Hope you’re having a great Monday, this is Rosa and I’m back in action here (shoutout to the inimitable Daniella Byck for subbing!). We’ve got BBQ recipes, a Fauci talk, and an exhibit of sneaker art.
Here’s what you should check out this week:
Dig in: Unmarked is a new documentary that looks at unidentified African American grave sites and burial grounds in the South that have been disappearing (and some already lost to time). Co-director Chris Haley leads the Maryland State Archive’s Study of the Legacy of Slavery program; co-director Brad Bennett is based in Virginia, where the film’s team says the “stories of thousands at rest could vanish from history altogether if these locations are not restored.” Stream the documentary on Apple TV (and elsewhere) starting Tuesday 4/27. Find out more here.
Delicious reading: In Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, author Adrian Miller explores the culture of BBQ culinary traditions and examines the ways that Black barbecuers and pitmasters have been sidelined in mainstream conversations about Southern food. Oh, and there’s more than 20 recipes you can try smoking yourself. Miller will chat about his latest with Washington Post food reporter Tim Carman in a virtual book talk from Politics and Prose. Wednesday 4/27 at 6 PM; Free, register here.
Love in the air: Ahhh, Spring. As flowers pop and the weather warms, all kinds of wildlife are in the mood, from mating calls to dancing. Learn about nature’s season of love from Liana Vitali who works at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in a virtual Smithsonian Associates event (don’t worry, it’s described as “tasteful”). Wednesday 4/28 at 6:45 PM; $20-$25, buy tickets here.
Just for kicks: A new exhibit of sneaker art will display 220 Nike replicas made from recycled materials in Cultural DC’s Mobile Art Gallery. See Andy Yoder’s “Overboard” through June 27 and read more about the artist and his inspirations from my coworker Damare Baker here.
For your health: The Aspen Institute kicks off its virtual Aspen Ideas: Health conference this week with a packed program of health pros, scientists, policy makers, and more talking about new and exciting innovations within the field. Hear from a medical ethicist or tune into the big talks with experts including Anthony Fauci, Sanjay Gupta, and Marcella Nunez-Smith, who runs the White House’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Tuesday 4/27 through Thursday 4/29 at various times; Free, register here.
Museum fun: As we move into May, some of your favorite museums will be reopening their doors for (masked) guests in limited capacities. Throughout the month, the Smithsonian will open doors to the National Portrait Gallery, the Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, and four more institutions (read more here); the National Gallery of Art plans to partially reopen on May 14.
Play ball: Thinking about going to a Nats game this season? We have advice.
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