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Venice: 1000 Years of History

Friday, July 31 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The golden period of the Serenissima Republic is reflected in the glorious art generated for its churches, confraternities, and palaces, including works by Bellini, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, and other masters. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo traces the history of this fabled city and the art and architecture created there. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic, 1875) by Thomas Eakins (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Art + History: The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins

Wednesday, August 5 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Great art is timeless. Paul Glenshaw examines the iconic painting The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins, exploring its historical context, delving into the era of its artist, the present he inhabited, and what shaped his vision and creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Victura Park at the REACH

Victura Park is a family-friendly outdoor
pop-up & wine garden located in the River Pavilion at The REACH. A collaboration between the culinary creative team of The Hilton Brothers & Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, Victura Park is a winery-inspired landscape. Dotted with picnic & café tables and shade umbrellas, there’s ...

Check Out Upcoming Culinary Arts Programs

Sommelier Erik Segelbaum

Wine Regions of France and Italy

Friday, July 24 - 6:00 p.m. ET

Join Food and Wine magazine’s 2019 Sommelier of the Year Erik Segelbaum in an enjoyable interactive workshop series designed to boost the wine IQ of both novices and seasoned aficionados. He dives into the worlds of French and Italian wine, covering four regions whose output is world-renowned—and you follow along with an at-home tasting kit. This workshop focuses on the Bordeaux wine region.

Interested in learning about other French and Italian wine regions? View additional dates in this series:

August 8 - Central and Southern Italy
August 14 - Burgundy

September 18 - Northern Italy
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View of South African vineyard and mountains (Wines of South Africa)

Discovering the Wines of South Africa


In Collaboration with the Embassy of South Africa

Thursday, August 20 - 6:45 p.m. ET

South Africa is the eighth largest global wine-producer and its wine industry is among the oldest of the New World. Jim Clarke, marketing manager for Wines of South Africa, discusses how wind, sea, and mountains have shaped South Africa’s vineyards and what these defining elements bring to its wines.
Viewlist of wine recommendations from Jim Clarke.
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Cheese Pairings with Cheesemonster Studio


Thursday, August 27 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Join experts from Cheesemonster Studio for a lively and educational virtual evening that explores the art of combining cheese and your favorite adult beverages. They guide participants through curated pairings of five cheeses with one wine, one beer, and one spirit, examining how their flavors work together to create some of the best duets in all of food and beverage.
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Streaming for free, Aspen Ideas is available to anyone, anywhere. 

The  Aspen Ideas Festival has released programming daily featuring a robust lineup of speakers — streaming for free. Leaders and thinkers will share fresh thinking across a spectrum of topics, reflecting the moment and offering ideas about future possibilities.

Our experts and leaders will address topics spanning arts, science, the economy, diplomacy, democracy, and certainly the present juncture our society is in. Join us!

See All 50 States From the Air

Tuesday & Thursday 
4:00 pm

Take off on a thrilling flight across America and experience rare glimpses of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. 

The Smithsonian Channel is currently making all 68 full-length episodes of “Aerial America” available for free and with no login requirement.
Click here to visit the Smithsonian channel to see free episodes of all 50 states from the air.

Creating Art - Virtual Art Classes 


Click the links below to register to attend virtual art class, and the best art classes of the year.  

Unleash your inner artist, virtually guided by a local artist on July 22nd

The best online art classes of 2020.

Have you tuned-in to one of our Couch Concerts yet?  Join us for a LIVE streaming performance, direct from artists' living rooms to yours! 

Join Us on the Couch

World-renowned vocalists engage with young and emerging artists, in a series featuring performances, coaching, discussion, and live audience Q&A.

Grab a pillow and get comfortable! We’re bringing exciting livestream performances straight to you. We’ve lined up talented artists—from our backyard in D.C. to around the country and across Broadway, comedy, opera, dance, and more—to perform their work.


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Kennedy Center @ Home

Keep up with the best of Ballet & Dance—online!

Our favorite ballet & dance companies continue to keep us entertained in the safety of our own homes. This week enjoy digital offerings from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Miami City Ballet, A.I.M, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Scottish Ballet, plus some of our own Digital Stage originals and online activities from local dance organizations.

Digital performances to keep you inspired

Dance Theatre of Harlem: Robert Garland's Return

Dance Theatre of Harlem On Demand

Watch & Explore

Miami City Ballet: Friday Night Spotlights

Miami City Ballet: Friday Night Spotlights

New broadcasts
Currently streaming is Justin Peck's Heatscape, followed by Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songson June 29 and Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances on July 12.
Watch & Explore

A.I.M: Kyle Abraham's Absent Matter

A.I.M: Kyle Abraham's Absent Matter

Excerpts now streaming
Absent Matter explores hip-hop's lineage to create an abstracted dialogue about race in America through the lens of those who feel unacknowledged or without value.
Watch & Explore

San Francisco Ballet: Björk Ballet

San Francisco Ballet @ Home

Streaming through Friday
Commissioned for the Unbound festival, Arthur Pita’s Björk Ballet celebrates the theatricality of Björk and her music, setting songs spanning her discography from 1993’s Debut to Utopia from 2017.
Watch & Explore

American Ballet Theatre Offstage

American Ballet Theatre Offstage

New videos daily
In this week-by-week online journey, American Ballet Theatre Offstage offers diverse behind-the-scenes experiences. Daily programming includes conversations, ballet classes, orchestral concerts, guest artist spotlights, hair and make-up tutorials, and a historical review.
This week the company explores The Sleeping Beauty, followed by a focus on iconic female choreographers and Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre next week.
Watch & Explore

Works and Process Artist Virtual Commissions

To financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times, Works & Process at the Guggenheim will grant over $150,000 for artists to create new works while observing social distancing guidelines. New works are posted every Sunday and Monday at 7:30pm.

These works are co-presented by The Kennedy Center.

STORM by Sara Mearns, Joshua Bergasse, Zoe Sarnak, and Margo Seibert

STORM by Sara Mearns, Joshua Bergasse, Zoe Sarnak, and Margo Seibert

Brown Eyes by Penny Saunders | BalletX

Brown Eyes by Penny Saunders | BalletX

Watch more WPA virtual commissions

Ballet & Dance on our Digital Stage

Shelter by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Shelter by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

 1:06 / 3:14 The Human Journey: Rulan Tangen of Dancing Earth

The Human Journey: Rulan Tangen of Dancing Earth

Q&A with American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside

Gregory Hines: I Got Rhythm / Fascinating Rhythm| 1982 Kennedy Center Honors

Watch more Ballet & Dance on our Digital Stage!

Dancing Local

Dance for Parkinson's Disease with Bowen McCauley Dance Co.

Dance for Parkinson's Disease with Bowen McCauley Dance Co.

BMDC is providing FREE live video streamed classes for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:30–4 p.m. To register email

Click here for more information.

The Washington Ballet

The Washington Ballet

The company is offering live stream open classes, live "pay what you can" classes, and on-demand classes for adult program students to keep you moving at home!

Click here for more information.

Dance Place

Dance Place

The local dance presenter is offering a range of virtual media to stay moving, engage in conversation, and thrive in community with one another.

Click here for more information.

Explore Dumbarton Oaks 

  As a public health precaution, Dumbarton Oaks has canceled all public events through the end of June.

In the meantime, click here to explore their robust summer scholarly activities, as well as our many digital tools and online treasures.  

Wednesday, July 15th 

Save your spot here.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace, in virtual conversation with WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin.

Nikki Haley’s long career in public service has taken her from the state legislature, to the governor’s mansion to floor of the United Nations. She’s governed in times of crisis, represented America’s interests, and successfully navigated tough political campaigns. 

In this conversation on women in leadership, Haley will discuss holding her own in the world of domestic and international power politics, the importance of taking a principled stand even when it is unpopular, and her perspective on bringing Americans together even in a divisive political climate.


Click here to view "13 Virtual Train Rides From Around the World That You Can Experience Right Now".  

Woman hit by train in Arkansas ID'd; death believed to be accident


Imagination Exploration, GFOB


Ruins That Rise & Castles That Touch the Sky


There’s just something about castles. They’re magic. Built on clifftops that touch the sky or set in scenic mountain landscapes, castles make us believe that fairytales are real. And the world is filled with them. Some are still grand, showcasing medieval architecture that has stood the test of time. Others have fallen – by war or by time – leaving ruins that invite us to wonder about their once, towering glory.

And, while we can’t currently explore these majestic sites, we can imagine – and dream about – their splendor.



Fallen Castles


Fallen Castles:

Rebuilt from Ruins to Rise & Shine


Working with designers, architects and using CGI, BudgetDirect rebuilt seven European castles – from Croatia to Scotland – to help us picture their beauty and grandeur, once more.




Fallen Castles


Captivating Castles:

Showstopping Structures


These grand, historic fortresses are some of the most beautiful castles across the globe. From France to Germany, and Japan to Morocco, these castles have captivated travelers for centuries.





Virtual Voyages: Two-Minute Trips to Two Fascinating Castles




Windsor Castle




A Royal home and fortress for 900 years, Windsor is the largest, occupied castle in the world and remains a working palace today.



Palace Of Versailles


Palace of Versailles


This former home for French royalty is an architectural fete with a history as grand as its rooms.



Until the day comes when we can resume the joy of being your global guide, keep dreaming. We certainly are.







    Online Activities for Seniors: DACL has partnered with Around Town DC to offer a list of online activities you can access from home.

    • Virtual Events: Check out the list of upcoming Around Town DC virtual events.

PostClassical Ensemble in Challenging Times:
A New Initiative

At a moment when America’s performing arts institutions are challenged not merely to continue to function, but to function in new ways, PCE will undertake a series of audio/video webcasts – “PostClassical” -- exploring the role of music in society.

This initiative comes easily to us, as our programming typically has focused on music as an instrument for mutual understanding and human betterment.

In fact, our library of two-hour WWFM webcasts,inimitably hosted by Bill McGlaughlin, is our starting point in this new venture, in which we are partnered by the film-maker Behrouz Jamali and the enterprising journal of politics, government, and culture The American Interest.

Our two most recent projects, before the virus changed everything, were An Armenian Odyssey,at the Washington National Cathedral, and Furtwangler in Wartime, via WWFM. The former explored the power of music to forge inspirational cultural synergies. The latter explored the power of music to “bear witness” during World War II.

We begin our new “PostClassical” webcasts today Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual, in which we are joined by PCE Resident Artist Kevin Deas.

Future programs in this series will include Shostakovich and the State, Arthur Farwell and the “Indianists,” The Russian Gershwin, and Dvorak and America. The topics at hand are “What is the role of culture in a nation’s life?” and “Who is an American?”

The National Theatre of London’s pre-recorded performances can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube button and it’s free. There’s a different play each week and this week is Jane Eyre.

National Theatre at Home: composite poster with several images from NT Live productions, including Treasure Island, Jane Eyre, and more.

Click here for more information 

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings are now hosting virtual tours!

Fallingwater House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Click here to take a virtual tour 

The Social Distancing Festival 

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The Rover  (Reframe)

April 18th at 2:30 p.m. EDT
Click here
Join us Saturday afternoon for a
reading of Aphra Behn’s The Rover
Adapted and directed by Professor Maya E. Roth

Do You Know...
CAG has an archive of over 70 interviews with Georgetown residents who took part in the Oral History program to share their personal recollections of life in Georgetown in both recent times and decades past. This rich historical resource can be read from the comfort of your couch or porch any time of day or night. Touching, lively and humorous insights from a wide variety of personalities skillfully interviewed by CAG volunteers, this is truly a treasure trove for history buffs, gossip hounds and those by now thoroughly bored by Netflix and cable news offerings. Take a look, you'll be drawn into binge reading them!

Thank you to ourOral History Programchair,Cathy Farrell,and the wonderful volunteers for their important work in preserving Georgetown's authentic "Living History" in this most unique medium.

For this first online edition, we would like to SPOTLIGHT Mr. William (Billy) Martin, Jr. - Fourth generation owner of Martin's Tavern!

"My father would say that my brother is very book smart, where I was very streetwise, which is very true."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Interviewed on his birthday by Joyce Lowenstein,Billy Martin shared stories on how Martin’s Tavern was founded and has thrived throughout its almost eighty years of existence. The Tavern was founded by Martin’s great-grandfather who traveled to the United States from Ireland in the late 1890s.
He purchased the property on the corner of Wisconsin and N Street in 1933 and transformed the building from a Greek delicatessen into the Tavern – it looks almost identical today as it did when it officially opened its doors in 1934. Martin’s Tavern has operated within the Martin family for four generations. Read the candid interview with the fourth Billy Martin to learn the stories of spies, famous proposals (namely JFK and Jackie), and how every American president from Truman to George W. Bush has eaten in one of the booths (the Martin children wrote a letter to Mr. Obama inviting him to dine to keep the tradition alive). A true gem, Martin’s Tavern, and the family that owns it, represents the history and neighborhood-friendly ways of Georgetown.

Stay home. Stay safe. And stay tuned for our next online edition of the CAG Oral History Program SPOTLIGHT!

DMV residents are hunkered down and self-isolating, trying to stay healthy, productive, and yes, to maintain anxiety levels.  Yo-Yo Ma is sharing videos of short performances and is encouraging other musicians around the world to do the same. Appropriately enough, he’s calling this whole initiative “Songs of Comfort.”

Dvořák – "Going Home”

And Yo-Yo isn't the only one!

Check out some of these artists below who are bringing the world their own #Songs of Comfort.


Brooklyn Rider plays Closing from String Quartet No.3 "Mishima"

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The Young Concert Artists' roster is creating a whole series of #Songs of Comfort!


Mozart- Duo No. 1 in G Major, K 423
Randall Goosby and Natalie Loughran

And one last video that's both comforting AND helpful!


Hands... Washing Hands...
(Click image to play video)


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The Department of Aging and Community Living  (DACL) is committed to ensuring seniors live and thrive in the communities they know and love. This commitment includes ensuring the health and wellness of our older residents. To minimize exposure to COVID-19, we’ve partnered with Around Town DC to provide you with a list of online activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! If you need further support, please give DACL a call at (202) 724-5626. For other needs, email or call (202) 895-9448.

Click here to view upcoming virtual Around Town DC events!

See other events and resources below.



Exercising your mind is as important as exercising your body.

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COVID-19  "SINGING AROUND THE WORLD"                           

Enjoy these videos of balcony entertainment from around the world






United States 

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PERFORMING ARTS                                                                 

Couch Concerts by Millennium Stage: 
Introducing our NEW series of live performances streamed to you! Click here

Andrea Bocelli
Italian music icon Andrea Bocelli performed a special concert on Easter Sunday from an empty Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy. Click here 

Kennedy Center Digital: 
(comprehensive FREE programming of Kennedy Center performances and events. Including Opera, Ballet, Theater, HipHop, NSO, WNO, Jazz, Comedy, Millennium Stage)  Click Here  

(WXQR, New York’s Classical music station has live streaming all day) Click Here

Broadway HD: 
(all the Broadway shows you want to see (must see, musicals, classics, drama, Shakespeare). Subscriptions start at $8.99 a month).Click Here  

Medici TV:
(monthly subscriptions start at $8.95. Concerts, Ballets, Documentaries, Master Classes. and extensive Classical Music concerts)   Click Here  

(15 Broadway plays and musicals)  Click Here

Politics and Prose Live:
(live programming for their events)  Click Here

Live Virtual Concerts:
(NPR has a listing of live virtual concerts during this time) Click Here

Social Distancing Festival:
(a list of live streams from around the world, in calendar order) Click Here

VISUAL ARTS                                                                           

Google Arts and Culture:

(collections from around the world, 2500 (last count), for the culturally curious) Click Here  

Virtual Museum Tours: 
(12 famous museums offer virtual tours)  Click Here  

MCN Advancing Digital Transformation in Museums:
(the ultimate guide to virtual Museum Resources, e-learning and online collections) Click Here

ONLINE NATURE TOURS                                                         

Dumbarton Oaks 
Dumbarton Oaks is dedicated to making its research and scholarship accessible to everyone, which is why many of our collections are available online. We invite you to explore our rich selection of digital material. For even more content click here.   

Experience the Beauty of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden from Your Home.  The Garden Virtual Tour transports you to the East Lawn under a blanket of snow, the North Vista with fall foliage, or Cherry Hill carpeted with white petals, all without leaving home! Historic photographs and design plans show how the Garden has changed over time.  Garden Virtual Tour

Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants features beautiful watercolors of Amazonian flora by the artist, explorer, and environmentalist Margaret Mee, in conversation with works by women botanical artists and illustrators from the seventeenth century to the present.

Learn About the Materials, Uses, and Contexts of Remarkable Byzantine and Islamic Textiles in Our Collection
Textiles in the Byzantine Collection

Virtual National Parks Tours
(This article contains links to  various National Parks)   Click Here

Cincinnati Zoo:
(offering digital safaris) Click Here

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES                                                   


(free movie and documentary streaming with a DC library card—six movies a month)  Click Here  

Avalon Theatre:
Click here To view films. (The cost to view films is $10 per film) 

($8.99 per month. One membership can be shared with up to six other people) Click Here  

Netflix Party lets friends do movie nights in quarantine:
(read USA article describing this) Click Here

Prime Video: 
(free with an Amazon membership)  Click Here

(membership starts at $5.99 per month)  Click Here

Smithsonian Channel:
(vast library of original series and documentaries at $4.99 per month)  Click Here   

YOU TUBE                                                                                 

You Tube: 

(A video platform. You don’t need to purchase a subscription to view numerous videos for free, but I find that if you sign up and not subscribe, there are less ads. You search on the main page for various videos such as TedTalks, National Geographic documentaries, music concerts).Click Here   


Digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series. Categories include News, Comedy, Sports, History, True Crime, Society and Culture.

You need to download an app to listen:

Apple Podcast   Stitcher for Android

Free Ivy League Courses: 
(free online courses from Brown, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth etc) Click Here   

Open Culture:
(free cultural and educational media)  Click Here  

Smithsonian Distance Learning:
(from the Natural History Museum - materials for adults and for children - both upcoming and archived topics) Click Here

Free Downloads from the New York Public Library:
(You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free - current limit is 3) Click Here

Online Fitness Classes with GiveFit:

GiveFit is making all online workout programs 100% FREE for the foreseeable future. Includes: Seated Core & Cardio; Otago Balance Improvement; Seated Lower Body & Cardio; Introductory Chair Fitness) Click Here