Things To Do | May 2016

By Woody Wilson| May 16, 2016

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A Conversation with Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh  May 2, 4:30pm
Her Excellency Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh was appointed Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United Nations in New York in September 2013. In this role, she works to advance the UAE’s multilateral priorities at the United Nations (UN), in particular on regional peace and security issues, humanitarian assistance, women’s empowerment, sustainable development and human rights.
Free
Dupont Circle Metro

Navigating Your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill May 3, 5:30pm – 7pm
The Women in International Security (WIIS) DC Chapter and WIIS Global office invite you to an informative panel discussion on “Navigating your Career: How to Succeed on Capitol Hill.” Panelists from both sides of the aisle will share their experience working as personal and committee staff, and provide advice for young professionals. This is a great opportunity for those interested in a career on Capitol Hill or in the security sector to gain first-hand career advice from experienced professionals through an informal and engaging discussion.
Free
Capitol South Metro

Film Screening | Phil Grabsky: Concerto – A Beethoven Journey May 4, 8pm – 10pm
British director and filmmaker Phil Grabsky and Seventh Art Productions are proud to present this new and extraordinary classical music film documentary, which already received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The film follows pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on his four year journey to perform and record the five Beethoven Concertos, whilst exploring Ludwig Beethoven’s life as revealed by these masterpieces.
Free
Van Ness-UDC Metro

“TheJourney of the Hellenic Boats” by Andreas Theologitis May 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Embassy of Greece in Washington D.C. presents the photographic exhibition “The journey of the hellenic boats” by Andreas Theologitis. The history of Greece is deeply rooted in its sea, its islands and its ships which ply the oceans. Through the lens of his camera, Andreas Theologitis captures the details of these boats as they are born, live and pass away.
Free
Dupont Circle Metro

National Cathedral Flower Mart 2016  May 6-7, 10:00am – 5:00pm
The National Cathedral Flower Mart is Washington, DC’s annual outdoor festival for garden enthusiasts and familes that features annuals, perennials, landscape exhibits, Olmsted Woods and Garden Tours, msical entertainment, gourmet food, a book sale, and children’s activities such as a rock wall, moon bounce, mini-Ferris wheel and a century-old restored carousel.
Free
Cleveland Park Metro

Washington DC Funk Parade May 7, 12pm – 10pm
The Funk Parade is a one-of-a-kind street fair, parade and music festival in the U Street neighborhood of Washington DC. The free event is designed to bring people together through music, dance, and the visual arts, while celebrating the musical heritage of the historic U Street district. The neighborhood will be full of live performances, artists and vendors, food, workshops nd spontaneous acts of soul. The parade will include a varitey of dancers, marching bands, drums, beat boxers, pot bangers and more!
Free
U Street Metro

#DECLASSIFIED: Portrait of Beethoven May 7, 2016 from 11am – 12:30pm
Come for a closeup view of an iconographic treasure: the Library’s expressive 1815 painting by Johann Christoph Heckel. Tracing its provenance, with a look at letters and compositions from that time, this talk also offers a peek at just a few of the many Beethoven artifacts in our collections, including a somewhat surprising rarity: a lock of the composer’s hair.
Free
Union Station

Häagen-Dazs Celebrates Free Cone Day May 10, 2016 from 4pm – 8pm
Mark your calendars because the Häagen-Dazs® brand, known for its rich super-premium ice cream, is hosting its annual free cone day celebration where guests will be able to order one free scoop on
Free
Union Station Metro

The Big Deal About Big Data: Improving National Security and Public Policy May 11, 4 – 5:30pm
A lecture will be given by Dr. Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University.
Free
Union Station

Presidential Priorities for Public Diplomacy — ACPD Quarterly Public Meeting May 12, 10:00am – 11:30am
The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy is pleased to announce its next official public meeting, which will focus on Presidential Priorities for Public Diplomacy and feature remarks by the Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council, Courtney Beale.
Free
Union Station Metro

2016 Moynihan Prize Lecture featuring Ron Haskins & Isabel Sawhill May 12, 1:30pm – 3pm
The Moynihan Prize is awarded each year by The American Academy of Political and Social Science, which is dedicated to the use of social science to address important social problems. In this era of stark political divisions, the 2016 Moynihan Prize will be awarded to two individuals who have spent their careers focused on putting strong social policy ahead of partisan differences. Dr. Ron Haskins and Dr. Isabel Sawhill have worked together for decades to help reframe the debate about poverty and inequality, focusing on child well-being, healthy families and social mobility.The event will conclude with a discussion on the use of social science in public policymaking and wrap up with audience Q&A. Please join us for this engaging event.
Free
Union Station Metro

2016 European Union Embassies’ Open House May 14, 9:15am – 4pm
Each May, many of the Washington, DC embassies open their doors to the public.  The European embassies welcome guests.   They’ll have some great free food and drink, and even meet a few ambassadors.
Free
Dupont Circle Metro

D.C. Meditates  May 21, 4pm – 6pm
You are invited to attend D.C. Meditates on the National Mall hosted by The Mindfulness Center, BuddhaFest, and Natural Awakenings. Over the course of this two hour event, there will be teachings and meditations, led by Debbie Norris Ph.D., founder of The Mindfulness Center. Dr. Norris is a health scientist who has trained extensively in mind-body therapies along with teaching meditation and training meditation instructors at The Mindfulness Center. Refreshments will be provided.
Free
Federal Center SW Metro

Dr. Neil Shubin – Finding Your Inner Fish May 25, 6:45pm – 8pm
What do fish fossils tell us about the human body? Ancient fossils, like the Tiktaalik roseae that Dr. Shubin discovered, illustrate the transitional form between fish and land animals. They teach scientists about how our limbs came into being, among other things. But how can scientists predict where to find such transitional fossils? Dr. Shubin will take us from the anatomy laboratory to the Canadian Arctic in search of answers.
Free
Dupont Circle Metro

Rooftop Performance by Color Palette May 26, 7:30 – 11pm
You’re invited to an exclusive rooftop performance by Color Palette to celebrate of the release of their latest album Vaporwave with special opening act Near Northeast.  Join POV Live for the band Vinyl Noise calls “blissful… layers of electro-pop and laid-back vibes” and USA Today describes as “massive, epic synths and huge vocals building to a booming conclusion.”
Free
Metro Center

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