Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Free cultural events for the Week:Thursday, June 18 through Friday, June 26

So good to be back for the rest of the summer looking forward to the many opportunities for learning and entertainment provided for FREE in our marvelous city.  After spending the last month showing visitors around our city, I have new respect for all that is available to us without cost. And you might like to check my other blog - http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com for some recent observations about the city.
Thursday, June 18
Book Talk: "The Cost of Courage" – author Charles Kaiser looks at Vichy-era France – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: "Nixon's Nuclear Specter: The secret alert of 1969, Madman diplomacy and the Vietnam War"– authors Jeffrey Kimball and William Burr – National Archives – noon

New Exhibit: "1919 - 2015 100 Years of Hollywood: The Laemmie Effect" - Portrays the influence of German film making in America through Universal studios and others - The Goethe Institut - 7th and H Streets NW - Open 11AM - 5PM - Closed Sunday and Monday

Concert: Teo Avery and the Jazz Sound Quartet – Kennedy Center - Millennium stage - 6 PM

Concert. The Stockholm Boys Choir performs Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and other music – St. Albans Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM

Discussion:  Architectural team discusses preliminary plans for the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – reservations required – National Building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – 202–272–2448 – 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Book discussion:  "To Kill a Mockingbird" – Harper Lee's classic considered in both page and screen version – Barnes & Noble – 555 12th St. NW. – 7:00

Friday, June 19
Gugenheim Symposium:  Honors Stanley Nelson, film maker known for "The Murder of Emmitt Till" - National Archives - 7PM 

Concert:  "Jazz in the garden series" presents Deanna Bogart blues fusion – Sculpture  Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert:  "The Texas Chainsaw Horns" perform rock – presented by the Yards Park Friday night Concert series – the Yards Park -  355 Water St. SE. – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert:  The United States Army Concert band with trombonist winner of the 2015 national collegiate solo competition – West steps – United States capital – 8 PM

All day symposium:   "The Juneteenth Festival on black literature and literacy" – for high school youth and adults – for further information contact the Library of Congress – Jefferson building – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Discussion: "Ships, clocks, and stars: the quest for longitude" – Folger librarian Daniel De Simone discusses the exhibition – Folger Shakespeare Library – 201 E. Capitol St. SE. – 6:30 PM

Discussion and activity: United States botanic Garden specialists share the wonders of what butterflies, bumblebees and honeybees bring to the environment – followed by the release of butterflies into the garden – national garden butterfly garden – United States botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 10:30AM and noon 

Saturday, June 20
Book Talk: "Something must be done about Prince Edward County" – author Kristin Green considers racial problems in Prince Edward County, Virginia – P&P - 3:30 PM

Film: Charlie Chaplin's,  "City Lights" – introduced by Charles Maland  an expert on Charlie Chaplin  - National Archives – 2 PM

Concert. Syrian violinist Mariella shaker performs Syrian music to raise awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees – Kennedy Center –Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Tour and Walk: "Bikes, birds, and bullfrogs: a bike tour of DC flora and fauna" along the C and O canal - reservations required at knowledgecommonsdc.org – meet at the Gazebo at Francis Scott Key Park – 34th and M St., Northwest – 9 to 10:30 AM

Talk and exhibit: artist Sidney Lawrence will lead a tour of his 30 piece exhibition "Global tour: travel works on paper" – Alcove Gallery – University of California Washington Center – 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. – 10 AM to 11 AM

Sunday, June 21
Book talk: "A Salamander's Tale: My story of Regeneration – surviving 30 years with prostate cancer" – author Paul Steinberg recounts the life-changing perspective of his bout with prostate cancer – P&P  - 1 PM

Book talk: "Class Divide" – author Howard Gillett, Jr. interviews Yale class members of 1964 and  reports their perception of the tumultuous 60s – P&P – 5 PM

Concert.  Chicago Harp Quartet performs classical music and new compositions – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Children's program: Hear a story about Olympic swimmer Gertrude Ederle the first woman to swim the English Channel and then create a special piece of art – National Portrait Gallery – Eighth and F streets Northwest – 2 PM to 5 PM

Special event: Alliance Francaise de Washington and Dupont Festival present "Fete de la Musique at Dupont Circle" – activities for families and all from 11 AM to 7:50 PM at Dupont Circle

Monday, June 22
Panel discussion: "The Palestinians in Syria before and after the Syrian crisis" – Wesam Sabaaneh, Jafra Foundation for Youth and Nidal Bitari of People Demand Change - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 1 PM – 2 PM

Concert:  United States Navy Concert Band – West steps - United States capital – 8 PM

Book talk: "Unfair: The new science of criminal justice" – Adam Benforado – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Film:  Prince's ground breaking 1984 film, "Purple Rain" – MLK library – 6PM

Tuesday, June 23
Concert: Flutist Michelle Laporte and guitarist Jerry Saulter perform music from Argentina, Brazil and Italy – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

All day conference: "Punctuating happiness: preserving the original Declaration of Independence" – how diversity affects research and how it is taught in the schools – reservations required –phdc2015eventbritedc - national archives – 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM

Exhibit and discussion "Hiroshima – Nagasaki atomic bomb" – shows artworks and prominent historians reflect on the decision to drop the atomic bomb and its implications – Katzen arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 7 PM to 9 PM

Wednesday, June 24
Book Talk: "How to catch a Russian spy" – author Naveen Jamali relates his true experience in this thriller – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture: "The Shape of the Civil War" – Ed Ayers, president of the University of Richmond – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – room LJ 119 – 4 PM

Book talk: "Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, black celebrities, and the civil rights movement" – author Emilie Raymond looks at six trail blazing actors of Hollywood – National Archives – noon

Concert.  Folk music from the Andes performed by the New Inca Son – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: The Friday morning music club presents works by Bach – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – reservations requested – heurichhouse.org – noon to 1 PM

Concert: The Bubbas – presented by the harbor nights summer concert series – Washington harbor – 30 p.m. to 8:30 PM

Concert: United States Marine Band– West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Lecture: Art historian William Klotz discusses, "Nineteen American Masterworks"  works by Gilded Age, Impressionists and ashcan school painters – McVeigh Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – Eight and G streets Northwest – 6 PM

Book talk: Thomas de Waal discusses his book, "Great catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the shadow of genocide" – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Film: "Maria Sola's 2013 film "A Five-star Life" – Abramson Family Auditorium – New York University – 1307 L St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Thursday, June 25
Panel discussion: "DC statehood and representative democracy" –Lenny Steinhorn moderates panelists former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, former member of Congress Jim Walch and others – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert:  Coro Entrevolces - Cuban Choir performs spirituals and a wide variety of music – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Friday, June 26
Concert:  YMCA of Jerusalem Youth chorus – Palestinian and Israeli Youth from East and West Jerusalem in song and dialogue – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

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