Thursday, May 4, 2017

The time has come make this be the last of my weekly intellectual and cultural blogs. Aging and travels make it necessary that my diminishing stamina move in other directions.  However, if there is someone with the time (only about a half day of actual work) in keeping it alive, please let me know through a memo our comment, and I'll be happy to share information about the process I have followed. you might like to keep this format or start afresh (there could eve be a commercial venture to something like this for someone more venturous than I.

And while I have more or less closed my other blog – http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com  – I've also added one further thought on it that you might find interesting. It relates to my thinking about one of the most frequently asked questions I've had among the thousands I've responded to on my Reddit's, Ask Me Anything, "What do you consider to be the invention that has most changed American lifestyle in your 90 years?"  It's one I have pondered – and vacillated on – a great deal I like to encourage you to go to my other blog to see my changed perception.

And I must close with an apology to any who thought they were going to the concert of the Smithsonian Jazz Ensemble, Tribute to Ella on Sunday.  Just as me, the found that it was performed on Saturday.

I'll look forward to attending more of these free events and hope you will look for the tall, grey haired man with the cane.
May
Friday,, 5
Book lecture: "Behave: The Biology of Humans: Our Best and Worst" – Robert M. Sapolsky – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Saturday, 6
Book lecture: "MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in WWII" – Peter Eisner – P&P – 1 PM

Book Lecture: "How Did This Happen? Not So Young Anymore -Mary D. Esselman and Elizabbeth Ash Velez " – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "The Case For Impeachment" – Alan J. Lichtman – P&P 6 PM

Concert: The Medieval Music Ensemble: Eya performs "Florence: The Cultural Crucible" – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – Noon and 2 PM

Sunday, 7
Lecture: "The Forest: America in the 1830s: "The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird" – Alexander Nemerov, Department chair in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Concert: Pianist Margaret Leng Tan  performs her new American of avant-garde work, "Metamorphasis" – East Building Auditorium – – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 8
Lecture: In honor of the legacy of Dr. Hisham Sharabi, Dr. Edmund Ghareeb will discuss the contributions of early Arab-American "men of letters" of the Mahjar press, whose writings shed light on the perceptions and positions held within these communities on the issues of Palestine and Arab nationalism. - The Jerusalem Fund -
12:30 - 2:00 P.M. EST

Book lecture: "The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason" – Christopher de Bellaigue – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and It's War" – James Wright – P&P – 7 

Tuesday, 9
Book talk: "The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Families Quest to Bring Him Home" – Sally Mott Freeman – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Wednesday, 10
Demonstration of materials: "Oh the Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files" – Director Susan Karren on the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act – National Archives – 2 PM

Book lecture: "My Cubs: a Love Story" – Scott Simon – P&P – 7 PM

Book Lecture: "Pantsuit Nation" -Libby Chamberlain – P&P – In the Den – 8 PM

Concert: Flutist Laura Falzan and Guitarist Rupert Boyd perform European classics – E. Garden Court - National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Thursday, 11
Book lecture: "The H – Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness" – Jill Filippovic – P&P 7 PM

Concert: United States Army Concert and – music for saxophone – Smithsonian National American History Museum – 12:30 PM

Friday , 12
Book lecture: "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama – David J. Garrow – P&P – 7 PM