Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, October 30 - Friday, November 14

An arthritic shoulder that prevents regular typing causes me to discontinue the Events Blog for some time.   If this old dog can learn to use the "Dragon Dictate" I might be able to get back before next year.  However, the holiday season should be one when you will have a great deal to chose from on your own.  I hope you'll check out a few parting shots I want to make via one finger typing on my other blog, Ron's Rant (

In addition to this two week listing of events, there are several special events I've seen recently that I think you might find interesting
  • November 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The display at the Goethe-Institut at 812 7th St. NW is truly fascinating.  It runs until December 15
  • Smithsonian's Portrait Gallery has a display of   
    • Time Magazine covers from the 60's
    • Civil Rights Memorabilia
  • Smithsonian American Indian Museum has redesigned its displays
Thursday, October 30 
Concert:  Ensemble Dal Niente - A George Lewis Premiere - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 8pm - Rush tickets at 6:30 at the same time as a conversation with George Lewis in the Whittall Pavilion

Book Talk:  Don't Wait for the Next War - General Wesley Clark considers American growth and Leadership - P & P - 7pm

Book Talk:  Founder's Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln - Richard Brookhiser - National Archives - Noon

Film:  The Young and the Damned - Luis Bunuel's 1950 film - Mexican Cultural Institute - 2829 15th ST. NW - reservations required - - 6:45pm

Friday, October 31
Talk:  Presidents and Baseball - Baseball enthusiastic Tom Reese - White House Visitors Center - 12:15pm

Book Talk:  Isabella: The Warrior Queen - Kirstin Downey considers Isabella of Castile - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Get Happy: The Songs of Harold Arlen -Soprano Erin Driscoll - McNair Auditorium - Georgetown University - 1:15pm

Concert:ms Prague Philharmonic Chorus performs Dvorak and others - West Garden Court - NGA - 3:30pm  

Saturday,  November 1 
Book Review:  Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman's March and American Memory - Anne Sarah Rubin - P&P - 1pm

Book Review:  Hillary: The Photographs of Diane Walker - Time Photographer Diane Walker - P&P 3 ;30pm

Concert:  Cuban Pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Stage - 6pm

Film:  Maio Bellocchio's 1965 film, Fists in the Pocket - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 4:30pm

Sunday,  November 2
Book Review:  The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President - Aaron David Miller - P&P 1pm

Book Review:  Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind - (in Nazis Vienna) - Sarah Wildman - P&P - 5pm

Concert:  Durufle's Requiem - Cathedral Choir - Washington National Cathedral - 6pm

Lecture:  El Greco in America - Johns Hopkins University Professor Richard L. Kagan - West Building National Gallery of Art - - 2pm 

Monday, November 3
Book Review:  The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington : Greg Herken - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  The Secret of the Gondola - David Alan Brown - West Building - NGA - 12:10 and 1:10pm

Lecture:  Ethics and Morals of he Israeli Defense Forces - Col. Bentzi Gruber - Sixth and I Historic Synagogue - 6th and I - Reservations required - - 7:30pm

Film Documentary:  Raschick's 2006 film about East German Youth and their discovery of hip hop music - $4 - $7 charge - Goethe-Institut - 812 7th NW - 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 4
Book Review:  Napoleon: A Life - Andrew Roberts - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Cosmos: Hiding in the Light - Grosvenor auditorium - National Geographic - 1600 M St. NW - Noon

Film and discussion: Rebel - 2014 Documentary about a Union Spy - National Archives - Noon

Film:  Torneranno i Prati - WWI tragedy in Italy - Embassy of Italy - reservations required -      - 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 5
Lecture: They're Saved, They're Saved: Winslow Homer and the Lifeline - Kathleen Foster, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 7pm

Book Talk:  Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War - Mark Harris - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Encountering Jesus - Father James Martin - Bunn Cultural Center - Georgetown University - 7pm

Concert:  Organist Greg Morris of Temples Church, London performs a Trio of Triptiques - St. John's Episcopal Church of the Presidents - Lafayette Square - 12:10pm

Concert:  Avanti Orchestra performs works by Schubert and Beethoven - Terrace Theatre - Kennedy Center - 7:30pm

 November 6
Book Talk:  The Nazis Next Door How America Became a Safe haven for Hitlers Men - Eric Lichtblau - P&P - 7pm 

Friday, November 7
Piano Concert:   Pierre-Laurant Aimard plays Bach an Beethoven - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert 8pm - Rush tickets 6:30

Book Review:  Wait, Wait.......I'm Not Done Yet: Stories from Life In Radio - Carl Kassell - P&P - 7pm
Saturday, November 8
Choral Jazz Singers - The Nels Cline Singers with guitarist, bass drums, electronics without singers perform free jazz - Atlas Performing Arts Center - 1333 H St. NE - Telephone 202-399-7993 - 9pm

Book Review:  Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of A Changing China - Val Wang - P&P - 1pm

Sunday, November 9
Classical Concert  Smithsonian Chamber Players perform Beethoven and Schumann - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3pm

Book Review:  The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power - Jules Witcover - P&P - 1pm

Book Review:  The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall - Mary E. Sarotte - P&P - 5pm

Monday, November 10

Tuesday, November 11
Book Review:  No Man's Land: Preparing for War in post 9/11 America - Elizabeth D. Samet - P&P 7pm

Wednesday, November 12
Book Review:  The Reliance Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong - Judin Radin, President, Rockefeller Foundation - P&P -7pm 

Thursday, November 13
Book Review:  Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most - Timothy Shriver, Chief, Special Olympics - P&P 7pm
Friday, November 14
Annual Conference:  From Local to Global:  The Persistence of the Palestinian Struggle - Internet Registration: The Jerusalem Fund:Calendar - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW -9am - 5pm

Book Review:  China 1945: Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice - Richard Bernstein - P&P - 7pm


  1. Thanks, Ron. Good luck with the shoulder! Goethe looks interesting this week.

  2. I just found out about your lovely blog! As a frugal college student, I am always looking for free events like these. I am sorry to hear that your shoulder is bothering you. I hope it feels better and you can start posting again soon. Thank you for all these ideas for how I can spend this weekend.

  3. So thoughtful of you to respond. I find it very gratifying. While I started the list of events for myself as a retiree, I soon expanded it to include college students. I'd truly like to find ways to broadcast it more to college and high school students.since as an educator I truly believe this is how real education occurs. I'll be eager to get back and hope to reach out more effectively. I'll appreciate any helpful thoughts sent to and check out my other blog at again thanks

  4. I just wanted to pop in to thank you for running this awesome blog, I've had a number of great nights out with my wife thanks to the events you've shared! I also wanted to wish you luck with your shoulder, my dad uses "Dragon" for dictation now and again when he's tired of pecking away at the keyboard ;) it works great for him!

    1. just discovered your comment. many thanks. my kids are helping me get started with dragon and i hope to have it running after my surgery wednesday. glad to know of your dad's recommendation. i'll be eager to get back to my blog.

  5. Hey wanted to thank you as well. I've been to several events you've posted and has made DC a better city to live in especially a couple of months ago when I was without a job and looking for satisfying things to do around the city on a budget. I havent been on in a couple of weeks and am sad to hear about your shoulder. I hope you get better soon,

    1. glad you got a job - thanks so much for the comment. my kids are installing dragon and i hope to get back to my blogs soon after wednesday's surgery.