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


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, September 25 through Friday, October 3

It only gets better.  Here we are again for a fall season that begins with a number of exciting events. In addition to the events listed below, there are a number of unusual events and two in unusual locales.

  • The newly reopened White House Visitors Center is a new gem of a museum.  With a new 14 minute video and hands-on displays, it is a must for locales and an important place to take visitors who can't get into the White House. 
  • The Corcoran - remember, this last week of displays are free this month.
  • I've listed two events that charge $5 and $10 because the events are interesting and because they are in venues where many of us rarely go.  

Thursday, September 25
Reading:  Charles Wright gives his inaugural reading as the 20th poet laureate consultant to the Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 202-707-5394 - 7pm

Film:  Breath of Freedom - Portrays the over one million African Americans who fought in WWII - follow-up discussion with Frank Smith, Jr. of the African American Civil War Museum and Maria Hohn author of GIs and Frauleins - National Archives - 7pm

Jazz Concert:  Saxophonist Marshall Keys - Grace Episcopal Church - 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW - 6 -7:15pm

Friday, September 26
Book Talk:  Travis Smiley discusses, "Death of a King" - the final years of MLK's life - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Nicky's Family - Englishman Nicholas Winton rescues 669 Czech and Slovak children before the out break of WWII - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Pianist Sam Post celebrates Classical Music Month - MLK Library - Noon

Concert:  Ted Garber Pop/Rock vocalist -  U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - 6 - 8pm

Concert:  The Beatles in Tuxedos - Trio Lennon - Embassy of Italy - 3000 Whitehaven Road NW - Reservations required - www.iicwashington.esten.it - 6:30pm

Lecture:  True Tales From the Ginseng Trade: From Appalachia to to China - U. S. Botanic Garden - noon to 1pm

Saturday, September 27
Book Talks: Steve Almond discusses "Against Football" and Gregg Easterbrook discusses, "The King of Sports" - a look at the perplexity of pro-football today - P&P - 1pm

Book Talk:  City of Lies - Ramita Naval portrays her home city, Tehran - P&P - 3:30

Activity:  Art All Night - Various artistic events from music to visual - Dupont Circle, Shaw, H Street North Capitol and Congress Heights - 7pm - 3am

Concert:  Pianist Solon Pierce - Anderson House - Society of Cincinnati - 2118 Mass. Ave.NW - 1:30pm

Theatre Performance:  The Odd Couple - Female Version - MLK Library - reservations suggested - 202-727-1291 - 2pm

Sunday, September 28
Book Talk:  Thirteen Days in September - Lawrence Wright considers President Carter's work with Begin and Sadat - P&P - 5pm

Dance Workshop:  English Country Dance - Dumbarton House - 2715 Q Street NW - $5.00 - 1-3pm

Concert:  NGA Wind Ensemble - Various Classical Composers - Sculpture Garden - NGA - noon - 1pm

Lecture:  The Disappearing Face of Palestinian Jerusalem - Micha Kurtz founder of Grassroots Jerusalem - Busboys and Poets Bookstore - 1025 5th ST.NW - 6 - 8pm

Monday, September 29
Book Talk:  In Search of the Perfect Loaf - Samuel Fromartz discusses BREAD with Mark Furstenberg - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  SambaDa' Brazilian music from salsa to cumbia - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center 6pm

Book Talk:  Earl Swift's, " Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead and 57 Years of the American Dream" and Bill Morris, " Motor City Burning" - Kramerbooks - 1517 Conn. Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Performance:  The Naughty List: Cabaret Selections for Banned Books Week - MLK Library - 7pm

Tuesday, September 30
Book Talk:  Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America - Jonathan Dorman - P&P - 7pm

Lecture/Discussion:  WWII Enemy Aliens Program - Archivist Lynn Goodsell discusses WWII programs effecting individuals of German, Italian and Japanese ancestry - Room G-25 (Penn. Ave entrance) National Archives - 11am

Panel Discussion:  Style and Influence: First Ladies Fashions - Tim Gunn of Project Runway leads a discussion with various fashion designers and others -  National Archives - 7pm

Lecture:  Sister Helen Prejeans author of "Dead Man Walking" the journey continues - School of International Relations - American University - Nebraska and New Mexico Aves. NW - reservations requested - LibEvents@american.edu - 2 - 4pm

Film:  T-Shirt Travels - Betts Theater - Marvin Center - GWU - 800 21st ST. NW - Noon

Wednesday, October 1
Concert:  U. S. Army Chorus - St. John's Episcopal Church - Lafayette Park - 12:10pm

Concert:  Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussaa combines traditional Cuban and jazz music - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Family Concert: Coral Cantigas presents "Rhythm and Song: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage - Gala Theatre - 3333 14th Street NW - $10.00 -  7:30pm

Thursday, October 2

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

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




Thursday, September 11, 2014

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



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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, September 14

Lecture:  Urban Agriculture - See Saturday - 2pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Film: La Camioneta - See Wednesday listing


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



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

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

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

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

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







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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