Thursday, July 17, 2014

Show Canceled

The Danny Kaye "Pay-What-You-Can" performance that I so highly recommended that was scheduled for tonight, July 17, has been canceled.

Sorry about that.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Events for the weeks ahead: Thursday, July 17 - Monday, August 11

With the next blog not scheduled until Wednesday, August 13 I've concentrated on this week but tried to include a few events for the next month.  Once again you will see the type of events I am partial to - particularly with the listing of the Danny Kaye retrospective.  It barely qualifies for free with a "Pay What You Can" on Thursday.  But the show then runs until August 16.  I hope a new generation can be introduced to this tremendous talent.

A COMMENT AND A QUERY:  This blog was started with college, high school and seniors in mind.  (It's a group not primarily known for having children.)  I've recently included more events for children.  I'll continue that aspects only if it appears there is interest.  Please note that by comments on the blog or personal emails.

Thursday, July 17
Children's Program:  Story Time and Hands on activities - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th ST. NW - - 2:30 - 4pm

Book Talk:  The Mockingbird Next Door - Author Marja's talks with HARPER LEE - Politics & Prose - 7pm

Concert:  The Four Cool Blue Maniacs and tenor sax player Brian Settles perform All Mingus - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 8pm

Performance:  An Evening With Danny Kaye - New Century Theater Company - 2700 South Lang Street - Arlington, Virginia - PAY WHAT YOU CAN - 8pm - They tell me these preview crowds are rather small.

Friday, July 18
Concert:  Jazz Trumpeter Tom Williams - Jazz in the Garden - Sculpture Garden- NG of Art - 5-8:30pm

Film:  Aberdeen - A Modern Hong Kong Family - 2014 Film from the Made in Hong Kong Film Festival - Freer Gallery of Art - The National Mall - 7pm

Saturday, July 19
Art Tour:  Special Exhibit - Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction at the National Portrait Gallery - Led by Duke University Professor Rick Powell - 8th and F Streets NW - 2pm

Song and Dance:  London Players recreate London's Music Hall Tradition - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Children's Program:  Made of Clay:  Folk tale from Southern Italy and investigating Terra cotta figures for ages 4 - 7 - West Building -  NG of Art - 10:340 & 11:30 & 12:30 & 1:30 - Repeats Sunday and Monday

Children's Program:  Explore works of Art for children 8 - 11 - West Building - NG of Art - 11 & 1pm
Repeats Sunday

Children's Program:  Matt Tavares signs, "Becoming Babe Ruth" and various team mascots appear -
Smithsonian - American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery - 11:30 and 3pm

Children's Program:  Various National baseball stars are participating in area library reading programs:
Mat Williams at Tenley-Friendship Library - at 11am
Drew Storen at Mount Pleasant Library at Noon

Sunday, July 20
Children's Program:  Made of Clay:  Folk tale from Southern Italy and investigating Terra cotta figures for ages 4 - 7 - West Building -  NG of Art - 11:30 & 12:30 & 1:30 & 2:30 & 3:30

Children's Program:  Explore works of Art for children 8 - 11 - West Building - NG of Art - Noon and 2pm

Children's Program:  Sing and Shake with Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres - Cleveland Park Library - 3310 Conn. Ave. for ages 5 and under - 2pm

Concert:  The acapella group, Reverb - National Building Museum - 401 F Street NW - 2  - 3pm  (Note:  a building unknown to many - a great space to take children - see it for its historic and architectural value.)

Film:  Black Maria Film Festival: Documentary Shorts - West Building Lecture Hall - NGArt - 4pm

Film:  Benny Chan's 2013 action filled movie, "The White Swan" at the Hong Kong Film Festival - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Monday, July 21
Concert:  Cuban son band Conjunto Chappottin - Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage - 6pm

Lecture:  Cornell's David Sibley will discuss"One Hundred Years Since the War to End All Wars" - Georgetown Library - 3260 R Street NW - 7pm

Film:  America's Fukushima - about the 10,000 abandoned uranium mines in the US - Busboys and Poets 1025 5th St. NW - 7 - 9pm 

Tuesday, 22
Children's Program:  Blue Sky Puppet Theatre presents Rufus with Dr. Science - MLK Library - 10am

Concert:  Singer/violinist Kendall Isadore at Music on the Mall - 12th St. and Jefferson Drive - Noon - 1pm

Lecture:  A Grain of Wisdom: Botany, Evolution and the History of Cereal - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - reservation required - 202-225-8333 -  Noon - 1pm

Discussion :  President  Warren G. Harding's love letters to Carrie Fulton Phillips - Archivist Karen Linn Fernia and Ohio historian James D. Robinalt - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Lib. of Congress - 2pm

Wednesday,  July 23
Concert:  Sounds of Korea - Traditional music and dance - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Biding- Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Five Came Back:  A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War - Mark Harris tells of Ford, Wyler, Huston, Capra and Stevens - National Archives - noon

Concert:  Jazz with Julia Fanning - L'Enfant Plaza - 10th and D SW - 11:30 - 1:30pm

Concert:  Lest We Forget:  A Tribute to our Nation's Heroes - Sylvan Theater - Washington Monument Grounds - 15th and Independence SW - 8pm

Thursday, July 24
Book Talk:  Good Morning, Mr. Mandella - Zelda la Grange recounts her experience working and traveling with the leader who "liberated not only the black man but the white man too: - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Concert:  Blues music  performed by the Moonshine Society - Garden Lawn Terrace - U. S. Botanic Garden - 5 - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of  the Civil Rights Movement with Julian Bond, Matt Herron, Aviva Kempner and Askia Muhammad - Busboys and Poets - 6:30 - 8:30pm

Film:  Silvo Soldini's 2000 film Bread and Tulips -  reservations required - - Italian Cultural Institue - Embassy of Italy - 3000 Whitehall St. Nw (at Mass. Ave) - 6:30

Friday, July 25
Book Talk:  The Greatest Comeback - Author Patrick J. Buchanan's take on Richard Nixon - P&P - 7pm

Tuesday, July 27
Film and Panel Discussion:  Crisis Behind A Presidential Commitment - Clash between President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Governor George Wallace at the University of Alabama - Michele Norris Johnson with Sharon Malone, Peggy Wallace and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend - National Archives - 7pm

Wednesday, July 30
Book Talk:  Not to Be Missed - Movie critic talks about films with Susan Stamberg - P&P - 7pm

Friday, August 1
Film:  Jazz: A Masterpiece by Midnight - Ken Burns Episode Ten - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  The Nixon Defense - John W. Dean - P and P - 7pm

Tuesday, August 5
Book Talk:  Blue-Eyed Boy - Marine Lieutenant/Journalist Robert Timberg talks about what the Viet Nam era meant to him and the nation as a whole - P and P - 7pm

Wednesday, August 6
Book Talk:  The Nixon Tapes - Douglas Brinkley - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Thursday, August 7
Book Talk:  On Looking - Alexandra Horowitz shows a better way to see the world around us - P&P 7pm

Monday, August 11
Book Talk:  The Vanishing Neighbor - Marc J. Dunkelman tells of what we might be losing in over-use of the social media - P and P 7pm

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, July 10 - Thursday, July 17

So much to do! So Much to learn!  So much to enjoy!  Try as I may the list keeps growing.  In one day there are eight things to do .I've also attempted to include a few more children's activities for the summer.  I hope you can enjoy some.

Thursday, July 10
Lecture:  Washington's Civil War Forts and Parks - B. Franklin Cooling and Loretta Newman celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr. - MLK Library - 7pm

Concert:  Ruthie and the Wranglers - National Gallery Lawn Terrace - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave.SW - 5 - 7pm

Concert:  Marine Big Band - West Terrace - U. S. Capitol - 8pm

Friday, July 11
Book Talk:  The Secret Club that Runs The World - Author Kate Kelly discusses the commodities market - P and P - 7pm

Film:  Jazz: Episode Seven - Ken Burns "Dedicated to Chaos" - Swing during WWII - National Archives Noon

Concert:  Jazz in the Garden - The Rick Whitehead Trio - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5 - 8:30pm

Sculpture Tour:  A guided Walk through the Foggy Bottom area to view the biennial outdoor exhibit, Sculpted: Histories Revealed - Meet at New Hampshire Avenue and I Street NW - 7pm

Children's Event:  Summer Science: Make a boat out of clay,foil, paper,cardboard and see how much cargo it can carry - Ages 5 and older - Cleveland park Library - Reservations required - 202-282-3080 - 3:30pm

Saturday, July 12
Children's Program:  See-Wonder-Poetry - Observe works of Art in the NGA - for children 8 -11- National Gallery of Art - 11am and 1pm

Book Talk:  Seriously Not All Right - Author Ron Capps tells of founding the VETERANS WRITING PROJECT as a result of his experiences in Kosovo, Darfur and Afghanistan - P and P - 3:30pm

Gallery Tour:  Observe Shakespeare's influence on the lives of others - National Portrait Gallery - 8th and F - 1:30pm

Block Party:  For Central Union Mission - food, games, bounce houses and 200 voice choir from Dallas - Central Union Mission - 65 Mass Ave. NW - Noon - 3pm

Sunday, July 13
Children's' Program:  See-Wonder-Poetry - Observe works of art in the NGA - for children 8 - 11 - National Gallery of Art - Noon and 2pm

Book Talks:  When Doctors Won't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnosis and Unnecessary Tests - Author Leana S. Wen - P and P - 1pm
In Praise of Intransigence:  The Perils of Flexibility - Author Richard H Weisberg - P and P - 5pm

Concert:  Pianist Sara Daneshpour performs works by Franck, Schumann and Ravel - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G and 7th Streets NW - 3pm

Concert:  Pop/Americana sounds of Laura Tsaggaris and her band with patriotic parade - Rose Park - 26th and 0 NW - Georgetown - 5 - 6:30pm

Concert:  NSO Summer Symphony presents works of Saint-Saens and Rimsky-Korsakov - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film:  From Vault to Screen: Canyon Cinema 16 - varied subjects - National Gallery of Art Lecture Hall - 4pm

Monday, July 14
Book Talk:  When the United States Spoke French - Author Francois Furstenberg tells of five Frenchmen who came to the US in 1789 - P and P - 7pm

Concert:  Outta the Blue - Woodrow Wilson Plaza - 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. - Noon - 1:30pm

Concert:  Music  in the Library - Acoustic concerts by local groups - MLK Library - 3pm

Book Talk:  The Eichmann Trial - Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University Department of Jewish and Holocaust Studies - Lohrfink Auditorium - Hariri Building - Georgetown University - Noon - 1:30pm

Book Talk:  The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - Glee star Chris Colfer - MLK Library - 6:30pm

Tuesday, July 15
Children's Activity:  Tutor Tots:  Summer Fun in the Sun - reading, singing and playing - ages 2 through 4 - $5.00 fee - Tutor Place Historic House and Gardens - 1644 31st Street NW - 10 - 10:45

Children's Activity:  Story time and activities - Japanese Information and Culture Center - 1115 18th Street NW - reservations required - - 1am - 12:30PM - repeats Thursday 23:30 - 4:00pm

Concert:  U. S. Army Blues presents "Big Band Tunes of the Greatest Generation - National World War II Memorial - 17th Street and Independence Ave. NW - 6pm

Book Talk:  Spies, Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War - International Spy Museum - 800 F ST.NW - noon

Book Talk: My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Family, My Faith, Our Future -
U. S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) - Bus Boys and Poets - 1025 5th ST. NW - 6:30 - 8pm

Film:  Terre Rosse - Dennis Della's film of 2008 - Italian Cultural Institute - Embassy of Italy - 3000 Whitehaven at Mass Ave. NW - reservations required - - 6:30pm

Lecture:  Folk Music, Archives and Performing: Experiences, Adventures and Great Stories - Joseph C. Hickerson, former archivist and head of the Library of Congress's Folk Culture Archive - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  American Catch - Author Paul Greenberg explores the seafood industry - P and P - 7pm

Wednesday, July 16

Concert:  NSO Chamber Orchestra - works by various classical composers - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film:  Michael Maglaras"s "The great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 6:30pm

Film:  "Jin Jin" - Yamada's 2013 film - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St.. NW -  Reservations Required -, - 6:30pm

Film:  Last Year in Marienbad - Alain Resnais's 1961 film - Embassy of France - 4001 Reservoir Road NW - reservations required - marienbad.evenbritecom - 7pm

Thursday, July 17
Book Talk:  The Mockingbird Next Door - Author Marja's talks with HARPER LEE - P & P - 7pm

Concert:  The Four Cool Blue Maniacs and tenor sax player Brian Settles perform All Mingus - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 8pm

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, July 3 - Thursday, July 10

       The listing is smaller this week with an emphasis on concerts and films rather than lectures and books. Perhaps the summer is a time for aesthetics over intellect!!? Notice the new venue for movies - Dumbarton House and Italian Embassy.  And if the heat gets too much at the Folk life festival you can see some of the performers at the Millennium stage.
        A great way to start the Fourth for those of us staying in town would be the concert at the Washington National Cathedral.

Thursday, July 3
Concert:  Baritone Thomas Hampton performs American music from colonial days to the present - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building Library of Congress - tickets were distributed but stand-by is generally available - 2pm

Concert:  Kenya's Makadam - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Panel Discussion:  Poets and Patriotism: The 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner Mark Clague, University of Michigan and Susan Key, Star Spangled Music Foundation - Whittal Pavilion, Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 12:30 - 1:30pm

Friday, July 4 
Concert:  Patriotic Organ Recital with National Cathedral Organ,, Washington Symphonic Brass, U. S. Navy Sea Chanters and Pipe Dreams Michael Barone - Washington National Cathedral - 11:00AM

Exhibits open:  Library of Congress - Open on the holiday - A great day to visit a beautiful building and its  exhibits - 8:30am - 4:30pm

Concert: Special Independence Day Bash - Varied Performers - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm
Saturday, July 5
Children's Event:  Exploring Heraldry - for ages 6-12 - Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 East Capitol -
reservations suggested - - 10 - 11am
Concert:  Chinese performers from the Folk Life Festival  - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Sunday, July 6

Monday, July 7
Concert:  Outstanding vibraphonist Chuck Redd's jazz group - Millennium Stage - KC - 6pm

Concert:  U. S. Navy Band's Country Currents - West Steps - U. S. Capitol - 8pm


Tuesday, July 8
Book Talk:  South Pacific Cauldron:  World War II's Great Forgotten Battlegrounds - National Archives -

Panel Discussion:  Trial by Jury - Magna Carta and It's Influence in Criminal Law and Legal Representation -
Area law experts - Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 1pm

Concert:  Songs of the 1930's: Barber, Gershwin, Porter and Ives -  Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G Street NW - 12:10pm

Film:  Giuseppe Gigliorosso's 2013 film, "ore Diciotto in punto" - Embassy of Italy - reservations required - - 3000 Whitehaven Street NW at Mass Ave. - 6:30pm

Wednesday, July 9
Book Talk:  The People's Republic of Amnesia:  Louisa Lim looks at the 1989 Tiananmen uprising - Politics and  Prose - 7pm

Children's Program:  Films - Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt - ages 4 and older - West Building Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art - Noon

Children's Program:  Film - Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist - ages 8 and older - 

Panel Discussion:  Afghanistan's Future: Politics, Prosperity and Security Under New Leadership - Respresentatives from the Asia foundation and National Defense University - reservations required - 202-833-2742 - Asia Society - Whittemore House - 1526New Hampshire Ave. NW - 2 -- 3:30pm

Film:  Jane Austen Film Series, Paltrow's "Emma" - Dumbarton House - 2715 Q Street NW - 8:30pm 

Thursday, July 10
Concert:  Ruthie and the Wranglers - National Gallery Lawn Terrace - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave.SW - 5 - 7pm

Book Review:  Mayor for Life: The Incredible story of Marion Barry, Jr. - martin Luther King, Jr. Library - 901 G Street NW - 7pm