Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginnng Thursday, April 21

What a concert!  I'm sorry most of you missed it.  Any jazz lover would have thrilled to be taken back to the Frank Sinatra Concert  with Count Basie at Las Vegas's Sands Hotel. But that's what I enjoyed last Sunday as it was re-created by the United States Army band with Sergeant Major Bob McDonnell in a program entitled "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back!" I tell you this because I also just discovered that the original concert can be found for you to enjoy on You Tube at:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTrI74EH7X0&list=RDRTrI74EH7X0#t=6

I feel so fortunate to be able to attend so many outstanding events. Thus, from time to time, I'll share my good fortune with you by summarizing information from events that I feel are outstanding and I have been fortunate enough to attend.

And please remember - KRAMER BOOKS AND AFTERWORDS continues to have author book talks at the DuPont Circle location at 6:30Pm.

Additionally this week you might be interested in noting my ranting about world peace at:

http://www.ron lehkersrants.blogspot.com 

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

Concert:  "Take 5! Jazz Series" features the Todd Marcus Quartet – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel Discussion:
Countering Violent Extremism - Towards a New Era of Peacebuilding
Iconoclash Discussion
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
New York University, 1307 L St NW, Washington DC (Metro: McPherson Square)
The panel series Iconoclash has been an enquiry into cultural and value systems connected with terrorism in the Middle East and the West. This final panel provides an overview of the lessons learned from over twenty years of interacting with Islamic fundamentalism. How do we bridge the gaps in trust and understanding?  How do we build dialogue and cooperation on an equal level? What can the arts or other means of cultural interaction contribute to overcoming the bottleneck of dialogue? How can we successfully use social media for such ends?
Panelists:
Ben O’Loughlin is Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. O’Loughlin’s expertise is in the field of international political communication. He is Specialist Adviser to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and UK Influence.

Courtney A. Beale is Senior Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the president. In that role, she oversees the U.S. government’s public diplomacy efforts to engage and influence citizens and non-state actors in support of national security goals.

With the support of the British Council.

This panel concludes the series Iconoclash 2015/2016, organized by EUNIC Washington DC and supported by the EU Delegation to the U.S.
More here.
Friday, 22
Jazz Concert: Eastern Standard Time Jazz Quartet – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street NW – noon

Organ concert: Wesley Parrott of Philadelphia in an Organ Recital – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Cir. - NW – 12:15 PM

Film: Documentary filmmaker Mai Masri discusses her feature film "3000 Nights" – winner of the 2015 women's international film and television's showcase award – reservations required – thejerusalemfund.org – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW – 5:30 PM – 7 PM

Film: Marissa Aroy's documentary, "The Delano Manongs" tells of a labor organizer in the Philippine Islands who brought about the creation of the United Farmworkers union – reservations required – at apafilm.org – Embassy of the Philippines – 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – a Philippine lunch will be served – noon – 1:30 PM

Special event: United States Botanic Gardens celebrates Earth Day with an open house and hands-on activities – United States Botanic Gardens – 100 Maryland Ave. SW – 10 AM – 2 PM

Saturday, 23
Concert:  "Happy Birthday, Ella!" - Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Ensemble - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 2PM - 4PM

Concert:  Prague-New York Effects - "A Transatlantic collaboration of Music and Dance" - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Arty - 2PM

Film: Hitchcock's "Vertigo" - A part of the symposium on the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann - 2:30PM

Sunday, 24
Book lecture: Jeffrey J. Selingo – "There is Life After College: 'What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of /tomorrow" - P&P - 1 PM

Book lecture: Geoffrey Cowan – "Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the birth of the presidential primary " – P&P - 3:30 PM

Book lecture:  Sean B. Carroll -"The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters" - P&P -6PM

Lecture: Paula Mays – "The Lives, Beliefs and Actions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr. – Washington National Cathedral – registration required – registrations@cathedral.org – 1 PM

Lecture and musical excerpts: Francesca Zambello – Artistic Director of the Washington National Opera – "The Women of Wagner's Ring cycle" followed by a reception - reservations required – 202-783-7370 – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW – 4 PM – 6 PM

Film: Washington premier of "Notfilm" - the turbulent story behind the making of the film, "Film" – Samuel Beckett's only screenplay portraying the life of actor Buster Keaton – both films will be shown – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 25
Book lecture: Lies, Inc.: The world of Post-Truth Politics" – Ari Rabin – Havt and Media Matters – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Peter Willcox – "Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet" – Busboys and Poets – 5th & K St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Concert: Blues Alley Society's "Big Band Jam!" Features the United States Navy Commodores with saxophonist Andrew White – reservations required – 202-337-4141 Blues Alley – 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW – 8 PM and 10 PM

Lecture: Mariam Fathalla and Amena Ashkar – stateless Palestinians from refugee camps in Lebanon discuss their lives – Potters House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW – 6 PM – 8 PM

Book lecture: Pamela Haag – historian – "The Gunning of America" – the story of the Winchester rifle and America's gun culture" – Kramer Books and Afterwards – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 26
Book lecture: Joshua Hammer – "The Bad–Ass Librarians of Timbuktuand Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts" – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture:  David Hollenbach - "Humanity in Crisis: Ethical Responsibility to People Displaced By War" - Room LJ 119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 3PM

Concert: Friday Morning Music Club performs chamber concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Mozart and others – Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. letters and W – noon

Panel discussion: "Pandemics in a Changing Climate: Evolving Risk and the Global Response" – reservations required -sais-jhu.edu – John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 27
Book collector: Parag Khanna – "Connectograpy: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization" – Busboys and Poets – 5th and K St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Chester Brown – "Mary wept Over the Feet of Jesus: a reinterpretation of Bible stories" – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture:  Celebrating Law Day - Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association - "On Marking the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 U. S. Supreme Court Decision, Miranda v. Arizona - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Call - 202-707-6462 - 3PM

Lecture:  "Congress, Presidents, and American Politics: 50 Years of Writings and Reflections with Lee Hamilton - National Archives - 7PM

Concert: Friday Morning Music Club Classical Concert – Heurich House Museum – 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW – noon

Concert: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Slovenia's independence day and international jazz day with the "Saxophone Quartet: 4Saxxes" – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Howard Bloom – "I The Last Good Night" the life of Betty Pack an American debutante who became an Allied spy during World War II– Kramer Books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Film: "The Candidate" humorous thriller taking place in Slovakia during a presidential campaign – reservations required – 202-237-1054 – extension 266 – Embassy of the Slovak Republic – 3523 International Court letters and W – 7 PM

Thursday, 28
Book lecture:  Yanis Varoufakis – "And the Weak Suffer What They Must:?" – George Washington University - The Jack Morton Auditorium – 7 PM

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