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October 2017

Roger D. Stone - Book Event
The Lives of Dillon Ripley: Natural Scientist, Wartime Spy, and Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, October 26th
6:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church 
3240 O Street, NW (entrance on Potomac St)

With its nineteen museums and galleries, nine research facilities, and the National Zoo, The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Much of it is the work of S. Dillon Ripley (1913-2001), who headed the institution from 1964 to 1985, overseeing the addition of eight new museums, seven research centers, and launching Smithsonian magazine. As Stone reports in this comprehensive biography, Ripley was more than a curator and a world-famous ornithologist. Posted to Ceylon in the mid-1940s, he served as an OSS spy. Stone, a former Time correspondent and bureau chief, served with Ripley on the board of the World Wildlife Fund; he adds his personal recollections to hours of interviews with Ripley and draws on both the Smithsonian archives and Ripley family documents. 

 For a preview of the book, see Mr. Stone's presentation at Politics and Prose.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.  Please call the Georgetown Village:  202-999-8988.

November 2017

The Price
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00 AM at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St SW

Everything has a price — even our dreams. Victor Franz has returned home to settle his late father’s estate. In an attic overflowing with memories and furniture he meets the enigmatic Gregory Solomon (Hal Linden), a professional appraiser committed to turning a profit off Victor’s past. But before a bargain can be struck, an estranged brother enters the scene to reframe Victor’s memories and force them both to reconsider the true cost of personal sacrifices.

Tickets are limited, please call the Georgetown Village office at 202-999-8988 to reserve your seat.

Docent-led tour of the newly renovated and re-opened Freer/Sackler Museum
November 3, 2:15 PM

The tour, “Art Across Cultures” will include highlights from several new exhibits – Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia, Feast Your Eyes:  A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran, Resound: Ancient Bells of China, and Subodh Gupta:  Terminal (art installation).  

Docent-led tour of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Smithsonian Museum National Air and Space Museum’s sister site in Chantilly, VA 
November 17, 1 PM

Hundreds of historically significant air- and spacecraft, along with thousands of small artifacts, are on display in an open, hangar-like setting.  Other features of the Center include the Donald D Engen Observation tower, the Airbus IMAX theatre (we may try to see an IMAX movie as well, if there’s time and interest) and the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hanger.  Highlights of the Udvar-Hazy Center include the Space Shuttle Discovery, B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, Concorde, Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird and Boeing Stratoliner.  WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES AS THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WALKING

December 2017

Nina Simone: Four Women

December 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM at Arena Stage, 1101 6th St SW

Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls that were lost in this unimaginable tragedy came “Four Women” — along with Simone’s other activist anthems like “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true 
voice — and how the “High Priestess of Soul” helped define the sound of the Civil Rights Movement.

Tickets are limited, please call the Georgetown Village office at 202-999-8988 to reserve your seat.

Docent-led tour of the “Renoir and Friends” exhibit at The Phillips Collection. 
December 15, 10:30 AM.  

This exhibition tells the story behind Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”.  Focused on the people who inspired that famous lunch scene, the 40 watercolors, pastels, paintings, drawings, and photographs reveal Renoir’s inner circle of friends and the context behind his masterpiece.  You’ll also be able to see what the museum has learned about the painting through such technology as X-radiographic and infrared images.  

Visit to The National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall 
December 21, 11 AM 

A slide introduction to Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Paintings (45 minutes) followed by a film, “Vermeer, Beyond Time” in the East Building auditorium (86 minutes).  After the slide show and the film we will tour the exhibit, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting”.  The highlight of the National Gallery of Art’s fall season is an exhibition curated by its longtime curator of Dutch art, Arthur Wheelock, who has gathered 10 paintings by Vermeer (many not seen in this country in many years) as part of a show that puts the artist in the context of other genre painters from the Dutch Golden Age.  Some 65 works will be on view, including paintings by Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen.