Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Free Events of the Week - Thursday, February 19 - Friday, February 27 -

I am indeed gratified by the comments I have received about my weekly listing. I continue to be amazed by the many opportunities we have in the DC area to be fully informed citizens. Remember, many of the events are also available on the Internet.

HOWEVER FOR ALMOST A MONTH YOU WILL BE ON YOUR OWN as I shall be traveling. The next issue will be the third week in March.

Many of you  have discovered how easy it is to learn of these events without my listing.  A primary source is of course the mailings or emails of Politics and Prose and the National Archives. The various Current Newspapers are also a marvlous source.

Before traveling I'll publish one more rant – next Monday - I hope you will go to http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com - I'll be adding a third R to my RANTS & RAVES - REFLECTIONS.

Thursday, February 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 – 5 - 7 PM

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

Friday, February 20 
Film:  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 trek 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

Concert: Mischa Amory, Violin and the Claremont Trio – music of Brahms and others – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – Jefferson Building – concert 8 PM  - pre-concert conversation with the artists – open admission – concert rush tickets - 6:30 PM

Saturday,  February 21
Book talk: The Monopolists: Mary Pilon – the story of the world famous game Monopoly – P&P –
 6 PM

Book Talk: The Martini Shot – George Pellicano's – a story of fantasy and fact – P&P -  8 PM

Lecture: Habitat composition/performance – composer Steve Antosca – \National Gallery of Art – East building atrium – sponsored by the Library of Congress – 2 PM

Concert: New York NightsWorld premiere of "Algebra of  Night" – Eugene O'Brien's New York poetry – sung by mezzo soprano Deanne Meek – Smithsonian American Art Museum – pre-concert discussion 4 PM  - Concert 5 PM

Concert:  Yale University School of Music perform works by Mozart and Strauss – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, February 22
Book talk: A History of Loneliness – John Boyne – P&P – 5 PM

Concert: Washington National Cathedral – organist Jeremy Purcell – 5:15 PM

Concert: Johns Hopkins University choral group presents music of Strauss, Brahms and others - Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Concert: Marion Anderson string Quartet performs music by African – American composers – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Presentation: Imagine Art in Nature – the making of a sculpture garden – artist from rural Sweden – reservations required – Embassy of Sweden – 2:30 PM

Film: Academy award documentary short subject nominees – various nominees – National Archives – 11 AM and 4 PM

Film: Discovering Georgian cinema – 1948 film – Freer Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Monday, February 23
Book talk: Is Shame Necessary? – Jennifer Jacquet – P&P 7 PM

Book talk: "The Arab – Israeli Conflict in American Political Culture" – Jonathan Rynhold -   reservations required - American University - Mary Graydon Center – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Book talk: "1919: The Year of Racial Violence: How African/Americans Fought Back" – Busboys and Poets bookstore – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 – 8 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Book talk: Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press – James McGrath Morris – P&P 7 PM 

Lecture: Chameleons as Composers: the colorful life and works of Lukas Foss – Christopher Hartten – Whittal Pavilion – Jefferson Building - Library of Congress – noon

Lecture: Trial Lawyer William R. "Billy" Martin discusses "Stand your Ground Laws" – Martin Luther King Jr. Library – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, February 25
Book Talk: Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships that Build America – David O. Stewart – National Archives – Noon

Movie: Modern Times – Charlie Chaplin's masterpiece – Courtyard Movie Palace – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery – 7 PM

Concert: The Friday Morning Music Club performs works by Haydn and Bach – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 1 PM – 2 PM

Concert "Dance Music of the Americas" – The Apollo Orchestra – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center  – 6 PM

Talk: "Perfume, Leather, and Luxury in Early Modern London" – Holly Dugan – Textile Museum - George Washington University – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Panel discussion: "Sanctions as a Foreign Policy Tool: Helpful or Harmful?" – Distinguished panel – reservations required – worldaffairsdc.org - University of California Washington Center – 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Thursday, February 26
Book Talk: The Chosen Exile: A history of racial passing in American life – Historian Allison Hobbs – National Archives -  Noon

Book Talk: Discontent and its Civilizations – Moshin Hamid – P&P 7 PM


Friday, February 27
Book talk: National Security and Double Government – Michael J. Glennon – P&P 7 PM




Friday, February 13, 2015

Free cultural events for the week ahead: Thursday, February 12 – Friday, February 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

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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



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




Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free Events for the weekend and week ahead - Thursday, February 5 - Friday, February 13

With so many outstanding presentations available I am indeed conscious of how fortunate I am to attend so many. Of the six events I attended this week one was so compelling that I feel responsible to share information with others. Thus I plan to bridge this blog with my "rant blog" and discuss Joel Klein's, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.  The former Chancellor of the New York City schools has already caused me to revise my opinion of charter schools. I hope you'll consider checking out http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com Monday.

Thursday, February 5
Panel:  Forum on the Rosenberg Case - Distinguished panel moderated by Journalist Marvin Kalb - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:   The Western Flyers – Classic Western swing, jazz standards, cowboy songs and old-time fiddle tunes – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert:   The Ashley Daneman band – jazz and modern folk - Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk:  "Misquoting Mohammed: The challenge and choices of interpreting the prophets legacy" – Bunn Internet Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – 1230 – 2 PM

Book talk:  "Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Perez and foreign-policy change in Israel"  School of International Service Building – American University – Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues – reservations required – 4 – 5:30 PM

Lecture:  "Richard Strauss and Guntram" – presented by the Wagner Society of Washington DC – Maestro Antony Walker and James Holman – Goethe-Institut – reservations required – 7:30 PM

Film: 1971 featured Georgian film, "Pastorale" -  Embassy of France – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM 
Friday, February 6

Concert and Art Showcase:  Selected local bands and art viewing - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 6 - 8pm 

Film:  Iranian film Festival – 2013 film "FiFi Howls from Happiness – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday,  February 7
Children's Activities:  Story about George Washington Carver - followed by art project -  National Portrait Gallery – 1 – 4 PM 

Concert:  Singer Ian Bostridge performs Schubert's works – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress Congress - rush tickets may be available – 2 PM

Activity:  Heather Markowitz leads yoga class, -US Botanic Garden – 10: a 30 – 11:30 AM

Lecture: Susan Yellen's, professor of music at the University of Notre Dame discusses Schubert – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress - 12:30 PM

Book talk: "The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan" – P&P – 6 PM

Special event "Eyes in the Sky: Game of Drones family day – demonstration of their workings – National Building Museum – 11 AM – 2 PM


Sunday,  February 8

Concert:  The mighty Flentrop organ in concert with various local artists performing – St. Columba's church – 4201 Albemarle St. NW. – Tenleytown Metro stop – 2 PM

Concert: Works by Chopin and Humme – pianist Christopher Atzinger – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Concert: "Palmer Project: Brahms and More! " – Pianist Ann Kang, violinist Terry Lazar and cellist Nancy Joe Snyder – Katzen Arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – available by bus from Tenleytown – 3 PM

Concert: Soprano Marlissa Hudson performs works in honor of Black history month  - West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Film: Iranian Film Festival features 2013 film, "FiFi Howls from Happiness" – Freer Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Children's program:  George Washington Carver story followed by creation of special art piece – National Portrait Gallery – 2 – 5 pm


Monday,  February 9 
Book talk:  "Power Forward: My Presidential Education" – Author Reggie Love – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, February 10
Concert: Works of Mozart, Chopin and Schumann – pianist Deborah Lee – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Discussion: "Is DC Still Chocolate City?" Three distinguished local panelist – MLK Library – 7 PM

Discussion: The Russian Economy in Crisis: What's Next?" - Executives from the world bank and international monetary fund – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – noon – 1 PM

Wednesday, February 11
Concert: Musicians from Marlboro perform songs by Brahms and Dvorak, - Freer Gallery of Art – tickets required –  202–633–1000 – 7:30 PM

Film:  "Walk in My Shoes" – ABC's 1961 documentary by Louis Lomax – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon 

Lecture: "Citizens Suspect: The Criminalization of Muslim Youth in Post 9/11 America" – GWU Professor Arshad I. Ali – Bunn International Center - Georgetown University – 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Booktalk: "Mr. Putin:  Operative in the Kremlin" – Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy - Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 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