Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Events of the Week - Thursday, March 27 - Wednesday, April 2


There's nothing as fascinating as last week's discussion of the Hobby Lobby case involving Baylor University President Kenneth Starr and Attorney Alan Dershowitz, but if you want political drama you might want to hear Charles Krauthammer and David Plouffe discuss political issues.  Of course it is the only listed event for which there is a charge - $10.00.  It's on Sunday at the Lisner Auditorium - GWU - 730 21st ST.NW- 8pm

Thursday, March 27
 Book Talk:  Author Walid Phares discusses events around the Arab Spring in The Lost Spring: U. S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid - Politics and Prose - 7pm 

Film:  The City and Men and Dust - Two 1939 films announcing a call to rebuild the cities - Part of the 2014 Environmental Film Series - National Archives - Noon

Film:  HR6161: An Act of Congress - A Bill to Amend the Clean Air Act - Charles Guggenheim's  film as part of the Environmental Film Festival -  National Archives - 7pm

Lecture:  Historian Robert Kagan and Scholar John Bew discuss, "Real Politik and American Exceptionalism" - Room 119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert:  Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio performs works of Brahms, Ravel and Ikebe - Meyer Auditorium - Freer Gallery of Art - The Mall - Reservations required - 202-633-1000 - 7:30pm

Friday, March 28
Book Talk:  Sean Theriault discusses "The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress" National Archives - Room G-25 - Pennsylvania Ave. Entrance - Noon

Book Talk:  Michio Kaku discuss his book, "The Future of the Mind:  The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind: - P and P - 7pm

Saturday, March 29
Book Talk:  Paul Taylor of the Pew Center discusses, "The Next America" - P and P - 1pm

Film:  Czech Animated Shorts II - Selection of ten brief film shorts - National Gallery of Art - East Building - 1:30pm

Family Activity:  Cherry Blossom Kite Festival - Washington Monument Grounds - nationalcherryblossomfestival.org - 10am - 4:30pm

Film:  "Nature Unfolds" Environmental Film Festival animated shorts from U. S., Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands - East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art  10:30am

Sunday, March 30 
Concert:  Songs, Operatic Scenes Spirituals - Alessandra Marc, Soprano and Issachah Savage,Tenor - Church of the Annunciation - 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW - One block west of Wisconsin - 5pm

Film:  "Northern Lights: Semi-fictional 1970's documentary of a midwest populist movement pre WWI -
National Gallery of Art - East Building - 2pm

Lecture:  Sixty-third A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts - Princeton University Professor of History Anthony Grafton - How Jesus Celebrated Passover: The Jewish Origins of Christianity - National Gallery of Art - East Building - Small Auditorium - 2pm

Concert:  Marimba player NaokoTakada - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art -6:30pm

Monday, March 31
Book Talk:  Brookings Fellow, Bruce Jones discusses, "Still Ours to Lead" - P and P - 7pm

Lecture:  Singer-Songwriter David Bromerg launches the American Folklife Center's new interview series, "Open Mic: Conversations About Tradition and Inspiration" - Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Contact: 202-707-5510 - Noon

Lecture:  Julia Marushevska discusses her involvement in protests in Ukraine - Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E ST. NW -reservations required - go.gwu.edu/Marushevska - 4 - 5pm

Lecture:  Center on Education Policy founder, Jack Jennings discusses "Presidents Congress and Public Education: School Improvement in a Political Atmosphere - City View Room - Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E St. nw - reservations required - jenningsatgsehd.eventbrite,com - 5pm


Tuesday, April 1
Concert:  Washington Bach Consort and organist Neil Weston - Church of the Epiphany - 13 17 G Street 12:10pm

Film: Miloslav Luther's 2009 film "Mosquitoes' Tango" - about two emigrant returning to Slovakia - Embassy of Slovak Republic - 3523 International Court NW - near Van Ness metro - reservations required - rsvp.washington@mzv.sk - 7pm

Wednesday, April 2
Concert:  Air Force Strings and organist perform, Poulenc's "Concerto for Organ" - St. John's Church - Lafayette Square - 12:10 - 12:45pm

Lecture: Journalist Shahan Mufti discusses, "The Endangered Promise of Pakistan Democracy and Islam in the First Islamic Republic" - Rom 270 - Bunn Intercultural Center - Georgetown University - guevents.georgetown.edu - 12:30pm

Discussion: "A World Tour of Orchids" Smithsonian Institution orchid specialist Tom Mirenda - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - 6:30 - 7:30pm

Comedic Performance: "A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup" - Tokyo clown Yanomi Shoshinz - Sidney Harmon Hall - 610 F St. NW - Reservations suggested - 202-547-5688 - Noon


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Events of the Week - Thursday, March 20 - Thursday, March 27


Once again Politics and Prose prove they are a font of great knowledge.  And remember they are but a nice spring walk from the Van Ness Metro stop.  If you've never been there before, it is time to treat yourself.

And get an advanced look at the Cherry Blossom Festival at one of DC's most exciting buildings, The National Building Museum

So many worthwhile FREE events in the city, it gets harder and harder to present a list of reasonable length. 

But here goes: 

Thursday, March 20
Concert:  Take 5 Series: Women in Jazz - Tribute to Melba Liston - Performing group includes trombone and saxophone - Kogod Courtyard - American Art Museum - 5 - 7pm

Lecture: Richard Louv, Author of "Last Child in the Woods" discusses "Reconnecting Children with Nature" - Grand Ballroom Marvin Center - GWU - 800 21st St. NW 6:30 -pm

Book Talk:  Author Austin Kleon discusses, Show Your Work - sparking ideas in the age of social media -
Politics and Prose - 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW - 7pm

Reading:  Nigerian Author winner of the 2013 Caine Prize for African writing reads from his short story, Miracle - Library of Congress - Contact 202-707- 5394 - Noon 

Friday, March 21
Book Talk:  Author Scott Reich discusses, The Power of Citizenship - Why John F. Kennedy Matters to a New Generation - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Environmental Film Festival present's Sean Penn's "The Human Experiment" - ML King Library -
Room A-5 - Noon

Book Talk:  Author Carl Hoffman discusses, Savage Harvest - Michael Rockefeller's disappearance in New Guinea in 1961 - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Concert: String Trio and Piano from Cleveland Institute of Music perform Mozart, Piano Quartet in G Minor, Kay, Portraits and Brahms, Piano Quartet in G Minor - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress -
8pm - Rush tickets at 6pm - Pre-concert talk - 6:30pm -No tickets required

Saturday, March 22
Book Talk:  Author Kenan Trebincevic's memoir, The Bosnia List - Politics and Prose - 3:30pm

Book Talk:  Author Patrick Tucker looks at the future in The Naked Future - P and P - 6pm

Public Art Symposium:  El Greco: 400 Years After - Various visiting lecturers provided by the Embassy of Spain - National Gallery of Art - West Building Lecture Hall - Noon - 4pm

Symposium:  17th Annual Lincoln Institute Symposium - Varied Speakers - National Archives - Registration required - lincoln-institute.org - 9am - 6pm

Family Event:  National Cherry Blossom Festival - Hands on activities and presentations - National Building Museum - 401 F Street NW - 10am - 4pm - and again Sunday 11am - 4pm

Sunday, March 23
Family Event:  See immediately above

Film:  Le Cousin Jules - "An Ode to the Beauty of Rural France" - National Gallery of Art  - East Building Auditorium - 4: 30pm

Concert:  Tender Dissonance - Javier Ledesma's creative vocal and instrumental music featuring Washington Symphonic Brass - Church of he Holy City - 1611 16th Street NW -3pm

Concert:  Oboe, Bassoon and Piano Trio performs works by Kaminsky and others - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 6:30pm  

Monday, March 24
Art Lecture:  Patrons, Artists and Saints: El Greco in the Chapel  of San Jose' in Toledo - docent from the Borghese Gallery - Rome - National Gallery of Art - Wests Building Lecture Hall - 12:10 and 1:10p

Tuesday, March 25
Book Talk:  Author Teju Cole looks at his native Nigeria in Every Day is for the Thief - P and P - 7pm

Concert:  Violin and Organ "Lentintide Bach II - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street NW -12:10pm

Concert: Arrangements of "Italian Great Movie Classics" Auditorium - Embassy of Italy - 3000 Whitehaven St at Mass Ave. - Reservations Required - www.iicwahington.esteri.it - 7pm

Discussion:  In the News: Ukraine - Georgetown University Professors King, McNamara and Stent - Mortara Building - Georgetown University - guevents.georgetown.edu - 4pm

Book Talk: David Picker discusses his book, "Musts, Maybes and Nevers: A Book About the Movies" - Busboys and Poets - 2021 14th Street NW 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 26
Book Talk:  Author Mark Harris looks at movie makers in WWII in Five Came Back - P and P  - 7pm

Lecture: Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State - GWU Professor Shira Robinson - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW - 12:30

Concert:  Music of West Africa - Performed on drums and strings by Amandou Kouyate - Whittall Pavillion Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: Tribute to John Coltrane performed by the Ravi Coltrane Quartet - Lisner Auditorium - 730 21st ST NW - Reservations required - lisner.gwu.edu/ravi-coltranequartet - 7:30pm

Thursday, March 27
 Book Talk:  Author Walid Phares discusses events around the Arab Spring in The Lost Spring -
Politics and Prose - 7pm 

Film:  The City and Men and Dust - Two 1939 films announcing a call to rebuild the cities - Part of the 2014 Environmental Film Series - National Archives - Noon

Film:  HR6161: An Act of Congress - A Bill to Amend the Clean Air Act - Charles Guggenheim's  film as part of the Environmental Film Festival -  National Archives - 7pm

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, March 13 - Thursday, March 20, 2014


Aficionados of John Coltrane will want to plan ahead and secure a ticket for the Ravi Coltrane Quartet paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of "A Love Supreme" scheduled for Wednesday March 26 at 7:30pm.  It's a joint effort of the GWU Music Department and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.  Free tickets can be obtained by going http://lisner.gwu.edu/events

Thursday, March 13
Panel:  7th Annual Forum on Women in Leadership: Women in Congress - NY Times Journalist Jackie Calmes moderates a panel of former Congress members Connie Morella, Barbara Kennedy, Mary Bono and former Senators Carol Mosely Braun and Blanche Lincoln - National Archives - 7pm - Line up early to be sure of a free ticket.

Book Review: "Work, Love, Play When No One Has Time" - Author Brigid Schultz - New America Foundation - 1899 L St. NW - 5:30 - 7:00pm

Lecture: Wages of Justice: The Holocaust, Murder and Crimes Against Humanity - Lawrence Douglas, Amherst College - The Holcaust Museum - Reservations Requested -  ushmm.org/livinelecture - 7pm

Friday, March 14
Concert:  Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet - Varied selections - MLK JR. Library - Noon

Discussion:  Explaining the Latest Developments in Ukraine - GWU - Elliot School of International Affairs - Room 505 - 1957  E Street NW- Reservations required - tinyurl.com/Ukraine-Today - Noon - 1pm

Film:  "Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard" - 2013 film by Bryan Reichhardt - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th NW - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - 6:30pm

Saturday, March 15
Concert:  Scharoun Ensemble Berlin presents Franz Schubert's "Octet in F Major - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium - 2pm 

Childrens Film: "The Secret of Kells" - for children 7 and older - East Building National Gallery of Art - 10:30am

Childrens Program - Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton - creation of art work commemorating Women's History Month - National Portrait Gallery - 1 - 4pm

Book Review:  "The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage and Scandal in the Gilded Age"   - Author Myra MacPherson - Politics and Prose - 6pm

Sunday, March 16
Concert:  Songs and Seeds: A Tribute to Pete Seger - Millennium Sage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert: Soprano Irina Mozleva and Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor perform music by Russian Composers - West garden court - National Gallery of Art - West Building - 6:30pm

Lecture:  The Meanings of Auschwitz in Poland: 1945 to the Present - The Kosciuszko Foundation - 2025 O Street NW - 202-785-2320 - 5pm

Monday, March 17 
Book Review:  "The Book of Forgiving: The Four-Fold Path for Healing Ourselves and our World -
Authored by Mpho Tutu with her father - MLK JR. Library - 6pm

Tuesday, March 18
Book Review:  "Jim Henson: The Biography"  Brian Jay Jones, Author - Ars Club of Washington - 2017 I ST. NW - 7pm

Concert:  Kurt Weil and Contemporaries - Piano and vocal recital - presented by the German Embassy - The United Church - 1920 G Street NW - 7:30pm

Lecture:  Elliott Abrams discusses "Should the United States Give Up on Arab Democracy?" - Copley Formal Lounge - Copley Hall - Georgetown University - reservations requested - pjc.georgetown.edu - Noon

Wednesday, March 19 
Concert: Classical Guitrist Charles Mokotoff - Sidney Harman Hall - 610 F ST. NW - Noon

Book Review: "The Tyranny of Experts: Economics, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Thursday, March 20
Concert:  Take 5 Series: Women in Jazz - Tribute to Melba Liston - Performing group includes trombone and saxophone - Kogod Courtyard - American Art Museum - 5 - 7pm

Lecture: Richard Louv, Author of "Last Child in the Woods" discusses "Reconnecting Children with Nature" - Grand Ballroom Marvin Center - GWU - 800 21st St. NW 6:30 -pm











Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, March 6 through Thursday, March 13

A Museum special for Sunday

While any day is a great day to visit: UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN and THE NATIONAL MUSEUM FOR THE AMERICAN INDIAN, Sunday is especially attractive because of the ease of parking.  While the space immediately in front of the Botanic Garden (at 100 Maryland SW) is marked "Permit Parking Only" that does not apply on Sunday.
The same parking arrangement is on Pennsylvania Ave. as it approaches the Capitol.
AND BOTH MUSEUMS HAVE EXCELLENT HANDS-ON MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN.  

AND
Please feel free to add comments making suggestions and pointing out any critical errors.

Thursday, March 6
Film: "One More River to Cross" - Film clips presented by film maker Glen Pearcy on the civil rights movement in the Southwest Georgia Project - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress -Noon

Panel Discussion:  Empowered Women of Faith - Sr. Helen Prejeans, Suma ira Akberm, Avra Bozzov and Alfreda Robinson - Western Presbyterian Church - 2401 Virginia Avenue at 24th ST. NW - 7pm

Film:  Academy Nominated Documentary,  "The Act of Killing" - National Archives - 7pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Gardener and nutritionist discuss how to prepare the many varieties of potatoes
U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland SW - 12:45pm

Book Review:  Author Howard Feinstein discusses "Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront" - Room 209 - MLK LIbrary - 6pm

Book Review:  Author Dave Barry discusses, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and other Topics He Knows Very Little About" - Politics and Prose 7pm

Friday, March  7
Lecture/Book signing: Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics - Author Terry Golway - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Elias String Quartet - Haydn, Kurtag and Beethoven - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Pre-concert presentation - 6:30pm - Concert - 8pm with Rush tickets available at  
6pm.  (A great place for a meal after getting Rush tickets at La Lomita Dos on nearby Pennsylvania Ave.)

Symposium: "American Cool" - Scholars discuss the exhibit of the same name and what it means to be "cool" and its impact on society - National Portrait Gallery - 8th and F NW - 9am - 4pm

Saturday, March 8
Concert: Baritone Jazz Singer Gregory Porter - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - Pre-concert presentation - 6:30pm - Concert - 8pm with Rush tickets available at 6. 

Children ages 6 - 12:  "The Queen and Other Women" - Shakespeare's portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I and her relationship to other powerful women -Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 E. Capitol St. SE - Reservations required - folger.edu - 10 - 11am

Concert:  Pianist Mark Valenti -displays evolution of piano styles from impressionism to modernism -
Anderson House - Society of the Cincinnati - 2118 Mass Ave. NW (Dupont metro) 1:30pm

Family Program:  "The Great Escape" - Hands on art work evoking Paris, NYC and the Wild West -
Corcoran Gallery of Art - 500 17th ST. NW - 10am - 3pm.

Family Program:  "Nowruz: A Persian New year celebration" - variety of exciting activities for all including Persian food - Sackler and Freer Galleries - The National Mall - 11am - 5pm
  
Sunday, March 9
Film: Early Video Pioneers - Videofreex with Portapaks - Bloomberg, Teasdale and Colley present for discussion - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Children's program:  A story about Georgia O'Keeffe and creation of commemorative art - National Portrait Gallery - 2 - 5 pm

Concert: The Claremont Trio perform works of Mozart, Shostakovich and Schubert - National Academy of Sciences Auditorium - 2101 Constitution NW - 3pm

Concert:  Soprano Martina Bortolotti with works of Dvorak, Liszt and Lehar - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 8th and G NW 3pm - tickets distributed 1/2 hour before performance

Monday, March 10
Concert:  Duke Ellington School for the Arts - The Mellow Tones and Sophisticated Ladies - Millenium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book review: "Futbol, Jews and the Making of Argentina" - Author Raanan Rein - Room 642 - Madison Building - Library of Congress - noon
Tuesday, March 11
Discussion and lecture:  Remembering Argos: Life and Loss in the Funeral Odes of Franz Liszt" - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Review: "Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Film Culture" - Author Rebecca Prime - Room 412 - Elliot School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E Street NW - Reservations Required - gogwu.rfu/Prime - 4pm

 Film: "Narrow Path to the Deep North" - Josph Krakora's 2013 film - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th ST. NW - Reservatins required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - 1pm and 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 12
Lecture/book Signing: "JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency" - Author John Shaw - National Archives - Noon

Lecture/ebook:  "Michigan I-O': Alan LOmax and the 1938 Library of Congress Folk-song Expedition" - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Film: "Palestine in the South" - REservations Required - 202-338-1290 - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW 12:30 - 1:30

Lecture/Book signing:  JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency - Author John Shaw - National
Archives - Noon

Thursday March 13
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