Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Lure of Crime Exhibits


When I was seven, two friends and I started a club called the Yellow Detectives. We made up fake code names, a flag, and a pledge. Our activities mostly consisted of using our over-active imaginations to concoct “mysteries” out of … Continue reading

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Washington Post’s Free and Easy 2/27-3/4


Happy Leap Week! This week’s recommended free events include a movie screening at the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday 2/29, stargazing at the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday 3/3, and a piano concert at the National Gallery of … Continue reading

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Tiny Libraries, Tiny Parks… Tiny Museums?


Temporary green spaces, the size of a parking space. Whimsical mailbox-sized structures holding a few dozen books. When I read about “parkmobiles”, and later, about little libraries, I had a similar reaction to each. I thought, I hope these little … Continue reading

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Washington Post’s Free and Easy 2/20-26


Happy Presidents’ Day and Mardi Gras! Free events this week include a Persian harp performance at the Freer Gallery on Wednesday 2/22, a movie screening at the National Archives on Friday 2/24, an information session on Civil War reenactment at … Continue reading

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Black History Month


The Smithsonian Institution’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is slated to open in 2015. This museum will have the responsibility not of being the first or only site to address black history, for there … Continue reading

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Washington Post’s Free and Easy 2/13-19


This week’s recommended free events include a talk at Carlyle House on Wednesday 2/15 and the Iranian Film Festival at the Freer Gallery on Sunday 2/19. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Challenges in Interpreting Challenger


I was three years old on January 28, 1986, when the Challenger disaster occurred; I have no personal where-were-you-when memories of the event. Years later, someone told me that everyone who worked at NASA knew that the seven astronauts would … Continue reading

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