This listing of free cultural events is issued every Wednesday. The events are not only free they are usually easily accessible by metro. The events are often below the radar for many people and thus are often not well attended.
Regular readers may have noted that topics tend to emphasize my personal interests of biography and history, current world problems, theories of religion and all forms of music with an emphasis on swing and jazz.
Discussion and comments are welcomed
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..
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
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
Book lecture: "Who is Rich?" – Matthew Klam with Jake Tapper – P&P – 7 PM
Book lecture: "Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution" – Willard Sterne Randall – P&P – 1 PM
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
Book lecture: "Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Lives and Times of a War Correspondent turned Ambassadrix – Linda Schuster – P&P – 7 PM
Formed in 1988, The Washington Balalaika Society is now the largest orchestra of Russian folk instruments in North America and endeavors to pattern its sound and repertoire after the great orchestras of Russia. At the same time, they continue to explore new kinds of music and new musical possibilities for this fascinating family of instruments.
Presented in collaboration with International Music Convention of Russia.
Book lecture: "Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment" – Angela J. Davis -P&P – 7 PM