The Smithsonian Folklife Festival gets underway today on the National Mall with music, song, dance, crafts and story telling. Featured programs are: "Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon;" "NASA: Fifty Years and Beyond;" and "Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food, and Wine." The opening ceremony is at 11a.m. in the Dancehall.
Bhutan Kitchen: Noon Cattle God's Gifts: Butter and Cheese; Taste of Bhutan 1 p.m.; Buckwheat Noodles 3 p.m.; Festive Foods 4 p.m.
Four Friends Narrative Stage: Four Friends Story 12:30 p.m.; Life of Monks and Nuns 1:30 p.m.; Understanding Art in Bhutan 2:00 p.m.; Gross National Happiness 2:45 p.m.; Images of Bhutan 3:30 p.m.; Passing on Traditional Arts 4:15 p.m.; Storytelling 5:00 p.m.
Tsechu Stage: Noon Traditional Bhutanese Music and Dance; Ritual Monastic Dance 1:00 p.m.; Traditional Bhutanese Music and Dance 2 p.m.; Traditional Bhutanese Music and Dance 3 p.m.; Ritual Monastic Dance 4 p.m.; Closing Ritual 5 p.m.
Exploration Stage: Noon Space Shuttle; Why We Explore 12:30 p.m.; NASA and Nation 1:30 p.m. ; Astronaut Adventures 2:15 p.m.; Moonbound 3:15 p.m.; Astronaut Adventures 4:00 p.m.; What on Earth? 4:45 p.m.
Food Lab: Noon Packaging Food for Space; Planning for the Moon and Mars 1 p.m.; Creating Menus for Space 2 p.m.; Packaging Food for Space 3 p.m.; Planning for the Moon and Mars 4 p.m.
Galaxy Stage: Noon High Flight; NASA and Nation 12:30 p.m.; Sun-Earth Connections 1:30 p.m.; Rocket Scientists 2:15 p.m.; Mysterious Universe 3:15 p.m.; Leading the Greening 4:00 p.m.; International Space Station 4:45 p.m.