Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Special Edition - DC FREE CULTURE RETURNS IN A NEW FORMAT

Obviously one of the great joys of living in the DC area (usually) is that we have many visitors from throughout the country and the world. Since this is my case, with my daughter coming to be with her first year Georgetown University Law School son, I thought I would share some personal recommendations with my long-lost audience.  Since I have resettled, I hope to be able to do this on a more regular basis again.  I'll even have a personal comment toward the end.

SPECIAL  EXHIBIT AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

Obviously she's been to the Holocaust Museum, but has not seen their new Special exhibition on the lower level. The subtitle of the exhibition is "Americans and the Holocaust: What Did Americans Know? What more could have been done? I saw it recently and am planning to go back again and again. The brief blog succinctly states "this exhibition is a portrait of American society that shows how the depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism shape responses to Nazi-ism and the Holocaust. It reveals how much information was available to American at the time and ask why rescuing to not become a priority, except for a few individuals who to the risk to help. You can learn more about it at ushmm.org/americans.

IT IS A MUST SEE IN THIS CRITICAL PERIOD IN OUR COUNTRIES HISTORY

Dear friends of the Goethe-Institut,

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to an upcoming event at the Goethe-Institut Washington. On Friday, September 7th at 4:00 pm the Goethe-Institut Washington will be hosting its third annual Sommerfest!

This time we are celebrating fun and games – Spaß und Spiele – in as many ways as you can possibly imagine. Learn Fußball lingo in our survival German crash course and then challenge your new classmates to a foosball table showdown. Plus get a sneak preview of our new Intercultural Communication courses. Check out the different spaces in the Goethe-Institut for classic game favorites such as Cornhole and Settlers of Catan, or try your luck at a round of wacky new card games like Cognate Frenzy and Come On Over! Pretend you’re Serena Williams taking on Angelique Kerber in a match of table tennis, belt out your best Rammstein in our rockin’ Karaoke Cave, and listen to live music played by local DC bands:

—5:00-5:30 PM Swoll
—5:45-6:15 PM Blacklodge
—6:30-7:30 PM DJ Jahsonic

Old Europe Restaurant will be selling scrumptious German food and drinks, and Maracas Ice Pops will bring summer treats so your taste buds can also get in on the fun!

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Since I've resettled in my new domicile at The Kennedy Warren Apartments, I hope to have more opportunity to occasionally list events. Certainly, I've already begun my Ranting and Raving blog since I have more than a few things I want to get off my chest in these critical times. I hope you'll take a look at
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com



No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding

Did slaveholders actually enshrine human bondage in our founding documents at the birth of our nation as some historians have charged? In his new book, No Property in Man, political historian Sean Wilentz invites a fresh debate about the political and legal struggles over slavery that began during the Revolution and concluded with the defeat of the Confederacy at the end of the Civil War.

Reserve a Seat >
Tuesday, September 11, at 12 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

and remember that more free events can be found weekly at the following Internet locations
  • Of course the most complete listing easily available to all in the D. C. community is THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER -  It's distributed throughout the city on Thursday.  Giving about 30 minutes to this each week would enable you to discover almost all the events I've culled for the listing for five or so years.
  • Most government and cultural agencies have mailings and Internet listings of free events.  They can easily be made available to you weekly and monthly.  A list of just a few of those I have used are:
    • NATIONAL ARCHIVES
    • VARIOUS SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS
    • NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
    • POLITICS AND PROSE BOOKSTORE
    • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
    • MANY EMBASSIES
    • MANY LOCAL AND EVEN NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES
      • George Washington University
      • Georgetown University
      • American University
      • Johns Hopkins University
Happily moving to the Kennedy-Warren Building still in beloved Cleveland Park, I'm again encouraged to do more Ranting and Raving as a 92 year oldster.  You can check those thoughts out at 

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com


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