Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, October 29

      The blog gets more and more exciting for me.  Last week there were more events listed than ever before - it ran to five pages - and the blog had over 1300 "hits" in the week.  It may be time for me to reorganize it a bit to make it more useful (and easier) to prepare.  I'd welcome any thoughts.
      You might note that there are several lectures at the Library of Congress in some of their more inaccessible rooms that could be quite interesting to see - in addition to the lectures themselves.

October
Thursday, 29
Book Talk:  Kevin Lippert – author – "War plan: the United States secret plan to invade Canada and Canada's secret plan to invade the United States" – national archives – noon

Book talk: Simon Winchester – author – "Pacific: Silicon chips and surfboards/coral reefs and atom bombs/brutal dictators, feuding empires and the coming collision of the world superpowers" – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: Glenn M. Stein – "Discovering the Northwest passage: the four-year Arctic odyssey of HMS investigator and the McClure expedition" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11 AM

Lecture: The 2015 biennial Kellogg lecture in jurisprudence on, "Justice, Neutrality and Law" – Harvard University professor Michael Sandel – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-4642 – 3 PM

Conversation: "A conversation on the Constitution": Justice Samuel Alito and Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar – National Archives – 7 PM – while reservations are no longer possible it is often possible to be admitted if seats are available if one gets in line early enough – I would say 6 PM

Friday, 30
Book Talk:  Dr. Ghade Karma– author and medical doctor -  "Return: a Palestinian memoir" – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – for reservations contact 202\-338-1958 – lunch at 1230 – lecture 1 PM – 2 PM

Film: A Seijun Suzuki retrospective featuring the 1964 movie, "The Call of Blood" – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday, 31
Book Talk:  Tom Gjelten – author and NPR correspondent – "A Nation of Nations: A Great American immigration story - the story of families from Korea, Bolivia and Libya as they face cultural and racial stereotyping in Fairfax County -  P&P – 6 PM 

Film:  Legendary short subjects from the 1950s and 60s including "Black Panthers" and "Salut les  Cubains" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM

Film:  Cooperating with the Jewish film Festival the NGA presents Richard Kanes 2014 documentary "Jon Imbers left hand" – the Harvard University art professor who found a way to continue painting when he was diagnosed with ALS – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 3 PM

November
Sunday, 1
Book Talk:  "Raw Deal:How the 'Uber' Economy and Run Away Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers" - Steven Hill - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  "Insomnia" - Poet Linda Pastan visits the dark/remorseless/stations of the night - P & P - 5PM

Lecture:  Peter Manseau as a part of the Amran scholar series discusses "One Nation, Under god's" a view of American history beyond the traditional prism of Christianity – Washington Hebrew congregation – 3935 Macomb St. NW. – 10:30 AM

Film:  A Seijun Suzuki retrospective featuring the filmmaker's 1959 movie, "passport to darkness" at 1 PM and at 3 PM his 1957 movie "eight hours of fear" – Freer Gallery of Art – 1 PM and 3 PM

Monday, 2
Book Talk: "Custer's Trials: A Life On the Frontier of a New America" - T., J. Stiles - P & P - 7 P.M.

Book talk:Freeman, Brown and Darraj discuss their book, "Extraordinary rendition" an anthology of works by 65 writers seeking to counter mainstream reporting on Israel – busboys and poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk and panel:  Tim Flannery, scientist and environmentalist will discuss, "Atmosphere of hope: searching for solutions to the climate crisis" - Beard Auditorium – national Smithsonian Museum of natural history – reservations required – mnh.si.edu - 6:15 PM to 8 PM

Special Event:  International arts and crafts fair – world bank main complex - 1818 H St. NW. – 10 AM to 4 PM – continues Tuesday through Thursday from 10 AM to 4 PM

Celebrating:  Dia de los Muerlos with music, dancing and crafts – Kogod courtyard – Smithsonian national portrait Gallery – 4:30 PM to 7 PM

Tuesday, 3
Book Talk:  "The Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Club and Their Quest for Olympic Glory"- Julia Checkoway - P & P - 7PM

Presentation: Francis Garry Powers discusses his father's U-2 incident over the former Soviet Union – reservations required – go.gwu.edu/u2incident - Room 602 – Elliot school of international affairs – GWU - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Special Event:  Elected officials, faith personnel and activists involved in various national gun violence prevention organizations present, "United to stop gun violence" – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM

Book talk: "The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that changed the nation" – Joe Urschel - Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: "Tesla" – Serbian author Vladamir Pistola – European reading room – second floor -Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Concert:  Bach consort with organist - Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Concert:  "Flower – bird – wind – noon" features soprano and pianist – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – tickets required – 202- 633–1000 – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 4
Book Talk: "Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post 9/11 Presidency" - Charlie Savage - P & P - 7PM

Book talk: Lady Bird and Lyndon: the hidden story of a marriage that made a president – Betty Boyd Karoly – National Archives – noon

Book Talk:   Community Revivalisn in the Wake of Disaster" - Stefanie Haeffele-Balch - Takoma Busboys and  Poets - 6:30PM

Interview: The life of a poet – Alice Fulton discusses her work with Washington Post Book World editor Ron Charles – Hills Center – old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – 7 PM – 9 PM

Concert: Saxophonist Noah Goetz with organist – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM
   
Thursday, 5
Book talk:  "Berlin" - Slovenian author Alea' Teger discusses his book in the European reading room- Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson building – noon – 1 PM

Lecture:  "From Gospel to Now: The Lutheran Reformation and its impact on law, and politics and society" – John Witte  – Kluge Center Meeting Room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Book talk "Roosevelt's second act: the election of 1940 and the politics of the war – Richard Moe – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book Talk:  "The Washingtons: Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" - Flora Fraser - P & P - 7PM

Friday, 6 
Book Talk:  "Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped    - Garry Kasparov - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: "Classified as White: Historical insights into the racial classification of Americans of middle eastern and north African descent" –Randa Kayyali - African/middle eastern room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – Noon

Saturday, 7
Concert: Michelangelo String Quartet – varied classical program – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 2 PM – 4 PM – tickets required however rush tickets should be available an hour before the concert



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, October 22

Once again the free cultural events of the week feature books being reviewed by their authors. How fortunate we are that these are available to us, And if you can't attend, most of them are available on YouTube.. You might also have noticed that the titles are often so long that you almost don't have to read the book. For instance consider the book for Thursday, October 29:

"Pacific: silicon chips and surfboards/coral reefs and atom bombs/brutal dictators, feuding empires and the coming collision of the world superpowers"
But most exciting for me this week is my other blog:

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

In my mind this rant, and the one before it two weeks ago, are the most important I have ever distributed. While they are about religion, the underlying theme for me is world peace. I sincerely believe that through the years the religions of the world have been instrumental in causing wars, but it is only through a better understanding and acceptance of religion that we will heal the world's woes: problems that I feel are equal to or even surpass those of my youth – World War II.

October
Thursday, 22
Concert:  American Roots Music - Phil Wiggins - Acoustic Blues - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 3PM - 5PM

Panel: Women Taking the Lead: Acting on Pope Francis' Message - Catholic Social Thought and Public Life - Gaston Hall - Georgetown University - 6PM - 7:30PM - Reservations requested
http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp/women-taking-the-lead-acting-on-pope-francis-message

Book talk: Marvin Kalb – author – "Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the new cold war" – Elliot school of international affairs – GWU – 1957 E St. NW. reservations required - go.gwu.edu/gamble – 4 PM to 6 PM

Book talk: Cokie Roberts – author – "capital Dames: the Civil War and the women of Washington 1848 – 1868 – tickets required – fords.org – Fords Theater – 7 PM

Film: "Journey into Europe" The place of Islam in European history and civilization"– Abramson founders room – school of international service building – American University – reservations required – american.edu/sis/ events – 5:30 PM to 8 PM

Friday, 23
Concert: National Gallery of Art string Quartet honors the 150th birthday of Sibelius and Nieolsenmeals – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Concert: Dapolti string Quartet performs "Enemies of the state" works by Shostakovich and Shulhoff   St. Albans Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. – 12:15 – 1 PM

Concert:  Levine jazz quartet demonstrates how jazz musicians respond to each other's solos – Sackler Gallery – the mall – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Discussion: Environmental activist Bill McKibben discusses "The road through Paris: On the frontiers of the climate justice movement" information about the upcoming United Nations climate change conference – atrium - School of international service building – American University – Aamerican.du/sis/events – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM 

Movie premier: Greater Washington immigration film Festival – "On the bright side" followed by a discussion by the Italian director and journalist about the current immigration crisis in Europe – Washington ethical society – 7750 16th St., Northwest – contact: immigrationfilmfest.org – 7:30 PM – a $4. to $6. charge

Saturday, 24
Book Talk:  Dan Jones - author – "MagnaCarta: The birth of liberty" – P and P – 3:30 PM

Concert:  The National Gallery of Art piano trio with soprano soloist perform works by Sibelius and Carl Nielsen– W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Concert "Three ladies sing Strayhorn" featuring the Lovejoy group" – Building 46 W. – University of the District of Columbia – 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. – eastriverjazz.net – 2 PM

Film: Greater Washington iGmmigration film Festival features "lessons of basketball in war" and "dreamers among us" – Theater of the Arts – University of the District of Columbia – reservations required – immigrationfilmfest.ogr – 1:30 PM to 4 PM

Sunday, 25
Book Talk: Douglas Waller - author – "Disciples: The World War II missions of the CIA directors who fought with Wild Bill Donovan" – P and P – 1 PM

Concert: District of Columbia chamber orchestra perform ensemble works by Hummel, Brahms, Sibelius and Villalobos – Church of the Holy City – 1611 16th St. NW. – 3 PM

Concert: National Gallery of Art orchestra performs works by Sibelius and Carl Nielsen – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Discussion: Elaine H. Berkowitz author of, "LIve life… Love country: life As a Jewish female soldier in Iraq and Kosovo" – National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Lecture: David Getsy, professor of art history and Dean of graduate studies, Art Institute of Chicago – "abstraction and its capacities" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film:: Washington Immigration Film Festival – "Shorts that Pack a Punch" – discussion with journalist Armando Trull – ethical's Society of Washington – 6:30 PM – four dollar –

Monday, 26
Book Talk:Dan Ephron – author – "Killing the King: The Assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the remaking of Israel" – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: Sherry M. Randolph – author -"Flornyce Flow Kennedy: The Life of a Black feminist radical" – Langston room – busboys and poets – 2021 14 Street Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book talk: David Greene - author – "Midnight in Siberia: A train journey into the heart of Russia" – Kramer books and afterwords Café – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book Talk: Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale University - "The Holocaust as history and warning" - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – reservations required – 202-488-0460 - 7PM
                                                                       Tuesday, 27
Event:  Sonia Purnell - "Clementine: the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill" – P&P – 7 PM

Book Fair:  Featuring local authors - Hyman S. Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival – followed by a free wine and cheese reception – Washington DC Jewish Community Center – 1529 16th St. NW. – reservations recommended – dcjcc.org/litfest - 7:30PM

Concert: Friday Morning Music Club chamber Concert – Dumbarton House – 2715 Q St. NW. – noon

Book Talk: Geoff Shepard – author – "The real Watergate scandal: collusion, conspiracy and the plot that brought Nixon down" – National Archives - noon

Discussion: Benny Morris, visiting Israeli professor at Georgetown University discusses, "The refugee problems created by the 1948 Arab – Israeli war" – reservations requested pjc.georgetown.edu/events – McShane lounge – McCarthy hall – Georgetown University – noon to 1 PM

Lecture: Irfan Safeed – United States Department of State - Bureau of counter terrorism discusses approaches to countering violent extremism – reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu/events/calendar – Media and Public affairs building – 805 21st St. NW. – GWU – 2 PM – 3 PM

Book talk: John Kelly – author – "Never surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain's decision to fight Nazi Germany in the fateful summer of 1940 "– Kramer books and afterwords Café – 6:30 PM

Panel discussion: Ill- liberal liberalism? The fate of religious freedom in the public square – Kirsten Powers, Russell Moore and Phil Zuckerman – the Berkeley Center – Copley formal lounge cured Georgetown University – reservations recommended – email berkleycenter@georgetown.edu  - Lunch will be served - 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, 28

Book Talk : Jay Winik - author – "1944: FDR and the year that changed history" – National Archives –  noon

Book talk:  Lisa Randall – author – "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: the astonishing interconnectedness of the universe" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: "Freedom of the Press: The Peter Zenger Trial" – Georgia Higley of the Serial and Government Publications Division – South Gallery – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-0185 – noon

Lecture: Christian Huckleberry – "Meteorites: Cosmic Messengers at the Natural History Museum in V ienna" – Austrian Embassy – 3525 International Court NW. – reservations recommended –
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-christian-koberl-meteorites-tickets-18637746000 – 7:30 PM
  
Lecture:  Archaeologist Zahi Hawass discusses "Pyramids, Mummies and Cleopatra: Recent discoveries" reservations required – 202-857-7700 – Auditorium - National Geographic – 1600 M St. NW. – 2 PM

Book discussion:  Hal Niedzviecki - author – discusses "Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the future" – Kramer books and afterwords Café – 6:30 PM

Book talk:  Premilla Nadasen - author – "Household workers unite: The untold story of African-American women who built a movement" – busboys and poets – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Discussion: A conversation with Noga Kadman, author of "Erased from space and consciousness: Israel and the depopulated Palestinian villages of 1948" – busboys and poets - Tacoma Park – 235 Carol St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the equal Justice initiative – author "Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption" theater of the arts – University of the District of Columbia – 2000 Connecticut Ave., Northwest - reservations required – law.udc.edu/event/you/event/brianstevenson - 6 PM

Lecture: Heidi Cullen, chief scientist at Climate Central – "Seeing climate, Seeing change: communicating climate science in a changing media landscape" – Carnegie institution for science – 1530 P St. NW. – reservations required – 202 – 328-6988 - 6:45PM

Book talk: Economist Carmel Chiswick – author – "Judaism in transition: how economic choices shape religious tradition" – Georgetown library – 3260 R St. NW. – 7 PM

Lecture: Sanjit Sethi, new director of the Corcoran school of the arts and design – discusses the future of design education – Hammer Auditorium – Corcoran school of the arts and design – George Washington University – 517th St., Northwest – 8 PM to 9:30 PM

Panel discussion: "Capitalism and morality: the inequality challenge" – features Christine Lagarde managing director of the IMF and Lawrence Summers, former US Treasury Secretary – Washington National Cathedral – $10 admission charge – 7:30 PM

                                                                    Thursday, 29
Book Talk:  Kevin Lippert – author – "War plan: the United States secret plan to invade Canada and Canada's secret plan to invade the United States" – national archives – noon

Book talk: Simon Winchester – author – "Pacific: Silicon chips and surfboards/coral reefs and atom bombs/brutal dictators, feuding empires and the coming collision of the world superpowers" – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: Glenn M. Stein – "Discovering the Northwest passage: the four-year Arctic odyssey of HMS investigator and the McClure expedition" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11 AM

Lecture: The 2015 biennial Kellogg lecture in jurisprudence on, "Justice, Neutrality and Law" – Harvard University professor Michael Sandel – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-4642 – 3 PM

Friday, 30
Book Talk:  Dr. Ghade Karma– author and medical doctor -  "Return: a Palestinian memoir" – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – for reservations contact 202\-338-1958 – lunch at 1230 – lecture 1 PM – 2 PM: 

Saturday, 31
Book Talk:  Tom Gjelten – author and NPR correspondent – "A Nation of Nations: A Great American immigration story - the story of families from Korea, Bolivia and Libya as they face cultural and racial stereotyping in Fairfax County -  P&P – 6 PM





Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, Ocober 15

So much to do!  And what better venue to see The Sound of Music than the Austrian Embassy.  Check it out as well as the many other events that inform and enrich us FOR FREE!

And be sure to remember that the Annual White House Fall Garden Tour is this weekend.  Only one of two times during the year that all are invited to visit the South Lawn of the White House.  Tickets are available at the White Building on the Ellipse and at the White House Visitors Center - one per person - for the tours Saturday from 10AM - 4PM and Sunday 10 - 2:30.  Tickets be be obtained for THAT DAY only.

OCTOBER
Thursday, 15
Jazz Concert: Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble performs works of Billy Strayhorn - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Book talk: David Talbot –  The Devils Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government - P&P - 7PM

Concert:  American Roots Music:  The Backroads Band, Honky Tonk Country - United States Botanic Garden - 3PM - 5PM

Film:  The Sound of Music - Austrian Cultural Forum - Austrian Embassy - 3534 Internatinal Court - Registration suggested - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-the-sound-of-music-tickets-18609460397
7:30PM

Friday, 16
Book Talk: Daniel Geary - Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and its Legacy - Mary Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture:  Beyond Herbal Plants: How Medicinal Botany Is Instrumental in Modern Medicine - Theresa Culley. University of Cincinnati - U. S. Botanic Garden - 12PM - 1PM - registration required - www.usbg.gov

Book Talk:  Erased from Space  and Consciousness:  Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Villages of 1948 - Noga Kadman - The Palestine Center - 1PM - 2PM - registration requested- http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/registerforevent/i/53813

Jazz Concert:  Billy Strayhorn: The Sutherland Hotel Period - Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Saturday, 17
Book Talk: George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Schiller - Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  Melvin I. Urofsky - Dissent and The Supreme Court - P&P - 3:30PM

\Book Talk:  Leslie Pietrzyk - This Angel On My Chest - a collection of stories exploring loss and mourning - P&P - 6PM

Movie:  Some Like It Hot - National Archives - 2pm

Concert:  Pianist Ruth Rose and tenor Jason Rylander perform works by Haydn, Schubert, Purcell and Britten - Society of Cincinnati - Anderson House - 2118 Mass 'Ave. NW - 1:30PM

Art Performance:  Martha McDonald's Hospital Hymn: Elegy for Lost Soldiers - Portraying the Old Patent Office use as a hospital during the Civil War - National Portrait Gallery - 1PM

Sunday, 18
Book Talk: Tom Lewis – Washington: A History of  Our National City - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  Kathleen Ernst - A Settlers Year:  Pioneer Life Through the Seasons - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  The Poulenc Trio performs works of Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Poulenc - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 3:30PM

Monday, 19
Book Talk:  Anna Bikont - The Crime and the Silence: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne (in her native Poland) - P&P - 7PM

Concert:  Pianist Raskin and Violinist Fleischmann - Austrian Cultural Forum - Austrian Embassy - 3534 International Court - 7:30PM

Book Talk:  Mark Tessler professor of Political Science - University of Michigan - " Islam and the Politics of the Middle East:Explaining the Views of Ordinary Citizens" - Room 602 - Elliot School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E St. NW - Resrvations required - elliott.gwu.edu/events.calendar - Noon - 2PM

Discussion:  Rev Thomas' Halik will discuss, Spirituality for the Afternoon of Christianity - Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart - Georgetown University - 3PM - 4PM

Reading:  Shakespeare Theatre Company's reading of "Bingo" - story of  n older conscious stricken Shakespeare upon his retirement - Landsberg theater – 450 7th Street Northwest – reservations required – 202 – 547 – 112 to – option 4 – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, 20
Book Talk:  Peter Kuiper - "Ruins" - Graphic novel telling of the journeys of  the monarch butterfly and humans - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Garden Tour:  An Afternoon in the Garden - U. S. Botanic Garden - 2PM - 3PM

Panel Discussion:  Secular Revolution and Religious Counter Revolution - Michael Walzer and Jocelyne Cesari - Berkley Center - Copley Formal Lounge - 12 - 1:30PM - reservations requested
https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp/secular-revolutions-and-religious-counterrevolutions?utm_source=Berkley+Center+Master+List&utm_campaign=affc900e7b-Event_announcement_12_03_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_66160ba037-affc900e7b-257205

Wednesday, 21

Lecture: Deborah K. Jones, US ambassador to Libya will discuss "Libya: failed or recovering state" - Room 602 – Elliot School of International Affairs – George Washington University – reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu/events-calendar - 6 PM – 7:15 PM

Panel discussion:"FDR in the Holocaust: a new appraisal"– distinguished panel – US Holocaust Memorial Museum – reservations required – 202 – 488 – 0460 – 7 PM

Film: "Great Conversation in Music" a documentary - Italian cultural Institute in the Library of Congress - the Italian Embassy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – reservations required www.iicwashington.esteri.it - 6:30PM

Thursday, 22
Concert:  American Roots Music - Phil Wiggins - Acoustic Blues - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 3PM - $PM

Panel: Women Taking the Lead: Acting on Pope Francis' Message - Catholic Social Thought and Public Life - Gaston Hall - Georgetown University - 6PM - 7:30PM - Reservations requested
http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/events/rsvp/women-taking-the-lead-acting-on-pope-francis-message



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cultural Events for the week beginning Thursday, October 8

 I see what I've been missing. Although Michigan, New York and Germany were wonderful trips the last two months, it's good to be back to enjoy all that goes on here in DC.  I've come back with renewed vigor.  I'll not only enjoy the culture, but I'll also have a chance for weekly preparation of my last two months of ranting and raving.

I hope you will "tune in" to http://ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com as I begin a look at religion -CERTAINLY NOT TO PROSELYTIZE - but because of a conviction that religion has been a major divisive force in creating the problems of the world today. AND YET I believe it must play a major role in bringing us together if we are to achieve world peace.  This weeks piece is a personal look at WHY AN AGNOSTIC ATHEIST ATTENDS TWO CHURCHES.
http://ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

October
Thursday 8
Book talk: Melanne Verveer – Fast-forward: How Women can Achieve Power and Purpose – P&P – 7 PM

Concert:  Beer garden blues: Prohibition era songs and stories – national archives – 7 PM – reservations recommended - Looks like a very promising program and I just registered yesterday so i KNOW space is still available - go to the National Archives Foundation on the internet

Concert: Peter Stumpf cellist performs works by Mozart and Faure' – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7:30 PM

Lecture: Bruce Hoffman discusses "Anonymous soldiers: the struggle for Israel, 1917 – 1947) – McCarthy Hall – Georgetown University – noon

Friday, 9
Concert: Organist Ronald Stolk performs works by Buxtehude and Hindemith – National City Christian church – 5 Thomas Cir. NW. – 12:15 PM

Lecture: Jack Burns discusses "Exploring the universe from the moon" – room 505 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 4 PM - reservations - spi@email.gwu.edu

Movie:  A Seijun  Suuki retrospective featuring the 1967 film "Banded to kill" – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday, 10
Book talk: Kate Clifford Larson – author - Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter – P&P - 1 PM

Book talk: Mark Rippling – author - Church of Spies: The Popes secret war against Hitler – P&P  - 3:30 PM

Book talk: Morton Condrake - Jack Kemp: The bleeding heart conservative who changed America - P&P – 6 PM

Concert: The new music ensemble Yarn/Wire – two pianists and  two percussionists perform 20th century music – Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson building – Library of Congress – rush tickets 6 PM – concert 8 PM

Art performance:  Wilmer Wilson IV, artist, adheres white strips to his skin to examine the meanings of black skin in contemporary American society in the long history of racism – Great Hall – national portrait Gallery – 4 PM to 6 PM

Sunday, 11
Book talk: Sasha Abramsky – The House of 20,000 books - is a memoir of his grandparents that doubles as an intellectual history of the 20th century Jewish diaspora - P&P 12 PM

Book talk: Daniel J. Levitin - The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the age of information overload –  P&P - 5 PM

Concert: Steinway series – Beethoven sonatas performed by Catholic University of America of school of music faculty – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Hermes String Quartet performs works by Mozart Schubert and Weber – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: French film Festival features "the chorus" – a teacher in an all boys boarding school uses  music for the good of the students – Eckles Auditorium – George Washington University – Mount Vernon Campus – 4:30 PM

Special event: Dedication of the bust of Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist killed in 1965 while protecting young African/American activist Ruby Sales – followed by Sales discussion of Daniel's legacy – evensong service at 4 PM – talk by Sales at 5:30 PM – Washington National Cathedral

Monday, 12
Book talk: Jenny Lawson – author – Furiously Happy -  A memoir about struggles with anxiety and depression – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Kennedy Ctr., Opera House orchestra performs works by Ravel and Brahms – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture:  "The history of spices" -  US botanic Garden – reservations required – 10 AM to noon

Performance: "Picturing America" film series, "Empires facing each other: little golden America" – retraces the steps of a Russian writer who documented the small towns of America in the 1930s – Goethe Institute – 812 7th Street Northwest – 6:30 PM – reservations required - goetheinstitutwashingtonevenbrite.com

Performance: "Good Kids" – a high school student is raped by a group of football players and becomes the subject of gossip the of the social media – theater lab – Kennedy Center – 8 PM tickets available at 7:30

Tuesday, 13
Book talk: Ted Rall – author – Snowden - celebrating Snowden's courage in revealing government's surveillance network – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Larissa MacFarquhar – author - Strangers Drowning: grappling with impossible idealism – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: T. D. Jake's – Author "destiny: Step into your purpose" – Barnes & Noble – 555 12 Street Northwest – noon

Book Talk:  Shoon Murray and Gordon Adams - authors - "Mission creep: the militarization of US foreign policy" - Abramson family founders room – school of international service – American University – 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Book talk: "Using entertainment mass media to change trends" – population media Center president William Ryerson discusses climate change and teen oriented programs to bring change – foreman theater – McKinley building – American University – 7 PM

Wednesday, 14
Discussion: Judaic Christian and Islamic scholars will discuss, "Jesus: Jewish Rabbi, son of God spirit of Allah – McDowell formal lounge – McDowell Hall – American University – 3:30 PM to 6 

Book talk: John Danforth, former US Sen. and ambassador to the United States, "The relevance of religion: how faithful people can change politics" – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM

Film documentary: 2014 documentary "Projections of America" about a team of idealistic US government filmmakers during World War II seeking to use the power of movies to reshape the world – National Archives Building – 7 PM

Lecture:  Ryan Raul Banagale of Colorado Colage discusses< "The Ongoing Composition of 'Rhapsody in Blue" - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - reservations suggested -  loc.gov/concerts - 7PM

Thursday, 15
Jazz Concert: Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble performs works of Billy Strayhorn - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 P