The Smithsonian Associates Presents August Program Highlights

July 31, 2015
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Brazil’s Buildup to the Olympics

Monday, Aug. 3; 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Landing the honor of hosting the Olympics demands that a country enter into an international competition that takes as much stamina, preparation and sheer determination as anything its athletes will face. Luis Fernandes, Brazil’s former deputy minister of sports, offers an insider’s perspective on how his country is preparing for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics—and how the games will transform it.

The Best of Barbecue: It’s Smokin’!

Weekend program with lunch

Saturday, Aug. 8; noon to 2 p.m.

Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Jason Story, co-owner of Washington’s Straw, Stick and Brick Delicatessen, leads a session on the traditions and techniques of barbecue that is perfect for both newcomers and longtime fans. He covers varieties from the Carolinas, Memphis, Texas, St. Louis and Kentucky, and participants can follow along by tasting the distinctive seasonings and sauces of each region.

Year of Light Night

Evening program with trivia

Sunday, Aug. 16; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

The International Year of Light is 2015. The United Nations global initiative is designed to illuminate the achievements of light science and applications and light’s importance to the evolution of humankind. To help celebrate this cosmic gift, astrophysicist Anna M. Quider leads a Year of Light tribute, focusing on light’s influence in history, science, art and culture through the ages. Following the talk, guests can put their knowledge to the test during trivia challenges.

A DC Theatre Season Preview

Thursday, Aug. 20; 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Theater fans will want to be in the audience when the editor of DC Theatre Scene reveals what is buzz-worthy this season and the up-and-coming companies, directors and artists to watch.

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