Friday, October 14, 2016

I'm writing this week's post from an airport as I'm out of town for a wedding this weekend, so sorry for the delay! This post is mostly complete - I'll add a few more events later once I have an internet connection.

I'm so honored that Ron's asked me to take over this blog. As a college student, I'm always curious about free events going on around the district. I hope to get more university students involved with this blog and attending some of the events listed here. It's always great when DC natives and transplants to the area alike can discover new things about the city we live in!

I'm always open to listing new events, or if you've attended an event recently and would like to share comments on it I can be contacted here or at


Saturday, October 15
Lecture & Discussion: "Community Forum: Climate Justice East of the River" - A discussion of DC's climate adaptation plan and photography exhibition from Anacostia watershed residents. Call 202-633-4844 to register. 2:00-5:00pm. Location: Program Room, Anacostia Community Museum.

Art Exhibit: "Fall Solos 2016" - The region's top contemporary artists on view at the Arlington Arts Center. Ends December 18, 2016.

Event: Free Yoga at the Mount Pleasant Library. 10:00am.

Dance Event: "Library Tango" lecture, demonstration and live music presented by Rendezvous Tango in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. 2:00pm. Location: MLK Jr. Memorial Library.

Lecture: "Riffing on the Legacy of the Black Arts Movement" - 2:00pm. Reservations required. Location: Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum.

Sunday, October 16
Artist Demonstration: Sughra Hussainy, an artist visiting from Afghanistan, demonstrates her materials and crafts in the Turquoise Mountain Exhibition. 1:00-5:00pm. Location: Sublevel 3, Sackler Gallery.

Book Talk: Leonard Barkan - "Berlin for Jews: A 21st-Century Comparison" - 2:30pm. Location: Politics & Prose.

Film Screening: the documentary "Taikon" as a part of the Sweden on the Screen series, followed by a Q&A with the film's director. 3:00pm. Location: House of Sweden. 

Monday, October 17
Book Talk: Lauren Rader - "Studio Stories: Illuminating Our Lives Through Art" - 6:30pm. Location: Busboys & Poets, Takoma Park. 

Book Talk: Sebastian Mallaby - "The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan" - 7:00pm. Location: Politics & Prose.

Presentation: "Palestine in Focus: Art as Resistance at the Freedom Theater of Jenin" - discussing the role of creative work as a means of resistance, and the mission of introducing young Palestinians to a variety of artistic forms. RSVP here. 5:30-7:00pm. Location: The Jerusalem Fund.

Tuesday, October 18
Concert: Duo Aliada, Austrian musical duo. Reserve tickets here. 7:30pm. Location: Austrian Cultural Forum.

Concert: the Friday Morning Music Club presents a chamber concert. 12:00pm. Location: Dumbarton House.

Book Talk: "DC Reads: Democracy" discussion on Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72" - 1:00pm. Location: West End Interim Library.

Wednesday, October 19
Panel Discussion: "Revolutionary Moments Then and Now: Black Power and Black Lives Matter" - Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Power movement, this panel discussion includes authors, journalists, politicians and activists. Reserve a seat here. 7:00pm. Location: McGowan Theater, National Archives building.

Thursday, October 20
Book Talk: Mark Thompson - "Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?" - 7:00pm. Location: Politics & Prose.

Forum: Dean Vali Nasr and Dr. Eliot Cohen - "Combatting Terrorist Financing - Advances and Challenges Fifteen Years After 9/11" - RSVP here. 4:30-6:00pm. Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Friday, October 21
Lecture: Dean Vali Nasr and Dean Bernie Ferrari - "A Conversation on Latin America as an Emerging Market with Laxman Narasimhan, CEO of PepsiCo Latin America" - RSVP here. 12:00pm. Location: Johns Hopkins SAIS.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events of the week beginning Friday, October 8

I'm extremely grateful to the young people of DC's Reddit that responded to my plea for an intern to assist me (without pay, unfortunately).  For two weeks we have worked together and then as I take my 90th birthday celebratory cruise, I'll pass the torch on to the younger generation. I began compiling a list of free cultural events for personal reasons some 10 years ago and then shared it with a few young friends at George Washington University, near my former residence. I'm delighted it's received a broader circulation in the Cleveland Park area and look forward to seeing what becomes of it with Shannon and some of her friends at the University. Perhaps I've burned out a bit in maintaining a weekly schedule, but I look forward to continuing "Ranting and Raving" as the spirit moves me and continuing to respond to the thousands of questions I've gotten on Reddit's AMA.

I'll now have time to attend more of the things I've only listed in the past.  Hope you will go to my Rave this week where I share a 20 minute lecture I heard this week that I found particularly impressive.and relevant to our present times.  It begins with a poem by Nikki Giovanni.

Ron's Rants and Raves

Reddit Ask Me Anything

So here's the list we worked on together, and I must give hearty thanks to the weekly publication of The Current which is published weekly in the four quadrants of the city. Their weekly list of "Events and Entertainment" has been an invaluable help in supplementing my own "research".

Ongoing Events
Exhibition: "America Reads" - celebrates the public's choice of the top 40 books by American Authors that had a profound effect on American Life. The exhibition also revisits 25 books from the 2012 Library of Congress exhibition "Books That Shaped America" that were voted on by public survey. Date: now through December 31, 2016. Location: Southwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.

Exhibition: "Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl van Vechten" - author and social commentator van Vechten began taking photographs in 1932. For the next three decades, he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, and many of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance. Date: now through March 19, 2017. Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Exhibition: "2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity" - an exhibition aiming to contribute to ongoing conversations about walls, borders and people with emphasis on the US & Mexico. Date: now through November 4, 2016. Location: Goethe Institut.

Exhibition: "Forced From Home" - An interactive exhibition designed to raise public awareness of the world's 60 million refugees presented by Doctors Without Borders. Date: 10/1 through 10/9, 9:00am-5:00pm. Location: the Washington Monument.

Friday, October 7
Book Talk: Michael McCornell and Jack Beeker - "The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage" - National Archives, 12:00pm

Lecture and discussion: Waddy Siad, professor of law at the University of South Carolina discusses, "The Terrorism Label: An Examination of American Criminal Prosecution" – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. – reservations required – 202-338-1958 – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Musical performance: Tulane University bandleader Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band will perform a new Orleanians – style "Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare" – marking the 100th anniversary year of the death of the Bard – Folger theater – 201 E. Capitol St. SE. – reservations required – 202-544-7077 – 6 PM

Saturday, October 8
Book Talk: Beylen J. Linnekin - "Biting the Hands the Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make our Food System More Sustainable" - Politics & Prose, 1:00pm

Concert: Sphinx Virtuosi chamber Orchestra presents "Latin voyages" a concert of works by composers of Latin heritage, in honor of Hispanic Heritage – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – West building – six and Constitution Avenue Northwest – 2 PM

Concert: Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform chamber works – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, October 9
Book Talk: Daniel Bergner - "Sing For You: A Story of Race, Music and Family" - Politics & Prose, 1:00pm

Book Talk: S.L. Price - "Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football & an American Town" - Politics & Prose, 5:00pm

Tour: "Verbal Description Tour: Tour for Visitors who are Blind or Have Low Vision" - F St. Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1:30pm

Monday, October 10
Concert: Bulgarian bagpipe ensemble: traditional folk music – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Walter Mosley discusses "Folding the Red into the Black: Developing a viable utopia for human survival in the 21st century" – busboys and poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Documentary film: "The Trials of Spring" – discussion with Prof. Michelle Clark on human trafficking – room 602 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – reservations required – – 3 PM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday,  October 11
Book Talk: Stephen Puleo" - American Treasurer: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution & the Gettysburg Address" - National Archives, 12:00pm

Concert: L'Orchestra Afrisa International – one of Africa's most popular bands performs various Congolese rumba's – Millennium Staged – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Franklin Knight, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University discusses the history of Rum, one of Latin America's most celebrated spirits – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon to 1 PM

Lecture:Sergay I. Kislyak, Amb. of the Russian Federation to the United States discusses "The current state of US – Russian relations – reservations requested – - Kennedy – Herder Auditorium – Nitze bui1lding – Johns Hopkins University – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Lecture: Humaina Sultan Ahmed al Mughairy Amb. of Oman to the United States discusses her career as the first female ambassador to represent an Arab country in Washington – reservations required – worldaffairsdc – Ronald Reagan building and international trade Center – reception and program free – 6 PM – 6:45 PM – program from 6:40 PM - 7:55 PM

Lecture: Ibram X. Kendi  assistant professor of African – American history at the University of Florida – "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" reservations suggested – – The Potter's House 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. – 7 PM – 8:30 PT

Wednesday,  October 12
Lecture: "Georgetown, Slavery and Catholic Social Thought" - Lohrfink Auditorium, Georgetown University, 7:00-8:30pm

Discussion: Johns Hopkins University's "Women who Inspire" hosts Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker discuss women leaders making a difference with distinguish panel – Kennedy- Herder Auditorium – Johns Hopkins University`School of Advanced International Studies – reservations required – sais-jhu-edu - 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Thursday,  October 13
Film and Discussion: "The Year of the Tiger: JFK 1962"- Discussion with Joe Looby, Director of the Film - National Archives, 12:00pm

Book Talk: James Gleick - "Time Travel: A History" - Politics & Prose, 7:00pm

Tour: "Gallery Talks in American Sign Language: Gallery Conversations in ASL Led by Deaf Gallery Guides" - F St. Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 5:30pm

Lecture: University of Louisville professor Gregory S Hutchison and Harvard university professor Josiah Blackmore discussed their book "Where Iberia: Sexualities, Cultures, and crossings From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance" – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon to 1 PM

Lecture: "Novels Into Film: Light Apples and Oranges" presented in conjunction with the quote American Reads" exhibit – examines major novels in America that have been converted to Hollywood films – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon to 1 PM

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, September 30

This week's list is again compiled with the help of the weekly Current newspaper. A special event of note occurs this Friday evening at listener Auditorium. It's the annual National Heritage Fellowships concert sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. It features performances and demonstrations by honored artists in the folk and traditional arts from a Dakota flute maker and player to an Irish button accordionist to demonstrations by shipwrights and basket makers. Although reservations are suggested at– I have never been refused admission. See listing below.

Friday,  30
Concert: Trumpeter Chuck Seipp with organ – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Cir. – 12:15 PM

Special Concert: National endowment for the Arts hosts a National Heritage Fellowships Concert – with a wide variety of performers and demonstrators – Listener Auditorium – 730 21st St., Northwest – 8 PM

Saturday, 1
Film: "Cave of forgotten dreams" – documentary follows the cave expedition that reveals the world's oldest surviving figurative paintings – 95 minutes – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Book Lecture: Ralph Nader – "Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think " – P&P – 1 PM

Book Lecture: Sarah Gray – "A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boys to Medical Science" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book Lecture: Arley Russell Hochschild – "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Morning on the American Right" – P&P 6 PM

Sunday, 2
Book Lecture: Mark Lilla – "The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction: A History of Political Conservatism" – P&P – noon

Concert and Discussion: Philip Glass performs and discusses the creative process reminiscing about SoHo in the 70s – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Monday, 3
Lecture: Matthew Dallek discusses "Campaign History and the Current Race" – George Washington University Museum and textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – noon

Tuesday, 4
Salsa Dancing: Jim Byers, host of "Latin flavor classic edition" on WPFW leads his popular "Metro mambo" – video and audio clips from Hollywood films and mambo/salsa demonstration – sixth floor James Madison building – Library of Congress – 3 PM – 5 PM

Film and Discussion: "Equal Means Equal" – real life stories and precedent – setting legal cases in documentary film looking at how women are treated in the United States today – discussion with Kamula Lopez, Director of the film – National Archives – 7 PM

Book Lecture: Tom Rinaldi – "The Red Bandanna: A Life, a Choice, a Legacy – historic story of 9/11 – P&P - 7 PM

Concert: Washington Bach Consort – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Panel discussion: "Russia's Role in the Middle East" – distinguished panel members – room 602 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 East St. NW. – reservation required – - noon to 1:15 PM

Wednesday, 5
Book Lecture: Patrick Phillips – "Blood at the Route: A Racial Cleansing in America" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: United States Army Chorus – Historic St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM – 12:35 PM

Thursday, 6
Concert:  El carro del amor (The Cart of Love) Mezzo-soprano Ana Maria Ruimonte with a Spanish Baroque chamber ensemble presents this unique musical performance combining song, multimedia, and puppeteering – ground floor – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Book Lecture: Joseph Lelyveld – "His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: American roots Concert series features "Big Virginia Sky" performing bluegrass and Americana music – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 3 PM – 5 PM

Lecture: American poet, memoirist and novelist John Pineda discusses "Filipino Americans: The Other Asian Americans" – Pickford theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Friday, 7
Book Lecture: "The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage" – story of first legal same-sex wedding in 1971 – National Archives – noon

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, September 22

You can tell from the abbreviated listing of events, that I need help. Thanks to my plea for help, Reddit readers really came through, I have it! Next week you'll see changes with the help of George Washington University student Shannon Johnson. Next week we will publish the list on Thursday rather than Wednesday and I know there will be fewer typos, and I'm delighted to have much needed help.   It's gratifying to note that we continue to get about 2000 "hits" a week

I continue to thoroughly enjoy answering the thousand or so questions I received two months ago on Reddit's AMA (Ask Me Anything).   I thought I would share one of the many questions (and my answer)  on my blog.  You might find it interesting.  It's at

Thursday, 22
Concert: Queen Esther with the blue crown ensemble – jazz blues and soul – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Booktalk: Candace Millard – "Hero of the Empire: the Boer war and the daring escape and the making of Winston Churchill" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Gabriel Munoz and Melodias Borinquenas present Puerto Rican Folk Music from New Jersey – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert: Steven Scheschareg, bass sings German Leider – Austrian Embassy – 3524 International Court – near the Van Ness Metro stop – 7:30 PM

Friday,  23
Booktalk: Jonathan Tepperman – "The fix:: how nations survive and thrive in a world in decline" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Mark G. Meadows – acclaimed jazz composer, pianist, singer and actor performs a compelling mix of jazz, gospel, R and B, rock and rap with his band "The Movement" – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

 Saturday, 24 
Storytelling: 2016 Peace Corps storytelling contest: Winning storytellers take listeners on a round – the – world journey sharing experiences from time spent in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Togo, Tonga, and Ukraine – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Sunday, 25
Booktalk: Joshua Partlow – "A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster" – P&P – noon

Booktalk: Sunil Khilnani – "Incarnations: India in 50 Lives" – P&P 5 PM

Concert: Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University – and energetic gospel journey – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Monday, 26
Booktalk: Bill Ayers – "Demand The Impossible! A radical manifesto" - Busboys and Poets - 14th and V - 6:30PM

Tuesday, 27

2016 Religion and Diplomacy Conference

Tuesday, September 27
1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
ICC Auditorium, Intercultural Center
Georgetown University, 37th & O St.

RSVP Today
In 2013, the U.S. State Department established the Secretary's Office of Religion and Global Affairs (S/RGA). The office advises Secretary of State John Kerry on policy matters as they relate to religion, supports U.S. diplomatic missions overseas in assessing religious dynamics and engaging religious actors, and serves as the first point of entry for those seeking to engage the State Department on religion. 
Wednesday, 28
Concert: Artemio Posadas presents Mexican music and dance from California – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Thursday, 29
Booktalk: Colson Whitehead: "The Underground Railroad" – P&P – 8 PM

Panel discussion "The 14th amendment, the National Park Service and America's Second Founding" – keynote speaker representative James Clyburn (SC) with the Elizabeth Wydra, LuAnn Jones and Kate Mazur – presented in partnership with the Constitutional Accountability Center and the National Park Service – National Archives – 7:30 PM

Lecture: "The Art of Romain Brooks" – Curator Joe Lucchesi – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6 PM

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, September 15

Once again I'm totally in awe of the quality of events that are available to us and how often some of the best are rather poorly attended because of the inconvenient time when they are scheduled. This is often true of events at the National Archives where outstanding authors speak to a small crowd. And they are usually biographies or history of important people and events. The speaker yesterday was Larry Tye who spoke on his book, "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon". Of course I haven't read the book yet, but his presentation was so inspirational that it has caused me to get back at my RANTING AND RAVING and share a few things that I think are significant for our present election. I hope you'll take a look at:

And you may wan to check during the week.  I may have more to add.

Thursday, 15
Booktalk: Joe Conason – "Man of the World: The further endeavors of Bill Clinton" – P&P  –  7 PM

Reading and presentation: Simon Schwartz, German cartoonist, discusses his editorials/cartoons regarding life in East Germany – Goethe Institute - 1990 Street Northwest Suite 03 – reservation suggested – 6:30 PM

Concert: "Take 5! John Coltraine celebrated! With the Ted Baker quintet "– Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Symposium: "Nathaniel Comfort, Astrobiology chair leads panel discussing "The emergence of life: On the earth, in the lab and elsewhere" – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact 202-707-0213 – 9 AM – 5 PM

Concert: Onix Ensemble – Contemporary Latin – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Friday, 16
Lecture: Gary Groth, Editor and publisher of Fantagraphics books, presents "Fantagraphics books and the Advent of the graphic novel" – West dining room – six floor – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Furniture and the future: Maloof symposium – this one day symposium examines historical and contemporary furniture production in light of the rapid changes brought about by the digital age, and what these changes mean for the future of the craft. Full schedule and speakers at - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 9 AM – 5 PM

Film: "The Occupation of the American Mind" with executive producer Sut Jhally - Perceptions of the impasse between Israel and Palestine - The Jerusalem Fund - Light snacks at 5:30 - RSVP - 202-338-1958 - Film 6 - 7:30PM

Concert: "The Marriage of Figaro" – preview performance by young artists – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, 17
Booktalk: Katli Martin:, "True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Booktalk: MarkGreiff: "Against Everything: essays on life" – in conversation with Leon Wieseltier – P & P - 7 PM
Lecture series: "A Closer Look: The World of the Ashcan School – Georgetown University professor Bonita Billman presents a three-part lecture series about the artists of the Ashcan School – Smithsonian American Art Museum – space limited: register at – 11 AM – 1 PM

Concert: Brazilian harmonicyst – Pablo Fagundes – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 18
Concert:  The Out of Water Experience – progressive hip-hop band with social justice themes – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Monday, 19
Booktalk: Mark Green – "Bright, Infinite Future: a generational memoir on the progressive rise – busboys and poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Concert: J. A. S. S. Quartet – Indian classical jazz – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 20
Booktalk: Sarah Jaffe: "Necessary Trouble: America in revolt" busboys and poets – 14th & V – 6:30 PM

 Booktalk: Jessica Tracy – "Tke Pride: Why the deadliest sin holds the secret to human success" – P&P – 7 PM

Comedy night: Ben Gleib – millennium stage -  Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, 21
Booktalk: Julissa Arce – "My (Underground) American Dream: My true story as an underground imigrant who became a Wall Street executive" – busboys and poets – 14th & V – 6:30 PM

Booktalk: Laura Weinrib: – "The taming of free speech: American civil liberties compromise" – National Archives – Noon

Concert: Gabriel Munoz – Puerto Rican folk music – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Thursday, 22
Concert: Queen Esther with the blue crown ensemble – jazz blues and soul – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Free cultural events for the week beginning Tuesday, September 6

I just couldn't resist!  I just had to share the many exciting events already underway in the new school year.  Be sure to note the Cajun concert at the Library of Congress this Wednesday.

September Tuesday, 6
Book lecture: Nadia Lopez – "The Bridge to Brilliance: How the principal in a tough community is inspiring the world" – P&P – 7 PM

Wednesday 7
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad - U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 2007-2009
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, 2005-2007
Ambassador to Afghanistan, 2003-2005
For a discussion on his book
The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House
My Journey Through a Turbulent World 

Moderated by Vali Nasr
Johns Hopkins University

Book lecture: Daniel J. Levitin – "A Field Guide to Lies: Critical thinking in the information age" – 
P&P - 7PM

Concert: Yvette Landry presents Cajun music and Louisiana honky-tonk – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Thursday, 8
Film:  TV news broadcasts from 1964 with a panel of Tim Sherwood, NBC 4; Police Chief Cathy Lanier; and local activists, Susan Meehan – National Archives – 7 PM

Book lecture: Joe Solmonese – "The gift of anger: use passion to build the destroy" – busboys and poets – fifth and K streets Northwest – 6:30 PM

Booktalk: Joseph E. Stiglitz – "The euro: how a common currency threatens the future of Europe" – P&P – 7 PM
:Friday, 9
Booktalk: Nicholson Baker – "Substitute: going to school with 1000 kids" – P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, 10 

Film: "Awakening in Taos: Mabel Dodge's influence on O'Keefe, D. H. Lawrence and Ansell Adams – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Sunday, 11

Concert: Steinway series – pianist Stephen Lin – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Monday, 12
Booktalk: Ross King: "Mad enchantment: Claude Monet and the painting of the water lilies" – P&P – 7 PM

Symposium: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress presents "Collections, collaborations and connections" panels highlighting the work of the center – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – continues Monday and Tuesday – registration is required – 202 – 707 – 5510 – 9 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday, 13
Booktalk: Zachary Roth – "The great suppression: voting rights, corporate cash and the conservative assault on democracy" – busboys and poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book Talk:  Larry Tye - Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" - National Archives - Noon

Booktalk: Heather Ann Thompson – "Blood in the water: the Attica prison uprising of 1971 and its legacy" – P&P – 7 PM

"Faith, Anger, and Trust in
Campaign 2016"

September 13, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Gaston Hall,
Georgetown University

This surprising, sometimes scary, 2016 campaign is being shaped by voter anger, issues of trust, and questions of faith. As the campaign moves into the fall, a distinguished and diverse panel will examine how these forces are influencing candidates and impacting Catholic, evangelical, and young voters. This dialogue will also explore how Catholic social teaching and the message of Pope Francis are or are not shaping the debate and decisions this election year.

Emma Green (GU '12) is senior associate editor for the Atlantic, regularly covering millennials, religion, and U.S. politics.

Melinda Henneberger is the former editor-in-chief of Roll Call and founding editor of "She The People" at the Washington Post.

Jerry Seib is the Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, appears regularly as a media commentator, and writes a weekly column, “Capital Journal.”

Mark Shields is a weekly commentator for PBS NewsHour and syndicated columnist.   
Wednesday, 14

Booktalk: Kenneth D. Ackerman –: "Trotsky in New York, 1917: portrait of a radical on the eve of revolution" – busboys and poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Booktalk: Lawrence Wright – "The Terror Years: from Al Qaeda to the Islamic state" – P&P 7 PM

Lecture: Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen – "The garden as picture: stained-glass designs for Lewis C. Tiffany – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Arthur T. Downey – "the Cold War: law, lawyers, spies and crises" – National Archives – noon
Thursday, 15
Booktalk: Joe Conason – "Man of the world: the further endeavors of Bill Clinton" – P&P  –  7 PM

Reading and presentation: Simon Schwartz, German cartoonist, discusses his editorials/cartoons regarding life in east Germany – Goethe Institute - 1990 Street Northwest Suite 03 – reservation suggested – 6:30 PM

Concert: "Take 5! John Coltraine celebrated! With the Ted Baker quintet "– Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Symposium: "Nathaniel Comfort, astrobiology chair leads panel discussing "The emergence of life: on the earth, in the lab and elsewhere" – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact 202-707-0213 – 9 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A few special events and a report on a remarkable experience

With a visitor in tow last week, I followed my own advice and for the first time went into the (soon to closed) World Bank Bookstore. While some may regret its closing, it's a boon to any of us looking for good reading at a remarkably low price. For instance I purchased George Packer's "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America."  I'm finding it utterly fascinating.   Published three years ago and sold for $27. 00,  my cost without tax was $3.00. The hours of the bookstore are 10 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday and it is located at 1776 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

You'll note in the following list of events that I'm trying to anticipate the fall season by sharing a few of the less publicized cultural events that might have broad appeal.

And I'm hopeful that even more of you than usual will seek out my other blog:

It's my report of an event I attended recently that I wish I could share with all America!

Thursday, 11
Book lecture: John Yochelson: "Loving and Leaving Washington: Reflections on Public Service"  Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Friday, 12
Concert: Jazz in the Garden – saxophonist Paul Carter – the highly popular series of weekly jazz continues in the Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday, 13
Old Time Radio
August 13, 2016, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Members of the Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club will re-create three broadcasts complete with sound effects the Golden Age of Radio: a 1940 episode of the soap opera, John s Other Wife, a 1936 episode of the children s series Little Orphan Annie (two examples of daily, 15 minute radio serials), and a 1949 episode of the private-eye series Pat Novak for Hire, a self-contained thirty minute evening program. This event will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium inside the Thomas Jefferson Building.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5508

The Inner Landscapes of Bruce Baillie
August 13-21
A founding member of independent film distributor Canyon Cinema and cofounder of the San Francisco Cinematheque (with artist Chick Strand, in 1961), Bruce Baillie (b. 1931) is a true pioneer of American avant-garde film. His experiments in sound and image are firmly rooted in the land and the observational, often connecting to a place, mood, history, and mythos of the American West, while remaining entirely subjective, always evocative, and unabashedly playful. From the very beginning, Baillie stretched the technical limits of his medium with optical printing, superimpositions, and other visual and aural collaging methods. Three programs of his 16mm film work have been chosen for this series from the recent retrospective All My Life: The Films of Bruce Baillie. With thanks to curator Garbiñe Ortega and to Antonella Bonfanti, executive director of Canyon Cinema, for the generous loan of these 16mm film prints.
Why Take Up the Camera?
August 13 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

Charles Covington 
8/13/2016 at 6:00 PM

Featured Artist(s)
Charles Covington Jr.
Sunday, 14
Searching for Heroes
August 14 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 3pm
LOCATIONAmerican Art Museum
Sejoon Park made his orchestral debut at the age of ten, and since then has received top prizes from numerous piano competitions. A graduate of the Peabody Institute and The Juilliard School, Park has appeared on stages across the U.S. and has been a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
For more on Sejoon Park click here.

Etudes-Tableaux Op.33............................. Sergei Rachmaninoff
Fragilité, Op. 51, No.1................................. Alexander Scriabin
Sonata No. 5, Op.53.................................... Alexander Scriabin
Pictures at an Exhibition........................... Modest Mussorgsky

Monday, 15
Book Lecture: Rosa Brooks – "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon" – P and P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 16
Big band concert: John Kocur band performs jazz favorites – Woodrow Wilson Plaza – Ronald Reagan Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – noon – 1:30 PM

Wednesday, 17
Book Lecture: Terry Tempest Williams – "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks" – P &P – 7 PM

Movie: "Sue, Mai and Sawa: Righting the Girl Ship" - heartwarming drama about three women struggling with their careers – Japan Information and Cultural Center – 1150 18th St., Northwest – registration required – - 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, 18
Concert: American Roots Concert series features vintage #18 with soul and blues – US botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM to 7 PM

WHENThursday, August 18, 2016, 5 – 7pm
CATEGORIESAfter Five, Performances
LOCATIONAmerican Art Museum
Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments and borrow a board game to play during the concert. Feeling inspired to create? Local artists from ArtJamz set up a temporary studio, offering an opportunity to paint your own canvas while you listen to music during theTake 5! programs. Register at
Guitarist Kenny Burrell’s career spans over 60 years and he continues to influence jazz guitar. Josh Walker and his ensemble will pay tribute to Burrell’s tone, time, and technique by presenting a variation of arrangements to reflect the depth and impact of Burrell’s unique and unparalleled contribution.