Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Free Events of the Week - Wednesday, April 29 - Saturday, May 9

I couldn't resist.  There are so many interesting events coming up that I just had to share them with you, even though I'm not here for most.  I hope some of you can attend and perhaps share with me - and others - anything you might learn that is particularly interesting to you.  You will note that at the end of this listing, I share my reaction to one of my listed events held on Monday, April 27 - the lecture given by an Israeli Knesset member at The Palestine Center.

This early edition of cultural events for the week ahead is abbreviated but is meant to call several items to your attention:

1. the two book talks on Thursday, May 7 one about Japanese internment in WWII.  The other, about Pres. Lincoln.

2. only in DC! On Saturday, May 9 we have an opportunity to see letters between Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedys. Check out Saturday, May 9 at the Library of Congress

3. I never thought I would be placed in the position of being a cultural critic! However this last Sunday I followed my own advice and attended the performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by the George Washington University Singers. It made me realize how fortunate we are to live in a city with a large number of institutions of higher learning. The polish, the enthusiasm and the sheer excitement of  these young people and their attack of this difficult number truly amazed me. To my untrained musical ear, the chorus, the soloists and the instrumentalists were brought together by a splendid leader to present an outstanding, free musical afternoon. I know there are many other fine college and university presentations, and I'd like to encourage you to seek out such events.

4.. Please remember that for the next couple of months my weekly listing will be published quite intermittently.

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 THEIR PEACE: PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES OF WAR AND PEACE" – Colette Rausch – Bus Boys and Poets - Takoma – 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

Flower Mart occurs today and Saturday at Washington National Cathedral - check listing in the POST  and internet for special events.

Saturday, May 2
Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral

CONCERT: TWO THOUSAND FLUTES: Lorna McGhee, flute and Ryo Yanagitani, piano - A SPECIAL EVENT FROM THE VAULTS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS  MILLER COLLECTION OF FLUTES - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 2:00PM

Sunday, May 3
BOOK TALK:" LISTEN TO YANKEE: WHY CUBA MATTERS" –  Tom Hayden - Busboys and Poets -Takoma -  9:30 AM

Monday, May 4
BOOK TALK: CHILDREN OF THE STONE: THE POWER OF MUSIC AND A HARD LAND –  Sandy Tolan – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, May 5
BOOK EVENT: "CHILDREN OF THE STONE: THE POWER OF MUSIC IN A HARD LAND" - The power to teach peace through music – Sandy Tolan – The Palestine Center – 12 PM

BOOK TALK: "CAPITAL DAMES: THE CIVIL WAR AND THE WOMEN OF WASHINGTON" – Cokie Roberts – 1848 – 1868 – P&P – 7 PM

Wednesday, May 6
CONCERT: AN ORGAN CONCERTO BY HANDEL AND OTHER WORKS WITH THE AIR FORCE STRINGS –  St. John's Church – Lafayette Square – 1525 H Street Northwest – 12:10 PM

Thursday, May 7
Book Talk:  "LINCOLN AND THE JEWS: A HISTORY" - Authors Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell - National Archives - 7:00PM

Book Talk:  "THE SHOCKING STORY OF THE JAPANESE INTERNMENT IN WW II"- P & P -
7:00 PM

BOOK TALK: "THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER" – Dave Barry – P&P – 10:30 AM

Friday, May 8
BOOK TALK: "THE NEGOTIATOR: A MEMOIR" – George Mitchell– P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, May 9
THE VAULTS OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS:  The Music Division's Nicholas Alexander Brown "takes you into the world of the glitterati through telegrams, birthday cards and secret personal notes. You'll get to see personal correspondence between the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra and the Kennedys." - Jefferson studio – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 11 AM

BOOK TALK: "A PASSION FOR PARIS: ROMANTICISM AND ROMANCE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT" – David Downey – P&P – 6 PM

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A FEW PERSONAL REACTIONS TO AN ADDRESS BY ISRAELI KNESSET MEMBER HANEEN AL ZOUBI

THE PALESTINIAN CITIZENS OF ISRAEL: DOMESTIC POLITICS, REPRESENTATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS

I find it remarkable that this issue was first brought to my attention by my wife over 60 years ago, and it is still with us today.
  1. The address was was intended for 30 minutes was brought to a close after an hour.. I can never recall hearing a more forceful or impassioned address. I can never recall hearing a more forceful or impassioned address expressing concerns over a people who have been in limbo for these many years. It reminded me of American civil rights addresses over almost the same period of time and the golden years of American oratory of this past
  2. I was particularly struck by the fact that for the past 15 years I have been living and worshiping in extremely close proximity to The Jerusalem Fund/The Palestinian Center, and I did not truly hear the anguished cries for help from Palestinian children.
  3. What is this cultural/sexual/power bias and obsession of ours that gave Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu access to Congress while a female Knesset member was not presented or (to my knowledge even) given access to a committee of Congress?  Certainly I saw no other opportunity for "her side of the story" to be given similar publicity.
  4. The address was on the Internet through the Jerusalem Fund/The Palestine Center, and I am sure is still available for any who are interested. I would highly recommended it to anyone interested in hearing someone speak on both sides of this critical issue












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  1. Just found your blog- this is great, keep going Ron!

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