Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free cultural events for the week of Thursday, June 25 through Wednesday July 1

     How fortunate we are to have a free concert every day at the Kennedy Center! The concert this Friday involving Israeli and Palestinian youth gives us a special opportunity to hear voices from this troubled area of our world. One can only hope that music can bring the disparate, bellicose voices of our world together in harmony.

Thursday, June 25
Panel discussion: "DC statehood and representative democracy" –Lenny Steinhorn moderates panelists former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, former member of Congress Jim Walch and others – National Archives – 7 PM

Concert:  Coro Entrevolces - Cuban Choir performs spirituals and a wide variety of music – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Concert: Louisiana zydeco music performed by the band, CRAYZ – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM to 7 PM

Cooking demonstration: "Unbeatable Beans" demonstration on growing, preparing and serving snap beans – writer Adriane Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook – United States Botanic Garden – noon and 12:45 PM

Discussion and lecture: "Saving Cursive: New tools in the fight for handwriting" – Linda Shrewsbury, creator and president of CursiveLogic – McGowan theater – National Archives – 1 PM to 3 PM

Lecture: Bill Plante, CBS news correspondent, "Selma 50 years later" – reservations requested – 202-999-8988 St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Park – 6 PM

Lecture: World Affairs Council presents a talk on "One year since caliphate declared: combating ISIL" – Shanti Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Thomas Sanderson of the Center for strategic and international studies – reservations required – DC world affairs Council – University of California – 1606 Rhode Island Ave.NW – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Friday, June 26
Concert:  YMCA of Jerusalem Youth chorus – Palestinian and Israeli Youth from East and West Jerusalem in song and dialogue – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert:  Brass trio of trumpet trombone and horn performs chamber music – Arts Club of Washington – 20 17th I Street Northwest – noon

Concert: Saxophonist Marty Nau – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Book talk: "Ally: My journey across the American-Israeli Divide" – Michael B Oren – P&P – 4 PM

Book talk: "Being Nixon: A Portrait in Light and Shadows" – Evan Thomas – P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, June 27
Book talk:  "Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity" – author Robert Beachy tells the story of Berlin during the late 19th and early 20th century – P&P – 6 PM

Concert: Chicago children's choir performs classical, gospel and popular music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Nordic Jazz Festival features various Scandinavian groups – Dupont Cir., Park – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM:

Sunday, June 28
Book talk:  "Mother, Loose" - Brandel France de Bravo – offers a decidedly nontraditional look at the stuff of lullabies – P&P - 1 PM

Concert: Finland's Tapiola Chamber Choir – Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Monday, June 29
Concert:  The Australian children's choir and Los Angeles children's chorus – a youth choral showcase – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Demonstration: Traditional Andean weaving techniques – Peruvian weavers – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – 4:30 PM

Townhall meeting: DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton leads discussion of race and the labor movement – AFL – CIO – 815 16th St. NW. – reservations required –     5 PM
Tuesday, June 30
Book Talk:  "The Brothers" - Marsha Gessen tells of the Tsarnaev brothers (convicted of  the Boston Marathon bombing - Brookland Busboys and Poets - 625 Monroe St. NE - 6:30 PM

Concert:  Homegrown Concert:  Marinera Viva! presents dances of Peru – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – noon  the group also appears at the Kennedy Center – family theater – 6 PM

Lecture: "Palestine Solidarity: the film critics blind spot" – Terry Ginsburg, professor of film at American University in Cairo – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30PM -  2 PM

Concert: British early music ensemble, Magnificat performs madrigals and motets by Monteverdi – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Concert: US Navy band and ceremonial guard – US Navy Memorial – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM
Wednesday,  July 1
Concert: Afro – Peruvian music performed by the ensemble Tutuma – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: "Sense and Sensibility" starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet – Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. NW. – 7:30 PM