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Spotlight on Thursday, June 13

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YEARS OF EXPLORING

There is never a shortage of things to do in this town. From museums, restaurants, shopping and the National Zoo, you can always find something to do. But how do you choose? We're here to help! National Geographic (1145 17th St. NW) is proudly celebrating its 125th anniversary with an all new exhibit: the New Age of Exploration: National Geographic at 125. You'll get to dive the ocean deep, climb the highest mountains and walk the very same footsteps of National Geographic explorers throughout the past 125 years. This visual and interactive exhibit will explore science, wildlife, oceans and more with vivid images and fascinating stories.

The exhibit opens Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be on display through for the next year. For more information and see a list of special events around the anniversary, go to nationalgeographic.com/125 -- the website is enough eye candy to keep you occupied for hours.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE

Haven't been to an art exhibit in a while? Why not check out the new exhibit at the Art Museum of the Americas (201 18th St. NW) called Fusion. The art traces Asian migration to the Americas during the second half of the 19th century and generates a dialogue about cultural diversity. Through AMA's permanent collection, one of the most vital sources of modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art in the U.S., this exhibition initiates an exchange of contributions that this multiculturalism has generated.

It's sponsored by the Organization of American States, which advocates for the rights of immigrants and provides support during the integration process. You'll see work by Japanese-Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake, who is known for his calligraphic style, Cuba's Wifredo Lam, who has a Chinese ancestry, and Suriname's Seoki Irodikromo, who portrays his Indonesian heritage in his art.

The exhibit is free and will be on display Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening reception takes place Thursday at 6 p.m. Go to museum.oas.org for more information.

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