Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the Week beginning Thursday, August 13

Wow! I can't believe the number of interesting and exciting events I have returned to.  It's good to be back.  I've made a new discovery that I am eager to share with you – the ease with which one can go to the book talks at Politics and Prose. And what better way to try it out than to go to this listing - and hear the talk by Jeff Hobbs, "The short and tragic life of Robert peace: a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy league."  I don't believe I've ever heard a more dramatic, emotional book talk.  And while I am only two-thirds of the way through the book, I've already found it dramatic, disturbing, confounding and informative - although I'm not sure what to make of it. I hope you'll join me in considering it.

I know it will find the place in my other blog which I hope to resume and conclude shortly.  And that you won't mid my poor use of capital letters as I try using my Dragon Dictation Machine!

Thursday, August 13
Book Talk: "The 51 Day War" –  1st hand report on the July 2014 eruption of the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict – author Max Blumenthal – P&P - 7 PM

Discussion: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the voting rights act 1965 Ari Berman author of  "Give us the ballad: the modern struggle for voting rights in America" – Busboys and Poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Film: Wolfgang Peterson's 1984 film, "The never ending story" – about a troubled boy who dies into a wondrous fantasy world – the Park at city Center – 11 Street and New York Ave., Northwest - at sundown

Concert: Sarah Daneshpour, pianist will present a classical recital featuring works by Bach, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev – the United Church – 1920 G St. NW. – 7 PM

Friday, August 14
Film: The audience chooses a favorite Hong Kong film – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM -
Jackie Chan's film has been selected, "the legend of the drunken master"

Concert: Rhythm and Blues artists perform "A tribute to Bobby Womack" – Ronald Reagan building international trade center – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – noon to 1:30 PM

Concert: Brazilian jazz performed by "Origem" as a part of "jazz in the Garden" Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Concert: European percussion ensemble, "Duo Drumartica" – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, August 15
Film: "Harvey" – James Stewart is Elwood P Dowd – National Achives – 2 PM

Yoga class: Heather Markowitz, founder of "With love DC" will lead a "stop and smell the roses" yoga class - National Garden – US botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 10:30 to 11:30 AM

Tango Class: Bahman Aryana of "Rendezvous tango" will lead a class on the Argentine tango – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 2:30PM

Special concert: "1812 overture" with live cannons – US Army Concert band, the U.S. Army chorus and trumpets – national Sylvan theater – Washington monument grounds – 15th St. and Independence Avenue – 7:30 PM

Jazz concert: Charles Covington jazz organ trio – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Dramatic reading: Arthur Miller's play, "all my sons" – theater lab school of dramatic arts – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 2 PM

Films: Italian cinema the 1945 documentary about World War II "days of glory" at 1 PM and the 1959, "violent summer" about WWII in the Adriatic coast  - 3PM – East building – national Gallery of Art

Sunday, August 16
Film: From Kong film Festival, "Diva" – Freer Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Concert: US Marine band – World War II Memorial – 4 PM

Concert: 2015 joint service summary jazz concert featuring the U.S. Army blues, US airmen of note and the US Navy Commodores - Carter Barron amphitheater – 16th St. and Colorado Ave., NW - 7:30 PM

Film: Italian cinema features Elio Petri's 1962 film "the days are numbered" – National Gallery of Art – East building Auditorium – 4 PM

Films: "70th anniversary of WWII's end with the BBC worldwide America film series" - various outstanding films from 12:15 PM through 7 PM – reservations required – contact Jewish community center –

Monday, August 17
Book Talk: "Under the bus: how working women are being run over" – author Caroline Friedrickson – P&P - 7 PM

Yoga class: Georgetown yoga presents "sunset fitness in the Park" – Georgetown waterfront Park – Potomac and K streets NW - reservations required – - 6PM

Concert: Sam Kendrick and Skip Pruitt perform jazz – Ronald Reagan building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.NW – noon to 1:30 PM

Tuesday, August 18
Book talk: "Indigenous peoples history of the United States" – Roxanne - Dunbar – Ortiz – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St.NW – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Robert Draper, author, "Pope Francis and the new Vatican" – P&P -7PM

Concert: California-based saxophonists Stacy Wilson, Stephen Page, Matt Evans and Dana Booher perform as ZZYZK – Church of the Epiphany name – 12:10 PM

Concert: Lee Boys and African Americans sacred steel ensemble featuring unique gospel music – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: US Air Force Concert band and singing sergeants present, honoring the greatest generation" – West side – US capitol - 8PM - repeats on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 19
Book talk: "Heard and Overheard" – author James W Symington recounts three generations of his family working for the federal government – an idiosyncratic history of recent decades – P&P 7 PM

Concert: The Bumper Jackson's perform modern American roots music – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Justina Yee discusses "Impressionists and the Paris commune: Lions or chickens" West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Thursday, August 20
Benjamin Botkin lecture series and film discussion: Steve Zeitlin, director of  City Lore in New York City presents, "The poetry of everyday life" – screening and discussion of, "Boom: the Erie Canal" and "The grand generation" with Paul Wagner of Paul Wagner films – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 6th floor - 4 PM

Concert: "Take Five!" – The James Zimmerman ensemble – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 8 PM

Art display and lecture: Artist Roger Shimomura's work juxtaposes every day images with racially charged imagery, confronting Asian – American political and ethnic issues from the artists 40 year career – McEvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6:30 PM

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