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



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Free Events of the Week - Wednesday, April 29 - Saturday, May 9

I couldn't resist.  There are so many interesting events coming up that I just had to share them with you, even though I'm not here for most.  I hope some of you can attend and perhaps share with me - and others - anything you might learn that is particularly interesting to you.  You will note that at the end of this listing, I share my reaction to one of my listed events held on Monday, April 27 - the lecture given by an Israeli Knesset member at The Palestine Center.

This early edition of cultural events for the week ahead is abbreviated but is meant to call several items to your attention:

1. the two book talks on Thursday, May 7 one about Japanese internment in WWII.  The other, about Pres. Lincoln.

2. only in DC! On Saturday, May 9 we have an opportunity to see letters between Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedys. Check out Saturday, May 9 at the Library of Congress

3. I never thought I would be placed in the position of being a cultural critic! However this last Sunday I followed my own advice and attended the performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by the George Washington University Singers. It made me realize how fortunate we are to live in a city with a large number of institutions of higher learning. The polish, the enthusiasm and the sheer excitement of  these young people and their attack of this difficult number truly amazed me. To my untrained musical ear, the chorus, the soloists and the instrumentalists were brought together by a splendid leader to present an outstanding, free musical afternoon. I know there are many other fine college and university presentations, and I'd like to encourage you to seek out such events.

4.. Please remember that for the next couple of months my weekly listing will be published quite intermittently.

Wednesday, April 29
Book talk:  "ISIS: THE STATE OF TERROR" – J. M. Berger – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "ROTHKO IN JAZZ" – Jazz quintet from Latvia – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: "SPEAKING THEIR PEACE: PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF WAR AND PEACE" – Colette Rausch – Bus Boys and Poets - Takoma – 235 Carol St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 30
Book talk: "DAYS OF RAGE: AMERICA'S RADICAL UNDERGROUND, THE FBI AND THE FORGOTTEN AGE OF REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE" – Bryan Burrows – P&P – 7 PM

Panel discussion: DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE – Meg Medina, Gigi Amateau, Ellen Oh and Kwame Alexander – Mumford Room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Panel discussion: CELEBRATING POET LAUREATE CHARLES WRIGHT AS HE CONCLUDES HIS TERM AS 20TH POET LAUREATE – distinguished panel – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Friday, May 1
Tour: LUNCH TIME TOUR OF THE GARDEN – UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN – 12 PM TO 1 PM

Flower Mart occurs today and Saturday at Washington National Cathedral - check listing in the POST  and internet for special events.

Saturday, May 2
Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral

CONCERT: TWO THOUSAND FLUTES: Lorna McGhee, flute and Ryo Yanagitani, piano - A SPECIAL EVENT FROM THE VAULTS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS  MILLER COLLECTION OF FLUTES - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 2:00PM

Sunday, May 3
BOOK TALK:" LISTEN TO YANKEE: WHY CUBA MATTERS" –  Tom Hayden - Busboys and Poets -Takoma -  9:30 AM

Monday, May 4
BOOK TALK: CHILDREN OF THE STONE: THE POWER OF MUSIC AND A HARD LAND –  Sandy Tolan – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, May 5
BOOK EVENT: "CHILDREN OF THE STONE: THE POWER OF MUSIC IN A HARD LAND" - The power to teach peace through music – Sandy Tolan – The Palestine Center – 12 PM

BOOK TALK: "CAPITAL DAMES: THE CIVIL WAR AND THE WOMEN OF WASHINGTON" – Cokie Roberts – 1848 – 1868 – P&P – 7 PM

Wednesday, May 6
CONCERT: AN ORGAN CONCERTO BY HANDEL AND OTHER WORKS WITH THE AIR FORCE STRINGS –  St. John's Church – Lafayette Square – 1525 H Street Northwest – 12:10 PM

Thursday, May 7
Book Talk:  "LINCOLN AND THE JEWS: A HISTORY" - Authors Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell - National Archives - 7:00PM

Book Talk:  "THE SHOCKING STORY OF THE JAPANESE INTERNMENT IN WW II"- P & P -
7:00 PM

BOOK TALK: "THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER" – Dave Barry – P&P – 10:30 AM

Friday, May 8
BOOK TALK: "THE NEGOTIATOR: A MEMOIR" – George Mitchell– P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, May 9
THE VAULTS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS:  The Music Division's Nicholas Alexander Brown "takes you into the world of the glitterati through telegrams, birthday cards and secret personal notes. You'll get to see personal correspondence between the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedys." - Jefferson studio – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 11 AM

BOOK TALK: "A PASSION FOR PARIS: ROMANTICISM AND ROMANCE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT" – David Downey – P&P – 6 PM

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A FEW PERSONAL REACTIONS TO AN ADDRESS BY ISRAELI KNESSET MEMBER HANEEN AL ZOUBI

THE PALESTINIAN CITIZENS OF ISRAEL: DOMESTIC POLITICS, REPRESENTATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS

I find it remarkable that this issue was first brought to my attention by my wife over 60 years ago, and it is still with us today.
  1. The address was was intended for 30 minutes was brought to a close after an hour.. I can never recall hearing a more forceful or impassioned address. I can never recall hearing a more forceful or impassioned address expressing concerns over a people who have been in limbo for these many years. It reminded me of American civil rights addresses over almost the same period of time and the golden years of American oratory of this past
  2. I was particularly struck by the fact that for the past 15 years I have been living and worshiping in extremely close proximity to The Jerusalem Fund/The Palestinian Center, and I did not truly hear the anguished cries for help from Palestinian children.
  3. What is this cultural/sexual/power bias and obsession of ours that gave Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu access to Congress while a female Knesset member was not presented or (to my knowledge even) given access to a committee of Congress?  Certainly I saw no other opportunity for "her side of the story" to be given similar publicity.
  4. The address was on the Internet through the Jerusalem Fund/The Palestine Center, and I am sure is still available for any who are interested. I would highly recommended it to anyone interested in hearing someone speak on both sides of this critical issue












Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the Week beginning Thursday, April 23

Check out the great opportunities beginning with
  • An opportunity to visit the South Lawn of the White House Saturday and Sunday.  My experience (although it is no guarantee) is that by going in the afternoon one can generally easily pick up a ticket for almost immediate entry.
  • A performance by a college choir of Orff's Carmina Burana in a historical church downtown where Lincoln worshipped.
  • Hear our country's Poet Laureate.
And on a lesser note:
  • Bear with me as I work out the best way to "type" with my Dragon dictation system since my typing skill is diminishing, 
  • I'll be using this blog site in the future to "advertise" my Rants, They will be rather intermittent in the future as I work on my major effort to put what I see as America's three major problems in perspective. My current rant is a bit of reminiscing about one of our counties "exceptionality" It can be reached at http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com 
  • And I want to let you know that for the next two months these weekly summaries will be irregular as I travel and entertain rather extensively as I begin a year long celebration of  90 years of life. 
Thursday, April 23
Book Talk:  First Ladies: Private Lives, Public Image - Susan Sweeney, Pres. and Co–chief operating officer of C-SPAN leads a discussion on all 45 first ladies – National Archives – 7 PM

Book talk: A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz – author Goran Rosenberg tells his life story – P&P - 7 PM

Cooking demonstration: COLORS OF SPRING – RECIPES WITH ASPARAGUS, RADISHES AND CARROTS – writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook – US Botanic Garden – noon and 12:45 PM

Concert: THE HOWLIN' MUD BUGS – United States Botanic Garden – 3 PM to 5 PM

Concert: UNITED STATES ARMY CONCERT BAND – World War II Memorial – 6 PM

Concert: EASTMAN SAXOPHONE PROJECT performs arrangements by Bach, Ravel and others – Eastman School of Music – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: BEN WIZNER, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION – his experience representing WHISTLEBLOWER EDWARD SNOWDEN - reservations required –bit.ly/benwizner – moot court room – University of the District of Columbia School of Law – 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Friday, April 24
Book talk: The Great Divide: Unequal societies and what we can do about them – Joseph Stieglitz – reprises a lecture that help launch the occupy movement – P&P - 7 PM

Concert:  Pianists Katherine Chi  and Aleksandar Madzar, Yura Lee, violin and James Donahue and Cameron Kirkpatrick, electronics perform Stockhausen's Mantra and Carter's. Duo for violin and piano - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - rush tickets at 6:30 with pre-concert lecture - Paul Miller, Ph. D. Music Theory faculty - Cornell University - 6:30 PM

Book talk: Celebrity in Chief: a history of the presidents and the culture of stardom – Kenneth Walsh  – National Archives – Noon

Open house: CELEBRATE EARTH DAY - United States Botanic Garden – 10 AM to 2 PM

Concert: BERKLEE GLOBAL JAZZ AMBASSADORS PERFORM ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS AND WORKS BY MODERN JAZZ MASTER'S – Berklee College of Music – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, April 25
Book talk: SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF ABSORBED: 16 WRITERS ON THE DECISION NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN – Meghan Down and Elliott Holt – P&P - 6 PM

Concert: HARPSICHORDIST JORY VINIKOUR - performs works by Handel and J. S. Bach - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 2 PM

Garden tour: WHITE HOUSE GARDEN'S TOUR – tickets distributed at the white building on the ellipse at 8 AM – one per person - 10 AM to 4 PM

Children's program: A STORY ABOUT ELLA FITZGERALD AND THEN CREATE ARTWORK – National Portrait Gallery – 1 PM to 4 PM

Concert: "BUENOS AIRES IN BLOOM" -  BARITONE GUSTAVO AHUALLI - FEATURING ART SONG AND OPERA EXCERPTS – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM


Concert: BRAD LINDA AND ENSEMBLE CELEBRATES ELLA FITZGERALD ON HER BIRTHDAY – Kogod Auditorium - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2 PM TO 4 PM

Concert: OBERLIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC STUDENTS PERFORM WORKS BY VARIOUS COMPOSERS AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC – TERRACE THEATER – KENNEDY CENTER – 6 PM

SYMPOSIUM: "HISTORY REBELLION AND RECONCILIATION: COMMUNITIES MOBILIZED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE" – LONNIE BUNCHE III, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE DIRECTOR with REV. WILLIS H. JOHNSON, PASTOR - WELLSPRING CHURCH, FERGUSON MISSOURI – reservations suggested – 202 – 633 – 0070 – National Museum of the American Indian – 9:45 AM to 8:30 PM

Lecture: "ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE THEATER" – JAMIE STEIN HIM – Georgetown Library – 3260 R ST. NW. – 1 PM

                                                                Sunday, April 26       
Garden tour: WHITE HOUSE GARDEN TOUR – tickets distributed at the white building on the ellipse at 8 AM – one per person – 11 AM to 3 PM

Concert CARL ORFF'S CARMINA BURANA – George Washington University singers – New York Ave, Presbyterian Church – 1313 New York Ave. NW. at H Street – 2 PM

Concert: PIANISTS KAPLAN AND ANDRES VOCAL CHOIR PERFORM WORKS BY ANDRES. BRAHMS AND SCHUMANN – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Lecture: "THE GI'S RABBI: WORLD WAR II LETTERS OF DAVID MAX EICHORN" the story of the Rabbi who conducted the first religious services at Dachau – national Museum of American Jewish military history – 1811 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Monday, April 27
Book talk: HISSING COUSINS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH – Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR FROM SAN SALVADOR – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: ISRAELI KNESSET MEMBER: HANEEN AL ZOUBI – "THE PALESTINIAN CITIZENS OF ISRAEL: DOMESTIC POLITICS, REPRESENTATION, AND CIVIL RIGHTS" – THE PALESTINE CENTER – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 1 PM to 2 PM

Films: "MILES DAVIS, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED: LIVE IN GERMANY, 1987" and "DIZZY GILLESPIE: DREAM BAND JAZZ AMERICA – 1982" – Black study center – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6 PM
Tuesday, April 28
Book talk: A HIGHER STANDARD: LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FROM AMERICA'S FIRST FEMALE FOUR-STAR GENERAL – Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general in military history shares leadership lessons from her 38 years of service in the Army – National Archives – noon

Tour: AN AFTERNOON IN THE GARDEN – United States Botanic Garden – 2 PM to 3 PM

Lecture: "FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT AND THE JEWS – American Univrsity history professor Alan J Lichtman – Temple Baptist Church – 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. – 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Lecture: A. PETER BAILEY, JOURNALIST AND ASSOCIATE OF MALCOLM X PRESENTS A RADICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. – Black Study Center – Martin Luther King Junior memorial library – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 29
Book talk:  ISIS: THE STATE OF TERROR – J. M. Berger – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "ROTHKO IN JAZZ" – Jazz quintet from Latvia – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: "SPEAKING THERE PEACE: PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF WAR AND PEACE" – Colette Rausch – Book Boys and Poets - Tacoma – 235 Carol St. NW. – 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 30
Book talk: DAYS OF RAGE: AMERICA'S RADICAL UNDERGROUND, THE FBI AND THE FORGOTTEN AGE OF REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE – Bryan Burrows – P&P – 7 PM

Panel discussion: DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE – Meg Medina, Gigi Amateau, Ellen Oh and Kwame Alexander – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Panel discussion: CELEBRATING POET LAUREATE CHARLES WRIGHT AS HE CONCLUDES HIS TERM AS 20TH POET LAUREATE – distinguished panel – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Friday, May 1
Tour: LUNCH TIME TOUR OF THE GARDEN – UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN – 12 PM TO 1 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free events for the week beginning Thursday, April 16


        Jazz continues in a big way with an ensemble from the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra paying a tribute to Billy Stayhorn in the Courtyard at Smithsonian's American Art Museum tomorrow, Thursday, April 16.  Look to see tributes to Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins as well.  For contrast there is also a free performance of Mozart's Requiem!  There are of course all sorts of challenging panel discussions and celebrities including Scott Simon, Cokie Roberts and Michael Bechloss.  The week also presents opportunities to go to some unique locales like the Argentine and French Embassies, the new textile museum on the campus of George Washington University. the historic Heurich House and the Levine School of Music.
       
Thursday, April 16
Panel Discussion:  "DC Emancipation and 19th Century Life:- distinguished panel - National Archives - 7pm

Book talk: "The Story: A Reporters Journey" – author Judith Miller discusses her career and her reporting on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction – P&P 7 PM

Concert: Smithsonian jazz master works ensemble delves into Billy Strayhorn vast musical songbook in celebration of his centennial and Jazz Appreciation Month – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian Portrait Gallery – 5 – 8 PM

Friday, April 17
Tour: Conservatory of the U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SE - Noon - 1 PM

Films:  Varied films from the Archives vaults including America on the Rocks, For Which We Stand and others - National Archives - Noon

Film: El Tango and Broadway - 1934 Comic Argentine movie – Embassy of Argentina – 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Concert: Friday morning music club – works by Bartok and Beethovenn – Calvary Baptist Church – 755 8th St. NW. –  Noon

Concert: Arts Club of Washington Chamber Concert seriess – Arts Club of Washington - 2017 I Street Northwest – noon

Jazz concert: The Music of Miles Davis – faculty members of the Levine School of Music – Levine School – 2801 Upton St. NW. – 7 PM to 9 PM

Concert:  Chamber works of Piston, Rossini and Meyer – Members of the National Symphony Orchestra – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, April 18
Book talk: Thrift: the history of the an American cultural movement – author Andrew L Yarrow – P&P – 1 PM

Book talk: Celebrity in Chief: History of the presidents and the culture of stardom – Kenneth Walsh – P&P - 3:30 PM

Book Talks and signing:  A finger in Lincolns brain: what modern science reveals about Lincoln, his assassination, and its aftermath – E. Lawrence Abel – 11 AM
Marching Home: Union veterans and their unending Civil War – Brian Matthew Jordan – 12:30 PM
Their Last Full Measure: the final days of the Civil War – Joseph Wheelan – 2 PM
All lectures - William G McGowan Theater – National Archives

Children's activity: Using origami papers and Japanese textiles dress a paper doll – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – 1 PM to 4 PM

Discussion: Walt Whitman and Gay Washington – author Garrett Peck and Martin Murray of the Washington friends of Walt Whitman Association – reservations required – dchistory.org – Carnegie library at Mount Vernon Sq. – 801 K St. NW. – 11 AM to 12:30 PM

Commemoration: 150th anniversary of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln with actor Fritz Klein on "Lincoln's Vision for America" – New York Ave. Presbyterian Church – 1313 New York Ave. NW. 5:30 PM

Sunday, April 19
Book talk: Unforgettable: a son, a mother and the lessons of a lifetime – Scott Simon – P&P 1 PM

Book talk: Walt Whitman in Washington DC: the Civil War and America's great poet – Garrett Peck – P&P 5 PM

Spring Concert:  St. John's Church Choir - St. John's Church - Lafayette Square - 4 PM

Children's program: A story about poet Langston Hughes and then create a special piece of art – National Portrait Gallery – Eighth and F streets Northwest – 2 PM to 5 PM

Concert: Mozart's Requiem with choir and soloists – Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart – Georgetown University – 3 PM

Concert:  National Gallery of Art String Quartet performs works by Ravel and Shostakovitch – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Special family event: Shakespeare's birthday open house – a day of festivities and demonstrations of Elizabethan crafts – Folger Shakespeare Library – 201 E. Capitol St. SE. – noon to 4 PM

Monday, April 20
Book Talk::  After the Tall Timber – Renatta Adler – a collection that showcases her report tutorial skills and independent thinking – P&P – 7 PM

Book Talk:  Capital Dames: the Civil War and the women of Washington, 1848 – 1868Cokie Roberts and presidential historian Michael Bechloss look at how the Civil War not only changed Washington DC but also change the place of women – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert: New England Conservatory string quartets present various classical music – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Panel discussion: "The Role of Art in Diplomacy: Cultural Citizens" – distinguished panel including Yo-Yo Ma – East Building Atrium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Lecture: Former US ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Rooney, discusses "The Global Vatican" – Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart – Georgetown University – 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Film: "Sonny Rollins: Live 1965 in 1968" – Black Study Center – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6 PM

Tuesday, April 21
Book talk: American Warlord  - Johnny Dwyer chronicles the life of Chucky Taylor, raised in Liberia, became the first American convicted of the war crime of torture – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion:  Washington's Evolving Policy Toward Israel and Palestine - Author and commentator Laila El-Haddad and William Quandt, University of Virginia - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 1 PM

Concert: "The Band Jam" features various school and college jazz groups – Pershing Park – 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., Northwest – 11 AM to 6 PM

Book talk "Rebels Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians" – Justin Martin – Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – Noon

Reading and discussion: "A Tribute to America's most loved poet" – selected verses of Robert Frost – West End interim library – 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Lecture: "Exploring Islam in America: Islam and politics in America" – Khaled Elgindy of the Brookings Institute – Washington National Cathedral – reservations required – cathedral.org – 7 PM

Film: "Killing Kennedy" National Geographic channels award winning  documentary - Grosvenor Auditorium – National Geographic – 1600 M St. NW. – Noon

Wednesday, April 22
Book talk:  It's Not Over: Getting beyond tolerance defeating homophobia and winning true equality,  – Michelangelo Signorile _ P&P -7 PM 

Book talk: Lincoln's autocrat: the life of Edwin Stanton – William Marvel examines Stanton's life, career, and legacy – National Archives – Noon 

Concert: The Friday morning music club performs works by Bach and others – Conservatory – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. – noon to 1 PM

Class: Prof. Judith Mayotte begins a four week class on the book, "Enough is enough: Building a sustainable economy in a world of finite resources" Washington National Cathedral – reservations required – cathedral.org – 7 PM to 9 PM

Concert: Julliard School of Music performs piano trios by Mozart and Ravel – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Guitarist Lily Afshar, "A Jug of Wine and Thou: Music of Persia and Andalusia" reservations required – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 7:30 PM to 9 PM

Concert: Organist Ulrike Theressia Wegele of Vienna Austria – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Cir. NW. – 7:30 PM

Panel: Bob Colacello, a close friend of Andy Warhol, discusses the artist's works with National Portrait Gallery curator Asma Naeem – National Portrait Gallery – 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 23
Book Talk:  First Ladies: Private Lives, Public Image - Susan Sweeney, Pres. and Co–chief operating officer of C-SPAN leads a discussion on all 45 first ladies – National Archives – 7 PM

Book talk: A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz – author Goran Rosenberg tells his life story – P&P - 7 PM

Friday, April 24
Book talk: The Great Divide: Unequal societies and what we can do about them – Joseph Stieglitz – reprises a lecture that help launch the occupy movement – P&P 7 PM

Concert:  Pianists Katherine Chi  and Aleksasndar Madzar, Yura Lee, violin and James Donahue and Cameron Kirkpatrick, electronics perform Stockhausen's Mantra and Carter's. Duo for violin and piano - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - rush tickets at 6:30 with pre-concert lecture - Paul Miller, Ph. D. Music Theory faculty - Cornell University - 6:30 PM

Book talk: Celebrity in Chief: a history of the presidents and the culture of stardom – Kenneth Walsh  – National Archives – Noon