Today, Obama  called for Boehner to end the government shutdown so Congress could finish discussions about the debt ceiling and the budget. While there’s been no response from the Tea Party, this could signal the beginning of the end of the government shutdown.

Unfortunately, it is not actually the end. Fortunately, several organizations – from restaurants to museums – that have remained open during the shutdown are offering specials for furloughed government employees.

Here’s just a few from the article on the DCist:

  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts “will offer free admission to any furloughed federal employees. The employees just need to show their federal government IDs at the admission desk. This will include our two special exhibitions American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s and Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger.”
  • National Geographic Museum “will be open and offering free admission tomorrow. In addition to free admission to the museum, guests are also invited to ‘Tuesdays at Noon,’ a free series of programming offered every Tuesday by National Geographic Live. Tomorrow they will be showing The Incredible Dr. Pol. The NG Farmer’s Market will also be open tomorrow.”
  • West End Cinema: “We are offering half-price popcorn and sodas for federal employees (with a valid ID) during the #governmentshutdown.”
  • AFI Silver: “We are offering free popcorn to our moviegoers who are on furlough from their government jobs. Just be sure to have a valid government ID!”
  • The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra “is offering all furloughed federal workers two complimentary tickets to our Saturday, October 5 performance featuring Carlos Rodriguez, pianist. The performance will be held at 8:00pm in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, located at 3001 North Beauregard Street in Alexandria, VA. Free parking is provided. Additional tickets are available for $5 (18 and under), $10 (students with ID), and start at $20 for adults. To redeem, please present a valid ID at the Box Office on the night of the concert. Prior purchases excluded. Subject to availability. For more information, call 703-548-0885.”
  • Theater J: “We’re offering buy one, get one free tickets to Wednesday and Thursday evening performances of After the Revolution for federal government employees! Tickets are available in-person, with valid government ID, beginning one hour before curtain.”
  • Washington Performing Arts Society “is offering $10 tickets to Federal employees for the Kennedy Center performance on Sunday, October 6 at 5 p.m. by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.


While it’s not a good time to be furloughed, at least there’s arts events out there to take your mind off some things.

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