Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, August 28 - Thursday, September 4

So much to see and do.  There's no reason for us not to be the most informed citizens of the country - and all for free.

Thursday, August 28
Film:  Afternoon of a Faun - Film director Nancy Buirski introduces film of prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq-
National Archives - 7pm

Broadway Show:  Yentl - Pay what you can preview - Theatre J - 1529 16th street NW - 7:30pm - repeats again on Sunday night at 7:30

Special Celebration:  It Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing: U Street Memories from Ellington To Gaye - Bus Boys and Poets Bookstore - 2021 14th Street NW - 6:30 - 9:30PM

Tour:  Heirloom Gardens: Prior to 1950 - National Museum of American History - Mall Street Entrance - 1pm

Friday, August 29
Concert:  Dixie Power Trio - zydeco music - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5 - 8:30pm

Concert:  D. C.'s best street performers presented by Metro - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Saturday,  August 30
Festival:  National Book Festival - Various Authors appear for  the 14th Library of Congress annual event - Walter E. Washington Convention center - 10am - 10pm

New Exhibit Opening:  American Bison - 125 Anniversary - National Zoo - 3001 Conn. Ave. NW - 10am

Sunday, August 31
Concert:  NSO Labor Day Concert - Annual Feature Concert - National Capitol West Lawn - Rehearsal 3:30pm and performance at 8pm

Concert:  Classical Choral Music by 140 YouthCUE singers - National Cathedral - Mass at Wisc Ave.NW - 7:30pm

Film:  Watermark - 2013 art film on the water works of nature over time - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 2pm

Monday,  September 1
Cool off on Labor Day and enjoy the culture of one of DC's free museums

Tuesday, September 2
Concert:  Cellist Ismar Gomes performs classical works - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G NW - noon

Concert:  Peruvian Jazz singer Corina Bartra - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film:  Aramori cocktails and three short films - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW reservations required - - 6pm - repeats with different films (and tasting on Wednesday - same time)  

Special Event:  George Preston Bush grandson of George H. W. Bush  leads celebration of end of WWII - National WWII Memorial - 9am

Wednesday, September 3
Discussion:  Iraq in Crisis: Understanding the Challenges Confronting the Nation - Raed Jarrar, American Friends Service Committee, Adil Shamoo, Institute for Policy Studies and Sami Albanna, Commentator - The Palestine Center/The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development - 2425 Virginia Ave.NW - 1 - 2pm

Book Talk:  Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works - Author Elizabeth Green - P and P - 7pm

Lecture:  Alberto Ruy-Sanchez' discusses the life and work of Octavo Paz on the 100th anniversary of his birth - Auditorium -Inter-American Bank - 1330 New York Avenue - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  A History of Rock Creek Park - Authors Scott Einberger and Steven R. Mckevitt - Kramer Books - 1517 Conn. Ave.NW - 6:30pm

Special Exhibit:  Kafka and Co.- featuring Czech cartoonist drawings and etchings - reservations required - - The Embassy of the Czech Republic - 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW - 6 - 9pm

                                                               Thursday, September 4
Art Exhibit:  Amen - A Prayer for the World - Featuring 48 Egyptian artists and a Reception for the Egyptian Ambassador - Washington national Cathedral - reservations at - 7 - 8:30pm

Lecture:  The European Union at the Crossroads:Completing Integration or Hastening Disintegration - Stephen Leibfried of Bremen University - reservations required - - Room 701 -Bunn Intercultural Center - Georgetown University - Noon - 2pm

Lecture:  Becoming Soviet: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Stalin Times - Bamberg University Professor Malte Rolf - Reservations required - guevents.georgetown .edu - McGhee Library -  Bunn Intercultural center - Georgetown University - 3pm

Film:  Old Dog - 2011 Chinese Film - Freer gallery of Art - The Mall - 7pm

Special Event:  106th Birthday Celebration of the birth of Richard Wright - features authors Marita Golden, Tope Folarin, and Derrick Weston Brown - reservations required - - Folger Shakespeare Library - 201 East Capitol St. SE - 6 - 8pm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, August 21 - Thursday, August 28

     The list this week is somewhat abbreviated because of time constraints and a rather limited number of attractive events.  Next week, after publishing the list of events for a year, I'll plan a few changes in the format and content of the weekly blog.  I'll appreciate any recommendations from you for making the site more useful.  

Thursday, August 21
Concert:  Take 5 Jazz Concert quintet paying tribute to drummer Tony Williams - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 8th and G - 5 - 8pm

Concert:  Morrison Brothers perform country and rock - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 100 Maryland Ave. SW 7pm

Tour:  Amber Waves of Grain - Botanic Garden Director Ari Novy leads tour and discussion of how grains have been utilized by humans - U. S, Botanic Garden - Reservations required - 202-225-8333 - 10:30 - 11:30am

Friday, August 22
Concert:  Jazz Clarinetist Seth Kibel - Jazz in the Garden - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5 to 8:30pm

Concert:  U. S. Marine Band performs chamber music - Millennium Stage Kennedy Center - 6pm 

Saturday, August 23
Attend one of the many FREE museums we are fortunate to have in the city.:

Sunday, August 24
Book talk: Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks that Saved the Nation - Author Steve Vogel - Barnes and Noble - 555 12th St.NW - 1pm

Film:  Xiaolu Guo's 2013 film, "Late at Night+ and Valery Rosier's "Silence Radio" - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 4pm

Concert:  Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Monday, August 25 
Book Talk:  Blood Telegram - Author Gary J. Bass discusses Nixon and Kissinger's involvement in Pakistan - P and P -7pm

Concert:  U. S. Navy Band's Country Current - Millennium Stage - KC - 6pm

Film:  German film, "The Lost Angel - A part of the reflections on the "Great War" series from a German and American perspective - $4 - $7 - with discussion - Goethe Institute - 812 7th St. NW - 6:30pm

Opera preview:  In Series free preview of  "Fatal song: The Great Opera Murders" - With cast discussion - Source Theatre - 1835 14th Street NW - 7pm

Tuesday, August 26
Panel Discussion:  Women's History on the Horizon: The Centennial of Women's Suffrage in 2020 - impact of 100 years of the 19th Amendment - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  Pianist Chi Park performs various classical composers - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G St. NW - 12:10pm

Concert:  U. S. Air Force Concert band performs a Concert of Latin Jazz - West Steps - U. S. Capitol - 8pm

Book Discussion:  The Great SocietySubway: A History of the Washington Metro - Author Zachery M Schrag - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library - 901 G ST. NW - 7pm

Wednesday, August 27

Concert:  Folk Music band, "ilyALMY" - Washington Harbour - 3050 M St. NW - 5:30 - 7:30pm

Panel Discussion:  One Nation or Two:  The Recent Court Challenges to the Affordable Health care Act - GWU Staff and others - Room 100 B - Milkin Institute School of Public Health - GWU - 900 New Hampshire Ave. NW - Noon - 1pm 

Film:  Tears for You - Doi's film about the culture and people of Okinawa - reservations required -, - Japan Information and cultural Center - 6:30pm

Thursday, August 28 
Film:  Afternoon of a Faun - Film director Nancy Buirski introduces film of prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq-
National Archives - 7pm


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, August 14 - Thursday, August 21

     While it was good to be in Santa Fe (certainly entitled to join San Antonio as "One of America's Four Unique Cities") for two weeks, I'm delighted to be back home for a week of outstanding free events.  The list shows some rather unique events with some in unusual locations and has a special favorite of mine.

     If you have an interest in jazz/the Andrews Sisters/Country music/violin/40's music/swing/bluegrass, you'll want to hear the Quebe Sisters on Wednesday, August 20.  I was blown away by their talent when they were in DC several years ago as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  If you have an interest in ANY of those brands of music, I hope you can attend.  See you there.  I'll be the tall, gray-haired man with the cane at both of their concerts on Wednesday.  

Thursday, August 14
Book Talk:  Unmanned - Author Dan Fesperman's novel regarding the perils of modern technological warfare - Politics and Prose Bookstore - 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW - 7pm

Lecture:  The Gospel Sensibility: Evangelicals, Modernity, and Sacred Song in American Experience - Library of Congress Kluge fellow Douglas Harrison - Room LJ 113 - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Film:  Pina - Choreographer Pina Bausch's groundbreaking work filmed by Wim  Wenders - National Archives - 7pm

Panel Discussion:  The Current Crisis in Iraq - 1899 L Street NW - Suite 400 - register if you plan to attend at New America Foundation - 123:15 - 1:45 

Lecture:  Understanding Israeli Apartheid - Samer Abdelnour - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW 1 -2pm
Friday, August 15
Concert:  Swingtopia - Big band swing - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of  Art - 5 - 8:30pm

Film:  Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons - 2013 comic adventure - Hong Kong Film Festival - Meyer Auditorium - Freer Gallery - The National Mall - 7pm
Discussion:  Literary Responses to Genocide in the post-Holocaust Era - US. Holocaust Museum - 2 - 4pm

Concert:  Afghan-American rubab player performs - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 - 7pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Crazy About Corn - Nutritionist Danielle Cook and Adrienne Cook - U. S. Botanic Garden - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - Noon and 12:45pm

Saturday, August 16
Concert:  Covington, Abshire and Kimery perform jazz standards - Millennium Stage - KC -  6pm

Art Lecture::  A quiet Cult: The Continuing Allure of the Art of Vermeer - Art Historian David Gariff - West Building - National Gallery of Art - 1:15pm

Film and Concert:  Buster Keaton's: "College" - with piano accompaniment - Smithsonian American art Museum - 8th and G NW - 1:30pm

Sunday, August 17
Children's Art Films:  Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt - Ages 4 and older - West Building - National Gallery of Art - Noon

Film:  Hong Kong Film Festival - "A Chinese Odyssey: Pandora's Box" and "Cinderella" - Freer Gallery of Art - 1pm

Monday, August 18
Book Talk:  Take this Man - Brando Skyhorse's autobiography of coming of age - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Film:  Film Captures of the Great War - Ralf Kirsten's 1986 documentary, "Kathe Kollwitz - Images of a Life" - WWI German artist and pacifist killed in WWI shortly after joining the army - $4 or $7 -  Goethe Institut - 812 th NW - 6:30pm

Concert:  Klezmer ensemble, Ezekiel's Wheel - Millennium Stage - Kennedy center - 6pm 

Tuesday, August 19
Book Talk:  Soldier Girls - Helen Thorpe considers the experiences of female military veterans - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  The Moody Sun - Holly Gilbert, chief of the NASA Goddard Solar Physics Laboratory - Mary Pickford Theater - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  U. S. Army String Quartet - works of Beethoven and Ravel - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G NW - 12:10pm

Lecture and Exhibit:  Why We Should Still care About World War I - Marion Deshmukh - Curator and GMU Professor - In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit Postcards from theTrenches: Germans and
American Visualize teh Great War
 - with remarks by the German Ambassador to the US, Peter Wittig - Pepco Edison Gallery 702 8th NW - reservations required - -
6 - 8:30pm
Wednesday,  August 20
Book talk:  In the Kingdom of Ice - Hampton Side's account of 1879 ship marooned in the Arctic - P&P -7pm

Concert:  The Quebe Sisters Band - Three sisters perform Texas-style fiddling, country, bluegrass ad jazz and swing standards - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Concert:  See them again! - The Quebe Sisters Band - Millennium Stage - Kennedy center - 6pm

Thursday, August 21
Tour:  Amber Waves of Grain - Botanic Garden Director Ari Novy leads tour and discussion of how grains have been utilized by humans - U. S, Botanic Garden - Reservations required - 202-225-8333 - 10:30 - 11:30am

Concert:  Take 5 Jazz Concert quintet paying tribute to drummer Tony Williams - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 8th and G - 5 - 8pm