Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the Week beginning March 26

      This final addition to the weeks listing of events adds events in April.  I'm truly energized by the fact that there were just over 1000 hits to this blog last week.  I'm more and more impressed by the potential of the internet for disseminating information and thankful for the opportunities that are mine as a retiree to participate in so many of them..  

Thursday, March 26
Forum: Eighth annual forum on women in leadership: – Women in civil rights leadership – Avis Jones–DeWeever and Charlene A. Carruthers – National Archives – 7:30 PM

Book talk: United States leadership amidst global instability – Zbigniew Brezinski - reservations required - – Abramson Family Founders Room - School of International Service Building - American University - 2:30 - 3:30pm

Book talk: Cowed: The hidden impact of 90 million cows on America's health, economy, politics, culture, and environment – Dennis Hayes, first Earth Day coordinator in 1970 – Langston room – busboys and poets - 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Book talk: "Walt Whitman in Washington D. C: The Civil War and America's great poet" – author Garrett Peck – MLK library – 6:30 PM 

Talk on J. D. Salinger's, "Nine Stories" by biographer Tom Beller – amphitheater – Marvin Center – George Washington University -800 21st St., Northwest - 7 PM

Film: Korean comedy of 2012, "I am the King" inspired by Mark Twain's book, The Prince and the pauper – appetizer social at 6 PM  – reservations required - – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. film at 6:30 PM

Film: "Rickover: the birth of nuclear power" – 2014 documentary with discussion with filmmakers to follow – National Portrait Gallery – 6:30 PM

 Friday, March 27
Book talk: "When Paris Went Dark: the city of light under German occupation" 1940-1944 – author Ronald C. Rosbottom - P&P – 7 PM

Reading:  Jenny Erpenbeck prolific young award winning German writer of poety and prose reads from her novel, The End of Days at the Library of Congress - Jefferson Building - Noon

Discussion:  Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco discusses the future of authoritarianism in the Middle East - Leavy Center - Georgetown University - Salon H - 10AM - Noon

Talk and Tasting:  Chocolate: Health Benefits, Botany and Tasting - U. S. Botanic Garden - Registration required - Noon - 1pm

Concert: Organist and saxophonist from Aachen, Germany present an organ recital influenced by Impressionism and jazz – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Cir. NW. – 12:15 PM – 1 PM

Film: "Song of the Sea" based on the Irish legend of the Selkies – National Gallery of Art West building lecture hall – 2 PM – repeats again Saturday at 11 AM

Saturday, March 28
Children's Program: A story written by Toni Morrison will be read followed by creation of special pieces of art by children – National Portrait Gallery – 1 PM to 4 PM

Family activity: "Friendship between nations family day" – a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival – hands-on activities – National Archives Building – 10 AM to 4 PM

Book talk:  Pagans - James J. O'Donnell looks at early Christianity, barbarism and faith in a new way – P&P – 1 PM

Book talk: American Travelers on the Nile: 1779-1839 – author Andrew Oliver follows Ivy league graduates through biblical landscapes – P&P 3:30 PM

Concert: Sam Prather's groove orchestra performs jazz and groove–oriented music from around the world – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, March 29
Book talk: The Future of Violence – Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum show that security and freedom can be mutually supportive in a period of violence – P&P - 1 PM

Book talk: Shrinks – Author Jeffrey Lieberman discusses the change in the treatment of mental illness - P&P – 5 PM

Concert: piano, Piano,Violin and cello concert in honor of women's history month – W. Garden Court National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

All-female chorus: "Voices Rising" – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: "The Pope and Mussolini: The secret history of Pope Pius XI and the rise of Fascism in Europe" author David Kurtzer – Washington Hebrew congregation – 3935 Macomb St. – 10:30 AM

Book talk: "The Republic of imagination: America in three books" –  Azar Nafizi blends her favorite American novels: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 32 4 PM

Family program: NSO concert, "The Magic Horn" – includes varied classical music to appeal to ages five and older – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 2 PM and repeated at 4 PM

Environmental film: "Divide in Concord" – an octogenarians effort to ban plastic bottles in Massachusetts – followed by discussion – Georgetown library – 3260 R St. NW. – 2 PM

Monday, March 30
Concert: Colombian Vallenato Music performed by the Los Angeles band, Very Be Careful – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: "Walt Whitman in Washington, DC: the Civil War and America's Great Poet" – Garrett Peck – Kramer books and Afterwords Cafe – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:3

Tuesday, March 31
Discussion: Temperance and Woman Suffrage - Page Harrington Executive Director of the Sewall – Belmont House and Museum leads a discussion on these reform movements and the women behind them – National Archives – 7 PM – may also be observed on YouTube at

Book talk: American Ghost – Hannah Nordhaus chronicles the account of her great-great grandmother's journey from Germany to New Mexico in the middle of the 19th century – P&P – 7 PM

Film:  Nightfall - Director Mohamed Soueid documentary on the stories of students participation in the Lebanese Civil War - Palestine Center - 2425 Virginia Ave. NW - 6 - 7:30pm

Concert: Pianist Florian Fellmair – Austrian Embassy – Reservations - - 7:30 - 9:30PM

Wednesday, April 1

Concert:  Betty Carter's jazz ahead – 17 years of performances – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Discussion: Thomas Pickering and Marc Grossman discuss "American Diplomacy at Risk" – reservations required – – Elliot School of International Affairs - George Washington University – 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Book talk: Gemot Wagner and Martin Weitzman discuss, "Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet" – P&P – 7 PM

Talk:  GWU's retired archivist David Anderson discusses the visits to Washington by Lafayette and his address at  GWU's first commencement - George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Thursday, April 2
Book Talk:  A Dangerous Place:  N. Y. Times best selling author Jacqueline Winspear's new novel is set in Civil War Spain - 7PM

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Free Cultural Events: Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 27

I couldn't wait!  There are so many exciting cultural and intellectually stimulating things going on in our city FOR FREE that I just had to post this on Tuesday rather than Friday.  Thus it may have (even more) typos than usual, and if time permits, a second edition will be sent on Friday  But the important thing is to encourage more of you to join me at some of them.

And..........................there are other way you could help:
  • Share this blog site with others so that attendance at lesser known, free events, is increased, and
  • Help me identify and contact schools that might find it appropriate to challenge students to attend  these events.  I must admit to some frustration in trying to reach students in several schools. Students seem to be too involved with college applications, extra class activities and the host of demands I well remember from my career in education.  Yet I strongly believe that many students might be challenged and stimulated by some of these presentations -particularly students who have not found traditional education meaningful or challenging.  If you have ways I might gain access to schools serving such a population, please let me know.  
And............................I hope many, but particularly religious leaders and anyone interested (as I am) in the role of religion today, will note the event (and new display opening this Friday) at the Smithsonian American History Museum entitled,  Symposium: Religion in Early American Life.

Wednesday, March 18
Concert: The Mark Dresser Trio with flute and violin – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Latin jazz concert: Nine-year-old Bolivian pianist and others – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Book talk: The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the HolocaustSusan  Dworkin– Madison Building - Library of Congress – noon

Lecture: The challenges posed by the vacuum in Palestinian political leadership – Nadia Hijab– The Palestine Fund – 2425 Virginia Ave. – 1 – 2 PM

Lecture: The Third Reich in History and Memory – Sir Richard J. Evans – Mortara Building Georgetown University – 2:45 - 4:15 PM

Lecture: Stephen Prothero of Boston University discusses, Religious Differences Without Religious Conflict – six floor Butler Board Room – Mary Graydon Center – 44 00 Massachusetts Ave. NW. - 3:30pm

Lecture: Despina Kakoudaki discuses "Anatomy of a robot: Our fascination with Artificial People in Books and Film" - Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street Northwest – 7 PM

Book talk: Spring Chicken – author Bill Gifford investigates human longevity and ways to live longer, healthier lives – Politics and Prose - 7 PM

Thursday, March 19
Book talk: Rust: The Longest War – author Jonathan Waldman discusses (of all things) rust – P&P - 7 PM
Friday, March 20
Book talk: The Irish Brotherhood – author Helen O'Donnell profiles the friendship between Robert Kennedy and her father, Kenneth P. O'Donnell – P&P 7 PM

Symposium:  Religion in Early American Life - various academic and religious leaders - please go on line for details and registration go to web site The National Museum of American History: Religion in Early American Life - Smithsonian American History Museum - 9AM - 3PM

Book reading: Chief Complaint: A Country Doctors Tales of Life in Galilee - Hatin Kaanch, MD - The Jerusalem Fund - 2425 Virginia Avenue NW - 1 - 2PM

Saturday, March 21
Book talk: Where you look is not who you will be – Frank Bruni puts college choice in perspective – P&P 1 PM

Concert:  The Leipzig String Quartet performs works of Borodin, Stravinsky Wagner and Debussy – Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building – Library of Congress - 2 PM

Book talk: Prayers for the Living – Alan Cheuse new novel – P&P - 6 PM

Sunday, March 22
Go to a museum - Most are free
Monday, March 23
Book talk: Lincoln's Body – author Richard Wightman Fox further explores Lincolns values and beliefs – P&P - 7 PM

Tuesday, March 24
Book talk: Party Like a President – authors Brian Abrams and John Mathias consider the fun life of the presidents – Busboys and Poets in Brookland – 625 Monroe St. NE. – 6:30 PM

Discussion: Remembering the civil rights movement – Paula Young shall daughter of Andrew J. Young discusses the roles of female activists in the civil rights movement – Washington conference room - National Archives – noon

Indoor urban safari walk: Naturalist Howard Youth takes us on an urban safari walk through the wild side of the nation's capital – William G McGowan Theater – National Archives – noon

Film: The stone River traces the lives of European stone workers in Vermont, most of whom contracted silicosis - National Archives - 7pm

Wednesday,  March 25
Book talk: Anonymous Soldiers: the struggle for Israel, 1917 – 1947 – author Bruce Hoffman -P&P  - 7 PM
Thursday, March 26
Forum - Eighth annual forum on women in leadership: – Women in civil rights leadership – Avis Jones–DeWeever and Charlene A. Carruthers – National Archives – 7:30 PM

Friday, March 27
Book talk: When Paris Went Dark: the city of light under German occupation, 1940-1944 – author Ronald C. Rosbottom - P&P – 7 PM