Thursday, May 19, 2016

Update

Sorry, I'm taking most of the summer off.  I'll be back in the fall at the latest.  I will occasionally find something to say in my other blog:
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

or you can contact me with anything urgent at ron.lehker@verizon.net

Ron

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, May 12

  Just as last week we have an opportunity to travel the world through a visit to scores of embassies.  This Saturday they are the Embassies of the European Union.  If you traveled last week to Africa and Asia and other continents, you discovered that MANY WERE PACKED with people - especially those in concentrated areas.  We, however, visited quite a number in scattered locations and NEVER WAITED IN LINE.  So you might carefully check the map.  A listing can be found at

AND SADLY AS I INDICATED LAST WEEK, THIS IS THE LAST REGULAR LISTING FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER.  I'll occasionally publish my RANTS AND RAVES  (there are so many concerns I want to share with any who might be interested).  And I may occasionally find time to suggest outstanding event, but the summer is proving too busy to keep my fingers at the keyboard.  I HOPE YOU WILL CHECK MY BLOGS OCCASIONALLY.  This week my other blog
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
contains a reference to two source materials I shall be contemplating during my "sabbatical" relating to religion and peace.  I hope some of you will consider them with me

May
Thursday, 12
Book Talk: Matti Friedman – "Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier's Story" (from the point of view of an Israeli soldier) – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Mark Slobin, Prof. of music and American studies at Wesleyan University – "Improvising a Music Metropolis: Detroit, 1940s – 1960s" – Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Lecture:  Kluge Fellow Theo Christov discusses "Law of Nations" the rise of the United States into an international actor and eventual global power" - Room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 4 PM

Book lecture: David Vine – "Base Nation: how American military bases abroad harm America and the world" – Potter's House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. – 7 PM to 9 PM

Friday, 13
Book Lecture:  Heather Boushey - "Finding Time: The Economics of Work/Life Conflict" - P&P - 7PM

Concert: Ingrid Jensen – jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performs with a jazz ensemble – a part of the weeklong Mary Lou Williams jazz celebration– Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: "Redes" – a new DVD of the iconic Mexican film masterpiece followed by discussion and musical performance – Mexican Cultural Institute – 2829 16th St. NW. – reservations required – 202-728-1628 – 6:45 PM

Exhibit opening: "Lincoln contemporaries" – Matthew Brady's portraits of 20 celebrities who work with Lincoln during his presidency – Smithsonian national portrait Gallery – opens today through May 12, 2019

Saturday, 14
Book Lecture:  Chris Edelson "Power Without Constraint: the post 911 presidency and national security  " - P&P - 1PM

Concert:  The Pedrito martinez Group - Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 9PM

Art walk: "Arts in Foggy Bottom outdoor sculpture show" – 13 contemporary sculptures in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood – Official opening at 4p.m. at 842 New Hampshire Ave. NW. and runs through October 22

Concert: Savannah Harris jazz trio – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Jamie Stiehm – "Andrew Jackson, Roger Taney, Francis Scott Key: A Grim trio in town and country" – Georgetown neighborhood library – 3260 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Family program: "Renwick in Bloom family day" – hands-on activities for all in the family – Renwick Gallery – 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., Northwest – 10 AM to 2 PM

Film: Fritz Lang's "Die Nibelungenlied" – with organ accompaniment – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Sunday, 15
I'm a bassist with the National Symphony Orchestra and will be playing a duo recital with NSO cellist Mark Evans. The music will span from baroque to back-country. Should be a lot of fun!
Sunday, May 15 @ 5:00pm First Congregational United Church 945 G Street N.W. (Metro Center & Chinatown stops are 3-4 blocks away)
First Congregational is a very modern space with absolutely killer acoustics. Hope to see some of you there! Thanks! Charlie Nilles, double bass.

Children's program: Swedish artist and art teacher Karen Lithell and arts and crafts workshop for children ages four – 10 – Embassy of Sweden – 2900 K St. NW. – noon – 3 PM

Concert: DC Concert Orchestra performs works by Beethoven, Copeland, Bizet and Grieg – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 3 PM

Concert: Ariel Quartet and pianist Alon Goldstein perform works by Brahms and Mozart – W. Garden Court – West building – national Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: Saudi Arabia film, "Wadjda" a 10-year-old girl dreams of owning a bicycle though bike riding is an activity available only to males – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – noon and 1:45 PM and 3:30 PM

Film: "Xala" 1975 film from Senegal looking at the pretensions of the upper class in postcolonial Africa – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 16
Film:  Killing Pakisstani Women For Honor: A Film Makers Tale killing Pakistani women for honor: a film makers tale call" - United States Institute for Peace - 301 608-8268

Book lecture: Garrett Peck – "Walt Whitman in Washington DC: the Civil War and America's great poet" – Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church – 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Book discussion: Rev. Gary Hall leads discussion of Anthony Doerr's, "All the light we cannot see" Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM – reservations required -  registrations@cathedral.org

Tuesday,  17
Book Lecture:  Joshua Kendall - "First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama" - Montpelier Room Madison Building Library of Congress - Noon

Book Lecture:  Mark Landler - "Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the twilight light struggle over American power " - P&P : 7PM

Panel discussion: "Inequality and presidential politics: opportunities for changing the game" – Institute for Policy Studies – Suite 600 – 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM – 2 PM
registrations required  202-234-9382

Book lecture: Jonathan Horn – "The man who would not be Washington: the tragic and complicated story of Robert E. Lee" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Movie: "Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese" with questions and answers with the filmmakers – Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Library – 6 PM

Film: Martin Frics 1949 film "The Poachers Foster Daughter" a young woman runs away from home to escape an arranged marriage & falls in love with a millionaire – bistro Bohem – 600 Florida Ave. NW. – 7 PM p.m. – reservations required bistrobohem@gmail.com

Poetry reading: Austrian Slovenian poet Cvetka Lipus – Embassy of Austria – 3524 International Court NW. – 7:30 PM – reservations required at  acfdc.org

Wednesday, 18
Book Lecture:  Sidney Blumenthal - "A Self-Made Man: the political life of Abraham Lincoln: 1809 – 1849 P&P - 7PM

Concert:  Nakotah LaRance presents native American Hoop Dancing - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Art lecture: Ashley W. Harris discusses the special exhibit. "She who tells the story: women photographers from Iran And the Arab world – National Museum of women in the arts - Noon to 12:30 PM

Art lecture: 2015 – 16 fellows of the museum present new scholarship on topics ranging from Joseph Cornell to Sol LeWitt -  Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2 PM – 5 PM

Book lecture and discussion: Michael Rendell, author of "Razzle-dazzle: the battle for Broadway" in conversation with Peter Marks, drama critic for the Washington Post – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street Northwest – 202-331-7282 – 6:30 PM

Art Museum day: National Museum of Women in the Arts – free admission day – 10 AM to 5 PM

Thursday, 19
Panel:  Growing Far Right Sentiments in Europe and the United States "The Rise of Hate on the Back of Refugees - Distinguished panel - Goethe Institute - 1990 K Street NW (Entrance on 20th Street - 6:30PM

Lecture:  Kissinger Chair Bruce Jentleson prtesents "Profiles in Statesmanship: 20th Centur Breakthroughs for Global Peaceand Security and 21st Century Challenges -   Room LJ119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congres - 4PM

Book Lecture:  Joel Goldstein - "The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden" - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Favorite Films of teh Natinal Archives Motion Picture Lab - with historic significance - National Archives - 2PM

Book Lecture:  Annette Gordan-Reed and Peter Onuf - "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and theEmpire of the Imagination" - National Archives - 7PM


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Free cultural events of the week supplement Monday, May 9 - Thursday May 12

Here is the rest of the week.  I'll be back Wednesday with the week ahead. Hope you have an opportunity to attend some of the events.

Monday, 9
Film: The new documentary - "Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural - followed by discussion by author and film maker- National Archives - 7PM

Lecture: National Endowment for the Humanities presents the 45th annual Jefferson lecture in the humanities featuring filmmaker Ken Burns – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 7:30 PM
reservations required – mshutler@neh.gov – standby tickets may be available

Concert: Woodrow Wilson High School vocal music program of Washington DC performs various classical and jazz music – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: "Settlements and Occupation: The Case of Hebron and Beyond" – The Palestine Center – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Tuesday, 10
Book Talk: Meg Jacobs - "Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970's" - P & P - 7PM

Concert: Guitarist Jorge  Amaral and Mis Pomerantz performed Latin American music – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Panel discussion: "Sustaining the Political Revolution Series discusses "Demilitarization, Disarmament, Drugs and Diplomacy of the Decade" – Institute for Policy Studies – Suite 600 – 1301 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 4 PM to 6 PM - reservations required – 202-234-9382

Film: Prince's iconic 1984 film, "Purple Rain" – Room A-5 – Martin Luther King Jr. library – 6 PM
Wednesday, 11
Book Talk:  Nathaniel Philbrick - "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution" - P & P - 7PM

Concert: "100 years of classical Croatian music" -  featuring classical music ensemble – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Helen and Ren Davis – "Landscapes for the People: Photography in America's National Parks" – National Archives – noon

Thursday, 12
Book Talk: Matti Friedman – "Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier's Story" (from the point of view of an Israeli soldier) – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Mark Slobin, Prof. of music and American studies at Wesleyan University – "Improvising a Music Metropolis: Detroit, 1940s – 1960s" – Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Lecture:  Kluge Fellow Theo Christov discusses "Law of Nations" the rise of the United States into an international actor and eventual global power" - Room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 4 PM

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free and easily accessible intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, May 5

My, oh, my!  So many exciting things to do this next week beginning with the opportunity to visit 40 countries (embassies, that is) on Saturday.  You might recall that last week. because of personal time constraints, I was going to send an abbreviated list - or no list at all!  Yet there is so many things available, I just couldn't do that with guests coming to see the city..  In order to get this weeks listing out in time for Thursdays events, I'll do it in two parts – today - I'll include the events through Sunday. On Sunday, I'll add the events for the rest of the week. 

Additionally I hope soon to do some more Ranting and Raving. Recent events nationally and the opportunities I've had to learn from the "younger generation" through Reddit and Oprah's Magazine cause me to want me to say more in response. I'll let you know when those thoughts are available.

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

Panel discussion: "Through our eyes: Insights from Syrian refugees in the United States" – Riggs library – Healy Hall – Georgetown University – 4 PM – 6 PM
reservations requested – guevents.georgetown.edu

Film: In honor of victory in Europe Day, the premier of "After Hitler" with follow-up discussion – Embassy of France – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW – 7 PM
reservations required – frenchculture.org/events

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

Book Lecture:  Dave Barry - "The Worst Night Ever" - Takoma Park, Maryland Library - P&P - 7PM

Concert: "Opera Studio" performs works by Britain and Rossini – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street NW – noon

Demonstration: In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: Chef Kevin Lee presents "The American Story of Sushi" – a hands-on demonstration – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 2 PM

Book lecture: Mark Wilkerson – "Thomas Young's War" about a paralyzed Iraq war veteran heroically battling his 10 year old injury – in conversation with Martha Raddatz of ABC news – Potters House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW – 7 PM – 9 PM



Saturday, 7
Book Talk:  Richard Zacks - "Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round the World Comedy Tour" - P&P - 1PM

Book Lecture:  Actress Diane Guerrero - " In the Country We Love: My Family Divided" - the story of her family overcoming severe immigration problems - P&P - 6PM

Lecture: Jeff Spurr, scholar of Islamic textiles and rugs discusses prayer rugs – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. and W – 10:30 AM – noon

Presentation: Anne McLean of the Library of Congress discusses Ludwig van Beethoven life and discusses various artifacts of the composer – Whittall Pavilion – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 11 AM
reservations required – loc,gov/concerts

Book lecture: Donna Urbikas – "My Sisters Mother – the story of her mother's deportation and starvation in Siberia during World War II – The Kochanski Foundation – 2025 O Street Northwest – 4 PM

Festival: Cultural Tourism DC Presents "Around The World Embassy Tour" open houses, entertainment and culture programs in about 40 embassies including food, dance, art, fashion, and music – 10 AM – 4 PM – for more information consult culturaltourismdc.org

Festival: "Korea Day: A Family Festival" – varied activities – Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – 1050 Independence Ave. SW. – 11 AM – 4PM.

Film: "Paris Belongs To Us" – a 1961 work that portrays life in bohemian Paris – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 2:30 PM

Special event: National Bike Month is celebrated with a non-– denominational event at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes – 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 11 AM – dcbicycleblessing.org


Sunday, 8
Boo Lecture:  Molly Sinclair McCartney - "America's War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflict" - P&P - 1PM

Book Lecture:  Seymour M. Hersh - "The Killing of Osama Bin Laden" - P & P _ 5PM

Concert: United States Marine Corps Latin jazz ensemble performs various Latin jazz styles – John Philip Sousa Band Hall – Marine Barracks Annex – seventh and K St., Southeast – 2 PM

Concert: Steinway Series features the Mendelssohn piano trio performing Beethoven's piano trios – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Oran Etkin - Jazz artist and composer "Re-imagining Benny Goodman" – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM and 4:15 PM

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With the support of the British Council.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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

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

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

Spring Garden Tour Times and Tickets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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