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Series of International Films For Children at National Gallery

On November 13 at 10:30 a.m. and November 14 at 11:30 a.m. the National Gallery of Art will be showing a set of short films for children. 

It's a series of international films, none of which have dialogue. The movies depict the day in the life of several small children. Find out what adventures a day brings to Anita in Chile, Darioush in Iran, Wen-Zheng in Taiwan, and Yolanda in South Africa, when each child opens a door and leaves home behind.

Seating is on a first-come basis; children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information call 202.789.3030 or log onto www.nga.gov/programs/flmchild.


"Transformers 3" Filming in D.C.; Street Closures, Parking Restrictions Throughout City

"Transformers 3" will be filming all over the National Mall from October 11-October 15.  Because the production will be taking place, streets throughout Downtown will be closed, and additionally, there will parking restrictions in various locations.

Here's the entire list:

"Transformers 3" Filming Schedule

Smithsonian American Art Museum Seeking New Docents

This story comes to us from Jo-Ann Neuhaus, Executive Director of the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association and the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is currently accepting applications for new docents.

Volunteer docents facilitate an engaging experience and create a dialogue with museum visitors to deepen their understanding of American art, history, craft, and culture. Docents guide visitor tours at the museum's main building and its Renwick Gallery, and also introduce the museum collection to school groups.

Future docents must submit an application and complete a training class, which will begin in 2011. An interest in American art and history is desired, and foreign language ability is a plus.

To request an application, e-mail Carol Wilson, Docent Coordinator at WilsonCL@si.edu.

Shaw Main Streets Development Forum Addresses Howard Theatre, CityMarket Among Others

This story was sent to us by the office of Jack Evans, Ward 2 Councilman:

The annual Shaw Main Streets Development Forum was recently held at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, where developers presented updates on their projects, as well as plans for sites not previously presented to the community.  Shaw continues to see movement on several important neighborhood projects such as:

Free Screening of Obama in Ghana Documentary Coming to Convention Center

This event was submitted to us by filmmaker Tony Regusters:

Next Thursday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the DC Convention Center, participants in this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Week will attend a free screening of Obama in Ghana: The Untold Story – an award-winning documentary that captures in vivid and exquisite detail the full panoply of African elegance surrounding President Obama’s visit to Ghana and the incredible reception he and the First Family received in Ghana.  Just six months after his inauguration the President and First Family made another kind of history with their state visit to Africa in July of 2009, selecting the Republic of Ghana as the Administration’s first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Jazz in The Garden Ends Season With Final Performance by Bruce Swaim

Tonight, Friday, September 10, the National Gallery of Art will once again host “Jazz in the Garden”.  The event, held in rain or shine, will run from 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and will feature Bruce Swaim playing Jazz Saxophone.

The “Jazz in the Garden” is in its tenth season, and this is the very LAST performance of the year!

The concert will be held in front of the Pavilion Café, and is completely free of charge!  People who attend may not bring alcohol nor can they bring coolers.  They may, however, bring blankets.

The Café will have a seasonal light fare menu and beverages for purchase.

The National Gallery of Art is located near the Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter Metro stop on Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets. 

Free Lecture at National Gallery of Art

Christopher With will be lecturing at the National Gallery of Art in Penn Quarter on Sunday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m..  The lecture will be on the relationship between Andrew W. Mellon and Art Dealer Joseph Duveen.

With's oratory will conclude the National Gallery of Art's summer lecture series.   The five-part series has included presentations by National Gallery lecturers Eric Denker, David Gariff, and others.

With's lecture is open to the public and is absolutely free.  There is no registration for the event, and seats are available first-come first-serve.

Check out the National Gallery's lecture website for more information.

The Gallery is located on Constitution Avenue between 4th Street and 7th Street in NW.