It seems like every museum in D.C. has hosted an after-hours event by this point, but the upcoming party for the National Archives' new "Spirited Republic" exhibit, to be held on Saturday, April 18, might just be the best yet.
Imagine Ian Svenonious of the Make Up spinning raw soul and punk right in front of the Declaration of Independence, and Derek Brown of the Columbia Room leading TED-style talks about the history of booze in America. Picture a "National Treasure"-themed scavenger hunt through the galleries, while comedians host a screening of the film with live commentary. And in honor of "Spirited Republic," which traces the history of alcohol in America, bartenders from 2 Birds 1 Stone, PX, the Partisan and Bourbon Steak (among others) will whip-up original cocktails as part of the all-night open bar.
Assembled by the Brightest Young Things team, the "Spirited Republic" after-hours event has plenty to intrigue the history nerds among us – late-night access to the museum's exhibits, a talk and book-signing with "Party Like a President" author Brian Abrams – as well as those who are more interested in cocktails, live music from Daniel Knox and Johnny Grave, and dance tunes dropped by DJ Adrian Loving.
Don't think it can be done? The BYT crew managed a similar balance during a late-night party at National Geographic last summer. Some people were excited for the first-person talks about the Mars Rover and canoeing in Botswana's Okavango Delta, others really wanted to hear Penguin Prison perform, and a good portion of attendees were happy to take advantage of both.
Saturday, April 18, from 8 p.m. to midnight. National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. www.spiritedrepublic.eventbrite.com. $50.