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Check Out Just-Announced VIRTUAL Programs from the Smithsonian!
Kal Penn: You Can't Be Serious
Wednesday, November 3 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Actor, writer, and producer Kal Penn
took a sabbatical from his entertainment career to serve as
an associate director in the White House Office of Public
Engagement under President Obama—a very unexpected detour
for the star of the Harold
and Kumar movies and TV’s “House”. Join him as
he draws from his new memoir You Can’t Be Serious to
talk about his journey from Hollywood to Washington and
back again, as well as why your life can have more stories
and more choices than you thought.
Truffle Hound: Following the World's
Most Seductive Scent
Tuesday, November 9 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The elusive, complex, and baffling scent of
the truffle sent James Beard-award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen
down a rabbit hole. He emerged into a mysterious secretive
world of black-market deals, obsessive chefs, and some very
determined dogs. Hear Jacobsen’s colorful account of this
world, and the memorable truffle hunters he met along the
Jodi Picoult draws inspiration from real-life events once
again in her new novel, Wish
You Were Here. Set in March 2020, it tells the
story of what happens when best-laid plans go awry when the
world turns upside down. Join Picoult as she discusses the
timely book and her research and writing process.
This program is being held in-person and as a
streaming program on Zoom.
Landscape" (detail) by Wassily Kandinsky, 1909 (The State
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Winter's Colors: A Reflective Writing
Tuesday, December 7 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Discover the power of reflective writing
guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery
of Art’s Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface.
Experience new ways to contemplate the gifts of winter
inspired by the vibrant Winter
Landscape by Wassily Kandinsky, an artist who
embraced the transcendent power of color.
Hear from representatives of the National
Audubon Society and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo about
new and upcoming projects that offer insights into the
world of trees and the birds that inhabit them. Get an
overview of the latest Audubon field guides to North
American birds and trees, preview the transformation of the
zoo’s Bird House, and learn how you can help birds by
creating and encouraging bird-friendly spaces in your own
(right) as Maria sings “I Feel Pretty” in "West Side
Story's" original 1957 Broadway production (Fred Fehl/New
West Side Story from Stage to Film: A
Revolutionary Musical That Became an Icon
Wednesday, December 8 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
It was a startling, unheard-of idea: to remake
Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy into a musical set in the
streets of New York City. Filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson
looks at West
Side Story’s creators who risked everything,
broke all rules, reshaped the American theater, and gave us
a contemporary masterpiece, as well as how new
interpretations are re-making the show for our times.
sectioned", a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo's Fascination with Fossils
Friday, December 17 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
As a young man, Leonardo da Vinci wrote about
finding the skeleton of a great “fish” while roaming in the
hills of Tuscany. What followed was decades of interest in
fossils and informed speculation about the planet’s
history. Biologist Kay
Etheridge examines how this fascination
with fossils is reflected in his artworks.
Historian Allen Pietrobon
takes us back to the Eisenhower era, a time before the
“celebrity president.” He reveals how Sen. John F.
Kennedy’s domination of the medium during the
first-ever televised debate was key in his winning the
presidency. Pietrobon also uses the 1960 presidential
election as a lens to explore American politics and
culture in this pivotal era in history.
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