In case you missed it, President and CEO Will Baker of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation spoke recently at TEDxRVA—an independent Ted Talk event—about CBF’s Brock Environmental Center, one of the most environmentally smart, energy-efficient buildings in the world. Learn more about this compelling event here.
If you didn’t make it to the Kennedy Center’s spectacular annual gala on May 3—featuring tributes to jazz greats Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday—perhaps you’ll be in DC for M&M’s® Opera in the Outfield on Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Nationals Park. This free community event includes a live broadcast from the Kennedy Center of Rossini’s family-friendly opera Cinderella, plus “pregame” entertainment and family events beginning at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
National Geographic brings the nonstop action of the Indiana Jones films to its Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology exhibit, opening May 14. This fully interactive exhibit allows each visitor to use a handheld electronic device to find hidden clues, explore ancient mysteries, and get a real sense for field archeology. Find out more at National Geographic’s website. While you’re there, learn about the Explorers Symposium on June 9—a chance to hear reports from the front lines of world exploration. But be forewarned: tickets to this event disappear fast.
The National Museum of the American Indian holds its Hawaiian Cultural Festival Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at its National Mall Museum. With arts and cooking demonstrations, performances, and more, this Museum-wide celebration will make you feel like you’ve escaped to the Hawaiian Islands for an afternoon. Visit NMAI’s website for more information.
On June 4, the American Film Institute honors comedian and actor Steve Martin with its 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award—AFI’s highest honor for a career in film. This promises to be a fun and entertaining evening celebrating Martin, with film clips and presentations by colleagues and friends. The award ceremony airs in June on TNT; check your local listings for details. Visit AFI’s website to read more about Martin’s career.
We’ve heard that some people attend the American Horticultural Society’s annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet primarily for a close-up look at AHS’s stunning gardens at its River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. But the evening promises much more. Join AHS on Thursday, June 4, for a magical evening of cocktails overlooking the Potomac, followed by dinner in the tented garden of the Estate House. For tickets and more information, visit AHS’s website.
The National Women’s Health Network is adding a twist to its year-long 40th anniversary: they’re holding 40 house parties across the country to celebrate NWHN. These fun events might include a brunch, a talk by a local women’s health activist, a book club meeting, cocktails and conversation, or a walk or run. It’s up to the host to decide! With 40 events, there’s sure to be one in your neck of the woods. Visit NWHN’s website to find out more details as plans for these entertaining events take shape. And maybe you’d like to host one?
Construction on the National Museum of African American History and Culture is moving along briskly, with the Museum’s impressive edifice taking shape on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. Set to open in 2016, the Museum began an exciting part of construction recently: installation of the panels of the dazzling corona, which will make the Museum appear to be illuminated from within. Visit NMAAHC’s website to take an animated tour of the building.
Pictured below: corona panels being installed on April 22, 2015. Bryan Sieling, National Museum of African American History and Culture.