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Editorial Review

By - Michael O'Sullivan
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the National Portrait Gallery will help get Black History Month underway with a day-long program of family activities, including live music, dance, puppetry and hands-on art activities. It all takes place in the museum's beautiful Kogod Courtyard.

While there, be sure to visit "The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders," an exhibit of portraits of such well-known African Americans as Chris Rock, Toni Morrison, Colin Powell and Serena Williams. Curator Ann Shumard will lead a tour of the show at 1 p.m., originating in the F Street lobby. Stick around, because at 3:30 p.m. there will be a screening of "Good Hair," a hilarious 2009 documentary about the semiotics of black hair produced, written and narrated by Rock. (Note: It's rated PG-13, so it's slightly less family-friendly than the rest of the day's events.)

"The Black List" runs through April 22 at Eighth and F streets NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). 202-633-8300 (TDD: 202-633-5285). www.npg.si.edu. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.