Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, May 29 - Thursday, June 5

There are several items to call to your special attention this week:

  • I've included two reasonably priced events this week.  One because of its timeliness (the situation in Ukraine) and the second because of its timelessness and beauty (Brahms' Requiem),
  • I've included the book talk at the Jerusalem Fund since the topic is ALWAYS timely and  it is held at a venue few people seem to know about, and
  • I've included the concert at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center Sunday because it features some unusual performers. 
I'd also like to encourage your responding to the blog with corrections and noting other similar stimulating and challenging topics covered at free and easily accessible locales.  I'd also welcome your reporting on the blog any reactions you might have to events your have found particularly meaningful.  

Thursday, May 29
Concert:  A Salute to Veterans - U. S. Army Concert Band - National World War II Memorial - 17th Street and Independence Avenue SW - 6pm

Friday, May 30
Film:  Jazz Diplomacy - From the Vaults of he National Archives -various short films on the use of jazz as a diplomatic tool - 60 minutes - National Archives - noon

Poetry Reading:  From the works of Countee Cullen - Poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Tim Siebles - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert - Jazz in the Garden - Bruce Ewan's blues harmonica - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5- 8:30pm

Concert:  Works of Faure, Rota and Khachaturian performed by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra - Millennium Stage - 6pm

Concert:  Blue Grass Meets Country with Steep Canyon Rangers and Daily and Vincent - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Free tickets available through Ticketmaster and Rush tickets available 2 hours before performance - Performance 7pm

Book Talk:  Author Anand Giridharada's "The True American" explores ideas of tolerance and mercy - Politics and Prose Bookstore - 7pm

Saturday, May 31
Book Talk:  American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us And Why - Author Mark Stein - considers patterns of behavior ranging from the Salem Witch trials to the McCarthy hearings that illuminate American society's basic beliefs, values and tendencies - Politics and Prose - 3:30pm 

Film:  Martin Scorsese presents masterpieces of Polish Cinema, Black Cross (Knights of the Teutonic Order - (173 minute film became the biggest box office success in Polish film history) - National Gallery of Art - East building - 2pm

Sunday, June 1
Art Lecture:  The Girl With A Pearl Earring:The Making of An Icon - East Building auditorium - National Gallery of Art - 2pm

Concert:  Emmanuel Ceysson, harp music by 19th Century French composers in honor of Degas/Cassatt exhibit - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 6:30pm

Concert:  30th Annual Concert sponsored by VSA Young Soloists featuring musicians and vocalists from around the world who have a disability - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Monday, June 2
Films:  The EuroAsia Festival presents short films from China and Germany - Goethe-Institut - 812 7th Street NW - reservations required - - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  Andrew Kaufman discusses "Give 'War and Peace' A Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times" - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Concert:  U. S. Navy Band's Commodores - Jazz on the West Capitol Steps - 8pm

Tuesday, June 3
Concert:  U. S. Air Force Concert Band, Singing Sergeants, "Music from Stage and Screen saluting 70th anniversary of D-Day - U. S. Capitol - West steps - 8pm

Concert:  Magdalina Melkonyan performs Armenian and Russian music - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street NW - 12:10pm

Book Talk:  The Second Amendment, Author Michael Waldman - National Archives - Noon

Films:  EuroAsia Shorts from Korea and Italy - reservations required Korea Cultural Center - 2370 Mass. Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Requiem Sing-A-Long:  Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem - with J. Reily Lewis - $10-$12 - Western Presbyterian Church - 2401 Virginia Ave. NW - 7:30pm

Wednesday, June 4
Concert:  Organist Alan Morrison at historic St. John's Church in Lafayette Park - 12:10 - 12:45pm

Lecture:  Former U. S. Representative Patricia Schroeder discusses her career - Room 119 - Jefferson building - Library of Congress - 1pm

Films:  EuroAsia Shorts from Japan and Spain - reservations required - - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 115018th Street NW -  6:30pm

Discussion and Lecture:  Events Unfolding in the Ukraine:Understanding the Situation - featuring former residents and peace corps members - Woman's National Democratic Club - 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW - Cost $5 - $15 - Buffet at 12 and program at 12:30

Thursday, June 5
Book Talk:  Genesis: Truman, American Jews and the Origin of the Arab/Israeli Conflict - Author John Judis - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia avenue NW - 12:30 - 2:00pm

Concert:  U. S. Army Chorus and St. Albans School Chorale perform music of Virgil Thompson and others 
West Building - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 12:10

Forum Discussion:  The Role of Congress in International Crises - Former members of congress and others discuss the interpretation of war powers - National Archives - 7pm

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Events of the Week:Thursday, May 22 - Wednesday. May 28

Thanks to grandson, Jake, for keeping the blog alive, I return to an exciting week featuring a vast array of unusual concerts.  Also be sure to check out the new gallery shows at the National Gallery of Art.  It was fascinating to spend three weeks in the Netherlands and Germany, but I think no other city has the vast number of free cultural programs as DC.  

Thursday, May 2
Book Talk:  James Webb, former Senator and Secretary of the Navy discusses, "I Heard My Country Calling" - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  A Salute to Veterans: Big Band Tunes of he Greatest Generation - U. S. Army Blues -
World War II Memorial - 6pm

Book Talk:  The Keillor Reader: Stories Essays, Poems and Personal reminiscences from the Sage of Lake Wobegon - Author Garrison Keillor - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  Musical traditions of Ukraine with band Gerdan - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon 

Friday, May 23
Gallery Talk:  Accompanying the exhibit of Degas/Cassatt is a lecture about Degas' influence on Cassatt - West Building Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art - held often during the week but today at 11am

Concert:  Jazz in the Garden - Features Elikeh, an Afrofunk band from Togo -The initial concert for the summer season in the garden of the National Gallery of Art - 5pm until 8:30pm

Film: Continued showing of Ken Burn's Jazz Series - "Our Language" - includes iconic performance spaces like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom - Series continues every Friday through June 27 - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Author Kai Bird discusses, "The Good Spy" - Politics and Prose Bookstore - 7pm

Concert:  Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival features saxophonist Lakeci Benjamin - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm - Check the  Millennium website for other performances in this series

Saturday, May 24
Opera Film:  The Magic Flute - Ingmar Bergman's 1975 adaptation of the Mozart Classic - East  Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art - 1pm

Children's Program:  Hear a story about and create art work in the style of Romare Bearden - National Portrait Gallery - 1 - 4pm - Repeats Sunday 2 - 5pm

Sunday, May 25
Concert:  Jazz Concert - Robin Verheyen, saxophonist and Marco Copland, pianist - West Building -
West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Film:  A Short Film about Killing - Polish cinema's Krzysztof Kieslowski film - East Building - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Concert:  National Memorial Day Choral Concert with U. S. Symphony Orchestra - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - rush tickets available for 3pm concert

Concert:  Slovenian operatic soprano Irena Preda as part of the European Month of Culture with various operatic selections - Millennium stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Monday, May 26
Concert:  European Month of Culture continues with classical music trio performing the music of various composers - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Tuesday, May 27
Book Talk:  Author Joshua Fields Millburn discusses "Everything That Remains: A memoir by the Minimalists" P & P - 7pm

Concert:  Clipper City Brass Quintet - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street NW - 12:10pm

Concert:  Estonian Chamber Choir ad Orchestra perform works of Estonian Composer Arvo Part - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - 6 pm 

Wednesday, May 28
Book Talk: Author Michael Mandelbaum discusses "The Road to Global Prosperity' - P & P - 7pm

Film and Lecture:  Freedom Summer - Film maker Stanley Nelson introduces and discusses his new documentary about the attempts to register African American voters in Mississippi in 1964 - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  NGA Chamber players present music from The Czech Republic, Malta, Romania and Slovenia -
West Building - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 12:10pm

Concert:  Klezmer Trumpeter Frank London presents music of Jewish life in Hungary in tribute to Holocaust victims - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert:  Youtube on Stage Live from the Kennedy Center - John Legend and others - Opera House Kennedy Center - 7:30pm - tickets distributed in Hall of Nations at 6pm

Panel discussion:  Blue Note at 75 series - "The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy" - reservations required - - Goethe Institut 812 7th Street NW - 6:30pm

Concert:  "A Tribute to Marvin Hamisch" with soprano Mary Millbin - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Avenue NW - reservations required -

Discussion:  "Gay Rights and Religious Freedom: Is Common Ground Possible?' panel representing varous religious perspectives - sponsored by Moment Magazine and the Newseum institute - reservations required at - Knight Conference Center - Newseum - 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 14

Another guest post this week from Ron's grandson. Enjoy the city!

Book Talk: Intimate Collaborations: Kandisnky and Munter, Arp and Taeuber - Bibiana Obler, assistant professor of art history at GWU - Phillips Collection - 6:30 pm

Lecture: Serge Diaghilev's 'Ballets Russes' and Russian Imperial Porcelain - Tina Khmelnitskaya of the Hermitage Museum - Jefferson Building, LOC - Noon

Concert: Blue Note at 75: Bassist Derrick Hodge - Millennium Stage - 6 pm

Concert: Mother's Day Concert - The Mendelssohn Piano Trio plays works by Beethoven - McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3 pm

Discussion: Louis Lowry and Michael Mitnick (screenwriter) - Discussing the development of Lowry's The Giver from book to film - Madison Building, LOC - 10 am

Event: Pilates in the Park  - Led by an instructor from Yoga District, all skill levels welcome (each Tuesday and Thursday until June 19) - Farragut Square Park - 5:30 pm

Concert: Works by Lithuanian Composers - Performed by pianist Edvinas Minkstimas - West Garden Court, NGA - 12:10 pm