Thursday, March 23, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 24

My oh my, what an amazing place to live! While the cherry blossoms may not be at their best this year, this week's list of free cultural and intellectual things to do is utterly amazing. So if the weather hasn't cooperated to entertain your guests this week, urge them to go to some of the many outstanding cultural and intellectual events we have available to us each day. What a fascinating range. They extend from instruction on how to become a wine connoisseur to baseball (and many other trivial distractions) to the latest political insights from those in the know and so much more! Note that one day there are as many as 8 outstanding events.

Friday, 24
Book lecture: Tristan Gooley discusses his book, "How to Read Water: Clues and patterns from "Puddles in the Sea" and Jonathan White reviews his book, "Tides" – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Classroom instruction: "Strike a Prose" – a creative informal writing session for adults focusing on "First – Person Perspectives" – let "Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait" inspire – G Street lobby – National Portrait Gallery – reservations required – npg,si.edu/w hats-on – 10:30 AM – 1 PM
Repeats on Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Concert: May J – a multilingual J–pop singer from Japan – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 

Concert: Morehouse Glee Club at MLK Library, Friday, Mar 24 at 12noon
The Library will open its doors one last time for this special performance before the building undergoes a three-year modernization.  The acclaimed Morehouse choir has sung with noted celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves.

Saturday, 25
Book lecture: Paul Dickson – "Leo Durocher: Baseballs prodigal son" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Edmund Gordon – "The Invention of Angela Carter" – P&P – 6 PM

Movie: "Gertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad" – introduced by the filmmakers – Gertrude Bell is considered by many to be more influential than her colleague T. E. Lawrence – 2016 – 95 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Concert: Jinny Marsh's Hot Google Klezmer Band performs traditional Eastern European Jewish dance music with American jazz – Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1 PM

Concert: Sounds of Kolachi – 10 piece group with vocalist and instrumentalists from Pakistan – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 26
Book lecture: Alyssa Mastromonaco – "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And other questions you should have answers to when you work in the White House" – P&P – 5 PM

Lecture: The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts – "The Forest: America in the 1890s: Herodotus among the Trees" – Alexander Nemerov, department chair and Carl and Marilyn Thoma, Sanford University – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Concert: The Parker Quartet performs music by Mendelson, Thomas and Shostakovich – East  Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert: The Mighty Flyntrop (organ): St. Columbus organists in Concert – St. Columbus Episcopal Church – 4201 Albemarle St. NW. – 2 PM

Lecture: Sam Droege of the United States Geological Survey's Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program will discuss "The Buzz About Bee's" – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – United States botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 130 – 2:30 PM

Film: Fifth-third annual "Voices From the Holy Land Film Series" features "Open Bethlehem" about the effort to unite Christians Muslims and Jews in the desire for free access to Jerusalem – with follow-up discussion – Perry Auditorium – Washington National Cathedral – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Monday, 27
Book lecture: Gish Jen – "The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Michael Comfield of George Washington University discusses "Hollywood Representations of the National Capital from Jefferson Smith to Selena Meyer" – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Tuesday, 28
Book lecture: Bianca Bosker, amateur drinker and professional tech reporter discusses her book, "Cork Dork: A Wine–Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters And Rogue Scientists who Taught Me to Live" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Lecture/discussion "Never Forget: The Power Behind Institutions of Memory" features the director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Memorial Museum and the President and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum – reservations requested – ushmm.org – United States Holocaust Museum – 7 PM

Concert: Honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of conductor Arturo Toscanini and music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 – 1954, The Cameriti della Scala, performs various works – Union Station – 5:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 29
Book lecture: John A. Farrell – "Richard Nixon: The Life" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Jodi Kantor – "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American character from Herbert Hoover to George W Bush" – National Archives – noon

Panel discussion: First Annual McGowan Forum on Ethics in Leadership: Ethics in Journalism" – including Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact and Nicholas Lehman of Columbia University – National Archives – 7 PM
Concert: Soprano Ariana Zuckerman performs with pianist Joy Schreier – East Garden Court – West Building – NGA – 12:10 PM

Discussion: Curator Susan Ormonde discusses the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and other baseball "hits". – Performing Arts Reading Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – Noon – 12:30 PM

Book lecture: Jack Barsky – "Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances" about his double life as an American businessman who was really an East German spy – International Spy Museum – 800 F St. NW. – Noon – 1 PM

Book lecture: Evgeny Finkel"Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust" – room 602 – Elliott School of International affairs – George Washington University – reservations "required –" gwu.edu/ordinaryjews – 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Discussion: In celebration of the Anderson House's 120th birthday the executive director of the Lars Anderson Auto Museum discusses the Anderson's historic automobile collection of 32 cars beginning with a Winton Runabout in 1899 – Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Panel discussion: "How misinformation affects democracy and the ethical responsibility of journalists, government and businesses" – Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Amy Hollyfield of PoliFact, Nicholas Lehman of Columbia University and Jay Cost writer at The Weekly Standard – National Archives Building – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, 30
Book lecture: Tom Nichols – "The Death of Experience: The campaign against established knowledge and why it matters" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: unCHAMBERed, featuring the North Carolina Symphony – Indie rock meets today's classical music with works for chamber ensemble and voices – Kogod Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 7:30 PM

Concert: Washington Performing Arts presents "Creation Stories" featuring mezzo-soprano the Sasha Cooke and other Atlanta Symphony Orchestra vocal soloists – West Garden Court – West Building – NGA – reservations required – washingtonperformingarts.org – 6 PM

Lecture: Martin Tolchin, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – "President Trump – What's Next?" – Presented by the Georgetown Village – St. John's Episcopal Church – 3040 O Street Northwest – reservations required – 202-999-8988 – 6 PM

Film: The 2015 film "Suffragette" – a British. drama about woman suffrage in the United Kingdom – Georgetown Library – 30 R St. NW. – 6 PM

Film: The Korean Cultural Center's K-Cinema series presents the 2015 adventure drama, "The Himalayas" – appetizer social is 6 PM – film at 6:30 – reservations required – KoreaCultureDC.org – Korea Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Performance: Alaska Chamber Group Wild Shore New Music performs works by living composers inspired by the natural beauty and indigenous cultures of Alaska – celebrating "Alaska's Sesquicentennial: Seward's Day" – 7:30 PM – 9 PM






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