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101.

Exhibit | 10/6 - 12/8

Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran

The collection highlights metalwork from the first millennium B.C. to the early Islamic period. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
102.

Exhibit | Through 3/22/15

Nasta'liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

The focus of this exhibition is on a calligraphic script that was developed in the 14th century in Iran. More than 20 works from 1400 to 1600 that highlight this script will be on display. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Movie Theater

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William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives

700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 866-272-6272

The theater is the home screen for the film collection of the National Archives, the world's largest holding of non-commercial film and sound recordings.

 
104.

Miscellaneous Event | 9/30

First Ladies' Fashion Program

Tim Gunn of "Project Runway" moderates a discussion on the style of America's first ladies. At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
105.

Book Event | 10/30

Richard Brookhiser

A senior editor at the National Review, will discuss his book "Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
106.

Book Event | 10/23

Harold Holzer

An authority on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War will discuss his book "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
107.

Book Event | 10/8

Courtroom Drama: Covering the Supreme Court

A panel from the Supreme Court press corps will discuss what it is like to cover the news about the highest court in the land.Panelists include Garrett Epps, author of "American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution," Marcia Coyle, author of "The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution" and Jess Bravin, author of "The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
108.

Book Event | 10/23

Michael Blanding

A Boston-based investigative journalist, will discuss his book "The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
109.

Book Event | 10/3

Frederic J. Frommer

An Associated Press reporter, will discuss his book "You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions," in conversation with former Washington Senators and Redskins announcer Phil Hochberg. At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
110.

Museum

National Garden

100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-225-8333
 
111.

Theater

Discovery Theater

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-8700
 
112.

Miscellaneous Location

Smithsonian Associates

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-357-3030
 
113.  

Restaurant | $$$$

The Capital Grille

(3 locations)
 
114.

Museum

James A. Garfield Memorial

First Street and Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-225-6827
 
115.

Hotel

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

480 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC | 202-484-1000
 
116.

Miscellaneous Location

L'Enfant Plaza

L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC | 202-727-1000
 
117.

Miscellaneous Location

Ninth Street NW and Consitution Avenue

Ninth Street NW and Consitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-426-6841
 
118.

Miscellaneous Location

L'Enfant Plaza Station Post Office

458 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC | 800-275-8777
 
119.  

Restaurant | $$$$

Fiola

601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW , Washington, DC | 202-628-2888
 
120.  

Museum

S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
121.

Miscellaneous Event | 10/2

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

Author Karen Abbott discusses the subjects of her book. S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC

 
122.

Miscellaneous Event | 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. S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
123.

Miscellaneous Event | 10/2

Uncorked Cabaret Presents Reds and Rose: Women and Wine, Both Decanted

S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC

 
124.

Music Event | 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." S. Dillon Ripley Center - Smithsonian Institution 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
125.

Miscellaneous Location

Market Square

Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets, Washington, DC | 202-727-1000
 
126.

Miscellaneous Event | Through 8/17

19th Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival

A selection of modern films and comedies from Hong Kong. Highlights include "Mr. Vampire," a film that helped establish the Cantonese zombie genre, and "Aberdeen," a portrait of a Hong Kong family. Films are Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
127.  

Museum

Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution

Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
128.

Exhibit | 12/20 - 12/31/15

Chinese Ceramics: 13th-14th Century

An exhibition featuring 12 Chinese ceramics from the museum's collection highlights ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
129.

Exhibit | 12/13 - 6/14/15

Zen, Tea, and Chinese art in Medieval Japan

Features Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware and ceramics that shed light on the Chinese arts and ideas that were brought to medieval Japan between the late 12th and 16th centuries. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
130.

Exhibit | 10/18 - 11/2/15

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer and Venice

An exhibition that tells the story of how Charles Lang Freer acquired the Second Venice Set, 26 atmosphere etchings by James McNeil Whistler. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
131.

Performing Arts | 10/4

Dance and Music from West Java: Indonesian College of the Arts

Dancers and musicians from West Java perform traditional and contemporary songs and dances representing the island's Sudanese culture. At the Meyer Auditorium. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
132.

Music Event | 12/6

The Tarek Yamani Trio

Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC

 
133.

Music Event | 12/6

A Jazz Take on Arab Songs: The Tarek Yamani Trio:

Held in conjunction with the Sackler's "Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips" exhibition, this concert features pianist Tarek Yamani's jazz arrangements of mid-20th century works by Middle Eastern composers. At the Meyer Auditorium. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
134.  

Exhibit | 11/22 - 5/31/15

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

Highlighting the tradition of landscape painting in Chinese culture, this exhibition features early works from the museum's collection. Key styles emerged during the Yuan dynasty. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
135.

Music Event | 10/25

Bamboo Brilliance: A Mujuan Shakuhachi Celebration

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Tokyo school founded by his father, Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) player Kurahashi Yodo II leads an ensemble in a performance. At the Meyer Auditorium. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
136.

Music Event | 10/16

Musicians from Marlboro I

Flutist Marina Piccinini, Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian join artists from the Marlboro Music Festival in this concert featuring the music of Kurtag, Debussy and Beethoven. At the Meyer Auditorium. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
137.

Music Event | 10/23

Festival Pablo Casals Prades Collective

Artists from the Pablo Casals Festival perform Asian and French music during this stop of their first American tour. At the Meyer Auditorium. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
138.

Music Event | 12/5

The Traveler's Ear -- Scenes from Music

In conjunction with the Sackler's "The Traveler's Ear: Scenes from Music" exhibition, French pianist David Kadouch plays works by Bach, Liszt, Bartok and Schumann that were inspired by travel. At the Meyer Auditorium. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
139.

Music Event | 11/22

Music From China Ensemble: 30th Anniversary Concert

The New York-based ensemble celebrates its anniversary by performing newly commissioned works for Western and Chinese instruments including the cello, erhu (fiddle) and zheng (zither). At the Meyer Auditorium. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
140.

Exhibit | Through 10/26

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy

Features landscape paintings from the Song dynasty period, 907-1279, and later works that show an evolution of six different styles. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
141.

Exhibit | Through 12/12

The Nile and Ancient Egypt

High quality artifacts from the collections of Freer Gallery are showcased to illuminate the role and importance of water animals for ancient Egyptian religion and afterlife. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
142.

Exhibit | Through 12/12

Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture

A collection of stone and gilt bronze Buddhist sculptures highlight two flourishing ages, the late Six Dynasties and the High Tang (6th to 8th century). The exhibition's dramatic focus is the monumental Cosmological Buddha: a life-size stone sculpture covered in intricate representations of the earthly realms. It is the only one of its kind in the world. Freer Gallery of Art - Smithsonian Institution Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
143.  

Museum

U.S. Botanic Garden

100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-225-8333
 
144.

Music Event | 10/24

Patty Reese

U.S. Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC

 
145.

Music Event | 10/31

Justin Trawick

U.S. Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC

 
146.

Miscellaneous Event | Through 10/13

This Land Is Your Land

Photography by members of the Garden Club of America features plants of the United States from mountains and prairies to farmlands and arid lands. U.S. Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-225-8333

 
147.

Exhibit | Through 10/13

Amber Waves of Grain

An exhibition about wheat, the work of biologist Norman Borlaug and ongoing research into curing wheat disease. U.S. Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-225-8333

 
148.

Museum

The Gen. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

At the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC | 202-225-6827
 
149.

Museum

U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-2300, 800-821-8892
 
150.

Performing Arts | 10/1 - 11/30

Swing Time -- the Musical!

Set during World War II, it follows a band's radio broadcast fundraiser. At the Burke Theater. U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
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