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S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian
9/15

Tomato-Preserving Demo

Cathy Barrow, author of "Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry," demonstrates how to put up crushed tomatoes and tomato puree.
9/17

Sake Class

Timothy Sullivan talks about Japanese sake; tasting to follow the event.
9/29

Culinary History Talk

Libby H. O'Connell, author of "The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites" talks about the origins of various foods. Book signing to follow.
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Editorial Review

Named for the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian, this copper-topped round building seems small from the outside. But descend a spiral staircase and you'll find a gallery, performance space and offices.

Discovery Theater, an educational children's theater company, performs on the third floor. Performances run Tuesdays through Friday mornings, September through July. See http://discoverytheater.si.edu for more information.

Performances and lectures organized by the Smithsonian Associates Program often take place in the building as well. The International Gallery offers changing exhibits.

Administrative offices for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the International Center and the Smithsonian Associates are also housed here.

(Updated July 11, 2007)