Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Free events of the week: Thursday, October 16 - Thursday, October 23

The Fall White House Garden Tour is such a special event that it may be the only event I list for this Saturday and Sunday.  I not only encourage your going, but I would also encourage you to go early enough to get a free ticket.  Then as you await your turn, view the (really new museum), the White House Visitors Center, at 15th and Pennsylvania.  I think that many of you looking for a place to volunteer will be inspired to contact me about volunteering there.  If interested, email me please at to set up an appointment with the volunteer coordinator.  

Thursday, October 16
Concert: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Cellist Katinka Klein 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

Panel Discussion:  Seeking the Common Good in a Period of Polarization:  Pope Francis, Catholic Social Thought and American Public Opinion - Gaston Hall - Georgetown University - 7 - 8:30pm

Lecture:  I Bet You Didn't Know We Had This... - Mark Eden Horowitz of the Music Division - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Bu idling - Library of Congress - Noon

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

Book Talk:  Knife Fights: A Memoir of modern War in Theory and Practice - Lt. Col. John A. Nagel - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  University of Maryland String Quartet - Arts Club of Washington - 2017 I Street NW - Noon

Film:  Makers: Women in Holly wood - Linda Goldstein Knowlton's documentary - Hill Center at the Old Navel Hospital - 921 Pennsylvania Ave. NW reservations required - - 7:30pm

Saturday, October 18
Event:  Fall White House Garden Tour - tickets distributed at 9am for this day only at the White House Visitors Center at 15th & E NW - details may be seen at Whitehousefallgardentours2014 10am - 4:30pm

Film:  On Approval - Rarely seen British Comedy - National Archives - 2:30pm

Book Talk:  Give Me Liberty: Speakers and Speeches That Have Shaped America - Author Christopher Webber - Smithsonian Portrait Gallery - 8th & F NW - Noon

Event:  Archeology Day - activities and exhibits about the Near East - Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian - The Mall - 1 - 4pm

Sunday, October 19
Event:  Fall White House Garden Tours - tickets distributed at 9 at the White House Visitors Center at 15th and E NW details may be seen at whitehousefallgardentours2014 - 10am - 2:30pm

Book Talk:  Richard Blanco, who President Obama chose to read his poem at the 2nd inaugural chronicles his complicated life, in "The Prince of Cocuyos" - P&P - 5pm

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Piano Trio performs works of Brahms and Piazzola - West Garden Court -NGA - 3:30pm

Monday, October 20
Book Talk: Embattled Rebel:Jefferson Davis as Commander-in-Chief - Author James McPherson - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Banjo player Brad Koladnor plays Appalachian Folk Music - Kennedy Center - Millennium Stage - 6pm

Discussion  Arena Stage's Molly Smith discusses her work - Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital - 921 Penn. Ave. NW - reservations required - - 7pm

Tuesday, October 21
Book Talk:  Midnight in Siberia - Author David Greene tells of his Trans-Siberian journey in post war Russia - P&P - 7pm

Concert: U. S. Navy band Sea Chanters perform various classical works - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G ST. NW - 12:10pm

Film:  2013 film, Birds of Paradise - National Geographic - 1600 M St. NW - Noon

Book Talk:  "Why Nations Fail" - Harvard Professor James Robinson - Room 602 Elliot School of International affairs - GWU - 1957 E ST. NW - reservations required - - 5 - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, October 22
Book Talk:  Mark Twain's America: A Celebration of Words and Images: Author Harry Katz - Mumford Room - Madison Building Library of Congress - Noon
Also at Kramer Books - 1517 Conn. Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Lecture:  Yiddish Songs of the Jazz Age - Jane Peppler and Roger Spears discuss and perform - Pickford Theatre - Mumford Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Book Talk:  Just Mercy - Author Bryan Stevenson tells of his legal work securing justice for juveniles - P&P - 7pm

Concert:  Jazz pianist Justin Kauflin - Coolidge auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 7:15pm

Thursday, October 23
Book Talk:  Palestine:  The Legitimacy of Hope - Professor Richard Falk, Princeton University - The Palestinian Center - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 1 - 2pm

Panel Discussion: Islam, Gender and Democracy - Distinguished Panel - Riggs Library - Healy Hall - Georgetown University - register with Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World affairs - 5 - 6:45pm

Book Talk:  The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps - Author Michael Blanding - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  Vietnam in American Public Memory: How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory - Author David Kiernan - National Archives - - Room G-25 - Penn. Ave entrance - Noon

Special Event: STEW: Discusses his career as a playwright, songwriter, poet and a lyricist: Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Friday, October 24
Concert:  St. Lawrence String Quartet with pianist Pedja Muzijevic - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert at 8pm - rush tickets at 6:30 - also at 6:30 without tickets - a Pre- concert conversation with the artists - Whittall Pavillion - Jefferson Building

Book Talk:  The Republic of Imagination Author Azar Nafisi memoir and the role of fiction in a free society - P&P - 7pm


  1. This is such an impressive list! I found your site through reddit and it's already made my bookmarks bar. Thanks for putting this together - I'm definitely going to check out the garden tour this weekend!

  2. Great list of events. Thanks for compiling these. I'm always looking for economical and unique date ideas and many of these fit the bill.