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


  1. Ron - I just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for putting this together every week! This is such a fantastic resource for me and my friends. Best - Alex