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Roald Dahl: The Curmudgeon Who Built Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
Art's Brave New World: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting in France

Travel Among the Stars… Shall We?: The Feasibility of Space Travel
Literary Baltimore

Ben-Hur: The Original Blockbuster
Gen. Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur became a veritable commercial brand name that generated tens of millions of dollars. Learn about the unprecedented appeal of the story, and then get ready to watch Charlton Heston take the reins in the chariot race to end all chariot races in the 1959 film screened in AFI Silver’s beautifully restored art deco theater in Silver Spring.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Art’s Brave New World: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting in France
4-Session Evening Course
David Gariff of the National Gallery of Art examines the origins and the legacy of the impressionist revolution, one begun by artists whose color-drenched brush strokes startled Paris and continued in a new generation of painters who paved the way for 20th-century abstraction. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Breakfast at the Zoo: Going Bananas over the Great Apes!
For Smithsonian Associates members at the Resident Promoter ($100) level or below and Smithsonian staff: Join us as we feature the National Zoo’s primates—gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons—at this much-anticipated annual event. Enter the zoo before it opens to the public, enjoy a breakfast buffet, get up-close looks at the animals, and take in the memorable sights and sounds of Smithsonian’s wonderful zoo.  
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 8:00 AM
The Change-Makers and Social Justice
Ideas that can change the world—and lives—all share the same source: a motivated person who dares to ask, “Why not?" Tonight’s program features individuals who used their platforms to highlight issues as diverse as xenophobia, bigotry, sexism, and other social issues which then allows further discussions on these topics.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Taraji P. Henson: This Cookie Doesn’t Crumble
At the center of Fox’s wildly popular hip-hop drama, Empire, is the captivating Cookie Lyon. The force behind Cookie is D.C. native Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner. Henson talks about her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, about making a life and building career—and what really happens behind the scenes on Empire.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM