Today’s Events at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Wednesday, June 25

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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival gets underway today on the National Mall with music, song, dance, crafts and story telling. Featured programs are: "Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon;" "NASA: Fifty Years and Beyond;" and "Texas: A Celebration of Music, Food, and Wine."  The opening ceremony is at 11a.m. in the Dancehall.


Bhutan Kitchen: Noon Cattle God's Gifts: Butter and Cheese; Taste of Bhutan 1 p.m. Buckwheat Noodles 3 p.m.; Festive Foods 4 p.m.

Four Friends Narrative Stage:  Four Friends Story 12:30 p.m.; Life of Monks and Nuns 1:30 p.m.; Understanding Art in Bhutan 2:00 p.m.; Gross National Happiness 2:45 p.m.; Images of Bhutan 3:30 p.m.; Passing on Traditional Arts 4:15 p.m.; Storytelling 5:00 p.m. 

Tsechu Stage: Noon Traditional Bhutanese Music and Dance; Ritual Monastic Dance 1:00 p.m.; Traditional Bhutanese Music and Dance 2 p.m.; Traditional Bhutanese Music and Dance 3 p.m.; Ritual Monastic Dance 4 p.m.; Closing Ritual 5 p.m.


Exploration Stage:  Noon Space Shuttle; Why We Explore 12:30 p.m.;  NASA and Nation 1:30 p.m. ; Astronaut Adventures 2:15 p.m.;  Moonbound 3:15 p.m.; Astronaut Adventures 4:00 p.m.; What on Earth? 4:45 p.m.

Food Lab:  Noon Packaging Food for Space; Planning for the Moon and Mars 1 p.m.; Creating Menus for Space 2 p.m.;  Packaging Food for Space 3 p.m.; Planning for the Moon and Mars 4 p.m.

Galaxy Stage: Noon High Flight; NASA and Nation 12:30 p.m.; Sun-Earth Connections 1:30 p.m.; Rocket Scientists 2:15 p.m.; Mysterious Universe 3:15 p.m.; Leading the Greening 4:00 p.m.; International Space Station 4:45 p.m.  


Dance Hall: Opening Ceremony 11 a.m.; Texas Johnny Brown 12:30 p.m.; Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines 1:30 p.m.;  Little Joe y la Familia 2:30 p.m.;  Les Amis Creole 3:30 p.m.;  Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys 4:30 p.m.

Lone Star Kitchen:  San Antonio Tex-Mex Kitchen 12:15 p.m.; Polish Texan Cooking 1:30 p.m.; Cowboy Cooking 2:15 p.m.; Vietnamese Cooking 3:15  p.m.; Southern African American Cooking 4:30 p.m.

Opry House: Noon The Jones Family Singers; Los Texmaniacs with Fiddlin' Frenchie Burke 1 p.m.; Texas Johnny Brown 2 p.m.; Los Texmaniacs with Mingo Saldivar 3 p.m.; Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines 4 p.m.

Texas Talk:  Talking Terroir 12:15 p.m.; Making Wine for Texas Tastes 1:15 p.m.; Fiddles, Fiddles, Fiddles 2:15 p.m.;  Eating in San Antonio 3:15 p.m.; Tejano Music  4:15 p.m.

(Photograph of Bhutanese builders working on the construction of the traditional Bhutanese Buddhist temple on the National Mall, courtesy of Jennifer Endick, Smithsonian Institution) 

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