Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, May 1 - Wednesday, May 7

As you may have seen last week, Ron is off gallivanting around Europe leaving me, his grandson, in charge of the blog. I don't quite have his curatorial talent, but here are a sampling of the coming week's free events that caught my eye. 

Thursday, May 1
Lecture: Homer's Iliad: An Anti-War Manifesto - With actor Denis O'Hare, Combat Paper Project founder Drew Cameron, UMD Classicist and Homerist Lillian Doherty and emergency medicine physician and combat veteran Sudip Bose - Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, UMD - 7:30

Friday, May 2
Concert: Koussevitzky Legacy Celebration, featuring top artists with deep connections to the maestro's music. Sold out, but RUSH tickets available - Library of Congress - 8pm  

Saturday, May 3
Reception: Opening Reception - Search for a New Sound: The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff - Goethe Institute - 6-8pm

Sunday, May 4
Exhibition Opening: Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In - An exploration of the artist's use of windows - Running at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, until November 30

Monday, May 5
Book Talk: Justice John Paul Stevens discusses his book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution - Politics & Prose - 7pm

Tuesday, May 6
Concert: Members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Kennedy Center Millennium Stage - 6pm

Wednesday, May 7
Lecture: Gallery Talk: A Mother's Work Laura Hoffman discusses selections from the museum’s collection with a special focus on mothers and motherhood in honor of Mother’s Day coming up the following Sunday - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 12:00pm


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Special listing for Thursday and the weekend

I said that last week's listing would be the last for several weeks.  However there are four events which share two of my passions that I'd like to recommend to you:
  • Jazz and 
  • Events at the White House
Thursday, April 24
Concert: Take Five: An Evening with Ella - Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with this tribute to Fitzgerald and her work with Ellington and Basie - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 8th and F NW - 5 - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America's Music to the World - John Edward Hasse leads discussion in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival - National Archives - 7pm

Friday, April 25
Film: A Great Day in Harlem - 1994 documentary brings to life the moment when dozens of America's jazz legends unexpectedly gathered for an emblematic photograph of the golden age of jazz - 60 minute film - National Archives - Noon

Saturday, April 26
Tour: Annual Spring Garden Tour of the South Lawn of the White House - a "not to be missed " opportunity to stoll the White House gardens - Entry from 10 AM - 4:30PM with tickets distributed at the Pavilion on the Ellipse at 15th and E streets at 9AM.  (My personal previous experience has been that one can usually get entry the last two hours of the tour by just getting in line)

Sunday, April 27
Tour:  Annual Spring Garden Tour of he South Lawn of the White House - repeats above with tours from 10AM - 2:30PM



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, April 17 - Thursday, April 24

While this weeks list is extensive, it only scratches the surface of the opportunities available to us in D. C. - so many interesting topics and venues!  For most of the rest of spring and summer you are "on your own".  I'll publish only occasionally until September because of extensive family travels.  I'll appreciate suggestions and thoughts you might share with the blog for resuming in the fall.

Thursday, April 17
Lecture:  Washington and The Peace Process:  Assessing America's Role, Past and Present - Columbia University Professor of Arab Studies, Rashid Khalidi - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW -
 9:30 - 11am

Book Review:  "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez" - Miriam Pawel - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Book Talk:  Historian Dolores Janiewski discusses her forthcoming book about the La Follette committee's duel with the Dies Committee - National Archives - Noon

Film:  "Complicit: The Untold Story of Why the Roosevelt Administration Denied Safe Haven to Jewish Refuges" - Washington Premiere with post screening discussion led by film maker Robert Krakow - Hart Auditorium -  Georgetown Law Center - 600 New Jersey Ave. NW - 202-662-4043 - 5:30 - 7:30pm  

Friday, April 18
Concert:  "Orchid Symphony: A Little Night Music" - Harp soloist Laura Stokes - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland SE - 6 - 8pm

Discussion:  Curator discusses content and themes of exhibit, "Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts" - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Avenue NW - Noon

Saturday, April 19
Film:  Victor Seastrom 1924 film "He Who Gets Slapped" with live orchestral accompaniment - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 2pm

Performance:  Dance company performs in conjunction with "Dancing the Dream Exhibit" - National Portrait Gallery - 1 and 2:30pm

Sunday, April 20
Concert:  Easter Day Organ and Trumpet Recital - Washington National Cathedral - ($10.00 donation suggested) - 5:15pm

Concert:  Blues Alley Jazz Youth Orchestra - Millennium Stage - Kennedy center - 6pm

Film:  "Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema" 1961 film "Mother Joan of the Angels" at 2pm and 1965 film "Jump" at 4:30 - East Building - National Gallery of Art

Staged Reading:  Author Deborah Brevoort reads her "The Velvet Weapon" - set in 1989 Czechoslovakia -
followed by author discussion - reservations required - scenatheater.org - Woolly Mammoth Theater Company 641 D Street NW - 7pm

Monday, April 21
Book review:  Author Matt Taibbi discusses "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap"  Politics and Prose - 7pm

Concert:  U. S. Air Force Airmen of Note - Part of Blues Alley Big Band Jam - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book Review: Rebecca Prime discusses her book, "Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Historiography - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/Prime - Elliot School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E St. NW - 4 - 5pm

Book Review:  Author Shadi Hamid discusses his book, "The Temptations of Power: Islamists and Liberal Democracy in the New Middle East" - Mathematical Association of America Carriage House - 1781 Church Street NW - 6:30 - 8pm

Discussion:  Panel discusses D. C. Jazz history - Moderator Michael Fitzgerald - University of the District of Columbia - Recital Hall - Performing Arts Center - 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW - reservations required -   info@historydc.org - 7 - 9pm

Film:  Robert Reich's "Inequality for All" - followed by discussion - Busboys and Poets - 1025 5th St. NW -
6:30pm

Tuesday, April 22
Panel Discussion:  The Media and Civic Society in Syria's Evolving Conflict -Film maker/activist Orwa Nyrabias and New America's Leila Hilal - New America Foundation - 1899 L Street NW Suite 400 - wwwnewamerica.org - 12:30 - 2pm

Concert:  Blues Alley Annual "Big Band Jazz Jam" featuring University Jazz Ensembles - Pershing Park - 14th Street at Pennsylvania Ave. NW - 11am - 6pm

Concert:  Northwestern University School of Music students perform Classical works - Millennium Stage in the Terrace Theater - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Lecture:  NASA Goddard Space Center's Jane Rigby discusses "Magnifying the Universe" - Pickford Theatre - Madison building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Wednesday, April 23
Book Review:  War! What is it Good For? - Ian Morris - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Book Review:  The Most Dangerous Man in America:  The Making of Douglas MacArthur - Mark Perry - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Eastman School of Music students perform works by Balakirev, Ravel and Puccini and others - Millennium Stage - Terrace Theater - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert:  U. S. Airmen of Note with saxophonist Bob Mintzer - Atrium Ballroom - Ronald Reagan Building 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - 7:30pm

Book Review:  "The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran" - Sigrid Fry-Revere,  Director of the Agency for Solving Organ Shortages - MLK Library 7pm

Film:  "The Thieves" 2012 Korean film - reservations required - KoreaCultureDC.org - Korean Cultural Center - 2370 Mass. Ave. NW - 6pm

Film:  "Assignment China: Tienanmen Square" - the reporters who covered the events of 1989 with follow-up discussion - Room 108 - Funger Hall - GWU 2201 G St. NW - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/coveringchina - 6:30pm

Thursday, April 24
Book Review:  Gandhi Before India - Ramachandra Guha - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  John Edward Haase discusses Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America's Music to the World - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  Daniel Muller-Schott, cello and Simon Trpceski, piano perform works of Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Rush tickets 6pm - Concert at 8.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Events of the Week - Thursday, April 10 - Thursday, April 17, 2014

SPECIAL CHERRY BLOSSOM EVENT

This Sunday, April 13, the cherry blossoms should be at their peak at the Tidal Basin  (I checked the blooms and parking this morning - Wednesday - and the forecast is for sunny and 75 degrees.)  PERFECT!  Avoid the crowds and parking problems, join me and friends early Sunday morning.  I recommend parking on Ohio Drive (one way during Cherry Blossom time) near the FDR Memorial.  Take the drive around the Tidal Basin.   I'll be at the entrance to the FDR memorial between 8-8:30 welcoming friends and giving directions for best viewing (Tall - Old - White Hair - Cane)        

Thursday, April 10

Book Review:  The Bohemians - Ben Tarnoff - (Mark Twain and other Western writers) - P & P - 7pm

Concert:  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Contemporary music with the Amphison String Quartet - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Rush tickets at 6 - pre-concert presentation at 6:30

Panel Discussion:  Faith, Culture and the Common Good - Sponsored by the Berkley Center at Georgetown University - Gaston Hall - AM panel - Realizing the Common Good with Cokie Roberts, Michael Gerson and Phil Zuckerman - PM Panel - Faith, Culture and Community - Register - Berkley Center.- 9am - 4pm

Book Review:  Try to Make Your Life: A Jewish Girl Hiding in Nazi Berlin - Author/Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlander - Goethe-Institut - 8127th St. NW Reservations required - goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com - 6:30pm

Concert:  Young artists from the Marlboro Music Festival perform works of Schubert, Reger and Dvorak -
Freer Gallery of Art - the National Mall - 7:30pm

Friday, April 11
Book Review:  "The Age of Radiance" - Author Craig Nelson discusses impact of atomic power - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Film and Concert:  Film using breathtaking imagery to explain Japanese methods of environmental sustainability and forest protection - "Umi Yama Ahida: In Between Mountains and Oceans" - followed by AUN-J-Classic Orchestra - National Archives - 7pm

Concert and lecture:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Violin, Cello, piano and percussion perform varied 20th Century composers - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Rush tickets 6pm - preconcert presentation 6:30pm - Performance at 8pm

Film:  Pan American Symphony Orchestra's "Tango Night at the Movies Features "Astor Piazzolla in Portrait: - Embassy of Argentina - 1600 New Hampshire NW - 6:30

Film:   Cherry Blossom film series, Japanese comedy, "It's Me, It's Me"  - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Saturday, April 12
Children's Program:  Czech Embassy Easter Egg Hunt - Embassy of The Czech Republic - 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW - - Reservation required by April 9 - czechembassypr@gmail.com - 11am - 1 pm

Book Review:  "Our Schools" - Author Sam Chaltain contrasts charter and traditional schools - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  The President's Own: United States Marine Corps Band - Varied Wind Ensemble Music - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 2pm

Concert:  Pianist Ruth Rose and Violinist Jorge Orozoco perform Cuban and Jazz piano pieces and Franck violin sonata - Anderson House - Society of Cincinnati - 2118 Mass. Ave. NW - 1:30pm

Family Event:  Cherry Blossom Family Celebration - crafts, face painting , demonstrations - Kogod Auditorium - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 8th and G NW - 11:30 - 3pm 

Sunday, April 13
Cherry Blossom Walk - Tidal Basin - See above

Children's program:  Dance performance for young children (ages 2-6) "Marmelade" - House of Sweden - 2900 K Street NW Reservations required - 202-536-1500 - Noon - 2pm

Concert:  Pianist Irena Koblar performs works by Mozart, Scarlatti, Beethoven and Brahms - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G Street Lobby for tickets - McEvoy Auditorium - 2:30pm

Concert:  Auryn String Quartet - works by Beethoven, Haydn and Mendelssohn - West Garden Court -National Gallery of Art - 6:30pm

Film:  Cherry Blossom Festival series Satoshi Miki's 2007 film, "Kiyochija: Master of the Night" - Meyer Auditorium - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Film:  "Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema with two noteworthy film, "Night Train" and "Last of the Summer Days" - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Tuesday, April 15
Book Review:  "The Crusade Years, 1933-1955: Herbert Hoover's Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and its Aftermath" - George H. Nash - National Archives - Noon

Book Discussion:  Author Todd Purdum discusses his book, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Ac t of 1964" with Cokie Roberts - National Archives - 7pm

Book Review:  Author Ruth Wasm discusses "Tackling Unemployment: The Legislative Dynamics of he Unemployment Act of 1946" - Mary Pickford Theater - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert:  "Music for Holy Week" - Buxtehude -  Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G ST. NW - 12:10pm

Concert:  Boston Public Quartet in remembrance of the 2013 bombings - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book Review:  "'They Have Killed Papa Dead': The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder and the Road to Vengeance" - reservations suggested -  fords.org - Ford's Theatre - 4:30pm

Film:  Lewandowski's 20120 film, "The Mole" - reservations required - Washington.culture@msz/gov.pl - Embassy of the Republic of Poland - 2640 16th St. NW - 7pm

Wednesday,  April 16
Book Review:  Ezekiel J. Emanuel discusses his book, "Reinventing American Health Care" - P&P -7pm

Lecture:  "The Idea of Faith in the Works of Paul Tillich - George Mason Professor Martin J.  De Nys - reservations required - brigittefessenden@comcast.net - Goethe Institut - 812 7th St. NW - 6:45pm.

Comedy Performance:  "Pres Play Improv" Laugh thru Lunch!" - Sidney Harmon Hall - 610 F St. Nw -
Noon

Thursday, April 17
Book Review:  "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez" - Miriam Pawel - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Film:  "The Railroad Man" with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman - Call 1-877-926-8300 for reservation - Sponsored by AARP - (I'm not a member, called -  was not asked my age and got two tickets) - AMC - Mazza Gallery - Friendship Heights Metro - 7pm







Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, April 3 - Thursday, April 10

What a week:  All free!  From Tango lessons for couples in Argentina (well, the Embassy) to the culture of Sweden to cherry blossoms and jazz appreciation month.  There is so much to enjoy - and learn!

Thursday, April 3
Book Review: The Most Dangerous Man in America - (Douglas MacArthur) - Author Mark Perry -
Politics and Prose - 7pm

Lecture:  Ending the War in Afghanistan - Stephen Biddle - Room 602 - Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E St. NW - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/Biddle - 6pm

Family Event:  Cherokee Days - Three day festival featuring food, dance, demonstrations, films, hands-on activities - Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - 4th and Independence sw - 10am - 5:30pm - each of the three days

Friday, April 4
Book Talk:  Appomattox: Victory, Defeat and Freedom at the End of the Civil War - Elizabeth Varon - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  An Idea Whose Time Has Come - Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Author Todd S. Purdum -
Politics and Prose - 7pm

Concert:  Harpsichord - Mahan Esfahani - As a part of the C. P. E. Bach at 300 Series -  Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Rush tickets at 6 - Preconcert Presentation at 6:30 - Concert 8pm

Concert and Workshop:  Latin jazz legend Bobby Sanabri and Quarteto Ache - Smithsonian National Museum of American History - Workshop - 1:30 - Concert devoted to Martin Perez - 6pm

Concert:  Orchids Symphony: A Little Night Music - Russian Trio performs chamber music - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave SW - 6 - 8 pm

Concert:  Pan American Symphony Orchestra - "DC Tango Fest" - Embassy of Argentina - 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW -panamsymphony.org for information and reservation - 7:30pm

Saturday, April 5
Concert:  Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin - As part of the C. P. E. Bach at 300 Series - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Rush tickets at 6 - Pre-concert presentation 6:30 - Concert 8pm

Children's Program:  One-Man band with harmonica, foot drum and cymbals - National Theatre - 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - Tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show - Shows at 9:30 and 11am

Family Program:  Japanese Culture Day - Varied cultural activities - Young Readers Center - Jefferson Building Library of Congress - 10AM - 3PM

Special Event:  Varmland Day - music,glass, litrature and photography of Sweden's Varmland Region - House of Sweden - 2900 K St. NW - 11 am - 4pm

Sunday, April 6
Book Review:  From Kristallnacht to Watergate - Harry Rosenfeld - (An autobiographic account of growing up in Nazi-era Berlin) - Politics and Prose - 1pm

Children's Program:  Story teller and mime performer Antonio Rocha presents "Jungle Tales" - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - 1:30 and 2:30pm

Special Event:  Shakespeare Birthday Open House - jugglers, jesters, music, cake building tour - Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 East Capitol St. SE - Noon to 4pm

Concert: Great Noise Ensemble, Third Practice and Children's Chorus perform Louis Andriessen's "La Comnmedia" - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 6:30pm 

Monday, April 7
Book Review:  The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the greatest Generation Truly Great - Harvey J. Kaye - National Archives - Noon

Film:  "Somebody Up There Likes Me" - 1956 film starring Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano - National Theatre - 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - Tickets distributed 30 minutes before showing at 6:30

Tuesday, April 8
Lecture:  Jazz as a Cold War Weapon - Larry Appelbaum - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert:  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group - Oliver Knussen, Conductor; Lucy Schaufer, Soprano and Andrew Sauvageau, Baritone - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Rush tickets at 6 - Pre-concert at 6:30 - Concert at 8pm

Lecture:  Sayed Kashua, columnist and writer for the popular Israeli show, "Arab Labor" discusses his life and work as an Arab citizen of Israel - Room 113 - Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E ST. NW - reservations - go.gwu.edu/kashua - 6 - 8 pm

Film:  "Kawasaki's Rose" 2009 Czech film of director Jan Hrebejk - with discussion with the director - Embassy of thew Czech Republic - 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW - Reservations required - mzv.cz/washington - 7pm 

Wednesday, April 9
Book Review:  A Climate of Crisis - Author Patrick Allitt - (Nuclear fears and environment) - P & P -7pm

Lecture:  The Battle for Justice in Palestine - Ali Abunimah - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW 12:30 - 2pm

Class:  Introduction to Tango Dancing - Class for couples - Embassy of Argentina - 1600 New Hampshire ave. NW - reservations required - infopanamsymphony.org - and again April 16 and 23 - 6:30pm

Concert:  Violin and Guitar preform jazz - Sidney Harman Hall - 610 F Street NW - Noon

Concert: Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux perform music by Elisasbeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 12:30

Thursday, April 10

Book Review:  The Bohemians - Ben Tarnoff - (Mark Twain and other Western writers) - P & P - 7pm

Concert:  The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - Contemporary music with the Amphison String Quartet - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Rush tickets at 6 - pre-concert presentation at 6:30

Panel Discussion:  Faith, Culture and the Common Good - Sponsored by the Berkley Center at Georgetown University - Gaston Hall - AM panel - Realizing the Common Good with Cokie Roberts, Michael Gerson and Phil Zuckerman - PM Panel - Faith, Culture and Community - Register - Berkley Center.- 9am - 4pm