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On Monday, April 1 at 6:45 pm the Smithsonian Associates presents an evening program with a post reception beer tasting centered around the “Game of Thrones.”  Tickets are required.  For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

For devoted followers of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the SA event - April 1 - game of thronesSeven Kingdoms of Westeros is a land they know intimately. Its castle halls, towering battlements, starkly beautiful landscapes, and torch-lit chambers are places that root the epic narrative in a highly detailed world that bridges the real and the imagined.

Production designer Deborah Riley, who joined the series in Season 4, is responsible for creating the visual environment against which the saga of power, family, revenge and romance plays out. Just as the show’s characters and plots reflect a range of world mythologies and legendary archetypes, so too does the look of “Game of Thrones,” for which Riley draws on a mix of historical periods, styles, and cultural traditions. Even the shooting locations—which extend from Northern Ireland to Croatia to Iceland—add to that global mix.

In conversation with Alyssa Rosenberg, opinion writer at the Washington Post, Riley and executive producer Bernadette Caulfield discuss the show’s distinctive visual style and offer behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the series.

At a reception afterward, raise a toast with “Game of Thrones” beers from Ommegang Brewery, including the newest in the line.

Other Connections

Go behind the scenes as Deborah Riley talks about the process of production design as “visual storytelling.”

  • Date: Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Time: 6:45 pm
  • Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center | 1100 Jefferson Dr SW | WDC
  • Cost: $30 members | $40 non-members

24 hour film feast w/ Pam Grier

Saturday, March 19 – Starting at 12 Noon

$5 – Screening and Talk with Actress and Author Pam Grier

See her films and talk one-on-one with iconic actress and New York Times best seller author PAM GRIER in a rare Dallas appearance at TBAAL.


Noon – 2pm Clarence Muse Café Theatre  – “COFFY

A dedicated nurse is fed up with narcotics that have infiltrated the inner city. When her eleven-year old sister is hospitalized after shooting some contaminated heroin, Coffy (Pam Grier) hits the streets with a loaded shotgun determined to stop the drug trade once and for all. This is Grier’s first leading film role. 91 Minutes. 1973.


Noon – 2pm | Room T-314  – “FOXY BROWN”
A sexy black woman, Foxy Brown (Pam Grier), seeks revenge when her government agent boyfriend Michael is shot down by gangsters led by kinky couple, Steve Elias and Miss Katharine. 94 Minutes. 1974.


2-4pm | Clarence Muse Café Theatre  – “SHEBA, BABY”
A proud businessman, Sheba Shayne (Pam Grier) returns to her Louisville, Kentucky hometown to help her father who refuses to be intimidated by thugs attempting to run him out of business. While Sheba looks for the men supporting the thugs, she finds a sinister motive behind the action and solicits her former flame, Brick, to add muscle to her mission. 90 Minutes. 1975.


2-4pm | Room T-314  – “JACKIE BROWN”
This film follows Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), a flight attendant who makes extra cash by running drugs and cash for sleazebag Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). When Jackie sees the opportunity to make off with a large chunk of change, she begins to play everyone around her, including two detectives who are threatening her with jail time if she doesn’t rat out Ordell and a sympathetic bail bondsman (Robert Forster) who finds himself falling for Jackie. 154 Minutes. 1997.


Grier autographs her recently released book, My Life In Three Acts, following conversations.