Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free Events for the weekend and week ahead - Thursday, February 5 - Friday, February 13

With so many outstanding presentations available I am indeed conscious of how fortunate I am to attend so many. Of the six events I attended this week one was so compelling that I feel responsible to share information with others. Thus I plan to bridge this blog with my "rant blog" and discuss Joel Klein's, Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools.  The former Chancellor of the New York City schools has already caused me to revise my opinion of charter schools. I hope you'll consider checking out Monday.

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

Concert:   The Western Flyers – Classic Western swing, jazz standards, cowboy songs and old-time fiddle tunes – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert:   The Ashley Daneman band – jazz and modern folk - Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk:  "Misquoting Mohammed: The challenge and choices of interpreting the prophets legacy" – Bunn Internet Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – 1230 – 2 PM

Book talk:  "Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Perez and foreign-policy change in Israel"  School of International Service Building – American University – Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues – reservations required – 4 – 5:30 PM

Lecture:  "Richard Strauss and Guntram" – presented by the Wagner Society of Washington DC – Maestro Antony Walker and James Holman – Goethe-Institut – reservations required – 7:30 PM

Film: 1971 featured Georgian film, "Pastorale" -  Embassy of France – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM 
Friday, February 6

Concert and Art Showcase:  Selected local bands and art viewing - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 6 - 8pm 

Film:  Iranian film Festival – 2013 film "FiFi Howls from Happiness – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday,  February 7
Children's Activities:  Story about George Washington Carver - followed by art project -  National Portrait Gallery – 1 – 4 PM 

Concert:  Singer Ian Bostridge performs Schubert's works – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress Congress - rush tickets may be available – 2 PM

Activity:  Heather Markowitz leads yoga class, -US Botanic Garden – 10: a 30 – 11:30 AM

Lecture: Susan Yellen's, professor of music at the University of Notre Dame discusses Schubert – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress - 12:30 PM

Book talk: "The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan" – P&P – 6 PM

Special event "Eyes in the Sky: Game of Drones family day – demonstration of their workings – National Building Museum – 11 AM – 2 PM

Sunday,  February 8

Concert:  The mighty Flentrop organ in concert with various local artists performing – St. Columba's church – 4201 Albemarle St. NW. – Tenleytown Metro stop – 2 PM

Concert: Works by Chopin and Humme – pianist Christopher Atzinger – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Concert: "Palmer Project: Brahms and More! " – Pianist Ann Kang, violinist Terry Lazar and cellist Nancy Joe Snyder – Katzen Arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – available by bus from Tenleytown – 3 PM

Concert: Soprano Marlissa Hudson performs works in honor of Black history month  - West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Film: Iranian Film Festival features 2013 film, "FiFi Howls from Happiness" – Freer Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Children's program:  George Washington Carver story followed by creation of special art piece – National Portrait Gallery – 2 – 5 pm

Monday,  February 9 
Book talk:  "Power Forward: My Presidential Education" – Author Reggie Love – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, February 10
Concert: Works of Mozart, Chopin and Schumann – pianist Deborah Lee – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Discussion: "Is DC Still Chocolate City?" Three distinguished local panelist – MLK Library – 7 PM

Discussion: The Russian Economy in Crisis: What's Next?" - Executives from the world bank and international monetary fund – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – noon – 1 PM

Wednesday, February 11
Concert: Musicians from Marlboro perform songs by Brahms and Dvorak, - Freer Gallery of Art – tickets required –  202–633–1000 – 7:30 PM

Film:  "Walk in My Shoes" – ABC's 1961 documentary by Louis Lomax – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon 

Lecture: "Citizens Suspect: The Criminalization of Muslim Youth in Post 9/11 America" – GWU Professor Arshad I. Ali – Bunn International Center - Georgetown University – 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Booktalk: "Mr. Putin:  Operative in the Kremlin" – Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy - Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 12
Book Talk: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act – Tina Ligon presents records of the Selma to Montgomery March and the voting rights act of 1965 – National Archives - 2 PM

Concert:  Jazz at the National Archives with the Airmen of Note – National Archives – 7 PM

Friday February 13 
Book Talk:  "Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott – Leah Vandervelde – National Archives – noon

Prepare for Valentine's Day: make a perfect personalized card with materials furnished by the gallery at no cost – Smithsonian American Art Museum  - 11:30 AM – 7 PM  

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