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Smithsonian Events Week of 3/30-4/03: Spartacus, Walt Disney and Duke Ellington

Monday, March 30: 2009 National Sciences Bowl CompetitionCome see high school students show off their oceanographic know how in this Jeopardy-style trivia challenge. Free. National Museum of Natural History, 10:45 AMTuesday, March 31: Spartacus: The True StoryYeah, we all know of Spartacus. At some...

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Monday, March 30: 2009 National Sciences Bowl Competition



Come see high school students show off their oceanographic know how in this Jeopardy-style trivia challenge. Free. National Museum of Natural History, 10:45 AM



Tuesday, March 31: Spartacus: The True Story



Yeah, we all know of Spartacus. At some point or another I'm sure you or someone you know have rattled off " I am Spartacus" ( or some deviation thereon). But how much do you know about the historical character, the slave-turned gladiator who sparked a massive revolt against the Roman Empire? Historial Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell University, uses recent archaeological discoveries and his own on-site investigations to explore this timeless folk hero. Tickets are required. Rates are: $25 general admission; $15 members. Call 202-633-3030 to reserve your ticket today. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 6:45 PM



Wednesday, April 1: Selling Space in the 1950s: The Disney/Von Braun Space Station Model



In the late 1950s, physicist Werner Von Braun wanted to pique the American public's interest in space exploration. So, he wished upon a star and teamed up with Walt Disney and their collaboration resulted in products like the " Man in Space" episode of the "Disneyland" television series as well as a model for a space station. This latter artifact will be discussed by Michael Neufeld of the Space History Division in a lunchtime lecture. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 12:00 PM



Thursday, April 2: Anatomy of a Murder: An Ellington Classic Reconsidered



April is Jazz Appreciation Month and Archives Center curator Reuben Jackson discusses Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Academy Award-winning score to Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder. Free. American History Museum, 12:00 PM



Friday, April 3: Jazz Appreciation Month Special Tour



A docent will lead you around the American Art Museum on a tour that highlights the jazz-related works in the collection. Free. American Art Museum, 2:00 PM
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