Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Obviously one of the great joys of living in the DC area (usually) is that we have many visitors from throughout the country and the world. Since this is my case, with my daughter coming to be with her first year Georgetown University Law School son, I thought I would share some personal recommendations with my long-lost audience.  Since I have resettled, I hope to be able to do this on a more regular basis again.  I'll even have a personal comment toward the end.


Obviously she's been to the Holocaust Museum, but has not seen their new Special exhibition on the lower level. The subtitle of the exhibition is "Americans and the Holocaust: What Did Americans Know? What more could have been done? I saw it recently and am planning to go back again and again. The brief blog succinctly states "this exhibition is a portrait of American society that shows how the depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism shape responses to Nazi-ism and the Holocaust. It reveals how much information was available to American at the time and ask why rescuing to not become a priority, except for a few individuals who to the risk to help. You can learn more about it at ushmm.org/americans.


Dear friends of the Goethe-Institut,

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to an upcoming event at the Goethe-Institut Washington. On Friday, September 7th at 4:00 pm the Goethe-Institut Washington will be hosting its third annual Sommerfest!

This time we are celebrating fun and games – Spaß und Spiele – in as many ways as you can possibly imagine. Learn Fußball lingo in our survival German crash course and then challenge your new classmates to a foosball table showdown. Plus get a sneak preview of our new Intercultural Communication courses. Check out the different spaces in the Goethe-Institut for classic game favorites such as Cornhole and Settlers of Catan, or try your luck at a round of wacky new card games like Cognate Frenzy and Come On Over! Pretend you’re Serena Williams taking on Angelique Kerber in a match of table tennis, belt out your best Rammstein in our rockin’ Karaoke Cave, and listen to live music played by local DC bands:

—5:00-5:30 PM Swoll
—5:45-6:15 PM Blacklodge
—6:30-7:30 PM DJ Jahsonic

Old Europe Restaurant will be selling scrumptious German food and drinks, and Maracas Ice Pops will bring summer treats so your taste buds can also get in on the fun!


Since I've resettled in my new domicile at The Kennedy Warren Apartments, I hope to have more opportunity to occasionally list events. Certainly, I've already begun my Ranting and Raving blog since I have more than a few things I want to get off my chest in these critical times. I hope you'll take a look at

No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding

Did slaveholders actually enshrine human bondage in our founding documents at the birth of our nation as some historians have charged? In his new book, No Property in Man, political historian Sean Wilentz invites a fresh debate about the political and legal struggles over slavery that began during the Revolution and concluded with the defeat of the Confederacy at the end of the Civil War.

Reserve a Seat >
Tuesday, September 11, at 12 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

and remember that more free events can be found weekly at the following Internet locations
  • Of course the most complete listing easily available to all in the D. C. community is THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER -  It's distributed throughout the city on Thursday.  Giving about 30 minutes to this each week would enable you to discover almost all the events I've culled for the listing for five or so years.
  • Most government and cultural agencies have mailings and Internet listings of free events.  They can easily be made available to you weekly and monthly.  A list of just a few of those I have used are:
      • George Washington University
      • Georgetown University
      • American University
      • Johns Hopkins University
Happily moving to the Kennedy-Warren Building still in beloved Cleveland Park, I'm again encouraged to do more Ranting and Raving as a 92 year oldster.  You can check those thoughts out at 


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Special Edition: Free intellectual and cultural events for September 22 - 29

A visit from my daughter causes me to find worthwhile activities to attend while she is here.  I thought I would share them with you.  And also remind you of my two ventures where I continue to add my two cents worth.
I'll soon be embarking on my 5th Ask Me Anything on Reddit where I have previously answered thousands of questions.

Obviously my sources this week are but one, Politics and Prose Bookstore.  You can overcome this time constraint by going to today's THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER to seek out other event.  However this alone has so many outstanding events that it shows the fortune we have to live in DC.

Friday, 22
Book lecture: "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History"  – Katie Tur – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Saturday, 23
Book Lecture: "We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter" – Celeste Headlee – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution:" – Yuri Slezkine – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years" – David Litt – P&P – 6 PM
Sunday, 24
Book lecture: "Another Fine Mess: America, Ugandaand the War on Terrorist (Columbia Global Report)": – Helen Epstein – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Dissoluted, the Desperate and the Not – Yet Deported – E. J. The Dionne, Jr. Norman J. Ornstein and Deborah Tanner – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "The Cuban Affair" – Nelson DeMille – A thriller of a novel based in Florida and Cuba – P&P – 5 PM

Monday, 25
Book lecture: "Gorbachev: His Life and Times" – William Taubman – in conversation with David Green of NPR's Morning Edition – P&P 7 PM

Tuesday, 26
Book lecture: "Mayhem: A Memoir" a harrowing look at drug addition - in conversation with Scott Stossel, Editor of The Atlantic  – P&P 7 PM

Wednesday, 27
Book lecture: Michael Korda "Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk - Defeat into Victory" – P&P 7 PM

Thursday, 28
Book lecture: "Man of the Hour: James B. Conant Warrior/Scientist" – Janet Conant – 7 PM – P&P

Friday, 29
Book lecture: "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" – Mark Ray – P&P – 7 PM 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A continuing alert that I have discontinued publishing. - It's been fun communicating with so many!

Reduced energy, too much travel and too much excitement in life at 91 keeps me from continuing to publish this weekly listing of free cultural events.  BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS that notice of events is easily available to all of us.
  • Of course the most complete listing easily available to all in the D. C. community is THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER -  It's distributed throughout the city on Thursday.  Giving about 30 minutes to this each week would enable you to discover almost all the events I've culled for the listing for five or so years.
  • Most government and cultural agencies have mailings and Internet listings of free events.  They can easily be made available to you weekly and monthly.  A list of just a few of those I have used are:
      • George Washington University
      • Georgetown University
      • American University
      • Johns Hopkins University
And periodically I may "throw out" a mention about something special that caught my eye and put it on this blog site.

And I'm continuing to "have my say" occasionally about life as I see it at:


I've given lots of thought to the current one,


I hope you will have time to check it out.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Free cultural events in the Washington, DC area the week through Friday, August 18

I'm glad you found me on your own. I' hope you'll continue to do so and share my blog listings with others. Remember that many of the events are available throughout the world on the Internet. I'm gone next week visiting family in Michigan - so there will be no listing - but will be back again on Thursday, August 24.

I hope you will also read my weekly Rant telling of the experiences of a well seasoned nonagenarian.  This week's reminiscence is about the positive experience of giving up my drivers license and the surprising benefit it provided along with some lifelong insights about "THE GOOD LIFE".

Remember.  It is at                            http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Friday, 11
Book lecture: "Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and other Essays" – Paul Kingsnorth – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Concert: The United States Army band performs bluegrass at the United States Department of Agriculture is National Farmer's Market Celebration – Lawn – US Department of agriculture – 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW – 11 AM

Film: Movies of the Revolution: America Films 18th – Century France" – Jack Conway's 1935 movie "A Tale of Two Cities" with outstanding Hollywood stars – East Building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Saturday, 12
Movie: "Testament of Youth" (2014) – a young woman leaves Oxford University to become a war nurse – Madison Building – Library of Congress – third floor – Pickford Theatre – 2:30 PM

Concert: Eccentric Six–member Korean band performs modern rock and deep – rooted Korean folk music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Family program for all ages: The Daughters of the American Revolution Worlds Fair provides crafts, music, games and food that debuted at Worlds Fairs – DAR Museum – 17th and C Streets Northwest – 10 AM to 3 PM

Film: Continuing: "French films depicting the 18 century – William Dieterle's 1934, "Madame du Bsrry" with Dolores Del Rio – East Building – NGA – 12:30 PM

Sunday, 13
Concert: Six young winners of the 1932 international young artists piano competition – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: The Steinway Series features pianist Natalia Kazarian performs Haydn, Ravel and Chopin – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Film: Gaumont at 120: Twelve unseen Treasures" features eminent Polish director Andrzej Wajda's 1988 movie "Lez Possedes" - East building Auditorium – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 14
Book Lecture:  "Too Fat,, Too Slutty, Too Loud:The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman" - Anne Helen Petersen - P&P - 7 PM

Concert: The United States Naval Academy band superintendents Combo performs works of jazz in various styles – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 15
Book lecture: "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment" – Robert Wright – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Dr. Lori Glaze, NASA scientist – "Venus: the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet" – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Saxophonist Peter Anderson and clarinetist Will Anderson perform unique renditions of jazz classics and innovative original music – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. toward West – 12:10 PM
Wednesday, 16
Book lecture: "Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post American World" – Suzy Hanson – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "The British Invasion" features a screening of "Rhythm 'N Greens" (U. K. 1964) –

Concert: Starlight Orchestra performs big band sound – Woodrow Wilson Plaza – Ronald Reagan's Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – Noon to 1 PM – Pickford Theatre – Madison building – Library of Congress – 7 PM to 9 PM

Thursday, 17
Book lecture: "How to be a Muslim: An American Story" – Haroon Moghul With Wajahat Ali - P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Take Five! Jazz Series features Gingerbred with outstanding local musicians – Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM to 7 PM

Friday, 18
Book lecture: "Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Work for Freedom at the Ballot Box" – Angela P. Dotson with Dorothy Gilliam - P&P – 7 PM

And always remember, a more complete listing of both free and charged events are available each week in more detail in the weekly Current Newspaper distributed every Thursday throughout the District of Columbia

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Free cultural events in the Washington, DC area the week beginning Friday, August 4

I'm increasingly finding the need to simplify my life – I guess it's the initial stage of old age. One way to simplify my life with the computer will be to stop sending regular announcements to my various audiences. While I shall continue to put out my listings and Rants (hopefully) every Thursday afternoon I'll depend upon my regular readers to seek them out by remembering:

It will of course still have the weekly listing as well as reference to my Rants and Raves. I encourage you to look at my  R & R this week because it has some of my personal thoughts on that venture of mine. It can always be found at:

You can check periodically.  Remember you can always put the blogs on a header or app.(or whatever it is called).
Friday. 4
Concert: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art – Incendio, a world music ensemble – 5 PM – 8:30 PM

Lecture and discussion: The United States Navy B-1 Band – featuring 3 members of the original integrated band and and Alex Albright, historian and author "The Forgotten first: B – 1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy – reservations required – 202 – 433 – 4882 – National Museum of the United States Navy Building 76 – Washington Navy Yard – 805 Kidder Breeze St., Southeast – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Book lecture: Tareq Baconi– "Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Saturday, 5
Concert: R&B and pop recording artist Spencer Batiste of the Choctaw tribe – National Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian – performs gospel music and hymns – 2 PM

Films: "Gaumont at 120:12 Unseen Treasures" –  Henri – George's Clauzot's 1943 film – a comedy at 2 PM and Henri DeCon's 1955 film about thugs in a nightclub at 4 PM – National Gallery of Art – East Building

Concert: Composer Andre McCray and performers present scenes from his new musical, "Chasing the Wind" the untold story of King Solomon, his wealth, wisdom and women – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 6
Concert: The New Orleans – based trio, Nutria, perform original swamp – inspired contemporary jazz – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Films: The 22nd annual "Made in Hong Kong Films Festival feature to a variety of film including the 1998, "Beast Cops" at 1 PM and Fruit John's 1998 movie "Made in Hong Kong" – at 3:30 PM – Warner Brothers Theatre – Smithsonian Museum of American history 

Monday, 7
Book lecture: Trita Parsi – "Losing and Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy" – Politics and Prose Bookstore – 7 PM

Tuesday, 8
Book lecture: Journalist Thomas Oliphant "The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five year Campaign" – National Archives – Noon

Book lecture: Gilliam Thomas – "Because of Sex: One Law, 10 Cases and 50 Years that Changed American Women's Lives at Work – P and P – 7 PM

Wednesday, 9
Book lecture: Henry Fountain – "The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Tour: "Visit DuPont Underground" – explore the city's newest art space, a former trolley station underground at 67 and 8 PM – it violates my rules and charges $16 but……

Thursday 10
Concert: Lincka, a Mexican-American artist from Oklahoma City performs songs in English and Spanish – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Discussion and lecture: National Portrait Gallery educator connects portraits of three prominent Civil War figures, Frederick Douglass, John Brown and Julia Ward Howe – Lobby – National Portrait Gallery – Noon

Book lecture: Eric Love of Dickinson College – "Islamaphobia and Racism in America" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM


Please remember that more events and details can be found in The Current which is distributed throughout the city every Thursday

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 28

Sometimes I almost feel that I am a shill for Politics and Prose Bookstore. But I would take that moniker as a compliment! If there is anything that the last election showed, it is that we need a more enlightened voting populace. With its proximity to thoughtful authors discussing their works almost every day locally – and thanks to the miracle of the Internet – to a worldwide audience, P and P does just that!. One of my personal disappointment's for this blog is that I have not been able to make it more available to high school students. I've tried, but "learned" that students are far too busy with other demands that have a priority. Yet from my personal experience as a lifelong educator I'm well aware of the increasing number of students who are disaffected by traditional instructional patterns. Proof of this is indeed obvious as one looks at dropout rates and the rise of alternative school programs.

It's obvious to me that P&P's daily lectures as well as other cultural listings could provide challenge for many disaffected learners. But enough of this idol daydreaming - on to the list for the week. For another hot week, you'll notice lots of cool movies.

However I also want to urge you to have a look at another issue of great concern to me which I discuss on my other blog. I give my reasons for being disinterested in statehood for the District of Columbia,but, I think, I provide an appropriate substitute measure. It's available at:


Friday, 28
Discussion: "Media's Distortion and Misrepresentation of the Palestinian Issue" – Noor Waz Waz of NPR – reservations required – 202-338-1958 – The Palestinian Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Film: "Lessons of a Dream" – telling the story of the beginnings of football in Germany – Goethe- Institute – Suite 3 – 1990 K St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Saturday, 29
Book lecture: "Talking Pictures: How to watch movies" – Ann Hornaday – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Vice Capades: Sex, drugs and bowling from the Pilgrims to the present" – Mark Stein – P&P – 6 PM

Sunday, 30
Book lecture: "A Man and his Presidents: The political odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.". – Alvin S. Felsenberg – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "Campus Confidential: How college works, or doesn't, for professors, parents and students" – Jacques Berlinerblau – P&P – 5 PM

Film: The 22nd annual "Made in Hong Kong Film Festival"  - Derek Tsang's 2016 movie "Soul Mate" – a fascinating love story – Warner Brothers Theater – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 2 PM

Film: Albert Serra's 2016 film, "Death of Louis XIV" – the bed ridden came continues to conduct the affairs of state – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 31
Book lecture: "Homing Instincts: Meaning and mystery in animal migration" – Sarah Menkedick – P&P - 7 PM
Tuesday, 1
Book lecture: "Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the secrets of the air about us" – Sam Kean – P&P – 7 

Book lecture: "Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age" – Washington Post reporter Dan Zach – Kramer books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Concert: Berkley Brass Ensemble performs works by Bach – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Performance: Zimbabwe dance group – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, 2
Movie: Ricardo Milani's 2014 film "Do You See Me?" – A female architect has trouble getting work in Rome – reservations required –www.licwashington.esteri.it – Embassy of Italy6 PM

Thursday, 3
Film: The Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Museums preview this Fall's Korean Film Festival with the screening of the forthcoming movie "Battleship Island" – free performance – Landmarks E St., Cinema – doors open 30 minutes before showtime – 7 PM – 9 PM

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 21

Once again this is a rather hurried listing of events because I'm just back from visiting family in Wisconsin. You might also recall that I am beginning to place an emphasis not only on events and topics I am personally interested in, but also those that are on the Internet and available EVERYWHERE..

If you haven't read - or at least read my summary of  Timothy Eagan's "Short Night of the Shadow Catcher" I'd encourage you to read my brief four page summary of the book. I found it fascinating.


 Next week I'll be ranting again about conditions in our nation's capitol that threaten our rights as free citizens - a threat even greater than our failure to have statehood,.

Error note:
Sorry we were given bad info on this concert.  We had erroneously listed it for Sunday.  It is Saturday. 22

YouthCUE's National Honor Choir enlists 150 of the finest high school singers in North America.

Friday,  21
Demonstration: "Cooking History: Exploring Cajun and Creole Food Tradition" – chef David Guas – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 2 PM – a good chance to take a look at the newly remodeled displays at the Museum

Saturday, 22
Book lecture: "Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry in the Making of America's First President" –Politics and Prose – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter" – Heath Fogg Davis with Shannon Minter – P and P - 6 PM

Film: "House of Bamboo" – Samuel Fuller's 1955 film – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Sunday, 23
Book lecture: "Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence" – Melvin A. Goodman – P and P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "In the Warlord's Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans , and their Fight Against the Taliban" – Daniel R. Greene – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "Devils Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency" – Joshua Greene – P&P – 5 PM

Concert: National Building Museum continues its summer concert series – 2 PM – 3 PM

Film: James Ivory's 1995 "Jefferson in Paris" – East Building Auditorium – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 24
Book lecture: "Divided We Stand: The Battle over Woman's Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics" – Marjorie J Spruill - P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "The Public Wealth of Cities: How to Unlock Hidden Assets to Boost Growth and Prosperity –Dag Detter – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 25
Book lecture: "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives" – Jesse Eisinger – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Find Your Whistle" – international whistling champion Christopher Ullman will discuss his book and give a demonstration – National Archives – Noon

Lecture: World Affairs Council presents a talk by the Amb. of the state of Qatar to the United States – Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 6 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday, 26
Book lecture: "The Retreat of Western Liberalism" – Edward Luce – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, 27
Book lecture: "Why? What Makes Us Curious" – Mario Livio – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "A Drag Salute to Divas and DeVos" – impersonations of top musical legends ranging from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: 2016 film from Korea, "Familyhood" appetizer/social at 6 PM – film at 6:30 PM - reservations required – KoreaCultureDC.org – Korean Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Film: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" – the 1981 Blockbuster – North Lawn – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – reservations suggested – loc.gov – 8 PM