Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free Cultural Events for the week beginning Thursday, August 20

With fewer events listed for this week, it is a great opportunity to check out the new displays at many of our FREE museums - a great place to learn and cool off!  Check out the Weekend Section of Friday's Washington Post.

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

Concert:  Reginald Cyntje, trombonist, and his band play jazz, Caribbean rhythms, and Afro beats – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Friday, August 21

Book talk: author Michelle Goldberg in conversation with journalist Anna Louise Sussman discuss "The Goddess Pose" – the life of Indra Devi who popularized the yoga in the West –P&P - 7PM

Concert: Billy Strayhorn: East and West of the blues – trumpeter Freddie Dunn and group /– millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sustainable Fair – Showcases initiatives of DC environmental groups – Fairmont Hotel – colonnade room – 2401 M St. NW. – 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Saturday, August 22
Yoga class: Heather Markowitz -  founder of "With love DC" will lead a yoga class – US botanic Garden – 1030 – 11:30 AM

Concert: United States Navy band brass Quartet – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Family activities – Dolly Madison day with various fun events and festivities – including tours of Dumbarton house – Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. NW. – noon – 3pm

Sunday, August 23
Art Lecture: Justina Yee discusses "Impressionists and the Paris commune: Lions our chickens?" – West building lecture hall – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film: Federico Fellini's 1955 film "I'll Bidone" a con artist plays tricks on the gullible poor – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4PM

Monday, August 24
Book talk: Stephen Harding's "The Last to Die a defeated Empire, a forgotten mission, and the last American killed in World War II" A look at life in Japan in the WWII's concluding days – Busboys and Poets – Tacoma – 6:30 PM

Concert: Acappella group, "Pitches be Crazy – Woodrow Wilson Plaza - 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW– Noon – 1:30 PM

Discussion: Tuskegee airmen discuss their service during World War II – Tacoma Park Library – 416 Cedar St. NW. – 7 PM

Tuesday, August 25
Book talk: Matt Paris Burriesci with Emma Snyder and the book, "Dead White Guys: a father, his daughter and the great books of the Western world" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM 

Book talk: Ronnie Greene "Shots on the Bridge: police violence and cover up in the wake of Katrina - P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Organist Brink Bush performs Bach's "Goldberg Variations" – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Wednesday, August 26
Book Talk: David Vine discusses his book "Base Nation: How U. S. military bases abroad harm America and the world" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Harbor Nights Summer Concert series features  singer, guitarist and drummer Damien Grasso – Washington Harbor – 3050 K St. NW. – 630 – 8:30 PM

Discussion: Anthony Gualtieri discusses "Neighborhood heroes: the Homestead Grays and a changing Washington" – Cleveland Park Library – 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Thursday, August 27
Concert: American roots concert series features "Blue moon, cowgirls" with early country harmonies - US Botanic Garden – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Indian musician Ustad Shafaat Khan performs classical and folk style featuring the sitar tabla and vocals - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM


  1. I am a student at American University. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the work you put into this blog!

    1. As a retired educator I truly enjoy hearing from students. Having retired to DC from Michigan some 20 years ago, it was in part college students like you that I started the blog: students who come to DC in part because of the many intellectual, cultural and political opportunities that are available. I'm eager to do anything that might extend the information about these many free events to more students in our many colleges and universities

  2. This is a great venue. I was here for a party and there was so much food and it was all done so well! The decor and food at space Miami events both were amazing. Personally, I think the space is laid out really well and the size of the venue keeps pulling great parties.