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Celebrate James Brown with the Smithsonian!


Director Tate Taylor and Actor Chadwick Boseman Celebrate James Brown, With a preview screening of the new film Get On Up

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time: 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. EST

What: The 20 minute discussion begins at 7:00 p.m., with the film screening immediately following. Take a look at a trailer for Get On Up.

Location: National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater Constitution Ave., NW between 12th & 14th Streets (Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian)

Who: This event is co-sponsored by the The Smithsonian Associates (TSA).

NMAAHC Charter Members in good standing receive $5 off the $30 ticket price!

How: Good news! As a Charter member in good standing you are entitled to a $5 discount on the $30 ticket price. To get the special $25 discounted ticket, you must first register with The Smithsonian Associates and enter in the promo code: 205535, on the registration page to be eligible for the $25 promotional ticket price.

In his follow-up to the Academy Award®-nominated The Help, Tate Taylor directs Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in 42, as James Brown in Get On Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film takes a fearless look inside the music, moves, and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, and Jill Scott.

In this evening celebrating James Brown, hear from Taylor and Boseman as they discuss the legendary performer and the making of the film. Our own Dwan Reece, curator of music and performing arts for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), moderates the discussion. Ms. Reece is responsible for research and collecting in the area of music and the performing arts and curating the permanent music exhibition, Musical Crossroads.

Following the discussion, see an exclusive advance screening of Get On Up. Please purchase your tickets soon as this event is expected to sell out! The film will be released nationwide on August 1.

This program session is sold out. Please call (202) 633-3030 to get on the Wait List. Additional tickets may become available or additional sessions may be added.