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Booze and Vinyl: A Listening Party with Cocktails

Food writers, cocktail fans, and musicians Andre Darlington and Tenaya Darlington teamed up to write Booze and Vinyl, showcasing iconic albums from the 1950s through 2000s, each matched with the perfect cocktails. If you’re feeling in the groove, join the Darlingtons at the Smithsonian Castle for a listening party—and learn how to mix a couple of perfect cocktails.

Date
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

In his acclaimed What Makes It Great? series, beloved educator and former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience. This program features music by Richard Rodgers.

Date
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.
How Hamilton Remixes History and Show Biz

Historian Richard Bell examines this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. He investigates what the show gets right—and wrong—about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why it all matters.

Date
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Loving Lenny: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Music recordings, film clips, and photographs highlight a discussion led by music specialist Fred Plotkin that celebrates the great Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), an American Renaissance Man: composer, conductor, concert pianist, Broadway tunesmith, educator, humanitarian, and so much more.

Date
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Music City, D.C.

Beneath its staid surface, Washington, D.C.’s musical heartbeat has been constant and influential. Musician and journalist Ken Avis surveys the artists who created the city’s musical heritage, in forms from the blues to jazz to punk and beyond.

Date
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular

There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.

Date
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow

In his acclaimed What Makes It Great? series, beloved educator and former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience. This program features Mendelssohn's Octet.

Date
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 6:00 p.m.