Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Events the week beginning Thursday, April 2

Remember, April is Jazz appreciation month. Sponsored by the Smithsonian, we have listed a few of the events scheduled for this week.  Many more can be found throughout the city. Also remember that the annual poster this year celebrates the life of Billy Strayhorn, and can be ordered from the Smithsonian and is often distributed at some of the events.

A number of venues require reservations.  It's recommended that you go to the institution sponsoring the event to seek a reservation. I have found however, that in many cases I have been able to attend events without registering in advance.  Good luck.

Thursday, April 2
Book Talk:  A Dangerous Place:  N. Y. Times best selling author Jacqueline Winspear's new novel is set in Civil War Spain - 7PM

Book talk: "The Woman Who Read Too Much" – author Bahiyyih Nakhjavani – Middle Eastern division reading room – Library of Congress – Contact 202 – 707-4518 – noon

Concert: The Howard University jazz ensemble celebrates Smithsonian's Jazz appreciation month – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - 6:30 PM

Lecture: "Combating Kremlin Disinformation about Ukraine" - Tetiana Matychak and Olga Lurkova - Suite 412 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – reservations required – 4 PM to 5 PM

Lecture: "China at the crossroads: reform challenges" – David Shambaugh - room 602 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – reservations required – 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Lecture: "Religion and Development in Tibet Today" – Khenpo Tsultrim  Lodroe – room 213 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – reservations required - 6 PM to 7:30 PM

Walk: Lantern walk around the tidal basin – 1.8 mile guided walk – led by Park Ranger – meet near the title boats in the tidal basin parking lot – 8 PM to 10 PM – repeats April 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11

Friday, April 3 
Concert: US Army Concert Band – World War II Memorial –  6 PM

Concert: Ensemble's from Betty Carter's jazz ahead – Millennium stage - Kennedy Center 6 PM

Lecture: "Tree roots: problems and solutions" – James Urban – reservations required - Conservatory classroom – US Botanic Garden – noon to 1 PM

Saturday, April 4
 Children's program: "Shake up your Saturdays: have fun with Hamlet" – perform scenes from "Hamlet" on the Folgers stage – ages 3 – 12 and their families – Folger Shakespeare library – reservations required - 10 AM

Family activity: The Embassy of the Czech Republic conducts an Easter Egg Hunt – live bunnies and egg decoration – Embassy of the Czech Republic – 3900 Spring St. NW. – 11 AM to 1 PM

Children's activity: Hear a story written by Walt Whitman and create a special piece of Art – National Portrait Gallery – 1 PM to 4 PM

Family program: Japanese music, dance and crafts – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 11:30 AM to 3 PM

Concert: Trombonists with the Kennedy's center opera house orchestra and national Symphony orchestra perform works by Brahms and others – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film:  2010 documentary, "In my Mind," about big band interpretations of the music of Thelonious Monk – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 11 AM

Special display and enactment: "Life in the Lincoln White House" – White House Historical Association's new exhibit – 748 Jackson Pl. – Lafayette Park – 1 PM to 3 PM

Sunday, April 5
Concert: Washington National Cathedral organist Christopher Betts and Benjamin Stanley present an Easter afternoon recital with two trumpeters – Washington National Cathedral – suggested $10 donation – 5:15 PM

Special event: The National Museum of Women in the Arts – monthly community day – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – noon to 5 PM

Monday, April 6
Book talk: "Outpost: Life on the front lines of American democracy " – former Ambassador to Iraq, Poland, Korea and Macedonia, Christopher Hill - tells tales about events and individuals from his 33 years in the Department of State – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture: Nicholas Vincent, professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia presents "Magna Carta – from Runnymede to Washington: old laws, new discoveries" – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM 

Concert: Japanese soprano Asako Tamura performs"Kokoro: Japanese melodies from the heart"  – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: The National endowment for the humanities 44th annual Jefferson lecture in the humanities – American actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith – reservations required – 202 – 606 – 8446 – Concert Hall - Kennedy Center – 7:30 PM

Film: "Climate Refugees" - the plight of refugees from climate change–induced weather disasters – Dina L. Shelton talk follows documentary – room 505 – Elliot school of International Affairs – George Washington University – reservations required – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Tuesday, April 7
lecture: Daniel Lucey, Georgetown University school of medicine and Doctors Without Borders – "Working in Ebola units in Sierra Leone and Liberia" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Lecture: "Liszt's Historic Portraits" - David H. Plylar of the music division – Library of Congress – Coolidge Auditorium – noon

Lecture: "Backstage at the Lincoln assassination: dramatic lives behind the headlines" – Theater historian Thomas A. Bogar - Library of Congress - West dining room – Madison building – noon

Book talk: "Fortunes Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth" – National Archives – noon

Concert: Washington Bach consort – organist William Neil – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Concert: Celebrating Billy Holiday's 100 birthday – Singer Integriti Reeves – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: National park superintendent of the National Mall discusses the cherry trees and the friendship between Tokyo and Washington – Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Lecture: "Islam as a faith tradition and the coming of Islam to America"  – Akbar Ahmed – professor of Islamic studies at American University – Washington National Cathedral – reservations required – 7 PM

Film: 2013 documentary, "One Life" – the journey taken by all living things – National Geographic – 1600 M St. NW. – noon

Special Event: Celebrating the life of  Mia Angelou with the issue of a stamp dedicated to her memory – Warner Theatre -  513 13th St. – 11 AM

Wednesday, April 8
Book talk: "The Utopia of Rules" – David Graber tells of the forces that shape our lives for better and worse – Busboys and Poets - 235 Carroll St. NW. – Takoma Park – 6:30 PM

Book talk: "13 ways of looking at the death penalty" –Mario Martazziti, member of the Italian Parliament and cofounder of the world coalition against the death penalty – Riggs library Georgetown University – reservations recommended – 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Lecture: "Presidents, Congress and the public schools" – Jack Jennings, founder of the Center on education policy  – National Press Club – 529 14th St. – reservations required –tinurl.com/jennings-npc – 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Book talk: "When Paris went dark: the city of light under German occupation, 1940 – 1944" – author Ron Rosbottom – Kramer books and Aterwords Café – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Thursday, April 9
Book talk: "Women of Will" – a look at Shakespeare's female characters – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Kelly Waters – blues and soul music – Luce Center – American Art Museum – 5:30 PM

Concert: "Faces of love" Washington National Opera singers and piano – McEvoy Auditorium – American Art Museum 7 PM

Concert: Airmen of Note – jazz in flag hall – Smithsonian American history Museum – concert sets at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Jazz concert: Smithsonian jazz master works orchestra – Childers hall – Howard University – 12:40 PM

Friday, April 10
Concert: Chamber music played by David Hope, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello: and Wu Han, piano playing music of Mahler Schumann, and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – rush tickets available 630 at the same time that Paul Miller speaks in the Whittall pavilion on the nights concert

Discussion: "My journey with Maya and Tavis Smiley" – the host of  PBS's "Tavis Smiley" discusses his friendship with Maya Angelou – Michelle Martin, an PR radio journalist also participates – National Archives – 7 PM

Art talk: "The artistic journey of Yasauo Kuniyoshi" - Tom Wolfe – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6 PM




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