Wednesday, January 14, 2009

January Events in Washington D.C.

An Evening of Inaugural Style (01/15/2009; 5:30p.m., Macy's Metro Center, 1201 G St. NW) Washingtonian Magazine fashion editor Jill Hudson Neal will give styling advice while models showcase gorgeous evening wear as we ready ourselves for the busy inauguration season ahead.
First Ladies at the Smithsonian (National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Ave, NW) Just in time for the inauguration, The National Museum of American History presents the “First Ladies at the Smithsonian” exhibition which includes the dazzling ensembles and items belonging to the wives of past president’s. The collections include this first lady's contribution to the presidency and her country, a swift evolution of the First Ladies Collection, and the tradition of the all-important inaugural gown. In addition to clothing items, the exhibit also features prized personal possessions from amazing women like Grace Coolidge, Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Taft, just to name a few.
Taking the Oath The "Taking the Oath" exhibit at The National Archives will begin running from Jan. 12-25 and features much of first President George Washington’s original documents in which he penned thoughts on the Presidential oath of office. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Archives will also be screening the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony and parade on January 20th in the William G. McGowan Theater.
A Century Ago: They Came as Sovereign Leaders (Jan. 14- Feb. 7; The National Museum of the American Indian; Fourth Street & Independence Ave SW). This exhibitions displays beautiful photographs of the six Native chiefs featured in President Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural parade of 1905.
Aretha Franklin and the Let Freedom Ring Choir (Jan. 19, 2009; 6 p.m.; Kennedy Center; 2700 F St. NW). The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University will celebrate Martin Luther King by hosting a musical celebration, featuring the incredible vocals of songstress Aretha Franklin, Nuttin’ but Stringz, and the Let Freedom Ring Choir. Free tickets are required and will be distributed one per person in front of the Concert Hall on January 19th.

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