DC Events and Activities

Credit: Scott Bauer

Credit: Scott Bauer

At each year's convention, NeMLA sponsors activities in our local host city to show attendees all that the city has to offer, with discounted cost of admission.

Washington, DC, has numerous museums with free admission, and NeMLA is organizing a vote to choose which live performances membership would like us to sponsor.

In addition, NeMLA will arrange for members to have access to transportation to the National Mall.

Live Performances (Vote!)

Aaron Diehl

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8-10 PM

Credit: John Abbott

Credit: John Abbott

Coolidge Auditorium 
10 First Street SE

Aaron Diehl’s Blues and Spanish Tinge recital pieces highlight the essential elements in jazz music. His program will include Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Williams’ Roll ‘Em. There will also be a Pre-Concert Lecture, “Gottschalk’s Olde Souvenir Shoppe” by James Wintle at 6:30 PMin the Whittall Pavilion. 

Price: Free.

Faust

Friday, March 22, 2018, 7 PM, and March 24, 2018, 2:00 PM

Faust

Washington National Opera
2700 F St. NW
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/OTOSD

Faust tells the famed story of an elderly man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for success, wealth, power, and pleasure. The Washington National Opera offers free “Opera Insights” an hour before each performance that allow viewers to learn more about the composition and performance of Faust.

Into the Woods

Thursday, March 21-Saturday, March 23, 12 PM, 2 PM, and 7:30 PM

Credit: Scott Suchman

Credit: Scott Suchman

Ford's Theatre
511 10th St NW
https://www.fords.org/performances/current-and-upcoming/into-the-woods

Peter Flynn (Ford’s RagtimeThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee1776) returns to direct this musical fairy tale! Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondeheim that combines the plots of several fairy tales from Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” and “Cinderella,” along with various others. This creatively dark and comical mix of fairy tales, shares the story of a baker and his wife as they set out to reverse a witch’s curse. The narrative focuses on the lengths to which one will go to make their wish come true. 

Washington Performing Arts Presents: San Francisco Symphony

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8 PM

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
2700 F Street NW
http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/WTWAD

The music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, will be making his final appearance in D.C on March 23. The musical program will feature Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony. 

Credit: Stefan Cohen

Credit: Stefan Cohen

Vanity Fair

Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 24, 2 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM

Credit: Tony Powell

Credit: Tony Powell

Shakespeare Theatre Company
470 7th St. NW
http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/vanity-fair-18-19

Acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill has created a stage adaptation of William Thackeray’s novel of the same name. In a discussion with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hamill claims that her interpretation of Vanity Fair focuses on the friendship of the two protagonists, Becky and Amelia, and the ways that these two women face different forms of systemic oppression.

Library and Archive Tours

Credit: Daderot

Credit: Daderot

Georgetown University

37th & O Streets NW
https://www.library.georgetown.edu/special-collections

From February to May, Georgetown's Lauinger Library will feature the exhibit "The Creative Process," focusing on the collaborative nature of writing between authors and publishers.

Price: Free

Library of Congress

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Credit: Alex Turner [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

101 Independence Ave SE (Stop 5 on the Old Town Trolley Tour)
https://www.loc.gov

Public tours are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 11 AM, and on Saturdays at 1 PM. This year features a tour examining the history of baseball, including how its players and teams created communities. 

Price: Free

George Washington University

Credit: Daderot

Credit: Daderot

2130 H St. NW (Near Stop 2 on the Old Town Trolley Tour)
https://library.gwu.edu/scrc

These archives, housed in the Gelman Library, include material on Washingtonia, American labor history, media and journalism, and education.

Price: Free

Museums (Free in DC!)

These museums have free admission and are on the route of the Old Town Trolley Tour (departing from the Gaylord National at 8:30 AM and returning at 5:30 PM 7 days per week).

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW
(On Stop 7 of the Old Town Trolley Tour)
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/

Credit: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Credit: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Located on the national mall, this Smithsonian Art Gallery seeks to strengthen the general understanding and appreciation for art across cultures and therefore complement Asian art masterpieces with works from the American Aesthetic movement. Its March interactive exhibit, Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia, brings together more than 200 pieces of artwork spanning 2000 years. Visitors will learn about the principles and images of Buddhism as they encounter grand shrines, intimate alters, and royal palaces.

Price: Free

National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (On Stop 22 of the Old Town Trolley Tour)
http://americanhistory.si.edu

Credit: Dirk Ingo Franke

Credit: Dirk Ingo Franke

This Smithsonian museum explores the complexity of American history with more than 1.8 million holdings, including Lincoln’s top hat, the first artificial heart, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers. Its March exhibit,The American Revolution: A World War, highlights the Franco-American partnership and its contribution to the 1781 victory of Yorktown, with paintings like Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe’s The Siege of Yorktown and The Surrender of Yorktown, as well as Charles Wilson Peale's portrait of George Washington.

Price: Free

National Museum of Natural History

1000 Constitution Ave NW (On Stop 23 of the Old Town Trolley Tour)
https://naturalhistory.si.edu

Credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm [CC BY-SA 2.5] via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm [CC BY-SA 2.5] via Wikimedia Commons

Opened in 1910, this Smithsonian Institute has as its mission to inspire discovery and learn about the natural world. Its March exhibit, Outbreak, questions the cause of widespread disease outbreaks and how we can possibly stop them. With the world becoming ever-more connected, diseases are transferring national borders like never before and responding to these breakouts require detective work from people with a variety of professions.

Price: Free

National Postal Museum

2 Massachusetts Avenue NE (On Stop 4 of the Old Town Trolley Tour)
https://postalmuseum.si.edu

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Credit: Matthew G. Bisanz [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In collaboration with the United States Postal Service, this Smithsonian Institute opened in 1993 to preserve, study and present US postal history with exhibits, educational public programs, and research to scholars, collectors, and visitors. In March the exhibit Beautiful Blooms will focus on the diverse flowering plants commemorated on US postage stamps and how they represented artistic themes from their time period. The exhibit presents at least 30 pieces of developmental and final artwork and explains the process behind creating the artwork on stamps.

Price: Free

National Portrait Gallery

8th and F Streets NW (On Stop 23 of the Old Town Trolley Tour)
http://npg.si.edu/

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Credit: Daderot [CC 1.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Housed in a beautiful historic federal building, this Smithsonian art museum features portraits of presidents, activists, and celebrated individuals throughout American history. The "Eye to I" special exhibit combines artists' self-portraits with current "selfies" as a means of exploring questions of identity, featuring works from Alice Neel, Diego Rivera, and Martin Wong.

Price: Free

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

1400 Constitution Avenue, NW (On Stop 22 of the Old Town Trolley Tour)
https://nmaahc.si.edu

Credit: Alan Karchmer, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Credit: Alan Karchmer, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

This beautifully designed museum features a variety of exhibits that take visitors on a visceral and emotional chronological journey through the treatment of African Americans throughout US history—from the first settlements in North America to contemporary periods. The March special exhibit "Watching Oprah" discusses Oprah’s background, her rise to fame, and the ways in which her show has impacted the United States today.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (On Stop 8 of the Old Town Trolley Tour)
https://www.ushmm.org

Credit: Pete Souza

Credit: Pete Souza

This museum contains a variety of exhibits, including historical exhibits that take visitors through the rise of Nazism in Germany, the Holocaust, and the aftermath of World War II, and interactive multimedia stations that provide information on American interactions with and responses to news of the Holocaust throughout World War II. This museum also features artistic displays commemorating those who lost their lives during the Holocaust as well as large memorial spaces that allow visitors to mourn and meditate.