Thursday, December 11, 2014

Free cultural events – Thursday, December 11 – Friday, December 19

I'm very excited that my first post after a month away comes a month ahead of schedule. I was certain that I would not be able to type because of the complete replacement of my left shoulder. I'm awestruck that two "miracles" have occurred to make this possible. First, the skill of the surgeon who not only replaced my worn out bone but also inserted a nerve block that kept me from experiencing pain. And second, the miracle of the youthful entrepreneurs that invented the Internet and this Dragon dictation device that makes it possible for me to type with no hands.

With limited skill on my Dragon, the list this week will be somewhat limited. I'll try to be a bit selective in suggesting a few unique programs for the season.  Unfortunately I was unable to find a performance of a family favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors.  It's a family favorite and I'd hoped to share it with blog readers.  (My Dragon heard me say, all mall in the night visitors.)  While I am not in the practice of promoting anyone religious faith, this story has been a family favorite for over 50 years - even in  a family not known for its acceptance of traditional religious miracles. If you're unable to locate a live performance, I recommend your getting it on a DVD..

Enough advice giving and personal info, but the last month has heightened my appreciation of both science and a belief system.  And I continue to be amazed, even in this busy holiday season, at the number of broad cultural events available to us all for free.

Thursday, December 11
Concert:  In celebration of legendary violinist and teacher Roman TotenbergVogler/Wang/Siirala perform Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Harbison - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – free pre-concert conversation with Nina Totenberg – 6:30 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6:30 PM

Concert: Jazz group "Cold Front" performs seasonal jazz selections – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 6- 8 PM

Friday, December 12
Concert:  Stradivari anniversary concert – The St. Lawrence String Quartet –Hsin-YunHuang - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – free pre-concert conversation – 6:30 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6:30 PM

Organ concert:  The King of Instruments and the Instrument of Kings - featuring the city's third largest organ and trumpeter Chuck Seipp - National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle NW - 12:15 PM

Opera for children: The Little Prince – excerpts presented by the Washington National Opera – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center 6 PM

Film:  Goodbye South Goodbye – from southern Taiwan – English subtitles – Freer Gallery of Art – the mall – 7 PM 

Saturday, December 13
Concert:  Spanish Brash present a holiday concert - West Garden Court - - National Gallery of Art - 3:30 PM

Holiday festival:  Embassy of Italy and Smithsonian American Art Museum present an Italian holiday festival with performances, craft activities and children's activities –Kogod Auditorium - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 11:30 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 14
Jazz concert: US Marine band presents a big band holiday concert  – Marine Barracks Annex – Seventh and K Streets SE– 2 PM

Piano concert: Works by Beethoven, Chopin & Rachmaninoff  -  Smithsonian American Art Museum  -Eight and G St. NW – 2 PM

Stage reading:  Claire Frankel's  Ethel and Ruthie"- the story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg – Temple Micah – 2829 Wisconsin Ave. NW – reservations required  - – 1:30 PM

Conservation demonstration - Reuse, Retouch, ReDutch - 50 examples of sustainable and social Dutch design – Royal Netherlands Embassy – for 200 Linnean Ave. NW – 11 AM – 4 PM

Monday, December 15
Discussion:  Muslim minorities and religious freedom: a public dialogue - Berkeley Center for religion peace and world affairs - Fisher colloquium -Hariri Building – reservations required – – 10 AM – 4:30 PM

Comedy show:: Mark Normand - millennium stage – theater lab – tickets distributed – 5:30 PM

Tuesday,  December 16
Holiday concert: Choir of the Church of the Epiphany performs Christmas Music – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. – 12:10 PM

Film – The Battle of the Bulge - documentary – National Archives – noon

Film – T-shirt travels – Myers room – George Washington University Museum/textile Museum – 701 21st St. – noon
Wednesday, December 17
Film – Chronicle of My Mother –Masato's Harada's 2011 film – Japan information and culture center – 1150 18th St. reservation required – 6:30 PM

Jazz pianist: From the Conservatory of Amsterdam – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Thursday, December 18
Jazz concert: Joe Herrera and the Unity Quintet – Kogod Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 PM – 8 PM

Hanukkah celebration:  Lox and Vodka -  klezmer band – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM 

Holiday concert: Smithsonian Encore Chorale – National Museum of the American Indian – 7:30 PM

Concert: St. Lawrence string Quartet – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress Jefferson building – discussion free and free rush tickets possibly available - 6 PM - concert 8 PM   


  1. Glad to hear you are doing well, thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Very glad to see you back, and on the mend! I was getting worried about you.