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.

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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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free cultural events for the week of Thursday, June 25 through Wednesday July 1

     How fortunate we are to have a free concert every day at the Kennedy Center! The concert this Friday involving Israeli and Palestinian youth gives us a special opportunity to hear voices from this troubled area of our world. One can only hope that music can bring the disparate, bellicose voices of our world together in harmony.

Thursday, June 25
Panel discussion: "DC statehood and representative democracy" –Lenny Steinhorn moderates panelists former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, former member of Congress Jim Walch and others – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert:  Coro Entrevolces - Cuban Choir performs spirituals and a wide variety of music – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Concert: Louisiana zydeco music performed by the band, CRAYZ – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM to 7 PM

Cooking demonstration: "Unbeatable Beans" demonstration on growing, preparing and serving snap beans – writer Adriane Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook – United States Botanic Garden – noon and 12:45 PM

Discussion and lecture: "Saving Cursive: New tools in the fight for handwriting" – Linda Shrewsbury, creator and president of CursiveLogic – McGowan theater – National Archives – 1 PM to 3 PM

Lecture: Bill Plante, CBS news correspondent, "Selma 50 years later" – reservations requested – 202-999-8988 St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Park – 6 PM

Lecture: World Affairs Council presents a talk on "One year since caliphate declared: combating ISIL" – Shanti Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Thomas Sanderson of the Center for strategic and international studies – reservations required – DC world affairs Council – University of California – 1606 Rhode Island Ave.NW – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Friday, June 26
Concert:  YMCA of Jerusalem Youth chorus – Palestinian and Israeli Youth from East and West Jerusalem in song and dialogue – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert:  Brass trio of trumpet trombone and horn performs chamber music – Arts Club of Washington – 20 17th I Street Northwest – noon

Concert: Saxophonist Marty Nau – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Book talk: "Ally: My journey across the American-Israeli Divide" – Michael B Oren – P&P – 4 PM

Book talk: "Being Nixon: A Portrait in Light and Shadows" – Evan Thomas – P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, June 27
Book talk:  "Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity" – author Robert Beachy tells the story of Berlin during the late 19th and early 20th century – P&P – 6 PM

Concert: Chicago children's choir performs classical, gospel and popular music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Nordic Jazz Festival features various Scandinavian groups – Dupont Cir., Park – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM:

Sunday, June 28
Book talk:  "Mother, Loose" - Brandel France de Bravo – offers a decidedly nontraditional look at the stuff of lullabies – P&P - 1 PM

Concert: Finland's Tapiola Chamber Choir – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Monday, June 29
Concert:  The Australian children's choir and Los Angeles children's chorus – a youth choral showcase – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Demonstration: Traditional Andean weaving techniques – Peruvian weavers – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – 4:30 PM

Townhall meeting: DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton leads discussion of race and the labor movement – AFL – CIO – 815 16th St. NW. – reservations required – go.aflcio.org/racetownhall-     5 PM
Tuesday, June 30
Book Talk:  "The Brothers" - Marsha Gessen tells of the Tsarnaev brothers (convicted of  the Boston Marathon bombing - Brookland Busboys and Poets - 625 Monroe St. NE - 6:30 PM

Concert:  Homegrown Concert:  Marinera Viva! presents dances of Peru – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – noon  the group also appears at the Kennedy Center – family theater – 6 PM

Lecture: "Palestine Solidarity: the film critics blind spot" – Terry Ginsburg, professor of film at American University in Cairo – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30PM -  2 PM

Concert: British early music ensemble, Magnificat performs madrigals and motets by Monteverdi – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Concert: US Navy band and ceremonial guard – US Navy Memorial – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM
Wednesday,  July 1
Concert: Afro – Peruvian music performed by the ensemble Tutuma – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: "Sense and Sensibility" starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet – Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. NW. – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Free cultural events for the Week:Thursday, June 18 through Friday, June 26

So good to be back for the rest of the summer looking forward to the many opportunities for learning and entertainment provided for FREE in our marvelous city.  After spending the last month showing visitors around our city, I have new respect for all that is available to us without cost. And you might like to check my other blog - http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com for some recent observations about the city.
Thursday, June 18
Book Talk: "The Cost of Courage" – author Charles Kaiser looks at Vichy-era France – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: "Nixon's Nuclear Specter: The secret alert of 1969, Madman diplomacy and the Vietnam War"– authors Jeffrey Kimball and William Burr – National Archives – noon

New Exhibit: "1919 - 2015 100 Years of Hollywood: The Laemmie Effect" - Portrays the influence of German film making in America through Universal studios and others - The Goethe Institut - 7th and H Streets NW - Open 11AM - 5PM - Closed Sunday and Monday

Concert: Teo Avery and the Jazz Sound Quartet – Kennedy Center - Millennium stage - 6 PM

Concert. The Stockholm Boys Choir performs Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and other music – St. Albans Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM

Discussion:  Architectural team discusses preliminary plans for the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – reservations required – National Building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – 202–272–2448 – 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Book discussion:  "To Kill a Mockingbird" – Harper Lee's classic considered in both page and screen version – Barnes & Noble – 555 12th St. NW. – 7:00

Friday, June 19
Gugenheim Symposium:  Honors Stanley Nelson, film maker known for "The Murder of Emmitt Till" - National Archives - 7PM 

Concert:  "Jazz in the garden series" presents Deanna Bogart blues fusion – Sculpture  Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert:  "The Texas Chainsaw Horns" perform rock – presented by the Yards Park Friday night Concert series – the Yards Park -  355 Water St. SE. – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert:  The United States Army Concert band with trombonist winner of the 2015 national collegiate solo competition – West steps – United States capital – 8 PM

All day symposium:   "The Juneteenth Festival on black literature and literacy" – for high school youth and adults – for further information contact the Library of Congress – Jefferson building – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Discussion: "Ships, clocks, and stars: the quest for longitude" – Folger librarian Daniel De Simone discusses the exhibition – Folger Shakespeare Library – 201 E. Capitol St. SE. – 6:30 PM

Discussion and activity: United States botanic Garden specialists share the wonders of what butterflies, bumblebees and honeybees bring to the environment – followed by the release of butterflies into the garden – national garden butterfly garden – United States botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 10:30AM and noon 

Saturday, June 20
Book Talk: "Something must be done about Prince Edward County" – author Kristin Green considers racial problems in Prince Edward County, Virginia – P&P - 3:30 PM

Film: Charlie Chaplin's,  "City Lights" – introduced by Charles Maland  an expert on Charlie Chaplin  - National Archives – 2 PM

Concert. Syrian violinist Mariella shaker performs Syrian music to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees – Kennedy Center –Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Tour and Walk: "Bikes, birds, and bullfrogs: a bike tour of DC flora and fauna" along the C and O canal - reservations required at knowledgecommonsdc.org – meet at the Gazebo at Francis Scott Key Park – 34th and M St., Northwest – 9 to 10:30 AM

Talk and exhibit: artist Sidney Lawrence will lead a tour of his 30 piece exhibition "Global tour: travel works on paper" – Alcove Gallery – University of California Washington Center – 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. – 10 AM to 11 AM

Sunday, June 21
Book talk: "A Salamander's Tale: My story of Regeneration – surviving 30 years with prostate cancer" – author Paul Steinberg recounts the life-changing perspective of his bout with prostate cancer – P&P  - 1 PM

Book talk: "Class Divide" – author Howard Gillett, Jr. interviews Yale class members of 1964 and  reports their perception of the tumultuous 60s – P&P – 5 PM

Concert.  Chicago Harp Quartet performs classical music and new compositions – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Children's program: Hear a story about Olympic swimmer Gertrude Ederle the first woman to swim the English Channel and then create a special piece of art – National Portrait Gallery – Eighth and F streets Northwest – 2 PM to 5 PM

Special event: Alliance Francaise de Washington and Dupont Festival present "Fete de la Musique at Dupont Circle" – activities for families and all from 11 AM to 7:50 PM at Dupont Circle

Monday, June 22
Panel discussion: "The Palestinians in Syria before and after the Syrian crisis" – Wesam Sabaaneh, Jafra Foundation for Youth and Nidal Bitari of People Demand Change - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 1 PM – 2 PM

Concert:  United States Navy Concert Band – West steps - United States capital – 8 PM

Book talk: "Unfair: The new science of criminal justice" – Adam Benforado – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Film:  Prince's ground breaking 1984 film, "Purple Rain" – MLK library – 6PM

Tuesday, June 23
Concert: Flutist Michelle Laporte and guitarist Jerry Saulter perform music from Argentina, Brazil and Italy – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

All day conference: "Punctuating happiness: preserving the original Declaration of Independence" – how diversity affects research and how it is taught in the schools – reservations required –phdc2015eventbritedc - national archives – 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM

Exhibit and discussion "Hiroshima – Nagasaki atomic bomb" – shows artworks and prominent historians reflect on the decision to drop the atomic bomb and its implications – Katzen arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 7 PM to 9 PM

Wednesday, June 24
Book Talk: "How to catch a Russian spy" – author Naveen Jamali relates his true experience in this thriller – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture: "The Shape of the Civil War" – Ed Ayers, president of the University of Richmond – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – room LJ 119 – 4 PM

Book talk: "Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, black celebrities, and the civil rights movement" – author Emilie Raymond looks at six trail blazing actors of Hollywood – National Archives – noon

Concert.  Folk music from the Andes performed by the New Inca Son – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: The Friday morning music club presents works by Bach – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – reservations requested – heurichhouse.org – noon to 1 PM

Concert: The Bubbas – presented by the harbor nights summer concert series – Washington harbor – 30 p.m. to 8:30 PM

Concert: United States Marine Band– West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Lecture: Art historian William Klotz discusses, "Nineteen American Masterworks"  works by Gilded Age, Impressionists and ashcan school painters – McVeigh Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – Eight and G streets Northwest – 6 PM

Book talk: Thomas de Waal discusses his book, "Great catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the shadow of genocide" – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Film: "Maria Sola's 2013 film "A Five-star Life" – Abramson Family Auditorium – New York University – 1307 L St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Thursday, June 25
Panel discussion: "DC statehood and representative democracy" –Lenny Steinhorn moderates panelists former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, former member of Congress Jim Walch and others – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert:  Coro Entrevolces - Cuban Choir performs spirituals and a wide variety of music – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Friday, June 26
Concert:  YMCA of Jerusalem Youth chorus – Palestinian and Israeli Youth from East and West Jerusalem in song and dialogue – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Free Cultural Events in DC for three days: June 8, 9 and 10.

Here's a special edition of DC Free Culture for three days in June. It's prepared for my grandson, David, as I begin a two-year celebration of my 90th birthday.   It's meant to show him just a few of the things that might be of interest to him and those visiting with him that I have daily access to. I'll give it  limited publicity before returning to my usual publication schedule on June 17.  I hope the list might be of help to others.

Monday, June 8
Concert: Saxophonist Elisha Balbed performs jazz, rock, hip-hop and go-go – DC Jazz Festival – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Concert: U.S. Navy bands Country Current Ensemble – West steps – US Capital – 8 PM

Book talk: "And sometimes I wonder about you" – Walter Mosley, Author – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk: "The Good Spy: The life and death of Robert Ames" – Author Kai Bird – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM


Tuesday, June 9
Book talk and discussion: "Back Channel to Cuba: The hidden history of negotiations between Washington and Havana – Author William M. Leogrande – Katzen Arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 10 AM – 11:50 AM

Concert: The Friday morning music club presents varied classical works – Belle Vue Room – Dumbarton House – 2715 Q St. NW. – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert: US Navy band and Navy ceremonial guard perform – U.S. Navy Memorial – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM

Concert: Violinist Mary Findlay performs Bach – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Book talk: Author Dolen Perkins–Valdes  discusses, "Balm"– Busboy and Poets – 6:30 p.m.

Book talk: "World Film Locations, Washington DC" – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. – 6:30 PM

Book talk "The Brontë Cabinet: Three lives in nine objects" - Deborah Lutz, author – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Film: "Port of Memory" and "The Rules" - Kamal Aljafari's documentaries – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Film: "Richard Hill" – A part of the series of Adams Morgan movie nights – Marie Read Elementary School soccer fields – 18th and California Streets Northwest – 8:30 PM

Reading performance: "Rep Ya hood: The untold stories of DC neighborhoods" – city-wide spoken word and rap competition – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM


Wednesday, June 10
Lecture:  "Listen to Our Story: Alan Lomax, Folk Producer/Folk Promoter" Nathan Saalsburg presenter - Whittal Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: Vocalist Sweet Lou Olutosin and his sextet perform soul jazz – DC Jazz Festival – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: The Ewabo Duo – The Harbour Nights Summer Concert Series – Washington Harbor – 3050 K St. – Northwest – 8:30 PM

Concert: The U. S. Marine Band – West Terrace – US Capitol – 8 PM

Book talk: "Terrorism in Cyberspace: the next generation" - Gabriel Weimann – Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: "Ain't Nobody Be Learning Nothin': The fraud and the fix for high poverty schools" – author Caleb Steward Rossiter – Busboys and Poets – Brookland – 625 Monroe St. NE. – 6:30 PM

Book talk: "You Won't Remember This" – author Kate Blackwell – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th Street NW - 6:30 PM

Book talk: "The Domino Diaries: My decade boxing with Olympic champions and chasing Hemingway's ghost in the last days of Castro's Cuba" – Brin-Jonathan Butler – Kramer books – 6:30 PM

Book talk: "The Grand Old Ditch" author Judith Welles – the past present and future of the C and O canal – West end interim library – 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. – the Watergate – 7 PM

Book talk: "Stand Your Ground: Black bodies and the justice of God" – author Kelly Brown Douglas – Episcopal priest – reservations requested – Washington National Cathedral – 7:30 PM

Film: "Earnest and Celestine" – French animated film – Embassy of France – 4001 Reservoir Rd. NW – reservations required - frenchculture.org – 7 PM to 9 PM