National Geographic Live: April 2011

Hidden Alaska, ©Michael Melford; used with permission by National Geographic

April brings another full month of programs at NatGeo for their popular National Geographic Live! series. If you’re looking for something to do in the evenings, we highly suggest you check out some of their offerings this season. And to provide further incentive, we are providing two lucky readers with a pair of tickets to an event of their choice this coming month!

To enter the drawing, simply comment below using your first name and a legit email address, listing the two events from the following program list you’d like to attend. (Note that there is one event not eligible and we’ve noted it for you.) Sometime after noon on Friday (April 1) we’ll randomly select two winners to receive a pair of tickets (each) to one of their selections. You’ve got until 11 am on Friday to enter!

(For ticket information, visit online or call the box office at (800) 647-5463.)

Hidden Alaska ($18)
April 5, 7:30 pm
Michael Melford, veteran National Geographic photographer, has documented some of the world’s most pristine places. For a magazine story and new National Geographic book Hidden Alaska, he traveled to Bristol Bay, Alaska—both an important salmon breeding ground and location of enormous copper and gold deposits—where residents are being forced to choose between incompatible futures.

Melissa Auf Der Maur, ©George Fok; used with permission by National Geographic

Sustainable Seafood Is the New Delicious ($85) (Not eligible for drawing)
April 6, 7 pm
Barton Seaver, Esquire magazine’s 2009 Chef of the Year and Nat Geo Oceans Fellow offers a first-class tasting experience of sustainable seafood enhanced with wine pairings. Enjoy tantalizing recipes from Seaver’s new book, For Cod and Country, as sumptuously delicious as they are good for the planet.

Music On…Photography Melissa Auf Der Maur ($18)
April 8, 7:30 pm
A former bass player for Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, Melissa Auf Der Maur’s artistic journey has taken her from rock music to photography. Her images have been published in major magazines and exhibited internationally. In an evening filled with startling imagery, Auf der Maur will discuss this work and her multimedia concept project, “Out of Our Minds.”

All Around Ralph’s World ($16)
April 9, Noon / 3 pm
Ralph Covert, kindie-rocker, playwright, children’s book author—and Nat Geo Live Saturday Family favorite—returns with his rock band Ralph’s World, delivering a high-energy, super-melodic music fest! Join him in creating a mega-fun musical planet where kids rock to their own and their parents’ delight. The guys will be playing faves from All Around Ralph’s World and many of their rockin’ hits!

Frances Mayes: Every Day in Tuscany ($20)
April 12, 7 pm
Frances Mayes, best-selling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, has recently published Every Day in Tuscany, about her renovation of a 13th-century house in the mountains above Cortona. Enjoy her Italian memoirs as she converses with Traveler editor Don George.

America I Am exhibit; ©Carol H. Freely; used with permission by National Geographic

Here On Earth ($18)
April 20, 7:30 pm
Tim Flannery, internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, and conservationist, has discovered more than 30 mammal species and earned the title Australian of the Year. He wrote the best-selling book The Weather Makers. His new book Here On Earth offers the message of hope that we are equipped more than ever to improve our relationship with the planet on which our biological, economic, and cultural futures depend.

Step Afrika! (Cost varies; see below) (Evening performance eligible for drawing)
April 23, Workshop and Exhibit ($6-$12) thru 7 pm; Performance ($25) 7:30 pm
Created in 1994 as a cross-cultural exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa, Step Afrika! has grown into a beloved Washington institution. The company fuses traditional African gumboot dance, practiced by South African mine workers, with “stepping,” a percussive style of dance originated by African American college students. Step Afrika! regularly performs to sell-out audiences in DC, South Africa, and the UK. Come celebrate a full day of stepping, and visit America I AM at the Museum. Exhibit will be open until 7 pm. [Workshop: 10 am; Demonstration: noon; Performance: 7:30 pm]

Music On…Film Melali: The Drifter Sessions ($20)
April 30, 7:30 pm
Join us for a look at the exhilarating and pioneering surf film Castles in the Sky, followed by a conversation with legendary surfer Rob Machado, filmmaker Taylor Steele, and composer Jon Swift about the intimate relationship between surf films and music. Then dive into another Steele/Machado collaboration, Melali: The Drifter Sessions, which will be accompanied by live music by the Melali Sessions Band.

Having lived in the DC area for ten years, Ben still loves to wander the city with his wife, shooting lots of photos and exploring all the latest exhibits and galleries. A certified hockey fanatic, he spends some time debating the Washington Capitals club with friends – but everyone knows of his three decade love affair with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A professional writer, gamer, photographer, and Lego enthusiast, Ben remains captivated by DC and doesn’t plan on leaving any time soon.

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43 thoughts on “National Geographic Live: April 2011

  1. Music On…Film Melali: The Drifter Sessions


    Music On…Photography Melissa Auf Der Maur

  2. Hidden Alaska – because you really cannot take a bad picture there.

    Here on Earth – who knew there would be new mammals to discover.

  3. Music On…Photography Melissa Auf Der Maur (definitely!) OR Step Afrika (alternatively). Thanks!

  4. Music On…Photography Melissa Auf Der Maur
    Step Afrika!

    I love photography, and I haven’t seen Step Afrika! since 2004 in South Africa – I’d love to see it again!

  5. Hidden Alaska April 5, 7:30 pm

    Frances Mayes: Every Day in Tuscany April 12, 7 pm

    Thank you! :)

  6. I’d love to attend:

    1) Step Afrika!
    2) Music On…Photography Melissa Auf Der Maur

  7. Music On…Photography Melissa Auf Der Maur
    Frances Mayes: Every Day in Tuscany

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  9. Step Afrika! or Music On…Film Melali: The Drifter Sessions

    Thanks NATGEO and WLDC!