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Smithsonian Associates Presents December Program Highlights


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The†December issue†of the Smithsonian Associatesí 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:

The Sound of Music at 60: The Musical Thatís One of Our Favorite Things
Thursday, Dec. 5; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonianís S. Dillon Ripley Center
Since 1959, peopleís hearts have been alive with the songs and the story of one of the most enduring musicals of all time,†The Sound of Music. American music specialist Robert Wyatt showcases the making of the stage and screen versions of Rodgers and Hammersteinís beloved work.

Vital Voices: Endangered Languages in a Changing World
Tuesday, Dec. 10; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonianís S. Dillon Ripley Center
Mary Linn, curator of cultural and linguistic revitalization for the Smithsonianís Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, examines the critical
importance of maintaining language diversity, the forces that threaten to silence endangered languages and the efforts to combat them.

Putting It All On the Table: Women On Food
Wednesday, Dec. 11; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonianís S. Dillon Ripley Center
For her new book†Women on Food, editor Charlotte Druckman surveyed esteemed food journalists, chefs, critics and thinkers to listen to a diverse range of female voices in the food industry today. In conversation with chef and television personality Carla Hall, Druckman discusses some of the wide range of issues on which these industry professionals weighed in like the #MeToo movement, gender and racial bias, underrepresentation of women of color, writing cookbooks and mastering failure.

Wreath-Making with Smithsonian Gardens
Monday, Dec. 16, or Tuesday, Dec. 17; 10 a.m.
Smithsonianís S. Dillon Ripley Center
Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow teaches participants how to make a truly spectacular holiday wreath, including fresh mixed evergreens, winterberry and holly, along with a wide assortment of natural and fanciful man-made holiday accents and decorative ribbon. Light holiday refreshments and all materials are provided.


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