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Five Things for Today: November 23, 2021

Inside the new FUTURES exhibit


1.  Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will all be open on Thanksgiving Day — good to keep in mind if you’re looking for things to do while the turkey is cooking and/or have out-of-town guests to entertain. Hours are 10am – 5:30pm at all of them, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm, and the Zoo from 8am – 4pm (be sure to reserve passes).  The National Gallery of Art (which is not part of the Smithsonian, just a neighbor on the Mall) is open, too, from 10am – 5pm.  [KFDC Tip:  The new FUTURES exhibit at the just reopened Arts & Indutries Building (mentioned last week) is a great one to check out with the fam!]


2. Tell your friend Veronica… it’s (almost) time to celebrate Hanukkah!  We start lighting the menorah on Sunday night — giant ones, at some places! If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the holiday around the area, there are a bunch of events happening that are open to all — menorah lightings, theatre performances, ice skating parties, even a Chanukah firetruck parade. Some of them require advance registration and/or offer discounts for early sign-up (though most are free), so check out the KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season, where there’s a Chanukah section with info on where and when to celebrate the eight craaaazy nights!


3. The Downtown Holiday Market opened this past weekend, and it always makes for a fun and festive outing during the season, plus you can pair it with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum (open Weds-Sun) that are right next to the market.  Located at 8th & F Streets NW in Penn Quarter, hours are 12-8pm daily through December 23, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and December 6. Admission is free.


4.  Lots of tasty sounding recipes from an always trusted source — for Thursday or anytime.


5.  Weird Al narrates Thanksgiving. (Totally going to be singing ‘You’ve got the right stuff..ING!’)


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Five Things for Today: November 16, 2021

Explore FUTURES at the Arts & Industries Building


1. The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building is reopening and celebrating the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary with a new groundbreaking exhibition! “FUTURES” is the first building-wide exploration of the future on the National Mall, spanning 32,000 square feet inside. It is “your guide to a vast array of interactives, artworks, technologies, and ideas that are glimpses into humanity’s next chapter.”  Opening Day is this Saturday, November 20, and there will be a free opening festival that includes live-streamed programs on Friday, in-person activities on Saturday, and a public concert that evening.  And on Sunday, November 21, “FUTURES Remixed” will be a day for the littlest future-makers, welcoming families of all types for fun, pop-up, guided activities and bite-size experiences celebrating the everyday magic of futures ahead of everyone. The day includes “FUTURES” Roulette tours, robot races, craft making, and more. It’s all free, but RSVP to let them know you’re going.


2. Several holiday shows for kids are opening this weekend — at The Puppet Co., Adventure Theatre, and Gunston Performing Arts Center.  Get details on those and see all the live entertainment coming to local stages throughout the season!


3. One of my favorite dishes to make for Thanksgiving — sounds a little different than your traditional holiday fare, but trust me, it’s delicious and always a hit with many palates. (And more TG recipes from a reliable source.)


4. Hottest holiday toys of 2021.


5. Rockin this bitch (at the Kennedy Center) 🙂 🎶

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Five Things for Today: November 9, 2021

Autumn at the Tidal Basin


1. The Tidal Basin may be most popular in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming, but it’s a great DC destination for a fall outing, too (or any season, for that matter).   The autumn foliage adds vivid color to the already beautiful views of iconic sites, and all of the memorials along the way — MLK, FDR, and Jefferson — are marvel-worthy and interesting to explore.  The whole loop is just over two miles, plus it’s flat and paved, easy for little ones to walk.  Just make sure they don’t get too close to the edge; there are no barriers between the path and the water.   If we drive there, we always find parking at West Potomac Park pretty easily, then start our stroll at the FDR Memorial.  (And speaking of, those of you who said the image in the Where in DC? photo contest was taken there  answered correctly — it’s the ear of the sculpture of Fala, FDR’s dog!  A winner will be picked and notified soon.)


2. In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new round-up of live entertainment coming to local stages and other venues in late fall through the winter. (Tickets to shows make excellent holiday gifts!)


3. Last week I linked to a round-up of places offering Thanksgiving take out.  Since then, Jen from Kid Up and Go shared her annual Thanksgiving to Go list — and it is amazing!


4. Has anyone done a Stitch Fix lately?  It’s been years since I had a box of “surprise” clothes and accessories picked by a stylist sent, but I’m giving it another go.  If you’ve never tried the service and are interested in checking it out, this referral link will get you a $25 credit. 🙂


5. Quiz: Is Your Child Two Years Old?


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Immerse in Life of a Neuron at ARTECHOUSE


ARTECHOUSE has explored a variety themes and concepts through digital art since it opened in Southwest DC just over four years ago.  The gallery known for its fusion of art and technology has presented exhibitions inspired by seasons, space, natural phenomenon, color, and more themes that are part of our human experience, though outside of our actual beings.

The newest exhibition, Life of a Neuron, takes us on the inside as it features the “thinking cells” of the brain.

As ARETCHOUSE describes it: “Life of a Neuron brings artists and scientists together for a groundbreaking collaboration to explore how the brain shapes the shared human experience. Through collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience and the world’s leading scientists and creatives, this immersive exhibit will allow us to experience a neuron—from pre-birth to death—providing an experiential view of life at a cellular level.”

Like all exhibitions there, the core installation is the digital projections in the main gallery.  Trippy, captivating scenes swirl around the walls and floors while dramatic music plays in the background.  It’s interesting to see what kinds of images and color combinations are coming next.  (Note: While some past exhibits at ARTEHOUSE have been soothing and peaceful, this one isn’t so much, something to be aware of for kids who are sensitive to a lot of stimulation.)

The side galleries feature smaller installations with interactive elements.  They looked intriguing, though to be honest, it was difficult to get a close look at all of them during the media preview, as we were trying to maintain space. (Timed-entry tickets during the exhibit’s run should keep that from being an issue.)

The bar is back open — Thursday – Monday, 11am – 10pm — with its menu of exhibit-inspired cocktails, plus beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks. Sasha and I enjoyed refreshing sodas, and I recommend the Rosemary Cardamom! Be sure to download the ARTECHOUSE the app for the “extended reality” experience that transforms drinks into sparkling sensations!


Life of a Neuron
Where: ARTECHOUSE | 1238 Maryland Ave. SW
When: September 27 – November 28
Admission: $24/adult, $17/age 4-15, free/under 4


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