Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 21

Once again this is a rather hurried listing of events because I'm just back from visiting family in Wisconsin. You might also recall that I am beginning to place an emphasis not only on events and topics I am personally interested in, but also those that are on the Internet and available EVERYWHERE..

If you haven't read - or at least read my summary of  Timothy Eagan's "Short Night of the Shadow Catcher" I'd encourage you to read my brief four page summary of the book. I found it fascinating.

 Next week I'll be ranting again about conditions in our nation's capitol that threaten our rights as free citizens - a threat even greater than our failure to have statehood,.

Error note:
Sorry we were given bad info on this concert.  We had erroneously listed it for Sunday.  It is Saturday. 22

YouthCUE's National Honor Choir enlists 150 of the finest high school singers in North America.

Friday,  21
Demonstration: "Cooking History: Exploring Cajun and Creole Food Tradition" – chef David Guas – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 2 PM – a good chance to take a look at the newly remodeled displays at the Museum

Saturday, 22
Book lecture: "Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry in the Making of America's First President" –Politics and Prose – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter" – Heath Fogg Davis with Shannon Minter – P and P - 6 PM

Film: "House of Bamboo" – Samuel Fuller's 1955 film – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Sunday, 23
Book lecture: "Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence" – Melvin A. Goodman – P and P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "In the Warlord's Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans , and their Fight Against the Taliban" – Daniel R. Greene – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "Devils Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency" – Joshua Greene – P&P – 5 PM

Concert: National Building Museum continues its summer concert series – 2 PM – 3 PM

Film: James Ivory's 1995 "Jefferson in Paris" – East Building Auditorium – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 24
Book lecture: "Divided We Stand: The Battle over Woman's Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics" – Marjorie J Spruill - P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "The Public Wealth of Cities: How to Unlock Hidden Assets to Boost Growth and Prosperity –Dag Detter – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 25
Book lecture: "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives" – Jesse Eisinger – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Find Your Whistle" – international whistling champion Christopher Ullman will discuss his book and give a demonstration – National Archives – Noon

Lecture: World Affairs Council presents a talk by the Amb. of the state of Qatar to the United States – Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 6 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday, 26
Book lecture: "The Retreat of Western Liberalism" – Edward Luce – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, 27
Book lecture: "Why? What Makes Us Curious" – Mario Livio – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "A Drag Salute to Divas and DeVos" – impersonations of top musical legends ranging from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: 2016 film from Korea, "Familyhood" appetizer/social at 6 PM – film at 6:30 PM - reservations required – – Korean Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Film: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" – the 1981 Blockbuster – North Lawn – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – reservations suggested – – 8 PM

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ALL PROGRAMS - except some on Thursday, - are available on the internet

This is the week I changed emphasis (for one week at least) by primarily listing those events that I hope to listen to while visiting another capital city, Madison Wisconsin. For me it's a way to have my cake and eat it – taking the culture of Washington DC with me when I visit family in the Midwest.

And here it is, as promised, this site for listening to this year's July 4 Concert at the Washington National Cathedral. If you enjoy organ, brass and choir, give yourself a treat by setting aside an hour for listening..

And this week I depart from my usual concern with the status of America today on my RANT  blog by summarizing a book – a biography about a man who truly impressed me, Edward S. Curtis.  If you do not have time to read "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," I hope you'll at least read my four-page summary. It's by Timothy Egan who also wrote the National Book Award winner "The Worst Hard Time ." As usual it can be found at

Thursday, 13
Concert: "Forlorn Strangers" perform Americana and country music – National Garden Amphitheater – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel discussion: "President Kennedy and His Legacy" – distinguished panel of historians from the Library of Congress and Harvard University- Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th and G Sts. Northwest – 7 PM

Lecture: "Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bringing Revolution to the Western Front,'s 1917 – 1918 – Edward Lengel  - Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Book lecture: "American Fire: Love, Parsing and Life in a Vanishing Land" – Monica Hesse  – P&P -  7 PM
Friday, 14
Book lecture: "Who is Rich?" – Matthew Klam with Jake Tapper – P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, 15
Book lecture: "Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution" – Willard Sterne Randall – P&P – 1 PM

Sunday, 16
Book lecture: "Avoiding War With China: Two nations – One World" – Amital  Etzioni – P&P 1 PM

Book lecture: "Lincoln's Pathfinder: John C Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856" – John Bicknell - P&P – 5 PM
Monday, 17

Tuesday, 18
Book lecture: "The Last Palestinian: The Arrives and Reign of Majhmoud Abbas" – Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Raven Rock: The Story of the U. S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die" - Garrett Graff - National Archives - Noon

Wednesday, 19
Book lecture:  "Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Lives and Times of a War Correspondent turned Ambassadrix – Linda Schuster – P&P – 7 PM

Concert:  Millennium stage – Kennedy Center

The Washington Balalaika Society 
7/19/2017 at 6:00 PM

Thursday, 20
Book lecture: "Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment" – Angela J. Davis  -P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 7

One of the beauties of this listing of free events is that one doesn't need to be present to enjoy them.  That was particularly true this week for two events. On July 4th Linda and I were privileged to be a part of an enthusiastic full house at the Washington National Cathedral for their annual July 4th patriotic brass ensemble and choir concert. What a marvelous locale for a patriotic concert.  I was actually driven to tears hearing emotional words like "Send me your tired…" and I thought of the present hostility to the "other" in our country. And so here's the advantage for those in DC not able to attend – even those throughout the country – even the world: THEY ARE AVAILABLE ON LINE.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend another outstanding concert.
The final performance of Serenade! features Shanghai No. 3 Girls High School Concert Band (China), Escolania de Montserrat (Spain and Catalonia), Akoo Show Choir (Ghana), and the Nairobi Girls Chorale (Kenya). 
Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy 

The concert featured musicians from the various countries where the Peace Corps was active.  To hear the amazing music , go to "Kennedy Center Millennium Stage"

For the July 4th Concert go to
Washington National Cathedral - July 4th Concert - (although at present only the concert from last year is available.  I'll keep you posted as to when the 2017 Concert - even more outstanding - is available 

And many of our book lectures are available on line, especially those at Politics and Prose and National Archives.


Friday, 7
While I don't find much to list that special this today, please remember the Smithsonian Folklife Festival focusing on "Circus Arts" continues from 10 AM to 5 PM through Sunday with dance parties and circus performances beginning at 5:30PM. Remember too the continuation of Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art each Friday from 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Mark Damisch is an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four. He performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teenager in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir. In Salzburg’s Mirabel Gardens, he first considered the idea of touring on his own. Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more. Currently he is touring to Washington, D.C., Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Russia.
When: Friday, July 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm – noon
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, 8
Book lecture: "The Lives of Dylan Ripley: Natural Scientists, Wartime Spy, and Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution" – Roger D. Stone – Politics and Prose – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussain, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid" – William Bardenwelper – P&P – 3:30 PM

Film: ";Atanarjust: The Fast Runner" – Zacharias Kunuk's 2001 epic selected as the best Canadian film of all time – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film: "The Good Soldier" the 1960 film about the adventures of a Czech soldier during World War I and the absurdity of war – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, 9
Concert: Summer concert series at the National Building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – 2 PM – 3 PM – if you haven't seen this building it would be worth it to go just to see a magnificent structure

Book lecture "Rules for Resistance: Advice From Around the Globe for the Age of Trump – David Cole – P&P – 3 PM

Monday, 10
Book lecture: "Flashpoints: Lessonss Learned and not learned in Malawi, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan" – author Jade Wu – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 6 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: "Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls Escape From Slavery to Union Hero" – Kate Lineberry – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 11
Concert: Bach's  "Goldberg Variations" – Pianist Helene Papadopoulos – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Panel discussion: "Covering the White House: A Panel on the Changing Role of the Press" featuring Peter Baker, Julie Pace and Dana Milbank – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 202 – 387 – 1400 – 7 PM

Wednesday, 12

Book lecture: "Chokehold: Policing Black Men" – Paul Butler – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1849 – 1856" – Sidney Blumenthal's second volume of his acclaimed biography – National Archives Building – noon – 1 PM

Thursday, 13
Concert: "Forlorn Strangers" perform Americana and country music – National Garden Amphitheater – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel discussion: "President Kennedy and His Legacy" – distinguished panel of historians from the Library of Congress and Harvard University - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th and G Sts. Northwest – 7 PM

Lecture: "Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bringing Revolution to the Western Front,'s 1917 – 1918 – Edward Lengel  - Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Book lecture: "American Fire: Love, Parsing and Life in a Vanishing Land" – Monica Hesse  – P&P -  7 PM
Please remember that more events are listed in THE CURRENT - the local weekly newspaper used to compile these events.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, June 29

There is not as much for me to list this week with the holiday on the 4th.  Remember, all the Museums are open .  And here are a few things you might like to consider. I also hope you'll also have a chance to consider my rant at
I've already put it on Facebook since I was so startled by the reality of racism that we whites do not understand in Dvorak's recent article in The Washington Post. 

Friday, 30
Concert: "Serenade! Choral Festival: a JFK 100 Celebration" – with choirs from India and Bulgaria – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Saturday, 1
Concert: Begin your celebration of the Fourth of July with the "All woman Afro/Brazilian band" – steps of the national archives – 1 PM – 2 PM

Films: Luigi Cuomo's 2015 film "Constellations" and Federico Fellini's 1970 film "I clowms" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Sunday, 2
Concert: David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute present 18th century music – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 2 PM

Monday, 3
Concert: The grand finale of the "Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration" with choirs from a dozen worldwide countries – Kennedy Center – 6 PM – tickets will be distributed beginning at 4:30 PM
Tuesday, 4
Concert: United States Air Force String Quartet  celebrates Independence Day – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Concert: Washington National Cathedral annual Independence Day Organ Recital with symphonic brass and the United States Navy's Sea Chanters – National Cathedral – 11 AM

Wednesday, 5
Concert:  Ledward "Led"Kaapana a master of the Hawaiian ukulele and the slack key guitar performs as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Film: Enrico Pau's 2016 film, "Angel of Mercy" – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy – 6 PM – 7:45 PM 

Thursday 6
Book Lecture: "The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece" – John  Pfordresher – Professor of English at Georgetown University – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, June 23

There may be some – particularly newcomers to the city – who are not aware of the many free concerts we are fortunate have in the DC area. Most of them, of course, are put on by military groups. I am listing just a few of them this week to give a sampling.. I'll only list them occasionally in the future.

Once again you'll note my abbreviated listing – primarily of things appealing to me personally I must admit. Remember that a much longer listing of not only free events may be found weekly in The Current Newspaper issued in the four areas of the city.

I also hope you have an opportunity to read my newly restored, hopefully weekly, rant at:

I'd like to especially call this to the attention of my Reddit readers. I'm not sure I'm permitted to discuss politics or refer to personal blogs directly on their site.  At 91 I find it hard to refrain from commenting on some deeply held feelings about our country.

Friday,  23
Concert: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art features blues singer Juanita Williams – Sculpture Garden – NGA – 7th  Street and Constitution Ave., Northwest – 5 PM – 8:30 PM 

Film: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a screening and discussion of the documentary, "The Lost Jews of Kastoria" about an idyllic city in Greece where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for more than two millennia until Germans took control – United States Holocaust Museum – 2 PM

Saturday, 24
Family program:  Pierce MIll will host "Run of the Mill" – Washington's only surviving gristmill in action – Peirce Mill – Tilden Street and Beach Dr., Northwest – 11 AM – 2 PM

Film: Smithsonian American Art Museum about artists features two shorts from 1968 and 1978 – followed by discussion – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM – 5:30 PM

Sunday, 25
Book lecture Mugambi Jouet discusses his book "Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other" – politics and prose 1 PM

Book lecture: Sarah Yael Hirschhorn, lecturer and fellow in Israeli studies at Oxford University – "City on a Hill–Top: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement" - Busboys and Poets – 5th and the K Streets Northwest – 6 PM – 8 PM

Film: "New Waves: features the 1967 cell "Loin duVietnam" about antiwar sentiments – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Film: "Arab Cinema Now" – recent shorts culled from the International Film Festival  in Rotterdam – reservations requested – 202-338-1290 – 1:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Monday, 26
Concert: United States Navy Concert Band – West Steps – United States Capital – 8 PM

Performance: Sweet Spot Aerial Productions and Street Light Circus present modern circus arts as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 27
Concert: BeuSoleil Quartet presents Cajun music – in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: Christophe Honors 2016 comedy "Sophie's Misfortunes" – reservations required – Embassy of France – French culture.board 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM

Wednesday, 28
Concert: Beau Soleil Quartet performs Cajun music from Louisiana – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Concert: The "Presidents Own" United States Marine Band – West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Thursday, 29
Concert: The Star – Spangled American Music Series features the United States Army Blues – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 1 PM and 2 PM

Concert  "The Presidents Own" – United States Marine Band – West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Lecture: Photographer Camilo Jos̩ Vergara Рwho documented segregated communities in American cities through the years and looks at urban decay and gentrification talks about the exhibition "Down These Mean Streets" РSmithsonian American Art Museum Р5:30 PM:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Selected FREE intellectual and cultural events Friday, June 16 - Thursday June 22

Indeed, it is I back again. Ready to make yet another stab at listing intellectual and cultural events each day for the week ahead. It will be a bit different in that I shall usually list only two – or possibly three - events to keep it more simple for me. Yes, I missed the doing it and I was gratified by the many who expressed appreciation for the service.  I now feel more energized to again look at the many local opportunities for learning in our city. It will probably be a bit more personal in listing those things of primary interest to me and highlighting some held at lesser-known venues.

And some of you may have noticed I'm back to Ranting and Raving on my other blog:  I just can't help but add my two cents worth to the problems of these perilous times. Please see:

Friday, 16
Concert: Russian violinist Elena Denisova performs various classical compositions – reservations required – – Austrian Cultural Forum – 3524 International Court NW. – (I've attended many events here and a reservation has never been necessary) – 7:30 PM

Film: Anreas Dresen's, "As We Were Great," about a lost generation that unknowingly became the victim of German reunification – Goethe  Institut, Washington Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. – reservations suggested - 6:30 PM

Saturday, 17
Concert: "Cowboys and Frenchmen" known for blending traditional American folk and pop with our and be in modern jazz – Kreeger Museum – 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. – reservations encouraged – – noon – 2 PM

Book lecture: Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institute, "All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st century and the Future of American Power – politics and prose – 3:30 PM

Film: "Arab Cinema Now" featuring the 2015 film, "A Magical Substance Flows Into Me" – reservations requested – 202-338-1290 – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Sunday, 18
Film: Advanced screening of the National Geographic documentary, "From the Ashes," about the state of the coal industry and what it means for the future – reservations requested – western – Western Presbyterian Church – 24th and G streets Northwest – 1230 to 2:30 PM

Film: Malin Bjorkman-Widell's "Just a Normal Person" – reservations suggested –  – House of Sweden – 2900 K St. NW. (Waterfront area) – 2 PM – 4 PM

I'm only listing films because it promises to be a hot day. Other films are available at the National Gallery of Art at both 1 PM and 4:30 PM. Check their listings on the computer.

Monday, 19
Violating my own rules, I'm listing two events for which there are minor costs.

Lecture: Frank Amoroso considers baseball great Babe Ruth's German-American heritage, the internment of German-Americans during World War I and other baseball lore from his three volume series on baseball – German – American Heritage Museum of the USA – 719 six Street Northwest – five dollars to seven dollars – for more – 6 PM

Lecture: Atlantic's Graeme Wood (who wrote an article in the magazine's June issue about Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right movement and one of his classmates and others consider "The Rise of Populism and Nationalism" – $15 – 6th and I historic Synagogue – 600 I Street Northwest – 7 PM - $15
Tuesday, 20
Concert: The Choir of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburg, Scotland present "Sing joyfully: Five Centuries of British Choral Classics – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM
Book lecture: David King discusses "The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of the Nazi Germany" – politics and prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Book lecture: Douglas Edgerton – "Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed  America" – National Archives – noon

Wednesday, 21
Book lecture: Washington Post reporter will discuss her book, "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: The Embassy of Italy hosts a screening of 2012 film "Balancing Act" – about a man who suddenly discovers how thin the line is between well-being and despair truly is – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW – 6 PM -7:40

Lecture: The Law Library of Congress presents "Shylock Appeal, "a mock appeals trial that imagines what happens to "The Merchant of Venice – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 202-707-7024 – 4 PM

Thursday, 22
Film: The Embassy of France will present, the 1937 film by Max Ophuis  – reservations required – – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM

Film: "Films at the Stone", The Oscar-nominated film "Fences" – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – 8 PM
For those seeking a wider listing of free events free and otherwise, I'd like to direct you to the major source of my information, the weekly, Current Newspaper.

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