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












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

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free events for the week beginning Thursday, April 16


        Jazz continues in a big way with an ensemble from the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra paying a tribute to Billy Stayhorn in the Courtyard at Smithsonian's American Art Museum tomorrow, Thursday, April 16.  Look to see tributes to Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins as well.  For contrast there is also a free performance of Mozart's Requiem!  There are of course all sorts of challenging panel discussions and celebrities including Scott Simon, Cokie Roberts and Michael Bechloss.  The week also presents opportunities to go to some unique locales like the Argentine and French Embassies, the new textile museum on the campus of George Washington University. the historic Heurich House and the Levine School of Music.
       
Thursday, April 16
Panel Discussion:  "DC Emancipation and 19th Century Life:- distinguished panel - National Archives - 7pm

Book talk: "The Story: A Reporters Journey" – author Judith Miller discusses her career and her reporting on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction – P&P 7 PM

Concert: Smithsonian jazz master works ensemble delves into Billy Strayhorn vast musical songbook in celebration of his centennial and Jazz Appreciation Month – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian Portrait Gallery – 5 – 8 PM

Friday, April 17
Tour: Conservatory of the U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SE - Noon - 1 PM

Films:  Varied films from the Archives vaults including America on the Rocks, For Which We Stand and others - National Archives - Noon

Film: El Tango and Broadway - 1934 Comic Argentine movie – Embassy of Argentina – 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Concert: Friday morning music club – works by Bartok and Beethovenn – Calvary Baptist Church – 755 8th St. NW. –  Noon

Concert: Arts Club of Washington Chamber Concert seriess – Arts Club of Washington - 2017 I Street Northwest – noon

Jazz concert: The Music of Miles Davis – faculty members of the Levine School of Music – Levine School – 2801 Upton St. NW. – 7 PM to 9 PM

Concert:  Chamber works of Piston, Rossini and Meyer – Members of the National Symphony Orchestra – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, April 18
Book talk: Thrift: the history of the an American cultural movement – author Andrew L Yarrow – P&P – 1 PM

Book talk: Celebrity in Chief: History of the presidents and the culture of stardom – Kenneth Walsh – P&P - 3:30 PM

Book Talks and signing:  A finger in Lincolns brain: what modern science reveals about Lincoln, his assassination, and its aftermath – E. Lawrence Abel – 11 AM
Marching Home: Union veterans and their unending Civil War – Brian Matthew Jordan – 12:30 PM
Their Last Full Measure: the final days of the Civil War – Joseph Wheelan – 2 PM
All lectures - William G McGowan Theater – National Archives

Children's activity: Using origami papers and Japanese textiles dress a paper doll – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – 1 PM to 4 PM

Discussion: Walt Whitman and Gay Washington – author Garrett Peck and Martin Murray of the Washington friends of Walt Whitman Association – reservations required – dchistory.org – Carnegie library at Mount Vernon Sq. – 801 K St. NW. – 11 AM to 12:30 PM

Commemoration: 150th anniversary of the funeral of Abraham Lincoln with actor Fritz Klein on "Lincoln's Vision for America" – New York Ave. Presbyterian Church – 1313 New York Ave. NW. 5:30 PM

Sunday, April 19
Book talk: Unforgettable: a son, a mother and the lessons of a lifetime – Scott Simon – P&P 1 PM

Book talk: Walt Whitman in Washington DC: the Civil War and America's great poet – Garrett Peck – P&P 5 PM

Spring Concert:  St. John's Church Choir - St. John's Church - Lafayette Square - 4 PM

Children's program: A story about poet Langston Hughes and then create a special piece of art – National Portrait Gallery – Eighth and F streets Northwest – 2 PM to 5 PM

Concert: Mozart's Requiem with choir and soloists – Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart – Georgetown University – 3 PM

Concert:  National Gallery of Art String Quartet performs works by Ravel and Shostakovitch – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Special family event: Shakespeare's birthday open house – a day of festivities and demonstrations of Elizabethan crafts – Folger Shakespeare Library – 201 E. Capitol St. SE. – noon to 4 PM

Monday, April 20
Book Talk::  After the Tall Timber – Renatta Adler – a collection that showcases her report tutorial skills and independent thinking – P&P – 7 PM

Book Talk:  Capital Dames: the Civil War and the women of Washington, 1848 – 1868Cokie Roberts and presidential historian Michael Bechloss look at how the Civil War not only changed Washington DC but also change the place of women – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert: New England Conservatory string quartets present various classical music – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Panel discussion: "The Role of Art in Diplomacy: Cultural Citizens" – distinguished panel including Yo-Yo Ma – East Building Atrium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Lecture: Former US ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Rooney, discusses "The Global Vatican" – Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart – Georgetown University – 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Film: "Sonny Rollins: Live 1965 in 1968" – Black Study Center – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6 PM

Tuesday, April 21
Book talk: American Warlord  - Johnny Dwyer chronicles the life of Chucky Taylor, raised in Liberia, became the first American convicted of the war crime of torture – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion:  Washington's Evolving Policy Toward Israel and Palestine - Author and commentator Laila El-Haddad and William Quandt, University of Virginia - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 1 PM

Concert: "The Band Jam" features various school and college jazz groups – Pershing Park – 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., Northwest – 11 AM to 6 PM

Book talk "Rebels Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians" – Justin Martin – Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – Noon

Reading and discussion: "A Tribute to America's most loved poet" – selected verses of Robert Frost – West End interim library – 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Lecture: "Exploring Islam in America: Islam and politics in America" – Khaled Elgindy of the Brookings Institute – Washington National Cathedral – reservations required – cathedral.org – 7 PM

Film: "Killing Kennedy" National Geographic channels award winning  documentary - Grosvenor Auditorium – National Geographic – 1600 M St. NW. – Noon

Wednesday, April 22
Book talk:  It's Not Over: Getting beyond tolerance defeating homophobia and winning true equality,  – Michelangelo Signorile _ P&P -7 PM 

Book talk: Lincoln's autocrat: the life of Edwin Stanton – William Marvel examines Stanton's life, career, and legacy – National Archives – Noon 

Concert: The Friday morning music club performs works by Bach and others – Conservatory – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. – noon to 1 PM

Class: Prof. Judith Mayotte begins a four week class on the book, "Enough is enough: Building a sustainable economy in a world of finite resources" Washington National Cathedral – reservations required – cathedral.org – 7 PM to 9 PM

Concert: Julliard School of Music performs piano trios by Mozart and Ravel – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Guitarist Lily Afshar, "A Jug of Wine and Thou: Music of Persia and Andalusia" reservations required – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 7:30 PM to 9 PM

Concert: Organist Ulrike Theressia Wegele of Vienna Austria – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Cir. NW. – 7:30 PM

Panel: Bob Colacello, a close friend of Andy Warhol, discusses the artist's works with National Portrait Gallery curator Asma Naeem – National Portrait Gallery – 6:30 PM

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

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 Aleksasndar 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



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Free Events of the week: Thursday, April 9 - Thursday, April 16

I'm delighted when this blog coincides with my blog of "Rants" - http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
Robert Putnam's book "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" was featured just yesterday after I had the opportunity to hear him at the Aspen Institute. "It's the most important book of the decade" said Aspen president, Walter Isaacson. I hope you have an opportunity to hear him as he speaks at Politics and Prose on Sunday at 5 PM.

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

Concert: Gully 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 Masterworks 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 night's 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

Concert:  Soprano Mary Shaffran with works of Bach Vivaldi and Mozart and a Hallelujah Chorus sing-along – St. Alban's Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. – 12:15 PM

Concert:  Aeolus Quartet chamber music – Hammer Auditorium – Corcoran Gallery of Art – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Lecture: "Enforcing the American Revolution: Law and disorder" - Northwestern University Professor T. H. Breen – Room 462 – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – 4 to 6 PM

Saturday,  April 11
Book talk: "Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner Smarter Cars" - Margo Oge P&P - 1 PM

Book talk: "Becoming Madison" – Michael Signer and "Democracy's Muse" – author Andrew Burstein considers the changing perception of Thomas Jefferson – P&P –  3:30pm

Book talk: "Ordinary Light" – author Tracy K. Smith describes her loving, close-nit family – P&P –
6 PM

Children's program: The art and science of cherry blossoms – for ages 8 – 16 accompanied by an adult – hands-on experience – registration required – United States botanic Garden – 1:30  – 3:30 PM
Program Repeats - Sunday – 130 – 3:30 PM – registration required – www.usbg.gov

Concert:  Pianist Krassimira Jordan performs works by Debussy, Liszt and Bernstein – The Kosciuszko Foundation– 2025 0 Street Northwest – 1 PM

Film:  Bill Morrison's 2015 film, "The Miners Hymns" – about the former coal–mining communities of Northeast England – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 2:30 PM

Family event: Enrichment day at the national zoo – educational activities for children and adults – National Zoo – 10 AM to 2 PM

Family event: Friends of Pierce Mill host their "Run-of-the-Mill" – see Washington's only surviving gristmill in action – 11 AM to 2 PM – Tilden Street at Beach Drive

Sunday, April 12
Book talk: "Our Kids – The American Dream in Crisis" – Robert Putnam – P&P - 5 PM

Concert: Pianist Larissa Dedova and the left bank Quartet perform works of Grieg and Dvorak – G St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Celebrating the 100 the 25th anniversary of the birth of folk music legend Leadbelly – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Voices of Canton and the National Gallery Orchestra perform works by Beals – West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Film's: "London: Day in, Day out" – five shorts depicting ordinary London at work and play – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Discussion: Historian Melvin Deal and writer Alan Sharp discuss how gay performing artists have dealt with their identity with the focus on Billy Strayhorn – Gregory Library – 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. – 2 PM

Family activity: Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy reopens their gates with exhibits, wildflower walk and arts and crafts – 31st and R St., Northwest – 12:30 PM to 3 PM

Monday, April 13
Book talk: "Michelle Obama" – Peter Sleven - P&P - 7 PM

Talk: John Q. Adams III, practitioner and teacher of Christian science healing discusses "Defeating Violence with Prayer" Busboys and Poets – 7:30 PM

Book talk: "Thrift: The History of an American Cultural Movement" – Andrew Yarrow – Busboys and Poets – 1025 5th St. NW. – 6 PM

Tuesday, April 14
Lecture: " West side story: A hint of West side story: the Genius of Bernstein's Chichester Songs – Paul Laird professor of musicology at the University of Kansas – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – noon

Book Talk:  "Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America" – David O. Steward– Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert: Organ Masses of Bach – Organist Douglas Buchanan – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10PM

Wednesday, April 15
Book talk: "Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged  Pearl Harbor – James Scott – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, April 16
Panel Discussion:  "DC Emancipation and 19th Century Life:- distinguished panel - National Archives - 7pm

Book talk: "The Story: A Reporters Journey" – author Judith Miller discusses her career and her reporting on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction – P&P 7 PM

Concert: Smithsonian jazz master works ensemble delves into Billy Strayhorn vast musical songbook in celebration of his centennial and Jazz Appreciation Month – Kogod courtyard – Smithsonian Portrait Gallery – 5 – 8 PM


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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 CafĂ© – 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