National Geographic Live: October 2011

Demon Fish; photo courtesy National Geographic

The National Geographic Live series is back for the fall and we here at WeLoveDC want to share their great lineup of programming with you once again. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at NatGeo, we’ll be again offering two pairs of tickets for our readers to go and experience some great talks, lectures, and programs over at the National Geographic Museum.

For October, there’s some amazing photography programs, authors, and speakers – some of whom you’ll see interviewed here on the site in the coming weeks. If you’d like to win a pair of tickets to an October program, simply list the two events you’d like to attend in comments before noon Friday, September 30. Make sure you use a legitimate email address and your first name. We’ll contact two winners (as determined by on Friday afternoon. Note that not all programs are eligible for the drawing.

If you’re interested in attending one of these events, visit NatGeo’s website or their box office (800-647-5463), 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 pm.

Here’s October’s offerings…

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino; photo courtesy National Geographic

Not Ready to Wed: Child Brides
Monday, Oct. 3; 7:30 pm ($18)
Photographer Stephanie Sinclair and writer Cynthia Gorney—in the June 2011 issue of National Geographic—investigated the underground world of prearranged child marriage, where girls as young as five are forced to wed. In conversation with Jon Sawyer of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, they will share images and stories of a practice that spans continents and cultures.

Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking In France
Tuesday, Oct. 4; 7 pm ($48)
Enjoy a talk and tastes of French Jewish cuisine guided by Joan Nathan, the host of PBS’ Jewish Cooking in America and author of ten acclaimed cookbooks. In Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, Nathan traces her family’s heritage and explores cooking as culture. Nathan is a 3-time James Beard award winner and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including the Today show, Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, and National Public Radio. Lynne Rosetto Kasper, host of NPR’s Splendid Table says, “When Joan Nathan decides to dig into Jewish heritage anywhere in the world, we readers should just fasten our seat belts and get ready for a glorious ride.” [Not eligible for giveaway.]

Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World Of Sharks
Wednesday, Oct. 5; 7:30 pm ($18)
Washington Post environmental reporter Juliet Eilperin takes us on a globe-spanning adventure to investigate the ways individuals and cultures relate to the ocean’s top predator. Through her eye-opening images and stories, Eilperin will remind us why sharks remain among nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures.

Music On…Stage: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Thursday, Oct. 6; 7:30 pm ($25)
One of Italy’s best world bands, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino explodes on the stage. This multi-generational group brings alive the music of Italy’s Puglia region—through atmospheric concerts ranging from tender love songs to pagan rites marked by frenzied dance and pizzica tarantata played on guitar, drums, accordion, and bagpipes.

Music On…Photography: Henry Rollins
Friday, Oct. 7; 7:30 pm ($40)
For 30 years, Henry Rollins—spoken word artist and former Black Flag frontman—has traveled to the world’s toughest corners, sharing observations through words, images, and music. His new book, Occupants, pairs Rollins’s visceral full-color photographs with powerful writings, creating a testimony to resilience in the face of anger and suffering.

Music On…Photography: Pattie Boyd
Wednesday, Oct. 12; 7:30 pm ($40)
British fashion model and wife to two of music’s greatest legends, Pattie Boyd experienced firsthand the defining musical events of the 60s and 70s, documenting them intimately in photos. Inspiration for George Harrison’s “Something” and Eric Clapton’s “Layla,” Boyd will share images of their lives together.

Young Explorer’s Salon
Friday, Oct. 14; 7 pm ($25 for tix purchased by Oct 7 / $30 after Oct 7)
Sit back in a casual club setting, sip a drink, enjoy a bite, and share the evening with three extraordinary individuals. These recipients of Nat Geo’s 2011 Young Explorers grants are making their mark on the world of exploration and adventure. Moderated by Hannah Bloch of National Geographic Magazine in Nat Geo’s dining hall! Meet Emily Ainsworth, an Oxford graduate, anthropologist, and photographer who joined Mexican circus troupes to capture “what went on when the curtain fell and the lights went off”; Shannon Switzer, a surfer, photographer, and environmentalist who works to raise awareness of the urban pollution affecting rivers, the ocean, and her local San Diego surfing community; Neil Losin, a filmmaker, photographer, and UCLA PhD evolutionary biologist who studies invasive Caribbean lizards to explain the evolution of territoriality. Alcohol served; ID required.

Kids Euro Festival: Copernicus’ Star
Saturday, Oct. 15; 1 pm (FREE; no tickets or reservations required.)
With more than 220 free events, the Kids Euro Festival, presented through the cooperation of the embassies of 27 European Union Countries, is one of the DC metropolitan area’s biggest family events of the year. Join NatGeo for Copernicus’ Star, a charming 90-minute animated film on the life of Copernicus and his brilliant revelations that changed astronomy forever.

Jewel of Namibia by Frans Lanting; photo courtesy National Geographic

Part Ape, Part Human: The Fossils of Malapa
Wednesday, Oct. 19; 7:30 pm ($20)
In 2008, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger walked with his son near the South Africa site where he’d spent years seeking clues to our ancestry. Suddenly, they tumbled across an amazing find: fossils almost two million years old. Berger will introduce this human family tree addition and possible link between apes and humans as described in August 2011’s National Geographic.

The Jewel of Namibia
Friday, Oct. 21; 7:30 pm ($20)
Join photographer Frans Lanting and videographer Chris Eckstrom on a wild desert journey through Namibia. This southwest African country recently proclaimed its entire coastline as a national park. The husband-and-wife team, who have worked on Nat Geo projects for more than 20 years, will share images and video of unusual animals and stunning landscapes, as seen in the June 2011 National Geographic.

Into The Silence: Everest
Tuesday, Oct. 25; 7:30 pm ($20)
Based on newly discovered documents, Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis’s new book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest tells the story of the legendary and ultimately tragic 1924 British Everest expedition. Linking Mallory and his comrades’ determination to gain glory in the Himalaya to their bitter experiences in the trenches of WWI, Davis offers a compelling fresh take on history.

The Big Idea: The Power of Choice
Conversations Between Nobel Laureates and Nat Geo Explorers
Wednesday, Oct. 26; 7 pm ($20)
Why do humans make decisions the way they do? And what does that mean in the context of the current threats to our species’ survival? Daniel McFadden, the 2000 Laureate in Economics Studies, whose work focuses on how people make choices and sort themselves into groups, will discuss questions of human choice and their repercussions with Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestseller Collapse, which analyzed the phenomenon of societal failure. Conversation moderated by National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson.

Music On…Stage: Sussan Deyhim
Thursday, Oct. 27; 7:30 pm ($25)
Iranian singer/composer, Sussan Deyhim thrills fans worldwide with music drenched in ritual and mystery. Her recordings offer a mix of artists, such as DJ Spooky and Bill Laswell, and U2 features her work in their 360 Tour videos. Bobbie McFerrin says: “Her rich and complex vocals are warm, beautifully sung, and always surprising.”

Halloween Fun With the Jimmies
Saturday, Oct. 29; 1 pm ($16 adults, $12 kids under 12)
“Gimmie Jimmies” is the rallying cry of this NYC-based kiddie rock band, a Parents’ Choice award winner whose clever, creative music gets kids rocking. The heavy guitar groove hooks in parents as well. Come dressed in your Halloween costume— maybe a lion, leopard, or tiger, to support NG’s Big Cats Initiative—and get ready to rock’n’roll.

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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30 thoughts on “National Geographic Live: October 2011

  1. Hi! I’d like to be entered into the contest to attend “The Big Idea: The Power of Choice” or “Into The Silence: Everest”. Thanks!

  2. Please enter me in the contest to see “The Big Idea: The Power of Choice” or “Not Ready to Wed: Child Brides.” Thank you!

  3. Hello! I want to play and I’d like to see “Music On…Photography: Henry Rollins” or “Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World Of Sharks”. Thanks!!

  4. Two I’d love to attend:

    Part Ape, Part Human: The Fossils of Malapa

    The Big Idea: The Power of Choice
    Conversations Between Nobel Laureates and Nat Geo Explorers

  5. Hi! I’d like to be entered for Not Ready to Wed: Child Brides and Music On…Photography: Henry Rollins.


  6. Hi, I’d love to be entered in the contest – really interested in Demon Fish or Into the Silence. :) Thank you!

  7. Hi! I’d love tickets to see

    1.) Music On…Photography: Pattie Boyd

    2.) The Big Idea: The Power of Choice

    Thanks so much!

  8. Hello, I’d love to attend:

    Young Explorer’s Salon
    The Big Idea: The Power of Choice

    Thanks so much!

  9. I’m interested in
    Into The Silence: Everest
    Young Explorer’s Salon

    Although they all sound great!

  10. I would love to see The Jewel of Namibia on Oct. 21 or The Big Idea: The Power of Choice on Oct. 26. Thanks!

  11. Hi! I would love to see “Jewel of Namibia” or “Music On…Photography: Henry Rollins”


  12. I’d like to win tikets for Young Explorer’s Salon & Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World Of Sharks !! THANKS!!

  13. I’d love to attend Demon Fish and Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking In France!

    Thank you!

  14. I’d love to win tickets to Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World Of Sharks and Part Ape, Part Human: The Fossils of Malapa.

  15. I would love to be able to go to Music On…Photography: Pattie Boyd or The Jewel of Namibia.