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

1 comment:

  1. Communicating from Interlocken Music Camp in Michigan I want to remind you of the Quebe Sisters Wednesday at noon at the Library of Congress at noon and the Kennedy Center at 6. Lots of fun music.