Editors' pick

S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution

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9/16

The Battle of Cedar Creek: Crossroads in the Fight for the Shenandoah Valley

Former National Portrait Gallery writer Warren Perry lectures about the campaign and related items in the Smithsonian's collection.
9/17

Dressing D.C. for the Small Screen

Costume designers Jenny Gering of the FX's "The Americans" and Tom Broecker of the Netflix series "House of Cards" discuss fashion, Washington and how the two intersect on the two series.
10/2

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Author Karen Abbott discusses the subjects of her book.
10/9

Giacomo Puccini: The Man Who Loved Women

Members of the Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program perform excerpts from Puccini's "La Boheme."
10/11

USS Monitor: Symbol, Landmark, and Sanctuary

The all-day seminar highlights the construction of the war ship, its major battle near Hampton Roads and its conservation at the Mariners' Museum.
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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)