National Geographic Live: November 2010

Courtesy White House Photographic Office and National Geographic

It’s just about November and National Geographic continues their great Fall lineup of NatGeo Live events. And once again, the folks at the National Geographic Museum are making available another two pairs of tickets to any of the listed events below, with the exception of the sold out “Sharing Tea with Greg Mortenson”. To enter, simply comment below 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 noon on Friday, Oct 29.

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 any programs beginning after 6 p.m.

The Making of Great Migrations ($18)
Nov 1, 7:30 pm

National Geographic Channel’s Great Migrations seven-part series takes viewers around the world to follow the arduous journeys millions of animals undertake to ensure survival of their species. Shot from land and air, in trees and cliff blinds, on ice floes and underwater, Great Migrations tells formidable, powerful stories of the planet’s species and their movements across seven continents. To mark this historic programming series, NGC producer David Hamlin will join filmmaker Andy Casagrande and cinematographer Robert Poole to describe the challenges and technological breakthroughs involved in creating a global experience in breathtaking, high-definition clarity. Post-film discussion moderated by Karen Kostyal, author of the series companion book.

Dan Buettner; Photo by Richard Hume, courtesy National Geographic

The Rhythm Road – American Music Abroad (Free)
Nov 4, 6 and 7:15 pm

The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is designed to foster cultural exchange worldwide. Between March and December 2010, ten talented American jazz, urban, gospel, blues, and roots music artists will visit Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Balkans. International tour activities include concerts, workshops, demonstrations, and collaborations with local musicians.

6 pm: First on stage for the evening, enjoy Paul Beaudry and Pathways, a New York City-based quartet deeply rooted in the jazz and blues traditions.
7:15 pm: Turning Pointe, a contemporary gospel quartet, unites four talented artists with soulful voices and a passion for music

Bizarre and Breathtaking In New Guinea ($18)
Nov 5, 7:30 pm

Scientist Tim Laman harbors a thirst for exploration and a talent for capturing the perfect images from the wild. A rain forest biologist with 18 feature stories in National Geographic, Tim has spent much of his life in the tropical corners of the Indonesian archipelago, documenting the little-known flora and fauna of these richly diverse yet threatened habitats. Spend the evening with him as he shares images from New Guinea, where he recently shot stores on the amazingly creative bowerbird, and an expedition to the Foja Mountans, which yielded arresting wildlife discoveries.

Up High, Up Close in the Treetops ($16; $12 children under 12)
Nov 6, Noon

Photojournalist and scientist Tim Laman spends much of his time in the rain forests of Borneo,where he has gotten friendly with a number of amazing animal species. In his lively presentation, Laman will share images of orangutans, colorful birds, and other rain forest dwellers, and take you into the treetops where he makes his up-high, up-close observations.

The President’s Photographer ($20)
Nov 6, 7 pm (Reception at 6 pm)

Find out what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world as we present a screening of the new National Geographic Television Special, The President’s Photographer. The film follows chief White House photographer Pete Souza as he in turn follows President Obama from Air Force One to the heart of the West Wing. This world premiere screening will be followed by a discussion with producer John Bredar—author of a new NG book on the same subject—and several past White House photographers, including Eric Draper, Robert Mcneely, and David Valdez.

Sharing Tea with Greg Mortenson (Sold Out)
Nov 8, 7:30 pm

Greg Mortenson, author of best-selling Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools, shares the story of a failed K2 ascent that culminated in a school-building campaign in remote, volatile areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Learn how his rash pledge to school children helped him promote peace “with books, not bombs.” Join Greg and Traveler Magazine Editor Don George in a compelling conversation on what it takes to start a global movement.

Courtesy Brent Stirton and National Geographic

Courtesy Brent Stirton and National Geographic

Music On…Film: Bouncing Cats ($10)
Nov 9, 7 pm

The inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tools of hip-hop and break dance. With narration by Common, and interviews with K’Naan and, the film follows Abramz and Crazy Legs, one of the founding members of the Rock Steady Crew, on a journey for positive social change. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Nabil Elderkin, Abramz, and Crazy Legs—and an after party.

Music On…Photography: Danny Clinch ($20)
Nov 10, 7:30 pm

One of the premier photographers of the popular music scene, Danny Clinch has photographed artists from Johnny Cash to Tupac Shakur. His work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Spin, and Rolling Stone, and his photographs have appeared on hundreds of album covers.Moderated by Juliet Blake, SVP of Production, National Geographic Channel.

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.”Also gain 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.

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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28 thoughts on “National Geographic Live: November 2010

  1. Music on… Film: Bouncing Cats sounds awesome.
    And soe does Up High, Up Close in the Treetops.

  2. Bizzare and Breathtaking in New Guinea
    Music On….Photography: Danny Clinch

    Thanks for continuing this monthly drawing, WLDC and NatGeo!

  3. I would love to see

    Dateline: Sahara
    and The Making of Great Migrations

    Thank you! I love NatGeo

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  5. Show me the “happiness hotspots”!
    – Finding Happiness
    – Music On…Photography: Danny Clinch

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