Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Events of the Week:Thursday, May 22 - Wednesday. May 28

Thanks to grandson, Jake, for keeping the blog alive, I return to an exciting week featuring a vast array of unusual concerts.  Also be sure to check out the new gallery shows at the National Gallery of Art.  It was fascinating to spend three weeks in the Netherlands and Germany, but I think no other city has the vast number of free cultural programs as DC.  

Thursday, May 2
Book Talk:  James Webb, former Senator and Secretary of the Navy discusses, "I Heard My Country Calling" - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  A Salute to Veterans: Big Band Tunes of he Greatest Generation - U. S. Army Blues -
World War II Memorial - 6pm

Book Talk:  The Keillor Reader: Stories Essays, Poems and Personal reminiscences from the Sage of Lake Wobegon - Author Garrison Keillor - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  Musical traditions of Ukraine with band Gerdan - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon 

Friday, May 23
Gallery Talk:  Accompanying the exhibit of Degas/Cassatt is a lecture about Degas' influence on Cassatt - West Building Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art - held often during the week but today at 11am

Concert:  Jazz in the Garden - Features Elikeh, an Afrofunk band from Togo -The initial concert for the summer season in the garden of the National Gallery of Art - 5pm until 8:30pm

Film: Continued showing of Ken Burn's Jazz Series - "Our Language" - includes iconic performance spaces like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom - Series continues every Friday through June 27 - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Author Kai Bird discusses, "The Good Spy" - Politics and Prose Bookstore - 7pm

Concert:  Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival features saxophonist Lakeci Benjamin - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm - Check the  Millennium website for other performances in this series

Saturday, May 24
Opera Film:  The Magic Flute - Ingmar Bergman's 1975 adaptation of the Mozart Classic - East  Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art - 1pm

Children's Program:  Hear a story about and create art work in the style of Romare Bearden - National Portrait Gallery - 1 - 4pm - Repeats Sunday 2 - 5pm

Sunday, May 25
Concert:  Jazz Concert - Robin Verheyen, saxophonist and Marco Copland, pianist - West Building -
West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Film:  A Short Film about Killing - Polish cinema's Krzysztof Kieslowski film - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Concert:  National Memorial Day Choral Concert with U. S. Symphony Orchestra - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - rush tickets available for 3pm concert

Concert:  Slovenian operatic soprano Irena Preda as part of the European Month of Culture with various operatic selections - Millennium stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Monday, May 26
Concert:  European Month of Culture continues with classical music trio performing the music of various composers - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Tuesday, May 27
Book Talk:  Author Joshua Fields Millburn discusses "Everything That Remains: A memoir by the Minimalists" P & P - 7pm

Concert:  Clipper City Brass Quintet - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street NW - 12:10pm

Concert:  Estonian Chamber Choir ad Orchestra perform works of Estonian Composer Arvo Part - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - 6 pm 

Wednesday, May 28
Book Talk: Author Michael Mandelbaum discusses "The Road to Global Prosperity' - P & P - 7pm

Film and Lecture:  Freedom Summer - Film maker Stanley Nelson introduces and discusses his new documentary about the attempts to register African American voters in Mississippi in 1964 - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  NGA Chamber players present music from The Czech Republic, Malta, Romania and Slovenia -
West Building - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 12:10pm

Concert:  Klezmer Trumpeter Frank London presents music of Jewish life in Hungary in tribute to Holocaust victims - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert:  Youtube on Stage Live from the Kennedy Center - John Legend and others - Opera House Kennedy Center - 7:30pm - tickets distributed in Hall of Nations at 6pm

Panel discussion:  Blue Note at 75 series - "The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy" - reservations required - goetheinstitutwashingtonton.evenbrite.com - Goethe Institut 812 7th Street NW - 6:30pm

Concert:  "A Tribute to Marvin Hamisch" with soprano Mary Millbin - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Avenue NW - reservations required - nmwa.org/shenson

Discussion:  "Gay Rights and Religious Freedom: Is Common Ground Possible?' panel representing varous religious perspectives - sponsored by Moment Magazine and the Newseum institute - reservations required at newseum.org - Knight Conference Center - Newseum - 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - 6:30pm


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