Events May 7-9: Finding Our Way, a Quinoa Celebreation and String Quartets

This week, learn how time can tell us where we are, experience Bolivian culture and listen to musicians from the Marlboro Music Festival

In celebration of Bolivia’s culture, the American Indian Museum is holding a quinoa festival this week.
In celebration of Bolivia’s culture, the American Indian Museum is holding a quinoa festival this week. Photo by edibleoffice, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Tuesday, May 7: Time and Navigation

Sea captains once relied on chronometers to calculate where they were. Today, we use satellites, and anyone can tap the Global Positioning System’s satellite-borne clocks with their cell phone to figure out exactly where he or she is or how to get somewhere. Check out “Time and Navigation: the Untold Story of Getting from Here to There,” a new exhibit at the Air and Space Museum that traces how revolutions in timekeeping over the past three centuries have helped us find our way. Free. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Air and Space Museum.

Wednesday, May 8: Suma Qamaña: Celebrating the International Year of Quinoa

The Plurinational State of Bolivia is putting its culture on display this week with a celebration of food and performances centered around everyone’s favorite protein-filled pseudocereal, quinoa. In addition to plenty of samples for tasting, the five-day event will feature a baroque music concert, folk music, traditional dances, art, storytelling and other family-friendly activities. Get a glimpse of what’s in store in this preview. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. American Indian Museum.

Thursday, May 9: Musicians from Marlboro

Star classical musicians from Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival are in the house this evening to perform an eclectic mix of quartets, including Stravinsky’s Concertino for String Quartet and Brahms’ Piano Quartet in A Major, op. 26. Free. 7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery.

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For a complete listing of Smithsonian events and exhibitions visit the goSmithsonian Visitors Guide. Additional reporting by Michelle Strange.

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