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Theodore R. Davis' painting of a D.C. patent office is part of the Great American Hall of Wonders.
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Theodore R. Davis' painting of a D.C. patent office is part of the Great American Hall of Wonders.

(Jul. 15-Jan. 8) Hall of Wonders

The Smithsonian American Art Museum opens The Great American Hall of Wonders today. The exhibition celebrates innovation in 19th century America with successful and long forgotten experiments. 160 objects - including paintings, sculptures, patent models and engineering diagrams - are on display until early 2012.

(July 16-2012) Iranian treasures

The Mall’s Sackler Gallery shows off some Ancient Iranian Ceramics beginning tomorrow. The small installation features the distinctive style of pottery that originated south of the Caspian Sea some 3,000 years ago.

(July 17-31) August to June

Documentary filmmakers followed third and fourth graders around a California public school for a year and the result is August to June, screening at the region’s Busboys and Poets locations on Sundays through the end of July. The filmmakers will be on hand to discuss what a meaningful education entails in an era of test-driven trends in public schools.

(July 17) Big band, hot jazz

The region’s SingCo Rhythm Orchestra brings the hot jazz of the ‘20s and ‘30s to Rockville Elks Sunday afternoon. The twelve-piece big band throws in some traditional blues and a few originals, too.

Music: “Lyin’ to Myself” by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

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