Events: Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley, the Music of Africa and More!

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Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20: So, this week is off to a bit of a slow start as far as special events are concerned, but there is always plenty to do around the Smithsonian! Check out this site for a listing of regularly-scheduled fun at the museums or check out an IMAX movie. You can find IMAX listings here.

Thursday, January 21: Richard Nixon and Elvis: Face to Face Portrait Talk

In this week's portrait talk, Jason Schultz, archivist at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, is on deck to talk about the meeting between President Richard Nixon and pop superstar Elvis Presley—an iconic odd couple if there ever was one! Free. National Portrait Gallery, 6:00-6:30 PM.

Friday, January 22: Sounds of Africa

Ideal for persons ages 6 and up, this program features Ugandan musician Daniel Ssuuna who will introduce you to a variety of African instruments, as well as teach you about the musical concepts of polyrhythm and syncopation. And better yet, it's a hands-on experience, so come out and try your hand at these instruments. Free. African Art Museum, 10:30-11:30 AM.

For more information on events and exhibitions at the Smithsonian museums, check our companion website,, the official visitor’s guide to the Smithsonian.

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