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Andrew Wodzianski's "The East Hampton Horror," part of his show "Super!" at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. (Andrew Wodzianski)
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Friday, October 1, 2010

MUSEUMS

Openings

"FROM THE ASHES: MANASSAS THEN AND NOW" An exhibit highlighting the visual changes in Manassas since the Civil War, opening Saturday at the Manassas Museum, 9101 Prince William St., Manassas. Open daily, except Monday, 10 to 5. 703-330-2787. http://www.manassasmuseum.org. $5; seniors and students, $4; children 6 and younger, free.

THE NUREMBERG LAWS The original documents will be on display for the first time as a free, public display, opening Wednesday at the National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. 202-357-5000. http://www.archives.gov. Free.

"DESIGNING TOMORROW: AMERICA'S WORLD'S FAIRS OF THE 1930s" A look at the legacy of the fairs in Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, San Francisco and New York during the Great Depression, opening Saturday at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Open Sunday 11 to 5, Monday-Saturday 10 to 5. 202-272-2448. http://www.nbm.org.

"WILD MUSIC: SOUNDS AND SONGS FOR LIFE" A look at the biological origin of music and how music affects humans and animals, indefinitely at the National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. Open daily 9 to 5. 202-857-7588. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/museum. Free.

"ONE LIFE: KATHARINE GRAHAM" The Washington Post publisher's life is portrayed through photographs, portraits, drawings and newspaper clippings, as well as her Pulitzer Prize and videos, indefinitely at the National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Open daily 11:30 to 7. 202-633-1000. http://www.npg.si.edu. Free.

Exhibitions

AFRICAN ART MUSEUM "Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art," through Nov. 28. Explore the coiled basket's African origins through more than 200 objects from Africa and the United States. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4600. http://africa.si.edu. Free.

AIR AND SPACE/DOWNTOWN Open indefinitely: "Beyond the Limits: Flight Enters the Computer Age." "America by Air." "Apollo to the Moon." "Milestones of Flight." "Sea-Air Operations." "Space Race." Open daily 10 to 5:30. Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. http://www.nasm.si.edu.

AIR AND SPACE/DULLES Open indefinitely: "Business Aviation." "Commercial Aviation." "Human Spaceflight." "Rockets and Missiles." "Vertical Flight." "World War II Aviation." Open daily 10 to 5:30. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-633-1000. http://www.nasm.si.edu/UdvarHazy. Free.

ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM "Style and Identity: Black Alexandria in the 1970s, Portraits by Horace Day." A look at Alexandria through portraits. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 to 4. 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. http://www.alexblackhistory.org. $2.

AMERICAN HISTORY Open indefinitely: "Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life." More than 60 historical treasures associated with Lincoln's life. "First Ladies at the Smithsonian." A look at the country's influential first ladies. "Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn." Pop-up books from 1570 to today show their evolution from education on things such as the workings of the human heart to children's books. Open daily 10 to 5:30. 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. http://www.americanhistory.si.edu. Free.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY "Norse Soul: The Legacy of Edvard Munch, Social Democracy, Old Myths, Anarchy, and Death Longings," through Oct. 17. Norwegian contemporary art from the 1930s through today by Arne Ekeland, Marianne Heske, Bjarne Melgaard and Marthe Thorshaug. "BG Muhn: Love Affair of the Empress," through Oct. 17. An installation work including a series of portraits of mythical Chinese empresses that shows the dark side of human nature. "Luciano Penay: Time, News, Paintings and Natural Forms," through Oct. 17. Large-scale collages by the American University professor emeritus. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 to 4. Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. http://www.american.edu/katzen. Free.


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