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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Tue

SCREENING: The War is Over, 7-10pm at La Maison Française @ the Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Rd NW). As part of the “Filming Spain’s Exile in Our Hearts” film series, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is proud to present a screening of the film The War is Over (La Guerre est finie). FREE

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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18

Wed

UrbanPlan Social, 6:30-8:30pm at TBDAttendance is free and includes hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine, thanks to our generous reception sponsor, Dewberry and Trammell Crow Company. This reception is open to trained volunteers, students, educators, and those interested in learning more about UrbanPlan. FREE

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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19

Thu

Euforia (Euphoria) by Valeria Golino, 6-8pm at Italian Cultural Institute @ Embassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven St, NW ). Premiered as part of the “Un Certain Regard” category at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Euforia is the second directing effort by Italian acclaimed actress Valeria Golino. Matteo (Riccardo Scamarcio) is a successful young entrepreneur, audacious, charming and energetic. His brother Ettore (Valerio Mastandrea) still lives in the small provincial town where they grew up and teaches in a middle school. He is a cautious, honest man who has always held back a little, sticking to the shadows, for fear of making a mistake. Seen from outside their lives seem to be very different. But life forces them back together and a difficult situation results in them getting to know and discover each other, in a vortex of fragility and euphoria. FREE

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19

Thu

NAT GEO NIGHTS: TALES FROM THE ARCTIC, 5:30-8:30pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). Explore the extreme and rapidly shifting environment of the Arctic with photographer Katie Orlinsky, journalist Jennifer Kingsley, and wildlife ecologist and photographer Jeff Kerby—National Geographic Explorers who are working on the front lines of climate change in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses. $20

Saturday, September 21, 2019

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21

Sat

ZOOFIESTA, 11am-3pm at Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW ). Visitors can kick off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at “ZooFiesta: Un día de diversión animal para toda la familia,” a free event Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America. FREE

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21

Sat

Masquerade Ball At The Embassy of France, 8:30pm-midnight at Embassy of France in the United State (4101 Reservoir Road Northwest). On January 28,1393; Charles VI of France put together the first masquerade ball in the world. Since then the Masquerade Ball began as part of Europe’s carnival season. Less high society and more cirque du cĂ©lĂ©bration, villagers would gather in masks and costumes to take part in elaborate pageants and glamorous processions. Quickly spreading across France like wildfire, some of the most notorious balls of the day would be held to celebrate Royal Entries: the grand occasion of welcoming kings and queens into their cities. FREE

SEP

21

Sat

4th Annual First Amendment Voice National Symposium, 9am-5pm at National Union Building (918 F Street Northwest). Join us in our Nation's Capital, Washington, DC for our Fourth Annual National Symposium at the National Union Building on September 21st. While you are at it, register for our VIP Reception as we host a private reception on Capitol Hill and an evening tour on Friday evening, September 20th. Our theme this year is: Polarization & the Public Square. We will convene to re-affirm the power of the First Amendment: It's promises and protections for all citizens and address the impact polarization has in our public square. $30+

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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26

Thu

Latvian Film Club: To Be Continued, 6-8pm at Embassy of Latvia to the USA (2306 Massachusetts Ave NW). Embassy of Latvia, in partnership with the National Film Center of Latvia, presents the Latvian Film Club - film series from June 2019 to May 2020. Most active movie goers will receive prizes in May 2020. Registration required via Eventbrite (free tickets). FREE

Saturday, September 28, 2019

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28

Sat

FASHION SHOW: Beyond The Little Black Dress, 4th edition, 7-10pm at The Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Road NW). To celebrate our 70th Anniversary, raise awareness of our nonprofit, Alliance Française of Washington D.C. (AFDC), and raise necessary funds to support and strengthen our cultural programs by bringing high-quality events and artists from France & the francophone world to D.C. we are hosting our Biennial Fashion Show “Beyond the Little Black Dress” on Saturday, September 28th at the French Embassy. $55+

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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29

Sun

31st International Couture Collections presented by DC Fashion Week, 5-8pm at Embassy of France, La Maison Française (4101 Reservoir Road, NW). DC Fashion Week hosts the 31st International Couture Collections Show. Designers from around the world present their Spring/Summer 2020 couture collections at the Embassy of France. $70+

October 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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2

Wed

Theatre: Audience, 7-9pm at Georgetown University (3700 O Street Northwest). In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Davis Performing Arts Center joins the Czech Embassy in hosting Kaơpar Theater Company's performance of Václav Havel's Audience, featuring director and actor Jakub Ơpalek, and Jan Potměơil, who was a student activist in Prague in 1989. Following the play, the visiting artists join Georgetown students who visited the Prague Quadrennial and studied with Ơvanda Theater for a free ranging talk about Prague then and now, as well as collaboration and activism. FREE

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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3

Thu

Challenges Facing American Foreign Policy: Do We Have One, Many, or None?, 3-4pm at The School of International Service--Abramson Founders Room (4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, (Intersection of Nebraska Avenue NW and New Mexico Avenue NW)). Join us for a dialogue between Ambassador Akbar Ahmed and Ambassador Ronald Neumann as they discuss the challenges that American foreign policy faces today. The former diplomats will consider America’s priorities in Afghanistan, America’s policy toward Russia, and the turbulent trade relationship between the US and China. The ambassadors will accept questions from the audience following their discussion. FREE

Friday, October 4, 2019

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4

Fri

Drive-In at Union Market: The Wiz, 8-11pm at Union Market (1309 5TH STREET NE). The Drive-In at Union Market is back for a seventh season from May through October! Watch great films under the stars on the first Friday of every month. Delicious foods from market vendors, and fun pre-show activities for movie-lovers of every age! All films are shown with Closed Caption. FREE, $15 Parking

Saturday, October 5, 2019

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5

Sat

Soulful Symphony: Slang, 6pm at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD (10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy). A mosaic of American composers in large form orchestral works from our musical soil takes center stage in this show. Slang, is an exploration of modern interpretations of classical music by groundbreaking and visionary composers. The program will include the world premiere of Slang!, a new work by Darin Atwater, excerpts from Atwater’s South Side, Symphonic Dances, along with iconic works by George Gershwin, Andre Previn, ending the evening with a soulful interpretation of The American Songbook. $25+

OCT

5

Sat

Black Tie Venetian Ball at the Embassy of Italy, 8:30-midnight at Embassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven Street Northwest). Tonight, travel thousands of miles away and hundreds of years in the past without ever leaving Washington, DC. In a rare opportunity, step on to Italian soil for a very special and elegant evening at the Embassy of Italy. As you enter this incredible and beautiful Embassy, be transported to perhaps one of the most admired countries in Europe. Experience an Italian evening filled with Italian food, open bar, dancing, opera, film, and more! $93

OCT

5

Sat

Workshop: Exploring Issues of Oppression through Music, Art, and Literature, 11am-2:30pm at Embassy of the Czech Republic (3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest). Creator and director of The JĂŒdische Kulturbund Project Gail Prensky and Associate Producer Mark Haney will lead the workshop Exploring Issues of Oppression through Music, Art, and Literature at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on October 5, 2019, from 11 am-2:30 pm. This day marks the anniversary of the birth of former Czech President VĂĄclav Havel, who through his leadership, helped to peacefully overthrow the communist regime. As part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2019, the workshop stresses the use of art as a tool for dealing with oppression. This year’s festival banner personality Marta KubiĆĄovĂĄ used her voice, her signature ballad A Prayer for Martha, to unite the people during the Velvet Revolution, restoring freedom and democracy to the nation. FREE

OCT

5

Sat

Indonesian Popular Music: Keroncong, 7:30-9:30pm at Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art (Independence Avenue at 12th St, SW). Indonesian music stars Endah Laras (vocals) and Danis Sugiyanto (violin) join the American keroncong ensemble Rumput for an evening of traditional Indonesian string band music that traces its roots to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century. Keroncong’s mellow, jaunty tunes feature vocals, violin, flute, guitar, cello, string bass, and the ukulele-like instruments called cak and cuk. The Rumput band toured Indonesia in 2017 and 2018. $6

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Tue

SCREENING: Paris Frills by Jacques Becker, 7-10pm at La Maison Française @ the Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Rd NW). As part of the film series So French, So Fashion! the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents a screening of the film Paris Frills. The British Film Institute hails Paris Frills (originally titled Falbalas) as “one of the finest films about fashion,” thanks to director Jacques Becker’s seductively energetic perspective on the world of haute couture. The dynamic Raymond Rouleau plays Phillippe Clarence, a Parisian designer at the top of his game who falls in love with the fiancĂ©e (Micheline Presle) of his best friend (Jean Chevrier). This seductive romance results in a riveting plot, moving all at once from farce to tragedy. FREE

OCT

8

Tue

Rock Concert: Garage & Tony Duchacek, 7-9pm at Embassy of the Czech Republic (3900 Spring of Freedom St, NW). The Czech Embassy will host the legendary Czech rock band Garage & Tony Duchacek on October 8, 2019, at 7 pm. In the 1980s under communism in the former Czechoslovakia, the band was a popular underground group, a symbol of total artistic and uncompromising freedom. The band supported and played for students during the Velvet Revolution in 1 FREE

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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10

Thu

THE CORPORATE HAPPY HOUR - WORLD BANK & EMBASSIES, 5-11pm at The Park at 14th (920 14th Street Northwest). FREE

OCT

10

Thu

THROUGH THE LENS: SECRET LIVES OF WOLVES, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). A field biologist turned photographer, National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan has explored the intimate social structures of mammals, particularly wolves, throughout his impactful career. Learn from Ronan about the extraordinary and surprisingly diverse behaviors of wolves living in the iconic landscapes of Yellowstone and the Arctic. $25

OCT

10

Thu

WOMEN WHO JAZZ: RITA MARCOTULLI, 6-7:30pm at Italian Cultural Institute @ Embassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven St, NW). Our Women Who Jazzseries comes back with a much-awaited concert by pianist and composer Rita Marcotulli. Rita Marcotulli, an icon of Italian jazz, carved herself an impressive international career in a very short period of time. She played alongside jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Palle Danielsson, Michel Portal, Enrico Rava, Pat Metheny and NguyĂȘn LĂȘ, and also collaborated with popular stars of the Italian music scene such as the late Pino Daniele and Gianmaria Testa. FREE

OCT

10

Thu

Latvian Film Club: Kurts Fridrihsons, 6-7:30pm at Landmark's E Street Cinema (555 11th St NW). Embassy of Latvia, in partnership with the National Film Center of Latvia, presents the Latvian Film Club - film series from June 2019 to May 2020. Most active movie goers will receive prizes in May 2020. Registration required via Eventbrite (free tickets). FREE

OCT

10

Thu

The Transformative Power of CRISPR-Cas9, 6:30-7:45pm at Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P Street Northwest). The discovery that genome engineering could be accomplished by harnessing the bacterial CRISPR-Cas9 immune defense system is one of the most-important scientific breakthroughs of our time. Like a high-precision, programmable pair of molecular scissors, this incredible tool can be used to edit any genetic sequence—deleting, exchanging, and inserting. It has ushered in a new era in which genomic manipulation is no longer a bottleneck to discovery, transforming plant and animal biology, biotechnology, and human therapeutics. FREE

Saturday, October 12, 2019

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12

Sat

All Things Go Fall Classic, All Day at Union MarketThe two-day food and music festival takes place on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, featuring performances by LANY, Betty Who, COIN, MUNA, Allie X, mxmtoon, Nasty Cherry, Arkells, Carlie Hanson and more. Similar to the 2018 Fall Classic, Sunday’s roster will include one day of music devoted entirely to an all-female lineup. Varies

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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13

Sun

All Things Go Fall Classic, All Day at Union MarketThe two-day food and music festival takes place on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, featuring performances by LANY, Betty Who, COIN, MUNA, Allie X, mxmtoon, Nasty Cherry, Arkells, Carlie Hanson and more. Similar to the 2018 Fall Classic, Sunday’s roster will include one day of music devoted entirely to an all-female lineup. Varies

Monday, October 15, 2019

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CULTURFIED INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL, 11am-4pm at Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW). Over 6,000 attendees enjoyed experiencing world culture at the 2018 Culturfied International Children’s Festival. We are excited to host another culturally enriching festival this year and we hope you and your family will join us! Last year, every child was provided with a mock passport photo and passport book to have stamped at more than 20 embassy booths which displayed geography, attire, arts and crafts, food samples and a host of other fun activities. This year, we will have over 30 participating embassies and we are expecting over 10,000 attendees! FREE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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15

Tue

INTO THE OKAVANGO, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St NW). Get up close to elephants, lions, hippos, and zebras and glide in a mokoro (traditional canoe) through the wetlands of Botswana. National Geographic 2017 Emerging Explorer Adjany Costa will guide you through a 3D experience that transports you to the heart of one of Africa’s vastest, most biodiverse regions—the Okavango Delta—and reveal what is being done to protect it. $35

Thursday, October 17, 2019

OCT

17

Thu

NAT GEO NIGHTS: EDGE OF EXISTENCE, 5:30-8:30pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellows Jamal Galves, Marina Rivero, Jonathan Phu, and Moumita Chakraborty are working across the globe to protect some of their regions’ most at-risk animals featured in the National Geographic Photo Ark. Learn how they’re working to bring manatees, tapirs, green turtles, and red pandas back from the edge of existence. $20

OCT

17

Thu

Documentary: King Skate, 6-8pm at Embassy of the Czech Republic (3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest). The Czech Embassy will screen the documentary King Skate on October 17, 2019, at 6 pm, which garnered the Czech Lion Award for Best Documentary of 2018. Under communist Czechoslovakia, skateboarding was seen as a ‘capitalist sport.’ For the few who dared to ride, it was a revolutionary form of the search for freedom, protest, and a way to connect with the Western world. The film brings new light to this phenomenon through remarkable amateur archival footage, official television broadcasting from the 1970s and ‘80s, and current interviews with the skateboarders who over thirty years ago thrived on adrenaline and nonconformity under the authoritarian regime. (Directed by Ơimon Ơifránek, 2018, 80 min., Czech with English subtitles). FREE

OCT

17

Thu

ArteCinema: International Festival of Films on Contemporary Art, 6-8pm at Italian Cultural Institute @ Embassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven St, NW). Held annually during the month of October in Naples, Italy, ArteCinema: International Festival of Films on Contemporary Art was first established in 1996. Filmmakers, artists, scholars, curators, and the general public assemble from all parts of the world for four days to view, converse, and debate the works. This two-part program, organized in association with the National Gallery of Art, comprises two films from previous festivals—one on Italian artist Piero Manzoni, the other on American artist Louise Bourgeois. Filmmaker Andrea Bettinetti, director of Piero Manzoni, Artista, will discuss his film-making process with Margaret Parsons, Head of film programs at National Gallery of Art. FREE

Friday, October 18, 2019

OCT

18

Fri

Boo at the Zoo, 5:30-8:30pm at Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW ). With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. FREE

Saturday, October 19, 2019

OCT

19

Sat

Boo at the Zoo, 5:30-8:30pm at Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW ). With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. FREE

OCT

19

Sat

Nana's Project First Annual Fundraising Gala, 5-10pm at Embassy of Ghana (3512 International Drive Northwest). Please join Nana's Project, a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit as we host our very first Annual Gala in hopes to raise enough money to re-build Gyaha , a hospital that serves 5 commnunites in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Currently, Gyaha suffers from many difficulties such as: sanitation, roofing issues, bat infestations and much more that prohibits staff from providing quality patient care. Our mission is to turn this facility into an environment that is safe, clean and honorable to both the patients and staff. We hope to see you there as we come together to make an a difference in the lives of thousands for many years to come. $35+

Sunday, October 20, 2019

OCT

20

Sun

Boo at the Zoo, 5:30-8:30pm at Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW ). With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. FREE

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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22

Tue

SCREENING: Dior and I by FrĂ©dĂ©ric Tcheng, 7-10pm at La Maison Française @ the Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Rd NW). As part of the film series So French, so Fashion! the Cultural Services of the French Embassy presents a screening of the documentary Dior and I. “I have an idea but it’s very extreme.” In April 2012, Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons is announced as the new creative director at Christian Dior. He has eight weeks to create from scratch, a brand new Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012 collection. Focusing on the 1950s, Raf Simons played with some of Christian Dior’s famous silhouettes, such as the Bar jacket, to create a line with a modern, yet classic feel. FREE

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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VANISHING: PHOTO ARK, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St NW). Celebrated National Geographic photojournalist Joel Sartore continues his Photo Ark quest to photograph all species under human care. He’ll share indelible images and stories from the vivid pages of his new National Geographic book, Vanishing, inviting us to learn about species at risk and how we can help protect them. $25

Friday, October 25, 2019

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Fri

NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO, 7-10:30pm at Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW ). Prepare to witness death-defying acts and amazing oddities at Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo, sponsored by Groupon. Ghouls and goblins will enjoy craft beer, fare from popular D.C. food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, and performance artists while dancing to music at the DJ dance party. It's a wicked night of fun that would be scary to miss! TBD

Thursday, October 29, 2019

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29

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EXPEDITION EARTH, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St NW). Award-winning VR and 360 filmmakers Max Salomon and Malvina Martin will guide you on a sweeping virtual reality expedition around the world—and beyond—taking you under the sea with leopard seals, to the tops of giant sequoia trees, through the sky with eagles, and even into space. $35

OCT

29

Tue

Latvian Film Club: Grandpa More Dangerous Than Computer, 6-8pm at Embassy of Latvia to the USA (2306 Massachusetts Ave NW). Film is part of the Kids Euro Festival organized by the EU Delegation to the USA. Embassy of Latvia, in partnership with the National Film Center of Latvia, presents the Latvian Film Club - film series from June 2019 to May 2020. Most active movie goers will receive prizes in May 2020. Registration required via Eventbrite (free tickets). FREE

OCT

29

Tue

LEO DA VINCI: MISSION MONA LISA, 6-7:30pm at Italian Cultural Institute @ Embassy of Italy (3000 Whitehaven St, NW ). Now in its 12th year, Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe’s most talented children’s entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, and cinema. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. FREE

November 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

NOV

1

Fri

Halloween and Toussaint Ball At The Embassy of France, 8:30-midnight at Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Road Northwest). In France people commemorate their dead on the 1st of November, locally known as “Toussaint” - which is the contraction of “Tous les Saints”, meaning “All the Saints” in English. The night between the 31st of October and Toussaint’s day is Halloween night and children dressed as ghosts, skeletons, witches, Frankenstein monsters, vampires or mummies put into action a French adaptation of the American trick or treat : “des bonbons ou des farces” (candies or pranks). Adults party the night away. $69

NOV

1

Fri

2019 WITA-RegistrarCorp FDA Bootcamp, 8:30am-noon at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). Join regulatory consulting firm Registrar Corp for an intensive 4-hour “Boot Camp” on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for food and beverages as well as pharmaceutical products. Learn about issues such as FSMA, FDA food facility inspections, and labeling regulations for food, beverages, and pharmaceuticals from a leading provider of FDA compliance assistance. $75+

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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6

Wed

Film Preview: Havel Speaking, Can You Hear Me?, 6-8pm at Embassy of Czech Republic (3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest). Director Petr Jančárek will present a preview of his new documentary Havel Speaking, Can You Hear Me? on November 6, 2019, at 6 pm, followed by a panel discussion with distinguished guests. The film captures the public and private moments of the last three years of former Czech President Václav Havel’s life.In the film, Havel travels the world, directs his feature film Leaving, and produces concerts for stars like Joan Baez and Lou Reed. Jančárek shows Havel‘s life journey as an incredible road movie, covering his fight for human rights and dignity, but also his struggle with time running out on his own life. Delve into the life of an extraordinary leader and enter into the discussion about how his life can continue to serve as an example for today’s generation. FREE

Thursday, November 7, 2019

NOV

7

Thu

2019 Hunger Free Communities Summit, 8am-Friday 5pm at University of the District of Columbia (4200 Connecticut Avenue Northwest ). The goals of the 2019 Hunger Free Communities Summit are to celebrate and promote community-based solutions to hunger. We will accomplish this by highlighting effective methods for reducing community food insecurity; sharing best practices and resources; demonstrating effective multi-sector collaborations; and building skills among practitioners. $160

Friday, November 8, 2019

NOV

8

Fri

EXPLORER TRIVIA NIGHT, 5:30-8:30pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). We’re partnering with District Trivia for a mind-bending night of National Geographic–inspired questions on geography, exploration, and more. Test your world knowledge, hear from National Geographic Explorers, and play for prizes. Prove your geo-smarts by competing against other teams and our explorers in five rounds of play. $10

Monday, November 11, 2019

NOV

11

Mon

Tribute to Komitas' 150th Anniversary, 7:30-10:30pm at Embassy of France (La Maison Française) (4101 Reservoir Road Northwest). The concert will honor Komitas’ legacy by honoring his musical achievements and contribution to the promotion and preservation of Armenian culture. We will seek to extend the impact of that legacy to today’s Armenia. $35

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NOV

12

Tue

FROM THE ARCHIVE: UNTOLD BETHLEHEM, 6-8pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). How can historic photographs of Bethlehem help piece together the city’s 11,000-year-old history, offering new perspectives on its past, present, and future? In an intimate, interactive, and small-group setting, oral historian and National Geographic Explorer Yazan Kopty and National Geographic senior archivist Sara Manco will share how connecting community elders, cultural heritage experts, and field researchers can reveal new layers of knowledge. $50

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

NOV

19

Tue

SHARKS, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St NW). Take an awe-inspiring 3D journey to the world’s shark hot spots in Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Bahamas with National Geographic Explorer and Emmy-winning director of photography Filipe DeAndrade. Get daringly close to these important apex predators—and experience the unnerving contrast between flourishing habitats where they’re present and unhealthy ecosystems where they’re not. $35

Thursday, November 21, 2019

NOV

21

Thu

NAT GEO NIGHTS: EARTH INNOVATION, 5:30-8:30pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). Hear from Microsoft and National Geographic AI for Earth Innovation grantees Lisa Mandle, Africa Flores, and Heather J. Lynch about how they are harnessing big data, advanced computing, and machine learning to help create a more sustainable future for us all. $20

NOV

21

Thu

Latvian Film Club: Eight Stars, 6-8pm at Embassy of Latvia to the USA (2306 Massachusetts Ave NW). This film tells about the most striking and tragic phenomenon during the development of the self-awareness of the Latvian nation – the Latvian Riflemen. The first Daugavgrīva regiment, the second Riga, third Kurland, fifth Semigallian, sixth Tukums, seventh Bauska and eighth Valmiera regiments of Latvian Riflemen – this was Latvia before its statehood. The film is a historically chronological study beginning with the formation of the Riflemen battalions and their first battles until the end of the Civil War in Russia, when a large part of the Riflemen returned home to the recently established state of Latvia. This is a story about common people challenged by the Big Epoch that determined their lives. FREE

Saturday, November 23, 2019

NOV

23

Sat

Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration 2019, 8pm-midnight at Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Road Northwest). Enjoy unlimited Beaujolais Nouveau all night long, sample food from some of Washington’s best French restaurants, and dance the night away at The Wine Event Of The Year! $69

Friday, November 29, 2019

NOV

29

Fri

Zoolights Opens, 5-9pm (until January 1st) at Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute (3001 Connecticut Ave., NW ). Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights, powered by Pepco, a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with two dazzling laser light shows set to music. And don't forget to share your #DCZooLights experience on social media! FREE

December 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019

DEC

1

Sun

A Charlie Brown Christmas with The Eric Byrd Trio, 3pm or 6:30pm at The Hamilton Live (600 14th St NW). For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. $15-35

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

DEC

3

Tue

SECRETS OF THE BLUE ZONES KITCHEN, 6-8pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). Building on decades of research, longevity expert and best-selling author Dan Buettner debuts his first cookbook—a blend of National Geographic photography, 100 recipes inspired by the Blue Zones, and the science that explains why certain foods make you healthy. Find out from Dan what makes these communities so special, then sample food and beverages from the innovative, life-affirming recipes featured in the book during a reception following the talk. $60

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

DEC

4

Wed

THROUGH THE LENS: HIDDEN WORLDS, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St NW). As one of the first women field photographers to join National Geographic magazine, Jodi Cobb has developed an international following for her visually powerful work. She will present a retrospective of her decades-long, distinguished career as a photojournalist known for revealing hidden societies, from the lives of geisha in Japan to the world of human trafficking. $25

Thursday, December 5, 2019

DEC

5

Thu

OVERHEARD: A LIVE PODCAST RECORDING, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St NW). Join us for a special live recording event that brings National Geographic’s new podcast Overheard out from the studio and onto the stage. National Geographic senior editor and podcast host Peter Gwin invites audiences to tune in to the fascinating conversations overheard at National Geographic headquarters. Don’t miss the chance to go behind the scenes with an explorer on a mission to reveal the mysteries behind our big, bizarre, and beautiful world. $25

DEC

5

Thu

Latvian Film Club: Before The Day Breaks, 6-7:30pm at Embassy of Latvia to the USA (2306 Massachusetts Ave NW). Embassy of Latvia, in partnership with the National Film Center of Latvia, presents the Latvian Film Club - film series from June 2019 to May 2020. Most active movie goers will receive prizes in May 2020. Registration required via Eventbrite (free tickets). FREE

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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26

Thu

Ben Williams: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza, 8pm at The Hamilton Live (600 14th St NW). Grammy Award-winning bassist & native Washingtonian Ben Williams celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in his annual extravaganza. $20+

February 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2019

FEB

11

Tue

EXPAND THE FIELD, 7:30-9pm at National Geographic Campus, Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium (1600 M St NW). Join us, on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, for an insightful discussion with National Geographic Explorers who are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge, building a diverse community of innovators, and inspiring the next generation of change makers. This event will explore the many facets of who each explorer is through funny, thoughtful, and honest stories that highlight the unexpected and often overlooked realities of being female scientists and storytellers. $25

Thursday, February 20, 2019

FEB

20

Thu

NAT GEO NIGHTS: AFRICA'S LAST WILD PLACES, 5:30-8:30pm at National Geographic Campus (1600 M St NW). Learn about how African Parks’ approach to revitalizing this important ecosystem is benefiting local communities and critical species, including lions and elephants, and discover how this approach can be replicated to help protect Africa’s other last wild places. $20

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