Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 21

Once again this is a rather hurried listing of events because I'm just back from visiting family in Wisconsin. You might also recall that I am beginning to place an emphasis not only on events and topics I am personally interested in, but also those that are on the Internet and available EVERYWHERE..

If you haven't read - or at least read my summary of  Timothy Eagan's "Short Night of the Shadow Catcher" I'd encourage you to read my brief four page summary of the book. I found it fascinating.

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

 Next week I'll be ranting again about conditions in our nation's capitol that threaten our rights as free citizens - a threat even greater than our failure to have statehood,.

Error note:
Sorry we were given bad info on this concert.  We had erroneously listed it for Sunday.  It is Saturday. 22
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YouthCUE's National Honor Choir enlists 150 of the finest high school singers in North America.



Friday,  21
Demonstration: "Cooking History: Exploring Cajun and Creole Food Tradition" – chef David Guas – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 2 PM – a good chance to take a look at the newly remodeled displays at the Museum

Saturday, 22
Book lecture: "Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry in the Making of America's First President" –Politics and Prose – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter" – Heath Fogg Davis with Shannon Minter – P and P - 6 PM

Film: "House of Bamboo" – Samuel Fuller's 1955 film – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Sunday, 23
Book lecture: "Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence" – Melvin A. Goodman – P and P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "In the Warlord's Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans , and their Fight Against the Taliban" – Daniel R. Greene – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "Devils Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency" – Joshua Greene – P&P – 5 PM

Concert: National Building Museum continues its summer concert series – 2 PM – 3 PM

Film: James Ivory's 1995 "Jefferson in Paris" – East Building Auditorium – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 24
Book lecture: "Divided We Stand: The Battle over Woman's Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics" – Marjorie J Spruill - P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "The Public Wealth of Cities: How to Unlock Hidden Assets to Boost Growth and Prosperity –Dag Detter – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 25
Book lecture: "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives" – Jesse Eisinger – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Find Your Whistle" – international whistling champion Christopher Ullman will discuss his book and give a demonstration – National Archives – Noon

Lecture: World Affairs Council presents a talk by the Amb. of the state of Qatar to the United States – Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 6 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday, 26
Book lecture: "The Retreat of Western Liberalism" – Edward Luce – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, 27
Book lecture: "Why? What Makes Us Curious" – Mario Livio – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "A Drag Salute to Divas and DeVos" – impersonations of top musical legends ranging from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: 2016 film from Korea, "Familyhood" appetizer/social at 6 PM – film at 6:30 PM - reservations required – KoreaCultureDC.org – Korean Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Film: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" – the 1981 Blockbuster – North Lawn – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – reservations suggested – loc.gov – 8 PM


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ALL PROGRAMS - except some on Thursday, - are available on the internet


This is the week I changed emphasis (for one week at least) by primarily listing those events that I hope to listen to while visiting another capital city, Madison Wisconsin. For me it's a way to have my cake and eat it – taking the culture of Washington DC with me when I visit family in the Midwest.

And here it is, as promised, this site for listening to this year's July 4 Concert at the Washington National Cathedral. If you enjoy organ, brass and choir, give yourself a treat by setting aside an hour for listening..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDjHpmLN8r4

And this week I depart from my usual concern with the status of America today on my RANT  blog by summarizing a book – a biography about a man who truly impressed me, Edward S. Curtis.  If you do not have time to read "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," I hope you'll at least read my four-page summary. It's by Timothy Egan who also wrote the National Book Award winner "The Worst Hard Time ." As usual it can be found at
http://ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Thursday, 13
Concert: "Forlorn Strangers" perform Americana and country music – National Garden Amphitheater – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel discussion: "President Kennedy and His Legacy" – distinguished panel of historians from the Library of Congress and Harvard University- Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th and G Sts. Northwest – 7 PM

Lecture: "Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bringing Revolution to the Western Front,'s 1917 – 1918 – Edward Lengel  - Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Book lecture: "American Fire: Love, Parsing and Life in a Vanishing Land" – Monica Hesse  – P&P -  7 PM
Friday, 14
Book lecture: "Who is Rich?" – Matthew Klam with Jake Tapper – P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, 15
Book lecture: "Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution" – Willard Sterne Randall – P&P – 1 PM

Sunday, 16
Book lecture: "Avoiding War With China: Two nations – One World" – Amital  Etzioni – P&P 1 PM

Book lecture: "Lincoln's Pathfinder: John C Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856" – John Bicknell - P&P – 5 PM
Monday, 17

Tuesday, 18
Book lecture: "The Last Palestinian: The Arrives and Reign of Majhmoud Abbas" – Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Raven Rock: The Story of the U. S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die" - Garrett Graff - National Archives - Noon

Wednesday, 19
Book lecture:  "Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Lives and Times of a War Correspondent turned Ambassadrix – Linda Schuster – P&P – 7 PM




Concert:  Millennium stage – Kennedy Center

The Washington Balalaika Society 
7/19/2017 at 6:00 PM

Thursday, 20
Book lecture: "Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment" – Angela J. Davis  -P&P – 7 PM


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 7

One of the beauties of this listing of free events is that one doesn't need to be present to enjoy them.  That was particularly true this week for two events. On July 4th Linda and I were privileged to be a part of an enthusiastic full house at the Washington National Cathedral for their annual July 4th patriotic brass ensemble and choir concert. What a marvelous locale for a patriotic concert.  I was actually driven to tears hearing emotional words like "Send me your tired…" and I thought of the present hostility to the "other" in our country. And so here's the advantage for those in DC not able to attend – even those throughout the country – even the world: THEY ARE AVAILABLE ON LINE.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend another outstanding concert.
The final performance of Serenade! features Shanghai No. 3 Girls High School Concert Band (China), Escolania de Montserrat (Spain and Catalonia), Akoo Show Choir (Ghana), and the Nairobi Girls Chorale (Kenya). 
Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy 

The concert featured musicians from the various countries where the Peace Corps was active.  To hear the amazing music , go to "Kennedy Center Millennium Stage"

For the July 4th Concert go to
Washington National Cathedral - July 4th Concert - (although at present only the concert from last year is available.  I'll keep you posted as to when the 2017 Concert - even more outstanding - is available 

And many of our book lectures are available on line, especially those at Politics and Prose and National Archives.

AND LET ME AGAIN REMIND YOU THAT I AM ON MY "HIGH HORSE" RANTING ABOUT MY CONCERNS REGARDING THE PRESENT CONDITIONS OF OR COUNTRY at:

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

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Friday, 7
While I don't find much to list that special this today, please remember the Smithsonian Folklife Festival focusing on "Circus Arts" continues from 10 AM to 5 PM through Sunday with dance parties and circus performances beginning at 5:30PM. Remember too the continuation of Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art each Friday from 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert:
Mark Damisch is an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four. He performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teenager in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir. In Salzburg’s Mirabel Gardens, he first considered the idea of touring on his own. Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more. Currently he is touring to Washington, D.C., Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Russia.
When: Friday, July 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm – noon
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, 8
Book lecture: "The Lives of Dylan Ripley: Natural Scientists, Wartime Spy, and Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution" – Roger D. Stone – Politics and Prose – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussain, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid" – William Bardenwelper – P&P – 3:30 PM

Film: ";Atanarjust: The Fast Runner" – Zacharias Kunuk's 2001 epic selected as the best Canadian film of all time – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film: "The Good Soldier" the 1960 film about the adventures of a Czech soldier during World War I and the absurdity of war – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, 9
Concert: Summer concert series at the National Building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – 2 PM – 3 PM – if you haven't seen this building it would be worth it to go just to see a magnificent structure

Book lecture "Rules for Resistance: Advice From Around the Globe for the Age of Trump – David Cole – P&P – 3 PM

Monday, 10
Book lecture: "Flashpoints: Lessonss Learned and not learned in Malawi, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan" – author Jade Wu – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 6 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: "Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls Escape From Slavery to Union Hero" – Kate Lineberry – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 11
Concert: Bach's  "Goldberg Variations" – Pianist Helene Papadopoulos – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Panel discussion: "Covering the White House: A Panel on the Changing Role of the Press" featuring Peter Baker, Julie Pace and Dana Milbank – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 202 – 387 – 1400 – 7 PM

Wednesday, 12

Book lecture: "Chokehold: Policing Black Men" – Paul Butler – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1849 – 1856" – Sidney Blumenthal's second volume of his acclaimed biography – National Archives Building – noon – 1 PM

Thursday, 13
Concert: "Forlorn Strangers" perform Americana and country music – National Garden Amphitheater – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel discussion: "President Kennedy and His Legacy" – distinguished panel of historians from the Library of Congress and Harvard University - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th and G Sts. Northwest – 7 PM

Lecture: "Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bringing Revolution to the Western Front,'s 1917 – 1918 – Edward Lengel  - Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Book lecture: "American Fire: Love, Parsing and Life in a Vanishing Land" – Monica Hesse  – P&P -  7 PM
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Please remember that more events are listed in THE CURRENT - the local weekly newspaper used to compile these events.