening hosted by Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton, the duo behind Washington’s first rum distillery, Cotton & Reed.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Creativity with a View
Enjoy spectacular views of the DC skyline as you unleash your creativity with drawing at CityBar Rooftop and Lounge.
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM
The Many Cuisines of China
Skip the General Tsao’s Chicken. Cookbook author and illustrator Carolyn Phillips opens the door to the regional delights of Chinese dining that you’ve never known about when she offers an overview of the sweeping variety of cuisines within the country. Then shift from big to bite-sized as she shares tasty insights on dim sum’s traditions.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.  
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 8 to 9 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 9 to 10 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Advocate ($175) level or above. Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo. This ticket option includes VIP Pavilion access from 10 to 11 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM
Creativity with a View
Enjoy spectacular views of the DC skyline as you unleash your creativity with mini terrarium-building at CityBar Rooftop and Lounge.
Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Mid-Atlantic Cuisine on the Rise
From Chesapeake crab cakes to shoo-fly pie, Mid-Atlantic cuisine is now in the midst of rediscovery and revival. Chefs Jeremiah Langhorne and Spike Gjerde join Washington Post food and dining editor Joe Yonan to discuss the region’s culinary history and why it’s seeing a boost in popularity. They also talk about the trends that might be ahead on the regional dining horizon.
Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Color of Beer
A Smithsonian Libraries exhibition at the Natural History Museum invites visitors to look at color in a new light. What you may not realize is that color is an important part of evaluating beer. In this special evening, beer expert Neil Witte leads a tasting that examines beer through the lens of color and what it signals about a beer’s flavor and how it was made.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Creativity with a View
Enjoy spectacular views of the DC skyline as you unleash your creativity with painting at CityBar Rooftop and Lounge.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Chef Kwame Onwuachi: Top Chef to Chef at the Top
In D.C., a city already filled with extraordinary restaurants, Kwame Onwuachi is about to launch The Shaw Bijou. The chef talks about his high-concept, limited-seating restaurant with an unusual menu inspired by his own life experiences, and offers a sneak peak of The Shaw Bijou’s menu. A tasting follows the program.
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:45 PM
A Taste of Japan
Join Rudy Maxa, host of Rudy Maxa’s World on public television, and local restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa (Daikaya, Bantam King) for a preview of their upcoming series Taste of Japan, which follows their search for the ingredients, the people, and the traditions behind the country’s exquisite cuisine.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 6:45 PM