Thursday, January 22, 2015

Events of the Week: Friday, January 23 - Friday, January 30

The first film festivals of 2015 begin this week with the Georgian (Russian) Series at the Goethe Institut.  Don't know of the Goethe Institut or Georgian cinema?  Check them out at 812 7th NW - the films are free and they will soon host portions of the Jewish Film Festival.  They also have a display of the photography of Barbara Kelmm, one of Germany's most distinguished photographers. 

Friday, January 23 
Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne and Danielle Cook - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - noon - 12:45

Book Talk:  Guantanamo Diary - Authors Nancy Hollandar and Shani Himsi - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Xanadu - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Pickford Theatre - 7pm

Concert:  St. Lawrence String Quartet Opus 90: Celebrating 90 Years of Concerts from the Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 8pm - Stand-by tickets may be available at 6:30pm  - at 6:30 Anne McLean discusses the series in the Whittall Pavillion

Film: To Tell the Truth: Working for Change  (North American Premiere) - Documentary of social change in the U. S. and United Kingdom from 1929 - 1941 - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon - Second segment next Friday. 

Saturday, January 24
Book Talks:  Boom, Bust Exodus - Chad Broughton - P&P - 1pm 
Narcissism and Politics - Jerrold M. Post - P&P - 3:30pm
The Book of Love - Roger Rosenblatt - P&P 6pm

Lecture and discussion:  Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman in Civil War Washington:  Jean Freedman and Jamie Stiehm – Georgetown Library – 3260 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Book Talk:  A. D. and  M. L, King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream: author Naomi Ruth Barber King the sister-in-law of Dr. King – MLK memorial library – 2 PM

Sunday, January 25
Gypsy Jazz:  Violinist Daisy Castro - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble perform Monteverdi with poetry readings - National Gallery of Art - West Garden Court - 6pm  

Monday, January 26
Film: "Discovering Georgian Cinema" features two of Jashi's films Bakhmaro and Felicita - reservations required at Goethe Institut - 812 7th St. NW - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  Our Secret Life in Movies - Author J. M. Tyree - Kramerbooks - 1517 Connecticut NW - 6:30pm

Forum:  National Press Club hosts Coverage of Race in America: How Are We Doing? Can We Do Better? - Ballroom - National Press Club - 529 14th Street NW - reservations required - rsvp@capitalpressclub.org - 6:30 - 8pm

Tuesday, January 27
Film and Discussion:  The Decade of Discovery - considering email and other forms of communication in the White House - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  GWU Camerata Singers - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book Discussion:  The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State - Author Jocelyne Cesari - Room 602 - GWU - Elliot School of International Affairs - 1957 E ST. NW reservations required - go.gwu.edu/jan27rsvp - Noon - 2pm

Film:  Remembering National Holocaust Day, the film The Island of Roses: A
Tragedy in a Paradise
 with remarks by the Ambassador from Italy
 - reservations required - www.iicwashington.esteri.it - 6:30pm

Wednesday, January 28
Book Talk:  Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe - George Friedman - P&P - 7pm

Book TalK:  Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power - Malcolm Byrne - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  The Bill of he Century: The Epic struggle for the Civil Rights Act - Clay Risen - Room 119 - Jefferson Building  - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture:  Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea - Ashley W. Harris - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Avenue - Noon - 12:30pm

Thursday, January 29
Book Talk:  Chasing the Scream - Johann Hari a look at the War on Drugs - P&P - 6pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne  and Danielle Cook _ US Botanic Garden - 12:45pm

Concert:  Chamber music by the Youth Fellows of the NSO - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center

Film: Discovering Georgian Cinema - Tinatin Gurchiani's The Machine That Makes Everything Disappear - Goethe Society - reservations required - www.goetheinstitutwashingtonevenbritecom -

Friday, January 30
Film:  To Tell the Truth: The Strategy of Truth - Second part of series on propaganda during WWII in the US GB and Germany - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon 




Friday, January 16, 2015

Events of the week Friday, January 16 – Thursday, January 22

The weather outside may be dreary, but the free cultural and intellectual activities throughout the city can brighten up your day. It's a good week to attend an event in a facility where you have never been before.

 Friday , January 16
Lecture:  The 13th Amendment:  150th Anniversary of the Abolishment of Slavery - Historian Jim Barber - National Portrait Gallery - Noon

Film:  Iranian Film Festival features the 2013 film, Fish and Cat - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Saturday,  January 17 
Concert:  Chanson du Soir - soprano Chelsea Camille and guitarist David Isaacs with songs from Spain - Anderson House - Society of Cincinnati - 1:30pm 

Book Talks:  Washington, D. C. and the Civil War - Mark N. Ozer -Politics and Prose - 3:30pm
Culture Crash:  The Killing of the Creative Class - Scott Timberg - P&P - 6pm

Sunday, January  18
Film:  Iranian Film Festival features the 2013 film, Fish and Cat - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Concert:  Violinist Federico Agostini performs Respighi and other Italian Composers - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 3:30pm

Book Talk:  The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House - P&P -1pm

Special Event:  Watch them Fly - Model Airplanes through the Great Hall - National Building Museum - 11am - 4pm


Monday, January 19
Concert:  Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King with Natalie Cole and Georgetown University Musical Groups - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - Tickets distributed before the 6pm concert

Concert:  All God;'s Children - Celebrating the Life of MLK with dancers, Howard University Choir and other groups - for entry canned goods or new children's book - Washington National Cathedral - 2 - 4pm

Tuesday, January 20
Book Talk:  The Nazi Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men – Eric Lichtblau - National Archives – noon

Lecture:  Interfaith Dialogue: The Intersection of Faith and Politics - Rabbi Abraham Skorka (a close friend of Pope Francis) - reservations required - masortiolami.org/skorka-at-adas-israel - 2850 Quebec Street NW - 7pm


Wednesday, January 21
Panel Discussion:  State of the Union's Foreign Policy - World Affairs Council - reservations required - worldaffairsdc.org - University of California Washington Center - 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Panel Discussion: The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis - U. S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen, Tom Davis and Martin Frost - reservations suggested - archivesfouindation.org/events - National Archives - 7:30pm

Film:  Here and Elsewhere - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW - 1 - 2pm

Film:  A Gentle Breeze in the Village - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW - 6:30pm

Thursday, January 2
Concert:  Talladega College Choir - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Discussion:  New Challenges for Islamist Movements - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/jan22rsvp - Elliot School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E Street NW - Noon - 2pm

Friday, January 2, 2015

Events of the Week: Friday, January 2 - Thursday, January 15

A look back and a look ahead:
  • Never having been in the DC area before to celebrate the coming of a new year (as appropriate for a late octogenarian) we delighted with the tradition at St. Columba's annual concert (with post concert champagne - concert not free but a reasonable donation"suggested"). 'Twas an outstanding organ and vocal concert featuring J. Riley Lewis and Rosa Lamoreaux. It's now a part of our tradition.
    • A suggestion was also made by a "subscriber" that someone (of you) might like to follow-up and work toward having the zoo host a "zoo lights" midnight tour as a fund -raiser with champagne at midnight.
  • You are largely on your own to find events as I will spend the week in Michigan. (A few) special events are listed for the next week.   Perhaps some of you might make suggests for that week in the comments section at the end of this week's listing.
Friday, January 2
Art Lecture:  Eric Dekker discusses Degas and Monotype - West Building  - National Gallery of Art -
Noon - Repeats Saturday and Sunday at Noon

Saturday,  January 3
Jazz Concert:  Tim Whalen Septet - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book Talks:  Malcolm Byrne discusses Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power - Politics and Prose - 3:30pm
Joshua DuBois discusses The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama - P&P - 6pm

Film:  International Short Films - Selections from Oberhausen - Wests Building  Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art - 2pm and 3:30PM

Sunday, January 4
Film:  Nancy Buirski's 2014 film, Afternoon of a Faun - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 4pm

Family Event:  National Museum of Women in the Arts - Community Day - 1250 New York Avenue NW - Noon - 5pm

Monday, January 5
Visit a museum

Tuesday, January 6
Concert:  Gypsy Jazz group,UltraFaux - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Lecture:  David Gariff discusses Manet in Spain - West Building Rotunda - NGA - 1pm

Book Talk;: Pamela Katz discusses The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women and Germany on the Brink - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  Archivist John Emond discusses dramatic, humorous and poignant North and South "Voice" of Soldiers from the Civil War - from documents and letters - National Archives - (Penn. Ave. entrance) - 11am

Wednesday, January 7
Concert:  Organist Iris Lan performs Hindemith's sonatas - St. John's Episcopal Church - Lafayette Square - 12:10pm

Lecture and readings;  Celebrate the birthday of Zora Neale Hurston with reading by novelists Dolen Perkins-Valdedz and Emily Raboteau - Whittal Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon
Thursday, January 8
Book Talk:  Anya Kamenetz discusses The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing - But You You Don't Have To Be - P&P - 7pm

Saturday, January 10
Book Talk:  Robert M. Dowling discusses his biography of Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts - P&P - 1pm
The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran - P&P - 6pm

Sunday, January 11
Book Talk:  Jonathan Horn The Man Who Would Not be Washington:  Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History - P&P - 5pm

Monday, January 12
Book Talk:  Julian E. Zelizer The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society - P&P 7pm

Wednesday, January 14
Film:  Moana With Sound - documentary film of Samoan life - National Archives - 7pm

Thursday, January 15
Researcher Talk:  Vassar College Professor Eloise Ellery discusses,Sex on the Frontier: Fertility and America's Antebellum Empire - National Archives - Penn Ave. entrance - Noon



Friday, December 26, 2014

Events of the Week: Friday, December 26 - Thursday, January 1

Having never been in D. C., the week after Christmas and before New Years, I didn't know what to expect.  Indeed the usual intellectual programs are lacking, but there are some fascinating activities available for those with time on their hands.  Most all of the museums are open on their regular schedules.  Be sure to check out the special programs for children at the National Portrait Gallery. It is also a great opportunity to visit some of the lesser visited museums such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Library of Congress and the National Archives. The United States Holocaust Museum  has a special display entitled "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust".  And the newly remodeled White House Visitors Center offers many hands-on experiences and attractive displays for viewing the presidency for children of any age.

Someone suggested that we also include a list of free New Years Eve activities.  My Midwest background had me first seek out houses of worship for what we knew as "Watch Night" services.  The first "church" listing I found was "Falls Church" which has it 16th annual Watch Night event that has events in the downtown area for families.  Free shuttle service is provided from the East Fall Church Metro stop from 7  until midnight.  The communities of Vienna and Alexandria also provide New Years eve events downtown with Alexandria also providing fireworks along the water front.

Please note to that I deviate from listing only free events by listing an event that has a recommended $20 donation for a special New Year's Eve program that might be attractive to many.

Friday, December 26
 Concert:  Richmond based gospel group, Family of praise - millennium stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Saturday, December 27
Concert:  Holiday vaudeville with Cajun cellist, klezmer Quartet and comedian – Millennium stage Kennedy Center 6 PM


Sunday, December 28
Concert: Galilei performs various classical works – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Film:  Greek film, "The Daughter" – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 4:30 PM:

Monday, December 29
Concert:  Zan McLeod's Celtic Holiday with Irish Dancers - Millennium stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Tuesday, December 30
Concert:  Sweet Heaven Kings – Anacostia gospel group of blues, band and percussion – holiday music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center - 6 PM  

Concert:  Samovar - Russian folk ensemble – Conservatory Garden Court – US Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 6 PM – 8 PM

Family day program: exhibit, "Making Their Mark" – hands-on activities and games – National Archives Building – 10 AM – 4 PM :

Wednesday, December 31
Concert: The Brooklyn-based Williamsburg salsa orchestra – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center 6PM

New Year's Eve Concert:  Musicians including Rosa Lamoreaux and J. Riley Lewis perform "Music from Bach to the American Songbook" – $20 donation suggested – $5 for students – St. Columba's Episcopal Church – for 201 Albemarle St. NW. – 6 PM

Thursday, January 1
Athletic Event:  Hockey extravaganza – The National Hockey League  Winter classic  features our Washington Capitols versus the Chicago Blackhawks – billed as a winter extravaganza free tickets are obviously not available – but we can all be part of the fun and excitementoutside the Washington Nationals stadium – face-off is at 1 PM


Friday, December 19, 2014

Free events of the Week with a few special events for children

The holiday season with fewer talks and book reviews seems a good chance to make changes in the weekly listing.  Today's listing starts the new scheduling made necessary by coordination with other lists of events.  By being issued on Friday morning each week, I hope you can find events to attend for the weekend and the week ahead.  Please excuse errors in my listing as I attempt to adjust to the Dragon dictation system.  I hope you will also have time to check my other blog at http://www.ronlehersrants.blogspot.com.

Friday,  December 19
Organ Concert:  Hear holiday music on the magnificent organ at National City Christian Church
5 Thomas Circle NW - 12:15 - 1pm

Holiday Jazz:  A Stan Kenton Christmas - Truly great jazz from the 40's in a unique performance - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center 6 - 7pm

Saturday,  December 20
Children's Art Event:  Artwork of Grandma Moses  in story and special activity – National Portrait Gallery – 1 PM – 4 PM

Special service:  Simulcast of Bethlehem prayer service between Washington DC and Palestine – prayers, readings and hymns – Washington National Cathedral – 10 AM

Holiday concert:  Thomas Circle singers – National Gallery of Art – West Building Garden Court – 3:30 PM

Sunday,  December 21
Children's Art Event – Artwork of Grandma Moses in story and special activity – National Portrait Gallery – 1 PM – 4 PM

Klezmer concert:  Alexandria group performs klezmer music – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art 3:30 PM

Film:  Athens today series: The Eternal Return of Atonis Paraskevas - West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 4:30 PM

Monday, December 22
Children's art event:  Artwork of Roy Lichtenstein in story and special activity – national portrait Gallery – one – 4 PM

Holiday concert:   Vox Pulchra - early music ensemble – the lobby – Willard intercontinental hotel – 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 

Tuesday,  December 23
Children's art event – artwork of Romare Bearden in story and special activity – National Portrait Gallery – 1 PM – 4 PM

Holiday concert: Children's chorus of Washington – lobby the Willard Hotel – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  

Wednesday, December 24

Concert: Beltway brass quintet – 20th century jazz harmonies – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 
Thursday, December 25
Concert: All-Star Christmas day jam session with outstanding local performers - Kennedy Center – millennium stage 6 PM 




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Free cultural events – Thursday, December 11 – Friday, December 19

I'm very excited that my first post after a month away comes a month ahead of schedule. I was certain that I would not be able to type because of the complete replacement of my left shoulder. I'm awestruck that two "miracles" have occurred to make this possible. First, the skill of the surgeon who not only replaced my worn out bone but also inserted a nerve block that kept me from experiencing pain. And second, the miracle of the youthful entrepreneurs that invented the Internet and this Dragon dictation device that makes it possible for me to type with no hands.

With limited skill on my Dragon, the list this week will be somewhat limited. I'll try to be a bit selective in suggesting a few unique programs for the season.  Unfortunately I was unable to find a performance of a family favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors.  It's a family favorite and I'd hoped to share it with blog readers.  (My Dragon heard me say, all mall in the night visitors.)  While I am not in the practice of promoting anyone religious faith, this story has been a family favorite for over 50 years - even in  a family not known for its acceptance of traditional religious miracles. If you're unable to locate a live performance, I recommend your getting it on a DVD..

Enough advice giving and personal info, but the last month has heightened my appreciation of both science and a belief system.  And I continue to be amazed, even in this busy holiday season, at the number of broad cultural events available to us all for free.

Thursday, December 11
Concert:  In celebration of legendary violinist and teacher Roman TotenbergVogler/Wang/Siirala perform Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Harbison - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – free pre-concert conversation with Nina Totenberg – 6:30 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6:30 PM

Concert: Jazz group "Cold Front" performs seasonal jazz selections – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 6- 8 PM

Friday, December 12
Concert:  Stradivari anniversary concert – The St. Lawrence String Quartet –Hsin-YunHuang - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – free pre-concert conversation – 6:30 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6:30 PM

Organ concert:  The King of Instruments and the Instrument of Kings - featuring the city's third largest organ and trumpeter Chuck Seipp - National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle NW - 12:15 PM

Opera for children: The Little Prince – excerpts presented by the Washington National Opera – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center 6 PM

Film:  Goodbye South Goodbye – from southern Taiwan – English subtitles – Freer Gallery of Art – the mall – 7 PM 

Saturday, December 13
Concert:  Spanish Brash present a holiday concert - West Garden Court - - National Gallery of Art - 3:30 PM

Holiday festival:  Embassy of Italy and Smithsonian American Art Museum present an Italian holiday festival with performances, craft activities and children's activities –Kogod Auditorium - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 11:30 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 14
Jazz concert: US Marine band presents a big band holiday concert  – Marine Barracks Annex – Seventh and K Streets SE– 2 PM

Piano concert: Works by Beethoven, Chopin & Rachmaninoff  -  Smithsonian American Art Museum  -Eight and G St. NW – 2 PM

Stage reading:  Claire Frankel's  Ethel and Ruthie"- the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg – Temple Micah – 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW – reservations required  - templemmicah.org – 1:30 PM

Conservation demonstration - Reuse, Retouch, ReDutch - 50 examples of sustainable and social Dutch design – Royal Netherlands Embassy – for 200 Linnean Ave. NW – 11 AM – 4 PM

Monday, December 15
Discussion:  Muslim minorities and religious freedom: a public dialogue - Berkeley Center for religion peace and world affairs - Fisher colloquium -Hariri Building – reservations required – berkeleycentergeorgetown.edu – 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Comedy show:: Mark Normand - millennium stage – theater lab – tickets distributed – 5:30 PM

Tuesday,  December 16
Holiday concert: Choir of the Church of the Epiphany performs Christmas Music – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. – 12:10 PM

Film – The Battle of the Bulge - documentary – National Archives – noon

Film – T-shirt travels – Myers room – George Washington University Museum/textile Museum – 701 21st St. – noon
Wednesday, December 17
Film – Chronicle of My Mother –Masato's Harada's 2011 film – Japan information and culture center – 1150 18th St. reservation required – 6:30 PM

Jazz pianist: From the Conservatory of Amsterdam – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Thursday, December 18
Jazz concert: Joe Herrera and the Unity Quintet – Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 PM – 8 PM

Hanukkah celebration:  Lox and Vodka -  klezmer band – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM 

Holiday concert: Smithsonian Encore Chorale – National Museum of the American Indian – 7:30 PM

Concert: St. Lawrence string Quartet – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress Jefferson building – discussion free and free rush tickets possibly available - 6 PM - concert 8 PM   


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, October 30 - Friday, November 14

An arthritic shoulder that prevents regular typing causes me to discontinue the Events Blog for some time.   If this old dog can learn to use the "Dragon Dictate" I might be able to get back before next year.  However, the holiday season should be one when you will have a great deal to chose from on your own.  I hope you'll check out a few parting shots I want to make via one finger typing on my other blog, Ron's Rant (http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com)

In addition to this two week listing of events, there are several special events I've seen recently that I think you might find interesting
  • November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The display at the Goethe-Institut at 812 7th St. NW is truly fascinating.  It runs until December 15
  • Smithsonian's Portrait Gallery has a display of   
    • Time Magazine covers from the 60's
    • Civil Rights Memorabilia
  • Smithsonian American Indian Museum has redesigned its displays
Thursday, October 30 
Concert:  Ensemble Dal Niente - A George Lewis Premiere - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 8pm - Rush tickets at 6:30 at the same time as a conversation with George Lewis in the Whittall Pavilion

Book Talk:  Don't Wait for the Next War - General Wesley Clark considers American growth and Leadership - P & P - 7pm

Book Talk:  Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln - Richard Brookhiser - National Archives - Noon

Film:  The Young and the Damned - Luis Bunuel's 1950 film - Mexican Cultural Institute - 2829 15th ST. NW - reservations required - rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org - 6:45pm

Friday, October 31
Talk:  Presidents and Baseball - Baseball enthusiastic Tom Reese - White House Visitors Center - 12:15pm

Book Talk:  Isabella: The Warrior Queen - Kirstin Downey considers Isabella of Castile - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Get Happy: The Songs of Harold Arlen -Soprano Erin Driscoll - McNair Auditorium - Georgetown University - 1:15pm

Concert:ms Prague Philharmonic Chorus performs Dvorak and others - West Garden Court - NGA - 3:30pm  

Saturday,  November 1 
Book Review:  Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory - Anne Sarah Rubin - P&P - 1pm

Book Review:  Hillary: The Photographs of Diane Walker - Time Photographer Diane Walker - P&P 3 ;30pm

Concert:  Cuban Pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Stage - 6pm

Film:  Maio Bellocchio's 1965 film, Fists in the Pocket - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 4:30pm

Sunday,  November 2
Book Review:  The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President - Aaron David Miller - P&P 1pm

Book Review:  Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind - (in Nazis Vienna) - Sarah Wildman - P&P - 5pm

Concert:  Durufle's Requiem - Cathedral Choir - Washington National Cathedral - 6pm

Lecture:  El Greco in America - Johns Hopkins University Professor Richard L. Kagan - West Building National Gallery of Art - - 2pm 

Monday, November 3
Book Review:  The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington : Greg Herken - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  The Secret of the Gondola - David Alan Brown - West Building - NGA - 12:10 and 1:10pm

Lecture:  Ethics and Morals of he Israeli Defense Forces - Col. Bentzi Gruber - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - 6th and I - Reservations required - sixthandi.org - 7:30pm

Film Documentary:  Raschick's 2006 film about East German Youth and their discovery of hip hop music - $4 - $7 charge - Goethe-Institut - 812 7th NW - 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 4
Book Review:  Napoleon: A Life - Andrew Roberts - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Cosmos: Hiding in the Light - Grosvenor auditorium - National Geographic - 1600 M St. NW - Noon

Film and discussion: Rebel - 2014 Documentary about a Union Spy - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Torneranno i Prati - WWI tragedy in Italy - Embassy of Italy - reservations required -               www.licwashington.esteri.it - 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 5
Lecture: They're Saved, They're Saved: Winslow Homer and the Lifeline - Kathleen Foster, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 7pm

Book Talk:  Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War - Mark Harris - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Encountering Jesus - Father James Martin - Bunn Cultural Center - Georgetown University - 7pm

Concert:  Organist Greg Morris of Temples Church, London performs a Trio of Triptiques - St. John's Episcopal Church of the Presidents - Lafayette Square - 12:10pm

Concert:  Avanti Orchestra performs works by Schubert and Beethoven - Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 7:30pm

 November 6
Book Talk:  The Nazis Next Door How America Became a Safe haven for Hitlers Men - Eric Lichtblau - P&P - 7pm 

Friday, November 7
Piano Concert:   Pierre-Laurant Aimard plays Bach an Beethoven - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert 8pm - Rush tickets 6:30

Book Review:  Wait, Wait.......I'm Not Done Yet: Stories from Life In Radio - Carl Kassell - P&P - 7pm
Saturday, November 8
Choral Jazz Singers - The Nels Cline Singers with guitarist, bass drums, electronics without singers perform free jazz - Atlas Performing Arts Center - 1333 H St. NE - Telephone 202-399-7993 - 9pm

Book Review:  Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of A Changing China - Val Wang - P&P - 1pm

Sunday, November 9
Classical Concert  Smithsonian Chamber Players perform Beethoven and Schumann - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3pm

Book Review:  The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power - Jules Witcover - P&P - 1pm

Book Review:  The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall - Mary E. Sarotte - P&P - 5pm

Monday, November 10

Tuesday, November 11
Book Review:  No Man's Land: Preparing for War in post 9/11 America - Elizabeth D. Samet - P&P 7pm

Wednesday, November 12
Book Review:  The Reliance Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong - Judin Radin, President, Rockefeller Foundation - P&P -7pm 

Thursday, November 13
Book Review:  Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most - Timothy Shriver, Chief, Special Olympics - P&P 7pm
Friday, November 14
Annual Conference:  From Local to Global:  The Persistence of the Palestinian Struggle - Internet Registration: The Jerusalem Fund:Calendar - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW -9am - 5pm

Book Review:  China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice - Richard Bernstein - P&P - 7pm