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


  1. I saw the Friday show of Fish & Cat. The entire film was shot in a single take, and includes a lot of playing with time frames. (In the discussion afterward, the director mentioned that he wanted to do with time what Escher did with architecture in "Ascending and Descending.") The plot is a bit weak, but it's a technically impressive film—anyone reading this blog with a film interest should check out the Sunday show.

  2. So thoughtful of Anon to make this comment. I'd truly like to encourage more dialogue about events including recommendations and reactions to events that are particularly meaningful.