Smithsonian Associates Presents April Program Highlights

April 3, 2019
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Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon with the Avenue Q puppet, Nicky

Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon with the Avenue Q puppet, Nicky

The April issue of the Smithsonian Associates’ program guide features a variety of educational and cultural programs, including seminars, lectures, studio arts classes, performances for adults and children and local and regional study tours. Highlights this month include:

Jean Case on How to Be Fearless
Friday, April 5; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
In a conversation with Carol LeBlanc, president of Smithsonian Enterprises, philanthropist and technology pioneer Jean Case examines the risk-taking principles that guided notable change-makers from JFK to Jane Goodall to José Andrés and shares how those principles can be put into action in our own lives.

Pysanky: A Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Workshop
Saturday, April 6; 12 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
Participants learn about the tradition of pysanky, the colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs decorated with traditional Slavic folk designs, as they master the egg-waxing and dyeing processes used to create them. This workshop is also available on Sunday, April 14.

The Emerson String Quartet 2018–19 Season
Sunday, April 7; 6 p.m.
National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium
The Emerson String Quartet stands apart in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades, including more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards and the Avery Fisher Prize. This concert features music by Mozart, Wernick and Shostavkovich.

Celebrating Avenue Q
Saturday, April 27; 7 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
The show that proved that being a puppet is no barrier to being a Broadway star ends run of more than 6,000 New York performances in May. Before the final curtain falls, Smithsonian Associates hosts two of Avenue Q’s non-puppet original cast members, Rick Lyon and Jennifer Barnhart, for some behind-the-scenes insights on the development, history and impact of the Tony-winning musical, and its groundbreaking use of puppetry on stage.

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