Events: How to Build Your Own Print Collection, Grow Wild Rice, and Know Julia Child and More!

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Monday, March 15: Seasoned with Spirit

Enjoy episodes of the public television series Seasoned with Spirit, and join host Loretta Barrett Oden as she visits Native communities to learn about their agricultural and culinary traditions. In Food Upon the Water, Oden participates in a wild rice harvest and shows you how to prepare a wild rice and maple syrup cake to accompany a lakeside first rice feast of buffalo, wild rice and cranberry stuffed acorn squash, buffalo stew, and beautiful ruby red swamp tea. Free. American Indian Museum, 12:30 PM.

Tuesday, March 16: Collectors' Roundtable: Pleasures of Building a Print Collection

Are you beginning to curate a collection of your own in the comfort of your home? If so, experts in the field are handy to offer their insights and invaluable advice. Tonight, Mary Ryan of the Mary Ryan Art Gallery  in New York will discuss the pleasures of building a print collection. Free. American Art Museum, 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, March 17: The Sacred Art of Making a Mandala

Come on out to the Freer Sackler gallery and witness the creation of a sand mandala—a spiritual image created out of brightly-colored grains of sand which, according to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, transmits positive energy to those nearby. Monks began work on the mandala on Saturday, March 13, so come see what it looks like a few days into the creations process. But hurry on over—the mandala will be swept away on March 21. Free. Freer Sackler Gallery, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. This event repeats today between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Thursday, March 18: Julia Child: Face-to-Face Portrait Talk

If you only know Julia Child by way of Dan Ackroyd cutting the dickens out of his finger on Saturday Night Live, then you definitely owe it to yourself to swing by the Portrait Gallery for this week's gallery talk. National Museum of American History curator Rayna Green will be on deck to discuss this icon of kitchen counter culture. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 6:00 PM.

Friday, March 19: Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint

This film tells the story of Milarepa, a major figure in the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. In 11th century Tibet, young Milarepa is leading a privileged life a world full of greed and betrayal upends his good fortune, compelling him to exact revenge. Free. Freer, 7:00 PM.

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