National Geographic concludes their 2010 NatGeo Live season with eight more programs to ring in the holidays. Because all of their events wrap up before mid-December, we’re giving you a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to any of the programs below (except the sold-out Irish Christmas Celebration). To enter, simply comment below (using your first name and a legit email address) with which two events you’d most like to attend, using your first name and a legit email address; we’ll randomly draw two winners sometime after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
We at WeLoveDC would like to thank National Geographic for bringing our readers the opportunity to attend these events all year long. It’s been quite the diverse line-up this year and we can only look forward to another great year in 2011!
If you’re interested in attending one of these events, visit NatGeo’s website or their box office, located at 17th and M Street, NW. Keep in mind that parking in NatGeo’s underground lot is free for all programs beginning after 6 p.m.
Finding Happiness ($18)
Nov. 29, 7:30 pm
For his 2008 bestseller The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner described places around the world where people lead unusually long lives. His new National Geographic book Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way goes beyond longevity to address quality of life. Join him to discover the world’s “happiness hotspots.” Dan also gives insights on how DC residents can create their own happiness hotspots—and thrive!
Dateline: Sahara ($18)
Nov. 30, 7:30 pm
In 2009 National Geographic staff writer Peter Gwin and photographer Brent Stirton went on assignment to profile nomads in the Sahara desert. Their reporting led them to expanding foreign energy interests, armed uprisings, drug smuggling, and al Qaeda groups. Joined by Jon Sawyer, founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Gwin and Stirton will discuss their travels in the troubled region.
Music On…Photography: Neko Case ($20)
Dec. 1, 7:30 pm
Critically acclaimed solo artist and featured singer of the band The New Pornographers, Neko Case also has a degree in fine arts. Taking photographs “to remember the places I was traveling through that I never really got to know,” Case shares her colorful and creative perspective of the world. The program will be moderated by Juliet Blake, SVP of Production, National Geographic Channel.
The Rhythm Road – American Music Abroad (Free!)
Dec. 2; 6 & 7:30 pm
6:00 P.M.- The Johnny Rodgers Band begins with an evening ofAmericana pop, fromthe piano-driven energy of rock and roll, to the supreme sophistication of jazz.
7:15 P.M. – Quartet Nasar Abadey And Supernova follows with music that crosses the borders of jazz to move beyond space and time.
Music On…Photography: Ben Folds (With Mark Seliger) ($20)
Dec. 3, 7:30 pm
Ben Folds first found success as the leader of the platinum-selling band Ben Folds Five. Taking time out from the September release of his new CD, Lonely Avenue (a collaboration with British author Nick Hornby) Folds—an accomplished photographer— shares the stories behind his images. The evening’s program will be moderated by acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger.
Music On…Photography: Andy Summers (With Mark Seliger) ($20)
Dec. 4, 7:30 pm
Andy Summers, best known as the lead guitarist for the legendary band The Police, has also compiled an impressive body of photographic work, including his latest book Desirer Walks the Streets, which documents the world as few of us see it. In this program Summers shares the stories behind his riveting images. Acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger will moderate.
Shooting From The Heart ($18)
Dec. 8, 7:30 pm
William Albert Allard’s images display deep empathy for the lives of ordinary people, connecting us to previously unphotographed places and cultures. To celebrate a five-decade retrospective of his work published by National Geographic, Allard will be joined on-stage by his daughter, country-folk musician Terri Allard, for a night of music and imagery.
An Irish Christmas Celebration ($25) (Not available for drawing)
Dec. 10, 7:30 pm
Irish Christmas in America returns to National Geographic with an evening of rousing holiday celebration through traditional music, dance, and storytelling. Bring your family for an unforgettable start to the season, featuring special guests Téada, singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, Éilís Kennedy, sean-nós dancer Brian Cunningham, and the Culkin School Irish Dancers.