Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Free intellectual and cultural events for the weeks beginning Thursday, November 19

My travels and the many events of the holiday season that may appeal more to individual taste cause this to be the last list of events for the year.   I've gone beyond the week scope, however, since there are a great many interesting lectures and concerts of a secular nature in early December at the Library of Congress.

I'll resume again on Wednesday, January 6.  Since I'll then be 90 I'll have a different format and hopefully some new ideas.  I'll welcome your suggestion as to how this service can be improved.

Thursday, 19
Concert: "Apollo's Fire" with soprano Amanda Forsyth singing music of the Vivaldi, Handel and Sorrell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Lecture: Lucy McFadden of the Goddard space flight Center presents, "Dawn: a journey to the beginning of the solar system" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Take 5: BJ Simmons sextet pays tribute to Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks, tenor saxophone – Smithsonian American Art Gallery – 5 PM – 7 PM

Report:  Asia Foundations 2015 Survey of the Afghan People - U. S. Institute of Peace - 2301 Constitution Ave. NW -  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/release-of-the-asia-foundations-2015-survey-of-the-afghan-people-tickets-19101054769 -                                                        9:30AM - 11:30AM

Friday, 20
Film: Kennedy v. Wallace: a crisis up close – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

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

Lecture:  Charles Mill, professor of moral and intellectual philosophy at Northwestern University discusses, "liberalism and racial justice" - Room B 12 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 4 PM

Discussion: Gail Kern Paster with Charles DeSantis of the UN refugee agency discusses "refugees from Pericles to now" connections between today's migration crisis and Shakespeare's "Pericles" – Folger Shakespeare Library – 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. – 6 PM

Saturday, 21
Book Talk:  Deported: policing immigrants, disposable labor and global capitalism - Author Tasnya Maria Golash Boza - P&P - 7PM

Book Talk:  Cheney One On One  - Author James Rosen - P&P - 6PM

Gallery Tour: George Washington University Museum and textile Museum offers tour of two new exhibits, "For the record: the art of Lily Spandorf" and "A Collector's vision: creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection" – 701 21st St. NW. – noon

Concert: Honoring the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery – various musical groups – tickets available at DC public library branches – Constitution Hall – 1776 D St. NW. – 7:30 PM

Book talk:  R. Andrew Bittner discusses, "building Washington National Cathedral" – national building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – noon

Film: Frederick Wiseman's New York features the 1985 film, "Racetrack" at 12:30 PM and the 1980 film, "Model" at 3 PM – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM and 3 PM

Performance:  Prisoner written multimedia show, "From Uncle Tom's cabin to Uncle Sam's prison" – city streets arts foundation – Western Presbyterian Church – 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Sunday, 22
Concert: Chopin, Schubert and Liszt performed by pianist Aphrodite Mitsopoulou – Church of the Holy City – 1611 16th St. NW. – 3 PM

Concert: National Gallery of Art new music ensemble performs work of Morton Subotnick "From Silver Apples of the Moon to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur" – National Gallery of Art – W. Garden Court – 3:30 PM

Concert:  World percussion ensemble performs works by American composers – McNeir Auditorium – Georgetown University – 4 PM

Square dance lessons: Caller Janie Smith with fiddler, guitarist, banjo and bass – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle celebrates 175th anniversary with "Singing in the Year of Mercy" featuring works by Buxtehude, Poulenc and Rorem performed by the Schola Catorum with string orchestra and harp – 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM

Monday, 23
Book Talk:  The Audacity of Hope - Author Alexander Wolff - Obamas political style as seen in basketball - P&P - 7PM

Concert: Xuejuan dance ensemble performs Chinese folk and classical dance – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: Ada Calhoun and Preston Lauterbach discuss "St. Mark's is dead: the many lives of America's hippie is Street" and "Beale Street dynasty: sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis" – busboys and poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 24
Lecture:  Poet and critic Stephen Burt begins a new series, "The Poem is You" - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building- Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: Concert: Mozart and Ravel performed by the Rock Creek Piano Trio – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10PM

Concert: Commemorating 100th Anniversaryof Armenian Genocide, pianist Sofya Mmelikyan performs a varied program - Kennedy Center – millennium stage – 6 PM

Lecture: Putin and Putinim two years after euro maidan – reservations required – go.gwu.edu/217 - room 505 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 19507 E St., Northwest – 12:30 PM

Discussion: Thomas Merton thoughts regarding "theology on tap" – Buffalo billiards – 1330 19th St., Northwest – free admission – happy hour 6:00 PM - presentation and questions 7:00 PM

Discussion: "Italy and the Allyah Beth" – journalist Simonetta Della Seta - about the Jewish agency organized to save Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and take them to Palestine – reservations required – www.iicwashington.esteri.it - Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St., Northwest – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday,  25
Concert:  Baltimore's acoustics roots band Charm City Junction performs - Millennium Stqage - Kennedy Center 6PM
Thursday, 26
Thanksgiving
Concert/Dance lessons:  Swing Dance party features the Jive Aces with 1940's music with swing dance lessons - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 - 9PM

December 
Wednesday, 2
Book Talk:  Sam Phillips:The Man Who Invented Rock 'N" Roll - Author Peter Guralnick - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Saturday, 5
Lecture: #Declassified:Fly Space 2: Beyond the Backdrop - Staff member talks about theatrical collections - Jefferson Building - Jefferson Studio - Library of Congress - 11AM

Wednesday, 9
Lecture:  Kreisler's Sibelius Transcription - Jani Lehtonen, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Thursday, 10
Lecture:  Louis and Lil' Armstrong: A Couple Making Musical History - Montpelier Room - Madison Building -  - Library of Congress - 7PM

Friday, 11
Concert:  Ruske, Frautschi and Chien on Horn, Violin and Piano with music of Hindemith, Ligeti, Persichetti and Brahms - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8PM - Free tickets available on line - pre-concert lecture - 6:00PM - No ticket required

Saturday, 12
Lecture:  #Declassified Fly Space 2: Schnabel as Composer and Editor -  Staff member explores his work beyond being a pianist - Jefferson Studio - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 11AM

Friday, 18
Concert:  Borromeo String Quartet plays music of Bartok - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 7:30PM - Tickets available on line - rush tickets generally available - Pre-concert lecture 6PM - No ticket required



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, November 12

Among the many outstanding events for the week are several activities at the Library of Congress.  If you have never been to the Jefferson Building, make sure to do so ANYTIME.  It is one of the premier buildings in the city - or anywhere.  They also have a new policy for obtaining free tickets. While rush tickets are usually available at the last minute, they can also be secured in advance - free - at the following site:  concertsfromthelibraryofcongress.eventbrite.com

And the grand reopening of the Smithsonian Renwick on Friday morning is a must event for those of us who have time to attend.

And if you like brass and percussion, there is no better place to hear it than Washington's National Cathedral Sunday -check it out.

November
Thursday, 12 
Book talk: Gateway to Freedom: Reconstruction and the fragility of democracy – Eric Foner – National Archives – 6:30 PM

Book talk: War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Duel that Stunned the Nation – John Sedgwick – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: 29th annual German historical Institute lecture – Capitalism and the Jews Revisited – Jerry Z. Muller – RSVP  – 202–387–3355 – German Historical Institute – 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 7 PM - reception follows lecture

Film: Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra: inheriting the future of music – Pickford theater – Monroe Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Lecture: "Migration, asylum and the role of the state: defining boundaries, redefining orders" - Kluge Fellows Ivan Chaar-Lopez, Katherine Luongo and Julia Young - room LJ 119 – Jefferson building Library of Congress – 4 PM

Friday, 13
Book talk: The Rise of Germany:1939 – 1941 – The War in the West – James Holland – National Archives – noon

Grand reopening: Smithsonian Renwick Gallery – ribbon-cutting 10 AM – exhibit open all day featuring "Wonder" – festivities continue all day Saturday

Concert: Ensemble Intercontemporain - Music of Berg, Ligeti, Pintscher and Lash (world premiere) - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building -  Library of Congress Concert -  7:30 PM – pre-concert conversation 6 PM – no tickets for conversation – rush tickets usually available

Book talk: Isabel Allende discusses "The Japanese Lover" – a novel of love and betrayal in San Francisco and Poland just after world war II – P&P - 7 PM

Saturday, 14
Movie: Arthur – National Archives – 2 PM

Choral workshop: With members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain for musicians and music lovers – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 10 AM

Film:  Pierre Boulez: Eclat,Sur Incises – Pickford theater – Madison building -  Library of Congress – 2 PM

Artist tour: "Elaine de Kooning paints a secret" – with Margaret Randall, feminist poet, writer photographer and social activist – National Portrait Gallery - 12:30 PM

Book talk: "Reel portraits: Frank Sinatra in 'From Here to Eternity" – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery -  2 PM

Book talk: "The Generals" – the lives of Patton, Marshall and MacArthur – Winston Groom – P&P - 1 PM
Sunday, 15
Book talk: Sheila Hamilton – "All the Things We Never Knew" – in conversation with former Sen. Gordon Smith discuss mental health issues – P&P – 1 PM

Book talk: "Negroland" - Margo Jefferson discusses her upbringing in upper class Chicago – P&P – 3:30 PM

Discussion: "Race and the Church" - Rep. John Lewis - Georgetown Presbyterian Church - 3115 P St. NW - 9:30AM

Concert: NGA Wind Quintet performs works of Gershwin, Milhaud and others - National Gallery of Art - 3:30PM

Concert:  Brass and Percussion ensemble of the U. S. Marine Corps annual worship service - Washington National Cathedral - 3:30PM

Film:  Frederick Wiseman's New York features "the 1989 film, "Central Park" - National Gallery of Art - 4PM

Monday, 16
Lecture: Marie Rolf – Eastman School of Music – "Debussy's fascination with the exotic – from China to Spain – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Book Talk:  "Understanding Mass Incarceration" - James Kilgore - Brookland  Busboys and Poets - 6:30PM

Book Talk:  "Destiny and Power: George Herbert Walker Bush" - Jon Meacham - P&P - 7PM

Discussion:  "Shifting the Paradigm" - Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, PLO representative to the U. S.  - The Palestine Center - 1PM

Tuesday, 17
Concert:  Anne Sophie Von Otter, soprano, Jonathan Cohen: keyboard, Thomas Dunford, lutes - various Renaissance and Baroque songs and a song or two by Simon and Garfunkel – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - concert at 8 PM – pre-concert lecture 6:30 PM – Nightcap conversation with the artists following the performance - rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Book Talk:  Writing on the Wall - Johanna Fernandez - a revolutionary perspective on community, power, politics and social change - Brookland Busboys and poets - 6:30PM

Book Talk:  A Sister's Memories: Edith and Grace Abbott - John Sorenson - Busboys and Poets - 14th and V - 6:30PM

Concert:  Clarinetist Ben Redwine performs works of Brahms, Bernstein and Poulenc - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G ST, NW - 12:10PM

Lecture:  William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and U. S. Under secretary of State discusses  current affairs and his 33 year career - Nitze Building - Johns Hopkins University - 1740 Mass Ave. NW - reservations required - sais-jhu.edu - 12:30PM

Wednesday, 18
Lecture: "Broadcasting independence: newspaper printings of the declaration of independence" Georgia Higley – South Gallery – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert:  Congressional Chorus multisensory performance-Millennium Stage -Kennedy Center- 6PM

Lecture:  The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power - Thomas J. Christiansen, Princeton University and formerly Assistant Secretary of State - reservations required - mortara.georgetown.edu - Mortara Center - Georgetown University - 2PM

Book Talk:  "Weed the People - The Future of Legal Marijuana in America" - Bruce Barcott - Takoma Busboys and Poets - 6:30PM\\

Film:  "The Wanted 18" - Little known incident during the first Intifada - reservations required - cathedral.org - Washington National Cathedral - 7PM

Thursday, 19
Concert: "Apollo's Fire" with soprano Amanda Forsyth singing music of the Vivaldi, Handel and Sorrell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Lecture: Lucy McFadden of the Goddard space flight Center presents, "Dawn: a journey to the beginning of the solar system" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Take 5: BJ Simmons sextet pays tribute to Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks, tenor saxophone – Smithsonian American Art Gallery – 5 PM – 7 PM

Report:  Asia Foundations 2015 Survey of the Afghan People - U. S. Institute of Peace - 2301 Constitution Ave. NW -  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/release-of-the-asia-foundations-2015-survey-of-the-afghan-people-tickets-19101054769 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM


Friday, 20
Film: Kennedy v. Wallace: a crisis up close – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Free cultural and intellectual events for the week beginning November 5

I truly sought to save time and be brief, but there is just so much going on and so much we need to know as an informed citizenry. In spite of – or perhaps because of – the beautiful weather - you'll have an opportunity to seek out a new venue and attend some of the events listed below.

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

Concert: Music of Brahms – Kennedy Ctr., Opera House orchestra – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Robert P. Weller discusses Expanding cities and transforming religions in contemporary China – room 602 – Elliot school of international affairs – GWU – 1957 East St. NW. – reservations - go.gwu,edu/weller 12:30 - 2PM

Open House:  Heurich historic house and Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 6 PM to 8 PM

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

Book talk: "Temple in the Clouds" – author John Burgess discusses the ninth century temple that is a UNESCO world heritage site – P&P - 1 PM

Concert: 21st century Consort pays tribute to the exhibition, "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty" concert highlights  music of Mall, Froom, Jaffe and Shaw – Smithsonian American Art Museum – discussion at 4 PM - concert at 5 PM

Sunday, 8
Concert:  Steinway series – Claremont piano trio with instrumentalists – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Book talk: Facing Change – Leah Bendavid-Val and collection of photography reviving the socially conscious photography of the 1930s under the Farm Security Administration – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Concert: David Hardy, cellist performs works by Britain and Rachmaninoff – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert: United States Army band performs "Salute to Veterans" tickets required – usarmyband.com – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 2 PM

Monday, 9
Book talk: "Pivotal Tuesdays: Four elections that shape the 20th century" author Margaret O'Mara discusses two Roosevelt's, Taft, Wilson and Clinton – National Archives – noon

Book talk: America's Bank: The epic struggle to create the federal reserve – Roger Lowenstein – P&P - 7 PM

Book talk: Anthony Pitch discusses his book, "our crime was being Jewish" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: Herrick Chapman discusses "1945 as a French year zero? Rupture and continuity in postwar reconstruction" – room 450 – Bunn intercultural Center – Georgetown University – noon – 2 PM

Lecture: Yitzhak Rabin and the future of progressive Zionism" –  Copley formal lounge – Georgetown University – 12:30 PM

Lecture: Poppa Sow, a migration scholar at the University of Bonn, Germany discusses "En route to hell: dreams of adventure and traumatic experiences among West African boat people to Europe – room B – 07 – media and public affairs building – GW – 805 21st St. NW. – reservations required go.gwu.edu/drsow – 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Book talk: Bruce Riedel discusses "JFK's forgotten crisis: Tibet, the CIA and the Sino – Indian war" – Kramer books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 10
Film: 2014 documentary, "Hunting in Wartime" – Samantha Farinella documentary about racism in Alaska – National Archives – noon

Book talk: "Liberation" - Rita Dove and Mark Ludwig present an evening of readings, performance and meditation – an anthology of poetry commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Ardennes: 1944: The Battle of the Bulge - Antony Beevor – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion: Distinguished panel discusses, "EU Rendez-Vou: what is cultural heritage? And for whom? - Reservations required - euintheus.org - European Union delegation to the United States – 2175 K St. NW. – 3 PM to 5 PM

Lecture:  D. Kern Holoman discusses, "Berlioz, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Charles Munch" - Montpelier Room - Madison building sixth floor – Library of Congress – 7 PM


Wednesday, 11
Book talk: We too Sing America – Deepa Iyer – a broad look at social justice portraying hate crimes as domestic terrorism - Brookland Busboys and Poets – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Matt Ridley''s "The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge" – P&P - 7 PM

Concert: United States Army chorus presents, "Songs of the soldier: a salute to veterans" – features works by Stephen Foster, Gustav Holtz, Roger Miller and others – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Book talk: Joel Kotkin discusses, "The New Class Conflict" the dynamics of class in America – Bunn Intercultural Ctr., Auditorium – Georgetown University – 6:30 to 8 PM


Thursday, 12
Book talk: Gateway to Freedom: Reconstruction and the fragility of democracy – Eric Foner – National Archives – 6:30 PM

Book talk: War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Duel that Stunned the Nation – John Sedgwick – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: 29th annual German historical Institute lecture – Capitalism and the Jews Revisited – Jerry Z. Muller – RSVP by November 5 – 202 – 387 – 3355 – German Historical Institute – 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 7 PM - reception follows lecture

Friday, 13
Book talk: 1939 – 1941 – The War in the West – James Holland – National Archives – noon

Grand reopening: Smithsonian Renwick Gallery – ribbon-cutting 10 AM – exhibit open all day featuring "Wonder" – festivities continue all day Saturday