Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Events of the Week - Thursday, March 27 - Wednesday, April 2

There's nothing as fascinating as last week's discussion of the Hobby Lobby case involving Baylor University President Kenneth Starr and Attorney Alan Dershowitz, but if you want political drama you might want to hear Charles Krauthammer and David Plouffe discuss political issues.  Of course it is the only listed event for which there is a charge - $10.00.  It's on Sunday at the Lisner Auditorium - GWU - 730 21st ST.NW- 8pm

Thursday, March 27
 Book Talk:  Author Walid Phares discusses events around the Arab Spring in The Lost Spring: U. S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid - Politics and Prose - 7pm 

Film:  The City and Men and Dust - Two 1939 films announcing a call to rebuild the cities - Part of the 2014 Environmental Film Series - National Archives - Noon

Film:  HR6161: An Act of Congress - A Bill to Amend the Clean Air Act - Charles Guggenheim's  film as part of the Environmental Film Festival -  National Archives - 7pm

Lecture:  Historian Robert Kagan and Scholar John Bew discuss, "Real Politik and American Exceptionalism" - Room 119 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert:  Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio performs works of Brahms, Ravel and Ikebe - Meyer Auditorium - Freer Gallery of Art - The Mall - Reservations required - 202-633-1000 - 7:30pm

Friday, March 28
Book Talk:  Sean Theriault discusses "The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress" National Archives - Room G-25 - Pennsylvania Ave. Entrance - Noon

Book Talk:  Michio Kaku discuss his book, "The Future of the Mind:  The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind: - P and P - 7pm

Saturday, March 29
Book Talk:  Paul Taylor of the Pew Center discusses, "The Next America" - P and P - 1pm

Film:  Czech Animated Shorts II - Selection of ten brief film shorts - National Gallery of Art - East Building - 1:30pm

Family Activity:  Cherry Blossom Kite Festival - Washington Monument Grounds - - 10am - 4:30pm

Film:  "Nature Unfolds" Environmental Film Festival animated shorts from U. S., Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands - East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art  10:30am

Sunday, March 30 
Concert:  Songs, Operatic Scenes Spirituals - Alessandra Marc, Soprano and Issachah Savage,Tenor - Church of the Annunciation - 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW - One block west of Wisconsin - 5pm

Film:  "Northern Lights: Semi-fictional 1970's documentary of a midwest populist movement pre WWI -
National Gallery of Art - East Building - 2pm

Lecture:  Sixty-third A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts - Princeton University Professor of History Anthony Grafton - How Jesus Celebrated Passover: The Jewish Origins of Christianity - National Gallery of Art - East Building - Small Auditorium - 2pm

Concert:  Marimba player NaokoTakada - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art -6:30pm

Monday, March 31
Book Talk:  Brookings Fellow, Bruce Jones discusses, "Still Ours to Lead" - P and P - 7pm

Lecture:  Singer-Songwriter David Bromerg launches the American Folklife Center's new interview series, "Open Mic: Conversations About Tradition and Inspiration" - Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Contact: 202-707-5510 - Noon

Lecture:  Julia Marushevska discusses her involvement in protests in Ukraine - Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E ST. NW -reservations required - - 4 - 5pm

Lecture:  Center on Education Policy founder, Jack Jennings discusses "Presidents Congress and Public Education: School Improvement in a Political Atmosphere - City View Room - Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E St. nw - reservations required - jenningsatgsehd.eventbrite,com - 5pm

Tuesday, April 1
Concert:  Washington Bach Consort and organist Neil Weston - Church of the Epiphany - 13 17 G Street 12:10pm

Film: Miloslav Luther's 2009 film "Mosquitoes' Tango" - about two emigrant returning to Slovakia - Embassy of Slovak Republic - 3523 International Court NW - near Van Ness metro - reservations required - - 7pm

Wednesday, April 2
Concert:  Air Force Strings and organist perform, Poulenc's "Concerto for Organ" - St. John's Church - Lafayette Square - 12:10 - 12:45pm

Lecture: Journalist Shahan Mufti discusses, "The Endangered Promise of Pakistan Democracy and Islam in the First Islamic Republic" - Rom 270 - Bunn Intercultural Center - Georgetown University - - 12:30pm

Discussion: "A World Tour of Orchids" Smithsonian Institution orchid specialist Tom Mirenda - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - 6:30 - 7:30pm

Comedic Performance: "A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup" - Tokyo clown Yanomi Shoshinz - Sidney Harmon Hall - 610 F St. NW - Reservations suggested - 202-547-5688 - Noon

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