Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, August 27

Once again you are on your own for a month.  I'll be spending this time with my family in Michigan, Wisconsin and Germany.  Remember most venues have a regular publication of events and you can also cull the weekly listing in The Current for free events.  My one regret is that another of my "projects" - that my Local opinion debate Letter to the Editor of Monday,/August 24 entitled "Where's the help for D.C tourists?" - stirred up nada!  How unfortunate that our very appealing city has no easily accessible, convenient welcome city for tourists to secure material and get personal advise.  Yet there are so many logical venues where one could be established.

I hope you might also find my other blog, worth checking out: http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 27
Concert: American roots concert series features "Blue moon, cowgirls" with early country harmonies - US Botanic Garden – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Indian musician Ustad Shafaat Khan performs classical and folk style featuring the sitar tabla and vocals - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Book Talk: Michael Maccoby discusses, "Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change" - P&P - 7PM

Tour:  Georgetown's Old Stone House - led by a Park Ranger - 3051 M Street NW - 2:30PM - and repeats at the same time each Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday

Discussion: "Textiles and identity in Africa" – curator – George Washington University Museum and textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – 6 PM

Friday, August 28
Concert:  "Familiar Faces perform go-go and R&B - Woodrow Wilson Plaza - Ronald Reagan Building - Noon - 1:30PM

Concert:  Egyptian oud player, Ramy Adly in concert: - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Film:  Iso Takahata's 1988 film, "Grave of the Fireflies" - reservations required -             www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW - 6:30PM

Film: Hitchcock's "Rear Window" - Carter Barron Amphitheatre - 8:15PM

Concert: Afro Bop Alliance performs Latin jazz – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday,  August 29
Film:  "The Wiz" - Carter Barron Amphitheatre - 8:15PM

Yoga class: Heather Markowitz leads a "stop and smell the roses" yoga class – United States botanic Garden – 10:30 AM – 11:30AM

Film: Luchino Vinconti's 1963 film, "The Leopard" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Park walk: Meridian Hill Art walk – Meridian Hill Park – W St. between 15th and 18th St's. NW – 10AM

Park walk: Georgetown waterfront Park – meet at the fountain in Georgetown waterfront Park – Wisconsin Avenue and K St., Northwest – 11 AM

Sunday, August 30
Film: Dario Argento's 1970 film, "The bird with the crystal plumage" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Concert: The Chanteymen perform a sing-along of shanties and sailor songs – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM                                            

Monday, August 31
Book Talk:  Greg Grandin discusses his biography, "Kissinger's Shadow:The Long Reach of
America's Most Controversial Statesman"
 - P&P- 7PM

Book Talk:  Katha Pollitt discusses, "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" - Bus Boys:Tacoma - 6:30PM

Concert: Rafael and orchestra perform salsa music – Woodrow Wilson Plaza – Ronald Reagan building – noon – 1:30 PM

Tuesday, September 1
Book Talk:  John Markoff discusses, "Machines of Living Grance: The Quest for Common Ground between Humans and Robots" - P &P - 7PM

Concert: Stephen Combs, baritone with pianist Jamie Roberts – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Discussion of recordings: Flawn Williams and Katie Davis discuss radio pieces from Big Bend National Park of the sound of nature – reservations required – Goethe Institut - 812 7th St.NW goetheinstitutw.eventbrie.com – Kennedy Institute 7 PM

Wednesday, September 2
Book Talk: Dina Gold discusses, "Stolen Legacy: Nazi Thefts and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18 Berlin" - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: John Y. Cole, director of the Library of Congress Center for the book discusses "Jefferson and the Library of Congress" – Thomas Jefferson's library exhibition – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Special event: Commemorating the End of WWII and the 70th anniversary commemoration of  VJ Day – reservations suggested – 703 – 696 – 3399 – WWII Memorial – 17th St. and Independence Ave., Southwest – 10:30 AM

Thursday, September 3
Book talk: Hector Tobar discusses "Deep down dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free" – Busboys and Poets – Tacoma – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Linda Hirshman discusses her book "Sisters-in-law: how Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world" – P&P – 7 PM




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the week beginning Thursday, August 20

With fewer events listed for this week, it is a great opportunity to check out the new displays at many of our FREE museums - a great place to learn and cool off!  Check out the Weekend Section of Friday's Washington Post.

Thursday, August 20
Benjamin Botkin lecture series and film discussion: Steve Zeitlin, director of  City Lore in New York City presents, "The poetry of everyday life" – screening and discussion of, "Boom: the Erie Canal" and "The grand generation" with Paul Wagner of Paul Wagner films – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 6th floor - 4 PM

Concert: "Take Five!" – The James Zimmerman ensemble – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 8 PM

Art display and lecture: Artist Roger Shimomura's work juxtaposes every day images with racially charged imagery, confronting Asian – American political and ethnic issues from the artists 40 year career – McEvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6:30 PM

Concert:  Reginald Cyntje, trombonist, and his band play jazz, Caribbean rhythms, and Afro beats – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Friday, August 21


Book talk: author Michelle Goldberg in conversation with journalist Anna Louise Sussman discuss "The Goddess Pose" – the life of Indra Devi who popularized the yoga in the West –P&P - 7PM

Concert: Billy Strayhorn: East and West of the blues – trumpeter Freddie Dunn and group /– millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sustainable Fair – Showcases initiatives of DC environmental groups – Fairmont Hotel – colonnade room – 2401 M St. NW. – 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Saturday, August 22
Yoga class: Heather Markowitz -  founder of "With love DC" will lead a yoga class – US botanic Garden – 1030 – 11:30 AM

Concert: United States Navy band brass Quartet – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Family activities – Dolly Madison day with various fun events and festivities – including tours of Dumbarton house – Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. NW. – noon – 3pm

Sunday, August 23
Art Lecture: Justina Yee discusses "Impressionists and the Paris commune: Lions our chickens?" – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film: Federico Fellini's 1955 film "I'll Bidone" a con artist plays tricks on the gullible poor – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4PM

Monday, August 24
Book talk: Stephen Harding's "The Last to Die a defeated Empire, a forgotten mission, and the last American killed in World War II" A look at life in Japan in the WWII's concluding days – Busboys and Poets – Tacoma – 6:30 PM

Concert: Acappella group, "Pitches be Crazy – Woodrow Wilson Plaza - 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW– Noon – 1:30 PM

Discussion: Tuskegee airmen discuss their service during World War II – Tacoma Park Library – 416 Cedar St. NW. – 7 PM

Tuesday, August 25
Book talk: Matt Paris Burriesci with Emma Snyder and the book, "Dead White Guys: a father, his daughter and the great books of the Western world" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM 

Book talk: Ronnie Greene "Shots on the Bridge: police violence and cover up in the wake of Katrina - P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Organist Brink Bush performs Bach's "Goldberg Variations" – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Wednesday, August 26
Book Talk: David Vine discusses his book "Base Nation: How U. S. military bases abroad harm America and the world" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Harbor Nights Summer Concert series features  singer, guitarist and drummer Damien Grasso – Washington Harbor – 3050 K St. NW. – 630 – 8:30 PM

Discussion: Anthony Gualtieri discusses "Neighborhood heroes: the Homestead Grays and a changing Washington" – Cleveland Park Library – 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Thursday, August 27
Concert: American roots concert series features "Blue moon, cowgirls" with early country harmonies - US Botanic Garden – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Indian musician Ustad Shafaat Khan performs classical and folk style featuring the sitar tabla and vocals - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the Week beginning Thursday, August 13

Wow! I can't believe the number of interesting and exciting events I have returned to.  It's good to be back.  I've made a new discovery that I am eager to share with you – the ease with which one can go to the book talks at Politics and Prose. And what better way to try it out than to go to this listing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE_N5SyZpUQ - and hear the talk by Jeff Hobbs, "The short and tragic life of Robert peace: a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy league."  I don't believe I've ever heard a more dramatic, emotional book talk.  And while I am only two-thirds of the way through the book, I've already found it dramatic, disturbing, confounding and informative - although I'm not sure what to make of it. I hope you'll join me in considering it.

I know it will find the place in my other blog which I hope to resume and conclude shortly.  And that you won't mid my poor use of capital letters as I try using my Dragon Dictation Machine!

Thursday, August 13
Book Talk: "The 51 Day War" –  1st hand report on the July 2014 eruption of the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict – author Max Blumenthal – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the voting rights act 1965 Ari Berman author of  "Give us the ballad: the modern struggle for voting rights in America" – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Film: Wolfgang Peterson's 1984 film, "The never ending story" – about a troubled boy who dies into a wondrous fantasy world – the Park at city Center – 11 Street and New York Ave., Northwest - at sundown

Concert: Sarah Daneshpour, pianist will present a classical recital featuring works by Bach, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev – the United Church – 1920 G St. NW. – 7 PM

Friday, August 14
Film: The audience chooses a favorite Hong Kong film – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM -
Jackie Chan's film has been selected, "the legend of the drunken master"

Concert: Rhythm and Blues artists perform "A tribute to Bobby Womack" – Ronald Reagan building international trade center – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – noon to 1:30 PM

Concert: Brazilian jazz performed by "Origem" as a part of "jazz in the Garden" Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert: European percussion ensemble, "Duo Drumartica" – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, August 15
Film: "Harvey" – James Stewart is Elwood P Dowd – National Achives – 2 PM

Yoga class: Heather Markowitz, founder of "With love DC" will lead a "stop and smell the roses" yoga class - National Garden – US botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 10:30 to 11:30 AM

Tango Class: Bahman Aryana of "Rendezvous tango" will lead a class on the Argentine tango – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 2:30PM

Special concert: "1812 overture" with live cannons – US Army Concert band, the U.S. Army chorus and trumpets – national Sylvan theater – Washington monument grounds – 15th St. and Independence Avenue – 7:30 PM

Jazz concert: Charles Covington jazz organ trio – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Dramatic reading: Arthur Miller's play, "all my sons" – theater lab school of dramatic arts – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 2 PM

Films: Italian cinema the 1945 documentary about World War II "days of glory" at 1 PM and the 1959, "violent summer" about WWII in the Adriatic coast  - 3PM – East building – national Gallery of Art

Sunday, August 16
Film: From Kong film Festival, "Diva" – Freer Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Concert: US Marine band – World War II Memorial – 4 PM

Concert: 2015 joint service summary jazz concert featuring the U.S. Army blues, US airmen of note and the US Navy Commodores - Carter Barron amphitheater – 16th St. and Colorado Ave., NW - 7:30 PM

Film: Italian cinema features Elio Petri's 1962 film "the days are numbered" – National Gallery of Art – East building Auditorium – 4 PM

Films: "70th anniversary of WWII's end with the BBC worldwide America film series" - various outstanding films from 12:15 PM through 7 PM – reservations required – contact Jewish community center – wahingtondcjcc.org

Monday, August 17
Book Talk: "Under the bus: how working women are being run over" – author Caroline Friedrickson – P&P - 7 PM

Yoga class: Georgetown yoga presents "sunset fitness in the Park" – Georgetown waterfront Park – Potomac and K streets NW - reservations required – georgetowndc.com/healthydays - 6PM

Concert: Sam Kendrick and Skip Pruitt perform jazz – Ronald Reagan building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.NW – noon to 1:30 PM

Tuesday, August 18
Book talk: "Indigenous peoples history of the United States" – Roxanne - Dunbar – Ortiz – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St.NW – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Robert Draper, author, "Pope Francis and the new Vatican" – P&P -7PM

Concert: California-based saxophonists Stacy Wilson, Stephen Page, Matt Evans and Dana Booher perform as ZZYZK – Church of the Epiphany name – 12:10 PM

Concert: Lee Boys and African Americans sacred steel ensemble featuring unique gospel music – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: US Air Force Concert band and singing sergeants present, honoring the greatest generation" – West side – US capitol - 8PM - repeats on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 19
Book talk: "Heard and Overheard" – author James W Symington recounts three generations of his family working for the federal government – an idiosyncratic history of recent decades – P&P 7 PM

Concert: The Bumper Jackson's perform modern American roots music – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Justina Yee discusses "Impressionists and the Paris commune: Lions or chickens" West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Thursday, August 20
Benjamin Botkin lecture series and film discussion: Steve Zeitlin, director of  City Lore in New York City presents, "The poetry of everyday life" – screening and discussion of, "Boom: the Erie Canal" and "The grand generation" with Paul Wagner of Paul Wagner films – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 6th floor - 4 PM

Concert: "Take Five!" – The James Zimmerman ensemble – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 8 PM

Art display and lecture: Artist Roger Shimomura's work juxtaposes every day images with racially charged imagery, confronting Asian – American political and ethnic issues from the artists 40 year career – McEvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6:30 PM



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Special Edition: Events for the Week beginning Thursday, July 30


While I am on vacation the next two weeks, I did learn of a few coming events I wanted to share.
 Michael Dirda and Ira Glasser are but two of the personalities speaking. Several are at interesting venues. You might note that the book reviews at the newly established Busboys and Poets are easily available by Metro. And as usual the topics are extremely varied and informative.

I plan to be back with a full edition on Wednesday, August 12.

Thursday, July 30
Concert:  Austrian pianist Mark Damisch's 40th Anniversary Concert Tour  -  Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008 - 5PM - 7 PM - Free ickets:at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-mark-damisch-40th-anniversary-tour-tickets-17225988395

Lecture:  Kluge Fellow Thomas Dodman discusses his project, "Nostalgia: the history of the deadly emotion" – Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 4 PM

Book talk: One man against the world: the tragedy of Richard Nixon – Tim Weiner – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion: "Gaza, today and tomorrow: current challenges and future prospects" – Ilana Feldman, George Washington University, and Matthew Reynolds who works with Palestinian refugees in the near East – Palestinian center – Jerusalem fund  – reservations recommended – 202 – 338 – 1290 – light lunch 12:30 PM – discussion 1 PM – 2 PM

Friday, July 31
Book talk:  "The Short Tragic Life of Robert Peace Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, Jeff Hobbs – P&P – 7 PM

Monday, August 3
Book Talk: Photographer Bob Adelman and former ACLU president Ira Glasser discuss the photos and themes from their book, "Visions of Liberty" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Book talk: "This changes everything: capitalism versus the climate"  - Naomi Klein – Brookland Busboys and Poets – 625 Monroe St. NE. – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 5
Film screening: Robin Hamilton discusses her film, "This little light of mine: the legacy of Fanny Lou Hamer" – explores the life of an impoverished sharecropper – Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – contact 202 – 707 – 5510 - 7 PM

Book talk: "The hands of peace: a Holocaust survivors fight for civil rights in the American South" –  author –  Marione Ingram - Busboys and poets – Takoma Park 235 Carroll St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk : Author Michael Dirda - "Browsing's: A year of reading, collecting and living with books" – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, August 6
Scholars Roundtable: Emily Crosby, Professor of history leads a discussion on, "Teaching the civil rights movement from the bottom up: 50 years after the voting rights act" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – contact 202-707-5510 – noon

Film:  "Pronzo di Ferragosto" (mid-– August lunch) American Art Museum joins the Embassy of Italy celebrating good food and good films from Italy - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6 PM
– since there will be a sampling of Italian cuisine, this promises to be extremely popular – last month there was an extremely long line already at 5:30 PM when tickets were being distributed in the G St. lobby.

Friday, August 7
Film: Hong Kong Film Festival features, "Gangster Payday" – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Concert:  Clara Blum - Austrian Soinger/Songwriter When: Wednesday, August 7, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 2000
 Free Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-clara-blume-tickets-17879709693

Monday, August 10
Book Talk: Author Barry Lynn – "God and Government: 25 years of fighting for equality, secularism and freedom of conscience" – P&P – 6:30 PM



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the Week of Thursday, July 16 - Thursday, July 23

I was gratified to learn that several readers attended last weeks talk by former Secretary of States Albright and Powell at the Library of Congress and found it "awesome".  I continue to be eager to share information about these informative and stimulating events with close to 1,000 folks each week.  This week, Friday, begins the Hong Kong film festival at the Freer which promises to show some outstanding films.  We were fortunate to attend a Viet Namese film there this past week.  How great that we are to be able to see so much of the world for free. 

Thursday, July 16
Panel Discussion:  Writers and Scholars Roundtable on Civil Rights with distinguished panel including Taylor Branch and Gilbert King - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  Jazz by the Alvin Traszk Krewe'tet - Trumpet, drum, bass and guitar - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7PM

Book Talk:  Anxious: Using the brain to understand and treat severe and anxiety - Author Joseph LeDoux - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: The career of famed Hollywood Director Rouben Mamoulian and his work in Musical Theatre is discussed by Kluge Fellow, Bradley Rogers - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Room LJ 119 - 4:00PM

Discussion:  In the Shadow of Power and Light: Experiences and Lessons from Fukushima

Forging the Future

 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
English
No charge
+1 (202) 289-1200

Round Table Discussion : Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors; Gilbert King, Diane McWhorter and Taylor Branch with Civil Rights Activist, Clarence Jones, discuss civil Rights with Journalist A'Lelia Bundles - National Archives - 7:00PM
Friday, July 17
Film:  Dearest - Hong Kong Film Festival begins with this gripping morality drama based on a true story - Freer Gallery of Art - 7PM

Concert: Keyboardist Lao Tizer at Jazz in the Garden – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Lecture: Jack Warren of the Society of Cincinnati will discuss a map printed in Paris in 1779 and used by Gen. Lafayette – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Saturday, July 18
Concert: Italian Renaissance music – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Tango lessons: Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango leads classes in the Argentine tango – Martin Luther King Memorial Library – 2:30 PM

Discussion and lecture: Japanese Kimono as Windows to identity – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St., Northwest – 10:30 AM

Film: Billy Wilder's 1945 film, The Lost Weekend – National Archives – 2 PM

Family activity: A day of Archaeology Festival – displays, crafts and lectures – reservations requested – Dumbarton House – 10 AM to 3 PM

Walk:  Georgetown waterfront walk led by National Park Ranger – meet at Wisconsin Avenue and K St., Northwest – 10:30 AM to noon

Sunday, July 19
Film:  Golden Chickensss - "brilliant actress Sandra Ng in her iconic role with goofy plot and hilarious gags and dirty jokes". - Freer Gallery of  Art - 2PM

Book talk: After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate - Author Mary Ziegler - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  Before the Oath: how George W. Bush and Barack Obama managed a transfer of power - Author Martha Joynt Kumar - P&P - 5PM

Monday, July 20
Book Talk: Gary Hart's new book, The Republic of Conscience - P&P - 7P

Tuesday, July 21
Book Talk:  Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press - Author James McGrath Morris - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: United States Army Strings with the old guard fife and drum Corps – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Book talk: Nina Ansary tells The Untold Story of  Women in Iran – and Cyrus Copeland,  A Father's Secret, a Mother's Heroism and his son's quest - Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, July 22
Book Talk:  The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebellion that Led the U. S. and Britain to the Brink of War
Author Arthur Downey - National Archives - Noon

Book talk: Joni Tevis discusses, The World is on Fire: scrap, treasure, and songs of apocalypse – a collection of essays on faith, life and wonder – P&P - 7pm

Thursday, July 23
Book Talk:  88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary - Author Robert L. Greiner - P&P - 7PM

Concert: American Roots Music Concert Series features The Moonshine Society – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 3 PM to 5 PM

Film: Korean Cinema series features the 2009 disaster epic,Haeyndae – reservations required –   koreaculturedc.org – Korean Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – appetizer social at 6 PM – screening at 6:30 PM

Concert: Pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa perform jazz – Freer Gallery of Art – 7:30 PM











Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Free cultural events for the Week of Thursday, July 9 - Thursday, July 16

Cranes dancing, Alan Alda, Italian food, Jessye Norman, and the Israeli elections are just a few of the many quality cultural and intellectual events available in our city for the week ahead. And they are all FREE!  You will notice an absence of area summer concerts. The numbers are just too many to include.  Each week we will try to include a few special ones.

Thursday, July 9
Book Talk:  Historian Anthony Pitch shares survivors' stories and memories in Our Crime was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories - National Archives - Noon 

THIS SHOULD ALSO BE A REMINDER OF TWO DISPLAYS AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM THAT ARE A MUST TO SEE:  For children, the continuing display, The Story of Daniel, which tells the story of the holocaust in a sensitive way for elementary and junior high school children, For adults the temporary exhibit, Collaboration and Complicity During the Holocaust is extremely enlightening and forceful - a must see!

Film:  Focaccia Blues - this 78 minute documentary follows the story of a McDonald's in the town of Altamira, Italy, by a locally owned focaccaria – the screening will be followed by a sampling of Italian cuisine – free tickets available at 5:30 PM in the G St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – film at 6 PM

Musical performance:  Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Orchestra - Flag Hall - Smithsonian American History Museum - Noon, 1 and 2PM 

Friday, July 10
Concert: The United States Army Orchestra with Herald Trumpets – West steps – US Capitol – 8 PM

Concert: Jazz in the Garden - Hendrik Meukens - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5- 8:30PM

Saturday, July 11
 Films: Meet Marlon Brando and Salvador Dali's Fantastic Dream 2pm - Jessye Norman Sings Carmen and Orson Welles in Spain 3pm - West Building Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art

Book Talk:  A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars - Author Andrew Hartman - Politics and Prose - 3:30PM

Film:  Celebrating Vietnamese Cinema - The Children of the Village - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pn

Sunday, July 12
Book Talk:  Running from Office:Why Young Americans Are Turned Off From Politics - P&P - 1PM

Concert:  Chopin and Prokofiev performed by Pianist Sara Daneshpour - Smithsonian
American Art Museum - 3PM

Film:  Vietnamese cinema presents The Prince and the Pagoda Boy - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Films: What Happened to the Beetles in the USA? - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA 4pm

Monday, July 13
Concert:  Sharp's Appalachian Harvest - Folk Music presentation by Brian Peters and Jeff Davis - music from southern Appalacia from 1916 - 1918 - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Mumford Room - No tickets required - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 14
Lecture:  Fiona Ritchie, producer and host of NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock - in open-mic conversation - Library of Congress - Mumford Room - Noon

Book Talk:  Melvin Laird and the Foundation of Post-Vietnam Military, 1969-1973 - Erin Mahan - National Archives - Noon

Wednesday, July 15
Lecture:  Alan Alda - Beyond A Blind Date With Science -National Academy of the Sciences Auditorium - 2101 Constitution Ave. NW - Wait list tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/waitlist?eid=17324015597&tid=36664078 - 6pm - 7:45pm

Lecture:  The Israeli Elections of March 2015 and their Implications for the Peace Process - Professor As'ad Ghanem - University of Haifa - The Palestine Center - 1 - 2PM

Book Talk:  Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe - Michael Neiberg -----
National Archives - Noon

Performance: Dance of the Cranes - Choreographed program performed by real cranes to Brandon Vickerd's Dance of the Cranes - Milian Park - 499 Mass
Ave NW - 8:15 - 9pm

Thursday, July 16
Concert:  Jazz by the Alvin Traszk Krewe'tet - Trumpet, drum, bass and guitar - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7PM

Book Talk:  Anxious - Author Joseph LeDoux - dealing with fear and anxiety - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: The career of famed Hollywood Director Rouben Mamoulian and his work in Musical Theatre is discussed by Kluge Fellow, Bradley Rogers - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Room LJ 119 - 4:00PM

Discussion:  In the Shadow of Power and Light: Experiences and Lessons from Fukushima

Forging the Future

 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
English
No charge
+1 (202) 289-1200

Round Table Discussion : Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors; Gilbert King, Diane McWhorter and Taylor Branch with Civil Rights Activist, Clarence Jones, discuss civil Rights with Journalist A'Lelia Bundles - National Archives - 7:00PM

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free cultural events for the week of Thursday, July 2 - Thursday, July 9

You really don't need me to find things to do over the 4th of July.  But I have located a few very special events to call to your attention.

Unpaid advertisement:  I'm back at blogging and have a few more things to rant or rave about before I turn 90.  Check this one, Singing the Praises of the Daily Newspaper at http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 2
Concert: David and Ginger Hildebrand present colonial style music – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Friday, July 3
Concert: "Speakers of the House" perform funk, boogaloo and rock – Jazz in the Garden – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Art discussions: "Patriotic Pop-ups: The American story through art"– conversations about art through history – national Gallery of Art – 10 AM to 4 PM

Saturday, July  4
Concert: Independence Day organ recital with the National Symphonic Brass and the US Navy Sea Chanters – Washington National Cathedral – 11 AM

Film: Various historical documentaries from 1984, 1939, 1979, and 1982 – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Sunday, July 5
Book talk: "Saving Monticello" author Marc Leepson tells of the efforts of a Jewish veteran to save the home of Thomas Jefferson – National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R St. NW. – 1 PM

 Films: "How to Smell a Rose: A visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy" 2014 documentary - 2PM and "Soldiers of Music Rostropovich Returns to Russia" - 1991 documentary – West building Lecture Hall  - National Gallery of  Art - 4PM

Museum open house: National Museum of Women in the Arts – monthly community day – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – noon to 5 PM

Monday, July 6
Concert: The United States Navy Band's Country Current Ensemble – West Steps – United States Capital – 8 PM

Tuesday, July 7
Concert:  Children of the Stone/ The Ensemble of the Dal'ouna - this music symbolizes the link between East and West with music from the Middle East, jazz and European classical music – the group is led by Ramzi Aburedwan, a child of the first Palestinian intifada, a musician and founder of music centers serving thousands of Lebanese children in the West Bank, Gaza and in refugee camps in Lebanon. His story is told in the book, Children of the Stone, by Sandy Tolan who also was the author of The Lemon Tree – Perry Auditorium - Washington National Cathedral - 7PM

Concert: Youth Choir of Graz Austria performs varied music -  Embassy of Austria - 3524 International Court Court - near UDC/Van Ness Metro - reservations suggested - 7:30PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/choir-concert-kinder-und-jugendakademie-graz-tickets-17480458522

Workshop:  Forging the Future: FuturePerfect - Telling Stories for a Better Future: How Art and Narratives Can Change the World - Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 6:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum and FotoGalerie
No charge
+ 1 (202) 289-1200
Wednesday, July 8
Concert: Jazz with Phil Kominski at the Harbor Nights Summer Concert Series – Washington Harbor – 3050 K St. NW. - 630 p.m. to 8:30 PM

Panel discussion: "Finding Shared Values for United States Foreign Policy" Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 30 p.m.

Thursday, July 9
Book Talk:  Historian Anthony Pitch shares survivors' stories and memories in Our Crime was Being Jewish: hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories - National Archives - Noon 

THIS SHOULD ALSO BE A REMINDER OF TWO DISPLAYS AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM THAT ARE A MUST TO SEE:  For children, the continuing display, The Story of Daniel, which tells the story of the holocaust in a sensitive way for elementary and junior high school children, For adults the temporary exhibit, Collaboration and Complicity During the Holocaust is extremely enlightening and forceful

Film:  Focaccia Blues - this 78 minute documentary follows the story of a McDonald's that is run in the town of Altamira, Italy, by a locally owned focaccaria – the screening will be followed by a sampling of Italian cuisine – free tickets available at 5:30 PM in the G St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – film at 6 PM