Flowers + alcohol + face painting + dancing = Solstice Saturday, this year’s annual America Now event put on by three of the 11 Smithsonian museums.
Held on the longest Saturday of the year, the free par-tay rattled the bones of this staid but oh-so-fascinating institution, bringing revelry like it hasn’t seen since … oh … last year at this time. But last year’s America Now’s theme was the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth, so, no hippie bacchanalia.
This is the time of year many people have joined a gym, vowing to regain the shape of their youth even if they have to stop eating Pringles and Mountain Dew for a while. But a gym membership isn’t for everyone. It costs money, it takes time, it hurts, and for many people, it isn’t fun.
If losing weight and getting in better shape is your goal — versus becoming competitive on the body-building circuit — all you have to do is move more and eat less. We know — that’s easier said than done. But living in the DMV can make it the process less painful, because we have so many great spots to walk. … WAYS TO LOSE THE WEIGHT YOU GAINED OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE
You know what’s coming. You venture out onto the mall, and the heat rises up from the ground, penetrating your sneakers that are covered in the dust that billows up with each step you take. The Washington Monument appears to undulate in the midday sun and you try to focus through the glare, but your sunglasses keep sliding down your nose. … THE SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL TURNS 50
Famed artist Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective exhibition hits DC this weekend at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and it’s sure to cause a stir. The artist, who is known for her extensive use of nudity, phallic sculptures and – you guessed it – polka dots has seen a dramatic rise in her status in recent years which has culminated into the kick off of her North American tour — the first in almost two decades.