News Release, Smithsonian Associates

TheFebruary issueof 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:

J.D. Salinger: The Eloquent Recluse
Monday, Feb. 4; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
The author ofThe Catcher in the Ryeand other seminal works of midcentury fiction led a life of self-imposed seclusion from the public, preferring to let his writing speak for him. With the centenary of his birth in 2019, he is in the spotlight during this special evening program as author Daniel Stashower explores Salinger’s life and legacy and actor Scott Sedar reads a selection of his most celebrated works. A reception follows.

Instantly French: A Classic Kitchen Technique Goes Modern
Wednesday, Feb. 6; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
One of the latest cooking crazes has its roots in French culinary history. Author and travel writer Ann Mah traces how the traditional pressure cooker morphed into the Instant Pot, and how dishes that French home cooks make in their beloved cocotte-minute can deliciously translate into versions that take advantage of the multifunctional electric pressure cooker.

How to Live to Be 100 with Dr. John Whyte
Saturday, Feb. 9; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
Physician John Whyte gathers all his best advice in a day designed to guide participants through a comprehensive look at critical aspects of personal health. They will leave educated, engaged and entertained—and with new tools to approach the job of staying healthy.

A Red-Carpet Night with Oscar
Thursday, Feb. 21; 6:45 p.m.
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
As the Academy Awards race approaches its conclusion,Washington City Paperfilm critic Noah Gittell hosts an evening that focuses on all things Oscar, from Academy Awards history and trivia to discussions of this year’s nominations and behind-the-scenes stories.

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