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IMAX and Jazz Cafe

Let’s get one thing straight: The Rotunda and the Atrium in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., are not the same room. The Rotunda is the room with the towering stuffed elephant. The Atrium is part of the new addition to the main building that also houses the IMAX theater. Thus, if you attend the performances presented at the IMAX and Jazz Café every Friday night, you will not have the novel experience of listening to jazz with a pachyderm looming over you. You’ll just eat some good food and listen to some good music.

Besides listening to performers like saxophonist Bobby Swain on Dec. 7, Chuck Redd (pictured left) and guitarist Royce Campbell on Dec. 14, and bassist Tom Williams on Dec. 21, you can also peep IMAX films after normal museum hours on Fridays. None of the films are related to jazz as yet, but one expects a Diana Krall to the MAX film soon enough.

The performances take place from 6 to 10 p.m. The Atrium Café provides beer, wine, cocktails and the finest in Smithsonian cuisine; if you’ve had food at the Air and Space Museum, rest assured that the Atrium Café is much, much better than that. For more info, visit

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