Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Events of the Week - Thursday, June 26 - Thursday, July 3

The highlight for the next two week-ends is, of course, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival on the National Mall.  When it rains or gets too hot there are the usual outstanding free and easily accessible events throughout the city.

Two items are particularly noteworthy this week:.

JAZZ:  Regular followers of the blog are undoubtedly aware of my interest in jazz - particularly from the 30's and 40's!  Tomorrow night provides an opportunity to hear the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra pay tribute to the Newport Jazz festival.  To be assured of a seat, I'd recommend reserve a seat at  If jazz is an interest of yours, check the further item I'll post immediately following this posting.

Politics and Prose Bookstore provides a remarkable Saturday with five books being reviewed in one day. What a remarkable resource in our city - obviously all of us can subscribe to their mailings to learn of their events, but I shall continue to list those I find particularly interesting.

Thursday, June 26
Concert:  Jazz Masterworks Orchestra celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival - National Archives - 7pm

Book Review:  What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life - Author Marc Leepson - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Pianist Gen Tomuro - music by French composers in honor of Degas/Cassatt - West Garden Court  National Gallery of Art - 12:10pm

Book Review:  Marion Barry discusses his book, "Mayor For Life" - Busboys and Poets - 2021 14thNW -

Friday, June 27
Film:  Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns - Swing: The Velocity of Celebration - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Nairobi Half Life - Nairobi young man seeks to follow his dream of an acting career - Freer Gallery of Art - National Mall - 7pm

Saturday, June 28
Book Reviews:  Four books are being reviewed at Politics and Prose:

Enduring Courage - Author John F. Ross biography of Eddie Rickenbacker - 1pm

Three books - The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D. C -  A History Lovers Guide to Washington, D. C.and Wild Women of Washington, D. C. - various authors - all at 3:30pm

Performance:  Dance and Songs of Hawaii - U. S. Botanic Garden - 11am

Children's  Event:  Creative art work may be made by children after hearing stories about John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt - National Portrait Gallery - 1 - 4pm

Sunday, June 29
Children's Program:  Repeat of above program - National Portrait Gallery - 2 -5pm

Book Review:  Ford's Theatre - Author Brian Anderson - P and P - 1pm

Book Review:  Temptations of Power - Shadi Hamid discusses various Islamic groups - P and P - 5pm

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Chamber Players - works by Bach, Mozart and Dittersdorf - National Gallery of art - 6:30pm

Film:  Beijing Bicycle - Wang Xiaoashual's 2001 film - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Monday, June 30
Book Review:  The Second Amendment: A Biography - Michael Waldman - P and P -7pm

Concert:  Michael Scoglio performs folk, rock and Americana: Ronald Reagan Building - Noon - 1:30pm

Tuesday, July 1
Concert:  U. S. Air force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Flag -
West Steps - U. S. Capitol - 8pm

Film:  Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights act of 1964 with two academy award winning documentaries - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Roy Del Ruth's 11951 film, "On Moonlight Bay" - Hudson Institute-Ethics and Public Policy Center - 1015 15th St.NW - reservations required - - 5:30PM

Comedy Performance:  Actor James Adomian - Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Wednesday, July 2
Book Talk:  Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty - Author Elizabeth Mitchell National Archives - Noon    

Concert:  Music of the War of 1812: David and Ginger Hildebrand - Ballads and songs of the period - Society of Cincinnati - Anderson House - 2118 Mass. Ave. NW -  6pm

Performance:  China's Quanzhou Puppet Troupe - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Thursday, July 3
Lecture and Concert:  Poets and Patriotism: The 200th Birthday of the Star Spangled Banner - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 12:30 - 1pm.- Rush tickets may also be available for the concert -  Thomas Hampton performing music from the colonial days to the present - Coolidge Auditorium - 2pm 

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