Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, April 28

     I hope the quality of events makes up for the limited number I have been able to include.  I feel that Wordsworth's lines,"The world is too much with us (me!) late and soon" could have been written about my 90th summer.  That's my excuse for this abbreviated list of free cultural events this week - and possibly much of the summer.  I'll be with my mid-west family, traveling and other pleasures so the listing will not only be shorter but possibly irregularly published.  I hope to come back with some new looks in the fall.

     I rarely point to specific events, but I hope some might be able to attend Tuesday's event at The Jerusalem Fund that relates to the highly acclaimed book, Children of the Stone.  I hate to miss it.
Remember my other blog will remain in place all summer. It's at: http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
I hope others will see my thoughts on both world peace and Will Smith's dramatic poetry on race and immigration.    I look forward to more ranting and raving in the fall. 
     
April
Thursday, 28
Book lecture:  Yanis Varoufakis – "And the Weak Suffer What They Must:?" – George Washington University - The Jack Morton Auditorium – 7 PM
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Friday, 29
Book lecture: Michael Kinsley – "Old Age: A Beginner's Guide" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert:  Del Sol String Quartet Performs a wold Premiere of Rzewski's "String Quartet (1955) -
and Crawford Seeger's "String Quartet (1931) - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Library Late - 9 PM

Saturday, 30
Book lecture: Louisa Thomas – "Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams" – P & P – 1 PM

Concert: Freeric Rzewski, Piano; Jennifer Koh, Violin; Benjamin Hochman, Piasno and Del Sol /string Quartet - Varied program with a world Premiere - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Ticketed event at 8PM- rush tickets generally available at 6:30PM when there is also a free with no ticket pre-concert conversation

Cine-concert film:  116 minute 1926 production of "Faust"  - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 2:30 PM
May
Sunday, 1
Book lecture: Marta McDowell – "All the President's Gardens: Madison's Cabbage to Kennedy's Roses, How the White House Grounds Have Grown With America" – P&P – 12 PM

Book lecture: Mark Wortman – "1941: A Divided America In a World at War – P and P – 2:30 PM

Film: 99 minute film with Amei Wallach in person, "Louise Bourgeois: TheSpider, the Mistress and the Tangerine - East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art - 4PM

Monday, 2

Tuesday, 3
Book lecture: Robert F. Worth – "A Rage For Order: The Middle East in Turmoil from Tahir Square to Isis" – P&P 7 PM

Lecture:  James Wintle - Music Division - " "Wagner's Gleaming Sword: Exploring the Helen Traubel Collection at the Library of Congress" - Whittall avilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

////concert:  Pianist Yefim Bronfman - Prokofiev Sonatas 6 -8 - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Free tickets required - rush tickets usually available - at 6:30 at the same time as a pre-concert lecture - Concert at 8PM

Lecture:  "Whither the Children of the Stone? An Entire Life Under Occupation" with Dr. Brian K. Barber - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW - reservations highly suggested - 12:30 - 2
http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/events/upcoming/whither-children-stone-entire-life-occupation

Wednesday, 4
Book lecture: Mark Zwonitzer – "The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain and the Rise of  American Imperialism" – P and P – 7 PM

Book Lecture:  Anthony Pitch - "The Last Lynching:How A Gruesome Mass Murder Rocked a Small Georgia Town" - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  The Air Force Strings Chamber Orchestra with Harpsichord - "Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5"  - St. John's Church - Lafayette Park - 12:10PM

Thursday, 5
Book lecture: Amy E. Herman – "Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life" – P & P - 7 PM

Friday, 6
Concert:  Musicians from Marlboro with music of J. Haydn, Saariaho and Schumann - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Buildings - Free tickets required - rush tickets generally available 6:30PM at the same time as a Pre-concert conversation -  /Concert at 8PM

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginnng Thursday, April 21

What a concert!  I'm sorry most of you missed it.  Any jazz lover would have thrilled to be taken back to the Frank Sinatra Concert  with Count Basie at Las Vegas's Sands Hotel. But that's what I enjoyed last Sunday as it was re-created by the United States Army band with Sergeant Major Bob McDonnell in a program entitled "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back!" I tell you this because I also just discovered that the original concert can be found for you to enjoy on You Tube at:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTrI74EH7X0&list=RDRTrI74EH7X0#t=6

I feel so fortunate to be able to attend so many outstanding events. Thus, from time to time, I'll share my good fortune with you by summarizing information from events that I feel are outstanding and I have been fortunate enough to attend.

And please remember - KRAMER BOOKS AND AFTERWORDS continues to have author book talks at the DuPont Circle location at 6:30Pm.

Additionally this week you might be interested in noting my ranting about world peace at:

http://www.ron lehkersrants.blogspot.com 

Thursday, 21
Lecture: Carol Silverman – "Global Gypsy: Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation" – American Folk-life Center's Lecture Series – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Film: "Disc Jockey" 1951 movie - Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress  7 PM

Film: "Eye on the 60s: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Sherman" – life photographer Rowland Sherman and his depiction of life in that decade – followed by discussion with the filmmaker

Book lecture: Dave Isay– "Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion" - P&P - 7PM

Concert:  "Take 5! Jazz Series" features the Todd Marcus Quartet – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel Discussion:
Countering Violent Extremism - Towards a New Era of Peacebuilding
Iconoclash Discussion
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
New York University, 1307 L St NW, Washington DC (Metro: McPherson Square)
The panel series Iconoclash has been an enquiry into cultural and value systems connected with terrorism in the Middle East and the West. This final panel provides an overview of the lessons learned from over twenty years of interacting with Islamic fundamentalism. How do we bridge the gaps in trust and understanding?  How do we build dialogue and cooperation on an equal level? What can the arts or other means of cultural interaction contribute to overcoming the bottleneck of dialogue? How can we successfully use social media for such ends?
Panelists:
Ben O’Loughlin is Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. O’Loughlin’s expertise is in the field of international political communication. He is Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and UK Influence.

Courtney A. Beale is Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the president. In that role, she oversees the U.S. government’s public diplomacy efforts to engage and influence citizens and non-state actors in support of national security goals.

With the support of the British Council.

This panel concludes the series Iconoclash 2015/2016, organized by EUNIC Washington DC and supported by the EU Delegation to the U.S.
More here.
Friday, 22
Jazz Concert: Eastern Standard Time Jazz Quartet – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street NW – noon

Organ concert: Wesley Parrott of Philadelphia in an Organ Recital – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Cir. - NW – 12:15 PM

Film: Documentary filmmaker Mai Masri discusses her feature film "3000 Nights" – winner of the 2015 women's international film and television's showcase award – reservations required – thejerusalemfund.org – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW – 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Film: Marissa Aroy's documentary, "The Delano Manongs" tells of a labor organizer in the Philippine Islands who brought about the creation of the United Farmworkers union – reservations required – at apafilm.org – Embassy of the Philippines – 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – a Philippine lunch will be served – noon – 1:30 PM

Special event: United States Botanic Gardens celebrates Earth Day with an open house and hands-on activities – United States Botanic Gardens – 100 Maryland Ave. SW – 10 AM – 2 PM

Saturday, 23
Concert:  "Happy Birthday, Ella!" - Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Ensemble - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 2PM - 4PM

Concert:  Prague-New York Effects - "A Transatlantic collaboration of Music and Dance" - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Arty - 2PM

Film: Hitchcock's "Vertigo" - A part of the symposium on the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann - 2:30PM

Sunday, 24
Book lecture: Jeffrey J. Selingo – "There is Life After College: 'What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of /tomorrow" - P&P - 1 PM

Book lecture: Geoffrey Cowan – "Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the birth of the presidential primary " – P&P - 3:30 PM

Book lecture:  Sean B. Carroll -"The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters" - P&P -6PM

Lecture: Paula Mays – "The Lives, Beliefs and Actions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr. – Washington National Cathedral – registration required – registrations@cathedral.org – 1 PM

Lecture and musical excerpts: Francesca Zambello – Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera – "The Women of Wagner's Ring cycle" followed by a reception - reservations required – 202-783-7370 – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW – 4 PM – 6 PM

Film: Washington premier of "Notfilm" - the turbulent story behind the making of the film, "Film" – Samuel Beckett's only screenplay portraying the life of actor Buster Keaton – both films will be shown – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 25
Book lecture: Lies, Inc.: The world of Post-Truth Politics" – Ari Rabin – Havt and Media Matters – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Peter Willcox – "Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet" – Busboys and Poets – 5th & K St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Concert: Blues Alley Society's "Big Band Jam!" Features the United States Navy Commodores with saxophonist Andrew White – reservations required – 202-337-4141 Blues Alley – 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW – 8 PM and 10 PM

Lecture: Mariam Fathalla and Amena Ashkar – stateless Palestinians from refugee camps in Lebanon discuss their lives – Potters House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW – 6 PM – 8 PM

Book lecture: Pamela Haag – historian – "The Gunning of America" – the story of the Winchester rifle and America's gun culture" – Kramer Books and Afterwards – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 26
Book lecture: Joshua Hammer – "The Bad–Ass Librarians of Timbuktuand Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts" – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture:  David Hollenbach - "Humanity in Crisis: Ethical Responsibility to People Displaced By War" - Room LJ 119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 3PM

Concert: Friday Morning Music Club performs chamber concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart and others – Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. letters and W – noon

Panel discussion: "Pandemics in a Changing Climate: Evolving Risk and the Global Response" – reservations required -sais-jhu.edu – John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 27
Book collector: Parag Khanna – "Connectograpy: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization" – Busboys and Poets – 5th and K St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Chester Brown – "Mary wept Over the Feet of Jesus: a reinterpretation of Bible stories" – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture:  Celebrating Law Day - Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association - "On Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 U. S. Supreme Court Decision, Miranda v. Arizona - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Call - 202-707-6462 - 3PM

Lecture:  "Congress, Presidents, and American Politics: 50 Years of Writings and Reflections with Lee Hamilton - National Archives - 7PM

Concert: Friday Morning Music Club Classical Concert – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW – noon

Concert: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence day and international jazz day with the "Saxophone Quartet: 4Saxxes" – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Howard Bloom – "I The Last Good Night" the life of Betty Pack an American debutante who became an Allied spy during World War II– Kramer Books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Film: "The Candidate" humorous thriller taking place in Slovakia during a presidential campaign – reservations required – 202-237-1054 – extension 266 – Embassy of the Slovak Republic – 3523 International Court letters and W – 7 PM

Thursday, 28
Book lecture:  Yanis Varoufakis – "And the Weak Suffer What They Must:?" – George Washington University - The Jack Morton Auditorium – 7 PM

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Free Intellectual and Cultural events in D. C. beginning Thursday, April 14

It was my first visit to Kramer Books and Afterwords.  What a great place for young people to stop after work and hear authors review their books.  And Corrina Nicolaou reviewing her first book, A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity Judaism, Buddhism and Islam gives serious attention in a humorous way to a most timely topic.  (Regular readers of my other blog
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
know this is a topic of particular interest to me.  I hope you will check my thoughts out at that listing, You can be sure I'll increasing look to include lectures at Kramer's.

And be sure to note the White House Spring Garden Tours.  Your last chance to see Michelle's Garden in the Spring.

Spring Garden Tour Times and Tickets

Saturday April 16: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday April 17: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Free timed tickets will be distributed at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located just west of the corner of 15th and E Streets, NW beginning at 9:00 AM on each tour day. Tickets are first-come first-served. Only one ticket per person, so everyone in your group needs to be present in line to receive a ticket. 
(My personal experience as a long time volunteer has been that Sunday afternoon, one has been able to just go about 1PM and easily get a ticket.  The same may be true on Saturday)
April
Thursday, 14
Exhibition Opening - "Jacob Riis: Revealing 'How the Other Half Lives'" - South Gallery - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8:30 - 4:30 - New exhibit through September 5

Book lecture: Juan Williams –  "We the People:   the modern day figures who have reshaped and affirmed the founding fathers vision of America "P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "Celebrating Benny Carter: Jazz appreciation month" – United States Air Force bands airman of note ensemble – Smithsonian National Museum of American history – performances at noon, 1 and 2 PM

Distinguished panel: "Race, Religion and United States Presidential Politics" – Social Room – Healy Family Student Center – Georgetown University – 3:30 PM – 5 PM

Lecture: "Reagan and the Russians" – Tyrus W. Cobb national Security Council specialist on Soviet Russia – reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU – 4 PM – 5 PM
Friday, 15
Concert:  Maria Schneider Orchestra - World Premiere Event - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert - 8 PM - Tickets required, but rush tickets usually available -  Pre-concert Conversation with Maria Schneider at 6:30 - Whittall Pavillion 

Lecture: Leonard Marcus, children's book historian discusses "Lewis Carroll in the mirror of Surrealism" – celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Alice's adventures in Wonderland" – Room 119 – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon – 1:30 PM

Concert: Japanese music, drumming, music and dance with the Tamagawa University group – East Building Atrium – National Gallery of Art – 11 AM
also performs at Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, 16
Be sure to note the spring White House garden tours referred to earlier

Workshop: Maria Schneider with the Bohemian Caverns  Jazz Orchestra and the Levine school premier jazz combo – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 2 PM

Book lecture: Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker – "The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rust Belts are Emerging Hot-Spots of Global Innovation" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: Stephan O'Connor – "Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings" – a novel – P&P 6 PM

Film: Festival of popular Japanese films at 1, 3 and 5 PM – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 1 PM and 3 PM

Film "Psycho" a showing of the 1960s film featuring the musical score of Bernard Herrmann and a discussion with additional film clips – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Symposium: Celebrating the work of composer Bernard Herrmann with a presentation of the 1944 radio play about Walt Whitman that features Hermann's music – also performing "The Music of Psycho" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Sunday, 17
Be sure to note the spring White House garden tours referred to earlier

Book lecture: Eric Fair – "Consequence: A Memoir" – focusing on Fairs role as an interrogator in Iraq – P&P - 1 PM

Book lecture: Joel Kotkin – "The Human City: Urbanization for the Rest of Us" – Busboys and Poets – Fifth and K St., Northwest – 6:30 PM
                                                                                       
Lecture: "Palestine Human Rights and Human Wrong" – Raji Souriani, director of the Palestine Center for Human Rights in Gaza – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Frank Sinatra Tribute
The U.S. Army Blues
Sun 17 Apr | 3:00 p.m.

The U.S. Army Blues will entertain with big band tribute to ol' Blue Eyes himself. Set list for the afternoon will feature two of The U.S. Army Band's best male vocalists, MSG Bob McDonald and MSG Colin Eaton, on many of Frank Sinatra's most memorable tunes from stage and screen.

Monday, 18
Concert: "Protecting Our Heritage: A musical tribute" – Embassy of Italy presents a concert paying tribute to those who lost their lives to protect Italian cultural heritage – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 6 PM – tickets distributed in the Hall of Nations beginning an hour before the performance

Discussion: Architect Frank Gehry and architecture critic Paul Goldberger discuss Goldberger's book, "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry" – moderated by Harry Cooper – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Lecture: The Richard W. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity Presents "Can Civility Survive?  Lessons from private businesses and public life" – Aide to various presidents - Thomas F. McLarty – Lisner Auditorium – George Washington University – 730 21st St. NW – 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, 19
Panel discussion: "A 50 year friendship" – Larry Applebaum talks with Abula Ibrahim and Dan Morgenstern" – Montpelier Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM:

Book lecture: Bonnie Yocheison. Art historian discusses the new edition of the book "How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York" written by Jacob Riis – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Lecture: The Second Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture – Norman Mineta and Alan Simpson – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – contact – 202-707-0213 – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Robin Yassin-Kassab  and  Leila Al-Shami – "Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V NW – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Adina Hoffman – "Till We Have Built Jerusalem:Architects of a New City" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Martin Labazevich, pianist – Mussorgski's "Pictures at an Exhibition" – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW – 12:10 PM

Lecture: United States Sec. of  Labor Thomas Perez – "Playing the Long Game: Creating Shared Prosperity through Conscious Capitalism" – reservations required by April 15 – guevents.georgetown.edu – Formal Lounge – Copley Hall – Georgetown University – 1 PM – 2 PM

Wednesday,  20
Concert: Esma Redzepova and ensemble present Romani and Macedonian music – a part of the American Folklife Center homegrown series – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book lecture: JoAnn Jenkins – "Disrupting Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best at Every Age" – Mumford Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book lecture:  Ken Ilgunas - "Trespassing Across America" - A look at the effect of the Keystone Pipeline and the area it covers - Busboys and Poets - Takoma - 6:30PM

Book Lecture: William Geroux - "The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitlers U-Boats" - P&P - 7PM

Concert: Musicians Friedrich Kleinhapi and Andreas Woyke – works by Brahms Beethoven, Mendelson and others – reservations required – acfdc.org – Australian Austrian Cultural Forum – 3524 International Court NW – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Book lecture: Witold Beres and Krzysztof Burnetco – "Marekk Edelman: Being on the Right Side" – the first biography of the hero of the Warsaw ghetto uprising – The Kosciuszko Foundation – 2025 O Street  NW - PM

Film: Embassy of the Czech Republic Film Series – Petr Vaclav's 2014 movie, "The Way Out" – a Romani plagued by prejudice - reservations required – V4screening.eventbrite.com – Embassy of the Czech Republic – 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 21
Lecture: Carol Silverman – "Global Gypsy: Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation" – American Folk-life Center's Lecture Series – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Film: "Disc Jockey" 1951 movie - Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Film: "Eye on the 60s: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Sherman" – life photographer Rowland Sherman and his depiction of life in that decade – followed by discussion with the filmmaker

Book lecture: Dave Isay– "Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion" - P&P - 7PM

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Free Intellectual and Cultural events in D. C. beginning Thursday, April 7

With  the redbud and cherry trees at their glorious peak, it may be a bad time come out with the longest listing of intellectual and cultural events ever. But that's the way it is in our wonderful city. And of course the Nats are also coming to town. Still I hope you'll have time to look over this lengthy list to find something appealing to you during Jazz Appreciation Month.  How fortunate we are to live in this dynamic city!
April
Thursday, 7
Book Lecture   James Traub - "John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit" - National Archives - Noon

Book lecture: James McBride – "Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul" – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture:  Carmen Agraa Deedy and Karla Campillo- Soto share stories of growing up in small town USA from Cuba and Mexico - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture:  Madeleine Albright - "Religion, Peace and World Affairs: The Challenges Ahead" - Healy Hall - Georgetown University - Walk up seating as space permits - 4:15 PM''

Concert: "Celebrating Benny Carter: Jazz Appreciation Month" – United States Air Force: airman of the note ensemble – Smithsonian Museum of American history – 1 PM and 2 PM

Concert: University of the District of Columbia's "Jazz Alive" series artist, Ralph Peterson, Jazz drummer and educator – University of the District of Columbia – building 46 West. – Van Ness Metro stop – 12:30 PM

Concert:  Eastman School of Music students perform works of American composer Steve Reich – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Panel discussion: "Iconoclash": looting and traffic in antiquities in the Middle East" – Wilson Center – Ronald Reagan building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. reservations required – wilsoncentor.org/events – 9:30 AM

Friday,  8
Concert: Indiana University school of music performs work by Bach, Ross and Ravel – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

All-day conference: Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs celebrates its 10th anniversary with the conference on "Rethinking religion and world affairs" Copley formal lounge – Copley Hall – Georgetown University – reservations required – berkeleycenter.georgetown.edu – 10 AM to 3 PM

Lecture: Jim Fowler, naturalist and author discusses "A photographer's quest for North America's wild orchids" United States Botanic Garden – reservations required – 202– 225– 8333 – noon to 1 PM

Panel discussions: "Gardens Speak" Art for humanity in peace building: stories from Syria" – various Middle East studies experts – National Building Museum – reservations required - 202-272-2448 noon to 1:30 PM

Saturday, 9
Book lecture: Lawrence J. Haas – "Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership that Created the Free World" – P&P 1 PM

Cherry Blossom Celebration:  Japanese Drumming, Music and Dance - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 11:30AM - 3PM

Concert: Manhattan school of music chamber choir presents works by sign time I and bird – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Thad Wilson and the GWU Jazz Orchestra perform – Hammer Auditorium – Corcoran School of Arts and Design – George Washington University reservations required – calendar.gwu.edu
7:30PM

Lecture: Kevin Michael Foster of the University of Texas discusses school reform – Busboys and Poets Takoma – reservations required - busboysandpoets.com – 9 AM to 11 AM

Lecture: Jamie Stiehm – "Frederick Law Olmsted: designing democracies great outdoors – Georgetown library – 30 to 60 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Lecture:  Michael Kane of the University of Florida discusses "Bridging the gap between growing orchids and their ecology" US Botanic Gardens – reservations required – 202–225-8333 – 2 PM

Film: Reinert and Alexanders 2015 film, "Ra Ra Avis: John James Audubon and the birds of America – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2:30 PM

Sunday, 10
Book lecture: Thomas Frank – "Listen, Liberal: or, whatever happened to the party of the people? " – P&P 1 PM

Book lecture: James Traub – "John Quincy Adams: " – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: David Cole – "Engines of  Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law" – P&P – 6 PM:

Concert:  Steinway Piano Series - Duo of Stephanie and Saar Baroque Music - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3PM

Concert: "American Roots: A journey through our country's folk, old-time and gospel traditions" – West building – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert:  Georgetown University gospel choir – spring concert – Gaston Hall – Georgetown University – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Peabody Institute Conservatory of Music students present works by Brahms and other Baroque music – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert and performance: Embassy of Turkey presents Ahmet Ozhan and the whirling dervishes – ancient Turkish customs and teachings – reservations required – listner.gwu.edu – Lisner auditorium – 7:30 PM

Lecture: Richards Isaac, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good discusses "Thou shalt care for the earth" – Washington National Cathedral – 10:10 AM

: Lecture: David A Dahomey, former General Counsel for the national trust for historic preservation discusses "The National Gallery of Art at 75: Andrew W. Mellon, David Finley and Paul Mellon" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – noon

Lecture: Tina Brown discusses art and nature with an emphasis on the 350 plants observed at Sugarloaf Mountain Maryland – US botanic Garden – reservations the required – 202-225-8333 – 1:30 PM

Lecture: Artist Jennifer Angus and entomologist Sean Brady discuss the insects in the artwork of Angus, "In the midnight garden" and the importance of insects – Renwick Gallery – 2 PM to 3 PM

 Concert: St. Andrews Society of Washington DC presents their annual pipe and drums and choir of men and boys – service of choral evensong – Washington National Cathedral – 4 PM

Monday, 11
Book Lecture:  Joel L. Swerdlow - "So As I Was Saying

… My somewhat eventful life " the memoir of his friend and former NPR director Frank Mankiewicz - Bus Boys and Poets - Takoma - 6:30PM

Ceremony: Mario Vargos Llosa receives the Living Legend Award - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Reservations required - email "specialevemts@loc.gov" - or 202-707-6933 - 6:30PM

Lecture: Carlene Stevens, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History discusses "Alexander Graham Bell in Washington" – George Washington University Museum and textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Lecture: United State Sec. of Energy Ernest Moniz discusses his work in building a partnership between science and diplomacy – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – reservations required - trainor–award.eventbrite.com – 4:30 PM to 6 PM

Book Lecture:  Domnica Radulescu discusses "Country of Red Azaleas" a novel about a Serbian and Bosnian woman whose friendship overcomes the devastation of war – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Film: Washington DC Turkish Film Festival features Tolga Karacelik's 2015 psychological thriller, "Ivy" – Landmark E St., Cinema – reservations required – turkishfilmfest.com – continues through Thursday – reservations required – 7 PM

Tuesday, 12
Book lecture: Charles Wheeling – "Naked Money A Revealing Look at what it is and why it matters" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Ted Leonsis – "The Business of Sports – reservations required – kogod.biz/tedleonsis – Kogod student lounge – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Lecture: Michael Barnett – "the Star and the Stripes: A history of the foreign policies of American Jews" with panel discussion – reservations required –gogwu.edu/barnettamericanjews - room 602 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 East St. NW. – 5:30 PM

Book lecture: Corrina Nicolaou - A None'Story – and how those with no religious or faith affiliation are changing American society politics and culture – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: World Affairs Council presents author Nicolas Pelham – "Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East" – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan building – reservations required – worldaffairsdc.org – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Lecture: Candace Gibson and Palwasha L. Kakar discuss the work of the Institute for Inclusive Security to transform decision-making about war and peace – Potter's House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. – reservations requested - pottershousedc.org – 7 PM to 9 PM

Theater Festival: 2016 Kennedy Center - American College theater presents "Every 28 Hours" – plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, 13
Book lecture: Andrew J. Bacevich – "America's War for the Greater Middle East" – P&P – 7 PM

Panel Discussion:  AfricanAmerican Life in Washington, D. C. Before Emancipation - Disatinguished panel chaairerd by John W. Franklin - National Archives - 7PM

Lecture:  Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate Consultant presents final reading - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 7PM

Lecture: Stephanie Midon discusses several works in the museums exhibition "She who tells a story: women photographers from Iran and the Arab world" – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 21st St. New York Ave., Northwest – noon to 12:30 PM

Lecture: Amb. Thomas Pickering discusses "Envisioning the future of the United Nations" Abramson Family Founders Room – School of international service building – American University – reservations required – american.edu/sis/events – 3 PM to 4 PM

Celebration of book publication: Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, cofounders of Solitary Watch and coeditors of "Hell is a very small place: voices from solitary confinement" – Busboys and Poets Langston room – 2021 14th St. NW. - 6 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: Darrin Lunde discusses "The Naturalist: a new account of Theodore Roosevelt's lifelong passion for the natural world" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Lecture: Sean Solomon of Columbia University discusses "First Rock from the Sun: Exploring Mercury by spacecraft" – Carnegie Institution of Washington – 1530 P St. NW. – reservations required – 202-328-6988 – 6:45 PM

Book lecture: Retired Army Col. Andrew Bicevich discusses "America's war for the greater Middle East: A Military History" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Maria Schneider, bandleader and composer leads panel on "Artists Rights and the Digital Music Marketplace" – Montpelier room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – tickets required – loc,goc/concerts – 7 PM
Thursday, 14
Exhibition Opening - "Jacob Riis: Revealing 'How the Other Half Lives'" - South Gallery - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8:30 - 4:30 Through September 5

Friday, 15
Concert:  Maria Schneider Orchestra - World Premiere Event - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert - 8PM - Tickets required, but rush tickets usually available -  Pre-concert Conversation with Maria Schneider at 6:30 - Whittall Pavillion 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning, Thursday, March 31

Returning from a week long trip to my boyhood home in San Antonio late last night, I am able to produce only an abbreviated blog this week.   However it gives me an opportunity to underscore my theme for last week - Slam Poet Clint Smith.  I was gratified that a new friend in San Antonio confirmed for me the high regard I had for the power of poetry when Barbara said, "It gave me a totally new perspective on race and immigration."

In all candor I was disappointed in the number of people who took time out to hear Clint's recitation last week. I strongly urge more of you  to find 15 or so minutes to view it this week.  It can be found at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izf8ADh6ymY

Here are a few things I found I'd like to attend this week.

Thursday, March 31
Book Lecture: Book lecture: Sarah Bakewell – "At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails (with Sartre, Camus, et. al)" – P&P  - 7 PM

Lecture: Dakim Hart, Senior Curator - Isamu Museum - "Sculpting Beyond the Pedestal" - Jefferson Building - Library of congress - Whittall Pavillion - 7PM

April
Friday, 1
Dance performance:  Martha Granam Dance Company - Extensive performances and discussions with the company both Friday and Saturday - for full schedule go to https://www.loc.gov/loc/events/

Concert:  United States Marine Chamber Orchestra - "Musical Fashion of Great Britain" - works of Williams, Walton and Sibelius - National Presbyterian Church - 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW - 7:30pm

Saturday, 2
Concert:  Acoustic guitarist and tenor William Baskin performs music from the 50s – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1 PM

Film: "Real Portraits: Gregory Peck" celebrating the 100th anniversary of actor Gregory Peck with showings of "To kill a Mockingbird" and "A conversation with Gregory Peck" – discussion with the actors daughter Cecelia Peck – McAvoy Auditorium – National Portrait Gallery – 2 PM

Sunday, 3
Concert: John Phillips Sousa Band Festival features works by Sousa, Bernstein and Williams – reservations required – 800-395-2036 – Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - 2PM

Book lecture: Susan Jacques "The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia" – Performance Hall – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – 1 PM – 2PM

Monday, 4
Book Lecture:  Sam Lebovic - "Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America" - National Archives - Noon

Tuesday,  5
Book lecture: Diane Rehm – "On My Own" – P and P – 7 PM

Jazz concert: Berkeley School of Music Global Jazz Institute performs jazz and contemporary music – tickets distributed at 5:30 in the States Gallery – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Justin Martin – "Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians" – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I St. NW. – 7PM - 9PM

Wednesday,  6


Concert:  Soloists from the St. John's Choir - excellent voices performing in the historic Church across the street from the White House - 12:10 - 12:45PM

Concert: New England Conservatory of music performs work by Kern, Gershwin and Schumann – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM


Book Lecture: Juliana Barbassa discusses. Dancing with the devil in the city of God: Rio de Janeiro on the brink" - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/barbassa – room 505 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 5:30 PM to 7 PM 

Film "The German Shepherd" an animation exploring the human capacity to forgive acts of evil and "Zuruckkommen" – which follows Israeli immigrants in Berlin where Holocaust memorials bring forth painful – panel discussion follows – reservations requested – goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com - Goethe Institut - Suite 3 - 1990 K Street NW - 6:30 - 8PM

Thursday, 7
Book Lecture   James Traub - "John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit" - National Archives - Noon

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Free Intellectual and Cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, March 24

While there are many interesting events listed for this week, NOTHING could have a greater impact on me than  the Slam Poetry I heard some months ago delivered by Clint Smith!   And I had never heard of Slam Poetry before!
 There were many outstanding speakers at the conference sponsored by the Aspen Institute on Wage Inequity and Opportunity including Vice President Biden. But none got the ovation as was given this HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER.  How disappointed I was recently to see that only 207 had gone to the Web site to hear his 15 minutes of Spoken Word Poetry. It made a dramatic impression on me, and I'd like to urge you to hear it now at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izf8ADh6ymY

I hope you will also recommend it to others.  It is also available at http://ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
It blew me away to qualify as one of the ten best events I've attended in the past 20 years.  

Thursday, 24
Book lecture: Hayden Herrera – "Listening to Stone: The Art and Life of  Isamu Noguchi" – Montpelier room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Concert: Potters house jazz series features Herb Scott Quartet – Potters house – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. – 7 PM – 9 PH

Lecture: Ruth Wasem discusses "The struggle for fairness: how the repeal of national origins quotas in 1965 altered immigration flows:" – room 25 – research Center – national archives building – Pennsylvania Avenue entrance – noon

Lecture: " –John Bowen – "Islam in Europe: contrasting France and Britain" - reservations required – go.GW.EDU/Bowen – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Lecture: Matthew Restall discusses "Montezuma surrenders in the US capital: the history of one of the greatest lies in history" Gelman library – George Washington University – 21 38th St. NW. – 4 PM

Friday, 25
Film:  The National Park Service on films - from the 1930's in Cooperation with the Environmental Film Festival - National Archives - Noon

Lecture: Ambassador. Thomas Pickering discusses his distinguished diplomatic career -  Abramson family founders room – school of international service building – American University – reservations suggested – american.edu/SIS/events/- 3 - 4 PM

Film: Andrew Nisker's documentary, "dark side of the chew" – impact of chewing gum on health of individuals and the planet – reservations required – darksideofthechew.BPT.ME - MLK Junior Memorial Library – noon

Saturday, 26
Lecture and music re-creation:  Nicholas Alexander Brown of the music division recalls the world premiere of Appalachian Spring in October 30, 1944 – Library of Congress – Jefferson studio –LJ – G 32 – 11 AM

Films: A triple feature of films about Graham and Noguchi – Pickford Theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 2 PM

Concert: Musical group "Luray" banjo folk rock – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Mike Canning  – "Hollywood on the Potomac: how the movies view Washington – Peabody room – Georgetown library – 3260 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Film: Julien Duvivier -  1937 film "Pepe le Moko" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM

Concert: Violinist Ariel Horowitz – performs music in preparation for the Menuhin competition in London – Washington DC Jewish community Center – 1529 16th St. NW. – reservations required – Washington DCJCC.org. – 2 PM – four

Sunday, 27
Organ concert: Washington National Cathedral artist in residence Jeremy Phil Filsell presents an Easter – Washington National Cathedral – 5:15 PM

Monday, 28
Book lecture: Janette Sadik-mohawkedhan – "Street  Fight: Handbook for an urban revolution" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Howard University gospel choir performs gospel music – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Performance: Gamarjobat comedy duo performs Mohawked lpantomined comedy – Japan information and culture center – 1150 18th St., Northwest – reservations required – www.US.EMB – Japan.Go.JP/ ICC – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 29
Book lecture: Adam Hochschild – "Spain in Our hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936 – 1939" – P & P - 7PM

Concert: Pianist and cellist performed "Sounds of  Exile"– featuring works of various composers – Austrian cultural forum – 3524 International Court NW. – reservations required – ACF DC.org

Book lecture: Paul Pillar – "Why America misunderstands the world" – Main conference's room – Mortara building – Georgetown University – reservations requested – guevents.georgetown.edu -
5 PM – 6 PM

Book lecture: James Goode, architectural historian discusses "capital houses: historic residences in Washington DC and its environs, 1735 – 1965 – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson house – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Book lecture Derek Cressman, author of the newly released book, "When Money Talks: The High Price of  Speech and the Selling of Democracy". Specifically, a talk about big money in politics next Tuesday, March 29th, at 5:30 PM.at the headquarters of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), 501 3rd St NW. If you have any additional questions, you can email rpuri.vice@gmail.com Best, Rowan on Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, March 17


Wednesday, 30
Panel discussion:  "Faith, Francis and the 2016 Campaign" - featuring E. J. Dionne, Jr. and commentators from Pew Research Center, The Atlantic and EWTN's Correspondent and from The National Catholic Reporter - ICC Auditorium - Georgetown University - 7 - 8:30PM - reservations requred -http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp/faith-francis-and-the-2016-campaign

Exhibit talk: Janet Eilber, artistic directer, Martha Graham Dance Company: "Cave of the Heart: Noguchi's set for the Graham Dance Company" –  Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – Whittall Pavilion – 7 PM

Book lecture: Harvard University professor Sven Beckert – "Empire of cotton: a Global history" Abramson family recital Hall – Katzen arts Center – American University – 5 PM – 6 PM

Lecture: Nona Martin discusses the collages of Romare Bearden" – the Smithsonian American Art Museum – G St. entrance – 5:30 PM

Performance: Drummers from Japan present a fusion of percussive style music in conjunction with the national Cherry Blossom Festival – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Thursday, 31
Book lecture: Sarah Bakewell – "At the Existentialist Café" – P&P  - 7 PM

Lecture: Dakim Hart, Senior Curator - Isamu Museum - "Sculpting Beyond the Pedestal" - Jefferson Building - Library of congress - Whittall Pavillion - 7PM

Concert: "Night at the Opera" pianist can you come the performs music of Verdi and Bach -reservations required – www.iiseewashington.esteri.it.– Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – 7 PM – 8 PM

Book lecture: Charles Robertson discusses, American Louvre" and the impact of the Renwick Gallery building on Art and architecture in the United States" – grand salon – Renwick gallery – noon

Book lecture: Brent D. Glass – "50 Great American places: essential historic sites across the U. S." Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. N., West – reservations required Heurichhouse.org – 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Lecture: "The transnational blockbuster 'Das Boot' and German film history" – Hester Baer – Goethe Institute Washington – Suite 3– 1900 K St. NW. – reservations required – mhd33 Georgetown.EDU – 6:45 PM

Book lecture: Cesar Brioso– "Havana hardball: spring training, Jackie Robinson, and the Cuban league" – Upshur Street books – 827 Upshur St. NW. – 7 PM

Panel discussion: Screening of CNN's "Race for the White House: Kennedy versus Nixon" – speakers include Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and other distinguished panel members – reservations required – smpa.gwu.edu -Jack Morton Auditorium – School media and public affairs – George Washington University – 805 21st St. NW. – 7 PM 

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, March 17

My personal schedule again enables me to provide a full listing of events for the week ahead.  And I think you will truly be amazed at the variety of events available to us.
But  I'm most excited about my Rave for the week.  I had to change my plan from last week, and am beginning a new series that shares with readers some of the events I am able to attend but MOST OF YOU cannot.  I begin with an event I attended about 3 years ago which had to be among the TEN MOST IMPRESSIVE LECTURES/CONCERTS I HAVE ATTENDED  in these past 20 years in DC. I hope you will go to

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

I think you will find it has a timely reference to what lies head politically without any reference to the T_ _ _ _ word.

Thursday, 17
Symposium: A panel of scholars discusses the relationship between health and literacy – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-5221 – 9 AM – 5 PM

Panel discussion:  Distinguished panel discusses "Learning from the Past? The Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective " - German Historical Institute - 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW - reservations suggested - 202-387-6437 - 6:30PM - 9:00PM

Concert:  "Take 5!: American In Paris" with the Danielle Quartet - The Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7PM

Lecture: Lonnie Bunche, founding director of Smithsonian's national Museum of African Americans history and culture discusses the forthcoming opening in September – Abramson Family Recital Hall – Katzen Arts Center – American University – 6 PM to 7 PM

Friday, 18
Book lecture:  Shirin Ebadi – "Until We are Free: My fight for human rights in Iran" – P&P - 4 PM

Concert: Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet – Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Library – noon

Concert: "The President's Own" – Marine Chamber Orchestra – West Garden Couirt – National Gallery of Art – noon and 2 PM

Film: "The Good Life" – environmental film Festival – a village in the forests of northern Columbia whose environment is threatened by a coal mine – 7 PM – reservations required -goodlife.bpt.me – Media and Public Affairs Building – George Washington University – 805 21st St. NW. – 7 PM

Saturday, 19
Book lecture:  Gerald Davis – "Algerian Diary" – P&P – 1 PM

Craft Shop:  Indian Craft Shop - Department of the Interior - This little known store with perhaps the very best collection of authentic native material from Americas southwest is open the third Saturday of every month from 10 - 4 PM.  ID necessary for entry at the entrance at 1849 C Street NW - zYou can check it out at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101674526144&ca=3a5ef708-371f-4c36-aaee-3f51ace846eb

Concert: United States Navy Band Sea Chanters – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Concert:  The Cantare Children's choir of greater Richmond  performs various classical works – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

All-day symposium – The Abraham Lincoln Institute Ford's Theatre Society presents a symposium on the life, career, legacy of Pres. Lincoln – various imminent eminent historians – Ford's Theater – registration required – fords.org/event/abraham-lincolm-symposium - 9 AM to 5PM

Lecture: Landscape architect discusses "Creating stunning plant communities" reservations required – 202-225-8333 – US Botanic Garden – 10:30 AM to noon

Sunday, 20
Concert: National Presbyterian Festival Choir and Orchestra performed Mozart's "Requiem" – National Presbyterian Church – 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. - 5 PM

Concert: United States Army Chorus and Brass quintet – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: Environmental Film Festival presents Hamid Sardar's documentary "Taiga" – about Mongolian sheepherders – with post-screening discussion – Warner Bros. Theater – 14th St. and Constitution Ave., Northwest – 1 PM

Monday, 21
Panel discussion: "A Band Apart: Women at War" – veterans history Project of distinguished panelists – Whittall Pavilion – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Discussion: Musician historian and writer Elijah Wald discusses "Dylan goes electric! Music, myth and history" – Room 111 – Elliott School of International Affairs – George Washington University – 4 PM

Lecture: Former United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discusses "The global future of security" Copley's formal lounge – Copley Hall – Georgetown University – reservations required – globalfutures.georgetown.edu - 4 PM to 5:15 PM

Panel discussion: Catholic Universities Columbus School of Law, Moment Magazine and the Museum Institute's Religious Freedom Center – "The First Amendment on campus: speech, religion, sexuality and gender" reservations required – religiousfreedomcenter.org - Knight Conference Center Newseum – 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 7 PM to 9 PM

Tuesday, 22
Book lecture: Mervyn King - "The End of Alchemy: money, banking, and the future of the global economy – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture:  "Forty-seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I" - National Archives - Noon

Concert: Baritone soloist, violinist with continuo performing an all Bach program to mark Holy Week – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 23
Book lecture:  Elaine Showalter – "The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe"– P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Sharif  S. Elmusa, poet scholar and writer discusses "Being Palestinian: personal reflections on Palestinian identity in the diaspora" reservations required – 202-338-1290 – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Book lecture: Steve Olson – "Eruption: The untold story of Mount St. Helen's" – Kramer Books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Gen. Michael Hayden – former director of the national security agency and the CIA – "playing to the edge: American intelligence in the age of terror" reservations required – wpr;daffairsdc.org - Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: Local author Marione Ingram – "The Hands of Peace" - Eyewitness accounts of Nazi Germany and Jim Crow United States – Georgetown library – 3260 R St. NW. – 7 PM

Concert: George Washington University students perform "Send in the Clowns" and other selections from their upcoming production of Sondheim's musical – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – noon

Advanced notice of a "sure to be" popular event

Wednesday, 30
Panel discussion:  "Faith, Francis and the 2016 Campaign" - featuring E. J. Dionne, Jr. and commentators from Pew Research Center, The Atlantic and EWTN's Correspondent and from The National Catholic Reporter - ICC Auditorium - Georgetown University - 7 - 8:30PM - reservations requred - http://georgetown.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=5c943ccb0fe7dc4d5286818e5&id=765cd20dc5&e=7ddc805656