Back to school season is upon us! Students are spazzing over course schedules and the teachers they have to expand their minds. Teachers are sure to wonder what young minds they get to contend with over the course of the next school year and parents are prepping for an onslaught of PTA meetings and...
September 03, 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
The Hope Diamond, the crown jewel of the National Museum of Natural History’s internationally recognized gems collection, is soon to be viewed in a new setting. But which setting will be chosen? In an unusual move, museum officials say the selection will be decided by the public, in a first-ever, p...
August 25, 2009 | By Abby Callard
Billie Holiday’s favorite musician, jazz great Lester “Prez” Young brought a hip, freewheeling sensibility to his saxophone playing
August 25, 2009 | By Jamie Katz
Happy Bad Poetry Day everybody! Crack out your bongos along with your pad and paper and be unashamed to lay down a bit of verse that ought never see the light of day again! Stoke the creative fire of your soul and let loose those ladies from Nantucket with reckless abandon all over the nearest blan...
August 18, 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
The ATM Blog regrets this Friday’s passing of Mike Seeger at age 75, a long-time contributor to the Smithsonian Folkways label. A dedicated proponent of "old-time" music, this accomplished musician and singer helped keep traditional, rural roots music alive, recording the performances of the musici...
August 10, 2009 | By Jeff Campagna
The folk musician talks about his new album – a lost recording of a solo concert held days before the legendary music festival
July 31, 2009 | By Jeff Campagna
The author of The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, traveled many paths before he found his Yellow Brick Road
June 26, 2009 | By Chloë Schama
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back—that ten-day celebration that has been happening on the National Mall since 1968. Every summer the Smithsonian Folklife Center promotes cultural education by highlighting the conventions and customs of social groups from the world over. This year, come on o...
June 24, 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
In a movie first, curators and filmmakers collaborated to animate artifacts for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
June 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
As Michael Parfit bids goodbye to the Cannes Film Festival, there is good news for Luna from the Canary Islands
May 25, 2009 | By Michael Parfit
The buzz surrounding a new film leaves Cannes-goers anxious, but Michael Parfit finds reasons for hope
May 19, 2009 | By Michael Parfit
The ‘Night at the Museum’ films aren’t the only films that take place largely in the confines of a museum
May 04, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
UPDATE: From everyone at the Around the Mall blog and Smithsonian Folkways, we’d like to thank you for sharing your happy birthday messages with Pete! If you’d still like to post, please do so by Tuesday, May 5th at 5 PM EST, after which we’ll close the comments and send the messages to Pete. Thank...
May 01, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
Pete Seeger is still singing the ballads that popularized folk music and transformed the genre into a call for action
May 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
Movie memories come to life inside the filmmaking collections of these seven museums
April 24, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
Friday, April 10: Annual Bunny PartyIs your best friend a 6-foot 3 and one half inch rabbit? Are your tea parties never without a march hare in attendance? Or, do you just live in fear of the cotton-tailed creature living down the street? Spring is here, so come sing, dance, play and listen to stor...
April 10, 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
The young musician discusses the joys of improvisation and her new tribute to fellow American Indian artist Mildred Bailey
April 09, 2009 | By Katy June-Friesen
Monday, April 6: Book SigningCorkey Hay DeSimone will be available to sign copies of her children's book Cherry Blossom Friends, a book written especially for this year's Cherry Blossom Festival. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 12:00-3:00 PM Tuesday, April 7: Quilting DemonstrationVolunteers f...
April 06, 2009 | By Jesse Rhodes
The jazz flugelhornist and composer kicks off Jazz History Month with a donation to the National Museum of American History
April 03, 2009 | By Jeff Campagna
April 2009 | By Joseph Caputo