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

www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

March
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.                                                     
                                                                            March
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

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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.

AND I HAVE ALSO RESUMED MY RANTING AND RAVING SO I HOPE YOU WILL CHECK IT OUT AT http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

Friday, September 21, 2018

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

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





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


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Special Edition: Free intellectual and cultural events for September 22 - 29

A visit from my daughter causes me to find worthwhile activities to attend while she is here.  I thought I would share them with you.  And also remind you of my two ventures where I continue to add my two cents worth.
http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com
writerbeat.com
and
I'll soon be embarking on my 5th Ask Me Anything on Reddit where I have previously answered thousands of questions.

Obviously my sources this week are but one, Politics and Prose Bookstore.  You can overcome this time constraint by going to today's THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER to seek out other event.  However this alone has so many outstanding events that it shows the fortune we have to live in DC.

September
Friday, 22
Book lecture: "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History"  – Katie Tur – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Saturday, 23
Book Lecture: "We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter" – Celeste Headlee – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution:" – Yuri Slezkine – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years" – David Litt – P&P – 6 PM
Sunday, 24
Book lecture: "Another Fine Mess: America, Ugandaand the War on Terrorist (Columbia Global Report)": – Helen Epstein – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Dissoluted, the Desperate and the Not – Yet Deported – E. J. The Dionne, Jr. Norman J. Ornstein and Deborah Tanner – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "The Cuban Affair" – Nelson DeMille – A thriller of a novel based in Florida and Cuba – P&P – 5 PM

Monday, 25
Book lecture: "Gorbachev: His Life and Times" – William Taubman – in conversation with David Green of NPR's Morning Edition – P&P 7 PM

Tuesday, 26
Book lecture: "Mayhem: A Memoir" a harrowing look at drug addition - in conversation with Scott Stossel, Editor of The Atlantic  – P&P 7 PM

Wednesday, 27
Book lecture: Michael Korda "Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk - Defeat into Victory" – P&P 7 PM

Thursday, 28
Book lecture: "Man of the Hour: James B. Conant Warrior/Scientist" – Janet Conant – 7 PM – P&P

Friday, 29
Book lecture: "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" – Mark Ray – P&P – 7 PM 



Thursday, August 24, 2017

A continuing alert that I have discontinued publishing. - It's been fun communicating with so many!

Reduced energy, too much travel and too much excitement in life at 91 keeps me from continuing to publish this weekly listing of free cultural events.  BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS that notice of events is easily available to all of us.
  • 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
And periodically I may "throw out" a mention about something special that caught my eye and put it on this blog site.

And I'm continuing to "have my say" occasionally about life as I see it at:

http://www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

I've given lots of thought to the current one,

FIVE FACTORS INVOLVED IN CREATING THIS FULFILLING LIFE OF MINE!

I hope you will have time to check it out.

Ron