Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Free Intellectual and Cultural events in D. C. beginning Thursday, April 14

It was my first visit to Kramer Books and Afterwords.  What a great place for young people to stop after work and hear authors review their books.  And Corrina Nicolaou reviewing her first book, A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity Judaism, Buddhism and Islam gives serious attention in a humorous way to a most timely topic.  (Regular readers of my other blog
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
know this is a topic of particular interest to me.  I hope you will check my thoughts out at that listing, You can be sure I'll increasing look to include lectures at Kramer's.

And be sure to note the White House Spring Garden Tours.  Your last chance to see Michelle's Garden in the Spring.

Spring Garden Tour Times and Tickets

Saturday April 16: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday April 17: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Free timed tickets will be distributed at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion located just west of the corner of 15th and E Streets, NW beginning at 9:00 AM on each tour day. Tickets are first-come first-served. Only one ticket per person, so everyone in your group needs to be present in line to receive a ticket. 
(My personal experience as a long time volunteer has been that Sunday afternoon, one has been able to just go about 1PM and easily get a ticket.  The same may be true on Saturday)
April
Thursday, 14
Exhibition Opening - "Jacob Riis: Revealing 'How the Other Half Lives'" - South Gallery - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8:30 - 4:30 - New exhibit through September 5

Book lecture: Juan Williams –  "We the People:   the modern day figures who have reshaped and affirmed the founding fathers vision of America "P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "Celebrating Benny Carter: Jazz appreciation month" – United States Air Force bands airman of note ensemble – Smithsonian National Museum of American history – performances at noon, 1 and 2 PM

Distinguished panel: "Race, Religion and United States Presidential Politics" – Social Room – Healy Family Student Center – Georgetown University – 3:30 PM – 5 PM

Lecture: "Reagan and the Russians" – Tyrus W. Cobb national Security Council specialist on Soviet Russia – reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU – 4 PM – 5 PM
Friday, 15
Concert:  Maria Schneider Orchestra - World Premiere Event - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert - 8 PM - Tickets required, but rush tickets usually available -  Pre-concert Conversation with Maria Schneider at 6:30 - Whittall Pavillion 

Lecture: Leonard Marcus, children's book historian discusses "Lewis Carroll in the mirror of Surrealism" – celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Alice's adventures in Wonderland" – Room 119 – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon – 1:30 PM

Concert: Japanese music, drumming, music and dance with the Tamagawa University group – East Building Atrium – National Gallery of Art – 11 AM
also performs at Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, 16
Be sure to note the spring White House garden tours referred to earlier

Workshop: Maria Schneider with the Bohemian Caverns  Jazz Orchestra and the Levine school premier jazz combo – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 2 PM

Book lecture: Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker – "The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rust Belts are Emerging Hot-Spots of Global Innovation" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: Stephan O'Connor – "Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings" – a novel – P&P 6 PM

Film: Festival of popular Japanese films at 1, 3 and 5 PM – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 1 PM and 3 PM

Film "Psycho" a showing of the 1960s film featuring the musical score of Bernard Herrmann and a discussion with additional film clips – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Symposium: Celebrating the work of composer Bernard Herrmann with a presentation of the 1944 radio play about Walt Whitman that features Hermann's music – also performing "The Music of Psycho" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Sunday, 17
Be sure to note the spring White House garden tours referred to earlier

Book lecture: Eric Fair – "Consequence: A Memoir" – focusing on Fairs role as an interrogator in Iraq – P&P - 1 PM

Book lecture: Joel Kotkin – "The Human City: Urbanization for the Rest of Us" – Busboys and Poets – Fifth and K St., Northwest – 6:30 PM
                                                                                       
Lecture: "Palestine Human Rights and Human Wrong" – Raji Souriani, director of the Palestine Center for Human Rights in Gaza – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Frank Sinatra Tribute
The U.S. Army Blues
Sun 17 Apr | 3:00 p.m.

The U.S. Army Blues will entertain with big band tribute to ol' Blue Eyes himself. Set list for the afternoon will feature two of The U.S. Army Band's best male vocalists, MSG Bob McDonald and MSG Colin Eaton, on many of Frank Sinatra's most memorable tunes from stage and screen.

Monday, 18
Concert: "Protecting Our Heritage: A musical tribute" – Embassy of Italy presents a concert paying tribute to those who lost their lives to protect Italian cultural heritage – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 6 PM – tickets distributed in the Hall of Nations beginning an hour before the performance

Discussion: Architect Frank Gehry and architecture critic Paul Goldberger discuss Goldberger's book, "Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry" – moderated by Harry Cooper – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Lecture: The Richard W. Blackburn Endowed Lecture on Civility and Integrity Presents "Can Civility Survive?  Lessons from private businesses and public life" – Aide to various presidents - Thomas F. McLarty – Lisner Auditorium – George Washington University – 730 21st St. NW – 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, 19
Panel discussion: "A 50 year friendship" – Larry Applebaum talks with Abula Ibrahim and Dan Morgenstern" – Montpelier Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM:

Book lecture: Bonnie Yocheison. Art historian discusses the new edition of the book "How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York" written by Jacob Riis – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Lecture: The Second Annual Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lecture – Norman Mineta and Alan Simpson – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – contact – 202-707-0213 – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Robin Yassin-Kassab  and  Leila Al-Shami – "Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V NW – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Adina Hoffman – "Till We Have Built Jerusalem:Architects of a New City" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Martin Labazevich, pianist – Mussorgski's "Pictures at an Exhibition" – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW – 12:10 PM

Lecture: United States Sec. of  Labor Thomas Perez – "Playing the Long Game: Creating Shared Prosperity through Conscious Capitalism" – reservations required by April 15 – guevents.georgetown.edu – Formal Lounge – Copley Hall – Georgetown University – 1 PM – 2 PM

Wednesday,  20
Concert: Esma Redzepova and ensemble present Romani and Macedonian music – a part of the American Folklife Center homegrown series – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book lecture: JoAnn Jenkins – "Disrupting Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best at Every Age" – Mumford Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book lecture:  Ken Ilgunas - "Trespassing Across America" - A look at the effect of the Keystone Pipeline and the area it covers - Busboys and Poets - Takoma - 6:30PM

Book Lecture: William Geroux - "The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitlers U-Boats" - P&P - 7PM

Concert: Musicians Friedrich Kleinhapi and Andreas Woyke – works by Brahms Beethoven, Mendelson and others – reservations required – acfdc.org – Australian Austrian Cultural Forum – 3524 International Court NW – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Book lecture: Witold Beres and Krzysztof Burnetco – "Marekk Edelman: Being on the Right Side" – the first biography of the hero of the Warsaw ghetto uprising – The Kosciuszko Foundation – 2025 O Street  NW - PM

Film: Embassy of the Czech Republic Film Series – Petr Vaclav's 2014 movie, "The Way Out" – a Romani plagued by prejudice - reservations required – V4screening.eventbrite.com – Embassy of the Czech Republic – 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 21
Lecture: Carol Silverman – "Global Gypsy: Balkan Romani Music, Appropriation and Representation" – American Folk-life Center's Lecture Series – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Film: "Disc Jockey" 1951 movie - Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Film: "Eye on the 60s: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Sherman" – life photographer Rowland Sherman and his depiction of life in that decade – followed by discussion with the filmmaker

Book lecture: Dave Isay– "Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion" - P&P - 7PM

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