Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Free cultural events for the Week: Thursday, January 29 - Friday, February 6

UNBELIEVABLE!  The number of free intellectual and cultural events is astonishing to me - one day there are at least 10 events I would like to attend.  I hope you will have time to look the list over to see the many unusual venues and even more varied and interesting topics available TO US for free.

Don't forget, if you are unable to attend an event, many are available on the internet.  

Thursday, January 29
Film:  To Tell the Truth: The Strategy of Truth - Second part of series on propaganda during WWII in the US, GB and Germany - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon 

Book Talk:  Chasing the Scream - Johann Hari - a look at the War on Drugs - P&P - 6pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne  and Danielle Cook  - US Botanic Garden - 12:45pm

Concert:  Chamber music by the Youth Fellows of the NSO - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Film: Discovering Georgian Cinema - Tinatin Gurchiani's -  The Machine That Makes Everything Disappear - Goethe Society - reservations required - www.goetheinstitutwashingtonevenbritecom -

Discussion:  Looking for God is a continuing series of classes led by the Rev. Gary Hall of the National Cathedral and Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel of Temple Micah - this week's topic - The Feminist Critique - Temple Micah - 2829 Wisconsin NW - 7:30pm

Friday, January 30
Film:  To Tell the Truth:  The Strategy of Truth - Second part of a series on propaganda during WWII in the US, GB, and Germany - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon

Concert:  Levine School Honor students present concert of music of various European composers - The Kosciuszko Foundation - 2025 O ST. NW - 7PM

Presentation:  Ancient Wisdom and Modem Medicine - Michael J. Balick, Director, NY Botanic Garden - U. S. Botanic Garden - reservations - 202-225-8333 - Noon to 1pm

Films Series: The 80'3: The Decade That Musicals Forgot presents Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - Mary Pickford Theater - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Film Series:  Iranian Film Festival - Behzadi's 2013 film: - Bending the Rules - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Saturday, January 31
Book Talk:  The Partisan Divide - Co-authored by Former Representatives Martin Frost and Tom Davis with political reporter Richard E. Cohen - P&P - 3:30pm
Book Talk: The Italians: John Hooper - P&P - 6pm

Children's Concert - Saturday Morning at the National - Musical group - Rocknoceros - 9:30 and 1:30 with tickets distributed 30 minutes before each performance

Children's Special Event:  Excerpts of the soon to be presented ballet, Sleepy Hollow:Ballet and American Art with talks and scavenger hunt and art tour - Courtyard - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 1pm

Sunday, February 1
Concert:  National Gallery of Art chamber players - Italian Renaissance composers -National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert:  My Favorite Things - Scot Reese and song from the American Broadway stage songbook – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Book Talk:  A Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care – Dr. Angelo Volandes – P&P – 1 PM

Monday, February 2   
Concert:  Celebrating Strayhorn – Howard University music major Imani-GraceCooperr – Ella Fitzgerald sings the Duke Ellington songbook – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk:  The 100 Year Marathon: China's secret strategy to replace America as a global superpower – Michael Pillsbury – P&P – 7 PM

Film:  Archival film of the Della Seda family – commemorating Holocaust remembrance Day – the Embassy of Italy – reservations required – - 6:30pm

Film:   Discovering Georgian Cinema retrospective – Giorgi Shengelala's 1969 film – Pirosmani – Goethe Institut - reservations required - – 6:30 PM   

\Tuesday, February 3
Concert:  Percussion ensemble of Radford University – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center 6 PM

Lecture: Ethics in the Design World: When to Say No – distinguished panel considers projects that displace indigenous populations – National Building Museum -  reservations required – 202 – 272 – 2448 – 6:30 – 8 PM

Lecture : Bread and Roses Labor Series Considers the Great Lawrence Textile Strike week of 1912 – panel of American University and University of Massachusetts professors – Busboys and Poets Bookstore – 1025 5th St. NW - 6 – 8 PM

Lecture: Iraqi and US Relations and What the Future Holds Iraqi's Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily – reservations required – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU – reservations required –  go.gwu,edu/mepf6:30 – 8 PM

Lecture: Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad – distinguished college panel – National Archives – 7 PM       

Wednesday, February 4

Workshop for grandparents:  Connecting generations workshop: exciting the younger generation about the magical world of plants – US botanic Garden – reservations required – 202 – 225 – 8333 – 1 – 3 PM

Concert:   Works by Ellington and friends – Dan Dufford and ensemble featuring jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly– St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10

Concert: Ensemble Calefax performs works of Shostakovich, Richard Strauss, and others – Coolidge Auditorium -  Jefferson building -  Library of Congress – rush tickets may be available at 6:30 PM – discussion by members of the ensemble – 6:30 PM

Lecture:  The use of precious metals like silver and gold in art – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

 Lecture:  The role of the US churches in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement – David Wildman executive secretary for human rights and racial justice, United Methodist Church and Philip Farah -  Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace – The Palestine Fund - 2425 Virginia Ave. – 1 – 2 PM 

Lecture:  parenting on purpose: tools and techniques for effective parenting – conversation with Deborah L Tillman – star of lifetime television program, "America's Supernanny" – Marvin Center – GW you reservations required – 202 – 994 – two 503 – 430 – 5:30 PM

Lecture:  Brecht and the Bible: Mother Courage and Her Children Georgetown University professor G. Ronald Murphy  – reservations required - Goethe Institut  – 6:45 PM

Lecture: Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One has the TimeJournalist Author Bridgit Schulte – Georgetown Day School – 4200 Davenport St. NW. - 7 PM 

Book talk: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder – David J Morris – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Sit-in one of the first prime time documentaries on the civil rights movement from 1960 – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Film:  Discovering Georgian Cinema retrospective – Iosseliani's 1971 feature film – Once Upon A Time There Was A Singing Blackbird – Embassy of France – reservations required – 7 PM  

Thursday, February 5
Panel:  Forum on the Rosenberg Case - Distinguished panel moderated by Journalist Marvin Kalb - National Archives - 7pm

Friday, February 6

Concert and Art Showcase:  Selected Local Bands an;d art viewing - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 6 - 8pm 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Events of the Week: Friday, January 23 - Friday, January 30

The first film festivals of 2015 begin this week with the Georgian (Russian) Series at the Goethe Institut.  Don't know of the Goethe Institut or Georgian cinema?  Check them out at 812 7th NW - the films are free and they will soon host portions of the Jewish Film Festival.  They also have a display of the photography of Barbara Kelmm, one of Germany's most distinguished photographers. 

Friday, January 23 
Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne and Danielle Cook - U. S. Botanic Gardens - 100 Maryland Ave. SW - noon - 12:45

Book Talk:  Guantanamo Diary - Authors Nancy Hollandar and Shani Himsi - P&P - 7pm

Film:  Xanadu - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Pickford Theatre - 7pm

Concert:  St. Lawrence String Quartet Opus 90: Celebrating 90 Years of Concerts from the Library of Congress - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 8pm - Stand-by tickets may be available at 6:30pm  - at 6:30 Anne McLean discusses the series in the Whittall Pavillion

Film: To Tell the Truth: Working for Change  (North American Premiere) - Documentary of social change in the U. S. and United Kingdom from 1929 - 1941 - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon - Second segment next Friday. 

Saturday, January 24
Book Talks:  Boom, Bust Exodus - Chad Broughton - P&P - 1pm 
Narcissism and Politics - Jerrold M. Post - P&P - 3:30pm
The Book of Love - Roger Rosenblatt - P&P 6pm

Lecture and discussion:  Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman in Civil War Washington:  Jean Freedman and Jamie Stiehm – Georgetown Library – 3260 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Book Talk:  A. D. and  M. L, King: Two Brothers Who Dared to Dream: author Naomi Ruth Barber King the sister-in-law of Dr. King – MLK memorial library – 2 PM

Sunday, January 25
Gypsy Jazz:  Violinist Daisy Castro - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble perform Monteverdi with poetry readings - National Gallery of Art - West Garden Court - 6pm  

Monday, January 26
Film: "Discovering Georgian Cinema" features two of Jashi's films Bakhmaro and Felicita - reservations required at Goethe Institut - 812 7th St. NW - 6:30pm

Book Talk:  Our Secret Life in Movies - Author J. M. Tyree - Kramerbooks - 1517 Connecticut NW - 6:30pm

Forum:  National Press Club hosts Coverage of Race in America: How Are We Doing? Can We Do Better? - Ballroom - National Press Club - 529 14th Street NW - reservations required - - 6:30 - 8pm

Tuesday, January 27
Film and Discussion:  The Decade of Discovery - considering email and other forms of communication in the White House - National Archives - 7pm

Concert:  GWU Camerata Singers - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book Discussion:  The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State - Author Jocelyne Cesari - Room 602 - GWU - Elliot School of International Affairs - 1957 E ST. NW reservations required - - Noon - 2pm

Film:  Remembering National Holocaust Day, the film The Island of Roses: A
Tragedy in a Paradise
 with remarks by the Ambassador from Italy
 - reservations required - - 6:30pm

Wednesday, January 28
Book Talk:  Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe - George Friedman - P&P - 7pm

Book TalK:  Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power - Malcolm Byrne - National Archives - Noon

Book Talk:  The Bill of he Century: The Epic struggle for the Civil Rights Act - Clay Risen - Room 119 - Jefferson Building  - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture:  Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea - Ashley W. Harris - National Museum of Women in the Arts - 1250 New York Avenue - Noon - 12:30pm

Thursday, January 29
Book Talk:  Chasing the Scream - Johann Hari a look at the War on Drugs - P&P - 6pm

Cooking Demonstration:  Winter Salads - Adrienne  and Danielle Cook _ US Botanic Garden - 12:45pm

Concert:  Chamber music by the Youth Fellows of the NSO - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center

Film: Discovering Georgian Cinema - Tinatin Gurchiani's The Machine That Makes Everything Disappear - Goethe Society - reservations required - www.goetheinstitutwashingtonevenbritecom -

Friday, January 30
Film:  To Tell the Truth: The Strategy of Truth - Second part of series on propaganda during WWII in the US GB and Germany - National Archives - 56 minutes - Noon 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Events of the week Friday, January 16 – Thursday, January 22

The weather outside may be dreary, but the free cultural and intellectual activities throughout the city can brighten up your day. It's a good week to attend an event in a facility where you have never been before.

 Friday , January 16
Lecture:  The 13th Amendment:  150th Anniversary of the Abolishment of Slavery - Historian Jim Barber - National Portrait Gallery - Noon

Film:  Iranian Film Festival features the 2013 film, Fish and Cat - Freer Gallery of Art - 7pm

Saturday,  January 17 
Concert:  Chanson du Soir - soprano Chelsea Camille and guitarist David Isaacs with songs from Spain - Anderson House - Society of Cincinnati - 1:30pm 

Book Talks:  Washington, D. C. and the Civil War - Mark N. Ozer -Politics and Prose - 3:30pm
Culture Crash:  The Killing of the Creative Class - Scott Timberg - P&P - 6pm

Sunday, January  18
Film:  Iranian Film Festival features the 2013 film, Fish and Cat - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Concert:  Violinist Federico Agostini performs Respighi and other Italian Composers - West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art - 3:30pm

Book Talk:  The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House - P&P -1pm

Special Event:  Watch them Fly - Model Airplanes through the Great Hall - National Building Museum - 11am - 4pm

Monday, January 19
Concert:  Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King with Natalie Cole and Georgetown University Musical Groups - Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - Tickets distributed before the 6pm concert

Concert:  All God;'s Children - Celebrating the Life of MLK with dancers, Howard University Choir and other groups - for entry canned goods or new children's book - Washington National Cathedral - 2 - 4pm

Tuesday, January 20
Book Talk:  The Nazi Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men – Eric Lichtblau - National Archives – noon

Lecture:  Interfaith Dialogue: The Intersection of Faith and Politics - Rabbi Abraham Skorka (a close friend of Pope Francis) - reservations required - - 2850 Quebec Street NW - 7pm

Wednesday, January 21
Panel Discussion:  State of the Union's Foreign Policy - World Affairs Council - reservations required - - University of California Washington Center - 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW - 6:30pm

Panel Discussion: The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis - U. S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen, Tom Davis and Martin Frost - reservations suggested - - National Archives - 7:30pm

Film:  Here and Elsewhere - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW - 1 - 2pm

Film:  A Gentle Breeze in the Village - reservations required - - Japan Information and Cultural Center - 1150 18th St. NW - 6:30pm

Thursday, January 2
Concert:  Talladega College Choir - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Discussion:  New Challenges for Islamist Movements - reservations required - - Elliot School of International Affairs - GWU - 1957 E Street NW - Noon - 2pm

Friday, January 2, 2015

Events of the Week: Friday, January 2 - Thursday, January 15

A look back and a look ahead:
  • Never having been in the DC area before to celebrate the coming of a new year (as appropriate for a late octogenarian) we delighted with the tradition at St. Columba's annual concert (with post concert champagne - concert not free but a reasonable donation"suggested"). 'Twas an outstanding organ and vocal concert featuring J. Riley Lewis and Rosa Lamoreaux. It's now a part of our tradition.
    • A suggestion was also made by a "subscriber" that someone (of you) might like to follow-up and work toward having the zoo host a "zoo lights" midnight tour as a fund -raiser with champagne at midnight.
  • You are largely on your own to find events as I will spend the week in Michigan. (A few) special events are listed for the next week.   Perhaps some of you might make suggests for that week in the comments section at the end of this week's listing.
Friday, January 2
Art Lecture:  Eric Dekker discusses Degas and Monotype - West Building  - National Gallery of Art -
Noon - Repeats Saturday and Sunday at Noon

Saturday,  January 3
Jazz Concert:  Tim Whalen Septet - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Book Talks:  Malcolm Byrne discusses Iran-Contra: Reagan's Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power - Politics and Prose - 3:30pm
Joshua DuBois discusses The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama - P&P - 6pm

Film:  International Short Films - Selections from Oberhausen - Wests Building  Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art - 2pm and 3:30PM

Sunday, January 4
Film:  Nancy Buirski's 2014 film, Afternoon of a Faun - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 4pm

Family Event:  National Museum of Women in the Arts - Community Day - 1250 New York Avenue NW - Noon - 5pm

Monday, January 5
Visit a museum

Tuesday, January 6
Concert:  Gypsy Jazz group,UltraFaux - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6pm

Lecture:  David Gariff discusses Manet in Spain - West Building Rotunda - NGA - 1pm

Book Talk;: Pamela Katz discusses The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women and Germany on the Brink - P&P - 7pm

Lecture:  Archivist John Emond discusses dramatic, humorous and poignant North and South "Voice" of Soldiers from the Civil War - from documents and letters - National Archives - (Penn. Ave. entrance) - 11am

Wednesday, January 7
Concert:  Organist Iris Lan performs Hindemith's sonatas - St. John's Episcopal Church - Lafayette Square - 12:10pm

Lecture and readings;  Celebrate the birthday of Zora Neale Hurston with reading by novelists Dolen Perkins-Valdedz and Emily Raboteau - Whittal Pavillion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon
Thursday, January 8
Book Talk:  Anya Kamenetz discusses The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing - But You You Don't Have To Be - P&P - 7pm

Saturday, January 10
Book Talk:  Robert M. Dowling discusses his biography of Eugene O'Neill: A Life in Four Acts - P&P - 1pm
The Lonely War: One Woman's Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran - P&P - 6pm

Sunday, January 11
Book Talk:  Jonathan Horn The Man Who Would Not be Washington:  Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History - P&P - 5pm

Monday, January 12
Book Talk:  Julian E. Zelizer The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society - P&P 7pm

Wednesday, January 14
Film:  Moana With Sound - documentary film of Samoan life - National Archives - 7pm

Thursday, January 15
Researcher Talk:  Vassar College Professor Eloise Ellery discusses,Sex on the Frontier: Fertility and America's Antebellum Empire - National Archives - Penn Ave. entrance - Noon