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Musings on Museums and Festivals


In May, The Conversation published Jonathan Wynn’s provocatively-titled piece, “Why Cities Should Stop Building Museums and Focus on Festivals.” It was not a diatribe against museums per se, but more of a cautionary discussion related to the economic and societal … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: phone-tography


My phone is all but gone to this world. I tried a factory reset, which erased all my photos and other data but caused the phone to work for about a day. Then it stopped working again. As an homage … Continue reading

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Two Cultures, Five Senses: Folklife Festival 2014


Another year of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival came to an end at the beginning of this month, this year featuring China and Kenya. Like other years, the festival immersed visitors in colors and textures and sound and the heat … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Food at the Folklife Festival 2013


Since 2006, it’s been my summer tradition to attend the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, watch performances, take photos, and buy whichever concessions my meat-free diet allows me to eat. In the past, I’ve indulged in varieties of … Continue reading

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Favorite Museum Photos: Fabric


This month I’ve been writing about how museums engage with historical and contemporary efforts against inequality relating to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and class. These posts have taken longer than usual, as I tried to get my words exactly … Continue reading

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AIDS Memorial Quilt in DC


Earlier this month, I volunteered at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and helped set up and monitor the AIDS Memorial Quilt. For the next five-or-so days, 50+ locations in the DC area will also display parts of the quilt. These locations … Continue reading

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July Underway


Happy July! Like many others in my region, I entered the month of July with no electricity. A derecho took lives, in addition to knocking down trees and power lines. This huge beech at the United States Capitol fell: Luckily, … Continue reading

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