Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Free cultural and intellectual events in D. C. for the week beginning Thursday, July 18

Here's an abbreviated list of  some free intellectual and cultural things to do that are easily accessible by bus and/or metro for the week beginning Thursday, July 18.

Particularly note the continuing temporary display on the lower level of  The Holocaust Museum:


(I spent 3 hours there the other day and only saw one-half of the exhibition.)

In the listing of lectures at Politics and Prose, please note that bus service is available directly in front of the Kennedy/Warren (and other bus stops) directly to the Politics and Prose.

Thursday, 18
Book author:  Tim Alberta – American Carnage – chief political correspondent for "Political" details the internal crisis of the Republican Party that resulted in putting Trump in the White House – P&P – 7 PM – 8 PM


Take 5! with Integriti Reeves: A Tribute to Nat "King" Cole


Friday 19

Saturday, 20
Book author: William D.Cohan – Four Friends – classmates from Phillips Academy'whose lives were all cut short include the son of a Holocaust survivor, a Chicago lawyer, and the grandsons of Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy –  P&P – 3:30 PM

Book author: Michael K. Kellogg – The Wisdom of the Renaissance – a review of the intellectual and artistic advances during the Renaissance. Two centuries of intellectual progress – P and P – 6 PM

Sunday, 21
Book author: Bruce Beehler – Birds of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia – P&P – 
1 PM

Book author: Williams  Sturkey – Hattiesburg – The author charts the parallel and starkly unequal experiences of the towns Black and white residents including Faulkner's great-grandfather – P&P – 3 PM


The Man Who Fell to Earth
July 21 at 4:30
East Building Auditorium National Gallery of Art
A striking contribution to the science-fiction genre as well as a cautionary tale about the protection of natural resources, The Man Who Fell to Earth features David Bowie in his acting debut as an alien sent to our planet to source water for his own. British director Nicolas Roeg’s surreal mise-en-scène and Tony Richmond’s sumptuous cinematography make the most of Bowie’s considerable screen presence. The film’s narrative ellipses serve to emphasize enduring existential qualities of estrangement and despair. (Nicolas Roeg, 1974, 148 minutes)
Monday, 22
Book author: Richard A. Clarke and Robert A. Knake - The Fifth Domain – A look at cyber wars and attempt to shut down infrastructures and manipulate data – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday,  23

Wednesday, 24

Friday, April 12, 2019

Free Intellectual and Cultural Events for the week beginning Saturday, April 13

That's it for awhile.  I must take a break for awhile - and possibly a LONG while.  At 93 it has gotten to be a bit much, and I'll see if there might be a successor.  Particularly among you who read this without any publicity.  For a younger person it could be easy and fun - in addition to making a real contribution to many in the DC area.  We will see. Please contact me in the comments below - orpersonally here at The Kennedy Warren.

13 - Saturday
Booktalk: Iona Purnell A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win WWII – Politics and Prose - Connecticut Ave. P and P – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Booktalk: Cass R. Sunstein – How Change Happens – P and P – 6 PM – 7 PM

Concert: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Ensemble performs a Tribute to Scott Joplin – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 2 PM – 4 PM

14 - Sunday
Film: Gray House – Washington premier documentary by Austin Jack Lynch and Matthew Booth shifting between the natural world and architectural spaces – 2017 – 75 minutes – National Gallery of Art – East Building – 4 PM

Booktalk: Reae Hundt. – A Crisis Wasted: Barack Obama's Defining Decisions Politics and Prose – 1 PM – 2 PM

Concert: East Coast Chamber Orchestra – West Building – West Garden – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM
15 - Monday
Book talk: Emily Brazelon – Charge: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and Mass Incarceration – in conversation with Hanna Rosin – P and P – 7 PM

16 - Tuesday
Booktalk: Judith Viorst – Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of  Late Life – P and P – 7 PM 

Booktalk: Tyler Cowen – Big Business: A Love Letter to an American anti-– Hero – in conversation with Edward Luce – P\ & P 7 PM
18 - Thursday
Concert: Chamber music Society of Lincoln Center – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – Pre-– concert conversation –Whittall Pavilion – 6:30 PM – 7 PM – rush tickets usually available for concert beginning at 8 PM in the auditorium

Booktalk: Bill McKibben – Falter: Has the Human Game to Play Itself Out? – P and P – 7 PM

Booktalk: Donna Brazelle and three others – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics – in conversation with Jonathan Capehart – National Archives – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday, April 5, 2019

Free Intellectual and Cultural Event for the Week Beginning Friday, April 5

Although I am a bit tardy in issuing this, there are some outstanding events in the week ahead.  Be sure to check out the fascinating films at the National Gallery of Art this Saturday and Sunday.  I guess age and a few computer glitches caught up with me.  Anyone in The Kennedy Warren Building who might  time to help, I would indeed appreciate it.  We have only scratched the surface of what can be and was done by a much younger man in the past in compiling this weekly list!!!!!!

And Remember
  • There might be other events listed as the week progressesby not only me, but hopefully other readers listing them in the Comments section.
  • Check out what's on my mind as I rant at www.ronlehkersrant.blogspot.com

5 - Friday
Booktalk: Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin – How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance – Politics and Prose – Connecticut Ave  - 7 PM

6 - Saturday
Booktalk: Robert Alter – The Art of Bible Translation – P and P – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Booktalk: Susan Page – The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty with Diane Rehm – P and P – 6 PM – 7 PM

Film: La Religieuse – outstanding film which was banned in France about tyranny and intolerance – National Gallery of Art – East Building – 2 PM – see complete writeup below.

7 - Sunday
Film: Rosenwald – Outstanding documentary about the building of African-American schools by businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and educator Booker T. Washington in the South during the Jim Crow era – National Gallery of Art – East Building – 4 PM – see complete writeup below.

Concert: Haimovitz Iyer Duo – Cello and piano – National Gallery of Art – West building – 3:30 PM
See information below.

Booktalk: Michael Dobbs – The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz and a Village Caught in Between – P and P – 3 PM – 4 PM

Booktalk:Grey Grranden – /The End of the Myth From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America – P and P – 1 PM – 2 PM

 11 - Thursday
Booktalk: Nathaniel Rich – Losing Earth: A Recent History -P and P - 7PM - 8PM

Film: I Spy A Spy: Social Anxiety and Farce in North Korea - A comedy film - Dining Room LM620 - Madison Building -  Library of Congress - Noon - 1PM
La Religieuse
April 6 at 2:00
East Buiding Auditorium
Washington premiere of the digital restoration
Based on a Denis Diderot novel about a willfully rebellious young novice, Jacques Rivette’s La Religieuse (The Nun) is a blistering portrayal of life in an eighteenth-century French convent. Forced to take her vows, impressionable Sister Suzanne (Anna Karina) is shunned, mistreated, and exorcised by her community, eventually becoming the plaything of Mother Superior Liselotte Pulver. A tour de force for French New Wave actress Karina, the film (adapted from Rivette’s earlier stage version), remains an eloquent and insightful tale about tyranny and intolerance. At the time, the film was banned in France, blocked two times from release by the Minister of Information. (Jacques Rivette, 1966, subtitles, 135 minutes) Restored from the original film negative by L’Immagine Ritrovata under the supervision of Studiocanal and Mrs. Véronique Manniez- Rivette with the support of the Centre National du Cinématographie (CNC), La Cinématheque Française, and the Franco American Cultural Fund
April 7 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium
Aviva Kempner in person
Rosenwald documents the remarkable collaborations between businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, author and educator Booker T. Washington, and African American communities in the South. Together they built more than five thousand schools during the Jim Crow era, a time when few African Americans received any public education. In addition, Julius Rosenwald established a fund that awarded grants primarily to talented African American artists and intellectuals. Fellowships were awarded to Marian Anderson, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Gordon Parks, James Baldwin, and Zora Neale Hurston, among others. (Aviva Kempner, 2015, 95 minutes)
  • Haimovitz–Iyer Duo
    April 7 at 3:30
    West Building, West Garden Court
    Cellist Matt Haimovitz, an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world, collaborates with renowned pianist/composer Vijay Iyer in a program that defies definition. Iyerʼs repertoire, alongside the music of Zakir Hussein, John McLaughlin, J. S. Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn, and others, flows seamlessly, creating a program of virtuosity and depth.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Free Intellectual and cultural events in DC for the week beginning Friday, March 29

Here is the latest addition FOR TONIGHT, TUESDAY, APRIL 2
World Traveler & recent Chicago to Chevy Chase resident Barbara Friedell will be speaking about her 2013 trip to North Korea tomorrow evening 7:00, April 2, at Adas Israel in Cleveland Park. Barbara has traveled extensively around the world, touching ground and enjoying many off road scenes in many continents over the past 50 years! The presentation will be held in Funger Hall. She hopes you can join her at this very interesting discussion.

If you can post photos, attached is a nice one from her visit. 

With the (hopeful) arrival of spring, and the Cherry Blossoms, there won't be as much time for indoor activities.   And you might remember that while the Washington Monument remains closed, there is a sensational view of the city for your out-of-town guests from the Clock tower at the Old Post Office (now known by some as Trump Hotel.) Remember you do not have to go through the hotel since the entrance is behind the building just east of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Here are some events you might want to find time for. Remember also that I continue to Rant and Rave periodically at www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com                               
Friday, 29
Booktalk: Joan Biskupic – The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts"– Politics and Prose –  Connecticut Avenue - 1 PM

Saturday, 30
Booktalk: Darrell M. West – Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyper Conflict in the Trump Era – P and P – 1 PM

Booktalk: Cara Robertson – The Trial of  Lizzie Borden – P and P – 3:30 PM

.Film: Strange Illusion – Hallucinatory version of "Hamlet" – outstanding psychological thriller from 1945 – 87 minutes – accompanied by News of the Day and a cartoon – East Building – National Gallery of Art - 4 PM
Sunday, 31
.Film: Hollow Triumph – Paul Henreid and Joan Bennett in this little-known and handsomely photographed film noir – a hard-hitting and gritty masterwork – 83 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 4:30 PM

Concert: Durufle's " Requiem" – The Arts Nova and St. John's Choir – present as a part of the worship service – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 11 AM

Monday, 1
Movie: Special preview screen – "The Best of Enemies" – a civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klan leader reluctantly agreed to co-chair a community summit about school desegregation in the summer of 1971 – National Archives – 7 PM – nine

Tuesday, 2
Remember it is baseball season and there is historic display at the Library of Congress - Jefferson Building.
Wednesday, 3
Booktalk: Stuart Eizenstat - "President Carter: The White House Years - Tenleytown Library - 7PM

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7 PM 

The Work Must Be Done: Raoul Wallenberg’s Mission to Rescue Hungary’s Jews
Reflections by Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden’s Ambassador to the U.S.
At  Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St. NW
Washington, DC (Metro: Cleveland Park)
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Study Center and Adas Israel Congregation

Thursday, 4
Booktalk: Barry Lopez – Horizon: In which Lopez looks at geography and considers his version of how to live in a broken world – P and P 7 PM

Friday, 5
Booktalk: Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin – How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance – P and P –  7 PM

Booktalk: Susan Page – "The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty" – National Archives – noon – 1 PM

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Free Intellectual and Cultural Events for the Week beginnning Friday, March 22

The regular reader of this blog will note that the listing of events is much curtailed from previous years.  This is a result of the scale-back of listing of events in The Current, the weekly publication throughout the city.  Unfortunately most listing are from about five individual listings.  I hope we can get more inclusiveness the near future, but even these few show the plethora of events available to us in DC.

And I hope you have a chance to read my (for awhile) weekly Rant.  One of my passions is JAZZ and I take a break from more serious topics to share three items that have been extremely meaningful to me.  I hope JAZZ Lovers and those of you who want to learn more about Jazz will check it out at


22 - Friday
Booktalk: Adam Rutherford – Humananimal: How Homosapiens became nature's most paradoxical creature: a new evolutionary theory –   Connecticut Avenue –  Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Lecture and concert: Borodin Quartet – Concert lecture - Kevin Bartig - Michigan State University Professor of Musicology Whitttal Pavilion – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 6:30 PM – 7 PM. Concert tickets generally available on standby basis for the concert in the Coolidge Auditorium – 8 PM – 9 PM

23 - Saturday
Booktalk: Susanna Lessard – The Absent Hand: Re-imagining Our American Landscape –  P&P 1 PM

Booktalk: Xu Xi – This Fish is Fowl – Essays of  Being  – P&P*– 3 PM

Booktalk: Michael Ames – American Cipher: Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl and the United States Tragedy in Afghanistan – P&P – 6PM

Japanese Culture: Day: Children of all ages – Young Readers Center – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 10 AM – 3 PM

Film: Mamba 1930s film/78 minutes about crazed colonialism with Jean Hershold – accompanied by Metrotone News and jazz band short – East Building – National Gallery of Art – noon

                                                                      24 - Sunday
Booktalk: Mary Pipher – Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age –  P&P - 3 PM

Booktalk: Patricia S. Lemer – Outsmarting Autism: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization and Behavior at all Ages – P&P – 5PM

25 - Monday
Booktalk: Albert Woodfox – Solitary: Sentenced to 50 Years in an Angola Prison –  P&P – 7 PM

Viewing: Stradivarius Instruments – Whittal Pavillion – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 10 AM – 12 noon
26 - Tuesday
Booktalk: Jennifer. Eberhard – Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudices that Shape What We See, Think and Do – P&P – 7 PM

Book talkCatherine  Murino –  Feminism for the AmericasMaking of an International Human Rights Movement  National Archives Noon – 1 PM

27 - Wednesday
Booktalk: Janet Napolitano – How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11 – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Special Preview Screening – Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People – National Archives – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Concert: Alash Trio Ensemble –Tuvanu traditional music and throat singing – Whittal Pavillion – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 12 noon – 1 PM

28 - Thursday
Book talk: Tom Wheeler – From Gutenberg to Google: The History of the Future - National Archives -7:00PM - 8:30PM

29 - Friday
Booktalk: Joan Biskupic – The Chief :An authoritative Portrait of Chief Justice Roberts – P&P 7PM   
* P&P of course refers to the Politics and Prose store on Connecticut Avenue

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Free Cultural events in DC for the week beginning Friday, March 15

Here goes again.  I must admit: (1.) That I enjoy knowing what is going on in the city even though I might no longer be able to attend, and (2.) That given the present condition of the America I hardly recognize because of its polarization, I MUST continue expressing myself on issue of most concern to me.   Thus I hope you will see my other blog at http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com where I begin again by venting my feelings about THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.                                                     
Friday, 15
Concert: Rachel Calloway – Soprano with "Ensemble Signal" – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson Building – 8 PM – 9 PM tickets available online through the Library of Congress – preceded by a lecturer by the performers in the Whittal Pavallion - – TJ building – no tickets required – concert tickets often available for standbys – 6:30 PM

Booktalk:  David E. McCraw – "Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight For Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts" – Connecticut Avenue – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

                                                                       Saturday, 16
Films: East Building - National Gallery of Art:
       2 PM – False Faces 1932 comedy over an unscrupulous surgeon – 81 minutes – complete with Metronome News and Betty Boop cartoon
      4 PM – Damaged Lives – 1933 pioneering film on exploitation of a female by a young businessman and Metronome News and film short, Dancing on the Moon

Booktalk Christina Proenza-Coles – "American Founders: How People of  African Decent Established Freedom in the New World" – Connecticut Avenue – Politics and Prose - 1 PM

Talk: Sanford D. Horwitz – "Conversations with Abner Mikva:: Final Reflections, Chicago Politics, Democracies Future and A Life of Public Service – Politics and Prose Connecticut Avenue -3:30 PM

Sunday, 17
Film: Special showing of  Ryuichi Sakamoto.s, "Coda." The artist musician, singer and composer extraordinaire is known for responding to even the smallest environmental shifts and tensions erratic sounds and events in Japan and his own cancer inspire him to create this very personal film -  110 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 4:30 PM

BookTalk: Elizabeth R.Varon – "Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War" – Connecticut Avenue – politics and prose 1 PM

Booktalk: Jesse Morgan-Owens – "Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Aboltion Movement " – Connecticut Avenue – politics and prose – 3 PM

Monday, 18
Two local museums have remarkable displays there are a must to see
Holocaust Museum has a very dramatic review of civil rights abuses in
America and the world war two. No waiting to see it in the basement

Baseball fans
Be sure to see the baseball exhibit in the Jefferson building in the Library of Congress

Tuesday, 19
Booktalk: Michael J Mazarr – "Leap of Faith: Hubris, Negligence and America's Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy" – Connecticut Avenue – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Wednesday, 20
Lecture: Climate Change, Nature and the Writer's Eye – Science writer Peter Brannen and novelist Amita Ghosh – with fiction writer Annie Prouix to discuss pressing issues of environmental change – College Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, 21 
Jazz Performance: Take five! Sharon Gunn – DC's best trombone player and an All Woman's Orchestra – Smithsonian Museum American Art – 5 PM – 7 PM

Films: 2019 Environmental Film Festival – Three Depression-era films – Plow that Broke the Plains, The River, and Power and the Land – National Archives – 7 PM – 8:45 PM

Concert:Vishten -French/Canadian music from Prince Edward Islands – Arcadian vocal trio and instrumentalists – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM


Tuesday, 26
Book Author: Katherine Marino – "Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement"- National Archives - Noon

Thursday, January 24, 2019

A listing of some of the free events open during the shutdown

It finally dawned upon me that I could be of help in this period to call to your attention - and visitors - the lesser known free attractions that are open during this awful needless shut down.,  I'll begin with a few and, hopefully, readers will add more.  Please  check for details and special events at the various sites.  We plan to  bring it up to date during the week.

There is additionally one special event I want to call to your attention that I can vouch for..

On Wednesday, February 6 at 12:10 noon, at the monthly concert at historic St. Johns Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square, Bob McDonald with instrumentalists, will perform Broadways Show-tunes.  Bob, is a member of the Army Chorus and is best known for his rendition of the National Anthem at Capitals games.  He has also appeared nationwide in opera and off-Broadway.  I know you will enjoy the 40 minute or so performance.

These are some of the other Free attractions available

The Holocaust Museum - even those who have been there many times MUST see the special display in the basement regarding "What We In America Knew and did not Know. (About civil rights in general.)  And don't forget "Daniels Story" introducing children to the horrors of the Holocaust.

The various Embassies from throughout the world located in DC often have special programs

The National Botanical Gardens

The Bureau of Printing and Engraving

The Old Post Office Pavilion. - For a great view of the City - it is just BEHIND  the Trump hotel

Navy Memorial and Visitors Center

Politics and Prose Bookstore has several venues in the city and there are daily lectures by authors reviewing their books.  The flagship store on Connecticut Avenue has a presentation every day.  Check them all out.

And of course there are the usual museums that charge ranging from the Phillips to the Newseum to the National Cathedral.