Thursday, September 11, 2014

Events of the week: Thursday, September 11 - Tuesday, September 23



What an exciting two weeks of learning for FREE in DC.  The number of events and my absence for the next two weeks cause the delay.  I'm almost sorry to be in Michigan for two weeks when there are such exciting learning opportunities here in DC.  Among the most exciting ones I see are:

  • tonight's Boy's Choir at the Austrian Embassy
  • Hispanic Heritage Day on Saturday
  • an opportunity for seniors to learn about LinkedIn on Monday
  • two talks by Yale's Akhil Reed Amar
  • two truly timely panels with outstanding participants at The New America Foundation*
  • remembering D-Day on film, and 
  • a chance to hear an outstanding panel in a two day symposium on the possibility of intelligent life beyond earth.
* I've been to several panels at this relatively new think tank.  I'm uncertain about which audience they are particularly meant for.  You might check them out.  Their programs - like many others - are often streamed or on the Internet thus available to us even if we cannot attend in person.  



Thursday, September 11
Book Talk: Fallujah Redux - Dan Green reports on the battles in Anbar Province - P&P - 4pm 

Book Talk:  Congress in the Viet Nam and Watergate Era - Katherine Scott - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave. entrance - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Bratislava Boys Choir - Austrian Cultural Forum - 3529 International Court - reservations suggested - go to Austrianculturalforumdc - 7:30pm

Lecture:  Artist Mark Tribe - Corcoran Gallery of Art - 500 17th st. NW - 7pm


Friday, September 12
Book Talk:  William Wells Brown:: An African-American Life - Author Ezra Greenspan tells of this former slave who in the early 18th Century was a writer and political activist - Mary Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk: James Madison: A Life Reconsidered - Lynne Cheney - National Archives - Noon

Organ Recital:  Organist Lawrence P.Schreiber at the National City Christian Church - 5 Thomas Circle NW - 12:15 -1pm

Saturday, September 13
Concert:  Jinny Marsh's Hot Kugel KlezmerBand  - Anderson House - Society of the Cincinnati - 2018 Mass., Ave NW - 1:30pm

Lecture:  Urban Agriculture: NYU's Carolyn Dimitri discusses "Urban Agriculture: Sowing Seeds, Sowing Money - U. S. botanic Garden - reservations required - 202-225-8333 - 10:30 - 12:30 repeats Sunday at 2

Festival:  Hispanic Heritage Family Festival with varied Family Activities - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian Portrait Gallery/American Art - 11:30am - 4pm


Sunday, September 14

Lecture:  Urban Agriculture - See Saturday - 2pm

Book talk:  The Human Age - Diane Ackerman considers human creativity - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  Steinway Series - Verge Ensemble - Three pianists various classical numbers - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G Street Lobby - 2:30pm for tickets for 3pm performance

Lecture:  Degas and Cassatt: a Collaborators Look Beneath the Layers - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 2pm

Monday, September 15
Book Talk:  So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Lincoln's Gamble - Todd Brewster discusses the Emancipation Proclamation - P&P -
7pm - ALSO at noon at the National Archives

Presentation:  How to use LinkedIn Like a Pro - - 40Plus of Greater Washington - Suite T-2 1718 P St. nw - 9:45 - Noon  - 202-387-1582

Concert:  U. S. Army Field Band Soldiers Chorus - Scenes from operas - Family theater - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Lecture:  Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making of the Movement - Harvard's Ingrid Monson and Rutgers Ruth Feldstein - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 1pm


Tuesday, September 16
Lecture:  Magna Carta and the American Constitution - Yale Professor Akhil Reed Amar - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 1pm

Wednesday, September 17
Discussion:  Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar and U. S. representative Robert Hurt of Virginia discuss The State of the Constitution: Is the American Constitution Still Working for Americans? Reservations recommended at www.archivesfoundation.org/events.  Celebrating the 227th Anniversary of the U. S. Constitution - National Archives 7pm

Children's Activity:  Celebrating  Constitution Day with quill pens, crafts and dress - National Archives - 1 - 4pm

Concert:  Cellist Wytold - Sidney Harmon Hall - 610 F St. nw - 5:30pm

Film:  La Camioneta - Mark Kendall's 2013 film about Guatemala' working class - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 1pm - repeats Friday at 1pm

Panel Discussion:  Next Steps for the Israeli and Palestinians: Assessing the Impact of the Gaza Conflict - New America Foundation - 1899 L St.nw - Suite 400 - 9am - 10:30pm - registration suggested - http://www.newamerica.net/events/2014next_steps_for_gaza


Thursday, September 18
Lecture:  Climate Change on Mars: The Case for the Missing Martian Atmosphere - Goddard Scientist Jared Espley - Mary Pickford Theatre - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  Pete Muldoon performs jazz of Grant Green with sextet - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7pm

Book Talk:  America's Forgotten Constitution - Robert Tsai discusses the history of alternative constitutions - National Archives - Noon

Symposium:  Preparing For Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth - Leading scientists, historians, philosophers and theologians participate - Klug Center - LJ119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - extends through Friday - 9am - 4:30pm - Contact 202-707-0213

Friday, September 19
NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concerts:  The 2014 Award Winners ranging from Tejano to blues to dancing and ethic presentations - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - reservations suggested - lisner.gwu.edu - 8pm

Film: La Camioneta - See Wednesday listing


Saturday, September 20
Book Talks:  Rebel Souls - Justin Martin profiles the regulars at Piaff's Saloon circa 1860 - P&P - 1pm
Slow Dancing with a Stranger - Meryl Comer Tells of her husbands descent with Alzheimer's - P&P - 3:30pm
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me - Lucinda Franks memoir of life with her husband, Robert Morgenthau - 6pm
Cosby: His Life and Times - Author Mark Whitaker - P&P - 8pm



Sunday, September 21
Book Talk:  Predator: The Secret origin of the Drone Revolution - Author Richard Whittle - P&P - 1pm

Talk and music:  Luce Unplugged: Staff Talk, local musician, Louis Weeks: Alternative - Free coffee/tea - Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor - Smithsonian American Art Museum - Talk - 1:30pm - music - 2pm

Monday, September, 22
Book Talk:  The Copernicus Complex:Our Cosmic Significance In A Universe of Probabilities - P&P - 7pm
Tuesday, September 23
Film:  D-Day Remembered - 8th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program - National Archives - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  America's Worst Colleges - New America Foundation - 1899 L St. nw - Suite 400 - 9:30 - 11:00am - registration suggested - http://www.newamerica.net/events/2014/america_s_worstcolleges

Book Talk;  The Forgotten Fifties: America's Decade from the Archives of "Look" Magazine - Montpelier Room - 6th floor - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Events of the Two Weeks of Thursday, September 4 - Friday, September 19

     With as many as seven FREE cultural events in a single day, there is little reason for D. C. residents not to be among the most informed folks on the globe.  This week I got so excited about it that I went on for two weeks so you truly can plan ahead!
     And not only is there the usual plethora of free museums, but FOR THIS MONTH ONLY the exhibits at the Corcoran are free.  Open from 10 am - 5pm Wednesday through Sunday the museum in addition to their regular fine collection has a display AMERICAN METAL: THE ART OF ALBERT PALEY.

Thursday, September 4
Art Exhibit:  Amen - A Prayer for the World - Featuring 48 Egyptian artists and a Reception for the Egyptian Ambassador - Washington national Cathedral - reservations at invitation@cathedral.org - 7 - 8:30pm

Lecture:  The European Union at the Crossroads:Completing Integration or Hastening Disintegration - Stephen Leibfried of Bremen University - reservations required - leibfried.evenbrite.com - Room 701 -Bunn Intercultural Center - Georgetown University - Noon - 2pm

Lecture:  Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin Times - Bamberg University Professor Malte Rolf - Reservations required - guevents.georgetown .edu - McGhee Library -  Bunn Intercultural center - Georgetown University - 3pm

Film:  Old Dog - 2011 Chinese Film - Freer gallery of Art - The Mall - 7pm

Special Event:  106th Birthday Celebration of the birth of Richard Wright - features authors Marita Golden, Tope Folarin, and Derrick Weston Brown - reservations required - folger.edu - Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 East Capitol St. SE - 6 - 8pm

Friday, September 5
Concert:  Tribute to the Dave Matthews Band by Crowded Streets -The Yards Park - 355 Water St SE - 6:30 - 8:30

Talk:  "Sunday in the Park and Post-Impressionism" by those in the Signature Theatre's performance of Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" - Phillips Collection - 1600 21st NW - Noon phillipscollection.org/events

Lecture:  Counting Islam: Religion, Class and Elections in Egypt - Harvard's Terek Masoud - Room 602 Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU  - !957 E NW - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/Massoud - noon - 2pm

Book Talk:  Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off the Battlefield - Retired US Marine General Tony Zinni - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Talk:  The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities - Urban Farmer, MacArthur Award Recipient Will Allen - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - tickets required - 23-2-242-5327 - 7 to 9pm

Film:  DC China Film Festival presents the 2013 film, "Rock Me to the Moon" at 2pm and Stray Dogs at 7 -
Freer Gallery of Art

Film:  Okinawa Film Festival presents the 1999 film, "Nabbie's Love" - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1115 18th st.NW - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jcc - 6:15pm



Saturday, September 6 
Book Talk:  Mars Up Close - Marc Kaufman presents pictures and stories of the Mars Expedition - P&P - 6pm

Tango Lessons:  Bahman Aryana leads lessons in the Argentine Tango - MLK Library - 2:30pm

Lecture:  Portrait Photographer Lynn Goldsmith discusses her work including Bonnie Raitt, Prince and Patti Smith - National Portrait Gallery - 2pm

Book Talk:  A History of Rock Creek Park - Ranger Scott Einburger - National Building Museum - 401 F Street NW - noon

Sunday, September 7
Concert:  U. S. Air Force Strings - Community Concert - National gallery of Art - Noon and 1pm

Concert:  The Glory of Gospel as part of Gospel Music Heritage Month - Alfred Street Baptist Church - Alexandria - Millennium Stage - Kennedy C enter- 6pm

Lecture:  Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art - Curator Mary Morton - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 2pm

Film:  ASEWAN Film Festival 2013 film " The Jungle School" at 1pm and The Missing Picture at 4pm -
Freer Gallery of Art

Film:  Two Finish Films - "The Year 1939" at 2pm and Helsinki Forever - at 4:30 - National Portrait Gallery

Monday, September 8
Book Talk:  The Impulse Society - Paul Roberts discusses how our narcissistic society at all stratas of society impairs the common good - P&P - 7pm

Book Talk:  Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas - Author Cass R. Sunstein - National Archives - Noon

Discussion:  Dennis Ross and Elliott Abrams discuss "The Turbulent Middle East - reservations requested - pjc.georgetown.edu - Copley Formal Lounge - Copey Hall - Georgetown University - 7pm

Film:  Aluna - Columbia's Kogi people and tehir journey to save the world - Inter American Development Bank - 1330 New York Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Tuesday, September 9
Lecture:  Princeton's Peter Paret discusses "From Fact to Allegory and Beyond: Images of the First World War" - Pepco Edison Place Gallery - 702 8th NW - reservations required - 6 - 8:30pm

Book Talk:  Collision Low Crossers: Inside the Turbulent World of the NFL - Author Nichola Dawldorff with Mark Leibovich - Kramer Books - 1517 Conn AVE NW - 6:30pm

Film:  French film, "Love Like Poison" - reservations required - frenchculture.org - Embassy of France - 7pm
Wednesday, September 10

Concert:  Son Jarocho, folk music from Veracruz, Mexico by California singers - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Acid Test - Tom Shroder discusses a growing cultural and political climate in favor of wider use of chemicals - P&P - 7pm

Book Talk:  The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Edward Baptist - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Singer Andrea Pais - Washington Harbour - 3050 K Street NW  5:30 - 7:30pm


Thursday, September 11
Book Talk: Fallujah Redux - Dan Green reports on the battles in Anbar Province - P&P - 4pm 

Book Talk:  Congress in the Viet Nam and Watergate Era - Katherine Scott - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave. entrance - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Bratislava Boys Choir - Austrian Cultural Forum - 3529 International Court - reservations suggested - go to Austrianculturalforumdc - 7:30pm

Lecture:  Artist Mark Tribe - Corcoran Gallery of Art - 500 17th st. NW - 7pm


Friday, September 12
Book Talk:  William Wells Brown:: An African-American Life - Author Ezra Greenspan tells of this former slave who in the early 18th Century was a writer and political activist - Mary Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk: James Madison: A Life Reconsidered - Lynne Cheney - National Archives - Noon


Sunday, September 14
Book talk:  The Human Age - Diane Ackerman considers human creativity - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  Steinway Series - Verge Ensemble - Three pianists various classical numbers - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G Street Lobby - 2:30pm for tickets for 3pm performance


Monday, September 15
Book Talk:  So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Lincoln's Gamble - Todd Brewster discusses the Emancipation Proclamation - P&P -
7pm - ALSO at noon at the National Archives



Tuesday, Septembeer 16
Lecture:  Magna Carta and the American Constitution - Yale Professor Akhil Reed Amar - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 1pm

Wednesday, September 17
Discussion:  Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar and U. S. representative Robert Hurt of Virginia discuss The State of the Constitution: Is the American Constitution Still Working for Americans?
Celebrating the 227th Anniversary of the U. S. Constitution - National Archives 7pm
Reservations recommended at www.archivesfoundation.org/events/

Thursday, September 18
Lecture:  Climate Change on Mars: The Case for the Missing Martian Atmosphere - Goddard Scientist Jared Espley - Mary Pickford Theatre - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  Pete Muldoon performs jazz of Grant Green with sextet - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7pm

Friday, September 19
NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concerts:  The 2014 Award Winners ranging from Tejano to blues to dancing and ethic presentations - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - reservations suggested - lisner.gwu.edu - 8pm




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, August 28 - Thursday, September 4

So much to see and do.  There's no reason for us not to be the most informed citizens of the country - and all for free.

Thursday, August 28
Film:  Afternoon of a Faun - Film director Nancy Buirski introduces film of prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq-
National Archives - 7pm

Broadway Show:  Yentl - Pay what you can preview - Theatre J - 1529 16th street NW - 7:30pm - repeats again on Sunday night at 7:30

Special Celebration:  It Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing: U Street Memories from Ellington To Gaye - Bus Boys and Poets Bookstore - 2021 14th Street NW - 6:30 - 9:30PM

Tour:  Heirloom Gardens: Prior to 1950 - National Museum of American History - Mall Street Entrance - 1pm

Friday, August 29
Concert:  Dixie Power Trio - zydeco music - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5 - 8:30pm

Concert:  D. C.'s best street performers presented by Metro - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Saturday,  August 30
Festival:  National Book Festival - Various Authors appear for  the 14th Library of Congress annual event - Walter E. Washington Convention center - 10am - 10pm

New Exhibit Opening:  American Bison - 125 Anniversary - National Zoo - 3001 Conn. Ave. NW - 10am

Sunday, August 31
Concert:  NSO Labor Day Concert - Annual Feature Concert - National Capitol West Lawn - Rehearsal 3:30pm and performance at 8pm

Concert:  Classical Choral Music by 140 YouthCUE singers - National Cathedral - Mass at Wisc Ave.NW - 7:30pm

Film:  Watermark - 2013 art film on the water works of nature over time - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 2pm

Monday,  September 1
Cool off on Labor Day and enjoy the culture of one of DC's free museums

Tuesday, September 2
Concert:  Cellist Ismar Gomes performs classical works - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G NW - noon

Concert:  Peruvian Jazz singer Corina Bartra - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film:  Aramori cocktails and three short films - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - 6pm - repeats with different films (and tasting on Wednesday - same time)  

Special Event:  George Preston Bush grandson of George H. W. Bush  leads celebration of end of WWII - National WWII Memorial - 9am

Wednesday, September 3
Discussion:  Iraq in Crisis: Understanding the Challenges Confronting the Nation - Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee, Adil Shamoo, Institute for Policy Studies and Sami Albanna, Commentator - The Palestine Center/The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development - 2425 Virginia Ave.NW - 1 - 2pm

Book Talk:  Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works - Author Elizabeth Green - P and P - 7pm

Lecture:  Alberto Ruy-Sanchez' discusses the life and work of Octavo Paz on the 100th anniversary of his birth - Auditorium -Inter-American Bank - 1330 New York Avenue - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  A History of Rock Creek Park - Authors Scott Einberger and Steven R. Mckevitt - Kramer Books - 1517 Conn. Ave.NW - 6:30pm

Special Exhibit:  Kafka and Co.- featuring Czech cartoonist drawings and etchings - reservations required - mutualinspirations.com - The Embassy of the Czech Republic - 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW - 6 - 9pm

                                                               Thursday, September 4
Art Exhibit:  Amen - A Prayer for the World - Featuring 48 Egyptian artists and a Reception for the Egyptian Ambassador - Washington national Cathedral - reservations at invitation@cathedral.org - 7 - 8:30pm

Lecture:  The European Union at the Crossroads:Completing Integration or Hastening Disintegration - Stephen Leibfried of Bremen University - reservations required - leibfried.evenbrite.com - Room 701 -Bunn Intercultural Center - Georgetown University - Noon - 2pm

Lecture:  Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin Times - Bamberg University Professor Malte Rolf - Reservations required - guevents.georgetown .edu - McGhee Library -  Bunn Intercultural center - Georgetown University - 3pm

Film:  Old Dog - 2011 Chinese Film - Freer gallery of Art - The Mall - 7pm

Special Event:  106th Birthday Celebration of the birth of Richard Wright - features authors Marita Golden, Tope Folarin, and Derrick Weston Brown - reservations required - folger.edu - Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 East Capitol St. SE - 6 - 8pm







Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, August 21 - Thursday, August 28

     The list this week is somewhat abbreviated because of time constraints and a rather limited number of attractive events.  Next week, after publishing the list of events for a year, I'll plan a few changes in the format and content of the weekly blog.  I'll appreciate any recommendations from you for making the site more useful.  

Thursday, August 21
Concert:  Take 5 Jazz Concert quintet paying tribute to drummer Tony Williams - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 8th and G - 5 - 8pm

Concert:  Morrison Brothers perform country and rock - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 100 Maryland Ave. SW 7pm

Tour:  Amber Waves of Grain - Botanic Garden Director Ari Novy leads tour and discussion of how grains have been utilized by humans - U. S, Botanic Garden - Reservations required - 202-225-8333 - 10:30 - 11:30am

Friday, August 22
Concert:  Jazz Clarinetist Seth Kibel - Jazz in the Garden - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5 to 8:30pm

Concert:  U. S. Marine Band performs chamber music - Millennium Stage Kennedy Center - 6pm 

Saturday, August 23
Attend one of the many FREE museums we are fortunate to have in the city.:

Sunday, August 24
Book talk: Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation - Author Steve Vogel - Barnes and Noble - 555 12th St.NW - 1pm

Film:  Xiaolu Guo's 2013 film, "Late at Night+ and Valery Rosier's "Silence Radio" - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Concert:  Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Monday, August 25 
Book Talk:  Blood Telegram - Author Gary J. Bass discusses Nixon and Kissinger's involvement in Pakistan - P and P -7pm

Concert:  U. S. Navy Band's Country Current - Millennium Stage - KC - 6pm

Film:  German film, "The Lost Angel - A part of the reflections on the "Great War" series from a German and American perspective - $4 - $7 - with discussion - Goethe Institute - 812 7th St. NW - 6:30pm

Opera preview:  In Series free preview of  "Fatal song: The Great Opera Murders" - With cast discussion - Source Theatre - 1835 14th Street NW - 7pm

Tuesday, August 26
Panel Discussion:  Women's History on the Horizon: The Centennial of Women's Suffrage in 2020 - impact of 100 years of the 19th Amendment - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  Pianist Chi Park performs various classical composers - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G St. NW - 12:10pm

Concert:  U. S. Air Force Concert band performs a Concert of Latin Jazz - West Steps - U. S. Capitol - 8pm

Book Discussion:  The Great SocietySubway: A History of the Washington Metro - Author Zachery M Schrag - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library - 901 G ST. NW - 7pm

Wednesday, August 27

Concert:  Folk Music band, "ilyALMY" - Washington Harbour - 3050 M St. NW - 5:30 - 7:30pm

Panel Discussion:  One Nation or Two:  The Recent Court Challenges to the Affordable Health care Act - GWU Staff and others - Room 100 B - Milkin Institute School of Public Health - GWU - 900 New Hampshire Ave. NW - Noon - 1pm 

Film:  Tears for You - Doi's film about the culture and people of Okinawa - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan,go.jp/jicc - Japan Information and cultural Center - 6:30pm

Thursday, August 28 
Film:  Afternoon of a Faun - Film director Nancy Buirski introduces film of prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq-
National Archives - 7pm


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, August 14 - Thursday, August 21

     While it was good to be in Santa Fe (certainly entitled to join San Antonio as "One of America's Four Unique Cities") for two weeks, I'm delighted to be back home for a week of outstanding free events.  The list shows some rather unique events with some in unusual locations and has a special favorite of mine.

     If you have an interest in jazz/the Andrews Sisters/Country music/violin/40's music/swing/bluegrass, you'll want to hear the Quebe Sisters on Wednesday, August 20.  I was blown away by their talent when they were in DC several years ago as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  If you have an interest in ANY of those brands of music, I hope you can attend.  See you there.  I'll be the tall, gray-haired man with the cane at both of their concerts on Wednesday.  

Thursday, August 14
Book Talk:  Unmanned - Author Dan Fesperman's novel regarding the perils of modern technological warfare - Politics and Prose Bookstore - 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW - 7pm

Lecture:  The Gospel Sensibility: Evangelicals, Modernity, and Sacred Song in American Experience - Library of Congress Kluge fellow Douglas Harrison - Room LJ 113 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Film:  Pina - Choreographer Pina Bausch's groundbreaking work filmed by Wim  Wenders - National Archives - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  The Current Crisis in Iraq - 1899 L Street NW - Suite 400 - register if you plan to attend at New America Foundation - 123:15 - 1:45 



Lecture:  Understanding Israeli Apartheid - Samer Abdelnour - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW 1 -2pm
Friday, August 15
Concert:  Swingtopia - Big band swing - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of  Art - 5 - 8:30pm

Film:  Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons - 2013 comic adventure - Hong Kong Film Festival - Meyer Auditorium - Freer Gallery - The National Mall - 7pm
Discussion:  Literary Responses to Genocide in the post-Holocaust Era - US. Holocaust Museum - 2 - 4pm

Concert:  Afghan-American rubab player performs - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 - 7pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Crazy About Corn - Nutritionist Danielle Cook and Adrienne Cook - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - Noon and 12:45pm

Saturday, August 16
Concert:  Covington, Abshire and Kimery perform jazz standards - Millennium Stage - KC -  6pm

Art Lecture::  A quiet Cult: The Continuing Allure of the Art of Vermeer - Art Historian David Gariff - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 1:15pm

Film and Concert:  Buster Keaton's: "College" - with piano accompaniment - Smithsonian American art Museum - 8th and G NW - 1:30pm

Sunday, August 17
Children's Art Films:  Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt - Ages 4 and older - West Building - National Gallery of Art - Noon

Film:  Hong Kong Film Festival - "A Chinese Odyssey: Pandora's Box" and "Cinderella" - Freer Gallery of Art - 1pm

Monday, August 18
Book Talk:  Take this Man - Brando Skyhorse's autobiography of coming of age - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Film:  Film Captures of the Great War - Ralf Kirsten's 1986 documentary, "Kathe Kollwitz - Images of a Life" - WWI German artist and pacifist killed in WWI shortly after joining the army - $4 or $7 -  Goethe Institut - 812 th NW - 6:30pm

Concert:  Klezmer ensemble, Ezekiel's Wheel - Millennium Stage - Kennedy center - 6pm 

Tuesday, August 19
Book Talk:  Soldier Girls - Helen Thorpe considers the experiences of female military veterans - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  The Moody Sun - Holly Gilbert, chief of the NASA Goddard Solar Physics Laboratory - Mary Pickford Theater - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  U. S. Army String Quartet - works of Beethoven and Ravel - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G NW - 12:10pm

Lecture and Exhibit:  Why We Should Still care About World War I - Marion Deshmukh - Curator and GMU Professor - In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit Postcards from theTrenches: Germans and
American Visualize teh Great War
 - with remarks by the German Ambassador to the US, Peter Wittig - Pepco Edison Gallery 702 8th NW - reservations required - postcardsfromthetrenches.evenbrite.com -
6 - 8:30pm
Wednesday,  August 20
Book talk:  In the Kingdom of Ice - Hampton Side's account of 1879 ship marooned in the Arctic - P&P -7pm

Concert:  The Quebe Sisters Band - Three sisters perform Texas-style fiddling, country, bluegrass ad jazz and swing standards - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert:  See them again! - The Quebe Sisters Band - Millennium Stage - Kennedy center - 6pm

Thursday, August 21
Tour:  Amber Waves of Grain - Botanic Garden Director Ari Novy leads tour and discussion of how grains have been utilized by humans - U. S, Botanic Garden - Reservations required - 202-225-8333 - 10:30 - 11:30am

Concert:  Take 5 Jazz Concert quintet paying tribute to drummer Tony Williams - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 8th and G - 5 - 8pm






Thursday, July 17, 2014

Show Canceled

The Danny Kaye "Pay-What-You-Can" performance that I so highly recommended that was scheduled for tonight, July 17, has been canceled.

Sorry about that.

Ron

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Events for the weeks ahead: Thursday, July 17 - Monday, August 11

With the next blog not scheduled until Wednesday, August 13 I've concentrated on this week but tried to include a few events for the next month.  Once again you will see the type of events I am partial to - particularly with the listing of the Danny Kaye retrospective.  It barely qualifies for free with a "Pay What You Can" on Thursday.  But the show then runs until August 16.  I hope a new generation can be introduced to this tremendous talent.

A COMMENT AND A QUERY:  This blog was started with college, high school and seniors in mind.  (It's a group not primarily known for having children.)  I've recently included more events for children.  I'll continue that aspects only if it appears there is interest.  Please note that by comments on the blog or personal emails.
  

Thursday, July 17
Children's Program:  Story Time and Hands on activities - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th ST. NW - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - 2:30 - 4pm

Book Talk:  The Mockingbird Next Door - Author Marja's talks with HARPER LEE - Politics & Prose - 7pm

Concert:  The Four Cool Blue Maniacs and tenor sax player Brian Settles perform All Mingus - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 8pm

Performance:  An Evening With Danny Kaye - New Century Theater Company - 2700 South Lang Street - Arlington, Virginia - PAY WHAT YOU CAN - 8pm - They tell me these preview crowds are rather small.

Friday, July 18
Concert:  Jazz Trumpeter Tom Williams - Jazz in the Garden - Sculpture Garden- NG of Art - 5-8:30pm

Film:  Aberdeen - A Modern Hong Kong Family - 2014 Film from the Made in Hong Kong Film Festival - Freer Gallery of Art - The National Mall - 7pm

Saturday, July 19
Art Tour:  Special Exhibit - Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction at the National Portrait Gallery - Led by Duke University Professor Rick Powell - 8th and F Streets NW - 2pm

Song and Dance:  London Players recreate London's Music Hall Tradition - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Children's Program:  Made of Clay:  Folk tale from Southern Italy and investigating Terra cotta figures for ages 4 - 7 - West Building -  NG of Art - 10:340 & 11:30 & 12:30 & 1:30 - Repeats Sunday and Monday

Children's Program:  Explore works of Art for children 8 - 11 - West Building - NG of Art - 11 & 1pm
Repeats Sunday

Children's Program:  Matt Tavares signs, "Becoming Babe Ruth" and various team mascots appear -
Smithsonian - American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery - 11:30 and 3pm

Children's Program:  Various National baseball stars are participating in area library reading programs:
Mat Williams at Tenley-Friendship Library - at 11am
Drew Storen at Mount Pleasant Library at Noon

Sunday, July 20
Children's Program:  Made of Clay:  Folk tale from Southern Italy and investigating Terra cotta figures for ages 4 - 7 - West Building -  NG of Art - 11:30 & 12:30 & 1:30 & 2:30 & 3:30

Children's Program:  Explore works of Art for children 8 - 11 - West Building - NG of Art - Noon and 2pm

Children's Program:  Sing and Shake with Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres - Cleveland Park Library - 3310 Conn. Ave. for ages 5 and under - 2pm

Concert:  The acapella group, Reverb - National Building Museum - 401 F Street NW - 2  - 3pm  (Note:  a building unknown to many - a great space to take children - see it for its historic and architectural value.)

Film:  Black Maria Film Festival: Documentary Shorts - West Building Lecture Hall - NGArt - 4pm

Film:  Benny Chan's 2013 action filled movie, "The White Swan" at the Hong Kong Film Festival - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Monday, July 21
Concert:  Cuban son band Conjunto Chappottin - Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage - 6pm

Lecture:  Cornell's David Sibley will discuss"One Hundred Years Since the War to End All Wars" - Georgetown Library - 3260 R Street NW - 7pm

Film:  America's Fukushima - about the 10,000 abandoned uranium mines in the US - Busboys and Poets 1025 5th St. NW - 7 - 9pm 

Tuesday, 22
Children's Program:  Blue Sky Puppet Theatre presents Rufus with Dr. Science - MLK Library - 10am

Concert:  Singer/violinist Kendall Isadore at Music on the Mall - 12th St. and Jefferson Drive - Noon - 1pm

Lecture:  A Grain of Wisdom: Botany, Evolution and the History of Cereal - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - reservation required - 202-225-8333 -  Noon - 1pm

Discussion :  President  Warren G. Harding's love letters to Carrie Fulton Phillips - Archivist Karen Linn Fernia and Ohio historian James D. Robinalt - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Lib. of Congress - 2pm

Wednesday,  July 23
Concert:  Sounds of Korea - Traditional music and dance - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Biding- Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Five Came Back:  A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War - Mark Harris tells of Ford, Wyler, Huston, Capra and Stevens - National Archives - noon

Concert:  Jazz with Julia Fanning - L'Enfant Plaza - 10th and D SW - 11:30 - 1:30pm

Concert:  Lest We Forget:  A Tribute to our Nation's Heroes - Sylvan Theater - Washington Monument Grounds - 15th and Independence SW - 8pm

Thursday, July 24
Book Talk:  Good Morning, Mr. Mandella - Zelda la Grange recounts her experience working and traveling with the leader who "liberated not only the black man but the white man too: - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Concert:  Blues music  performed by the Moonshine Society - Garden Lawn Terrace - U. S. Botanic Garden - 5 - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of  the Civil Rights Movement with Julian Bond, Matt Herron, Aviva Kempner and Askia Muhammad - Busboys and Poets - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Film:  Silvo Soldini's 2000 film Bread and Tulips -  reservations required - www.licwashington.esteri.it - Italian Cultural Institue - Embassy of Italy - 3000 Whitehall St. Nw (at Mass. Ave) - 6:30


Friday, July 25
Book Talk:  The Greatest Comeback - Author Patrick J. Buchanan's take on Richard Nixon - P&P - 7pm

Tuesday, July 27
Film and Panel Discussion:  Crisis Behind A Presidential Commitment - Clash between President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Governor George Wallace at the University of Alabama - Michele Norris Johnson with Sharon Malone, Peggy Wallace and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend - National Archives - 7pm

Wednesday, July 30
Book Talk:  Not to Be Missed - Movie critic talks about films with Susan Stamberg - P&P - 7pm

Friday, August 1
Film:  Jazz: A Masterpiece by Midnight - Ken Burns Episode Ten - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  The Nixon Defense - John W. Dean - P and P - 7pm

Tuesday, August 5
Book Talk:  Blue-Eyed Boy - Marine Lieutenant/Journalist Robert Timberg talks about what the Viet Nam era meant to him and the nation as a whole - P and P - 7pm

Wednesday, August 6
Book Talk:  The Nixon Tapes - Douglas Brinkley - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Thursday, August 7
Book Talk:  On Looking - Alexandra Horowitz shows a better way to see the world around us - P&P 7pm

Monday, August 11
Book Talk:  The Vanishing Neighbor - Marc J. Dunkelman tells of what we might be losing in over-use of the social media - P and P 7pm