Of Lewis & Clark
PHILADELPHIAThrough March 20What a fitting stop for the East Coast premiere of "Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition" at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. In 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis came here to buy 3,500 pounds of supplies and study with specialists in botany, medicine, paleontology, and mathematics in preparation for his adventure into the unknown West. Organized by the Missouri Historical Society, the exhibit has more than 600 rare journals, maps, scientific equipment, and artifacts brought together for the first time in 200 years. The exhibit made its debut in January in St. Louis, where the expedition started the two-year journey in 1804. The academy has another connection to the expedition as the home of the Lewis & Clark Herbarium, a repository for 225 plant specimens the explorers gathered. As part of the exhibit, the academy offers reservation-only tours of the herbarium.1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 800-347-9000. www.acnatsci.org/lewisclark. Timed-admission tickets required.
'Festival of Lights'
CLEMMONS, N.C.Nov. 13-Jan. 2Every year, Forsyth County turns on the Southeast's biggest "Festival of Lights" at Tanglewood Park. When the first lights were switched on 12 years ago, there were 25 displays and the viewing route covered 1.5 miles. This season viewers drive along an almost 4-mile route to ooh and aah over more than 1 million colorful lights in 180 themed displays of which 70 are animated. Workers start arranging lights in August. Along with new creations each year, there are old favorites, among them the "Driving Golfer." For those who would rather gawk than drive, tractor-drawn hayrides and horse-drawn carriage rides are available for additional fees and advance reservations.4061 Clemmons Road. 336-778-6300. www.tanglewoodpark.org.
WASHINGTONNov. 7-Jan. 30"Gerard ter Borch" finally arrives in America at the National Gallery of Art. It's the first of two US venues for an exhibit of 50 paintings drawn from private and public collections around the globe. Ter Borch (1617-81), a master of scenes capturing the details of upper-crust Dutch society, also skillfully handled landscapes, portraits, and historical painting. Renowned for his realistic rendering of elegant fabrics like silk, leather, and lace, he influenced Johannes Vermeer, Frans van Mieris, and other artists. Among the masterpieces are "Signing of the Peace of Munster, May 15, 1648" and "Paternal Admonition" circa 1654. The exhibit's other date is Feb. 27-May 22 at the Detroit Institute of Art.On the National Mall, between 3rd and 7th Streets. 202-737-4215; 202-842-6176 (TDD). www.nga.gov.
SANTA FENov. 19-Aug. 28The Museum of International Folk Art's new exhibit introduces Santa Fe to the spirited global celebration of "Carnaval!" Curator Barbara Mauldin traveled to eight communities in Europe, the Caribbean, and North and South America to document the pageantry, symbolism, and religious and cultural roots of the tradition. She also persuaded organizers to loan precious costumes, masks, and artifacts that they use in the annual pre-Lent festivals. The multimedia "Carnaval!" (Spanish for "carnival") features 49 elaborate handmade costumes, 15 video programs, and 80 large-scale photo murals shot on location. Among the sites are Venice; Basel, Switzerland; Laza, Spain; Oruro, Bolivia; Tlaxcala, Mexico; and New Orleans. Santa Fe gets into the spirit with its first carnival Nov. 11-Feb. 8. The UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History collaborated on the exhibit.Museum Hill, Camino Lejo, off Old Santa Fe Trail. 505-476-1200. www.carnavalexhibit.org.'Americans at War'
WASHINGTONNov. 11In honor of Veterans Day, the National Museum of American History salutes 250 years of military history with the premiere of "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War." The permanent exhibit's 10 areas begin with the Revolution and end with today's conflict in Iraq. Among more than 800 artifacts and images are General George Washington's sword and scabbard, a World War II Willy Jeep, chairs used at General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, and a Packbot robot used in Afghanistan. The largest item is a restored Huey helicopter from the Vietnam War; there also is a POW uniform and a bicyle used on the Ho Chi Minh trail. In addition to battle themes, the exhibit examines the impact of war on civilians and society. "Price of Freedom" is in the new 18,200-square-foot Kenneth E. Behring Hall of Military History. The museum sponsors a public festival on Nov. 13.On the National Mall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue. 202-633-1000; 202-357-1729 (TTY). www.americanhistory.si.edu.
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