Thursday, August 8, 2019

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, August 8

"Occasional" means just that for the rest of the month as I travel to Chautauqua, New York, for a week with Wynton Marsallis hearing both his music and his comments  on the American cultural scene.  Linda and I plan to enjoy the rest of the summer with other travels.  You are on your own for the next few weeks.  The list this week is limited because of travels to Michigan, but I hope to see some of you at some of these outstanding opportunities.  I've even included a rare (for me) novel.

Thursday, 8
Authors Lecture: Steven Greenhouse – Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and future of American Labor - Politics and Prose Bookstore - 7PM

Friday, 9
Authors Lecture:  Richard Russo -  Chances Are............ - A novel about three men as they reminisce, spill secrets and affirm their friendship - PNP - 7PM

Saturday, 10

Sunday, 11
Authors lecture: Robert Wilson – Barnum: An American Life – in the first major biography of P. T. Barnum in  a generation Wilson reveals the complex man beneath the spectacular image – PNP –  1 PM

Authors Lecture: Alexandra Fuller – Travel Light, Move Fast – focuses on the authors father, the adventurous, restless Tim Fuller, who leaves England and lives in Rhodesia and Zambia. A tribute to a man who devoured life whole – PNP – 5 PM

Steinway Series - Natalia Kazaryan

Sunday, August 11, 3 – 4pm
Critically acclaimed pianist Natalia Kazaryan joins us for the summer Steinway Series. She was a student at Julliard School and is now on the adjunct piano faculty at Howard University. She has received top prizes from the Eastman Young Artists International, Zosciuszko Foundation Chopin, and the New York piano competitions, and a “Sobresaliente” Award from Queen Sophia of Spain. Natalia will be focusing on all women composers for her perform

Monday, 12
Authors Lecture: J. Michael Zraczynski – Becoming Superman: My journey from poverty to Hollywood – PNP  – 7 PM

Tuesday, 13
Authors Lecture: Karen Abbott – The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the women who pursued him and the murder that shocked the Jazz age – PNP – 7 PM

Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

William G. McGowan Theater 
Washington, DC

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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When the towers fell on September 11, 2001, nowhere were the reverberations more powerfully felt than at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Almost overnight, the intelligence organization evolved into a war-fighting intelligence service, constructing what was known internally as “the Program”: a web of top-secret detention facilities intended to help prevent future attacks on American soil and around the world. With Black Site, former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center Philip Mudd presents a full, never-before-told story of this now-controversial program, directly addressing how far America went to pursue al-Qa’ida and prevent another catastrophe. A book signing follows the program.

Wednesday, 14
Authors Lecture: Timothy Faust – Health Justice Now: Single-payer and what comes next – PNP – 7 PM
:Thursday, 15
Take 5! with Tyrone Allen
Thursday, August 15, 5 – 7pm
Bassist Tyrone Allen celebrates the 80th birthday of the legendary DC bassist Butch Warren. A native of Temple Hills, MD, Allen began his musical journey at the age of three, taking lessons from his father, a teacher in DC public schools. Allen studied jazz and classical at the Eastman School of Music before attending the Berklee College of Music. Around the DC area he has performed at Blues Alley, Twins Jazz Club, Bohemia Caverns, and the Kennedy Center. Enjoy the sound of this special performance in the museum's acoustically advanced McEvoy auditorium. Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Atrium

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Free culstural and intellectual events in DC for the week beginning Wednesday, July 31

The list is a bit abbreviated this week and will be for the next two because of trips to Michigan and Chautauqua, New York.  I know it is a bit heavy on Politics and Prose, but there's no other place to be so fully informed as that (lucky for us) locale.

However I hope you will also "tune in" (that's what we used to do with the radio) to my other blog,

I'm really fired up about what's going on in our country and want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to return us to the (at least partial) sanity I've known for most of my 93 years.

Wednesday, 31
Authors book talk: Philip Mudd – Black Site: The CIA in the 9/11 World – PNP – 7 PM 

Thursday, 1
Author Lecture: Terry McAuliffe – Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a stand against white nationalism – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

ENTATY Music & Go-Go Dance Workshop with Lorenzo "GoLo" Evans [Summer Concerts on the Lawn]

Thu, Aug 1, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT Library of Congress  - Jefferson Building Lawn General Admission

  • Friday, 2
  • Author Lecture: Lyz Lenz - God Land: A story of faith, loss and renewal in middle America – exploring why some people decide to leave religion and other stay with it – PNP  - 7PM

  • Saturday, 3

SAAM Arcade
Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Enjoy this free, two-day, family-friendly event that invites gamers of all levels to test out new games and replay some of the classics. This year, the Arcade recognizes diversity, celebrates underrepresented segments of the gaming community and encourages everyone to "break barriers."

It's held both days

Sunday, 4
Let's play! Discover new video games and replay the classics
SAAM Arcade
Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Enjoy this free, two-day, family-friendly event that invites gamers of all levels to test out new games and replay some of the classics. This year, the Arcade recognizes diversity, celebrates underrepresented segments of the gaming community and encourages everyone to "break barriers."

Join our Facebook Event

Monday, 5
Lots of museums to see.  Have you been to Smithsonian's Portrait Gallery?  It is open noon - 7PM and then there are many restaurants in the area

Tuesday, 6
Author Lecture: Tope Folarin – A Particular Kind of Black Man – Rhodes scholar, Nigerian – American writer, Folarin's first novel explores questions of identity, exile, manhood and meaning itself – PNP – 7 PM

Wednesday, 7

Author Lecture: Natalie Wexler – The Knowledge Gap: The hidden cause of America's broken educational system – and how to fix it – PNP – 7 PM

National Archives - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT 

Escape Room! Hands-on Adult Workshop

Escape Room
Tackle puzzles and ciphers about the National Park Service to solve a mystery in time during this “escape room” for adults.

EVENT | CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCESJefferson Building -Library of Congress
Lakota John LocklearWednesday
August 7, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Lakota John Locklear blends traditional styles of the Delta and Piedmont acoustic blues with bottleneck slide guitar. He grew up listening to his father’s music collection and learned to love the blues.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Free Cultural and Intellectual events taking place in DC beginning Thursday, July 25

I'm very gratified that over 1000 hits occurred on last week's listing, the first in several months. It gives me encouragement to continue encouraging others to join me in taking advantage of the many opportunities we have in DC to be informed. Only that all of America could join us in joining The Washington Post in realizing that "Democracy Dies in Darkness".  But remember, all the world can join us in looking at the events at places like Politics and Prose because their events are on You Tube!

Please remember that YOU can make this weekly listing more successful by adding other events You would like people to attend.  As you can see, my interests are primarily FREE events mainly jazz, international, political and ecumenically religious.

Thursday, July 25

ThursdayJuly 2512pmHOMEGROWN CONCERT: Cedric Watson: Cajun, Creole and Zydeco Music from Texas (Coolidge Auditorium)
ThursdayJuly 257pmSUMMER CONCERTS ON THE LAWN: BYTES & BEATS: Shing02 and FAT JON Samurai Champloo 15th anniversary event
Friday, July 26
Authors book talk: Harriet A. Washington – A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Family Event:
EVENT | LECTURES AND SYMPOSIA Jefferson Building Librry of Congress
Kihara Hirokatsu and Diana Garnett, LIVEFriday
July 26, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

In this program for children and their families, Studio Ghibli writer, producer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will discuss his experience in Japanese anime production and the inspirations for Totoro and other animated films. Together with singer and voice actress Diana Garnett, Hirokatsu will share the joys of creating an animated film.

Jazz concert 

World Guitar
 5:00pm to 8:30
Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art Gardens
Saturday, 27
Authors book talk: Thomas W. Lippman - Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia and the CIA – P and P – 1 PM

Authors book talk: Jennifer Ratner/Rosenhagen – The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History – tells the story of the United States through its central ideas from its conception and its major thinkers and intellectual movements including the Enlightenment, transcendentalism, social Darwinism, progressivism and postmodernism – P and P – 6 PM

  • Films
    Pom Poko
    July 27 at 12:30
    East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art
    The heroes of Isao Takahata’s anime Pom Poko are the tanuki, the fabled shape-shifting Japanese raccoon dogs. Beginning in the 1960s, tanuki of the ancient Tama Hills near Tokyo are alarmed by the reckless construction of houses and shopping centers bordering their homes. They finally join together to fight back, practicing their ancient art of transformation into human forms and even staging a grand deception by shifting the newly developed land back into its primeval state. Director Takahata was a founder of the prestigious production house Studio Ghibli. (Isao Takahata, 1994, 35mm, subtitles, 119 minutes)
  • Princess Raccoon
    July 27 at 3:30
    East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art
    Seijun Suzuki’s quirky and colorful operetta is a folkloric tale of young love inspired by the form of the raccoon dog (tanuki). Princess Raccoon (Operetta tanuki goten) stars Zhang Ziyi as a shape-shifting tanuki princess and Joe Odagiri as Prince Amechiyo, in danger because he has displaced his father Azuchi Momoyama (Mikijirō Hira) as the most beautiful man in the kingdom. Intrigue, trickery, and romance ensue as the young princess saves the day, absconding with the prince to her own palace. (Seijun Suzuki, 2005, 35mm, subtitles, 110 minutes)
Sunday, 28
Authors book talk: Lawrence Pintak – America and Islam: Soundbites Suicide Bombers in the road to Trump – P and P  – 1 PM

Authors book talk: Russell Gold with Amy Harder – Superpower: One Man's Quest to transform American Energy – PNP – 3 PM

Family Art Project:  Drop in for art making - all ages - children must be accompanied by an adult - National Gallery of Art - Concourse - 11AM - 3PM

July 28 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium - NGA
In eight beguiling vignettes inspired by recurring dreams, Akira Kurosawa follows his surrogate self through the stages of life. In the final dream, “Village of the Water Mills,” a wise old man describes the rewards of living a simpler life without the conveniences provided by advanced technologies. A subtext of Dreams is the beauty and primacy of nature, with a gentle admonition about its conservation and perpetuation. Animal forms are leitmotifs, frequently accentuating this premise. (Akira Kurosawa, 1990, 35mm, subtitles, 119 minute
Monday, 29
Authors Lisa Taddeo with Olivia Nuzzi – Three Women – Writing with nuance and empathy audio strips away the myths and assumptions that shaped views of female sexuality – PNP – 7 PM

Tuesday, 30
Authors book talk: Neil Shister – Radical Ritual: How Brewing Man Change the World – PNP 7 PM

Wednesday, 31
Authors book talk: Philip Mudd – Black Site: The CIA in the 9/11 World – PNP – 7 PM 

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
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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                               
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