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


















Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Free Events of the Week - Thursday, October 23 - Friday, October 31

Wow! I had trouble limiting the list! So much to do and learn.  Obviously no one can begin to take it all in.  Almost every day this week has 5 events. Perhaps we can learn from each other by sharing some more memorable activities as comments.  And I hope some of you can consider volunteering at the White House Visitors Center.  It's a great museum.  Read on.....................

Any day would be a great day to visit the newly designed White House Visitors Center.  But I would like to especially invite you THIS SATURDAY between 10 and 2.  It is more of a museum than "just for visiting tourists"  A marvelous 14 minute video runs through the day and the educational artifacts and hands-on-displays are terrific.  And my ulterior motive is to encourage you to join me in volunteering at least two hours a week.  I hope to see you there to learn - and perhaps enlist!  

Thursday, October 23
Book Talk:  Palestine:  The Legitimacy of Hope - Professor Richard Falk, Princeton University - The Palestinian Center - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 1 - 2pm

Panel Discussion: Islam, Gender and Democracy - Distinguished Panel - Riggs Library - Healy Hall - Georgetown University - register with Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World affairs - 5 - 6:45pm

Book Talk:  The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps - Author Michael Blanding - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Vietnam in American Public Memory: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory - Author David Kiernan - National Archives - - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave entrance - Noon

Special Event: STEW: Discusses his career as a playwright, songwriter, poet and a lyricist: Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Book Discussion:  Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion - Harold Holzer - National Archives - 7pm

Friday, October 24
Concert:  St. Lawrence String Quartet with pianist Pedja Muzijevic - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert at 8pm - rush tickets at 6:30 - also at 6:30 without tickets - a Pre-concert conversation with the artists - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building

Book Talk:  The Republic of Imagination - Author Azar Nafisi memoir and the role of fiction in a free society - P&P - 7pm

Talk:  Presidents and Baseball - Talk by baseball enthusiast Tom Reese - White House Visitors Center - 15th and E NW - 12:15 pm

Film:  China On Screen presents the premiere of Han Han's The Continent - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Special Event and Film:  Celebrating World Origami Days - Workshop and Film, Between the Folds
reservations required - http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18TH ST. NW - 6:30PM

Saturday,  October 25
Concert:  Vox Luminis - Belgian Ensemble - Celebrates the Italian Baroque - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8 pm - Rush tickets at 6:30 at the same time as a lecture about the performance without ticket in the Whittall Pavillion

Children's Program:  Embassy of Greece hosts book reading by Shannon Jones, food , treats and hands on activities reservations required - http://www.keekeeolgadvertures.com - Embassy - 2217 Mass. ave. NW - 1 - 3pm

Children's Activity:  A story time about Andy Warhol and create art work - National Portrait Gallery - 1 - 4 pm

Concert:  Japanese bamboo flute player K. Yodo with ensemble - Freer Gallery of Art - 7:30pm

Panel Discussion:  Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - An exhibit, The Wall in our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall - reservations required for 2-5pm discussion and reception 7 - 9pm - phone 202-289-1200 ext. 165 - The exhibit is also open each week day from 9 - 5 - Institute is at 812 7th Street NW

Sunday,  October 26
Book Talk:  Culture Warrier - Reflections by Clarence Page - P &P - 1pm

Children's Program:  Repeat Andy Warhol program from Saturday (above) - 2 - 5pm

Film:  Selected Chinese film shorts and Bing and Jing's 2006 film, A Great Master Recaptured - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Children's Program:  Mime and circus acts recreate. Little Needle Girl - Millennium stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Monday,  October 27
Film and Discussion:  "Codebreaker" with Patrick Sammon, executive producer - about the life of Alan Turing - presented by Stonewall@NARA, the National archives LGBT employee affinity group National Archives - 7pm

Book Talk:  All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Paranoid - Matt Bai - following Gary Hart and "monkey business" in 1987 - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  The Ukrainian Crisis in the History of European (Dis)integration - Yale Professor Timothy Snyder - Bunn Intercultural Center - Georgetown University - Noon - 2pm

Panel Discussion:  Patrimony in Peril: Germany's Survey of Mural Paintings Threatened During WWII - West Building - NGA - !2:10 and 1:10pm

Book Talk:  Author Laura Kasinof discusses, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondant in Yemen - Kramer Books - 1517 Conn. Ave NW - 6:30

Tuesday,  October 28
Book Talk:  Empire of Sin: Sex, Jazz and Murder in New Orleans - Gary Krist - P&P - 7pm 

Concert:  Sopranos Anne Wright and Robin Steitz perform German lieder - Austrian Cultural Forum - 3524 International Court NW - 7:30pm

Conference:   How Jewish Is the Jewish State?  Religion and Society in Israel - Reservations
Required - http://www.american.edu/cas/israelstudies/rsvp - International Service  Building - American University - 9am - 6pm

Book Talk:  James H. Johnson discusses From Slave Ship to Harvard - Temple Baptist Church with American University - 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW - 12:15 - 1:15pm

Panel:  Envisioning Korean Unification: Concepts and Theories: distinguished panel - Room 302 P - Bunn Cultural Center - Georgetown University - 2:30 - 4pm


Wednesday,  October 29
Film:  Man with a Movie Camera - Documentary of Russian Urban life in 1929 - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian Gallery of American Art - 7pm

Book Review:  Pro - Katha Pollitt - and a woman's right to choose - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  American Cellist Cicely Pamas - National Museum of Women in the Arts - reservations required - 202-783-7370 - New York Ave. NW - 7:30 - 9:30pm

Lecture:  Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering discusses international affairs - Media and Public Affairs Building - GWU - 805 21st ST. NW - reservations required ttp://go.gwu.edu/unambassador.
7 - 8:30pm

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 Pavillion

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

Friday, October 31
Book Talk:  Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln - Richard Brookhiser - National Archives - Noon

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

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



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Free events of the week: Thursday, October 16 - Thursday, October 23

The Fall White House Garden Tour is such a special event that it may be the only event I list for this Saturday and Sunday.  I not only encourage your going, but I would also encourage you to go early enough to get a free ticket.  Then as you await your turn, view the (really new museum), the White House Visitors Center, at 15th and Pennsylvania.  I think that many of you looking for a place to volunteer will be inspired to contact me about volunteering there.  If interested, email me please at ron.lehker@verizon.net to set up an appointment with the volunteer coordinator.  

Thursday, October 16
Concert: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Cellist Katinka Klein with innovative music - Atlas Performing Center - 1333 H Street NW - in conjunction with the Library of Congress - tickets available at www.atlasarts.org or 202-399-7993

Book Talk:  Fire Shut Up in My Bones - A Memoir - Charles M. Blow - P&P - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  Seeking the Common Good in a Period of Polarization:  Pope Francis, Catholic Social Thought and American Public Opinion - Gaston Hall - Georgetown University - 7 - 8:30pm

Lecture:  I Bet You Didn't Know We Had This... - Mark Eden Horowitz of the Music Division - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Bu idling - Library of Congress - Noon

Friday, October 17
Concert:  Broadway Musical Creators Lutvak,Tesori and Yazbek - perform their own music - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - Rush tickets available at 6:30pm

Book Talk:  Knife Fights: A Memoir of modern War in Theory and Practice - Lt. Col. John A. Nagel - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  University of Maryland String Quartet - Arts Club of Washington - 2017 I Street NW - Noon

Film:  Makers: Women in Holly wood - Linda Goldstein Knowlton's documentary - Hill Center at the Old Navel Hospital - 921 Pennsylvania Ave. NW reservations required - hillcenterdc.org - 7:30pm

Saturday, October 18
Event:  Fall White House Garden Tour - tickets distributed at 9am for this day only at the White House Visitors Center at 15th & E NW - details may be seen at Whitehousefallgardentours2014 10am - 4:30pm

Film:  On Approval - Rarely seen British Comedy - National Archives - 2:30pm

Book Talk:  Give Me Liberty: Speakers and Speeches That Have Shaped America - Author Christopher Webber - Smithsonian Portrait Gallery - 8th & F NW - Noon

Event:  Archeology Day - activities and exhibits about the Near East - Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian - The Mall - 1 - 4pm

Sunday, October 19
Event:  Fall White House Garden Tours - tickets distributed at 9 at the White House Visitors Center at 15th and E NW details may be seen at whitehousefallgardentours2014 - 10am - 2:30pm

Book Talk:  Richard Blanco, who President Obama chose to read his poem at the 2nd inaugural chronicles his complicated life, in "The Prince of Cocuyos" - P&P - 5pm

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Piano Trio performs works of Brahms and Piazzola - West Garden Court -NGA - 3:30pm

Monday, October 20
Book Talk: Embattled Rebel:Jefferson Davis as Commander-in-Chief - Author James McPherson - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Banjo player Brad Koladnor plays Appalachian Folk Music - Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage - 6pm

Discussion  Arena Stage's Molly Smith discusses her work - Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital - 921 Penn. Ave. NW - reservations required - hillcenterdc.org - 7pm

Tuesday, October 21
Book Talk:  Midnight in Siberia - Author David Greene tells of his Trans-Siberian journey in post war Russia - P&P - 7pm

Concert: U. S. Navy band Sea Chanters perform various classical works - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G ST. NW - 12:10pm

Film:  2013 film, Birds of Paradise - National Geographic - 1600 M St. NW - Noon

Book Talk:  "Why Nations Fail" - Harvard Professor James Robinson - Room 602 Elliot School of International affairs - GWU - 1957 E ST. NW - reservations required - icps.gwu.events@gmail.com - 5 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 22
Book Talk:  Mark Twain's America: A Celebration of Words and Images: Author Harry Katz - Mumford Room - Madison Building Library of Congress - Noon
Also at Kramer Books - 1517 Conn. Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Lecture:  Yiddish Songs of the Jazz Age - Jane Peppler and Roger Spears discuss and perform - Pickford Theatre - Mumford Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Just Mercy - Author Bryan Stevenson tells of his legal work securing justice for juveniles - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin - Coolidge auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 7:15pm

Thursday, October 23
Book Talk:  Palestine:  The Legitimacy of Hope - Professor Richard Falk, Princeton University - The Palestinian Center - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 1 - 2pm

Panel Discussion: Islam, Gender and Democracy - Distinguished Panel - Riggs Library - Healy Hall - Georgetown University - register with Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World affairs - 5 - 6:45pm

Book Talk:  The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps - Author Michael Blanding - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Vietnam in American Public Memory: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory - Author David Kiernan - National Archives - - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave entrance - Noon

Special Event: STEW: Discusses his career as a playwright, songwriter, poet and a lyricist: Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Friday, October 24
Concert:  St. Lawrence String Quartet with pianist Pedja Muzijevic - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert at 8pm - rush tickets at 6:30 - also at 6:30 without tickets - a Pre- concert conversation with the artists - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building

Book Talk:  The Republic of Imagination Author Azar Nafisi memoir and the role of fiction in a free society - P&P - 7pm













Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, October 9 - Friday, October 17

I'm truly sorry that most all of you readers were unable to attend yesterday's lecture on COPLAND AS A GOOD NEIGHBOR: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN LATIN AMERICA DURING WORLD WAR II in the marvelous Coolidge Auditorium of the beautiful Jefferson building of the Library of Congress.  I know the recorded lecture is there for posterity, but it was stark to see but 30 or so people have an opportunity to hear and question the speaker.  Hoping to encourage more to attend FREE events is one reason for this blog.

However on a scale of 1 - 10, this is a minor "irritant".  I'm much more concerned about a number of issues that truly have an impact on the welfare of this world we share.  THUS NEXT MONDAY I'M STARTING ANOTHER BLOG TITLED "RON'S RANTS" THAT WILL COVER ISSUES THAT ARE DEAR TO MY HEART.  I hope you will check it out and that it will engender dialogue.  It will be issued far less than once a week and can be reached at http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Thursday, October 9
Book Talk:  An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America -       Author Nick Bunker - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  Climate and Wildfires in the 21st Century - NASA physical scientist -  Douglas Morton - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  Saxophonist Darius Jones and vocalist Emilie LEsbro and jazz group -
Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film:  Kafka's unfinished novel, "Amerika" on film - Czech Embassy - reservations required - mutualinspirations.com - 6:30pm

Friday, October 10
Film and Discussion:  Kennesaw: One Last Mountain -  presented in conjunction with the National Park Service - National Archives - Noon

Lecture:  Race in the American Musical Theater - Critic Warren Hoffman - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building Library of Congress - Noon

Jewelry Display:  Watch Navajo Silversmith Artie Yellowhorse create and display his craft - Indian Craft Shop - Dept of the Interior - 1849 C st. NW - 12 - 4pm

Film:  Khalid Jarrar's "Infiltrators" - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Ave NW - 6:30pm

Saturday, October 11
Concert:  Opening Night: Mavis Staples - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - While free tickets e available through ticketmaster, they are sold out - Rush tickets are distributed at 6:30pm

Fall Family Festival: Smithsonian American Art Museum provides varied family activities from Banjo man Frank Cassel crafts to stilt walkers and crafts - Kogod Auditorium - 11:30 - 3pm

Concert:  Classical Italian & Spanish songs & opera Arias - Conchia de Antunano - Society of the Cincinnati - 2118 Mass. Ave. NW - 1:30pm

Presentation:  Herb Society of America - learn about & taste chile peppers - U. S. National Arboretum - 3501 New York Ave, NE - 1 - 4pm

Family activity:  Early American games and activities Peirce Mill - Tilden (Park Rd.) at Beach Drive - 10 -4 pm - Cider making & Open hearth cooking - 11am

Book Talk:  Meryle Secrest discusses her biography of  "Elsa Schiaparelli" - P & P - 3:30pm  

Sunday, October 12
Book Talk:  The Sense of Style:The Thinking Persons Guide to Writing in the 20th Century - Steve Pinker - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  Pianist Sean Chen - performs Scriabin and Ravel - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3pm

Book Talk:  The Invisible Front:Love and Loss in a Period of Endless War - Yochi Dreazen  - P&P - 5pm

Concert:  Works of Saint-Saens & other French composers - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 6:30pm

Monday,  October 13
Lecture:  What is the Value of Palestinian Lives? - Dr. Judith Butler - U of C Berkley - The Palestinian Center - 2425 Virginia Ave NW - 12:30 - 2pm

Presentation:  The History of Spices - US Botanic Garden - reservations required - 202-225-8333 -
also The History and Future pf Chrysanthemums - reservations also required - 2 -3'30pm

Comedy Presentation:  Nikki Glasser - Terrace Theater - Kennedy Center - Tickets distributed 5:30pm

Book Talk:  Jane Smiley's novel, "Some Luck" - P&P - 7pm

Tuesday, October 14
Lecture:  National Endowment for the Arts former chair discusses the relationship between poetry and music - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Film:  Cosmos: Standing Up in the Milky Way - Grosvenor Auditorium - National Geographic - 1600 M St. NW - Noon

Film:  2013 Film: "Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face" - Ring Auditorium - Hirshhorn Museum - 8pm

Wednesday, October 15
Book Talk:  Religion: The Missing Dimension in Statescraft - Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs - 3307 M st. NW - berkleycenter.georgetown.edu - 5:15 - 6:45pm

Presentation: Sweden's Hans Blix discusses "What Hope Is there for Detente and Disarmament? - Reservations required - american.edu/sis/events - Atrium - School of International Relations - American University - 6 - 7pm

Film:  Ugetsu - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  Colm Toibin's novel, " Nora Webster' - P&P - 7pm


Thursday, October 16
Panel Discussion:  Nixon Legacy Forum: Viet Nam and the Paris Peace Accords - John Negroponte, KT McFarland, Winston Lord and Dick Smyser - National Archives -  10am

Concert: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Cellist Katinka Kleijn with innovative music - Atlas Performing Center - 1333 H Street nw - in conjunction with the Library of Congress - tickets available at www.atlasarts.org or 202-399-7993



Book Talk:  Fire Shut Up in My Bones - A Memoir - Charles M. Blow - P&P 7pm

Friday, October 17
Concert:  Broadway Musical Creators Lutvak,Tesori and Yazbek - perform yheir own music - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - Rush tickets available at 6:30




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, October 2 - Friday, October 10

Forget baseball for a little while - take in at least one of the events listed below.  And I didn't make up the book talk for next Wednesday.  Can you imagine a more timely book than the one listed for that day in downtown DC?  The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents?

Thursday, October 2
Book Talk:  David Bezmozgis' third work of fiction, "The Betrayers" - P&P -7pm

Book Talk:  Atlantic Gandhi:  The Mahatma Overseas - Author Nalini Natarajan - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Special Event:  145th Birth Anniversary Celebration of  Mahatma Gandhi's birth - remark, music and dance - Gandhi Memorial Center - 4748 Western Ave. NW 7:30 - 9pm

Friday, October 3
Lecture:  The Memory of Dictatorship and the Future of Democracy:  The East German Past Today - East German Minister and intellectual, Richard Schroder - German Historical Institute - 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW - 2 - 4pm

Film:  A World Not Ours - Life in a refuge camp in Lebanon - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW  - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Book Talk:  You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball - Fredric J. Frommer - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Organist Stephen Hamilton - national City Christian Church - 5 Thomas Circle NW - 12:15 - 1pm

Concert:  C Street Brass Ensemble in  residence at the Carnegie Mellon University - McNair Auditorium - Georgetown University - 1:15pm

Concert:  Chamber Society of the Bach Society of Paraguay - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Saturday, October 4
Concert:  Guitarist Chris Eldridge and  Julian Lage perform modern jazz and blue grass - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Presentation:  Cuban-American Artist Jorge Rodriquez-Gerada discusses his six acre artistic work on the National Mall - Smithsonian Museum/ Natural History - reserv requested - mnh.si.edu - 3 - 4:30pm

Children's Activities:  The Magic and Mystery of Shakespeare's Plays - Ages 6 - 12 - Folger Shakespeare Library - reservations required - 10 - 11am

Family Activities:  Face Value - Portraiture - work with  art material and an experienced artist to create portraits - National Portrait Gallery - 11:30am - 3- pm

Sunday, October 5
Concert:  Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir - West Garden - National Gallery of Art - West Garden Court - 3:30pm

Lecture:  Degas and Cassatt: Different Perspectives - George T. M. Shakleford - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 11am - 3pm

Festival:  Celebrating Irish-Americans relations through music and dance - Dupont Circle - 2 - 4pm

Community Day:  Open House at National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Ave.nw - noon to 5pm

Monday, October 6
Book Talk:  Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the politics of Justice - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Recital by Mezzo-soprano, Jamie Barton winner of Marian Anderson award winner for 2014 - Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Tuesday, October 7
Concert:  Mexican Pianist Silvia Navarrete Mexican Cultural Institute - 2829 16th ST. nw - reservations requiredinstitute of mexicodc.org - 6:45pm

Concert:  Bach Consort with organist J. Reilly Lewis - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street nw - 12:10pm

Lecture:  Copland as Good Neighbor: Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America During WW II - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building Library of Congress - Noon 

Wednesday,  October 8
Panel Discussion:  Courtroom Drama: Covering the Supreme Court - Authors and Reporters Garrett Epps, Marcia Coyle an Jess Winegar - National Archives - 7pm

Book Discussion:  Men We Reaped: A Memoir - Five Black men the author admires grow up in Mississippi - P&P - 7pm

Discussion:  Political Order and Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy - New America Foundation: 1899 L Street nw Suite 400 - 12:15 - 1:45pm

Film and Discussion:  Harvest of Shame - Warner Brothers Theater - Smithsonian Museum of American History - 6:30pm

Book Discussion:  The First Family Detail:  Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents - Ronald Kessler - Barnes and Noble - 555th St.NW - 6pm

Thursday, October 9
Book Review:  An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America - Author Nick Bunker - P&P - 7pm

Friday, October 10
Film and Discussion:  Kennesaw: One Last Mountain -  presented in conjunction with the National Park Service - National Archives - Noon

Lecture:  Race in the American Musical Theater - Critic Warrn Hoffman - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building Library of Congress - Noon