Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Free Events of the Week - Thursday, February 19 - Friday, February 27 -

I am indeed gratified by the comments I have received about my weekly listing. I continue to be amazed by the many opportunities we have in the DC area to be fully informed citizens. Remember, many of the events are also available on the Internet.

HOWEVER FOR ALMOST A MONTH YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN as I shall be traveling. The next issue will be the third week in March.

Many of you  have discovered how easy it is to learn of these events without my listing.  A primary source is of course the mailings or emails of Politics and Prose and the National Archives. The various Current Newspapers are also a marvlous source.

Before traveling I'll publish one more rant – next Monday - I hope you will go to http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com - I'll be adding a third R to my RANTS & RAVES - REFLECTIONS.

Thursday, February 19
Film: Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Book talk: In Manchuria – Michael Mayer – Story of the changes taking place in rural China – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: The Washington Post's Ron Charles discusses poetry with poet Frank Bidard - sponsored by the Library of Congress – held at the Hill Center – Old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – 7 PM

Concert: Tribute to pianist/composer Horace Silver – pianist Mark Meadows quintet – Take Five Series – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 - 7 PM

Concert: Students from The Indiana School of Music perform various classical works -
Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Friday, February 20 
Film:  Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Discussion and presentation: Iron Curtain Trail – Michael Cramer discusses his tour on a bicycle trek through much of Central Europe as well as the historical and environment and mental impact of the trail – reservations required - Goethe Institut - 12 -2PM

Concert: Students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance perform various classical works - Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Concert: Mischa Amory, Violin and the Claremont Trio – music of Brahms and others – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – Jefferson Building – concert 8 PM  - pre-concert conversation with the artists – open admission – concert rush tickets - 6:30 PM

Saturday,  February 21
Book talk: The Monopolists: Mary Pilon – the story of the world famous game Monopoly – P&P –
 6 PM

Book Talk: The Martini Shot – George Pellicano's – a story of fantasy and fact – P&P -  8 PM

Lecture: Habitat composition/performance – composer Steve Antosca – \National Gallery of Art – East building atrium – sponsored by the Library of Congress – 2 PM

Concert: New York NightsWorld premiere of "Algebra of  Night" – Eugene O'Brien's New York poetry – sung by mezzo soprano Deanne Meek – Smithsonian American Art Museum – pre-concert discussion 4 PM  - Concert 5 PM

Concert:  Yale University School of Music perform works by Mozart and Strauss – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, February 22
Book talk: A History of Loneliness – John Boyne – P&P – 5 PM

Concert: Washington National Cathedral – organist Jeremy Purcell – 5:15 PM

Concert: Johns Hopkins University choral group presents music of Strauss, Brahms and others - Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Concert: Marion Anderson string Quartet performs music by African – American composers – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Presentation: Imagine Art in Nature – the making of a sculpture garden – artist from rural Sweden – reservations required – Embassy of Sweden – 2:30 PM

Film: Academy award documentary short subject nominees – various nominees – National Archives – 11 AM and 4 PM

Film: Discovering Georgian cinema – 1948 film – Freer Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Monday, February 23
Book talk: Is Shame Necessary? – Jennifer Jacquet – P&P 7 PM

Book talk: "The Arab – Israeli Conflict in American Political Culture" – Jonathan Rynhold -   reservations required - American University - Mary Graydon Center – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Book talk: "1919: The Year of Racial Violence: How African/Americans Fought Back" – Busboys and Poets bookstore – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 – 8 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Book talk: Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press – James McGrath Morris – P&P 7 PM 

Lecture: Chameleons as Composers: the colorful life and works of Lukas Foss – Christopher Hartten – Whittal Pavilion – Jefferson Building - Library of Congress – noon

Lecture: Trial Lawyer William R. "Billy" Martin discusses "Stand your Ground Laws" – Martin Luther King Jr. Library – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, February 25
Book Talk: Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships that Build America – David O. Stewart – National Archives – Noon

Movie: Modern Times – Charlie Chaplin's masterpiece – Courtyard Movie Palace – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery – 7 PM

Concert: The Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Haydn and Bach – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 1 PM – 2 PM

Concert "Dance Music of the Americas" – The Apollo Orchestra – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center  – 6 PM

Talk: "Perfume, Leather, and Luxury in Early Modern London" – Holly Dugan – Textile Museum - George Washington University – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Panel discussion: "Sanctions as a Foreign Policy Tool: Helpful or Harmful?" – Distinguished panel – reservations required – worldaffairsdc.org - University of California Washington Center – 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Thursday, February 26
Book Talk: The Chosen Exile: A history of racial passing in American life – Historian Allison Hobbs – National Archives -  Noon

Book Talk: Discontent and its Civilizations – Moshin Hamid – P&P 7 PM


Friday, February 27
Book talk: National Security and Double Government – Michael J. Glennon – P&P 7 PM




Friday, February 13, 2015

Free cultural events for the week ahead: Thursday, February 12 – Friday, February 20

     Remember if you are unable to attend certain events, many are available on teh iunternet.  This is particularly true of events at Politics and Prose and at the Archives.  The Aspen Institute also has their activities on the internet.  The book I referred to last week, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools by Joel Klein is available at their site.  And remember the growing discussion of that book is available at my other blog, http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
     I have found that many of the listings showing "reservations required" do not actually do so.  If you have questions about an event, be sure to check their internet listing.

Thursday, February 12
Book Talk: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act – Tina Ligon presents records of the Selma to Montgomery March and the voting rights act of 1965 – National Archives - 2 PM

Concert:  Jazz at the National Archives with the Airmen of Note – National Archives – 7 PM

Friday February 13 
Book Talk:  "Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott – Leah Vandervelde – National Archives – noon

Prepare for Valentine's Day: Make a perfect personalized card with materials furnished by the gallery at no cost – Smithsonian American Art Museum  - 11:30 AM – 7 PM

Concert: Howard University Gospel Choir – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Organ Recital – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle - 1215 – 1 PM

Panel discussion: Falling Oil Prices: Assessing the economic, political, and geopolitical impact – Hudson Institute – 1015 15th St. NW. reservations required – 10:30AM – noon

Concert: Fringe: Music in the Library – Ethiopian jazz quartet – Great Hall – MLK Library – noon 

Saturday, February 14
Children's program: Story about Abigail Adams and creation of a Valentine – National Portrait Gallery - 1 – 4 PM

Yoga class: Led by Helen Markowitz of "practice with love" – US Botanic Garden – 10:30 AM

Concert: Violin and piano pianist perform works by Mozart Beethoven and De Falla– Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM

Book Talk: Founding Friendships: Friendships between men and women in the early American
Republic - Cassandra A. Good – politics and prose 1 PM

Family activity: A Chinese Family New Year's Festival – crafts -  performances - demonstrations – Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 11:30 AM to 3 PM

Special event: Enactment of the Treaty of Ghent – ending of the war of 1812 with children's activities – The  Octagon Museum – 18th and New York Ave., Northwest – noon to 4 PM

Sunday, February 15
Concert:  Earlier than most: Billy Strayhorn's civil rights activism – vocalist Lucy Murphy with Jazz group – Francis A. Gregory library – 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. – 2 PM

Concert: Students from the Curtis Institute of Music perform classical works – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: 1995 the year the future began – W. Joseph Campbell – P&P - 5 PM

Book talk: Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The war for public opinion – author Harold Holzer – National Portrait Gallery – 2 PM

Family day: Presidential family fun day – crafts and performances and photo op with Washington Nationals racing presidents – Courtyard National Portrait Gallery – 11:30 AM – 3 PM

Monday, February 16
Concert: Students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University perform classical works – Terrace theater Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Open house: Tour Pres. Woodrow Wilson's home – 2340 S St. NW. – free for any dressing as a president or $5 – $10 admission charge – ages 11 and younger free – 10 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, February 17
Concert: Corda Nova ensemble performs 17th century European music – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Book talk: The train to Crystal city: FDR's secret prisoner exchange program and America's only family internment camp during World War II –  Jan Jarboe Russell – P&P 7 PM

Book talk: 88 days to Kandahar: a CIA diary – Robert Grenier - National Archives Building – noon

Film: The Turtles Rage – the Jerusalem Fund – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 – 2 PM

Film: Winged the Migration – 2003 documentary – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6–7:30 PM

Concert: Dramatic and musical tribute to the musical heritage of the districts U Street corridor – varied performers – Great Hall – Martin Luther King Junior Library – 6 PM

Wednesday, February 18
Concert: Pianist Richard Goode and Chamber music group perform works of Schumann and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium Jefferson building – Library of Congress – rush tickets available at 6:30 PM for concert at 8 PM – Lecture about the composers by David H. Plylar at 6:30 PM

Film: 1963 documentary open quotation confronted" – civil rights documentary – Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Film: Academy award nominated documentary, "The Last Days in Vietnam" - National Archives – performance sold-out but standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

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Film: Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Book talk: In Manchuria – Michael Mayer – Story of the changes taking place in rural China – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: The Washington Post's Ron Charles discusses poetry with poet Frank Bidard - sponsored by the Library of Congress – held at the Hill Center – Old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – 7 PM

Concert: Tribute to pianist/composer Horace Silver – pianist Mark Meadows quintet – Take Five Series – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 52 7 PM

Concert: Students from The Indiana School of Music perform various classical works -
Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Friday, February 20 
Event:  Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Discussion and presentation: Iron Curtain Trail – Michael Cramer discusses his tour on a bicycle track through much of Central Europe as well as the historical and environment and mental impact of the trail – reservations required - Goethe Institut - 12 -2PM

Concert: Students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance perform various classical works Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the week-end and week ahead: Thursday, January 12 - Friday January 20

     Remember if you are unable to attend certain events, many are available on teh iunternet.  This is particularly true of events at Politics and Prose and at the Archives.  The Aspen Institute also has their activities on the internet.  The book I referred to last week, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools by Joel Klein is available at their site.  And remember the growing discussion of that book is available at my other blog, http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
     I have found that many of the listings showing "reservations required" do not actually do so.  If you have questions about an event, be sure to check their internet listing.

Thursday, February 12
Book Talk: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act – Tina Ligon presents records of the Selma to Montgomery March and the voting rights act of 1965 – National Archives - 2 PM

Concert:  Jazz at the National Archives with the Airmen of Note – National Archives – 7 PM

Friday February 13 
Book Talk:  "Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott – Leah Vandervelde – National Archives – noon

Prepare for Valentine's Day: Make a perfect personalized card with materials furnished by the gallery at no cost – Smithsonian American Art Museum  - 11:30 AM – 7 PM

Concert: Howard University Gospel Choir – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Organ Recital – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle - 1215 – 1 PM

Panel discussion: Falling Oil Prices: Assessing the economic, political, and geopolitical impact – Hudson Institute – 1015 15th St. NW. reservations required – 10:30AM – noon

Concert: Fringe: Music in the Library – Ethiopian jazz quartet – Great Hall – MLK Library – noon 

Saturday, February 14
Children's program: Story about Abigail Adams and creation of a Valentine – National Portrait Gallery - 1 – 4 PM

Yoga class: Led by Helen Markowitz of "practice with love" – US Botanic Garden – 10:30 AM

Concert: Violin and piano pianist perform works by Mozart Beethoven and De Falla– Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM

Book Talk: Founding Friendships: Friendships between men and women in the early American
Republic - Cassandra A. Good – politics and prose 1 PM

Family activity: A Chinese Family New Year's Festival – crafts -  performances - demonstrations – Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 11:30 AM to 3 PM

Special event: Enactment of the Treaty of Ghent – ending of the war of 1812 with children's activities – The  Octagon Museum – 18th and New York Ave., Northwest – noon to 4 PM

Sunday, February 15
Concert:  Earlier than most: Billy Strayhorn's civil rights activism – vocalist Lucy Murphy with Jazz group – Francis A. Gregory library – 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. – 2 PM

Concert: Students from the Curtis Institute of Music perform classical works – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: 1995 the year the future began – W. Joseph Campbell – P&P - 5 PM

Book talk: Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The war for public opinion – author Harold Holzer – National Portrait Gallery – 2 PM

Family day: Presidential family fun day – crafts and performances and photo op with Washington Nationals racing presidents – Courtyard National Portrait Gallery – 11:30 AM – 3 PM

Monday, February 16
Concert: Students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University perform classical works – Terrace theater Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Open house: Tour Pres. Woodrow Wilson's home – 2340 S St. NW. – free for any dressing as a president or $5 – $10 admission charge – ages 11 and younger free – 10 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, February 17
Concert: Corda Nova ensemble performs 17th century European music – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Book talk: The train to Crystal city: FDR's secret prisoner exchange program and America's only family internment camp during World War II –  Jan Jarboe Russell – P&P 7 PM

Book talk: 88 days to Kandahar: a CIA diary – Robert Grenier - National Archives Building – noon

Film: The Turtles Rage – the Jerusalem Fund – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 – 2 PM

Film: Winged the Migration – 2003 documentary – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6–7:30 PM

Concert: Dramatic and musical tribute to the musical heritage of the districts U Street corridor – varied performers – Great Hall – Martin Luther King Junior Library – 6 PM

Wednesday, February 18
Concert: Pianist Richard Goode and Chamber music group perform works of Schumann and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium Jefferson building – Library of Congress – rush tickets available at 6:30 PM for concert at 8 PM – Lecture about the composers by David H. Plylar at 6:30 PM

Film: 1963 documentary open quotation confronted" – civil rights documentary – Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Film: Academy award nominated documentary, "The Last Days in Vietnam" - National Archives – performance sold-out but standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Thursday, 19
Film: Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Book talk: In Manchuria – Michael Mayer – Story of the changes taking place in rural China – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: The Washington Post's Ron Charles discusses poetry with poet Frank Bidard - sponsored by the Library of Congress – held at the Hill Center – Old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – 7 PM

Concert: Tribute to pianist/composer Horace Silver – pianist Mark Meadows quintet – Take Five Series – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 52 7 PM

Concert: Students from The Indiana School of Music perform various classical works -
Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Friday, February 20 
Event:  Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Discussion and presentation: Iron Curtain Trail – Michael Cramer discusses his tour on a bicycle track through much of Central Europe as well as the historical and environment and mental impact of the trail – reservations required - Goethe Institut - 12 -2PM

Concert: Students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance perform various classical works Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM




Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free Events for the weekend and week ahead - Thursday, February 5 - Friday, February 13

With so many outstanding presentations available I am indeed conscious of how fortunate I am to attend so many. Of the six events I attended this week one was so compelling that I feel responsible to share information with others. Thus I plan to bridge this blog with my "rant blog" and discuss Joel Klein's, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.  The former Chancellor of the New York City schools has already caused me to revise my opinion of charter schools. I hope you'll consider checking out http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com Monday.

Thursday, February 5
Panel:  Forum on the Rosenberg Case - Distinguished panel moderated by Journalist Marvin Kalb - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:   The Western Flyers – Classic Western swing, jazz standards, cowboy songs and old-time fiddle tunes – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert:   The Ashley Daneman band – jazz and modern folk - Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk:  "Misquoting Mohammed: The challenge and choices of interpreting the prophets legacy" – Bunn Internet Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – 1230 – 2 PM

Book talk:  "Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Perez and foreign-policy change in Israel"  School of International Service Building – American University – Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues – reservations required – 4 – 5:30 PM

Lecture:  "Richard Strauss and Guntram" – presented by the Wagner Society of Washington DC – Maestro Antony Walker and James Holman – Goethe-Institut – reservations required – 7:30 PM

Film: 1971 featured Georgian film, "Pastorale" -  Embassy of France – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM 
Friday, February 6

Concert and Art Showcase:  Selected local bands and art viewing - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 6 - 8pm 

Film:  Iranian film Festival – 2013 film "FiFi Howls from Happiness – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday,  February 7
Children's Activities:  Story about George Washington Carver - followed by art project -  National Portrait Gallery – 1 – 4 PM 

Concert:  Singer Ian Bostridge performs Schubert's works – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress Congress - rush tickets may be available – 2 PM

Activity:  Heather Markowitz leads yoga class, -US Botanic Garden – 10: a 30 – 11:30 AM

Lecture: Susan Yellen's, professor of music at the University of Notre Dame discusses Schubert – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress - 12:30 PM

Book talk: "The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan" – P&P – 6 PM

Special event "Eyes in the Sky: Game of Drones family day – demonstration of their workings – National Building Museum – 11 AM – 2 PM


Sunday,  February 8

Concert:  The mighty Flentrop organ in concert with various local artists performing – St. Columba's church – 4201 Albemarle St. NW. – Tenleytown Metro stop – 2 PM

Concert: Works by Chopin and Humme – pianist Christopher Atzinger – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Concert: "Palmer Project: Brahms and More! " – Pianist Ann Kang, violinist Terry Lazar and cellist Nancy Joe Snyder – Katzen Arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – available by bus from Tenleytown – 3 PM

Concert: Soprano Marlissa Hudson performs works in honor of Black history month  - West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Film: Iranian Film Festival features 2013 film, "FiFi Howls from Happiness" – Freer Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Children's program:  George Washington Carver story followed by creation of special art piece – National Portrait Gallery – 2 – 5 pm


Monday,  February 9 
Book talk:  "Power Forward: My Presidential Education" – Author Reggie Love – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, February 10
Concert: Works of Mozart, Chopin and Schumann – pianist Deborah Lee – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Discussion: "Is DC Still Chocolate City?" Three distinguished local panelist – MLK Library – 7 PM

Discussion: The Russian Economy in Crisis: What's Next?" - Executives from the world bank and international monetary fund – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – noon – 1 PM

Wednesday, February 11
Concert: Musicians from Marlboro perform songs by Brahms and Dvorak, - Freer Gallery of Art – tickets required –  202–633–1000 – 7:30 PM

Film:  "Walk in My Shoes" – ABC's 1961 documentary by Louis Lomax – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon 

Lecture: "Citizens Suspect: The Criminalization of Muslim Youth in Post 9/11 America" – GWU Professor Arshad I. Ali – Bunn International Center - Georgetown University – 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Booktalk: "Mr. Putin:  Operative in the Kremlin" – Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy - Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 12
Book Talk: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act – Tina Ligon presents records of the Selma to Montgomery March and the voting rights act of 1965 – National Archives - 2 PM

Concert:  Jazz at the National Archives with the Airmen of Note – National Archives – 7 PM

Friday February 13 
Book Talk:  "Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott – Leah Vandervelde – National Archives – noon

Prepare for Valentine's Day: make a perfect personalized card with materials furnished by the gallery at no cost – Smithsonian American Art Museum  - 11:30 AM – 7 PM  


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free cultural events for the Week: Thursday, January 29 - Friday, February 6

UNBELIEVABLE!  The number of free intellectual and cultural events is astonishing to me - one day there are at least 10 events I would like to attend.  I hope you will have time to look the list over to see the many unusual venues and even more varied and interesting topics available TO US for free.

Don't forget, if you are unable to attend an event, many are available on the internet.  

Thursday, January 29
Film:  To Tell the Truth: The Strategy of Truth - Second part of series on propaganda during WWII in the US, GB and Germany - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon 

Book Talk:  Chasing the Scream - Johann Hari - a look at the War on Drugs - P&P - 6pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne  and Danielle Cook  - US Botanic Garden - 12:45pm

Concert:  Chamber music by the Youth Fellows of the NSO - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film: Discovering Georgian Cinema - Tinatin Gurchiani's -  The Machine That Makes Everything Disappear - Goethe Society - reservations required - www.goetheinstitutwashingtonevenbritecom -
6:30pm

Discussion:  Looking for God is a continuing series of classes led by the Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral and Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel of Temple Micah - this week's topic - The Feminist Critique - Temple Micah - 2829 Wisconsin NW - 7:30pm

Friday, January 30
Film:  To Tell the Truth:  The Strategy of Truth - Second part of a series on propaganda during WWII in the US, GB, and Germany - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon

Concert:  Levine School Honor students present concert of music of various European composers - The Kosciuszko Foundation - 2025 O ST. NW - 7PM

Presentation:  Ancient Wisdom and Modem Medicine - Michael J. Balick, Director, NY Botanic Garden - U. S. Botanic Garden - reservations - 202-225-8333 - Noon to 1pm

Films Series: The 80'3: The Decade That Musicals Forgot presents Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - Mary Pickford Theater - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Film Series:  Iranian Film Festival - Behzadi's 2013 film: - Bending the Rules - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Saturday, January 31
Book Talk:  The Partisan Divide - Co-authored by Former Representatives Martin Frost and Tom Davis with political reporter Richard E. Cohen - P&P - 3:30pm
     
Book Talk: The Italians: John Hooper - P&P - 6pm

Children's Concert - Saturday Morning at the National - Musical group - Rocknoceros - 9:30 and 1:30 with tickets distributed 30 minutes before each performance

Children's Special Event:  Excerpts of the soon to be presented ballet, Sleepy Hollow:Ballet and American Art with talks and scavenger hunt and art tour - Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 1pm

Sunday, February 1
Concert:  National Gallery of Art chamber players - Italian Renaissance composers -National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert:  My Favorite Things - Scot Reese and song from the American Broadway stage songbook – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Book Talk:  A Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care – Dr. Angelo Volandes – P&P – 1 PM

Monday, February 2   
Concert:  Celebrating Strayhorn – Howard University music major Imani-GraceCooperr – Ella Fitzgerald sings the Duke Ellington songbook – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk:  The 100 Year Marathon: China's secret strategy to replace America as a global superpower – Michael Pillsbury – P&P – 7 PM

Film:  Archival film of the Della Seda family – commemorating Holocaust remembrance Day – the Embassy of Italy – reservations required – www.licvwashington.esteri.it - 6:30pm

Film:   Discovering Georgian Cinema retrospective – Giorgi Shengelala's 1969 film – Pirosmani – Goethe Institut - reservations required - goetheinstitutwashington.evenbrite.com – 6:30 PM   

\Tuesday, February 3
Concert:  Percussion ensemble of Radford University – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Lecture: Ethics in the Design World: When to Say No – distinguished panel considers projects that displace indigenous populations – National Building Museum -  reservations required – 202 – 272 – 2448 – 6:30 – 8 PM

Lecture : Bread and Roses Labor Series Considers the Great Lawrence Textile Strike week of 1912 – panel of American University and University of Massachusetts professors – Busboys and Poets Bookstore – 1025 5th St. NW - 6 – 8 PM

Lecture: Iraqi and US Relations and What the Future Holds Iraqi's Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily – reservations required – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU – reservations required –  go.gwu,edu/mepf6:30 – 8 PM

Lecture: Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad – distinguished college panel – National Archives – 7 PM       

Wednesday, February 4

Workshop for grandparents:  Connecting generations workshop: exciting the younger generation about the magical world of plants – US botanic Garden – reservations required – 202 – 225 – 8333 – 1 – 3 PM

Concert:   Works by Ellington and friends – Dan Dufford and ensemble featuring jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly– St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10

Concert: Ensemble Calefax performs works of Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, and others – Coolidge Auditorium -  Jefferson building -  Library of Congress – rush tickets may be available at 6:30 PM – discussion by members of the ensemble – 6:30 PM

Lecture:  The use of precious metals like silver and gold in art – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

 Lecture:  The role of the US churches in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement – David Wildman executive secretary for human rights and racial justice, United Methodist Church and Philip Farah -  Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace – The Palestine Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. – 1 – 2 PM 

Lecture:  parenting on purpose: tools and techniques for effective parenting – conversation with Deborah L Tillman – star of lifetime television program, "America's Supernanny" – Marvin Center – GW you reservations required – 202 – 994 – two 503 – 430 – 5:30 PM

Lecture:  Brecht and the Bible: Mother Courage and Her Children Georgetown University professor G. Ronald Murphy  – reservations required - Goethe Institut  – 6:45 PM

Lecture: Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One has the TimeJournalist Author Bridgit Schulte – Georgetown Day School – 4200 Davenport St. NW. - 7 PM 

Book talk: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – David J Morris – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Sit-in one of the first prime time documentaries on the civil rights movement from 1960 – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Film:  Discovering Georgian Cinema retrospective – Iosseliani's 1971 feature film – Once Upon A Time There Was A Singing Blackbird – Embassy of France – reservations required -tinyurl.com/singing-blackbird – 7 PM  

Thursday, February 5
Panel:  Forum on the Rosenberg Case - Distinguished panel moderated by Journalist Marvin Kalb - National Archives - 7pm


Friday, February 6

Concert and Art Showcase:  Selected Local Bands an;d art viewing - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 6 - 8pm 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Events of the Week: Friday, January 23 - Friday, January 30

The first film festivals of 2015 begin this week with the Georgian (Russian) Series at the Goethe Institut.  Don't know of the Goethe Institut or Georgian cinema?  Check them out at 812 7th NW - the films are free and they will soon host portions of the Jewish Film Festival.  They also have a display of the photography of Barbara Kelmm, one of Germany's most distinguished photographers. 

Friday, January 23 
Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne and Danielle Cook - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - noon - 12:45

Book Talk:  Guantanamo Diary - Authors Nancy Hollandar and Shani Himsi - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Xanadu - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Pickford Theatre - 7pm

Concert:  St. Lawrence String Quartet Opus 90: Celebrating 90 Years of Concerts from the Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 8pm - Stand-by tickets may be available at 6:30pm  - at 6:30 Anne McLean discusses the series in the Whittall Pavillion

Film: To Tell the Truth: Working for Change  (North American Premiere) - Documentary of social change in the U. S. and United Kingdom from 1929 - 1941 - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon - Second segment next Friday. 

Saturday, January 24
Book Talks:  Boom, Bust Exodus - Chad Broughton - P&P - 1pm 
Narcissism and Politics - Jerrold M. Post - P&P - 3:30pm
The Book of Love - Roger Rosenblatt - P&P 6pm

Lecture and discussion:  Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman in Civil War Washington:  Jean Freedman and Jamie Stiehm – Georgetown Library – 3260 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Book Talk:  A. D. and  M. L, King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream: author Naomi Ruth Barber King the sister-in-law of Dr. King – MLK memorial library – 2 PM

Sunday, January 25
Gypsy Jazz:  Violinist Daisy Castro - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble perform Monteverdi with poetry readings - National Gallery of Art - West Garden Court - 6pm  

Monday, January 26
Film: "Discovering Georgian Cinema" features two of Jashi's films Bakhmaro and Felicita - reservations required at Goethe Institut - 812 7th St. NW - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  Our Secret Life in Movies - Author J. M. Tyree - Kramerbooks - 1517 Connecticut NW - 6:30pm

Forum:  National Press Club hosts Coverage of Race in America: How Are We Doing? Can We Do Better? - Ballroom - National Press Club - 529 14th Street NW - reservations required - rsvp@capitalpressclub.org - 6:30 - 8pm

Tuesday, January 27
Film and Discussion:  The Decade of Discovery - considering email and other forms of communication in the White House - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  GWU Camerata Singers - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book Discussion:  The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State - Author Jocelyne Cesari - Room 602 - GWU - Elliot School of International Affairs - 1957 E ST. NW reservations required - go.gwu.edu/jan27rsvp - Noon - 2pm

Film:  Remembering National Holocaust Day, the film The Island of Roses: A
Tragedy in a Paradise
 with remarks by the Ambassador from Italy
 - reservations required - www.iicwashington.esteri.it - 6:30pm

Wednesday, January 28
Book Talk:  Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe - George Friedman - P&P - 7pm

Book TalK:  Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power - Malcolm Byrne - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  The Bill of he Century: The Epic struggle for the Civil Rights Act - Clay Risen - Room 119 - Jefferson Building  - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture:  Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea - Ashley W. Harris - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Avenue - Noon - 12:30pm

Thursday, January 29
Book Talk:  Chasing the Scream - Johann Hari a look at the War on Drugs - P&P - 6pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne  and Danielle Cook _ US Botanic Garden - 12:45pm

Concert:  Chamber music by the Youth Fellows of the NSO - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center

Film: Discovering Georgian Cinema - Tinatin Gurchiani's The Machine That Makes Everything Disappear - Goethe Society - reservations required - www.goetheinstitutwashingtonevenbritecom -

Friday, January 30
Film:  To Tell the Truth: The Strategy of Truth - Second part of series on propaganda during WWII in the US GB and Germany - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon 




Friday, January 16, 2015

Events of the week Friday, January 16 – Thursday, January 22

The weather outside may be dreary, but the free cultural and intellectual activities throughout the city can brighten up your day. It's a good week to attend an event in a facility where you have never been before.

 Friday , January 16
Lecture:  The 13th Amendment:  150th Anniversary of the Abolishment of Slavery - Historian Jim Barber - National Portrait Gallery - Noon

Film:  Iranian Film Festival features the 2013 film, Fish and Cat - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Saturday,  January 17 
Concert:  Chanson du Soir - soprano Chelsea Camille and guitarist David Isaacs with songs from Spain - Anderson House - Society of Cincinnati - 1:30pm 

Book Talks:  Washington, D. C. and the Civil War - Mark N. Ozer -Politics and Prose - 3:30pm
Culture Crash:  The Killing of the Creative Class - Scott Timberg - P&P - 6pm

Sunday, January  18
Film:  Iranian Film Festival features the 2013 film, Fish and Cat - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Concert:  Violinist Federico Agostini performs Respighi and other Italian Composers - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 3:30pm

Book Talk:  The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House - P&P -1pm

Special Event:  Watch them Fly - Model Airplanes through the Great Hall - National Building Museum - 11am - 4pm


Monday, January 19
Concert:  Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King with Natalie Cole and Georgetown University Musical Groups - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - Tickets distributed before the 6pm concert

Concert:  All God;'s Children - Celebrating the Life of MLK with dancers, Howard University Choir and other groups - for entry canned goods or new children's book - Washington National Cathedral - 2 - 4pm

Tuesday, January 20
Book Talk:  The Nazi Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men – Eric Lichtblau - National Archives – noon

Lecture:  Interfaith Dialogue: The Intersection of Faith and Politics - Rabbi Abraham Skorka (a close friend of Pope Francis) - reservations required - masortiolami.org/skorka-at-adas-israel - 2850 Quebec Street NW - 7pm


Wednesday, January 21
Panel Discussion:  State of the Union's Foreign Policy - World Affairs Council - reservations required - worldaffairsdc.org - University of California Washington Center - 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Panel Discussion: The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis - U. S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen, Tom Davis and Martin Frost - reservations suggested - archivesfouindation.org/events - National Archives - 7:30pm

Film:  Here and Elsewhere - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW - 1 - 2pm

Film:  A Gentle Breeze in the Village - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW - 6:30pm

Thursday, January 2
Concert:  Talladega College Choir - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Discussion:  New Challenges for Islamist Movements - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/jan22rsvp - Elliot School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E Street NW - Noon - 2pm