Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free cultural events for the week of Thursday, June 25 through Wednesday July 1

     How fortunate we are to have a free concert every day at the Kennedy Center! The concert this Friday involving Israeli and Palestinian youth gives us a special opportunity to hear voices from this troubled area of our world. One can only hope that music can bring the disparate, bellicose voices of our world together in harmony.

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

Concert: Louisiana zydeco music performed by the band, CRAYZ – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM to 7 PM

Cooking demonstration: "Unbeatable Beans" demonstration on growing, preparing and serving snap beans – writer Adriane Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook – United States Botanic Garden – noon and 12:45 PM

Discussion and lecture: "Saving Cursive: New tools in the fight for handwriting" – Linda Shrewsbury, creator and president of CursiveLogic – McGowan theater – National Archives – 1 PM to 3 PM

Lecture: Bill Plante, CBS news correspondent, "Selma 50 years later" – reservations requested – 202-999-8988 St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Park – 6 PM

Lecture: World Affairs Council presents a talk on "One year since caliphate declared: combating ISIL" – Shanti Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Thomas Sanderson of the Center for strategic and international studies – reservations required – DC world affairs Council – University of California – 1606 Rhode Island Ave.NW – 6:30 PM to 8 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

Concert:  Brass trio of trumpet trombone and horn performs chamber music – Arts Club of Washington – 20 17th I Street Northwest – noon

Concert: Saxophonist Marty Nau – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Book talk: "Ally: My journey across the American-Israeli Divide" – Michael B Oren – P&P – 4 PM

Book talk: "Being Nixon: A Portrait in Light and Shadows" – Evan Thomas – P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, June 27
Book talk:  "Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity" – author Robert Beachy tells the story of Berlin during the late 19th and early 20th century – P&P – 6 PM

Concert: Chicago children's choir performs classical, gospel and popular music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Nordic Jazz Festival features various Scandinavian groups – Dupont Cir., Park – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM:

Sunday, June 28
Book talk:  "Mother, Loose" - Brandel France de Bravo – offers a decidedly nontraditional look at the stuff of lullabies – P&P - 1 PM

Concert: Finland's Tapiola Chamber Choir – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Monday, June 29
Concert:  The Australian children's choir and Los Angeles children's chorus – a youth choral showcase – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Demonstration: Traditional Andean weaving techniques – Peruvian weavers – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – 4:30 PM

Townhall meeting: DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton leads discussion of race and the labor movement – AFL – CIO – 815 16th St. NW. – reservations required – go.aflcio.org/racetownhall-     5 PM
Tuesday, June 30
Book Talk:  "The Brothers" - Marsha Gessen tells of the Tsarnaev brothers (convicted of  the Boston Marathon bombing - Brookland Busboys and Poets - 625 Monroe St. NE - 6:30 PM

Concert:  Homegrown Concert:  Marinera Viva! presents dances of Peru – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – noon  the group also appears at the Kennedy Center – family theater – 6 PM

Lecture: "Palestine Solidarity: the film critics blind spot" – Terry Ginsburg, professor of film at American University in Cairo – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30PM -  2 PM

Concert: British early music ensemble, Magnificat performs madrigals and motets by Monteverdi – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Concert: US Navy band and ceremonial guard – US Navy Memorial – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM
Wednesday,  July 1
Concert: Afro – Peruvian music performed by the ensemble Tutuma – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: "Sense and Sensibility" starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet – Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. NW. – 7:30 PM

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

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Free Cultural Events in DC for three days: June 8, 9 and 10.

Here's a special edition of DC Free Culture for three days in June. It's prepared for my grandson, David, as I begin a two-year celebration of my 90th birthday.   It's meant to show him just a few of the things that might be of interest to him and those visiting with him that I have daily access to. I'll give it  limited publicity before returning to my usual publication schedule on June 17.  I hope the list might be of help to others.

Monday, June 8
Concert: Saxophonist Elisha Balbed performs jazz, rock, hip-hop and go-go – DC Jazz Festival – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Concert: U.S. Navy bands Country Current Ensemble – West steps – US Capital – 8 PM

Book talk: "And sometimes I wonder about you" – Walter Mosley, Author – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk: "The Good Spy: The life and death of Robert Ames" – Author Kai Bird – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM


Tuesday, June 9
Book talk and discussion: "Back Channel to Cuba: The hidden history of negotiations between Washington and Havana – Author William M. Leogrande – Katzen Arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 10 AM – 11:50 AM

Concert: The Friday morning music club presents varied classical works – Belle Vue Room – Dumbarton House – 2715 Q St. NW. – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert: US Navy band and Navy ceremonial guard perform – U.S. Navy Memorial – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM

Concert: Violinist Mary Findlay performs Bach – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Book talk: Author Dolen Perkins–Valdes  discusses, "Balm"– Busboy and Poets – 6:30 p.m.

Book talk: "World Film Locations, Washington DC" – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. – 6:30 PM

Book talk "The Brontë Cabinet: Three lives in nine objects" - Deborah Lutz, author – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Film: "Port of Memory" and "The Rules" - Kamal Aljafari's documentaries – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Film: "Richard Hill" – A part of the series of Adams Morgan movie nights – Marie Read Elementary School soccer fields – 18th and California Streets Northwest – 8:30 PM

Reading performance: "Rep Ya hood: The untold stories of DC neighborhoods" – city-wide spoken word and rap competition – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM


Wednesday, June 10
Lecture:  "Listen to Our Story: Alan Lomax, Folk Producer/Folk Promoter" Nathan Saalsburg presenter - Whittal Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: Vocalist Sweet Lou Olutosin and his sextet perform soul jazz – DC Jazz Festival – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: The Ewabo Duo – The Harbour Nights Summer Concert Series – Washington Harbor – 3050 K St. – Northwest – 8:30 PM

Concert: The U. S. Marine Band – West Terrace – US Capitol – 8 PM

Book talk: "Terrorism in Cyberspace: the next generation" - Gabriel Weimann – Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: "Ain't Nobody Be Learning Nothin': The fraud and the fix for high poverty schools" – author Caleb Steward Rossiter – Busboys and Poets – Brookland – 625 Monroe St. NE. – 6:30 PM

Book talk: "You Won't Remember This" – author Kate Blackwell – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th Street NW - 6:30 PM

Book talk: "The Domino Diaries: My decade boxing with Olympic champions and chasing Hemingway's ghost in the last days of Castro's Cuba" – Brin-Jonathan Butler – Kramer books – 6:30 PM

Book talk: "The Grand Old Ditch" author Judith Welles – the past present and future of the C and O canal – West end interim library – 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. – the Watergate – 7 PM

Book talk: "Stand Your Ground: Black bodies and the justice of God" – author Kelly Brown Douglas – Episcopal priest – reservations requested – Washington National Cathedral – 7:30 PM

Film: "Earnest and Celestine" – French animated film – Embassy of France – 4001 Reservoir Rd. NW – reservations required - frenchculture.org – 7 PM to 9 PM