Thursday, October 6, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events of the week beginning Friday, October 8

I'm extremely grateful to the young people of DC's Reddit that responded to my plea for an intern to assist me (without pay, unfortunately).  For two weeks we have worked together and then as I take my 90th birthday celebratory cruise, I'll pass the torch on to the younger generation. I began compiling a list of free cultural events for personal reasons some 10 years ago and then shared it with a few young friends at George Washington University, near my former residence. I'm delighted it's received a broader circulation in the Cleveland Park area and look forward to seeing what becomes of it with Shannon and some of her friends at the University. Perhaps I've burned out a bit in maintaining a weekly schedule, but I look forward to continuing "Ranting and Raving" as the spirit moves me and continuing to respond to the thousands of questions I've gotten on Reddit's AMA.

I'll now have time to attend more of the things I've only listed in the past.  Hope you will go to my Rave this week where I share a 20 minute lecture I heard this week that I found particularly impressive.and relevant to our present times.  It begins with a poem by Nikki Giovanni.

Ron's Rants and Raves

Reddit Ask Me Anything

So here's the list we worked on together, and I must give hearty thanks to the weekly publication of The Current which is published weekly in the four quadrants of the city. Their weekly list of "Events and Entertainment" has been an invaluable help in supplementing my own "research".

Ongoing Events
Exhibition: "America Reads" - celebrates the public's choice of the top 40 books by American Authors that had a profound effect on American Life. The exhibition also revisits 25 books from the 2012 Library of Congress exhibition "Books That Shaped America" that were voted on by public survey. Date: now through December 31, 2016. Location: Southwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.

Exhibition: "Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl van Vechten" - author and social commentator van Vechten began taking photographs in 1932. For the next three decades, he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, and many of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance. Date: now through March 19, 2017. Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Exhibition: "2,000 Miles: Divided Land, Common Humanity" - an exhibition aiming to contribute to ongoing conversations about walls, borders and people with emphasis on the US & Mexico. Date: now through November 4, 2016. Location: Goethe Institut.

Exhibition: "Forced From Home" - An interactive exhibition designed to raise public awareness of the world's 60 million refugees presented by Doctors Without Borders. Date: 10/1 through 10/9, 9:00am-5:00pm. Location: the Washington Monument.


Friday, October 7
Book Talk: Michael McCornell and Jack Beeker - "The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage" - National Archives, 12:00pm

Lecture and discussion: Waddy Siad, professor of law at the University of South Carolina discusses, "The Terrorism Label: An Examination of American Criminal Prosecution" – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. – reservations required – 202-338-1958 – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Musical performance: Tulane University bandleader Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band will perform a new Orleanians – style "Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare" – marking the 100th anniversary year of the death of the Bard – Folger theater – 201 E. Capitol St. SE. – reservations required – 202-544-7077 – 6 PM

Saturday, October 8
Book Talk: Beylen J. Linnekin - "Biting the Hands the Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make our Food System More Sustainable" - Politics & Prose, 1:00pm

Concert: Sphinx Virtuosi chamber Orchestra presents "Latin voyages" a concert of works by composers of Latin heritage, in honor of Hispanic Heritage – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – West building – six and Constitution Avenue Northwest – 2 PM

Concert: Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform chamber works – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, October 9
Book Talk: Daniel Bergner - "Sing For You: A Story of Race, Music and Family" - Politics & Prose, 1:00pm

Book Talk: S.L. Price - "Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football & an American Town" - Politics & Prose, 5:00pm

Tour: "Verbal Description Tour: Tour for Visitors who are Blind or Have Low Vision" - F St. Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1:30pm

Monday, October 10
Concert: Bulgarian bagpipe ensemble: traditional folk music – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Walter Mosley discusses "Folding the Red into the Black: Developing a viable utopia for human survival in the 21st century" – busboys and poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Documentary film: "The Trials of Spring" – discussion with Prof. Michelle Clark on human trafficking – room 602 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – reservations required – elliott.gwu.edu – 3 PM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday,  October 11
Book Talk: Stephen Puleo" - American Treasurer: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution & the Gettysburg Address" - National Archives, 12:00pm

Concert: L'Orchestra Afrisa International – one of Africa's most popular bands performs various Congolese rumba's – Millennium Staged – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Franklin Knight, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University discusses the history of Rum, one of Latin America's most celebrated spirits – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon to 1 PM

Lecture:Sergay I. Kislyak, Amb. of the Russian Federation to the United States discusses "The current state of US – Russian relations – reservations requested – sais.jhu.edu - Kennedy – Herder Auditorium – Nitze bui1lding – Johns Hopkins University – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Lecture: Humaina Sultan Ahmed al Mughairy Amb. of Oman to the United States discusses her career as the first female ambassador to represent an Arab country in Washington – reservations required – worldaffairsdc – Ronald Reagan building and international trade Center – reception and program free – 6 PM – 6:45 PM – program from 6:40 PM - 7:55 PM

Lecture: Ibram X. Kendi  assistant professor of African – American history at the University of Florida – "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" reservations suggested – pottershousedc.org – The Potter's House 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. – 7 PM – 8:30 PT

Wednesday,  October 12
Lecture: "Georgetown, Slavery and Catholic Social Thought" - Lohrfink Auditorium, Georgetown University, 7:00-8:30pm

Discussion: Johns Hopkins University's "Women who Inspire" hosts Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker discuss women leaders making a difference with distinguish panel – Kennedy- Herder Auditorium – Johns Hopkins University`School of Advanced International Studies – reservations required – sais-jhu-edu - 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Thursday,  October 13
Film and Discussion: "The Year of the Tiger: JFK 1962"- Discussion with Joe Looby, Director of the Film - National Archives, 12:00pm

Book Talk: James Gleick - "Time Travel: A History" - Politics & Prose, 7:00pm

Tour: "Gallery Talks in American Sign Language: Gallery Conversations in ASL Led by Deaf Gallery Guides" - F St. Lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 5:30pm

Lecture: University of Louisville professor Gregory S Hutchison and Harvard university professor Josiah Blackmore discussed their book "Where Iberia: Sexualities, Cultures, and crossings From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance" – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon to 1 PM

Lecture: "Novels Into Film: Light Apples and Oranges" presented in conjunction with the quote American Reads" exhibit – examines major novels in America that have been converted to Hollywood films – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon to 1 PM

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