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The Second City: Made in America (Some Assembly Required)

In their latest hilarious take on our great big dysfunctional country, the much-lauded comedy troupe is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick.

Date
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
The Second City: Made in America (Some Assembly Required)

In their latest hilarious take on our great big dysfunctional country, the much-lauded comedy troupe is sending satire down the conveyor belt and celebrating what makes us all tick.

Date
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:00 p.m.
Novelist Jodi Picoult: Her Latest Tough Topic

Popular author Jodi Picoult is known for addressing tough topics in her novels. This evening, she talks about her career, her writing process, and how the issues she tackles in her new novel, A Spark of Light, spoke to her as a writer.

Date
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Evolution In Warp Drive: The Science of Star Trek

Have you ever wondered why most alien life depicted on Star Trek strongly resembles us Earthlings? Come explore the possibility of humanoid or other forms of life on other planets with Mohamed Noor, a professor of biology at Duke University—and lifelong Trekkie!

Date
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
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.
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.