Thursday, March 23, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 24

My oh my, what an amazing place to live! While the cherry blossoms may not be at their best this year, this week's list of free cultural and intellectual things to do is utterly amazing. So if the weather hasn't cooperated to entertain your guests this week, urge them to go to some of the many outstanding cultural and intellectual events we have available to us each day. What a fascinating range. They extend from instruction on how to become a wine connoisseur to baseball (and many other trivial distractions) to the latest political insights from those in the know and so much more! Note that one day there are as many as 8 outstanding events.

Friday, 24
Book lecture: Tristan Gooley discusses his book, "How to Read Water: Clues and patterns from "Puddles in the Sea" and Jonathan White reviews his book, "Tides" – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Classroom instruction: "Strike a Prose" – a creative informal writing session for adults focusing on "First – Person Perspectives" – let "Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait" inspire – G Street lobby – National Portrait Gallery – reservations required – npg,si.edu/w hats-on – 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Repeats on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Concert: May J – a multilingual J–pop singer from Japan – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 

Concert: Morehouse Glee Club at MLK Library, Friday, Mar 24 at 12noon
The Library will open its doors one last time for this special performance before the building undergoes a three-year modernization.  The acclaimed Morehouse choir has sung with noted celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.

Saturday, 25
Book lecture: Paul Dickson – "Leo Durocher: Baseballs prodigal son" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Edmund Gordon – "The Invention of Angela Carter" – P&P – 6 PM

Movie: "Gertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad" – introduced by the filmmakers – Gertrude Bell is considered by many to be more influential than her colleague T. E. Lawrence – 2016 – 95 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Concert: Jinny Marsh's Hot Google Klezmer Band performs traditional Eastern European Jewish dance music with American jazz – Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1 PM

Concert: Sounds of Kolachi – 10 piece group with vocalist and instrumentalists from Pakistan – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 26
Book lecture: Alyssa Mastromonaco – "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And other questions you should have answers to when you work in the White House" – P&P – 5 PM

Lecture: The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts – "The Forest: America in the 1890s: Herodotus among the Trees" – Alexander Nemerov, department chair and Carl and Marilyn Thoma, Sanford University – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Concert: The Parker Quartet performs music by Mendelson, Thomas and Shostakovich – East  Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert: The Mighty Flyntrop (organ): St. Columbus organists in Concert – St. Columbus Episcopal Church – 4201 Albemarle St. NW. – 2 PM

Lecture: Sam Droege of the United States Geological Survey's Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program will discuss "The Buzz About Bee's" – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – United States botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 130 – 2:30 PM

Film: Fifth-third annual "Voices From the Holy Land Film Series" features "Open Bethlehem" about the effort to unite Christians Muslims and Jews in the desire for free access to Jerusalem – with follow-up discussion – Perry Auditorium – Washington National Cathedral – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Monday, 27
Book lecture: Gish Jen – "The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Michael Comfield of George Washington University discusses "Hollywood Representations of the National Capital from Jefferson Smith to Selena Meyer" – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Tuesday, 28
Book lecture: Bianca Bosker, amateur drinker and professional tech reporter discusses her book, "Cork Dork: A Wine–Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters And Rogue Scientists who Taught Me to Live" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Lecture/discussion "Never Forget: The Power Behind Institutions of Memory" features the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Memorial Museum and the President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum – reservations requested – ushmm.org – United States Holocaust Museum – 7 PM

Concert: Honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of conductor Arturo Toscanini and music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 – 1954, The Cameriti della Scala, performs various works – Union Station – 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 29
Book lecture: John A. Farrell – "Richard Nixon: The Life" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Jodi Kantor – "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American character from Herbert Hoover to George W Bush" – National Archives – noon

Panel discussion: First Annual McGowan Forum on Ethics in Leadership: Ethics in Journalism" – including Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact and Nicholas Lehman of Columbia University – National Archives – 7 PM
Concert: Soprano Ariana Zuckerman performs with pianist Joy Schreier – East Garden Court – West Building – NGA – 12:10 PM

Discussion: Curator Susan Ormonde discusses the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and other baseball "hits". – Performing Arts Reading Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – Noon – 12:30 PM

Book lecture: Jack Barsky – "Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances" about his double life as an American businessman who was really an East German spy – International Spy Museum – 800 F St. NW. – Noon – 1 PM

Book lecture: Evgeny Finkel"Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust" – room 602 – Elliott School of International affairs – George Washington University – reservations "required –" gwu.edu/ordinaryjews – 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Discussion: In celebration of the Anderson House's 120th birthday the executive director of the Lars Anderson Auto Museum discusses the Anderson's historic automobile collection of 32 cars beginning with a Winton Runabout in 1899 – Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Panel discussion: "How misinformation affects democracy and the ethical responsibility of journalists, government and businesses" – Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Amy Hollyfield of PoliFact, Nicholas Lehman of Columbia University and Jay Cost writer at The Weekly Standard – National Archives Building – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, 30
Book lecture: Tom Nichols – "The Death of Experience: The campaign against established knowledge and why it matters" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: unCHAMBERed, featuring the North Carolina Symphony – Indie rock meets today's classical music with works for chamber ensemble and voices – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 7:30 PM

Concert: Washington Performing Arts presents "Creation Stories" featuring mezzo-soprano the Sasha Cooke and other Atlanta Symphony Orchestra vocal soloists – West Garden Court – West Building – NGA – reservations required – washingtonperformingarts.org – 6 PM

Lecture: Martin Tolchin, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – "President Trump – What's Next?" – Presented by the Georgetown Village – St. John's Episcopal Church – 3040 O Street Northwest – reservations required – 202-999-8988 – 6 PM

Film: The 2015 film "Suffragette" – a British. drama about woman suffrage in the United Kingdom – Georgetown Library – 30 R St. NW. – 6 PM

Film: The Korean Cultural Center's K-Cinema series presents the 2015 adventure drama, "The Himalayas" – appetizer social is 6 PM – film at 6:30 – reservations required – KoreaCultureDC.org – Korea Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Performance: Alaska Chamber Group Wild Shore New Music performs works by living composers inspired by the natural beauty and indigenous cultures of Alaska – celebrating "Alaska's Sesquicentennial: Seward's Day" – 7:30 PM – 9 PM






Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

Here is the weeks listing of the events.  You'll notice the abundance of film, primarily those of the very important Environmental Film Festival.

This may already be at capacity but you still might try to get in to the following stellar event for two weeks from now, April 4.

A Conversation with General Michael Hayden Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency
Johns Hopkins University - The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Washington, D.C.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-general-michael-hayden-former-director-of-the-central-intelligence-agency-and-tickets-32746031261
RSVP here please

And after spending too much time this last week watching MSNBC, CNN and even Fox News, there are some things I just had to get off my chest so I hope you'll take a few moments to look at

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Friday, 17
Book lecture: Noah Eisenberg – "We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Films: Spillover: Zika, Ebola and Beyond – Carnegie Institution for Science – 1530 P St. NW. – 6 PM – Food Evolution: Feeding an expanding population – 8:30 PM reservations required – 202 – 342 – 2564 – or dceff.org

Concert: The Spelman College Glee Club performs gospel, sacred and secular choral music for women's voices – Flag Hall – Smithsonian Museum of American History – Noon

Discussion: Barbara Schmidt, author of "Orchid Care: For the Beginner" discusses "Everything Orchids" – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – noon – 1 PM

Saturday, 18
Book lecture: Erica Armstrong Dunbar – "Never Caught: The Washington's Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Owen Judge" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Nicholas Reynolds – "Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures – 1935 – 61" – P&P – 6 PM

Films: "A Land for War" – poetic documentary portrays the impact of Fort Ord on the terrain and the people – National Gallery of Art – 55 minutes – 2 PM – followed by the 55 minute film produced by the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress – "Fort Ord: A Sense of Place"

Film: "Light on Earth" – Sir David Attenborough hosts this film about living in light with question and answer session – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2 PM

Special events: "Flavors of Syria" – presented by the Syrian Cultural House and Mosaic celebrates the culture of Syria and of the resistance – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle Northwest – reservations required - revolutionunitesus.com/tickets – 10 AM – 5 PM

Symposium: The Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium – focusing on the life, career and legacy of the president features a variety of outstanding scholars – for information – lincoln–institute.org – Ford's Theatre – 511 10th St. NW. – 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, 19
Book lecture: Amy Dickinson – "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A memoir of love, loss and coming home" – P&P – 1 PM

Film: Dimitri Shostakovich: Sonata For viola – introduced by Alexander Toradze – an eloquent portrait of Soviet-era composer Shostakovich's life – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Film: "Born in China" – adventures of three animal families – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 1 PM

Environmental film Festival: "Kivlina" portrait of an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe on an island that is disappearing – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – reservations nmwaorg  – 3 PM – 5PM

Film: "24 Snow" – the harsh Arctic climate of Siberia attracts people seeking freedom and independence – Carnegie Institution for Science – 4 PM

Film: "Behold the Earth" – changing America's habits from living indoors to the outdoors through science and religion and music – E St., Cinema – 555 E Street Northwest reservations required – 202-342-2564 or dceff.org – 4 PM  - Taken from the Post - you may want to check this out - that is not the address of the theatre

Film: "Columbia: Wild Magic" an extraordinary look at this exotic country with questions and answers following – Carnegie Institution for Science – reservations required – dceff.org - 7 PM

Concert: The Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet perform "Appallation Concerto" – East Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Monday, 20
Lecture: Americans for the Arts present its 30th annual Nancy Hanks Lecture of Arts and Public Policy – Speaker Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation – tickets required – 202-371-2830 – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 6:30 PM









                      
Presentation: The Shakespeare Theater Company Book Club presents, "Every body Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's, The Sun Also Rises" – Forum – Sidney Harman Hall – 610 F St. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8 PM




Book lecture: Ulrich Boser – "Learn Better" – the author shows that learning itself is a skill anyone can master and gives six key steps – Busboys and Poets – 5th Street and K – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Sharon Weinberger – "The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA: The Pentagon Agency That Changed the World" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "Tidewater" – the vulnerability of the Virginia and North Carolina coast to rising sea level – United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – reservations – 202 – 342 – 2564 – 7 PM
Tuesday, 21
Book lecture: Adam Alter – "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "The Age of Consequences" investigates the effects of climate change on resource scarcity, migration the and conflict – Carnegie Institution for Science – 1530 P St. NW. – called nation – 7 PM

Panel discussion:  The Rise In Hate Crimes - 7:30PM
Join four distinguished panelists to discuss the challenges faced by the LGBT, Muslim, and Jewish communities, the trends we are seeing, and the initiatives in place to combat hate crimes.
Brenda Abdellal, Muslim Advocates
Doron Ezickson, Anti-Defamation League
Karen Finney, MSNBC (Moderator)
David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign
Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC
Limited Parking, 2 blocks from Cleveland Park Metro (Red Line)

Concert: Saxophonist Jeremy Koch and Pianist Yu-Hsuan Liao perform – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 22
Film:  Environmental Film Festival - "Following Seas" -94 minute film celebrating the adventures of Bob Griffith and Nancy Hirsch sailing Polynesia and Antarctica – National Archives– 7PM   

Gallery talk: "New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin" – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 12:30 PM

Concert: Musicians From Marlborough perform works by Haydn Webern and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – rush tickets often available at 6 PM – Concert at 8 PM – preconcert conversation  – no ticket required – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 23
Book lecture: Bruce Feiler – "The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us" – shaping our feelings about relationships, family and the togetherness – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Environmental Film Festival - Philip Scheffner's 2016 film, "Havarie" – the misfortune that besets a refuge boat in the Mediterranean Sea – reservations suggested - goethe.de/washingtonn – New York University/DC – 1307 L St. NW. – 7 PM

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And these future events

The Asia Foundation and The Brookings Institution invite you to a book launch event for:

China’s Governance Puzzle: Transparency and Participation in a One-Party State

Featuring:

Ji Hongbo, Country Representative to China, The Asia Foundation

Edmund Malesky, Professor of Political Economy, Duke University (co-author)

Wang Xixin, Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Peking University Law School (contributor)

Friday, March 31, 2017
9:30 -11:00 AM
Register: https://www.brookings.edu/events/chinas-governance-puzzle-transparency-and-participation-in-a-one-party-state/

The Brookings Institutiion
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

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Faith Over Fear: Welcoming the Stranger

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Location:
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Free and Open to the Public- Registration Required
REGISTER HERE

The Rumi Forum is partnering with the Washington National Cathedral, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington,

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Free cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 10

Sorry the list is a bit abbreviated this week, but sometimes other things get in the way. 

Friday, 10
Remember the Smithsonian portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum are open every night until 7 PM

Saturday, 11
Book lecture: Mark Kurlansky – "Havana: A Subtropical Delirium" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Melissa Clark: "Dinner:" – P&P – 6 PM

Film: "Beautiful Loses" – Filmmakers Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives of young artists and designers who have inadverten
tly impacted the art world (90 minutes: 2008) – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Film: "The Cranes Are Flying" – mid-50s Russian film about a disarming love story tragically undone by war – (35mm, 97 minutes) – East Building – NGA – 2:30 PM

Sunday,  12 
Book lecture: Roy Teixeira – "The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Tressie McMillan – "Lower: The Troubling Rise of Four – Profit College in the New Economy" – Busboys and Poets - 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Concert: Steinway series: Chinese pianist Fei Fei Dong performs a repertoire of Mozart Schumann and Liszt – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Monday, 13
Book lecture: Marjorie J. Spruill – "Divided We Stand: The battle over women's rights and family values that polarized American politics" – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 14

Wednesday, 15

Book lecture: Howard W French – "Everything Under the Heavens: How the past helps shape China's push for global power" – P&P – 7 PM

Gallery talk: "Harlem Heroes" – Curator John Jacob discusses photography and leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance – F Street Lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5:30 PM

Thursday,, 16
Book lecture: Ganesh Sitaraman – "The Crisis of the Middle – Class: Why economic inequality threatens our Republic" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture and launch: Damien Shields – "The Forgotten Irish: Irish immigrant experiences in America" – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert: Take 5! Lena Seikaly and Danielle Wertz celebrating women in jazz – Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM




Thursday, March 2, 2017

Free cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 3, 2017

I sometimes feel like a shill for Politics and Prose bookstore. But I don't mind, because almost every day there's an author expressing his or her enthusiasm about a topic that can excite and inform those of us with limited knowledge of their subject. And for those of us unable to attend an event their website makes it possible for us to vicariously enjoy the event. Certainly this is particularly true this week. So much we can learn.

And once again, I spout off about the national scene on my other website
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

I think I've finally seen light at the end of the tunnel after some truly tortuous times. ..

Friday, 3
Book lecture: Jerome F. Buting – "Illusion of Justice: Inside the Making a Murder and America's Broken System" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "Shadows" – With musical interludes by Charles Mingus and others it is John Cassavetes first 35mm film – 87 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM

Concert: The Hagen Quartet performs chamber music of Schubert, Shostakovich and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – rush tickets generally available 6 PM with a talk on "The art and science of the violin" – 6:30 PM – Whitttall Pavilion - Jefferson Building - no tickets required

Film: "Tomboy" a documentary about issues of gender in sports with Jill Sorensen – Performance Hall – National Museum of Women in the Arts – reservations required – 202-783-7370 – 7 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, 4
Book lecture: Gene Stone – "The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen" – P&P - 6 PM

Film: "Jazz on a Summers Day" – documentation of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 with Chuck Berry and Thelonious Monk – 85 minutes – East Building – NGA – 1 PM

Film: "The Connection" – Actress Shirley Clarke with the music of Miles Davis and Jackie McLean on alto sax and  Freddie Redd on piano– (35 mm film 103 minutes) – East building – NGA – 3 PM

Performance and reading: "Sounds of Awareness: Music and Poetry From Across Native America features Grammy – nominated recordings of Navajo artists – Potomac Atrium – National Museum of the American Indian – Noon – 4 PM

Sunday, 5
Book lecture: Timothy Snyder – "On Tyranny: 20 Lessons From the 20th Century" – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: Beryl A. Radin – "Leaving South Dakota:" – P&P – 5 PM

Film: "The Crucible" – distinguished all – European cast in this Franco – German adaptation of Arthur Miller's 1953 play, an allegory of McCarthyism – East Building – NGA – 145 minutes – 4 PM

Monday, 6
Book lecture: Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat – "Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz" – P&P –  7 PM

Book lecture: Jodi Kanter, associate professor of theater at George Washington University discusses "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character From Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St.NW – noon

Lecture: Talk on the Japanese high-speed railway and attempts to bring the technology to the Northeast corridor and Texas – registration required www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jcc – Japanese Information and Cultural Center – 1150 18th St.NW – 2 PM – 3 PM

Tuesday, 7
Book lecture: Lisa Feldman Barrett: – "How Emotions are Made: The Secret of the Brain" – P&P – 7 


Book lecture: Virginia Tech Political professor Gerard Toal – "Near Abroad: The West and the Contest Over Ukraine and the Caucuses" - reservations required – go.gwu.edu/neaeabroad – Room 602 – Elliott school of International Affairs – Noon – 2 PM

Wednesday, 8
Book lecture: Norman Ohler – "Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Scott Miller – "Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII" – the work of Alan Dulles – National Archives – Noon

Concert: pianist AlexanderWu and the Serendipity Trio present "Return to Camelot: Music From the Kennedy White House Concerts: 1961 – 1963 – East Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Book lecture: Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the only person to head the CIA and the NSA discusses his book, "Playing to the: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW – 6:30 PM

Play performance: "Illegal Helpers" about people who are providing aid and shelter to immigrants flooding Europe – Austrian Cultural Forum – 3524 International Court NW – 7:30 PM


Thursday 9
Book lecture: Alia Malik – "The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Will Englund – "March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution" – P&P – 7 PM

Friday, 10
To be added

Saturday, 11
Book lecture: Mark Kurlansky – "Havana: A Subtropical Delirium" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Melissa Clark: "Dinner:" – P&P – 6 PM

Film: "Beautiful Loses" – Filmmakers Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives of young artists and designers who have inadvertently impacted the art world (90 minutes: 2008) – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Film: "The Cranes Are Flying" – mid-50s Russian film about a disarming love story tragically undone by war – (35mm, 97 minutes) – East Building – NGA – 2:30 PM


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Free cultural and intellectual events for the week beginning Friday, February 24

Here's the list for the week ahead. I'd also encourage you to go to my other blog for a brief poetry reading by my favorite Beat poet,Clint Smith whom I recommended some time ago for insightful poetry on inequality and race..

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
Friday, 24
Film: "Kansas City" – Robert Altman's 1996 35 mm 160 minute film with contemporary musicians like Joshua Redman showing the jazz scene of the shady Hey Club in the 1930s – East Building – NGA – 12:30 PM    

Concert: "Free Folger Friday" – musician Brian Kay featured in an evening of songs from Shakespeare's plays – reservations required – folger.edu – Folger Shakespeare Library – 201 East Capitol St. SE – 6 PM

Lecture: Noura Erakat of George Mason University discusses "Occupation Law at 50: How it Failed to Regulate Israel's Occupation but Enabled it to Take the Land Without the People" – reservations required - 202 – 338 – 1958 – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW – 12:30 – 2 PM

Oscar®-Nominated Film Showcase: O.J Made in America
https://www.archivesfoundation.org/event/oscar-nominated-film-showcase-o-j-made-america/J.: Made in America
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
National Archives
reservations recommended – standby tickets may be available                                                                                                                                                                      
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German Movie:
MOVIE NIGHT

THE AGE OF CANNIBALS (ZEIT DER KANNIBALEN)

Zeit der Kannibalen© Pascal Schmit
Fri, 02/24/2017

GOETHE-INSTITUT WASHINGTON

1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC
Germany, 2014, color, 93 min., German with English subtitles, Director: Johannes Naber

Three successful business consultants tour the industrial centers of the world as front-line soldiers of global capitalism to enforce what has been deemed efficient elsewhere. A grotesque story that is both coolly remote and shrill.



Saturday, 25
Book lecture: Adrian Miller – "The Presidents Kitchen Cabinet - The Story of the African/Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families sFromWashington to the Obamas" – Politics and Prose – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: Glenn Frankel – "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic" – P and P – 6 PM

Film: "The City Machine"  – various films about the history of the development of Brazilian and Chilean cities including Brasília – 60 minutes – East building – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM – followed by another film entitled "Against Ethnography" at 2:30

Film: Iranian film, "Taste of Cherry" – a simple plot, "featuring a conclusion that is one of the most debated and discussed in the history of cinema." East Building – NGA – 4:30 PM

Piano Concert: Magdaleno Adamek performs works by various Polish composers – Kosciuszko Foundation – 2020 50 Street Northwest – 202-752-320 – $5 donation suggested – 2 PM

Lecture: "The Electoral College Strike Again" – The presidential election of 1876 consider the dirtiest deals in American history - Jamie Stiehm – Georgetown library – 3260 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Book lecture: Emily Jeanne Miller – "The News From the End of the World" – novel about the secrets, hopes and heartbreaks of the lake family – P and P – 1 PM
Sunday, 26
Book lecture: A. Roger Ekrich - "American Sanctuary:Mutiny, Martyrdom and Murder in the Age of Revolution" – P and P – 1 PM

Film: Iranian film, "Take Me Home" – a playful look at the alleys and stairways of southern Italy – 76 minutes with KIAROSTAMI, innovative Iranian film director – East Building – NGA – 4 PM

Conversation: Harry Cooper, curator and head Department of modern art NGA discusses the work of sculptor Calder with Calder's grandson Alexander S. C. Rower – East building – Calder Tower - NGA  – 2 PM

Concert: United States Army Band – "A Celebration of Black Composers" – reservations suggested – nmaahc.si.edu/calendar/upcoming -  Oprah Winfrey Theater – National Museum of African Americans History and Culture – 3 PM to 5 PM

Concert: New York Opera Society – "American Inspiration, Norwegian Innovation" – W. Garden Court – West Building – NGA – 3:30 PM

Action program: "Teach-in on Immigration" – features various leaders on immigration rights – P&P – 3 PM

Monday, 27
Film series: Cinema for a Conscious Community – "Sahbak" – Four love stories between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims that speak of the complexity of intimate relationships in a different environment – Busboys and Poets – 14th and the the – 2021 14th St. NW – five dollar donations – 6:30 PM

Film: Rasheed Bashar Arabs 2001 film Llittle Senegal" – about an aging Senegalese man who curates a slavery Museum in his home country – reservations required – frenchculture.org/events – Embassy of France – 4107 Reservoir Rd. NW – 7 PM

Tuesday, 28
Book lecture: Tyler Cowen: – "The Complacent Class: The Self – Defeating Quest for the American Dream" – P and P – 7 PM


Lecture: Nicholas Alexander Brown of the music division of the library of Congress presents "Hindemith's musical responses to WWI – Whittall Pavilion – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Panel discussion: "Harriet Tubman: A Woman of Courage and Vision"  - National Archives – 7 PM

Discussion: Trump and the Resistance Movement: Is it Effective: Is it Sustainable?" – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th St. NW – 6 PM – 8 PM
   
Lecture: Ambassador Edward Gnehm, Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs - "Obama's LegacyTrumps Inheritance in the Middle East" - reservations required  - elliott.gwu.edu - Elliott school of international affairs -George Washington University – 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM


March
Wednesday, 1
Book Lecture: Sheldon Whitehouse: – "Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of the American Democracy" – P&P –: 7 PM

Book lecture "The Landmarks of New York: An Illustrated Record of the Cities Historic Buildings" – East Building - NGA – 3 PM

Concert: Soprano Carmen Balthrop and pianist Jose' Carones - "The Heart of a Woman" - various composers – West Garden Court  - West Building 12:10 PM

Book lecture: Samuel Charap – "Everyone Loses: The Ukrainian Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post Soviet Eurasia" – room 241 – Bunn intercultural Center – Georgetown University – reservations required – gu events.georgetown.edu – 1 PM

Film: Documentary "A Legacy of Mies and King – followed by a discussion with the architect of the renovation and Executive Director of the DC public library system – 6:30 PM

Booktalk: Ray Suarez – "Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy Shaped a Nation" – Tenley – Friendship Library – 4450 Wisconsin Ave., Northwest – 7 PM


Thursday, 2
Book:Cokie Roberts – "Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation" – P&P – 10:30 AM

Lecture: Blakeley of the University of Kent discusses "Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation in the Middle East: violence, imperialism, and the CIA – room 241 – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – reservations required – guevents.georgetown.edu – 6 PM

Discussion: "The Glass Ceiling, Broken or Cracked?" Featuring various farm former members of the United States House of Representatives – McGowan Theater – National Archives Building – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday February 17


Concert: "Either/Or" – Experimental Chamber Group – Coolidge Auditorium – 8 PM – rush tickets generally available two hours before the concert – Pre-Concert Presentation has members of Either/Or –Whittall Pavilion – 6:30 PM – no tickets required

Film: "F is for Fake" Orson Welles' last major film is witty and a subversive look at fakery and forgery, art and illusion – 95 minutes – 1977 – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Film: "From Passage to Chronicle" – recent short films from Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Columbia explore some of the long-term local effects of political decisions made many years earlier – 65 minutes – East Building – NGA – 1 PM

Film: "Theater of Conflict" – Chilean film opens the program "We Are More" – 1985 – era of Pinochet – 55 minutes – East Building – NGA – 2:30 PM

Film: "Lantouri" – Iranian film of brutal criminal gang with bold social messages – Persian with subtitles – 115 minutes – East Building – NGA – 4:30 PM

Sunday, 19
Book lecture: Philip E. Auerswald  – "The Code Economy: A 40,000 Year History" – shows us how to prepare for a future that will require us to reinvent how we work and who we are – P & P – 1 PM

Film: Cinema – "Concert: Poncho Villa's Revenge" – 35mm restoration of newsreels and fiction footage accompanied by The Secret Quartet – 50 minutes – East Building – NGA – 4:30 PM

Artist Talk: Smithsonian curator and jazz author John Hasse discusses "In the Groove: Jazz Portrait by Herman Leonard" – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Lecture: Matthew Zeller – Co-founder of the nonprofit group ,No One Left Behind, speaks on efforts to help Afghan and Iraqi refugees resettle safely in the United States – St. Albans Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin NW – 10:30 AM

Film and discussion panel – The documentary "Two Blue Lines" – a passionate dispute among Israeli citizens about the occupation of Palestine – a part of the "Voices From the Holy Plan Film Series" – Perry Auditorium – Washington National Cathedral – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – series continues for the next month each Sunday

 Special event: "Day of Remembrance" video clips and discussion by former Japanese detainees incarcerated during World War II – Smithsonian Natl Museum of American History – 1 PM – 3 PM

Monday, 20
Book lecture: Joel Whitney – "Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers" – P&P – 7 PM

Special Event: Presidents Day Holiday Main Reading Room Open House – special opportunity to observe the Jefferson Buildings Great Hall from 10 AM to 3 PM

Book lecture: Joel Bird, CEO of Hunger Free America will discuss "America, We Need To Talk: A Self – Help Book for the Nation" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 2021 14th St. NW – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Film: Documentary – "A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans" – the untold story of almost 200 years of immigration from the Middle East – Busboys and Poets – Fifth and K – 1025 5th St. NW – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 21
Lecture: "Understanding Seclusion: The Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto" – commemorating the 500th anniversary since the establishment of the Jewish ghetto of Venice – Montpelier Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 10 AM

Book lecture: Christopher Phillips of Queen Mary University of London – "The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East" reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu – Room 505 – Elliott School of International affairs – GWU – 1957 East St. and W – 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Book lecture: Martin Bayly – London School of Economics and Political Science – "Taming the Imperial Imagination:: How the British Empire Came to Know Afghanistan, and Why it Matters" – reservations required - go.gwu.edu/bayly – Room 602 – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU  – 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Book lecture: Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations – "A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order" – reservations required  - american.edu/sis/events – School of International Service Building – American University – Abramson Family Founders Room – 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, 22
Book lecture: Mark Speltz discusses and signs his new book "North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South" – Mary Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book lecture: World Affairs Council presents Robie Barrett "The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony: Arabs and Iranians, and the West in Conflict - registration requested – 202-293-1051 – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan Building – 6 PM – 8 PM

Lecture: Alisha Montgomery, News director at WAMU discusses "Donald J. Trump: An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Cynthia Barnett - "Rain: A Natural and Cultural History" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Lecture: Trombonist and jazz historian David Sager on the first jazz recording and the events leading up to and following that historic event in 1917 - Recital Hall – Building 46 – West – University of the District of Columbia – 7 PM

Film: Documentary "Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP" – Martin Luther King Jr. Library – 10:30 AM

Film and panel discussion: "Film  series "Media That Matters" features "Hate Rising" – inspired by the incident in which the Mexican – born journalist was ejected from a Donald Trump press conference – Doyle/Forman Theater – McKinley building – American University – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 23
Book lecture: Frank Sesno – "Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Author Jean E. Snyder discusses "Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance – Montpelier Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Lecture: Susan McDonic -  Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University – "Buddhist Lessons for Living in a Precarious World" – Atrium – Battlle – Thompkins Building – American University – 1 PM – 2 PM

Lecture: Sharmila Sen – Executive Editor at Large at Harvard University Press discusses "Losing and Finding Your Way in the Humanities" – reservations required – events@doaks.org - Oak Room – Fellowship House – Dumbarton Oaks Research Library – 1700 Wisconsin Ave.- 5:30 - 7PM

Oscar-Nominated Film
Showcase: 13th
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
National archives

Friday 24
Film: "Kansas City" – Robert Altman's 1996 35 mm 160 minute film with contemporary musicians like Joshua Redman showing the jazz scene of the shady Hey Club in the 1930s – East Building – NGA – 12:30 PM      

Oscar®-Nominated Film Showcase: O.J Made in America
https://www.archivesfoundation.org/event/oscar-nominated-film-showcase-o-j-made-america/J.: Made in America
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
National Archives                                                                                                                                                                       

MOVIE NIGHT

THE AGE OF CANNIBALS (ZEIT DER KANNIBALEN)

Zeit der Kannibalen© Pascal Schmit
Fri, 02/24/2017

GOETHE-INSTITUT WASHINGTON

1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC
Germany, 2014, color, 93 min., German with English subtitles, Director: Johannes Naber

Three successful business consultants tour the industrial centers of the world as front-line soldiers of global capitalism to enforce what has been deemed efficient elsewhere. A grotesque story that is both coolly remote and shrill.











Thursday, February 9, 2017

Free cultural event for the week beginning Friday, February 10

I'm truly sorry that you missed the many events I was able to attend last week. I know I'll make some of you jealous by telling you of the jazz films at the National Gallery of Art. Two hours of early film of the music of Duke Ellington. And that was followed by one of my all-time favorite films, "Anatomy of a Murder". If you haven't seen it, it's a must!

And you might note that Jazz films continue this week at the National gallery of Art, so you are in luck!

But the more timely and dramatic event I was able to attend at the National Archives was the book talk by Timothy Tyson on his recent mind-boggling book, "The Blood of Emmett Till".  But the good news is that you can see the hour and 15 minute lecture yourself by going to my weekly Rant at

 http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

While I haven't read the book yet, the lecture and audience reaction you will see is remarkable and I can't recommend it highly enough.

And just look at how very many free events there are this week.  I'm especially eager to have a great attendance for friend Bob McDonald as he "does" Sinatra on Wednesday night.  It'll be a GREAT show!

And remember, even more can be found in the weekly free Current Newspaper.

February
Friday, 10
Book lecture: Daphne Merkin: "This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

New exhibit   "Baseballs Greatest hits: The Music of Our National Game" – sheet music, scores and photos from the performing arts collection housed in the music division – exhibit open July 22 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – performing arts reading room – Madison Building – Library of Congress

Book lecture: Alice Rothschild – "Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine" – reservations required – 202-338-1958 – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Art artifacts and discussion: Walter Evans discusses Carl van Vetchen's portraits of various African-American jazz artists – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6:30 PM

Saturday, 11
Book lecture: Lisa Wade – "American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus" – P&P – 1 PM

Film:, "Elevator to the Gallows" – a melodramatic thriller shot in Paris features a haunting score by Miles Davis performed by and a local pickup quintet including Kenny Clarke – 90 minutes –  East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Film: Iranian Film Festival - "Me (aka I)" an eye-opening depiction of Tehran's surprisingly robust underworld - 84 minutes - with Persian and English subtitles - (2016) - 4PM

Concert: Medieval music ensemble Eya presents "Florence: The Cultural Crucible" – W. Garden Court – West Building – NGA – noon and 2 PM

Sunday, 12
Book lecture: Ayelet Waldman – "A Really Good Day; dealing with mood disorders and LSD" – P&P – 5 PM

Film: Iranian Film Festival - "Drought and Lie"  - a rare look at Iran's upwardly mobile set - (2016) Persian with English subtitles - NGA - 4PM

Concert: Steinway Series features pianist Kara Huber varied classical program – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Book lecture: David Wood – "What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars" – St. Alban's Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW – 10:30 AM

Film: "Sweden on the Screen" features the 2017 Documentary Kalmar Nykel: The Forgotten Journey" – Sweden's first voyage to the New World – House of Sweden – 2900 K St. NW. – reservations suggested www.swedenabroad.com/washington – 2 PM

Lecture: The Sunday Forum with David Brooks – Washington National Cathedral – 10:10 AM

 Monday, 13
Book lecture: Alec Ross – "The Industries of the Future" – Busboys and Poets – 5th and K – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Daniel Karpowitz – "College in Prison: Healing in an Era of Mass Incarceration" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and the – 6:30 PM

Lecture: Shamus Kahn, Professor of psychology at Columbia University – "Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite" – about the reproduction of the elite through education – Letts Hall– American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Tuesday, 14
Book lecture: Martin Torgoff – "Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor – "The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mary Pickford Theatre – noon

Book lecture: Poet and translator Forrest Gander reads from his new book, "Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda" – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mumford Room – 4 PM

Concert: Celebrating St. Valentine's Day with classic Baroque love duets by Handel and Monteverdi – soprano, countertenor and continuo – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW – 12:10 PM

Concert: Omar and Ilana – "Gardens for the Lush" mystical Islamic philosophy, romantic love poetry and Hindustani sitar – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: The 28th annual Black film Festival features the 2015 movie, "The Ground on Which I Stand" at 4 PM and the 2016 movie "Almost Christmas" at 6 PM – room A – 5 – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Wednesday, 15
Book lecture: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor – "The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgot Era" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Serbian columnist Melina Ttobozie Garfield - "The American Wives" - Library of Congress - Contact: 202-707-4371 – noon

Concert: Atlantic Reed Consort present "American: Branches From Beginning Jazz -  inspired music by Leonard Bernstein and Charlie Parker and contemporary works – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Concert Vocalist Bob McDonald and his band celebrate the songs and life of Frank Sinatra – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture Barbara Feinman Todd – "Pretend I am Not Here: How I Worked With Three Newspaper Icons: One Powerful First Lady and Still Manage to Dig Myself out of the Washington Swamp" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Film: "Cineforum" features the 2011 film "La Krytonite nella Borsa" a coming-of-age story set in Naples 1973 – reservations required – wwwlicwashington..esteri.it – Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – 7 PM
CONCERT | DANIEL GUTMANN
February 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm


Daniel Gutmann is a young singer and musician from Austria. The upcoming bass-baritone is currently a vocal student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2017, he will be on tour with his solo program in the United States (New York, Washington D.C.) and Singapore. Further concerts with the COMPANY OF MUSIC and the music theater group ANIMATO will take place in Austria and Germany. Daniel Gutmann will be accompanied by New York-based pianist Peter Walther. Together they will perform songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Come and join us at the ACFDC for an amazing night of classical music!

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.
Free Ticket
Thursday, 16
Book lecture: John B. Judis - "The Populist Explosion: How the Great Depression transformed America and European Politics" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "Upstairs Inferno" (2015) – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mary Pickford Theatre – Contact 202-707-8437 – noon

Film: "The Mark of Zorro" (1940) – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mary Pickford
Theatre – contact – 202-707-5603 – 7 PM

Concert: American Pop Orchestra and Broadway actress Bayla Witten – First Congregational United Church of Christ – 945 G St. NW – 1250 – 1245

Concert: The Take 5! Jazz Series features drummer NasarAbadey and his Quartet celebrating the work of Eric Dolphy – Coast Guard courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Lecture: David Laskin -"The family: A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century" discusses the history of the Jewish ghetto in Venice – reservations required – www.licwashington.esteri.it – 7 PM

Film: "The Fireman's Ball" a tribute to Milos Forman 85th birthday – Embassy of the Czech Republic – 3900 Spring of Freedom Street and W reservations required by February 14 –
firemansball.eventbrite.com – 6 PM

An Evening with the Mt. Rushmore Presidents
  • Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
How often do we have the opportunity to experience four Presidents engaged in discussion?  Join us for a lively, interactive program featuring the Presidents whose images were carved into Mt. Rushmore.
Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer will moderate a panel featuring President George Washington (portrayed by Ron Carnegie), President Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Bill Barker), President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss), and President Theodore Roosevelt (portrayed by Joe Wiegand).