Saturday, December 12, 2015

A holiday letter and reminiscence of 90 years

MY HOLIDAY GREETINGS
in celebration of my 90th birthday

There was no better way to celebrate my 90th birthday than having all of my children, in-law children and grandchildren (except for Hannah Sullivan Lehker who is doing a college semester abroad in Chile) together for the long Thanksgiving weekend in Michigan. Twenty of us found nooks and crannies to sleep in at the Lehker/Slaughters and reveled with dancing and toasts on the party bus as we journeyed to our festive meal. The good fortune of my life continued as it has in so many ways both with my mid-west family and my life in DC.

What a thrill to be so often asked, “What is your secret to your youthfulness?” and I'm delighted to begin my annual Christmas letter sharing Ron's secret to the fountain of youth.
  1. Being around young people! I'm fortunate that my vocation has been in public school work. The challenge of educating, coupled with enjoying the enthusiasm of young people and their creative approach to life, is something that seems to have carried over to me.
  2. Good genes! The ongoing nature/nurture discussion of what is the most important in a person's development will never be satisfactorily answered. Although I discover no longevity in my family, somehow my life was put together so that I can have more than four score years.
  3. A wonderful childhood. My lower middle class rearing in a marvelous city surrounded me with family and friends in a life without undue stress. While there was surprisingly little overt expressions of love, I was not unduly pushed or ignored. Though neither of my parents graduated from high school, they provided a warm home experience with broad life enhancing opportunities.
  4. Throughout my life I have been aided by a caring government. Surely I resonate to President Obama's statement that "I did not build ….......my life........... alone". Public schools started my academic learning, the military continued my education and I completed three college degrees through the G.I. Bill, Additionally the life of Regina and two of my children have been extended because the government that provides kidney transplants and I have a pension for my years of work in education in Michigan that has made it possible for me to enjoy my senior years. Undoubtedly the greatest joy of this year was Kris' successful transplant of a kidney from one of her many offering dear friends.
  5. My life has been amazingly free from undue anxiety and concern. I truly believe that this begins with monetary security, and although I have not been blessed with great wealth, I have been very comfortable and have not worried about basic needs. My life has been enriched by being a part of faith communities that focused on the meaning and purpose of life, and I was blessed by having employment in which I felt my abilities and talents could be used and appropriately rewarded.
  6. I've had the lifelong support of two supportive partners, a loving family and friends.

Thus I am taking two years to celebrate the big 90 and find I am living one of the best periods of my life. I've built my birthday celebration over a two year period in which I have all of my four children, their spouses and my nine grandchildren spend a long weekend with Linda and me in my adopted home city, Washington DC which I've grown to love so very much. It began in June with grandson David Debacher. How marvelous that he became engaged to Karin Borkowski and she and her son Jackson joined us. During the year I've been a part of exciting events for grandchildren like new jobs, a semester in Chile, a high school drum major, Kalamazoo College basketball, a semester around the world at sea, and completing a Masters Degree. I hope to get all visits in before the celebration ends in the fall of 2016 when Linda and I take an extended cruise through Mediterranean ports.

But in the spirit of nostalgia I find happiness in reminiscing about other joyous stages of my life. Indeed Shakespeare was right on target in As You Like It when he spoke of the ages of man being seven. I don't recall "mewling and puking in my mother's arms" and I hope I shall not “end this strange eventful history in second childishness and mere oblivion: sans teeth, sans eyes sans taste sans everything."

Indeed let me close by sharing with you my other best eras:
  1. A happy childhood and youth in San Antonio, one of Americas four unique cities. 
  2. Going “Up North” to Illinois for my final two years of college highlighted by basketball, student leadership and above all finding my life partner, Regina Wacker.
  3. Becoming established in a lifelong lifestyle and career in Milan, Michigan and beginning a family.
  4. Completing our family in Ann Arbor and finding broader career opportunities.
  5. Raising my family with Regina in Muskegon, Michigan, where I spent the most fulfilling and satisfying 15 years of my professional career as a junior high school principal...
  6. Discovering true retirement happiness in Washington, D. C. with Linda Greensfelder as a new partner.
  7. Fending off oblivion by maintaining an active interest in life and preparing to go beyond Shakespeare's seven stages.

Sending my personal thoughts to each of you for personal joy and peace for the world in the year ahead.

Ron Lehker


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Free intellectual and cultural events for the weeks beginning Thursday, November 19

My travels and the many events of the holiday season that may appeal more to individual taste cause this to be the last list of events for the year.   I've gone beyond the week scope, however, since there are a great many interesting lectures and concerts of a secular nature in early December at the Library of Congress.

I'll resume again on Wednesday, January 6.  Since I'll then be 90 I'll have a different format and hopefully some new ideas.  I'll welcome your suggestion as to how this service can be improved.

Thursday, 19
Concert: "Apollo's Fire" with soprano Amanda Forsyth singing music of the Vivaldi, Handel and Sorrell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Lecture: Lucy McFadden of the Goddard space flight Center presents, "Dawn: a journey to the beginning of the solar system" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Take 5: BJ Simmons sextet pays tribute to Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks, tenor saxophone – Smithsonian American Art Gallery – 5 PM – 7 PM

Report:  Asia Foundations 2015 Survey of the Afghan People - U. S. Institute of Peace - 2301 Constitution Ave. NW -  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/release-of-the-asia-foundations-2015-survey-of-the-afghan-people-tickets-19101054769 -                                                        9:30AM - 11:30AM

Friday, 20
Film: Kennedy v. Wallace: a crisis up close – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert: Chamber Concert Series – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street Northwest – noon

Lecture:  Charles Mill, professor of moral and intellectual philosophy at Northwestern University discusses, "liberalism and racial justice" - Room B 12 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 4 PM

Discussion: Gail Kern Paster with Charles DeSantis of the UN refugee agency discusses "refugees from Pericles to now" connections between today's migration crisis and Shakespeare's "Pericles" – Folger Shakespeare Library – 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. – 6 PM

Saturday, 21
Book Talk:  Deported: policing immigrants, disposable labor and global capitalism - Author Tasnya Maria Golash Boza - P&P - 7PM

Book Talk:  Cheney One On One  - Author James Rosen - P&P - 6PM

Gallery Tour: George Washington University Museum and textile Museum offers tour of two new exhibits, "For the record: the art of Lily Spandorf" and "A Collector's vision: creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection" – 701 21st St. NW. – noon

Concert: Honoring the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery – various musical groups – tickets available at DC public library branches – Constitution Hall – 1776 D St. NW. – 7:30 PM

Book talk:  R. Andrew Bittner discusses, "building Washington National Cathedral" – national building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – noon

Film: Frederick Wiseman's New York features the 1985 film, "Racetrack" at 12:30 PM and the 1980 film, "Model" at 3 PM – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM and 3 PM

Performance:  Prisoner written multimedia show, "From Uncle Tom's cabin to Uncle Sam's prison" – city streets arts foundation – Western Presbyterian Church – 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Sunday, 22
Concert: Chopin, Schubert and Liszt performed by pianist Aphrodite Mitsopoulou – Church of the Holy City – 1611 16th St. NW. – 3 PM

Concert: National Gallery of Art new music ensemble performs work of Morton Subotnick "From Silver Apples of the Moon to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur" – National Gallery of Art – W. Garden Court – 3:30 PM

Concert:  World percussion ensemble performs works by American composers – McNeir Auditorium – Georgetown University – 4 PM

Square dance lessons: Caller Janie Smith with fiddler, guitarist, banjo and bass – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle celebrates 175th anniversary with "Singing in the Year of Mercy" featuring works by Buxtehude, Poulenc and Rorem performed by the Schola Catorum with string orchestra and harp – 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM

Monday, 23
Book Talk:  The Audacity of Hope - Author Alexander Wolff - Obamas political style as seen in basketball - P&P - 7PM

Concert: Xuejuan dance ensemble performs Chinese folk and classical dance – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: Ada Calhoun and Preston Lauterbach discuss "St. Mark's is dead: the many lives of America's hippie is Street" and "Beale Street dynasty: sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis" – busboys and poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 24
Lecture:  Poet and critic Stephen Burt begins a new series, "The Poem is You" - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building- Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: Concert: Mozart and Ravel performed by the Rock Creek Piano Trio – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10PM

Concert: Commemorating 100th Anniversaryof Armenian Genocide, pianist Sofya Mmelikyan performs a varied program - Kennedy Center – millennium stage – 6 PM

Lecture: Putin and Putinim two years after euro maidan – reservations required – go.gwu.edu/217 - room 505 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 19507 E St., Northwest – 12:30 PM

Discussion: Thomas Merton thoughts regarding "theology on tap" – Buffalo billiards – 1330 19th St., Northwest – free admission – happy hour 6:00 PM - presentation and questions 7:00 PM

Discussion: "Italy and the Allyah Beth" – journalist Simonetta Della Seta - about the Jewish agency organized to save Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and take them to Palestine – reservations required – www.iicwashington.esteri.it - Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St., Northwest – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday,  25
Concert:  Baltimore's acoustics roots band Charm City Junction performs - Millennium Stqage - Kennedy Center 6PM
Thursday, 26
Thanksgiving
Concert/Dance lessons:  Swing Dance party features the Jive Aces with 1940's music with swing dance lessons - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 - 9PM

December 
Wednesday, 2
Book Talk:  Sam Phillips:The Man Who Invented Rock 'N" Roll - Author Peter Guralnick - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Saturday, 5
Lecture: #Declassified:Fly Space 2: Beyond the Backdrop - Staff member talks about theatrical collections - Jefferson Building - Jefferson Studio - Library of Congress - 11AM

Wednesday, 9
Lecture:  Kreisler's Sibelius Transcription - Jani Lehtonen, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Thursday, 10
Lecture:  Louis and Lil' Armstrong: A Couple Making Musical History - Montpelier Room - Madison Building -  - Library of Congress - 7PM

Friday, 11
Concert:  Ruske, Frautschi and Chien on Horn, Violin and Piano with music of Hindemith, Ligeti, Persichetti and Brahms - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8PM - Free tickets available on line - pre-concert lecture - 6:00PM - No ticket required

Saturday, 12
Lecture:  #Declassified Fly Space 2: Schnabel as Composer and Editor -  Staff member explores his work beyond being a pianist - Jefferson Studio - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 11AM

Friday, 18
Concert:  Borromeo String Quartet plays music of Bartok - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 7:30PM - Tickets available on line - rush tickets generally available - Pre-concert lecture 6PM - No ticket required



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, November 12

Among the many outstanding events for the week are several activities at the Library of Congress.  If you have never been to the Jefferson Building, make sure to do so ANYTIME.  It is one of the premier buildings in the city - or anywhere.  They also have a new policy for obtaining free tickets. While rush tickets are usually available at the last minute, they can also be secured in advance - free - at the following site:  concertsfromthelibraryofcongress.eventbrite.com

And the grand reopening of the Smithsonian Renwick on Friday morning is a must event for those of us who have time to attend.

And if you like brass and percussion, there is no better place to hear it than Washington's National Cathedral Sunday -check it out.

November
Thursday, 12 
Book talk: Gateway to Freedom: Reconstruction and the fragility of democracy – Eric Foner – National Archives – 6:30 PM

Book talk: War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Duel that Stunned the Nation – John Sedgwick – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: 29th annual German historical Institute lecture – Capitalism and the Jews Revisited – Jerry Z. Muller – RSVP  – 202–387–3355 – German Historical Institute – 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 7 PM - reception follows lecture

Film: Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra: inheriting the future of music – Pickford theater – Monroe Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Lecture: "Migration, asylum and the role of the state: defining boundaries, redefining orders" - Kluge Fellows Ivan Chaar-Lopez, Katherine Luongo and Julia Young - room LJ 119 – Jefferson building Library of Congress – 4 PM

Friday, 13
Book talk: The Rise of Germany:1939 – 1941 – The War in the West – James Holland – National Archives – noon

Grand reopening: Smithsonian Renwick Gallery – ribbon-cutting 10 AM – exhibit open all day featuring "Wonder" – festivities continue all day Saturday

Concert: Ensemble Intercontemporain - Music of Berg, Ligeti, Pintscher and Lash (world premiere) - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building -  Library of Congress Concert -  7:30 PM – pre-concert conversation 6 PM – no tickets for conversation – rush tickets usually available

Book talk: Isabel Allende discusses "The Japanese Lover" – a novel of love and betrayal in San Francisco and Poland just after world war II – P&P - 7 PM

Saturday, 14
Movie: Arthur – National Archives – 2 PM

Choral workshop: With members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain for musicians and music lovers – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 10 AM

Film:  Pierre Boulez: Eclat,Sur Incises – Pickford theater – Madison building -  Library of Congress – 2 PM

Artist tour: "Elaine de Kooning paints a secret" – with Margaret Randall, feminist poet, writer photographer and social activist – National Portrait Gallery - 12:30 PM

Book talk: "Reel portraits: Frank Sinatra in 'From Here to Eternity" – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery -  2 PM

Book talk: "The Generals" – the lives of Patton, Marshall and MacArthur – Winston Groom – P&P - 1 PM
Sunday, 15
Book talk: Sheila Hamilton – "All the Things We Never Knew" – in conversation with former Sen. Gordon Smith discuss mental health issues – P&P – 1 PM

Book talk: "Negroland" - Margo Jefferson discusses her upbringing in upper class Chicago – P&P – 3:30 PM

Discussion: "Race and the Church" - Rep. John Lewis - Georgetown Presbyterian Church - 3115 P St. NW - 9:30AM

Concert: NGA Wind Quintet performs works of Gershwin, Milhaud and others - National Gallery of Art - 3:30PM

Concert:  Brass and Percussion ensemble of the U. S. Marine Corps annual worship service - Washington National Cathedral - 3:30PM

Film:  Frederick Wiseman's New York features "the 1989 film, "Central Park" - National Gallery of Art - 4PM

Monday, 16
Lecture: Marie Rolf – Eastman School of Music – "Debussy's fascination with the exotic – from China to Spain – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Book Talk:  "Understanding Mass Incarceration" - James Kilgore - Brookland  Busboys and Poets - 6:30PM

Book Talk:  "Destiny and Power: George Herbert Walker Bush" - Jon Meacham - P&P - 7PM

Discussion:  "Shifting the Paradigm" - Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, PLO representative to the U. S.  - The Palestine Center - 1PM

Tuesday, 17
Concert:  Anne Sophie Von Otter, soprano, Jonathan Cohen: keyboard, Thomas Dunford, lutes - various Renaissance and Baroque songs and a song or two by Simon and Garfunkel – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - concert at 8 PM – pre-concert lecture 6:30 PM – Nightcap conversation with the artists following the performance - rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Book Talk:  Writing on the Wall - Johanna Fernandez - a revolutionary perspective on community, power, politics and social change - Brookland Busboys and poets - 6:30PM

Book Talk:  A Sister's Memories: Edith and Grace Abbott - John Sorenson - Busboys and Poets - 14th and V - 6:30PM

Concert:  Clarinetist Ben Redwine performs works of Brahms, Bernstein and Poulenc - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G ST, NW - 12:10PM

Lecture:  William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and U. S. Under secretary of State discusses  current affairs and his 33 year career - Nitze Building - Johns Hopkins University - 1740 Mass Ave. NW - reservations required - sais-jhu.edu - 12:30PM

Wednesday, 18
Lecture: "Broadcasting independence: newspaper printings of the declaration of independence" Georgia Higley – South Gallery – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert:  Congressional Chorus multisensory performance-Millennium Stage -Kennedy Center- 6PM

Lecture:  The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power - Thomas J. Christiansen, Princeton University and formerly Assistant Secretary of State - reservations required - mortara.georgetown.edu - Mortara Center - Georgetown University - 2PM

Book Talk:  "Weed the People - The Future of Legal Marijuana in America" - Bruce Barcott - Takoma Busboys and Poets - 6:30PM\\

Film:  "The Wanted 18" - Little known incident during the first Intifada - reservations required - cathedral.org - Washington National Cathedral - 7PM

Thursday, 19
Concert: "Apollo's Fire" with soprano Amanda Forsyth singing music of the Vivaldi, Handel and Sorrell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Lecture: Lucy McFadden of the Goddard space flight Center presents, "Dawn: a journey to the beginning of the solar system" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Take 5: BJ Simmons sextet pays tribute to Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks, tenor saxophone – Smithsonian American Art Gallery – 5 PM – 7 PM

Report:  Asia Foundations 2015 Survey of the Afghan People - U. S. Institute of Peace - 2301 Constitution Ave. NW -  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/release-of-the-asia-foundations-2015-survey-of-the-afghan-people-tickets-19101054769 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM


Friday, 20
Film: Kennedy v. Wallace: a crisis up close – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Free cultural and intellectual events for the week beginning November 5

I truly sought to save time and be brief, but there is just so much going on and so much we need to know as an informed citizenry. In spite of – or perhaps because of – the beautiful weather - you'll have an opportunity to seek out a new venue and attend some of the events listed below.

Thursday, 5
Book talk:  "Berlin" - Slovenian author Alea' Teger discusses his book in the European reading room- Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson building – noon – 1 PM

Lecture:  "From Gospel to Now: The Lutheran Reformation and its impact on law, and politics and society" – John Witte  – Kluge Center Meeting Room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Book talk "Roosevelt's second act: the election of 1940 and the politics of the war – Richard Moe – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book Talk:  "The Washingtons: Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" - Flora Fraser - P & P - 7PM

Friday, 6 
Book Talk:  "Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped    - Garry Kasparov - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: "Classified as White: Historical insights into the racial classification of Americans of middle eastern and north African descent" –Randa Kayyali - African/middle eastern room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – Noon

Concert: Music of Brahms – Kennedy Ctr., Opera House orchestra – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Robert P. Weller discusses Expanding cities and transforming religions in contemporary China – room 602 – Elliot school of international affairs – GWU – 1957 East St. NW. – reservations - go.gwu,edu/weller 12:30 - 2PM

Open House:  Heurich historic house and Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 6 PM to 8 PM

Saturday, 7
Concert: Michelangelo String Quartet – varied classical program – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 2 PM – 4 PM – tickets required however rush tickets should be available an hour before the concert

Book talk: "Temple in the Clouds" – author John Burgess discusses the ninth century temple that is a UNESCO world heritage site – P&P - 1 PM

Concert: 21st century Consort pays tribute to the exhibition, "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty" concert highlights  music of Mall, Froom, Jaffe and Shaw – Smithsonian American Art Museum – discussion at 4 PM - concert at 5 PM

Sunday, 8
Concert:  Steinway series – Claremont piano trio with instrumentalists – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Book talk: Facing Change – Leah Bendavid-Val and collection of photography reviving the socially conscious photography of the 1930s under the Farm Security Administration – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Concert: David Hardy, cellist performs works by Britain and Rachmaninoff – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert: United States Army band performs "Salute to Veterans" tickets required – usarmyband.com – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 2 PM

Monday, 9
Book talk: "Pivotal Tuesdays: Four elections that shape the 20th century" author Margaret O'Mara discusses two Roosevelt's, Taft, Wilson and Clinton – National Archives – noon

Book talk: America's Bank: The epic struggle to create the federal reserve – Roger Lowenstein – P&P - 7 PM

Book talk: Anthony Pitch discusses his book, "our crime was being Jewish" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: Herrick Chapman discusses "1945 as a French year zero? Rupture and continuity in postwar reconstruction" – room 450 – Bunn intercultural Center – Georgetown University – noon – 2 PM

Lecture: Yitzhak Rabin and the future of progressive Zionism" –  Copley formal lounge – Georgetown University – 12:30 PM

Lecture: Poppa Sow, a migration scholar at the University of Bonn, Germany discusses "En route to hell: dreams of adventure and traumatic experiences among West African boat people to Europe – room B – 07 – media and public affairs building – GW – 805 21st St. NW. – reservations required go.gwu.edu/drsow – 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Book talk: Bruce Riedel discusses "JFK's forgotten crisis: Tibet, the CIA and the Sino – Indian war" – Kramer books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 10
Film: 2014 documentary, "Hunting in Wartime" – Samantha Farinella documentary about racism in Alaska – National Archives – noon

Book talk: "Liberation" - Rita Dove and Mark Ludwig present an evening of readings, performance and meditation – an anthology of poetry commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Ardennes: 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion: Distinguished panel discusses, "EU Rendez-Vou: what is cultural heritage? And for whom? - Reservations required - euintheus.org - European Union delegation to the United States – 2175 K St. NW. – 3 PM to 5 PM

Lecture:  D. Kern Holoman discusses, "Berlioz, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Charles Munch" - Montpelier Room - Madison building sixth floor – Library of Congress – 7 PM


Wednesday, 11
Book talk: We too Sing America – Deepa Iyer – a broad look at social justice portraying hate crimes as domestic terrorism - Brookland Busboys and Poets – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Matt Ridley''s "The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge" – P&P - 7 PM

Concert: United States Army chorus presents, "Songs of the soldier: a salute to veterans" – features works by Stephen Foster, Gustav Holtz, Roger Miller and others – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Book talk: Joel Kotkin discusses, "The New Class Conflict" the dynamics of class in America – Bunn Intercultural Ctr., Auditorium – Georgetown University – 6:30 to 8 PM


Thursday, 12
Book talk: Gateway to Freedom: Reconstruction and the fragility of democracy – Eric Foner – National Archives – 6:30 PM

Book talk: War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Duel that Stunned the Nation – John Sedgwick – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: 29th annual German historical Institute lecture – Capitalism and the Jews Revisited – Jerry Z. Muller – RSVP by November 5 – 202 – 387 – 3355 – German Historical Institute – 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 7 PM - reception follows lecture

Friday, 13
Book talk: 1939 – 1941 – The War in the West – James Holland – National Archives – noon

Grand reopening: Smithsonian Renwick Gallery – ribbon-cutting 10 AM – exhibit open all day featuring "Wonder" – festivities continue all day Saturday









Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, October 29

      The blog gets more and more exciting for me.  Last week there were more events listed than ever before - it ran to five pages - and the blog had over 1300 "hits" in the week.  It may be time for me to reorganize it a bit to make it more useful (and easier) to prepare.  I'd welcome any thoughts.
      You might note that there are several lectures at the Library of Congress in some of their more inaccessible rooms that could be quite interesting to see - in addition to the lectures themselves.

October
Thursday, 29
Book Talk:  Kevin Lippert – author – "War plan: the United States secret plan to invade Canada and Canada's secret plan to invade the United States" – national archives – noon

Book talk: Simon Winchester – author – "Pacific: Silicon chips and surfboards/coral reefs and atom bombs/brutal dictators, feuding empires and the coming collision of the world superpowers" – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: Glenn M. Stein – "Discovering the Northwest passage: the four-year Arctic odyssey of HMS investigator and the McClure expedition" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11 AM

Lecture: The 2015 biennial Kellogg lecture in jurisprudence on, "Justice, Neutrality and Law" – Harvard University professor Michael Sandel – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-4642 – 3 PM

Conversation: "A conversation on the Constitution": Justice Samuel Alito and Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar – National Archives – 7 PM – while reservations are no longer possible it is often possible to be admitted if seats are available if one gets in line early enough – I would say 6 PM

Friday, 30
Book Talk:  Dr. Ghade Karma– author and medical doctor -  "Return: a Palestinian memoir" – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – for reservations contact 202\-338-1958 – lunch at 1230 – lecture 1 PM – 2 PM

Film: A Seijun Suzuki retrospective featuring the 1964 movie, "The Call of Blood" – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday, 31
Book Talk:  Tom Gjelten – author and NPR correspondent – "A Nation of Nations: A Great American immigration story - the story of families from Korea, Bolivia and Libya as they face cultural and racial stereotyping in Fairfax County -  P&P – 6 PM 

Film:  Legendary short subjects from the 1950s and 60s including "Black Panthers" and "Salut les  Cubains" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM

Film:  Cooperating with the Jewish film Festival the NGA presents Richard Kanes 2014 documentary "Jon Imbers left hand" – the Harvard University art professor who found a way to continue painting when he was diagnosed with ALS – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 3 PM

November
Sunday, 1
Book Talk:  "Raw Deal:How the 'Uber' Economy and Run Away Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers" - Steven Hill - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  "Insomnia" - Poet Linda Pastan visits the dark/remorseless/stations of the night - P & P - 5PM

Lecture:  Peter Manseau as a part of the Amran scholar series discusses "One Nation, Under god's" a view of American history beyond the traditional prism of Christianity – Washington Hebrew congregation – 3935 Macomb St. NW. – 10:30 AM

Film:  A Seijun Suzuki retrospective featuring the filmmaker's 1959 movie, "passport to darkness" at 1 PM and at 3 PM his 1957 movie "eight hours of fear" – Freer Gallery of Art – 1 PM and 3 PM

Monday, 2
Book Talk: "Custer's Trials: A Life On the Frontier of a New America" - T., J. Stiles - P & P - 7 P.M.

Book talk:Freeman, Brown and Darraj discuss their book, "Extraordinary rendition" an anthology of works by 65 writers seeking to counter mainstream reporting on Israel – busboys and poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk and panel:  Tim Flannery, scientist and environmentalist will discuss, "Atmosphere of hope: searching for solutions to the climate crisis" - Beard Auditorium – national Smithsonian Museum of natural history – reservations required – mnh.si.edu - 6:15 PM to 8 PM

Special Event:  International arts and crafts fair – world bank main complex - 1818 H St. NW. – 10 AM to 4 PM – continues Tuesday through Thursday from 10 AM to 4 PM

Celebrating:  Dia de los Muerlos with music, dancing and crafts – Kogod courtyard – Smithsonian national portrait Gallery – 4:30 PM to 7 PM

Tuesday, 3
Book Talk:  "The Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Club and Their Quest for Olympic Glory"- Julia Checkoway - P & P - 7PM

Presentation: Francis Garry Powers discusses his father's U-2 incident over the former Soviet Union – reservations required – go.gwu.edu/u2incident - Room 602 – Elliot school of international affairs – GWU - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Special Event:  Elected officials, faith personnel and activists involved in various national gun violence prevention organizations present, "United to stop gun violence" – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM

Book talk: "The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that changed the nation" – Joe Urschel - Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: "Tesla" – Serbian author Vladamir Pistola – European reading room – second floor -Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Concert:  Bach consort with organist - Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Concert:  "Flower – bird – wind – noon" features soprano and pianist – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – tickets required – 202- 633–1000 – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 4
Book Talk: "Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post 9/11 Presidency" - Charlie Savage - P & P - 7PM

Book talk: Lady Bird and Lyndon: the hidden story of a marriage that made a president – Betty Boyd Karoly – National Archives – noon

Book Talk:   Community Revivalisn in the Wake of Disaster" - Stefanie Haeffele-Balch - Takoma Busboys and  Poets - 6:30PM

Interview: The life of a poet – Alice Fulton discusses her work with Washington Post Book World editor Ron Charles – Hills Center – old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – 7 PM – 9 PM

Concert: Saxophonist Noah Goetz with organist – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM
   
Thursday, 5
Book talk:  "Berlin" - Slovenian author Alea' Teger discusses his book in the European reading room- Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson building – noon – 1 PM

Lecture:  "From Gospel to Now: The Lutheran Reformation and its impact on law, and politics and society" – John Witte  – Kluge Center Meeting Room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Book talk "Roosevelt's second act: the election of 1940 and the politics of the war – Richard Moe – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book Talk:  "The Washingtons: Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" - Flora Fraser - P & P - 7PM

Friday, 6 
Book Talk:  "Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped    - Garry Kasparov - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: "Classified as White: Historical insights into the racial classification of Americans of middle eastern and north African descent" –Randa Kayyali - African/middle eastern room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – Noon

Saturday, 7
Concert: Michelangelo String Quartet – varied classical program – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 2 PM – 4 PM – tickets required however rush tickets should be available an hour before the concert



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, October 22

Once again the free cultural events of the week feature books being reviewed by their authors. How fortunate we are that these are available to us, And if you can't attend, most of them are available on YouTube.. You might also have noticed that the titles are often so long that you almost don't have to read the book. For instance consider the book for Thursday, October 29:

"Pacific: silicon chips and surfboards/coral reefs and atom bombs/brutal dictators, feuding empires and the coming collision of the world superpowers"
But most exciting for me this week is my other blog:

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

In my mind this rant, and the one before it two weeks ago, are the most important I have ever distributed. While they are about religion, the underlying theme for me is world peace. I sincerely believe that through the years the religions of the world have been instrumental in causing wars, but it is only through a better understanding and acceptance of religion that we will heal the world's woes: problems that I feel are equal to or even surpass those of my youth – World War II.

October
Thursday, 22
Concert:  American Roots Music - Phil Wiggins - Acoustic Blues - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 3PM - 5PM

Panel: Women Taking the Lead: Acting on Pope Francis' Message - Catholic Social Thought and Public Life - Gaston Hall - Georgetown University - 6PM - 7:30PM - Reservations requested
http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp/women-taking-the-lead-acting-on-pope-francis-message

Book talk: Marvin Kalb – author – "Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the new cold war" – Elliot school of international affairs – GWU – 1957 E St. NW. reservations required - go.gwu.edu/gamble – 4 PM to 6 PM

Book talk: Cokie Roberts – author – "capital Dames: the Civil War and the women of Washington 1848 – 1868 – tickets required – fords.org – Fords Theater – 7 PM

Film: "Journey into Europe" The place of Islam in European history and civilization"– Abramson founders room – school of international service building – American University – reservations required – american.edu/sis/ events – 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Friday, 23
Concert: National Gallery of Art string Quartet honors the 150th birthday of Sibelius and Nieolsenmeals – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Concert: Dapolti string Quartet performs "Enemies of the state" works by Shostakovich and Shulhoff   St. Albans Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. – 12:15 – 1 PM

Concert:  Levine jazz quartet demonstrates how jazz musicians respond to each other's solos – Sackler Gallery – the mall – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Discussion: Environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses "The road through Paris: On the frontiers of the climate justice movement" information about the upcoming United Nations climate change conference – atrium - School of international service building – American University – Aamerican.du/sis/events – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM 

Movie premier: Greater Washington immigration film Festival – "On the bright side" followed by a discussion by the Italian director and journalist about the current immigration crisis in Europe – Washington ethical society – 7750 16th St., Northwest – contact: immigrationfilmfest.org – 7:30 PM – a $4. to $6. charge

Saturday, 24
Book Talk:  Dan Jones - author – "MagnaCarta: The birth of liberty" – P and P – 3:30 PM

Concert:  The National Gallery of Art piano trio with soprano soloist perform works by Sibelius and Carl Nielsen– W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Concert "Three ladies sing Strayhorn" featuring the Lovejoy group" – Building 46 W. – University of the District of Columbia – 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. – eastriverjazz.net – 2 PM

Film: Greater Washington iGmmigration film Festival features "lessons of basketball in war" and "dreamers among us" – Theater of the Arts – University of the District of Columbia – reservations required – immigrationfilmfest.ogr – 1:30 PM to 4 PM

Sunday, 25
Book Talk: Douglas Waller - author – "Disciples: The World War II missions of the CIA directors who fought with Wild Bill Donovan" – P and P – 1 PM

Concert: District of Columbia chamber orchestra perform ensemble works by Hummel, Brahms, Sibelius and Villalobos – Church of the Holy City – 1611 16th St. NW. – 3 PM

Concert: National Gallery of Art orchestra performs works by Sibelius and Carl Nielsen – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Discussion: Elaine H. Berkowitz author of, "LIve life… Love country: life As a Jewish female soldier in Iraq and Kosovo" – National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Lecture: David Getsy, professor of art history and Dean of graduate studies, Art Institute of Chicago – "abstraction and its capacities" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film:: Washington Immigration Film Festival – "Shorts that Pack a Punch" – discussion with journalist Armando Trull – ethical's Society of Washington – 6:30 PM – four dollar –

Monday, 26
Book Talk:Dan Ephron – author – "Killing the King: The Assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the remaking of Israel" – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: Sherry M. Randolph – author -"Flornyce Flow Kennedy: The Life of a Black feminist radical" – Langston room – busboys and poets – 2021 14 Street Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book talk: David Greene - author – "Midnight in Siberia: A train journey into the heart of Russia" – Kramer books and afterwords Café – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book Talk: Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University - "The Holocaust as history and warning" - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – reservations required – 202-488-0460 - 7PM
                                                                       Tuesday, 27
Event:  Sonia Purnell - "Clementine: the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill" – P&P – 7 PM

Book Fair:  Featuring local authors - Hyman S. Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival – followed by a free wine and cheese reception – Washington DC Jewish Community Center – 1529 16th St. NW. – reservations recommended – dcjcc.org/litfest - 7:30PM

Concert: Friday Morning Music Club chamber Concert – Dumbarton House – 2715 Q St. NW. – noon

Book Talk: Geoff Shepard – author – "The real Watergate scandal: collusion, conspiracy and the plot that brought Nixon down" – National Archives - noon

Discussion: Benny Morris, visiting Israeli professor at Georgetown University discusses, "The refugee problems created by the 1948 Arab – Israeli war" – reservations requested pjc.georgetown.edu/events – McShane lounge – McCarthy hall – Georgetown University – noon to 1 PM

Lecture: Irfan Safeed – United States Department of State - Bureau of counter terrorism discusses approaches to countering violent extremism – reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu/events/calendar – Media and Public affairs building – 805 21st St. NW. – GWU – 2 PM – 3 PM

Book talk: John Kelly – author – "Never surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's decision to fight Nazi Germany in the fateful summer of 1940 "– Kramer books and afterwords Café – 6:30 PM

Panel discussion: Ill- liberal liberalism? The fate of religious freedom in the public square – Kirsten Powers, Russell Moore and Phil Zuckerman – the Berkeley Center – Copley formal lounge cured Georgetown University – reservations recommended – email berkleycenter@georgetown.edu  - Lunch will be served - 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, 28

Book Talk : Jay Winik - author – "1944: FDR and the year that changed history" – National Archives –  noon

Book talk:  Lisa Randall – author – "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: the astonishing interconnectedness of the universe" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: "Freedom of the Press: The Peter Zenger Trial" – Georgia Higley of the Serial and Government Publications Division – South Gallery – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-0185 – noon

Lecture: Christian Huckleberry – "Meteorites: Cosmic Messengers at the Natural History Museum in V ienna" – Austrian Embassy – 3525 International Court NW. – reservations recommended –
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-christian-koberl-meteorites-tickets-18637746000 – 7:30 PM
  
Lecture:  Archaeologist Zahi Hawass discusses "Pyramids, Mummies and Cleopatra: Recent discoveries" reservations required – 202-857-7700 – Auditorium - National Geographic – 1600 M St. NW. – 2 PM

Book discussion:  Hal Niedzviecki - author – discusses "Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the future" – Kramer books and afterwords Café – 6:30 PM

Book talk:  Premilla Nadasen - author – "Household workers unite: The untold story of African-American women who built a movement" – busboys and poets – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Discussion: A conversation with Noga Kadman, author of "Erased from space and consciousness: Israel and the depopulated Palestinian villages of 1948" – busboys and poets - Tacoma Park – 235 Carol St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the equal Justice initiative – author "Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption" theater of the arts – University of the District of Columbia – 2000 Connecticut Ave., Northwest - reservations required – law.udc.edu/event/you/event/brianstevenson - 6 PM

Lecture: Heidi Cullen, chief scientist at Climate Central – "Seeing climate, Seeing change: communicating climate science in a changing media landscape" – Carnegie institution for science – 1530 P St. NW. – reservations required – 202 – 328-6988 - 6:45PM

Book talk: Economist Carmel Chiswick – author – "Judaism in transition: how economic choices shape religious tradition" – Georgetown library – 3260 R St. NW. – 7 PM

Lecture: Sanjit Sethi, new director of the Corcoran school of the arts and design – discusses the future of design education – Hammer Auditorium – Corcoran school of the arts and design – George Washington University – 517th St., Northwest – 8 PM to 9:30 PM

Panel discussion: "Capitalism and morality: the inequality challenge" – features Christine Lagarde managing director of the IMF and Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury Secretary – Washington National Cathedral – $10 admission charge – 7:30 PM

                                                                    Thursday, 29
Book Talk:  Kevin Lippert – author – "War plan: the United States secret plan to invade Canada and Canada's secret plan to invade the United States" – national archives – noon

Book talk: Simon Winchester – author – "Pacific: Silicon chips and surfboards/coral reefs and atom bombs/brutal dictators, feuding empires and the coming collision of the world superpowers" – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: Glenn M. Stein – "Discovering the Northwest passage: the four-year Arctic odyssey of HMS investigator and the McClure expedition" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11 AM

Lecture: The 2015 biennial Kellogg lecture in jurisprudence on, "Justice, Neutrality and Law" – Harvard University professor Michael Sandel – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-4642 – 3 PM

Friday, 30
Book Talk:  Dr. Ghade Karma– author and medical doctor -  "Return: a Palestinian memoir" – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – for reservations contact 202\-338-1958 – lunch at 1230 – lecture 1 PM – 2 PM: 

Saturday, 31
Book Talk:  Tom Gjelten – author and NPR correspondent – "A Nation of Nations: A Great American immigration story - the story of families from Korea, Bolivia and Libya as they face cultural and racial stereotyping in Fairfax County -  P&P – 6 PM





Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, Ocober 15

So much to do!  And what better venue to see The Sound of Music than the Austrian Embassy.  Check it out as well as the many other events that inform and enrich us FOR FREE!

And be sure to remember that the Annual White House Fall Garden Tour is this weekend.  Only one of two times during the year that all are invited to visit the South Lawn of the White House.  Tickets are available at the White Building on the Ellipse and at the White House Visitors Center - one per person - for the tours Saturday from 10AM - 4PM and Sunday 10 - 2:30.  Tickets be be obtained for THAT DAY only.

OCTOBER
Thursday, 15
Jazz Concert: Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble performs works of Billy Strayhorn - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Book talk: David Talbot –  The Devils Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government - P&P - 7PM

Concert:  American Roots Music:  The Backroads Band, Honky Tonk Country - United States Botanic Garden - 3PM - 5PM

Film:  The Sound of Music - Austrian Cultural Forum - Austrian Embassy - 3534 Internatinal Court - Registration suggested - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-the-sound-of-music-tickets-18609460397
7:30PM

Friday, 16
Book Talk: Daniel Geary - Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and its Legacy - Mary Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture:  Beyond Herbal Plants: How Medicinal Botany Is Instrumental in Modern Medicine - Theresa Culley. University of Cincinnati - U. S. Botanic Garden - 12PM - 1PM - registration required - www.usbg.gov

Book Talk:  Erased from Space  and Consciousness:  Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Villages of 1948 - Noga Kadman - The Palestine Center - 1PM - 2PM - registration requested- http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/registerforevent/i/53813

Jazz Concert:  Billy Strayhorn: The Sutherland Hotel Period - Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Saturday, 17
Book Talk: George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Schiller - Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  Melvin I. Urofsky - Dissent and The Supreme Court - P&P - 3:30PM

\Book Talk:  Leslie Pietrzyk - This Angel On My Chest - a collection of stories exploring loss and mourning - P&P - 6PM

Movie:  Some Like It Hot - National Archives - 2pm

Concert:  Pianist Ruth Rose and tenor Jason Rylander perform works by Haydn, Schubert, Purcell and Britten - Society of Cincinnati - Anderson House - 2118 Mass 'Ave. NW - 1:30PM

Art Performance:  Martha McDonald's Hospital Hymn: Elegy for Lost Soldiers - Portraying the Old Patent Office use as a hospital during the Civil War - National Portrait Gallery - 1PM

Sunday, 18
Book Talk: Tom Lewis – Washington: A History of  Our National City - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  Kathleen Ernst - A Settlers Year:  Pioneer Life Through the Seasons - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  The Poulenc Trio performs works of Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Poulenc - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 3:30PM

Monday, 19
Book Talk:  Anna Bikont - The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne (in her native Poland) - P&P - 7PM

Concert:  Pianist Raskin and Violinist Fleischmann - Austrian Cultural Forum - Austrian Embassy - 3534 International Court - 7:30PM

Book Talk:  Mark Tessler professor of Political Science - University of Michigan - " Islam and the Politics of the Middle East:Explaining the Views of Ordinary Citizens" - Room 602 - Elliot School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E St. NW - Resrvations required - elliott.gwu.edu/events.calendar - Noon - 2PM

Discussion:  Rev Thomas' Halik will discuss, Spirituality for the Afternoon of Christianity - Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart - Georgetown University - 3PM - 4PM

Reading:  Shakespeare Theatre Company's reading of "Bingo" - story of  n older conscious stricken Shakespeare upon his retirement - Landsberg theater – 450 7th Street Northwest – reservations required – 202 – 547 – 112 to – option 4 – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, 20
Book Talk:  Peter Kuiper - "Ruins" - Graphic novel telling of the journeys of  the monarch butterfly and humans - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Garden Tour:  An Afternoon in the Garden - U. S. Botanic Garden - 2PM - 3PM

Panel Discussion:  Secular Revolution and Religious Counter Revolution - Michael Walzer and Jocelyne Cesari - Berkley Center - Copley Formal Lounge - 12 - 1:30PM - reservations requested
https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp/secular-revolutions-and-religious-counterrevolutions?utm_source=Berkley+Center+Master+List&utm_campaign=affc900e7b-Event_announcement_12_03_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_66160ba037-affc900e7b-257205

Wednesday, 21

Lecture: Deborah K. Jones, US ambassador to Libya will discuss "Libya: failed or recovering state" - Room 602 – Elliot School of International Affairs – George Washington University – reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu/events-calendar - 6 PM – 7:15 PM

Panel discussion:"FDR in the Holocaust: a new appraisal"– distinguished panel – US Holocaust Memorial Museum – reservations required – 202 – 488 – 0460 – 7 PM

Film: "Great Conversation in Music" a documentary - Italian cultural Institute in the Library of Congress - the Italian Embassy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – reservations required www.iicwashington.esteri.it - 6:30PM

Thursday, 22
Concert:  American Roots Music - Phil Wiggins - Acoustic Blues - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 3PM - $PM

Panel: Women Taking the Lead: Acting on Pope Francis' Message - Catholic Social Thought and Public Life - Gaston Hall - Georgetown University - 6PM - 7:30PM - Reservations requested
http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp/women-taking-the-lead-acting-on-pope-francis-message



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cultural Events for the week beginning Thursday, October 8

 I see what I've been missing. Although Michigan, New York and Germany were wonderful trips the last two months, it's good to be back to enjoy all that goes on here in DC.  I've come back with renewed vigor.  I'll not only enjoy the culture, but I'll also have a chance for weekly preparation of my last two months of ranting and raving.

I hope you will "tune in" to http://ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com as I begin a look at religion -CERTAINLY NOT TO PROSELYTIZE - but because of a conviction that religion has been a major divisive force in creating the problems of the world today. AND YET I believe it must play a major role in bringing us together if we are to achieve world peace.  This weeks piece is a personal look at WHY AN AGNOSTIC ATHEIST ATTENDS TWO CHURCHES.
http://ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

October
Thursday 8
Book talk: Melanne Verveer – Fast-forward: How Women can Achieve Power and Purpose – P&P – 7 PM

Concert:  Beer garden blues: Prohibition era songs and stories – national archives – 7 PM – reservations recommended - Looks like a very promising program and I just registered yesterday so i KNOW space is still available - go to the National Archives Foundation on the internet

Concert: Peter Stumpf cellist performs works by Mozart and Faure' – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7:30 PM

Lecture: Bruce Hoffman discusses "Anonymous soldiers: the struggle for Israel, 1917 – 1947) – McCarthy Hall – Georgetown University – noon

Friday, 9
Concert: Organist Ronald Stolk performs works by Buxtehude and Hindemith – National City Christian church – 5 Thomas Cir. NW. – 12:15 PM

Lecture: Jack Burns discusses "Exploring the universe from the moon" – room 505 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 4 PM - reservations - spi@email.gwu.edu

Movie:  A Seijun  Suuki retrospective featuring the 1967 film "Banded to kill" – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday, 10
Book talk: Kate Clifford Larson – author - Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter – P&P - 1 PM

Book talk: Mark Rippling – author - Church of Spies: The Popes secret war against Hitler – P&P  - 3:30 PM

Book talk: Morton Condrake - Jack Kemp: The bleeding heart conservative who changed America - P&P – 6 PM

Concert: The new music ensemble Yarn/Wire – two pianists and  two percussionists perform 20th century music – Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson building – Library of Congress – rush tickets 6 PM – concert 8 PM

Art performance:  Wilmer Wilson IV, artist, adheres white strips to his skin to examine the meanings of black skin in contemporary American society in the long history of racism – Great Hall – national portrait Gallery – 4 PM to 6 PM

Sunday, 11
Book talk: Sasha Abramsky – The House of 20,000 books - is a memoir of his grandparents that doubles as an intellectual history of the 20th century Jewish diaspora - P&P 12 PM

Book talk: Daniel J. Levitin - The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the age of information overload –  P&P - 5 PM

Concert: Steinway series – Beethoven sonatas performed by Catholic University of America of school of music faculty – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Hermes String Quartet performs works by Mozart Schubert and Weber – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: French film Festival features "the chorus" – a teacher in an all boys boarding school uses  music for the good of the students – Eckles Auditorium – George Washington University – Mount Vernon Campus – 4:30 PM

Special event: Dedication of the bust of Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist killed in 1965 while protecting young African/American activist Ruby Sales – followed by Sales discussion of Daniel's legacy – evensong service at 4 PM – talk by Sales at 5:30 PM – Washington National Cathedral

Monday, 12
Book talk: Jenny Lawson – author – Furiously Happy -  A memoir about struggles with anxiety and depression – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Kennedy Ctr., Opera House orchestra performs works by Ravel and Brahms – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture:  "The history of spices" -  US botanic Garden – reservations required – 10 AM to noon

Performance: "Picturing America" film series, "Empires facing each other: little golden America" – retraces the steps of a Russian writer who documented the small towns of America in the 1930s – Goethe Institute – 812 7th Street Northwest – 6:30 PM – reservations required - goetheinstitutwashingtonevenbrite.com

Performance: "Good Kids" – a high school student is raped by a group of football players and becomes the subject of gossip the of the social media – theater lab – Kennedy Center – 8 PM tickets available at 7:30

Tuesday, 13
Book talk: Ted Rall – author – Snowden - celebrating Snowden's courage in revealing government's surveillance network – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Larissa MacFarquhar – author - Strangers Drowning: grappling with impossible idealism – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: T. D. Jake's – Author "destiny: Step into your purpose" – Barnes & Noble – 555 12 Street Northwest – noon

Book Talk:  Shoon Murray and Gordon Adams - authors - "Mission creep: the militarization of US foreign policy" - Abramson family founders room – school of international service – American University – 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Book talk: "Using entertainment mass media to change trends" – population media Center president William Ryerson discusses climate change and teen oriented programs to bring change – foreman theater – McKinley building – American University – 7 PM

Wednesday, 14
Discussion: Judaic Christian and Islamic scholars will discuss, "Jesus: Jewish Rabbi, son of God spirit of Allah – McDowell formal lounge – McDowell Hall – American University – 3:30 PM to 6 

Book talk: John Danforth, former US Sen. and ambassador to the United States, "The relevance of religion: how faithful people can change politics" – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM

Film documentary: 2014 documentary "Projections of America" about a team of idealistic US government filmmakers during World War II seeking to use the power of movies to reshape the world – National Archives Building – 7 PM

Lecture:  Ryan Raul Banagale of Colorado Colage discusses< "The Ongoing Composition of 'Rhapsody in Blue" - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - reservations suggested -  loc.gov/concerts - 7PM

Thursday, 15
Jazz Concert: Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble performs works of Billy Strayhorn - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 P


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Free cultural and intellectual events for the week of Thursday, October 1 through Thursday, October 8

I returned from Germany Monday just in time to attend the fascinating panel at Georgetown University about the Popes visit.  I'm glad others read my brief announcement Monday and were present to hear the insights of the panelists: Cokie Roberts, Michael Steele, Mark Shields and others..  If you missed it you can get it on YouTube (as well as most of the other events we have listed).  Another trip this week keeps the list of the events short, but you'll find some very fascinating events.

It will take a week or two before I return with my rants and raves at http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
And as promised they'll begin with thoughts on religion and world peace and the churchgoing practices of an agnostic atheist.

October
Thursday, 1 
Book talk: Ian W. Toll - author - The conquering tide: war in the Pacific islands: 1942 – 1944P&P – 7 PM 

Lecture: legends of Latin jazz – Larry Applebaum – Madison building – Library of Congress – Mary Pickford Auditorium – noon

Friday,  2
Book talk: Robert B. Reisch - author – saving capitalism: for the many not the few – P&P – 7 PM

Book Talk:  Erica Lee – author – the making of Asian America – national archives – noon

Film: Uniquely nasty: the US government war on gays – documentary with Michael Isikoff – national archives – 7 PM – reservations recommended

Saturday, 3 
Book talk: Joby Warrick - author – black flags: the rise of Isis – P&P – 1 PM

Book talk: Yeonnie Park – author – in order to lie: a North Korean girl's journey to freedom – politics and prose – 3:30 PM

Book talk: David O. Stewart – author – the Wilson deception – P&P - 6 PM

Sunday, 4
Book talk: Stuart Stevens – the last season: father, son and a lifetime of college football for the Ole Miss season of 2012 – P&P - 1 PM

Book talk: distinguished panel from the University of Michigan including Steinberg,
Fitzgerald, Kroll and Wayne of the Michigan daily discusses In the name of editorial freedom – busboys and poets: Brooklyn – 6:30 PM

Monday, 5
Book talk: Wendell Pierce – author – the wind in the reeds: a storm, a play and the city that would not be broken – New Orleans – P&P – 7PM

Tuesday, 6
Book talk: the topic of race discussed by four authors, Ryan, Butler, Dyson and Reid - Busboys and poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Panel discussion: distinguished panel discusses women, religion, violence and peace: illuminating what's not seen – luncheon served – reservations required – Georgetown University - Berkeley Center – 3307 M St. NW. – 12 noon – 2 PM

Concert: Gabriel Munoz performs Puerto Rican cuatro music – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Wednesday, 7
Book talk: Steven Lee Myers – author – the new czar: the rise and reign of Vladimir Putin – P&P -7 

Book talk: Tam O'Shaughnessy – author - Sally Ride: a photo biography of America's pioneering woman in space – P&P – 10:30 AM

Book talk: Harlow Giles Unger – author – Henry Clay: America's greatest statesman – national archives - noon

Thursday 8
Book talk: Melanne Verveer – fast-forward: how women can achieve power and purpose – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: beer garden blues: Prohibition era songs and stories – national archives – 7 PM – reservations recommended



Thursday, September 3, 2015

Free cultural events for rthe month of September

       I couldn't resist looking ahead and seeing the events I shall be missing.  There is so much going on in the next month that I am unable to list them, but I have added some sources you might go to on the internet that I have found helpful.  AND, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE FUTURE, YOU MIGHT JUST ADD IT AS A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG WHICH WILL KEEP OPEN UNTIL I RETURN.  

I keep learning as I compile these lists.  Last Friday - with two grandchildren -  I attended the Concert in the Park at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden.  I'll no longer list that.  It seems EVERY ONE knows about it already!  I've rarely seen such a mass of humanity having a good time together.  I surely recommend your going before the end of the summer.to see the scene.

And another MUST DO is a TOUR OF THE NPR STUDIOS.  I went on Monday and found it it quite fascinating.  The tours are free and are available every weekday at 11AM.  Registration can be made at http://www.npr.org/about-npr/177066727/visit-npr
The nearby NoMa metro stop is two blocks away and gives one another perspective of the changing city scene.  

Here are some sources to look at for events this month:

The bookstores of Politics and Prose
http://www.politics-prose.com/events/detailed-list
     A fascinating array of book reviews this next month range from  a talk by Joyce Carol Oates, to a book on Obama, the Clintons and the racial divide, to a look at who is in charge of America's schools to college football and the money chase, to a doctor reflecting on race and medicine to Thurgood Marshall to Machine Gun Kelly to the use of dro0nes to 1944 as the year that changed history to a look at environmental concerns.and Marvin Kalb's book, Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War!  WHEW!

The National Archives
http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/events/September.html
     Films, book reviews and talks ranging from Building he St. Louis Arch (A Guggenheim tribute) to Nine from Little Rock to Andrew Jackson to 1920's fashions to Eisenhower and Nixon.

The Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-124.html
     Concerts and talks ranging from homegrown blue grass to celebrating Ola Belle Reed to A history of public libraries to Mariachi music to religious freedom and the constitution  to from a slave ship to Harvard to the music of Blind Boy Paxton to stories that helped win WWII.

Georgetown University
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5c943ccb0fe7dc4d5286818e5&id=5068ee6f93&e=7ddc805656
     Presentations ranging from the economy to The "Francis Factor" Revisited

Smithsonian's American Art Museum
http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/#/?i=2
     Concerts including jazz by the U. S. Army Blues to David Rubinstein at the piano to various art lectures including American Impressionism

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, August 27

Once again you are on your own for a month.  I'll be spending this time with my family in Michigan, Wisconsin and Germany.  Remember most venues have a regular publication of events and you can also cull the weekly listing in The Current for free events.  My one regret is that another of my "projects" - that my Local opinion debate Letter to the Editor of Monday,/August 24 entitled "Where's the help for D.C tourists?" - stirred up nada!  How unfortunate that our very appealing city has no easily accessible, convenient welcome city for tourists to secure material and get personal advise.  Yet there are so many logical venues where one could be established.

I hope you might also find my other blog, worth checking out: http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 27
Concert: American roots concert series features "Blue moon, cowgirls" with early country harmonies - US Botanic Garden – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Indian musician Ustad Shafaat Khan performs classical and folk style featuring the sitar tabla and vocals - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Book Talk: Michael Maccoby discusses, "Strategic Intelligence: Conceptual Tools for Leading Change" - P&P - 7PM

Tour:  Georgetown's Old Stone House - led by a Park Ranger - 3051 M Street NW - 2:30PM - and repeats at the same time each Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday

Discussion: "Textiles and identity in Africa" – curator – George Washington University Museum and textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – 6 PM

Friday, August 28
Concert:  "Familiar Faces perform go-go and R&B - Woodrow Wilson Plaza - Ronald Reagan Building - Noon - 1:30PM

Concert:  Egyptian oud player, Ramy Adly in concert: - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Film:  Iso Takahata's 1988 film, "Grave of the Fireflies" - reservations required -             www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW - 6:30PM

Film: Hitchcock's "Rear Window" - Carter Barron Amphitheatre - 8:15PM

Concert: Afro Bop Alliance performs Latin jazz – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5PM - 8:30 PM

Saturday,  August 29
Film:  "The Wiz" - Carter Barron Amphitheatre - 8:15PM

Yoga class: Heather Markowitz leads a "stop and smell the roses" yoga class – United States botanic Garden – 10:30 AM – 11:30AM

Film: Luchino Vinconti's 1963 film, "The Leopard" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Park walk: Meridian Hill Art walk – Meridian Hill Park – W St. between 15th and 18th St's. NW – 10AM

Park walk: Georgetown waterfront Park – meet at the fountain in Georgetown waterfront Park – Wisconsin Avenue and K St., Northwest – 11 AM

Sunday, August 30
Film: Dario Argento's 1970 film, "The bird with the crystal plumage" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Concert: The Chanteymen perform a sing-along of shanties and sailor songs – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM                                            

Monday, August 31
Book Talk:  Greg Grandin discusses his biography, "Kissinger's Shadow:The Long Reach of
America's Most Controversial Statesman"
 - P&P- 7PM

Book Talk:  Katha Pollitt discusses, "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" - Bus Boys:Tacoma - 6:30PM

Concert: Rafael and orchestra perform salsa music – Woodrow Wilson Plaza – Ronald Reagan building – noon – 1:30 PM

Tuesday, September 1
Book Talk:  John Markoff discusses, "Machines of Living Grance: The Quest for Common Ground between Humans and Robots" - P &P - 7PM

Concert: Stephen Combs, baritone with pianist Jamie Roberts – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Discussion of recordings: Flawn Williams and Katie Davis discuss radio pieces from Big Bend National Park of the sound of nature – reservations required – Goethe Institut - 812 7th St.NW goetheinstitutw.eventbrie.com – Kennedy Institute 7 PM

Wednesday, September 2
Book Talk: Dina Gold discusses, "Stolen Legacy: Nazi Thefts and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18 Berlin" - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: John Y. Cole, director of the Library of Congress Center for the book discusses "Jefferson and the Library of Congress" – Thomas Jefferson's library exhibition – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Special event: Commemorating the End of WWII and the 70th anniversary commemoration of  VJ Day – reservations suggested – 703 – 696 – 3399 – WWII Memorial – 17th St. and Independence Ave., Southwest – 10:30 AM

Thursday, September 3
Book talk: Hector Tobar discusses "Deep down dark: the untold stories of 33 men buried in a Chilean mine, and the miracle that set them free" – Busboys and Poets – Tacoma – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Linda Hirshman discusses her book "Sisters-in-law: how Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the Supreme Court and changed the world" – P&P – 7 PM