Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Free Events of the week: Thursday, April 9 - Thursday, April 16

I'm delighted when this blog coincides with my blog of "Rants" -
Robert Putnam's book "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" was featured just yesterday after I had the opportunity to hear him at the Aspen Institute. "It's the most important book of the decade" said Aspen president, Walter Isaacson. I hope you have an opportunity to hear him as he speaks at Politics and Prose on Sunday at 5 PM.

Thursday, April 9
Book talk: "Women of Will" – a look at Shakespeare's female characters – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Gully Waters – blues and soul music – Luce Center – American Art Museum – 5:30 PM

Concert: "Faces of Love" Washington National Opera singers and piano – McEvoy Auditorium – American Art Museum 7 PM

Concert: Airmen of Note – jazz in flag hall – Smithsonian American History Museum – concert sets at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Jazz concert: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra – Childers Hall – Howard University –12:40 PM

Friday, April 10
Concert: Chamber music played by David Hope, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello: and Wu Han, piano playing music of Mahler Schumann, and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – rush tickets available 630 at the same time that Paul Miller speaks in the Whittall pavilion on the night's concert

Discussion: "My journey with Maya and Tavis Smiley" – the host of  PBS's "Tavis Smiley" discusses his friendship with Maya Angelou – Michelle Martin, an PR radio journalist also participates – National Archives – 7 PM

Art talk: "The Artistic Journey of Yasauo Kuniyoshi" - Tom Wolfe – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6 PM

Concert:  Soprano Mary Shaffran with works of Bach Vivaldi and Mozart and a Hallelujah Chorus sing-along – St. Alban's Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. – 12:15 PM

Concert:  Aeolus Quartet chamber music – Hammer Auditorium – Corcoran Gallery of Art – 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Lecture: "Enforcing the American Revolution: Law and disorder" - Northwestern University Professor T. H. Breen – Room 462 – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – 4 to 6 PM

Saturday,  April 11
Book talk: "Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner Smarter Cars" - Margo Oge P&P - 1 PM

Book talk: "Becoming Madison" – Michael Signer and "Democracy's Muse" – author Andrew Burstein considers the changing perception of Thomas Jefferson – P&P –  3:30pm

Book talk: "Ordinary Light" – author Tracy K. Smith describes her loving, close-nit family – P&P –
6 PM

Children's program: The art and science of cherry blossoms – for ages 8 – 16 accompanied by an adult – hands-on experience – registration required – United States botanic Garden – 1:30  – 3:30 PM
Program Repeats - Sunday – 130 – 3:30 PM – registration required –

Concert:  Pianist Krassimira Jordan performs works by Debussy, Liszt and Bernstein – The Kosciuszko Foundation– 2025 0 Street Northwest – 1 PM

Film:  Bill Morrison's 2015 film, "The Miners Hymns" – about the former coal–mining communities of Northeast England – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 2:30 PM

Family event: Enrichment day at the national zoo – educational activities for children and adults – National Zoo – 10 AM to 2 PM

Family event: Friends of Pierce Mill host their "Run-of-the-Mill" – see Washington's only surviving gristmill in action – 11 AM to 2 PM – Tilden Street at Beach Drive

Sunday, April 12
Book talk: "Our Kids – The American Dream in Crisis" – Robert Putnam – P&P - 5 PM

Concert: Pianist Larissa Dedova and the left bank Quartet perform works of Grieg and Dvorak – G St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Celebrating the 100 the 25th anniversary of the birth of folk music legend Leadbelly – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Voices of Canton and the National Gallery Orchestra perform works by Beals – West Garden Court - National Gallery of Art – 6:30 PM

Film's: "London: Day in, Day out" – five shorts depicting ordinary London at work and play – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Discussion: Historian Melvin Deal and writer Alan Sharp discuss how gay performing artists have dealt with their identity with the focus on Billy Strayhorn – Gregory Library – 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. – 2 PM

Family activity: Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy reopens their gates with exhibits, wildflower walk and arts and crafts – 31st and R St., Northwest – 12:30 PM to 3 PM

Monday, April 13
Book talk: "Michelle Obama" – Peter Sleven - P&P - 7 PM

Talk: John Q. Adams III, practitioner and teacher of Christian science healing discusses "Defeating Violence with Prayer" Busboys and Poets – 7:30 PM

Book talk: "Thrift: The History of an American Cultural Movement" – Andrew Yarrow – Busboys and Poets – 1025 5th St. NW. – 6 PM

Tuesday, April 14
Lecture: " West side story: A hint of West side story: the Genius of Bernstein's Chichester Songs – Paul Laird professor of musicology at the University of Kansas – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – noon

Book Talk:  "Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America" – David O. Steward– Mary Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert: Organ Masses of Bach – Organist Douglas Buchanan – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10PM

Wednesday, April 15
Book talk: "Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged  Pearl Harbor – James Scott – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, April 16
Panel Discussion:  "DC Emancipation and 19th Century Life:- distinguished panel - National Archives - 7pm

Book talk: "The Story: A Reporters Journey" – author Judith Miller discusses her career and her reporting on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction – P&P 7 PM

Concert: Smithsonian jazz master works ensemble delves into Billy Strayhorn vast musical songbook in celebration of his centennial and Jazz Appreciation Month – Kogod courtyard – Smithsonian Portrait Gallery – 5 – 8 PM


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