Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Events of the Two Weeks of Thursday, September 4 - Friday, September 19

     With as many as seven FREE cultural events in a single day, there is little reason for D. C. residents not to be among the most informed folks on the globe.  This week I got so excited about it that I went on for two weeks so you truly can plan ahead!
     And not only is there the usual plethora of free museums, but FOR THIS MONTH ONLY the exhibits at the Corcoran are free.  Open from 10 am - 5pm Wednesday through Sunday the museum in addition to their regular fine collection has a display AMERICAN METAL: THE ART OF ALBERT PALEY.

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

Friday, September 5
Concert:  Tribute to the Dave Matthews Band by Crowded Streets -The Yards Park - 355 Water St SE - 6:30 - 8:30

Talk:  "Sunday in the Park and Post-Impressionism" by those in the Signature Theatre's performance of Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" - Phillips Collection - 1600 21st NW - Noon

Lecture:  Counting Islam: Religion, Class and Elections in Egypt - Harvard's Terek Masoud - Room 602 Elliott School of International Affairs - GWU  - !957 E NW - reservations required - - noon - 2pm

Book Talk:  Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win Or Lose Off the Battlefield - Retired US Marine General Tony Zinni - Politics and Prose - 7pm

Talk:  The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities - Urban Farmer, MacArthur Award Recipient Will Allen - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - tickets required - 23-2-242-5327 - 7 to 9pm

Film:  DC China Film Festival presents the 2013 film, "Rock Me to the Moon" at 2pm and Stray Dogs at 7 -
Freer Gallery of Art

Film:  Okinawa Film Festival presents the 1999 film, "Nabbie's Love" - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1115 18th st.NW - reservations required - - 6:15pm

Saturday, September 6 
Book Talk:  Mars Up Close - Marc Kaufman presents pictures and stories of the Mars Expedition - P&P - 6pm

Tango Lessons:  Bahman Aryana leads lessons in the Argentine Tango - MLK Library - 2:30pm

Lecture:  Portrait Photographer Lynn Goldsmith discusses her work including Bonnie Raitt, Prince and Patti Smith - National Portrait Gallery - 2pm

Book Talk:  A History of Rock Creek Park - Ranger Scott Einburger - National Building Museum - 401 F Street NW - noon

Sunday, September 7
Concert:  U. S. Air Force Strings - Community Concert - National gallery of Art - Noon and 1pm

Concert:  The Glory of Gospel as part of Gospel Music Heritage Month - Alfred Street Baptist Church - Alexandria - Millennium Stage - Kennedy C enter- 6pm

Lecture:  Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art - Curator Mary Morton - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 2pm

Film:  ASEWAN Film Festival 2013 film " The Jungle School" at 1pm and The Missing Picture at 4pm -
Freer Gallery of Art

Film:  Two Finish Films - "The Year 1939" at 2pm and Helsinki Forever - at 4:30 - National Portrait Gallery

Monday, September 8
Book Talk:  The Impulse Society - Paul Roberts discusses how our narcissistic society at all stratas of society impairs the common good - P&P - 7pm

Book Talk:  Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas - Author Cass R. Sunstein - National Archives - Noon

Discussion:  Dennis Ross and Elliott Abrams discuss "The Turbulent Middle East - reservations requested - - Copley Formal Lounge - Copey Hall - Georgetown University - 7pm

Film:  Aluna - Columbia's Kogi people and tehir journey to save the world - Inter American Development Bank - 1330 New York Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Tuesday, September 9
Lecture:  Princeton's Peter Paret discusses "From Fact to Allegory and Beyond: Images of the First World War" - Pepco Edison Place Gallery - 702 8th NW - reservations required - 6 - 8:30pm

Book Talk:  Collision Low Crossers: Inside the Turbulent World of the NFL - Author Nichola Dawldorff with Mark Leibovich - Kramer Books - 1517 Conn AVE NW - 6:30pm

Film:  French film, "Love Like Poison" - reservations required - - Embassy of France - 7pm
Wednesday, September 10

Concert:  Son Jarocho, folk music from Veracruz, Mexico by California singers - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Acid Test - Tom Shroder discusses a growing cultural and political climate in favor of wider use of chemicals - P&P - 7pm

Book Talk:  The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Edward Baptist - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Singer Andrea Pais - Washington Harbour - 3050 K Street NW  5:30 - 7:30pm

Thursday, September 11
Book Talk: Fallujah Redux - Dan Green reports on the battles in Anbar Province - P&P - 4pm 

Book Talk:  Congress in the Viet Nam and Watergate Era - Katherine Scott - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave. entrance - National Archives - Noon

Concert:  Bratislava Boys Choir - Austrian Cultural Forum - 3529 International Court - reservations suggested - go to Austrianculturalforumdc - 7:30pm

Lecture:  Artist Mark Tribe - Corcoran Gallery of Art - 500 17th st. NW - 7pm

Friday, September 12
Book Talk:  William Wells Brown:: An African-American Life - Author Ezra Greenspan tells of this former slave who in the early 18th Century was a writer and political activist - Mary Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk: James Madison: A Life Reconsidered - Lynne Cheney - National Archives - Noon

Sunday, September 14
Book talk:  The Human Age - Diane Ackerman considers human creativity - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  Steinway Series - Verge Ensemble - Three pianists various classical numbers - Smithsonian American Art Museum - G Street Lobby - 2:30pm for tickets for 3pm performance

Monday, September 15
Book Talk:  So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures - Maureen Corrigan Mumford Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Lincoln's Gamble - Todd Brewster discusses the Emancipation Proclamation - P&P -
7pm - ALSO at noon at the National Archives

Tuesday, Septembeer 16
Lecture:  Magna Carta and the American Constitution - Yale Professor Akhil Reed Amar - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 1pm

Wednesday, September 17
Discussion:  Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar and U. S. representative Robert Hurt of Virginia discuss The State of the Constitution: Is the American Constitution Still Working for Americans?
Celebrating the 227th Anniversary of the U. S. Constitution - National Archives 7pm
Reservations recommended at

Thursday, September 18
Lecture:  Climate Change on Mars: The Case for the Missing Martian Atmosphere - Goddard Scientist Jared Espley - Mary Pickford Theatre - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  Pete Muldoon performs jazz of Grant Green with sextet - Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7pm

Friday, September 19
NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concerts:  The 2014 Award Winners ranging from Tejano to blues to dancing and ethic presentations - Lisner Auditorium - GWU - reservations suggested - - 8pm

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