Thursday, February 2, 2017

Free Intellectual and Cultural events beginning Friday,, February 3

If ever we needed a thoughtful, considerate, knowledgeable citizenry, It is now!  I'm again impressed at the advantage we have in the DC area to have so many available for learning FOR FREE.  I believe this is especially true this week - and besides, there are quite a number of concerts and entertainment to provide needed distraction.

I also hope you'll make an effort to check my Ranting and raving at

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

I continue to tirade against the present direction our country is being directed and feel compelled to write weekly - more strongly than ever before.


February
Friday, 3
Film: Princes Mononoke, "Tune tunes with Solomon Haile Selassie  – Pickford Theatre – Library Of Congress – Madison Building – Pickford Theatre – 7 PM 

Panel discussion: Trumping Trade Orthodoxy: What Pres. Donald Trump can and cannot do to fundamentally reorient trade policy – Elliott School of International Affairs – George Washington University – 1957 East St. NW. – reservations required – elliottgwu.edu – 9 AM – 4 PM

Film: "Alternative Takes: Jazz and Films" – a medley of short films featuring Duke Ellington and other jazz artists including "Duke Ellington at the White House in 1969" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM

Film: Otto Preminger's 1959 film, "Anatomy of a Murder" great story with Duke Ellington's first major musical score for cinema – East building Auditorium – NGA – 2:30 PM 

Saturday, 4
Book lecture: Lisa Dickey – "Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across a Changing Russia" – politics and prose – 1 PM 

Book lecture: Brad Snyder – "The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundation of American Liberalism" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Concert: Jordi Savall and Hesperian XXI – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – pre-Concert lecture – Whittal Paavilian - 6:30 PM – pre-concert lecture free – rush tickets for Concert generally available at 6 PM

Film: Jazz film from the 30s and 40s featuring Ben Webster and Cab Calloway – East Building Auditorium – NGA – 1 PM

Film: "I Called Him Morgan: a sleek, sorrowful elegy for the prodigiously gifted, tragically slain Bob trumpeter Lee Morgan – East Building Auditorium – NGA – 2:30 PM

Film: "Reseeing Iran: 21st annual Iranian film Festival with the 2016 film "Radio Dreams" – about a Bay Area Persian-language state radio station – East building Auditorium – NGA – 4:30 PM 
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Sunday, 5
Concert: The Mendelson Piano Trio performs the complete piano Trio's of Schubert – East. Garden Court – NGA – 3 PM and Noon

Discussion: "Gun Violence Prevention: Where Do We Go From Here?" – Distinguished panelist – Perry Auditorium – Washington National Cathedral – 2 PM – 3:30 PM

Panel Discussion "Hellman: The Radical" – featuring Jackson Bryer, editor of "Conversations with Lillian Hellman" and others – reservations required – Arena Stage – reservations required – 202 – 488 – 3300 – 5 PM

Book lecture: Alice Rothschild – "Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine" – Busboys And Poets – fifth and K – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Film: "Sweden on the Screen" 2013 documentary, "Belleville Baby" – House of Sweden – 2900 K St. NW. reservations suggested – www.swedenabroad.com/washington – 2 PM

Film: Re-seeing Iran– 2016 film, "The Salesman" – dramatic story about a man who turns amateur detective when his wife is attack – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Film and discussion: A behind – the – scenes look at Washington National Opera's production of "Dead Man Walking" -  conversation and 1999 film based on the memoirs of Helen Prejean's – National Museum of Women in the Arts – reservations required – 202 – 73 – 7370 – 4 PM – 6 PM

Monday, 6
Book lecture: Stephen Kinzer – "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Growth of America's Empire" – P&P –  7 PM

Panel discussion: "Dead Man Walking Religious Leaders dialogue on the death Penalty – religious leaders of various – Washington National Cathedral – reservations required – cathedral.org – 7 PM

Tuesday, 7
Book lecture: Florence Williams – "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Genuine" – P&P 7 PM

Lecture: Suzanne Fry, Dir. of the Strategic Futures Group of the National Intelligence Council – "Global Trends: The Paradox of Progress" – considering forces and choices shaping the world over the next two decades – reservations required – go.gwu.edu/3uj – Elliott School of International Affairs – 1957 East St. and W – noon – 1 PM

Panel discussion: "Trumps Foreign Policy Positions on  Palestine and the Middle East – distinguished panel from the University of Maryland and George Washington University – reservations required – 202 – 338 – 1958 – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Wednesday, 8
Book Lecture: Derek Thompson – "Hit Makers: Why Things become Popular –The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction" – P&P –  7 PM

Book lecture: Timothy B. Tyson – "The Blood of Emmett Till" – National Archives – Noon

Concert: Lithuanian pianist performs works by Gershwin and original works – E. Garden Court, West Building – NGA – 12:10 PM

Book lecture: Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery – "They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement"  discusses his book "The Obama Years: An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 9
Symposium: "From Tarzan to Tonto: stereotypes as obstacles to Progress Toward a More Perfect Union" – reservations required – 202 – 633 – 1000 – National Museum of the American Indian – 6 PM – 8 PM

Book discussion: Erica Dreifus, author of "Quiet American Stories" and various young writers talk about their memories of Holocaust experiences in their families – reservations suggested – 202 – 488-0460 – US Holocaust Museum – 7 PM

Panel discussion: "Tackling Islamaphobia at Home" distinguish panel – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 7 PM

Book lecture: Ian Bremmer "Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World" reservations required – go.gwu.edu/dpetickets – Elliott School of International Affairs – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

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