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Smithsonian Associates Presents November Program Highlights

November 1, 2017

The November issue of the Smithsonian Associates’ program guide features a variety of educational and cultural programs, including seminars, lectures, studio arts classes, performances for adults and children and local and regional study tours. Highlights this month include:

Scott Kelly: A Year in Space

Friday, Nov. 3; 7 p.m.
George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, astronaut Scott Kelly discusses the dangers, achievements and physical and emotional challenges he encountered during his record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station.

Lee Child on Jack Reacher’s Latest Adventure

Thursday, Nov. 9; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

As his newest thriller debuts, internationally bestselling author Lee Child discusses the inspiration behind his Jack Reacher novels, his writing process and the latest story in the series, The Midnight Line.

The Axelrod String Quartet 2017–2018 Concert Series

Saturday, Nov. 11; 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12; 6:30 p.m.
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s Hall of Music

Smithsonian Chamber Music Society audiences are privy to the unparalleled experience of being able to hear two magnificent quartets of instruments—one made by Antonio Stradivari, the other by his teacher Nicolo Amati—in this popular concert series. This concert features music by Hadyn, Brahms and Mozart.

Tea with a Bookseller: Previews of the Newest Nonfiction Titles

Sunday, Nov. 12; 4 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Washington is home to excellent local bookstores serving every kind of literary taste. In this new monthly series in which local booksellers preview upcoming titles, Jon Purves from Politics and Prose looks at the big nonfiction books set to debut this fall. Tea, sherry and cookies round out each session.

Wreaths: Seasonal Workshop with Smithsonian Gardens

Tuesday, Nov. 28; 10 a.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center

Participants will bring home the beauty of the Smithsonian’s inventive botanical holiday decorations when they create a wreath guided by a horticulturist from Smithsonian Gardens.

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