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"Chasing the Moon" Panel Discussion - Highlights

National Air and Space Museum
Highlights from a panel discussion about the upcoming film series Chasing the Moon. Chasing the Moon, a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the Moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. National Air and Space Society Members got a preview of the film and heard from experts involved at this special member evening.

"Check One" – Regie Cabico

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Read more: http://festival.si.edu/blog/five-minutes-of-political-theater-an-interview-with-spoken-word-poet-regie-cabico Production: Emma Cregan [Catalog No. CFV10926; Copyright 2017, Smithsonian Institution]

"Color in a New Light" Sneak Peek on Periscope

Smithsonian Libraries
On January 20th, 2016, we hosted a live Periscope broadcast to get a behind-the-scenes look at our new exhibit, "Color in a New Light". Exhibit curator Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi and book conservator Vanessa Haight Smith explained more about the exhibit, what books will be featured and the preservation work that goes in to displaying books. Learn more about "Color in a New Light" at http://library.si.edu/color

"Cradle Hymn" by Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends (from The Sounding Joy)

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
"The Sounding Joy" available here: http://goo.gl/hcoMOt The Sounding Joy is a spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger's 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and a luminary list of her musical family, friends, and neighbors, this album celebrates the spirit of community and homespun traditions that existed in times before the commercialization of Christmas. Natalie Merchant, Aoife O'Donovan, Amy Helm, John Sebastian, Dan Zanes, Happy Traum, and many others including special guest Peggy Seeger all add their voices to pay tribute to a collection revered in the canon of American Music. From the liner notes: Amy and Teresa knew this melody from the hymn "Ten Thousand Charms." Daniel arranged it for guitar. We worked it out around our kitchen table, and then we walked down the hall and recorded it. Performed and recorded live at the The Pewter Shop at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY. Performers: Larry Campbell Byran Isaacs Amy Helm Elizabeth Mitchell Daniel Littleton Teresa Williams Directed by Kale Kaposhilin Assistant Director: John Butters Director of Photography: Chris Rahm Camera Operator: Ben Fundis Assistant Director / Gaffer: John Butters Recording Engineer: Guthrie Lord Editor: Chris Rahm Mixing Engineer: Guthrie Lord A Production of Evolving Media Network The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Dancing the Dream" Exhibition Preview - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Amy Henderson, historian at NPG, discusses the upcoming exhibition "Dancing the Dream" on view from October 4, 2013 - July 13, 2014. Filmed in the museum's McEvoy Auditorium on February 14, 2013.

"Deportee (feat. Lyle Lovett)" by Los Texmaniacs [Official Music Video]

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Official music video for "Deportee" featuring Lyle Lovett by Los Texmaniacs, from 'Cruzando Borders' out on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings // https://folkways.si.edu/los-texmaniacs/cruzando-borders Also known as "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos," these Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics were inspired by a 1948 newspaper article on the crash of a plane near Los Gatos Canyon in California's Fresno County carrying farm laborers back to Mexico, but didn't mention any of the Mexican victims' names, merely calling them "deportees." Renowned country singer Lyle Lovett, an avowed Woody Guthrie fan, met Max Baca at the taping of an Austin City Limits Hall of Fame show, and graciously accepted their invitation to sing the song for this album. He feels the sentiment of the song callings for treating all people with dignity still holds true, saying "It's a timeless song, and it's an honor to sing those words." Filmed by Charlie Weber and edited by Emma Cregan Los Texmaniacs: http://lostexmaniacs.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texmaniacs/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/texmaniacs74 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/texmaniacs/ Smithsonian Folkways: http://www.folkways.si.edu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianf... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonian... The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"Dialing for Dollars" - U.S. Postal Inspection Service Video

National Postal Museum
This dramatic video produced by the US Postal Inspection Service tells the story of telemarketing investment fraud and the lives that are ruined by these criminals. This video gives you tips on how to protect yourself against investment fraud and telemarketing scams and tells you what to do if you've been victimized. It's information you don't want to be without. Learn more about the U.S. Postal Inspection Service: http://npm.si.edu/behindthebadge

"Diplomacy in Action" Closing Remarks from United States Secretary of State, John Kerry

Smithsonian Education
Secretary of State John Kerry offers closing remarks to students to a three-part interactive online conference series, entitled "Diplomacy in Action", which featured experts and educators from the U.S. Department of State, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian. To learn more about this program and view archived sessions, please visit http://smithsonianeducationconferences.org/diplomacy.

"Diplomacy in Action" Welcome from United States Secretary of State, John Kerry

Smithsonian Education
Secretary of State John Kerry welcomes students to a three-part interactive online conference series, entitled "Diplomacy in Action", which will feature experts and educators from the U.S. Department of State, the National Park Service and the Smithsonian. To learn more about this program, please visit http://smithsonianeducationconferences.org/diplomacy/.

"Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018" at the Renwick Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum
"Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018" features four remarkable artists who challenge the conventional definitions of craft, imbuing it with a renewed sense of emotion purpose, inclusiveness, and activism.

"Do Ho Suh: Almost Home" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Do Ho Suh’s immersive architectural installations—unexpectedly crafted with ethereal fabric—are spaces that are at once deeply familiar and profoundly alien. Suh is internationally renowned for his “fabric architecture” sculptures that explore the global nature of contemporary identity as well as memory, migration, and our ideas of home. The exhibition "Do Ho Suh: Almost Home" is organized by Sarah Newman, the James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art. It is the latest in a series of projects at the Smithsonian American Art Museum that situates the art of the United States in a global context. Learn more at https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/suh

"Don't Look Now" at Thread Waxing Space

Archives of American Art
A video walk-through of the exhibition by curator Joshua Decter. The exhibition was held at Thread Waxing Space between January 22 and February 26, 1994. Please note that at approximately 24 minutes and 21 seconds into the video, the camera's attention shifts to the work of an artist that was in another part of the exhibition space. This was a separate one-person (currently unidentified) artist's presentation and had nothing to do with "Don't Look Now". From the Thread Waxing Space records, 1980s-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

"Earthrise" featuring Sir David Attenborough

National Air and Space Museum
"But despite the vast distance that made the photograph possible, we had not lost our connection with the natural world, we had rediscovered it. We saw, for the first time, our one home together in the cosmos." - Sir David Attenborough On December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders took the now iconic "Earthrise" photograph from lunar orbit. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 and the iconic "Earthrise" photograph, natural historian and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough shared his thoughts on the wonder of seeing Earth as we never had before.

"Eastern Love" by Rahim AlHaj

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Rahim AlHaj performing "Eastern Love" from his upcoming release "Letters from Iraq" on Smithsonian Folkways. Letters from Iraq expresses the love and pain of lives lived by the people of war-torn Iraq. Actual mailed letters and their stories are transposed into eight gripping programmatic compositions by Iraqi-American composer and oud player, Rahim AlHaj with string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass) and percussion. He says, “Music can make us laugh, make us cry, make us march into war. I want to make music to make us realize peace.” These recordings are of deep emotion and great beauty, melding mastery of Iraqi and Western classical genres alike to form something entirely new The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"El Alma de Puerto Rico" by Ecos de Borinquen

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
More info: https://goo.gl/01za80 On October 21, Smithsonian Folkways released "El Alma de Puerto Rico: A Jíbaro Tradition" by Ecos de Borinquen, the 46th installment of the label's “Tradiciones” Latino music series of new albums that showcase the diverse musical heritage of the more than 50 million Latinos living in the USA. For the past 35 years, the GRAMMY and Latin Grammy–winning ensemble Ecos de Borinquen has captured the heart and soul of jíbaro creole folk traditions; with their distinctive, soulful sounds and progressive instrumentation, the group represents a unique balance between tradition and innovation. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"El Corrido de Córdova y Canales" by Roberto Martinez

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
To learn more about Roberto Martinez and "El Corrido de Córdova y Canales": http://goo.gl/3xCyCd Purchase recordings from Roberto Martinez on Smithsonian Folkways and support our mission as the non-profit record label of the national museum of the United States: http://www.folkways.si.edu/roberto-martinez-and-los-reyes-de-albuquerque/farewell-concert/latin/music/album/smithsonian Also available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rdio and everywhere else... Roberto Martínez, founder of Minority Owned Record Enterprises (M.O.R.E.), shares his corrido about the murder of activists Antonio Córdova and Rito Canales. Roberto Martínez and his group Los Reyes de Albuquerque (The Kings of Albuquerque) have been proponents of New Mexican and Southern Colorado musical traditions since the group's founding in 1962. Largely a family affair, many of Roberto's children and grandchildren have performed with Los Reyes and other musical projects specializing in regional music from the southwestern United States and Mexico. Farewell Concert brings together the artistry of three generations of Martínez family musicians and friends, including Roberto Sr., his wife Ramona, three of their children Lorenzo, Roberto Jr., and Doris, as well as two of their grandchildren, Larry and Sheila. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"El lunar de Maria" by Los Tres Reyes on "Romancing the Past"

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The Mexican romantic trio - three suave male voices backed by two or three guitars and singing romance-drenched lyrics in lush harmony - rocketed to pan-Latin popularity in 1948 with the pioneering group Trío Los Panchos. Los Tres Reyes (The Three Kings), known as "the last of the great trios," epitomize the trio sound and continue to make it a mainstay of Mexican acoustic music. High-voice Cuban singer Bebo Cárdenas joins founding members Gilberto and Raúl Puente to show us how, in Cárdenas words, "The trío romántico is synonymous with intimacy." "Romancing the Past", the new album from Trio Los Reyes on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, was released on March 27th, 2012. Please visit folkways.si.edu or triolostresreyes.net for more information. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

"El lunar de Maria" by Los Tres Reyes on "Romancing the Past"

Smithsonian Institution
The Mexican romantic trio - three suave male voices backed by two or three guitars and singing romance-drenched lyrics in lush harmony - rocketed to pan-Latin popularity in 1948 with the pioneering group Trío Los Panchos. Los Tres Reyes (The Three Kings), known as "the last of the great trios," epitomize the trio sound and continue to make it a mainstay of Mexican acoustic music. High-voice Cuban singer Bebo Cárdenas joins founding members Gilberto and Raúl Puente to show us how, in Cárdenas words, "The trío romántico is synonymous with intimacy." "Romancing the Past", the new album from Los Tres Reyes on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, was released on March 27th, 2012. Please visit folkways.si.edu or triolostresreyes.net for more information.

"Elvis at 21": Alfred Wertheimer Artist Interview - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Warren Perry, co-curator of "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" interviews Alfred Wertheimer. "Elvis at 21" is on tour; the exhibition is on view at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery from October 23, 2010 to January 23, 2010. Learn more and view selected photographs on the online exhibition: http://160.111.252.141/elvis/ In 1956, 26-year old Alfred Wertheimer was asked to photograph a rising 21-year-old-star named Elvis Presley. When Presley walked on stage that year, he altered the beat of everyday life. The world changed. Wertheimer captured the singer's transit to superstardom and the cultural transformation he helped launch. "Elvis at 21" offers viewers an intimate look at the public and private life of one of the world's most famous figures, and documents classic American life—from the diners to the train stops—in 1956. "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer" was developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Govinda Gallery, and is sponsored nationally by The History Channel

"Exploring James Castle" Panel Discussion - Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum
In conjunction with the exhibition "Untitled: The Art of James Castle," exhibition curator Nicholas Bell moderates a discussion with Lynne Cooke, senior curator, National Gallery of Art; Jacqueline Crist, managing partner, James Castle Collection and Archive; Frank Del Deo, managing partner, James Castle Collection and Archive and, member, Del Deo & Barzune LLC Art Advisory; and Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art, as they explore Castle’s remarkable artistic vision.

"Family Of The Sun" - The Planets of Our Solar System in Song

National Air and Space Museum
This video was displayed in the "Exploring The Planets" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum until 2006. It consists of children's art with accompanying "Family of the Sun" lyrics sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell". Families and school groups enjoy singing along to the "Family of the Sun" as a way to learn the planets of our Solar System. This video was produced before Pluto was re-designated a dwarf planet in 2006. The video was removed from the Museum exhibition, but new lyrics were prepared to reflect Pluto's changed status. If you would like to sing "Family of the Sun," we suggest using the following updated lyrics: The Family of the Sun, Its planets number eight, Plus other rocky, icy worlds That we appreciate. Mercury is hot and Mercury is small. Mercury has no atmosphere. It's just a rocky ball. Chorus: The Family of the Sun, Its planets number eight, Plus other rocky, icy worlds That we appreciate. Venus has thick clouds That hide what is below. The air is foul, the ground is hot. It rotates very "slow." Chorus We love the Earth, our home, Its oceans and its trees. We eat its food. We breathe its air, So no pollution, please. Chorus Mars is very red. It's also dry and cold. Some day you might visit Mars If you are really bold. Great Jupiter is big. We've studied it a lot. We found that is has many moons and a big red spot. Chorus Saturn has great rings. We wondered what they were. Now we know they're rocks and ice that we saw as a blur. With atmospheres that swirl, & wispy white clouds too, Uranus and Neptune are so cold that you'd turn blue. Chorus Pluto's small and cold. It has an icy face. We call it a dwarf planet now, But its still quite a place. Chorus

"Gentlemen, stay with the bombers!" - Tuskegee Airman Alexander Jefferson

National Museum of African American History and Culture

"Get To Knowing" by Quetzal feat Aloe Blacc

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Order "The Eternal Getdown" by Quetzal on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings website: https://goo.gl/TrIue0 'The Eternal Getdown,' released on March 10th, 2017, features 18 original compositions performed by a total of 22 musicians, including guests such as Aloe Blacc, Ramón Gutiérrez, Rocío Marrón, César Castro, and Joey De Léon, to name a few. 'The Eternal Getdown' follows Imaginaries, Quetzal's 5th album release and first for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, which was recognized by the Recording Academy with a Grammy Award for "Best Latin Rock, or Urban, or Alternative Album" in 2013. About Quetzal: Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians, joined for the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle. Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) calls it an "East LA Chican@ rock group," summing up its rootedness in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong feminist stance, and its rock and roll musical beginnings. Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement.

"Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad" by Dom Flemons [Official Music Video]

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Official music video for "Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad" by Dom Flemons, from 'Black Cowboys' out March 23th, 2018 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings // https://folkways.si.edu/dom-flemons/black-cowboys "Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad" is a favorite of the old-time string bands. Square dance music was a big part of the cowboy's life on the range when the instruments and players were available. In an article written for the Saturday Evening Post in 1925, Will C. Barnes explained, "These singers did much toward keeping up the range songs and spreading them through the cow country." Dom Flemons: guitar, vocal Brian Farrow: fiddle and background vocal Dante Pope: cow "rhythm" bones and background vocal Dan Sheehy: guitarrón Dom Flemons: https://theamericansongster.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DomFlemonsMusic/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/domflemons/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/domflemons Smithsonian Folkways: http://www.folkways.si.edu/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianf... Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonian... The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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