This early edition of cultural events for the week ahead is abbreviated but is meant to call several items to your attention:
1. the two book talks on Thursday, May 7 one about Japanese internment in WWII. The other, about Pres. Lincoln.
2. only in DC! On Saturday, May 9 we have an opportunity to see letters between Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedys. Check out Saturday, May 9 at the Library of Congress
3. I never thought I would be placed in the position of being a cultural critic! However this last Sunday I followed my own advice and attended the performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by the George Washington University Singers. It made me realize how fortunate we are to live in a city with a large number of institutions of higher learning. The polish, the enthusiasm and the sheer excitement of these young people and their attack of this difficult number truly amazed me. To my untrained musical ear, the chorus, the soloists and the instrumentalists were brought together by a splendid leader to present an outstanding, free musical afternoon. I know there are many other fine college and university presentations, and I'd like to encourage you to seek out such events.
4.. Please remember that for the next couple of months my weekly listing will be published quite intermittently.
Book talk: "SPEAKING THEIR PEACE: PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF WAR AND PEACE" – Colette Rausch – Bus Boys and Poets - Takoma – 235 Carol St. NW. – 6:30 PM
Panel discussion: DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE – Meg Medina, Gigi Amateau, Ellen Oh and Kwame Alexander – Mumford Room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM
Panel discussion: CELEBRATING POET LAUREATE CHARLES WRIGHT AS HE CONCLUDES HIS TERM AS 20TH POET LAUREATE – distinguished panel – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM
Flower Mart occurs today and Saturday at Washington National Cathedral - check listing in the POST and internet for special events.
CONCERT: TWO THOUSAND FLUTES: Lorna McGhee, flute and Ryo Yanagitani, piano - A SPECIAL EVENT FROM THE VAULTS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS MILLER COLLECTION OF FLUTES - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 2:00PM
BOOK TALK: "CAPITAL DAMES: THE CIVIL WAR AND THE WOMEN OF WASHINGTON" – Cokie Roberts – 1848 – 1868 – P&P – 7 PM
BOOK TALK: "THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER" – Dave Barry – P&P – 10:30 AM
- The address was was intended for 30 minutes was brought to a close after an hour.. I can never recall hearing a more forceful or impassioned address. I can never recall hearing a more forceful or impassioned address expressing concerns over a people who have been in limbo for these many years. It reminded me of American civil rights addresses over almost the same period of time and the golden years of American oratory of this past
- I was particularly struck by the fact that for the past 15 years I have been living and worshiping in extremely close proximity to The Jerusalem Fund/The Palestinian Center, and I did not truly hear the anguished cries for help from Palestinian children.
- What is this cultural/sexual/power bias and obsession of ours that gave Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu access to Congress while a female Knesset member was not presented or (to my knowledge even) given access to a committee of Congress? Certainly I saw no other opportunity for "her side of the story" to be given similar publicity.
- The address was on the Internet through the Jerusalem Fund/The Palestine Center, and I am sure is still available for any who are interested. I would highly recommended it to anyone interested in hearing someone speak on both sides of this critical issue