Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the Week beginning Thursday, April 23

Check out the great opportunities beginning with
  • An opportunity to visit the South Lawn of the White House Saturday and Sunday.  My experience (although it is no guarantee) is that by going in the afternoon one can generally easily pick up a ticket for almost immediate entry.
  • A performance by a college choir of Orff's Carmina Burana in a historical church downtown where Lincoln worshipped.
  • Hear our country's Poet Laureate.
And on a lesser note:
  • Bear with me as I work out the best way to "type" with my Dragon dictation system since my typing skill is diminishing, 
  • I'll be using this blog site in the future to "advertise" my Rants, They will be rather intermittent in the future as I work on my major effort to put what I see as America's three major problems in perspective. My current rant is a bit of reminiscing about one of our counties "exceptionality" It can be reached at http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com 
  • And I want to let you know that for the next two months these weekly summaries will be irregular as I travel and entertain rather extensively as I begin a year long celebration of  90 years of life. 
Thursday, April 23
Book Talk:  First Ladies: Private Lives, Public Image - Susan Sweeney, Pres. and Co–chief operating officer of C-SPAN leads a discussion on all 45 first ladies – National Archives – 7 PM

Book talk: A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz – author Goran Rosenberg tells his life story – P&P - 7 PM

Cooking demonstration: COLORS OF SPRING – RECIPES WITH ASPARAGUS, RADISHES AND CARROTS – writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook – US Botanic Garden – noon and 12:45 PM

Concert: THE HOWLIN' MUD BUGS – United States Botanic Garden – 3 PM to 5 PM

Concert: UNITED STATES ARMY CONCERT BAND – World War II Memorial – 6 PM

Concert: EASTMAN SAXOPHONE PROJECT performs arrangements by Bach, Ravel and others – Eastman School of Music – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: BEN WIZNER, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION – his experience representing WHISTLEBLOWER EDWARD SNOWDEN - reservations required –bit.ly/benwizner – moot court room – University of the District of Columbia School of Law – 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Friday, April 24
Book talk: The Great Divide: Unequal societies and what we can do about them – Joseph Stieglitz – reprises a lecture that help launch the occupy movement – P&P - 7 PM

Concert:  Pianists Katherine Chi  and Aleksandar Madzar, Yura Lee, violin and James Donahue and Cameron Kirkpatrick, electronics perform Stockhausen's Mantra and Carter's. Duo for violin and piano - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - rush tickets at 6:30 with pre-concert lecture - Paul Miller, Ph. D. Music Theory faculty - Cornell University - 6:30 PM

Book talk: Celebrity in Chief: a history of the presidents and the culture of stardom – Kenneth Walsh  – National Archives – Noon

Open house: CELEBRATE EARTH DAY - United States Botanic Garden – 10 AM to 2 PM

Concert: BERKLEE GLOBAL JAZZ AMBASSADORS PERFORM ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS AND WORKS BY MODERN JAZZ MASTER'S – Berklee College of Music – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, April 25
Book talk: SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF ABSORBED: 16 WRITERS ON THE DECISION NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN – Meghan Down and Elliott Holt – P&P - 6 PM

Concert: HARPSICHORDIST JORY VINIKOUR - performs works by Handel and J. S. Bach - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 2 PM

Garden tour: WHITE HOUSE GARDEN'S TOUR – tickets distributed at the white building on the ellipse at 8 AM – one per person - 10 AM to 4 PM

Children's program: A STORY ABOUT ELLA FITZGERALD AND THEN CREATE ARTWORK – National Portrait Gallery – 1 PM to 4 PM

Concert: "BUENOS AIRES IN BLOOM" -  BARITONE GUSTAVO AHUALLI - FEATURING ART SONG AND OPERA EXCERPTS – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM


Concert: BRAD LINDA AND ENSEMBLE CELEBRATES ELLA FITZGERALD ON HER BIRTHDAY – Kogod Auditorium - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2 PM TO 4 PM

Concert: OBERLIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC STUDENTS PERFORM WORKS BY VARIOUS COMPOSERS AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC – TERRACE THEATER – KENNEDY CENTER – 6 PM

SYMPOSIUM: "HISTORY REBELLION AND RECONCILIATION: COMMUNITIES MOBILIZED FOR SOCIAL CHANGE" – LONNIE BUNCHE III, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE DIRECTOR with REV. WILLIS H. JOHNSON, PASTOR - WELLSPRING CHURCH, FERGUSON MISSOURI – reservations suggested – 202 – 633 – 0070 – National Museum of the American Indian – 9:45 AM to 8:30 PM

Lecture: "ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND THE THEATER" – JAMIE STEIN HIM – Georgetown Library – 3260 R ST. NW. – 1 PM

                                                                Sunday, April 26       
Garden tour: WHITE HOUSE GARDEN TOUR – tickets distributed at the white building on the ellipse at 8 AM – one per person – 11 AM to 3 PM

Concert CARL ORFF'S CARMINA BURANA – George Washington University singers – New York Ave, Presbyterian Church – 1313 New York Ave. NW. at H Street – 2 PM

Concert: PIANISTS KAPLAN AND ANDRES VOCAL CHOIR PERFORM WORKS BY ANDRES. BRAHMS AND SCHUMANN – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Lecture: "THE GI'S RABBI: WORLD WAR II LETTERS OF DAVID MAX EICHORN" the story of the Rabbi who conducted the first religious services at Dachau – national Museum of American Jewish military history – 1811 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Monday, April 27
Book talk: HISSING COUSINS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AND ALICE ROOSEVELT LONGWORTH – Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR FROM SAN SALVADOR – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: ISRAELI KNESSET MEMBER: HANEEN AL ZOUBI – "THE PALESTINIAN CITIZENS OF ISRAEL: DOMESTIC POLITICS, REPRESENTATION, AND CIVIL RIGHTS" – THE PALESTINE CENTER – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 1 PM to 2 PM

Films: "MILES DAVIS, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED: LIVE IN GERMANY, 1987" and "DIZZY GILLESPIE: DREAM BAND JAZZ AMERICA – 1982" – Black study center – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6 PM
Tuesday, April 28
Book talk: A HIGHER STANDARD: LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FROM AMERICA'S FIRST FEMALE FOUR-STAR GENERAL – Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general in military history shares leadership lessons from her 38 years of service in the Army – National Archives – noon

Tour: AN AFTERNOON IN THE GARDEN – United States Botanic Garden – 2 PM to 3 PM

Lecture: "FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT AND THE JEWS – American Univrsity history professor Alan J Lichtman – Temple Baptist Church – 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. – 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Lecture: A. PETER BAILEY, JOURNALIST AND ASSOCIATE OF MALCOLM X PRESENTS A RADICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. – Black Study Center – Martin Luther King Junior memorial library – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, April 29
Book talk:  ISIS: THE STATE OF TERROR – J. M. Berger – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "ROTHKO IN JAZZ" – Jazz quintet from Latvia – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: "SPEAKING THERE PEACE: PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF WAR AND PEACE" – Colette Rausch – Book Boys and Poets - Tacoma – 235 Carol St. NW. – 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 30
Book talk: DAYS OF RAGE: AMERICA'S RADICAL UNDERGROUND, THE FBI AND THE FORGOTTEN AGE OF REVOLUTIONARY VIOLENCE – Bryan Burrows – P&P – 7 PM

Panel discussion: DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE – Meg Medina, Gigi Amateau, Ellen Oh and Kwame Alexander – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Panel discussion: CELEBRATING POET LAUREATE CHARLES WRIGHT AS HE CONCLUDES HIS TERM AS 20TH POET LAUREATE – distinguished panel – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Friday, May 1
Tour: LUNCH TIME TOUR OF THE GARDEN – UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN – 12 PM TO 1 PM

1 comment:

  1. Hey Ron, hope you are doing well. Nice to see the quality on these posts staying high. These always make me yearn to return to DC!
    I hope you enjoy you celebration!

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