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Long Lead Inspiration
Map editorial calendars with story inspiration, from special exhibitions to festivals, through 2020.
National Building Museum/July 4-Sept. 3
Stimulate the senses at “Fun House,” a collection of rooms outfitted with varied installations conceived by noted New York design firm Snarkitecture.
2018 MLB All-Star Week
Nationals Park/July 13-17
Major League Baseball celebrates America’s pastime in the nation’s capital for the first time in nearly 50 years. Among the highlights: MLB All-Star Futures Game (July 14); MLB Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and Home Run Day (July 16) and 89th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard (July 17). Fan Fest (July 13-17) will be hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Arena Stage/July 13-Aug. 19
From the Tony Award-winning team behind Legally Blonde and Mean Girls: The Musical comes a world-premiere musical based on another beloved film comedy. Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people, and the First Lady.
Brew at the Zoo
National Zoological Park/July 20
Friends of the National Zoo welcome 60 American microbreweries to their Rock Creek Park campus for tastings.
Citi Open Tennis Classic
Rock Creek Park Tennis Center/July 28-Aug. 5
World number one Caroline Wozniacki has committed to play the 50th edition of DC’s ATP “500” level tournament for men and WTA International Level play for women.
National Air and Space Museum Renovations
National Mall/Date TBA
Washington, DC’s most visited museum will begin its almost $1 billion renovation that will take place over seven years to improve the visitor experience. The Smithsonian Institution museum will remain open throughout the improvements.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden/October-spring 2019
The Smithsonian’s museum of modern and contemporary art presents its largest interactive exhibition to date: three monumental works by the Mexican Canadian artist will fill the building’s second level. The Pulse series uses heart-rate sensors to create unique expressions in light and movement based on the biometric feedback of participating visitors.
Mitchell and Emily Rales’ preeminent collection of post-WWII and contemporary art with an emphasis on monumental outdoor sculpture sits on 200 acres, a former foxhunting estate, just outside DC in Potomac, MD. The addition adds 240,000-square feet to the visitor experience including a new gallery, a bookstore, expanded grounds and two cafes. Admission is always free.
Brightest Young Things present a five-day cavalcade of American comedy at venues throughout the DC: from the historic Lincoln Theater to the Kennedy Center.
Nov. 2, 2018 – Feb. 10 2019
The National Museum of Women in the Arts present the first retrospective of fashions by the Southern California Sisters, Kate and Laura Mulleavy.
Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950
National Gallery of Art/Nov. 4, 2018 – Feb. 17, 2019
Told in 120 photographs, magazine, books, letters and ephemera, this will be the first exhibit to focus on the influence of the Farm Securities Administration and Standard Oil grants as well as mentors like Roy Striker on the visionary, self-taught photographer.
A new national memorial dedicated on the anniversary of the Armistice of the “war to end all wars.”
Relocation of the International Spy Museum
L’Enfant Plaza/early 2019, Date TBD
The museum dedicated to espionage moves from 800 F Street, NW to L’Enfant Plaza, between the National Mall and the Southwest Waterfront. The new space is 140,000 square feet, more than double the existing building, and will include space for educational programing, a lecture hall/theater and multifunction event space with sweeping views of the city.
Twelve Angry Men
Ford’s Theatre/Jan. 18-Feb. 17
Reginal Rose’s ever-resonant courtroom drama examines personal bias as jurors from 12 backgrounds consider the fate of a teenager accused of murder. Director Sheldon Epps spurs the familiar drama into a conversation about race in America.
Veteran director Michael Kahn closes the season and his career with Ellen McLoughlin’s new adaption of Aeschylus’ trilogy about the doomed house of Atreus. Kahn’s final season boasts two world premieres including Vanity Fair by Kate Hamill, The Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year 2017.
Washington Monument Reopens
National Mall/Spring 2019
After a significant modernization, the popular monument reopens with a new visitor center, ticket booth and elevator.
National Fossil Hall
National Museum of Natural History/TBD
After a four-year closure, the Smithsonian reopens its spectacular collection of dinosaurs with an emphasis on presentation and current scientific research.
Hall of American Culture
National Museum of American History/TBD
The third and final reimaging of the West Wing of the nation’s history museum presents America as a unique country where culture makers and their audiences meet, be it a megachurch, Barnum’s circus tent or a cineplex.
Planet Word Museum
Franklin Square/2019 TBD
A private museum dedicated to fostering a life-long love of literacy and storytelling is expected to open its doors in 2019.
Focusing on President Eisenhower’s dedication to public service, leadership, work ethic and devotion to preserving democracy, a memorial designed by Frank Gehry will be dedicated in 2020.
The National Native American Veterans Memorial
National Museum of American Indian/TBD
The memorial is expected to open on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution’s DC museum in 2020. At present, the 413 registrations received from five continents have been reduced to five semi-finalists.
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