Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, September 25 through Friday, October 3

It only gets better.  Here we are again for a fall season that begins with a number of exciting events. In addition to the events listed below, there are a number of unusual events and two in unusual locales.

  • The newly reopened White House Visitors Center is a new gem of a museum.  With a new 14 minute video and hands-on displays, it is a must for locales and an important place to take visitors who can't get into the White House. 
  • The Corcoran - remember, this last week of displays are free this month.
  • I've listed two events that charge $5 and $10 because the events are interesting and because they are in venues where many of us rarely go.  

Thursday, September 25
Reading:  Charles Wright gives his inaugural reading as the 20th poet laureate consultant to the Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 202-707-5394 - 7pm

Film:  Breath of Freedom - Portrays the over one million African Americans who fought in WWII - follow-up discussion with Frank Smith, Jr. of the African American Civil War Museum and Maria Hohn author of GIs and Frauleins - National Archives - 7pm

Jazz Concert:  Saxophonist Marshall Keys - Grace Episcopal Church - 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW - 6 -7:15pm

Friday, September 26
Book Talk:  Travis Smiley discusses, "Death of a King" - the final years of MLK's life - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Nicky's Family - Englishman Nicholas Winton rescues 669 Czech and Slovak children before the out break of WWII - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Pianist Sam Post celebrates Classical Music Month - MLK Library - Noon

Concert:  Ted Garber Pop/Rock vocalist -  U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - 6 - 8pm

Concert:  The Beatles in Tuxedos - Trio Lennon - Embassy of Italy - 3000 Whitehaven Road NW - Reservations required - www.iicwashington.esten.it - 6:30pm

Lecture:  True Tales From the Ginseng Trade: From Appalachia to to China - U. S. Botanic Garden - noon to 1pm

Saturday, September 27
Book Talks: Steve Almond discusses "Against Football" and Gregg Easterbrook discusses, "The King of Sports" - a look at the perplexity of pro-football today - P&P - 1pm

Book Talk:  City of Lies - Ramita Naval portrays her home city, Tehran - P&P - 3:30

Activity:  Art All Night - Various artistic events from music to visual - Dupont Circle, Shaw, H Street North Capitol and Congress Heights - 7pm - 3am

Concert:  Pianist Solon Pierce - Anderson House - Society of Cincinnati - 2118 Mass. Ave.NW - 1:30pm

Theatre Performance:  The Odd Couple - Female Version - MLK Library - reservations suggested - 202-727-1291 - 2pm

Sunday, September 28
Book Talk:  Thirteen Days in September - Lawrence Wright considers President Carter's work with Begin and Sadat - P&P - 5pm

Dance Workshop:  English Country Dance - Dumbarton House - 2715 Q Street NW - $5.00 - 1-3pm

Concert:  NGA Wind Ensemble - Various Classical Composers - Sculpture Garden - NGA - noon - 1pm

Lecture:  The Disappearing Face of Palestinian Jerusalem - Micha Kurtz founder of Grassroots Jerusalem - Busboys and Poets Bookstore - 1025 5th ST.NW - 6 - 8pm

Monday, September 29
Book Talk:  In Search of the Perfect Loaf - Samuel Fromartz discusses BREAD with Mark Furstenberg - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  SambaDa' Brazilian music from salsa to cumbia - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center 6pm

Book Talk:  Earl Swift's, " Auto Biography: A Classic Car, an Outlaw Motorhead and 57 Years of the American Dream" and Bill Morris, " Motor City Burning" - Kramerbooks - 1517 Conn. Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Performance:  The Naughty List: Cabaret Selections for Banned Books Week - MLK Library - 7pm

Tuesday, September 30
Book Talk:  Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America - Jonathan Dorman - P&P - 7pm

Lecture/Discussion:  WWII Enemy Aliens Program - Archivist Lynn Goodsell discusses WWII programs effecting individuals of German, Italian and Japanese ancestry - Room G-25 (Penn. Ave entrance) National Archives - 11am

Panel Discussion:  Style and Influence: First Ladies Fashions - Tim Gunn of Project Runway leads a discussion with various fashion designers and others -  National Archives - 7pm

Lecture:  Sister Helen Prejeans author of "Dead Man Walking" the journey continues - School of International Relations - American University - Nebraska and New Mexico Aves. NW - reservations requested - LibEvents@american.edu - 2 - 4pm

Film:  T-Shirt Travels - Betts Theater - Marvin Center - GWU - 800 21st ST. NW - Noon

Wednesday, October 1
Concert:  U. S. Army Chorus - St. John's Episcopal Church - Lafayette Park - 12:10pm

Concert:  Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussaa combines traditional Cuban and jazz music - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Family Concert: Coral Cantigas presents "Rhythm and Song: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage - Gala Theatre - 3333 14th Street NW - $10.00 -  7:30pm

Thursday, October 2

Book Talk:  David Bezmozgis' third work of fiction, "The Betrayers" - P&P -7pm

Friday, October 3
Lecture:  The Memory of Dictatorship and the Future of Democracy:  The East German Past Today - East German Minister and intellectual, Richard Schroder - German Historical Institute - 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW - 2 - 4pm

Film:  A World Not Ours - Life in a refuge camp in Lebanon - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW  - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Book Talk:  You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball - Fredric J. Frommer - National Archives - Noon




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Events of the week: Thursday, September 11 - Tuesday, September 23



What an exciting two weeks of learning for FREE in DC.  The number of events and my absence for the next two weeks cause the delay.  I'm almost sorry to be in Michigan for two weeks when there are such exciting learning opportunities here in DC.  Among the most exciting ones I see are:

  • tonight's Boy's Choir at the Austrian Embassy
  • Hispanic Heritage Day on Saturday
  • an opportunity for seniors to learn about LinkedIn on Monday
  • two talks by Yale's Akhil Reed Amar
  • two truly timely panels with outstanding participants at The New America Foundation*
  • remembering D-Day on film, and 
  • a chance to hear an outstanding panel in a two day symposium on the possibility of intelligent life beyond earth.
* I've been to several panels at this relatively new think tank.  I'm uncertain about which audience they are particularly meant for.  You might check them out.  Their programs - like many others - are often streamed or on the Internet thus available to us even if we cannot attend in person.  



Thursday, September 11
Book Talk: Fallujah Redux - Dan Green reports on the battles in Anbar Province - P&P - 4pm 

Book Talk:  Congress in the Viet Nam and Watergate Era - Katherine Scott - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave. entrance - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Bratislava Boys Choir - Austrian Cultural Forum - 3529 International Court - reservations suggested - go to Austrianculturalforumdc - 7:30pm

Lecture:  Artist Mark Tribe - Corcoran Gallery of Art - 500 17th st. NW - 7pm


Friday, September 12
Book Talk:  William Wells Brown:: An African-American Life - Author Ezra Greenspan tells of this former slave who in the early 18th Century was a writer and political activist - Mary Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk: James Madison: A Life Reconsidered - Lynne Cheney - National Archives - Noon

Organ Recital:  Organist Lawrence P.Schreiber at the National City Christian Church - 5 Thomas Circle NW - 12:15 -1pm

Saturday, September 13
Concert:  Jinny Marsh's Hot Kugel KlezmerBand  - Anderson House - Society of the Cincinnati - 2018 Mass., Ave NW - 1:30pm

Lecture:  Urban Agriculture: NYU's Carolyn Dimitri discusses "Urban Agriculture: Sowing Seeds, Sowing Money - U. S. botanic Garden - reservations required - 202-225-8333 - 10:30 - 12:30 repeats Sunday at 2

Festival:  Hispanic Heritage Family Festival with varied Family Activities - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian Portrait Gallery/American Art - 11:30am - 4pm


Sunday, September 14

Lecture:  Urban Agriculture - See Saturday - 2pm

Book talk:  The Human Age - Diane Ackerman considers human creativity - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  Steinway Series - Verge Ensemble - Three pianists various classical numbers - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G Street Lobby - 2:30pm for tickets for 3pm performance

Lecture:  Degas and Cassatt: a Collaborators Look Beneath the Layers - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 2pm

Monday, September 15
Book Talk:  So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Lincoln's Gamble - Todd Brewster discusses the Emancipation Proclamation - P&P -
7pm - ALSO at noon at the National Archives

Presentation:  How to use LinkedIn Like a Pro - - 40Plus of Greater Washington - Suite T-2 1718 P St. nw - 9:45 - Noon  - 202-387-1582

Concert:  U. S. Army Field Band Soldiers Chorus - Scenes from operas - Family theater - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Lecture:  Popular Culture and Civil Rights: Jazz, Film, TV and the Making of the Movement - Harvard's Ingrid Monson and Rutgers Ruth Feldstein - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 1pm


Tuesday, September 16
Lecture:  Magna Carta and the American Constitution - Yale Professor Akhil Reed Amar - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 1pm

Wednesday, September 17
Discussion:  Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar and U. S. representative Robert Hurt of Virginia discuss The State of the Constitution: Is the American Constitution Still Working for Americans? Reservations recommended at www.archivesfoundation.org/events.  Celebrating the 227th Anniversary of the U. S. Constitution - National Archives 7pm

Children's Activity:  Celebrating  Constitution Day with quill pens, crafts and dress - National Archives - 1 - 4pm

Concert:  Cellist Wytold - Sidney Harmon Hall - 610 F St. nw - 5:30pm

Film:  La Camioneta - Mark Kendall's 2013 film about Guatemala' working class - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 1pm - repeats Friday at 1pm

Panel Discussion:  Next Steps for the Israeli and Palestinians: Assessing the Impact of the Gaza Conflict - New America Foundation - 1899 L St.nw - Suite 400 - 9am - 10:30pm - registration suggested - http://www.newamerica.net/events/2014next_steps_for_gaza


Thursday, September 18
Lecture:  Climate Change on Mars: The Case for the Missing Martian Atmosphere - Goddard Scientist Jared Espley - Mary Pickford Theatre - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  Pete Muldoon performs jazz of Grant Green with sextet - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7pm

Book Talk:  America's Forgotten Constitution - Robert Tsai discusses the history of alternative constitutions - National Archives - Noon

Symposium:  Preparing For Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth - Leading scientists, historians, philosophers and theologians participate - Klug Center - LJ119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - extends through Friday - 9am - 4:30pm - Contact 202-707-0213

Friday, September 19
NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concerts:  The 2014 Award Winners ranging from Tejano to blues to dancing and ethic presentations - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - reservations suggested - lisner.gwu.edu - 8pm

Film: La Camioneta - See Wednesday listing


Saturday, September 20
Book Talks:  Rebel Souls - Justin Martin profiles the regulars at Piaff's Saloon circa 1860 - P&P - 1pm
Slow Dancing with a Stranger - Meryl Comer Tells of her husbands descent with Alzheimer's - P&P - 3:30pm
Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me - Lucinda Franks memoir of life with her husband, Robert Morgenthau - 6pm
Cosby: His Life and Times - Author Mark Whitaker - P&P - 8pm



Sunday, September 21
Book Talk:  Predator: The Secret origin of the Drone Revolution - Author Richard Whittle - P&P - 1pm

Talk and music:  Luce Unplugged: Staff Talk, local musician, Louis Weeks: Alternative - Free coffee/tea - Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor - Smithsonian American Art Museum - Talk - 1:30pm - music - 2pm

Monday, September, 22
Book Talk:  The Copernicus Complex:Our Cosmic Significance In A Universe of Probabilities - P&P - 7pm
Tuesday, September 23
Film:  D-Day Remembered - 8th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program - National Archives - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  America's Worst Colleges - New America Foundation - 1899 L St. nw - Suite 400 - 9:30 - 11:00am - registration suggested - http://www.newamerica.net/events/2014/america_s_worstcolleges

Book Talk;  The Forgotten Fifties: America's Decade from the Archives of "Look" Magazine - Montpelier Room - 6th floor - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Events of the Two Weeks of Thursday, September 4 - Friday, September 19

     With as many as seven FREE cultural events in a single day, there is little reason for D. C. residents not to be among the most informed folks on the globe.  This week I got so excited about it that I went on for two weeks so you truly can plan ahead!
     And not only is there the usual plethora of free museums, but FOR THIS MONTH ONLY the exhibits at the Corcoran are free.  Open from 10 am - 5pm Wednesday through Sunday the museum in addition to their regular fine collection has a display AMERICAN METAL: THE ART OF ALBERT PALEY.

Thursday, September 4
Art Exhibit:  Amen - A Prayer for the World - Featuring 48 Egyptian artists and a Reception for the Egyptian Ambassador - Washington national Cathedral - reservations at invitation@cathedral.org - 7 - 8:30pm

Lecture:  The European Union at the Crossroads:Completing Integration or Hastening Disintegration - Stephen Leibfried of Bremen University - reservations required - leibfried.evenbrite.com - Room 701 -Bunn Intercultural Center - Georgetown University - Noon - 2pm

Lecture:  Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin Times - Bamberg University Professor Malte Rolf - Reservations required - guevents.georgetown .edu - McGhee Library -  Bunn Intercultural center - Georgetown University - 3pm

Film:  Old Dog - 2011 Chinese Film - Freer gallery of Art - The Mall - 7pm

Special Event:  106th Birthday Celebration of the birth of Richard Wright - features authors Marita Golden, Tope Folarin, and Derrick Weston Brown - reservations required - folger.edu - Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 East Capitol St. SE - 6 - 8pm

Friday, September 5
Concert:  Tribute to the Dave Matthews Band by Crowded Streets -The Yards Park - 355 Water St SE - 6:30 - 8:30

Talk:  "Sunday in the Park and Post-Impressionism" by those in the Signature Theatre's performance of Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" - Phillips Collection - 1600 21st NW - Noon phillipscollection.org/events

Lecture:  Counting Islam: Religion, Class and Elections in Egypt - Harvard's Terek Masoud - Room 602 Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU  - !957 E NW - reservations required - go.gwu.edu/Massoud - noon - 2pm

Book Talk:  Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off the Battlefield - Retired US Marine General Tony Zinni - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Talk:  The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities - Urban Farmer, MacArthur Award Recipient Will Allen - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - tickets required - 23-2-242-5327 - 7 to 9pm

Film:  DC China Film Festival presents the 2013 film, "Rock Me to the Moon" at 2pm and Stray Dogs at 7 -
Freer Gallery of Art

Film:  Okinawa Film Festival presents the 1999 film, "Nabbie's Love" - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1115 18th st.NW - reservations required - www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jcc - 6:15pm



Saturday, September 6 
Book Talk:  Mars Up Close - Marc Kaufman presents pictures and stories of the Mars Expedition - P&P - 6pm

Tango Lessons:  Bahman Aryana leads lessons in the Argentine Tango - MLK Library - 2:30pm

Lecture:  Portrait Photographer Lynn Goldsmith discusses her work including Bonnie Raitt, Prince and Patti Smith - National Portrait Gallery - 2pm

Book Talk:  A History of Rock Creek Park - Ranger Scott Einburger - National Building Museum - 401 F Street NW - noon

Sunday, September 7
Concert:  U. S. Air Force Strings - Community Concert - National gallery of Art - Noon and 1pm

Concert:  The Glory of Gospel as part of Gospel Music Heritage Month - Alfred Street Baptist Church - Alexandria - Millennium Stage - Kennedy C enter- 6pm

Lecture:  Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art - Curator Mary Morton - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 2pm

Film:  ASEWAN Film Festival 2013 film " The Jungle School" at 1pm and The Missing Picture at 4pm -
Freer Gallery of Art

Film:  Two Finish Films - "The Year 1939" at 2pm and Helsinki Forever - at 4:30 - National Portrait Gallery

Monday, September 8
Book Talk:  The Impulse Society - Paul Roberts discusses how our narcissistic society at all stratas of society impairs the common good - P&P - 7pm

Book Talk:  Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas - Author Cass R. Sunstein - National Archives - Noon

Discussion:  Dennis Ross and Elliott Abrams discuss "The Turbulent Middle East - reservations requested - pjc.georgetown.edu - Copley Formal Lounge - Copey Hall - Georgetown University - 7pm

Film:  Aluna - Columbia's Kogi people and tehir journey to save the world - Inter American Development Bank - 1330 New York Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Tuesday, September 9
Lecture:  Princeton's Peter Paret discusses "From Fact to Allegory and Beyond: Images of the First World War" - Pepco Edison Place Gallery - 702 8th NW - reservations required - 6 - 8:30pm

Book Talk:  Collision Low Crossers: Inside the Turbulent World of the NFL - Author Nichola Dawldorff with Mark Leibovich - Kramer Books - 1517 Conn AVE NW - 6:30pm

Film:  French film, "Love Like Poison" - reservations required - frenchculture.org - Embassy of France - 7pm
Wednesday, September 10

Concert:  Son Jarocho, folk music from Veracruz, Mexico by California singers - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Acid Test - Tom Shroder discusses a growing cultural and political climate in favor of wider use of chemicals - P&P - 7pm

Book Talk:  The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Edward Baptist - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Singer Andrea Pais - Washington Harbour - 3050 K Street NW  5:30 - 7:30pm


Thursday, September 11
Book Talk: Fallujah Redux - Dan Green reports on the battles in Anbar Province - P&P - 4pm 

Book Talk:  Congress in the Viet Nam and Watergate Era - Katherine Scott - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave. entrance - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Bratislava Boys Choir - Austrian Cultural Forum - 3529 International Court - reservations suggested - go to Austrianculturalforumdc - 7:30pm

Lecture:  Artist Mark Tribe - Corcoran Gallery of Art - 500 17th st. NW - 7pm


Friday, September 12
Book Talk:  William Wells Brown:: An African-American Life - Author Ezra Greenspan tells of this former slave who in the early 18th Century was a writer and political activist - Mary Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk: James Madison: A Life Reconsidered - Lynne Cheney - National Archives - Noon


Sunday, September 14
Book talk:  The Human Age - Diane Ackerman considers human creativity - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  Steinway Series - Verge Ensemble - Three pianists various classical numbers - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G Street Lobby - 2:30pm for tickets for 3pm performance


Monday, September 15
Book Talk:  So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Lincoln's Gamble - Todd Brewster discusses the Emancipation Proclamation - P&P -
7pm - ALSO at noon at the National Archives



Tuesday, Septembeer 16
Lecture:  Magna Carta and the American Constitution - Yale Professor Akhil Reed Amar - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 1pm

Wednesday, September 17
Discussion:  Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar and U. S. representative Robert Hurt of Virginia discuss The State of the Constitution: Is the American Constitution Still Working for Americans?
Celebrating the 227th Anniversary of the U. S. Constitution - National Archives 7pm
Reservations recommended at www.archivesfoundation.org/events/

Thursday, September 18
Lecture:  Climate Change on Mars: The Case for the Missing Martian Atmosphere - Goddard Scientist Jared Espley - Mary Pickford Theatre - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  Pete Muldoon performs jazz of Grant Green with sextet - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7pm

Friday, September 19
NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concerts:  The 2014 Award Winners ranging from Tejano to blues to dancing and ethic presentations - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - reservations suggested - lisner.gwu.edu - 8pm