Thursday, January 26, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, January 27

The list is somewhat abbreviated as I try to select those events not just of entertainment appeal, but events that will help us cope with the critical issues on the current scene.  I'm increasingly feeling the need to express myself on some of these issues. It's a time like I've never seen before in my 91 years. I hope you had a chance to see my Rant from last week at:
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

I'll have another one in a day or two in which I attempt to respond to a reader's view of  the role of government that is totally philosophically opposite of mine.  But it is the kind of dialogue we need to engage in if we are ever going to be able to move forward to States United.

January
Friday, 27
Panel discussion: "The Russian Revolution: A Centennial Symposium" – distinguished university panel– reservations required – guevents.georgetown.edu – Mortara Center for International Studies – Georgetown University – 5:15 PM - 8 PM

Saturday, 28
Book lecture: Editor Adrian Bonenberger– "The Road Ahead: Stories of the forever war" – 25 stories from Iraq and Afghanistan – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Jill Jonnes – "Urban Forests: A natural history of trees and people in the American cityscape"  – P&P – 6 PM

Sunday, 29
Concert:  Quartet Latin Americano performs a variety of North and South American music – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Book Lecture: Robert P. Jones – Co-chair of the religion and and politics section of the American Academy of Religion – "The End of White Christian America" – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Park – 10 AM

Film: Hiroshi Teshiahaara's 1964 film, "Women in the Dooms" a psychosocial allegory about the human condition – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 30
Book lecture: Steve Early – "Refinery Town: Big oil, big money and the remaking of an American city" – the story of Richmond, California – in conversation with Larry: National political director of Our Revolution, a new DC-based Sanders campaign follow-up organization – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: David A. Moss – "Democracy: A Case Study" – based on Moss's highly – rated course at Harvard business school regarding decision making in a democracy– P and P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics" – Professor Khalil al-Anani of Qatar – reservations required – Room 602 – Elliott school of International affairs – elliott.gwu.edu – noon – 2 PM

Tuesday, 31
Book lecture: April Ryan – "at Mama's Knee: Mothers and race in black and white – P&P – 7 PM

Performance: Theater Alliance presents 6 - 10 minute films focusing on the environment in cooperation me with Planet Earth Arts Foundation – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM
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February
Wednesday, 1
Concert: Jazz Vocalist, Sarah Jones with the Dan Dufford Ensemble at St. John's Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM

Book lecture: Sarah van Gelder – "The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 2000 mile journey through a new America – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: The Violin/Viola duo Mark Olevia present open From Bartok To bebop" – West Building Lecture Halll – NGA – 1210

Thursday, 2
Book Lecture: Journalist Arial Cinnabar – "My Fathers Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq" – Amphitheater – Marvin Center – George Washington University – 7 PM

Concert: Broadway Producer Bruce D. Long and Opera Carolina will present "I Grieve: The Story of a Preacher From Atlanta" – a new original rhythm and blues opera by Douglas Tappin about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Millenium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM

Lecture: Fourth Annual Blackburn Lecture on Civility and Integrity" – Noah Feldman - Harvard Professor and former clerk to US Supreme Court Justice David Souter – reservations required – 202-994-6800 – Lisner Auditorium – George Washington University – 6 PM

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, January 20

I'm delighted that last week after two months off, there were over1800 hits on the blog in three days.  It's good to be back on schedule again.  Here's a rather hastily drawn up list of free events for both the Inauguration and the Woman's March and the entire week ahead. Having been further stimulated by events of the past year, I'm committed to not only keeping this list alive but also intensifying my ranting and raving. This week I introduce two topics that drew my attention in this week's Washington Post that I think might be of interest to others. I hope you'll check it out at
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com


Friday, 20
Presentation: The Institute for Policy Studies presents "Teach-in on Trump's Plans (And How to     Resist Them" – The Potter's House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW – 6 PM – 9 PM                                 


Book lecture: Jonathan Chait – "Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America" – P&P – 7 PM

Teach in on Women's Rights: Fatima Gross Graves, Jennifer Klein and Rebecca Traister - P & P -  4PM

President’s Swearing-in Ceremony
  • Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC - National Archives
Saturday, 21
 Solidarity Sing.  We'll learn and then sing Leonard Cohen's "Anthem" in the sanctuary. Open to all--families    especially welcome - All Souls Unitarian Church -   16th and Harvard Streets  NW -   6:45 - 7:45                                                                                                                                                        
Sunday, 22
Film: "Orpheus" –  1950 film about poet obsessed with death – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Dramatic performance: Douglas Taurel – "The American Soldier" – dramatic readings of real and imagined military letters from past wars – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM 

Michael Kazin - War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918

Sunday, January 22 at 5 p.m.
War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 Cover Image
$28
When is a war worth fighting? The question is as acute now as it was a century ago on the eve of U.S. entry into World War I. Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown, co-editor of Dissent, and the author of American Dreamers, The Populist Persuasion, and other histories of political philosophy, focuses on the 1914 work of what was then the country’s largest and best organized anti-war movement. Though these “anti-warriors” ultimately lost their battle, for three years they prevented Congress from the massive increase in manpower and weapons war required. Detailing the pacifists’ combined strategies of street demonstrations, peace candidates, and mobilization of suffrage and labor leaders, Kazin finds a laudatory model for today’s activists.
5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008 - Politics and Prose

7 p.m. Politics and Prose

"Presidential Inauguration Treasures"

January 23, 2017, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs. The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.The display is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.
Location: Mahogany Row A (LJ113), 01 floor, TJB - Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2922


January 238 pmCONCERT: Pacifica Quartet with Jörg Widmann (Coolidge Auditorium)  - 8PM - rush tickets generally available 6PM
[6:30pm, Whittall Pavilion - Pre-concert conversation]





:Tuesday, 24

Concert: Alto Barbara Hollinshead and Lutist Howard Bass featuring songs about the passing of time – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Discussion in lecture: "The Dreamers Story" – Donald E. Graham, former chairman, the Washington Post Company And Cofounder of the dream.US – a college scholarship fund for needy immigrants – reservations required – olli-dc.org/lecture_series - Katzen Arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Wednesday, 25
7 p.m. - Politics and Prose3-200

WednesdayJanuary 258 pmCONCERT: Musicians from Marlboro: Michelle Ross, Carmit Zori, Rebecca Albers, Alice Yoo, Nicholas Phan and Lydia Brown (Coolidge Auditorium)
[Nightcap conversation with the artists following the concert]
12:00pm EST -National Archives

Book lecture: Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War

Author Nate Jones tells the chilling story about how, in November 1983, a Soviet misinterpretation of NATO war games almost led to nuclear war

Event | The Blue Danube Reloaded

EVENT | THE BLUE DANUBE RELOADED
January 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm

In the cold winter months of the year 1866/67 Johann Strauss II composed the world-famous Blue Danube waltz – the melody to which couples around the world swing into the New Year. In 2017 The Blue Danube celebrates its 150th anniversary, if that's not a reason to celebrate! Therefore, join the ACFDC at the special "The Blue Danube Reloaded" event.
The ACFDC organized a short film competition to bring the classical waltz into the age of multimedia and film, the best five submissions will be awarded at this event. Let us surprise you, what else we have up our sleeve! Just a small hint: there is going to be a lot of music!

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.
 
Free Ticket
                                                               Thursday, 26
Book lecture: Former .U. S.Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates – "A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform From 50 Years of Public Service – National Archives Building – 7 PM – for reserve seat, go to the National Archives Foundation site – if reservations are no longer available, standby tickets are sometimes provided

Lecture: Michael A. Hammer, former U. S. Ambassador to Chile – "Opportunities and Challenges in the Western Hemisphere – reservations required – guevents,georgetown.edu Room 450 Bunn Intellectual Center – Georgetown University

Panel discussion: Distinguished panel "Climate Change: The Impact of We, the People" with the 2015 film "Tomorrow" – reservations required – MSC of France – 4001 Richard war Road and W – 5 PM – 8:45 PM


Lecture

"The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music"


January 26, 2017, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The world of Sub-Saharan African music is immensely rich and diverse, containing a plethora of repertoires and traditions. In The African Imagination in Music, renowned music scholar Kofi Agawu offers an introduction to the major dimensions of this music and the values upon which it rests.
Location: Montpelier Room, 06 floor, JMB - James Madison Building Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502



Sunday, January 15, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for Inaugural week

I rather imagine that most of you, just as Linda and I, are expecting many visitors for at least one of the events next week. I started preparing a list for our visitors and thought that perhaps others might be interested in it. I'll also be considering ways I might continue it in the weeks ahead.

Monday, 16
Book lecture: Dean Baker –: "Rigged: How globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer" – reservations requested – busboysandpoets.com – 5th and K Streets NW – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Lisa Servon – "The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives" – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. and W – 7 PM

Film: Federico Fellini's 1954 film, "La Strada" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2:30 PM

MLK Remembrance Service: "We Shall Not Be Moved: Sanctuary, Witness and Covenant: A tribute to Dr. King in song, narrative and reflection" – Washington National Cathedral – 2 PM to 4 PM

Tuesday,  17
Concert: Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra performing classical Works by Schumann – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Brett Baier – "Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission" – McEwan Theatre – National Archives – Noon – also presented at 7 PM at P&P

Film: CNN Jake Tapper leads discussion of film, "The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House" – National Archives – 7 PM

Wednesday, 18
Concert: Pianist Carlos Rodriguez and tenor Peter Burrows present "Musical Migration" – songs and hymns from the Civil War through the 21st century – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Concert: Austrian jazz quartet,Kompost 3 performs – Austrian Cultural Forum – 3524 International Court NW – reservations suggested – acftc.org.– 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Book lecture: John Nixon – "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussain" – International spy Museum – 800 F St. and W – noon

Book lecture: Genevieve Abdo – "The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shia – Sunni Divide" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Richard Haas – "A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "Films From the Vaults: Presidential Inaugurations" – National Archives – noon

Thursday, 19
Film: "Films From the Vaults: Presidential Inaugurations" – National Archives – noon                         

Concert: Cellists Luke Frazier and Shawn Neidlinger – "There's Always Room to Cello" – First Congregational United Church of Christ – 10th and G Streets and W – 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM

Lecture: National Portrait Gallery historian David C. Ward discusses "Portraits, Politics and Pageantry" – fun filled facts and little-known tales about United States presidents. – National Portrait Gallery – Noon

Friday, 20
Presentation: The Institute for Policy Studies presents "Teach-in on Trump's Plans (And How to     Resist Them)" – The Potter's house – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW – 6 PM – 9 PM                                 


Book lecture: Jonathan Chait – "Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America" – P&P – 7 PM

Teach in on Women's Rights: Fatima Gross Graves, Jennifer Klein and Rebecca Traister - P & P -  4PM

President’s Swearing-in Ceremony
  • Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC - National Archives
Saturday, 21
 Solidarity Sing.  We'll learn and then sing Leonard Cohen's "Anthem" in the sanctuary. Open to all--families    especially welcome - All Souls Unitarian Church -   16th and Harvard Streets  NW -   6:45 - 7:45                                                                                                                                                        
Sunday, 22

Michael Kazin - War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918

Sunday, January 22 at 5 p.m.
War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 Cover Image
$28
When is a war worth fighting? The question is as acute now as it was a century ago on the eve of U.S. entry into World War I. Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown, co-editor of Dissent, and the author of American Dreamers, The Populist Persuasion, and other histories of political philosophy, focuses on the 1914 work of what was then the country’s largest and best organized anti-war movement. Though these “anti-warriors” ultimately lost their battle, for three years they prevented Congress from the massive increase in manpower and weapons war required. Detailing the pacifists’ combined strategies of street demonstrations, peace candidates, and mobilization of suffrage and labor leaders, Kazin finds a laudatory model for today’s activists.
5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008 - Politics and Prose

Monday, January 23

"Presidential Inauguration Treasures"

January 23, 2017, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs. The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.The display is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.
Location: Mahogany Row A (LJ113), 01 floor, TJB - Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2922