Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, January 30 - Thursday, February 6

Thursday, January 30
Lecture:  The West and the World of Islam After 9/11 - AMU Professor Akbar Ahmed - Katzen Art Center - 4400 Mass Ave. NW - 10-11:50am

Lecture: Thinking the Unthinkable on the Korean Peninsula: Nuclear North Korea and Reunification
Korean National Assembly Member M. J. Chung - reservations required - - Nitze Building - Johns Hopkins University - 1740 Mass Ave. NW - 2pm

Comedy Performance: Sara Schaefer and Brian Parise - Terrace Theater - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Friday, January 31
Book Review: Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era -
Author Douglas Egerton - National Archives - Noon

Panel: Peace for Israel and Palestine? - New America Foundation - 1899 L Street NW - sign up on the New America Foundation Website - 10:30 - 11:30AM

Film: Iranian Film Festival - 2013 Film Fat Shaker - Freer Gallery of Art - The National Mall - 7pm - and will be shown again on Sunday at 2pm

Film: Jazz Film Friday features, Inside out at the Open & The Breath Courses Through Us - Pickford Theatre - Madison  Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Saturday, February 1
Children: The Story of Rosa Parks followed by the creation of art work inspired by her life - National Portrait Gallery - 8th and F St. Nw - 1 - 4 pm
Concert: Singer Audra McDonald - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building Library of Congress - Rush tickets may be available at 6pm for the 8pm concert

Staged Reading: Dear Harvey - A tribute to Harvey Milk - Gonda Theatre - Davis Performing Center - Georgetown University - reservations required 202-687-2787 - 7:30pm

Sunday, February 2
Concert: Chamber Music by the U. S. Air Force Band saluting military women - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Ave. NW - noon to 1:30pm

Film: Gun Crazy about two outlaw lovers and Hollywood Exiles in Europe: The Blacklist and Cold War Film Culture - National Gallery of Art East - 4:30pm

Monday,  February 3
Lecture: Presidents, Congress and Public Education: School Improvement in a Political Atmosphere -
Jack Jennings - Betts Theater - Marvin Center - GWU - 800 21st St.NW - reservations required - jenningsatgehd.eventb - 5pm

Panel Discussion: The Pope, Politic s and Policy: The Continuing Impact of the Francis Factor and Catholic Social Thought on Public Life - distinguished panel members - reservations required - - Gaston Hall - Georgetown University.- 5:30 - 7pm

Conversation:  SDS co-founder Tom Hayden discusses with Junius Williams his memoir, Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Age of Black Power - Warner Bros. Theater - National Museum of American History - 14th and Constitution NW - 7pm

Tuesday, February 4
Concert and Lecture: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra - Members discuss their performance - Whittal Pavilion -
Jefferson Building - Library of Congress -  6:30 - 7:30pm - Concert Coolidge Auditorium - rush tickets available at 6 for the performance at 8pm

Book Review: Author Gloria Kaiser - Franz Schubert: 1797 - 1828 - A Literary Biography -
Embassy of Austria - International Court - Near Van Ness/UDC Metro - 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 5
Book Review: Churchill's First War - Author Con Coughlin - with Peter Bergin - New America Foundation - 1899 L Street NW - 12:15PM

Book Review: Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image - Author
Joshua Zeitz- P and P - 7pm

Film: The Trials of Muhammad Ali - Director Bill Siegel presents and discusses his 94 minute Movie -
National Archives - 7pm

Concert: Underground System - New York based band - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Thursday, February 6
Book Review: The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend
Authors Bob Drury and Tom Lavin - National Archives - Noon

Panel Briefing: Palestinian Refugees in Syria: The Crisis in Yarmouk - The Palestinian Center - 2501 Virginia Avenue NW at New Hampshire - 12:30 - 2pm

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, January 23 - Thursday, January 30

Thursday, January 23
Movie: The Rape of Europa - 2006 film - National Archives - 117 minutes -  noon

Book Review: A Curious Madness - Author Eric Jaffe explores the nature of guilt and innocence, psychiatry and the nature of justice in the military - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Lecture and discussion: Ethics, Politics and Institutions: A Moral Vocabulary for Modern Democracy - Kluge Center Lecture - Robin Lovin, 2013 Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History - Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - - Room LJ119 - Contact 202- 707-0213 - 3pm

Friday, January 24
Book Review: Never Call Retreat: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War - Author J. Lee Thompson -
National Archives - Noon

Movie: Jazz film - Black February:2010 - Madison Bldg - Library of Congress -101 Independence 7pm

Book Review: A Big Fat Crisis - Deborah A Cohen, MD - The problems and helps for treating eating
problems - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Movie: The Patience of Stone - 18th Annual Iranian Film Festival - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm -
Repeats Sunday at 2pm 

Saturday, January 25
Book Review: Our One Common Country: James B. Conroy discusses the aborted Peace Conference to avoid the Civil War - Politics and Prose - 1pm

Concert: Marquis Ensemble performs works by Piazzolla, Khachaturian and Schumann - Anderson House -
2118 Mass. Ave - 1:30pm

Book Review: The Second Arab Awakening - Author Marwan Muasher discusses efforts of State Building in the Middle East - Politics and Prose 3:30pm

Movie: "The Wagner Family - History of the Bayreuth Festival - National Gallery of Art - East - 4pm

Sunday, January 26
Children's Program:  (And adults who still want to be children) - Model airplanes flying in the Building Museum - DC Maxecuters Club - 401 F Street NW - 11am to 4pm

Children's Event: Story of Julia Child - Opportunity to create a piece of art inspired by her life and work.
National Portrait Gallery - 8th; and F NW - 2 - 5pm

Movie: "Nocturne: Britten - 2013 film about Britten's life - National Gallery of Art:East - 4pm

Monday, 27
Concert: In tribute to International Holocaust Remembrance Day - Works by Jewish Italian Composers performed by soprano Caroline Helton - resrvations required - -0 Emabassy of Italy - 7pm

Movie: "Indestructible II: Short films from Germany, Sweden and the former Soviet Union - Goethe-Institut 812 7th St. NW reservations - 6:30pm

Tuesday, 28
Presentation: The Sound of Broadway and Popular Song: How Arrangers and Orchestrators Transform the Songs We Hear - Mark Horowitz presenter - Jefferson Bldg - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture: "Searching for Life in teh Universe: What Does it Mean for Humanity - Astrobiologist David H. Grinspoon and Steven J. Dick - Room 119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 4pm

Wednesday, January 29
Presentation: "Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historic Quilts - Ashley W. Harris - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Ave. NW - 12 - 12:30pm

Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky - Novelist Nancy Horan tells the story of the love affair of Robert Louis Stevenson - Politics and Prose 7pm

Thursday, January 30
Movie: "The Monuments Men" - Advanced screening of the Columbia film about the U. S. Army platoon tasked with rescuing artistic works stolen by the Nazi - 118 minutes - National Archives - Check Archives website for advanced registration possibilities - 7pm

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, January 16 - Thursday, January 23

Thursday, January 16
Book Review: Ping-Pong Diplomacy - Author Nicholas Griffin reviews the opening and development of Chinese/American diplomatic relations after 1971 - Politics and Prose - 5015 Connecticut  NW 7PM

Concert: Take 5! with the Duende Quartet - Latin Jazz Ensemble - Music of Smithsonian Art Museum - Music of Shorter, Hancock Donald Byrd and Andrew Hill - Kogold Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 7th and 8th St. NW 5 - 7pm

Friday, January 17
Book Review: Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America's Open-Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals - Author Richard Rashke - National Archives Building - Noon

Movie: Iranian Film Festival - 2013 Drma "The Bright Day - Freer Gallery of Art - 12th ST. and Jefferson Drive SW - 7pm -And again on Sunday at 2pm

Saturday,  January 18
Book Review: Company Man - Author John Rizzo discusses the last 30 plus years of he CIA - Politics and Prose Book Store - 6pm

Concert: Jazz bassist, Gizmo - 22 year old graduate of Berklee College of Music - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Sunday, January 19
Lecture: The Terror Threat Today - John McLaughlin, former deputy director of the CIA & Johns Hopkins University - St. John's Episcopal Church - Lafayette Park - 16th and H NW - 10am
Monday,  January 20
Book Review: The Limits of Partnership - Author Angela E. Stent - A review of remaining issues from the Cold War with Russia - P and P - 7pm

Exhibits: Great Hall and Exhibits of the Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - open 8:30 - 4:30 Library of  Congress - Martin Luther King Day

Concert: Celebration of the Life Of the Rev. Martin Luther King - Great cast including Dionne Warwick Kennedy Center - Concert Hall - Tickets distributed one hour before 6 pm show time.  Be there early to be sure of a ticket

Concert/Special Event: Building the Peaceable Kingdom - Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King - Gospel Choir - Dancers - Drummers (Food donation/-Children's books required) - Washington National Cathedral - 2 - 4 pm

Tuesday, January 21
Movie: Italian Cultural Institute's series presents DeSica's 1963 film"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow of Italy - 3000 Whitehaven St. NW (although not near metro it provides a good opportunity to be in the Embassy just off Mass . Avenue near the vice president's home) - reservations required: www.licwashigton.esten- 7pm

Lecture: Brazil's Ambassador to the United States discusses "Gobal Moment - City View Room Elliot School of Internatinal Affairs - GWU - 1957 E Street NW - reservations required -   5:30pm Ambassador

Wednesday, January 22
Book Review: "We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For:The Promise of Civic Renewal in America - Peter Levine - Boys and Poets - 2021 14th Street NW - 6:30pm

Thursday, January 23
Movie: The Rape of Europa - 2006 -     National Archives - 117 minutes - Noon

Book Review: A Curious Madness - Author Eric Jaffe explores the nature of guiland innocence, the role of psychiatry in the military and the nature of justice

Lecture and Discussion:  Ethics, Politics and Institutions: A Moral Vocabulary for Modern Democracy Kluge Center Lecture by Robin Lovin - 2013 Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American  History - Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - Room LJ119 - Contact: 202-707-0213 - 3pm

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, January 9 - Thursday, January 15

Thursday, January 9
Book Review: “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America” - Author Thomas Healy – National Archives – noon

Film: ”The Loving Story” - Supreme Court Case striking down the Virginia law against interracial marriage -Film director Nancy Buirski presenter – National Archives – 7pm

Friday, January 10
Film: “ Charles Lloyd: Arrows into Infinity -A part of the series Jazz Film Friday – Mary Pickford Theatre -Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7pm

Film: “Inequality for All” - Jacob Kombluth's 2013 film – Woman's National Democratic Club – 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW - $5.00 – 7pm

Film: “Closed Curtain” - 2013 film presented by the Iranian Film Festival – Freer Gallery of Art - 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW – 7 pm (and again on Sunday at 2pm)

Saturday, January 11
Book Review: “Emergency Presidential Powers: AU Professor Chris Edelson considers possible dangerous precedents for the future – Politics and Prose Book Store – 1pm

Film: “MLK: The Making of A Holiday” - Historical Society of Washington, D. C. - 801 Street NW – 11:30 am

Book Review: “A Short Guide to a Long Life” David B. Amgus, M. D. - Thoughts on healthful practices -Politics and Prose - 6pm

Sunday, January 12
Book Review: “Norman Mailer” - Authorized biography by J. Michael Lennon – P and P – 5pm

Film: “Wagner's Jews” Hilan Warshaw's 2013 film with discussion to follow – Goethe Institut – 812 7th Street NW - For reservations – 703-370-1923 – 7:30pm

Monday, January 13
Concert: Arts Nova Chamber Orchestra: Works of Haydn, Beethoven and Janacek – Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street – 12:10pm

Concert: DakhaBrakha – Ukrainian Folk Music – Millennium Stage The Kennedy Center - 6pm

Tuesday, January 14
Lecture: Conversations on the Constitution: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer – National Archives -Entrance at 7th and Constitution NW - Sure to be packed arrive early to be sure to get a ticket - Event scheduled for 7pm (I plan to be there for the allotted 1 ticket per person about 6pm)

Performance: Staged Reading with musical performance - “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” - M.L. King Memorial Library – 6:30pm

Wednesday, January 15
Concert: Jazz Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk – Happenings at the Harmon – Sidney Harmon Hall – 610 F St. NW - Noon

Concert: Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6pm

About This Blog

I have attempted to create a weekly list of cultural experiences that are free and easily accessible in the greater D.C. area. It is my hope that this would bring more culture and stimulating thoughts into the lives of the wider population.

I am an elderly retiree who moved to Washington, D.C. fifteen years ago because of its many varied and enriching opportunities. Please share with me any thoughts you might have for extending this opportunity to others.

- Ron L.