Thursday, May 4, 2017

The time has come make this be the last of my weekly intellectual and cultural blogs. Aging and travels make it necessary that my diminishing stamina move in other directions.  However, if there is someone with the time (only about a half day of actual work) in keeping it alive, please let me know through a memo our comment, and I'll be happy to share information about the process I have followed. you might like to keep this format or start afresh (there could eve be a commercial venture to something like this for someone more venturous than I.

And while I have more or less closed my other blog –  – I've also added one further thought on it that you might find interesting. It relates to my thinking about one of the most frequently asked questions I've had among the thousands I've responded to on my Reddit's, Ask Me Anything, "What do you consider to be the invention that has most changed American lifestyle in your 90 years?"  It's one I have pondered – and vacillated on – a great deal I like to encourage you to go to my other blog to see my changed perception.

And I must close with an apology to any who thought they were going to the concert of the Smithsonian Jazz Ensemble, Tribute to Ella on Sunday.  Just as me, the found that it was performed on Saturday.

I'll look forward to attending more of these free events and hope you will look for the tall, grey haired man with the cane.
Friday,, 5
Book lecture: "Behave: The Biology of Humans: Our Best and Worst" – Robert M. Sapolsky – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Saturday, 6
Book lecture: "MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in WWII" – Peter Eisner – P&P – 1 PM

Book Lecture: "How Did This Happen? Not So Young Anymore -Mary D. Esselman and Elizabbeth Ash Velez " – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "The Case For Impeachment" – Alan J. Lichtman – P&P 6 PM

Concert: The Medieval Music Ensemble: Eya performs "Florence: The Cultural Crucible" – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – Noon and 2 PM

Sunday, 7
Lecture: "The Forest: America in the 1830s: "The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird" – Alexander Nemerov, Department chair in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Concert: Pianist Margaret Leng Tan  performs her new American of avant-garde work, "Metamorphasis" – East Building Auditorium – – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 8
Lecture: In honor of the legacy of Dr. Hisham Sharabi, Dr. Edmund Ghareeb will discuss the contributions of early Arab-American "men of letters" of the Mahjar press, whose writings shed light on the perceptions and positions held within these communities on the issues of Palestine and Arab nationalism. - The Jerusalem Fund -
12:30 - 2:00 P.M. EST

Book lecture: "The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason" – Christopher de Bellaigue – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and It's War" – James Wright – P&P – 7 

Tuesday, 9
Book talk: "The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Families Quest to Bring Him Home" – Sally Mott Freeman – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Wednesday, 10
Demonstration of materials: "Oh the Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files" – Director Susan Karren on the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act – National Archives – 2 PM

Book lecture: "My Cubs: a Love Story" – Scott Simon – P&P – 7 PM

Book Lecture: "Pantsuit Nation" -Libby Chamberlain – P&P – In the Den – 8 PM

Concert: Flutist Laura Falzan and Guitarist Rupert Boyd perform European classics – E. Garden Court - National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Thursday, 11
Book lecture: "The H – Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness" – Jill Filippovic – P&P 7 PM

Concert: United States Army Concert and – music for saxophone – Smithsonian National American History Museum – 12:30 PM

Friday , 12
Book lecture: "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama – David J. Garrow – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, April 28

Another week with so much to do from John Kasich TOMORROW.  Friday, April 28, to the conclusion of Jazz Appreciation Month on Sunday with the Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Combo at the Smithsonian American Art Museum'.

Friday, 28
Book lecture: "All Day" – Author Liza Jesse Peterson – a look at the realities of mass incarceration – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Flights of Angels: The Heavenly Orders in the Renaissance" – author Meredith J. Gill, professor of Italian Renaissance art and chair Department of Art history and archeology, University of Maryland – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: The Bibliodiscotheque "You Got Served(Screen Gems, 2004) – films memorializing the era of the mid-1970s – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Two Paths: America Divided" – Ohio Governor John Kasich – P&P – noon

Saturday, 29
Film: The Bibliodiscotheque "Celia: The Queen (PBS, 2008) and "Dirty Dancing: Havana Knights" (Lions gate, 2004) – films memorializing the era of the mid-1970s – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Book lecture: "The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch parents help their kids" – author Rena Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchinson – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "Madness Rules the Hour" – author Paul Starobin – The Fate of Charleston, South Carolina during the Civil War – P&P – 3:30 PM

Lecture: David H. Plylar discusses the creative process of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Sunday, 30
Book lecture: "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton" – author Susan Bordo – P&P 3 PM

Concert: "Ella Turns 100" – Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz ensemble performs classic works of Ella assisted by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2 PM

Art lecture: The Sixth-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts – "The Forests: America in the 1830s: Emerson, /Raphael and Light Filtering through the Woods" – Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair in Arts and Humanities – Stanford University - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 2PM
Monday, 1
Book lecture: "Rigor Mortis" – author Richard Harris – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture: The National Endowment for the Humanities presents the 46th annual Jefferson Lecture in the humanities with Martha C. Nussbaum, philosopher and law professor at University of Chicago – reservations required communications@neh.cov – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 7:30 PM

Lecture: Poetry and the spoken word: Former United States of Poet Laureate, Natasha Treheway – "Writing and Righting Way to Racial Justice" – reservations required – – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 2
Book lecture: "The Presidents Kitchen Cabinet: the story of the African Americans who have fed our first families" – Author Adrian Miller – National Archives – noon

Concert: "Noontime Cantata" Washington Bach Consort – Church of the Epiphany– 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Lecture: "A Valueless Foreign Policy: Can It Be American?" – Roger: Cohen – New York Times journalist – Kennedy Herter Auditorium – Nitze Building – Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. – reservations required – – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Book lecture: Veteran war correspondent and Columbia University professor Judith Matloff – "No Friends but the Mountain: Dispatches From the World's Violent Highlands – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 3
Book lecture: "JFK: A Vision for America" – edited by Douglas Brinkley and Stephen Kennedy Smith – Kennedy's greatest speeches along with essays from distinguished authors – National Archives – noon

Concert: "A Journey to Merrie Olde England – A Recital of Organ Music" – St. John's Church in Lafayette Square - 12:10 PM

Concert: "Tonality of Culture" Series presents and Estonian Concert – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Book lecture: "The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous liberation of Wireless Technology from Herbert Hoover to the Smart Phone" – Author Thomas Hazlett – Kramer Books – 6:30 PM

Film: "Miss Hokusai" – about the daughter of one of the world's most famous artists – Japanese Culture and Information Center – 1150 18th St., Northwest – reservations required - – 6:30 

Thursday, 4
Photographic lecture: Archives technician Matthew Margis discusses the history of African American soldiers in World War I – National Archives – 2 PM

Book lecture: "The Jewish Justices of this Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan" – author David Dalin – National Archives – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Janesville: An American Story – author Amy Goldstein – "Goldstein notes that the American dream as seen in Wisconsin of upward mobility has become an anachronism" – P&P 7 PM

Concert:Songs of the Resistance – Joe Uehlein – Busboys and Poets – Tacoma – 6 PM to 8 PM

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for four days beginning Monday, April 24

With visitors coming for the next two weeks I'm back suggesting interesting things for them to do.  I thought some of you might also be interested.

Monday, 24
Concert: Ella@100 – piano Jazz series featuring various artists – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – all week long – Noon to 1 PM

Panel discussion: "Roy Lichtenstein – Mexico – The Mural Tradition" – distinguished panel including Dorothy Lichtenstein, president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Book lecture: Amital Etzioni, Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University – "Avoiding War With China: Two Nations, One World" – reservations required – warwithchina -Room 505 – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU – 1957 East St. NW. – 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Book lecture: David Grant – "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Lecture: Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Whitmore delivers the Annual Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture celebrating the Bards 400th anniversary, "The Wonder of Will" – reservations required – 202-544-7077 – Folger Shakespeare Library – 201 E. Capitol St., Southeast – 7 PM

Tuesday, 25
Concert: Blues Alley Youth Orchestra – an 18 piece big band ensemble salutes Ella Fitzgerald on the day of her Centennial celebration – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Historian Elizabeth Cobbs - Texas A&M University professor – "The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers" – 223 American women sent to France in 1918 because of their skill as telephone switchboard operators – National Archives Building – Noon – 1 PM

Lecture: Curator Larry Applebaum presents "Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Ella Fitzgerald" – items and recordings from the Library of Congress –Whttall Pavilion – reservations requested – 202-707-5502 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – Noon to 1:30 PM

Book lecture: David Lyon of American University discusses "Base Nation: How United States Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World" – Georgetown Library – 3260 R St. NW. 7 PM

Book lecture: David Owen – "Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River" -      P and P – 7 PM

Film: Marking the Centennial of American involvement in WWI - "The Great War: Animated Memories" – nine short films – reservations required – – Embassy of France – 7 PM

Wednesday, 26
Concert: Ella @ 100 Jazz Series continues throughout the week – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – Noon – 1 PM

Book lecture: David Callahan – "The Givers: Wealth, Power, And Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Cellin Gluck's movie, "Persona Non-Granada" a true story of Japanese diplomats who issued visas for Jewish refugees saving 6000 lives – Auditorium – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – reservations required – - 5 PM to 8 PM

Concert: West Garden Trio – East Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM
Thursday, 27
Book talk: Lynne Olson – "Last Hope Island: Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: George Washington University Latin Jazz Band – Noon – 2 PM – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – noon – 2 PM

Lecture series:Anne Hillerman, author of "Song of the Lion" will speak as part of the "Women Who Inspire" Lecture Series – reservations required – - Nitze Building - Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 630

Panel discussion: "The Future of National Health Insurance" with Alice Rivlin and Stuart Butler – Moot Court Room – University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clark School of Law – 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. – reservations required – - 6 PM – 8 PM,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Free cultural events fro the week beginning Friday, March 31

A special announcement for jazz lovers! The 2016 national endowment for the arts Jazz Masters you Concert will be held at the Kennedy Ctr., Concert Hall on Monday, April 3. While tickets are no longer available there will be a small allotment of tickets available the night of the concert. This year's honorees are Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dick Hyman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ira Gitler and Dave Holland. (The award ceremony last year was held at the Kennedy Center last year, and I had no problem getting in.) The concert will also be live streamed at
the concert begins at 7:30 PM


My last Rant fr the near future is also available at

Friday, March 31
Concert:  Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead presents emerging jazz artists and composers – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Lecture: "Hamilton: Man and Musical" – Dan Sherman – Spring Valley Building – American University – reservations required – – Noon – 1 PM

Discussion and luncheon: "Listen Up America: Forging Our Agenda for Justice" – The Seventh Annual Stateswomen Women for Justice luncheon and Forum with Bernice King and others – reservations required – RSVP at –– National Press Club – Noon to 2 PM

Film: Detlov Buck's adaptation of his German film, "Measuring the World" – Goethe-Institut – Suite 3 – 1990 K St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Saturday, April 1
Book lecture: "Hell's Traces: One Murder, To Families, Thirty-Five Holocaust Memorials"" – Author Victor Ripp – Politics and Prose – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The House Of the Dead: Siberian Exile under the Czars" – Daniel Beer – P&P – 6 PM

Choral workshop: Brahms "Requiem" workshop on conducting excerpts with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Wonder Bread Factory 641 F St. NW. – Washington performing – 10 AM

Concert: East Capitol River Jazz presents pianist Mark Meadows performing and explaining the music of Thelonious Monk – reservations required – – Recitals Studio – Building 46 – West – University of the District of Columbia – 2 PM

Film: Doodles - East Building - National Gallery of Art
Sat Apr 1 (2:00)
A mixture of Segundo de Chomón’s delightful early oddities,
vintage commercials, contemporary stick figure animations
by Calpurnio Pisón, and more, with emphasis on humor
and absurdity. . Total running time 65 minutes

Modern Times - East Building - NGA
Sat Apr 1 (3:30)
Advertising gems, a bedtime marching song for children’s
television, animated folk tales, and other pop-culture delights
make for a whimsical look at the last century: Spots Estudios
Moro (commercials 1954–1964, 16 minutes); The Warrior
Maiden (Julio Taltavull, Pepita Pardell, 1974, 12 minutes);
William Wilson (Jorge Dayas, 1999, 10 minutes); Blind Man’s
Bluff (Isabel Herguera, 2005, 7 minutes); Exemplary Lives
(Carles Porta, 2008, 11 minutes); Maria’s Journey (Miguel
Gallardo, 2010, 6 minutes); Vía Tango (Adriana Navarro,
2013, 3 minutes); and Onemoretime (José González, Tonet
Calabuig, Elisa Martínez, 2014, 5 minutes). Total running time 82 minute

Sunday, 2
Book lecture: "Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem" –  George Prochnik - P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The Spider Network: The wild the story of a math genius, a gang of backstabbing bankers, and one of the greatest scams in financial history" – David Enrich – P&P 3 PM

Concert: Howard University Jazz ensemble opens Jazz Appreciation Month– National Portrait Gallery – 3 PM

Concert: DC Chamber Music Society presents works of Glass, Brahms and Prokofiev – St. Mark's Capitol Hill – 301 A Street Southeast – 3 PM

Panel discussion: Distinguished panel considers "The Many Faces of Simone de Beauvoir – reservations required – 202-783-7370 – Performance Hall – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 2 PM

Presentation and discussion: Ford's Theater Society and the American Friends of the check Republic present "The Accidental Hero" – reservations required - ford' – Ford's Theater – 7 p.m. – 8:30 PM

Lecture: The 66th A. W. Mellon lectures on the Fine Arts – "The Forest: America in the 1830s:' The Tavern to the Traveler: On the appearance of John Qiedor's Art" – distinguished professors from Stanford University – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film: Ugetsu - National Gallery of Art - East Building
Sun Apr 2 (4:00)
One of the celebrated treasures of the jidai-geki tradition is
Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu, recently restored in a 4K digital
version. Invoking an eighteenth-century Japanese ghost tale,
Ugetsu recounts the story of a folk potter seduced by a phan
tom princess when he leaves home to sell his wares. When
he returns, all is in ruin. The trio of stars
—Masayuki Mori,
Kinuyo Tanaka, and Machiko Kyō
—plus Kazuo Miyagawa’s
moody cinematography form a near-flawless work. (Kenji
Mizoguchi, 1953, subtitles, 97 minutes)

Monday, 3
Book lecture: "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A citizen's guide to making change happen" – Eric Liu - Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Sex and the Constitution: Sex, religion and law from America's origins to the 21st century" – David Enrich -  P&P – 7 PM

Jazz concert: Paquito D' Rivera performs saxophone and clarinet music – presented by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM
remember limited tickets may be available for the annual Jazz Masters Concert at 7:30 PM

Panel discussion: Authors and scholars Geraldine Brooks, Paul Harding, Stephen Knapp and Alan Lightman will join Marianne Robinson in a panel discussion centered on the intersections of faith, fiction and the imagination – Kluge Center – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 202 – 707-5394 – 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Tuesday, 4
Book lecture: "Protestants: The faith that made the modern world" – Alec Ryrie – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: "Asylum Seekers in Europe: A Crisis in Europe, the United States and the World" reservations required – – room 602 – Elliott School of International Affairs – George Washington University – Noon – 2 PM

Panel discussion: "Remembering Past Wars''' And preventing the Next" – an event marking 100 years since the United States entered World War I – distinguished panel – Busboys and Poets – 5th street and K Northwest - reservations requested – worldbeondwar.org100DC – 6 PM to 8 PM

Film: The Italian Cultural Institute presents the 2013 film "A Lonely Hero" a Chaplinesque Odyssey through the world of work – reservations required www.– - Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – 6 PM – 7:40 PM

Wednesday, 5
Concert: Durufle's "Requiem" – Georgetown University Singers – Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Part – Georgetown University – 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Film: "The Age of Consequences" about the impact of climate change on resource scarcity, hydration and conflict with the following discussion – Doyle/Forman Theater – McKinley Building – American University – 6:30 PM

Lecture and Discussion - The Rosenburg Files ‒ The Federal Ministry of Justice, and the Nazi-Past
 6 - 8 pm
Goethe-Institut, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St. between I and K streets)

During his official state visit to the United States, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection Christian Lange will draw particular attention to the Rosenburg Project, a recent investigation into the Ministry’s national-socialist legacy during the early years of the newly founded Federal Republic of Germany.

State Secretary Christian Lange, German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Concert: Soloists from St. John's Choir – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM

Thursday, 6
Jazz Concert: The United States Air Force Bands Airmen of Note – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 1 PM and 2 PM

Concert: Drummers and dancers from Japan perform thundering taiko drumming and traditional Japanese dance – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: "The Gatekeepers: How the White House chief of staff defined the presidency" – Chris Whipple – P&P – 7 PM

Special event: Architecture month begins with a Spanish tapas and refreshment party as well as two exhibits – "Exporting, Spanish Architecture Abroad" – reservations requested – former residence of the Ambassadors of Spain – 2801 16th St. NW. – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

And here's an interesting event for the near future

 Panel Discussion on

 Debating the Merits of the Trump Administration's New Travel, Immigration and Refugee Ban


Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Contact on the internet to make areservation

Danielle Pletka (SAIS M.A.)
Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute

 George Biddle (SAIS M.A.)
Chairman, World Connect
Former Executive Vice President, International Rescue Committee

 Alex Aleinikoff
Director of The Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility
The New School

 James Jay Carafano
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

 Moderated by

Margaret Warner
Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
The PBS NewsHour

Monday, April 10, 2017
11:00am to 12:30pm

And as a postscript: I hope no one else attempted to attend the Tuesday concert at Union Station commemorating the birth of Arturo Toscanini. It sounded too good to be true, and it was. I hope no one else made the unnecessary trip – my source I'd be glad to know if this really did occur.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 24

My oh my, what an amazing place to live! While the cherry blossoms may not be at their best this year, this week's list of free cultural and intellectual things to do is utterly amazing. So if the weather hasn't cooperated to entertain your guests this week, urge them to go to some of the many outstanding cultural and intellectual events we have available to us each day. What a fascinating range. They extend from instruction on how to become a wine connoisseur to baseball (and many other trivial distractions) to the latest political insights from those in the know and so much more! Note that one day there are as many as 8 outstanding events.

Friday, 24
Book lecture: Tristan Gooley discusses his book, "How to Read Water: Clues and patterns from "Puddles in the Sea" and Jonathan White reviews his book, "Tides" – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Classroom instruction: "Strike a Prose" – a creative informal writing session for adults focusing on "First – Person Perspectives" – let "Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait" inspire – G Street lobby – National Portrait Gallery – reservations required – npg, hats-on – 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Repeats on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Concert: May J – a multilingual J–pop singer from Japan – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 

Concert: Morehouse Glee Club at MLK Library, Friday, Mar 24 at 12noon
The Library will open its doors one last time for this special performance before the building undergoes a three-year modernization.  The acclaimed Morehouse choir has sung with noted celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.

Saturday, 25
Book lecture: Paul Dickson – "Leo Durocher: Baseballs prodigal son" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Edmund Gordon – "The Invention of Angela Carter" – P&P – 6 PM

Movie: "Gertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad" – introduced by the filmmakers – Gertrude Bell is considered by many to be more influential than her colleague T. E. Lawrence – 2016 – 95 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Concert: Jinny Marsh's Hot Google Klezmer Band performs traditional Eastern European Jewish dance music with American jazz – Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1 PM

Concert: Sounds of Kolachi – 10 piece group with vocalist and instrumentalists from Pakistan – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 26
Book lecture: Alyssa Mastromonaco – "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And other questions you should have answers to when you work in the White House" – P&P – 5 PM

Lecture: The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts – "The Forest: America in the 1890s: Herodotus among the Trees" – Alexander Nemerov, department chair and Carl and Marilyn Thoma, Sanford University – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Concert: The Parker Quartet performs music by Mendelson, Thomas and Shostakovich – East  Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert: The Mighty Flyntrop (organ): St. Columbus organists in Concert – St. Columbus Episcopal Church – 4201 Albemarle St. NW. – 2 PM

Lecture: Sam Droege of the United States Geological Survey's Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program will discuss "The Buzz About Bee's" – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – United States botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 130 – 2:30 PM

Film: Fifth-third annual "Voices From the Holy Land Film Series" features "Open Bethlehem" about the effort to unite Christians Muslims and Jews in the desire for free access to Jerusalem – with follow-up discussion – Perry Auditorium – Washington National Cathedral – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Monday, 27
Book lecture: Gish Jen – "The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Michael Comfield of George Washington University discusses "Hollywood Representations of the National Capital from Jefferson Smith to Selena Meyer" – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Tuesday, 28
Book lecture: Bianca Bosker, amateur drinker and professional tech reporter discusses her book, "Cork Dork: A Wine–Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters And Rogue Scientists who Taught Me to Live" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Lecture/discussion "Never Forget: The Power Behind Institutions of Memory" features the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Memorial Museum and the President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum – reservations requested – – United States Holocaust Museum – 7 PM

Concert: Honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of conductor Arturo Toscanini and music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 – 1954, The Cameriti della Scala, performs various works – Union Station – 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 29
Book lecture: John A. Farrell – "Richard Nixon: The Life" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Jodi Kantor – "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American character from Herbert Hoover to George W Bush" – National Archives – noon

Panel discussion: First Annual McGowan Forum on Ethics in Leadership: Ethics in Journalism" – including Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact and Nicholas Lehman of Columbia University – National Archives – 7 PM
Concert: Soprano Ariana Zuckerman performs with pianist Joy Schreier – East Garden Court – West Building – NGA – 12:10 PM

Discussion: Curator Susan Ormonde discusses the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and other baseball "hits". – Performing Arts Reading Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – Noon – 12:30 PM

Book lecture: Jack Barsky – "Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances" about his double life as an American businessman who was really an East German spy – International Spy Museum – 800 F St. NW. – Noon – 1 PM

Book lecture: Evgeny Finkel"Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust" – room 602 – Elliott School of International affairs – George Washington University – reservations "required –" – 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Discussion: In celebration of the Anderson House's 120th birthday the executive director of the Lars Anderson Auto Museum discusses the Anderson's historic automobile collection of 32 cars beginning with a Winton Runabout in 1899 – Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Panel discussion: "How misinformation affects democracy and the ethical responsibility of journalists, government and businesses" – Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Amy Hollyfield of PoliFact, Nicholas Lehman of Columbia University and Jay Cost writer at The Weekly Standard – National Archives Building – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, 30
Book lecture: Tom Nichols – "The Death of Experience: The campaign against established knowledge and why it matters" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: unCHAMBERed, featuring the North Carolina Symphony – Indie rock meets today's classical music with works for chamber ensemble and voices – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 7:30 PM

Concert: Washington Performing Arts presents "Creation Stories" featuring mezzo-soprano the Sasha Cooke and other Atlanta Symphony Orchestra vocal soloists – West Garden Court – West Building – NGA – reservations required – – 6 PM

Lecture: Martin Tolchin, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – "President Trump – What's Next?" – Presented by the Georgetown Village – St. John's Episcopal Church – 3040 O Street Northwest – reservations required – 202-999-8988 – 6 PM

Film: The 2015 film "Suffragette" – a British. drama about woman suffrage in the United Kingdom – Georgetown Library – 30 R St. NW. – 6 PM

Film: The Korean Cultural Center's K-Cinema series presents the 2015 adventure drama, "The Himalayas" – appetizer social is 6 PM – film at 6:30 – reservations required – – Korea Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Performance: Alaska Chamber Group Wild Shore New Music performs works by living composers inspired by the natural beauty and indigenous cultures of Alaska – celebrating "Alaska's Sesquicentennial: Seward's Day" – 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 17

Here is the weeks listing of the events.  You'll notice the abundance of film, primarily those of the very important Environmental Film Festival.

This may already be at capacity but you still might try to get in to the following stellar event for two weeks from now, April 4.

A Conversation with General Michael Hayden Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency
Johns Hopkins University - The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Washington, D.C.
RSVP here please

And after spending too much time this last week watching MSNBC, CNN and even Fox News, there are some things I just had to get off my chest so I hope you'll take a few moments to look at

Friday, 17
Book lecture: Noah Eisenberg – "We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Films: Spillover: Zika, Ebola and Beyond – Carnegie Institution for Science – 1530 P St. NW. – 6 PM – Food Evolution: Feeding an expanding population – 8:30 PM reservations required – 202 – 342 – 2564 – or

Concert: The Spelman College Glee Club performs gospel, sacred and secular choral music for women's voices – Flag Hall – Smithsonian Museum of American History – Noon

Discussion: Barbara Schmidt, author of "Orchid Care: For the Beginner" discusses "Everything Orchids" – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – noon – 1 PM

Saturday, 18
Book lecture: Erica Armstrong Dunbar – "Never Caught: The Washington's Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Owen Judge" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Nicholas Reynolds – "Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures – 1935 – 61" – P&P – 6 PM

Films: "A Land for War" – poetic documentary portrays the impact of Fort Ord on the terrain and the people – National Gallery of Art – 55 minutes – 2 PM – followed by the 55 minute film produced by the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress – "Fort Ord: A Sense of Place"

Film: "Light on Earth" – Sir David Attenborough hosts this film about living in light with question and answer session – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2 PM

Special events: "Flavors of Syria" – presented by the Syrian Cultural House and Mosaic celebrates the culture of Syria and of the resistance – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle Northwest – reservations required - – 10 AM – 5 PM

Symposium: The Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium – focusing on the life, career and legacy of the president features a variety of outstanding scholars – for information – lincoln– – Ford's Theatre – 511 10th St. NW. – 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, 19
Book lecture: Amy Dickinson – "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A memoir of love, loss and coming home" – P&P – 1 PM

Film: Dimitri Shostakovich: Sonata For viola – introduced by Alexander Toradze – an eloquent portrait of Soviet-era composer Shostakovich's life – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Film: "Born in China" – adventures of three animal families – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 1 PM

Environmental film Festival: "Kivlina" portrait of an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe on an island that is disappearing – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – reservations nmwaorg  – 3 PM – 5PM

Film: "24 Snow" – the harsh Arctic climate of Siberia attracts people seeking freedom and independence – Carnegie Institution for Science – 4 PM

Film: "Behold the Earth" – changing America's habits from living indoors to the outdoors through science and religion and music – E St., Cinema – 555 E Street Northwest reservations required – 202-342-2564 or – 4 PM  - Taken from the Post - you may want to check this out - that is not the address of the theatre

Film: "Columbia: Wild Magic" an extraordinary look at this exotic country with questions and answers following – Carnegie Institution for Science – reservations required – - 7 PM

Concert: The Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet perform "Appallation Concerto" – East Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Monday, 20
Lecture: Americans for the Arts present its 30th annual Nancy Hanks Lecture of Arts and Public Policy – Speaker Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation – tickets required – 202-371-2830 – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 6:30 PM

Presentation: The Shakespeare Theater Company Book Club presents, "Every body Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's, The Sun Also Rises" – Forum – Sidney Harman Hall – 610 F St. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: Ulrich Boser – "Learn Better" – the author shows that learning itself is a skill anyone can master and gives six key steps – Busboys and Poets – 5th Street and K – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Sharon Weinberger – "The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA: The Pentagon Agency That Changed the World" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "Tidewater" – the vulnerability of the Virginia and North Carolina coast to rising sea level – United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – reservations – 202 – 342 – 2564 – 7 PM
Tuesday, 21
Book lecture: Adam Alter – "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "The Age of Consequences" investigates the effects of climate change on resource scarcity, migration the and conflict – Carnegie Institution for Science – 1530 P St. NW. – called nation – 7 PM

Panel discussion:  The Rise In Hate Crimes - 7:30PM
Join four distinguished panelists to discuss the challenges faced by the LGBT, Muslim, and Jewish communities, the trends we are seeing, and the initiatives in place to combat hate crimes.
Brenda Abdellal, Muslim Advocates
Doron Ezickson, Anti-Defamation League
Karen Finney, MSNBC (Moderator)
David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign
Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC
Limited Parking, 2 blocks from Cleveland Park Metro (Red Line)

Concert: Saxophonist Jeremy Koch and Pianist Yu-Hsuan Liao perform – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 22
Film:  Environmental Film Festival - "Following Seas" -94 minute film celebrating the adventures of Bob Griffith and Nancy Hirsch sailing Polynesia and Antarctica – National Archives– 7PM   

Gallery talk: "New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin" – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 12:30 PM

Concert: Musicians From Marlborough perform works by Haydn Webern and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – rush tickets often available at 6 PM – Concert at 8 PM – preconcert conversation  – no ticket required – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 23
Book lecture: Bruce Feiler – "The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us" – shaping our feelings about relationships, family and the togetherness – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Environmental Film Festival - Philip Scheffner's 2016 film, "Havarie" – the misfortune that besets a refuge boat in the Mediterranean Sea – reservations suggested - – New York University/DC – 1307 L St. NW. – 7 PM

And these future events

The Asia Foundation and The Brookings Institution invite you to a book launch event for:

China’s Governance Puzzle: Transparency and Participation in a One-Party State


Ji Hongbo, Country Representative to China, The Asia Foundation

Edmund Malesky, Professor of Political Economy, Duke University (co-author)

Wang Xixin, Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Peking University Law School (contributor)

Friday, March 31, 2017
9:30 -11:00 AM

The Brookings Institutiion
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Faith Over Fear: Welcoming the Stranger

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Free and Open to the Public- Registration Required

The Rumi Forum is partnering with the Washington National Cathedral, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington,

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Free cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 10

Sorry the list is a bit abbreviated this week, but sometimes other things get in the way. 

Friday, 10
Remember the Smithsonian portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum are open every night until 7 PM

Saturday, 11
Book lecture: Mark Kurlansky – "Havana: A Subtropical Delirium" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Melissa Clark: "Dinner:" – P&P – 6 PM

Film: "Beautiful Loses" – Filmmakers Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives of young artists and designers who have inadverten
tly impacted the art world (90 minutes: 2008) – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Film: "The Cranes Are Flying" – mid-50s Russian film about a disarming love story tragically undone by war – (35mm, 97 minutes) – East Building – NGA – 2:30 PM

Sunday,  12 
Book lecture: Roy Teixeira – "The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Tressie McMillan – "Lower: The Troubling Rise of Four – Profit College in the New Economy" – Busboys and Poets - 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Concert: Steinway series: Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong performs a repertoire of Mozart Schumann and Liszt – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Monday, 13
Book lecture: Marjorie J. Spruill – "Divided We Stand: The battle over women's rights and family values that polarized American politics" – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 14

Wednesday, 15

Book lecture: Howard W French – "Everything Under the Heavens: How the past helps shape China's push for global power" – P&P – 7 PM

Gallery talk: "Harlem Heroes" – Curator John Jacob discusses photography and leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance – F Street Lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5:30 PM

Thursday,, 16
Book lecture: Ganesh Sitaraman – "The Crisis of the Middle – Class: Why economic inequality threatens our Republic" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture and launch: Damien Shields – "The Forgotten Irish: Irish immigrant experiences in America" – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert: Take 5! Lena Seikaly and Danielle Wertz celebrating women in jazz – Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM