WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2015)—National Geographic Live begins the new year with a sensational lineup of events at National Geographic’s downtown Washington, D.C., headquarters. The season kicks off Jan. 26 with the popular Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which sold out in record time. The remainder of the spring 2015 schedule features presenters covering a diverse array of topics, including exploration, animals, food and conservation.
The spring schedule brings photographers, adventurers, filmmakers, scientists, authors and even a chef to National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. Returning audience favorites include Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario, climber and filmmaker Cedar Wright, photographer Carsten Peter and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Poole. An impressive roster of National Geographic explorers will also take the stage this season, including conservationist Steve Boyes, data artist and educator Jer Thorp, research scientist Albert Lin and aquatic ecologist Zeb Hogan, star of the Nat Geo WILD series “Monster Fish.” James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, best-selling author Cheryl Strayed and underwater photographer Thomas Peschak are among those making their Nat Geo Live debut. Audiences have the option to purchase specially priced themed ticket packages to attend all the events that are part of the “Masters of Photography” and “Quest for Adventure” series.
“We’re fortunate to have such immensely talented, gifted and fearless individuals accept our invitation to join us in Washington this upcoming season,” said Gregory McGruder, National Geographic’s vice president for public programs. “We know that Washingtonians will be entertained, surprised and — most importantly — inspired by the compelling stories and experiences that these presenters have to share.”
The Nat Geo Live fall season runs from Jan. 26 through June 9, with tickets on sale now. For most evening events, Nat Geo Live guests can also visit the National Geographic Museum and Store with the purchase of the $7 discounted Museum Add-On Pass. For daytime audiences, Nat Geo Live’s popular “Tuesdays at Noon” film series continues, with free films every Tuesday from March 17 through April 21.
The Nat Geo Live schedule also includes three student matinees featuring modified versions of the evening presentations and geared towards students. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim will present to students in grades six through eight about his work on Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur and first known semiaquatic dinosaur, now on display in the National Geographic Museum. On March 10, photographer Christian Ziegler will talk about “Jungle Treasures, Tropical Tales” to students in grades four through eight. The student matinee schedule wraps up on March 26 with Hogan and “Monster Fish.” Nat Geo Live’s student matinees are open to school groups for $10 per student and include admission to the National Geographic Museum. For tickets or more information on the student matinees, call (202) 857-7281.
All Nat Geo Live events take place in National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased online at nglive.org/dc, via telephone at (202) 857-7700, or in person at the National Geographic ticket office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 31 to ensure guaranteed early bird pricing. Free parking is available in the National Geographic underground garage for Nat Geo Live programs that begin after 6 p.m. For the full Nat Geo Live spring season schedule, visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/events/dc-spring-2015-brochure/.
About National Geographic Live
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