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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.


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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

Female rulers are a rare phenomenon—but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today’s world learn from its example?

Celebrated Egyptologist Kara Cooney will deliver a fascinating tale of female power through the lives of six remarkable pharaohs—women who ruled with real authority. She’ll shine a piercing light on perceptions of women in power, exploring why it has seldom been allowed through history and why that is relevant today.

Learn more about ancient Egypt’s female rulers, and see over 350 prestigious artifacts from the days of the Egyptian Empire, in our new multisensory exhibition “Queens of Egypt.”

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time:  7:30 p – 9 p
Cost: $ 30 (tickets required)
Location: Gilbert Grosvener Auditorium | National Geographic | 1600 M St., NW | DC

For more information & to purchase tickets. 

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In his new book, Van Jones, host of the recurring primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones offers a passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart.

Join Van Jones for a conversation discussing the blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change.


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Writers’ LIVE: Van Jones – Beyond the Messy Truth – How We Came Apart, How We Come Together

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 18, 7 p.m.

Location: The Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art,
1300 West Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD  21217

Purchase a ticket

Presented by Enoch Free Press & the Maryland Institute College of Art.


In his new book, Van Jones, CNN political contributor and host of the primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones, offers a passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. The book includes resources – contacts, books, media, and organizations – for bipartisan bridge-building and problem solving.

Book sales by Mahogany Books (www.mahoganybooks.com).

Admission: $25 per person, includes a copy of Beyond the Messy Truth.

 All sales are final; no refunds will be given.

For information, call 410-396-5494.