Events: Argentine Design, American Graffiti, a Portrait Gallery Party and More

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Monday, September 27: Sadly, no special events are slated for today. However, visit this site for a full listing of regularly-scheduled goings-on around the Smithsonian and I am sure something is bound to strike your fancy.

Tuesday, September 28: All Hands on Design! Designers from Argentina

For those of you in the New York area, come on out to the Cooper-Hewitt for a celebration of Argentine design. Come enjoy workshops, hands-on activities for adults and children and displays of design work. The program is free, however regular Cooper-Hewitt admission rates apply: $15: General Admission; $10: Senior Citizens and Students with I.D.; free for children under age 12, Smithsonian Associates, and museum members. Cooper Hewitt, 5-8 PM

Wednesday, September 29: Ask an Expert: A Sampling of Aeronautical Uniform Insignia

For today's lunchtime lecture, Alex Spencer of the museum's Aeronautics Division will walk you through a selection of uniform insignia. Free. Air and Space Museum, 12:00 PM

Thursday, September 30: American Graffiti

This gem of a movie paints a brilliant picture of what it was like to be a teenager in Modesto, California in 1962. American Graffiti was written and directed by George Lucas. After recognizing the masterful storytelling techniques that the artist Normal Rockwell employed in his paintings, Lucas amassed a collection of the artist's pieces. His collection is displayed alongside that of fellow film director Steven Spielberg in Telling Stories, which will be on view at the American Art Museum until January 2, 2011. Free. American Art Museum, 6:30 PM.

Friday, October 1: Portraits After 5

Come on out to the Kogod Courtyard, that fabulous open-air space smack in the middle of the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, for an evening jam-packed with entertainment. While DJ Todd Threats will be spinning music, enjoy video installation art by Claire Scoville, a photo booth session with photographer Rob Northway and a chance to check out the recently-opened Americans Now exhibit. Free. Cash bar and food are available for purchase. American Art Museum, 5:00-8:00 PM.

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