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Popular Culture Programs

Blondie's New York

Celebrate Museum Day 2019 by attending a preview screening of Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary that brings you into the recording studio with Blondie's frontwoman and namesake, Debbie Harry, the rest of the band, and producer Mike Chapman.

Date of event
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.

Musical Monday Matinees: Dreamgirls

Celebrate the Smithsonian’s Year of Music and Year of the Woman with a free matinee screening of a classic musical starring some of Hollywood’s most talented and memorable female leads. This screening features Dreamgirls, starring Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson.

Date of event
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

What Makes Mrs. Maisel So Marvelous?

Amazon Prime's “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” moved its star Rachel Brosnahan—and her picture-perfect wardrobe—into the center of the pop-culture spotlight. Stef Woods of American University explores the show’s complex character relationships and how it portrays the shifting social outlook of the 1950s as reflected through Midge’s transformation from jilted spouse to aspiring comedy-biz pro.

Date of event
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

A Conversation with Katie Couric

In an evening that honors Katie Couric for using her voice to encourage important discussions about issues that touch American lives, she talks about topics including her career, her collaborations in new media, and how the issues and causes for which she advocates connect to her role as a journalist.

Date of event
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Lidia Bastianich: An Italian Classic

Join beloved chef Lidia Bastianich for a lively conversation about her close-knit family, her professional ascent, and the dedication and passion for food that led to multiple restaurants, many best-selling cookbooks, and 20 years on public television.

Date of event
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.