Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Free cultural events for the Week of Thursday, July 9 - Thursday, July 16

Cranes dancing, Alan Alda, Italian food, Jessye Norman, and the Israeli elections are just a few of the many quality cultural and intellectual events available in our city for the week ahead. And they are all FREE!  You will notice an absence of area summer concerts. The numbers are just too many to include.  Each week we will try to include a few special ones.

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 - a must see!

Film:  Focaccia Blues - this 78 minute documentary follows the story of a McDonald's 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

Musical performance:  Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Orchestra - Flag Hall - Smithsonian American History Museum - Noon, 1 and 2PM 

Friday, July 10
Concert: The United States Army Orchestra with Herald Trumpets – West steps – US Capitol – 8 PM

Concert: Jazz in the Garden - Hendrik Meukens - Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art - 5- 8:30PM

Saturday, July 11
 Films: Meet Marlon Brando and Salvador Dali's Fantastic Dream 2pm - Jessye Norman Sings Carmen and Orson Welles in Spain 3pm - West Building Lecture Hall - National Gallery of Art

Book Talk:  A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars - Author Andrew Hartman - Politics and Prose - 3:30PM

Film:  Celebrating Vietnamese Cinema - The Children of the Village - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pn

Sunday, July 12
Book Talk:  Running from Office:Why Young Americans Are Turned Off From Politics - P&P - 1PM

Concert:  Chopin and Prokofiev performed by Pianist Sara Daneshpour - Smithsonian
American Art Museum - 3PM

Film:  Vietnamese cinema presents The Prince and the Pagoda Boy - Freer Gallery of Art - 2pm

Films: What Happened to the Beetles in the USA? - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA 4pm

Monday, July 13
Concert:  Sharp's Appalachian Harvest - Folk Music presentation by Brian Peters and Jeff Davis - music from southern Appalacia from 1916 - 1918 - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Mumford Room - No tickets required - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 14
Lecture:  Fiona Ritchie, producer and host of NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock - in open-mic conversation - Library of Congress - Mumford Room - Noon

Book Talk:  Melvin Laird and the Foundation of Post-Vietnam Military, 1969-1973 - Erin Mahan - National Archives - Noon

Wednesday, July 15
Lecture:  Alan Alda - Beyond A Blind Date With Science -National Academy of the Sciences Auditorium - 2101 Constitution Ave. NW - Wait list tickets available at - 6pm - 7:45pm

Lecture:  The Israeli Elections of March 2015 and their Implications for the Peace Process - Professor As'ad Ghanem - University of Haifa - The Palestine Center - 1 - 2PM

Book Talk:  Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe - Michael Neiberg -----
National Archives - Noon

Performance: Dance of the Cranes - Choreographed program performed by real cranes to Brandon Vickerd's Dance of the Cranes - Milian Park - 499 Mass
Ave NW - 8:15 - 9pm

Thursday, July 16
Concert:  Jazz by the Alvin Traszk Krewe'tet - Trumpet, drum, bass and guitar - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7PM

Book Talk:  Anxious - Author Joseph LeDoux - dealing with fear and anxiety - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: The career of famed Hollywood Director Rouben Mamoulian and his work in Musical Theatre is discussed by Kluge Fellow, Bradley Rogers - Library of Congress - Madison Building - Room LJ 119 - 4:00PM

Discussion:  In the Shadow of Power and Light: Experiences and Lessons from Fukushima

Forging the Future

 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
No charge
+1 (202) 289-1200

Round Table Discussion : Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors; Gilbert King, Diane McWhorter and Taylor Branch with Civil Rights Activist, Clarence Jones, discuss civil Rights with Journalist A'Lelia Bundles - National Archives - 7:00PM

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