Smithsonian Events Week of March 16-20: March Madness!

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Monday, March 16: Octopus Feeding

I'd like to be under the sea in an octopus' garden—wouldn't you? But the question is: what do octopi eat that would merit them having a garden in the first place? Come out to the National Zoo where you can observe an octopus feeding! Free, but space is limited. Repeats daily. National Zoo, 11 AM and 3 PM

Tuesday, March 17: Van Gogh: Brush With Genius

Come and enjoy the DC premiere of this new IMAX extravaganza that details the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh. Filmed on location in France and the Netherlands, the lush landscapes that inspired this troubled artist are brought to life in the biggest film format the entertainment industry has to offer. Tickets are required. Rates are: $13 general admission; $10 Resident Associate Program members. To reserve your seat, call 202-633-3030. National Museum of Natural History, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 18: Artist Shorts

If you're an artist, one disadvantage of having your work displayed in a gallery is that you're never around to talk more about your work and convey to your audience more information than what can be contained by an itty bitty placard. On continuous view at the American Art Museum is Artist Shorts, a series of videotaped interviews with artists that will (hopefully) expand your knowledge and appreciation of their contributions to the world of art. Free. American Art Museum, 1:30-3:30 PM.

Thursday, March 19: Afrique! with Balafon: Francophonie Children's Program

Come learn about and celebrate the cultural traditions of Guinea with Mama Kadiatou Conte and her musical group Balafon. Tickets required. Rates are: $6 adults; $5 children (ages 2-16); $4 Resident Associate Program members. National Museum of Natural History, 10:15 AM and 11:30 AM

Friday, March 20: March Madness of the Mind: Demonstrations

Our nation's best and brightest scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are at the American History Museum to show off their latest inventions. And don't forget to visit the Spark!Lab where you can enjoy hands-on demonstrations. Free. National Museum of American History, 12 Noon-4 PM

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