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2005_DC_Mara_050330113Personal -- Mara Mayor's retirement event
1999_DC_SAAH_9905185Smithsonian Associates -- Al Hirschfield
2003_DC_SAAMB_03021116Smithsonian Associates -- American Ambassador, Moscow
This was a unique presentation as part of the Smithsonian Associate's "Splendors of Russia" series which celebrated 300 years of St Petersburg. The event featured three former US ambassadors to the Soviet Union--Arthur Hartman (1981-87), Thomas Pickering (1993-96), and James Collins...
2002_DC_SAAR_0212109Smithsonian Associates -- Andy Rooney
Andy was promoting his new book "Common Nonsense". The 60 Minutes commentator was interesting to listen to as he talked about his life as a reporter during World War II and his impressions of George W. He couldn't understand why the President was so popular given how the Iraqi situation was going--the...
2006_DC_SAAAL_06051514Smithsonian Associates -- Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (James Swanson, Edward Steers Jr.)
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: What happened in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1865 is an incredible story. The search for Lincoln’s killer captivated a nation already dealing with the awfulness of the end of the Civil War. Now John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices—if indeed he did not act...
2003_DC_SACR_03050512Smithsonian Associates -- Carl Reiner
This was an interview with Carl Reiner, the comedian who worked on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" before creating "The Dick Van Dyke Show". He was promoting an autobiography called "My Anecdotal Life". He was wonderfully funny as you'd probably expect, coming up with bizarre tangents during an...
1999_DC_Cartoonists_9905183Smithsonian Associates -- Cartoonist folks at Al Hirschfield event
Folks include: Richard Thompson, Ron Every (cartoon fan-geek), Nick Galifianakis, Mike Mikula (editorial cartoonist for the Arlington Sun), Keven Kallaugher (KAL; editorial cartoonist for the Baltimore Sun),and Chuck Smith (Style Invitational and ghost writer for quite a few comic strips).
2003_DC_SA100_03112451Smithsonian Associates -- Celebrating 100 Years of Flight
Smithsonian description: In an interview with former Air Vice Marshal Ron Dick, veteran pilots Peter Duffey and Gene Banning recall the first century of commercial flight. They take us from the days of piston-engine airliners, when flying was the privilege of the rich and transoceanic air travel was a...
2004_DC_SANY_04100712Smithsonian Associates -- Celebration of The New Yorker Cartoons
Considered a national treasure, the cartoons of The New Yorker are beloved iconic images that have made us laugh at the social issues of the day and have defined a distinctly American sensibility. Since the magazine’s debut in 1925, the cartoons have been a barometer of the human condition and have...
1996_DC_SACJ_9610015Smithsonian Associates -- Chuck Jones
2004_DC_SACBO_04093014Smithsonian Associates -- Combined Bomber Offensive
In a remarkable interview at the Smithsonian, Allied veterans Col. Harold Weekley (USAAF, Ret.) and Air Vice Marshal Jack Furner (RAF, Ret.) recount their experiences as young men flying on extraordinarily dangerous bombing missions over Germany during World War II.
Col. Weekley was an aircraft...
2004_DC_SACMS_04042829Smithsonian Associates -- Correale Museum of Sorrento
From Smithsonian description: The Correale Museum of Sorrento: Exhibition Launch with Light Reception: At the heart of Sorrento lies a magnificent jewel-box of a museum, the Museo Correale di Terranova. Within its historic walls is a treasure trove of the decorative arts -- including majolica, intarsia,...
2008_DC_SADB_08040951Smithsonian Associates -- Dave Brubeck (w/Deepak Ram)
Dave Brubeck, Goodwill Ambassador of Jazz: Celebrating the Brubeck Festival With Deepak Ram.
Fifty years ago, at the request of the U.S. State Department, the Dave Brubeck Quartet took a goodwill tour to Europe (including Communist-controlled Poland), Asia, and the Mideast. The musical and...
2004_DC_SADA_04032212Smithsonian Associates -- David Attenborough
From the magazine: In a special evening, British naturalist, filmmaker, TV producer, and author Sir David Attenborough discusses a fascinating career of exploration, in which he has roamed the Earth to produce what are considered to be some of the best natural-history documentaries ever made. His 1979...
2007_DC_SADF_07103035Smithsonian Associates -- David Frost
David Frost on the Nixon Interviews: British TV host David Frost's series of interviews with Richard Nixon in, 1977, four years after the Watergate scandal and the president's humiliating resignation, attracted the largest television audience in news history to date. They also reflected an intersection...
2006_DC_SADM_0610238Smithsonian Associates -- Donald Miller ("Masters of the Air")
Masters of the Air: The American Air Campaign Against Nazi Germany: The Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II. Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in early 1945, the bomber war was the only battle fought inside the German homeland. Donald...
2006_DC_SAEB_06102617Smithsonian Associates -- Ellen Burstyn
Actress Ellen Burstyn on Becoming Herself: Ellen Burstyn is a woman who has always defied expectations. Born in Detroit during the Depression, she left home at 18, and after a failed marriage and a string of unsatisfying relationships and jobs, she settled in New York, where she began her career as an...
2006_DC_SAEC_06120659Smithsonian Associates -- Eric Carle
An Evening with Eric Carle: Unleashing Imagination and Fostering Communication
The Tenth Annual Smithsonian McGovern Award

In this very special evening, Eric Carle, the acclaimed and beloved creator of brightly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for children, comes to the...
1998_DC_SAFW_9804294Smithsonian Associates -- Fay Wray
2004_DC_SAFP_04033049Smithsonian Associates -- Fess Parker
From the session write-up: Fess Parker, Celebrating an American Icon. Actor Fess Parker portrayed the legendary frontiersmen Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on television, spawning “Frontier Fever” as children across the nation and around the world donned their coonskin caps. Fess Parker has appeared in...
2004_DC_SAGW_04102113Smithsonian Associates -- Gene Weingarten & Gina Barreca
(Official description of the event) Gene Weingarten & Gina Barreca—One Man. One Woman. 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Cleared Right Up!
The battle between the sexes rages on, and despite huge advancements in human knowledge, men and women still haven’t got a clue about each other. Tonight, however,...
2005_DC_SAGW_05032422Smithsonian Associates -- Gene Wilder
Memorable for his curly mop of straw-colored hair, critically acclaimed motion picture and stage actor Gene Wilder has received two Academy Award nominations—for his role in The Producers (1968) and for co-writing Young Frankenstein with Mel Brooks.
He made his movie debut in Bonnie and Clyde as an...
1997_DC_SAGL_9711153Smithsonian Associates -- George Lucas (not great pictures)
2004_DC_SAHM_04021810Smithsonian Associates -- Hall of Mammals
From the online description of the event: The new Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals explores the diversity of some 274 mammals and how they originated and adapted to changing landscapes and environments over the last 210 million years—from polar to desert regions and from dry to humid...
2003_DC_SAHK_03121614Smithsonian Associates -- Henry Kissinger
From the Smithsonian program: In the corridors of power, handling crises and working the phones are simultaneous and almost synonymous. Drawing on previously unpublished transcripts of his nearly constant international telephone communication, Henry Kissinger now offers a remarkable account of what...
2005_DC_SAJT_05100546Smithsonian Associates -- Home with John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Architectural Digest…Home with John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Cosponsored by Architectural Digest Magazine.

Join John Travolta and Kelly Preston for a vicarious tour of their airplane-friendly home, in this captivating evening moderated by Paige Rense, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest and...
1998_DC_SAHM_98022215Smithsonian Associates -- Hungarian Folk Music (w/Furys)
Warm a cold winter night with the radiant and remarkable Okros Folk Ensemble from Budapest, which features Fodor (Neti) Sandor, the 78-year-old living legend of the gypsy violin from Kalotaszeg in Transylvania, and Kalman Balogh, an international touted cimbalon (hammer dulcimer) artist accomplished in...
2005_DC_SAJW_05052518Smithsonian Associates -- Jack Welch
Jack Welch—Insights on Winning: During his 40-year career at General Electric, Jack Welch led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with its relentless focus on...
2003_DC_SAJB_03111811Smithsonian Associates -- James Bradley ("Flyboys")
Pretty much the Smithsonian description of this event: In September, 1944, eight American pilots were shot down over Chichi Jima. They were "flyboys" -- the young men who took the American military into the air and made it triumphant. Seven of the pilots were captured by Japanese troops and taken...
2002_DC_SAJC_02120647Smithsonian Associates -- James Cameron (Bismarck)
This was a really cool event. The Smithsonian Associates had director James Cameron ("Terminator", "Titanic", etc) introducing his new research piece on the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck, which had he explored for the Discovery Channel. We got to see a good chunk of the undersea and...
2003_DC_SACon_0304219Smithsonian Associates -- James Foley ("Confidence")
An advanced preview of the movie "Confidence", starring Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Andy Garcia, and Dustin Hoffman was held at the Smithsonian. Before and afterward, the director James Foley came out and discussed his life as a movie maker. My question to him was how long did the movie...
2003_DC_SAJM_0311034Smithsonian Associates -- James M McPherson ("Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom")
This event featured an abbreviated talk by McPherson, who was delayed due to Amtrak troubles. He discussed various efforts to negotiate an end to the Civil War. Afterward, he signed copies of his new book "The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom--The Civil War Era".
2008_DC_SAMcP_0811112Smithsonian Associates -- James McPherson ("Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief")
Abraham Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief: An Evening with James McPherson

This evening, James McPherson, one of our greatest living Civil War historians, illuminates Abraham Lincoln as a military leader. He begins by defining how Lincoln invented the idea of Commander-in-Chief by assuming powers that...
2006_DC_SAJQB_0602219Smithsonian Associates -- Jane Bryant Quinn
Jane Bryant Quinn—Smart Financial Strategies for Busy People: Money is a problem that bedevils most of us—plenty of decisions to make and no time to make them, busy as we are with jobs, families, and hobbies. With no time to become better informed, we worry, while our financial plans just wait.

But...
2004_DC_SAJGC_04120816Smithsonian Associates -- Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney, on the Evolution and Significance of Sesame Street -- The 8th Annual Smithsonian McGovern Award

Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away,
On my way to where the air is sweet,
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?

These familiar lyrics have cheerfully tripped off...
2002_DC_SAJC_0206111Smithsonian Associates -- John Cleese
While it was a thrill to see John Cleese, his presentation didn't go so well. There was a moderator who decided it would be appropriate to spend more time discussing his own feelings than John's. And there was a long retrospective film of John's ventures (including Monty Python of course but including a...
2003_DC_SAJK_0311059Smithsonian Associates -- John Keegan
John Keegan is a famous military historian. He talked about a new book of his called "Intelligence in Warfare: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al Quaeda." Under decent questioning by the moderator, he discussed a few of the chapters of the book including the Pacific Battle of Midway, Admiral...
2003_DC_SAKA_0309085Smithsonian Associates -- Kenneth Ackerman ("Dark Horse")
The author discussed his book "Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A Garfield".
2005_DC_SAMR_0509227Smithsonian Associates -- Mark Russell
Mark Russell: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Capitol: When asked whether he uses writers for any of his comedic material, Mark Russell is honest to a fault. “Oh yes,” he says, “I have 535 of them—100 in the Senate and 435 in the House!” As everyone knows, politics can be absurd, and no one...
1997_DC_SAMyth_9711131Smithsonian Associates -- Mary Henderson ("Magic of Myth")
"Star Wars: The Magic of Myth (Star Wars.)", book discussion regarding the Air and Space Museum exhibit by Mary Henderson
2005_DC_SAMC_05110612Smithsonian Associates -- Michael Crichton ("State of Fear")
An Afternoon with Michael Crichton: In Collaboration with The Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy: Isn't it interesting how his novels always seem to pre-date some real-world scientific discovery, technological development or headline event?

Michael Crichton, mega-selling author and...
2005_DC_SAEis_05060815Smithsonian Associates -- Michael Eisner
Once Upon a Time ... in Camp Keewaydin: Michael Eisner’s Boyhood Memories: Long before he took the helm at one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael D. Eisner was just a kid from New York City. But at age seven he began a rite of passage that left an...
2004_DC_SAMM_0404145Smithsonian Associates -- Mike McCartney
From the Smithsonian description:  Mike McCartney's Liverpool Life: Sixties in Black and Whites
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2004_DC_SAOP_04021620Smithsonian Associates -- Other Presidents' Day (Arthur Schlesinger Jr, John Dean, etc)
From the official description of the event: We know Washington and Lincoln so well that their birthdays merit a holiday. But for every American president whose name enjoys instant recall there are many about whom we have to scratch our heads a bit. What was important about James K. Polk? Interesting...
2006_DC_SAPA_06030117Smithsonian Associates -- Presidents All
Presidents All: We know Washington and Lincoln so well that their birthdays merit a holiday. But for every American president whose name enjoys instant recall, there are others about whom we have to scratch our heads a bit.
Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and Andrew Jackson reside in the first...
2003_DC_SARAP_03120719Smithsonian Associates -- Radio and the Presidency
"From Pearl Harbor to the Persian Gulf: Radio and the Presidency". Co-sponsored with George Washington University, this somewhat mistitled program discussed the relationship between the presidency and radio. Starting with FDR's fireside chats and going up to "the Great Communicator's" (Reagan) Saturday...
2002_DC_SARCH_02101014Smithsonian Associates -- Richard C Hottelet
Richard C Hottelet was one of Edward R Murrow's reporters. Together, the "Murrow Boys" provided radio commentary during World War II which kept the American public informed about what was going on over there. Hottelet himself was temporarily imprisoned by the Nazis, watched the invasion of D-Day, and a...
2004_DC_SARUSG26Smithsonian Associates -- Rise of Ulysses S. Grant (Bearss) (four sessions)
The Rise of Ulysses S. Grant: Four Major Campaigns of the Western Theater

A general of incomparable skill, Ulysses Grant is considered by many scholars as the greatest Union hero of the Civil War. His accomplishments and courage were rare, as was his personal integrity. His rise from obscurity made...
2004_DC_SAFN_04032110Smithsonian Associates -- Roger Gould ("Finding Nemo")
From the Smithsonian description: How was PIXAR’s animated hit Finding Nemo made? How did filmmakers create a believable underwater world in this story about the search for a young clownfish who had been snatched from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef? Roger Gould, creative director of PIXAR Animation...
2004_DC_SARC_0405068Smithsonian Associates -- Roz Chast
From the online description of the event: At the beginning of the 21st century, we can only be grateful that Roz Chast is here to tackle some of the tough topics of the times—genetically altered mice, birthday parties from hell, and comfort drinks in the age of insecurity. Her cartoons observing the...
2006_DC_SARoz_0611099Smithsonian Associates -- Roz Chast
The Wry Pen of Roz Chast: Since she sold her first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1978, Roz Chast has delighted readers by nailing every idiosyncracy of our strange modern times. Now, just in time for the holiday season, she returns to the Smithsonian with her new book, which spans 27 years of her...
2005_DC_SASDO_05052016Smithsonian Associates -- Sandra Day O'Connor (2005 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate)
In 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor, nominated by President Reagan, was sworn in as the first woman associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. A pragmatic, moderate, and creative jurist, known for her dispassionate and meticulously researched opinions on the bench, she has been a mentor and role model for...
2003_DC_SA2nd_03092612Smithsonian Associates -- Second City
This was wonderful. The traveling show of Second City, a group which has produced many famous comedians over its years, arrived at the Smithsonian. Six performers--Allison Bills, Dina Facklis, Tom Flanigan, Rob Janas, John Lutz, and Sue Salvi -- did various skits and improvs. It was funny as hell. Photo...
2004_DC_SA2nd_04091714Smithsonian Associates -- Second City’s 45th Anniversary Tour
Since 1959, through every political scandal, cultural milestone and public disgrace, The Second City has been there to create hysterical comedy out of our own country’s hysteria. Along the way, it has also produced some of North America’s greatest comic talents, such as Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, Gilda...
2005_DC_SAST_05113018Smithsonian Associates -- Stansfield Turner ("Burn Before Reading") and Marvin Kalb
The White House and the CIA: At several pivotal moments in our nation’s history, presidents and their Central Intelligence Agency directors made major decisions that would shape the intelligence community—and the world— for many years after. These resolutions, often crafted behind the scenes, were...
2005_DC_SASH_05021429Smithsonian Associates -- Stephen Hawking
In this extraordinary evening, world-renowned physicist and Cambridge University professor Stephen Hawking is awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal to honor his continued ground-breaking research in theoretical physics and his influence on young scientists in Great Britain, the United States,...
2003_DC_SASF_03051210Smithsonian Associates -- Steve Forbes
Steve Forbes has been editor-in-chief and CEO of Forbes Inc since 1990, replacing his dad, who replaced the founding Forbes whose first issue appeared in September 1917. In 2000, he ran for President. He was at the Smithsonian to discuss "The Financial $cot", how industriousness and entrepreneurialism...
2007_DC_SASM_07112710Smithsonian Associates -- Steve Martin ("Born Standing Up")
Steve Martin, a Seriously Funny Guy: Who is Steve Martin? Is he a wild and crazy guy? Is he a comedian who knows how to wear an arrow through his head? Is he a graceful man with out-of-control happy feet? Or is he the 2005 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor who holds the record for...
2003_DC_SASB_03050422Smithsonian Associates -- Strange Bedfellows: The Military and the Movies
This was a series of three panel discussions about the relationship between Hollywood and the military. It discussed how the military public affairs offices would, in exchange for acceptable portrayals of their services, help out with military vehicles and troops as well as advise. It was supposed to be...
2006_DC_SASC_06062226Smithsonian Associates -- Superman on the Couch
Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society: From legends of the Olympian gods to the modern mythology of Superman and Spider Man, stories of superhuman heroes have always fascinated mankind. With this summer’s Superman Returns, our love affair with these...
2007_DC_SATT_07042046Smithsonian Associates -- Ted Turner
Ted Turner and His Creative Spirit: 2007 Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Co-sponsored with the Creativity Foundation With Wine and Hors d'oeuvres Reception Media visionary, businessman, environmentalist, conservationist, and philanthropist -- Ted Turner has had a remarkable career that has long...
2004_DC_SATMJC_04091216Smithsonian Associates -- Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition
These were the semifinalist vocalists in the 17th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. From the Smithsonian Associates description: Hosted by Herbie Hancock (who I didn't see) and Billy Dee Williams, the competition shines the spotlight on young jazz vocalists who will compete before...
2005_DC_SATLR_05121215Smithsonian Associates -- Tony La Russa, Buzz Bissinger, John Grisham
Tony La Russa and Buzz Bissinger Talk with John Grisham: Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals—and one of baseball’s alltime greats, knows all about the heat of the pennant race. He’s been recognized for his many years of insight, wisdom and dedication to baseball by being named Manager of...
2007_DC_SAFrommer_07112922Smithsonian Associates -- Traveling Beyond Tourism (w/Arthur and Pauline Frommer)
Traveling Beyond Tourism with Arthur and Pauline Frommer: If you love to travel and are seeking more than just rest, relaxation, and visits to popular tourist attractions, travel expert and innovator Arthur Frommer and his daughter Pauline Frommer have a number of options for you. Drawing from years of...
2005_DC_SA2BOB_05041423Smithsonian Associates -- Two Bobs (Bob Dole and Bob Edwards)
The Two Bobs: Dole Speaks with Edwards: Recognized as one of the most prominent and respected political figures of our time, Bob Dole served as Republican leader of the United States Senate for 12 years, ran as the vice presidential nominee with Gerald Ford in 1976, and was the 1996 Republican nominee...
2003_DC_SAVAS_0303107Smithsonian Associates -- Victory at Stalingrad
This was a lecture celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. The discussion, moderated by Air Vice-Marshal Ron Dick (who served with the Royal Air Force for 38 years) featured three Russians who had fought in Stalingrad. From left to right, they are Dr Oleg Rzheshevsky,...
2003_DC_SAWM_0311187Smithsonian Associates -- William McFeely ("Ulysses S. Grant: An Album")
This one I kind of lucked into. I was there for James Bradley and William McFeely's session was just letting out. Smithsonian description: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William S. McFeely has assembled a dramatic collection of photographs that reveal the people, places, and events that shaped the...
2009_DC_Sarcophagus_09032677Smithsonian Associates & the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus -- Sarcophagus from Palaipafos
Sarcophagus from Palaipafos

Cosponsored with the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus. With Reception Hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Andreas S. Kakouris

In 2006 one of the most important archaeological finds was unearthed in western Cyprus—a richly colored sarcophagus dating back to the 5th...


What's hot: The following pages have been the most popular ones over the last month or so:
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2020_01_09A3_Iron_Cages189DC -- Lincoln Cottage -- Exhibit: Iron Cages
New Art Exhibition, 'Iron Cages' January, 2020 Featuring Artwork by Incarcerated Artists This January we are partnering with our friends at the Justice Arts Coalition, a national network providing resources for people creating art in and around the US carceral system, to exhibit works of art created... (Partially reviewed)
2020_01_09A1_Iron_Cages_O141DC -- Lincoln Cottage -- Event: Opening Reception for our new Art Exhibition, 'Iron Cages'
Join us at the Opening Reception for our new Art Exhibition, 'Iron Cages' Featuring Artwork by Incarcerated Artists Join us on January 9th from 6:30-8:30pm This January we are partnering with our friends at the Justice Arts Coalition, a national network providing resources for people creating art in... (Partially reviewed)
2020_01_06D_Walker133DC -- USC/PDC/PDAA -- Vivian S. Walker ("Looking Back to Look Forward: Seventy Years of USACPD Recommendations”)
"Looking Back to Look Forward: Seventy Years of USACPD Recommendations” featuring Vivian S. Walker, Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (USACPD). (Partially reviewed)
2019_12_31B_Newseum_Closing158Newseum -- Closing Day
The Newseum opened in its Pennsylvania Avenue location on April 11, 2008. Eleven+ years later, it closed, the building having been bought by Johns Hopkins University. The closing wasn't marked by any major public commemoration but staff met after the public were kicked out for a private farewell eve... (Partially reviewed)
2019_12_08B_Honors182DC -- Kennedy Center -- Kennedy Center Honors (2019)
Celebrate the 2019 Honorees Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Sesame Street, and Michael Tilson Thomas 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors To Celebrate Honorees' Profound Artistic Impact Folks shown here include: Christopher Jackson ("Hamilton"), Jonas Brothers, Debra Winger, David Fo... (Partially reviewed)


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