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The All-Star Game Comes to Washington

As Nationals Park prepares to host the All-Star game on July 17, veteran sportscaster Phil Hochberg assembles his own team of experts to discuss the event and its history, including Greg McCarthy of Washington Nationals, sports author Frederic Frommer, and Washington Nationals’ analyst Phil Wood. Play ball!

Date
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
THE KING: An Exclusive Advance Screening

Members-Only Event: View an exclusive screening of Eugene Jarecki’s new groundbreaking film, THE KING, which takes Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America and explores Presley's rise and fall as a metaphor for the country he left behind. Following the screening, Jarecki and special guests talk about their experience making THE KING.

Date
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
David Bowie Is: Celebrating an Artist of Startling Transformations

The life and work of David Bowie, one of rock’s most pioneering and influential performers, are the subject of an exhibition, David Bowie Is, which ends its world tour at the Brooklyn Museum in July. Matthew Yokobosky, senior curator of fashion and material culture at the Brooklyn Museum, discusses how the exhibition creates an immersive, visitor experience featuring Bowie’s art.

Date
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
A Toast to the Rat Pack

Author and cocktail expert Philip Green celebrates the spirit—and the favorite spirits—of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and other members of the swingin’, high-living clan who came to symbolize ’60s-style cool onstage and off.

Date
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Strange and Curious Smithsonian Jobs: Real Gems - Rubies and Ruby Slippers

Meet two professionals entrusted with some of the most glittering of the Smithsonian’s treasures. Jeffrey Post, curator of the National Gems and Minerals Collection, and Dawn Wallace, the conservator who is preserving the sparkle in Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, offer a fascinating glimpse into the work they do.

Date
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor

Fred Rogers, whose beloved television program invited children into his neighborhood for nearly four decades, is enjoying a resurgence in the cultural spotlight these days. Join Karen Struble Myers of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College to examine how a small-town childhood shaped his thoughtful children's programming.

Date
Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

Includes Tour: For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Program: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Thursday, August 9, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Art of Burning Man: From the Desert to DC

Includes Tour: For the exhibition No Spectators, the Renwick Gallery fills the complete museum—and some of the neighborhood streets—with the explosively fantastic experimental art spawned in the Nevada desert at Burning Man. Join Stephanie Stebich, director of the American Art Museum, for an overview of the exhibition, as well as insights from her own experience at Burning Man 2017. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Program: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 6:45 p.m.
Tour: Friday, August 10, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.