The Garden Life
Check out these sites with great tips, tools, and tours for gardeners.
Explore the Smithsonian’s 13 outdoor HABITAT exhibits in real life. They include nests, trees, monarchs, native landscapes.
Learn from Smithsonian Gardens how to create Monarch waystations in your garden. Take a tour behind the scenes at the Smithsonian greenhouses.
Live Comedy Online - Laughter Is Still the Best Medicine
Click the link(s) to find out more about the brave new world of live comedy online. For a small fee, the full comedy club experience can be available in the comfort of your own home – live and recorded.
For a local example, check out DC Improv's virtual show listings.
Check Out Upcoming Culinary Arts Programs
Igor Stravinsky, 1920, by Pablo Picasso (Bibliothèque nationale de France)
Igor Stravinsky: The Masterworks
6-Session Daytime Course
Through November 17 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein surveys Stravinsky’s major accomplishments, from his early ground-breaking music for the Ballets Russes, through the neoclassical masterworks that culminated with The Rake’s Progress, to the far-reaching modernism of his later years.
Thomas Cromwell, portrait by Hans Holbein (Frick Collection, New York)
Thomas Cromwell: Villain or Victim?
Monday, October 26 - 6:45 p.m. ET
What kind of nature drove Thomas Cromwell, chief courtier of Henry VIII and architect of the English Protestant Reformation, to carry out his political agenda in the face of enemies of all stripes? Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the real story behind the intrigues of a court where religion, politics, bureaucracy, and sex were entangled in a dangerous mix that led Cromwell to follow his adversary Sir Thomas More to the scaffold.
Ray Charles (William Claxton Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)
The Great Ones: Black Artists of Song from the Kennedy Center Honors
Tuesday, October 27 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson: Their talents and singular gifts reshaped the music, entertainment, and songs of our times. Join Sara Lukinson, filmmaker and writer for the Kennedy Center Honors for 38 years, to examine their lives and view clips of their performances.
The List: Films and TV About Race To Watch Right Now
Thursday, November 12 - 6:45 p.m. ET
Film studios and media platforms have recently seen an increased interest in black-centered television shows and movies. NPR television critic and author Eric Deggans sheds light on some of the most important series and films that focus on issues of race and culture to watch right now.
John Eaton at the piano
John Eaton Celebrates His Favorite Songwriters
4-Session Daytime Course
Tuesday, November 24 to December 15 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
The pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire pays tribute to the composers whose work defines the Great American Songbook including Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, and George Gershwin.
Relax Your Body & Mind
Enjoy an art-inspired Meditation and Mindfulness session through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.
Tune in daily at 7pm
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Streaming for free, Aspen Ideas is available to anyone, anywhere.
The Aspen Ideas Festival has released programming daily featuring a robust lineup of speakers — streaming for free. Leaders and thinkers will share fresh thinking across a spectrum of topics, reflecting the moment and offering ideas about future possibilities.
Our experts and leaders will address topics spanning arts, science, the economy, diplomacy, democracy, and certainly the present juncture our society is in. Join us!
See All 50 States From the Air
Tuesday & Thursday
Take off on a thrilling flight across America and experience rare glimpses of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights.
The Smithsonian Channel is currently making all 68 full-length episodes of “Aerial America” available for free and with no login requirement.
Click here to visit the Smithsonian channel to see free episodes of all 50 states from the air.
Creating Art - Virtual Art Classes
Click the links below to register to attend virtual art class, and the best art classes of the year.
The best online art classes of 2020.
Have you tuned-in to one of our Couch Concerts yet? Join us for a LIVE streaming performance, direct from artists' living rooms to yours!
Join Us on the Couch
World-renowned vocalists engage with young and emerging artists, in a series featuring performances, coaching, discussion, and live audience Q&A.
Grab a pillow and get comfortable! We’re bringing exciting livestream performances straight to you. We’ve lined up talented artists—from our backyard in D.C. to around the country and across Broadway, comedy, opera, dance, and more—to perform their work.
Click here to view "13 Virtual Train Rides From Around the World That You Can Experience Right Now".