Thursday, June 15, 2017

Selected FREE intellectual and cultural events Friday, June 16 - Thursday June 22

Indeed, it is I back again. Ready to make yet another stab at listing intellectual and cultural events each day for the week ahead. It will be a bit different in that I shall usually list only two – or possibly three - events to keep it more simple for me. Yes, I missed the doing it and I was gratified by the many who expressed appreciation for the service.  I now feel more energized to again look at the many local opportunities for learning in our city. It will probably be a bit more personal in listing those things of primary interest to me and highlighting some held at lesser-known venues.

And some of you may have noticed I'm back to Ranting and Raving on my other blog:  I just can't help but add my two cents worth to the problems of these perilous times. Please see:

Friday, 16
Concert: Russian violinist Elena Denisova performs various classical compositions – reservations required – – Austrian Cultural Forum – 3524 International Court NW. – (I've attended many events here and a reservation has never been necessary) – 7:30 PM

Film: Anreas Dresen's, "As We Were Great," about a lost generation that unknowingly became the victim of German reunification – Goethe  Institut, Washington Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. – reservations suggested - 6:30 PM

Saturday, 17
Concert: "Cowboys and Frenchmen" known for blending traditional American folk and pop with our and be in modern jazz – Kreeger Museum – 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. – reservations encouraged – – noon – 2 PM

Book lecture: Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institute, "All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st century and the Future of American Power – politics and prose – 3:30 PM

Film: "Arab Cinema Now" featuring the 2015 film, "A Magical Substance Flows Into Me" – reservations requested – 202-338-1290 – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Sunday, 18
Film: Advanced screening of the National Geographic documentary, "From the Ashes," about the state of the coal industry and what it means for the future – reservations requested – western – Western Presbyterian Church – 24th and G streets Northwest – 1230 to 2:30 PM

Film: Malin Bjorkman-Widell's "Just a Normal Person" – reservations suggested –  – House of Sweden – 2900 K St. NW. (Waterfront area) – 2 PM – 4 PM

I'm only listing films because it promises to be a hot day. Other films are available at the National Gallery of Art at both 1 PM and 4:30 PM. Check their listings on the computer.

Monday, 19
Violating my own rules, I'm listing two events for which there are minor costs.

Lecture: Frank Amoroso considers baseball great Babe Ruth's German-American heritage, the internment of German-Americans during World War I and other baseball lore from his three volume series on baseball – German – American Heritage Museum of the USA – 719 six Street Northwest – five dollars to seven dollars – for more – 6 PM

Lecture: Atlantic's Graeme Wood (who wrote an article in the magazine's June issue about Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right movement and one of his classmates and others consider "The Rise of Populism and Nationalism" – $15 – 6th and I historic Synagogue – 600 I Street Northwest – 7 PM - $15
Tuesday, 20
Concert: The Choir of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburg, Scotland present "Sing joyfully: Five Centuries of British Choral Classics – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM
Book lecture: David King discusses "The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of the Nazi Germany" – politics and prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Book lecture: Douglas Edgerton – "Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed  America" – National Archives – noon

Wednesday, 21
Book lecture: Washington Post reporter will discuss her book, "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: The Embassy of Italy hosts a screening of 2012 film "Balancing Act" – about a man who suddenly discovers how thin the line is between well-being and despair truly is – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW – 6 PM -7:40

Lecture: The Law Library of Congress presents "Shylock Appeal, "a mock appeals trial that imagines what happens to "The Merchant of Venice – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 202-707-7024 – 4 PM

Thursday, 22
Film: The Embassy of France will present, the 1937 film by Max Ophuis  – reservations required – – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM

Film: "Films at the Stone", The Oscar-nominated film "Fences" – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – 8 PM
For those seeking a wider listing of free events free and otherwise, I'd like to direct you to the major source of my information, the weekly, Current Newspaper.

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