Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free cultural events for the week of Thursday, July 2 - Thursday, July 9

You really don't need me to find things to do over the 4th of July.  But I have located a few very special events to call to your attention.

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Thursday, July 2
Concert: David and Ginger Hildebrand present colonial style music – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Friday, July 3
Concert: "Speakers of the House" perform funk, boogaloo and rock – Jazz in the Garden – Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Art discussions: "Patriotic Pop-ups: The American story through art"– conversations about art through history – national Gallery of Art – 10 AM to 4 PM

Saturday, July  4
Concert: Independence Day organ recital with the National Symphonic Brass and the US Navy Sea Chanters – Washington National Cathedral – 11 AM

Film: Various historical documentaries from 1984, 1939, 1979, and 1982 – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Sunday, July 5
Book talk: "Saving Monticello" author Marc Leepson tells of the efforts of a Jewish veteran to save the home of Thomas Jefferson – National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R St. NW. – 1 PM

 Films: "How to Smell a Rose: A visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy" 2014 documentary - 2PM and "Soldiers of Music Rostropovich Returns to Russia" - 1991 documentary – West building Lecture Hall  - National Gallery of  Art - 4PM

Museum open house: National Museum of Women in the Arts – monthly community day – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – noon to 5 PM

Monday, July 6
Concert: The United States Navy Band's Country Current Ensemble – West Steps – United States Capital – 8 PM

Tuesday, July 7
Concert:  Children of the Stone/ The Ensemble of the Dal'ouna - this music symbolizes the link between East and West with music from the Middle East, jazz and European classical music – the group is led by Ramzi Aburedwan, a child of the first Palestinian intifada, a musician and founder of music centers serving thousands of Lebanese children in the West Bank, Gaza and in refugee camps in Lebanon. His story is told in the book, Children of the Stone, by Sandy Tolan who also was the author of The Lemon Tree – Perry Auditorium - Washington National Cathedral - 7PM

Concert: Youth Choir of Graz Austria performs varied music -  Embassy of Austria - 3524 International Court Court - near UDC/Van Ness Metro - reservations suggested - 7:30PM

Workshop:  Forging the Future: FuturePerfect - Telling Stories for a Better Future: How Art and Narratives Can Change the World - Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 6:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum and FotoGalerie
No charge
+ 1 (202) 289-1200
Wednesday, July 8
Concert: Jazz with Phil Kominski at the Harbor Nights Summer Concert Series – Washington Harbor – 3050 K St. NW. - 630 p.m. to 8:30 PM

Panel discussion: "Finding Shared Values for United States Foreign Policy" Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 30 p.m.

Thursday, July 9
Book Talk:  Historian Anthony Pitch shares survivors' stories and memories in Our Crime was Being Jewish: hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories - National Archives - Noon 

THIS SHOULD ALSO BE A REMINDER OF TWO DISPLAYS AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM THAT ARE A MUST TO SEE:  For children, the continuing display, The Story of Daniel, which tells the story of the holocaust in a sensitive way for elementary and junior high school children, For adults the temporary exhibit, Collaboration and Complicity During the Holocaust is extremely enlightening and forceful

Film:  Focaccia Blues - this 78 minute documentary follows the story of a McDonald's that is run in the town of Altamira, Italy, by a locally owned focaccaria – the screening will be followed by a sampling of Italian cuisine – free tickets available at 5:30 PM in the G St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – film at 6 PM


  1. Excited to see some live links starting to creep into these lists! Thanks, Ron.

  2. Thanks very much for this service—I so appreciate it!