Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Events of the Week: Thursday, October 9 - Friday, October 17

I'm truly sorry that most all of you readers were unable to attend yesterday's lecture on COPLAND AS A GOOD NEIGHBOR: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN LATIN AMERICA DURING WORLD WAR II in the marvelous Coolidge Auditorium of the beautiful Jefferson building of the Library of Congress.  I know the recorded lecture is there for posterity, but it was stark to see but 30 or so people have an opportunity to hear and question the speaker.  Hoping to encourage more to attend FREE events is one reason for this blog.

However on a scale of 1 - 10, this is a minor "irritant".  I'm much more concerned about a number of issues that truly have an impact on the welfare of this world we share.  THUS NEXT MONDAY I'M STARTING ANOTHER BLOG TITLED "RON'S RANTS" THAT WILL COVER ISSUES THAT ARE DEAR TO MY HEART.  I hope you will check it out and that it will engender dialogue.  It will be issued far less than once a week and can be reached at

Thursday, October 9
Book Talk:  An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America -       Author Nick Bunker - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  Climate and Wildfires in the 21st Century - NASA physical scientist -  Douglas Morton - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 11:30am

Concert:  Saxophonist Darius Jones and vocalist Emilie LEsbro and jazz group -
Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film:  Kafka's unfinished novel, "Amerika" on film - Czech Embassy - reservations required - - 6:30pm

Friday, October 10
Film and Discussion:  Kennesaw: One Last Mountain -  presented in conjunction with the National Park Service - National Archives - Noon

Lecture:  Race in the American Musical Theater - Critic Warren Hoffman - Whittal Pavilion - Jefferson Building Library of Congress - Noon

Jewelry Display:  Watch Navajo Silversmith Artie Yellowhorse create and display his craft - Indian Craft Shop - Dept of the Interior - 1849 C st. NW - 12 - 4pm

Film:  Khalid Jarrar's "Infiltrators" - The Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Ave NW - 6:30pm

Saturday, October 11
Concert:  Opening Night: Mavis Staples - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - While free tickets e available through ticketmaster, they are sold out - Rush tickets are distributed at 6:30pm

Fall Family Festival: Smithsonian American Art Museum provides varied family activities from Banjo man Frank Cassel crafts to stilt walkers and crafts - Kogod Auditorium - 11:30 - 3pm

Concert:  Classical Italian & Spanish songs & opera Arias - Conchia de Antunano - Society of the Cincinnati - 2118 Mass. Ave. NW - 1:30pm

Presentation:  Herb Society of America - learn about & taste chile peppers - U. S. National Arboretum - 3501 New York Ave, NE - 1 - 4pm

Family activity:  Early American games and activities Peirce Mill - Tilden (Park Rd.) at Beach Drive - 10 -4 pm - Cider making & Open hearth cooking - 11am

Book Talk:  Meryle Secrest discusses her biography of  "Elsa Schiaparelli" - P & P - 3:30pm  

Sunday, October 12
Book Talk:  The Sense of Style:The Thinking Persons Guide to Writing in the 20th Century - Steve Pinker - P&P - 1pm

Concert:  Pianist Sean Chen - performs Scriabin and Ravel - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3pm

Book Talk:  The Invisible Front:Love and Loss in a Period of Endless War - Yochi Dreazen  - P&P - 5pm

Concert:  Works of Saint-Saens & other French composers - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 6:30pm

Monday,  October 13
Lecture:  What is the Value of Palestinian Lives? - Dr. Judith Butler - U of C Berkley - The Palestinian Center - 2425 Virginia Ave NW - 12:30 - 2pm

Presentation:  The History of Spices - US Botanic Garden - reservations required - 202-225-8333 -
also The History and Future pf Chrysanthemums - reservations also required - 2 -3'30pm

Comedy Presentation:  Nikki Glasser - Terrace Theater - Kennedy Center - Tickets distributed 5:30pm

Book Talk:  Jane Smiley's novel, "Some Luck" - P&P - 7pm

Tuesday, October 14
Lecture:  National Endowment for the Arts former chair discusses the relationship between poetry and music - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Film:  Cosmos: Standing Up in the Milky Way - Grosvenor Auditorium - National Geographic - 1600 M St. NW - Noon

Film:  2013 Film: "Nan Goldin: I Remember Your Face" - Ring Auditorium - Hirshhorn Museum - 8pm

Wednesday, October 15
Book Talk:  Religion: The Missing Dimension in Statescraft - Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs - 3307 M st. NW - - 5:15 - 6:45pm

Presentation: Sweden's Hans Blix discusses "What Hope Is there for Detente and Disarmament? - Reservations required - - Atrium - School of International Relations - American University - 6 - 7pm

Film:  Ugetsu - Japanese Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW - reservations required - - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  Colm Toibin's novel, " Nora Webster' - P&P - 7pm

Thursday, October 16
Panel Discussion:  Nixon Legacy Forum: Viet Nam and the Paris Peace Accords - John Negroponte, KT McFarland, Winston Lord and Dick Smyser - National Archives -  10am

Concert: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Cellist Katinka Kleijn with innovative music - Atlas Performing Center - 1333 H Street nw - in conjunction with the Library of Congress - tickets available at or 202-399-7993

Book Talk:  Fire Shut Up in My Bones - A Memoir - Charles M. Blow - P&P 7pm

Friday, October 17
Concert:  Broadway Musical Creators Lutvak,Tesori and Yazbek - perform yheir own music - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8pm - Rush tickets available at 6:30


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  2. Hey Ron! Excited to see the new blog. Since your current blog is my homepage right now, could I request that you post a link to your updates in the 'rants' blog perhaps on this one? I want to make sure I read them. Thanks as always for providing such a great service to us!