Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Special Edition: Events for the Week beginning Thursday, July 30


While I am on vacation the next two weeks, I did learn of a few coming events I wanted to share.
 Michael Dirda and Ira Glasser are but two of the personalities speaking. Several are at interesting venues. You might note that the book reviews at the newly established Busboys and Poets are easily available by Metro. And as usual the topics are extremely varied and informative.

I plan to be back with a full edition on Wednesday, August 12.

Thursday, July 30
Concert:  Austrian pianist Mark Damisch's 40th Anniversary Concert Tour  -  Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008 - 5PM - 7 PM - Free ickets:at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-mark-damisch-40th-anniversary-tour-tickets-17225988395

Lecture:  Kluge Fellow Thomas Dodman discusses his project, "Nostalgia: the history of the deadly emotion" – Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 4 PM

Book talk: One man against the world: the tragedy of Richard Nixon – Tim Weiner – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion: "Gaza, today and tomorrow: current challenges and future prospects" – Ilana Feldman, George Washington University, and Matthew Reynolds who works with Palestinian refugees in the near East – Palestinian center – Jerusalem fund  – reservations recommended – 202 – 338 – 1290 – light lunch 12:30 PM – discussion 1 PM – 2 PM

Friday, July 31
Book talk:  "The Short Tragic Life of Robert Peace Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, Jeff Hobbs – P&P – 7 PM

Monday, August 3
Book Talk: Photographer Bob Adelman and former ACLU president Ira Glasser discuss the photos and themes from their book, "Visions of Liberty" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Book talk: "This changes everything: capitalism versus the climate"  - Naomi Klein – Brookland Busboys and Poets – 625 Monroe St. NE. – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, August 5
Film screening: Robin Hamilton discusses her film, "This little light of mine: the legacy of Fanny Lou Hamer" – explores the life of an impoverished sharecropper – Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – contact 202 – 707 – 5510 - 7 PM

Book talk: "The hands of peace: a Holocaust survivors fight for civil rights in the American South" –  author –  Marione Ingram - Busboys and poets – Takoma Park 235 Carroll St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk : Author Michael Dirda - "Browsing's: A year of reading, collecting and living with books" – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, August 6
Scholars Roundtable: Emily Crosby, Professor of history leads a discussion on, "Teaching the civil rights movement from the bottom up: 50 years after the voting rights act" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – contact 202-707-5510 – noon

Film:  "Pronzo di Ferragosto" (mid-– August lunch) American Art Museum joins the Embassy of Italy celebrating good food and good films from Italy - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6 PM
– since there will be a sampling of Italian cuisine, this promises to be extremely popular – last month there was an extremely long line already at 5:30 PM when tickets were being distributed in the G St. lobby.

Friday, August 7
Film: Hong Kong Film Festival features, "Gangster Payday" – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Concert:  Clara Blum - Austrian Soinger/Songwriter When: Wednesday, August 7, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 2000
 Free Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-clara-blume-tickets-17879709693

Monday, August 10
Book Talk: Author Barry Lynn – "God and Government: 25 years of fighting for equality, secularism and freedom of conscience" – P&P – 6:30 PM



Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the Week of Thursday, July 16 - Thursday, July 23

I was gratified to learn that several readers attended last weeks talk by former Secretary of States Albright and Powell at the Library of Congress and found it "awesome".  I continue to be eager to share information about these informative and stimulating events with close to 1,000 folks each week.  This week, Friday, begins the Hong Kong film festival at the Freer which promises to show some outstanding films.  We were fortunate to attend a Viet Namese film there this past week.  How great that we are to be able to see so much of the world for free. 

Thursday, July 16
Panel Discussion:  Writers and Scholars Roundtable on Civil Rights with distinguished panel including Taylor Branch and Gilbert King - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  Jazz by the Alvin Traszk Krewe'tet - Trumpet, drum, bass and guitar - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7PM

Book Talk:  Anxious: Using the brain to understand and treat severe and anxiety - Author Joseph LeDoux - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: The career of famed Hollywood Director Rouben Mamoulian and his work in Musical Theatre is discussed by Kluge Fellow, Bradley Rogers - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Room LJ 119 - 4:00PM

Discussion:  In the Shadow of Power and Light: Experiences and Lessons from Fukushima

Forging the Future

 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
English
No charge
+1 (202) 289-1200

Round Table Discussion : Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors; Gilbert King, Diane McWhorter and Taylor Branch with Civil Rights Activist, Clarence Jones, discuss civil Rights with Journalist A'Lelia Bundles - National Archives - 7:00PM
Friday, July 17
Film:  Dearest - Hong Kong Film Festival begins with this gripping morality drama based on a true story - Freer Gallery of Art - 7PM

Concert: Keyboardist Lao Tizer at Jazz in the Garden – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Lecture: Jack Warren of the Society of Cincinnati will discuss a map printed in Paris in 1779 and used by Gen. Lafayette – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Saturday, July 18
Concert: Italian Renaissance music – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Tango lessons: Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango leads classes in the Argentine tango – Martin Luther King Memorial Library – 2:30 PM

Discussion and lecture: Japanese Kimono as Windows to identity – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St., Northwest – 10:30 AM

Film: Billy Wilder's 1945 film, The Lost Weekend – National Archives – 2 PM

Family activity: A day of Archaeology Festival – displays, crafts and lectures – reservations requested – Dumbarton House – 10 AM to 3 PM

Walk:  Georgetown waterfront walk led by National Park Ranger – meet at Wisconsin Avenue and K St., Northwest – 10:30 AM to noon

Sunday, July 19
Film:  Golden Chickensss - "brilliant actress Sandra Ng in her iconic role with goofy plot and hilarious gags and dirty jokes". - Freer Gallery of  Art - 2PM

Book talk: After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate - Author Mary Ziegler - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  Before the Oath: how George W. Bush and Barack Obama managed a transfer of power - Author Martha Joynt Kumar - P&P - 5PM

Monday, July 20
Book Talk: Gary Hart's new book, The Republic of Conscience - P&P - 7P

Tuesday, July 21
Book Talk:  Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, The First Lady of the Black Press - Author James McGrath Morris - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: United States Army Strings with the old guard fife and drum Corps – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Book talk: Nina Ansary tells The Untold Story of  Women in Iran – and Cyrus Copeland,  A Father's Secret, a Mother's Heroism and his son's quest - Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, July 22
Book Talk:  The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebellion that Led the U. S. and Britain to the Brink of War
Author Arthur Downey - National Archives - Noon

Book talk: Joni Tevis discusses, The World is on Fire: scrap, treasure, and songs of apocalypse – a collection of essays on faith, life and wonder – P&P - 7pm

Thursday, July 23
Book Talk:  88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary - Author Robert L. Greiner - P&P - 7PM

Concert: American Roots Music Concert Series features The Moonshine Society – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 3 PM to 5 PM

Film: Korean Cinema series features the 2009 disaster epic,Haeyndae – reservations required –   koreaculturedc.org – Korean Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – appetizer social at 6 PM – screening at 6:30 PM

Concert: Pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa perform jazz – Freer Gallery of Art – 7:30 PM











Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Free cultural events for the Week of Thursday, July 9 - Thursday, July 16

Cranes dancing, Alan Alda, Italian food, Jessye Norman, and the Israeli elections are just a few of the many quality cultural and intellectual events available in our city for the week ahead. And they are all FREE!  You will notice an absence of area summer concerts. The numbers are just too many to include.  Each week we will try to include a few special ones.

Thursday, July 9
Book Talk:  Historian Anthony Pitch shares survivors' stories and memories in Our Crime was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories - National Archives - Noon 

THIS SHOULD ALSO BE A REMINDER OF TWO DISPLAYS AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM THAT ARE A MUST TO SEE:  For children, the continuing display, The Story of Daniel, which tells the story of the holocaust in a sensitive way for elementary and junior high school children, For adults the temporary exhibit, Collaboration and Complicity During the Holocaust is extremely enlightening and forceful - a must see!

Film:  Focaccia Blues - this 78 minute documentary follows the story of a McDonald's in the town of Altamira, Italy, by a locally owned focaccaria – the screening will be followed by a sampling of Italian cuisine – free tickets available at 5:30 PM in the G St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – film at 6 PM

Musical performance:  Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Orchestra - Flag Hall - Smithsonian American History Museum - Noon, 1 and 2PM 

Friday, July 10
Concert: The United States Army Orchestra with Herald Trumpets – West steps – US Capitol – 8 PM

Concert: Jazz in the Garden - Hendrik Meukens - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5- 8:30PM

Saturday, July 11
 Films: Meet Marlon Brando and Salvador Dali's Fantastic Dream 2pm - Jessye Norman Sings Carmen and Orson Welles in Spain 3pm - West Building Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art

Book Talk:  A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars - Author Andrew Hartman - Politics and Prose - 3:30PM

Film:  Celebrating Vietnamese Cinema - The Children of the Village - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pn

Sunday, July 12
Book Talk:  Running from Office:Why Young Americans Are Turned Off From Politics - P&P - 1PM

Concert:  Chopin and Prokofiev performed by Pianist Sara Daneshpour - Smithsonian
American Art Museum - 3PM

Film:  Vietnamese cinema presents The Prince and the Pagoda Boy - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Films: What Happened to the Beetles in the USA? - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA 4pm

Monday, July 13
Concert:  Sharp's Appalachian Harvest - Folk Music presentation by Brian Peters and Jeff Davis - music from southern Appalacia from 1916 - 1918 - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Mumford Room - No tickets required - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 14
Lecture:  Fiona Ritchie, producer and host of NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock - in open-mic conversation - Library of Congress - Mumford Room - Noon

Book Talk:  Melvin Laird and the Foundation of Post-Vietnam Military, 1969-1973 - Erin Mahan - National Archives - Noon

Wednesday, July 15
Lecture:  Alan Alda - Beyond A Blind Date With Science -National Academy of the Sciences Auditorium - 2101 Constitution Ave. NW - Wait list tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/waitlist?eid=17324015597&tid=36664078 - 6pm - 7:45pm

Lecture:  The Israeli Elections of March 2015 and their Implications for the Peace Process - Professor As'ad Ghanem - University of Haifa - The Palestine Center - 1 - 2PM

Book Talk:  Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe - Michael Neiberg -----
National Archives - Noon

Performance: Dance of the Cranes - Choreographed program performed by real cranes to Brandon Vickerd's Dance of the Cranes - Milian Park - 499 Mass
Ave NW - 8:15 - 9pm

Thursday, July 16
Concert:  Jazz by the Alvin Traszk Krewe'tet - Trumpet, drum, bass and guitar - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7PM

Book Talk:  Anxious - Author Joseph LeDoux - dealing with fear and anxiety - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: The career of famed Hollywood Director Rouben Mamoulian and his work in Musical Theatre is discussed by Kluge Fellow, Bradley Rogers - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Room LJ 119 - 4:00PM

Discussion:  In the Shadow of Power and Light: Experiences and Lessons from Fukushima

Forging the Future

 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
English
No charge
+1 (202) 289-1200

Round Table Discussion : Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors; Gilbert King, Diane McWhorter and Taylor Branch with Civil Rights Activist, Clarence Jones, discuss civil Rights with Journalist A'Lelia Bundles - National Archives - 7:00PM

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free cultural events for the week of Thursday, July 2 - Thursday, July 9

You really don't need me to find things to do over the 4th of July.  But I have located a few very special events to call to your attention.

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Thursday, July 2
Concert: David and Ginger Hildebrand present colonial style music – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Friday, July 3
Concert: "Speakers of the House" perform funk, boogaloo and rock – Jazz in the Garden – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Art discussions: "Patriotic Pop-ups: The American story through art"– conversations about art through history – national Gallery of Art – 10 AM to 4 PM

Saturday, July  4
Concert: Independence Day organ recital with the National Symphonic Brass and the US Navy Sea Chanters – Washington National Cathedral – 11 AM

Film: Various historical documentaries from 1984, 1939, 1979, and 1982 – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Sunday, July 5
Book talk: "Saving Monticello" author Marc Leepson tells of the efforts of a Jewish veteran to save the home of Thomas Jefferson – National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R St. NW. – 1 PM

 Films: "How to Smell a Rose: A visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy" 2014 documentary - 2PM and "Soldiers of Music Rostropovich Returns to Russia" - 1991 documentary – West building Lecture Hall  - National Gallery of  Art - 4PM

Museum open house: National Museum of Women in the Arts – monthly community day – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – noon to 5 PM

Monday, July 6
Concert: The United States Navy Band's Country Current Ensemble – West Steps – United States Capital – 8 PM

Tuesday, July 7
Concert:  Children of the Stone/ The Ensemble of the Dal'ouna - this music symbolizes the link between East and West with music from the Middle East, jazz and European classical music – the group is led by Ramzi Aburedwan, a child of the first Palestinian intifada, a musician and founder of music centers serving thousands of Lebanese children in the West Bank, Gaza and in refugee camps in Lebanon. His story is told in the book, Children of the Stone, by Sandy Tolan who also was the author of The Lemon Tree – Perry Auditorium - Washington National Cathedral - 7PM

Concert: Youth Choir of Graz Austria performs varied music -  Embassy of Austria - 3524 International Court Court - near UDC/Van Ness Metro - reservations suggested - 7:30PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/choir-concert-kinder-und-jugendakademie-graz-tickets-17480458522

Workshop:  Forging the Future: FuturePerfect - Telling Stories for a Better Future: How Art and Narratives Can Change the World - Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 6:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum and FotoGalerie
No charge
+ 1 (202) 289-1200
Wednesday, July 8
Concert: Jazz with Phil Kominski at the Harbor Nights Summer Concert Series – Washington Harbor – 3050 K St. NW. - 630 p.m. to 8:30 PM

Panel discussion: "Finding Shared Values for United States Foreign Policy" Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 30 p.m.

Thursday, July 9
Book Talk:  Historian Anthony Pitch shares survivors' stories and memories in Our Crime was Being Jewish: hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories - National Archives - Noon 

THIS SHOULD ALSO BE A REMINDER OF TWO DISPLAYS AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM THAT ARE A MUST TO SEE:  For children, the continuing display, The Story of Daniel, which tells the story of the holocaust in a sensitive way for elementary and junior high school children, For adults the temporary exhibit, Collaboration and Complicity During the Holocaust is extremely enlightening and forceful

Film:  Focaccia Blues - this 78 minute documentary follows the story of a McDonald's that is run in the town of Altamira, Italy, by a locally owned focaccaria – the screening will be followed by a sampling of Italian cuisine – free tickets available at 5:30 PM in the G St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – film at 6 PM