“Mayor Muriel Bowser announces events, road closures and security measures related to the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
In honor of the museum opening, Mayor Bowser will attend the dedication ceremony and grand opening on Saturday, September 24. In addition to several events that will be hosted throughout the District to commemorate the opening, the museum will also host Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration, a three-day free festival taking place on the Washington Monument grounds. The event will include musical performances, spoken word, oral-history activities, storytelling and interactive workshops. The festival will also include concert performances on Saturday from Living Colour, Public Enemy and The Roots. On Sunday, Experience Unlimited, Meshell Ndegeocello and Angelique Kidjo will deliver concert performances. A full schedule will be available on the museum’s website (www.nmaahc.si.edu). (more…)
Credit: Image by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
From the National Air and Space Museum:
“National Air and Space Museum Invites Fans to “Boldly Go 50”
The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is Sept. 8, and the National Air and Space Museum is inviting fans to celebrate with “Boldly Go 50”—three nights of special programs sponsored by the Roddenberry Foundation. The events will explore the history of the science-fiction franchise and its role in inspiring generations of real scientists, innovators and explorers. “Boldly Go 50” will spotlight the show’s message of going where no one has gone before in a space featuring artifacts of exploration achievements from the “Spirit of St. Louis” to SpaceShipOne, and now including the 11-foot studio model of the starship Enterprise used in all 79 episodes of the original series.
Thursday, Sept. 8
Museum visitors can celebrate the moment of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary Sept. 8 with special screenings of the first episode aired, “The Man Trap,” timed to the show’s 1966 timeslot. The program will begin at 8 p.m., with screenings held concurrently at both of the museum’s locations: on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. The screenings will be introduced live in Washington and by simulcast to Chantilly by Margaret Weitekamp, the museum’s curator of social and cultural dimensions of spaceflight, Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and Bjo and John Trimble, two of Star Trek’s founding fans. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A. Free tickets are required at both locations.
Friday, Sept. 9
The museum’s location on the National Mall in Washington will host an evening of anniversary activities, including films, tours, special guests, presentations, photo-ops with the original Enterprise studio model and more. The Smithsonian Channel’s new documentary Building Star Trek will begin at 8 p.m. in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, followed by the new film from Adam Nimoy, For the Love of Spock. Free tickets are required for both films; no tickets are required for museum entry or other activities. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10
The popular Museum Moonshine series continues Sept. 10 at the museum’s Washington location with a Star Trek-centric 21-and-over program from the museum and Smithsonian Gardens, exploring the recent conservation of the Enterprise model and the work of the North American Orchid Conservation Center. Activities include selfie stations with a botanic oasis inspired by Star Trek’s set designs, sky gazing with staff from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, displays from Smithsonian Garden’s orchid collection (including a take-home mini-test-tube orchid), Star Trek-inspired treats and talks with special guests and museum experts. A selection of light refreshments and alcoholic beverage samples are included with each ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $35. Tickets for National Air and Space Society members cost $30. (more…)
“Our fifth annual Oktoberfest returns on Saturday, September 17 from 1-4 pm. Local beers on tap courtesy of all NINE DC Brewers Guild members, German food, live music and tours of the historic home of DC brewmaster Christian Heurich included. Celebrate the Heurich’s German heritage with an afternoon at Oktoberfest! (more…)
Corpse Flower, Aug. 2nd courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden
From a media alert:
“The bloom of the corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) has begun opening at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), in an unusual day blooming event. The plant will release its odorous scent over the next 6-8 hours, and the bloom typically stays open anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. The USBG will be open from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. tonight for visitors to experience the sight and and smell of this unique plant. The Garden will be open 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. tomorrow, as well. The U.S. Botanic Garden is open every day of the year, free of charge. [100 Maryland Ave, SW]
The U.S. Botanic Garden last displayed a corpse flower bloom in 2013. More than 130,000 people came to see the plant in person, and more than 650,000 viewers accessed the live webstream.”
“The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum), also called “the stinky plant,” is about to bloom at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) Conservatory. The plant went on display Friday, July 22. The Garden currently estimates peak bloom might happen between July 28-31. Once fully open, it usually remains in bloom for 24 to 48 hours and then quickly collapses. You can track the bloom’s progress via live video at http://www.USBG.gov/CorpseFlower.
The plant is famous for its large size, pungent odor, and unpredictable bloom schedule. The bloom is the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world – reaching up to 12 feet tall in the wild. An inflorescence is a cluster of multiple flowers that in the case of Amorphophallus species looks like a single flower. The corpse flower has hundreds of flowers located at the base of the spadix (the large vertical center) inside the famous purple-maroon spathe (the part that looks similar to “petals”). (more…)
Where: National Museum of Health and Medicine
2500 Linden Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Before World War II, experts dismissed sharks as a serious threat to service members. Then in 1942, the U.S. Navy received reports about horrific attacks on castaways adrift from sunken ships and downed airplanes. Many of these reports proved to be true. Soon after the war, diving pioneers sought out sharks, expecting the worst because of the shark attack stories. Instead, they found an animal less to be feared than understood. Join Robert Cantrell, filmmaker and shark researcher for a presentation on the history of shark attacks and how the “fear of sharks” impacted the Navy’s policy in World War II as well as present-day knowledge of sharks.
FREE! Open to the public. No RSVP required.”
“Visit ICEBERGS in the Museum’s Great Hall. Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the installation opens as part of the annual Summer Block Party series, July 2 – September 5.
Explore a fantastical glacial sea designed by landscape architects
Ascend to a viewing area inside the tallest berg
Traverse an undersea bridge or slide down an ice chute
Sample Japanese kakigori shaved ice provided by the restaurant Daikaya
Learn about how design can transform spaces and lives
ICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. The 20′ high “water line” allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56′, reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum. ICEBERGS occupies a total area of 12,540 square feet. (more…)
“This summer, National Geographic will bring an extraordinary cultural experience to Washington, D.C. THE GREEKS: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great is an exceptional journey through 5,000 years of Greek history and culture. This exhibition features more than 500 priceless treasures—many of which have never been on display outside of Greece. Washington, D.C. is the only east coast museum to host the exhibit. We expect to draw visitors from New York to Richmond for this exhibition, as it is the largest and most comprehensive survey of Greek culture in a generation.
Featuring collections from 22 national museums in Greece, THE GREEKS tells the unique story of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations. Visitors will encounter the early origins of Greek writing and art from the Cycladic and Minoan cultures of the Aegean, meet the Mycenaean rulers and priestesses, the warriors of Sparta, the heroes, athletes and philosophers of Classical Greece and Alexander, the king that would spread Greek culture throughout the world—giving rise to civilization as we know it. The exhibition explores pivotal moments that led to the birth of Western democracy, modern art, science, medicine, theater and sports.
In addition to this blockbuster exhibit, join National Geographic this summer as we host events celebrating all things Greek—talks, tastings, tours and toga parties, this event lineup is not-to-be-missed!
National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street NW
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
June 1 – October 10
The museum will close early at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2.”
“On my walk this morning, I noted that work has started on the National Law Enforcement Museum located on E Street NW between 4th and 5th. This is directly across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”
“Smithsonian Debuts “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab” May 28 & May 29
“Pop-up” Market is First Public Program in the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will debut “CrossLines”: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality” at the historic Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and May 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Featuring the works of more than 40 artists, scholars and performers, “CrossLines” will host an array of art installations, live performances and interactive maker spaces. Go to http://smithsonianapa.org/crosslines/.
This two-day event over the Memorial Day weekend marks the first time the Arts and Industries building has been open to the public since 2004. The building will host occasional pop-up exhibits and special programs for the public throughout the year. Beginning June 29, Arts and Industries will serve as the marketplace for the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
“CrossLines” will engage the public in a powerful experience that will illustrate the rich diversity of the Asian Pacific American story,” Jeanny Kim, acting director of the Asian Pacific American Center said. “This special ‘culture lab’ will show how these stories are threaded throughout the fabric of American life and how they intersect numerous categories of identity.”
Visitors to “CrossLines” will stroll through interconnected stalls showcasing visual and performance art, and can engage with both the art and the artists at a collective stage. Among the featured artists and performers are: (more…)