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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.
Decoding Air Travel: A Practical Guide for Frustrated Flyers

Air travel continues to grow more unpleasant, uncomfortable, and expensive than ever. How do you navigate the bafflingly complicated airline system? Spend a day with globe-trotting author Nicholas Kralev and gain the skills and savvy to become a more empowered—and money-saving—traveler.

Date
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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.
The Buzz on Bees

In a day-long program, discover the ways humans and bees are inextricably linked, and how much we rely on them: When the hive thrives, we all thrive.

Date
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Heavenly Bodies at the Met: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

A new exhibition at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism. Inspired by the exhibition, art historian Anne Higonnet surveys an unexpected range of style leaders, from the archangel Gabriel to Pope Francis I, and their influence on recent fashion.

Date
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Garden in Your Beer

Since the beginnings of beer, brewers have used a variety of cultivated and foraged ingredients for added flavor and preservation. Take a look at the garden through the lens of the botanicals, spices, wild yeasts, fruits, berries, and hops that flavor your favorite beer.

Date
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Richmond’s Museum District

Join decorative arts specialist Erin Kuykendall for a visit to Richmond’s famed Museum District, a day of guided in-depth tours of historical collections and art exhibitions, including stops at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the American Civil War Museum.

Date
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mixing Cocktails With Panache: Drinks From the Bar at Quill

Katie Dandridge, one of the cocktail experts from Quill, the lounge at Washington’s Jefferson Hotel, leads a hands-on class (and tasting) for amateur mixologists who want to learn how to shake things up at home.

Date
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.
Discover Your Backyard: Great Hikes Within and Around the Beltway

Whether you’re looking for a trail that offers great scenery, history, family fun, or a challenge to your hiking skills, Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper, authors of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington, D.C., know all the right spots for your fall excursions.

Date
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Strategic Civil War Crossings of the Upper Potomac

Military historian Gregg Clemmer investigates six river crossings by Union and Confederate forces. Follow the path of one as you cross the Potomac at White’s Ford in the highlight of the day.

Date
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A DC Theatre Season Preview

With more than 80 professional companies in the area, how can theater fans know what might be the hottest ticket in town, what’s worth the price, and what they might be able to skip? Turn to Lorraine Treanor, editor of DC Theatre Scene, who reveal what’s buzz-worthy in the bountiful 2018–2019 season.

Date
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Inside the Homes and Studios of Glass Artists

The Washington area is home to a wide variety of glass artists working in an equally wide range of styles and techniques. Spend a fascinating day visiting noted artists in their studios and homes to see them at work and explore their creations and private collections.

Date
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Introduction to Western Art: From Cartouches to Constantine

Our modern world echoes with the creative vestiges of the past. Art historian Renee Gondek leads an insightful survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture produced in ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman worlds and their enduring influence on the art of the West. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, September 5 to October 3, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Blueprints of Empire: Ancient Rome and America

Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes, and historian and classicist John Prevas examine the connection between the final stages of the Roman Empire and the United States as a contemporary world power. Though an analysis of political and moral leadership, they compare these two versions of empire, their similarities and differences, and speculate on what that link holds for America’s future.

Date
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Four Great Controversies in Early Christianity

The growth of the Christian church from a tiny sect of Jesus’ close followers to a major world religion was not smooth and seamless. Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, explores four major controversies encountered by the early Christians.

Date
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Historic Chestertown and a Cruise on the Schooner Sultana

Regional historian Hayden Mathews explores the rich heritage of this lovely Eastern Shore town, focusing on both land and sea. The day includes a cruise on a replica of an 18th century vessel, as well as an historic-district walking tour guided by Chestertown’s mayor.

Date
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term

Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.

Date
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Railways and History in Altoona and Johnstown

Rail historian Joe Nevin leads an overnight tour that explores two key aspects of Central Pennsylvania’s past: its railroading heritage and one of the country’s most tragic natural disasters—the Johnstown flood of 1889—and the role of the railroads in spreading the warning and saving lives.

Date
Depart: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.
Return: Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.
The Battle of Antietam

On Sept. 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers met death in the Maryland farmland of Antietam. Civil War historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer lead a tour to sites connected with this bloodiest battle of the war.

Date
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.