Thursday, February 12, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the week-end and week ahead: Thursday, January 12 - Friday January 20

     Remember if you are unable to attend certain events, many are available on teh iunternet.  This is particularly true of events at Politics and Prose and at the Archives.  The Aspen Institute also has their activities on the internet.  The book I referred to last week, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools by Joel Klein is available at their site.  And remember the growing discussion of that book is available at my other blog, http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
     I have found that many of the listings showing "reservations required" do not actually do so.  If you have questions about an event, be sure to check their internet listing.

Thursday, February 12
Book Talk: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act – Tina Ligon presents records of the Selma to Montgomery March and the voting rights act of 1965 – National Archives - 2 PM

Concert:  Jazz at the National Archives with the Airmen of Note – National Archives – 7 PM

Friday February 13 
Book Talk:  "Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott – Leah Vandervelde – National Archives – noon

Prepare for Valentine's Day: Make a perfect personalized card with materials furnished by the gallery at no cost – Smithsonian American Art Museum  - 11:30 AM – 7 PM

Concert: Howard University Gospel Choir – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Organ Recital – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle - 1215 – 1 PM

Panel discussion: Falling Oil Prices: Assessing the economic, political, and geopolitical impact – Hudson Institute – 1015 15th St. NW. reservations required – 10:30AM – noon

Concert: Fringe: Music in the Library – Ethiopian jazz quartet – Great Hall – MLK Library – noon 

Saturday, February 14
Children's program: Story about Abigail Adams and creation of a Valentine – National Portrait Gallery - 1 – 4 PM

Yoga class: Led by Helen Markowitz of "practice with love" – US Botanic Garden – 10:30 AM

Concert: Violin and piano pianist perform works by Mozart Beethoven and De Falla– Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM

Book Talk: Founding Friendships: Friendships between men and women in the early American
Republic - Cassandra A. Good – politics and prose 1 PM

Family activity: A Chinese Family New Year's Festival – crafts -  performances - demonstrations – Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 11:30 AM to 3 PM

Special event: Enactment of the Treaty of Ghent – ending of the war of 1812 with children's activities – The  Octagon Museum – 18th and New York Ave., Northwest – noon to 4 PM

Sunday, February 15
Concert:  Earlier than most: Billy Strayhorn's civil rights activism – vocalist Lucy Murphy with Jazz group – Francis A. Gregory library – 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. – 2 PM

Concert: Students from the Curtis Institute of Music perform classical works – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: 1995 the year the future began – W. Joseph Campbell – P&P - 5 PM

Book talk: Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The war for public opinion – author Harold Holzer – National Portrait Gallery – 2 PM

Family day: Presidential family fun day – crafts and performances and photo op with Washington Nationals racing presidents – Courtyard National Portrait Gallery – 11:30 AM – 3 PM

Monday, February 16
Concert: Students from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University perform classical works – Terrace theater Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Open house: Tour Pres. Woodrow Wilson's home – 2340 S St. NW. – free for any dressing as a president or $5 – $10 admission charge – ages 11 and younger free – 10 AM to 4 PM

Tuesday, February 17
Concert: Corda Nova ensemble performs 17th century European music – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Book talk: The train to Crystal city: FDR's secret prisoner exchange program and America's only family internment camp during World War II –  Jan Jarboe Russell – P&P 7 PM

Book talk: 88 days to Kandahar: a CIA diary – Robert Grenier - National Archives Building – noon

Film: The Turtles Rage – the Jerusalem Fund – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 – 2 PM

Film: Winged the Migration – 2003 documentary – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6–7:30 PM

Concert: Dramatic and musical tribute to the musical heritage of the districts U Street corridor – varied performers – Great Hall – Martin Luther King Junior Library – 6 PM

Wednesday, February 18
Concert: Pianist Richard Goode and Chamber music group perform works of Schumann and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium Jefferson building – Library of Congress – rush tickets available at 6:30 PM for concert at 8 PM – Lecture about the composers by David H. Plylar at 6:30 PM

Film: 1963 documentary open quotation confronted" – civil rights documentary – Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Film: Academy award nominated documentary, "The Last Days in Vietnam" - National Archives – performance sold-out but standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Thursday, 19
Film: Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Book talk: In Manchuria – Michael Mayer – Story of the changes taking place in rural China – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: The Washington Post's Ron Charles discusses poetry with poet Frank Bidard - sponsored by the Library of Congress – held at the Hill Center – Old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – 7 PM

Concert: Tribute to pianist/composer Horace Silver – pianist Mark Meadows quintet – Take Five Series – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 52 7 PM

Concert: Students from The Indiana School of Music perform various classical works -
Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Friday, February 20 
Event:  Academy award nominated documentary – subject to be announced – National Archives – standby tickets should be available for early arrivers – 7 PM

Discussion and presentation: Iron Curtain Trail – Michael Cramer discusses his tour on a bicycle track through much of Central Europe as well as the historical and environment and mental impact of the trail – reservations required - Goethe Institut - 12 -2PM

Concert: Students from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance perform various classical works Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6PM




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