Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jazz Lovers - Here's the name of a GREAT jazz film recommended by the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival

George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival 60 years ago now a frail 88 years old, was stellar in introducing the jazz film, Jazz on a Summer's Day that depicts the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival  when he spoke last week at the National Archives.  How disappointing to see such a small audience at Archives.  BUT the DVD is available, and I can see why George raved about it.  Some of the greats giving outstanding performances were:
Thelodious Monk
Anita O'DAy
Chuck Berry
Louis Armstrong
Jack Teagarden
Mahalia Jackson
Sonny Stitt
George Shearing
Gerry Mulligan
Dinah Washington
Willis Conover

Hope you can find it and enjoy it.

Ron

Events of the Week - Thursday, June 26 - Thursday, July 3

The highlight for the next two week-ends is, of course, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival on the National Mall.  When it rains or gets too hot there are the usual outstanding free and easily accessible events throughout the city.

Two items are particularly noteworthy this week:.

JAZZ:  Regular followers of the blog are undoubtedly aware of my interest in jazz - particularly from the 30's and 40's!  Tomorrow night provides an opportunity to hear the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra pay tribute to the Newport Jazz festival.  To be assured of a seat, I'd recommend reserve a seat at ww.archivesfoundation.org/publicprograms.  If jazz is an interest of yours, check the further item I'll post immediately following this posting.

Politics and Prose Bookstore provides a remarkable Saturday with five books being reviewed in one day. What a remarkable resource in our city - obviously all of us can subscribe to their mailings to learn of their events, but I shall continue to list those I find particularly interesting.



Thursday, June 26
Concert:  Jazz Masterworks Orchestra celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival - National Archives - 7pm

Book Review:  What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life - Author Marc Leepson - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Pianist Gen Tomuro - music by French composers in honor of Degas/Cassatt - West Garden Court  National Gallery of Art - 12:10pm

Book Review:  Marion Barry discusses his book, "Mayor For Life" - Busboys and Poets - 2021 14thNW -
6:30pm  

Friday, June 27
Film:  Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns - Swing: The Velocity of Celebration - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Nairobi Half Life - Nairobi young man seeks to follow his dream of an acting career - Freer Gallery of Art - National Mall - 7pm

Saturday, June 28
Book Reviews:  Four books are being reviewed at Politics and Prose:

Enduring Courage - Author John F. Ross biography of Eddie Rickenbacker - 1pm

Three books - The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D. C -  A History Lovers Guide to Washington, D. C.and Wild Women of Washington, D. C. - various authors - all at 3:30pm

Performance:  Dance and Songs of Hawaii - U. S. Botanic Garden - 11am

Children's  Event:  Creative art work may be made by children after hearing stories about John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt - National Portrait Gallery - 1 - 4pm

Sunday, June 29
Children's Program:  Repeat of above program - National Portrait Gallery - 2 -5pm

Book Review:  Ford's Theatre - Author Brian Anderson - P and P - 1pm

Book Review:  Temptations of Power - Shadi Hamid discusses various Islamic groups - P and P - 5pm

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Chamber Players - works by Bach, Mozart and Dittersdorf - National Gallery of art - 6:30pm

Film:  Beijing Bicycle - Wang Xiaoashual's 2001 film - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm


Monday, June 30
Book Review:  The Second Amendment: A Biography - Michael Waldman - P and P -7pm

Concert:  Michael Scoglio performs folk, rock and Americana: Ronald Reagan Building - Noon - 1:30pm

Tuesday, July 1
Concert:  U. S. Air force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Flag -
West Steps - U. S. Capitol - 8pm

Film:  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights act of 1964 with two academy award winning documentaries - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Roy Del Ruth's 11951 film, "On Moonlight Bay" - Hudson Institute-Ethics and Public Policy Center - 1015 15th St.NW - reservations required - hudson.org - 5:30PM

Comedy Performance:  Actor James Adomian - Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Wednesday, July 2
Book Talk:  Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty - Author Elizabeth Mitchell National Archives - Noon    

Concert:  Music of the War of 1812: David and Ginger Hildebrand - Ballads and songs of the period - Society of Cincinnati - Anderson House - 2118 Mass. Ave. NW -  6pm

Performance:  China's Quanzhou Puppet Troupe - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Thursday, July 3
Lecture and Concert:  Poets and Patriotism: The 200th Birthday of the Star Spangled Banner - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 12:30 - 1pm.- Rush tickets may also be available for the concert -  Thomas Hampton performing music from the colonial days to the present - Coolidge Auditorium - 2pm 



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Events of the Week - Thursday, June 19 - Thursday, June 26

A few words of explanation:
  • While it is often disheartening to note the small audience in many of the book talks at various locales, (especially at the Archives), those interested in the authors' talks at both Archives and P and P can be seen on their websites.
  • I've listed a display at the Rayburn House Office Building on Monday.  It came as a suggestion from a reader.  I appreciate suggestions and will make every effort to include them when possible.
  • A little known Museum and Indian Craft shop is located in the Department of the Interior Building at 1849 C Street NW.  The museum is open during the week and has a fascinating display of  WPA murals.  This Saturday the Craft shop is open from 10 - 4pm and has a direct line to unique Native American materials for sale.  
  • The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival opens Wednesday, April 25 and continues for two weekends  featuring the cultures of China and Kenya  
Thursday, June 19
Panel discussion:  Jazz in the USA: 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival - participants include Newport jazz festival founder, George Wein, NEA jazz master Dan Morgenstern and musicians Jonathan Batiste and Christian McBride - National Archives - 7pm

Film:  George Wein introduces 1958 film, Jazz on A Summer Day - starring musicians from that year's Newport festival - National Archives - Noon

Concert: Celebrating Blue Note Record's 75th Anniversary, musician Noble Jolley's quartet plays music of Herbie Hancock - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 8pm

Lecture:  The Two Sudans: A History of Conflict, Prospect for Peace - Linda Bushai of the U. S. Institute for Peace - Katzen Art Center - American University - 10-11:30

Concert:  Cathedral Sings - Washington National Cathedral Ensemble - works of Herbert Howells - National Gallery of Art - West Garden Court - 12:10pm


Friday, June 20
Film:  Ken Burn's Swing-Pure Pleasure - Jazz during the great depression - National Archives - noon

Film:  Vincent Scully: Art Historian Among Architects - 56 minute film recalling his influence - West Building - National Gallery of art - 12:30pm

Discussion:  Crisis in Iraq:  What Role Should he U.S. Play? - Panel of Distinguished Experts - New America Foundation - Reservation highly suggested at NewAmericaevents - 1899 L Street NW - 2:15-1:45

Book talk: China Dolls - Lisa See's new historic novel - P and P - 7pm

Concert:  Speakers of the House - Jazz in the Garden - Sculpture Garden - NGA - 5- 8:30

Saturday,  21
Film:  The New Rijksmuseum - This 2013 - 228 minute film show this magnificent museum after its ten year remodeling - East Building - NGA - 1pm

Music and Dance:  Festival of the Sun - Children's activities - Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian - The Mall - 10:30am - 5pm

Sunday, June 22
Children's Film:  Degas and the Dancer - Age 8 and older - West Building - NGA - Noon

Book Talk:  The Secret World of Oil - Author Ken Silverstein - P and P -  1pm

Film:  Il Sorpasso - 105 minute Italian road comedy from 1962 - East Building - NGA - 4:30pm

Concert:  Pianist Philippe Entremont - West Garden Court - NGA - 6:30pm

Requiem Sing-a-long:  Brahms' A German Requiem - National Cathedral - $10.00 - 7:30pm

Monday, June 23

Display:  Guantanamo Public Memorial Project - The Past and Present of Guantanamo - Rayburn House Office Building - 45 Independence Avenue SW - 9am - 8pm

Concert:  U. S. Navy Concert Band - West Capitol Steps - 8pm

Tuesday, June 24
Book Review:  Redeeming the Dream - Authors David Boles and Theodore B. Olson discuss their Supreme Court case, Hollingsworth vs. Perry - P and P - 7pm 

Book Review: The Second Amendment: A biography - Author Michael Waldman - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Review:  A Feathered River Across the Sky:  The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction - Baird Auditorium - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - The Mall - 6pm

Wednesday, June 25
Book Review:  Sally Ride - Author Lynn Sherr's biography - P& P - 7pm also at National Archives - noon

Discussion:  Alberto Ruy-Sanchez discusses the works of Octavio Paz - Mexican Cultural Institute - 2829 16th Street NW - Reservations required - instituteof mexicodc.org - 6:45pm

Book Review:  Mission At Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis - Martin Luther King Library - 7pm

Thursday, June 26
Concert:  Jazz Masterworks Orchestra celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival - National Archives - 7pm

Book Review:  What So Proudly We Haled: Francis Scott Key, A Life - Author Marc Leepson - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Pianist Gen Tomuro - music by French composers in honor of Degas/Cassatt - West Garden Court  National Gallery of Art - 12:10pm





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, June 12 - Thursday, June 19

I'd hoped to limit the number of events listed a day to four, but take a look at Thursday!  So much to do - so much to see - so much to enjoy - so much to learn in our city - and all for FREE.  The rather large number of concerts  listed reflects the beginning of the summer outdoor concert series.  In the future I shall not list so many of them, and count on you to attend those of special interest to you.

Thursday, June 12
Discussion:  David Kyvig discusses Article V - Amendments in Constitutional Thought and Practice - Room G -25 - Penn. Ave. Entrance - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  How It Feels to Be Free:  Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement - Author Ruth Feldstein - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Chamber ensemble, Carmina - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 12:10pm

Concert: World Children's Chorus performs music in the choral tradition - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert:  Jazz concert featuring Bruce Swain Quartet - U. S.Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW -
5 - 7pm

Lecture and performance:  Out of their Dreams: Rogers and Hammerstein - Composer and lyricist Barry Bortnick - Katzen Arts Center - American University - 4400 Mass Ave.NW - (bus service from Tenleytown) - 10 -11:30am

Lecture:  Mothers and Daughters in the Holocaust - Sara R. Horowitz - U. S. Holocaust Museum - reservations required - ushmm.org/events/weinmannlecture2014 - 7pm

Lecture:  Anti-Semetism in Europe Today - Stuart Eizenstat and Michael Salberg - Katzen Art Center - 4400 Mass Ave NW - University bus from Tenleytown - reservation required - american.tix.com - 7:30pm

Friday, June 13
Film:  Ken Burns Jazz series continues with Episode Four: "The True Welcome" National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Jazz in the Garden with Deanna Bogart -  Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5 - 8pm

Film:  Wong Kar-Wai's film, In the Mood for Love - Freer Gallery of Art - The Mall - 7pm

Saturday, June 14
Book Talk:  Novelist Alan Furst's new thriller, "Midnight in Europe" - Politics and Prose - 6pm

Film:  "The Cool World" - Shirley Clark's film shot in Harlem with music score by Dizzy Gillespie - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 2pm

Family Activity:  American Art Museum welcomes families for a full day of live performances, photo booth, scavenger hunt and various craft activities - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G and 7th St. NW - 11:30 - 3pm

Family Activity:  Flag Day Celebrations at two locales - National Museum of American History from 2:30 - 4pm and Dumbarton House - 2715 Q Street NW - 3pm - reservation - dumbartonhouse.org/events 

 - Sunday, June 15
Book Talk:  "Big Russ and Me" Luke Russert looks back at his father's work - Politics and Prose - 1pm

Concert:  Caceras/Ramos-Santana Duo: Two pianos West Garden Court - Nat'l Gallery of Art - 6:30pm

Lecture:  Andrew Wyeth at the Movies: The Story of an Obsession - Henry Adams of Case Western Reserve University - East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art - 2pm

Concert:  James D'Leon performs works of Mendelssohn, Liszt and Corigliano - Smithsonian American Art Museum - McEvoy Auditorium - 3pm

Children's program:  Film, Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 1pm and film, Mary Cassatt:American Impressionist - noon

Film:  The Lodger - Hitchcock's 1926 thriller at 1 pm and Kinuasa's 1928, Crossroads with live music accompaniment at 3:30pm - Freer Gallery of Art

Outdoor Concert :  Dixie Power Trio - Volta Park - 34th and Q ST.NW - Georgetown - 5 -6:30pm 

Monday, June 16
Concert:  U. S. Navy Band's Commodores - West Capitol Steps - 8pm

Film Series:  Voices of Palestine present, Benny Brunner's, The Great Book Robbery - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW 6:30 - 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 17
Summer Concert Series:   Live on Woodrow Wilson Plaza - All summer long weekdays concerts - Ronald Reagan Building - Noon - 1:30pm - Series begins with R and B singer Jean Carne

Concert:  U. S. Air Force Band and Singing Sargent's - "You're A Grand Old Flag" - West Capitol Steps - 8pm

Concert:  U. S. Navy Band - Concert on the Avenue Series - U. S, Navy Memorial - 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - 7:30pm

Concert:  U. S. Navy Band"s Country Current - Sylvan Theater - Washington Monument Grounds - 8pm

Wednesday, June 18
Book Talk:  Author John Muller discusses, " Mark Twain in Washington, DC:The Adventures of a Capitol Correspondent" - Montpelier Room 6th floor - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Films:  Selected films celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the National Archives - National Archives - 1pm

Film:  Takashi Yamazaki's 2012 film, Always: Sunset on Third Street - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th Street NW - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - 6:30pm

Thursday, June 19
Panel discussion:  Jazz in the USA: 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival - participants include Newport jazz festival founder, George Wein; NEA jazz master Dan Morgenstern and musicians Jonathan Batiste and Christian McBride - National Archives - 7pm

Film:  George Wein introduces 1958 film, Jazz on A Summer Day - starring musicians from that year's Newport festival - National Archives - Noon

Concert: Celebrating Blue Note Record's 75th Anniversary, musician Noble Jolley's quartet plays music of Herbie Hancock - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 8pm

Lecture:  The Two Sudans: A History of Conflict, Prospect for Peace - Linda Bushai of the U. S. Institute for Peace - Katzen Art Center - American University - 10-11:30



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Events of the week: Thursday, June 5 - Thursday, June 12

Sorry because of a trip to Ann Arbor the listing is limited this week and heavy on book reviews.  I'll be back at full force next week and then most of the summer.

Thursday, June 5
Book Talk:  Genesis: Truman, American Jews and the Origin of the Arab/Israeli Conflict - Author John Judis - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW - 12:30 - 2:00pm

Concert:  U. S. Army Chorus and St. Albans School Chorale perform music of Virgil Thompson and others 
West Building - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 12:10

Forum Discussion:  The Role of Congress in International Crises - Former members of congress and others discuss the interpretation of war powers - National Archives - 7pm

Book Talk:  CIA veteran, Jack Devine's "Good Hunting" considers the work and future of the agency - Politics and Prose -7pm

Friday, June 6
Film:  The True Glory - Noting the 70th anniversary of D Day this Office of War Information tells of the events of that era - 85 minutes - National Archives - Noon

Concert:   Jazz in the Garden - Juanita Williams performs - National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden - 5 - 8:30pm

Saturday, June  7
Family Event:  Jazz Concert with hands on opportunities - Performance by the Jazz Academy of Music - National Archives - Noon - 2pm

Book Talk:  Mission at Nuremberg - Author Tim Townsend discusses chaplain Henry Gerecke's role in counseling Nazi WWII leaders awaiting trial - P and P - 3:30pm

Book Talk:  The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons - Author San Kean through riveting stories discusses how the brain works - P and P - 6pm

Film:  Little Fugitive - Eastern European experimental cinema - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 3:30pm 

Sunday, June 8
Book Talk:  Big Money - Author Kenneth P. Vogel discusses the role of money and people in campaign financing - P and P -5pm

Film:  Blind Chance:  Masterpieces of Polish Cinema - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 4:30pm

 Book Talk:  Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence - Author Joseph Ellis - National Archives - Noon 

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 6:30pm

Concert:  U. S. Army Field Band Goes to the Opera - Music of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Humperdinck - McEvoy Auditorium - Smithsonian American Art Museum -  7th and G Streets NW - 3pm


Monday, June 9
Book Talk:  Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence - Author Joseph Ellis - National Archives - Noon

Tuesday, June 10
Book Talk:  Lawrence in Arabia - Author Scott Anderson looks at the role of Lawrence and 3 others in the Middle East during WWI - P and P -7pm

Wednesday, June 11
Book Talk:  Portraying Arabs: Thirty Years Later - Authors Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Avenue - 12:30 - 2pm

Thursday, June 12
Book Talk:  How It Feels to Be Free:  Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement - Author Ruth Feldstein - National Archives - Noon