Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, October 30 - Friday, November 14

An arthritic shoulder that prevents regular typing causes me to discontinue the Events Blog for some time.   If this old dog can learn to use the "Dragon Dictate" I might be able to get back before next year.  However, the holiday season should be one when you will have a great deal to chose from on your own.  I hope you'll check out a few parting shots I want to make via one finger typing on my other blog, Ron's Rant (http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com)

In addition to this two week listing of events, there are several special events I've seen recently that I think you might find interesting
  • November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The display at the Goethe-Institut at 812 7th St. NW is truly fascinating.  It runs until December 15
  • Smithsonian's Portrait Gallery has a display of   
    • Time Magazine covers from the 60's
    • Civil Rights Memorabilia
  • Smithsonian American Indian Museum has redesigned its displays
Thursday, October 30 
Concert:  Ensemble Dal Niente - A George Lewis Premiere - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 8pm - Rush tickets at 6:30 at the same time as a conversation with George Lewis in the Whittall Pavilion

Book Talk:  Don't Wait for the Next War - General Wesley Clark considers American growth and Leadership - P & P - 7pm

Book Talk:  Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln - Richard Brookhiser - National Archives - Noon

Film:  The Young and the Damned - Luis Bunuel's 1950 film - Mexican Cultural Institute - 2829 15th ST. NW - reservations required - rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org - 6:45pm

Friday, October 31
Talk:  Presidents and Baseball - Baseball enthusiastic Tom Reese - White House Visitors Center - 12:15pm

Book Talk:  Isabella: The Warrior Queen - Kirstin Downey considers Isabella of Castile - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Get Happy: The Songs of Harold Arlen -Soprano Erin Driscoll - McNair Auditorium - Georgetown University - 1:15pm

Concert:ms Prague Philharmonic Chorus performs Dvorak and others - West Garden Court - NGA - 3:30pm  

Saturday,  November 1 
Book Review:  Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory - Anne Sarah Rubin - P&P - 1pm

Book Review:  Hillary: The Photographs of Diane Walker - Time Photographer Diane Walker - P&P 3 ;30pm

Concert:  Cuban Pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Stage - 6pm

Film:  Maio Bellocchio's 1965 film, Fists in the Pocket - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 4:30pm

Sunday,  November 2
Book Review:  The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President - Aaron David Miller - P&P 1pm

Book Review:  Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind - (in Nazis Vienna) - Sarah Wildman - P&P - 5pm

Concert:  Durufle's Requiem - Cathedral Choir - Washington National Cathedral - 6pm

Lecture:  El Greco in America - Johns Hopkins University Professor Richard L. Kagan - West Building National Gallery of Art - - 2pm 

Monday, November 3
Book Review:  The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington : Greg Herken - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  The Secret of the Gondola - David Alan Brown - West Building - NGA - 12:10 and 1:10pm

Lecture:  Ethics and Morals of he Israeli Defense Forces - Col. Bentzi Gruber - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - 6th and I - Reservations required - sixthandi.org - 7:30pm

Film Documentary:  Raschick's 2006 film about East German Youth and their discovery of hip hop music - $4 - $7 charge - Goethe-Institut - 812 7th NW - 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 4
Book Review:  Napoleon: A Life - Andrew Roberts - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Cosmos: Hiding in the Light - Grosvenor auditorium - National Geographic - 1600 M St. NW - Noon

Film and discussion: Rebel - 2014 Documentary about a Union Spy - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Torneranno i Prati - WWI tragedy in Italy - Embassy of Italy - reservations required -               www.licwashington.esteri.it - 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 5
Lecture: They're Saved, They're Saved: Winslow Homer and the Lifeline - Kathleen Foster, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 7pm

Book Talk:  Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War - Mark Harris - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Encountering Jesus - Father James Martin - Bunn Cultural Center - Georgetown University - 7pm

Concert:  Organist Greg Morris of Temples Church, London performs a Trio of Triptiques - St. John's Episcopal Church of the Presidents - Lafayette Square - 12:10pm

Concert:  Avanti Orchestra performs works by Schubert and Beethoven - Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 7:30pm

 November 6
Book Talk:  The Nazis Next Door How America Became a Safe haven for Hitlers Men - Eric Lichtblau - P&P - 7pm 

Friday, November 7
Piano Concert:   Pierre-Laurant Aimard plays Bach an Beethoven - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert 8pm - Rush tickets 6:30

Book Review:  Wait, Wait.......I'm Not Done Yet: Stories from Life In Radio - Carl Kassell - P&P - 7pm
Saturday, November 8
Choral Jazz Singers - The Nels Cline Singers with guitarist, bass drums, electronics without singers perform free jazz - Atlas Performing Arts Center - 1333 H St. NE - Telephone 202-399-7993 - 9pm

Book Review:  Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of A Changing China - Val Wang - P&P - 1pm

Sunday, November 9
Classical Concert  Smithsonian Chamber Players perform Beethoven and Schumann - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3pm

Book Review:  The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power - Jules Witcover - P&P - 1pm

Book Review:  The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall - Mary E. Sarotte - P&P - 5pm

Monday, November 10

Tuesday, November 11
Book Review:  No Man's Land: Preparing for War in post 9/11 America - Elizabeth D. Samet - P&P 7pm

Wednesday, November 12
Book Review:  The Reliance Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong - Judin Radin, President, Rockefeller Foundation - P&P -7pm 

Thursday, November 13
Book Review:  Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most - Timothy Shriver, Chief, Special Olympics - P&P 7pm
Friday, November 14
Annual Conference:  From Local to Global:  The Persistence of the Palestinian Struggle - Internet Registration: The Jerusalem Fund:Calendar - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW -9am - 5pm

Book Review:  China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice - Richard Bernstein - P&P - 7pm


















7 comments:

  1. Thanks, Ron. Good luck with the shoulder! Goethe looks interesting this week.

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  2. I just found out about your lovely blog! As a frugal college student, I am always looking for free events like these. I am sorry to hear that your shoulder is bothering you. I hope it feels better and you can start posting again soon. Thank you for all these ideas for how I can spend this weekend.

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  3. So thoughtful of you to respond. I find it very gratifying. While I started the list of events for myself as a retiree, I soon expanded it to include college students. I'd truly like to find ways to broadcast it more to college and high school students.since as an educator I truly believe this is how real education occurs. I'll be eager to get back and hope to reach out more effectively. I'll appreciate any helpful thoughts sent to ron.lehker@verizon.net and check out my other blog at http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com again thanks

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  4. I just wanted to pop in to thank you for running this awesome blog, I've had a number of great nights out with my wife thanks to the events you've shared! I also wanted to wish you luck with your shoulder, my dad uses "Dragon" for dictation now and again when he's tired of pecking away at the keyboard ;) it works great for him!

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    1. just discovered your comment. many thanks. my kids are helping me get started with dragon and i hope to have it running after my surgery wednesday. glad to know of your dad's recommendation. i'll be eager to get back to my blog.
      ron

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  5. Hey wanted to thank you as well. I've been to several events you've posted and has made DC a better city to live in especially a couple of months ago when I was without a job and looking for satisfying things to do around the city on a budget. I havent been on in a couple of weeks and am sad to hear about your shoulder. I hope you get better soon,

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    1. glad you got a job - thanks so much for the comment. my kids are installing dragon and i hope to get back to my blogs soon after wednesday's surgery.

      ron

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